Trump Administration Adds China’s Biggest Chip Maker To Trade Blacklist For Alleged Military Ties

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The U.S. Department of Defense added China’s biggest chipmaker, SMIC and major oil firm CNOOC to a trade blacklist due to their alleged ties to the country’s military, continuing the outgoing Trump administration’s crackdown on Chinese firms.

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Late on Thursday, the Department of Defense announced a total of four additions to its blacklist also including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp.

SMIC, which is China’s biggest semiconductor maker, relies heavily on equipment and software from U.S. suppliers to design and manufacture its chips.

In a stock exchange filing on Friday the Chinese chipmaker said that it was aware of the action and was still evaluating the potential fallout.

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In a Wall Street Journal

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NBA 2K21’s Latest Update Adds Seasonal Decorations

2K has released a new update for the current-gen version of NBA 2K21. It’s light on content and fixes, but adds a seasonal flavour to the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

New seasonal decorations and themed courts are now available as the winter holiday arrives at 2K Beach. In terms of fixes, MyCourt’s Limitless free throw drill is now set to use the 2K camera setting in MyCareer. Online VS–the difficulty used in MyTeam Unlimited and Limited–has also been added to Play With Friends Games in MyTeam.

Here are the full patch notes:

General

  • Winter holiday has arrived at 2K Beach with new seasonal decorations and themed courts now available.

MyCareer

  • MyCourt’s Limitless free throw drill is now set to use the 2K camera setting.

MyTeam

  • Added Online VS, the difficulty used in MyTeam Unlimited & Limited, to Play With Friends games.

The basketball sim earned a

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Nintendo Adds Sharp as Assembler of Popular Switch Game Console

Nintendo has been diversifying its supply chain since before the Covid-19 era.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Nintendo Co. has added Sharp Corp. as an assembler of its Switch console, according to people directly involved in the matter, as it works to stabilize production and hedge against U.S.-China trade tensions.

The video game giant has struggled to produce enough units for most of this year as the hit game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and stuck-at-home consumers fueled demand. While the coronavirus outbreak hurt production early on, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said this month that output has returned to normal and the Switch is now made in Malaysia, in addition to existing China and Vietnam locations.

Read More: Nintendo Climbs After Boosting Forecast by 50% on Gaming Demand

That Malaysia factory is owned by Sharp, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Nintendo’s

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MCC Adds Computer Science Track to Honors Program

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Middlesex Community College strives to help students find their paths and reach their goals. In an effort to continue supporting student success, Middlesex is adding a Computer Science track to the college’s Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP). Participating in CHP nurtures students’ integrity, honesty, perseverance, academic achievement, intellectual curiosity and a collaborative spirit, while honing leadership, research and networking skills.

Binnur Ercem, MCC’s Director of the CHP and Professor of Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, worked with faculty from the Computer Science program to offer five seminars that are eligible for honors credit for students who qualify.

“This new and one-of-a-kind track is the first honors track in a STEM field,” Ercem said. “The track provides an opportunity for computer science majors to take honors courses and to graduate as honors scholars.”

Qualifying MCC students

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Corvee Adds Proposed Legislative Tax Changes to Tax Planning Software

Software now available to compare current law vs. proposed tax changes to aid in future tax planning

FORT LAUDERDALE, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Corvee, a software and solutions company which serves tax and accounting firms, today announces the company’s tax planning software has been updated to include proposed tax changes in the event President-elect Joe Biden is able to pass his proposed changes to tax policy. The software will show the current law vs. proposed tax changes to help in future tax planning.

Corvee recently released the ability for tax and accounting firms to compare what their clients will pay and can save in taxes for 2021 under current law vs. Biden’s proposed policy all within their Tax Planning software. The new tax comparison tool also allows adding tax planning strategies unique to each scenario to be able to develop a proactive and strategic tax plan and be

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Steam Adds More Support For PS5 DualSense Controllers

Steam’s latest client beta update added more support for Sony’s new DualSense controller. You could use the DualSense with Steam before this update, but most of its features weren’t included when you synced the new controller up with your PC.

“Added additional support for the PS5 DualSense controller including LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro functionality,” read the notes from the update. Support for the directional swipe feature was also included.

This is the Steam Client Beta, where Valve tests new additions to their platform, so it’s not available to Steam users who haven’t opted into the beta. We could see official support come to all users soon based off how quickly they’ve added support for the DualSense. Hopefully we’ll see support for the adaptive triggers soon as well.

You can connect a DualSense controller to your PC with either Bluetooth or the USB cable that comes packaged with the PS5.

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Microsoft Adds New Free Features for Teams as It Battles Zoom

Microsoft  (MSFT) – Get Report continues adding new features to its Teams collaboration platform at a breakneck pace, as it tries to gain more ground against the likes of Zoom  (ZM) – Get Report and Slack  (WORK) – Get Report.

On Friday, the software giant expanded support for personal (non-business) Teams accounts to its PC and web browser apps. And notably — with the holiday season on the way — Microsoft will now let personal account users host up to 24-hour video calls featuring up to 300 people.

In addition, chats on Teams’ mobile apps now support non-Teams users via SMS integration, and (provided that both parties consent) Teams users can get notifications when a friend or relative arrives at a designated location.

The new features arrive two months after Microsoft revealed several features for Teams that are aimed at business users. These

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Tesla surge adds to dominance of S&P 500’s biggest players

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc TSLA.O extended its rally on Thursday ahead of its December debut in the S&P 500 .SPX, with its market value nearing $500 billion (£378 billion), highlighting the growing domination of mega-cap growth stocks within Wall Street’s main benchmark.

FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen at the entrance to Tesla Motors’ showroom in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in New York City, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The California company’s stock rose 2.6% and is up over 20% since S&P Dow Jones Indices announced on Monday it would add Tesla to the index as of Dec. 21, a change that will force index funds to buy around $50 billion of its stock.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated cloud computing, online shopping and other trends that have helped the largest U.S. companies, including Apple Inc AAPL.O, Microsoft Corp MSFT.O, Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O and Facebook

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Venterra Development Division Adds 48 Apartment Homes To Stafford Property

In January, Venterra Realty broke ground on this expansion project, using the four-acre space between Silverbrooke and its sister property, Shadowbrooke, to start construction of two new structures. As there was no land acquisition required, Venterra is able to provide attractive returns for investors with lower risk. The newly constructed buildings are matched to the existing structures to maintain a consistent aesthetic within the community. The onsite management team is currently pre-leasing the apartments, which are scheduled for completion in January 2021.  For prospective renters anxious to see the interiors, virtually staged 3D tours can be found on the property’s website at https://venterraliving.com/apartments/silverbrooke/. 

Silverbrooke is a Class A, garden-style property that was built in 2007 with 312 original units.  Located at 1020 Brand Lane in Stafford, TX, the property is about 2 miles from Highway 59 and 20 miles

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