Europe needs to embrace 5G — before it’s too late
- However, when taking a closer look, Nokia‘s example reveals a worrying tendency: it seems that Europe is helping to develop tech innovations somewhere else rather than creating the necessary environment to cultivate them here.
- What Europe needs in order to escape this unfavorable situation is a legal tech infrastructure – not just laws and regulations, but also a collaboration between decision-makers, tech companies, law firms, and other stakeholders.
- As a result, for example, the region’s laws regulating 5G technologies are notably more prohibitive when compared to the USA, not to mention China.
- Take self-driving cars as an example: smart transport systems have the chance to lower the infrastructure development costs, make city traffic more efficient and roads safer, and significantly cut down CO2 emissions.
- I see a tendency that startups that are building their solutions on 5G technology are fleeing Europe and trying to get to the USA or China at all costs.
The first week of public impeachment hearings just wrapped up. Here are the main takeaways
- After more than a month of closed-door depositions, the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump burst into public view this week, giving the American people their first chance to hear directly from three key witnesses in the probe.
- With more public and private hearings still being scheduled, the most recent testimony marks the start of a new phase of Democrats' investigation of Trump's efforts to have Ukraine launch probes involving his political rivals.
- Taylor testified about a phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the E.U., that concerned the president's demand for Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and and his son Hunter.
- Yovanovitch pushed back on another claim from Trump and his allies when she testified that the pressure on Ukraine in 2014 by Biden, who was serving as vice president, was in line with official U.S. policy.
Trump criticizes Roger Stone guilty verdict, suggests Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller should be prosecuted
- President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the guilty verdicts against Republican operative Roger Stone, suggesting that his longtime confidant was the victim of a "double standard" that allowed Trump's enemies such as Hillary Clinton and former special counsel Robert Mueller to escape prosecution.
- The crimes related to false statements Stone made to hide his contacts with the document disclosure group WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign, when it released emails stolen from the Democratic Party by Russian agents that were seen as damaging to Clinton's candidacy.
- Testimony at Stone's trial revealed that Trump in July 2016 had talked with him about information that was expected to be released by WikiLeaks.
- Trump's tweet contains a list of people he has blamed for the probe into the 2016 election by Mueller, who investigated Russian interference, possible coordination with Russian agents by Trump's campaign and possible obstruction of justice by Trump himself.
Chinese securities regulator names 2 directors of surveillance camera giant Hikvision in investigation
- China's securities regulator is investigating one of the country's richest men for alleged violation of disclosure rules as a director of surveillance camera giant Hikvision, the company said.
- Directors Gong Hongjia and Hu Yangzhong had been named as suspects and would cooperate with the investigation by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the firm said in a filing to the stock exchange on Wednesday.
- The Forbes China rich list puts his net worth at $9 billion, making him the 26th-richest person in the country.
- Hu is Hikvision's general manager and is ranked by Forbes as the 265th wealthiest person in China with a net worth of $1.5 billion.
- The investigation concerned the "board member individuals" and not the company, a Hikvision spokeswoman said.
- In May, the CSRC said it was working to improve the quality of the country's listed firms after a series of disclosures stoked investor concerns over poor governance.
A US appeals court has paved the way for Congress to access over 8 years of Trump’s tax returns
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump's accounting firm for his financial records.
- The 8-3 vote by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, declining the Republican president's request to rehear arguments that the subpoena to Mazars LLP was illegitimate, brings Democrats closer to shedding light on his business interests and how he built his fortune.
- The May decision was the first time a federal court waded into the tussle about how far Congress can go in investigating Trump and his business affairs, and marked an important victory for House Democrats.
- Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Trump to the D.C. appeals court, dissented from the October decision.
It’s easy being green in apartments – unless you demand perfection
- There’s a common misconception that apartment blocks must be more environmentally efficient than stand-alone housing.
- For a start, it takes a lot more energy to build an apartment block than the equivalent number of free-standing homes.
- One prominent building in Sydney won environmental awards for its plans, with by-laws banning air-conditioning.
- There are a couple of websites that are a great source of advice to make your block less environmentally intrusive – and a lot cheaper to run.
- With large white expanses of apartment block roofs that suck up heat, which then has to be dealt with by energy-hungry air-conditioning, it seems a no-brainer.
- But there’s already a block in Sydney that’s selling its excess electricity to the grid and one in Perth was planned to have so much stored in its batteries that residents could trade solar energy with one another.