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Huawei's equipment poses 'significant' security risks, UK says

March 29, 2019

The U.K. government warned on Thursday Huawei’s telecommunications equipment raises “significant” security issues, posing a possible setback to the Chinese tech firm as it looks to build out 5G networks.

Is NASA's Golden Age of Space Telescopes Ending?

March 28, 2019

The $8.9 billion James Webb Space Telescope may be the last big-budget observatory that NASA launches for a while. The White House’s proposed 2020 budget cancels the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), a $3.2 billion space mission viewed as a linchpin of astrophysics research through the 2020s and beyond.

Pentagon Warns Silicon Valley About Aiding Chinese Military

March 28, 2019

President Donald Trump and his top U.S. military adviser met with Google’s CEO about concerns that Silicon Valley’s AI collaborations in China may benefit the Chinese military. Such worries reflect awareness of how certain technologies developed for civilian purposes can also provide military advantages in the strategic competition playing out between the United States and China.

The US Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

March 28, 2019

A new AI-enabled pilot project aims to sense “micro changes” in the behavior of people with top-secret clearances. If it works, it could be the future of corporate HR.

NASA cancels first all-women spacewalk due to spacesuit size issue

March 27, 2019

The first all-women spacewalk has been cancelled. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were scheduled to stroll into the vacuum of space on 29 March to change the batteries for some of the International Space Station’s solar panels. Now Nick Hague will replace McClain, because there wasn’t time to put together a spacesuit that would fit her.

Trump signs executive order on protecting US from potential EMP attacks

March 27, 2019

President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to identify the threats posed by potential electromagnetic pulses (EMP), which are believed to be potentially dangerous to critical infrastructure like the electric grid, and find ways to guard against them.

FTC orders broadband companies to hand over info on privacy practices

March 27, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is ordering the nation’s largest broadband providers to turn over information on their handling of consumer data as the agency launches an extensive review of privacy practices. Comcast, Verizon and AT&T were among the companies that received orders from the FTC following a 5-0 vote by the agency's commissioners.

Privacy becomes a selling point for tech, with Apple and Microsoft leading the way

March 27, 2019

As Apple unveiled its new Apple Card at a big media event Monday, the company touted what it sees as one of the credit card’s biggest selling points: a “unique security and privacy architecture” that uses a “dynamic security code” to prevent Apple from knowing the key details about the customer’s purchases on the card.

Dem net neutrality bill clears first hurdle in House

March 27, 2019

A bill to reinstate the Obama administration's net neutrality rules passed its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday as a House panel voted to advance the measure. Democrats pushed the Save the Internet Act through a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee in the face of Republican opposition. Lawmakers approved the bill in an 18-11 party-line vote after an at-times contentious markup.

China to Reduce Government Intervention in Industrial Sector

March 27, 2019

China will reduce direct government intervention in its vast industrial sector, the industry minister said on Monday, as Beijing seeks to ease concerns about its industrial policy, core to Washington's complaints in the Sino-U.S. trade war. The government's pledge to reduce its influence over operational matters in China's manufacturing sector follows an apparent toning down of its high-tech industrial push, which has long annoyed the United States.

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