Factbox: Four things to watch for at Apple’s iPhone launch event

(Reuters) – On Tuesday, Apple Inc will broadcast an event from its Cupertino, California campus and is widely expected to announce new iPhones that can tap 5G wireless data networks.

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Apple is seen outside at the upcoming Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore, September 8, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Apple teased the event’s announcement with the tagline “Hi, speed,” a possible allusion to the far faster speeds that some variations of 5G can deliver.

Apple is far from the first phone maker to launch 5G phones. Indeed, nearly all of its rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have 5G models on store shelves already. Apple’s entrance to the fray is likely to bring fresh attention to the technology, even if U.S. carriers are still years away from rolling out the fastest versions.

Here’s a closer look at what analysts expect Apple to announce.


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Factbox: How Big Tech companies gain and maintain dominance

(Reuters) – Democrats from a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee issued a report on Tuesday detailing tactics it said four of the biggest technology companies used to gain dominant positioning in online search, advertising, social networking shopping and other businesses.

Facebook logos are seen on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration/Files

Here are notable findings.


The issue: Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O sells its own products as well as goods from independent merchants on a single platform. The Congressional report alleged that Amazon has “monopoly power” over many of these merchants, which “do not have a viable alternative to Amazon for reaching online consumers.” The result, the report alleged, is a “conflict of interest” in which Amazon has an incentive to use competing merchants’ data and can advantage its own goods and services.

The fix: The report recommends Congress consider removing the conflict by

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Factbox: EU proposes first bloc-wide ‘passport’ for crypto-assets

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Commission on Thursday set out plans to create what its officials described as the world’s most comprehensive set of rules for crypto-assets and their underlying blockchain technology.

FILE PHOTO: Representations of the Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum and Litecoin virtual currencies are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. Picture is taken February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

EU policymakers have said that Facebook should not be allowed to launch its Libra stablecoin in the bloc until proper rules are in place.


The European Commission will propose new EU rules for crypto-asset issuers and service providers to apply for a “passport” or EU-wide single market access and safeguards for investors.

Safeguards include capital requirements, custody of assets, a mandatory complaint holder procedure available to investors, and rights of the investor against the issuer.

Issuers of significant asset-backed crypto-assets like global stablecoins would

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Factbox: U.S. imposes new sanctions on Iran after U.N. standoff over arms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed new sanctions on individuals and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now resumed.

The impetus behind the U.S. action is the impending expiry of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and a desire to warn foreign actors – U.S. entities are already barred from such trade – that if they buy or sell arms to Iran they will face U.S. sanctions.

The Trump administration announced the following measures:


U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new executive order targeting Iran-related conventional arms transfers, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, adding that the new tool will help Washington hold accountable those who seek to evade the U.N. arms embargo on Iran.


– Sanctions added on

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