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Google banned employees from discussing politics at work, but the government now reportedly says that restricts free speech rights

September 12, 2019

The action came as a result of federal regulators reaching a settlement on employee complaints that the company restricts free speech, the Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the situation. The settlement, which was approved this week, ensures that Google will strike recently revised community guidelines that are meant to crack down on what employees can say inside the company.

This watery planet is the best place to hunt life we've seen so far

September 12, 2019

About 110 light years away is a planet twice Earth’s size with water vapour in its atmosphere, and it may be the best place to look for alien life that we have yet seen. The detection of water there marks the first time astronomers have characterised the atmosphere of a planet of this size.

Huawei Entity List and Temporary General License Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

September 11, 2019

BIS added Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) and its non-U.S. affiliateswere added to the Entity List effective May 16, 2019 on the basis of information that provided a reasonable basis to conclude that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests. This information included the activities alleged in the Department of Justice’s public Superseding Indictment of Huawei, including alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), conspiracy to violate IEEPA by providing prohibited financial services to Iran, and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of those alleged violations of U.S. sanctions. Effective August 19, 2019, BIS added another 46 non-U.S. affiliates of Huawei to the Entity List because they also pose a significant risk of involvement in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

Annual US Aerospace, Defense Sales Approach $1 Trillion

September 11, 2019

The US aerospace and defense industry continued building its sales for the eighth-straight year in 2018, growing 4.2 percent from the previous year and topping out at $929 billion, the Aerospace Industries Association announced Sept. 9. Aerospace accounted for $374 billion of US gross domestic product, or 1.8 percent of overall GDP.

Executives Say $1 Billion for AI Research Isn't Enough

September 11, 2019

The announcement Tuesday of a nearly $1 billion federal commitment toward artificial-intelligence research drew a mixed response from business leaders who said the U.S. needs to do more to maintain a competitive edge in AI. Government agencies requested $973.5 million in nondefense AI research spending for the fiscal year ending in September 2020.

General: US faces 'Sputnik moment' in space race competition

September 11, 2019

The U.S. has reached a new "Sputnik moment" in which the military must act to keep the nation's competitive advantage in space against adversaries such as Russia, China, and to a lesser extent, Iran and North Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.

Google faces a new antitrust probe by 50 attorneys general

September 10, 2019

A coalition of 50 attorneys general will be investigating Google for potential violations of antitrust law, a step that could potentially lead to a broad legal challenge to the company’s market dominance. The investigation, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine (D), was announced on the steps of the Supreme Court building Monday afternoon after months of rumors about states seeking to turn up the pressure on Silicon Valley.

A huge database of Facebook users' phone numbers found online

September 08, 2019

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online. The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam.

New Steve Bannon Film Warns of Growing Chinese Espionage Threat

September 05, 2019

A new film by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is sounding the alarm over China's encroachment into the high-tech industry. Slated for release in September, Claws of the Red Dragon spotlights the relationship between telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Google, YouTube fined record $170 million for violating children's privacy

September 05, 2019

Google will pay $170 million to settle charges that YouTube made millions of dollars over the years from violating children's privacy laws, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York’s attorney general announced on Wednesday. The fine is by far the largest ever imposed on a website for violations of the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which requires companies to obtain parental consent before collecting data on children under the age of 13.

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