Friday, September 25, 2020

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Judge Orders Federal Government to Defend TikTok Ban by Friday Afternoon

Judge Orders Federal Government to Defend TikTok Ban by Friday Afternoon

ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of video-sharing app TikTok, has requested a temporary block on a ban of the app by the Trump administration. A U.S. judge has now ordered the federal government to defend the ban on Friday afternoon, or delay the blacklisting scheduled for Sunday.

Report: AG Barr Not Sold on TikTok Deal

Report: AG Barr Not Sold on TikTok Deal

A recent report states that Attorney General William Barr remains unconvinced that a recently announced partnership between the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart will safeguard user data from Chinese spying.

5 Key Facts on the TikTok Global Deal

5 Key Facts on the TikTok Global Deal

The Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok recently laid out a partnership with U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart in a deal that has delayed the banning of the app for American users — here are five key facts about the deal currently pending government approval.

RealClearPolitics: Google Suppresses Conservative Media in Search Results

RealClearPolitics: Google Suppresses Conservative Media in Search Results

A report from RealClearPolitics has found that Google pushes conservative news sites far down in search results. The RealClearPolitics investigation confirms Breitbart News' own reporting on Google's suppression of the site in search results, illustrated by the nearly complete disappearance of Breitbart articles in the results for a search of "Joe Biden.

Trump Approves TikTok Deal that Maintains Chinese Ownership

Trump Approves TikTok Deal that Maintains Chinese Ownership

President Trump has approved a deal that would create a partnership between the Chinese app TikTok and Oracle and Walmart to manage TikTok's operation in America. TikTok's Chinese parent, ByteDance, will own a majority share of the company and maintain ownership of TikTok's all-important algorithms.

Facebook Will Stop Recommending Health Groups

Facebook Will Stop Recommending Health Groups

The Verge reports that Facebook plans to stop recommending health-related groups to users in an attempt to slow the spread of misinformation on its platform.

President Trump: 'Not Prepared to Sign Off' on TikTok Deal Yet

President Trump: 'Not Prepared to Sign Off' on TikTok Deal Yet

President Donald Trump stated during a press conference that he is not prepared to sign off on a recently announced partnership between Silicon Valley giant Oracle and the Chinese-owned app TikTok until national security concerns are completely alleviated.

Report: Coronavirus May Permanently Replace Human Jobs with Machines

Report: Coronavirus May Permanently Replace Human Jobs with Machines

The coronavirus pandemic could potentially see jobs for humans permanently replaced with machines according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Jobs that are at risk of disappearing includeretail salespersons, parking attendants, slaughterhouse workers, and toll collectors.

Joe Biden's Campaign App Exposes Data on 191 Million Americans

Joe Biden's Campaign App Exposes Data on 191 Million Americans

A bug was recently discovered in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's official campaign app that allowed anyone to access sensitive voter information on millions of Americans. The privacy breach reportedly affects 191 million Americans.

Amazon to Hire 100,000 Employees in North America

Amazon to Hire 100,000 Employees in North America

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to hire 100,000 full and part-time employees in the U.S. and Canada, offering starting wages of at least $15 an hour.

Report: Oracle Beats Microsoft in Bid for TikTok

Report: Oracle Beats Microsoft in Bid for TikTok

Oracle has won the bidding to take over the U.S. operations of the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, beating out Microsoft in a deal to allow the platform to continue operating in the United States.

Former NSA Spymaster Keith Alexander Joins Amazon Board of Directors

Former NSA Spymaster Keith Alexander Joins Amazon Board of Directors

Gen. Keith Alexander, the former chief of the NSA, has joined Amazon's board of directors according to a recent SEC filing. Alexander was in charge of the NSA when it was revealed that the agency engaged in widespread electronic surveillance of American citizens.

Elon Musk: Berlin Tesla Factory Will Feature 'Ravecave'

Elon Musk: Berlin Tesla Factory Will Feature 'Ravecave'

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has announced plans for a fundamental redesign of Tesla's electric vehicles and the construction of a "ravecave" at the company's planned Berlin production plant.

Facebook 'Supreme Court' Member Warns that Regulation Could Stifle Free Speech Online

Facebook 'Supreme Court' Member Warns that Regulation Could Stifle Free Speech Online

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the co-chair of Facebook's "Supreme Court," has warned that an aggressive approach to regulating the company could infringe upon freedom of speech. Her comments stand in stark contrast to the company's purge of conservatives and plan to blacklist legal comment that might cause "regulatory impacts.

Wired Lays Out the Case to Regulate Google's Ad Market

Wired Lays Out the Case to Regulate Google's Ad Market

In a recent article, Wired questions whether Google's advertising market should be regulated in a similar way to the stock market as the company continues to dominate the billion-dollar online advertising industry.

TikTok Sale in Jeopardy as China Rewrites Export Rules

TikTok Sale in Jeopardy as China Rewrites Export Rules

The sale of the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok to a U.S. company may be shut down as China rewrites a number of export rules to give itself the power to veto certain sales, ultimately giving the communist government power over the TikTok deal.

Walmart Joins Microsoft Bid to Buy TikTok

Walmart Joins Microsoft Bid to Buy TikTok

Walmart has confirmed this week that it is teaming up with tech giant Microsoft in an attempt to purchase the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok.

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Quits Just Months After Joining Company

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Quits Just Months After Joining Company

Kevin Mayer, the CEO of the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok, has left his role at the company just months after taking the helm as the company faces continued scrutiny from the Trump administration over national security concerns.

'Fortnite' Developer Epic Games Scores Partial Victory Against Apple

'Fortnite' Developer Epic Games Scores Partial Victory Against Apple

Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple is now well underway with the game developer scoring a partial win in the first ruling on the case. The court granted the developer a temporary restraining order against Apple following the tech giant's threat to remove Epic's Unreal Engine from multiple Apple platforms — an act of retaliation against theFortnitecompany that would have impacted thousands of developers working on their own games and entertainment projects.

Amazon Plans to Make Whole Foods' Human Cashiers Obsolete

Amazon Plans to Make Whole Foods' Human Cashiers Obsolete

Amazon executive Jeff Wilke, a 20-year veteran of the company, plans to retire next year, but not before completing one of his major projects — eliminating human cashiers at Whole Foods locations across the country.

Zoom Suffers Massive Outages on First Day of Online School

Zoom Suffers Massive Outages on First Day of Online School

Video-conferencing app Zoom, which is being relied on by many school districts across the country for online classes, is suffering a massive outage right as many children attempt to begin their first day of classes.

Facebook Removes Antifa and QAnon Groups

Facebook Removes Antifa and QAnon Groups

Social media giant Facebook recently removed 980 groups linked to Antifa along with hundreds of pages and advertisements. In the same move, the company removed almost 800 QAnon groups.

Newt Gingrich: Too Much Power Is Concentrated in the Hands of Big Tech CEOs

Newt Gingrich: Too Much Power Is Concentrated in the Hands of Big Tech CEOs

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Daily to discuss Google and Big Tech. Gingrich decried Google's ability to "pick and choose who they want to enable to communicate in the world.

New York Times Compares Big Tech's Domination to the Railroads

New York Times Compares Big Tech's Domination to the Railroads

In a recent article, theNew York Times outlines how a shrinking economy and the world in turmoil due to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has actually helped Silicon Valley tech giants to further amass their wealth and influence.

Oracle Enters the Fight to Buy TikTok

Oracle Enters the Fight to Buy TikTok

Tech giant Oracle, considered Google's arch-enemy in Silicon Valley, has reportedly joined the race to purchase the U.S. operations of the Chinese-owned app TikTok. Microsoft had previously announced plans to negotiate a purchase of the social media company.

Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary Nick Pacilio Works for Twitter

Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary Nick Pacilio Works for Twitter

Nick Pacilio, the former press secretary to Kamala Harris, recently chosen as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, has reportedly secured a communications role at Twitter where he could be part of the decision-making process when censoring tweets by President Donald Trump.

Twitter Hires Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary Nick Pacilio to Comms Role

Twitter Hires Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary Nick Pacilio to Comms Role

Nick Pacilio, the former press secretary to Kamala Harris, recently chosen as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, has reportedly secured a communications role at Twitter where he could be part of the decision-making process when censoring tweets by President Donald Trump.

Wired: Facebook Manipulates Your Privacy Choices

Wired: Facebook Manipulates Your Privacy Choices

Wired Magazine recently published an article giving insight into how Facebook and other social media websites manipulate users' privacy choices to influence them into giving away more of their data.

Report: Therapy App Eavesdropped on Private Client Sessions

Report: Therapy App Eavesdropped on Private Client Sessions

A recent report claims that former employees of the online therapy app Talkspace allege that the company data-mined patient's private conversations with therapists and used burner phones to leave fake reviews to boost the app's reputation.

Google Claims 'Glitch' Disrupted Search Results Globally

Google Claims 'Glitch' Disrupted Search Results Globally

Tech giant Google's flagship product, Google Search, claims a major 'glitch" has disrupted search results. Users around the world reported bizarre results to searches, such as a concentration of links to major e-commerce companies like Amazon and wildly inaccurate responses to requests for recipes.

Mark Zuckerberg's Fortune Surpasses $100 Billion

Mark Zuckerberg's Fortune Surpasses $100 Billion

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth has reportedly passed $100 billion for the first time after the social media giant's stock price hit a record based on optimism about the release of its TikTok competitor, Reels.