China’s financial leasing arm cancels orders for 29 Boeing 737 MAX jets

On Monday, adding to its string of recent cancellations, China Development Bank (CDB) Financial Leasing Co stated, it has agreed with Boeing, to cancel the purchase of 29 undelivered 737 MAX jets. The 737 MAX has been grounded globally for more than a year following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. “In light of evolving…

Multiple U.S. government agencies back revoking China Telecom’s ability to operate in U.S.

In a significant development, several agencies from the U.S. government including the Justice Department called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s ability to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States. China Telecom is the U.S. subsidiary of a People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned telecommunications company.…

Vodafone Group PLC exits Facebook’s Libra crypto currency project

In a statement, Facebook’s Libra Association said, Britain’s Vodafone Group PLC has left its global digital currency initiative. In recent months, Facebook’s digital currency has seen an exodus of its backers midst increased regulatory scrutiny, including financial companies such as Mastercard Inc and Paypal Holdings Inc. In June 2019, Facebook had announced a plan to…

U.S. aircraft surveillance firm Aireon shares position data of crashed Ukraine International Airlines with authorities

On Thursday, Aireon, a U.S. aircraft surveillance firm stated, it has collected the position data from the Ukraine International Airlines jet that crashed in Iran on Wednesday. Aireon is sharing this data with the appropriate authorities, said is spokeswoman. Aireon’s satellite-based global tracking system captures more detailed data than is available on commercial websites like…

Due diligence on cryptocurrencies a must before they are widely adopted: EU Finance Ministers

Finance ministers from the European Union have agreed that private digital currencies including Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until potential risks surrounding them are clearly addressed. The move confirms the tough stance claimed by the EU on stablecurrencies such as Facebook’s Libra, which incidentally has attracted criticism from global regulators…

Goldman Sachs should pull Apple Card algorithm if it can’t explain it: Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren

Following a series of tweets by David Heinemeier Hansson wherein he criticized Apple Card’s algorithm, saying it gave him 20 times the credit limit compared to the one his wife received, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned Goldman Sachs’s response to the allegations of bias in how the bank evaluates applicants for Apple Inc’s credit card.…

Third party contractors transcribed Facebook’s audio data

Tech companies are coming under increasing scrutiny over data privacy issues revolving around their voice assistants. According to a report from Bloomberg which cites sources familiar with the matter at hand, Facebook Inc has been paying outside contractors to transcribe audio clips from subscribers of its services. In a statement, Facebook confirmed that it had…