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Megan Thee Stallion Throws The Hottie Party of the Year in Vegas

Megan Thee Stallion gets the party going with a performance at the Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The 26-year-old rapper took over the stage and danced along with the packed crowd with a performance of her hit songs, including “Thot S*it”, “Savage Remix”, “Poppin” and “Cry Baby”.

Megan hosted the Hottie Party and then took to Instagram so share some highlights with her fans.

“Bi******* we brought all thee hot girl shit to Vegas last night 😛😛😛,” she captioned. “Where should I have the next hottie party 👀.”

The sighting comes after rumors that Megan could be covering Sports Illustrated‘s upcoming Swim Issue.

“She’s the biggest star [right now], so it’s a no-brainer and they love surprises,” a source shared with Page Six about the possibility.

Another insider said that “[The Sports Illustrated team] actually still don’t even know who the cover girl will be. Still undecided. No one will know until the day of the unveiling.”

Stay tuned to see if it’s true!

FYI: Megan wore a Michael NGO corseted top, Fashion Nova shorts, Sophia Webster shoes and a Chanel purse.

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Radio host Larry Elder to run in California recall election

Conservative radio host Larry Elder is entering the California recall election to replace the state’s Democratic governor Gavin Newsom.

Elder, 69, made the announcement on his show, which is nationally syndicated, and is expected to file papers on Tuesday.

“I’m running for governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people,” Elder said in a press release. “Our government is what’s ruining the Golden State. Our schools are closed to both students and their parents. Our streets aren’t safe from rising violent crime or the disaster of rising homelessness. And the scandals of Sacramento aren’t going to stop on their own. It’s time to tell the truth. We’ve got a state to save.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, the 69-year-old attorney said he initially was reluctant to become a candidate in a state where Democrats hold a lopsided grip on power in Sacramento. Among supporters who encouraged him to run: fellow conservative radio host Dennis Prager.

A host of candidates have thrown their names into the ring, including former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, who is running as a Republican. Jenner’s team includes several operatives that helped on President Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns.

Other Republican candidates include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, and former House Rep. Doug Ose.

CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM RECALL VOTE SET FOR SEPT. 14

The recall election is scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, when voters will be asked first whether they want to recall Newsom and then who they want to replace him. It will take at least 50% of voters to vote in favor of recalling Newsom for the election to move forward and the winner will be whichever candidate receives the highest number of votes.

Altogether there are roughly 60 candidates running to replace Newsom.

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As previously reported by Fox News, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Monday denied Newsom’s request to be listed as a Democrat in the upcoming election after his office missed a deadline.

Newsom failed to designate his party preference when he filed his official response to the recall last year. There will not be a party next to his name.

According to data from the California Secretary of State’s office, there have been 54 previous attempts to recall governors. Only one was successful – the recall of Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was selected as his replacement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 713 is $80 off at Best Buy

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 713, one of our more recent Chrome OS favorites, is on sale at Best Buy. The retailer has discounted the laptop by $80, marking one of the first times we’ve seen it on sale since it came out earlier in the year. With the discount, the Spin 713 is currently $619 instead of $699. The model that Best Buy is selling features an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also comes with plenty of ports, including two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 connections, a microSD slot, as well as HDMI and headphone jacks.

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Engadget gave the Spin 713 a score of 85 when we reviewed it last month. Part of what makes it stand out in the crowded Chrome OS market is that it features a display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Most Chromebooks feature 16:9 displays, making them well-suited for watching video content but less than ideal if you need to do any work on them. The display on the Spin 713 is also bright and sharp with a pixel density of 200 pixels per inch. The taller screen also means you get a more generous trackpad than you’ll find on your average Chromebook. Combine that with a solid keyboard, a capable processor and just the right amount of RAM for Chrome OS and you have a device that’s solid. Aside from average battery life, one of the few complaints we had with the Spin 713 was the asking price. At $619, it’s a better value.  

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Mark Ronson & Grace Gummer Make First Official Appearance as a Couple!

Mark Ronson and Grace Gummer have made their official red carpet appearance as a couple!

The 45-year-old music producer and the 35-year-old Dr. Death actress were in attendance at Gucci and the Saltzman Family’s Summer Celebration event on Saturday (July 10) in East Hampton, N.Y.

The event was held to celebrate the opening of the East Hampton boutique and to mark Gucci’s return to The Hamptons in a permanent capacity. Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman hosted the event at her family home.

Mark performed his first DJ set in over two years and he closed the night with a tribute to Britney Spears by playing her song “Toxic.”

During the event, Mark and Grace, who recently got engaged, mingled with stars like Derek Blasberg and Jeremy O. Harris.

FYI: Mark, Grace, and Jeremy are all wearing Gucci.

Click through the gallery for more than 20 photos from the event…

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White House Signals a Push for Green New Deal Measures Through Budget Reconciliation

The Biden administration will be pushing a separate bill with climate change priorities not covered in the bipartisan infrastructure bill through the budget reconciliation process, such as mandating U.S. power companies supply zero-carbon electricity, according to a memo from two top Democrat aides.

“As President Biden has noted, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework leaves out critical initiatives on climate change that he proposed as part of his Build Back Better agenda,” the memo reads. “That is why he intends to work with Congress through the budget process to pass additional legislation that will position the U.S. to combat climate change, create good-paying, union jobs, and win the clean energy future.”

While a group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers is negotiating the bipartisan infrastructure deal with President Joe Biden, Democrats say the package does address their climate priorities, including achieving 100 percent carbon-free power by 2035.

Progressives of the Democratic party want to achieve zero emissions by moving to all renewable and nuclear power.

Some of Biden’s climate priorities are in the bipartisan bill, which may get enough Republican votes to pass in the Senate, but many others will need to be in a separate bill destined for budget reconciliation. The budget reconciliation process will allow Democrats to pass the legislation with zero Republican support.

The memo was sent out by National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and senior adviser Anita Dunn.

The climate priorities in the separate infrastructure bill include giving tax breaks to businesses and consumers who invest in clean energy technologies, and “sending a market signal that brings additional private investment off the sidelines and into modernizing our electric grid through an Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard.”

McCarthy and Dunn say $10 billion will be needed for “mobilizing the next generation of conservation and resilience workers” and the bill will also expand clean energy tax credits.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he thinks the bipartisan infrastructure bill might pass the Senate but Republicans will not support the broader bill because of the impact on the national debt.

“There is a portion of it, $1 trillion, that we have a chance to move forward with on a bipartisan basis,” said McConnell on July 8 during a speech to the Kentucky chamber of commerce. However, he pointed out that Democrats plan to spend up to $5 trillion in total.

“They plan to come with one more reconciliation proposal to finish up the rest of what they would like to do, which will include $3.2 trillion in tax increases,” said McConnell adding that the Democrats want to increase the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent and they plan to increase the capital gains tax, both of which GOP oppose.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks about his opposition to S. 1, the “For The People Act” in Washington on June 17, 2021. (Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

“And if there’s anything left to reach the $5 trillion, they’d add that to the national debt as well. So, let me just sum it up by saying this is going to be a hell of a fight,” McConnell added. “This is a fight worth having, this is not the right thing to do for the country. I don’t think they have a mandate to do it. And all of this is going to unfold here in the next few weeks. First, we’ll get a sense of whether the infrastructure bill comes together and can pass on a bipartisan basis, and then second we’ll be confronting this other package that they will have no margin for error to pass in a 50-50 Senate.”

During a July 7 interview with MSNBC, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg praised the bipartisan infrastructure package but said if GOP members don’t vote in favor of the climate priorities and broader infrastructure provisions in a separate bill, Democrats will use reconciliation to push it through.

“Again, this bipartisan infrastructure framework represents the biggest investment we have seen in generations in American infrastructure in many ways, on many subjects, the biggest investment in American history, but we know we got to do more and if we have to do that part, without Republican votes, so be it,” said Buttigieg.

In addition to clarifying the White House’s intent to use the budget reconciliation process, McCarthy and Dunn also praised the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“The Framework contains transformational investments in clean energy, water, and power infrastructure, climate resiliency, and more,” the memo states. “The Framework also includes the largest federal investment in history to modernize and expand transit and rail networks across the country, which would improve access to sustainable transportation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The bipartisan deal makes huge investments in clean water infrastructure, eliminating “legacy pollution” by reclaiming abandoned coal mines and capping oil wells, investing in public transit and the electric grid. The memo says the bipartisan bill will also put billions into climate change disaster prevention, like wildfires, and create “a first-of-its-kind Infrastructure Financing Authority that will leverage billions into clean transportation and clean energy, water, distributed energy resources, and retrofits of residential, commercial, and municipal buildings.”

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GOP resolution backs DHS, ICE, CBP amid calls to ‘defund’ federal law enforcement agencies

EXclusive: Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., and more than 40 other GOP House lawmakers will introduce a resolution expressing support for the Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies following calls among progressive Democrats to cut their funding.

Set to be introduced in Congress on Tuesday, the resolution lists the daily tasks and accomplishments of agencies such as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) targeted by Democrats in recent months.

The resolution asserts that any effort to defund DHS, the CBP or ICE would “be detrimental to the national security of the United States, and these efforts should never be entertained by Congress.”

“Now, more than ever, the brave men and women of the entire Department of Homeland Security deserve our thanks and gratitude. As they deal with the impact of President Biden’s disastrous immigration policies, they deserve to be praised, not defunded,” McClain said in a statement. “Any calls by elected officials to defund the department and its components are irresponsible and dangerous. Without DHS, our country and the entire world would be less safe.”

Notable co-sponsors of McClain’s resolution include Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, Jim Banks of Indiana, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, among others.

Democratic lawmakers have been critical of ICE and CBP amid heated partisan clashes over the immigration crisis at the southern border. Progressives have argued the agencies responsible for enforcing immigration laws have engaged in inhumane tactics, while Republican lawmakers say that President Biden’s decision to loosen Trump-era immigration policies has exacerbated the border crisis.

In an interview with Just Futures Law published earlier this month, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., a member of “The Squad” of progressive Democratic lawmakers, warned against a Biden administration push to increase funding for tech-based surveillance at the border.

“Look, the simple answer to that question is we must eliminate funding for CBP, ICE and their parent organization, DHS,” Tlaib said.

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“Time after time we have seen it as advocates on the ground, as human services agencies on the ground continue to see over and over again, that these agencies are inept to humanely guiding migrants through our immigration system and instead they further continue to terrorize migrant communities located within our communities,” she added.

McClain’s resolution argues “rhetoric from elected officials claiming the Department of Homeland Security and its component are harmful are utter falsehoods and damaging to the United States.

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Haitian-born Florida resident arrested as latest suspect in president’s assassination

LONDON — More than two dozen people, mostly foreigners, have been accused of playing a role in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise last week. Now, authorities have arrested a Haitian-born Florida resident who they say acted as a middleman between the alleged assassins and the unnamed masterminds.

The man, identified as 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, was accompanied by several of the suspected assailants when he allegedly flew to the Caribbean island nation on a private jet in early June, according to Leon Charles, head of the Haitian National Police. Sanon had allegedly hired the Colombian nationals through a Florida-based Venezuelan security firm to protect him and his business. But they later received a new mission: arrest the president of Haiti, according to Charles.

“The operation started from there,” the police chief said during a press conference Sunday, adding that several more men joined the group before they stormed Moise’s home in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, at around 1 a.m. local time on July 7.

The 53-year-old head of state was shot and killed while his wife, Martine Moise, was wounded. She has since been transferred to a Florida hospital for treatment and underwent surgery on Saturday, according to Haitian interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

It’s unclear how the alleged assassins were able to gain access to the private presidential residence. Haitian ambassador to the U.S. Bocchit Edmond told ABC News on Friday that the group proclaimed to be agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — something which the Haitian and U.S. governments have both denied. However, Edmond said it’s “obvious” that the group had “some internal help,” too. He described them as “international mercenaries.”

Leon Charles, head of the Haitian National Police, speaks during a press conference in Port-au Prince, Haiti, on July 11, 2021.

Charles said 26 Colombian nationals are suspected of having a hand in killing Moise. So far, 18 of them have been arrested along with two U.S. citizens and three Haitian nationals, including Sanon. Three of the Colombian suspects have been killed while five are still at large, according to Charles, who described them as “dangerous.”

While searching Sanon’s house in Haiti, authorities discovered a hat with the “DEA” logo, 20 boxes of bullets, various gun parts, four automobile license plates from the Dominican Republic, two cars and correspondence with unidentified individuals. Charles said Sanon came to the country with “political objectives.”

In a video posted to YouTube in 2011, Sanon identifies himself as a doctor and accuses Haiti’s leaders of corruption, saying that “they don’t care about the country, they don’t care about the people.”

“Nine million people can’t be in poverty when we have so much resources in the country,” Sanon said. “We can’t take it anymore. We need new leadership that will change the way of life.”

ABC News was unable to verify that Sanon is a licensed physician. However, court records show that Sanon has lived in Florida, most recently in Boynton Beach, and filed for bankruptcy in 2013. In the bankruptcy filing, Sanon lists his occupation as “physician/director” of a foundation based in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Public records indicate that Sanon has also lived in Missouri.

Authorities have identified the detained Americans as 35-year old James Solages and 55-year-old Joseph Vincent. Haitian Judge Clement Noel, who is close to the case, told ABC News on Friday that he has interviewed both men. They claimed to be working as translators for the group and denied being mercenaries, according to Noel. Solages said he found the job on the internet and that they were supposed to arrest Moise rather than kill him, Noel told ABC News.

The DEA in a statement late Monday said one of the suspects had “at times” been a confidential source to the U.S. agency.

“Following the assassination of President Moise, the suspect reached out to his contacts at the DEA. A DEA official assigned to Haiti urged the suspect to surrender to local authorities and, along with a U.S. State Department official, provided information to the Haitian government that assisted in the surrender and arrest of the suspect and one other individual,” according to the statement.

The DEA declined to identify which suspect was its informant.

Public records show Solages, who is reportedly of Haitian descent, has lived in South Florida and co-runs a charity called FWA SA A Jacmel Avan, which was registered in 2019 in Tamarac, Florida. The nonprofit is focused on ending childhood hunger and improving education in Haiti, according to its website. A biography of Solages on the website describes him as a “certified diplomatic agent” who previously worked as a bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince. ABC News could not independently verify those claims.

Solages is also the CEO of a Fort Lauderdale-area business called EJS Maintenance & Repair, which was formed in 2019, according to state records.

Meanwhile, court records show Vincent was born in Port-au-Prince but has lived in South Florida, including in Miami. He was charged with grand theft auto and passport fraud in the United States in the 1990s. He pleaded guilty to the latter charge in 1999 and a federal judge sentenced him to two years of probation. It was unclear from court records how the other charge, occurring in 1995, was resolved.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise speaks during the swearing-in ceremony for Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Feb. 24, 2017. Moise was assassinated at his private residence in Haiti’s capital on July 7, 2021.

The U.S. Department of State is “certainly aware of the arrest of the two U.S. citizens who are in Haiti and continue(s) to closely monitor the situation,” deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter said Friday, declining to comment further because of “privacy considerations.”

The Haitian government requested that the United States send troops in the wake of the president’s assassination to help stabilize the turbulent, impoverished country and secure its critical infrastructure, such as oil reserves and the international airport. Instead, the U.S. government agreed to send senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to assist with the probe, according to the White House.

Michel Dessources, a spokesperson for the Haitian prime minister’s office, told ABC News on Sunday that the U.S. officials have arrived in Haiti.

The Department of Justice, in a statement late Monday, said it is assisting the Haitian National Police in the investigation and “will also investigate whether there were any violations of U.S. criminal law in connection with this matter.”

In an interview with ABC News on Friday, Haiti’s interim prime minister said Moise was tortured before he was killed and that authorities believe they “have the right people” in custody.

“Mercenaries came to the president’s house, they tortured him and they killed him,” Joseph told ABC News. “We staunchly believe that justice will be provided to the President Jovenel Moise.”

Haiti’s line of succession remains unclear. But Joseph, who has declared a “state of siege” and is currently in charge with help from the country’s military and the national police force, has indicated that he would only take control temporarily until a new president is elected. The international community has called on Haiti to go ahead with presidential and legislative elections slated for later this year.

An aerial view shows people buying goods in a street market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 10, 2021, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Moise’s political opponents had argued that his five-year presidential term ended in February, while the late president said he had one more year left because the disputed 2016 election delayed his inauguration until 2017.

Moise had been governing by decree since January 2020, after the country failed to hold legislative elections and the legislature’s mandate expired. Opposition leaders accused him of wanting to return Haiti to a dictatorship.

Earlier this year, Moise ordered the retirement of three supreme court judges and the arrest of nearly two dozen people, including prominent officials, who he alleged were plotting a coup. Violent protests against Moise erupted, prompting the president to declare a state of emergency in parts of the country in March.

The growing constitutional crisis along with economic woes, escalating gang violence and a deadly COVID-19 outbreak have undermined efforts to rebuild Haiti from a devastating earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Moise had told a Spanish-language newspaper in January that he feared people wanted to kill him. But Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., told reporters last week that there was “no warning” ahead of the pre-dawn attack.

ABC News’ Malka Abramoff, Aicha El Hammar Castano, Guy Davies, Linsey Davis, Conor Finnegan, Justin Gomez, Sarah Kolinovsky, Kathryn McQuade, Victoria Moll-Ramirez, Marcus Moore, Kirit Radia, Christine Theodorou, Alexander Mallin and Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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Zac & Dylan Efron Bust Their Grandpa Out of His Senior Living Facility in New Instagram Video!

Zac and Dylan Efron are having a fun day with their grandpa!

The 33-year-old actor shared a hilarious clip on him and his brother sneaking into their grandfather Hal‘s senior living facility and breaking him out on Monday (July 12).

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“I’m going to bust grandpa out of here,” Zac says at the start of the video before donning a mask.

The actor is then seen sneaking through the halls before lifting a key card from the back of a chair, which he uses to gain access to his grandpa’s room.

“Let’s get out of here!” Hal tells the camera.

Zac, Dylan and their grandpa all manage to make it out of the building and the clip ends with the trio watching the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship together.

Check out the full video below.

Zac and Dylan recently showed off their impressive abs during a bungee-jumping video. Watch it here!

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Texas Democrats Plan Walkout to Block GOP’s Election Overhaul Bill: Party Chairman

Democrat lawmakers in Texas will walk out in a bid to deny Republicans the quorum they need to convene a special legislative session called by the governor as GOP lawmakers seek to pass an election overhaul bill.

Several news outlets on Monday cited anonymous sources for the planned walkout, but it was confirmed by Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa on Monday in a statement.

“Today, by breaking quorum to block [Gov. Greg] Abbott’s attacks on voters, Texas Democrats are making history,” Hinojosa said in the statement. “After Abbott dragged lawmakers back to the Capitol for his suppression session, Democrats are fighting back with everything we’ve got.”

Several Democrat lawmakers in the House confirmed the walkout and “stand united in our decision to break quorum and refuse to let the Republican-led legislature force through dangerous legislation that would trample on Texans’ freedom to vote,” reads a joint statement from Democrat Texas Reps. Chris Turner, Rafael Anchia, Nicole Collier, Garnet Coleman, and Dean Senfronia Thompson.

Democrats on May 30 employed a similar tactic and staged a walkout of the state Capitol, denying Republicans the ability to pass two election bills. Abbott, a Republican, then announced he would convene a special legislative session to pass the voting measure as well as measures targeting bail and critical race theory.

In a strongly-worded statement on Monday, Abbott said Democrats’ decision “inflicts harm on the very Texans who elected them to serve” and said the lawmakers are leaving “undone issues that can help their districts and our state” as they “fly across the country on cushy private planes.”

The governor was apparently responding to anonymously sourced reports some state Democrats would be flying to Washington D.C. on chartered flights.

Monday’s decision came as a Texas state House committee on Sunday voted to advance a bill that would bring back a number of voting integrity-related proposals that didn’t pass during the previous session. Later that day, Senate lawmakers advanced their version of the voting legislation in a committee vote.

Republicans have described the two voting overhaul bills as necessary to combat irregularities and fraud.

“By and large, individual voters are trying to vote. They’re trying to do the right thing,” Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes said, according to KWTX. “We want them to do that. The security measures in this bill, by and large, are directed at vote harvesters or folks who are trying to steal votes.”

In comments to Fox News on Sunday, Abbott said the election bills are an attempt to “[make] it easier to vote by adding more hours in early voting than we have in current law, but also making it harder to cheat with regard to mail-in ballots.”

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Verizon settles with Huawei over patent disagreement

Huawei and Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) have settled their long-standing patent dispute. The disagreement dates back to 2019 when Huawei said it approached Verizon about licensing some of its technologies. After nearly a year of negotiations, talks between the two companies broke down on January 21st, 2020, and Huawei went on to file multiple lawsuits against the telecom in courts across Texas. At the center of the feud were 12 standards-relevant patents that Huawei said Verizon was using in its infrastructure. At the time, Verizon dismissed the lawsuits, claiming they were “nothing more than a PR stunt.”

It has since changed its tune. “Verizon is happy with the settlement reached with Huawei involving patent lawsuits. While terms of the settlement are not being disclosed, our team did an outstanding job bringing this protracted matter to a close,” Verizon spokesperson Rich Young said in a statement.

For Huawei, this is precisely the type of outcome the company had hoped for when it announced at the start of 2021 that it planned to monetize its patent portfolio more aggressively. While the US and other parts of the world have barred it from their national 5G networks, the Chinese company is ideally situated to make money on licensing fees. It has among the most 5G-related standards-relevant patents of any company in the world. To that end, it estimated the licensing strategy could help it generate as much as $1.3 billion in additional revenue between 2019 and the end of 2021.

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