U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has laid out plans for a legislative reform in areas concerning big tech firms. The focus is on transparency of algorithms, privacy, and youth safety.
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The U.S. government has banned employees from participating in public matters related to cryptocurrencies, such as the formulation of laws, if they have invested in cryptocurrencies and stablecoins.
The FBI and MI5 have issued a joint statement, sternly calling out China for its interference in other countries through digital means. They have also asked western tech companies to stay vigilant.
Microsoft has announced four U.S.-centric initiatives to foster a healthy culture at its workplace. These include removing non-compete clauses for almost all employee and increasing pay transparency.
Meta has announced a range of new features for Messenger. These include the ability to split payments across different members of a group, new audio capabilities, and a Vanish Mode.
A document has revealed that most U.S. intelligence agencies, including FBI, NSA, CIA, and DHS use ad blockers due to fear of targeted ads and malvertising, even though they are not mandated to do so.
Twitter is experimenting with allowing some users to report tweets containing misleading information, with a special focus on misinformation related to COVID-19, vaccines, and elections.
Microsoft has explained how it is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) to drive the adoption of Zero Trust models under a recent Presidential Executive Order.
Microsoft has announced that Azure Government Top Secret, its cloud offering dealing with modernizing infrastructure and data management tooling for classified U.S. Government operations, has hit GA.
The Department of Homeland Security has revealed that it is considering collaborating with external companies to detect and proactively responding to signs of violence and terrorism on social media.
The U.S. DoD today announced that it was shelving the controversial JEDI contract awarded to Microsoft, citing industry advances. It will now work with both Microsoft and Amazon on a new project.
Google has announced that it is sharing anonymized user data aggregated at a zip code level with public health officials in the U.S. to aid in vaccine equity and distribution processes.
Microsoft is working with the U.S. Army on its Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). 120,000 headsets with HoloLens tech will be produced with on-field installation starting in September.
The U.S. DoJ has announced that it has seized $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin that had been paid to ransomware-as-a-service group DarkSide, which was involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack last month.
According to an internal memo, Huawei's founder and CEO wants to shift the company's focus from hardware products to software and services, in an attempt to lessen the impact of U.S. sanctions.
Apple has updated its Maps to show over 20,000 COVID-19 vaccination locations in the US. Healthcare providers not included in the current rollout have the option of registering with Apple as well.
After selling its Honor sub-brand, Huawei is now apparently looking to sell its primary flagship brands, the P and Mate series smartphones. This would save the phones from U.S. restrictions.
Microsoft has publicly announced that it is suspending PAC donations, because 20% of its donations in the past four years went to Congress members who voted against the Electoral College.
Huawei is being dealt another blow by the United States government, as reports indicate existing licenses have been revoked, making it harder for te company to source materials for its devices.
The United States government has signed a new executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, The order could be revoked by the President-elect once he takes office, though.
Microsoft has disclosed details of three cases where it fought secrecy orders issued by the U.S. government accessing customer data. The orders came from federal courts in Maryland and New York.
YouTube has published the list of its trending content and creators in the U.S. in 2020. It includes videos coming from influencers such as MrBeast, Corpse Husband, and John Krasinski.
Facebook News will launch in the U.K. in January 2021. The aim of the program is allow publishers to reach a wider audience coupled with a wide variety of advertisement and subscription offers.
In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith has congratulated the President- and Vice-President-Elect, and emphasized the importance of building bridges to close the divide between people.
China is getting ready to launch its 'Global Initiative on Data Security' on Tuesday and has already spoken to other governments to gauge interests. It has been compared to the U.S.' Clean Network.
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) today reaffirmed that after re-evaluation of revised bids from Microsoft and Amazon, the JEDI contract will continue to be offered to Microsoft.
China has changed the rules on export controls that will impact the sale of TikTok in the United States. It's unclear at this point how it could affect the sale but it could delay the procedure.
TikTok has responded to the Trump administration's executive order issued against it earlier. The social media company now plans to take legal action against the executive order in U.S. courts.
The Trump administration has announced plans which will further penalise Chinese tech firms. It's unclear when the plans will come into effect but they are more wide-ranging than previous measures.
White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, has stated that TikTok could start operating as an American firm to avoid running into problems with the current U.S. administration with its trade war.
Apple has updated Siri to provide users with a step-by-step questionnaire who ask if they have the coronavirus. Tech giants are also dedicating resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to donating money, the company says it is donating millions of masks to healthcare professionals in the U.S. and Europe. A program permits Apple Card owners to skip March payments.
A number of U.S. state attorneys general are reportedly planning to launch an antitrust investigation into Google. Specific reasons for the probe aren't known, but privacy concerns are a likely cause.
Plex has reached an agreement with Warner Bros. to stream ad-supported movies, for free, on its platform. Unfortunately, the content will only be available for users in the United States.
Microsoft is demonstrating its new secure voting system at the Aspen Security Forum today. The company will be launching this new tech to combat cyberthreats as a way of protecting democracy.
In the latest stage of the Huawei-U.S. saga, it is being reported that the Chinese firm will be laying off hundreds of U.S. workers, employed at its R&D subsidiary Futurewei Technologies.
The U.S. government may start issuing licenses to trade with Huawei in two to four weeks. Huawei was added to the Commerce Department's blacklist back in May, hampering the firm's ability to operate.
The United States Trade Representative's office has announced that it will be holding a public hearing about France's new Digital Services Tax on August 19, starting at 09:30 EDT (UTC-4).
The U.S. has issued a statement saying that it plans to investigate a new law in France that is expected to pass later today. France hopes to force big tech to pay more tax with the DST.
Following the controversial Huawei ban that prevents the company from buying products from American companies, the U.S. government has now placed similar restrictions on many Chinese firms.