What happened with Huawei at the G20?

What happened with Huawei at the G20?

Nobody quite knows, but the important thing is Trump reversed his policy. While they can now buy from American suppliers. We don't know why the decision was made but I actually think it's the right decision so let's go with it.

Why is the US building 5G on high-frequency instead of mid-band Spectrum?

Well that's the only spectrum the FCC has made available. It's made available high-band spectrum which can carry lots of information, but can't travel very far. What the FCC needs to do is make available mid-band spectrum, which is what the rest of the world is doing. That will certainly help rural communities and probably all of us.

What is Digital Rights Management?

It is the right to have control of the information you load onto your devices. There's a problem, which we recently saw with Microsoft e-book readers, where if you download a digital book but then the company discontinued the reader you can lose the book. You wouldn't lose a physical book. So a little bit of a controversy this week.

The Rant

Last thing: antitrust. It is so important that we get this right. The tech industry is one of the most important parts of the American economy. Antitrust could either cripple it or help it. So let's do this correctly.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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It's been two months since President Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, paving the way for a bloody Turkish offensive in that region. (See our earlier coverage here.) What's happened since? A guide for the puzzled:

No "end date" for US troops in Syria – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said this week that the United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria. Back in October, President Trump pledged to withdraw the roughly 1,000 American troops deployed there. Since then, some American troops have left Syria altogether, while others were redeployed to defend nearby oil fields from ISIS, as well as from Syrian government troops and Russia. Now, there are roughly 600 American troops dispersed around Syria, and the remainder have been deployed in Iraq to stave off a potential ISIS resurgence. It's not clear if any troops have returned to the US. When asked about the chaotic comings and goings of US troops in Syria in recent months, the commander of US Central Command said frankly: there's no "end date" for American troops stationed there.

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Turkey's government has captured many thousands of ISIS fighters as a result of its operations in northern Syria. Many of these prisoners have already been deported to some of the more than 100 countries they come from, and Ankara says it intends to send more. There are also more than 10,000 women and children – family members of ISIS fighters – still living in camps inside Syria.

These facts create a dilemma for the governments of countries where the ISIS detainees are still citizens: Should these terrorist fighters and their families be allowed to return, in many cases to face trial back home? Or should countries refuse to allow them back?

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What's the difference between Alphabet and Google?

Well, Google is the search engine, YouTube, all the stuff you probably think of as Google. Alphabet is the parent company that was created four or five years ago. And it contains a whole bunch of other entities like Jigsaw, Verily - the health care company that Google runs, Waymo - the self-driving car unit. Also, it's important to know Google makes tons of money. Alphabet, all that other stuff loses tons of money.

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