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Biden Admin Announces Travel Ban for South Africa and 7 Other Countries, Citing New Variant

The Biden administration announced plans on Friday to ban travel to the United States from South Africa and seven other countries, just hours after a new coronavirus variant was deemed a highly transmissible virus of concern. From a report: The travel restrictions will begin Monday, affecting South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, according to a senior administration official. The administration's decision was in response to advice from Anthony Fauci...
Tags: America, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, South Africa, Biden, Malawi, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Nantucket, Biden Admin Announces Travel Ban

‘Amoral 21st-century mercenaries’: problems mount for NSO Group

Israeli spyware firm goes from bad to worse as scathing Apple lawsuit follows US blacklistingShalev Hulio, the co-founder of Israel’s NSO Group, was in Washington DC on a mission to try to resuscitate the surveillance company’s battered reputation on Capitol Hill shortly before the news broke that he had probably arrived too late to make a difference.With little advance warning to its allies in Israel, the Biden administration announced on 3 November that it was putting the spyware maker – one o...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Malware, Surveillance, Middle East and North Africa, Washington Dc, Data and computer security, Capitol Hill, Biden, NSO Group

Centrist Dems Sink Biden's Nominee for Top Bank Regulator

Five Democratic senators have told the White House they won't support Saule Omarova to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, effectively killing her nomination for the powerful bank-regulator position. Axios: The defiant opposition from a broad coalition of senators reflects the real policy concerns they had with Omarova, a Cornell University law professor who's attracted controversy for her academic writings about hemming in big banks. Their opposition also hints at a willingness ...
Tags: White House, Tech, Biden, Cornell University, Senate Banking Committee, Sen Sherrod Brown D Ohio, Office of the Comptroller, Kyrsten Sinema D Ariz, Saule Omarova, Omarova, Nominee for Top Bank Regulator, Sens Jon Tester D Mont Mark Warner D Va, Sens John Hickenlooper D Colo, Mark Kelly D Ariz Read

US Blacklists Chinese Quantum Computing Companies

The US has placed a dozen Chinese groups involved in quantum computing and other advanced technologies on an export blacklist, saying they pose a risk of gaining access to critical American technologies for the People's Liberation Army. From a report: The move, which makes it almost impossible for US companies to sell technologies to the listed companies, targeted a total of 27 entities, including 12 in China and two affiliated firms in Japan and Singapore. In addition to quantum computing, the ...
Tags: Japan, Washington, China, Singapore, US, Tech, Cia, Biden, PLA, People s Liberation Army, Center for a New American Security, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Blacklists Chinese Quantum Computing Companies, Martijn Rasser

10 things in tech you need to know today

Hello! Quick programming note: There will be no newsletter this Thursday or Friday as we take a break for Thanksgiving. We'll be back in inboxes on Monday. Apologies for the slight delay this morning — we had a technical issue. But now, let's get started.If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app – click here for iOS and here for Android. Tim CookApple 1. Apple is suing a company that makes iPhone-hacking software. The tech giant is also notifying a "small n...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, London, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Nick Clegg, Peter Thiel

At least 600 Google employees — less than 0.5% of its workforce — reportedly drafted a manifesto opposing the company's vaccine mandate

Google office in Berlin.Annegret Hilse/Reuters At least 600 Google employees signed a manifesto opposing the company's vaccine mandate, reported. The opposition makes up a small fraction of the company's more than 150,000-person workforce. Google is requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 3. At least 600 Google employees — less than 0.5% of its massive workforce — drafted a manifesto opposing the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, reported Tuesda...
Tags: Google, Berlin, US, Trends, Biden, Cnbc, Manifesto, Anti-vaccine, Tech Insider, Chris Rackow, Lauren Frias, COVID, Vaccine Mandate, Vaccine Mandates, Annegret Hilse Reuters

Apple sues Israeli spyware firm NSO Group for surveillance of users

iPhone-maker also seeks to ban firm behind Pegasus spyware from using any Apple software, services or devicesApple has launched a lawsuit against NSO Group, the Israeli spyware company that was recently blacklisted by the Biden administration for acting “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US”.The move marks a sharp turnaround for the technology giant, which previously downplayed the threat posed by the spyware, and underscores growing concern and frustration am...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Israel, US, US news, Surveillance, Pegasus, Biden, NSO Group

Samsung Picks Texas Site for $17 Billion Advanced US Chip Plant

Samsung Electronics has decided to build an advanced U.S. chip plant in Texas, a win for the Biden administration as it prioritizes supply chain security and greater semiconductor capacity on American soil. From a report: South Korea's largest company has decided on the city of Taylor, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its giant manufacturing hub in Austin, a person familiar with the matter said. Samsung and Texas officials will announce the decision Tuesday afternoon, according to people fa...
Tags: South Korea, Texas, Samsung, Tech, Austin, Biden, Samsung Electronics, Taylor, TSMC, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Intel Corp, Jay Y Lee, Samsung Picks Texas Site, Billion Advanced US Chip Plant

10 things in tech you need to know today

Happy Thanksgiving week. Employees told us about a panic at Spring Health, and we're giving you an inside look at the rise and fall of Clubhouse.Let's jump in.If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app – click here for iOS and here for Android. Samantha lee/Insider 1. Insiders say Spring Health's hard-charging culture fueled a staff exodus. Founded by April Koh, the $2 billion mental-health startup offers therapy and coaching to corporations like Instaca...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Electric Vehicle, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, London, Washington Post, US, Samsung, Trends, Nike, Tesla, Walmart

Elon Musk and Lauren Boebert engage on Twitter over Biden's plan to expand the IRS

Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images, left, Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Biden has proposed hiring 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service workers over the next decade. Rep. Lauren Boebert criticized the increase in employees, saying it was to monitor billionaires. Musk paid no federal income tax in 2018, the same year he was the world's second-richest person. On Sunday, US Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out their disapproval of the Biden administration's pro...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Politico, US, Trends, Tesla, Biden, Irs, Musk, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Boebert, Lauren Boebert, Alex Wong Getty Images Biden, Build Back Better, Lauren Boebert R Colo

Can big tech ever be reined in?

The Biden administration has shown an early determination to tackle the power of Amazon, Google, Facebook and co. But is it already too late?When historians look back on this period, one of the things that they will find remarkable is that for a quarter of a century, the governments of western democracies slept peacefully while some of the most powerful (and profitable) corporations in history emerged and grew, without let or hindrance, at exponential speeds.They will wonder at how a small numbe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, Social Networking, Law, Internet, Regulators, E-commerce, Computing, Biden, Alphabet Amazon Apple Facebook, Amazon Google Facebook, Law (US

The Amazon Lobbyists Who Kill US Consumer Privacy Protections

In recent years, Amazon has killed or undermined privacy protections in more than three dozen bills across 25 states, as the e-commerce giant amassed a lucrative trove of personal data on millions of American consumers. From a report: Amazon executives and staffers detail these lobbying victories in confidential documents reviewed by Reuters. In Virginia, the company boosted political donations tenfold over four years before persuading lawmakers this year to pass an industry-friendly privacy bil...
Tags: Amazon, California, Virginia, India, US, Barack Obama, Tech, Eu, Joe Biden, Carney, Jeff Bezos, Biden, Alexa, Reuters, Jay Carney, Washington Amazon

Former Biden aide helped Amazon kill off dozens of privacy laws nationwide, leaked documents show

Jay Carney, former White House press secretary, has worked for Amazon since 2015.AP Leaked documents reveal how a former US press secretary helped Amazon kill privacy regulations. Jay Carney's lobbying division has swelled to more than 250 staff members since 2015.  Reuters reported that Amazon killed or undermined protections in over 36 bills across 25 states. A trove of leaked internal documents has revealed how a former aide to US President Joe Biden helped Amazon stave off the threat ...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, California, Washington, White House, Virginia, US, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Carney, Biden, Lobbying, Alexa, Reuters, Obama White House

Visions of a US Computer Chip Boom Have Cities Hustling

Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips that has contributed to a slowdown in the global economy. From a report: The shortage of computer chips has zapped energy from the global economy, punishing industries as varied as automakers and medical device manufacturers and contributing to fears about high inflation. But many states and cities in America are starting to see a silver lining: the possibility that efforts to sharply increase chip production in th...
Tags: New York, Texas, Congress, Washington, Senate, Samsung, America, Tech, Intel, Austin, United States, House, Arizona, Biden, Taylor, Genesee County

The life and lawsuits of Lucas Wall, a frequent flier who's made it his mission to fight Biden's mask mandate

Frequent flier Lucas Wall outside his mom's place in The Villages, Florida, where he's been stuck since the Biden mask mandate was put in place. Wall, a leader of a coordinated group of anti-maskers, would often say, "I'm still at mom's."Octavio Jones for Insider Lucas Wall is in a legal battle with the Biden administration over mask mandates for travelers. Dozens of anti-maskers have joined him to argue that the mandates are unconstitutional. The administration has rebuked hi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Supreme Court, Cdc, Washington, Kentucky, Germany, Virginia, Israel, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, Washington Dc, Tsa

Japan's Fugaku Retains Title As World's Fastest Supercomputer

According to a report from Nikkei Asia (paywalled), "The Japanese-made Fugaku captured its fourth consecutive title as the world's fastest supercomputer on Tuesday, although a rival from the U.S. or China is poised to steal the crown as soon as next year." From a report: But while Fugaku is the world's most powerful public supercomputer, at 442 petaflops, China is believed to secretly operate two exascale (1,000 petaflops) supercomputers, which were launched earlier this year. The top 10 list di...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Microsoft, China, US, Tech, Nvidia, Biden, IBM Power, Sunway, Nvidia GPU, Fugaku, US Sierra

Apple will finally let you fix your own iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook.Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Apple will finally enable iPhone, and eventually Mac, owners to repair their own devices.  Beginning in early 2022, iPhone owners can buy replacement parts directly from Apple. Screen, battery, and camera parts will be available first, with additional parts coming later next year. Starting next year, Apple will finally enable iPhone owners to repair their own devices.Apple's "Self Service Repair" program, announced on Wednesday...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, News, Trends, Repair, Macbook, United States, Biden, Apple Store, Jeff Williams, Ftc, M1, TechNet, Ben Gilbert, Right To Repair, Tech Insider

10 things in tech you need to know today

Hello. We've got an update on the ongoing turmoil at Activision Blizzard. Plus, after years of making earbuds smaller and less conspicuous, wired headphones are cool again.Let's get to it.If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app – click here for iOS and here for Android. Drew Angerer/Getty Images 1. Activision's CEO reportedly knew about sexual-misconduct allegations for years. According to a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal, Activision Bl...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, London, Microsoft, California, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Yale, Gm, Patagonia

10 Things in Politics: Dems wants DOJ to be more aggressive

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go — click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected]'s what we're talking about:Democrats are frustrated with Merrick Garland's judge-like apolitical style as Biden's attorney generalThe FDA seems ready to OK a booster shot for all adults this weekRepublicans mock Democrats' plans to fight critical-race-theory claim...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, US, San Francisco, West Virginia, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, David, Democrats, Gop

10 things in tech you need to know

Happy Monday, readers. We've got the low-down on what could be the most expensive holiday season ever, and Jeff Bezos' vision for humans in space.Without further ado… If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app - click here for iOS and here for Android. Mario Tama/Getty Images 1. This year's holiday shopping season could be the most expensive ever. As global supply chain issues persist, Amazon and Walmart are in a pricing battle to offer the lowest ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Home Depot, Spacex, New York, London, China, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Iceland, Jeff Bezos, Biden

US Government Discourages Intel's Plans to Ease Chip Shortage By Expanding in China

"Intel's plan to ease the ongoing chip shortage by increasing production in China has reportedly been opposed by the Biden administration," writes PC Magazine, "over concerns about the potential security impact." Bloomberg reports that Intel wanted to manufacture silicon wafers in a factory located in Chengdu, China by the end of 2022. When the company recently shared details of this plan with the U.S. government, however, "Biden administration officials strongly discouraged the move." The repor...
Tags: Apple, Europe, White House, China, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Intel, Beijing, Biden, Trump, Jake Sullivan, Chengdu China, PC Magazine

Biden Signs Bill To Secure Telecoms Against National Security Threats

President Biden signed into law a bill that requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to secure telecommunications systems against potential foreign threats to national security. From a report: In recent years, lawmakers have increasingly voiced concerns about Chinese telecom giants' operations in the U.S., and possible surveillance by the Chinese government. Under the new law, the FCC is barred from considering authorization for products made by companies on its "covered list," which...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Tech, House, Biden, Huawei, Anna Eshoo, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Ed Markey, Sens Marco Rubio R Fla, Steve Scalise R La

US Joins Global Cybersecurity Partnership

The U.S. is now part of an international agreement on cybersecurity that the Trump administration declined to sign up for, Vice President Kamala Harris announced in Paris Wednesday. From a report: 80 countries, along with hundreds of tech companies -- including Microsoft and Google -- nonprofits and universities have signed the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, established in 2018 to create international norms and laws for cybersecurity and warfare. The U.S. support of the volunta...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, White House, US, America, Tech, Nato, Paris, Biden, Kamala Harris, Cyberspace, Trump, Paris Call, Paris Call for Trust

NSO Group’s CEO-designate quits after US blacklists spyware firm

Move reported by Israeli media comes after Biden administration said firm acted contrary to US security interestsThe chief executive officer-designate of NSO Group has resigned citing the Israeli spyware company’s blacklisting by the US Department of Commerce last week, Israeli media said on Thursday.NSO Group declined to comment. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Malware, Surveillance, Middle East and North Africa, Data and computer security, Biden, US Department of Commerce, NSO Group

These 10 leaders are transforming how corporate America tackles climate change

cuellar/Getty Images 2021 was marked by devastating, costly climate disasters from heat waves to wildfires to floods. Corporate leaders started to recognize the role that business plays in mitigating climate change. Insider highlights the top 10 people tackling climate change in business right now. Visit Insider's Transforming Business homepage for more stories. Heatwaves. Wildfires. Drought. Storms. 2021 showed us that the climate crisis is here, and we're already ...
Tags: Google, Leadership, Climate Change, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Strategy, Unilever, Sustainability, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Biden, United Airlines, Riley, Google Amazon

CNN: Foreign Hackers Breached Nine Organizations to Steal 'Key Data' from 'Sensitive Targets'

"Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technology and education sectors," reports CNN, citing their exclusive glimpse at findings from security firm Palo Alto Networks. At least one of the breached organizations is in the U.S., they add, and in cooperation with America's National Security Agency (or NSA), security researchers "are exposing an ongoing effort by these unidentified hackers to steal key data from U.S. defense contractors an...
Tags: Europe, Nsa, China, US, America, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, Biden, National Security Agency, Palo Alto Networks, Cisa, Trump, Mandiant, Olson, Ryan Olson

Senator behind billionaires tax denounces Elon Musk Twitter poll stunt

Tesla owner offers to sell 10% of shares if poll demandsRon Wyden has proposed tax to help fund Biden plans After Elon Musk asked his Twitter followers to vote on whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stock, the architect of the proposed billionaires tax that prompted the move dismissed the tweet as a stunt.“Whether or not the world’s wealthiest man pays any taxes at all shouldn’t depend on the results of a Twitter poll,” said Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and chair of the Senate finance commi...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Oregon, Senate, Tesla, World news, US news, US politics, US Senate, US domestic policy, US Congress, Biden, US taxation, Ron Wyden, Elon Musk twitter

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

Hecate Energy's plans for a 500-acre solar farm in upstate New York were cut by 50% "after facing an outcry from some in the community who feared the installation would mar the bucolic setting," reports the New York Times. (Alternate URL here.) The Copake fight mirrors similar battles raging across the country in rural areas like Lake County, Oregon; Clinton County, Ohio; and Troy, Texas. Developers say industrial-scale solar farms are needed to meet the nation's goals to mitigate the rise of cl...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Tech, West, Biden, Hecate Energy, Copake, Lake County Oregon, Clinton County Ohio, Troy Texas Developers, Energy Department Urban

US Passes Massive Infrastructure Bill, Investing in Clean Energy, Electric Cars, and Broadband Internet

Late Friday night U.S. Congressmen passed a long-awaited Bipartisan Infrastructure bill. "The infrastructure package contains $550 billion in entirely new investments, including money for electric-car charging stations and zero-emission school buses," reports the Washington Post. "The spending is mostly paid for — without raising taxes. The bulk of the funding comes from repurposing unspent coronavirus relief money and tightening enforcement on reporting gains from cryptocurrency investments."...
Tags: Washington Post, White House, US, America, Tech, United States, Biden, Clean Energy Electric Cars

The United Nations Could Finally Create New Rules For Space

On Monday, A group of diplomats from the United Kingdom proposed that the United Nations set up a group to develop new norms of international behavior in space, with the aim of preventing the kinds of misunderstandings that could lead to war. Wired reports: As spacefaring nations advance their military satellite capabilities, including being able to disrupt or damage other satellites, such provocative behavior could escalate already-tense diplomatic situations -- and create more space debris in ...
Tags: Tech, United Kingdom, United Nations, Un, Geneva, Biden, UN General Assembly, Edmondson, UN s First Committee, Cassandra Steer, Australian National University in Canberra Read

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