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Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off Dear Sophi...
Tags: Column, Europe, California, Government, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, Lawyer, H-1b Visa, Sophie, USCIS, Alcorn, Immigration Law, Sophie Alcorn


Trump’s Election Day YouTube takeover plan feels very different in 2020

According to a report from , the Trump campaign called dibs on some of the most prized ad space online in the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. election. Starting in early November and continuing onto Election Day itself, the campaign will reportedly command YouTube’s masthead, the space at the very top of the video sharing site’s homepage. YouTube is now the second most popular website globally after the online video platform overtook Facebook in web traffic back in 2018. Bloomberg didn’t re...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Obama, Youtube, Government, Tech, Bloomberg, Policy, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Bloomberg, 2020 Election, Trump 's Election Day YouTube


VCs to antitrust officials: We’d rather take our chances than see tech regulated

Last week at Stanford, antitrust officials from the U.S. Department of Justice organized a day-long conference that engaged numerous venture capitalists in conversations about big tech. The DOJ wanted to hear from VCs about whether they believe there’s still an opportunity for startups to flourish alongside the likes of Facebook and Google and whether they can anticipate what — if anything — might disrupt the inexorable growth of these giants. Most of the invited panelists acknowledged there is ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Venture Capital, Doj, Union Square Ventures, Michael Moritz, Sequoia, Ram Shriram, Trinity Ventures, U S Department of Justice, Moritz


VCs to antitrust officials: We’d rather take our chances

Last week at Stanford, antitrust officials from the U.S. Department of Justice organized a day-long conference that engaged numerous venture capitalists in conversations about big tech. The DOJ wanted to hear from VCs about whether they believe there’s still an opportunity for startups to flourish alongside the likes of Facebook and Google and whether they can anticipate what — if anything — might disrupt the inexorable growth of these giants. Most of the invited panelists acknowledged there is ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Venture Capital, Doj, Union Square Ventures, Michael Moritz, Sequoia, Ram Shriram, Trinity Ventures, U S Department of Justice, Moritz


Facebook asks for a moat of regulations it already meets

It’s suspiciously convenient that Facebook already fulfills most of the regulatory requirements it’s asking governments to lay on the rest of the tech industry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Brussels lobbying the European Union’s regulators as they form new laws to govern artificial intelligence, content moderation and more. But if they follow Facebook’s suggestions, they might reinforce the social network’s power rather than keep it in check by hamstringing companies with fewer resource...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Isis, Advertising Tech, Government, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Al Qaeda


Getting tech right in Iowa and elsewhere requires insight into data, human behavior

Hollie Russon Gilman Contributor Share on Twitter Hollie Russon Gilman is a Fellow at New America's Political Reform Program, Lecturer at Columbia University, a Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown's Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and is the co-author of Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis. More posts by this contributor What can cities learn from Amazon HQ? Millennials c...
Tags: Apps, Column, Developer, Obama, Tech, Policy, Iowa, Columbia University, Government Digital Service, Smart Phones, Mobile App, Iowa Caucus, Democratic, Georgetown, New America, Alia


Surprise! Audit finds automated license plate reader programs are a privacy nightmare

Automated license plate readers, ALPRs, would be controversial even if they were responsibly employed by the governments that run them. Unfortunately, and to no one’s surprise, the way they actually operate is “ deeply disturbing and confirm[s] our worst fears about the misuse of this data,” according to an audit of the programs instigated by a Californian legislator. “ What we’ve learned today is that many law enforcement agencies are violating state law, are retaining personal data for length...
Tags: Privacy, California, Government, Los Angeles, Tech, Policy, Marin, Wiener, Scott Weiner, LAPD Fresno PD, Sacramento County Sheriffs Departments Police


Trump administration aims to protect GPS with new exec order

GPS increasingly runs the entire planet. Supply chains, oceanic shipping, port docking, and even our daily movements in cars, on bikes, and walking around cities is dependent on a constellation of satellites hovering above us to make all this activity work in synchronicity. Increasingly though, GPS is under attack. GPS spoofing, where the signals from GPS satellites are spoofed to send false data, can prevent devices from getting an accurate location or any location at all. One of our TechCrunch...
Tags: Security, Government, China, India, America, Tech, European Union, Cybersecurity, Policy, Shanghai, Gps, Booz Allen Hamilton, Trump, Department of Commerce, MIT Technology Review, Coggins


The US is charging Huawei with racketeering

Ratcheting up its pressure campaign against Huawei and its affiliates, the Department of Justice and the FBI announced today that it has brought 16 charges against Huawei in a sprawling case with major geopolitical implications (you can read the full 56-page indictment here). Huawei is being charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute. The DoJ alleges that Huawei and a number of its affiliates used confidential agreements with American...
Tags: Asia, North Korea, Government, China, Germany, US, America, Tech, Cisco, Iran, Fbi, Policy, Chicago, Canada, United Kingdom, Department Of Justice


Catching up on China’s tech influence operations in America

It’s been a dizzying few weeks following all the China news emanating from Washington DC these days. While a “phase one” trade deal with China has been signed and appears to be moving forward as of a month ago (we covered the origins of this trade war extensively on TechCrunch in 2018 and 2019), it has also become clear that the Trump administration and its various agencies are aggressively targeting China on a variety of fronts. Here’s what’s been happening with startup funding, Huawei, univers...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Asia, UK, Wtf, Justice, Saudi Arabia, Government, China, Germany, Softbank, America, Tech, Intel, Policy, Harvard


Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more

Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with debunking lies spread on the social network. The four-person team from Reuters will review user generated video and photos as well as ne...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Media, Washington, Mexico, Government, Funding, US, Tech, Policy, Wall Street Journal, Baker, Zuckerberg, Reuters, Agence France Presse


FAA’s proposed remote ID rules should make compliance easy

Jon Hegranes Contributor Share on Twitter Jon is the CEO and co-founder of Kittyhawk, the leading provider of unmanned software and airspace systems. More posts by this contributor Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery When Josh, my co-founder, and I founded Kittyhawk, we saw the need for a new way to aviate with the demands and opportunities that unmanned systems would c...
Tags: Transportation, Column, Tech, Nas, Policy, Washington Dc, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, Josh, Jon, Kittyhawk, ASTM, NPRM, LAANC, National Airspace System NAS, Washington Dulles International Airport KIAD


Jam lets you safely share streaming app passwords

Can’t afford Netflix and HBO and Spotify and Disney+…? Now there’s an app specially built for giving pals your passwords while claiming to keep your credentials safe. It’s called Jam, and the questionably legal service launched in private beta this morning. Founder John Backus tells TechCrunch in his first interview about Jam that it will let users save login details with local encryption, add friends you can then authorize to access your password for a chosen service, and broadcast to friend...
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Apps, Spotify, Video, Hbo, Media, Privacy, Entertainment, Stanford, Disney, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix


Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership

Four senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that, as a consequence of sanctions placed on Iran, Twitter must cease providing its services to Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders in the country. “The Ayatollah enjoys zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights,” he wrote in a letter to the company. Although the move comes as relations between Iran and the U.S. grow ever more strained following a series of violent incidents connected with the country, it is also attempt...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Obama, Government, White House, Tech, Iran, Policy, United States, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Ayatollah Khamenei, Trump, Northern California, Javad Zarif, Khamenei


CCPA won’t be enough to fix tech’s data entitlement problem

Fredrick Lee Contributor Share on Twitter Fredrick “Flee” Lee is chief information security officer at Gusto, the people platform for 100,000 small businesses nationwide. He previously led security at Square after holding senior security roles at Bank of America, Twilio and NetSuite. When the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) rolled out on January 1st, many companies were still scrambling to become compliant with the data...
Tags: TC, Column, California, Tech, Policy, Square, Data Protection, Silicon Valley, Data Security, Computer Security, Gdpr, Terms Of Service, Netsuite, Lee, Fredrick, General Data Protection Regulation


Google and Facebook turn their backs on undersea cable to China

Google and Facebook seem to have resigned themselves to losing part of the longest and highest profile internet cable they have invested in to date. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission last week, the two companies requested permission to activate the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) between the US and the Philippines and Taiwan, leaving its controversial Hong Kong and Chinese sections dormant. Globally, around 380 submarine cables carry over 99.5 percent of all transocean...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, Spacex, Fcc, Internet, Washington, Government, Senate, China, US, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Taiwan


Twitter’s manipulated media policy will remove harmful tweets & voter suppression, label others

Twitter today is announcing the official version of its “deepfake” and manipulated media policy, which largely involves labeling tweets and warning users of manipulated, deceptively altered or fabricated media — not, in most cases, removing them. Tweets containing manipulated or synthetic media will only be removed if they’re likely to cause harm, the company says. However, Twitter’s definition of “harm” goes beyond physical harm, like threats to a person or group’s physical safety or the risk o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Tech, Policy, U K, Reuters Institute, Yoel Roth, New York University Based on feedback Twitter, Twitter VP of Trust Safety Del Harvey


Iowa’s caucus app was a disaster waiting to happen

A smartphone app designed to help announce the results of the Iowa caucus ended up crapping out and causing a massive delay by almost an entire day. The Iowa caucus traditionally uses gatherings of people in counties across the state to determine which candidates they want to back for the presidential nomination. They use a paper trail as a way of auditing the results. While Iowa may have only 41 delegates needed out of 1,990 to nominate a Democratic candidate, the results are nevertheless seen ...
Tags: Security, Apps, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Smartphone, Policy, Iowa, Homeland Security, Npr, Nevada, North Carolina, Mobile App, University Of North Carolina, McClure, Iowa Democrats


Russia’s push back against big tech has major consequences for Apple

Josh Nadeau Contributor Josh Nadeau is a Canadian journalist based in St. Petersburg who covers the intersection of Russia, technology and culture. He has written for The Economist, Atlas Obscura and The Outline. Last month, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Apple for not unlocking two iPhones belonging to the Pensacola shooter, another volley in the struggle between big tech and the world’s governing bodies. But even the White House’s censure pales ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Column, Messenger, Asia, Twitter, Hardware, Privacy, Developer, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Linkedin, Tech, Turkey


A results reporting app by Shadow Inc. takes center stage at chaotic Iowa caucuses

American democracy can be confusing and messy. There is, perhaps, no better example than last night’s Iowa caucuses. The votes that kick off presidential primary season are, at once, a wonderful celebration of citizen participation in representative democracy and a rather complex   system that remains a mystery to many of those outside the nation’s 31st most populous state. It is, however, an extremely important one for presidential candidates who spend the months leading up to the event doi...
Tags: Apps, Tech, Policy, New York Times, Iowa, Clinton, LA Times, McClure, Iowa Democratic party, IDP, Krista Davis, 2020 Election, Mandy McClure, Shadow Inc, Kyle Tharp, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price


A voting app by Shadow Inc. takes center stage at chaotic Iowa caucuses

American democracy can be confusing and messy. There is, perhaps, no better example than last night’s Iowa caucuses. The votes that kick off presidential primary season are, at once, a wonderful celebration of citizen participation in representative democracy and a rather complex   system that remains a mystery to many of those outside the nation’s 31st most populous state. It is, however, an extremely important one for presidential candidates who spend the months leading up to the event doi...
Tags: Tech, Policy, New York Times, Iowa, Clinton, LA Times, McClure, Iowa Democratic party, IDP, Krista Davis, Shadow, Acronym, 2020 Election, Mandy McClure, Shadow Inc, Kyle Tharp


YouTube will remove election-related manipulated videos ahead of US elections

As the United States of America prepares for the 2020 Presidential elections, YouTube reiterated that it would remove “technically manipulated or doctored” videos, as well as content that tries to mislead people about voting and census issues, like when and where to vote. Channels that attempt to impersonate another person or channel, misrepresent their country of […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Youtube, US, Policy, Misinformation, United States of America, Fake News, Deepfakes


The state of the unions

Sarita Gupta Contributor Share on Twitter Sarita Gupta is director of Future of Work(ers) at the Ford Foundation. Imagine that your boss calls you and your co-workers into a meeting and announces that you are all getting raises. But before any glasses are raised for a toast, you are told that you’re not getting a raise, exactly, but being offered an opportunity to become an entrepreneur. Because you’re no longer an employee, b...
Tags: Column, Labor, New York City, Employment, America, West Virginia, Tech, Minimum Wage, Policy, Union, Oklahoma, William, Seattle, Collective Bargaining, Contractor, Flora Hewlett Foundation


Tech companies, we see through your flimsy privacy promises

There’s a reason why Data Privacy Day pisses me off. January 28 was the annual “Hallmark holiday” for cybersecurity, ostensibly a day devoted to promoting data privacy awareness and staying safe online. This year, as in recent years, it has become a launching pad for marketing fluff and promoting privacy practices that don’t hold up. Privacy has become a major component of our wider views on security, and it’s in sharper focus than ever as we see multiple examples of companies that harvest too m...
Tags: Human Rights, Privacy, Tech, Encryption, Policy, Digital Media, Digital Rights


Toothless: Facebook proposes a weak Oversight Board

Facebook’s internal “Supreme Court” can’t set precedents, can’t make decisions about Facebook Dating or Marketplace, and can’t oversee WhatsApp, Oculus, or any messaging feature, according to the bylaws Facebook proposed today for its Oversight Board. It’s designed to provide an independent appeals process for content moderation rulings. But it will only be able to challenge content taken down, not left up, until at least later this year so it likely won’t be able to remove misinformation in ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Supreme Court, Opinion, Government, Tech, Policy, Nick Clegg, Steven Levy, Board, Clegg, Oversight Board, Facebook Policy, Facebook Dating


US regulators need to catch up with Europe on fintech innovation 

Alastair Mitchell Contributor Share on Twitter Alastair Mitchell is a partner at multi-stage VC fund EQT Ventures and the fund's B2B sales, marketing and SaaS expert. Ali also focuses on helping US companies scale into Europe and vice versa. More posts by this contributor Europe shows the way in online privacy Fintech companies are fundamentally changing how the financial services ecosystem operates, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, TC, Facebook, Uber, Column, Europe, Finance, US, Tech, Eu, Policy, United States, Fintech


It’s time for tech startups to get political

Xiao Wang Contributor Xiao Wang is CEO at Boundless, a technology startup that has helped thousands of immigrant families apply for marriage green cards and U.S. citizenship while providing affordable access to independent immigration attorneys. More posts by this contributor Work permit delays disrupt foreign workers’ career plans International students face immigration hurdles under Trump Between 2005 and 2018, the five biggest ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Column, Twitter, Texas, Microsoft, Congress, America, Tech, Policy, United States, New York Times, The New York Times, Lgbtq, Cleveland


Daily Crunch: Saudis probably hacked Bezos’ phone

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. UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a forensic report said Saudi officials “most likely” used a mobile hacking tool built by the NSO Group to hack into the phone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos . The report, carrie...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Security, Spotify, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Netflix, United Nations, Gm, Tencent, Conan, Un, Jeff Bezos, FTI Consulting, Bezos


Inside Skip’s plan to appeal San Francisco’s scooter permit decision

Electric scooter operator Skip is gearing up to appeal San Francisco’s decision to not grant it a permit to operate in the city. When the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the permit grantees in September, it came as a surprise to Skip, which had previously received a permit to operate as part of the city’s pilot program. Ahead of the appeal hearing last Thursday, TechCrunch caught up with Skip CEO Sanjay Dastoor to learn about the company’s game plan and why he thinks it ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Ford, Bird, Spin, Scooter, Electric Scooters, Lime, Micromobility, SFMTA, Skip


France improves stock options policies for startup employees

A couple of weeks ago, France’s digital minister Cédric O announced some changes when it comes to stock options in France. President Emmanuel Macron is going to talk about the new policy today ahead of the World Economic Forum. While I don’t want to be too technical, here’s a quick overview of the changes. First, the price of stock options (also known as BSPCE in France) won’t be based on the same VC-determined valuation. Let’s take an example — a VC fund invests in a Series A round, valuing the...
Tags: Startups, Europe, London, France, Berlin, Tech, Policy, Paris, France Newsletter, Belgium, Index Ventures, Emmanuel Macron, French Tech Visa, Not Optional, Stock Option, Index Ventures Germany Spain



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