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Trump mad that U.S. intel briefed lawmakers on Russian military attack on 2020 elections

• U.S. intelligence briefed House on Russia to ensure Trump's re-election. • Classified briefing to lawmakers made Trump angry • Trump said Democrats would “weaponize” news of Russian military campaign • Trump was mad DNI Joseph Maguire would let staff appear • That's why Maguire's out, Richard Grenell's in as 'acting' DNI. In Washington last week, U.S. intelligence officials told lawmakers that Russia is carrying out a military-grade attack on the 2020 elections, with the goal of making Americ...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, California, Washington, White House, Germany, Russia, US, Tech, World news, US news


Google Manager Arrested After Wife’s Body Found on Hawaii Beach

On Wednesday, distraught Google product manager Sonam Saxena spoke to a local Hawaii newspaper, pleading for help in finding his missing wife.The couple from Washington state, who had two young daughters, were on their annual family vacation to Hawaii when Smriti Saxena disappeared at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Sonam said he’d left his wife on a secluded beach south of Anaehoomalu Bay to take a 20-minute walk back to their Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort room to retrieve Smriti’s asthma inhaler. ...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Washington, India, Hawaii, Seattle, Big Island, Waikoloa, Sonam, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, South Kohala, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Beach, Lava Lava Beach Club, Anaehoomalu Bay


How a 100-year-old French Army design outperforms today's U.S. helmets 

According to a recent research project it appears that the form – the shape and surface detailing – of the French "Adrian" helmet, a design used over a hundred years ago, is better at deflecting blast shocks than its more plainly shaped modern counterparts. An author of the study, Joost Op ‘t Eynde, a PhD student at Duke University, says "we were surprised to find that the 100-year-old helmets performed just as well as modern ones,”He and his co-authors hypothesize as to what elements play a ro...
Tags: Design, Washington, Tech, Normandy, Manufacturing, Adrian, Duke University, French Army, Military Design, Brodie Helmet, Louis Auguste Adrian


Barr Takes Aim at Legal Shield Enjoyed by Google, Facebook

(Bloomberg) -- Attorney General William Barr is taking aim at a legal shield enjoyed by companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. as the provision comes under increasing fire from both liberals and conservatives.Barr has accused social media companies of hiding behind a clause that gives them immunity from lawsuits while their platforms carry material that promotes illicit and immoral conduct and suppresses conservative opinions.The attorney general convened a workshop Wednesday...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Congress, Washington, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Fbi, Justice Department, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, Trump, David Chavern, Twitter Inc, Google Facebook, Facebook Inc


A top Oracle exec says Google is 'virtually alone' in its Supreme Court battle over Java, downplaying IBM and Microsoft's support for its tech rival (ORCL, GOOG, MSFT, IBM)

A top Oracle executive said Google is "virtually alone" in its Supreme Court battle over Java, saying "the technology community is not supporting Google's position. Not even slightly." Oracle Executive Vice President Ken Glueck also downplayed the parties that have publicly supported Google in the Supreme Court case, including tech giants IBM and Microsoft saying they have "commercial interests" in this litigation. Glueck called Microsoft the "original sinner," saying the tech giant had once e...
Tags: Jailbreak, Google, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Washington, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Java, Major League Baseball, Oracle, Houston Astros, US supreme court, Sun Microsystems, Glueck, Oracle Google


This Week in Apps: YouTube TV cancels Apple’s rev share, more bad news for mobile voting, WhatsApp hits 2B users

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Youtube, Washington, Tech, Mit, Netflix, Iowa, Sony, App-store, App Annie, Voatz, YouTube TV


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


The Future of the CCPA and How Businesses Can Prepare Now

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into full effect on January 1, 2020 and while the majority of companies understand why the Act is going into place, many aren’t fully aware of the bigger implications – how businesses will be affected holistically, how to prepare, and what may be coming down the pipeline in regards to new data privacy regulations. The brass tacks, guidelines and rules to follow Under the CCPA, California consumers have been given broad new privacy rights and have...
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, Congress, California, Washington, Massachusetts, United States, Maine, Hawaii, Nevada, Right Now, CCPA, Sage Adam, Cristian Storto Shutterstock


The poor don’t use credit; should stores be required to accept cash?

By Jackie Botts, CalMatters Last May, Burger Patch first opened its doors in midtown Sacramento with a sign that said “No Cash Accepted.” The owners of the organic and vegan burger joint were worried that a cash register might invite theft. But customers kept showing up with only cash. Sometimes the cashiers would accept it, working around the digital system; other times, they’d simply give the customer a free meal. About a month in, Burger Patch changed course, deciding to install a cash regist...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Business, California, Washington, Massachusetts, New York City, Sacramento, Sport, Poverty, Soccer, New Jersey, Hill, San Mateo, Sen Jerry Hill, San Francisco Philadelphia


How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built: The Story of One of the Greatest Engineering Feats in History

When Emily Roebling walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24th, 1883, the first person to cross its entire span, she capped a family saga equal parts triumph and tragedy, a story that began sixteen years earlier when her father-in-law, German-American engineer John Augustus Roebling, began design work on the bridge. Roebling had already built suspension bridges over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, the Niagara River between New York and Canada, and the Kentucky River. But the brid...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, College, Washington, New York City, History, Canada, Brooklyn Bridge, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Emily, Barnum, East River, Union Army


Thursday round-up

Court-watchers and movie-watchers alike are reacting to a new documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” Three takes come via How Appealing. Owen Glieberman reviews the film at Variety, concluding that “there are worse ways to get to know someone like Thomas than to watch him deliver what is basically the visual version of an I-did-it-my-way audiobook memoir, with lots of news clips and photographs to illustrate his words.” At the Los Angeles Times, Gary Goldstein observes t...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Oracle, Los Angeles Times, Round-up, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Goldstein Russell, Oracle America, New York Times Linda Greenhouse, Harvard Law Today, Owen Glieberman, Rebecca Hagelin


Facial recognition tech, new smartphones from Samsung, Motorola

Today on KITV’s “Good Morning Hawaii,” anchor Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the latest tech headlines, including the controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI, and new smartphones from Samsung (including the Galaxy S20 flagship and Galaxy Z Flip folding phone) and Motorola’s Razr reboot and mid-priced Moto G Power. Q: Let’s start with privacy, which affects everyone. Civil liberties groups are sounding the alarm about facial recognition technology. What do we need to know? ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Motorola, Facebook, Video, Technology, Washington, Samsung, Linkedin, Smartphones, Hawaii, Ai, Artificialintelligence, ClearView, KITV, Samsung Motorola


Jeff Bezos Spends $255 Million in Wild L.A. Real Estate Shopping Spree

The Roaring ’20s redux has only just begun, but it’s already been a whirlwind decade for Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, former TV news anchor Lauren Sanchez. The couple made their public red carpet debut in India, purchased their neighbors’ home in Washington D.C., and have just capped off a Beverly Hills […]
Tags: Amazon, Washington, India, Tech, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Moguls, Beverly Hills Post Office, Hilton & Hyland, Lauren Sánchez


Jeff Bezos Drops $255 Million in Wild L.A. Real Estate Shopping Spree

The Roaring ’20s redux has only just begun, but it’s already been a whirlwind decade for Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, former TV news anchor Lauren Sanchez. The couple made their public red carpet debut in India, purchased their neighbors’ home in Washington D.C., and have just capped off a Beverly Hills […]
Tags: Amazon, Washington, India, Tech, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Moguls, Beverly Hills Post Office, Hilton & Hyland, Lauren Sánchez


Ben Kinney, Chris Suarez launch new brand-agnostic platform

Place Inc. will handle a variety of business tasks for teams, which will be able to keep their existing branding and remain in their brokerages.
Tags: Technology, Washington, Oregon, Radio, Portland, Agent, Exclusive, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Industry News, Place, Brokerage, Select, Place Inc, Chris Suarez, Ben Kinney


Ever Loved’s funeral marketplace undercuts undertakers

Fifty percent of families are scared they can’t cover the cost of a funeral. They end up overpaying because no one wants to comparison shop amidst a tragedy. That’s why ex-Googler Alison Johnston’s startup Ever Loved built a free funeral crowdfunding tool. Now it’s addressing one of the most expensive parts of saying goodbye: burial. Today Ever Loved launches its online marketplace for caskets, urns, headstones and memorial jewelry. By sidestepping the overhead of a physical funeral home, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Crowdfunding, Washington, La, Funerals, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Silicon Valley, Payments, Costco


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


Huawei Can Covertly Access Telecom Networks, US Officials Say

U.S. officials say Huawei can covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world through "back doors" designed for use by law enforcement [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; an alternative source was not immediately available.], as Washington tries to persuade allies to exclude the Chinese company from their networks. From a report: Intelligence shows Huawei has had this secret capability for more than a decade, U.S. officials said. Huawei rejected the allegations. The U.S. kept the i...
Tags: Washington, Germany, Tech, Intelligence, Huawei


The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, who started Theranos when she was 19 and will now stand trial over 'massive fraud' in July 2020

Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to start blood-testing startup Theranos, and grew the company to a valuation of $9 billion. But it all came crashing down when the shortcomings and inaccuracies of the company's technology were exposed, and Theranos and Holmes were charged with "massive fraud." A California judge has set a August 2020 start date for the federal fraud trial for which, if convicted, Holmes could face up to 20 years in prison. Visit Business Insider's ho...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Instagram, Abc, California, Washington, Cbs News, Stanford, Singapore, US, San Francisco, Trends, Walgreens, Beijing, Larry Ellison, Bill Clinton


Chinese military stole masses of Americans’ data, U.S. says

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data. The 2017 breach affected more than 145 million people, with the hackers successfully stealing names, addresses, Social Security and drive...
Tags: Business, New York, Science, Technology, News, Obama, Congress, Washington, China, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Sport, World news, Beijing, Soccer, United States


FBI is Investigating More Than 1,000 Cases of Chinese Theft of US Technology

Members of the US government held a conference in Washington last week on the topic of Chinese theft of intellectual property from US technology firms and the US academic sector. From a report: Officials said the purpose of the conference -- named the China Initiative Conference -- was to bring the US private sector and the academic and research communities up to speed with the US government's investigations. For the duration of four hours, some of the highest officials from the Federal Bureau o...
Tags: Washington, China, US, Tech, Fbi, Beijing, National Security, Doj, Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI, Christopher Wray, Department of Justice DOJ, John Demers, China Initiative, US Technology


Google Experimented on Its Own Employees To Get Them To Eat Healthier

This week Medium's tech blog OneZero published a 4,500-word look at Google's "methodical, iterative" and massive "living experiment" on its own employees to see if they can nudge them into making healthier choices when they eat: The campaign isn't changing just the food itself, but how it's presented. Google's tactics include limiting portion sizes for meat and desserts and redesigning its premises to lead its "users" to choose water and fruit over soda and M&M's. The goal, says Michiel Bakker, ...
Tags: Google, Washington, Tech, Yale, Ravi Dhar, Michiel Bakker Google, Center for Customer Insights


A slew of Goldman Sachs exits; Credit Suisse bonus clawbacks; WeWork's board shakeup

    Reporting on big names coming and going is always a huge part of covering Wall Street. And this week, the news was mostly about exits.  Dakin Campbell was busy breaking news on fresh Goldman Sachs departures. Sumit Rajpal and Andrew Wolff, two of three coheads of a merged alternative-investing unit created by CEO David Solomon last year, are retiring. Rajpal and Wolff were slated to be lead investors for Goldman's eighth private-equity fund, which will kick off fundraising next week. Here's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, New York, Washington, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Paypal, Rebecca, Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse, Ubs


Iowa Breakdown Reveals Broken Election Technology Ecosystem

(Bloomberg) -- The chaos at the Iowa caucus has been blamed on a small startup called Shadow Inc., but what happened this week is also emblematic of wider problems plaguing the world of election technology.It’s hard to get sophisticated technology companies to build such technology because most buyers have small budgets, and disappear after Election Day. In a four-year presidential election cycle, one campaign’s killer app is woefully obsolete by the next. So political parties and campaigns ofte...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Washington, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, Iowa, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Clinton, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Andrew Martin, California Institute of Technology, Democratic National Committee


FCC Moves To Free Up Spectrum For Potential Cellphone Service

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission will pay a group of satellite companies billions of dollars to upend their operations so a valuable swath of the radio spectrum can be used for cellphone service (Source: paywalled; alternative source), FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. The telecom regulator said he plans to propose $3 billion to $5 billion of compensation for reasonable relocation costs and another $9.7 billion of accelerated payme...
Tags: Fcc, Washington, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Intelsat SA, Ajit Pai, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, SES SA


Lights out at General Electric

Lights out at General Electric From all-American conglomerate to crony corporation groveling for government bailouts Frank.holub February 7, 2020 - 10:45am Bill Crosby credits General Electric Co. with powering his family into the middle class starting with his grandmother, Vera Baskin.  Baskin was born in 1888 on a farm in Mississippi, where she grew up with seven brothers. She lived through the Great Depression, moved to Atlant...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, New York, Ge, Mississippi, Obama, Washington, Kentucky, Germany, Boston, New York City, Religion, America, Atlanta, Aig, Harvard


Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 February 2020

Glorious Chambord Castle in France’s Loire Valley. Come visit it with us in May. Good morning News came out on Thursday that because of New York state’s policies shielding the state records of illegal aliens from federal organizations, the Department of Homeland Security announced that no-one in New York state will now be eligible for any of their Trusted Traveler programs (the best known of which is Global Entry), and those currently enrolled will not be able to renew when their current membe...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, Australia, California, Washington, Mexico, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Berlin, Miscellaneous, US


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


Leasing startup Landing scores $30M in cash and debt

The company launched last fall and allows people to easily move between properties it operates in nine cities in the United States.
Tags: Technology, Renting, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Radio, Brooklyn, Dc, Landing, Oakland, Rentals, Venture Funding, Rental, Industry News, Bill Smith


Uber issued permit to test self-driving vehicles on California public roads

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has been issued a permit that would allow the company to put its autonomous vehicles back on public roads in California nearly two years after the company scaled back its testing program following a fatal crash in Arizona that killed a pedestrian. Uber doesn’t have immediate plans to put its autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Francisco, where it was previously testing. The company says it will notify key local, state, and federal stakeholders before it...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, California, Washington, Toronto, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Automotive, Automation, Arizona, DMV, Self-driving Cars



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