Day: September 23, 2020

Swedish Technology Company Cuts Business Ties With Hong Kong

Computer Data Tech Following Unprecedented Global Cyberattack

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A Swedish firm that supplies law enforcement and government agencies with technology to extract data from mobile phones said it has pulled its business from Hong Kong.

The decision by Stockholm-based Micro Systemation AB came after a White House executive order on July 14 stripped Hong Kong of its special trading status, said Mike Dickinson, deputy executive officer. That status had granted Hong Kong more favorable treatment than China.

Dickinson said in an email that his company, known as MSAB, would no longer “supply solutions” to the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force, nor any other government agencies in the territory. He said the executive order “impacts our U.S. legal entity and presence in the U.S.A.

MSAB had pulled its business from China earlier in 2020 due to changes in “regulatory regimes and restrictions” related to

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Ink Pact With Advertisers For ‘Common Definition’ on Hate Speech

San Francisco: After months of intensive talks with major advertisers, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content, the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) said on Wednesday. Also Read – No Coercive Action Against Facebook Chief in Delhi Riots Case Till Oct 15: Supreme Court to Delhi Assembly

GARM is a cross-industry initiative founded and led by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and supported by other trade bodies, including ANA, ISBA and the 4A’s. Also Read – Gucci Unveils Jeans With Fake Grass Stains For Whopping Rs 88,000, Internet Left Baffled!

The move comes after over 200 brands including Starbucks and Levis recently pulled their advertising from Facebook and the #StopHateforProfit campaign gained momentum after celebrities, like Kim Kardashian West, froze their social media account for a day. Also Read – Soaring Popularity: Twitter Records 6.1

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Twitter to start testing voice DMs

After rolling out audio tweets for iOS in June, Twitter is now experimenting with the idea of letting people record and send voice messages through direct messages. Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, product manager for direct messages at Twitter, let me know that the company will be testing voice DMs soon. Brazil will be the first country included in that test. He shared the news… through a 20-second voice message. “We know people want more options for how they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately,” he said.





© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge


Similar to voice tweets, voice messages have a bare-bones, simple interface: there’s just a play / pause button, and the sender’s avatar pulsates as the message plays. The product team designed an “in-line recording experience to make it easier to send these messages as part of the natural conversation flow,” so that’s one

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Justice Dept. urges Congress to limit tech’s legal shield

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sent Congress draft legislation on Wednesday that would reduce a legal shield for platforms like Facebook and YouTube, in the latest effort by the Trump administration to revisit the law as the president claims those companies are slanted against conservative voices.

The original law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, makes it difficult to sue online platforms over the content they host or the way they moderate it. Under the proposed changes, technology platforms that purposely facilitate “harmful criminal activity” would not receive the protections, the department said. Platforms that allow “known criminal content” to stay up once they know it exists would lose the protections for that content.

Attorney General William Barr, in a statement, urged lawmakers to “begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate egregious criminal activity online.” (While they are shielded

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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Are the Top 2 Political Donees at All of the 10 Biggest U.S. Tech Companies

by Caitlin Yilek

Presidential nominee Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are the top two recipients of 2020 campaign contributions among Americans who work at all 10 of the biggest U.S. tech companies, according to a nonpartisan watchdog organization.

Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show a sea of blue at Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet, Facebook, Nvidia, PayPal, Adobe, Intel and SalesForce.com, the 10 U.S. tech companies with the highest market caps. President Donald Trump was the only Republican among the top 10 recipients of political donations at seven of the 10 companies. No Republican registered in the

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Australia Says Majority of 470-Strong Beached Whale Pod Has Died | World News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia’s remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive.

The group, which is the biggest beaching in the country’s modern history, were first spotted a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance of rugged Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania state on Monday.

After two days of a difficult and dangerous rescue attempt, state marine scientists said at least 380 of the long-finned pilot whales had died.

By late Wednesday, around fifty of the mammals were freed but experts said there was a high likelihood they would return as many did during the rescue attempt a day earlier, creating an exhausting loop for rescuers who cannot work through the night.

The outlook for the remaining 30 stranded and still alive pilot whales, a

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Researchers found the manual for the world’s oldest surviving computer

Researchers will be able to gain a deeper understanding of what’s considered the world’s oldest surviving (digital) computer after its long-lost user manual was unearthed. The Z4, which was built in 1945, runs on tape, takes up most of a room and needs several people to operate it. The machine now takes residence at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, but it hasn’t been used in quite some time.



a room filled with furniture and a large window: Zuse Z4 computer


Zuse Z4 computer

An archivist at ETH Zurich, Evelyn Boesch, discovered the manual among her father’s documents in March, according to retired lecturer Herbert Bruderer (via Motherboard). René Boesch worked with the Swiss Aeronautical Engineering Association, which was based at the university’s Institute for Aircraft Statics and Aircraft Construction. The Z4 was housed there in the early 1950s.

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Among Boesch’s documents were notes on math problems the Z4 solved that were linked to the development of the P-16 jet

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Trying to Hold Top of Important Long-term Structure

Nasdaq 100 Technical Highlights:

• Channel break risk climbing along with March low retest potential

• If bottom of channel can hold, though, slide can stay contained

The Nasdaq 100 just pulled back near an important area of big-picture support via the top of the decade-long channel it left behind back in July. It is viewed as an important structure given its prevalence as support and resistance at times over such a long period of time.

When price exceeds the top of an upward sloping channel a couple of different things often happen. In one scenario we will see a smallish ‘overthrow’ where price rises for a relatively short period of time before momentum stalls and leads to a decline back inside the channel. At which time a full-on reversal can develop in the wake of a failure to maintain the trajectory. The overthrow is viewed as a sort of

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Echelon ‘Prime bike’ has nothing to do with Amazon, and has been struck down

A company called Echelon Fitness on Tuesday unveiled an exercise bike “in collaboration with Amazon,” but Amazon says it wasn’t involved and has ceased sales of the product pending modifications.

Echelon Fitness touted the $500 now ex-“Prime Bike” as “Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product” that was developed in partnership with the online retail juggernaut. On Tuesday evening, however, Amazon denied that it was ever involved with the product or Echelon Fitness.

“This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime,” Amazon told Bloomberg. “Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product and change the product branding.”

As of Wednesday morning, the name of the bike has been changed to “EX-P” instead of “EX-Prime.” All mentions of Amazon have been removed, and the bike is also listed as “currently

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Ensuring Cloud Migration Success with PagerDuty

It’s no surprise that business and technology leaders are drawn by the promise of enhanced scalability, business agility, and cost savings — but did you know that 30% of cloud migration projects fail? A cloud-based approach requires new methods to address the increased complexity of hybrid-cloud environments, where siloes can emerge across people, operational processes, and technologies.

The rise of AIOps has enormous potential to connect contextualized information across siloed teams and technology and, where possible, to help automate operations. Join Andrew Marshall, Director of Product Marketing at PagerDuty, as he explores the accelerating trend towards cloud migration, key challenges that exist in a hybrid and multi-cloud world, and how AIOps technologies can be used as a part of that broader strategy.

In this webinar, you will learn how teams migrating to the cloud can:

• Leverage PagerDuty to help bridge silos across people, processes and technology
• Quickly adapt

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