Donald Trump said Huawei could be part of a US-China trade deal. Pictured: Liu He, China’s vice premier in charge of trade (on left), is seen meeting with Trump and cabinet members at the White House, 4 April 2019. Credit: Official White House Photo/Shealah Craighead
EU election snags in UK, Modi won by landslide, and the latest on SpaceX, Boeing & Facebook. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Friday.
Trump gives wiggle room on Huawei
Donald Trump called Huawei, the Chinese telecoms gearmaker that he recently banned from selling in the US, “very dangerous”, but said it could be part of a trade settlement between Beijing and Washington. Reported by the BBC, Financial Times and Reuters. As trade tensions ratchet up, China could retaliate against the US by banning exports of rare earth minerals, according to the South China Morning Post.
May reportedly to set exit date
Theresa May is expected to announce her resignation as British PM later today, after support within her Tory party collapsed over her handling of Brexit. 10 June is the mooted effective date. Coverage by the BBC, Financial Times, Guardian, Sky News and Telegraph.
British EU poll problems
A large number of EU citizens living in the UK said they were denied the right to vote in this week’s European elections (held on Thursday in Britain), reported Deutsche Welle, the Guardian and Politico. Separately, many UK expats claimed receiving their postal ballots too late to return, according to the BBC.
Modi secures 300 out of 543 seats in lower house
Narendra Modi declared victory in India’s general election, with his Bharatiya Janata Party re-elected in a landslide. Rahul Gandhi, head of the main opposition Congress Party, lost his seat. Reported by the AFP, Guardian and Telegraph.
Here are 9 science & technology stories you may have missed
Chemistry: There’s an expanding helium shortage and it’s much more important than problems buying birthday balloons, wrote NBC News. Climate change: Researchers developed a plan for air conditioners to be modified to suck up carbon dioxide and water, which then “would be converted into renewable hydrocarbon fuels”, per the MIT Technology Review. Environment: Researchers found a marine microbe that eats plastic, per Science magazine. It’s not just Huawei: “The United States government has strong concerns about” Chinese made drones, wrote The Register. Regtech: “A software glitch at Deutsche Bank has for almost a decade prevented some potentially suspicious transactions from being flagged to law enforcement authorities,” according to the Financial Times. Fintech: Facebook will reportedly launch its own cryptocurrency next year, per the BBC. Data privacy: Many Facebook users still cannot turn off the social network’s facial recognition technology, despite the feature being introduced in December 2017, according to Consumer Reports. Data privacy: Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is investigating if Google’s handling of personal data on its online advertising platform violates GDPR, reported CNBC. Data privacy: Microsoft called for the US to pass its own version of the EU’s GDPR, per Cnet. Internet: “Far-right propaganda and disinformation... has flooded Facebook ahead of parliamentary elections in the European Union this week,” wrote Wired. E-books: Researchers found in a study “that toddlers interact more with their parents when they read print books compared to electronic versions,” as explained by ABC News.