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EU Copyright Directive Draws Criticisms from Internet Luminaries, Lawmakers

EU Copyright Directive Draws Criticisms from Internet Luminaries, Lawmakers

Several lawmakers and key figures in the tech industry voiced their criticisms this week against Europe’s copyright reforms which may compel companies such as Google and Microsoft to pay publishers and take on liability for internet content. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that mandatory upload filters could become the basis for further invasive monitoring of all internet content, while new types of exclusive rights may discourage people from sharing content online. Wales, along with World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, net neutrality expert Tim Wu and internet pioneer Vint Cerf had already written a letter to Parliament president Antonio Tajani […]

Google Pours $500 Investment into Chinese e-Commerce Giant

Google Pours $500 Investment into Chinese e-Commerce Giant

Google is set to invest $500 million into JD.com, one of China’s biggest ecommerce companies, in its continuing effort to gain ground against its rivals in Asia’s fast growing markets. The two companies revealed that the partnership will include the advertisement of JD.com products on Google’s shopping service, helping it gain exposure in US and European markets.   However, JD.com says that Google will not be pushing any new initiatives in China where its main services are still blocked due to the search giant’s refusal to comply with local censorship laws. In addition to Google, JD.com currently lists Tencent Holdings […]

Tech Giants Anxiously Await India’s Draft of Data Rules

Tech Giants Anxiously Await India’s Draft of Data Rules

Tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon are said to be nervously awaiting the new Indian data-privacy laws being drafted by BN Srikrishna, whose recommendations carry considerable weight in one of the world’s biggest silicon-chip economies. The bill, which is will be sent by Mr. Srikrishna’s committee to the government this week, is expected to define “fair use”, whether tech companies will be allowed to do cross-border data transfers, and how to enforce accountability and penalties for violations. It will also establish rules on how users can access and control their own data. Mr. Srikrishna added that India does […]

US Senator Queries Google, Twitter Links to Huawei

US Senator Queries Google, Twitter Links to Huawei

Democratic senator Mark Warner said last Thursday that he had asked Google parent company Alphabet Inc. and Twitter if they had any data sharing agreements with any Chinese vendors, similar to those that Facebook revealed this week. Warner specifically asked Alphabet if it had any partnerships with Chinese companies ZTE, Lenovo, and TCL, and Twitter if it had any agreements with Huawei. Warner, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reiterated that Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese Communist Party is an area of national concern.   Source: Reuters

Tech Firm Consortium Laud Progress on Blocking Terrorist Content

Tech Firm Consortium Laud Progress on Blocking Terrorist Content

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), which is a consortium of leading tech firms and governments, said this week that it was exceeding its targets in preventing terrorist content online. In a meeting last Friday, the group reported that 88,000 “hashes”, which are digital fingerprints used to identify content, of terrorism-related content had been added to the coalition’s shared database. Twitter also revealed that it has developed a database of web addresses that it has blocked on its own network which has been made available to other coalition members. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are some of the […]

EU Hits Google with Second Antitrust Penalty

EU Hits Google with Second Antitrust Penalty

Sources have revealed this week that Google is likely to be slapped by the European Commission with a second fine that may exceed the first one that which amounted to 2.4 billion euro.   The search giant is being accused of using its Android operating system to squeeze out the competition. However, it is said that the case is unlikely to have an impact on Google due to its market power and the benefits that it provides its partners. It is also said that Google’s AdSense antitrust case, which began in 2016, may drag on as far as the end […]

Washington Sues Google, Facebook for Not Disclosing Political Ad Buyers

Washington Sues Google, Facebook for Not Disclosing Political Ad Buyers

The office of Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson recently filed complaints against Google and Facebook for allegedly failing to maintain and publicize records on their political ad buyers. While such disclosures are not required for digital ads under federal law, any advertiser must maintain records about political ads open to the public in the state of Washington. The lawsuit alleges that both companies have disregarded the law since 2013 and were not able to produce the information when a local paper requested it. In a press release about the lawsuits, Ferguson stressed that Washington’s political advertising disclosure laws apply […]

Google to Sue “RoboCall” Scammers

Google to Sue “RoboCall” Scammers

Google said this week that it will be taking legal action against several marketing firms in the US that used the company’s name for their search engine optimization scams. These companies had reportedly been using robocalls to warn small businesses that their listing on Google Search and Maps will be taken down unless they return the call immediately. The scheme is used to coerce these businesses to sign up for the scammer’s SEO services. In a blogspot post, a Google representative said that the company will be suing Kydia Inc. d/b/a BeyondMenu, Point Break Media, LLC (and affiliated entities), and […]

Google Rewards Student $36,000 for App Engine Flaw

Google Rewards Student $36,000 for App Engine Flaw

A young cybersecurity researcher from Uruguay’s University of the Republic was recently awarded $$36,337 by Google for discovering a critical remote code execution (RCE) bug in Google App Engine (GAE), a framework and cloud platform for hosting and development of web applications in Google data centers. The researcher said that he was able gain access to the staging and test GAE deployment environments, which standard users are restricted from accessing. Upon receiving the bug report, Google asked the researcher to stop exploring further bugs as it could break the system, and awarded him $31,337 for the RCE bug, and an […]

Microsoft, Google Researchers Discover New Chip Flaws

Microsoft, Google Researchers Discover New Chip Flaws

Cybersecurity researchers from Google and Microsoft announced this week a new chip bug called Speculative Store Bypass or “Variant 4” which is related to the Spectre and Meltdown flaws discovered in January. The bug, which was given a low risk rating by the researchers, is said to affect a broad swatch of chips from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and ARM Holdings. It carries with it a vulnerability that may allow attackers to access passwords and other sensitive data on chips, but the probability of such attack is highly unlikely. Patches have already been made available from both manufacturers and […]