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Facebook cancels F8 conference, citing coronavirus concerns

Facebook has confirmed that it has canceled its annual F8 developers conference, over growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. “Celebrating our global developer community at F8 each year is incredibly important to us at Facebook, but we won’t sacrifice the health and safety of our community to do so,” Facebook’s Director, Developer Platforms & Program, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, said in a statement offered to TechCrunch. “Out of concerns around COVID-19, we’re cancelling the ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Congress, Tech, Barcelona, F8, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Coronavirus, COVID


There Aren’t Enough Medical Masks to Fight Coronavirus. Here’s Why It’s Not Going to Get Better Anytime Soon

If you’re worried about the coronavirus and are having trouble getting hold of medical masks, these numbers will explain why: China is the world’s largest producer of them, with a reported daily capacity of 20 million pieces, but by the estimate of its manufacturers domestic demand alone is around 50 to 60 million per day. No wonder you can’t find medical masks at your local pharmacy. Some experts doubt the effectiveness of such masks for stopping transmission of the virus, officially named...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hong Kong, Texas, London, News, Congress, Australia, Mexico, China, Germany, India, New York City, Uncategorized, Global, Beijing


Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In an early-evening press conference, President Donald Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread through Europe, Asia and Latin America. The new coronavirus strain, which has infected about 81,000 people around the world and killed 3,000, has already wrought havoc on the global economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned yesterday that the U.S. will likely not be able to escape the spread of the virus. “It’s no...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Europe, Usa, Congress, California, Cdc, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, The New York Times


NSA Phone Surveillance Program Cost $100 Million, Yielded One Major Investigation

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that accessed American citizens' domestic phone calls and text messages resulted in only one investigation between 2015 and 2019 despite costing $100 million, a newly declassified study found. The report, which was produced by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and briefed to Congress on Tuesday, also found that the program only yielded information the FBI did not already have on...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Fbi, The New York Times, Trump, House Judiciary Committee, National Security Agency NSA, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, NSA Phone Surveillance Program Cost


Roger Stone Judge Scolds Trump, Allies Over Claims of Jury Bias

(Bloomberg) -- Three of the jurors who convicted Republican operative Roger Stone for lying to Congress and witness tampering testified that political bias played no role in their decision, pushing back against Stone’s contention that he deserves a new trial.U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson did not issue a ruling at the end of a Tuesday hearing on Stone’s request. But the judge said a juror’s social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump did not necessarily mean she was biased agai...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, News, Obama, Congress, Washington, Bloomberg, Cnn, United States, Fox News, Jackson, Republican, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump


Judge Questions Jurors To Blow Up Stone’s Claims Of Misconduct

In a remarkable hearing Tuesday, three members of Roger Stone’s jury were brought in to testify about claims Stone has made about juror misconduct that he said warrants a new trial. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that she was doing this due to the “unprecedented, unique nature of the situation.” She questioned specifically the foreperson who Stone has targeted with his claims of misconduct. The judge also brought in two other jurors to weigh in on some of Stone’s allegations. Both of the jurors p...
Tags: Google, News, Congress, Russia, Fbi, House, Doj, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Roger Stone, Donald J Trump, Ginsburg, Roger, Stone, Robert Mueller, Amy Berman Jackson


Mate Xs: Huawei launches latest version of folding smartphone

Chinese firm also unveils updates to its tablet and laptop lines, plus new wifi speakerHuawei is launching a new version of its folding smartphone, the Mate Xs, alongside revamped tablets and laptops.Despite Mobile World Congress being cancelled owing to fears over the coronavirus, the embattled Chinese firm Huawei launched a series of high-end updates to its most ambitious products at a virtual press conference instead. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Congress, China, World news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Tablet Computers, Huawei, Laptops, Mobile World Congress, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak


American Lawmakers Launch Investigations Into Ring's Police Deals

A U.S. Congressional subcommittee is now "pursuing a deeper understanding of how Ring's partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies mesh with the constitutional protections Americans enjoy against unbridled police surveillance," reports Gizmodo: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy, is seeking to learn why, in more than 700 jurisdictions, police have signed contracts that surrender control over what city...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, Tech, Ars Technica, House, Gizmodo, Alexa, U S Congressional, Subcommittee, Raja Krishnamoorthi, House Oversight and Reform, House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Federal Trade Commission the Department of Justice


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


Should Facebook, Google Be Liable For User Posts?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Facebook, Google and other major online platforms still need the immunity from legal liability that has prevented them from being sued over material their users post. "No longer are tech companies the underdog upstarts. They have become titans," Barr said at a public meeting held by the Justice Department to examine the future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. "Giv...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Tech, Nebraska, Justice Department, Reuters, Peterson, Facebook Google, Doug Peterson, Barr, Computer and Communications Industry Association, William Barr, Facebook Alphabet, Matt Schruers


The best smartphones

Smartphones have never been more powerful or more attractive looking. We've researched and tested dozens of smartphones to bring you the best ones you can buy. Among the current iPhone models, the iPhone 11 is our top pick, while the Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T, and Pixel 3a are great Android options in their respective price ranges. We look forward to testing the Samsung Galaxy S20 when it arrives in early March, but we can't fully recommend it until we have it in our hands. We've come a long way sin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Motorola, Hollywood, Congress, Samsung, Trends, Lg, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, Don, T Mobile, Google Pixel, Software Apple, Malarie Gokey


The City of Nashville Built a Full-Scale Replica of the Parthenon in 1897, and It’s Still Standing Today

Photo by Mayur Phadtare, via Wikimedia Commons A recent executive order stating that “the classical architectural style shall be the preferred and default style” for federal buildings in the U.S. has reminded some of other executives who enforced neoclassicicism as the state’s official aesthetic dogma. In the case of the U.S., however, neoclassical building does not draw from ancient sources, but from “a 19th century interpretation of what people were doing in Rome and Athens millennia ago,” as...
Tags: Google, Texas, Greece, Congress, College, America, Nike, History, Rome, Architecture, Athens, Parthenon, Nashville, Las Vegas, Venice, Memphis


Barr Takes Aim at Legal Shield Enjoyed by Google, Facebook

(Bloomberg) -- Attorney General William Barr is taking aim at a legal shield enjoyed by companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. as the provision comes under increasing fire from both liberals and conservatives.Barr has accused social media companies of hiding behind a clause that gives them immunity from lawsuits while their platforms carry material that promotes illicit and immoral conduct and suppresses conservative opinions.The attorney general convened a workshop Wednesday...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Congress, Washington, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Fbi, Justice Department, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, Trump, David Chavern, Twitter Inc, Google Facebook, Facebook Inc


Wednesday round-up

Greg Stohr reports at Bloomberg that “[t]he Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s independence, designed by a Democratic-controlled Congress to insulate the agency from political pressure, now risks being its downfall,” as the court gets ready to hear argument in a constitutional challenge to the structure of the bureau, Seila Law v. CFPB. At Reuters’ On the Case blog (via How Appealing), Alison Frankel writes that “the CFPB has found an unlikely champion” in the case”: “The Trump administratio...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Bloomberg, Louisiana, Usa Today, Smith, Justice Department, Forest Service, Round-up, Reuters, Antonin Scalia, New Republic, U S Supreme Court, Alison Frankel


ISPs Sue Maine, Claim Web-Privacy Law Violates Their Free-Speech Rights

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The broadband industry is suing Maine to stop a Web-browsing privacy law similar to the one killed by Congress and President Donald Trump in 2017. Industry groups claim the state law violates First Amendment protections on free speech and the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution. The Maine law was signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills in June 2019 and is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020. It requires ISPs to get customers' opt-in c...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Maine, Donald Trump, Mills, Democratic Gov Janet Mills, US District Court for the District of Maine, America s Communications Association CTIA NCTA


The FTC's latest shot at the tech giants has opened up an unexpected front in the war to constrain Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


The Future of the CCPA and How Businesses Can Prepare Now

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into full effect on January 1, 2020 and while the majority of companies understand why the Act is going into place, many aren’t fully aware of the bigger implications – how businesses will be affected holistically, how to prepare, and what may be coming down the pipeline in regards to new data privacy regulations. The brass tacks, guidelines and rules to follow Under the CCPA, California consumers have been given broad new privacy rights and have...
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, Congress, California, Washington, Massachusetts, United States, Maine, Hawaii, Nevada, Right Now, CCPA, Sage Adam, Cristian Storto Shutterstock


US senators propose facial recognition ban (but not for police)

US senators have introduced a bill that would temporarily restrict the use of facial recognition technology — but their proposals fall short of a total ban. The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act would place a moratorium on federal government use of facial recognition technology (FRT) until Congress passes legislation regulating how it’s used. It would also prevent state and local governments from spending federal funds on FRT. However, the bill would still allow police to use the techno...
Tags: Security, Startups, Congress, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


App developers are growing wary of Apple's stringent store guidelines: 'Who's going to want to build the next giant innovative app on the platform?'

Some app developers are increasingly wary of working with Apple, thanks to its stringent set of rules that govern the App Store.  Developers for products like parental control app Boomerang are recommending their customers buy Androids, not iPhones, for their children.  After an antitrust hearing in January in which Tile accused the tech giant of using the Store to enable its alleged anticompetitive behavior, these complaints have grown louder. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, Department Of Justice, App Store, Google Maps, Mac App Store, Ftc, Boomerang, Astro HQ, Blix, Ben Volach, Justin Payeur, Payeur Apple


A new senate bill would create a US data protection agency

Europe’s data protection laws are some of the strictest in the world, and have long been a thorn in the side of the data-guzzling Silicon Valley tech giants since they colonized vast swathes of the internet. Two decades later, one Democratic senator wants to bring many of those concepts to the United States. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has published a bill which, if passed, would create a U.S. federal data protection agency designed to protect the privacy of Americans and with the authority t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Congress, California, US, Tech, Syria, United States, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Richardson, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Democracy and Technology, Color of Change, Michelle Richardson


The FTC's focus on 'small' acquisitions by tech companies is the first shot in a big new battle (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


Man Who Refused To Decrypt Hard Drives Is Free After Four Years In Jail

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man has been freed after a federal appeals court ruled that his continued detention was violating federal law. Francis Rawls, a former police officer, had been in jail since 2015, when a federal judge held him in contempt for failing to decrypt two hard drives taken from his home. The government believes they contain child pornography. After losing that appeal, Rawls raised another challenge: the federal statute that allows ...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Ars Technica, Philadelphia, Rawls, 3rd Circuit, Francis Rawls


Mobile World Congress axed after firms quit over coronavirus fears

Amazon, BT and Nokia among big names to pull out of mobile phone fair in BarcelonaCoronavirus outbreak – latest updatesThe world’s largest mobile phone trade fair, Mobile World Congress, has been cancelled after scores of the world’s biggest technology and telecommunications companies pulled out over fears of the spread of coronavirus.The MWC, which was due to be held in Barcelona on 24 February, was expecting more than 100,000 delegates from about 200 countries across the four days of the confe...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Business, Technology, Congress, Nokia, Bt, Spain, Barcelona, World news, E-commerce, Mobile Phones, Infectious Diseases, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Mobile World Congress


The world's biggest smartphone conference was just canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Mobile World Congress (MWC), the biggest smartphone tech show of the year that takes place in Barcelona, was cancelled Wednesday due to coronavirus concerns, the event's organizers said in a statement. Some of the biggest companies had already pulled out from MWC, amid concerns with the recent coronavirus threat.  GSMA, the organization behind MWC, said on February 9 that the show would go on despite some of the biggest companies pulling out, citing that there were still 2,800 exhibitors plann...
Tags: Congress, Samsung, Trends, Barcelona, Xiaomi, Louisiana, MWC, GSMA, Vivo, Mobile World Congress MWC, La Vanguardia, MWC Barcelona


Reset Button is approaching student debt from a new angle

Student loan debt in the U.S. totals $1.5 trillion, and more than 44 million Americans have outstanding student loan debt. According to research by Jason Iuliano, Villanova law professor, a million student loan debtors have filed for bankruptcy in the past five years. However, 99.9 percent of them did not include their student loan debt in their bankruptcy filing. This research was the seed of what would become Reset Button, a new startup founded by Iuliano and Rob Hunter looking to help student...
Tags: Congress, Court, Tech, Reset, Hunter, Morris, Southern District of New York, Rob Hunter, Rao, John Rao, Reset Button, Lambda School, Iuliano, Jeff Morris Jr, Kevin Rosenberg, Jason Iuliano Villanova


Radar, a location data startup, says its “big bet” is on putting privacy first

Pick any app on your phone, and there’s a greater than average chance that it’s tracking your location right now. Sometimes they don’t even tell you. Your location can be continually collected and uploaded, then monetized by advertisers and other data tracking firms. These companies also sell the data to the government — no warrants needed. And even if you’re app-less, your phone company knows where you are at any given time, and for the longest time sold that data to anyone who wanted it. Locat...
Tags: Apple, New York, Congress, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Accel, Patrick, Two Sigma Ventures, Nick Patrick, Vas Natarajan, Joann GasBuddy


NASA Puts a Price On a 2024 Moon Landing: $35 Billion

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly 10 months after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, the space agency has estimated how much its Artemis Program will cost. NASA says it will need an additional $35 billion over the next four years -- on top of its existing budget -- to develop a Human Landing System to get down to the Moon's surface from lunar orbit while also accelerating other programs to make the 2024 date. NASA's human...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Nasa, United States, Moon, Mike Pence, Johnson Space Center, Trump White House, Artemis program, Doug Loverro, U S House of Representatives the White House


FTC Will Review Past Mergers by Facebook, Google and Other Big Tech Companies

The new effort by the Federal Trade Commission will require all five big technology companies to provide information about the smaller players they've purchased over the past 10 years, including documents for deals that may not have been large enough to warrant deep, closer inspection by government watchdogs at the time. From a report: The records the FTC amasses could ultimately influence its thinking about Silicon Valley and its size, sparking investigations, resulting in tough punishments or ...
Tags: Microsoft, Congress, Tech, Commission, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Facebook Google, Apple Amazon Facebook Google, Joe Simons


White House requests $15 billion to establish Space Force

The Space Force will be taking one giant leap towards reality if the Department of Defense’s proposed budget and operations go through. $15 billion is requested, which would fund a number of missions and help establish the more than 10,000 personnel expected to join the new military branch over the next year. Estimates for how much it would cost to really establish the Space Force have varied widely, due in some part to the original haziness of the vision, but also because even had that vision b...
Tags: Space, Congress, Government, White House, Defense, Tech, Nasa, Pentagon, Air Force, Aerospace, National Reconnaissance Office, Space Force, U S Space Force, Military Services


A US House candidate says she was hacked — now she’s warning others

“I cannot think of a reason not to share this with the public,” said Brianna Wu tweeted. “Two of my non-campaign Google accounts were compromised by someone in Russia,” she said. Wu isn’t just any other target. As a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Massachusetts’ 8th District, she has a larger target on her back for hackers than the average constituent. And as a former software engineer, she knows all too well the cybersecurity risks that come along with running for ...
Tags: Google, Maryland, Microsoft, Congress, Russia, Tech, Dhs, Fbi, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, Homeland Security, Cloudflare, Clinton, Trump, Democratic Party



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