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Michael Cohen Says He Tried To Rig Online Polls 'at the Direction' of Donald Trump

Dan Mangan, writing for CNBC: President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen on Thursday said he tried to rig online polls -- including one conducted by CNBC -- "at the direction and for the sole benefit of" Trump when he was thinking about making a run for the White House. "I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it," Cohen said in a tweet copping to the electronic chicanery to have Trump's name rank higher in online polls than it otherwise...
Tags: White House, Tech, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Dan Mangan


Cohen acknowledges rigging polls for Trump in 2014 and 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s estranged former lawyer is acknowledging that he paid a technology company to rig Trump’s standing in two online polls. Michael Cohen tweeted Thursday that “what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump. Technology company owner John Gauger told The Wall Street […]
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, John Gauger, Trump Technology company


The record-breaking government shutdown is putting the US at risk of a major cyberattack

Cybersecurity experts are warning that the US is at greater risk of attack during the record partial government shutdown. Thousands of workers who monitor the nation's defense systems are off work, and experts also worry that systems aren't being upgraded or repaired. Workers deemed essential are still in place, but the absence of so many others could still leave the US at risk. "In a stalemate over how best to secure America’s southern border, the Trump administration has endangered the integ...
Tags: Apple, Review, Obama, North Korea, Cbs News, Stanford, White House, US, America, Trends, Cbs, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Malley


The record-breaking government shutdown is putting the US at risk of a major cyber attack

Cybersecurity experts are warning that the US is at greater risk of attack as the record partial government shutdown continues. Thousands of workers that monitor the nation's defense systems are off work, and experts also worry that systems aren't being upgraded or repaired. Essential workers are still in place, but the absence of so many staff still leads the US at risk. MIT's Technology Review said: "In a stalemate over how best to secure America’s southern border, the Trump administration h...
Tags: Apple, Review, Obama, North Korea, Cbs News, Stanford, White House, US, America, Trends, Cbs, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Scythe, Juniper Networks


T-Mobile CEO John Legere Sure Loves Trump's Hotels Now, and Boy, What a Coincidence That Is

T-Mobile is still cruising towards a $26 billion merger with Sprint, a deal that would combine the third- and fourth-biggest wireless carriers in the U.S. into one massive company. And after the deal was announced in April 2018, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, T-Mobile executives quickly grew fond of a D.C.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Washington Post, Sprint, Telecoms, Mergers, Antitrust, Donald Trump, Trump, John Legere, T Mobile, Coincidences, Tech Policy, Emoluments, T Mobilesprint Merger


Space Force: Steve Carell Returning to Television with The Office Creator

Space Force: Steve Carell returning to television with The Office creator The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that Emmy-nominated actor Steve Carell will be returning to television for an upcoming Netflix comedy series. Based on President Donald Trump’s idea for creating a Space Force, the series will also mark a reunion between Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefr...
Tags: Apple, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Nbc, Office, Bbc, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, TV News, The Office, Foxcatcher, Steve Carell, Donald Trump, Trump, Adam Mckay


A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc


Christie On Trump’s Staff: ‘Weaklings, Convicted And Unconvicted Felons’

Former New Jersey governor and U.S. attorney Chris Christie is pulling no punches in his new book, “Let Me Finish,” unloading on President Donald Trump’s staff in an excerpt obtained by . The President has a “revolving door of deeply flawed individuals—amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons—who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia,” he wrote. Christie has reserved special ...
Tags: Google, Chris Christie, News, Wikipedia, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Trump, Christie, Kushner, Jared Kushner, Kate Riga, Christie On Trump


‘This is Happening’ in Upwork’s Colorful, Freelance-Powered World

Duncan Channon has released new creative work for Upwork. The campaign titled “This is Happening” has fun with an experience familiar to us in corporate America: the “oh sh**, how am I going to get this done!?” moment when an ambitious goal or project lands on our desk. In a colorful, quirky world that’s hip to Upwork’s freelance platform, managers in three TV spots transform this fleeting anxiety into the thrill of making things happen -- thanks of course, to skilled freelancers easily found on...
Tags: Technology, La, Advertising, America, Smith, Upwork, Trump, Nilsson, Greenberg, Peckham, McCormick, Lem, McKinsey Global Institute, Gustafson, Duncan Channon, McComas


Stephen Fry Narrates Two Animated Videos Explaining How Fear, Loathing & Misinformation Drove the Brexit Campaign

For millions watching in the UK and around the world, anticipating the looming Brexit deadline over the past two years has been like watching the slowest train wreck in history. But for those not following the coverage daily, the impending UK secession from the European Union is mystifying. Just how many trains are there, and where are they coming from, and how fast, exactly, are they going? From the future of food and drug imports, to the status of the “currently invisible” border betwe...
Tags: Google, Politics, UK, College, US, Eu, European Union, Atlantic, George Orwell, Theresa May, Current Affairs, NHS, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Stephen Fry, Brexit


Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and crony capitalism

Donald Trump’s Tweet dubbing Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s billionaire founder, “Jeff Bozo” reveals more than the locker room MO of our president. Our country’s roots are in England, where people of importance are knighted. In America, we now have our own version of knighthood: a nickname from Donald Trump. Amazon is this little hidden gem you may not have heard of where you can buy things.  It’s just like eBay except the Amazon stuff doesn’t show up at your house smelling like cigarette smoke and moth b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, England, New York, Washington Post, Opinion, Ebay, China, US, America, Sport, Turkey, Cnn, Soccer, Bill Clinton, Christian


Media companies are embracing voice assistants, but worry they're giving up too much control to Amazon and Google

Dear Readers, After a short hiatus, we're back! Welcome to the first edition of BI’s new Advertising and Media Insider newsletter. We’ve replaced our daily digest with a weekly version that publishes every Wednesday and will go deeper into the big stories we’ve been following. We’ll play around with the format, so let me know what you like/don’t like at [email protected] If you’re new to the newsletter, you can sign up here. Voice is primed take off You didn’t have to be at CES to kn...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Putin, US, Trends, Netflix, Ford, New York Times, Nbcuniversal, The Times, Audi, Hulu, Voice, Mustang, United Airlines, Rubrik


Ajit Pai Gives Carriers Free Pass on Privacy Violations During FCC Shutdown

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refused to brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers' ability to share their subscribers' location data with third parties. From a report: House Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) asked Pai for an "emergency briefing" to explain why the FCC "has yet to end wireless carriers' unauthorized disclosure of consumers' real-time location data," and for an update on "what actions the FCC has taken to address this...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Trump, Congressional, Frank Pallone Jr D N J, Ajit Pai, Customer Proprietary Network Information, Pallone, Energy and Commerce committee, House Commerce Committee


A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem

As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019. Some leaders responded with their views on the business impact of the Trump era, pointing to specific policy positions such as tax code revisions, curbs on immigration, and the decision by federal regulators to roll back net neutrality requirements on telecom carriers.Alex Niehenke, a partner at Foster City, CA-based ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Net Neutrality, Internet, Entrepreneurship, China, Russia, Funding, Immigration, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Eu, Web


Huawei CEO Says Company Doesn't Spy For China and Praises Trump in Rare Appearance

Huawei would never allow China's government to access customer data, even if Beijing requested it, the CEO and founder of the company repeatedly emphasized Tuesday, amid continued political pressure on the Chinese technology giant. From a report: In a rare sit down with international media, Ren Zhengfei addressed concerns raised by the U.S. government, which has warned that the company's equipment could allow the Chinese government to have a backdoor into a nation's telecommunications network. R...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Huawei, Trump, Ren, United States Read, Ren Zhengfei, Shenzhen China China


Trump Administration Proposes Rules Allowing Drones To Operate At Night, Over Populated Areas

The Trump administration is proposing rules that would allow drones to operate over popular areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use. The goal is to "help speed commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States," reports Reuters. From the report: The proposals, drafted by the Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S. Transportation Department, come amid concerns about dangers that drones potentially pose to aircraft and populated areas. The FAA said tha...
Tags: Tech, United States, Faa, Trump, Reuters, Trump Administration


The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world (MSFT)

Microsoft President Brad Smith told a room full of journalists that he has "sympathy" for executives at tech companies who find themselves under regulatory scrutiny these days. Smith was working at Microsoft back in the '90s, when Microsoft was sued by the federal government over its business practices, and put under a decade of government oversight. Smith said that after the Trump administration's travel ban some 23 months ago, the tech industry came together for a meeting.  Since then, he's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Muslim, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Smith, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Wilmington Delaware


IT pros in Washington DC are ready to ditch their current jobs and flock to Amazon's HQ2, says a new survey (AMZN)

Washington DC IT professionals are happy that Amazon is opening up one of its HQ2 campuses in the area, a new poll indicates.  Almost three-quarters of them said they would be willing to leave their current job to work for Amazon. Many are hoping that Amazon will pay higher salaries. But there are other reasons they like the idea of working for the tech giant, too. While Amazon has faced a slew of protests over its decision to hire up to 25,000 people for its new HQ2 offices in New York, it c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, San Francisco, Trends, Washington Dc, Pentagon, Dc, Seattle, Alexa, Trump, AMZN, Crystal City Virginia, Amazon Many, Virginia Washington DC


Alibaba taps Kabbage to loan up to $150K to SMBs after it quietly acquired OpenSky to ramp in North America

Alibaba’s long-term ambition to grow its business in the US is taking another step forward. To increase sales to US small businesses, the company has partnered with Kabbage, the Softbank-backed unicorn that provides loans to SMBs using big data and machine learning to determine eligibility faster than a traditional bank lender, to provide up to $150,000 of financing at the point of sale on Alibaba.com as part of a new program called Pay Later. The move comes on the heels of an interesting, if sl...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Finance, China, Softbank, US, Tech, E-commerce, Alibaba, Dallas, Alipay, North America, Detroit, Jack Ma


The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Jonathan Tepper and Denise Hearn. A review...

The Myth of Capitalism is a polemic about the reduction in competition in many industries in the US. And it starts in an entirely appropriate place. Dr Dao - a doctor with patients to serve the next day - was "selected" by United Airlines to be removed from an overbooked plane. As he had patients to tend the next day he did not think he should leave the plane. So the airline sent thugs to bash him up and forcibly removed him. The video (truly sickening) went viral. But the airline did ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Business, Microsoft, Australia, China, US, America, Walmart, Idaho, New York Times, Sydney, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Costco


President Trump's Government Shutdown Is Breaking Federal Websites

Dozens of federal government websites are not working correctly due to the ongoing government shutdown, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday, including ones for the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and some NASA and Department of Justice webpages. According to BuzzFeed, these sites and others appear to be…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nasa, Cybersecurity, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Federal Government, Trump, BuzzFeed News, Seventh Circuit of the U S Court of Appeals


President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s p...
Tags: Amazon, Column, South Korea, Japan, Politics, Congress, Australia, Finance, Singapore, Tech, Chicago, United States, Chile, New York Times, President, Venture Capital


Should America Build a Virtual Border Wall? Or Just Crowdfund It...

As America's government faces its longest-ever shutdown over the president's demands for border wall funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested "possible alternatives to a physical wall," according to one Silicon Valley newspaper: Among the president's justifications for a wall is to stop drugs from coming into the United States, so Pelosi proposed spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" for technology to scan cars for drugs, weapons and contraband at the border. "The positive, shall w...
Tags: America, San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, United States, House, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Nancy Pelosi, Air Force, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Pelosi, Anduril Industries, Department of Homeland Security s Office


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


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


Extended shutdown of SEC could delay IPOs, ripple through market, experts warn

By Renae Merle, The Washington Post The shuttering of the Securities and Exchange Commission during a prolonged government shutdown could ripple throughout the markets, including slowing some highly anticipated stock offerings by companies such as Uber and Lyft, securities experts say. The agency provides day-to-day guidance to companies weighing what to disclose to shareholders and must sign off on most initial public stock offerings, or IPOs. Without this advice, companies may have to delay me...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, Business, News, Pinterest, Washington Post, Mexico, Sport, Soccer, Angel, SEC, Smith, Turner, Securities And Exchange Commission, Trump, Johnson Johnson


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


Google's top lobbyist reportedly sent his staff a blank organization chart making employees fear for their jobs (GOOG)

Google's head of public policy Karan Bhatia has reportedly hinted at restructuring the company's Washington, DC, team responsible for lobbying on Capitol Hill. Sources told Bloomberg that Bhatia shared a blank organizational chart that had only his own name filled in at the top. The chart prompted employees to fear for their jobs. Bhatia joined Google in June to head up the company's policy team, and has previously worked for General Electric, and as deputy U.S. trade representative under Geor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ge, Congress, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Washington Dc, Dc, Jeff Bezos, General Electric, George W Bush, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Bhatia, Susan Molinari


Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

End of fast processing upsets the Apple cart (and workers at other Silicon Valley giants) Restrictions placed on US work visas by the Trump administration are upsetting employees in one of America's most profitable industries: technology.…
Tags: Apple, US, America, Software, Silicon Valley, Trump



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