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Senate Confirms Chris Inglis as Biden's Top Cyber Adviser

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Chris Inglis to be President Joe Biden's national cyber director, installing the former NSA deputy director as Biden's top cyber adviser at a time when many lawmakers are pressing the White House for a muscular response to a series of high-profile hacks. From a report: As head of the new Office of the National Cyber Director inside the White House, Inglis will coordinate federal agencies' disparate work on cyber issues and oversee the development of the U.S.' dig...
Tags: Nsa, Senate, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Moscow, Capitol Hill, Biden, Homeland Security Committee, Inglis, JBS, Chris Inglis, Office of the National, White House Inglis


Police Bust Ransomware Gang in Ukraine

Police in Ukraine said this week they arrested members of a major ransomware gang. From a report: The arrests mark the first time a law enforcement agency has announced a mass arrest of a prolific hacker group that had extorted Americans by either encrypting an organization's files or threatening to leak them to the public. The gang, known as Cl0p, has hacked a number of American targets, including the University of Miami, Florida, Stanford University, University of Maryland, and University of C...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Tech, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Ransomware, United States, Geneva, Biden, Eastern Europe, JBS


White House Debuts New Maps Showing Broadband Vacuum

The Biden administration Thursday unveiled a new mapping tool that shows much greater gaps in use of high-speed internet service across the U.S. than the government's previous maps reported. From a report: The White House is pushing for big spending to provide more, better broadband service to underserved areas after the pandemic made Americans more dependent than ever on their internet connections. The new, zoomable map draws on a wider pool of data than existing maps by the Federal Communicati...
Tags: White House, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Biden, Commerce Department, Census Bureau, Indicators of Broadband Need, Ookla M Lab Microsoft


US, EU Forge Closer Ties on Emerging Technologies To Counter Russia and China

The U.S. and European Union plan to cooperate more on technology regulation, industrial development and bilateral trade following President Biden's visit, in a bid to help Western allies better compete with China and Russia on developing and protecting critical and emerging technologies. From a report: Central to the increased coordination will be a new high-level Trade and Technology Council the two sides unveiled Tuesday. The aim of the TTC is to boost innovation and investment within and betw...
Tags: China, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Tech, Eu, European Union, Commerce, European Commission, Biden, Donald Trump, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, State, Antony Blinken, Apple Google


Biden Tells Putin Certain Cyber-Attacks Should Be 'Off-Limits'

U.S. President Joe Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that certain critical infrastructure should be "off-limits" to cyber-attacks, while the two leaders agreed in their summit to start cybersecurity talks. From a report: Biden said the list of organizations that should not be attacked includes the 16 sectors designated by the United States as critical infrastructure. The sectors, based on a description published by the U.S. Homeland Security Department, include telecommuni...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Moscow, Biden, U S Homeland Security Department


Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What is a diversity green card and how do I apply for one? ...
Tags: Startups, Column, California, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, State Department, Lawyers, Biden, Tehran, H-1b Visa


US Warns EU Against Anti-American Tech Policy

The US has warned the EU against pursuing "protectionist" technology policies that exclusively target American companies, ahead of Joe Biden's first presidential visit to Brussels. From a report: The National Security Council, an arm of the White House, wrote last week to complain about the tone of recent comments about the EU's flagship tech regulation, as debates are about to begin in the European parliament. "We are particularly concerned about recent comments by the European Parliament rappo...
Tags: Europe, Washington, White House, China, US, Tech, Eu, Joe Biden, United States, Brussels, National Security Council, Biden, Donald Trump, Financial Times, European Parliament, EU US


Biden admin will share more info with online platforms on ‘front lines’ of domestic terror fight

The Biden administration is outlining new plans to combat domestic terrorism in light of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and social media companies have their own part to play. The White House released a new Tuesday. The plan acknowledges the key role that online platforms play in bringing violent ideas into the mainstream, going as far as calling social media sites the “front lines” of the war on domestic terrorism. “The widespread availability of domestic terrorist recruitment mater...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Politics, Attorney General, White House, Social Media, Tech, Policy, United States, Terrorism, Biden, Counter-terrorism, U.s. Government, Social Media Platforms, Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Big Tech Antitrust Crusader Lina Khan Joins the FTC

Today the senate overwhelmingly confirmed tech critic and 32-year-old Columbia professor Lina Khan to join the Federal Trade Commission by a vote of 69-28. They can agree on reforming big tech; given their track record of bitching and moaning and proposing terribly uninformed and/or nefarious proposals to do it…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Companies, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Columbia, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Tim Wu, Facebook Inc, Rohit Chopra, Big Tech, Lina Khan, Jurists


Tech antitrust crusader Lina Khan is confirmed as FTC commissioner

The Senate confirmed big tech critic and prominent antitrust scholar Lina Khan as FTC Commissioner Tuesday, signaling a new era of scrutiny for the tech industry. Khan was confirmed in a 69-28 vote, with Republicans joining Democrats in a rare show of bipartisan support for Khan’s ideas on reining in tech’s most powerful companies. An associate law professor at Columbia, Khan’s star rose with the publication of a landmark paper examining how the government’s outdated ways of identifying monopoli...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Congress, Senate, White House, Tech, Policy, Amy Klobuchar, Khan, Biden, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Congressional, Big Tech, Competition Law, Sen Amy Klobuchar


Biden elevates tech antitrust crusader Lina Khan to FTC chair

The Senate confirmed Big Tech critic and prominent antitrust scholar Lina Khan as FTC Commissioner Tuesday. In a strong and surprising signal that the tech industry is overdue for some intense regulatory scrutiny, Biden elevated the newly-confirmed Khan to chair the agency the same day. Khan was confirmed in a 69-28 vote, with Republicans joining Democrats in a rare show of bipartisan support for Khan’s ideas on reining in tech’s most powerful companies. As FTC chair, Khan will replace Rebecca K...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Congress, Government, Senate, White House, Tech, Policy, Amy Klobuchar, Khan, Biden, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Congressional, Big Tech, Competition Law


The Station: Robotaxi apps on the rise, an AI pioneer’s new startup and mobility event highlights

Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Welp, the mobility event is over and we had loads of interesting interviews and anyone with an Extra Crunch subscription can access the videos. For instance, Rita Liao moderated a panel with executives from three Chinese robotaxi companies — WeRide, AutoX and Momenta — that also test and develop in Europe and the United States. One inter...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Indonesia, California, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Softbank, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg


What does Uber and birth control have in common?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our morning coffee chat with you that is all about the weekend, what to expect this week, and some funding rounds you may have missed. I’m subbing in for Alex Wilhelm today, who is deservedly out on vacation. You can find me on Twitter @nmasc_, and Equity on Twitter (turn on those notifications!) @equitypod.  Biden and world leaders are cong...
Tags: Apple, TC, Uber, Space, Elon Musk, India, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Nato, Ubs, Jeff Bezos, Biden, Equity, Edtech, Health Tech


Another Biden gaffe? Joe says he’s ‘open’ to exchanging cybercriminals with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and American counterpart Joe Biden recently agreed that relations between the two nations are a low point, but the two leaders may have found some common ground on the issue of cybercrime. Biden said at the G7 summit on Sunday that he was “open” to Putin’s proposal for the two countries to exchange cybercriminals: I’m open to — if there’s crimes committed against Russia that, in fact, are — and the people committing those crimes are being harbored in the United S...
Tags: Startups, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Biden, Joe, Insider


10 Things in Politics: Gaetz's law-school classmates want him to resign

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:Matt Gaetz's former classmates say he's an embarrassment to William & Mary Law SchoolBiden's plan to send $400 billion to help families caring for loved ones with disabilities is in jeopardy as infrastructure talks falterBenjamin Netanyahu is officially out of powerOne thing to watch for: DHS Secreta...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Florida, Maryland, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Oregon, White House, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Dhs, Afghanistan


Nuclear waste recycling is a critical avenue of energy innovation

Tristan Abbey Contributor Share on Twitter Tristan Abbey is President of Comarus Analytics LLC. He served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and as director for strategic planning at the National Security Council. No single question bedevils American energy and environmental policy more than nuclear waste. No, not even a changing climate, which may be a wicked problem but none...
Tags: Energy, Column, New York, California, Opinion, Washington, Oregon, Senate, Alabama, Tech, Georgia, United States, Wyoming, San Diego, National Security Council, Biden


US Launches Task Force To Open Government Data For AI Research

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Biden administration launched an initiative Thursday aiming to make more government data available to artificial intelligence researchers, part of a broader push to keep the U.S. on the cutting edge of the crucial new technology. The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force, a group of 12 members from academia, government, and industry led by officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology ...
Tags: Congress, US, Tech, Biden, Wall Street Journal, National Science Foundation, Transportation Department, Ai Research, Erwin Gianchandani


Michael Brown, the new chair of the powerful lobbying group NVCA, shares its agenda

Michael Brown, a longtime general partner with Battery Ventures, was just elected to the role of chairman of the National Venture Capital Association three years after joining its board of directors. Earlier this week, we caught up with Brown to ask about his new, year-long role with the 48-year-old trade group — and what issues he sees as top of mind right now for the many American VCs he is now representing. TC: VCs are always concerned about tax treatments, but these are obviously even more t...
Tags: TC, Congress, California, Washington, America, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Venture Capital, Michael Brown, SEC, Pfizer, Biden, National Venture Capital Association, Battery Ventures, Trump


Investor Michael Brown, newly elected to chair the powerful lobbying group NVCA, shares his agenda

Michael Brown, a longtime general partner with Battery Ventures, was just elected to the role of chairman of the National Venture Capital Association three years after joining its board of directors. Earlier this week, we caught up with Brown to ask about his new, year-long role with the 48-year-old trade group — and what issues he sees as top of mind right now for the many American VCs he is now representing. TC: VCs are always concerned about tax treatments, but these are obviously even more t...
Tags: TC, Congress, California, Washington, America, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Venture Capital, Michael Brown, SEC, Pfizer, Biden, National Venture Capital Association, Battery Ventures, Trump


Apple says it didn't share pictures or emails from lawmakers' phones with Trump DOJ under subpoenas seeking to unmask leakers

President Donald Trump meets with members of his American Technology Council, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, on June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Apple revealed new details about the Trump DOJ's subpoena targeting House Intel Committee lawmakers. It told TechCrunch the subpoena included a gag order and "no information" on the DOJ's inquiry. Apple said it gave "account subscriber information" and no content, "such as emails or pictures." See more stories ...
Tags: Apple, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Russia, Trends, House, New York Times, Tim Cook, The Times, Department Of Justice, Biden, Times, House Intelligence Committee


10 Things in Politics: Manchin is the VIP for Biden's agenda

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:Progressives are peeved at Joe Manchin while West Virginia basks in Biden's loveBiden is said to have ordered a scathing private rebuke of the UK before the G7Bill Gates' farmland reportedly grows potatoes for McDonald's friesOne thing to watch for: President Joe Biden will attend the first day of th...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Florida, UK, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, America, West Virginia, Trends


Top stories this PM: 60 million wasted doses; a new Trump probe; Biden's gift to Boris

Good evening. Here are the top stories so far today.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What happened today:60 million doses down the drain. The FDA said Johnson & Johnson must throw out that many COVID-19 vaccine doses because of possible contamination. They were made at a Baltimore factory that's been closed for two months after workers accidentally mixed up ingredients.Probing "a gross abuse of power." The deputy attorney general asked the Justice Departm...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Texas, News, Mexico, Senate, White House, Newsletter, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Boris Johnson, Fda, Bmw, Biden, Nissan


UK Lawmakers Ask Biden To Drop Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

A cross-party group of 24 British members of Parliament wrote to President Joe Biden on Friday asking him to drop all charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. CNET News adds: Dropping the charges would be "an act that would be a clarion call for freedom that would echo around the globe," they said. Together, the lawmakers pointed out that while Biden was vice president, he played an important role in choosing not to prosecute Assange over WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents r...
Tags: UK, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, Tech, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Biden, Donald Trump, Assange, British Members of Parliament


Trump Administration Subpoenaed Apple for Data on Two House Intelligence Committee Democrats

When investigating leaks of classified information during the early days of the Trump Administration, the United States Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for metadata from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, reports The New York Times. Apple was also required to provide data from their aides and family members, with the DoJ requesting the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee in 2017 and early 2018, including a minor. One of the Dem...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Biden, House Intelligence Committee, Justice Department, Adam Schiff, New York Times Apple, The New York Times This


Here are 9 fascinating facts to know about BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager

BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink. AP BlackRock, the largest money manager, is an increasingly influential player in Washington, DC. Insider has rounded up a rundown of fast facts to know about BlackRock. Sign up for the Insider Finance daily newsletter. BlackRock, the world's largest investment manager, has become an increasingly influential Wall Street player in Washington, DC as a poster child of the revolving door between finance and politics.The firm has hired notable policy...
Tags: Google, Japan, New York, Obama, California, China, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Aig, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, New York Times


Widespread electrification requires us to rethink battery technology

Moshiel Biton Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Moshiel Biton is the CEO and co-founder of Addionics, a battery technology company providing AI-optimized, Smart 3D Electrodes for the next generation of energy storage. The global economy’s transition to widespread electrification has increased the demand for longer-lasting and faster-charging batteries across industries including transportation, consumer electronics, medical dev...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Column, Opinion, Tech, Tesla, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Paris, Electricity, Biden, Energy Storage, EVs, Lithium Ion Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Sila Nanotechnologies


Google isn't blocking searches for the 'lab leak' theory as the coronavirus' origin is being investigated, but it prioritizes 'authoritative' results to avoid leading users to misinformation

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, April 17, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images Google's health lead David Feinberg said the firm aims not to lead people to non-authoritative info. That includes on searches for the "lab leak" theory as the coronavirus' origin is investigated. Biden set a 90-day deadline for intelligence officials to report the likely origin of COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Google, Science, News, Youtube, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Healthcare, Who, World Health Organization, Biden, Wuhan, WSJ, Hubei


President Biden Signs Executive Order Revoking Trump-Era Ban on TikTok and WeChat

U.S. President Joe Biden has withdrawn a series of executive orders from his predecessor Donald Trump banning Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat in the United States. Trump signed several executive orders banning apps tied to China during his time in office. In the most high profile order, Trump ban any U.S. transactions"ordered a ban of the short-form video app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm Bytedance, in 2020. However, Trump's bans were never enforced after several court orders blocked...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, White House, China, US, Joe Biden, United States, Rumors, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Commerce Department, U S Department of Commerce


CNET Amplifies FCC's Carr's Attempt To Force 'Big Tech' To Pay 'Big Telecom' For No Reason (techdirt)

So last week we noted how FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr had taken to Newsweek to dust off a fifteen year old AT&T talking point. Namely that "big tech" companies get a "free ride" on telecom networks, and, as a result, should throw billions of dollars at "big telecom" for no real reason. You'll recall it was this kind of argument that launched the net neutrality debate, when former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre proclaimed that Google wouldn't be allowed to "ride his pipes for free." Whitacre was effectiv...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Fcc, US, America, Netflix, Tom Wheeler, Silicon Valley, Biden, Cnet, Carr, USF, Newsweek, Corning


Conservatives Want Common Carriage. They're Not Going to Like It. (techdirt)

From calls to break up Big Tech to Florida’s latest anti-tech law, one thing is clear—America’s lawmakers and bureaucrats are looking to regulate the online world. Building on the momentum of the Facebook Oversight Board’s recent ruling on President Trump and Justice Thomas’s concurrence in Biden v. Knight Institute, alternative proposals like common carriage are gaining traction among conservative lawmakers looking for new regulatory solutions. More and more conservatives critique social medi...
Tags: Google, Florida, News, America, Biden, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Justice Thomas, Knight Institute, Facebook Oversight Board, Kir Nuthi, Sen Hagerty



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