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Huawei row: Trump chief of staff to meet Dominic Cummings

Mick Mulvaney is expected to demand that UK drop Huawei from 5G networksDonald Trump’s acting chief of staff is set to meet Dominic Cummings in Downing Street on Wednesday, when he is expected to demand that the UK rethinks its decision to allow Huawei a role in supplying 5G technology.The critical meeting between Mick Mulvaney and Johnson’s chief aide comes amid speculation that the White House wants the UK to commit to removing the Chinese company from British mobile phone networks in three to...
Tags: UK, Technology, White House, UK News, US foreign policy, US news, Mobile Phones, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Johnson, Downing Street, Huawei, 5g, Trump, Dominic Cummings, Mick Mulvaney


Trump's chief of staff to meet Cummings for Huawei 5G talks

Mick Mulvaney is expected to demand that the UK drops Huawei from its mobile phone networksDonald Trump’s acting chief of staff is set to meet Dominic Cummings in Downing Street on Wednesday, when he is expected to demand that the UK rethinks its decision to allow Huawei a role in supplying 5G technology.The critical meeting between Mick Mulvaney and Johnson’s chief aide comes amid speculation that the White House wants the UK to commit to removing the Chinese company from British mobile phone n...
Tags: UK, Technology, White House, UK News, US foreign policy, US news, Mobile Phones, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Johnson, Downing Street, Huawei, 5g, Trump, Cummings, Dominic Cummings


At Wayfair, ~550 workers laid off in 'Valentine's Day Massacre'

An estimated 550 people who worked at Wayfair lost their jobs last Thursday, in what has been dubbed Wayfair's 'Valentine's Day Massacre.' The layoffs included 350 workers at the online shopping firm's Boston headquarters. “I thought I would be an insider to what was happening — I was completely blind-sided," one former HR employee said. From Mary Hanbury's story at Business Insider today: Between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, hundreds of Wayfair's US employees were asked to gather in...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Layoffs, Technology, News, Labor, Boston, Berlin, US, Tech, US news, Tech News, Shah, Wayfair, Niraj Shah


US defence secretary warns Huawei 5G will put alliances at risk

Mark Esper said countries using Chinese technology would put intelligence cooperation at riskThe US defence secretary, Mark Esper, warned that US alliances including the future of Nato were in jeopardy if European countries went ahead with using Chinese Huawei technology in their 5G networks.Esper also warned future intelligence cooperation would be at risk, as the US would no longer be certain its communications networks are secure. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, Nato, Telecoms, Huawei, Esper, Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper


US defence secretary warns US alliances at risk from Huawei 5G

Mark Esper said countries using Chinese technology would put intelligence cooperation at riskThe US defence secretary, Mark Esper, warned that US alliances including the future of Nato were in jeopardy if European countries went ahead with using Chinese Huawei technology in their 5G networks.Esper also warned future intelligence cooperation would be at risk, as the US would no longer be certain its communications networks are secure. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, Nato, Telecoms, Huawei, Esper, Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper


Trump claims he has 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases

President reasserts his right to tweet on judicial issues following William Barr’s warning the posts ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’Donald Trump has ignored a plea from his attorney general, William Barr, to not tweet about ongoing legal cases, by using his Twitter account to say he has a “legal right” to do so.Barr delivered a remarkable public rebuke of the president just hours earlier, saying that Trump’s tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job” and that he would not be “bulli...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Internet, US news, US crime, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Barr, William Barr, Law (US


'Can you post a meme?': Facebook changes ad rules after Bloomberg exploits loophole

Policy change involves what Facebook calls ‘branded content’, sponsored items posted by ordinary users who are typically paid by companiesFacebook decided on Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social network’s rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with the changing nature of paid political messages.Facebook’s policy change comes days after the Democratic presidentia...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Bloomberg, US news, US politics, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, US elections 2020


Facebook: Bloomberg campaign memes won't be classified as political ads

We've written here at Boing Boing before about Mike Bloomberg's awful memes, which the 2020 presidential hopeful's campaign machine crapped out on Facebook and Instagram this week with awful accounts like FuckJerry. Facebook said Friday it will allow 'influencers' like FuckJerry to produce sponsored content for political campaigns, as long as the posts are clearly identified as ads, but sponsored political content will not be placed in Facebook’s political Ad Library, unless they're "boosted" ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Instagram, Internet, US, Bloomberg, US news, Tech News, United States, Memes, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Picks


US urges Britain to take another 'hard look' at letting Huawei into 5G

Washington urges UK rethink and claims Chinese firm has ‘back doors’ to mobile networksBritain needs to take a “hard look” and reconsider its decision to allow the Chinese firm Huawei into the UK 5G network, US officials said on Friday.The remarks, made on the margins of the Munich security conference, represent the most direct public warning from Washington to the UK that it should rethink and needs to recognise the high risk of exposure of the UK network to the Chinese state. Continue reading....
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Washington, US, UK News, US foreign policy, US news, Munich, Britain, Foreign Policy, Huawei, Trade Policy


Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands

Campaign to lure men seeking to buy sex triggers big decline in online searches in SeattleSex trafficking in a US city was significantly disrupted by a non-profit group that deployed decoy chatbots in conversations with tens of thousands of men.During a two-year period, Seattle Against Slavery posted fake online adverts that connected people with chatbots that initially posed as sex workers, before delivering a deterrence message. The campaign, which also involved placing more than 2m Google adv...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Prostitution, US, Society, World news, US news, Seattle, Sex trade, AAAS, Chatbots, SeattleSex, Seattle Against Slavery


DOJ charges Huawei and CFO Meng Wanzhou with racketeering, conspiracy to steal IP

The Department of Justice on Thursday announced a 16-count superseding indictment against the Chinese technology company Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou. Among the charges: racketeering and conspiracy to steal intellectual property. Here is the full text of the DoJ announcement: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 13, 2020 Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to S...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, Crime, News, Justice, North Korea, China, Tech, World news, US news, Iran, Fbi, Tech News, United States, Dallas


Huawei faces new US charges alleging decades-long effort to steal technology

Superseding indictment likely to deepen US-UK tensionsTelecoms giant accused of violating Iran and Korea sanctionsHuawei has been accused of stealing trade secrets and lying to US federal investigators in a new indictment that is likely to deepen US-UK tensions over a recent move by the British government to allow the Chinese company to supply 5G equipment for a new network.The superseding indictment makes new allegations against the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, including claims tha...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, Iran, Korea, US crime, Huawei, US UK


Jeff Bezos buys lavish Beverly Hills estate for record $165m – report

Amazon founder purchases nine-acre estate once owned by Warner Bros president, Wall Street Journal saysJeff Bezos has set a new property price record in Los Angeles with the purchase of a $165m Beverly Hills estate, the Wall Street Journal reported.The Amazon founder’s purchase of the home from the media mogul David Geffen is the largest amount paid for a single-family Los Angeles-area home. The nine-acre estate originally belonged to Jack Warner, the late former president of Warner Bros Studios...
Tags: Amazon, Real Estate, Technology, Internet, Los Angeles, E-commerce, US news, Beverly Hills, Jack Warner, Warner Bros, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Napoleon, David Geffen, Bezos, Josephine


US charges four Chinese army members over giant Equifax hacking breach

Attorney general William Barr says hackers spent weeks in Equifax system, stealing company secrets and personal dataThe United States has charged four Chinese military hackers in the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting agency that affected nearly 150 million US citizens, William Barr, the attorney general, said on Monday. Related: Democrats go on the offensive ahead of New Hampshire primary – live Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, US, World news, US news, United States, Hacking, New Hampshire, Equifax, William Barr


‘The Democrats have fallen’: Iowa debacle shows party has fallen behind in the tech race

Republicans may not have a corner on technology, but they definitely know their data and digital mediaDonald Trump was gloating again.“Now I understand the votes are fried in Iowa,” he told reporters at the White House on Friday. “Think of it, all the money that Democrats spent and the votes are fried. They have no idea who won.” Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Republicans, White House, Social Media, US news, Democrats, US politics, Iowa, Trump, US elections 2020


Trump's immigration enforcement agents use cellphone location data to track individuals for detention - WSJ

A commercial database that maps the movements of millions of cellphones is being used by immigration and border authorities to round up undesirable immigrants for detention and deportation. The Wall Street Journal [paywall] published a special report on Friday about how federal agencies under impeached president Donald Trump are exploiting cellphone location data to track individuals for enforcement of Trump's racist immigration policies. “The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone ap...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Immigration, Tech, US news, Dhs, Surveillance, Cellphones, Mobile Phones, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, WSJ


From the Iowa caucuses to the Barnes & Noble fiasco, it's clear: tech cannot save us | Julia Carrie Wong

We have fallen for the idea that apps and artificial intelligence can substitute judgement and hard work. They can’tEvery four years, journalists from around the world are drawn to the Iowa caucuses like podcasters to a murder. The blatantly anti-democratic tradition appeals to certain journalistic biases: the steadfast belief of the political press that rural Americans are more authentically American than the vast majority of Americans who live in cities and suburbs – and the irresistible oppor...
Tags: Technology, Race, Barack Obama, US news, US politics, Iowa, Barnes, University of Iowa, Julia Carrie Wong, Artificial intelligence (AI


Big Swinging Brains and fashy trolls: how the world fell into a clickbait death spiral

In the years leading up to Trump’s election, traditional media gatekeepers found themselves shoved aside by trolls and tech companies who told us they were only giving us what we wanted. By Andrew MarantzIn 2012, a small group of young men, former supporters of the libertarian Republican congressman Ron Paul, started a blog called The Right Stuff. They soon began calling themselves “post-libertarians,” although they weren’t yet sure what would come next. By 2014, they’d started to self-identify ...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, World news, US news, Digital Media, Reddit, Ron Paul, Hitler, Donald Trump, Trump, Pinochet, Andrew MarantzIn


No 10 says Johnson's row with Trump over Huawei was ‘overblown’

US president was reportedly furious about PM’s decision to use Chinese 5G expertiseDowning Street has sought to play down the significance of a difficult phone call between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson over the UK’s decision to allow Chinese company Huawei to help build its 5G network.Trump was reported by the FT to have been “apoplectic” about the decision taken by Johnson, and the phone call last week was said by one official to have been “very difficult” and tense. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, US, UK News, World news, US news, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Donald Trump, Huawei, Trump


No 10 says Johnson's fallout with Trump over Huawei was ‘overblown’

US president was reportedly furious about PM’s decision to use Chinese 5G expertiseDowning Street has sought to play down the significance of a difficult phone call between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson over the UK’s decision to allow Chinese company Huawei to help build the its 5G network.Trump was reported by the FT to have been “apoplectic” about the decision taken by Johnson, with the phone call last week said by one official to have been “very difficult” and tense. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, US, UK News, World news, US news, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Donald Trump, Huawei, Trump


No 10 say fallout between Trump and Johnson 'overblown'

US president was reportedly ‘apoplectic’ about PM’s decision to use HuaweiDowning Street has sought to play down the significance of a difficult phone call between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson over the UK’s decision to allow Chinese company Huawei to help build the its 5G network.Trump was reported by the FT to have been “apoplectic” about the decision taken by Johnson, with the phone call last week said by one official to have been “very difficult” and tense. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, US, UK News, World news, US news, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Donald Trump, Huawei, Trump, HuaweiDowning Street


‘I'm not a robot’: Amazon workers condemn unsafe, grueling conditions at warehouse

Employees under pressure to work faster call on retail giant to improve conditions – and take their complaints seriouslyRina Cummings has worked three 12-hour shifts every week at Amazon’s gargantuan New York City warehouse, called JFK8, on Staten Island since it first began operations in late 2018. As a sorter on the outbound ship dock, her job is to inspect and scan a mandated rate of 1,800 Amazon packages an hour – 30 per minute – that are sent through a chute and transported on a conveyor be...
Tags: Amazon, Business, New York, Technology, New York City, World news, US news, US unions, Staten Island, Boeing, seriouslyRina Cummings


Twitter will label and may remove media designed to mislead

Company, along with Google and Facebook, is under pressure to prevent interference in the 2020 US electionsTwitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people.The company said on Tuesday that the new rules prohibit sharing synthetic or manipulated material that’s likely to cause harm. Material that is manipulated but isn’t necessarily harmful may get a warning label. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Internet, US, World news, US news


White House: Dell, Microsoft, AT&T, others working on open standard for 5G tech to counter China's Huawei

The Trump White House says it is working with U.S. technology companies to develop software for next-generation 5G telecommunications networks, in an effort to reduce reliance on China’s Huawei. Companies involved in the effort include Dell, Microsoft and AT&T, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said. From the Wall Street Journal: Seeking to blunt the dominance by China’s Huawei Technologies Co., the White House is working with U.S. technology companies to create advanced software for n...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, News, White House, China, Tech, US news, Telecommunications, Telecoms, Wireless, Huawei, Trump White House, Dan Gillmor, Bob Davis, Larry Kudlow


White House pushes U.S. tech firms to develop 5G alternative to China's Huawei

The Trump White House is working with U.S. technology companies to develop software for next-generation 5G telecommunications networks, in an effort to counter China’s Huawei. Companies involved in the effort include Dell, Microsoft and AT&T, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said. From the Wall Street Journal: Seeking to blunt the dominance by China’s Huawei Technologies Co., the White House is working with U.S. technology companies to create advanced software for next-generation 5G t...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, News, White House, China, Tech, US news, Telecommunications, Telecoms, Wireless, Huawei, Trump White House, Dan Gillmor, Bob Davis, Larry Kudlow


'They know us better than we know ourselves': how Amazon tracked my last two years of reading

Amazon knows more than just what books I’ve read and when – it knows which parts of them I liked the mostWhen I requested my personal information from Amazon this month under California’s new privacy law, I received mostly what I expected: my order history, shipping information and customer support chat logs.But tucked into the dozens of files were also two Excel spreadsheets, more than 20,000 lines each, with titles, time stamps and actions detailing my reading habits on the Kindle app on my iP...
Tags: Amazon, Ebooks, Books, Technology, Privacy, California, Kindle, US news


China virus outbreak may impact Apple iPhone if China extends Foxconn factory halt

• Coronavirus, which WHO declared a global health emergency, threatens to disrupt Chinese manufacturing The deadly virus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China continues to spread and claim lives around the world. At this time, still, the vast majority of infected patients and deaths are in mainland China, Hubei province. The epidemic is also impacting business, finance, and technology production in China. Apple's iPhone production relies in part on a Foxconn factory that has been shut down by th...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Post, Business, Technology, News, Mexico, China, Tech, US news, Philippines, Shanghai, Who, Foxconn, Wuhan, Guangdong


Facebook commitment to free speech will 'piss people off', Zuckerberg says

CEO defended Facebook’s decision not to ban political ads and said company will ‘stand up for free expression’Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, has unveiled a new approach to political advertising which he described as a stand for the principles of free speech, but also one that will “piss off a lot of people”.In a candid discussion at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2020 in Salt Lake City on Friday, Zuckerberg said that since his company is criticized for both what it does and does ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, World news, US news, US politics, Salt Lake City, Zuckerberg


Jeff Bezos met FBI investigators in 2019 over alleged Saudi hack

Amazon founder interviewed as FBI conducts inquiry into Israeli firm linked to malwareJeff Bezos met federal investigators in April 2019 after they received information about the alleged hack of the billionaire’s mobile phone by Saudi Arabia, the Guardian has been told.Bezos was interviewed by investigators at a time when the FBI was conducting an investigation into the Israeli technology company NSO Group, according to a person who was present at the meeting. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Saudi Arabia, Israel, World news, US news, Malware, Fbi, Hacking, Middle East and North Africa, Data and computer security, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, NSO Group


Facebook stock plummets 8%, wiping out $50 billion in market value

Facebook issued a disappointed quarterly report, sending its stock price down by 8%, reports CNBC.  In the report, "Facebook also warned of advertising headwinds related to privacy and regulatory changes on the horizon, leading to slowing growth in the U.S. Facebook said privacy improvements on Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android software could hurt its ability to target advertising."   Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Post, News, US news, Stock Market, Cnbc, U S Facebook



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