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  • Inflation, fears of recession, and recovery from a pandemic hiring boom have led Big Tech to an inflection point, with many of them making major job cuts.
  • Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Monday that he had interfered in US elections and would continue to do so in the future.
  • While Beijing's efforts to influence elections in the US are relatively new, it has spent years developing strategies to influence politics and elections throughout the Pacific Rim.
  • There are concerns about the surveillance of delegates at the COP27 climate talks in Egypt, with cybersecurity experts warning that downloading the official app requires access to a user's location, photos, and even emails.
  • Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei pledged to increase its investments in Africa for "digital transformation."
  • The widespread adoption of China's digital yuan (eCNY) allows for new forms of government surveillance and social control.
  • In a medical breakthrough, red blood cells grown in a lab have been transfused into volunteers in a world-first clinical trial.
  • Tidal, an Alphabet X division project, plans to use cameras, computer vision, and machine learning to track the carbon stored in ocean biomass.
  • Alphabet's Wing and DoorDash are launching a pilot program in which users in Australia can have DoorDash orders delivered by drone.
  • China has found itself in the center of disputes in Europe over its efforts to improve domestic chip manufacturing.
  • The market for cybersecurity technology and service providers is worth an estimated $2T according to a new survey.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • More Americans are getting news on TikTok, in contrast with many other social media sites, where news consumption has either declined or stayed the same in recent years.
  • European Parliament is implementing the Digital Markets Act to require companies such as Apple to offer alternatives to allow third-party app stores on its platforms and alternative payment systems.
  • SpaceX's Falcon Heavy took off for the first time in more than three years this week, launching two national security satellites for the US Space Force.
  • Japanese startup ispace plans to build a human settlement on the moon by 2040 ,but first it wants to become the lunar equivalent of FedEx, earning money by transporting scientific and commercial goods to the moon.
  • SCSP issued recommendations aimed at encouraging US politicians to counter China's rising technological ambitions by tightening regulatory oversight, encouraging more foreign investment, and providing tax breaks for workers who receive training.
  • Twitter disrupted three China-based operations covertly attempting to influence American politics leading up to elections.
  • The speed and sophistication of ransomware attacks is outpacing the US' ability to keep up with efforts to disrupt and recover from them.
  • Apple has paid out a record total of $20M through its new bug bounty program.
  • Despite Washington's efforts to remove Chinese telecoms equipment from national supply chains, local and state governments in the US have continued to purchase it, according to a new CSET report.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • A senior Russian foreign ministry official said that commercial satellites from the US and its allies could become legitimate targets for Russia over their involvement in the Ukraine war.
  • A China-based team at TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, planned to use the TikTok app to surveil American citizens.
  • The RNC filed a lawsuit against Alphabet's Google for allegedly sending its emails to users' spam folders.
  • Twitter is struggling to keep its most active users engaged, and is likely losing some of them to Instagram and TikTok.
  • Toyota is reconsidering its EV strategy to compete with Tesla.
  • TSMC, the world's most advanced chipmaker, "could stumble" if the industry is forced to develop new transistor technology.
  • The US unsealed charges alleging that two Chinese intelligence officers attempted to obstruct a criminal investigation into Huawei, and that others were working on behalf of a "foreign power" to procure technology and recruit spies.
  • The White House announced plans to expand its public-private cybersecurity partnership to include the chemical industry.
  • Apple is accelerating plans to address its greenhouse gas emissions across the company's global supply chain and decarbonize by 2030.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • The Russian government is beginning to build out a national video surveillance system to monitor its citizens, akin to China's mass surveillance.
  • On October 16, Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the 20th party congress where he laid out China's overall goals for 2035, which prioritize hi-tech at the "top of all economic policies."
  • John Deere is the latest of many companies to announce it is investing in reshoring its operations as it shifts production from China to Louisiana.
  • South Korea is planning to offer digital identity services secured by blockchain.
  • Researchers believe Wikipedia could be an overlooked venue for information warfare and are developing technologies similar to those used by social media platforms to uncover it.
  • SpaceX and the Pentagon argue over who is going to foot the bill for future satellite communication services in Ukraine, which have proven critical to the war effort.
  • Regulators in Europe and the US are gaining traction for policy changes that would require big tech companies to contribute to telecommunications networks.
  • The FCC is banning all sales of new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices in the US.
  • Military and research groups at the forefront of China's hypersonic missile program are purchasing a wide range of specialized American tech, including products developed by firms that have received millions in Pentagon grants and contracts, according to a new investigation.
  • Vaccines to treat cancer could be available by 2030, based on mRNA technology used to create the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Apple halted plans to use memory chips manufactured by YMTC.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • The director of the UK's GCHQ in a rare speech said Beijing is aiming to use an array of existing and emerging technologies to control markets and people, extend surveillance and censorship, and export its authoritarian system around the world.
  • China's 20th party congress will meet on Sunday where they are expected to confirm Xi Jinping for a historic third term to serve as Secretary General for another five years.
  • Elon Musk's Starlink launched in Japan this week, making it the first Asian nation to receive SpaceX's satellite services. Musk said Beijing sought assurances from him that he would not sell Starlink in China.
  • Emrod, a New Zealand startup, claims to have the technology to enable efficient wireless energy transfer from orbit, proposing a global wireless energy matrix that would instantly beam renewable energy between any two points on Earth via satellite.
  • MuscleRehab, a program developed by MIT, employs biotech and VR to aid physical therapy and allow patients to "see" the inner structure of their body.
  • Chinese firm Xpeng conducted a test flight of a flying taxi in Dubai.
  • A "humanoid robot" told British lawmakers that despite being an artificial creation, it was still capable of producing art as part of a parliamentary inquiry into how new technologies will impact the creative industries.
  • The US Department of Treasury is seeking comment on how to structure a cyber insurance program and contemplating creating a backstop program for cyber insurance akin to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program that was implemented after 9/11.
  • US restrictions on China's access to advanced American technologies may cut the country's largest chipmaker, SMIC's growth by 50% next year.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • Russia has refrained from using advanced military equipment in its war with Ukraine due to its dependence on American chips, which have fallen under strict sanctions since the invasion.
  • An NSA employee - who only worked there for three weeks - is being charged with three violations of the Espionage Act when he attempted to sell US secrets to, who he believed, was a foreign agent.
  • The US won a tight race against Russia for leadership of the UN's International Telecommunications Union which is set to help the US lead the world in telecommunications norms and standards. China has held the post for the past several years.
  • China is attempting to hedge the power of the US dollar in Asia.
  • Global M&A shrank for the third consecutive quarter and US tech IPOs are at an all time low since the global financial crisis of 2008.
  • The White House released a proposed AI Bill of Rights.
  • China's DJI was added to the US DoD's entity list on October 5 - an update from December 2021.
  • China is facing significant labor shortages, particularly in the tech industry.
  • NSA, CISA, and the FBI released a joint alert that said sophisticated cyber actors maintained "persistent, long-term access" to a major defense contractor's systems dating back as early as January 2021.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • After the US warned all Americans to get out of Russia, Krebs Stamos Group amplified USG messages and published a list of technical steps organizations should take on the way out.
  • Meta is losing market share to TikTok and looking to cut its staff by 10% to alleviate some costs.
  • Beijing is overhauling its notorious Belt & Road Initiative after several countries it lended money too are faulting on their debts.
  • In the wake of concerns over Havana Syndrome, the US Secret Service recently declassified documents revealing that former US President Nixon, and other government officials, was exposed to radiation at the US embassy in Moscow.
  • Scientists have revealed a new "invisibility jacket" that prevents humans wearing it from being detected by infrared cameras.
  • Amazon is providing cloud technology to Chinese state-owned firms Hikvision and Dahua, in possible violation of the NDAA as both companies have been banned by the US for their support to the PLA.
  • Huawei is attempting to restart chip manufacturing operations with "US-free" supply lines.
  • A group of US senators is requesting an Intelligence Community investigation to determine whether Apple's plan to use Chinese memory chips in the iPhone14 presents a national security threat.
  • The Biden administration and TikTok have drafted a preliminary agreement to address national security concerns raised by the Chinese-owned video app, but the terms are still being negotiated as the platform negotiates to continue operating in the US without major changes to its ownership structure.
  • China again publicly accused the US National Security Agency of conducting cyber espionage operations against a leading Chinese university years ago.
  • LookingGlass has launched a bi-weekly cyber brief highlighting the top cybersecurity stories for executives to track. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every other Friday!
  • Next5 provided a readout of the Special Competitive Studies Project Summit on Emerging Technology which took place last week.
  • Strider Technologies produced a detailed report that uncovers several Chinese scientists who worked at Los Alamos National Lab before returning to China and transferring technology on hypersonics among many other sensitive technologies. This is the first open source report to reveal such details that have largely only been known in classified channels.
  • Since 2019, Big Tech spent more than $30B acquiring companies, while regulators tried to reign them in.
  • A Rhodium Group report finds that European foreign direct investment in China has grown much more concentrated in terms of both the investors and the sectors in which they are investing.
  • A recent Starlink demonstration indicates the company's interest in entering the in-flight Wi-Fi market.
  • A New York-based biotech firm presented the US Air Force with the world's first energy harvesting-powered digital health shoe insoles.
  • Nvidia unveiled a new computing platform for autonomous vehicles, with a Chinese company as its first customer. Given other restrictions on Nvidia's ability to sell to China, there are concerns whether Chinese customers will be able to continue accessing Nvidia technology.
  • A US-based company developed the world's first sub-nanomatere resolution lithography system.
  • President Biden stated the US military will defend Taiwan from "an unprecedented attack."
  • As tensions between Taiwan and China threaten to strain Asian supplies, Europe is expected to push for the establishment of semiconductor supply chains with the assistance of Taiwanese chip giants.
  • Eric Schmidt's SCSP released its first report highlighting competition with China and the need to build a comprehensive plan for American success in emerging technology now.
  • A former TSMC executive switched over to China's SMIC in a decision he claims as the most foolish of his life.
  • Samples of blood from astronauts over the years reveal DNA mutations from space travel.
  • An FCC decision against SpaceX could give Chinese firms a leg up.
  • Google and NIST are collaborating on semiconductors.
  • A hacker purchased 200 used voting machines without incident, but after one was sold on eBay, it is now under investigation.
  • A Chinese chip industry veteran says Nvidia's chips are hard to replace in AI.
  • The DoJ charged Iranian hackers with conducing a global campaign targeting victims in the US for extortion.
  • At the Billington Cybersecurity Summit, a panel of CISOs offered criticism of the way the USG engages industry.
  • Some experts now say China may never surpass the US economy following Beijing's crackdown on covid and real estate speculation over the past year.
  • Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard is coming under regulatory scrutiny in the UK over competition concerns.
  • Huawei has included satellite communications capabilities in its latest flagship smartphone in attempt to circumvent US restrictions on access to 5G wireless technologies.
  • A Beijing space research institute tested a new rocket engine that it claims is twice as powerful as its American rival in the race to land the next astronaut on the Moon.
  • Albania severed diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled embassy personnel in response to a major cyber attack on the Albanian government.
  • China accused the NSA of hacking another government funded university with aeronautics and space research programs.
  • China's import volume of integrated circuits fell more tan 12% in the first eight months of the year.
  • The four most valuable American companies - Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft - have enough capital to acquire any startup they desire, but they are not doing a lot of buying in recent years. Could it be related to an uptick in international crackdowns against anticompetitive and antitrust practices? Read the Next5 perspecitive here.
  • NASA is planning its second attempt to launch Artemis1 this weekend. In an interview last week, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson talked about the space race we have entered with China and compared it with the American-Russian relationship on the ISS. For the Next5 perspective on Great Power Competition in space, read our blog.
  • In an updated report, TechInsights confirmed its earlier conclusion that China's top chipmaker SMIC, has made a significant technological breakthrough that puts it on par with industry giants. While we are still skeptical about China's ability to scale the manufacturing of 7nm chips, this advancement surpassed top experts' expectations about how quickly a Chinese company could achieve chips this size.
  • Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency, will complete a plan to lower its carbon emissions by more than 99% next month.
  • Genetic engineers have created a synthetic mouse embryo without the use of egg or sperm cells, but using stem cells capable of developing a heart, brain, and other organs.
  • Chip designer Nvidia states that US officials instructed it to stop exporting two top AI chips to China.
  • Google announced the launch of an open source software vulnerability bug bounty program, offering cybersecurity researchers up to $31k in rewards for detecting bugs.
  • TSMC said its ultra-advanced 3nm chip production technology will go into production soon, but inflation and ongoing supply chain issues are driving up the cost of constructing new plants.
  • The DoD released a report on the state of the space industrial base, calling for a more strategic approach to investing in the space economy and moving off planet. Next5 hosted a similar event with more commercial participation that focused more on increasing international engagement and out-innovating rather than competing with China.
    Contact us to receive a copy of Next5's Future of Space Insights Report or schedule a briefing with our analysts.
  • TikTok detailed its plan to combat election misinformation on its platform.
  • A new report urges companies to prepare for intentional or accidental attacks on their satellites during international conflicts.
  • Capital Records is walking away from an AI rapper project after receiving backlash for the AI model's "gross stereotypes" of the Black community.
  • A new Covid therapeutic could one day make treating all Covid variants as simple as using a nasal spray by "hacking" a region of viral RNA.
  • President Biden signed a law that requires an EV sold in the US to be assembled in North America to qualify for a federal tax credit.
  • A former Apple engineer pleaded guilty to stealing proprietary information from the company while preparing to work for a Chinese startup that makes self-driving cars.
  • The challenge of modern chip manufacturing is driving a shift toward multi chip design.
  • Another China-based chip firm (Super Orange HK Holding) was barred from acquiring a British firm - Pulsic which is a chip design software provider based in Bristol.
  • Economists say a rare drop in all export orders to Taiwan could indicate cracks in the global economy from China to Europe.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • Next5 gives a readout on The Cipher Brief's Cyber Initiatives Group (CIG) Summer Summit.
  • Should the Taiwanese chip industry be destroyed due to war or embargo, the consequences for the rest of the world would be immediate and dramatic - unlike Ukraine.
  • Ten years ago US scientists made a breakthrough battery discovery, but the US government gave the technology to China.
  • Omnispace wants to be the first company to deliver a global 5G non-terrestrial network with connectivity directly to mobile devices from its LEO satellites.
  • A district in Shanghai has been using drones to detect whether residents disobey Covid-19 policies, leading to online fury about the potential abuse of surveillance technology.
  • Scientists want to use genetic engineering to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger, which has been extinct since 1936.
  • A Chinese technology firm has released a new 7nm GPU chip that it claims has broken computing records.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • US policy changes to enable and incentivize American-led standard setting in technologies could help counter China.
  • After taking Kherson, Russian soldiers forced internet service providers to hand over control of their networks and rerouted mobile and internet data from Kherson through Russian networks.
  • YouTube is still operating in Russia - despite its efforts to show Russian citizens the truth about the Ukraine war - because the Kremlin has deemed it too popular to block.
  • The US Treasury Department sanctioned Tornado Cash - a virtual currency mixer - for its use by cybercriminals, including those under US sanctions, especially Lazarus Group. This marks the first time OFAC sanctioned open source code.
  • Lawmakers are pushing the Federal Reserve to move swiftly toward issuing a digital dollar, to combat steps from China and others they say could one day threaten the US status as the global reserve currency.
  • China's top leadership has grown increasingly frustrated with the country's years-long failure to develop semiconductors capable of replacing US circuitry, after a flurry of anti-graft probes into top industry officials and a $9B bailout for Tsinghua Unigroup.
  • Russian weapons and equipment used in Ukraine rely on microelectronics produced in the West as well as in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • Multiple government agencies in Taiwan experienced cyber attacks before and after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit.
  • UK military personnel and defense contractors have been told to delete their security clearance from LinkedIn over spying fears, following warnings about the growing espionage threat posed by China.
  • DoJ unsealed an indictment last week, charging a Russian national with allegedly orchestrating a years-long foreign malign influence campaign that used various U.S. political parties to sow discord, spread Russian propaganda, and interefere in  U.S. elections.
  • Strava - a social network for athletes - can help anyone identify secretive military bases and patrol routes based on its publicly shared data.
  • Sino-U.S. tensions and China's strict Covid-19 controls have significantly reduced the inflow of much-needed chip talent into the country.
  • The U.S. passed a $52B federal program to boost domestic chipmaking capabilities, and came with a noteworthy caveat: It requires that companies receiving funding must promise not to increase their production of advanced chips in China.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • China's SMIC reportedly achieved some capability to produce 7nm chips without EUV lithography.
  • The World Economic Forum reports that in order to take the quantum leap, business leaders have to shift their mindset. For more information about steps leaders should take to prepare for the quantum era, read the Next5 article on it here.
  • In an ironic move for monopolistic Microsoft, the software giant is rallying other big name cloud providers like Google and Oracle, among others, to challenge Amazon's dominance in government cloud contracts.
  • An investigation identifies how the US can use blockchain and AI to prevent Chinese exporters from skirting US tariffs.
  • France's Eutelsat is buying its British rival OneWeb in a $3.4B deal that is widely seen as a challenge to SpaceX.
  • Russia announced it is leaving the International Space Station.
  • Debris from a Chinese rocket is set to crash to Earth sometime over the next few days (again), with the potential for wreckage to land across a wide area of the globe.
  • A chess-playing robot grabbed and broke the finger of its opponent - a 7 year old boy - during a match at the Moscow Open.
  • A group of former US government officials has formed a professional organization to promote open source intelligence.
  • Apple's networking traffic reportedly took an unexpected detour through Russian networking equipment for about 12 hours between July 26 and 27.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • At the Aspen Security Forum taking place this week, CIA Director William Burns highlights the ways China is learning from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  • Shanghai has pledged support for the development of Web3 for the first time as part of its 14th Five Year Plan.
  • A CSET report compares trends in AI research output, showing China in the lead with the US close behind.
  • The Biden Administration is investigating China's Huawei over concerns that US cell towers fitted with its gear could capture sensitive information from military bases and missile silos that the company could then transmit to China.
  • The Pentagon announced the US conducted a successful hypersonic missile test, securing a $1.3B deal to help defend against such threats from Russia and China.
  • A team of scientists from Brown, Duke, and Rice demonstrated wireless technology that allows neurons in a fly brain to be controlled in less than a second.
  • Brain-computer interface startup Synchron implanted its stentrode device in a human for the first time to help the ALS patient text by thinking.
  • China's DJI, which is banned by the US, is lobbying against Congress to prevent the federal government from purchasing its drones.
  • To avoid US sanctions, Huawei's secretive chipmaking arm is hiring highly trained PhD engineers to help develop its own semiconductor design software, a niche field now dominated by Ameriac's Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys.
  • The DHS Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) concluded that log4j will continue to pose a significant risk for at least the next decade. It also lays out how Alibaba found and reported log4j before another Chinese firm BoundaryX posted the proof of concept to WeChat – before the patch was available.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • The CFR highlights shortcomings of the US approach to the internet and makes policy recommendations which include holding adversaries accountable, establishing international norms, cracking down on cybercrime, illuminating the domestic intelligence gap, and creating incentives for CSPs and ISPs to better defend their infrastructure from malicious activity.
  • New rules on cross-data transfer will force businesses in China to seek approvals from Chinese authorities before transferring data abroad.
  • Russia is likely constructing a sophisticated laser system designed to blind adversary satellites.
  • An AI institute in China's Heifei says it has developed software that can gauge the loyalty of Communist Party members.
  • Maritime 5G is emerging as a significant market vertical.
  • Visa and Mastercard are planning for customers to use crypto routinely for everyday purchases.
  • A novel study in which physicians implanted genetically engineered pig hearts into clinically deceased patients could open the path for human trails and a future with more life-prolonging organ transplants.
  • According to Bloomberg analysis, the US has crossed a pivotal line to the mass adoption fo EVs.
  • A powerful US produced Qualcomm chip is being highlighted as one of the primary selling factors of Chinese EVs, demonstrating China's persistent reliance on American core technologies.
  • Strider Technologies targets China's IP thieves by scouring open-source data in China to identify technologies most at risk of being stolen.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • FBI Director Wray and MI5 Director McCallum delivered an unprecedented joint address this week warning of the persistent threat from the CCP against businesses developing emerging technology. MI5 also announced that it thwarted Chinese state-sponsored cyberattack against a critical aerospace firm in the UK back in May.
  • TikTok’s CEO has written to nine Republican senators to outline new efforts by the popular video app to protect US user data, amid renewed congressional scrutiny of access to that information by employees of its Chinese parent company, ByteDance.
  • Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) reported that computer science departments across the US do not have enough faculty to meet the growing demand for AI education.
  • Tesla’s commanding lead in the EV market is shrinking, according to sales figures released this week by Warren Buffett-backed Chinese automake.
  • Samsung has begun mass production of 3-nanometer chips that are more powerful and efficient than previous chips, beating rival TSMC to a critical milestone in the race to build the world's most advanced chips.
  • In its latest effort to decouple the country from foreign operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Apple's macOS, China has created an open platform to accelerate the development of a domestic desktop operating system.
  • On July 5, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected the first set of quantum-resistant encryption algorithms to protect sensitive data from advanced cyberattacks.
  • A Chinese news source accused the US National Security Agency of conducting a cyberattack on Chinese scientific research organizations several years ago in an act of propaganda and strategic messaging in line with its goals to peer with the US.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • President Biden and G7 leaders are formally launching the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), which has already awarded contracts to US tech companies to build out infrastructure around the world, from 5G to agriculture.
  • The House Appropriations Committee directed the SecDef to provide a report detailing how Pentagon leadership delineates roles and responsibilities within cyberspace among its different component agencies.
  • Amazon is developing a voice-mimicking feature for Alexa that replicates the speech of people alive and dead.
  • AT&T announced that their drone operations team achieved an industry first in transmitting its 5G network via drone.
  • Researchers have created a wearable textile exomuscle that acts as an extra layer of muscles, enabling paralyzed patients to use their limbs again.
  • A new electronic tattoo (e-tattoo) can provide continuous blood pressure measurements with an accuracy level that exceeds nearly all currently available options on the market.
  • Chinese researchers made it feasible for individuals to emit radio waves with their minds, in a development that could have uses ranging from mind-controlled military radar to health monitoring.
  • A report from CSET makes two recommendations for the US to preserve leadership in sophisticated chip production: prevent China from achieving its own capability to produce them and shore up the chipmaking supply chain. They also recommend the US develop a skilled work visa program for Taiwanese and Korean workers.
  • An annual Quantum Readiness Survey found that 81% of executives anticipate quantum computing will play a key role in their business by 2030.
  • Hackers have demonstrated a new risk to global trade with the ability to penetrate onboard maritime technology that is replacing old methods of steering, propulsion, navigation, and other key operations.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • A new study produced for CISA examines public sector versus private sector ownership of critical infrastructure sectors.
  • DHS released the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Strategy along with CBP importer guidance.
  • A New York Times investigation reveals China's expansive efforts to collect personal data from everday citizens.
  • According to leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings, China-based employees have repeatedly accessed nonpublic data about US TikTok users. The company stated a few days later that traffic for all US user data is now being routed through Oracle's cloud infrastructure. Critics say that is still not enough to protect US users' personal data.
  • NASA and SpaceX will start testing strategies to prevent autonomous satellites from colliding with each other as part of the Agency's Starling mission.
  • The Space Force is formally establishing the National Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where it will be co-located with NASIC.
  • China's planned Mars sample return mission is projected to deliver samples to Earth in 2031 - two years ahead of a joint NASA and ESA mission to do the same. Delivering Martian samples to Earth has long been regarded as a major scientific goal of space exploration.
  • A new study shows electric vehicles could be charged on the go via a peer-to-peer system where cars can share charges while driving.
  • A Chinese startup has hired a Japanese semiconductor heavyweight, signaling China's desire to gain a larger share of the global DRAM market, which is currently dominated by US and South Korean players. China's chip industry is growing faster than any other in the world, according to Bloomberg data showing that China's chip firms lead in annual sales growth over the past four quarters.
  • A researcher published a paper encouraging the Chinese military to track, monitor, and possibly hack satellites in the Starlink network.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • America's Frontier Fund was announced this week as a new non-profit designed to enable a whole-of-nation approach to support critical technology that will secure US competitiveness. LookingGlass Chairman Gilman Louie, of In-Q-Tel fame will serve as the CEO.
  • L3Harris could acquire the entity-listed Israeli firm NSO Group, notorious for its controversial Pegasus spyware that has reportedly been used to spy on government officials and other high profile figures around the world.
  • Apple is working to get rid of passwords for good.
  • A Chinese anti-satellite system has mastered deception in a simulated space battle.
  • Between 2019 and 2021, venture capitalists invested ~$35B in biotech companies with advanced platform technologies that have the potential to transform the industry.
  • MIT researchers believe frozen "space bubbles" could help mitigate climate change by preventing some of the sun's rays from reaching the Earth.
  • Small businesses are more at risk to cyber targeting because they do not have cyber insurance and do not believe they are targets according to new research.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass has launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • Apple signed a deal for iPhone 14 memory chips with Yangtze Memory Technologies, a Chinese military-linked fab.
  • ASML accused a Beijing-based firm of stealing its trade secrets. And, that firm is regarded by Chinese officials as one of the country's most promising tech ventures.
  • Due to losses from ransomware coverage, brokers and cyber insurance carriers are tightening requirements for applicants to obtain policies.
  • Some military buyers remain distrustful of commercial solutions as a replacement for government-developed systems, despite growing enthusiasm for new space internet services.
  • A bipartisan pair of US senators presented a bill that would establish new rules for cryptocurrency and task oversight of the assets to Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • China plans to launch a space solar power plant program in 2028, two years ahead of the original schedule.
  • A surgeon successfully implanted an ear developed and 3D-printed in a lab, for the first time.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • Our parent company, LookingGlass launched a new Cyber Monitor which includes strategic insights from tactical cyber observers. Sign up for the LookingGlass Cyber Monitor here.
  • General Nakasone, head of USCYBERCOM, confirmed for the first time that the US had "conducted a series of operations" in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
  • China may have forced Gitee, the Chinese competitor to GitHub, to censor open source code in a move developers worry will obstruct innovation.
  • The price of battery metals used in the production of EVs is expected to drop in the coming years.
  • Researchers made a breakthrough by using quantum teleportation to exchange qubits between distant nodes that do not have a direct connection, paving the way for a quantum internet.
  • The EU is preparing to cut Russia's largest lender, Sberbank, off the SWIFT exchange, as the bloc prepares a sixth package of sanctions.
  • Chinese cybersecurity firm, Qi An Xin Technology Group, accused The NSA of a campaign targeting computers in 45 countries and regions, including China.
  • CSET identified 14 "chokepoint technologies" which are dominated by companies based in the US and other like-minded democracies that are the most difficult for Chinese manufacturers to obtain over domestic versions they deem unreliable.
  • Next5 highlights the key takeaways from The Cipher Brief's quarterly Cyber Initiatives Group Summit.
  • CEO Bryan Ware led a workshop at the World Economic Forum to discuss cybersecurity in space, and co-authored an article to share the findings and solutions for leaders attending Davos.
  • How blockchain is challenging China's censorship regime.
  • John Deere is accelerating the movement towards autonomous farming with the acquisition of AI startup, Light.
  • Satellite antennas are being 3D-printed in space with the help of sunlight.
  • Chip manufacturer, Broadcom is in talks to buy CSP, VMware, which would triple the size of Broadcom's software segment.
  • The Canadian government banned the use of Huawei and ZTE equipment in its 5G networks, becoming the final member of the Five Eyes to restrict the Chinese companies.
  • MITRE has built a prototype framework for ICT supply chain risks, to debut at the 2022 RSAC in San Francisco.
  • The NACD wrote a letter to the SEC with key considerations regarding whether or not boards should be required to disclose which members have cybersecurity expertise.
  • Cyber insurers significantly increased premiums for cyber coverage over the course of 2021 - by 92% YoY according to an industry watchdog.
  • Web3's alternative to exploiting users for data to make a profit can generate more value for both users and platforms.
  • China has re-emerged as a bitcoin mining hub despite the country's complete ban on the practice a year ago.
  • Scientists are growing plants from Earth with soil from the Moon.
  • A growing number of Chinese chip design firms have adopted open source RISC-V in their chip designs as an alternative to Intel's proprietary X86 and Arm's architectures, in order to minimize the impact of US sanctions.
  • Next5 has been acquired by LookingGlass, and Bryan Ware has been appointed to lead the company as CEO.
  • China is using AI to turn a dam project into the world's largest 3D printer.
  • Meta has teamed up with AMD on mobile infrastructure program to develop metaverse-ready RAN.
  • Chinese tech companies are quietly pulling back from doing business in Russia under pressure from US sanctions, despite calls from Beijing for companies to resist.
  • The US Treasury Department sanctioned a virtual currency mixer, citing that North Korea used it to help launder stolen virtual cryptocurrency.
  • Costa Rica's new President Chaves declared a state of emergency due to ransomware.
  • The SEC has begun questioning American companies about the financial impacts of sanctions on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
  • A recent investigation highlights that Chinese state-owned railway company CRRC Corp is acquiring and investing in several sensitive defense technologies that supply US and allied militaries, and to date does not fall on the US list of organizations that support the Chinese Military Industrial Complex.
  • The US and 55 other nations signed a political commitment to push rules for the internet shaped by democratic values.
  • The Biden Administration will allocate more than $3B in infrastructure funding to finance electric vehicle battery manufacturing.
  • The world's first airport for electric drones and flying cars  recently opened in the UK.
  • A White House National Security Memo identifies the key steps needed to maintain US competitive advantage in quantum information science.
  • An investigation reveals how military technology reaches Russia in violation of US export controls, highlighting the difficulty in tracking critical technology transportation.
  • Operating under FISA authorities, the FBI searched emails, texts, and other electronic communications of 3.4M US residents without a warrant last year according to this year's annual ODNI transparency report, which included this data for the first time.
  • Next5 leadership hosted a workshop at the World Economic Forum with international executives from WEF's Global Future Councils on Cybersecurity and Space. Findings from this session will be included in an article for ministerial level world leaders attending Davos next month, as well as the Forum's annual Global Risk and Cyber Risk Reports.
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists compiled a Satellite Database of the more than 4,582 operational satellites currently in orbit around Earth.
  • The head of machine learning at Lyft, Craig Martell, is joining the Pentagon to lead its new data and AI office - a post just established in December.
  • Fort Worth, TX is becoming the first city government in the US to mine bitcoin.
  • Chinese drone-maker DJI has suspended all business activities in Russia and Ukraine, becoming the first Chinese technology company to officially halt Russian business activities following its invasion.
  • Honor - which was previously owned by Huawei - builds its products with parts made in the US, accounting for 40% of their manufacturing cost according to recent analysis.
  • Energy companies face higher risk of cyber attacks than other industries according to an IBM report.
  • According to Microsoft, Russian-affiliated hackers were planning cyberattacks against Ukraine as early as March 2021.
  • A Five Eyes advisory warns that more Russian cyber activity is incoming as various cyber crime and cyber threat groups publicly pledged support for the Russian government in retaliation to sanctions.
  • A third senior DoD official resigned from the USG saying the US risks losing its tech edge to China due to slow budgets and bureaucratic tendencies.
  • The White House announced that the US will ban direct-assent ASAT missile tests that create orbital debris, and called on other countries to do the same.
  • The Treasury Department has tied the North Korean hacking group Lazarus to the theft of more than $600M in cryptocurrency from a software bridge used for the popular Axie Infinity play-to-earn game.
  • Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to develop and commercialize nuclear reactors small enough to be delivered on trucks by the end of the next decade.
  • Despite soaring prices, Chinese companies are continuing to invest in second-hand chip manufacturing machines, which are expected to account for 20% of global chip production capacity this year.
  • Xi Jinping plans to invest in the city of Zhuzou as its newest tech hub in hopes of becoming the world's center of innovation over the next ten years.
  • American sanctions against Russia over Ukraine are pushing the world to the brink of recession, and could potentially harm the value of the dollar according to some critics.
  • China has developed a new cyber defense infrastructure that can automatically detect security flaws in orbiting satellites.
  • Nokia is officially exiting the Russian market permanently.
  • Graphite, a critical mineral used in EV batteries, could see a shortage in supply amid surging demand for EVs, which may delay the global drive to reduce the carbon footprint.
  • Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet is following Tesla's lead in attempting to advance self-driving technology through the use of low-cost cameras, noting that testing autonomous vehicles with more expensive sensors like radars and lidars is expensive and not scalable.
  • Huawei, which is already sanctioned by the US, is preparing to exit Russia by furloughing some local employees and suspending new contracts with operators.
  • The USG warned that advanced hackers had demonstrated the ability to gain full system access to multiple ICS systems. And Ukrainian officials announced that it had successfully thwarted a cyber attack by Russian-backed hackers (attributed to Sandworm) aimed at disrupting the country's electrical grid.
  • Putin's invasion of Ukraine is likely to accelerate innovation in climate, energy, and deep technologies.
  • The FBI was granted court orders that allowed it to remove malicious code from privately held computers around the world, sometimes without the owners' consent.
  • Lynk launched the world's first commercial cell-tower-in-space.
  • Western made chips have been discovered in Russian technologies, including surveillance systems and drones currently being used in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlighting the difficulty companies face in tracing how their products are used.
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of failing to conduct a promised security investigation into China's largest smartphone assembler Wingtech's controversial takeover of the country's largest semiconductor manufacturer.
  • US and German officials announced that an international law enforcement effort shut down Hydra Market - the world's largest Darknet marketplace, seizing $25M in crypto.
  • Mexican suppliers are gaining ground as manufacturers restructure their supply chains in the face of growing global disruptions.
  • Though Nokia pulled out of Russia, it left behind a vast surveillance system used by the Kremlin to track communications of Russian oppositionists, further highlighting companies' inevitable role in geopolitics.
  • US satellite communications provider Viasat has shared an incident report regarding the cyberattack that affected its KA-SAT consumer-oriented satellite broadband service on February 24 - the day Russia invaded Ukraine.
  • Environmental groups launched a campaign seeking to change bitcoin's code to decrease its energy use, which has grown substantially in the past few years.
  • TSMC and Samsung asked the US to allow foreign companies to participate in the CHIPS Act.
  • China's Huawei said it is still evaluating its response to Western sanctions on Russia.
  • Microsoft's new security chief issued a call to arms to build protection from hackers and criminals in the emerging metvaverse.
  • Russia accused the US and NATO allies of leading a massive campaign of "cyber aggression" behind hundreds of thousands of malicious attacks per day - a claim the US has refuted.
  • Legal experts say SpaceX made Starlink a valid military target by offering additional services to Ukraine that are now enabling it to carry out lethal military functions.
  • A Japanese tech startup says it can deliver physical pain to people in the metaverse.
  • A new CSET report offers four ways that machine learning vulnerabilities differ from traditional cyber vulns.
  • Much of the world's critical infrastructure is heavily dependent on space, which poses a security dilemma, especially by cyber threats.
  • Ukraine accused China's largest drone maker, DJI, of enabling Russia to target Ukrainian drone pilots. While some Ukrainian access to the same technology has gone offline, DJI vehemently denies having anything to do with it.
  • Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision plans to buy a second-hand lithography machine made by ASML for its in-house chip-making operations.
  • Following the White House announcement this week regarding cyber risk to the Homeland, CISA's Shields Up page will be updated with Russian cyber TTPs, and all guidance as the threat and intelligence evolve. Now is the time for organizations to lower the threshold for reporting anomalous cyber activity or incidents. Reports can be submitted directly to CISA by emailing report@cisa.gov or calling 1-888-282-0870.
  • Chinese state officials strategically messaged this past week that Beijing views Taiwan differently than Ukraine.
  • Russian prosecutors issued warnings to Western companies in Russia, threatening to arrest corporate leaders there who criticize the government or to size assets from companies that withdraw from the country.
  • Western intelligence agencies are investigating a satellite internet disruption in Ukraine that occurred the day after Russia invaded Ukraine.
  • Chinese companies are encountering difficulties obtaining cobalt in Congo, a mineral that has become critical to the global transition to cleaner energy.
  • Following the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan, China has moved to claim the country's vast mineral wealth, which is critical to the production of technologies, including components in EVs.
  • OFAC clarified that US citizens and digital asset firms are required to comply with sanctions against Russia, even when facilitating transactions in cryptocurrency.
  • ODNI released its annual threat assessment calling out China as the top priority for the IC. Testimony from the nation's top intelligence chiefs highlighted concerns over the recent Russian invasion, indicating Putin has not met his military expectations and his interpretation of victory in Ukraine could change over time, given recent setbacks.
  • Space continues to play a prominent role in the Ukraine conflict as Europe suffers an ongoing outage of Viasat services while Starlink quickly recovered from jamming activities via software updates.
  • Researchers combined CRISPR technology with AI to regulate gene activity.
  • A new EV from Alibaba will launch this month, joining a crowded market dominated by Tesla and Chinese firms Xpeng and Nio.
  • Toshiba says, that while some chipmakers have downplayed the impact of disruption from Russia's invasion, the chip shortage will worsen due to ongoing supply chain constraints.
  • Russia has officially surpassed Iran and North Korea to become the world's most sanctioned nation.
  • Google acquired Mandiant for ~$5.4B to bolster its cloud unit with more cybersecurity services.
  • The West imposed significant sanctions namely on Russian banks in retaliation for military action in Ukraine. And the US is sharing intelligence and attributing malicious cyber activity at unprecedented, welcomed speed. Meanwhile, China walked back its support to Putin on Ukraine fearing risks of further worsening relations with Washington and access to US markets.
  • The National Cyber Director called for an unprecedented level of collaboration between government and industry to meet the requirements of national security.
  • Electic vehicles onboard a burning ship in the Atlantic complicated efforts to distinguish the fire since burning batteries cannot be put out with water alone.
  • After China outlawed bitcoin mining, rural states of the US have become the new hub for mining, a move that experts say is likely to spur innovation in the underlying technology.
  • Scientists are developing self-healing biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that sense strain, temperature, and humidity.
  • Debris from the Russian ASAT weapon demonstration in November are creating surges of close approaches, in some cases, tens of thousands a week, with active satellites in LEO.
  • JPMorgan Chase, Toshiba, and Ciena have demonstrated full viability of a first-of-its-kind Quantum Key Distribution network that is resistant to quantum computing attacks.
  • China sanctioned US defense firms Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies for arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The Biden Administration announced new investments in mineral production to address supply chain shortages.
  • The White House is warning the chip industry to diversify its supply chain in case Russia retaliates against threatened US export curbs by blocking access to key materials. Washington is also closely weighing whether and how Beijing might come to Moscow's aid to circumvent technology sanctions.
  • SpaceX said it should be able to reach orbits at significantly lower costs.
  • Intel announced plans to enter the crypto/blockchain market.
  • French President Macron refused to take a Russian COVID test prior to his high profile visit with Putinto discuss Ukraine. His staff said he refused in order to prevent Russia from obtaining his DNA. German Chancellor Scholz also refused a Russia-administered COVID PCR test.
  • Former chief of MI6, Sir Alex Younger, is pressuring the British government to keep Arm Holdings in the UK in order to compete with China and the US in key technologies.
  • ASML, the world's leader in lithography - a vital step in chip production - accused a Chinese company of IP infringement. According to ASML, the company - "little giant" Dongfang Jingyuan Electron, is associated with failed company XTAL, which was found guilty of stealing ASML's IP in the US in 2013.
  • The White House added five new technology areas to its list of Critical Emerging Technologies to serve as a resource for future policy on US technological leadership.
  • SpaceX lost 40 Starlink satellites it launched last week due to a geomagnetic storm, in the largest number of lost satellites knocked out by a single geomagnetic event ever.
  • US telecom carriers have requested $5.6B in reimbursements form the government to rip and replace their existing Huawei or ZTE infrastructure.
  • The US denied China's claim that Starlink satellites twice endangered its space station.
  • Scientists believe mRNA could serve as the foundation for a new generation of vaccines - a technology the Chinese were originally reluctant to adopt but are now racing to develop domestically. Meanwhile, Moderna and GWU just administered the first doses of HIV vaccines in a clinical trial, leveraging mRNA technology.
  • China is establishing a special organization that will facilitate collaboration between domestic firms and overseas semiconductor powerhouses like Intel, AMD, Infineon Technologies, and ASML.
  • A WEF report explains how a cyber attack on critical energy infrastructure could have far-reaching consequences for business operations and the European economy.
  • Russia arrested six people this week - all allegedly part of a hacking group involved in stealing and selling credit cards - in the third hacking group arrested by Russian authorities since the beginning of the year.
  • Japan revealed that it is nearly twice as dependent on Chinese imports as the US making it highly vulnerable to supply-side limitations in China.
  • FBI Director Wray called the threat from China "more brazen, more damaging than ever before" in a speech this week, where he highlighted how the PRC & CCP leverage unfair practices like cyber theft to surpass the US technologically for strategic economic advantage.
  • M&A in the game industry more than tripled in 2021, giving game makers additional ways to compete with each other as the metaverse comes to fruition.
  • New research from CSET suggests that deep learning will soon face a slowdown in its ability to consume computing power.
  • The FCC revoked China Unicom's authority to operate in the US, citing national security concerns within 60 days.
  • The SEC approved the US' 17th stock exchange - a subsidiary of Boston-based BOX Exchange. Known as BSTX, the new exchange will incorporate blockchain technology.
  • A highly anticipated lawsuit against Ripple Labs is challenging US financial laws that decide what is a security and whether or not existing laws can effectively regulate crypto.
  • A CNAS wargame tests the dynamics of the US-China strategic semiconductor competition and Taiwan's role in it.
  • The US House of Representatives is taking up a $52B bill aimed at improving competition with China and supporting the US semiconductor industry, known as the America COMPETES Act of 2022.
  • Thanks in part to US sanctions, Apple has taken market share away from Huawei in China as it makes record smartphone sales rising to the #1 smartphone provider in the country.
  • The WTO authorized China to impose retaliatory tariffs totaling $645M on US imports, after China complained about US tariffs on solar panels and other products produced in China with unfair subsidies to state-owned enterprises.
  • Recent events in space highlight a new race is already underway. Next5 breaks down the strategic implications of these events and makes five recommendations for US policymakers to ensure we maintain US leadership in space in our latest article.
  • In an op/ed Anthony Vinci and Nadia Schadlow argue the next generation Internet - Web3 - could shift the balance of power back to individuals in a victory for democracy amidst increasing competition with authoritarian states, if the US embraces it.
  • A new report ranks the US first out of 160 nations in readiness to implement AI in public services delivery to citizens.
  • A European watchdog warns that the EU faces economic and security risks unless member countries increase cooperation on 5G in a new report.
  • Intel announced plans to construct a $20B massive chip manufacturing site in Ohio.
  • In light of looming sanctions on Russia, US businesses - especially those in the energy sector - are urging the Biden Administration to allow companies to fulfill commitments and weigh exempting products as it crafts any sanctions, saying US businesses could suffer economic consequences, too.
  • The EU launched a WTO case against China for "discriminatory trade practices" against Lithuania over its efforts to strengthen relations with Taipei.
  • In response to recent malicious cyber activity in Ukraine, CISA released additional guidance this week to help organizations protect against "Potential Critical Threats" as the crisis evolves. US officials anticipate cyber attacks will continue to play a role in any potential invasion of Ukraine, which could have cascading or spillover effects worldwide.
    Next5 advises companies to review detection response plans now, as tensions rise, particularly those in industry sectors that are likely to be targeted or leveraged by US actions. If the US takes action that targets a specific industry, American companies in that industry should assume they are ripe targets for reciprocal Russian retaliation. For more information about Russian TTPs, detection, and mitigation procedures, read this joint guidance released by CISA, FBI, and NSA we featured last week. Those seeking further information are encouraged to set up a meeting with the Next5 team to discuss.
  • Microsoft is buying video game heavyweight Activision Blizzard in an all cash deal for $75B, which is set to play a role in its towards the metaverse.
  • According to a new CSIS report, the IC needs to change the way it defines intelligence and adopt cloud computing to stay ahead of adversaries, private interests, and the public.
  • Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta, and Amazon have become dominant users of undersea cable capacity by far.
  • In an interim intelligence assessment, CIA says it has ruled out that Havana Syndrome is the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of US officials, and still has not found the root cause of symptoms. Critics say the CIA did not consult with enough IC partners (to include the DoD) in making its assessment, and it was pretty loose about which symptoms qualified as possible cases - all but guaranteed to skew the data.
  • Members of the Russia-based cyber ransomware group REvil, which was responsible for many significant ransomware attacks against US companies last year, have been reportedly arrested by the SVR.
  • China sees supply chain decoupling from the US as one of the greatest risks to its security and power, according to a Chinese think tank and Chinese officials.
  • Anticipating a Russian invasion into Ukraine, the US Senate (with White House backing) unveiled a bill with plans for sweeping sanctions. The US Government also anticipates cyber attacks will play a role in any invasion which could have cascading effects worldwide. CISA, FBI, & NSA jointly released guidance with Russian TTPs, detection, and mitigation procedures to help organizations prepare.
    Next5 advises companies to review detection response plans now, as tensions rise, particularly those in industry sectors that are likely to be targeted or leveraged by US actions. If the US takes action that targets a specific industry, American companies in that industry should assume they are ripe targets for reciprocal Russian retaliation. Those seeking further information are encouraged to set up a meeting with the Next5 team to discuss.
  • SpaceX is drawing scrutiny over safety concerns after its satellites were involved in thousands of close encounters every week by the end of 2021.
  • CSIS argues that the delay in rolling out 5G across the US is damaging strategic interests.
  • A man received a genetically modified pig's heart in the first successful transplant of a pig heart into a human body.
  • Chinese semiconductor startups failed to compete with prominent chip manufacturers due to lack of funding and experience.
  • US sanctions have boosted mainland China's demand for Taiwanese chips, sending Taiwan exports to new highs.
  • Chinese critical infrastructure and government organizations are routinely being compromised by Russian-speaking ransomware criminals, and China is uniquely positioned to counter ransomware for all.
  • Throughout 2021, Next5 convened 100+ executive experts in emerging technology and policy to discuss the future of innovation, business, and world power. Based on the insights we gleaned from them, we identified the top 5 trends to watch in this space going into 2022 and beyond, which you can read here.
  • Chinese social media giant TikTok unseated Google as the most used search engine in the world.
  • AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay their 5G rollout in the US at the request of Transportation Department leadership.
  • Scientists believe that zero gravity conditions of outer space could be the key to advancing regenerative medicine and facilitating mass production of stem cells.
  • John Deere unveiled the world's first autonomous tractor it hopes will be the future of precision agriculture.
  • China is slated to fail on its commitments to the 2020 trade deal with the US, which expires today, but Biden's response - if retaliatory, could ultimately harm US businesses operating in China; and if too weak, could signal to Beijing that the new administration won't hold them accountable to similar terms in the future.
  • Russian businessman Vladislav Kyushin, who is on trial in the US for fraud, could prove a treasure trove of intelligence on Russian interference in US elections. Even if he doesn't cooperate with US officials, his arrest in the Alps and extradition to the US signals that Russian criminals do not have freedom of movement outside the motherland.