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YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone

The popular image of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be a large company like Enron failing, or maybe some lazy drifter trying to shirk their financial responsibilities. The reality is anything but those sorts of images. Today in America, the most common reason for bankruptcy is to discharge egregious sums of medical debt [1], which might have been incurred in a short stint in a hospital emergency room. Bankruptcy allows people to get out from under a debilitating and permanent state of financial cr...
Tags: Google, Startups, New York, Government, America, Tech, Bankruptcy, Harvard University, Illinois, Intuit, Eric Schmidt, Non-profit, Yc, Eric Eldon, Danny, Enron


Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months

Facebook is launching some of its self-styled ‘election security’ initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world. In an interview with the social networking giant confirmed it’s launching checks on political adverts on its platform in Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union, reiterating too that ad transparency measures will launch in India ahead of its general election. Although it still hasn’t confirmed how it will respond in ot...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Advertising Tech, Indonesia, Australia, Government, India, Nigeria, Israel, US, Social Media, Tech, European Union, Ukraine, Philippines


Union govt proposes drone corridors, service providers in Drone Regulations 2.0

The Union Government has suggested establishing a corridor for flying drones and setting up a regime for licensing and authorizing flying of drones. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha announced the updated policy for drone operations at the Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai yesterday.... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, Drones, Mumbai, Uav, Jayant Sinha, Ministry of Civil Aviation


CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade. The idea isn’t new; CERN has had people looking into it for years. But the conceptual design report issued today shows that all that consulting hasn’t been idle: th...
Tags: Gadgets, Europe, Science, Government, China, Tech, Physics, Cern, Particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Higgs, Hadron Collider, LHC, Particle Colliders, Colliders, Michael Benedikt


Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law

The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches toward usability, there’s little guarantee that it’s available in a way that makes it useful to anyone. That may change for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the president signed into law last night. The act essentially requires federal agencies to default when possible to making data (and metadata) public, to publish that public data in a machine-readable format and catalog it online. It a...
Tags: Fcc, Government, Senate, Tech, Policy, House, Treasury


Microsoft continues to build government security credentials ahead of JEDI decision

While the DoD is in the process of reviewing the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract RFPs (assuming the work continues during the government shutdown), Microsoft continues to build up its federal government security bona fides, regardless. Today the company announced it has achieved the highest level of federal government clearance for the Outlook mobile app, allowing US Government Community Cloud (GCC) High and Department of Defense employees to use the mobile app. This is on top of FedRamp complia...
Tags: Amazon, Security, TC, Mobile, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, US, Tech, Outlook, Ibm, Pentagon, Oracle, White, Jedi


How do you fight an algorithm you cannot see?

That question in the headline was the challenge posed by a group of open knowledge junkies in Germany who wanted to understand how a person’s Schufa was calculated. Schufa is a credit bureau that generates financial scores for potential borrowers in Germany, and it is roughly equivalent to a FICO score in the United States. Schufa is not an open algorithm, and so important financial decisions are mediated by an unknown process that can be quite capricious in its scoring. So the activists created...
Tags: Google, Europe, Government, Germany, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States, Kim, Algorithms, Deep Learning, Eric Eldon, Andrew, Danny, Richard Rothstein, Arman


WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba

Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other errands. And the Tencent app has quietly started using this type of signal to determine whether a user is worthy of perks such as deposit-free renting services. The rating system, which the company calls the “WeChat Payments Score” in Chinese, soft-launched last November across eight cities and has been piloting on a small ...
Tags: Apple, Messenger, Asia, Government, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Mobile Payments, Bank, Alipay, Payments, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial


Democratic texting platform Hustle lays off a big chunk of its staff

The company behind a texting platform that powered more than 1,300 Democratic campaigns has slashed its staff in the lull following the 2018 midterms. Hustle co-founder and CEO Roddy Lindsay, a former Facebook engineer, disclosed the layoffs in a recent Medium post, apologizing for the choices that led up to the decision to “right-size” Hustle’s team. “… While we have an exciting set of initial commercial customers using Hustle successfully, it was premature to aggressively expand our team — ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Politics, Government, Tech, Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Hustle, Democratic Party, Lindsay, 2018 Midterm Elections, Roddy Lindsay, Insight Venture Partners Less


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


SC issues notice to the Centre for order that allows monitoring of all computers

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre over its December 20th, 2018 order where the Ministry of Home Affairs allowed 10 agencies to monitor, intercept and collect data from all computers, under Section 69 of the Information and Technology Act, reports Hindustan Times. The SC has given... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, Hindustan Times, Ministry of Home Affairs, IT Act


Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa


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


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


Some US government websites won’t load after HTTPS certificates expire during shutdown

In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential. Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS certificate expired. With nobody available to renew them during the government shutdown, these sites are kicking back warning errors. According to Netcraft, a U.K.-based internet security services company, many government domains can’t be accessed u...
Tags: Security, Government, US, Tech, E-commerce, Nasa, Cryptography, United States, Https, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Google-chrome, Trump, Netcraft, Public Key Infrastructure, Key Management


Another server security lapse at NASA exposed staff and project data

Two months ago, NASA quietly fixed a buggy internal server that was leaking sensitive information about the agency’s staff and their work. The leaking server was — ironically — a bug reporting server, running the popular Jira bug triaging and tracking software. In NASA’s case, the software wasn’t properly configured, allowing anyone to access the server without a password, Avinash Jain, an India-based security researcher who found the exposed server, told TechCrunch. According to Jain’s writeup,...
Tags: Security, Government, India, Christmas, Tech, Nasa, Internet Security, Password, Carnegie Mellon University, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Jira, Jain, Trump, Avinash Jain


Californians may get a break on their mobile bills after tax is struck down in court

Californians have a lot to enjoy — great weather, big waves, solid microbreweries, and of course extremely high taxes on prepaid mobile service. But this controversial last feature is being adjusted after a judge found at least part of the state’s Mobile Telephony Surcharge to be unconstitutional. As a result, bills could shrink by a couple bucks starting this month. The tax, which funds various local services like 911 and so on, was raised in 2016 and depending on various factors could be aroun...
Tags: Mobile, Fcc, California, Government, Tech, T Mobile, MetroPCS


Daily Crunch: How the government shutdown is damaging cybersecurity and future IPOs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security The government has been shut down for nearly three weeks, and there’s no end in sight. While most of the core government departments — State, Treasury, Justice and Defense — are still operational, others like Homeland Security, which ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gadgets, Lyft, Apps, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Government, Samsung, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Aws, SEC, Fidelity


NASSCOM, Indian Private Equity, TiE and others ask govt to abolish angel tax

Industry bodies NASSCOM, TiE Global, Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (IVCA), Chennai Angels, India Angel Network and Rajasthan Angels have jointly written to the Union government asking it to abolish the ‘angel tax’. Addressed to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Government, Arun Jaitley, Startup, Tax, Regulation, Digital India, CBDT, Indian Startups, NASSCOM, Startup India Standup India, Angel Tax, Rajasthan Angels


The Accidental Prime Minister Case: SC refuses to grant an urgent hearing

The Supreme Court has refused to grant an urgent hearing to the plea seeking a ban on the trailer of and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. This means that the trailer will remain as is on YouTube and the movie will be released on its scheduled release date of January 11, 2019. The Supreme... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Supreme Court, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


A simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation

A bug that anyone can easily exploit in Google makes it easy to kick out manipulated search results that look entirely real. The search manipulation bug was documented by Wietze Beukema, a London-based security specialist, who warned that a malicious user could use this bug to generate misinformation. By splicing together values from a Google search result’s “knowledge graph,” the cards that pop up in search results to supplement the search query with visuals and quick facts. Anything from count...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, London, Internet, Government, US, Barack Obama, Google Search, Tech, Hack, Britain, United States, Digital Media, George Bush, Search Engine


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


Updated: Case dismissed – Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Update 2, 2pm: The matter was earlier listed to be heard by the bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Sanjeev Narula, but was transferred to the bench headed by Chief Justice Menon this morning. During the hearing, the producers of the film, represented by Advocate Sangram Patnaik, objected to... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Justice, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Menon, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Muralidhar


Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi based designer, has filed a fresh PIL in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the release of the trailer and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Mahajan had initially filed a writ petition seeking a ban on the trailer from YouTube and Google and not the film. However,... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Delhi, Delhi High Court, CBFC, Mahajan, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


The Accidental PM: Delhi HC dismisses ban on trailer, directs petitioners to file PIL

The petition seeking a ban on the trailer of the upcoming film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court. Instead, the Delhi High Court has directed the petitioners to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the matter. The petition was filed by Pooja... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Freedom Of Expression, CBFC, Public Interest Litigation PIL, Delhi High Court Instead the Delhi High Court


HQ2 fight continues as New York City and Seattle officials hold anti-Amazon summit

The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) hosted a briefing in which labor officials, economic development analysts, Amazon employees and elected New York State and City representatives further underlined concerns around the HQ2 process, the awarded incentives, and the potential impacts Amazon’s presence would have on city workers and residents. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Real Estate, New York, Enterprise, Drama, Finance, Government, New York City, US, Tech, Policy, City Council, Johnson


PSA: File your US tax return before scammers steal your refund

It’s tax season! You know what that means? It’s scamming season, too. You might have heard this story before. A scammer starts by spoofing an email pretending to be the chief executive of a company, angrily demanding that someone in accounting or human resources immediately sends over their employees’ W-2 forms “or there will be trouble!” The person doesn’t think twice, not wanting to get told off, and emails back the forms, which spell out exactly how much the employees’ earned and how much the...
Tags: Security, Finance, Government, US, Tech, Tax, Hack, United States, Irs, Internal Revenue Service


AITC argues for right to privacy, calls for withdrawal of surveillance circular

Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Member of Parliament from All India Trinamool Congress, has raised the issue of violation of privacy with respect to the circular and demanded its withdrawal, weeks after the Home Ministry of India notified that 10 central security and investigation agencies could intercept,... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, Regulation, AITC, IT Act, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, All India Trinamool Congress, Home Ministry of India


Senate confirms new FCC Commissioners Carr and Starks

The Senate has officially confirmed the incoming FCC commissioners, Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks have been officially confirmed by the Senate for their five-year terms. This completes the five-seat commission, which is required to be balanced between the two parties — today’s additions bring it to three Republicans and two Democrats. Carr, nominated and previously confirmed in August of 2017 (though only just now for his full term), was an advisor to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai during his time ...
Tags: Fcc, Government, Senate, Tech, Commission, Justice Department, Pai, Carr, U S Senate, Brendan, Starks, Geoffrey, Ajit Pai, Rielly, Rosenworcel, FCC s Enforcement Bureau


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



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