Net Neutrality Bill 38 Votes Short In Congress, and Time Has Almost Run Out

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Legislation to restore net neutrality rules now has 180 supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives, but that's 38 votes short of the amount needed before the end of the month. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, already approved by the Senate, would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules. But 218 signatures from U.S. representatives (a majority) are needed to force a full vote in the Ho...
Tags: Congress, Senate, Time, Tech, Ars Technica, House, Federal Communications Commission, Congressional, U S House of Representatives, CRA

Italy: Apple & Samsung Fined By The Italian Competition Authority For Planned Obsolescence In Smartphones - Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

On September 25th, 2018 the Italian Competition Authority imposed a fine of respectively 10 and 5 million Euro to Apple and Samsung for carrying out unfair commercial practices in violation of the Consumer Code
Tags: Apple, News, Samsung, Italy, Competition Authority

Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund

Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised $1.1 billion led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the Chinese e-commerce giant led a $1.1 billion round last year, while SoftBank recently transitioned its shareholding in Tokopedia to the Vision Fund. That latter detail is what held up this deal which had been agreed in principle back in October, TechCrunch understands. To...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Business, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Southeast Asia, Softbank, Funding, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, Alibaba, Korea

Google studies steps to open representative office in Vietnam, government says

Alphabet Inc's Google is studying steps towards opening a representative office in Vietnam, the government of the Southeast Asian nation said on its website, citing Google's Senior Vice President Kent Walker.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Vietnam, Alphabet Inc

Building in Facebook’s Menlo Park campus evacuated after bomb threat

A building in Facebook’s Menlo Park campus was evacuated after a bomb threat early Tuesday evening. Around 5PM, the Menlo Park police department warned people to avoid the area around the 200 block of Jefferson Drive as they investigated a bomb threat. Then they said 200 Jefferson Drive, the address of Facebook Building 24 and Instagram’s headquarters, has been evacuated and a bomb unit is on the scene. Police activity in the 200 block of Jefferson Drive/Constitution Drive in Menlo Park due ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Nypd, New York Police Department, Bomb Threat, Menlo Park, NBC Bay Area, Facebook Building, Jefferson Drive, Jefferson Drive Constitution Drive

Steve King Demands List of Google Staff So He Can Check If They're God-Fearing Patriots

Google CEO Sundar Pichai finally swung by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for a real clown show of a hearing which—including a denial that the company is planning to launch a censored Chinese search engine “right now”—contained little useful information. Instead, it was mostly Republican members of the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Search Engines, Search, Sundar Pichai, House Judiciary Committee, Steve King, Tech Policy, Sure Whatever

Ask Slashdot: Why Don't HDR TVs Have sRGB Or AdobeRGB Ratings?

dryriver writes: As anyone who buys professional computer monitors knows, the dynamic range of the display device you are looking at can be expressed quite usefully in terms of percentage sRGB coverage and percentage AdobeRGB coverage. The higher the percentage for each, the better and wider the dynamic range of the screen panel you are getting. People who work with professional video and photographs typically aim for a display that has 100 percent sRGB coverage and at least 70 to 80 percent Ado...
Tags: Tech, Don

Is Apple iPhone Billboard Advertising Xs-ive?

As I mentioned last week, Apple’s present iPhone Xs billboard advertising campaign is ubiquitous at the moment, especially this image, totally flooding the Minneapolis skyway system, and beyond: Putting aside whether the unique lighting and reflective nature of the indoor billboards do justice to the art of the iPhone Xs ad, I’m also questioning whether the Xs repetition might be, excessive? See what I mean? Above and especially below, with stretches of hundreds of feet — in the frozen tundra of...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Minneapolis, Advertising, Marketing, Articles, South Dakota, Billboards, Branding, Brand Awareness, User-generated Content, Trademarks, Apple Iphone, Steve Baird, Interstate 90, Apple iPhone 6

Watch: Google CEO Pichai explains to Congress that Google doesn’t make iPhones

Google‘s chief executive Sundar Pichai today appeared on Capitol Hill to answer questions about a number of issues. Most pressing were issues with the collection of data, plans for a heavily censored Chinese search engine, and how to best combat misinformation, including what role, if any, Google should play in stopping it. In keeping up with tradition, today’s testimony wasn’t without a bit of meme fodder. It didn’t quite reach the level of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explaining how free servi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Capitol Hill, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Insider, Sen Orrin Hatch

The strange jewellery stealing prank that has gone viral in China

Practical jokers pretend to steal items and induce reaction from staff before pretending nothing happenedA woman enters a jewellery store, asks to be shown a necklace from the cabinet, puts it around her neck and then sprints for the door.Panicked, the shop assistant leaps over the counter and runs after her, only to stop, embarrassed, when the woman stops to admire the necklace in a mirror as if she never intended to steal the piece of jewellery in the first place. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Internet, Indonesia, China, Asia Pacific

Facebook and Instagram evacuated over bomb threat

No one has been reported harmed. No bomb reported found. Police in Menlo Park, CA are at the Facebook and Instagram campus near the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue. According to multiple local news reports, NYPD forwarded an anonymous tip to local authorities. NBC Bay Area: A building on Facebook's campus in Menlo Park was evacuated Tuesday evening after a bomb threat, police said. Menlo Park police said the threat was called into the New York Police Department's Crimestopper unit, which in turn...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Business, Technology, News, Instagram, New York Police Department, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, Menlo Park CA, NBC Bay Area, Jefferson Avenue, KRON, Menlo Park Police Department, Picks, Facebook Menlo Park

Marriott breach traced to Chinese hackers; U.S. plans response

The hack was part of a Chinese intelligence effort that also breached health insurers and security clearance databases, people briefed on the inquiry said. The discovery comes as the Trump administration plans actions targeting China's trade, cyber and economic policies.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, China, Marriott, Trump, Nation & World

Yellow puts up a decent fight on road to digital future

It wasn't that long ago that Yellow was effectively the Google of the world – the place consumers went to find the contact details of businesses in their vicinity. So coveted was a prominent spot in the Yellow Pages that businesses... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business

Google's CEO Thinks Android Users Know How Much Their Phones Are Tracking Them

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users have a good understanding of the volume of data Google collects on them, when they agree to use the Android mobile operating system. The exec, who is testifying today in front of the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled "Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices," claimed that users are in control of the information Google has o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, House Judiciary Committee

How Patrick Wilson prepped to fight Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’

The cryptic text came in 2015 from director James Wan: “Do you know Ocean Master?” Patrick Wilson did not, in fact, know Ocean Master, or whether it was a person, a cruise ship or perhaps a chain of all-you-can-eat seafood restaurants. “Luckily in this day and age, there’s Google,” Wilson says, miming furious thumb-typing as...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Jason Momoa, Wilson, Patrick Wilson, James Wan

Tools for your nonelectric kitchen for canning

Not sure this is the right area but since it alludes to taking care of large amounts of garden produce thought it kind of fit. First, I am not a big gadget person but I do love tools. Having started canning and gardening many years ago with minimum tools I thought I would share what I have come to own and relie on. Maybe share what tools you use. Rada peeler, the best peeler I have used. Potatoes, apples, carrots, etc. Roma food mill, so much better than a Foley. Have run bushels of food th...
Tags: Apple, Farming, Weapon, Roma, Gardening & Homesteading, Lehman, Foley, Amazon Slices

'If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?'

Google's Chief executive Sundar Pichai answered questions about the company in front of US lawmakers.
Tags: Google, US, Tech, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai

Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

A House committee grilled Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, about a variety of issues, including worries about personal data and complaints about search results.
Tags: Google, News, Privacy, Congress, Social Media, Search Engines, Ted, House, House Of Representatives, Smith, Mccarthy, Sundar Pichai, Jones, Pichai, Poe, Google Inc

Google weighs steps to open representative office in Vietnam - government

Alphabet Inc's Google is studying steps to open a representative office in Vietnam, the government of the Southeast Asian nation said on its website, citing Google's Senior Vice President Kent Walker.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Vietnam, Alphabet Inc

L.A. gets more moolah, thanks to Calibrate Ventures and its new, $80 million fund

Two years ago, a couple of VCs from Shea Ventures, a 50-year-old, L.A. -based investment firm, banded together to create a Pasadena, Ca.-based early stage venture firm called Calibrate Ventures. Investors clearly like what they’re building. Firm founders Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler are today announcing that they have closed their debut effort with $80 million in capital commitments, including from Shea Ventures itself and from Foundry Group, the Boulder, Co.-based venture outfit that be...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Nasa, Venture Capital, Pasadena, True Ventures, Honest Company, Sphero, Foundry Group, Dollar Shave Club, Bay Area, Soft Robotics, Shea, Oakland CA, Dunlap

Amazon Fires Employees Over Data Leak As It Fights Seller Scams, Report Says

After investigating claims that its employees are taking bribes to sell internal data to merchants to help them increase their sales on the site, Amazon has reportedly fired several employees involved in the scams. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon let go of several workers in the U.S. and India who allegedly inappropriately accessed company data that disreputable merchants had misused. The Hill reports: Amazon is focusing its internal bribery investigation on India, a person familiar ...
Tags: Amazon, China, India, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Hill, Amazon Fires

Google CEO rebuts claims of bias, data tracking

Heads of both political parties started out with questions about Google’s data collection.
Tags: Google, Business, News

Detained Huawei Exec Gets Bail, But Must Hire 24/7 Security and Wear Tracking Bracelet

The Huawei executive detained in Canada for extradition to the U.S. over allegations of financial fraud and sanctions violations, Meng Wanzhou, has been released on $7.5 million bail, CNN reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, China, Cnn, Law Enforcement, Canada, Xi Jinping, Espionage, Sanctions, Donald Trump, Huawei, Iran Sanctions, Trade War, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou

The CEO of privacy search engine DuckDuckGo says Google uses location data that puts entire ZIP codes in politically biased 'filter bubbles' (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was interrogated by the House Judiciary Committee over a number of topics including potential bias in the search results it provides users.  DuckDuckGo — a privacy-focused search engine company that competes with Google Search — released a study last week that claims Google is inadvertently introducing bias into its results.  "Google’s collection and use of personal data, including location, which is then used to filter specific search results, is having an...
Tags: Google, Congress, Trends, Google Search, Smith, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Business Insider, Nra, TX, Republican House, House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith, Weinberg, Gabriel Weinberg

'Meghan Markle' most googled person in UK in 2018

Firm's UK search results also featured the World Cup, Bitcoin and Black Panther highly.

Streets with UK's slowest and fastest broadband named

But uSwitch survey says homes in a Birmingham avenue have the fastest access.
Tags: UK, Tech, Birmingham

Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine - CEO

Google has "no plans" to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a U.S. congressional panel on Tuesday amid increased scrutiny of big tech firms.
Tags: Google, Money, China, businessNews, Sundar Pichai

Google Gets Hearing It Wants As Lawmakers Focus On Fake Anti-Conservative Bias

But underneath the nonsense, a bipartisan consensus emerged against the privacy status quo.
Tags: Google, News

Google's Digital Dragnet Is Exposed in Congressional Hearing

(Bloomberg) -- Midway through Tuesday’s congressional hearing on Google, Representative Ted Poe, a Texas Republican, held up his iPhone. He asked Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai what would happen if Poe walked over to the Democrats sitting across the aisle.
Tags: Google, Texas, Science, Sundar Pichai, Poe, Ted Poe, Bloomberg Midway

Canada Grants Bail For Arrested Huawei CFO Who Faces US Extradition

A judge in Vancouver, British Columbia, has set a $7.5 million U.S. bail for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested last week on suspicion of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. "The United States had asked the Vancouver court to deny bail for Meng, whose father is a billionaire and a founder of Huawei, calling her a flight risk," reports CNBC. From the report: Canada has been expected to extradite Meng to the United States over charges that the company improperly took payments from ...
Tags: Tech, Iran, Canada, United States, Vancouver, Huawei, Cnbc, Vancouver British Columbia, Meng, Meng Wanzhou, Canada Grants Bail For Arrested Huawei

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