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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un supervises a “strike drill” for multiple launchers and tactical guided weapon into the East Sea during a military drill in North Korea, in this May 4, 2019 photo supplied by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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North Korea has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deal with the “illegal” seizure of one of its cargo ships by the United States, state media said on Saturday.

“This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,” the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter sent to Guterres dated Friday, according to North Korea’s KCNA news agency.

Pyongyang’s protest to the United Nations over the seizure comes amid mounting tensions since a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, aimed at bringing about the denuclearization of the North, broke down in Hanoi in February.

The letter also called for “urgent measures” by Guterres and claimed that Washington infringed the North’s sovereignty and violated U.N. charters.

With the denuclearization talks stalled, North Korea went ahead with more weapons tests this month. The tests were seen as a protest by Kim after Trump rejected his calls for sanctions relief at the Hanoi summit.

North Korea has said the ship seizure violated the spirit of the summit and demanded the return of the vessel without delay.

The U.S. Justice Department said the North Korean cargo ship, known as the “Wise Honest,” was seized and impounded to American Samoa. The vessel was accused of illicit coal shipments in violation of sanctions and was first detained by Indonesia in April 2018.

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Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes a speech during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran on January 10, 2019.

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Iran’s state TV says Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil.

The seizure comes as tensions mount between the United States and Iran over the unraveling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Thursday’s report says the tanker was smuggling fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers and was intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The TV didn’t identify the tanker or say which country the crew were from.

An oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz drifted off into Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location over two days ago.

U.S. officials have expressed suspicion that the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah had been seized in Iranian territorial waters.

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EU fines Qualcomm for second time over market abuse



Signs of Qualcomm and 5G are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019.

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Qualcomm, the world’s no.1 chipmaker, was fined 242 million euros ($272 million) on Thursday for blocking a rival from the market about a decade ago, its second EU antitrust penalty.

The European Commission, the EU’s competition regulator, accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at forcing out British phone software maker Icera, now part of Nvidia Corp.

“Qualcomm’s strategic behavior prevented competition and innovation in the market,” Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The Commission fined Qualcomm 997 million euros ($1.1 billion) last year for paying iPhone maker Apple to use only its chips, a tactic aimed at thwarting rivals including Intel.

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Philips buys Medumo, Boston start-up focused on patient experience



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Dutch technology conglomerate Philips has acquired a small Boston-based health-tech start-up called Medumo for its health care business.

Medumo uses a combination of email and SMS to deliver instructions to patients, on behalf of its hospital customers. The company, which has fewer than 30 employees, fits into the so-called “patient engagement” trend, which involves providing tools for medical providers to stay in touch with their patients outside of the four walls of the doctor’s office.

For Philips, the acquisition could present an opportunity to build a service for its pre-existing health system customers.

Philips has been on an acquisition streak for its health care portfolio, which includes a variety of products for hospitals, like medical devices, imaging systems and alarm systems to help doctors attend to the most critical patients. Several months ago, it acquired Carestream’s health IT business to add to its radiology informatics business, and it snapped up a handful of other health start-ups in 2018 in areas ranging from sleep and respiratory care to next-generation biosensor technology.

Philips and other traditional health tech providers could face increasing competition with traditional tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Alphabet. These technology companies are all building their own businesses in health care, ranging from consumer-focused smartwatches with health monitoring features to IT systems that are designed to help clinicians fill out patient medical records.

Medumo’s partners include Boston Children’s Hospital, which has said hospitals lose billions of dollars every year due to missed appointments and improper procedure preparation or discharge instructions. Its other major customer is Harvard hospital Brigham Health, which recently raved that Medumo is one of its best start-ups. One of Medumo’s initial applications is to guide patients through a colonoscopy, earning headlines about how it “texts you about your poop.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Phillips sent out an internal memo announcing the deal on Wednesday, but had not disclosed the acquisition publicly.

A spokesperson confirmed, “Philips has signed an agreement to acquire US-based health startup Medumo, which will bring an advanced Diagnostic Patient Management (DPM) offering to Philips’ expanding diagnostic digital services portfolio.”

They added, “With Medumo’s software application aimed to remind and prepare patients for pre-exam tasks, we are enhancing the connection to the patient and their care, while improving operational outcomes for our customers.”

Philips explained that it makes acquisitions as an “add on” to fill in specific gaps in its portfolio.

Medumo, which got its start in 2013, raised a small seed round in 2018. It’s a graduate of the Silicon Valley accelerator program Y Combinator and the MassChallenge health-tech program in Boston. 

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