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Leaked S-1 says Palantir would fight an order demanding its encryption keys

Leaked S-1 says Palantir would fight an order demanding its encryption keys Palantir, the secretive data analytics startup founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, would challenge a government order seeking the company’s encryption keys, according to a leaked document. TechCrunch has obtained a leaked copy of Palantir’s S-1, filed with U.S. regulators […]

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Border wall crowdfunding scheme leads to Trump ally Steve Bannon’s arrest

Border wall crowdfunding scheme leads to Trump ally Steve Bannon’s arrest One of President Trump’s former top political advisors was arrested in connection with a crowdfunding scheme to build a U.S. border wall, according to charges unsealed by federal prosecutors Thursday. Steve Bannon is one of four individuals named in the indictment […]

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TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users […]

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Trump administration announces major midband spectrum auction for 5G

Trump administration announces major midband spectrum auction for 5G 5G is increasingly coming into focus as a set of technologies that has the potential to dramatically expand the quality, bandwidth, and range of wireless connectivity. One of the major blocks to actually rolling out these technologies though is simply spectrum: there just […]

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More Chinese phones could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network

More Chinese phones could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network Over a third of the world’s smartphone sales come from Chinese vendors Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo. These manufacturers have thrived not only because they offer value-for-money handsets thanks to China’s supply chains, but they also enjoy a relatively open mobile ecosystem, […]

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Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation

Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation Twitter took action against the official Trump campaign Twitter account Wednesday, freezing @TeamTrump’s ability to tweet until it removed a video in which the president made misleading claims about the coronavirus. In the video clip, taken from a Wednesday […]

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Facebook just took down a Trump post that claimed kids are immune to COVID-19

Facebook just took down a Trump post that claimed kids are immune to COVID-19 Facebook took down a video President Trump posted to his account Wednesday, citing its rules against false claims about the coronavirus. The decision to remove the video signals a new direction for Facebook, which has been taking incremental […]

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Technologists: Consider Canada

Technologists: Consider Canada Tim Bray Contributor Share on Twitter Tim Bray is a software technologist based in Vancouver, B.C. and a former vice president and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services. Iain Klugman Contributor Iain Klugman is CEO of Communitech, an innovation hub in Waterloo, Ontario, and a signatory to the Tech […]

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Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly”

Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly” Days after President Donald Trump announced he could use an executive order to ban TikTok from the United States, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the administration is “closing in on a solution and I think you’ll see […]

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Tech watchdog calls on Facebook Oversight Board members to demand real power or resign

Tech watchdog calls on Facebook Oversight Board members to demand real power or resign A new policy-focused nonprofit that emerged from the recent wave of big tech scrutiny is calling for members of Facebook’s Oversight Board to either step up or step down. In an open letter, Accountable Tech urges the five […]

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