CES 2019: America, China and tech's next step

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Image caption Huawei may not have any keynote speakers at CES, but the Chinese tech giant is still very much present

In a corner of the Las Vegas Convention Center, a row of Huawei Mate 20 smartphones are lined up, sparkling, for CES delegates to try out.

It's a typical scene at the trade show but one made slightly surreal by the fact that few Americans will likely ever own these phones. Right now, US networks don't offer any Huawei smartphones, because US security services are worried they could be used for Chinese surveillance.

And yet, Huawei has still decided to promote itself at CES in some force - at a time when the company's chief financial officer faces possible extradition to the US over accusations of bank fraud.

And in a climate where US-China trade relations are at boiling point.

"It makes business sense for them to come here," says Gary Shapiro, chief executive of the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES.

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Government shutdown 'embarrassing' to US tech industry

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Image caption Gary Shapiro runs the Consumer Technology Association, which organises the CES trade show

The ongoing US government shutdown is an embarrassment to the country’s technology industry, a leading figure has said.

Several government officials had to pull out of attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a trade event which begins this week, because of the current political stalemate.

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What 2019 holds for Facebook

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Image caption Facebook's stock price took a battering after multiple scandals damaged its reputation

Great news for Facebook: 2018 is over. Bad news: 2019 has begun.

This year, the apologies will make way for accountability, and the talk of regulation will (potentially) turn to action.

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Just how bad is it for Apple?

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Image caption Tim Cook's Apple has changed its business, preparing for a time when the iPhone does not bring in the huge profits investors have come to expect

I've been reflecting on Apple's news on Wednesday, that it was dramatically cutting its revenue forecasts for the first time in 16 years.

Commentary on this seems to range from minor blip to complete disaster. But here’s how I see it.

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Facebook sued by top prosecutor over Cambridge Analytica

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Washington DC's top prosecutor is suing Facebook in the first significant US move to punish the firm for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, said the Washington Post.

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'Lazy' Tumblr porn rules now in force

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Image caption Tumblr has been reinstated into the Apple App Store following its decision to change its policy

New rules about adult content on blogging site Tumblr, which have upset many of its users, have come into force.

The site no longer allows such material but said existing posts that fell foul of its new policy would be hidden, not deleted.

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Huawei arrest puts 'bullseye' on Apple

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Image caption Apple draws 20% of its global revenue from China

You don't need to look hard to see how the Global Times - the state-backed Chinese newspaper - is interpreting the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

"Washington's move to stifle Huawei will undermine itself," reads a headline. "Banning Chinese companies like Huawei will isolate US from digital economy of the future," reads another.

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Google+ to shut early after second bug revealed

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Google has found another bug in its Google+ social network that it says affects as many as 52.5 million users.

It said the flaw allowed "name, email address, occupation, and age" to be exposed to third-party developers, even if accounts had been set to private.

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Tom Cruise gives lesson in TV settings and 'motion smoothing'

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Image caption McQuarrie (left) and Cruise worked together on the latest Mission Impossible film

Something is keeping movie star Tom Cruise up at night: motion smoothing.

In an impassioned video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the Mission Impossible star warned that a default setting on many high-end televisions "makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video instead of film".

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Tumblr's porn ban abandons the marginalised

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Image caption Communities on Tumblr were developed around specific tastes

Tumblr has a major porn problem - bots, spam and, most seriously, images of child abuse.

But for those that use its site legally, the decision to ban adult content across its entire network is seen as a reluctance to tackle the issues properly.

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