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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis

November 15, 2018

While Mr. Zuckerberg has conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, lobbying a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.

Five ways Amazon HQ2 could impact the DC area

November 14, 2018

While Virginia and D.C. officials tout Amazon’s arrival as an economic boon to greater Washington, an influx of expensive labor could pose steep costs for the area’s most vulnerable residents. From housing prices to political pressure, here are five ways Amazon’s new headquarters could affect the D.C. area...

Was Amazon's headquarters search 'a giant ruse'?

November 14, 2018

As Amazon dangled the prospect of 50,000 jobs and economic transformation, virtually every major city in the country jockeyed to win an economic development race for the ages. But cities such as Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Miami and Los Angeles were ultimately left empty-handed. Did those cities get played? Did they ever have a legitimate shot at winning this race?

Fun, Safe, and Educational: Smart Home Technology is Kid-Friendly

November 13, 2018

Zion Market Research predicts that the smart home technology industry will be worth $53.45 billion by 2022. Security, lighting, entertainment, and climate control are four features of smart home technology that are particularly growing in popularity. But smart homes aren’t just for adults. Kids can be kept safe and can benefit in many ways from living in a smart home and engaging with smart home technology.

After midterm power shift, White House officials say tech transformation will go on

November 13, 2018

In the wake of Tuesday’s power-shifting midterm elections, the White House plans to stay the course in tech policy and may even work with Democrats on beefing up the nation’s broadband infrastructure, a trio of Trump administration officials said today. “We’re on the biggest IT transformation of all time,” said Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive who currently serves as White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination.

Macron and tech giants launch 'Paris call' to fix internet ills

November 13, 2018

France and U.S. technology giants including Microsoft on Monday urged world governments and companies to sign up to a new initiative to regulate the internet and fight threats such as cyber attacks, online censorship and hate speech.

Amazon announces HQ2 cities, splitting second headquarters as extraordinary contest concludes

November 13, 2018

Amazon to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters, and announces Nashville as new Operations Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 jobs. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington.

Dems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators

November 12, 2018

In addition to beefing up oversight of regulators they believe have been too lax on the tech and telecom industry, Democrats are also making it a top priority to craft internet privacy rules. There has been increasing bipartisan support for a national privacy law in recent months following a string of massive data scandals and breaches at major companies.

What the 2018 midterms mean for NASA and planetary science

November 11, 2018

The Democratic party will assume majority control of the House of Representatives next January. As a result, the management of all committees in the House will belong to Democrats, who can pursue issues and topics of their choosing. Republicans, consigned to the minority for the first time in 8 years, will have little influence over committee leadership. While this will be most significant for committees pursuing executive branch oversight and investigations, it will change the focus of the House Science Committee, which writes NASA Authorization bills, and had released a draft bill earlier this year.

China's Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter

November 11, 2018

No jobs are safe from automation -- not even reading the news on TV. China’s state media agency Xinhua just revealed the first “AI anchor” that can talk, move, and act like a real human news anchor. It also revealed an English version of its new AI anchor.

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