Rapid lateral flow tests will identify most infectious COVID-19 cases

On Thursday, COVID-19 researchers from Britain’s Oxford University said, rapid lateral flow tests will most likely identify the most infectious COVID-19 cases with higher viral loads; this is despite concerns over the overall sensitivity of the tests, Along with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, the government has introduced widespread testing, including lateral flow tests, as…

German agrees 100% depreciation of digital assets as part of economic stimulus measure

According to a statement from German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Germany will provide an annual tax relief of around 2.3 billion euros as part of part of a new measure to support purchases of digital assets, including computer software hardware. German state government and the federal government agreed on Tuesday, that digital assets could be…

WhatsApp should withdraw privacy-invading policy update: India’s Ministry of Technology

In a statement on Tuesday, India’s Ministry of Technology said, it has told Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in its privacy policy since it they take away choice from Indian users. “The proposed changes raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens,” said Ministry of Technology…

Trump directs federal agencies to assess security risks from Chinese-made drones

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing U.S agencies to assess security risks linked to Chinese-made drones used by American government fleets, prioritizing their removal. The executive order directs all U.S. agencies to outline the security risks posed to the existing government drone fleet from drones built by Chinese companies or by…

Polish mobile developer Huuuge Inc plans to raise up to $150M through IPO

On Monday, U,S. registered mobile games developer Huuuge Inc stated, it expects to raise up to $150 million from issueing new share issue as part of its planned initial public offering (IPO) in Warsaw. The development comes in the wake of consumers surging for online entertainment in the wake of coronavirus-induced COVID-19 lockdown measures. Polish…

Fukang Technology to develop Foxconn’s tablet and laptop plant in Vietnam

On Monday, Vietnam awarded a license to a unit of Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co Ltd to build a $270 million plant which will produce tablets and laptops, said the Vietnamese government in a statement. Foxconn’s plant will be developed by Fukang Technology and will be located in the northern province of Bac Giang. It will…

Business users of WhatsApp’s not protected by end-to-end encryption

With users migrating to other messaging platforms following privacy concerns stemming from Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp update, Facebook said, it will delay the update. WhatsApp users are concerned that the Facebook owned messaging app is watering down its privacy policy in the update. Earlier this month, WhatsApp notified users through a notification that it was preparing…

Italy’s data authority scrutinizes WhatsApp’s updated privacy disclaimer

In a statement Italy’s data protection authority said, Facebook Inc has not clearly communicated its new privacy policy for its messenger app WhatsApp to users. On January 4, 2021, in an update WhatsApp said it reserved the right to share some data, including location and phone numbers, with Facebook and its units including Messenger and…

Trump Administration adds China’s Comac and Xiaomi to trade blacklist

The Trump Administration has added nine Chinese companies, including Chinese plane maker Comac and mobile phone maker Xiaomi,  to a trade blacklist which Washington thinks are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. These companies will be subject to a new U.S. investment ban which will compel American investors to divest their holdings of the…