‘Year of 5G’ still on track despite pandemic

By Harry Baldock

The latest market snapshot from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) shows that 70 operators have launched 5G networks, with 381 investing in the new technology

The GSA’s latest announcement shows that 70 operators have now launched commercial 5G in 40 countries. 

Of these, 63 had launched 3GPP-compliant mobile services (57 full launches, 6 limited availability launches), and 34 had launched similarly compliant fixed wireless access (FWA) or home broadband (27 full launches, 7 limited availability launches).

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U.S. Stocks Rally With Health Care Providing Boost: Markets Wrap

By Randall Jensen and Vildana Hajric

U.S. stocks rallied as investors saw glimmers of optimism in efforts to deliver rapid virus testing. The dollar rose.

The S&P 500 Index climbed for the fourth time in five days even after a weekend full of negative pandemic news as President Donald Trump extended recommendations aimed at inhibiting the spread. The Nasdaq 100 advanced more than 3% with health-care shares among the biggest gainers. Abbott Laboratories surged after unveiling a five-minute coronavirus test and Johnson & Johnson announced a vaccine candidate for the virus.

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Bitcoin Price Reclaims $6K as Traders Eye New BTC Futures Gap Above

By William Suberg

Bitcoin (BTC) swiftly retook $6,000 after losing support on March 30, as analysts eyed a potential for the price to fill a new gap in futures markets.

BTC price gains 3% after a brief dive

Data from Coin360 and Cointelegraph Markets showed BTC/USD trading at around $6,300 at press time — a rise of 2.8% on the day. 

The past 24 hours had seen the pair dip to lows of $5,870 after signaling weakness throughout the weekend. Those were short-lived, however, with Bitcoin regaining lost ground within hours. 

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Mining industry hit hard by COVID-19 as explorers suspend operations

ByRobin Bromby

While the newspaper headlines and television news cameras have focused on the thousands of workers in retail and services industries losing their jobs, the effects of the COVID-19 crisis have been creeping largely unnoticed through the ranks of the small cap miners.

The numbers of employees affected are, of course, far less dramatic than the closure of a large retail chain, and companies are reporting no health issues yet, but the disruption comes at a time when Australia is placing greater reliance on its resources sector to sustain the country’s standard of living.

For all the companies announcing over the past week, the safety and health of their workforce is cited as being paramount.

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10 Details About Voice-Activated Tech Every User Should Know

By Forbes Technology Council

Between Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, the world seems to have a lot of voice-activated assistants these days. Voice recognition has grown immensely from its early days and is now being integrated into an ever-growing number of devices and applications.

As its popularity increases, users become more familiar with the main traits, as well as the pros and cons of voice-activated technology and its best uses. Below, these 10 professionals from Forbes Technology Council share what they think all consumers should know about their voice-activated technology.

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Executive order extends cannabis application deadline

By advantage news

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order Sunday extending the timeline for cannabis infuser, craft grower, and transporter license applications in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline to submit applications for cannabis infuser, craft grower and transporter licenses to the Illinois Department of Agriculture has been extended from March 30 to April 30. The July 1, 2020 deadline for the issuance of those licenses remains in effect; IDOA will award up to 40 infuser licenses and up to 40 craft grower licenses.

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China to ramp up its 5G network construction following coronavirus shutdown

By LAURIE CLARKE

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced it will be supporting telecom operators to ramp up standalone 5G network coverage and capacity following the coronavirus-induced slowdown. 

MIIT instructed telecommunication firms to expedite equipment procurement, survey design and engineering construction in order to help mitigate the impact of the epidemic. 

The country aims to speed up migration to 5G, increase network and data centre construction, and promote the development of 5G in the areas of medical health, industrial internet and car networking.

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U.S. Stocks Extend Gains With Stimulus in Sight: Markets Wrap

By Vildana Hajric and Sarah Ponczek

U.S. stocks looked to post their first back-to-back gain since the coronavirus crisis began as investors awaited unprecedented government spending packages aimed at countering the hit from the pandemic. Treasuries advanced.

The S&P 500 Index was headed toward its biggest two-day advance since 2008 after overnight negotiations in Congress paved the way for a vote on the bill this week. Boeing Co. rallied more than 30%, lifting the price-weighted Dow Jones Industrial Average for a second day.

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Bitcoin Price Still Following Exact Pattern That Marked 2018’s $3,000 Bottom

By Nick Chong

As it stands, the price of the leading cryptocurrency sits at $6,600, up 73% from the $3,800 bottom and up over 20% in the past five days in and of themselves. While many have said that this is just a short-term rally before an eventual return to the $5,000s, where Bitcoin is likely to accumulate, there is a key textbook bottoming pattern that BTC is following, indicating that the rally is not done yet.

Bitcoin Continues to Trace Key Bottoming Pattern

Earlier this week, NewsBTC reported that Bitcoin has been following a textbook bottoming pattern — the bump-and-run-reversal bottom (BARR bottom) that can be found in Thomas Bulkowski’s Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns.

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Coal miners told to keep working during the outbreak despite close quarters, damaged lungs

By Will Englund

When Pennsylvania ordered coal mines closed because of the coronavirus, then reversed course and declared them to be “essential,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who made a fortune in coal, was quick to mock his neighbors.

“Coal is so essential it is unbelievable,” said Justice, a Republican. “We have to have good electricity flowing into our homes.”

The mine workers union agrees with him. So does President Trump, who has spent the past three years talking up the coal business.

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