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February 14, 2020 GMT

IN THE NEWS: U.S. FILES MORE CHARGES AGAINST HUAWEI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has filed new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei (WAH’-way) — and several of its subsidiaries. The charges claim the company took part in a brazen scheme to swipe trade secrets from its American competitors. What’s more, federal prosecutors say Huawei also provided surveillance equipment to Iran, helping the Tehran government monitor protesters during 2009 demonstrations. The charges also allege Huawei was hiding work it did for North Korea, despite economic sanctions slapped on the Seoul government. Huawei says in a statement that the allegations are “without merit.”

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IN THE NEWS: REPORT: INTERNET VOTING APP VULNERABLE TO HACKS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A study indicates the idea of using apps to cast votes in elections might need to be right-swiped for now. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say an internet voting app being tested in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah has serious problems. A MIT report says the Voatz app can let hackers change a person’s vote without anyone being able to find out. The study of the app also finds attackers could block votes — or expose how a person voted. Voting security experts have long argued that online voting is dangerously insecure.

ON THE WEB: AMAZON GAINS GROUND IN CHALLENGE FOR CLOUD DEAL

CYBERSPACE (AP) — A federal judge has put a temporary halt to Microsoft’s work on a $10 billion military contract for cloud-based services. That’s seen as a win for Amazon, which has sued the U.S. government for awarding the deal to its rival. Amazon claims President Donald Trump’s beef with Amazon tilted the lucrative deal to Microsoft. Jeff Bezos owns Amazon and The Washington Post. Trump often blasts the Post as “fake news” when it runs news stories he finds unfavorable.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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