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Europe telecoms lobby group 'denounces' bans on Chinese vendors

Europe telecoms lobby group 'denounces' bans on Chinese vendors

By BERLIN (Reuters) - A business group representing challenger telecoms operators in Europe warned on Friday against banning Chinese equipment vendors, saying that doing so for political reasons would force up costs and delay network upgrades.In a strongly-worded statement, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), said it “denounces any bans of Chinese 5G suppliers for geopolitical reasons and emphasises that such decisions can only be justified on the basis of well-established facts”.ECTA groups alternative telecoms such as Germany’s 1&1 Drillisch, Iliad of France...

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Creators of gene 'scissors' clinch Nobel as women sweep chemistry

Creators of gene 'scissors' clinch Nobel as women sweep chemistry

By , , STOCKHOLM/BERLIN (Reuters) - Two scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for creating genetic ‘scissors’ that can rewrite the code of life, contributing to new cancer therapies and holding out the prospect of curing hereditary diseases.Emmanuelle Charpentier, who is French, and American Jennifer Doudna share the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with precision.“The ability to cut the DNA where you want has revolutionized the life sciences,” Pernilla Wittung...

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Drillisch slumps after profit warning on Telefonica Deutschland spat

Drillisch slumps after profit warning on Telefonica Deutschland spat

By BERLIN (Reuters) - Shares in 1&1 Drillisch and its parent United Internet slumped on Monday after the German telco warned that an increase in the cost of its network access deal with Telefonica Deutschland would hit profits this year.The virtual mobile network operator said Telefonica Deutschland would increase prices from July 1 under a five-year extension to a deal that resulted from merger remedies on Telefonica dating back to 2014.As a result, Drillisch now expects earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation to come in at 600 million euros ($712 million) this...

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Paris salons, Shanghai Disney reopen despite global alarm over second coronavirus wave

Paris salons, Shanghai Disney reopen despite global alarm over second coronavirus wave

United States BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Global alarm was sounded on Monday over a potential second wave of coronavirus cases after Germany, relatively successful in slowing the outbreak, reported that infections had accelerated again after the first tentative steps to ease a lockdown. But in the United States, which has by far the highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of reopening states too slowly, for political advantage, albeit without providing evidence. News that the “reproduction rate” - the number of people each person with the disease goes...

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Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany

Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany

United States BERLIN (Reuters) - New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control. The Robert Koch Institute for disease control said in a daily bulletin the number of people each sick person now infects - known as the reproduction rate, or R - had risen to 1.1. When it goes above 1, it means the number of infections is growing. Chancellor Angela Merkel, bowing to pressure from leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states to restart social life and revive...

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Germany flips on smartphone contact tracing, backs Apple and Google

Germany flips on smartphone contact tracing, backs Apple and Google

United States BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany changed course on Sunday over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections, backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a growing number of other European countries. Chancellery Minister Helge Braun and Health Minister Jens Spahn told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that Berlin would adopt a ‘decentralized’ approach to digital contact tracing, in so doing abandoning a home-grown alternative. Nations are rushing to develop apps to assess at scale the risk of catching COVID-19, where the chain of...

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