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.
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.
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.
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.