By Janene Pieters

KPN and T-Mobile are switching on their 5G networks on Tuesday. KPN’s network is launching in the”largest part” of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, and “parts in between”, as well as in Eindhoven. T-Mobile is starting the activation of its network in The Hague and will expand to other Dutch cities during the course of the year, the telecom companies said to

The Netherlands’ first 5G frequencies, including the 700MHz bands used to roll out the 5G network nationwide, were auctioned off late last month. Last week, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo all bought an equal share of the 700MHz frequency for a total of 1.23 billion euros.

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Hong Kong’s new tech index up 3.5% on the second day of trade

By Saheli Roy Choudhury

Hong Kong’s new tech index rose on its second day of trading as experts said its diverse list of constituents will be attractive for traders looking to invest across the sector.

The Hang Seng Tech Index rose 3.51%, beating the broader Hang Seng index which traded up 0.69%. 

“It’s a really good, I think, list of constituents across multiple slices of the tech sector,” said Sam Le Cornu, CEO and co-founder of Stonehorn Global Partners. 

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Cannabis Investment Vehicles Long For High Times

By Dane Hamilton  

The cannabis stock selloff over the last year which caused investments to go up in smoke also threatens to upend plans for cannabis special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) that were formed in the last year to buy cannabis assets when values were high, industry experts say.  

Over a dozen SPACs have collectively raised over $3 billion from June 2019 through the present with mandates to buy cannabis and cannabis-related companies, according to cannabis-focused investment bank ELLO Capital. The companies typically have 18-to-24 months to buy private companies or give the money back to investors.

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Gold Plus Mining Enters into Agreement to Acquire Mineral Claims Contiguous to Benchmark Metals’ “Lawyers” Au/Ag Discovery and Announces Private Placement

By Gold Plus Mining Inc.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gold Plus Mining Inc. (“Gold Plus” or the “Company”) (CSE :GPMI) is pleased to announce the it has entered into an agreement to acquire highly prospective mineral claims (the “Property”) in BC’s famous “Golden Horseshoe” region contiguous to Benchmark Metal’s (BNCH – TSX.V) “Lawyers” Gold and Silver project that recently reported drilling intercepts of 2,360 g/t silver and 11.30 g/t gold over a 1 meter interval as well as 1.44 g/t gold equivalent over 102 meters.

Gold Plus’s mineral claims cover approximately 8,650 acres and are on trend with several mines found in the region, located at the south-eastern side of Benchmarks’ “Lawyers” property, below TDG Gold Corp’s “Baker” Mine and “Shasta” Mine and in line with the “Kemess” Mine further South East that hosts 2.7Moz of gold equivalent. Mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Properties.

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The world’s most powerful tech CEOs are about to be grilled by Congress. Here’s what to expect

By Brian Fung

(CNN Business)When Bill Gates went before Congress 22 years ago to respond to claims that Microsoft was unfairly muscling out its competition, he offered what’s since become a familiar Silicon Valley refrain.

Microsoft (MSFT) and its peers, Gates argued, have produced dazzling new products at affordable prices; created more jobs and economic opportunity than any sector of the economy; and made the United States a leader in innovation. Despite Gates’ testimony, though, Microsoft would go on to face a massive antitrust lawsuit from the US government, a landmark case that would be referenced for years as a turning point for the digital economy.

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COVID-19 Creates Surge in Demand for Medical Cannabis in N.M., Shortages Ahead

By Ultra Health

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — New Mexico’s medical cannabis patients are at risk of running out of medicine due to the effects of COVID-19 and statewide shutdowns, according to a recent report published by O’Donnell Economics. Ultra Health, New Mexico’s #1 Cannabis Company, has felt the effects of COVID-19 with unprecedented demand and patient sales since March 2020.

“The pandemic substantially increased demand for medical cannabis in New Mexico, worsening the state’s medical cannabis shortage, driving up price, and negatively impacting patients,” the report, produced by Kelly O’Donnell of O’Donnell Economics, stated.

The medical cannabis shortage highlights a significant deficiency in New Mexico’s public health infrastructure.

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Tesla offers “giant contract” to responsible nickel miners

By Cecilia Jamasmie

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) boss Elon Musk is calling miners to produce more nickel, a key ingredient in the batteries that power his company’s electric cars, and has offered a “giant contract for a long period of time” to any firm able to extracted it in an efficient, environmentally sustainable manner.

Musk noted on a second-quarter earnings call that the high price of batteries continues to be one of the main hurdles for Tesla’s expansion.

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14 Tech Experts Explain How To Successfully Adopt ‘Zero Trust’

By Forbes Technology Council

Cybersecurity continues to be a hot-button issue in the tech world. From prominent data breaches to upcoming changes to legislation, businesses are increasingly concerned with keeping their data secure. Many are looking toward adopting a “zero trust” IT strategy, which requires strict identity verification for both external and internal individuals and devices.

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Understanding cannabis and CBD edible testing

By newfoodmagazine

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the US federal government legalised hemp and hemp-derived products. Coupled with the expanding legalisation of recreational cannabis, there is now an abundance of cannabis and CBD edibles in the marketplace.

Dr Ben Armstrong, Laboratory Director at Juniper Analytics, recently led a webinar in association with PerkinElmer, that detailed the differences and similarities in hemp and recreational cannabis products. He also explained the current testing methods available for these products. Below, he answers five key questions which arose during the session.

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Nokia announces 5G “standalone” network deployments for enterprises

By Stephanie Condon

Nokia on Tuesday announced the commercial availability of new 5G “standalone” private wireless networking solutions for the enterprise. Unlike nonstandalone 5G, the standalone version of 5G networking doesn’t rely on existing 4G infrastructure — meaning enterprises should be able to use it to take full advantage of 5G’s potential for enabling low-latency, high-capacity services. 

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