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Huawei Willing License 5G To Western Firms To Address Security Fears

Huawei‘s chief executive has proposed selling its current 5G tech to a Western firm as a way to address security concerns voiced by the US and others about its business. Ren Zhengfei said the buyer would be free to “change the software code”. That would allow any flaws or supposed backdoors to be addressed without […]

Former CBS News And Facebook Veterans Working Spotify’s Podcasting Efforts

Spotify has hired two industry veterans to help build out its roster of original podcast programming. Former CBS News chief David Rhodes is consulting with the music streaming giant on news programming and Facebook executive Amy Hudson has joined the staff full-time to build out a slate of sports podcasts Spotify is a subscription-based music […]

Uber Sacks 435 Employees

Ride-hailing giant Uber gave layoff notices to over 400 employees Tuesday Uber axed 435 people from its product and engineering teams, representing about 8% of its workforce, as reported by TechCrunch. But ahead of that announcement, hiring at the company — and specifically in the divisions affected by layoffs — saw a layoffs are often […]

Google Is Now Sharing Its Differential Privacy With App Developers

Google is making its differential privacy code freely available to all developers. Differential Privacy is a special mathematic technique that allows organizations to collect data from individuals in a way that guarantees individual privacy. Collected data cannot be traced back to any one person. Google uses this technique to capture what dishes people order at restaurants. The […]

Apple Responds China Labor Watch’s iPhone Factory Report

  Apple has responded to a report by a campaign group which criticised working conditions at a factory where iPhones are made. According to the report (pdf), Foxconn workers were not getting bonuses, were being made to do overtime and too many temporary workers were being hired. Under Chinese law, only 10% of a workforce […]

Pinterest Will Now Forward Vaccine Searches To Public Health Sites

Pinterest users searching for vaccine-related information will be directed to results from “public health organisations”. The firm also said it won’t show ads, comments or recommendations on results pages for vaccine searches. Late last year, the firm stopped showing results for vaccine searches to tackle the spread of misinformation on its platform. Under the new […]

US Government Has Been Hit With 130-Plus License Requests To Sell To Huawei

US officials have not granted any licences to trade with blacklisted Chinese firm Huawei, despite receiving more than 130 requests, Reuters says. The US restricted companies from selling to the electronics giant in May, citing national security concerns, which have been dismissed by Huawei. President Donald Trump said last month that some exemptions would be allowed

Biostar Security Software Left Million Fingerprints Unsecured

A huge cache of unsecured biometric credentials and personal information has been discovered by security researchers. Researchers working with cyber-security firm VPNMentor say they accessed data from a security tool called Biostar 2. It is used by thousands of companies worldwide to control access to specific parts of secure facilities. More than a million fingerprints […]

CBS And Viacom Rejoin As ViacomCBS Inc

After days of negotiations, CBS Corp. has reached an agreement to acquire Viacom which will now take on the name ViacomCBS Inc. CBS and Viacom announced the agreement Tuesday after more than 48 hours of intense final negotiations between the boards of both companies. The all-stock deal values Viacom at around its current market cap […]

Senators Request Amazon To Explain How It Recommends Products

  Sens. Bob Menendez and Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday asking it to say whether people or algorithms are making decisions about what gets the “Amazon’s Choice” label. They are worried that the Choice category can be manipulated via fake reviews and can mislead customers. Amazon said it […]

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