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Google takes heat over location tracking in privacy debate

March 13, 2019

A top Google executive faced tough questions from a Senate committee on Tuesday about the company's data collection practices as lawmakers vow to impose tougher privacy regulations on tech giants. The Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Will DeVries, senior policy counsel at Google, over the company’s user location tracking and data practices.

Lawmakers introduce bill to protect children's data privacy

March 13, 2019

A bipartisan pair of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would prevent tech companies from amassing personal information about teenagers without their consent. The bill, introduced by outspoken tech critics Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and freshman Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), would prevent internet companies from targeting ads toward children and require the companies to provide more insight into how they collect and use children's data.

Breaking up Amazon: Is it even possible? Imagining the tech giant under a U.S. antitrust crackdown

March 13, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bold proposal to break up big tech companies --including Amazon, Google and Facebook -- has ignited a debate over the power that the industry wields, while raising a big question: Is it even possible to put the genie back in the bottle?

Scientists have chilled tiny electronics to a record low temperature

March 12, 2019

Tiny electronic chips have been cooled to a record low temperature, dipping below a thousandth of a kelvin for the first time ever, scientists reported March 6 at a meeting of the American Physical Society. To reach the frosty temperature, the scientists incorporated tiny bits of metal on the chip, which act like magnetic refrigerators.

U.S. "Gets Its Ass Handed To It" In World War III Simulation

March 11, 2019

In simulated World War III scenarios, the U.S. continues to lose against Russia and China, two top war planners warned last week. “In our games, when we fight Russia and China, blue gets its ass handed to it" RAND analyst David Ochmanek said Thursday.

US Tech Sector Adds 7,500 Jobs in February, CompTIA Analysis Reveals

March 11, 2019

The U.S. tech sector added an estimated 7,500 new jobs in February, a positive outcome in light of the generally weak hiring across much of the economy, according to an analysis by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association. Four of the tech sector's five employment categories ended February in positive territory, CompTIA's analysis of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics "Employment Situation" report finds.

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashes down successfully in Atlantic

March 10, 2019

The SpaceX commercial astronaut capsule has splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean, marking a significant step in Nasa’s quest to resume manned space flight from the US. Footage of the landing shows the capsule hitting the water gently under four billowing red and white parachutes. A boat, the GO Searcher, was waiting to recover the capsule, which splashed down about 280 miles (450 km) from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Is it really time to break up Big Tech? A reality check on Sen. Warren's ambitious proposal

March 10, 2019

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ambitious plan to regulate Facebook, Google and Amazon as utilities and roll back some of their biggest acquisitions, is a giant stake in the ground for the 2020 presidential campaign -- but is it realistic? Would it really have the desired impact on competition and consumers?

Elizabeth Warren proposes Big Tech breakup

March 08, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Friday that she would take steps to break apart Google, Facebook and Amazon if elected. Why it matters: It's the most significant tech policy idea proposed on the presidential campaign trail so far, and in keeping with a moment where policymakers of both parties have grown skeptical of the power of big web platforms.

What critics get wrong about the 'American AI Initiative'

March 08, 2019

The initiative is a broad strategy “to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment.” But critics have complained it’s short on specific actions and lacks new funding to accomplish its goals, in contrast to China’s 2017 “Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan,” which allocated billions to establish China as the “premier global AI innovation center” by 2030.

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