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Indien afviser at have bedt Trump om hjælp: Det passer ikke

DR Nyheder - 3 hours 57 min ago
Den amerikanske præsident, Donald Trump, påstår, at Indien har bedt ham være mægler i konflikten med Pakistan. Ikke korrekt, lyder det fra Indien.
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Urenset kloakvand havner i åer og søer, men ingen ved hvor meget

DR Nyheder - 4 hours 13 min ago
Miljøstyrelsen har ikke overblik over, hvor meget spildevand, der ender i vandløbene.
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Trump meets with top US tech leaders to discuss sales to Huawei as he moves to soften restrictions against the Chinese tech giant

Businessinsider - 4 hours 19 min ago

  • 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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US expands fast-track deportations of undocumented migrants

Al Jazeera - 4 hours 37 min ago
The Trump administration to expand its powers to deport migrants without allowing them to appear before court.
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DAGENS ETAPE Sidste chance for sprinterne inden Paris

DR Sporten - 4 hours 38 min ago
Feltet rammer en flad etape oven på Tourens sidste hviledag.
Categories: Sport v/DR

Forskere graver sig dybt ned under Alaskas is i jagt efter liv på Mars

DR Nyheder - 4 hours 42 min ago
Under Alaskas permafrost findes livsformer i ekstremt salte vandlommer, som giver håb om liv på Mars.
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South Korea says it fired warning shots at Russian military jet

Al Jazeera - 4 hours 58 min ago
Seoul says the Russian planes violated its airspace twice prompting its air force to scramble fighter jets.
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Kom med til stor plastikindsamling

TV2 Lorry - Hovedstadsområdet - 5 hours 10 min ago
Tirsdag begynder en hel uge med fokus på plasticindsamling i København og på Frederiksberg. Baggrunden for indsamlingen er et nyt pantsystem på juice- og saftflasker.
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Forskere: Ældre bør sige ja tak til influenzavaccine

DR Nyheder - 5 hours 19 min ago
Influenzavaccine har mere end én effekt. Den beskytter også ældre mod slagtilfælde og død, viser undersøgelse.
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Sydkorea affyrer varselsskud mod russisk bombefly

DR Nyheder - 5 hours 34 min ago
Et russisk bombefly krænkede tirsdag to gange luftrummet over Sydkorea, som sendte kampfly på vingerne.
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US expands powers to deport migrants without going to court

BBC News - World - 5 hours 49 min ago
Under the rule, officers will be able to immediately deport more migrants without going to court.
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Mack Horton: Fina warns swimmer over podium snub to rival

BBC News - World - 5 hours 59 min ago
The sport's governing body tells Mack Horton not to make "gestures" amid his feud with Sun Yang.
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US envoy to return to Afghanistan, Qatar for peace talks

Al Jazeera - 6 hours 14 min ago
Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan next week and then Qatar to resume negotiations aimed at ending war.
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India denies PM Modi asked Trump to mediate in Kashmir conflict

BBC News - World - 6 hours 28 min ago
Mr Trump claimed that India's PM had asked him to mediate in the 70-year-old dispute with Pakistan.
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'Boundless criminality': Idlib market bombing toll rises to 38

Al Jazeera - 7 hours 13 min ago
Syrian and Russian air raids have killed at least 50 people and wounded scores in rebel-held province of Idlib.
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'Cycle of revenge': Children join Papua rebels in Indonesia

Al Jazeera - 7 hours 16 min ago
Teenagers pictured among independence fighters in central highlands of restive territory in far east of Indonesia.
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Massive protests held in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to step down

BBC News - World - 7 hours 35 min ago
Hundreds of thousands of protesters join in a strike demanding Ricardo Rosselló's resignation.
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En person er dræbt i trafikulykke i det indre København

DR Nyheder - 7 hours 53 min ago
Op mod syv biler er stødt sammen på Langebro i København, og en person er afgået ved døden.
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Police criticised over failure to stop attacks on protesters

Al Jazeera - 8 hours 27 min ago
Protesters slam police for not acting against gang members armed with clubs who attacked passengers, injuring dozens.
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This former SolarCity exec is trying to reinvent 2 parts of the solar business

Businessinsider - 8 hours 37 min ago

  • 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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