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Special operators describe an overlooked vulnerability highlighted in the Capitol Hill riot

The FireEye booth at the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas, August 3, 2016 David Becker/Reuters The FireEye hack and the rioters who breached Capitol Hill were two more visible signs of a growing conflict in cyberspace being waged by state actors and private individuals. Government and private entities, high-profile officials, and everyday people are all targets in that conflict, but there are many things that they can do to improve their security online and in real lif...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, North Korea, Russia, US, International, Trends, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Cyberattack, House, Moscow, Homeland Security, Capitol Hill, Pentagon

We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #524

TikTok adds new Q&A featureBeen patiently waiting to ask your favourite influencer a burning question? TikTok has made your dreams a reality with its new Q&A feature. Creators can now add a Q&A button to their profile allowing followers to leave questions which they can answer via video replies or in a livestream. Q&As have become a top way creators engage fans on social media, having already proven popular on Instagram Stories. For creators, this feature makes things a lot more simple, allowing...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spotify, Instagram, Australia, Youtube, White House, Seo, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Bernie, Capitol, Snapchat Lens, Tiktok

Steve Bannon claims he's getting millions of streams for his podcast, which is banned from YouTube and Twitter but still listed by Apple

Steve Bannon leaving a federal court in Manhattan. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Former White House strategist Steve Bannon claims his podcast is listened to millions of times. He was delisted from Twitter and YouTube, but people can still find him on Apple's podcast app. His show has hyped false election claims and encouraged Trump protesters before the Capitol breach. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has claimed that his podcas...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Media, Youtube, White House, US, Trends, News UK, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Breitbart

Senators who backed Trump's election challenge may rethink their stance on impeachment after losing corporate funding, experts say

President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020. Al Drago/Getty Images The mass exodus of corporate backing could affect how senators vote on Trump's impeachment trial, experts say. Dozens of companies have pulled funding from the GOP lawmakers who voted against Biden's certification. CEOs say they increasingly have no choice but to bring politics into the boardroom. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Moral con...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Politics, California, Senate, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Fbi, Gop, House, House Of Representatives, Ice, Biden, Donald Trump

Trump's pardons may be poorly worded enough to leave some people on the hook

President Donald Trump gives a presidential 'pardon' to the National Thanksgiving Turkey Butter in the Rose Garden of the White House November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. While Butter may be safe, Paul Manafort still faces risks, experts say. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Trump's pardons leave some of their subjects open to additional prosecution, experts say. His former campaign chair Paul Manafort could still be prosecuted for specific crimes he wasn't pardoned for. Eve...
Tags: Google, Politics, Crime, News, Washington, White House, Virginia, Love, Trends, Analysis, Ford, Washington Dc, Biden, Donald Trump, Pardons, Justice Department

Austin has attracted the likes of Oracle, Palantir, and SpaceX, among others. Here's what it's like inside Texas's growing tech hub.

Katie Canales/Business Insider Austin, Texas, has become one of the hottest relocation hotspots for tech talent during the pandemic. Tesla founder Elon Musk has a Cybertruck factory under construction outside the city, and his Boring Company recently bought an industrial site nearby. Big Tech has noticeably made itself more at home in Texas's capital in the last decade, but the industry has a long history in Austin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Droves of tech talent...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Washington Post, Drew Houston, US, Samsung, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends

Trump pardoned the guy who founded the Church Of AI

With all the hullabaloo surrounding Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trump’s last-minute pardons slipped under the RADAR a bit. Sure, Trump’s pardoning of Steve Bannon nabbed plenty of headlines. And his snub of Joe Exotic, the Tiger King, made the trades. But what’s arguably the most interesting story of them all is 45’s pardoning of Anthony Levandowski, the founder of the Church of AI. Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the intellectual theft of Google and Waymo’s autonomous driving...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, Opinion, Tech, Joe Biden, Artificial Intelligence, Trump, Steve Bannon, Waymo, Neural, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Church Of AI

President Biden moves to undo the Trump era, and brands welcome change: Thursday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters. Can I take your order? Joe Biden was sworn in yesterday in as the 46th president of the United States and, in his inaugural speech, he referenced Langston Hughes and called for unity. But, in his first day, he set about undoing many of the previous administration’s actions. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Obama, White House, Advertising, America, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, United States, Ronald Reagan, Paris, World Health Organization, Keystone Xl, Lincoln, Biden, Bumble

Big Tech rejoiced over Biden's inauguration day promises on immigration and climate change - but Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk were notably silent

President Joe Biden waves after being sworn in during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on Wednesday. Big Tech leaders gave public statements congratulating Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. They welcomed Biden's policies on climate change and immigration, in particular. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Biden was sworn ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Tesla

Online child sex abuse spiked by 31% in 2020, with at least 13 million disturbing images on Facebook and Instagram

Melissa, a survivor of sexual abuse whose last name was not disclosed, speaks at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children August 2, 2010 in Alexandria, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images There was a sharp increase in child sexual abuse imagery online in 2020, data shows. Facebook said it detected 13 million images from July to September alone.  Coronavirus lockdowns and livestreamed abuse fueled the increase, an expert told Insider.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Southeast Asia, US, Trends, Philippines, News UK, Graham, Child Sexual Abuse, Sky News, Pornhub

Tariffs, Morón, Rota, Venezuela or the Google tax: how the new Biden government will impact Spain

The term of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris begins today. The president-elect and his vice president will take office on Wednesday in a ceremony that will not be attended by the outgoing president Donald Trump, who has spent his last day locked up in the White House. His schedule said he would work "late" and make "many calls" and have "many meetings" (sic).With the arrival of the Democrats in power, the US enters a new era of diplomatic relations that could have a particular impact on the European ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, France, White House, China, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Spain, Bloomberg, European Union, Joe Biden, Intel

Kamala Harris was just sworn in as the first female vice president in US history. Here are 35 of the most powerful women in 2021.

Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Shonda Rhimes. Tasos Katopodis/JIM WATSON/AFP/George Pimentel/Getty Images First ladies, political figures, and prominent businesswomen hold great power in the US. Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States. Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, has served for over 65 years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. From the boardroom to Hollywood and the floor of the House of...
Tags: Strategy, Features, Women And Leadership, Women's History Month, Feminism, Women, CDU

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Google: The last 4 years in tech

Hello, and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Get Insider Tech straight in your inbox by subscribing here. Soundtrack: For maximum enjoyment of this newsletter, we recommend The Pharcyde's "If I Were President." This week: A changed tech landscape that's not all that different Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It's amazing how much the world has changed since the last t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Enterprise, White House, Softbank, US, Samsung, America, Trends, Tesla, Mtv

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski among list of last-minute Trump pardons

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of stealing trade secrets, has received a pardon from President Donald Trump. The full pardon, which was one of 73 issued late Tuesday evening, means Levandowski will avoid a prison cell. The president also commuted 70 sentences. Levandowski received his sentence in August 2020. However, Judge Alsup, who presided over the case, said he didn’t need to report to prison...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, White House, Tech, Automotive, Peter Thiel, Donald Trump, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Thiel Capital, Blake, Lewandowski, Otto, Thiel, Alsup

Trump's last minute pardons include a guy who shared Google's trade secrets with Uber, a snake smuggler, and a man charged with cyberstalking a doctor

Trump pardoned Ken Kurson, who at one time was nominated to be on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images President Donald Trump's final list of pardons was released on Tuesday night and included more than 140 people. Many on the list were low-level non-violent drug offenders, but Trump also offered pardons and clemency to some surprising figures.   Among the list are a one-time Trump administration nominee, a snake smuggler, and...
Tags: Google, Politics, Trends, Fbi, Arizona, Peter Thiel, Miami, Caa, Department Of Justice, Johnson, Donald Trump, Pardons, New York Observer, Rudy Giuliani, Neh, Trump

Parler reappears with help from Russian-owned security service

By Nate Lanxon and Amy Thomson | Bloomberg Parler, the free-speech social network, reappeared with the help of a Russian-owned web security service as the website hunts for a way around bans that took it offline earlier this month. “Our return is inevitable due to hard work, and persistence against all odds,” Chief Executive Officer John Matze wrote in a new post, the latest since Amazon Web Services stopped hosting the site and it was banned from Apple Inc. and Google’s app stores. “Despite the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, Politics, Technology, Cook, News, Microsoft, Russia, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Social-media, Fbi, Soccer, Tim Cook

The Trump administration is revoking the licenses of companies that supply to Huawei, as a final blow to the Chinese tech giant

The Huawei booth at the 2020 World 5G Convention. Li Zhihao/VCG via Getty Images The White House is revoking the licenses of companies that do business with the Chinese tech giant Huawei, Reuters reported Sunday. Huawei has long been a target of President Donald Trump's administration, which views the firm as spies for the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied it intends to use its networks to spy.    Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump's a...
Tags: Google, Politics, UK, China, US, Trends, Intel, Fox, United States, Commerce, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Huawei, 5g, Cnbc, Trump

US gov sets up the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office at the last minute before Trump's presidency ends

Plus: Google trains 1.6-trillion-parameter AI model, popular software used for job screenings scraps facial-recognition feature In brief Just days before President Trump is due to leave office, the White House created its National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, which will sit under the Office of Science and Technology Policy.…
Tags: Google, White House, US, Software, Trump, Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

Trump allies were behind rally that ignited Capitol riot, records show

WASHINGTON — Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting claims the event was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters. A pro-Trump nonprofit group called Women for America First hosted the “Save America Rally” on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, an oval-shaped, federally owned patch of land near the W...
Tags: Google, Texas, Crime, News, California, Washington, La, White House, Virginia, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, Gop, Missouri

Apple, Google, and Spotify are still hosting podcasts by pro-Trump conspiracists and extremists

A Trump supporter holds up a large QAnon sign while waiting in line to see the president. Rick Loomis/Getty Images Tech platforms are still hosting podcasts that peddle misinformation and violent rhetoric. The AP first reported that podcasts were a loophole for conspiracies, despite wider tech crackdowns. Some are run by QAnon believers, and claim election rigging, and that the Capitol riots were "staged." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Conspiracy theorists and pro-Tru...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Podcast, Youtube, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Capitol, Apple Google, ADL

Online misinformation about the US election fell 73% after Trump's social media ban

People attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Washington. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Misinformation about US election fraud fell 73% after President Trump was banned or restricted on social media. Zignal Labs said conversations fell from from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 across social media, in research cited by The Washington Post. Trump has peddled baseless claims that the US election was rigged thanks to mail ballots, and that he "won big." Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington Post, Youtube, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, West, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Misinformation

Human Capital: Labor issues at GitHub, Facebook’s new civil rights exec and a legal battle against Prop 22

This week kicked off with a report of a GitHub worker who was fired after cautioning his coworkers in the DC area to stay safe from Nazis during the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Facebook created a new executive role pertaining to civil rights and California’s Proposition 22 faced its first legal challenge this year. All that and more in this week’s edition of Human Capital. Facebook hires VP of civil rights Facebook hired Roy Austin to become its first-ever VP of Civil Rights...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Supreme Court, California, Drew Houston, Nazis, Barack Obama, Tech, Austin, Netflix, Middle East, Dc, Houston, Github

Wimkin, a free speech network, says it was hit with a 'massive' DDoS attack after being banned from Apple's App Store

The US Capitol was stormed by Trump supporters in Washington. REUTERS/Erin Scott Apple and Google both removed Wimkin, a free-speech social network, from their app stores, as The Wall Street Journal first reported. On its website, Wimkin posted a notice, saying "a massive DDOS attack attempt came in" after the removals. At least one group on the network had repeatedly called for an armed militia to form in Washington during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.  Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Congress, Washington, White House, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Democratic Party, Sheppard, Wall Street Journal Apple

Parler helped the FBI identify at least one person charged in connection with the Capitol riot

Parler CEO John Matze and President Donald Trump, who allegedly considered making an account on the controversial social-media platform. Fox News, Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Parler is sharing information with the FBI on federal investigations into the Capitol riot. A sworn FBI affidavit shows that Parler gave information that helped FBI agents identify, locate, and arrest a Proud Boys supporter making threats on Parler. Tech companies typically help law enforcement agencies with thes...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, New York, News, Supreme Court, US, Trends, Georgia, Fbi, Washington Dc, Fox News, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump

Trump administration staffers are struggling to find their next jobs

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for January 15. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Trump administration staffers struggle to find next jobs, a guide to hiring an Amazon agency, and the media free agents from WarnerMedia. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Wash...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Media, Washington, White House, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Syria, Donald Trump, Thomson Reuters, Trump, Kevin Reilly

All the businesses cutting ties with the Trump Organization

President Donald Trump at the White House on November 26, 2020. Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images After the insurrection on the Capitol led by a pro-Trump mob, some businesses are severing their ties with the president and the Trump Organization. Several prominent business leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, have spoken out against the riot. Now, some businesses are severing ties with the president and the Trump Organization. Trump made history on Wednesday when he was became the first pr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Business, Florida, New York, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Germany, New York City, Trends, Strategy, Bloomberg, Features, Pga

From cutting all ties with Trump to pulling political donations, here's how corporate America has responded to the Capitol insurrection

The US Capitol during riots on January 6. REUTERS/Leah Millis During the US Capitol insurrection, businesses condemned the rioters. In the days after, they swapped words for concrete action. Some have cut off all political funding, others have severed ties with President Donald Trump. Here's how social-media giants, banks, retailers, and other firms have reacted. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since rioters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a desperate bid to over...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Business, Politics, White House, US, America, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, New Jersey, Pga, Reddit

35 of the most powerful women in 2021

Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Shonda Rhimes. Tasos Katopodis/JIM WATSON/AFP/George Pimentel/Getty Images From first ladies of the United States to prominent businesswomen and leading figures in the entertainment industry, these women hold great power. On January 20, Senator Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female and first Black and South Asian vice president of the United States. Queen Elizabeth II, one of the best-known female leaders in the world and the longest-reigning mon...
Tags: Strategy, Features, Women And Leadership, Women's History Month, Feminism, Women, CDU

Some Thoughts On Twitter Pulling The Plug On Trump's Account (techdirt)

Background First of all, corporations enjoy First Amendment protections, among other constitutional protections. Although some of my friends decry that proposition, given the Supreme Court's current composition, that is not going to change during my lifetime. And the First Amendment protects the right to refuse to associate with speech one does not like. There is only so much that legislation could do to prevent companies like Twitter from controlling the speech that they allow. Second, wit...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, White House, Georgia, Washington Dc, Usps, Ohio, Dmca, Capitol Hill, Trump

Parler claims it was also dropped by Slack after Amazon and other tech giants cut ties with the controversial social media company

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images Parler CEO John Matze claimed in a court filing Wednesday that Slack had "canceled their services" to his company. Matze claimed, in a lawsuit against Amazon's AWS over its decision to cut ties with Parler, that Slack had cited "a violation of their own terms of service based on AWS's decision to drop Parler." "Losing ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Enterprise, US, Trends, Markets, Aws, Silicon Valley, Amazon Web Services, Slack, Zendesk, Trump, US Capitol

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