US re-examining penalties on China's ZTE: White House adviser
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday the United States was taking a second look at penalties imposed on Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp , not waiving the enforcement action altogether.
A part of the never-ending speculation over ‘the next Silicon Valley,’ Seattle is a tech hub heavyweight that often draws comparisons to the reigning center of the tech universe some 800 miles to the south. As a tech entrepreneur who had spent a fair amount of time in Washington, a recent trip to Silicon Valley helped bring the debate into focus. Coming on the heels of a trip to Seattle, I was able to get a close glimpse into Silicon Valley’s tech ecosystem and found that although these two areas have a great deal in common, key differences persist. The… This story continues at The Next Web
Today’s Google Doodle is giving James Wong Howe, a man known for his work behind the camera, a moment in front of it.
Howe worked on more than 130 films during his career, including the 1934 comedy-mystery The Thin Man (and if you haven’t seen Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nick and Nora Charles, fix that this weekend). The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, spawned several pretty good sequels, and was added to the U.S. National Film Registry in 1997 an honor reserved for films deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Much of that aesthetic significance is due to Howe’s subtly striking cinematography.
On the anniversary of the film’s release, Google pays tribute to Howe and his impressive body of work. The Doodle was meant to run a year ago, but was held back when a hurricane struck and Google opted to save it for later. “Howe left such a unique and indelible mark on American cinema that we decided to run the Doodle this year on the anniversary of the release of one of his most notable works,” Google wrote.
Howe was born in Guangzhou, China in 1899 before immigrating to the U.S. when he was five years old (a DREAMer, basically), but could not become a U.S. citizen until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943. Despite widespread racial discrimination, Howe started working in Hollywood in the film set equivalent of the mailroom, eventually becoming the camera assistant for the legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille. He built a reputation for the dramatic lighting and deep shadows associated with the film noir genre. When color film became the standard, Howe translated his talents to the new medium with innovative uses of fish-eye and wide-angle lenses. He won Academy Awards for cinematography for 1955’s The Rose Tattoo and 1963’s Hud.
U.S. gas prices are expected to be 31% higher this Memorial Day weekend than they were at the same time last year, according to AAA. Fifteen states are already seeing prices at over $3 a gallon. AAA says the reason for the higher prices is in part due to the fact that people are simply driving more. The organization expects that 41.5 million Americans will travel this weekend, up almost 2 million from the same time period last year. Thanks to the rule of supply and demand, higher demand on the existing gasoline supply is leading to higher prices, CNN reports.
In addition to the fact that simply, more people are driving, the organization says that the price of crude oil is up 50% over last year. Those prices soared earlier the month when President Donald Trump announced he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. Iran is currently the fifth-biggest oil producer in the world.
The good news is this might be as bad as it gets. While gas prices are expected to reach a peak over the weekend, analysts predict they’ll drop afterward. They could also get some help from OPEC and Russia, who are set to meet on June 22.