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Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned about the conduct of digital investigations as technology providers enhance the security protections of thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Security, Facebook, Column, Human Rights, Privacy, Law, Australia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi


CesiumAstro, MAP Health, StoryFit, Hatch Pitch & More Texas Tech

[ Updated 3/14/19, 1:53 pm CT. See below. ]  Another South By Southwest festival comes to a close in Austin. Let’s catch up with the highlights from the tech portion this year and other innovation news in Texas.—CesiumAstro, an Austin-based maker of antennas and communications systems for satellites, said it has raised $12.4 million in a Series A funding round. Airbus Ventures, the venture arm of plane-maker Airbus, led the round, according to a press release. Other investors were Kleiner Pe...
Tags: Apps, Publishing, Texas, Entertainment, China, Cancer, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Startup, Insurance, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence


Apple ad focuses on iPhone’s most marketable feature — privacy

Apple is airing a new ad spot focused on privacy today in primetime. The spot is visually cued, with no dialog and a simple tagline: Privacy. That’s iPhone. In a series of humorous vignettes, the message is driven home that sometimes you just want a little privacy. The spot has only one line of text otherwise, and it’s in keeping with Apple’s messaging on privacy over the long and short term. “If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on.” The spot will air t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, US, Tech, Ceo, United States, Digital Media, Tim Cook, Computing


Acko, a digital insurance provider in India, raises another $65M at a $300M valuation

Acko — a startup out of India that has taken on the country’s antiquated insurance industry with a digital-first product for drivers and others in transportation-related scenarios (for example, cancelled ticket insurance) — has raised more funding as it passes 20 million customers on its books. The company has closed a Series C of $65 million from a list of investors that includes not just the co-founder and former CEO of Flipkart, but also its arch-rival, Amazon — speaking to the opportunity in...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Insurance, Tech, Canada, Flipkart, Binny Bansal, Amazon Amazon, Varun, Bansal, Acko, Dua


HealthJoy raises $12.5M Series B to help employees make the most of their healthcare benefits

Healthcare in the United States is so complicated that even employees with good benefits might have a hard time navigating their options. HealthJoy wants to help with a health benefits platform that uses AI to answer questions. The Chicago-based startup announced today that it has raised $12.5 million in Series B funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, with participation from Epic Ventures and returning investors Chicago Ventures, Sidekick Ventures and its co-founders. This brings HealthJoy’s t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Insurance, Tech, Benefits, Chicago, United States, Healthcare, Holland, Rakuten, Health Benefits, Epic Ventures, AVG Technologies, U S Venture Partners, Jonathan Root


Boston Tech Watch: .406, Circle, Haven, Shift, LinkSquares & More

The Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan-led healthcare moonshot has a name. The venture capital dollars continued to roll in for A.I. startups. The Akamai-Janrain deal was pegged at $125 million. And a local VC firm is reloading for a new fund. Read on for more of this week’s Boston technology and innovation news.—Shift Technology, a fraud detection technology startup serving the insurance industry, raised $60 million in a new Series C funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Previo...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Boston, Trends, Insurance, Tech, Cybersecurity, Fraud, Mit, Harvard, Unemployment, Paris, Fundraising, Cambridge, Deal, Carbonite


Taxing your privacy

Joe Apprendi Contributor Joe Apprendi is a general partner at Revel Partners. More posts by this contributor The new era in mobile Big data’s humble beginnings Data collection through mobile tracking is big business and the potential for companies helping governments monetize this data is huge. For consumers, protecting yourself against the who, what and where of data flow is just the beginning. The question now is: How do you ens...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Column, Utah, New York, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, California, Oregon, Articles, Tech, Smartphones, Getty Images, Gps


Eargo raises $52M for virtually invisible, rechargeable hearing aids

Eargo wants to become the ultimate consumer hearing brand. The company’s small and virtually invisible direct-to-consumer hearing aids, which come in an AirPods-style chargeable case, are designed to help destigmatize hearing loss. One month after revealing its newest product — the Eargo Neo ($2,550), which can be customized remotely via the case’s Bluetooth connectivity — the startup has closed a $52 million Series D, bringing its total raised to date to $135 million. The latest round of ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Bluetooth, Australia, Insurance, Chief executive officer, Tech, Venture Capital, Medicare, Charles, Hearing, Hearing Loss, Nea, Medicare Advantage, Maveron, Eargo


Jupiter raises $23 million to tell businesses and governments how climate change will destroy them

Whether it’s by flood, fire, or the fury of a storm, climate-related catastrophes are now impacting most cities and towns across the country. As these natural disasters increase in frequency and severity, cities and the businesses that reside in them are mobilizing to understand how best to prepare for the climatological challenges they’re going to face — and increasingly they’re turning to companies like Jupiter Intelligence for information. From offices in San Mateo, Calif., Boulder, Colo., an...
Tags: Google, TC, Real Estate, New York, London, Colorado, California, Singapore, New York City, Insurance, Tech, New Jersey, President, Virtual Reality, Miami, Hacker


Port San Antonio Considers Innovation Center on Former Air Force Base

San Antonio—As one business development group begins work on a new “innovation center” for life science and tech startups near downtown San Antonio, TX, another Alamo City organization has said it may develop a second innovation and education center in the southwest part of town.Port San Antonio, which was established as a public entity at the turn of the century to attract new businesses and jobs by redeveloping a former 1,900-acre Air Force base, is considering a plan to build out a 130,000-s...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Technology, Trends, Startup, Tech, Department Of Defense, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Military, Incubator, Robots, Cyber, Autonomy, General Services Administration, Lockheed Martin


Boeing’s ‘Wingman’ drone buddies up with pilot-flown jets

It’s already tomorrow in Australia, seemingly in more ways than one. It’s the 27th already, yes, but they’re also working in putting together AI-flown companion jets for their fighters. Why didn’t we think of that? It’s a Boeing Australia joint, but maybe they’ll contract out to the U.S. facilities and we can snake one off the line. I know a guy. The aircraft, currently in development but scheduled for first flight in 2020, is meant to be a loyal wingman to pilots flying military missions — as y...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Military, United States, Drones, Uavs, Robotics, Boeing, Boeing International, Boeing Australia, Boeing Airpower Teaming System, Marc Allen, Australian National Airshow


Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The President’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent military department based on their concerns that it would add new layers of bureaucracy, according to the Pentagon . Speaking at an event at The Brookings Inst...
Tags: TC, Star Wars, Post, Navy, Washington Post, US, America, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, President, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon


Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended, according to security researcher Karan Saini. Saini found years-old messages found in a file from an archive of his data obtained through the website from accounts that were no longer on Twitter. He also filed a similar bug, found a year ea...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Europe, Technology, Privacy, Law, Tech, Api, Journalist, Operating Systems, Microblogging, General Data Protection Regulation, Saini, Neil Brown


A new Congress means a new opportunity for consumer privacy protections

Debra Berlyn Contributor Share on Twitter Debra Berlyn is the president of Consumer Policy Solutions and the executive director of Project GOAL, a project to raise awareness of both the benefits and challenges of innovative new technologies for the aging community. The 2018 mid-term elections, for the first time in U.S. history, resulted in a Congress that has the look and feel of America…our very diverse America. There are now...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Column, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, Congress, America, Tech, Data Breach, United States, Security Breaches, Marriott, Ibm, Online Privacy, Identity Theft


The UK now has a law against upskirting

A law change that comes into force in the UK today makes the highly intrusive practice of ‘upskirting’ illegal. The government said it wants the new law to send a clear message that such behaviour is criminal and will not be tolerated. Perpetrators in England and Wales face up to two years in prison under the new law if they’re convicted of taking a photograph or video underneath a person’s clothes for the purpose of viewing their underwear or genitals/buttocks without their knowledge or consent...
Tags: Mobile, South Korea, Europe, UK, England, Law, Wales, Scotland, Tech, Legislation, United Kingdom, Voyeurism, Bill, Sexual Harassment, UK Government, Sexual Misconduct


Roland has registered the 303, 808 designs as trademarks

Roland has quietly filed for trademark protection (Unionsmarkenanmeldung) in Germany for the designs of the TB-303 and TR-808. The filings were uncovered by a poster on the sequencer.de forum. The discussion is in German: [sequencer.de] https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/registerHABM?AKZ=018016159&CURSOR=34 https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/registerHABM?AKZ=018016158&CURSOR=33 The “trademark” here is trade dress, the design of the actual appearance of the 303 and 808 –...
Tags: Music, Japan, Usa, Legal, Law, Germany, Tech, IP, Gear, Drum-machines, Music Tech, Roland, Namm, Behringer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 303


Spotify, eBay set standard for fertility benefits, study finds

The technology sector awards women and same-sex couples the most comprehensive fertility benefit packages, according to a survey by FertilityIQ, an online platform for fertility patients to review doctors and research treatments. The company asked 30,000 in vitro fertilisation (IVF) patients across industries about their employers’ — or their spouse’s employer’s’ — 2019 fertility treatment policy, and allocated points based on their support for IVF procedures and egg freezing, among other servic...
Tags: Apple, Health, Startups, Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, Ebay, Insurance, Tech, Fertility, Vice Media, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Anderson, Armour, Analog Devices


Japan’s “Society 5.0” initiative is a roadmap for today’s entrepreneurs

Mark Minevich Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Minevich is a digital fellow at IPSoft. Japan, still suffering the consequences of its ‘Lost Decade’ of economic stagnation, is eyeing a transformation more radical than any the industrialized world has ever seen. Boldly identified as “Society 5.0” Japan describes its initiative as a purposeful effort to create a new social contract and economic model by fully incorporating the te...
Tags: Column, Internet Of Things, Japan, UK, Entrepreneurship, Big Data, France, Finance, US, Articles, Tech, Department Of Defense, G20, Society, Banking, Artificial Intelligence


Brexit backer’s insurance firm and leave campaign fined £120k by data watchdog

The UK’s data protection watchdog has issued fines against a pro-Brexit campaign, Leave.EU, and an insurance company owned by the largest individual donor to the leave cause, Arron Banks’ Eldon Insurance. The penalties have been handed down for what the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) dubs “ serious breaches of electronic marketing laws”.  The fines — served under the UK’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, which governs electronic marketing — total £120,000 (~$157k...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Insurance, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom, Kremlin, NCA, Brexit


Another Apple engineer accused of stealing autonomous vehicle secrets for China

For the second time in 6 months, the FBI is accusing a Chinese national engineer who worked for Apple of stealing Apple trade secrets related to self-driving cars, to help a China-based competitor. Michael Bott, NBC Bay Area: Apple began investigating Jizhong Chen when another employee reported seeing the engineer taking photographs in a sensitive work space, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed this week. Chen, according to the complaint, allowed Apple Global Security employees ...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, Technology, News, Mac, Law, China, Tech, US news, Fbi, Zhang, Chen, NBC Bay Area, Picks, Corporate Espionage


Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak raises $50M

The chances are you may be familiar with Tokopedia, especially after it commanded a $7 billion valuation last November when it raised $1.1 billion from investors like Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but fewer people outside of Indonesia are aware of another sizable local online retail unicorn: Bukalapak. Smaller than Tokopedia in size, the company is valued at $1 billion — it became Indonesia’s fourth unicorn one year ago. The country, which is Southeast Asia’s largest economy and has a popu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Ecommerce, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Softbank, Funding, Insurance, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Sequoia, Online Marketplaces


Lawmakers are pushing gadget manufacturers with the Right to Repair movement

The amount of electronics that we are throwing away each year is growing at an exponential rate, and this toxic trash is hazardous to both people and the planet. What are we supposed to do when our smartphones or other gadgets stop working? According to lawmakers in the United States and Europe, there is one option that should be available instead of getting rid of them— fixing them. Lawmakers in at least 18 states— and the European Parliament— believe that manufacturers should make it a priori...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Europe, Design, News, Microsoft, Electronics, Law, California, Virginia, Tech, Legislation, Smartphones, Earth, United States, Carbon Emissions


‘Star Wars’ returns: Trump calls for space-based missile defense

The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan’s ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn’t actually exist yet and may not for years to come — but it certainly holds more promise now than 30 years ago. In a speech at the Pentagon reported by the Associated Press, Trump explained that a new missile defense system would “detect and destroy any missile launched against...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Government, China, Russia, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, Pentagon, Defense Department, Trump, Associated Press Trump


New policy puts revenue squeeze on China’s payments giants

The era that saw China’s mobile payments providers making handsome interest returns on client money has officially ended. Starting this week, non-bank payments companies must place 100 percent of their customer deposit funds under centralized, interest-free accounts as Beijing moves to rein in financial risks. In the past, third-party payments firms were allowed to hold pre-paid sums from buyers for a short period of time before transferring the money to merchants. This layout allowed companies ...
Tags: Asia, China, Insurance, Tech, Banking, E-commerce, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, Bank, Payments, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Online Payments, Financial Services, Mobile Payment


Grab moves to offer digital insurance services in Southeast Asia

Grab is Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing firm, thanks in no small part to its acquisition of Uber’s local business last year, but the company also houses an ambitious fintech arm, too. That just added another vertical to its business after Grab announced it is teaming up with China’s ZhongAn to introduce insurance. Grab and ZhongAn International, the international arm of the Chinese insurance giant, said today they will create a joint venture that will provide digital insurance services acro...
Tags: Google, Uber, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Insurance, Tech, Thailand, Tencent, Vietnam, Meituan


Auto marketplace CarDekho grabs $110M to double down on insurance and financial services

CarDekho, an online marketplace for car sales in India, has pulled in a new $110 million Series C funding round from a clutch of existing investors to push deeper into financial services and insurance. Sequoia India, Hillhouse and Alphabet’s CapitalG led the round which also saw participation from Axis Bank, one of CarDekho’s financing partners. [Update] The company confirmed that the deals gives it a valuation of $400-$500 million, that’s in line with a report from Economic Times one mon...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Indonesia, Youtube, Finance, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Insurance, Tech, Car, Automotive, Philippines, Malaysia, Online Marketplace, Alphabet


NORAD Santa tracker will stay on even if the government shuts down

For more than 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight around the world on December 24. And it will continue this year, even if there’s a government shutdown, the operations center said Friday in a tweet. In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on Dec. 24. Military personnel who conduct NORAD Trac...
Tags: TC, Tech, Military, Santa Claus, Santa, Colorado Springs, Norad, North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD Tracks Santa, Harry Shoup, Shoup, NORAD Santa, Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD USNORTHCOM


Bowtie raises $30M to bring the digital insurance model to Hong Kong

The digital revolution has spawned ‘challenger’ banks that operate entirely online, with no high street presence. That phenomenon has taken off in Europe — particularly the UK — but over in Hong Kong, one of the world’s key financial hubs, the digital-only push is coming to the insurance industry. Bowtie, a Hong Kong-based digital insurer, just announced a double milestone today: the company has become the first online-only operator to earn a license in the country while it has also revealed it ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, UK, Indonesia, Funding, Insurance, Tech, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Bowtie, Pwc, Tencent, Health Insurance, Silicon Valley


SoftBank Vision Fund Pours $500M Into Cambridge Mobile Telematics

Last month, Xconomy asked tech CEOs what $100 million in venture capital can buy. How about $500 million?Cambridge Mobile Telematics said Wednesday morning it has pulled in half a billion dollars in an investment from—you guessed it—the SoftBank Vision Fund. That’s Japan-based SoftBank Group’s reportedly $100 billion fund that has made waves in the venture capital world by cutting massive checks to companies across a variety of sectors.Now, the fund has thrown its weight behind Cambridge Mobile...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Internet Of Things, Japan, Boston, Connected Devices, Trends, Insurance, Tech, Mit, Vc, Software, Driving, Mobility, Iot, Fintech


UK workplace rights reform doesn’t look disruptive to gig economy giants

The UK government has set out a labor market reform package it bills as a major upgrade to workplace rights in the era of disruptive gig economy platforms. The reforms, which include new legislation, are intended to take account of changes in working practices including those flowing from tech platforms. But despite some gig economy platforms standing accused of exploiting workers, the government’s package does not look set to require a radical reworking of existing business models — and unions ...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Europe, UK, Law, Collaborative Consumption, Employment, Tech, Eu, European Union, Len McCluskey, Employment law, Oxford University, Workers Rights, Taylor, Frank Field



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