According to Morgan Stanley, the COVID-19 pandemic will crush US GDP growth in the second quarter of 2020 to -30%

The COVID-19 pandemic violated the already not perfect work of the global economy, causing not only human but also financial losses. Wall Street bigwigs are busy trying to assess the consequences of shutting down production, destroying supply chains and quarantines imposed around the world.

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US chip makers maintain global market leadership

According to a source, in 2019, American chip manufacturers retained their leadership in the global market. This applies to both companies that have their own production, and those who order production from contract manufacturers. In the first segment, American companies accounted for 51% of sales, in the second – 65%. As a result, the total market share occupied by US companies is 55%.

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In the United States will investigate Amazon, Apple, Asus, LG, Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony

The complaint was filed by the Irish company Neodron.
According to the source, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) said yesterday that it would open an investigation against global technology giants, including Samsung and Apple, in connection with a complaint about patent infringement related to the operation of touch screens.

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AMD introduced the world’s most powerful El Capitan supercomputer based on CPU and GPU, which will be released no earlier than next year

El Capitan will be used for nuclear weapons tasks.
AMD today published a press release in which it talked about the El Capitan supercomputer and its features. Recall, this is an exascale system (1018 floating point operations per second), which is created by order of the US Department of Energy by Cray.

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The court extended the ban on the sale of Telegram tokens

In mid-December, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) managed to get the court to suspend the sale of Gram tokens from the Telegram messenger until the circumstances of “transparency of their sale” were clarified. A new court ruling in New York extends this “freeze” indefinitely, although the ban is still called temporary.

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Ransomware attack stops US gas pipeline operator for 2 days

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported that due to the ransomware attack, an unnamed gas pipeline operator ran into a problem: a compressor unit for natural gas malfunctioned, causing the operator to be paralyzed for two days. When exactly this incident occurred, it is not reported, but the government warns other operators of critical infrastructure not to forget about safety measures.

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The basis of the Cray Shasta supercomputer for the US Navy will be AMD EPYC processors with a total number of cores 290 304

According to a source, as part of a program to upgrade supercomputers in the United States, the Cray Shasta system will be deployed in the US Navy’s supercomputer center, with a theoretical peak performance of 12.8 PFLOPS

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In the United States, a bracelet is created that muffles all the microphones around

The design of the bracelet includes 24 ultrasonic emitters.
The phrase “the walls have ears” has found a new sound in our time, because people are increasingly surrounded by smart devices that constantly listen to whether a voice command sounds. In order to eavesdrop on a conversation, bugs are no longer needed: a smart speaker, a webcam, a smartphone or a bracelet – all of them can hear what is said and pass it on to interested persons.

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US Department of Defense contracted by Ryuk ransomware attack

ZDNet writes that a well-known government contractor, Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), an electronics company, was victimized by Ryuk ransomware last week. According to the official EWA website, the company works with the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice.

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US and China sign first phase of largest trade deal ever

“Today we are making an important step in the future of fair and mutual trade”
US President Donald Trump and Vice Prime Minister Liu He signed the first phase of the trade agreement. He did not put an end to the 18-month trade dispute, but was an important step towards solving the problem that affected a huge number of companies in the US and China.

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Mazda recalls more than 35 thousand Mazda 3 cars that can cause sudden braking for no reason

Defect caused by a software bug.
Mazda has filed a notice with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a safety defect identified in some Mazda3 vehicles of model year 2019 and model year 2020. A defect causes the vehicle to stop unexpectedly while driving due to the unintentional activation of the Smart Braking System (SBS).

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