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cloud

Dell, Rackspace Collaborate to Sell ‘Cheaper’ Private Cloud

Cloud hosting company Rackspace said Monday it has partnered with Dell EMC to offer what it termed an “easy-to-consume private cloud as-a-service offering” service for enterprises that may not be able to afford a high-cost flat rate plan. The offering...
fiber

Verizon, Corning Collaborate on $1.05B Fiber Optic Deal

Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it has committed to a three-year minimum purchase agreement with Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) to provide fiber optic cable and associated hardware for Verizon to ensure critical coverage and capacity for its nationwide wireless...
blackberry

Qualcomm Peeved it Must Refund $814.9 Million to BlackBerry

Chipmaker Qualcomm Incorporated announced Wednesday a binding interim arbitration award requiring the company to refund a sum of $814.9 million, plus interest and attorneys’ fees, to BlackBerry Incorporated related to royalties for certain past sales of subscriber units. In 2016,...
visa

Annual Cap on H-1B Visa For High-Skilled Workers Maxes Out in Only Five Days

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said Friday it has attained a cap of 85,000 H1-B visa applications for the fiscal year, only five days after opening the new application period. H-1B visas are often granted to foreign tech workers,...
twitter

Twitter Unveils Lite Version for Data-Challenged Users

Twitter said Thursday it is rolling out Twitter Lite, which it says minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on devices. The target is people with...
smarwatch

BITAG Proposes Plan to Secure Internet-Connected Devices

The Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG), made up of several major tech and communications firms, has proposed a plan to secure internet-connected devices. BITAG, which includes participants such as Cisco, Google, Charter, Comcast, CenturyLink, Mozilla, MIT and Level 3...
data center

NIST Debuts Online Tool to Connect Cybersecurity Job Seekers With Employers

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday introduced CyberSeek, an interactive online tool which it says is designed to make it easier for cybersecurity job seekers to find openings and for employers to...
microsoft

Microsoft Introduces Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist

Microsoft has launched a cloud services due diligence checklist which it said is targeted at creating a more standardized procedure for organizations considering a move to the cloud. The checklist provides a framework that aligns clause-by-clause with a new international...
fintech

FinTech Playbook: ABA Unveils Standards for Banks to Facilitate Adoption of New Tech

The American Bankers Association (ABA) on Monday released its FinTech playbook, standards designed to help banks adopt new technologies to expand their services, and remain competitive. ABA developed the Fintech Playbook in collaboration with Accenture. The Fintech Playbook, available only to...
ai

Company Appoints Artificial Intelligence as Member of Leadership Team

Tieto, an IT software and service company and provider of IT and product engineering services with headquarters in Uusimaa, Finland, said Monday that it has appointed Artificial Intelligence as a member of the leadership team of its new data-driven...
classroom

1Million Project: Sprint, White House to Provide Internet Access to 1 Million Students

The White House is partnering with Sprint Corp. to provide 1 million high school students who lack home Internet access with a new device and up to four years of broadband service. Dubbed the “1Million Project,” it is the largest...
ai

Baidu Launches Melody, Artificial Intelligence Bot for Healthcare

Baidu, Inc., China's leading search engine, on Tuesday introduced Melody, an AI-powered conversational bot the company says helps doctors gather information and respond to patients about their medical conditions. Melody incorporates advanced deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies...
big data

Department of Commerce to Lead Administration’s Expansion of Opportunity Project

The White House said Thursday it is expanding the Opportunity Project and the launch of twenty-nine new digital tools built by companies and non-profit organizations to increase access to opportunity in communities across the country. The President launched the Opportunity...
diversity

White House Releases Memo Promoting Diversity in National Security Workforce

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a memo for the heads of executive departments and agencies to increase the diversity of the national security workforce. Titled, Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the National Security Workforce, the memo aims to build...
microsoft

Microsoft Delves Deeper Into AI With Creation of New Research Group

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it has formed a Microsoft AI and Research Group, bringing together Microsoft’s research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company’s AI product efforts. The artificial intelligence and machine learning industry...
ken paxton

Four State AGs Sue to Stop Internet Name Control Handover by Obama Administration

Four Republic attorney generals announced Thursday that they filed a lawsuit Wednesday night to stop the proposed transfer of oversight of internet domain names to an international organization by federal officials. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arizona Attorney General Mark...
whatsapp

Germany Orders Facebook to End Collection of WhatsApp User Data: Facebook to Appeal

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information on Tuesday issued an administrative order that prohibits Facebook from collecting and storing data of German WhatsApp users. It also ordered Facebook to delete all data that has already...
hyperloop

Hyperloop, Super High-Speed Mode of Transportation Set for 2020

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Hyperloop One, two main firms competing to bring Elon Musk’s concept of a Jetsons-like futuristic mode of transportation to market first are confident that a super high-speed mode of transportation will be in working condition by 2020. Basically, the...
blockchain

IBM, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to Use Blockchain Technologies For Projects

IBM announced Friday that it has signed a contract with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to examine the design, management and execution of contracts among business partners using blockchain technologies. Both companies will begin by piloting blockchain to automate...
avnet

Avnet to Sell Technology Solutions Business Unit to Tech Data for $2.6 Billion

Avnet, Inc., a  global technology distributor, announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Technology Solutions operating group to Tech Data Corporation in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $2.6 billion. Under the terms...
cyber

Uber, Twitter and Others Form ‘First-Ever’ Vendor Security Alliance

Tech companies, including Uber and Twitter on Friday launched what they called the “first-ever” Vendor Security Alliance (VSA), a coalition to enable businesses to streamline their vetting process for vendors’ cybersecurity risks. The VSA will bring together the “best and...
cyber

Microsoft, Huawei Debut Cybersecurity Guide for Technology Buyers

The EastWest Institute on Wednesday released a cybersecurity guide for technology buyers, a resource created for all organizations interested in acquiring more secure information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. This ICT Buyers Guide was created by Microsoft, Huawei...
samsung

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Official Recall for Galaxy Note 7

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Thursday officially waded into the Samsung exploding phone fiasco by issuing a recall for the Note 7. According to CPSC the “recall involves the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone sold before September 15, 2016. ...
guardtime

Guardtime Federal, Galois get $1.8M Federal Contract to Verify Blockchain-Based Integrity Monitoring System

Guardtime Federal and Galois announced Tuesday that they have jointly been awarded a $1.8 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to verify the correctness of Guardtime’s Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI). The contract will fund a significant...
blockchain

Congress Passes Blockchain Support Bill

A non-binding resolution calling for a national technology innovation policy that includes supportive language for digital currencies and blockchain technology has been passed by the US House of Representatives. The bill, which was written by Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, and...
hacker

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre Proposes National Firewall Against Hackers

Ciaran Martin, the director general of cyber at GCHQ said Plans are being made by the UK's surveillance agency, GCHQ, to create a national firewall that will protect against cybersecurity threats. Martin made this revelation at the Billington Cybersecurity Conference...
news

Coalition of Media and Technology Companies Seek to Filter ‘Fake’ News

Twitter, Facebook and 30 news and technology companies including the New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Agence France-Presse, and CNN, have formed a coalition to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks, the group said on...
NET

U.S. Tech Firms Urge Congress to Allow Web Domain Changeover

Major technology companies, including Twitter, Facebook and Google, have released a letter in which they urge the United States Congress to support a plan for the government to relinquish control of the internet's technical management to the global community. The National...
renesas

Japan’s Renesas Electronics to Buy U.S. chipmaker Intersil for $3.22 billion

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Intersil Corporation, a provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced Monday that they have signed a definitive agreement for Renesas to acquire Intersil for US $22.50...
fcc comissioner

FCC Commissioner Queries Metro Leadership’s Decision to Halt In-Train Wi-Fi

Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has questioned why the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) can’t continue a Wi-Fi pilot project at six Metro stations: Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station, Archives, and L’Enfant Plaza. The service, which...
sen. warren

Warren Advocates for Comprehensive Corporate Tax Reform Following Apple Judgment

Congress should increase the share of government revenue generated from taxes on big corporations — permanently, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday. “Now that they are feeling the sting from foreign tax crackdowns, giant corporations and their Washington lobbyists are...
robot

LG Electronics to ‘Aggressively’ Invest in Robots, AI

LG Electronics Inc will aggressively invest in robots, with the aim of capitalizing on advancing artificial intelligence that may eventually lead to sophisticated machines performing everyday human tasks, the company said on Sunday, according to a report by Reuters. LG,...
nokia 5g

Nokia to Pave Way for 5G With 4.5G Pro and 4.9G

Nokia said last week it plans to introduce 4.5G Pro, which it calls “an advanced mobile technology that will deliver the significant capacity and speed enhancements needed by operators as they build towards next-generation networks, including meeting the demands...
scam

Cable Giant Leoni AG Loses $44.7 Million in BEC Scam

Europe's largest manufacturer of electrical cables and wires Leoni AG has seen its shares fall by between 5-7% after reporting that a Business Email Scam (BEC) involving a CFO caused the company to lose $44.7 million overnight. The incident occurred...
lte

Sierra Wireless, AT&T to Trial Next-Gen LTE-M Tech to Boost Connectivity of IoT Devices

Sierra Wireless and AT&T announced Wednesday the pilot of a next generation LTE-M1 network technologies this fall. The pilot will spur LTE network connections for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The Sierra Wireless LTE-M module will support the AT&T pilot...
NET

BEREC Unveils Net Neutrality Guidelines

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) on Tuesday released new guidelines for implementing net neutrality rules in the European Union. The mandate to produce the Guidelines to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on the implementation of the new...
drone

New Drone Rules Take Effect

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rules regulating the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones went into effect on Monday. The new rules on commercial drones largely make it easier for companies to use the unmanned...
fcc

Privacy Groups File Complaint With FCC Over WhatsApp Data Sharing

The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Monday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the proposed use and transfer of WhatsApp user data to Facebook for targeted advertising...
APPLE

Apple Slammed With $14.6 Billion Tax Bill by EU

The European Union decided on Tuesday that Ireland should recover up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in unpaid taxes, plus interest from Apple. This is one of the largest cases of European officials ruling that a multinational company received...
analytics

81 Percent of Federal Agencies Use Big Data Analytics for Cybersecurity: MeriTalk

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, on Monday announced the results of its new report, “Navigating the Cybersecurity Equation.” The study, underwritten by Cloudera, reveals that 81 percent of Feds say their agency is...
startup

Obama Administration Proposes New Immigration Rules for Foreign Startup Founders

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to amend its regulations implementing the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job...
work

Tech Companies Sign Obama’s Equal Pay Pledge: Join Consortium to Advance ‘Pay Equity’

On June 14th, 2016, at the first-ever United State of Women Summit, President Obama announced a new Equal Pay Pledge signed by 28 of America’s leading businesses committed to closing the gender pay gap. In his remarks, he called on...
whatsapp

WhatsApp to Share User Info With Facebook and Target Them With Advertising

WhatsApp announced Thursday an update to its terms and privacy policy in which it will start sharing certain user data with Facebook, its parent company.  One of the uses of such data would be for ad-targeting on Facebook. “By coordinating...
hp

HP Combats Visual Hacking With ‘World’s First’ Notebooks With Integrated Privacy Screens

HP Inc. on Thursday unveiled what it called “the world's only PCs with integrated privacy screens.” HP Sure View, a new option on the HP EliteBook 1040 and HP EliteBook 840, helps protect against visual hacking with the press...
cyber

Cyber-Related Insurance Coverage Represents a Significant Growth Opportunity for Property/Casualty Insurers

Credit rating agency Fitch analyzed cyber insurance market share and performance in a new special report, 'U.S. Cyber Insurance Market Share and Performance'. The report analyzes data from a new 2015 statutory supplement to compile company and industry statistics on...
space

AWS, Others Partner to Launch Satellite Imagery Repository to Advance Machine Learning

DigitalGlobe, Inc., a provider of earth imagery and information about the planet, announced Thursday the launch of SpaceNet, an online repository of satellite imagery and labeled training data that will advance the development of machine learning and deep learning...
blockchain

Blockchain Startup Chronicled Launches ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Open Registry for Internet of Things

Chronicled, Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company, has launched an Open Registry for IoT, signaling a major step forward in the growth and interoperability of the consumer Internet of Things.  Built on the Ethereum blockchain, the registry stores the identities...
octobot

3D-Printed Soft Robot Could Pave Way for Soft, Autonomous Machines

This is Octobot. A squishy, silly-looking rubbery concoction made entirely from soft parts. This ‘robot’ does not need any wires or batteries, since it is powered by liquid fuel. Octobot is made of silicone rubber, and measures approximately 2.5 inches...
brain

Internet Taking Over Human Memory, Affecting Thought Processes: Study

A new article published in the journal Memory, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign have found that increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource...
health

ONC Publishes Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on Monday published the draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) for public comment.  The ISA is a coordinated catalog of standards and implementation specifications that are available for use...
cryptography

NIST Releases Two Special Publications for Cryptographic Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Special Publication (SP) 800-175A, Guideline for Using Cryptographic Standards in the Federal Government: Directives, Mandates and Policies, and SP 800-175B, Guideline for Using Cryptographic Standards in the Federal Government: Cryptographic...
army

Raytheon Unveils Cyber and Electronic Battle Management Tool for U.S. Army

Raytheon Company unveiled Cyber and Electromagnetic Battle Management, a new battle management tool, at Cyber Quest, a U.S. Army event that informs cybersecurity requirements and priorities, the company said Monday. CEMBM integrates cyber and electromagnetic spectrum awareness capabilities into the...
win10

EFF Rips Into Microsoft Over ‘Blatant Disregard’ for User Choice and Privacy With Windows 10

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has given a scotching review of Microsoft’s outrageous antics with pushing Windows 10, saying “the company’s strategy for user adoption has trampled on essential aspects of modern computing: user choice and privacy.” According to EFF,...
smedia

Groups Oppose Plan by DHS to Collect Social Media Info From Visitors

Tech advocacy and civil liberty groups have opposed a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to include social media while reviewing visa-waiver applicants. The proposal, to be implemented through U.S. Customs and Border Protection, would ask visa-waiver...
vr

VR-Based Spoofing Attacks Expose Flaw in Facial-Recognition Authentication Systems

Security researchers continually explore methods of fooling biometric-based security features. The latest is a new attack which can defeat face authentication systems using random photos of the target user taken from social media. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at...
device

NTIA Seeks Input on IPv6 Address Requirements for Internet of Things Devices

NTIA seeks input to guide it in future IPv6 promotional activities. NTIA invites adopters and implementers of IPv6 as well as any other interested stakeholders to share information on the benefits, costs, and challenges they have experienced, as well...
robot

FCC Assembles ‘Strike Force’ Including Apple, AT&T to Tackle Robocall ‘Scourge’

A push by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on robocalls will include 30 tech companies, including: AT&T, Google, Apple, Verizon, Comcast, Nokia, BlackBerry, LG, Qualcomm and Sirius XM. The “Robocall Strike Force” brings together carriers, device makers,...
nsa

Group Claims NSA Hack: Auctions ‘Best’ Cyber Weapons for 1 Million Bitcoin

A group of hackers with the handle “The Shadow Brokers” claims to have penetrated an NSA-backed hacking operation. The group has leaked a bunch of hacking tools it claims is from the NSA, and they are also currently hosting a...
tug of war

Facebook, Adblock Plus Go Toe-to-Toe in Ad Block Battle

Facebook has issued a “fix” to the workaround launched by prominent ad block maker, Adblock Plus. Recall that Facebook announced Tuesday it will basically force-feed users with ads, even if they have ad blocking software installed on their desktops....
data

Amazon’s Kinesis Analytics Lets You Process Data in Real Time With Standard SQL

Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform announced on Thursday the launch of Kinesis Analytics, a new service that makes it easier to analyze real-time streaming data with the help of standard SQL queries. Amazon Kinesis simplifies the process of working with...
adblocker

Facebook Disables Ad Blockers: Open Source Community Figures Out a Way Around It Instantly

In what seems to be a digital cat and mouse game, Facebook announced Tuesday that it will circumvent (or at least try to) users with ad blocking software and force them to view ads. As can be expected, users...
gsa

FedRAMP Accelerated Process: GSA Releases Pre-audit Template to Enable Vendors Achieve FedRAMP Authorization

The General Services Administration (GSA) has released the FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) Template, a pre-audit enabling cloud providers to demonstrate their readiness to achieve a FedRAMP authorization. This allows the FedRAMP Program Management Office to determine if a cloud...
Tony Scot

OMB’s Final Policy Requires Feds to Publicly Release 20 Percent of Code as Open Source

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a final mandate on Monday requiring government agencies to release most of their code as open source. The Federal Source Code Policy seeks to ensure that new custom-developed Federal source code will...
translate

Spy Agencies Want Tech to Enable Translation From All Languages to English

The Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) says it is planning to hold a conference where it will release a new solicitation to support its Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language (MATERIAL) Program. IARPA is an...
delta

Global Computer System Outage Grounds Delta Air Lines Flights

Thousands of Delta passengers around the world were stranded Monday following a power outage at its Atlanta headquarters which caused a global computer failure that halted all flights. Airport check-in systems, passenger advisory screens, the airline's website and smartphone apps...
landline

FCC Fines AT&T $7.75 Million for Fleecing Customers in Fraudulent ‘Directory Assistance’ Services

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau announced on Monday a settlement with AT&T Services to resolve its investigation into whether the company “crammed” unauthorized third-party charges on its customers’ wireline telephone bills.  AT&T allowed scammers to charge customers approximately...
firefighters

Department of Homeland Security Launches Incident Command System

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS,) an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide. NICS is a mobile, web-based communication platform that enables...
bitcoin

Hacked Bitcoin Exchange to Distribute 36% Loss Across Users

Bitfinex, a popular Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange was hacked last week, losing about $70 million worth of customer’s bitcoin. The loss caused the price of Bitcoin to drop about 20%, even though it has rebounded somewhat.  Bitfinex used a service to...
bitcoin

U.S. Marshals Set to Auction $1.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin

The U.S. government announced Monday its plan to auction 2,719.32669068 bitcoins worth a little over $1.6 million in one block. Bidder registration opens today and ends August 18. The US Marshals Service (USMS), which is conducting the auction, said...
phone

White House Requires Agencies to Improve ‘Information Technology Commodity Management Practices’

The White House issued a memorandum Thursday requiring agencies to take new steps to improve their “Information Technology commodity management practices.” Annually, the Federal Government spends about $1 billion on mobile devices and services contract, with approximately half of that...
apple

Apple Launches Bug Bounty Program With Payout of up to $200,000

Apple said Thursday that it will offer up to $200,000 to researchers who are able to find crucial security bugs in its products. The company made the announcement at the Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas. The program,...
basis

Intel Issues Recall For Basis Peak Smart Watches Due to Overheating

Intel, the world’s biggest chipmaker, has issued a recall for all Basis Peak smartwatches due to thermal problems. The company warns owners need to stop using the device immediately and return the device as soon as possible. “We are issuing this...
data

Hitachi’s New Data Processing Tech Speeds up Data Analytics by up to 100 Times

Hitachi, Ltd. said today it has developed a database management system optimized for the high-speed embedded memory in the hardware and technology for high performance parallel data processing in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Using these technologies, the company was...
iphone

iPhone Sales Surpass One Billion Threshold; Apple Sets its Sights on Autonomous Vehicle Software

Apple  announced on Wednesday it has sold over 1 billion iPhones. The company’s CEO Tom Cook said the one billionth device was recently sold, during a meeting with employees in Cupertino, California. “Last week we passed another major milestone when...
7-eleven

7-Eleven Makes First FAA-Approved Drone Home Delivery – And It’s a Slurpee

7‑Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Flirtey, a leading independent drone delivery service, said last week that they have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National...
privacy

France Orders Microsoft to Respect French Privacy Laws, Stop Tracking Windows 10 Users

In a notice published on Wednesday, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to "stop collecting excessive user data" and to stop tracking the web browsing of Windows 10 users without their consent. Microsoft was given three months...
blackberry

BlackBerry Scores Deals With US Government: Underwhelms Investors

BlackBerry scored a number of deals with the U.S. government even as it makes the transition from a primarily smartphone maker to software. The company signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar deal to run emergency notifications for the U.S. Senate, and also...
transparency

Latest Google Transparency Report Depicts Rise in Government Requests For User Data

The latest Google Transparency Report shows that global government requests for its user data had risen in the second half of 2015 to an all-time high. Google’s Transparency Report discloses statistical data on government and court requests for user...
bionics

FDA-Approved, DARPA-Funded Bionic Arm Ready For Commercial Launch

Mobius Bionics recently announced the commercial introduction of the LUKE arm. According to the company, the LUKE arm is the first prosthetic arm cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the new product category for integrated...
chatbot

Microsoft, Singapore Government Explore Using Chatbots as ‘Digital Representatives’

Microsoft is partnering with the government of Singapore on what it calls its “Conversations as a Platform” to explore opportunities in co-creating next-generation digital government services for a Smart Nation. As part of this partnership, the Singapore Government will explore...
privacy

European Commission Adopts EU-US Privacy Shield to Protect Transatlantic Data Flows

The European Commission announced July 12 that it has adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a new framework to protect the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the U.S. In addition, the framework will...
reg

Coalition Protests ‘Extensive Regulation of Financial Technologies’

Financial Innovation Now, a public policy coalition comprised of Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal, on July 12 released a report titled, “Examining the Extensive Regulation of Financial Technologies.” The report examines current state and federal regulatory compliance requirements for...
airport

TSA, American Airlines Test Automation To Ease Backups

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Tuesday that it plans to install new screening technology, including automated security screening lanes and computed tomography (CT) scanners, at select American Airlines hubs nationwide this fall. TSA said it will be working in...
hoverboard

U.S. Consumer Safety Watchdog Issues Alert on Massive Hoverboard Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission said on Wednesday that ten companies are recalling about 501,000 hoverboards after numerous reports of the self-balancing scooters' batteries catching fire. The recall follows the agency’s investigation of more than 60 hoverboard-related fires causing...
cybersecurity

Darktrace Explores Automation of Cybersecurity: Raises $65 Million From Investors

Darktrace, a provider of enterprise cyber threat defense software, announced Wednesday that it has raised new growth equity financing, led by KKR, a leading global investment firm, with participation from existing investor Summit Partners, and new investors TenEleven Ventures...
robot

Feds Investigate Ashley Madison For Enticing Users With Fembots

Ashley Madison the dating website specifically targeted towards adulterers, utilized the services of robots, who the users thought were seductive females, to provide the illusion of interaction with human females, consequently boosting the popularity of the site. The dating site...
space

NASA Reveals Interplanetary Big Data Plans

NASA is currently testing a new communications protocol on the International Space Station (ISS) that will ultimately lead to a future "interplanetary internet" system connecting human outposts and spacecraft in the entire solar system. The new system is expected to...
https

All UK Government Websites To Implement HTTPS By October 1

All government digital services (GDS) websites in the UK will be required to use HTTPS encryption starting 1 October, according to new security guidelines. As well as enforcing the use of HTTPS, all UK government websites are mandated to...

U.S. Department Of Labor Invests $150 Million In Developing Tech Talent

Vice President Biden and Department of Labor Secretary Perez announced on June 27 the release of $150 million in Department of Labor grants for 39 partnerships across the country. The awardees will launch innovative training and placement models to...
europe

New Campaign Calls On EU To Ensure Net Neutrality Protected From Abuse By ISPs

Fight for the Future (FFTF), a non-profit FFTF organization which works to protect the Internet from rules from which impede on individual rights, said today that more than 7,000 websites are joining the “EU Slowdown” to protest loopholes in...
airbnb

Airbnb Sues San Francisco Over Rental Law

Airbnb on June 27 sued the city of San Francisco over a unanimous decision made on June 7 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to fine Airbnb $1,000 a day for every unregistered host who used the service. According...
microsoft

Microsoft Proposes Cybersecurity ‘Rules’ To Guide Nation-States

With the emergence of cyber as the new battlefield of choice for global conflicts, Microsoft has proposed what it calls “cybersecurity norms for nation-states and the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry.” The tech company published a white paper...
diversity

More Than 30 Tech Companies Commit To White House Workforce Diversity Goals

More than 30 tech companies made a pledge June 23 to diversify their workforce. In a letter addressed to the President, the companies resolved to “take action to make the technology workforce at each of our companies fully representative...
fedramp

AWS, CSRA & Microsoft Attain Highest FedRAMP Status For Their Govt. Clouds

Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has rolled out the final version of the high impact baseline – a framework which authorizes third party vendors to host some of the government’s most sensitive data in the cloud. Agencies are...
robot

EU Proposals Seek To Classify Robots As ‘Electronic Persons’: Owners To Pay Social Security

A proposal from the European Parliament calls for the classification of working robots as "electronic persons." Under the draft plan, the owners of the robots would also be liable to pay for social security for them, if it passes...
software

Dell To Sell Software Division For Over $2 Billion

Dell Inc. and buyout firm, Francisco Partners are in advanced talks for the later to acquire Dell Inc’s software division for over $2 billion, according to Reuters. Francisco Partners is the private equity arm of activist hedge fund Elliot Management...
office

Insurance Firm Launches ‘First Cyber Insurance For Consumers’

Hartford Steam Boiler, a specialty insurer focusing on existing and emerging risks posed by technological change, has launched what it calls the first-in-the-nation cyber insurance policy for consumers. Sensing an opportunity in the escalating cyber-attacks on both enterprise and private...
marijuana

Microsoft, KIND Financial Collaborate On Marijuana Deal

Following the legalization of marijuana in more than 20 states and the booming business in recreational marijuana, Microsoft is forming a partnership with Kind Financial, a Los Angeles based startup that supports the cannabis industry. As part of the arrangement,...
it

Love It Or Hate It, Organizations Must Embrace Shadow IT To Grow

Almost four in five (78%) of organizations have employees using cloud services without the knowledge of IT, according to new research by NTT Communications. The research showed that employees deliberately bypass IT in adopting applications because IT approval processes...