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From launch to launch: Peter Beck on building Rocket Lab’s orbital business

Breaking into the launch industry is no easy task, but New Zealand’s Rocket Lab has done it without missing a step. The company has just completed its third commercial launch of 2019, and is planning to increase the frequency of its launches until there’s one a week. It’s ambitious, but few things in spaceflight aren’t. Although it has risen to prominence over the last two years at a remarkable rate, the appearance of Rocket Lab in the launch market isn’t exactly sudden. One does not engineer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Peter, Devin, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck


From launch to launch: Peter Beck on building an orbital business from scratch

Breaking into the launch industry is no easy task, but New Zealand’s Rocket Lab has done it without missing a step. The company has just completed its third commercial launch of 2019, and is planning to increase the frequency of its launches until there’s one a week. It’s ambitious, but few things in spaceflight aren’t. Although it has risen to prominence over the last two years at a remarkable rate, the appearance of Rocket Lab in the launch market isn’t exactly sudden. One does not engineer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Peter, Devin, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck


Singapore PM says call to curb online violence ‘effective’

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on internet platforms is an “effective” response to the New Zealand mosque attacks, but stopped short of endorsing it. The “Christchurch Call” set of guidelines for world leaders and tech companies was drafted by […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Singapore, Ap, Nation, New Zealand, Lee Hsien Loong, Christchurch Call


Twitter and Facebook join global pledge to fight hate speech online

At a summit in Paris Wednesday, representatives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc., committed to use and develop rules, algorithms and direct intervention to curb the uploading, promotion, amplification and distribution of violent extremism on social media platforms. The initiative calls for hate speech to be “immediately and permanently” taken down, though isn’t legally binding. French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, were joined by lea...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Advertising, Senegal, Theresa May, Nick Clegg, Paris, New Zealand, Jordan, Leo Varadkar, Facebook Live, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Vivendi SA, Macky Sall


World leaders, tech execs pledge to curb online violence

By Sylvie Corbet and Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies joined a dozen countries in a global pledge Wednesday to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks. World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron and tech executives gathered in Paris to compile a set of guidelines dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were kill...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, France, White House, US, Sport, European Union, Whatsapp, Soccer, Paris, New Zealand, John Kerry, Christchurch


Leaders and tech firms pledge to tackle extremist violence online

Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron host Christchurch Call summit in ParisWorld leaders and heads of global technology companies have pledged at a Paris summit to tackle terrorist and extremist violence online in what they described as an “unprecedented agreement”.Wednesday’s event, two months to the day since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, drew up a “plan of action” to be adopted by countries and companies to prevent extreme material from going viral on the internet. Continue reading....
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Internet, Youtube, France, Social Media, World news, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern, Christchurch shooting, Christchurch Call


White House refuses to endorse the “Christchurch Call” to block extremist content online

The United States will not join other nations in endorsing the “Christchurch Call” — a global statement that commits governments and private companies to actions that would curb the distribution of violent and extremist content online. “While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call. We will continue to engage governments, industry, and civil society to counter terrorist content on the Internet,” the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, France, White House, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Christchurch, Poway Calif, Christchruch, Christchurch Call, France Australia Canada


WH Refuses To Sign Post-Christchurch Agreement To Crack Down On Hate Speech

The White House won’t be signing an international agreement brokered on Wednesday to crack down on the kind of extremist content online that contributed to the New Zealand mosque massacres in March. The “Christchurch call to action” is an anti-extremism initiative headed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron. It’s a global push for major tech companies and governments worldwide to prevent the spread of internet hate content, which leads to radicaliz...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Washington Post, White House, New Zealand, Hate Speech, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, U K, Australia Canada, White Nationalism, Jacinda Ardern, Cristina Cabrera, New Zealand massacre


Daily Crunch: SF bans agencies from using facial recognition tech

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. San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, is the first ban of its kind for a major American city. The ban would not impact facial recognition tech deployed by private companies, but it wo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Kentucky, America, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, United States, New Zealand, American Express, Jeff Bezos, Facial Recognition, Christchurch, Fedex, Cincinnati


Trump won't sign social media “Christchurch call to action” to fight online extremism

Donald Trump's administration refuses to sign an international commitment to fight extremism online, citing concerns with free speech. The “Christchurch call to action” was brokered between officials in France and New Zealand and executives from the world's largest social media companies. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron are behind the call to action, which is scheduled to be unveiled later today, Wednesday, in Paris. From Tony Romm and Drew Harwe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Washington, France, White House, United States, United Kingdom, Paris, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Drew Harwell


US Will Not Sign Christchurch Call Against Online Extremism

The U.S. will not sign onto the "Christchurch call to action" against online extremism expected to be released Wednesday, citing concerns that the pact would violate free speech protections in the First Amendment, the Washington Post reports. From a report: The document, negotiated by New Zealand and French officials as a commitment to study and stop the spread of online extremism that motivated the Christchurch mosque shootings earlier this year, is expected to be signed by Australia, Canada an...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, New Zealand, Christchurch, U K, Australia Canada, First Amendment the Washington Post


G7 countries to sign charter on tech regulation in August

Digital ministers of the Group of 7 nations are meeting today to discuss an upcoming charter on toxic content and tech regulation at large. Those countries plan to sign a charter during the annual G7 meeting in Biarritz, France in August. “Everyone has to deal with hateful content,” France Digital Minister Cédric O said in a meeting with a few journalists. “This industry needs to reach maturity and, in order to do that, we need to rethink the accountability of those companies and the role of gov...
Tags: Government, Tech, Policy, Regulation, New Zealand, G7, Biarritz France, Australia India, French Economy Ministry, France Digital, Cédric O, Christchurch Call, Canada France Germany Italy Japan the U K


Facebook introduces ‘one strike’ policy to combat abuse of its live-streaming service

Facebook is cracking down on its live streaming service after it was used to broadcast the shocking mass shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in March. The social network said today that it is implementing a ‘one strike’ rule that will prevent users who break its rules from using the Facebook Live service. “From now on, anyone who violates our most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time — for example 30 days — starting on ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Maryland, California, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Live, Computing, New Zealand, Myanmar


World leaders, tech bosses work on stemming online violence

PARIS (AP) — Livestreaming terrorist attacks. Using social media to spread deadly ideas. Manipulating banned videos to keep sharing them online. World leaders and tech bosses are meeting Wednesday in Paris to find ways to stop all this. They’re working all day Wednesday on the “Christchurch Appeal,” named after the New Zealand city where 51 […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch Appeal


I'm the CEO of a tech company and I permanently gave up my smartphone after my honeymoon 6 months ago. Here's why I haven't looked back

Ben Crudo is the CEO of Diff, a tech company that designs and builds e-commerce solutions for major retailers. While on his honeymoon in New Zealand, he went without internet and cell phone access for three weeks,  and the eye-opening experience made him acutely aware of his own tech addiction. So he decided to ditch his smartphone permanently in favor of a "dumb" one that had just enough features to be useful: good call quality, no apps, and wireless hotspot capabilities. He immediately exper...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Harvard, New Zealand, DIFF, Ben Crudo


World leaders ask tech giants to tackle toxic content with Christchurch Call

On Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will ask tech companies to sign a pledge called the Christchurch Call, as The New York Times previously reported. Digital ministers of the Group of 7 nations are meeting tomorrow to talk about toxic content and tech regulation. The Christchurch Call is the first result on that work and a way to start involving tech companies with a nonbinding pledge. Named after the terrorist attack in Christchurch, the agreement should ask tech platforms t...
Tags: Social, Microsoft, Digital, Tech, Policy, Regulation, New York Times, New Zealand, Christchurch, G7, Wikimedia Foundation, Facebook Google, Facebook YouTube, French Economy Ministry, New Zealand Norway, Jacinda Ardern


Google announces $11.2 million grant fund for organizations working on safety

Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, just announced a new grant fund for European organizations. This fund in particular will support nonprofits, universities, research teams and for-profit social enterprises working on safety issues and combatting abuse. Google .org has already partnered with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to help organizations in the U.K. But they want to take this program one step further by expanding to other organizations across Europe. Each eligible organiz...
Tags: Google, Europe, Privacy, Digital, Tech, Policy, Paris, New Zealand, Google.org, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Australia India


France, New Zealand to launch a call to end online extremism

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and New Zealand will make a joint push to eliminate acts of violent extremism from being shown online, in a meeting with tech leaders in Paris on Wednesday. French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will launch the “Christchurch call” —named after the New […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, France, Ap, Nation, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, France New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern


Hotstar, Disney’s Indian streaming service, sets new global record for live viewership

India’s video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event. Some 18.6 million users simultaneously tuned into Hotstar’s website and app to watch the deciding game of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The streaming giant, which competes with Netflix and Amazon in India, broke its own “global best” 10.3 million concurrent views milestone that it had set last year....
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Asia, UK, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Sports, Tech, Earth, Fox, Netflix, Canada, Cricket


New Zealand Seeking Global Support for Pledge to Counter Extremist Content Online

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is preparing a global push called the “Christchurch Call” to compel large internet platforms to do more about extremist content in the wake of a massacre of 51 Muslims at mosque in the country in March, the New York Times reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Cybersecurity, New York Times, New Zealand, Extremism, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern


Google Says It's Reviewed Over 1M Suspected Terrorist Videos on YouTube This Year

Google has reviewed more than 1 million suspected terrorist videos on YouTube in the first three months of 2019, according to a letter the tech giant sent to US lawmakers. From a report: In the April 24 letter, made public Thursday as part of a press release from the House Committee on Homeland Security, Google said 90,000 of those videos violated its terrorism policy. Google, which owns YouTube, said it spends "hundreds of millions of dollars annually" on content review. The House committee urg...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Youtube, US, Tech, House, New Zealand, Facebook Twitter YouTube, Max Rose, House Committee on Homeland Security Google


Google tells U.S. House it spends 'hundreds of millions' on content review each year, found +1M 'terrorist videos' on YouTube in Q1 2019

Alphabet, parent company of Google and YouTube, told a U.S. House panel that it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on reviewing content each year, and claims to have identified at least one million “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019. Alphabet/Google/YouTube disclosed this information to lawmakers in an April 24 letter that was made public on Thursday. The letter claims that a “manual review” by YouTube content moderation workers found 90,000 videos violated YouTub...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, US news, New Zealand, Terrorists, Reuters, Rose, Microsoft Corp


Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review: letter

Alphabet Inc's Google unit told a U.S. House panel it spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually on content review and said it manually reviewed more than 1 million suspected "terrorist videos" on YouTube in the first three months of 2019. Google disclosed in a April 24 letter made public on Thursday that the manual review found 90,000 videos violated its terrorism policy. In March, following the live-streaming on social media of a mass shooting in New Zealand, the chair of the U.S. House...
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, New Zealand, Microsoft Corp, U S House, Alphabet Inc, U S House Committee on Homeland Security, Google Facebook Inc Twitter Inc


Inspection robots are climbing the walls to monitor safety conditions in hazardous locations

Down in Christchurch, New Zealand a team of roboticists at Invert Robotics has commercialized an inspection robot that uses tiny suction cups on a series of treads and a specialty chemical to create a technology that has robots literally climbing the walls. Meanwhile, a world away in Pittsburgh, Gecko Robotics, is tackling much the same problem with a high powered magnets and an inspection robot of its own. Both companies have recently closed on new financing, with Invert raising $8.8 million fr...
Tags: TC, Australia, Tech, Basf, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Gecko, Securities And Exchange Commission, Pittsburgh, Justin Kan, Yamaha, Dow Chemical, Fletcher, Christchurch New Zealand, Yamaha Motor Ventures, Finistere Ventures


YouTube sets a goal of having half of trending videos coming from its own site

YouTube wants to have half of the featured videos in its trending tab come from streams originating on the company’s own site going forward, according to the latest quarterly letter from chief executive Susan Wojcicki. The letter, directed to YouTube’s users, is meant to help ease concerns the site’s biggest stars have over copyright challenges, advertising policies and video monetization — along with their shrinking presence on the site’s trending feature. It’s been a rough quarter for YouT...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Media, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, United States, New Zealand, Susan Wojcicki, Christchurch, World Wide Web, Internet Television, Video Hosting, Wojcicki, Christchurch New Zealand


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #443

Facebook’s Q1: strong stats, Stories growth, future e-commerce  Facebook’s Q1 earnings report is out. Considering the turbulent time the platform has had over the last year, it’s still a pretty strong performance, with 2.38 billion monthly users, up 2.5 per cent from 2.32 billion in Q4 2018 and 1.56 billion daily active users, up 2.63 per cent in the same time period. It also managed to make $15.08 billion in revenue, up 26 per cent y-o-y. The platform’s earnings per share were down on estimate...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Beyonce, Instagram, Wall Street, Seo, Linkedin, Snapchat, United Nations, New Zealand, Mashup, Federal Trade Commission, Sdk, Lens


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Apple is reportedly cracking down on popular apps that help customers curtail their screen-time usage. The push roughly coincides with the tech giant's stated commitment to helping customers and parents limit their technology usage through its own Screen Time feature. Senior Apple executive Phil Schiller told a user in a lengthy email that the reason Apple had cracked down on the apps was because they had too much control over...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Instagram, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Fbi, Harvard, New Zealand, SEC, Google Maps, Baltimore, Wall Street Journal


Snapchat goes after the discerning brands with new exclusive ad platform

Snapchat is entering the upscale ad market, looking to mimic a TV style of buying, just ahead of NewFronts, the time of year when all digital publishers pitch exclusive content and advertising to brands. On Friday, Snapchat announced a new ad product that blends its automated ad platform with an upfront way to pay for ads and reserve inventory in Shows, the highest class of videos on the app. Shows are mobile programs produced by Snapchat and top publishing partners like Condé Nast Entertainm...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Youtube, Advertising, Nbc News, Snapchat, New Zealand, Viacom, Facebook YouTube, YouTube Facebook, YouTube Twitter, NewFronts West


Snapchat goes after discerning brands with new exclusive ad platform

Just ahead of the NewFronts, Snapchat has announced that it's entering the upscale ad market with a new product blending its automated ad platform with an upfront way to pay for ads and reserve inventory in Shows, the highest class of videos on the app. Snapchat's “Snap Select," which allows for the buying of ads without using an auction, is similar to Google Preferred, an offering meant to ensure that brands runs only in the top YouTube shows. Facebook also has a similar premium tier of buyi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, New York City, Advertising, Nbc News, Snapchat, New Zealand, YouTube Facebook, Viacom Snapchat, In Stream Reserve, NewFronts Snapchat


Facebook says it filed a US lawsuit to shut down a follower-buying service in New Zealand

Facebook is cracking down on services that promise to help Instagram users buy themselves a large following on the photo app. The social network said today that it has filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand-based company that operates one such ‘follower-buying service.’ The suit is in a U.S. court and is targeting the three individuals running the company, which has not been named. “The complaint alleges the company and individuals used different companies and websites to sell fake engageme...
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