Science & Technology
France will continue with its technology tax amidst tariff threat from US
The country’s senate passed the controversial bill earlier this month, and it was signed into law by President Emmanuel Macron this week. The bill places a 3 percent tax on technology firms that earn more than €750 million ($834 million) in global revenue and €25 million in France, and would target the revenue that those companies earn in the country. According to The Washington Post, that would affect nearly 30 companies around the world, not just firms from the United States.
DOJ approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger
The Department of Justice on Friday announced it has approved the $26 billion T-Mobile–Sprint merger, paving the way towards a deal that will combine two of the country's largest mobile carriers into one company with more than 80 million U.S. customers.
4 Mars Missions Are One Year Away from Launching to the Red Planet in July 2020
Mars exploration will get a big boost next summer. Earth and the Red Planet align favorably for interplanetary travel just once every 26 months, for a few weeks at a time. The next such window opens in mid-July 2020, and four big-ticket missions aim to take full advantage.
Tech Leaders Warn That China's Spies Have 'Thoroughly Infiltrated' Silicon Valley with Google's 'Seemingly Treasonous' Help
For a period of time, the overseas communist empire had been America’s geopolitical partner. Yet then a string of incidents suggested that maybe the partnership wasn’t so friendly after all; numerous spies were discovered in our midst, responsible for stealing some of America’s most precious strategic secrets. Moreover, a string of American witnesses came forward to offer firsthand accounts of espionage penetrations, and the dangers they posed. And so finally, it became clear to the American people, always reluctant to abandon the hope for peace and friendship, that, yes, the partnership was truly over.
Who Should Pay for "Moon Shots"?
In July, 1945, Vannevar Bush addressed a report to President Franklin D. Roosevelt arguing that basic research needed to become a priority supported by the federal government. As an engineer, businessman and government administrator, Bush recognized that each of these three worlds--academia, industry and government--plays a vital role in promoting scientific innovation. Crucially, he said, the government’s role should to provide the guiding vision for basic research, seed the related effort and sustain its pool of talent.
Facebook agrees to pay record $5 billion in privacy settlement with FTC
The FTC found that Facebook deceived its users about their privacy protections while allowing third parties to harvest their data and that the company failed to establish a "reasonable privacy program that safeguarded the privacy, confidentiality, and integrity of user information" as required under a previous agreement with the agency. The agency further alleged that Facebook illegally used phone numbers that users provided to protect their accounts' security for advertising purposes without their consent. And Facebook was also charged with deceiving its users about its facial recognition technology.
5 Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from European Privacy Efforts
GDPR has been in effect in the EU for one year, and regulators, consumers and businesses are facing its unintended consequences. Other countries can take those outcomes and do better with their own data protections.
Experts Say That Federal Privacy Law is Necessary, But Can’t Agree on Specifics
Lawmakers have to create a policy that is “sufficiently agile to accommodate new uses of data that none of us can even conceive of right now,” said Ernest & Young Americas Privacy Leader Angela Saverice-Rohan. Privacy standards are dependent on shifting cultural norms and constantly evolving technology, Saverice-Rohan said, and so Congress should focus on allowing context-dependent consumer choice.
Pence delivers a promise, and a warning, to NASA and its contractors
NASA hopes to launch the first unpiloted test flight of an SLS rocket and an Orion capsule in 2021, years later than originally planned. While Pence said the Trump administration remains committed to the huge rocket’s development, he warned the government will turn to other providers if NASA’s “traditional” contractors cannot deliver.
Apple Seeks Mac Pro Parts Tariff Exclusion After Move to China
Apple Inc. has asked the Trump administration to exclude components that make up the forthcoming Mac Pro high-end desktop computer from import tariffs, weeks after planning to re-locate production of the line to China from Texas.