Huawei Founder Denies Spying For China, Says Misses Daughter “Very Much”


Huawei has been facing US-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for spying.

Shanghai: 

Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday rejected claims his company is used by the Chinese government to spy and said he missed his daughter, who is being held by Canadian authorities, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was detained in Canada last month at the request of US authorities who allege she misled banks about the company’s control of a firm operating in Iran.

Huawei had “never received any request from any government to provide improper information”, the newspaper reported Ren as saying in an interview with reporters in the southern city of Shenzhen.

“I still love my country, I support the Communist party, but I will never do anything to harm any country in the world,” he said, adding he missed his daughter “very much”.

Huawei confirmed the accuracy of Ren’s comments to Reuters. Ren, a former military officer who founded Huawei in 1987 and largely keeps a low profile, said he owned 1.14 percent of the company’s shares.

Beijing and Ottawa have been at odds since Meng’s arrest, which China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday called an abuse of legal procedures. On Monday, China sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, further damaging relations.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, has been facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and US-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for spying.

No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations, but some Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets. Poland said this week it could consider banning the use of Huawei products by public bodies, after it arrested a Chinese Huawei official.

Ren dismissed fears over the security of Huawei’s equipment, saying “no law in China requires any company to install mandatory backdoors that could be used for spying” and added the company had had “no serious security incidents”.

He also played down the risk Huawei faced from being blocked from the rollout of 5G telecoms networks by some countries.

“It’s always been the case, you can’t work with everyone, we’ll shift our focus to better serve countries that welcome Huawei'” he said, adding the company had 30 contracts globally to build 5G networks.

US President Donald Trump in August signed a bill that barred the US government from using Huawei equipment and is considering an executive order that would also ban US companies from doing so.

However, Trump told Reuters last month he would intervene with the Justice Department in the case against Meng if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.

Ren described Trump as “great” and praised his tax cuts as good for American industry.

“The message to the US I want to communicate is: collaboration and shared success. In our world of high tech, it’s increasingly impossible for any single company or country to sustain or to support the world’s needs,”

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Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei Says Firm Does Not Spy for China


Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday rejected claims his company is used by the Chinese government to spy and said he missed his daughter, who is being held by Canadian authorities, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was detained in Canada last month at the request of US authorities who allege she misled banks about the company’s control of a firm operating in Iran.

Huawei had “never received any request from any government to provide improper information”, the newspaper reported Ren as saying in an interview with reporters in the southern city of Shenzhen.

“I still love my country, I support the Communist party, but I will never do anything to harm any country in the world,” he said, adding he missed his daughter “very much”.

Huawei confirmed the accuracy of Ren’s comments to Reuters. Ren, a former military officer who founded Huawei in 1987 and largely keeps a low profile, said he owned 1.14 percent of the company’s shares.

Beijing and Ottawa have been at odds since Meng’s arrest, which China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday called an abuse of legal procedures. On Monday, China sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, further damaging relations.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, has been facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and US-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for spying.

No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations, but some Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets. Poland said this week it could consider banning the use of Huawei products by public bodies, after it arrested a Chinese Huawei official.

Ren dismissed fears over the security of Huawei’s equipment, saying “no law in China requires any company to install mandatory backdoors (that could be used for spying)” and added the company had had “no serious security incidents”.

He also played down the risk Huawei faced from being blocked from the rollout of 5G telecoms networks by some countries.

“It’s always been the case, you can’t work with everyone … we’ll shift our focus to better serve countries that welcome Huawei’” he said, adding the company had 30 contracts globally to build 5G networks.

US President Donald Trump in August signed a bill that barred the US government from using Huawei equipment and is considering an executive order that would also ban US companies from doing so.

However, Trump told Reuters last month he would intervene with the Justice Department in the case against Meng if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.

Ren described Trump as “great” and praised his tax cuts as good for American industry.

“The message to the US I want to communicate is: collaboration and shared success. In our world of high tech, it’s increasingly impossible for any single company or country to sustain or to support the world’s needs,” Ren said.

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Donald Trump Wishes Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Luck In His Divorce Amid Affair Buzz


Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Tuttle announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump wished Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos luck in his divorce from his wife MacKenzie, predicting the proceedings will be “a beauty.”

“I wish him luck,” the twice-divorced Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday as he departed for a trip to the US border with Mexico. “It’s going to be a beauty.”

Bezos and his wife announced they would divorce on Wednesday. Later in the day, the National Enquirer — whose chairman and chief executive, David Pecker, has been a close Trump ally — reported that Bezos has been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot and the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell. 

The Enquirer said it had been actively investigating the relationship between Bezos and Sanchez for four months.

The New York Post also reported the relationship and said Whitesell and Sanchez are separated.

Trump has a history of publicly attacking Bezos and his company. The president has criticized coverage of his administration by the Bezos-owned Washington Post, and he’s pressured the US Postal Service to raise the prices it charges Amazon to ship its packages.

Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors who are investigating so-called catch-and-kill payments the Enquirer made ahead of the 2016 presidential election to at least one woman who alleged she had an affair with Trump. The Enquirer secured the rights to the material, assuring the allegations wouldn’t be shared with other media, then never published the story.





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South Korean ‘Spycam’ Porn Site’s Founder Jailed


The female co-founder of South Korea’s largest porn site has been jailed following months of mounting public fury over the spread of secretly filmed spycam pornography.

Tens of thousands of women have rallied in recent months against the growing phenomenon of spycam videos, known in Korean as “molka”, which mostly involve men filming women without their consent in toilets, changing rooms and in public.

Soranet – which had more than a million users until it was shut down in 2016 amid widespread outrage – carried thousands of such clips among reams of other X-rated content.

Producing and circulating all forms of pornography is illegal in South Korea.

The site’s female owner, surnamed Song, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined KRW 1.4 billion (US$1.25 million) on Wednesday for aiding and abetting the distribution of obscene material, including sex videos featuring minors.

The 45-year-old, who founded Soranet in 1999 with her husband and two others, “seriously damaged and distorted people’s universal dignity and value”, said a court statement.

It added that she had “enjoyed huge profit” from the site.

Song had lived as a fugitive in New Zealand for years but was arrested in June when she returned to Seoul after authorities annulled her passport.

Her husband and another couple known to be co-owners of the site – all of whom have Australian citizenship or permanent residency – remain overseas.

Spycam crimes reported to South Korean police surged from around 1,100 in 2010 to more than 6,500 in 2017, with many of the videos shared or sold online.

According to official statistics, about 98 percent of offenders are men – from teachers and professors to pastors and police officers – while more than 80 percent of victims are women.

Despite South Korea’s ban on pornography, many videos are widely consumed on servers based in foreign countries, or secretly downloaded on file-sharing sites.



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Blackwater Founder Launches Fund To Invest In Car Battery Metals: FT


The fund aims to raise up to $500 million and will invest in deposits of metals such as cobalt, copper and lithium, largely in Africa and Asia, he told the newspaper.

Erik Prince, who founded the private security company Blackwater, is launching a fund to invest in metals used in electric vehicle batteries, he told the Financial Times. The fund aims to raise up to $500 million and will invest in deposits of metals such as cobalt, copper and lithium, largely in Africa and Asia, he told the newspaper.

Prince said the fund would bring unexplored deposits into production and then sell them to larger mining companies, often based in China. Chinese companies are not necessarily interested in the very upstream exploration,” Prince said. “They want to buy something in production, which leaves that gap for us.”

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He expects that metals used in car batteries will be in increasing demand in the coming years as the global automotive industry ramps up electric car production. Prince sold Blackwater in 2010. Since then he has run a security and logistics business called Frontier Services Group and made investments in natural resources.

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Epic Games Founder Explains How the Epic Games Store Gets Exclusive Games


The Epic Games Store for PC games launched earlier this month with a host of exclusive games such as Ashen, Hades, and Super Meat Boy Forever. While these independently-developed games usually find their way to other platforms such as Steam and the Nintendo eShop eventually, it’s interesting to see Epic Games retain a decent number of exclusive titles during its launch month. On a Reddit thread regarding the state of PC gaming, Epic founder Tim Sweeney explained how the company was able to do this. He also sounds off on how the Epic Games Store’s approach to content acquisition could result in a net gain for PC gamers as a whole amidst outrage of the Epic Games Store’s exclusives being anti-consumer.

“It’s up to you guys to decide what’s anti-consumer, but our aim with the Epic Games store is to be very pro-competitive,” his post reads. “In other words, to compete as a store and encourage healthy competition between stores. When lots of stores compete, the result is a combination of better prices for you, better deals for developers, and more investment in new content and innovation. These exclusives don’t come to stores for free; they’re a result of some combination of marketing commitments, development funding, or revenue guarantees. This all helps developers. For comparison, much of the investment in new TV content is the result of Netflix and Amazon competing with new stores.”

Furthermore, he admits that the sheer number of PC gaming apps is an unintended consequence of this, although this was a concern far before the Epic Games Store launched what with Activision-Blizzard, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA, GOG, and Rockstar Games all having their own apps.

“The proliferation of launchers is an annoying side effect of this, but the problem could eventually be solved through federated or decentralised software update tools,” his post continues. “There are ongoing conversations about this. But multiple stores are necessary for the health of an ecosystem. When there’s only one, their natural tendency is to siphon off more and more of the revenue, which then go to monopoly profits rather than creators!”

He goes on to state that game developers are being crushed by “increasing store taxes” though he fails to explain what this means. Instead he reiterates how beneficial the Epic Game Store’s revenue sharing policy can be, suggesting it can be the difference between funding a new game and going bankrupt.

In the same Reddit thread, Sweeney also clarified that the Epic Games Store doesn’t share data with Tencent or other companies.

“Re: Epic Games Store: Epic does not share user data with Tencent or any other company,” a Reddit post from Sweeney reads. “We don’t share it, sell it, or broker access to it for advertising like so many other companies do. I’m the founder and controlling shareholder of Epic and would never allow this to happen.”

Sweeney then goes on to clarify why the Epic Games Store terms of service appear to be more invasive than they actually are.

“The language related to sharing data with the parent companies refers to Epic Games Inc,” the post continues. “It’s a US-based company. This language exists because when you buy an Epic game in certain territories (like Europe), the seller of record is our local (e.g. European) subsidiary company for tax purposes, but the data is ultimately stored by Epic Games Inc.”


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Automobili Pininfarina Names Its PF0 Electric Hypercar ‘Battista’, Pays Homage To Founder


Automobili Pininfarina has named its new all-electric hypercar the ‘Battista’ in homage of the founder of the legendary design house

Automobili Pinifarina has finally christened its all-electric Hypercar that ran with the PF0 codename until now. The new car will be called the Battista and will pay homage to the founder of the Pininfarina design house, Battista Farina. The new car will wear the Pininfarina logo and will be the second series production car ever to wear the Pininfarina badge. The Battista will get underpinnings from the all-electric tech and hypercar maker Rimac and will make close to 1900 bhp of peak power. 0-100 kmph will be taken care of in under 2 seconds but all that is secondary since what this hypercar is really all about is purity of design! Incidentally, the Pininfarina Battista will also be the fastest and most powerful car ever made in Italy till date. Automobili Pininfarina and the Pininfarina design house are both owned by the Mahindra Group. 

Also Read: Teaser Images of the new Pininfarina Battista

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(Pininfarina Battista)

Speaking on the christening of the new supercar, Paolo Pininfarina, grandson of Batista Farina and Chairman, Pininfarina SpA, said, “This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina- branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring.”

Also Read: Pininfarina Battista Interior Details! 

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(Pininfarina Battista)

In terms of facts and figures, here are a few numbers to boggle your brain. 1900 bhp, 2300 Nm of torque, 0-100 kmph in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph or about 402 kmph! And all this with a range of well over 450 kms on a single charge. The Pininfarina Battista will also have a quick charge capability of getting 80 per cent of its total battery charge with just 30 – 40 mins of charge time.

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That said, as we mentioned earlier, the point of the Pininfarina Battista will not just be about crazy power figures and top speed runs, it is also about the design. While there are several teasers that have already been showcased, I personally have seen a render of how the car will look like when in its final avatar and all I can say is that it is one of the prettiest cars I have ever laid my eyes on! The exterior is unlike the aggressive and aero driven cars that we are so used to today and instead is more inspired by older, purer designs of the 60s and 70s. And the interior is stunning too! The new Pininfarina Battista will be unveiled to the public at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

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Ecuador Says Conditions Met For WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange To Leave Embassy In UK


Julian Assange has repeatedly expressed fear that Britain would extradite him to US to face charges there

Quito: 

Ecuador’s president said Thursday that conditions have been met for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country’s embassy in London, which would end a six-year standoff with British authorities.

“The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty,” President Lenin Moreno told reporters, explaining that he still had to answer in Britain for violating the terms of his bail. 

Moreno, however, said Britain had guaranteed that the 47-year-old Australian would not be extradited to any country where his life would be in danger.

Assange, who gained international renown by publishing huge caches of hacked State Department and Pentagon files, has repeatedly expressed fear that Britain would extradite him to the United States to face charges there.

US prosecutors last month inadvertently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Assange, according to WikiLeaks, but it was not known what the actual charges were.

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning in two alleged cases of sexual assault.

Sweden has since dropped that case, and Ecuador says there are no pending extradition requests against the WikiLeaks founder.

“The British government sent us an official communication indicating that the constitution of Great Britain bars extradition of a person to a place where his life would be in danger,” Moreno said.

That could be an issue in the case of the United States because it has the death penalty.  

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Ex-Trump Campaign Head Paul Manafort Denies Ever Meeting With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange


In the Guardian’s story, the paper reported that Manafort held secret talks with Assange

Washington: 

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, staunchly denied ever meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, after the Guardian newspaper published a story alleging the two met at least three times, including once in 2016.

“This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,” Manafort said through a spokesman.

“We are considering all legal options against the Guardian, who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.”

Manafort’s statement came one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office told a federal judge that Manafort had breached his plea agreement by lying repeatedly to the FBI despite pledging to cooperate with the probe.

In the same court filing, Manafort denied lying, but both sides agreed the court should move ahead and set a date to sentence him for his crimes.

Prosecutors said they plan to file a report before sentencing laying out the alleged crimes Manafort committed after pleading guilty in September.

The surprise development came as Mueller is working toward finalising a report on his probe into whether Russia and Trump’s campaign colluded in the 2016 presidential election.

Part of that probe has involved looking into whether any of Trump’s associates may have had advance notice before WikiLeaks published emails stolen by Russian hackers from Democratic computer networks to damage Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

In recent months, Mueller’s team has subpoenaed associates of Trump’s political adviser and Manafort’s former business partner, Roger Stone, who has denied having access to the emails.

In the Guardian’s story published on Tuesday, the paper reported that Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2013, 2015 and March 2016 – before the damaging emails were released months later.

WikiLeaks also denounced the story on Twitter Tuesday, saying it was “willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor’s head that Manafort never met Assange.”

It also reported that it has launched a legal fund to sue the newspaper for publishing a “fabricated story.”

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Chargesheet against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in US court


वाशिंगटन: विकिलीक्स के संस्थापक जूलियन असांज पर अमेरिकी अदालत में आरोप लगाए गए हैं. असांज ने साल 2010 में बड़ी संख्या में अमेरिकी गोपनीय दस्तावेजों को सार्वजनिक किया था. विकिलीक्स ने बताया कि अभियोजकों ने अदालत में असांज के खिलाफ आरोप पत्र दायर किया है. असांज के खिलाफ कौन से आरोप लगाए गए हैं, इसकी अभी तक कोई सूचना नहीं है. 

ट्रंप ने अपील अदालत में नियुक्ति के लिए नेओमी राव का नाम सीनेट को भेजा 

विकिलीक्स ने टि्वटर पर लिखा, ‘‘अमेरिका के न्याय विभाग ने ‘दुर्घटनावश’ विकिलीक्स के प्रकाशक जूलियन असांज के खिलाफ सीलबंद रखे गए आरोपों (आरोपों का मसौदा) का खुलासा किया जो इससे असंबद्ध किसी मामले में कट एंड पेस्ट की गलती प्रतीत होती है.” सहायक अमेरिकी अटॉर्नी केलेन ड्वेयर ने असांज के खिलाफ आरोप लगाए जाने का अनजाने में खुलासा किया जो अब भी सीलबंद हैं. 

डोनाल्ड ट्रंप ने व्हाइट हाउस में मनाई दिवाली, ट्वीट में हिंदुओं को ही बधाई देना भूले

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अटॉर्नी ने किसी दूसरे मामले में आरोप पत्र दायर किया था और न्यायाधीश से इसे सीलबंद रहने का अनुरोध किया. ड्वेयर ने लिखा कि आरोपों को ‘‘असांज की गिरफ्तारी तक सीलबंद रखने की जरूरत” होगी.

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