The case against Huawei explained

The case against Huawei explained

Source:  The Verge

Earlier this week, chip designer ARM announced that it was cutting ties with Huawei, in the interests of “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the U.S. government.”  It’s a catastrophe for Huawei’s device business, halting its access to current and future chip designs and coming on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft.

Security experts have been warning about Huawei for more than a year, but it’s only in the last week that those warnings have escalated into an all-out trade blockade on the company’s U.S. partners.

There’s never been a full accounting of why the U.S. government believes Huawei is such a threat, in large part because of national security interests, which means much of the evidence remains secret.

But it’s worth tracing out exactly where the concerns are coming from, and where they could go from here.

Watch “The Huawei Ban is Much Bigger Than You Think” above and read the story at The Verge.

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Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers”

Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers”

Source:  Variety

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers,” which chronicles the story of Lehman employees who paid the price for trying to expose the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

The film is director Jennifer Deschamps’ account of the mostly female employees who recognized the early warnings signs of the subprime mortgage crisis that would go on to rattle the global economy.

When the employees tried to raise the alarm about corrupt lending practices at Lehman Brothers, they were subjected to harassment and threats instead.

A limited theatrical release for “Inside Lehman Brothers” is slated for the fall.

Read the story at Variety.

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Kal Penn knew nothing about the global economy before hosting “This Giant Beast”

Kal Penn knew nothing about the global economy before hosting “This Giant Beast”

Source:  LAist

Actor and former Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn knew nothing about the world’s economic systems when he was asked to host Amazon Prime’s new eight-part documentary series, “This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy.”

At least that’s what he told creators Adam McKay, director of “The Big Short,” and Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast.

McKay and Davidson said to him, “But you worked at the White House.”

Penn’s reply to them: “OK, come on, not on the economic team.”

But McKay and Davidson insisted that Penn was exactly the kind of person they wanted to host “This Giant Beast”; someone who is curious about the economy but doesn’t have a firm grasp on the details.

“This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy” is available now on Amazon Prime.

Read the story at LAist.

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Showtime docuseries “ACTION” examines the legalization of sports gambling

Showtime docuseries “ACTION” examines the legalization of sports gambling

Source:  CBS Sports

Last year, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision that legalized gambling at the federal level, allowing the expansion of its legalization outside of Nevada.

The decision swept through the country, as states—spearheaded by New Jersey, which had ardently opposed a federal ban on gambling—hastened to allow gambling on sports.

Professional sports leagues are adjusting to the new normal, and the Showtime documentary series “ACTION” looks at the implications of legalized betting from the gamblers’ perspective.

The film follows bookies, oddsmakers, and gamblers through the most recent NFL season and shows what is making the gambling world’s heart beat in a completely new landscape.

“ACTION” premieres March 24 on Showtime.

Read the story at CBS Sports.

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“Framing John DeLorean” blends documentary and drama

“Framing John DeLorean” blends documentary and drama

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

While the real-life rise and fall of auto business tycoon John DeLorean isn’t as fantastical as the plot of the DeLorean car-featuring “Back to the Future,” it’s nevertheless pretty darned strange.

The maverick auto executive found fame as a disruptor of the car industry and then much greater fame when he was seemingly caught on camera by federal agents agreeing to finance a cocaine smuggling operation.

The remarkable tale is now detailed in “Framing John DeLorean,” a part-documentary, part-dramatization which stars Alec Baldwin as DeLorean.

The film will receive its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and then open in select theaters on June 7.

Read the story at Entertainment Weekly.

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Watch the trailer for Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos doc “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”

Watch the trailer for Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos doc “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”

Source:  Refinery29

In 2015, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes topped Forbes’ list of America’s richest self-made women. With a net worth of $4.5 billion and a Silicon Valley-based blood testing company that promised to change health care, the young entrepreneur was on top of her game.

How she came crashing down from that pedestal is the subject of a new HBO documentary, “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.”

The film tells the story of how Holmes’s company, Theranos, was built on a lie. Though Holmes claimed that Theranos had created a method of testing that could detect a wide range of medical issues with a single drop of blood, it was all smoke and mirrors.

The technology didn’t exist even though Holmes had convinced investors to throw $400 million behind the company.

“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” premieres March 18 on HBO.

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