Hashtag Trending – Huawei under U.S. investigation; Twitter’s terrific quarter; Gmail redesign unveiled

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei is being investigated by the U.S. justice department. Twitter posts a profit for the second quarter in a row. And Google releases its redesigned Gmail.

Trending on LinkedIn: According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. justice department is investigating Chinese smartphone maker Huawei for potentially violating U.S. sanctions related to Iran. Few other details were released: The Journal said it’s unclear which allegations the Justice Department is investigating, nor do they know how far the probe has progressed. Huawei declined to comment.

Also trending on LinkedIn, and Facebook, are Twitter’s latest quarterly results. For the second quarter in a row, the social media icon has posted a profit, this time of $62 million USD, and added 6 million new users to boot. Until the fourth quarter of 2017, when Twitter earned $91 million USD in revenue, the company’s quarterly reports had primarily made the news for measuring its lack of income and new users. Twitter lost $108 million USD over the course of last year, and its user base hovered around 330 million throughout 2017.

Finally, trending on Facebook and Product Hunt, Google has officially released its long-awaited redesign for Gmail. Among the new features: Users can click on attachments directly from their inbox; remove the option to forward, copy, download or print messages; and take advantage of the “smart reply” feature long available to mobile users on their desktop. Google’s added a few AI-powered features to the platform as well, including a “nudge” for messages it thinks you’ve forgotten to respond to and a prompt that invites you to unsubscribe from newsletters you aren’t reading.

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Eric Emin Wood
Former IT World Canada associate editor turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.

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