Early Global News: Sunday January 6th, 2019

Early Global News

Sunday January 6th, 2019


Acting chief of staff Mulvaney says shut down negotiations have stalled: ‘We’re back at square one’  Business Insider

Russia, U.S. plan no direct contacts for early 2019: Russian deputy FM  Xinhua

Trump Goes After Pharma on Twitter as Companies Increase Prices  “Comment comes as drug industry’s biggest meeting set to start. New year brought average drug price increase of 6.7 percent”  Bloomberg


UTX ALRM  Interlogix has a home security touchscreen at CES that works with Alarm.com  Cnet

QCOM  The FTC’s antitrust trial against Qualcomm has begun  “The chip maker claims it’s not as dominant as regulators think.”  Engadget

NVDA  CES 2019: Watch the Nvidia press conference live, Sunday, 8 p.m. PT  “Look for gaming and auto news from the chipmaker.”  Cnet

AMD  AMD Vega II release date, news and rumors  TechRadar

MO  E-cigarette battery ignites fire on American Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Chicago  USA Today

GOOGL AAPL AMZN  Virtual Assistants Have Hit a Wall—and It’ll Be Years Before They Reach Full Potential  “Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant desperately want to help you do your routine—but it takes too much programming and there are still too many holes”  WSJ

FDX UPS AMZN FWB: DPW  Jeff Bezos’s Amazon delivers airborne challenge to FedEx  The Times

RBS  RBS admits misleading court to repossess customer’s home  Financial Times

China’s Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia  Ecns.cn

Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

XRAY HSIC ALGN  ‘No proof’ dental braces work, German government report finds  The Telegraph

GE  GE Healthcare, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Partner for Safer, More Precise Immunotherapy Cancer Treatment  “Partnership will enable identification of appropriate patients for immunotherapy clinical trials and treatment, reducing unnecessary and expensive trial failures and speeding up immunotherapy approvals”  Press Release

SYRS  Syros Announces Strategic Priorities and Expected Milestones  “Advancing SY-5609 Toward Clinical Development with Phase 1 Trial Expected to Start in Early 2020”  Press Release

GILD  Gilead Sciences and Yuhan Corporation Announce Collaboration and License Agreement to Develop Novel Investigational Treatments for Advanced Fibrosis Due to Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis  Press Release

Merged Israeli-US dental implant cos raise $50m  (default)

Entertainment Games

Roman Abramovich eyed Arsenal takeover – but it did not happen for one key reason  The Mirror

ATVI  Blizzard Confirms Female ‘Overwatch’ Contenders Player Is Imposter  Variety

SNE  Sony’s Chief Plans to Make Entertainment Assets a Priority  NY Times

NFLX  Mediator: Netflix’s Bow to Saudi Censors Comes at a Cost to Free Speech  NY Times

Military Surveillance

ESLT  Israel’s Elbit Systems wins $333 mln ammunitions contract  Reuters

“The Criminals Who Run The Deep State Will Be Exposed”: Kim Dotcom Teases “Next Round Of Leaks”  Zero Hedge

Travel Hotel

CTRP TOUR  Beijing’s new airport to handle 72 mln passengers annually by 2025  Ecns.cn

GOGO  Govt plans to form panel to roll out in-flight mobile services by March  Livemint

Airline to ‘obese’ cabin crew: Lose weight or you’re fired  NY Post

INDA  Tourists in India warned to avoid crowds as tension over temple ban mounts  The Guardian

EWU  Invasion of the jellyfish: 13,000 beach goers stung in just one week  The Telegraph

ALK  Alaska Airlines planes return to the air after nationwide ground stop due to power outage  USA Today

BDRBF ERJ BA  How China Could Challenge the Boeing-Airbus Duopoly  “Investors overestimated the competitive chances of Bombardier and Embraer, but now risk underestimating the threat posed by China”  WSJ


DMLRY  Mercedes aims to be among top two players to scale autonomous tech -paper  Reuters

NSANY  Japanese prosecutors want Ghosn to sign confession, says son: paper  Reuters

TSLA  Tesla owner says Autopilot automatically regained control after sliding out-of-control on ice – video  Electrek

TSLA  Tesla Model 3 Used Car Stats As Depressing For BMW & Audi As New Car Sales  Clean Technica

RNLSY  France presses Renault over executive compensation paid via Dutch holding company  Automotive News


As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt  NY Times

Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued to Grow Last Year  Fortune


SSNLF  Samsung set to launch ‘M’ series for millennials  Economic Times of India

Renders purport to depict ‘iPhone 11’ prototypes, features three rear cameras and square camera bump  Digit India via 9to5Mac

AMZN GOOGL  Opinion: Apple is playing a dangerous game with its Home strategy  9to5Mac

Screen Time Not Intrinsically Bad For Children, Say Doctors  Slashdot

SSNLF  Samsung wants to link phones together with magnets to make bigger screens  TechRadar

SSNLF  Apple is putting iTunes on Samsung TVs  The Verge

WSJ report explores how the iPhone XR is the ‘phone that’s failing Apple’  WSJ via 9to5Mac

Apple reportedly ‘in discussions’ to support RCS, the iMessage-like successor to SMS  9to5Mac

Energy Commodities

DWDP BAYRY SEED  Chinese scientists succeed in developing clonal seeds from hybrid rice  Xinhua

Afghan gold mine collapse kills 30  BBC World News


Britons would now vote to stay in EU, want second referendum: poll  Reuters

EWQ  Clashes Break Out as France’s ‘Yellow-Vest’ Protests Show Signs of Revival  “Flare-up of unrest suggests ‘gilets jaunes’ continue to present a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron”  Wall Street Journal

Politics  EWU  MPs plan to mount a Donald Trump-style shutdown of the Government to stop a no deal Brexit  Daily Mail


China reveals plans for carrier relocation to Beijing’s new airport  Reuters

China unveils plans to ‘sinify’ Islam  Financial Times

Blacklisted in China—Misbehaving Scientists Poised for “Social” Punishment  Singularity Hub

North Korea

N. Korea uses face recognition tech at hospital and other facilities  Korea Times

N. Korea will never give up nuclear arsenal: ex-U.S. spy chief  Korea Times


EWY  Food industry sales rise 2.3% in 2018  Korean Herald

EWY  Number of new convenience stores in Korea drops in 2018  Korean Herald

Alibaba veteran launches $200m Southeast Asia-focused fund  Tech in Asia

EWM  Malaysia’s king steps down: palace statement  Reuters

EIDO  Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia – just weeks after a tsunami killed 400 people  Daily Mail

Philippine court orders arrest of Japanese casino mogul Okada  Reuters


EWZ  Brazil deploys troops to stop violence in Fortaleza  BBC World News

EWZ  Dozens of tourists are held at gunpoint for up to two hours in mass robbery  Brazil  Daily Mail

EWZ  A new breed tries to bring the free market to Brazil  Financial Times

Former Venezuelan supreme court judge escapes to U.S.  Jerusalem Post

Russia Ukraine

Iran plans naval drills with Russia in Caspian Sea  Reuters

Russian intelligence ‘trying to set up new web of spies in Britain’  Daily Mail

Location of Russian sailors captured in Gulf of Guinea is unknown – embassy  TASS

Roscosmos surprised that NASA communicates with state corporation through media  TASS

Middle East

Iraqi Sadr’s Bloc Rejects U.S. Troops in Baghdad  Al Bawaba

EGPT  Bomb Blast Outside Egypt Coptic Church Kills Police Officer, Injures 2  Al Bawaba

UAE’s GDP Projected to Grow 3.7 Percent in 2019  Al Bawaba

Hamas arrests Gazans suspected of attacking Abbas’ TV station offices  Haaretz

EIS  Over 4 million tourists visited Israel in 2018, up 14% from previous year  Jerusalem Post

KSA  Saudi women to get divorce notification by text message  Financial Times

Quake hits western Iran, about 30 injured  5.5  Reuters

Isis Terror

Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with U.S.  Reuters

Dozens of incendiary balloons land on Gaza border  Jerusalem Post

Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers  The Guardian

Two British special forces soldiers injured by Isis in Syria  The Guardian

Suspicious drone-shaped device from Gaza explodes in Israeli field; no injuries  Times of Israel

Report: Iran increasing supply flights to Syria  Jerusalem Post

Climate Change

Rare desert snowfall creates a surreal winter wonderland in Arizona  Boy Genius Report

Pacific depths likely to keep warming for centuries even if we decarbonize now, study shows  Haaretz

Medical Marijuana

Academy of Medical Cannabis owned by European tycoons who could make millions from drug  “Academy that teaches doctors how to use medicinal cannabis that claims ‘smoking joints soothes pains’ is owned by tycoons set to make millions out of the drug”  Daily Mail

Cancer patient sues Health Ministry over slashed marijuana prescriptions  Israel  Times of Israel


Mass Exodus: More People Left New Jersey Than Any Other State In 2018  Zero Hedge

World unprepared for slowdown, says IMF’s Lipton  Financial Times


No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks, Pelosi plans new legislation  Reuters

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns  BBC World News

US budget shutdown talks to resume on Sunday, Trump says  BBC World News

Michelle Obama is tipped for White House bid in 2020 amid sky-high approval ratings  Daily Mail

FBI investigates fake texts sent to House Republicans  “Person impersonating aide to Vice President Mike Pence sought whereabouts of certain lawmakers”  WSJ

Shutdown means government won’t engage with the tech industry at CES  Engadget

The Latest: Sanders says Trump won’t cave on border security  Boston

Republican Solidarity Will Protect Trump From Impeachment  New York Magazine

National Park Service to use entry fees to tackle trash, shutdown-related issues at parks. Some critics argue step may be illegal.  Washington Post

Nancy Pelosi says Trump wants to ‘abolish’ Congress  NY Post


Bernanke not worried about recent stocks selloff  Economic Times of India

Will Powell’s change of tone feed a recovery?  Financial Times

FB  The proof that Facebook is broken is obvious from its very modus operandi | John Naughton  The Guardian

Trump said he ‘can relate’ to the federal employees who aren’t getting paid as shutdown talks stall  Business Insider


Elon Musk’s vision of space flight is gorgeous  TechCrunch

Millimeter wave to low-band: The different types of 5G and how they work  Digital Trends

Would you pour your heart out to a robot therapist?  Daily Mail

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