Zoom Confirms Beijing Asked It To Suspend Activists Over Tiananmen Square Meetings

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: U.S. video conferencing company Zoom issued a statement on Thursday acknowledging that the Chinese government requested that it suspend the accounts of several U.S.- and Hong Kong-based Chinese activists for holding events commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Zoom claims that it only took action because the Chinese government informed the company that "this activity is illegal in China" and that meeting metadata show...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Tech, Beijing, Zoom, Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen Square Meetings

Hisense Q5 Tablet hands on video (in Chinese)

Looks like the Hisense Q5 has been released in China. It is amazing to see from the video how fast the screen refresh rate is as it can play videos without hiccups. The background looks as white if not whiter than a standard E-ink display. The screen also seems to have a much better grayscale. I wish this tablet supported pen input. Think about how a tablet with this screen technology would let you use any note-taking app in the Google play store unlike an e-ink device in which you are limited t...
Tags: Google, Books, News, China

Google's new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to its users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Alphabet Inc

Twitter deletes 170,000 accounts linked to China influence campaign

Content focused on Covid-19 and the protests in Hong Kong and over George Floyd in the USTwitter has removed more than 170,000 accounts the social media site says are state-linked influence campaigns from China focusing on Hong Kong protests, Covid-19 and the US protests in relation to George Floyd.The company announced on Thursday that 23,750 core accounts – and 150,000 “amplifier” accounts that boosted the content posted by those core accounts – had been removed from the platform after being l...
Tags: Twitter, Hong Kong, Technology, Internet, China, US, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Black Lives Matter Movement, George Floyd, People 's Republic Continue

Zoom admits cutting off activists' accounts in obedience to China

Meetings on Tiananmen Square massacre and Hong Kong crisis were taken down because Communist government complainedZoom has admitted it suspended the accounts of human rights activists at the behest of the Chinese government and suggested it will block any further meetings that Beijing complains are illegal.On Thursday the video conferencing platform was accused of disrupting or shutting down the accounts of three activists who held online events relating to the Tiananmen Square massacre annivers...
Tags: Hong Kong, Technology, Human Rights, Protest, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Freedom Of Speech, Tiananmen Square protests 1989, Zoom, Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong None

City of Knoxville Shuts Down Network After Ransomware Attack

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The City of Knoxville, Tennessee, was forced to shut down its entire computer network following a ransomware attack that took place overnight and targeted the city's offices. Knoxville has a population of over 180,000, it's Tennessee's third-largest city after Nashville and Memphis, and it's also part of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a reported population of almost 870,000 in 2015. Computers on Knoxville's network we...
Tags: Tech, Tennessee, Nashville, Memphis, Knox County, Knoxville, Knoxville Tennessee, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, Eric Vreeland

Spike raises $8 million to make your email look like a chat app

Asynchronous chat apps like Slack have done their best to kill email, but maybe the key to chat replacing email is just making email look like chat? That’s the idea of Spike, a productivity startup that has built an email app that organizes emails into chat bubbles with an interface that encourages users to keep it short and simple. Spike’s software began with a focus solely on re-skinning the email experience, but today they’re also launching support for collaborative notes and tasks into their...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Email Management, Spike, Koa Labs, Insight Partners, Recent Funding, Dvir Ben Aroya, Ben Aroya, Daniel Aronovitz, Insight Partners Wix NFX

This startup just raised $12 million from top VCs to offer financial planning as an employee perk

Companies increasingly recognize that one of the greatest stresses for their employees is financial wellness. Even at innovative tech startups, people typically bump up against the limits of how much they know about wealth management pretty fast. But providing financial education to a workforce, which has become increasingly common, is largely useless as most employees will tell you. The information can be hard to navigate, and it’s often not personalized in a way that addresses an employee’s ci...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Financial Planning, Watson, Origin, General Catalyst, Felicis Ventures, Red Swan Ventures, Founders Fund, Citi, Northstar, Matt Watson

Racist Magic: The Gathering Cards Banned, Removed From Database By Publisher

On Wednesday, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast took unprecedented measures to remove racist cards from its game. Seven cards in all, dating back to 1994, are now banned from play. Their images will also being removed from the game's official online database. Polygon reports: "The events of the past weeks and the ongoing conversation about how we can better support people of color have caused us to examine ourselves, our actions, and our inactions," Wizards said in a statement....
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Crypto Exchange Quadriga Was a Fraud and Founder Was Running Ponzi Scheme, Regulator Says

The Quadriga cryptocurrency exchange that saw millions of dollars disappear just as its founder died was a "fraud" and Ponzi scheme, according to the Ontario Securities Commission. reports: The regulator said Thursday that Vancouver-based Quadriga's late founder Gerald Cotten committed fraud by opening accounts under aliases and crediting himself with fictitious currency and crypto asset balances, which he traded with unsuspecting clients. Cotten, the OSC said in a new report, ran into a ...
Tags: Tech, Vancouver, OSC, Quadriga, Cotten, Crypto Exchange, Gerald Cotten, Ontario Securities Commission CBC

Once Friends, Google and Sonos Are Now Suing Each Other

Google, bored of constantly duking it out with Apple and Amazon, is now suing Sonos—though, to be fair, Sonos did sue Google first.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, Sonos, Why Cant We Be Friends

Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo and More Are Coming To PS5

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly three months after laying out some of the PlayStation 5's technological underpinnings, Sony today offered a first extended look at actual games running on the upcoming hardware during a live event. The event started off with a glimpse of an "expanded and enhcanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, which is coming to the PlayStation 5 in 2021, in case you need an excuse to buy the game again. PlayStation 5 owners will also get GTA Online...
Tags: Tech, Sony, Square Enix, Miles Morales, Kena, Spider Man Ratchet, Clank Gran Turismo, Athia Annapurna

A top Intel engineer and 'rock star chip architect' has resigned for 'personal reasons' just 2 years after joining (INTC)

Jim Keller, the renowned chip engineer who joined Intel from Tesla two years ago, has resigned "due to personal reasons," the company said Thursday. Keller, who was also known for his work at AMD and Apple, had led the Intel engineering group that was developing new microprocessors as part of the company's bid to go beyond its core PC and server business. He was one of three outsiders Intel hired recently as it eyed new opportunities beyond its core PC and server market. Visit Business Insider...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Nvidia, Ibm, Dell, Amd, INTC, Qualcomm, Raja Koduri, Keller, Murthy Renduchintala, Jim Keller, Sundari Mitra

Buckle Up, Zuck, Now Joe Biden Is Gonna Petition the Heck Out of You

In January 2020, former vice president and likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden went off on Facebook, saying it should lose its Section 230 immunity from lawsuits for user-generated content and CEO Mark Zuckerberg should be held personally liable in civil and maybe even criminal court. On Thursday, Biden’s…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Social Media, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Misinformation, Tech Policy

Tom Hanks’ Apple TV+ Movie Greyhound Has A New Release Date, And It’s Soon

The Sony release will go straight to streaming this summer.
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PlayStation 5 Console Revealed

At a live event today, Sony officially unveiled its PlayStation 5 console. Eurogamer reports: The sleek and curved box will come in two flavors -- one with a disc drive, and one without. Meet the PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. No pricing or launch date details were announced today. The white-colored console can be orientated horizontally or vertically. Both versions have a USB and USB-C port in the front. Also shown: a controller charging station which docks two DualSense pads...
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MIT Ends Elsevier Negotiations

New submitter gam shares an announcement from MIT: Standing by its commitment to provide equitable and open access to scholarship, MIT has ended negotiations with Elsevier for a new journals contract. Elsevier was not able to present a proposal that aligned with the principles of the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts. Developed by the MIT Libraries in collaboration with the Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT's Research and the Committee on the Library System in October 2019, the MIT Fra...
Tags: Tech, Mit, Elsevier, Institute, MIT Libraries, Chris Bourg, MIT Framework

Quicken Loans, the largest mortgage lender in the US, has reportedly filed confidentially for an IPO

Quicken Loans, the largest provider of mortgage loans in the US, is planning to go public, CNBC reported Thursday. The company filed its IPO prospectus confidentially but may look to make it public as early as July, according to CNBC. The valuation is still being determined but is estimated to be in the tens of billions, sources told CNBC. Low interest rates on mortgages during the pandemic have sent Americans rushing back to the housing market, a boon for lenders like Quicken. Visit Business ...
Tags: Google, Ipo, US, Trends, Cnbc, Jpmorgan, Quicken Loans, Mortgage Bankers Association, Rocket Mortgage, Jay Farner, CNBC Quicken, Morgan Stanley Goldman Sachs Credit Suisse

How to record a Google Meet video call in 5 steps, to rewatch or share the meeting later

You can record a Google Meet video call to rewatch or share the meeting with others later. The recording feature is usually only available for G-Suite Enterprise members, but is currently free for all G-Suite members until September 30, 2020. You can only record a Google Meet call if you're its organizer, or if you're in the same organization as the person who created the meeting. Once you're finished, the Google Meet recording will be saved to the organizer's Google Drive. Visit Business Insi...
Tags: Google, Trends, Google Hangouts, However Google, Google Meet, G Suite Enterprise, Apple Acer Chromebook

Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government

Zoom, the wildly successful video chat service that has been a ubiquitous feature of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, said that it shut down three accounts at the request of the Chinese government for holding memorials for the victims of China’s violent suppression of peaceful protests at Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. As Axios first reported, the accounts of Lee Cheuk-Yan, Wang Dan and Zhou Fengsuo were closed down by the video communication service for planning and holding vigils and e...
Tags: TC, Hong Kong, China, India, Tech, Taiwan, Policy, Zoom, Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong SAR, China Zoom, Zhou Fengsuo, Lee Cheuk Yan Wang Dan

Jesus Christ, Just Wear a Face Mask!

The conclusion from a recent paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A: We conclude that facemask use by the public, when used in combination with physical distancing or periods of lock-down, may provide an acceptable way of managing the COVID-19 pandemic and re-opening economic activity. These results are relevant to the developed as well as the developing world, where large numbers of people are resource poor, but fabrication of home-made, effective facemasks is possible. A key message ...
Tags: Google, Germany, US, Britain, Cambridge, Iceland, Reuters, Jason Kottke, Greenwich Universities, Richard Stutt

Google countersues Sonos, adds fuel to intellectual property feud

The tech giant has now accused Sonos of infringing on five different patents
Tags: Google, Trends, Home Theater, Sonos

Revelan Oddworld: Soulstorm y será exclusivo temporal de PlayStation en consolas

Checa el trailer de revelación con gameplay de la nueva aventura de Abe
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Gauging growth in the most challenging environment in decades

Michael Whitmire, CPA Contributor Share on Twitter Michael Whitmire, CPA, is co-founder and chief executive officer at Los Angeles-based FloQast, Inc., a developer of accounting close management software. Traditionally, measuring business success requires a greater understanding of your company’s go-to-market lifecycle, how customers engage with your product and the macro-dynamics of your market. But in the most challenging en...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Column, Business, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, Tech, SaaS, Market Analysis, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Growth and Monetization, Michael Whitmire, FloQast Inc

How did Disney buy Pixar?

The all-stock deal established Apple founder Steve Job, who was Pixar’s CEO and majority shareholder, as Disney’s largest individual shareholder at the time.
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Scientist says we haven’t found ET yet because we’re doomed to destroy all life

A group of physicists working on the atomic bomb program at Los Alamos Research Laboratory in 1950 were having a discussion about aliens over lunch one day. The general consensus was that the reason humans hadn’t yet met any was because life was scarce in the universe and we just hadn’t been lucky enough to encounter them. One of the physicists, Italian researcher Enrico Fermi, scoffed at this notion. He did some math and came up with a number to dispute the other researcher’s conjectures. In Fe...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Fermi, Enrico Fermi, Neural, Los Alamos Research Laboratory

Facebook Brings Back Chris Cox, a Former Top Lieutenant To Zuckerberg

Facebook said on Thursday that Chris Cox, a former top executive, was returning to the company as chief product officer (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source. The New York Times reports: Mr. Cox had left the social network in March 2019 over disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive. In coming back as chief product officer, Mr. Cox, 37, who was previously at the company for more than a decade, will again become one of the highest-ranking executives at Faceboo...
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Google fires back at Sonos with its own lawsuit after the smart speaker company sued it over alleged patent infringement (GOOG, GOOGL, SONO)

Google has countersued Sonos over alleged patent infringement, escalating a legal battle between the two companies, as first reported by The Verge and confirmed to Business Insider. "We are reluctantly defending ourselves by asserting our patent rights," a Google spokesperson told Business Insider, saying Sonos had made "false claims" about Google's technology and its work with the tech giant. Sonos originally sued Google in January, accusing it of "blatantly and knowingly copying our patented...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Sonos, Alexa, Business Insider, Reuters, Spence, US International Trade Commission, Alexa Google, Patrick Spence, Avery Hartmans, Jose Castaneda, Bani Sapra

Google fires back at Sonos with its own lawsuit after the smart speaker company sued it over alleged patent infringement

Google said it must "assert its intellectual property rights" as the relationship between the two companies begins to sour.
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Google will stop letting advertisers target housing ads based on gender, age and ZIP code

Google is making changes to its advertising policies to prevent "unlawful discrimination" around housing, employment and credit.
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