Is Huawei in retreat?

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Image caption Huawei's access to the Android operating system was restricted by Google on Monday

It is the Chinese tech titan that is number one in telecoms equipment and has soared to second place in smartphone sales.

But after a terrible week in which many of its partners cut off ties, and it found itself at the centre of a war of words between the US and China, Tech Tent asks whether Huawei is now in full retreat.

It was on Monday that the full implications of President Trump's move to add Huawei to a list of firms restricted from trading with the US became clear. Google revealed it was going to comply with the order and that meant Huawei's access to the Android operating system would be restricted and its future customers would not be able to get apps such as Gmail and YouTube.

As luck would have it, the following day Huawei was holding a big event in London, the launch of the latest device under its Honor brand, which has been hugely successful in winning a young audience for high-spec but affordable phones.

We went along to the event attended by journalists from across Europe and ran into a Huawei fan who had won a competition to attend in person.

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Image caption The Honor 20 range of smartphones was on show in a week that proved tough for Huawei

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European elections 2019: Facebook and Twitter under the spotlight

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Are Twitter bots controlled by Russia on the march across Europe? And is Facebook full of misinformation designed to influence voters?

As the EU elections approach, researchers have been looking at the role that social networks are playing, and their early cautious verdict is that the level of misuse is relatively low.

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Robots on the road - how close is our driverless future?

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Image caption Rory's journey required a human driver to take control

It was on the motorway near Phoenix, Arizona, that I realised fully driverless cars might be quite a distant dream. And that was because our Google Waymo robo-taxi seemed incapable of leaving that motorway.

We were in Arizona to record a radio documentary for the BBC World Service about the progress towards creating autonomous vehicles that would make our roads safer and replace human drivers with robots.

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Tech Tent - who’s spying on you?

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It was the week when we learned that a missed WhatsApp call could plant spyware on your phone and when San Francisco moved to ban facial recognition technology.

On Tech Tent we explore our attitudes to technology which can catch criminals - but also be used to track our every move.

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Tech Tent: What is Uber's route to profit?

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It is losing huge amounts of money with no clear path to profitability, a goal which the company itself admits it may never reach.

On this week's Tech Tent, we ask why Uber was valued at $82bn (£63bn).

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Computing in schools in 'steep decline'

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An annual study by the University of Roehampton has found that fewer 16-year-olds in England are getting a computing qualification.

It also said schools have cut back on the hours spent teaching the subject.

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Online political ads 'need law change'

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Are the UK's election laws fit for the era of digital campaigning? The Electoral Commission certainly does not think so.

The watchdog has called for a change in the law to make online political adverts show clearly who paid for them.

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Tech Tent: Can YouTube fix its algorithms?

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YouTube is probably the most influential media business for a youth audience. But on this week's Tech Tent podcast, we ask whether Google is struggling to police its platform.

If you ask people my age what they think is the world's most important and powerful TV firm, they might suggest Fox, Netflix or perhaps even the BBC.

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Tech Tent - Sri Lanka’s social media ban

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Image caption The attacks on churches left more than 250 people dead

Even a year ago a government move to block access to social media would have been greeted with a global outcry.

On Tech Tent this week we look at why the Sri Lankan government's ban has received a more muted response.

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Tech Tent: Do we want our cities to be smart?

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These days it seems every city wants to be smart. That seems to mean putting sensors in everything and collecting vast amounts of data with the aim of making urban life more efficient and environmentally friendly.

On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we examine the smart city phenomenon. We hear from people who believe it promises it a greener future, and from one city where privacy campaigners believe it is giving more power to private companies for surveillance.

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