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UK health minister leans on social media platforms to delete anti-vax content

Social media-fuelled anti-vaxxer propaganda is the latest online harm the U.K. government is targeting. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning health secretary Matt Hancock said he will meet with representatives from social media platforms on Monday to pressure them into doing more to prevent false information about the safety of vaccinations from being amplified by their platforms. “I’m seeing them on Monday to require that they do more to take down wrong — well lies essentiall...
Tags: Europe, Health, Policy, Social, Facebook, Instagram, Matt Hancock, NHS, Public Health, Social Media, Social Media Platforms, United Kingdom, Vaccination


Huawei pushes back on reports of government ties, claims employee ownership

Huawei’s controversial status in North America and Europe stems from a lot of different factors. At the heart of most of them, however, is the hardware maker’s alleged ties to the Chinese government. The notion of government control has been enough to cause something approaching an outright ban on its products in the States, over worries that handsets and networking equipment could be used to spy on the U.S. government and its citizens. A recently published report from professors at Fulbright Un...
Tags: Policy, Security, Huawei


N26 opens tech hub in Vienna with a focus on security

Fintech startup N26 is opening its fourth office in Vienna. Eventually, the company plans to hire 300 software engineers, product managers and IT specialists. N26 is building a mobile bank and has managed to attract 2.5 million users over the past few years. It raised a $300 million round back in January. This is interesting news as the company says that the new tech hub will focus on security and in particular detecting fraudulent activity. N26 plans to use artificial intelligence to develop...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Berlin, Tech, Spain, Policy, Vienna, Fintech, Battlefield, Mobile Banking, Bafin, Berlin Barcelona, N26, Crédit Mutuel


Evernote fixes macOS app bug that allowed remote code execution

Evernote has fixed a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to run malicious code on a victim’s computer. Dhiraj Mishra, a security researcher based in Dubai, reported the bug to Evernote on March 17.  In a blog post showing his proof-of-concept, Mishra showed TechCrunch that a user only had to click a link masked as a web address, which would open a locally stored app or file unhindered and without warning. Evernote spokesperson Shelby Busen confirmed the bug had been fixed, and s...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Cloud Storage, Evernote, Tech, Malware, Vulnerability, Policy, Software, Computing, Dubai, Social Bookmarking, Web Annotation, Mishra, Dhiraj Mishra, EA s Origin


Douglas Rushkoff on “Team Human” and fighting for our place in the future

The ethics of technology is not a competition. But if aliens happened to descend upon our planet right this moment, Arrival-style, demanding to speak with our top tech ethicist, Douglas Rushkoff would be a reasonable option. Rushkoff — a prolific writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker once named by MIT as “one of the world’s ten leading intellectuals,” recently published a new book, Team Human, that certainly would be a strong contender for tech ethics ‘book of the year’ thus far. Team Human is both...
Tags: TC, Education, Government, Book Review, Tech, Mit, Policy, Adler, Douglas Rushkoff, Rushkoff, Greg Epstein, Felix Adler, Capitalism UBI


TikTok downloads ordered to be blocked on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

TikTok, the user-generated video sharing app from Chinese publisher Bytedance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit content in its app. Today, the country’s main digital communications regulator, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ordered both Apple and Google to remove the app from its app stores, per a request from High Court in Madras after the latter investigated and determined that ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Apps, Asia, Supreme Court, Privacy, Children, India, US, Tech, High Court, Policy, Pornography, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


TikTok downloads banned on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

TikTok, the user-generated video sharing app from Chinese publisher Bytedance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit content in its app. Today, the country’s main digital communications regulator, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ordered both Apple and Google to remove the app from its app stores, per a request from High Court in Madras after the latter investigated and determined that ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Apps, Asia, Supreme Court, Privacy, Children, India, US, Tech, High Court, Policy, Pornography, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy

On the same day that she became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work bringing the Cambridge Analytica scandal to light, journalist Carole Cadwalladr took the stage at TED to “address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley.” Cadwalladr began her talk by recounting a trip she took after the Brexit referendum, back to her hometown in South Wales. She recalled feeling “a weird sense of unreality” walking around a town filled with new infrastructure funded by the European Union, while being told ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Eu, European Union, Turkey, Ted, Larry Page, Policy, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, South Wales, Jack Dorsey, Brexit, Carole Cadwalladr


New USPTO Guidance May Clear Path for More Technology Patents

James J. DeCarlo Contributor James J. DeCarlo is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. A registered patent attorney, he is actively involved in virtually all aspects of intellectual property counseling. He has spent nearly 30 years litigating, licensing and procuring patents in the software, hardware, internet and networking spaces, among many others. Mr. DeCarlo can be reached at [email protected] Chinh H...
Tags: TC, Column, Lawsuit, Government, Tech, Policy, Patents, Uspto, Lawyers, Mayo, Pham, Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO, Alice Mayo, DeCarlo, Verified Experts


7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix

Justin Cowperthwaite Contributor Share on Twitter Justin Cowperthwaite is an Engineering Manager at CircleCI passionate about helping remote teams build collaborative delivery paradigms. Every engineer deserves a clear growth path so they can understand, plan, and execute on meaningful career growth. Providing a framework for this growth (we call ours a competency matrix; it’s also known as a career ladder, or professional dev...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Column, Developer, Tech, Policy, Personnel, Justin Cowperthwaite, CircleCI Step


Trump, FCC unveil plan to accelerate 5G rollout

In a press conference today in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, the president laid out a number of initiatives focused on helping accelerate the U.S. role in the 5G race. “This is, to me, the future,” Trump said, opening the press conference flanked by Ajit Pai, Ivanka Trump and a room full of communications representatives in cowboy and hard hats. “It’s all about 5G now,” Trump told the audience. “We were 4G and everyone was saying we had to get 4G, and then they said before that, ‘we have ...
Tags: Mobile, Fcc, White House, America, Tech, Policy, United States, 5g, Pai, Trump, Ajit Pai, Trump FCC, Ajit Pai Ivanka Trump


Apple shares progress report on supplier usage of clean energy

Apple announced that there are now 44 suppliers that have committed to use clean energy for Apple production. It doesn’t mean all suppliers are using renewable energy, it also doesn’t mean that they use 100 percent clean energy for all their clients. But it’s still good news. All of Apple facilities already run on clean energy, such as offices, retails stores and data centers. But Apple is well aware that it manufactures a ton of devices and works with a ton of suppliers. That’s why the compa...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Japan, Environment, Tech, Policy, MacBook Air, China Apple, Mac Mini Overall Apple, Foxconn Wistron TSMC Corning STMicroelectronics


Julian Assange arrested in London after Ecuador withdraws asylum

London Metropolitan police has arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London. He has been holed up in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012 in order to avoid a warrant against him. Ecuador withdrew Assange’s diplomatic asylum earlier today leading to his arrest. This is the moment WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London – where he lived since 2012. Police were invited into the embassy by the Ecuadorean ambassador – read the f...
Tags: London, Tech, Policy, Vatican, Un, Jeremy Hunt, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Knightsbridge, Assange, Moreno, Metropolitan Police Service, Westminster Magistrates Court, Ecuadorean Embassy, Lenín Moreno


Instagram now demotes vaguely “inappropriate” content

Instagram is home to plenty of scantily-clad models and edgy memes that may start to get fewer views starting today. Now Instagram says “We have begun reducing the spread of posts that are inappropriate but do not go against Instagram’s Community Guidelines”. That means if a post is sexually suggestive, but doesn’t depict a sex act or nudity, it could still get demoted. Similarly, if a meme doesn’t constitute hate speech or harassment, but is considered in bad taste, lewd, violent, or hurtful...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Menlo Park, Ruben, Henry Silverman, Tessa Lyons, Facebook Policy, Instagram Policy, Patreon Today Facebook


France’s tax on tech giants passes first vote

The lower house of the French parliament has voted in favor of the new tax on tech giants without any modification. Big tech companies that generate significant revenue in France will be taxed on their revenue generated in France. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has been lobbying other European countries so that big tech companies would stop optimizing their European corporate structure to lower their effective tax rate. But changing taxation rules in Europe is a tough road. You need to convince...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, France, Tech, European Union, Policy, France Newsletter, OECD, Facebook Google, Bruno Le Maire, Le Maire


New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings

Jumbo could be a nightmare for the tech giants, but a savior for the victims of their shady privacy practices. Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to your phone. It can even erase your Google Search and Amazon Alexa history, with clean up features for Instagram and Tinder in the works. The startup emerges from stealth today to launch its Jumbo privacy ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Privacy, Funding, Google Search


Uber, Lyft, and the challenge of transportation startup profits

How much does transportation cost you? In most cities, bus or subway fare might set you back $3 or so. A tank of gas, maybe $30 or $40 depending on your car. An hour of street parking? Sometimes it’s free, sometimes it’s a few bucks. And you can usually snag an economy seat on a round-trip U.S. domestic flight for under $300. These numbers probably ring true for most people. There’s just one problem: Everything you know about the cost of transportation is wrong. Despite a massive infusion of ven...
Tags: Energy, Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Technology, Government, Funding, Articles, Tech, Economy, Policy, United States, Scooters, Automation


Facebook agrees to clearer T&Cs in Europe

Facebook has agreed to amend its terms and conditions under pressure from EU lawmakers. The new terms will make it plain that free access to its service is contingent on users’ data being used to profile them to target with ads, the European Commission said today. “The new terms detail what services, Facebook sells to third parties that are based on the use of their user’s data, how consumers can close their accounts and under what reasons accounts can be disabled,” it writes. Although the...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, CS, Policy, Commission, European Commission, Social Network


Microsoft says its data shows FCC reports massively overstate broadband adoption

The broadband divide in the U.S. is real, but if you want to know how real, don’t ask the FCC. Its yearly broadband deployment report, already under fire for serious data problems, has now been further questioned by Microsoft, which says its own data contradicts coverage data provided by internet providers. Despite $22 billion in government spending, the company says, “adoption has barely budged.” In a blog post, Microsoft explained that it was concerned with apparent inaccuracies in reports ...
Tags: Fcc, Microsoft, Washington, Government, Tech, Broadband, Policy, Senate Commerce Committee, John Kahan


UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms

The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking off a public consultation. The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Home Office. It follows the government announcement of a policy intent last May, and a string of domestic calls for greater regulation of the Internet as politicians hav...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Tech, Search Engines, Policy, House Of Lords


Peter Kraus dishes on the market

During my recent conversation with Peter Kraus, which was supposed to be focused on Aperture and its launch of the Aperture New World Opportunities Fund, I couldn’t help veering off into tangents about the market in general. Below is Kraus’ take on the availability of alpha generation, the Fed, inflation vs. Amazon, housing, the cross-ownership of US equities by a few huge funds and high-frequency trading. Gregg Schoenberg: Will alpha be more available over the next five years than it has bee...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, Japan, Real Estate, Enterprise, Finance, Government, Films, US, Tech, Banking, Policy, United States, Aperture, Army


Google pulls the plug on AI council that included Heritage Foundation leader

Google has abandoned an advisory board on ethics in AI after critics questioned the inclusion of Kay Coles James, leader of the right-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation, on the 8-person panel. Google employees and thousands more concerned people called for this mistake to be corrected, and in response the company has apparently chosen to drop the whole thing. Vox first reported the news. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council was launched late in March to “consider some of Google...
Tags: Google, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Ethics, Vox, James, Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James, Luciano Floridi, Alessandro Acquisti, ATEAC, Joanna Bryson, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council


Startup Law A to Z: Regulatory Compliance

Startups are but one species in a complex regulatory and public policy ecosystem. This ecosystem is larger and more powerfully dynamic than many founders appreciate, with distinct yet overlapping laws at the federal, state and local/city levels, all set against a vast array of public and private interests. Where startup founders see opportunity for disruption in regulated markets, lawyers counsel prudence: regulations exist to promote certain strongly-held public policy objectives which (unlike...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, TC, Lawsuit, Legal, Taxes, Privacy, Law, Finance, Government, Employment, Tech, Tax, Banking, Policy


Aperture’s Peter Kraus takes aim at passive ETFs and the ‘illusion of free’ with new startup

“We’re breaking beta from alpha. That doesn’t exist anywhere. We’re literally saying, ‘Only pay us for alpha and define beta. Nobody has done that.” That’s an energized quote from legendary Wall Streeter Peter Kraus. For those not familiar with the lingo, I’ll translate: Kraus’s new company Aperture, which has just launched a new mutual fund offering (yes, you read that right: a new financial start-up is launching mutual funds in 2019), is seeking to create a true blue pay-for-performance model ...
Tags: TC, New York, Interviews, Finance, Government, Tech, Banking, Policy, Aperture, Stocks, Private Equity, Goldman Sachs, Talent, Stock Market, Goldman, Kraus


Aperture’s Peter Kraus takes aim at passive ETFs and the “illusion of free” with new start-up

“We’re breaking beta from alpha. That doesn’t exist anywhere. We’re literally saying, ‘Only pay us for alpha and define beta. Nobody has done that.” That’s an energized quote from legendary Wall Streeter Peter Kraus. For those not familiar with the lingo, I’ll translate: Kraus’s new company Aperture, which has just launched a new mutual fund offering (yes, you read that right: a new financial start-up is launching mutual funds in 2019), is seeking to create a true blue pay-for-performance model ...
Tags: TC, New York, Interviews, Finance, Government, Tech, Banking, Policy, Aperture, Stocks, Private Equity, Goldman Sachs, Talent, Stock Market, Goldman, Kraus


WhatsApp’s Brian Acton to talk Signal Foundation and leaving Facebook at Disrupt SF

“We give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?” That’s WhatsApp founder Brian Acton’s most recent quote about his former employer Facebook. Acton has seemingly been fueled by his experience running WhatsApp from within Facebook, which has been scrutinized for profiting from collecting data on users. Which explains why now, two years after leaving Facebook, Acton has found a new groove as founder and executive chai...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Tech, Whatsapp, Policy, Silicon Valley, Talent, Signal, Jan Koum, Acton, Brian Acton, Apple Yahoo


Expert Panel: What even IS “tech ethics”?

It’s been a pleasure, this past month, to launch a weekly series investigating issues in tech ethics, here at TechCrunch. As discussions around my first few pieces have taken off, I’ve noticed one question recurring in a number of different ways: what even IS “tech ethics”? I believe there’s lots of room for debate about what this growing field entails, and I hope that remains the case because we’re going to need multiple ethical perspectives on technologies that are changing billions of lives....
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Developer, Stanford, Government, White House, Events, Tech, Policy, Ethics, Philosophy, Stanford University, Kathy


Google announces AI advisory council, faces backlash within days

On March 26, Google said it was launching a global advisory council, the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC), to tackle ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The eight-member council will meet four times in 2019 starting this month and... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, AI council


Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is ‘exploring’ restrictions following Christchurch attacks

In an open letter published by the New Zealand Herald, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg finally addressed the shocking mass shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques. The first of part of the deadliest mass shooting in modern new Zealand history was live-streamed on Facebook by the attacker. But while the site’s technology was used the broadcast the horrific attacks, Facebook has largely stayed silent on the matter in the intervening two weeks. Sandberg broke that silence in her letter...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Policy, New Zealand, Christchurch, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Live, Sandberg, New Zealand Herald Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg


Huawei’s chairman has harsh words for the U.S. government

The past couple of years have marked some steep ups and downs for Huawei. Just this morning, the company posted a 25 percent raise in profit to $8.84 billion in 2018. Yesterday, on the other hand, a UK oversight body issued a report noting “serious and systematic defects.” While it’s true that on-going security concerns and reports of Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government haven’t put a damper on the company’s profits, they have managed to stifle its international growth. But it’s not giving up...
Tags: UK, US, Tech, Policy, Huawei, Financial Times, Guo, Richard Yu, Guo Ping



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