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…

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…

PayPal Holdings blocks Christian crowdfunding site linked to alleged Trump supporter

In a statement PayPal Holdings Inc said it has blocked GiveSendGo, a Christian crowdfunding site which helped raise funds for people who attended last week’s event in Washington after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, visited en mass at the Capitol. PayPal confirmed that it has closed an account held by Ali Alexander, one of…

Trump does not want ByteDance to have controlling stake in TikTok: senior administration official

According to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, regardless of how China’s ByteDance positions the divestment of its short video sharing app TikTok, U.S. President Donald Trump does not want it to have a controlling stake in TikTok, since it will place Americans’ personal information at risk. Despite China’s bravado…

Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days

In a significant development, U.S. President Donald Trump stated, the United States will ban China-owned ByteDance’s TikTok video-sharing app, and Tencent’s WeChat app, in 45 days. The development comes in the wake of the Trump administration stepping up efforts to purge “untrusted” apps, including Chinese ones, from its digital networks citing “significant threats” posed by…

FCC chairman pushing for Ligado Networks’s 5G solution despite risks to GPS systems

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft order asking the five-member panel to approve Ligado Networks’ request to deploy a low-power nationwide network to support next generation 5G wireless. Ligado Networks’ request has drawn fire from some U.S. government agencies as well as by some powerful lawmakers. Earlier this week, the chairman…

Newly proposed rule in U.S. Foreign Direct Product Rule will cut off supply of sophisticated chips to Huawei

Senior administrators in the Trump administration have agreed to further tighten restrictions of semiconductors on Huawei Technologies. Under the newly proposed rules, foreign companies that use U.S. chipmaking equipment will now have to obtain a U.S. license before supplying certain chips to Huawei. According to one of the sources, rule will slash the supply of…

Pentagon to reconsider certain aspects of $10 billion JEDI Contract: court filings

According to court filings by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday, the DoD is asking permission from the court to reconsider certain aspects of its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp. Last month, a U.S. judge had granted Amazon.com Inc’s request to temporarily halt the DoD from…

Pentagon’s $10B cloud computing JEDI contract with Microsoft paused over Amazon’s lawsuit

A U.S. judge has allowed Amazon.com Inc’s motion to temporarily halt the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp’s $10 billion cloud computing deal which Amazon said was reflective of President Donald Trump’s undue influence. In November 2019, Amazon, which had been seen as a front-runner to win the cloud computing contract, had filed a…

U.S.-France Digital Tax framework being negotiated at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron stated he has had a “great discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the introduction of a digital tax planned by France; both countries have agreed to collaborate and avoid further rise in tariffs. According to aa French diplomatic source, Macron and Trump have agreed to hold off…