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4/20/2018

The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with Red Hat to create a tool that helps make government apps more secure. The technology notifies app owners of malware and other vulnerabilities throughout the app's life cycle.

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Nextgov
4/20/2018

Ordinary users will be able to add skills to their Alexa voice devices using Amazon's newly introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints. The Alexa Blueprints website provides 20 skill Blueprints as starting points for creating personalized skills.

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Alexa, Amazon
4/20/2018

Walmart and Amazon in recent weeks have separately initiated negotiations to acquire controlling stakes in India-based e-commerce company Flipkart. Flipkart is seen as a key piece to gaining control of India's e-commerce market, as Indian consumers regard it as a highly trustworthy brand, Itika Punit writes.

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Quartz
4/20/2018

China's ZTE has responded to the Department of Commerce's seven-year ban on doing business with American companies, calling it "unacceptable" and "extremely unfair." ZTE is planning to fight the ban, which was put in place after sanction violations, through negotiations with the US and potential legal action.

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ZTE, Department of Commerce
4/20/2018

Although cloud services sales are expected to climb from $160 billion this year to $277 billion by 2021, according to IDC data, estimates suggest only half of that revenue is driven by the channel. At the Channel Partners Conference & Expo on Thursday, representatives of four master agents and distributors gave advice on successful strategies to boost cloud service sales.

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Channel Futures
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IDC
4/20/2018

Google's App Engine no longer allows domain fronting, a technique developers have used to evade censors, and says it was never part of its official offerings. Google said domain fronting worked "because of a quirk of our software stack" but that they "don't have any plans to offer it as a feature."

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Ars Technica
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Google
4/20/2018

China is reportedly speeding up development of the domestic semiconductor industry at a time of heightened trade tensions with the US, Reuters reports, citing two people with direct knowledge of talks among government officials, regulators, trade groups and the National Integrated Circuitry Investment Fund. The discussions come on the heels of the Trump administration barring ZTE from buying chips offered by Qualcomm, Intel and other American chip vendors.

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ZTE, Reuters, Qualcomm, Intel
4/20/2018

Alibaba Group purchased IC design company Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems in an effort to boost its chip development. C-SKY specializes in embedded CPUs and has its own instruction set architecture for its chip designs.

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Alibaba Group
4/20/2018

Sol Voltaics teamed with researchers at Sweden's Lund University to develop gallium arsenide solar cells with semiconducting nanowires. The team has patented the resulting Aerotaxy process with its GaAs nanowires.

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Forbes
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Lund University, Sol Voltaics
4/20/2018

University of California at Riverside and University of Georgia researchers came up with zirconium telluride nanoribbons that are said to have very high current density. The one-dimensional nanoribbons made of a van der Waals material could be ideal for use in nanoscale interconnects and transistor channels, they say.

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NanotechWeb (U.K.)