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A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc


The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world (MSFT)

Microsoft President Brad Smith told a room full of journalists that he has "sympathy" for executives at tech companies who find themselves under regulatory scrutiny these days. Smith was working at Microsoft back in the '90s, when Microsoft was sued by the federal government over its business practices, and put under a decade of government oversight. Smith said that after the Trump administration's travel ban some 23 months ago, the tech industry came together for a meeting.  Since then, he's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Muslim, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Smith, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Wilmington Delaware


IT pros in Washington DC are ready to ditch their current jobs and flock to Amazon's HQ2, says a new survey (AMZN)

Washington DC IT professionals are happy that Amazon is opening up one of its HQ2 campuses in the area, a new poll indicates.  Almost three-quarters of them said they would be willing to leave their current job to work for Amazon. Many are hoping that Amazon will pay higher salaries. But there are other reasons they like the idea of working for the tech giant, too. While Amazon has faced a slew of protests over its decision to hire up to 25,000 people for its new HQ2 offices in New York, it c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, San Francisco, Trends, Washington Dc, Pentagon, Dc, Seattle, Alexa, Trump, AMZN, Crystal City Virginia, Amazon Many, Virginia Washington DC


Too Many Workers Are Trapped By Non-Competes

Why have wages been so slow to rise at a time when demand for workers has pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to its lowest point in nearly half a century? One answer: contracts that tie millions of unspecialized workers to their jobs. Bloomberg reports: In far too many cases, these so-called noncompetes are an unwarranted restriction on freedom to transact and a drag on growth. If Congress won't act to narrow their scope, states should take the lead. The desire to keep workers from defecting to r...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Bloomberg, House Of Lords


President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s p...
Tags: Amazon, Column, South Korea, Japan, Politics, Congress, Australia, Finance, Singapore, Tech, Chicago, United States, Chile, New York Times, President, Venture Capital


Here's how the government shutdown could affect the race between Amazon and Microsoft for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract (AMZN, MSFT, ORCL, IBM)

The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defense wasn't closed from the shutdown, there won't be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the tim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, China, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, Donald Trump, King, Oracle, Forrester, Murphy, Jedi


All of the major tech companies are going their separate ways, making things more difficult for regulators

Investors fell in love with a basket of stocks they called FAANG (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) and rode those investments up a tall curve for years. Policymakers and regulators found it convenient to paint a single big target on "the big tech platforms" as the spate of privacy- and election-related controversies since 2016 raised calls for government action. But the closer the government looks at the companies' problems, the harder it gets to settle on any one-size-fits-al...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, New York, Hollywood, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, Trends, Cisco, Eu, Netflix, Internet Association, Silicon Valley


There's a race for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract underway. Here's how the government shutdown could affect it (AMZN, MSFT, ORCL, IBM)

The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defense wasn't closed from the shutdown, there won't be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the tim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Congress, Washington, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, Donald Trump, King, Oracle, Forrester, Murphy, Jedi, Charles King, Wedbush Securities


The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent


The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley


Google's top lobbyist reportedly sent his staff a blank organization chart making employees fear for their jobs (GOOG)

Google's head of public policy Karan Bhatia has reportedly hinted at restructuring the company's Washington, DC, team responsible for lobbying on Capitol Hill. Sources told Bloomberg that Bhatia shared a blank organizational chart that had only his own name filled in at the top. The chart prompted employees to fear for their jobs. Bhatia joined Google in June to head up the company's policy team, and has previously worked for General Electric, and as deputy U.S. trade representative under Geor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ge, Congress, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Washington Dc, Dc, Jeff Bezos, General Electric, George W Bush, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Bhatia, Susan Molinari


How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security

It’s now 18 days since the U.S. government unceremoniously shut down because Congress couldn’t agree on a bill to fund a quarter of all federal departments — including paying their employees. But federal workers are starting to feel the pinch after not getting paid for two weeks, and this will have a knock-on effect to U.S. national security. The longer the shutdown goes on, the greater the damage will be. The “too long, didn’t read” version is that before Christmas, President Trump wanted $5 bi...
Tags: Security, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Government, Nsa, Senate, White House, Funding, Defense, Tech, House, President, National Security, Homeland Security, Secret Service


A scary type of scam call causes Apple's logo and phone number to pop up on your iPhone lock screen, but there's a way to protect yourself (AAPL)

Phone phishing scams that pretend to be Apple are getting more advanced. The newest technique is that attackers sometimes pretend to call from Apple's help line. Because iPhones come with the number for Apple's help line pre-loaded in contacts, that means that Apple's logo and name pops up on the iPhone caller ID when an attacker manages to successfully fake the call's origins. The best way to protect yourself is if you get a suspicious call, hang up, and call Apple (or your bank, carrier) dir...
Tags: Apple, Fcc, Congress, Trends, Social Security, Brian Krebs, Aapl, Don, Andres, San Diego State University, Steven Andrés, Fowler College of Business


Income equality is getting worse. Can the co-op model solve this problem?

The cooperative model accounts for $154B every year in America.America leads the world with cooperatives, with over 30,000 businesses operating under this model. Co-op advocate Nathan Schneider believes this model can help level the economic playing field. What is a Co-operative? Nathan Schneider plays a game at strip malls. The activist-journalist and University of Colorado Boulder media studies professor tries to guess how many businesses were directly or indirectly inspired by co-ops. Th...
Tags: Work, Home Depot, Technology, Congress, Colorado, America, Investment, Bank Of America, Innovation, Manufacturing, Consumerism, Derek, Schneider, America America, Nathan Schneider, Dee Hock


Mobile Music Streaming In China: A Vibrant Industry In A Tough Market

As the Chinese company Tencent Music Entertainment preps for their initial public offering, Robert Lyon takes a moment to look more closely at the country's digital music industry, and what the rest of us can learn from Tencent's success in such a challenging market. _____________________________ Guest post by Robert Lyon, Music Law, from the Berklee College of Music, Music Business Journal “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed” William Gibson, science fic...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Music, Congress, China, US, Pandora, Guest Post, Edinburgh University, Alibaba, Tencent, Brazil, William Gibson, Baidu, Ascap, William Morris


Free: Download Thousands of Ottoman-Era Photographs That Have Been Digitized and Put Online

“Turkey is a geographical and cultural bridge between the east and the west,” writes Istanbul University’s Gönül Bakay. This was so long before Constantinople became Istanbul, but after the rise of the Ottoman Empire, the region took on a particular significance for Christian Europe. “The Turk” became a threatening and exotic figure in the European imagination, “shaped by a considerable body of literature, stretching from Christopher Marlowe to Thomas Carlyle.” Images of Ottoman Turkey were lon...
Tags: Google, Europe, Photography, Congress, College, New York City, Turkey, History, Venice, Getty, Archives, Istanbul, Mediterranean, Facebook Twitter, Constantinople, Josh Jones


2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 3 (Keyword Advertising)

* St. George Executive Shuttle LLC v. Western Trails Charter & Tours LLC, 2018 WL 3350348 (D. Utah July 9, 2018). This is a competitive keyword advertising lawsuit involving the purported trademark “St. George Shuttle” (St. George is a city in Utah). The court denies the defendant’s motion to dismiss as premature. What are the odds the court will void the plaintiff’s “trademark” before this lawsuit is over? * LegalForce RAPC Worldwide v. Swyers,  3:17-cv-07318-MMC (ND Cal. July 17, 2018). Plain...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Utah, Law, Congress, Marketing, Search Engines, DMV, Bing, Trademark, George, Fla, Amazon com Inc, Multi Time Machine, Lasoff, St George Executive Shuttle LLC


The FBI Is Looking Into a Mike Pence Poseur That Texted Republican Members of Congress

The FBI is investigating an incident where someone posing as Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, contacted Republican members of the House of Representatives and tried to extract information on their whereabouts and “availability for meetings,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. One GOP…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Republicans, Congress, Cybersecurity, Sms, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Gop, House Of Representatives, Texting, Wall Street Journal, Mike Pence, Alyssa Farah


11,000 Digitized Books From 1923 Are Now Available Online at the Internet Archive

Whether your interest is in winning arguments online or considerably deepening your knowledge of world cultural and intellectual history, you will be very well-served by at least one government agency from now into the foreseeable future. Thanks to the expiration of the so-called "Micky Mouse Protection Act," the U.S. Copyright Office will release a year’s worth of art, literature, scholarship, photography, film, etc. into the public domain, starting with 1923 this year then moving through the ...
Tags: Google, Books, Congress, College, Archives, Mussolini, James Joyce, Facebook Twitter, William Butler Yeats, Leonardo da Vinci, Josh Jones, Brewster Kahle, Thom, Nietzsche, U S Copyright Office, Haussmann


Ajit Pai Cancels Trip To CES Amid Government Shutdown

For the second year in a row, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show. According to Politico Pro, Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr are canceling their appearances at CES as a consequence of the ongoing partial government shutdown. Last year, Pai canceled due to death threats he received in the aftermath of the net neutrality rollback, which occurred just weeks prior to the conference. The Verge reports: Carr was expected to attend a roundtable session wi...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Pai, Carr, Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr, Rebecca Slaughter, Politico Pro Pai


Why was January 1, 2019 a Special Public Domain Day?

(January 1, 2019 : via the Duke University Law School Center for the Study of the Public Domain) “For the first time in over 20 years, on January 1, 2019, these published works entered the US public domain. Works from 1923 will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee. They include dramatic films such as The Ten Commandments, and comedies featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. There are literary works by Robert Frost, Aldous Huxley, and Edith Wharton...
Tags: Google, Congress, Marketing, US, Content, Charlie Chaplin, Morton, Charleston, Public Domain, Cecil B DeMille, Buster Keaton, Edith Wharton, Sam Taylor, Noel Coward, Béla Bartok, Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Apple's made a shock announcement that it was lowering its revenue guidance for its first fiscal quarter, ending December. The company had   previously told investors   to expect revenue between $89 billion and $93 billion, but revised that estimate down to $84 billion. Apple CEO Tim Cook placed a significant portion of the blame for its slowdown on China's economic slowdown, which Cook said was caused in part by Presid...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Cook, Fcc, Congress, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, United States, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, August Capital


Ajit Pai Thanks Congress For Helping Him Kill Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today thanked Congress for preventing the U.S. government from enforcing net neutrality rules. "The Pai-led Federal Communications Commission repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules, but the repeal could have been reversed by Congress if it acted before the end of its session," reports Ars Technica. "Democrats won a vote to reverse the repeal in the Senate but weren't able to get enough votes in the House of Representatives before time ran out." From the report: "I'm please...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Congress, Senate, Tech, Sprint, House Of Representatives, Skype, Pai, U S House of Representatives, Ajit Pai, Pai led Federal Communications Commission, Ars Technica Democrats


Google's 'Minority Report'-style hand control tech just took a major step forward (GOOG)

Google is developing "Minority Report"-style gesture controls for computers. The company first announced Project Soli, which lets you operate devices by making gestures in the air, back in 2015. This week, the FCC granted the Alphabet-owned company a crucial waiver to allow it to continue developing the tech. Google's wild plans to build computers you can control with hand gestures just took a significant step forward. Late on Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US regul...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Alphabet, Federal Aviation Administration, Google Facebook, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Soli, Google Pixel, European Telecommunications Standards Institute


FCC Chairman Pai celebrates Congress failing to bring back net neutrality

As one Congress ends and another begins, many are looking forward to a rebalancing of power — especially in the House of Representatives, which Democrats handily retook in November. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is more pleased with what the House failed to do — namely, roll back his repeal of net neutrality rules. To be fair, he does have reason to celebrate; no one likes to see their work undone. But a statement issued today tells a very selective message about congressional opposition to his m...
Tags: Fcc, Net Neutrality, Obama, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Pai, U S House of Representatives, CRA, Ajit Pai, Brian Schatz


FCC Chairman Pai celebrates failure to nullify his net neutrality repeal

As one Congress ends and another begins, many are looking forward to a rebalancing of power — especially in the House of Representatives, which Democrats handily retook in November. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is more pleased with what the House failed to do — namely, roll back his repeal of net neutrality rules. To be fair, he does have reason to celebrate; no one likes to see their work undone. But a statement issued today tells a very selective truth about Congressional opposition to his mas...
Tags: Fcc, Net Neutrality, Obama, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Pai, Congressional, U S House of Representatives, CRA, Ajit Pai, Brian Schatz


Trustbusting is now a bipartisan issue

Ronald Reagan may be sainted by the right, but 2018 was the year conservatives broke with his slavish, simpleminded adherence to the Chicago School antitrust theory that says that governments should only regulate monopolies when they give rise to higher consumer prices -- it's also the year the right realized that extreme market concentration in the tech sector could lead to a future in which conspiracy theorists, Nazis, "white identity enthusiasts," and crank misogynists might find themselves ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Politics, News, Microsoft, Congress, US, America, Economics, Chicago, Ronald Reagan, Iowa, Antitrust, Monsanto, Federal Reserve


Are rightsholders ready for public domain day?

Dave Davis Contributor Dave Davis joined Copyright Clearance Center in 1994 and currently serves as a research analyst. He previously held directorships in both public libraries and corporate libraries and earned joint master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences and Medieval European History from Catholic University of America. More posts by this contributor How AI and copyright would work On January 1, 2019, the New Year will ...
Tags: TC, Column, Congress, Bono, Tech, Policy, House Of Lords, Mark Twain, Copyright Clearance Center, Copyrights, Hemingway, Southern California, Thomas Jefferson, Scott Fitzgerald, Twain, Clemens


nine shifts — one is critical

Nine Hours In 2004 Bill Draves and Julie Coates wrote Nineshift: Work, life and education in the 21st Century. That was the same year I started blogging here. Nineshift is based on the premise that there will be a major shift in how we spend 9 hours of each day. “There are 24 hours in a day. We have no real discretion with roughly 12 of those hours. We need to eat, sleep, and do a few other necessary chores in order to maintain our existence. That hasn’t changed much through the centuries, so ...
Tags: Work, Books, Usa, Technology, Learning, Congress, US, America, Eu, North America, eLearning, Online Education, Richard Stallman, Marshall McLuhan, David Williamson Shaffer, Bill Draves


What Happened In 2018

Continuing the year end theme, it is time for my annual recap of what happened this year, to be followed by a look forward tomorrow on the first day of the new year. Last year I was not particularly confident in my look forward. I thought Trump would be President at the end of 2018, I thought the Republicans would lose control of the House, I thought the “techlash” would escalate, and I was worried about crypto. Those all turned out to be correct. But I had less clarity about the direction of th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Uncategorized, US, Trends, House, Crypto, Trump, Kavanaugh



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