Trump meets with top US tech leaders to discuss sales to Huawei as he moves to soften restrictions against the Chinese tech giant

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  • President Donald Trump met with executives of top US tech companies on Monday — including Google, Intel, and Qualcomm — to discuss restrictions against sales to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
  • The meeting between Trump and top tier tech leaders comes as the US continues to shift its policy regarding Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, which has been thrust into the center of trade war negotiations between China and the US.
  • The Trump administration previously raised concerns that Huawei technology could pose a national security risk and placed the Chinese company on a trade blacklist.
  • But tensions between Huawei and the Trump administration have eased in recent weeks following a meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping last month, in which Trump agreed to hold off on additional tariffs on Chinese goods and pledged reprieve for Huawei.
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President Donald Trump on Monday met with executives of seven top US tech companies to discuss "a range of economic issues," including national security restrictions against sales to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. 

Trump sat down with leaders from Google, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, Micron, Broadcom, and Western Digital Corporation — all top producers of US technology equipment — to discuss treatment of the Chinese technology company, according to the White House.

"The CEOs expressed strong support of the president's policies, including national security restrictions on United States telecom equipment purchases and sales to Huawei," the White House said in a statement. "They requested timely licensing decisions from the Department of Commerce, and the president agreed."

The meeting between Trump and top tier tech leaders comes as the US continues to shift its policy regarding Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, which has been thrust into the center of trade war negotiations between China and the US.

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The Trump administration previously raised concerns that Huawei technology could pose a national security risk and may be used as a backdoor for Chinese government espionage. Other nations, including Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, have also considered that Huawei tech might pose a security risk and have prevented Huawei from using its technology in "sensitive" parts of its telecommunications systems.

The US Department of Commerce added Huawei to a trade blacklist in May, which prevents the company from buying parts and components from American companies without US government approval. The move could have a dramatic effect on Huawei's operations, as the company relies heavily on US parts.

The placement of Huawei on the US trade blacklist has led to many major US tech companies and suppliers — including Google— to stop providing critical software to the company.

But tensions between Huawei and the Trump administration have eased in recent weeks following a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, last month.

Following the meeting, Trump agreed to hold off on additional tariffs on Chinese goods and discussed the clampdown on Huawei.

"US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei ... there's no great, national emergency problem," Trump told reporters after his meeting.

Read more: Here are all the big companies that have cut ties with Huawei, dealing the Chinese tech giant a crushing blow

Earlier this month, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced an easing of restrictions against the Chinese company in line with Trump's statements after the G20 summit, stating that the US would issue licenses to US companies looking to sell to Huawei as long as it does not pose a threat to national security.

Despite this apparent relaxing of restrictions, Huawei still remains on the US trade blacklist, a sign that the US remains cautious as it moves to improve its trade relations with China.

Early on Monday, The Washington Post published a report saying that according to documents Huawei, "secretly helped the North Korean government build and maintain the country's commercial wireless network," an allegation which Huawei denies. 

SEE ALSO: Intel, Qualcomm, and other US tech firms reportedly cut off critical software to Huawei after Trump's blacklist

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This former SolarCity exec is trying to reinvent 2 parts of the solar business

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  • GivePower is a nonprofit working to develop projects in underserved areas.
  • The organization recently finished a project at the Standing Rock Reservation for the Sioux Nation tribe.
  • GivePower was started by for SolarCity executive Hayes Barnard, who is also CEO of Loanpal, a company that facilitates financing for residential solar projects.
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Solar is harder than most people think, even though it's grown in popularity over the past 10 years.

Hayes Barnard wants to make solar easier. Barnard was SolarCity's Chief Revenue Officer, a job he took on when the solar-installer acquired his company, Paramount Solar, in 2013. A few months after the deal, Barnard created a solar nonprofit affiliated with SolarCity. When Tesla and Solar City merged in 2016, Barnard spun off the nonprofit prior to the tie-up and continues to run the organization.

Called GivePower, it facilitates solar projects in places where there currently isn't much energy drawn from the sun. This week, the organization announced that it had assisted the Sioux Nation is developing a 300-kilowatt solar farm in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, not far from the controversial Dakota Access pipeline and in the heart of fracking country. The solar farm is North Dakota's first.

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"It will provide 50% of all solar in the state," Barnard said in an interview with Business Insider. "It's a pretty groundbreaking move in North Dakota."

The power generated by the system, which is owned by the tribe, will go to a Sioux Nation community center and to a veterans center. Of the income flowing in from operating the utility, the tribe will spend half on a scholarship fund to preserve its language.

GivePower has handed off the project at this point, after managing the development, securing the land, overseeing engineering an construction, and even hiring a member of the Sioux tribe — who has now moved on to start his own solar-development business.

When Barnard isn't working on GivePower, he's running Loanpal, a solar-financing company that's trying to address what he thinks is another challenge with the industry.

"The whole idea was I want to say yes more often," he said. "Millions are calling, all we do is say no."

The "no's" came from hangups in the solar-financing process. Customers wanted to own, rather than lease, solar-panel systems, but when they investigated what it took to get panels on their roofs, they encountered potentially thousands in upfront costs — a "litany of upgrades," Barnard said.

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Trying to cover the financing through the traditional home-equity routes ended up being too onerous, he said. And many buyers couldn't qualify for the financing that was available.

"We studied this meticulously to understand the disqualification rate," he added. 

The solution was a separate loan that didn't require a mortgage refinancing. Homeowners also have the option of doing a home refinancing later, absorbing the cost of the solar loan.

"A key component of what we did was to educate major banks," Barnard said. "It's been well received by the market, and solar contractors say it's great."

LoanPal has organized $27 billion in funding for 125,000 customers, according to the company's data, with 80% of the top 50 solar operations making use of its platform. So if Barnard gets his way, solar should become much easier for homeowners to consider, for banks to finance, and for installers to get onto rooftops.

"I want to be in the ecosystem of the industry where I can help everybody," he said, of Loanpal and GivePower. "You can all get a 'Yes.'"

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A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers (FB)

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  • Facebook's Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allowed for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents, according to a report by the Verge.
  • A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider on Monday that children had been allowed to chat with friends-of-friends in group settings within Messenger.
  • Facebook would not give an exact number of children impacted, though it said the number was somewhere in the thousands.
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Facebook's Messenger Kids is supposed to provide parents complete control over who their children chat can with on the app. But as The Verge reported on Monday, that key promise appears to have been broken, thanks to a design flaw with the app. 

According to the report, Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allows for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed with Business Insider on Monday that children had been allowed to chat with friends-of-friends in group settings within Messenger. All users in the chat groups had been approved by someone's parents, the spokesperson said, just not necessarily approved by the parent's of the child entering the chat. 

"We recently notified some parents of Messenger Kids account users about a technical error that we detected affecting a small number of group chats," Facebook told Business Insider. "We turned off the affected chats and provided parents with additional resources on Messenger Kids and online safety."

The Facebook spokesperson would not give an exact number of children impacted, except to say it was somewhere in the thousands. The spokesperson also said the bug was discovered over the last couple weeks, and since then, the company has notified the parents of affected children. 

Privacy settings for children having one-on-one chat conversations within Messenger Kids were not affected, according to Facebook. 

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News of the privacy flaw for Messenger Kids, which is designed for children under the age of 13, comes as some privacy advocates have called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the app over allegations of collecting data on its underage users — which would be a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Facebook already faces a potential $5 billion fine from the FTC for violating a privacy consent decree set by the commission. 

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The internet is deeply confused by YouTube star Logan Paul's bizarre Fox Business interview

Businessinsider - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 00:56

  • YouTuber Logan Paul appeared on Fox Business Monday afternoon, and his responses left the internet wondering what was going on.
  • Paul talked to Fox Business' Liz Claman about his controversial videos. He also claimed he's the "quickest man on the planet," and explained that he has pink eye.
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YouTuber Logan Paul appeared on Fox Business Monday afternoon, and his responses left the internet wondering what exactly was going on — debating whether it was a stunt or if the vlogger needs media training.

The interview with Fox's Liz Claman was intended to discuss the fight for popularity among various social media platforms, including Youtube, Facebook, and a new emerging app, Tik Tok, which ranks as the fourth most downloaded app, Claman reported.

Paul, who has nearly 20 million Youtube subscribers, was invited to the news segment for knowing "a thing or two about jumping from platform to platform."

Paul's answers deviated to him calling himself the "quickest man on the planet" and explaining that he has pink eye.

Stunt or not, the internet simply thought the interview was bizarre.

Logan Paul’s appearance on Fox Business is a good ad for the value of media training pic.twitter.com/Hh7BwunlXo

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 22, 2019

How so? @LoganPaul did what he came on to do. This was strategic, so not sure what exactly you think he needs training for. He’s not a pundit, he’s a YouTuber.

— Jonathan Franks (@jonfranks) July 22, 2019

Logan Paul was just on Fox Business and, well, it was something pic.twitter.com/MbCCoERNu3

— jordan (@JordanUhl) July 22, 2019

Logan Paul and his pink eye stopped by Fox Business https://t.co/GPyDjGYJJ3 pic.twitter.com/0jqzBpGHH1

— Mashable (@mashable) July 22, 2019

Logan Paul on Fox News pic.twitter.com/W7zszZPM73

— Sarah Manavis (@sarahmanavis) July 22, 2019

Goodness this was painful to watch

— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) July 22, 2019


"I'm everywhere, baby," Paul said during the interview in response to a question about platforms. "I'm everywhere, and I'm nowhere. I'm like a ghost."

Claman dubbed Paul as a "controversial 24-year-old megastar," citing a previous incident in which the YouTuber filmed a dead body in Japan's "suicide forest," which garnered significant backlash and prompted Paul to take a hiatus from social media following an apology video posted to YouTube, which was viewed over 55 million times.

"Liz, I have to stop you right there. You used the word 'controversial,'" Paul said in response to Claman's description of him. "Just so you know, I am an ex-controversial YouTuber. That's no longer me. We kind of graduated."

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Claman asked why Paul remains active on both his YouTube and Instagram account, which has approximately 16 million followers, and yet his Facebook page, which has nearly the same amount in "likes," remains inactive.

"Why you have to call me out live like that?" Paul asked with a laugh during the interview, but revealed that he prefers the aforementioned platforms over the latter for monetary reasons, saying that YouTube does a better job at monetizing content creators.

Paul also revealed that his expenses surpassed his income for the "first time ever," saying that he's "definitely going downhill from here."

"I think it's the beginning of the end," Paul said, adding, "I also have pink eye. It's not contagious."

He quickly cut off the Fox Business host to clarify, "No, it is, there's a two-week incubation period," and apologized when Claman jokingly told him not to touch anything on set.

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Paul went on to talk about the Challenger Games, a celebrity track-and-field event airing on July 27, in which 100 popular individuals, including Paul, will compete for $100,000.

"If I'm being quite honest with you, I'm the fastest YouTuber; I'm the fastest entertainer on the planet," Paul said, citing his athletic ability and potential to win the games. "I could be the quickest man on the planet. … I'm betting 100,000 that I'm the fastest man on the planet."

Claman also noted his ability to do the splits, which Paul performs in some of his viral videos, to which Paul said, "Why can I do the splits? That's weird. I'm uncomfortable with myself."

Paul mentioned towards the end of the interview that another fight with fellow internet celebrity KSI is expected at the end of the year, following the first match in August 2018.

"KSI, I'm gonna beat you badly," Paul said.

Logan Paul and his brother Jake Paul recently topped a list of the highest paid YouTube stars. Between June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018, Logan Paul made $14.5 million, according to Forbes. Jake made $21.5 million.

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DoorDash is under fire for its controversial tipping policy. We asked Uber, Lyft, Instacart and other gig-economy startups how much of your tips go directly to their workers (UBER, LYFT)

Businessinsider - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 00:15

  • DoorDash is under fire for an opaque tipping system that customers are saying is misleading. 
  • In some cases, tips count toward the company's guaranteed minimum pay for orders, instead of being added on top of the check total. 
  • A company spokesperson told Business Insider that this is an isolated case, and that tips are usually in addition to the minimum.  
  • We asked every delivery startup we could think of about their tipping policies. Here's what they said. 
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Not all DoorDash tips actually go to the courier on top of an order's total.

The company's opaque system, which went viral this week after a New York Times reporter worked for the company and wrote about his experience, has now come under fire from critics and customers who call their tipping system misleading.

In short, every DoorDash order comes with a guaranteed minimum earnings for the worker who completes the job. If the total ends up being less than that guarantee, then DoorDash kicks in the rest of the money. But in a small number of cases, the tip can also help make up that difference.

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In light of that news, we asked some of the world's most prominent gig economy startups, many of which function almost exactly like DoorDash, about their tipping policies.

Here's what the companies said:

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Uber drivers keep 100% of the tips given to them through the app, the company confirmed to Business Insider

"The easiest way to tip your delivery partner is through the app," a spokesperson said. "Once your order is complete, you'll be prompted to rate your delivery partner. Once you provide a rating, you'll be given the option to add a tip."

Cash tips are also an option, the spokesperson added.

Originally, however, tipping was optional on the ride-hailing service, and Uber pushed back strongly against adding the option. But after six years of requests from drivers, the company began launching the feature in the app in 2017 and eventually rolled out the functionality nationwide.


Similarly, 100% of tips on Lyft's app go straight to drivers, Lyft's website says and a spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

Unlike Uber, Lyft has always had a tipping function inside its app. In 2018, the company said drivers had pocketed more than $500 million in tips.


Postmates, a nearly $2 billion delivery startup that's currently pursuing an IPO, prefers you to tip through its app as opposed to cash. Still, it's workers receive all of customer's tips.

"Our fleet keeps 100% of their tips," a spokesperson told Business Insider.

"As Postmates cofounder and CEO, Bastian Lehmann, noted in last week's CNN OpEd members of the Postmates fleet will always retain 100% their tips and unlike competitors customer tips will never be used to eat into their base earnings," the statement continued.

"Postmates is always investing in smarter matching technologies, enabling our Fleet to cumulatively earn even more in a given hour, even as we make adjustments over time. Even as we work through legislative & regulatory reforms to ensure gig-workers can access a more fulsome benefits model & safety net, Postmates has also been working with its Fleet Advisory Board to elevate the voice of workers and create a new suite of career, financial and health savings benefits."

After an order, customers are unable to to place another without taking action — tipping or declining to tip — in the app, according to the company's website.


GrubHub, the massive, publicly traded company that's also behind Seamless, passes 100% of customer tips through to its couriers.

"Just like before, you'll still keep 100% of your tips, and your per-order earnings will continue to be determined independently and separately from the tips you receive," the company said in its most recent update to pay rates. "We remain committed to transparency and will still show the total amount you'll earn before you accept any order."

A company spokesperson confirmed this policy in an email to Business Insider. 


A GrubHub spokesperson confirmed that the same pricing and tipping policies apply for Seamless, which has been owned and operated by GrubHub since 2013.


Instacart, like DoorDash, found itself at the center of controversy earlier this year.

In February, the company reversed a policy that was similar to DoorDash's current payment structure, and broke out tips from the guaranteed minimum earnings of $10.

"This meant that when Instacart's payment and the customer tip at checkout was below $10, Instacart supplemented the difference," the company said at the time. "While our intention was to increase the guaranteed payment for small orders, we understand that the inclusion of tips as a part of this guarantee was misguided. We apologize for taking this approach."

A company spokesperson confirmed that 100% of tips submitted through the app are given directly to the shopper.


Deliveroo, which does not operate in the United States, has a tip function in its app and passes through 100% of those tips to its workers.

"Whether you tip or not is completely up to you," the company's FAQ reads. "You can tip in the app when placing your order or tip in cash when the rider delivers your food. Riders receive 100% of all tips."


TaskRabbit, which isn't necessarily delivery-specific, says it passes all tips on to its workers.

"Please Note: Tipping is optional and Taskers receive 100% of the tip amount in addition to the base rates they set," the company's website says. "The option to leave a tip will only be available for a 24 hour window after you receive your invoice.

Do you have experience working for a gig-economy company? Have a story to share? Get in touch with this reporter at grapier@businessinsider.com 

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