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Situational awareness: Following the U.K., the EU has issued guidelines that would allow Huawei to be part of 5G networks, albeit with some restrictions.
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China figured prominently throughout Apple's earnings report on Tuesday, helping fuel the company's record holiday quarter, but also playing a role in the uncertainty hanging over the current quarter.
Why it matters: Apple is the latest company to flag that China's coronavirus outbreak could harm near-term business.
A year after weakness in Greater China prompted a rare earnings warning, Apple returned to growth in the region. The company said it saw double-digit growth in sales of the iPhone and in its services and wearables businesses.
Yes, but: China was also the source of caution throughout Apple's conference call on Tuesday.
Specifically, CEO Tim Cook noted that:
The bottom line: It's too soon to say how great the human impact of the outbreak will be, but it's already a major source of economic risk.
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The last few days have made something pretty clear: Big Tech is getting greener — but that's not keeping it out of climate advocates' crosshairs.
Driving the news: New data shows that Google was the global leader in corporate renewable energy procurement last year, signing contracts for 2.7 gigawatts of capacity, Axios' Ben Geman writes.
But, but, but: Even as major tech companies announce new green ambitions — and evince existing ones — they're facing heightened pressure to walk the walk when it comes to their products and clients.
What's happening: Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor, who heads the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, this week urged Google to curb false climate information on its hugely popular YouTube subsidiary. She called for steps including:
Also this week, hundreds of Amazon employees, defying communications rules, put their names on statements criticizing Amazon policies on climate (among other topics).
Context: Amazon joins Google and Microsoft in coming under criticism from both their own employee and outside critics — including Sen. Bernie Sanders — for offering sophisticated computing services tailored to help oil companies assess and extract resources.
The bottom line: Tech companies have some of the corporate world's most aggressive climate targets and programs. But this is hardly inoculating them against criticism.
Catch up fast: Castor's letter cites a report this month by the activist group Avaaz which alleges YouTube is "driving millions of people to watch climate misinformation" daily.
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Just how fast Americans can access 5G wireless service depends, in large part, on how effectively the guts of the network — namely, hundreds of thousands of bulky antennas — are placed in cities, as Axios' Kim Hart reports.
Why it matters: While global tensions mount over pressure to build 5G networks as fast as possible, U.S. cities are in a fight of their own with telecom carriers and federal regulators over how new 5G antennas — or small cells — will be scattered throughout downtowns and neighborhoods.
Driving the news: Next month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, will hear a case between cities and the Federal Communications Commission over the placement of 5G antennas.
Context: Wireless companies say one of the biggest hurdles to deploying 5G networks is the need to negotiate with city officials for permission to install small cells, and that some cities were charging excessive fees for access to city property.
The other side: City leaders, however, say the one-size-fits-all rules undermine their authority to charge market rates for property access. They also say the mandated fee structure weakens their leverage to negotiate wider 5G build-outs that, for example, cover low-income neighborhoods as well as rich ones.
What's next: A decision in the case is expected later this year. Until then, the litigation creates uncertainty for both cities and carriers during what is supposed to be a critical time for 5G roll-outs.
"I don't think, sitting here in Washington, we have the right to tell cities what to do. We've created a lot of anger in cities and states across this country who want to play a role in figuring out what the future of their infrastructure looks like."— Democratic FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the 2018 order
You can check out Kim's related video here.
Rep. Patrick McHenry, the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, wants facial recognition provider Clearview to explain its data collection practices and is calling on committee Chair Maxine Waters to schedule a hearing on the matter.
Why it matters: Clearview has come under fire following a New York Times report on its use of public images from social media and elsewhere on the internet to create a facial recognition system for law enforcement agencies.
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