Google’s Huawei Android restrictions: what does it mean for you? [Updated]

The news that Google has blocked Huawei’s future access to Android updates – for both apps and timely security updates – not only casts doubt over the entire future of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s business, it also could have wide-ranging implications for the future of the global smartphone market.

After US President Donald Trump placed Huawei on the ‘entity list’, limiting the business US brands could do with Huawei, Google has been forced to restrict the company’s access to the Google Play Store, which means that in the future users won’t be able to gain access to popular titles, nor to speedy security updates to the Android OS.

In short, Huawei will no longer be able to offer access to crucial Google apps, and will be severely limited in how quickly it can give users access to the latest versions of Android, and the new features and security updates those offer.

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Pitch your startup at TechCrunch Berlin Office Hours, with Mike Butcher

Berlin! TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin will be in December. Disrupt Berlin is where you’ll find the renowned Startup Battlefield competition, hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, Workshops and legendary networking at our After Parties… As part of our tour to promote Disrupt, you can come and pitch your tech startup to TechCrunch Editor-at-large Mike Butcher, in …

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Milano: Calenda abbraccia Renzi e boccia l’alleanza con i 5 Stelle

“Grazie a chi è già in coda a Milano per l’incontro di stasera”, ha scritto su Facebook nel tardo pomeriggio Matteo Renzi a proposito dell’incontro con Carlo Calenda, capolista e candidato con Irene Tinagli e Caterina Avanza alle elezioni europee per il Pd nella circoscrizione nord-est. Ed effettivamente un’ampia folla di persone di è condensata davanti all’Auditorium Mahler di Milano. Tutto esaurito con oltre 1.200 persone accorse per l’evento: “La prossima volta ci si vede in piazza, a furia di aver paura di riempire le piazze, lasciamo le piazze semivuote a chi non le riempie nemmeno”, ha detto l’ex ministro.

“Penso di lavorare con Renzi, con Gentiloni, con Zingaretti e tanta altra gente per tenere unito il Pd”, ha detto Calenda durante l’incontro al quale ha preso parte anche la vicesindaca Anna Scavuzzo. “Lavoro per fare diventare il Pd sempre più largo e più forte – ha aggiunto Calenda – Non esco dal Pd, [...]  read more

With foldable phones in limbo, foldable display laptops are on the horizon

With the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X currently in limbo for very different reasons, PC makers are apparently jumping at the chance to make their own foldable display ambitions known. It’s been clear, of course, for as long as flexible screens have been a viable technology, that hardware manufacturers would be experimenting with any and all form factors. In just the past week, two key players have talked up their plans for how it might be utilized on the PC front.

Last week, Lenovo showed off a prototype ThinkPad X1. The company’s been no stranger to experimental convertibles, and utilizing a foldable display could further blur the line been tablets and PCs. The technology allows for a large screen in a compact form factor. Here it’s 13.3 inches that can be collapsed into half the size, making it a lot easier to take with you.

It’s a slick prototype, and obviously folding form factors are already the standard in the laptop world. But like Lenovo’s [...]  read more

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap, Season 8 Episode 6: The Endings We Choose to Believe

Game of Thrones has always been a story about stories, a fantasy that wanted to change how we thought about fantasy while spinning a fantasy of its own. It’s over now, though its audience will probably never agree on how it “really” ended, or if it ended at all; like so many myths that fractured into multiple truths through multiple tellings, it will always be replete with alternative interpretations and theories, debates about what it meant and revisionist histories that imagine it through the lens of whatever people want to see. In that sense, it has truly come to embody stories—and histories—in all their slippery glory and their power to remake the past and shape the future.

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Salesforce resolves massive outage with gradual access restoration

Salesforce users were taken aback last week when the platform experienced a massive outage after the deployment of a database script inadvertently gave users broader access than intended.

The San Francisco-based cloud software giant initially blocked access to all instances of its software for organizations affected by the database script flaw. Once Salesforce was able to isolate the affected organizations, it restored access for non-affected organizations.

The outage itself was caused by a faulty Pardot database script which allowed users to view and edit all of their company’s data regardless of their permission settings.

As of Saturday, customers who were unaffected by the database script issue had their full access restored while Salesforce only restored access to users with a system administrator profile if their organization had been affected by the flaw.

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Organizations with a valid backup of their profiles and user permission data were able to deploy that information directly [...]  read more