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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Also curious to see EU reactions, since this seems to be out of line with the conditions upon which they allowed FB to take over whatsapp?— Juan Ortiz Freuler (@juanof9) January 25, 2019
https://t.co/zroqCRmDeW cc @vestager ?
1/2 -- This is why there should have been far more scrutiny during Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp which now clearly seem like horizontal mergers that should have triggered antitrust scrutiny. https://t.co/Ekbu0dBxCW— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) January 25, 2019
Can't split them up if you tie them into a Gordian knot.— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) January 25, 2019
I'm sure it makes sense from a technical perspective. I'm also sure the strategic value of the ensnarement was also discussed.https://t.co/IfNY43y83D
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BITS: The United States escalated its crackdown on Huawei Technologies with a 13-count indictment in New York charging the Chinese telecommunications giant, two affiliates and Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima and Devlin Barrett reported. The indictment contains allegations of bank and wire fraud, and the company is also accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and conspiring to obstruct justice, according to my colleagues. Another 10-count indictment in Washington state alleged that Huawei conspired to steal technical details about a phone-testing robot from T-Mobile.
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said in a statement that the “indictments of Huawei officials confirm the risk of China’s involvement in transformational, next generation technology.” Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), the Senate Intelligence Committee's vice chairman, praised the Trump administration for the move but also said in a statement that the indictments are “a reminder that we need to take seriously the risks of doing business with companies like Huawei and allowing them access to our markets.”
A sign at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on Oct. 10, 2018. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)
For instance, advertisers will need to be authorized to buy political and issue ads on the platform. The company will also expand a searchable library of those types of ads to the E.U. and later across the world. “The library will include details about individual advertisements that include the amount spent and the number of people reached, as well as demographic data on those people,” according to the Journal. “It will be searchable for as long as seven years.”
Separately, Motherboard's Joseph Cox reported that internal documents show that Facebook trains content moderators to look for posts that could lead to “PR fires” in the periods preceding elections. “Sources told Motherboard how this sort of preparation has become a norm for Facebook, with the company trying to educate its moderators about hot button political issues that are particular to different democracies around the world during an election season, but with varying results,” Cox reported.
A man on his phone at the Eastern Market Metro station in Washington. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
However, Replica de-identifies the location of cellphone users and Sidewalk Labs has enacted “significant protections to safeguard privacy” according to the Intercept. Nick Bowden of Sidewalk Labs said the program creates a synthetic model that “obscures the real-world travel habits of individual people.”
But several tech companies and wireless carriers have faced mounting scrutiny over their data collection practices. Ben Green, an urban technology expert, expressed worries about Replica's use of cellphone location data. “The privacy concerns are pretty extreme,” Green told Kofman in an email. “Mobile phone location data is extremely sensitive.”
Apple's campus in Austin on Dec. 13, 2018. (Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, in San Francisco on Nov. 2, 2015. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
The study found that most of the highest-valued heath-care start-ups haven't published important scientific papers. “According to the study’s findings, more than half of the healthcare startups that are worth more than $1 billion have published no highly cited papers at all,” TechCrunch reported. “For companies that were acquired or are publicly traded that number is around 40 percent.”
— Facebook inserted code on its website that blocks ProPublica’s ad transparency tool, Jeremy B. Merrill and Ariana Tobin reported for ProPublica. The social network had previously told ProPublica to close its ad transparency initiative, which aims to show users how advertisers target them. Tools developed by others including Mozilla and Who Targets Me have also stopped working. “Facebook has made minor tweaks before that broke our tool,” ProPublica reported. “But this time, Facebook blocked the ability to automatically pull ad targeting information.”
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), third from right, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
— T-Mobile chief executive John Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure will testify on Feb. 13 before Congress about the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, according to a news release from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Legere and Claure will appear before a joint subcommittee hearing of the House Energy and Commerce and House Judiciary committees.
— Asked whether the Federal Communications Commission would investigate the sale by AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint of their cellphone users' location data to third-party companies, the agency said it is “going where the facts lead us” and added that it would not “comment publicly in the middle of an investigation,” according to a tweet from Motherboard's Joseph Cox.
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— Bryan Palma will become president and chief operating officer of BlackBerry, Bloomberg News's Nate Lanxon reported.
Noreen Yap, 42, of Washington, D.C., center, shows her husband, Clint Yap, on FaceTime, Tesla's new Model 3 car on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
The incident has prompted a warning from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging people to disable the app.
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- IoT Evolution Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., through Friday.
- Upfront Summit in Malibu, Calif., tomorrow through Thursday.
- ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tomorrow through Friday.
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