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  • More Than Half of American Voters Support Breaking up Big Tech Companies, a New Poll Finds

    09/19/2020 12:40:05 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 14 replies
    The Ohio Star ^ | September 19, 2020 | Chris Whitw
    More than half of American voters strongly or somewhat support breaking up Silicon Valley tech giants to promote competition, according to a poll published Thursday. Only 26% of voters oppose or strongly oppose splitting up the country’s largest tech companies, while 19% of those surveyed didn’t offer a view, a poll from progressive think tank Data for Progress showed. The poll, which surveyed 1,200 likely voters in September, comes as the House lawmakers conclude their nearly yearlong probe into the industry’s supposed anticompetitive behavior. In the same poll, roughly 60% of respondents expressed support for a prompt on smartphones asking...
  • Why You Should Stop Using Other People’s iPhone Cables (Wow)

    09/22/2020 4:37:11 PM PDT · by cba123 · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | A few days ago | Zak Doffman
    If, like many others, you think nothing of borrowing a friend or colleague’s charging cable, or plugging into a spare one in the office, or even asking for one from a hotel reception desk, then here’s something that might give you pause. How do you fancy an iPhone charging cable that looks like an Apple original and acts like one as well, but which will tap into a connected device and steal all its secrets, and which has its own radio transmitter to send all that stolen data over the air to a waiting attacker.
  • CIA’s new tech recruiting pitch: More patents, more profits

    09/21/2020 10:50:23 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 3 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 09 21 2020 | Patrick Howell O'Neill
    The newest federal lab gives the CIA and its officers the unprecedented ability to make money off inventions that come from within the agency. America’s most famous spy agency has a major competitor it can’t quite seem to beat: Silicon Valley. The CIA has long been a place cutting-edge technology is researched, developed, and realized—and it wants to lead in fields like artificial intelligence and biotechnology. However, recruiting and retaining the talent capable of building these tools is a challenge on many levels, especially since a spy agency can’t match Silicon Valley salaries, reputations, and patents. The agency’s solution is...
  • Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

    09/05/2020 12:07:57 PM PDT · by Theoria · 113 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Sept 2020 | Daisuke Wakabayashi and Sheera Frenkel
    Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children. When the coronavirus closed schools and child care centers and turned American parenthood into a multitasking nightmare, many tech companies rushed to help their employees. They used their comfortable profit margins to extend workers new benefits, including extra time off for parents to help them care for their children. It wasn’t long before employees without children started to ask: What about us? At a recent companywide meeting, Facebook employees repeatedly argued that work policies created in response to Covid-19...
  • Rick Scott Torpedoes Mike Lee’s S.386 H-1B Outsourcing Bill

    09/01/2020 10:33:52 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2020 | NEIL MUNRO
    Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced his strong opposition to Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s S.386 outsourcing bill, likely sinking the Utah Republican’s bill for the rest of the year. Lee’s S.386 bill aids the tech industry and visa workers from India and China “at the expense of American workers, highly skilled immigrants, workers from Latin America and Europe, as well as Florida’s most important industries,” Scott wrote in the August 31 op-ed in the Miami Herald.He continued: I’ve heard from many constituents about how this bill would impact people in Florida, especially those who came to Florida from Latin America. Florida’s...
  • HUGE! Trump White House Implements Executive Order on Online Censorship: Prevents Tech Giants from Altering Users’ Free Speech

    07/29/2020 5:09:01 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 66 replies ^ | 7/29/20 | Jim Hoft
    HUGE! Trump White House Implements Executive Order on Online Censorship: Prevents Tech Giants from Altering Users’ Free Speech – Demands Transparency of Moderation Practices This Is Big! On Wednesday Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook testified before Congress in the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. Since 2016 and the election of Donald Trump the tech giants have been censoring and banning conservative voices online. The Gateway Pundit has been a huge target of these liberal tech giants. Of course, the CEOs dismissed allegations that they are targeting and censoring conservative users despite ALL...
  • Decapitated, dismembered body of tech CEO found in NYC apartment, sources say

    07/15/2020 11:28:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 108 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 14, 2020 | Joe Marino, Jason Beeferman, Larry Celona and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
    The body of a decapitated, dismembered tech CEO was found inside a Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday afternoon — sorted in plastic bags right next to a power saw, sources told The Post. Police came upon the grisly scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., after a cousin of the dead man requested a welfare check at the man’s East Houston Street building and called police, the sources said. An electric saw was found near the body, which was described as that of a 33-year-old man. The victim’s arms and legs below the knees were removed, and body parts were found...
  • BIZARRE BUY Suspect Tyrese Haspil ‘seen buying BALLOONS 2 days after Fahim Saleh’s murder – using victim’s bank card’

    07/19/2020 12:01:14 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    Sun UK ^ | 07 19 2020 | Erica Davies
    FAHIM Saleh's assistant picked up birthday balloons on his dead boss' dime just days after his murder. The tech millionaire was found butchered and stuffed into bags in his luxury apartment in New York City days later. Despite being at the center of a murder case, Tyrese Haspil appeared to be carefree as he was captured near the crime scene in New York City strolling through lower Manhattan as he held the bouquet of balloons. Video footage obtained on Saturday by the New York Post shows the 21-year-old accused murderer and an unknown woman walking through NoHo, less than a...
  • Paid to protest? Raleigh’s Bandwidth offers employees time off to hit picket lines

    07/16/2020 11:22:42 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 4 replies
    wral tv ^ | 7/16/20 | Chantal Alam
    RALEIGH — Imagine getting paid time off from work to be an activist. For Bandwidth employees, it’s not a dream. It’s their new reality. After global protests over police brutality and racism erupted in June, Raleigh-based communications software company rolled out a new work policy supporting individual activism and community service. Called “Go and Do,” it gives employees paid leave to support the causes of their choice. “Each year, it’s a full day for you to go wave a flag, fly a banner, contribute, protest; don’t care,” said Bandwidth founder and CEO David Morken during a virtual seminar conducted as...

    07/16/2020 10:22:56 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    The Intercept ^ | July 15 2020 | Micah Lee
    <SNIP> For example, the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center has 29,114 accounts, and each one includes a full name; rank; police department or agency; email address; home address,; cellphone number; supervisor’s name, rank, and email address; the IP address used to create the account; and a password hash — a cryptographic representation of the user’s password (hashed with 1,000 iterations of PBKDF2 and a 24-byte salt, if you’re that kind of nerd). If a user’s password is weak, hackers with access to its hash could crack it to recover the original password, potentially leading to a giant list of all...
  • DHS Admits 600,000 Foreign H-1B Workers in American Jobs

    06/27/2020 11:39:37 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies ^ | Jun 27, 2020 | Neil Munro
    U.S. employers keep roughly 600,000 foreign H-1B visa workers in jobs throughout the United States, according to an unprecedented report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. The total number of resident H-1B workers has successfully been kept secret for decades, mainly because Fortune 500 companies do not want voters to recognize the massive outsourcing of jobs for themselves and their college graduate children.
  • 'Master' and 'slave': Tech terms face scrutiny amid anti-racism efforts

    06/11/2020 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 53 replies
    CNET ^ | June 10, 2020 | Stephen Shankland
    Apple, Google, Microsoft and other Big Tech companies have stepped up their comments on the need for racial justice amid the Black Lives Matter protests that have gripped the US for the past two weeks. Now, a growing group of technologists say the language of the industry itself needs to change in order to fight racism. The terms "master" and "slave," used to describe the relationships between two computer hard drives and or between two camera flashes, have come under scrutiny because of their association with America's history of slavery. Similarly, "whitelist" and "blacklist," terms for allowing and denying access...
  • Amazon pauses police access to AI tool

    06/11/2020 8:00:39 AM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 18 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 11 Jun 2020 | Kelli Nguyen
    Amazon says it will place a "one-year pause" on allowing police to use its facial-recognition tool, one day after IBM said that it's exiting the business. While IBM will no longer offer, develop or research the software, Amazon is using a moratorium in the hope that Congress will "put in place appropriate rules for ethical use of facial recognition." Amid crackdowns on protests against police racism and brutality across the country, tech companies are facing increased scrutiny over their contracts with law enforcement agencies, with studies showing that the technology is inferior at identifying the gender of people with darker...
  • From hashtags to donations, Google, Netflix and other tech companies voice support for protesters

    05/31/2020 3:27:53 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 28 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | May 31, 2020 | Mike Murphy
    As protests stemming from the death of George Floyd wrack the nation, a number of leading tech companies have offered their support for demonstrators and funding for social-justice organizations. Twitter Inc. changed its profile bio to read simply “#BlackLivesMatter,” while Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on its main search page: “We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it.” Google’s YouTube said it would donate $1 million “in support of efforts to address social injustice.” Major streaming services — such as Netflix Inc.,, Inc.’s Prime Video, Walt Disney Co.-controlled Hulu and AT&T’s T, HBO Max,...
  • Airbnb Cutting 25% of Workforce in Layoffs

    05/07/2020 2:02:10 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 11 replies
    The Street ^ | May 5, 2020 6:17 PM EDT | Nelson Wang
    Airbnb is letting go of a quarter of its workforce, co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky told employees in a memo on Tuesday, as the coronavirus pandemic has decimated demand for his company’s services. The home-sharing platform, which was widely expected to go public this year, becomes the latest sharing economy company to institute or consider instituting significant layoffs. Uber is reportedly considering laying off 20% of its workers while Lyft has already laid off 17% of its employees. "We are collectively living through the most harrowing crisis of our lifetime, and as it began to unfold, global travel came to...
  • How Indian Information Technology Workers Discriminate Against Non-Indian Workers

    05/05/2020 2:06:07 PM PDT · by jroehl · 27 replies
    Brightwork ^ | January 31, 2019 | Shaun Snapp
    Indian discrimination against non-Indians and other out-group Indians is pervasive in the IT sector in locations where Indians have emigrated. This discrimination is invisible and uncovered by the major IT media entities. For this reason, this article you are about to read will seems dramatically different than any article published in any major IT media entity. We cover why this issue is blacked out in IT media in the article.
  • Why US rightwing populists and their global allies disagree over big tech

    04/17/2020 10:27:00 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 7 replies ^ | Jan 22 2019 | Evgeny Morozov
    The emerging global movement of rightwing populists is guilty of many things but ideological incoherence in choosing their enemies is generally not one of them. Whether it is Steve Bannon bashing Pope Francis, Matteo Salvini attacking the “do-gooders” in humanitarian NGOs or Marine Le Pen venting against the dull technocrats in Brussels, the populists go after a predictable, well-calculated set of targets. If anyone chooses their enemies well, it’s them.
  • Zoom: Every security issue uncovered in the video chat app

    04/08/2020 8:28:06 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 48 replies
    CNET ^ | April 07, 2020 | Rae Hodge
    Here's a timeline of Zoom's rapid rise and the security problems that have come to light. As the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of people to stay home over the past month, Zoom suddenly became the video meeting service of choice: Daily meeting participants on the platform surged from 10 million in December to 200 million in March. With that popularity came Zoom's privacy risks extending rapidly to massive numbers of people. From built-in attention-tracking features to recent upticks in "Zoombombing" (in which uninvited attendees break into and disrupt meetings with hate-filled or pornographic content), Zoom's security practices have been drawing...
  • Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

    04/02/2020 5:42:04 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 12 replies
    SlashGear ^ | April 2, 2020 | Chris Burns
    Estimote, Inc. has created a set of devices and software that’ll allow a business owner to keep track of their workers remotely. With a “contact tracing dashboard” and Bluetooth devices (worn by each employee), a business owner can keep track of the location and relative health of their workforce. Each wearable device scans for other wearable devices in the area and “registers close interactions.” ...the Estimote system, “in the event of a symptomatic employee, companies can quickly locate other exposed team members who are at risk.” Tracking is done with indoor GPS, working with Bluetooth beacons that the employer has...
  • Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset

    03/16/2020 6:01:28 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | March 16, 2020 | White House
    Today, researchers and leaders from the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) of scholarly literature about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and the Coronavirus group.Requested by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the dataset represents the most extensive machine-readable Coronavirus literature collection available for data and text mining to date, with over 29,000 articles, more than 13,000 of which have full text.Now, The White House joins these...