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Uber reports $3B in Q4 revenue, rising operating losses

Ahead of its anticipated initial public offering this year, Uber reported a net loss of $865 million in the fourth quarter. That figure, however, was aided by a tax benefit that saved the company from reporting a $1.2 billion net loss in the period. On an adjusted, pro-forma basis, Uber’s net loss in the final quarter of 2018 was a slimmer $768 million. The figures are an improvement of sorts. The firm reported a pro-forma net loss of $939 million in the preceding, third quarter of 2018, but ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, China, Russia, US, Tech, Sea, Earnings, EBITDA, GAAP, EBIDTA, Nelson Chai


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Apple quietly makes billions from Google Search each year, and it's a bigger business than Apple Music. Google paid Apple $9.4 billion in 2018 to be the default search engine on the iPhone, according to a new Goldman Sachs estimate. Apple's rumored subscription news service will reportedly be announced at an event next month. Apple will host a March 25th event at The Steve Jobs Theater in its Apple Park campus where it's expec...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Russia, US, Trends, Hungary, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Un, Goldman Sachs, Bill, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer


Bill to create separate Russian internet gets first approval

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia’s parliament has passed the first reading of a bill to create a self-standing Russian segment of the internet. Supporters say the proposal is necessary in case Russia was to be cut off from the global internet, but opponents fear the measure would lead to widespread censorship. The […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Russia, Ap, World, Moscow, Bill


Great Firewall fears as Russia plans to cut itself off from internet

Moscow says temporary disconnection is a test of its cyberdefence capabilitiesRussia is planning to temporarily disconnect from the internet as part of what it says is an experiment to test its cyberdefence capabilities.According to a report on the Russian news site RBC, the planned disconnection is intended to analyse the country’s preparedness for a draft law mandating a “sovereign” internet. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Internet, Russia, World news, Moscow


​Why Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet

Russia hopes to find out how smoothly it could transition to a self-contained internet in the event foreign actors tried to disconnect the nation from the rest of the internet.The experiment will reportedly occur before April 1.Russia's attempts to bolster its local internet infrastructure come in the wake of other nations accusing it of executing cyber attacks. None Russia plans to briefly disconnect itself from global internet servers as part of an upcoming experiment designed to see how well ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Corruption, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Surveillance, Nato, Innovation, Cia, Kremlin, Brookings, CTI, Zdnet


Russia plans to test a kill switch that disconnects the country from the internet

As a cyber-defensive measure, the Russian government will reportedly perform a trial run of a measure that would effectively cut the country off from the rest of the world’s web. Last year, Russia introduced its Digital Economy National Program, a plan that would require Russian internet providers to remain functional in the event the country was cut off from worldwide internet. Under this plan, Russian ISPs would redirect web traffic to routing points within the country and rely on its own copy...
Tags: TC, Government, Russia, Censorship, Tech, Digital Economy National Program


Russia To Disconnect From the Internet as Part of a Planned Test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reports. From a report: The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018. A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Russian Parliament, RosBiznesKonsalting RBK, Roskomnazor Russia


Russia to test cyber-war defences

Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning against a future conflict.
Tags: Russia, Tech


Amazon and Hulu's algorithms are recommending conspiracy theory films, and the consequences could be more serious than you might think

Amazon and Hulu continue to host and algorithmically suggest conspiracy films. This comes as platforms like Roku and YouTube are removing conspiratorial accounts or preventing their search and recommendation algorithms from surfacing them. Experts warn that hosting this type of conspiratorial content could spread misinformation, and even encourage people to commit violence. "There is a sinister and secret group of people who roam the globe," an omniscient narrator says. "They control everythi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, Russia, Israel, Trends, Netflix, Fema, Roku, Hulu, Abc News, Illuminati, Jones, Pittsburgh, Alex Jones


US Senators Ask DHS To Look Into US Government Workers Using Foreign VPNs

Two US senators have asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to look into the possible dangers of US government workers using VPN apps that are owned by foreign companies and which redirect sensitive government-related traffic through servers located in other countries -- namely China and Russia. From a report: "If U.S. intelligence experts believe Beijing and Moscow are leveraging Chinese and Russian-made technology to surveil Americans, surely DHS should also be concerned about America...
Tags: China, Russia, US, Tech, Dhs, Beijing, Moscow, Vpn, Ron Wyden, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Marco Rubio R FL, Christopher Krebs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency


Reports: Russian authorities make deal with Google

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say that Google has agreed with national authorities to delete links to websites banned in Russia. The daily Vedomosti reported Thursday that Google has reached an agreement with the Russian state media oversight agency, Roskomnadzor, to regularly receive updated lists of banned sites and delete links to them upon […]
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, News, Russia, Ap, Nation, Moscow, Vedomosti, Roskomnadzor


Australia Parliamentary Network Hacked In Possible Foreign Government Attack

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Sydney Morning Herald: National security agencies are continuing to scour the Parliament's computer network for threats to MPs' data after what is being described as a "sophisticated" hack attack that could be the work of a foreign government. Alastair MacGibbon, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, said the government's cyber experts would work over coming days and weeks to make sure all the breaches had been detected and the hackers' presen...
Tags: Australia, Senate, Russia, Tech, United States, House, Sydney, Parliament, Tony Smith, Scott Ryan, Alastair MacGibbon, MacGibbon


Jeff Bezos: the Amazon billionaire and Trump bete noire

From business started in garage to world’s richest man and collision course with TrumpBezos accuses National Enquirer owner of ‘blackmail’Trump, Russia and the media: Bezos adds new twist to taleAs Jeff Bezos is fond of reminding people, the world’s richest man started Amazon in his garage, personally driving packages of books to the post office for delivery.Nearly a quarter of a century later, he sits atop a globe-straddling online retail colossus employing 600,000 people, which last year becam...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, Media, Internet, Washington Post, Russia, World news, Retail industry, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, E-commerce, US news, Jeff Bezos, US press and publishing, National Enquirer


Congressional antagonism toward Big Tech threatens America’s global dominance

Last year was a rough one for Big Tech—Congress spent 2018 raking companies like Twitter and Facebook over the coals on topics like political bias and data privacy. Just last month, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to grill him over the same things, as well as Google’s ambitions in China. But the hearing only continued to reveal the troubling level of technical illiteracy in Congress. Lawmakers, asking humorously basic questions about things like how onl...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, China, Russia, Africa, America, Sport, European Union, Soccer, United States, House, Chinese communist party


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Apple's retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, is leaving. In a surprise change, she'll be replaced by Deirdre O'Brien, who also heads up human resources. Ahrendts has worked at Apple for five years. Snap's stock jumps 17% after its Q4 beats Wall Street's expectations. Snap posted revenue of $389.8 million, while analysts were looking for $377.48 million. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Snap had sales of $285.69 million. Mark Zuckerber...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Microsoft, China, Russia, Barack Obama, Trends, Susan Wojcicki, Donald Trump, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Trump, Angela Ahrendts, Amazon Alexa


Justice Department: No evidence of vote hacking during 2018 election

There is “no evidence to date” that any foreign government had a material impact on voting machines or infrastructure during the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new classified report sent to the president. That’s the view from the Justice Department and Homeland Security, which were commissioned to report back following an order from President Trump last year to monitor the elections for foreign interference. According to a brief statement from acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker and...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Iran, Homeland Security, Nielsen, Justice Department, Trump, Whitaker, Matthew Whitaker, Former Facebook, Kirstjen Nielsen, Justice Department and Homeland Security, U K and Europe Democratic


Apple Says Its Storing Some Russian User Data on Russian Servers

Apple users in the region have data including their name, delivery address, email address and phone number stored on servers in Russia. The filing doesn’t mention more personal data such as messages, documents, photos, and contacts that are often saved on Apple’s iCloud service. Apple agreed to put some information into a server warehouse in Russia that’s operated by IXcellerate, Russian publication Kommersant reported in 2015.
Tags: Apple, Science, Russia, Kommersant


The Kremlin's Remote-Access Credentials Left Thousands Of Businesses Exposed For Years

A Dutch security researcher says he found credentials for the Russian government's backdoor account for accessing servers of businesses operating in Russia, ZDNet reports: The researcher says that after his initial finding, he later found the same "[email protected]" account on over 2,000 other MongoDB databases that had been left exposed online, all belonging to local and foreign businesses operating in Russia. Examples include databases belonging to local banks, financial institutions, big telc...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Kremlin, Slashdot, Zdnet, Bismillah, Victor Gevers, Gevers


NERC Fines Utilities $10 Million Citing Serious Cyber Risk, But Won't Name Them

chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) imposed its stiffest fine to date for violations of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cybersecurity regulations. But who violated the standards and much of what the agency found remains secret. In a heavily redacted 250-page regulatory filing, NERC fined undisclosed companies belonging to a so-called "Regional Entity" $10 million for 127 violations of the Critical Infrastructure Prot...
Tags: Congress, Russia, Tech, Ukraine, CIP, North American Electric Reliability Corp NERC, NERC, National Intelligence Dan Coats, Bulk Power System NERC, Electronic Security Perimeter


How Google can help keep your resolutions going through 2019

Get active. Get some extra sleep. Find inner peace. They’re excellent New Year’s resolutions, and they’re also achievable with help from Google. More than 325,000 people with fitness goals for 2019 joined the #GetFitWithGoogle challenge during January to earn as many Heart Points as they could with Google Fit.After looking at the statistics, Google Fit challengers were a seriously impressive bunch. In Russia, people went cross-country skiing. In India, people loved their badminton. Br...
Tags: Google, Washington, Russia, India, Colombia, Calendar, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Google Fit, Kawasaki, Heart Association, Edinburgh London, Google Assistant, Digital Wellbeing, StrangeSte Carmensegattini Corih


Apple Will Store Russian User Data Locally, Possibly Decrypt on Request: Report

After resisting local government's mandates for years, Apple appears to have agreed to store Russian citizens' data within the country, a report says. From a report: According to a Foreign Policy report, Russia's telecommunications and media agency Roskomnadzor has confirmed that Apple will comply with the local data storage law, which appears to have major implications for the company's privacy initiatives. Apple's obligations in Russia would at least parallel ones in China, which required it t...
Tags: Apple, China, Russia, Tech, Roskomnadzor, Russia Apple


YouTube to MP3 converter sites battling through lawsuits and takedown attempts

For the past couple of years Plaintiffs have been doing their all to shut down a variety of YouTube to MP3 conversion sites, labelled as ‘stream rippers’. This all started back in 2016 when the major labels, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment brought a lawsuit up against YouTube-mps3.org. Despite the fact that the major labels ended up settling with the conversion website, it was done out of court, so the opportunity for a legal precedent was missed.Earlier t...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Virginia, Russia, US, Tech News, Sony Music Entertainment, Jenner, Kurbanov, Universal Music Group Warner Music Group, Tofig Kurbanov, NewPipe, Dans Anderson PS Boston Law Group PC, Ciampa Fray Witzer LLC


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Apple restored Facebook's developer certificate, ending two days of chaos inside the company. The move will allow Facebook's internal company apps for employees to resume working. Google had its developer certificate revoked by Apple, thanks to the search giant running a research app called Screenwise Meter which violated Apple's developer policies. Apple said it was working with Google to reinstate its certificate. Facebook con...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Russia, Trends, Iran, Intel, Fbi, Xiaomi, Mario Kart, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Brian Krzanich, Iran Venezuela, Amazon Alexa


Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia and Venezuela

The Facebook accounts had garnered about two million followers and researchers say they amplified anti-West viewsFacebook and Twitter both announced on Thursday they had taken down hundreds of accounts believed to have been part of coordinated influence operations from Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Related: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Russia, World news, Iran, Venezuela, Iran Russia


Facebook just removed a new wave of suspicious activity linked to Iran

Facebook just announced its latest round of “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” this time out of Iran. The company took down 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three Facebook groups and 162 Instagram accounts that exhibited “malicious-looking indicators” and patterns that identify it as potentially state-sponsored or otherwise deceptive and coordinated activity. As Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher noted in a press call, Facebook coordinated closely with Twitter to discover these...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Israel Palestine, Misinformation, Today Twitter, US Saudi Arabia, Nathaniel Gleicher


After 2 years of apologies, Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to go all-out building new stuff again (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined 4 priorities for 2019 The four goals are designed to get the company out of the defensive crouch that's defined the past two years amid a string of scandals. Zuckerberg emphasized that the company will redouble its efforts on "building new experiences." After a two-year apology tour, Facebook is changing strategy: It's going to go all-out building stuff again. On Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts on a conference call after the company's Q4 2018...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia, US, Trends, New York Times, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, British Airways, Signal, Zuckerberg, Zuck, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Less


FaceTime bug let users access the mic and camera on others' phones

A FaceTime bug enabled iOS users to access the microphones and cameras on the phones of people they tried to call, even when those people didn't answer.Apple has temporarily disabled parts of its services to make such eavesdropping impossible.In general, iOS tends to be the most secure of the popular mobile operating systems, but the recently discovered bug shows all systems have vulnerabilities. None A recently discovered bug in Apple FaceTime made it possible for users to hear live audio and v...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Technology, Privacy, China, Russia, Data, Computers, Innovation, Facetime, Sophos, Apple Google, FaceTime Video, Apple FaceTime


Naspers takes full control of Russian classifieds site Avito in $1.16B deal

South African internet conglomerate Naspers is best known for backing Chinese tech giant Tencent, but it also operates a vast network on of online classifieds businesses. That network just got a little larger after Naspers took full control of Russia-based Avito through a new $1.16 billion all-cash investment to top up its ownership to over 99 percent. Avito is Russia’s top classifieds site, claiming 10.3 million unique daily visitors. It currently has close to 47 million listings covering categ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Russia, Tech, Tencent, Naspers, Avito, Martin Scheepbouwer, OLX Group, Naspers OLX, Naspers OLX Group, Vladimir Pravdivy, Slando, Bob van Dijk Naspers CEO


Technology doesn't win wars. Why the US pretends it does.

Wars of the future will not even look like wars to the traditional mind. The worst threat is systemic. It's growing entropy in the global system.Today, when Russia wants to shake up Europe — the world — its operatives weaponize refugees. That is, by bombing civilian centers, they create an avalanche of refugees, which, in turn, creates Brexit and the rise of right-wing national parties that want to disembowel the European Union.High-tech is not the savior that many futurists pretend it is when i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Technology, Russia, US, United States, Innovation, Brexit, McFate, European Union High


Without proof, is Huawei really a national security threat?

It’s Huawei vs. the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Europe and Japan. It’s almost as if the world’s biggest surveillance superpowers don’t want Huawei cell tower and networking router equipment inside critical networks in their countries, amid concerns of the company’s links to the Chinese military. Huawei, they say, could be spying for the Chinese — and that presents a national security risk. But there’s a problem. Years of congressional hearings and “inconclusive” h...
Tags: Security, Europe, Japan, Technology, Australia, China, Russia, Tech, Cisco, Bloomberg, Beijing, Canada, Telecommunications, House, Edward Snowden, Middle East



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