The CIA says that China’s security agencies provided funds for Huawei: report

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Earlier this year, the Central Intelligence Agency informed its counterparts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK that Chinese technology company Huawei has received funding from the Central National Security Commission of the Communist Party of China, the People’s Liberation Army, and a “third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network,” according to The Times.

The paper cites an anonymous source in the UK that says that details were shared with “only the most senior UK officials,” which that the CIA “awarded a strong but not cast-iron classification of certainty. Huawei has consistently denied claims that it has ties to the country’s government, has said that it would “categorically refuse” any requests for data from the government, and “declined to comment on what it called unsubstantiated allegations.”

US intelligence community has been wary of Huawei and other Chinese-based companies

The US intelligence community has been wary of Huawei, and other Chinese-based companies like ZTE, over concerns that the Chinese government has too much influence over them (Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei was a former member of the People’s Liberation Army), and that it could use their infrastructure for intelligence gathering purposes. Those concerns have grown as global telecommunications networks begin to transition to 5G networks — a transition that Huawei is hoping to play a big role in, especially in Europe.

In recent years, US experts have raised concerns about the company’s products, while the Department of Defense has banned sales of both company’s products on military bases, and the FCC has proposed rules that would ban US telecommunications companies from using Huawei equipment. In recent months, the US has been working to dissuade its European allies from using Huawei gear as they upgrade their respective networks.

But the US government’s reasoning has always been fairly vague — which Huawei and other companies have pointed out on numerous occasions and claimed is motivated by politics. This latest report provides a bit of a glimpse into concerns that the US has with the company; potentially specific links to the Chinese government that it was confident enough to share with its allies.

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Waitresses fined for wearing nothing but panties and aprons
Police cracked down on these skimpy waitress uniforms at a bar in Bangkok, Thailand. Four women, ages 24 to 34, were arrested and fined roughly $66 for public indecency. Video shows the scandalous costumes as just underwear and aprons barely covering their breasts.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Tom Hanks’ sweaters for Mr. Rogers movie took 9 weeks to knit
Yasemin Esmek has applied fringe to Adrienne Warren’s costumes in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” hemmed Santa’s pants for Radio City’s “Christmas Spectacular” and tailored Glenda Jackson’s suit in “King Lear.” But with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the new Tom Hanks film about the beloved public-television host Fred Rogers, her handiwork practically has...
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Jose Mourinho Reportedly Linked to Zlatan Ibrahimovic After Joining Tottenham
Jose Mourinho might make a dramatic attempt to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tottenham Hotspur. Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported Spurs could try to reunite Mourinho with his ...
New report shows wind and solar dropping US wholesale electricity prices
Wholesale prices are dropping, though mostly due to natural gas.
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Global stocks slip, dollar rebounds on rekindled trade hopes
The dollar rebounded and global equity markets pared losses on Thursday as efforts by China to smooth the path forward in U.S.-Sino trade talks helped sooth investor sentiment, though fears remained that a phase one deal might not occur until next year.
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18 gifts that make traveling better and easier
From suitcases to headphones to skin care products, we've rounded up the very best travel gifts for the holiday season.
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Hill says "it was clear that Burisma was code for the Bidens"
National Security Council expert Fiona Hill testified on Thursday that Ambassador Gordon Sondland's reference to an investigation into Burisma, the gas company Hunter Biden once sat on the board of, clearly meant an investigation into the Bidens. Hill said Sondland told her there was a deal in the works for a meeting between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky that was contingent on a Ukrainian investigation into Burisma. "I cut it off immediately there," Hill testified. "Becuase at this point, having heard Mr. Giuliani over and over again on the television, and all of the issues that he was asserting, at this point it was clear that Burisma was code for the Bidens."
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Burrow's Black Friday sale has started and everything is 15% off — here are the 5 best deals
  Burrow/Instagram The Burrow Black Friday sale has started early. Save 15% off everything sitewide from now to November 30.  The early sale will be followed by sitewide deals with savings of up to 20% off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and running through December 8. We're also tracking the best Black Friday deals overall, Amazon Black Friday deals, Target Black Friday deals, Nordstrom Black Friday deals, and Cyber Monday deals. To potentially save more on Black Friday deals this year, visit Business Insider Coupons to find the most up-to-date coupons and promo codes. Furniture startup Burrow is offering a rare 15% off sitewide discount with their early Black Friday deal from now to November 30, and as always, everything ships free. To save, enter code "EARLY" at checkout.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The Home Depot will offer Black Friday deals on appliances and tools — you can already save up to 40% on Samsung, GE, and WhirlpoolBlack Friday is coming up next week — here's when the biggest Black Friday sales start and end in 2019Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are all discounting Apple's AirPods and AirPods Pro ahead of Black Friday
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Catherine Pugh, Former Baltimore Mayor, Pleads Guilty in Children’s Book Fraud
Ms. Pugh, who was accused of federal crimes, resigned as mayor earlier this year.
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Judge temporarily halts first federal executions since 2003
US District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has temporarily halted the first federal executions in 16 years, saying death row inmates scheduled to be executed are likely to win their legal challenge.
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Browns' Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension upheld for helmet attack
The Pittsburgh Steelers said Rudolph denied making any disparaging remark before he was struck by Garrett, who tried to appeal his suspension.
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Jamie Lynn Spears reunites with ‘Zoey 101’ cast on ‘All That’
Jamie Lynn Spears and the cast of "Zoey 101" are back in action.
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Alphabet’s trash-sorting robots have reduced office waste contamination to ‘less than 5%’
Alphabet's X moonshot factory today unveiled the Everyday Robot Project today alongside a robot that sorts trash and recycling.
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'Climate emergency' is Oxford Dictionaries' 2019 word of the year
Usage of the term is up 10,789 percent over the previous year, according to the dictionary’s data.
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Facebook can flesh out your Dating profile with existing Stories
If Facebook Dating is going to compete with the heavyweights of the hookup world, that means offering livelier profiles -- and it won't surprise you to hear how it's going to accomplish that. You can now share your existing Facebook or Instagram Sto...
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Netanyahu slams corruption indictment as ‘attempted coup’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out after being indicted on corruption charges Thursday, saying the country is witnessing “an attempted coup.” “I dedicated my life for the state,” the embattled longtime leader said in a statement from his Jerusalem residence shortly after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced charges of bribery, breach of trust and...
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Macy's cuts profit outlook as tourist numbers drop
Macy's Inc cut its annual profit forecast for the second time this year on Thursday, as the department store operator blamed weak international tourism, warm weather and sluggish mall traffic for the first drop in same-store sales in two years.
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Democratic Candidates Are Utterly Delusional About the Looming Judicial Crisis
Both the Democratic candidates and debate moderators appear to be astonishingly naïve about the judiciary’s lurch to the right under Donald Trump.
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Michael Bloomberg files paperwork to enter 2020 Democratic primary
But the former New York City mayor's team said that he still had not officially decided to join the race.
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How does impeachment of a U.S. president work?
The U.S. House of Representatives is wrapping up public hearings in its impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump and moving closer to charging him with "high crimes and misdemeanors."
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Baylor’s Yossiana Pressley is why we all need to watch more volleyball
Baylor Athletics Pressley had 31 kills in Baylor’s winning volleyball match over top-ranked Texas. THIRTY. ONE. KILLS. It’s one thing for an athlete to have an impressive highlight: a dunk, a home run, a touchdown — those are easy to understand. But some athletes only need a single photo to show just how remarkable they are. 31 KILLS— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) November 21, 2019 No. 3 Baylor beat No. 1 Texas for the first time in almost two decades last night in a thrilling five-game match — but somehow that was only a little crazier than the above photo. Yossiana Pressley had 31 kills, a season high that she somehow made look easy and spectacular at once. That's already 1️⃣3️⃣ kills for Pressley!#SicEm— Baylor Volleyball (@BaylorVBall) November 21, 2019 It’s something she just does, apparently.
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Three-quarters of American men say they feel more confident with facial hair
Three-quarters of men said they feel more confident with facial hair as opposed to a bare face, according to a new survey.
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Crazed fox that attacked people in New Jersey had rabies: officials
The crazed red fox that bit several people in New Jersey has tested positive for rabies, officials have warned. The fox had “direct contact” with at least four people in Glen Ridge — three of whom were treated for “bite-related injuries” — with police fearing more could be at risk who have not come forward....
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First known galaxy to have three supermassive black holes found
Supermassive black holes act as the engines powering the centers of galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy. But in a first, scientists have observed that one galaxy contains three supermassive black holes at its core and they're surprisingly close together. - RSS Channel
Paul Haggis wants his rape accuser’s sexual history
The Oscar-winning director wants to know who accuser Haleigh Breest has had sex with, it was revealed during a court hearing Thursday.
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WeWork to lay off 2,400 employees in SoftBank revamp
WeWork said on Thursday it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally, as the office-sharing company seeks to drastically cut costs and stabilize its business after it transformed from a Wall Street darling into a pariah in a matter of weeks. The long-anticipated layoffs are the biggest move yet by Japanese technology investment company SoftBank,...
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