The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Russian tech giant Yandex said this week that in August and September it was hit with the internet's largest-ever recorded distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attack.

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

The new service is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia's content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too).Conversations between the foundation’s newly created subsidiary, Wikimedia LLC, and Big Tech companies are already underway, point-people on the project said in an interview, but the next couple of months will be about seeking the reaction of Wikipedia’s thousands of volunteers.

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

On Tuesday morning, Politico reported that Biden plans to nominate the legal academic Lina Khan to an open seat on the Federal Trade Commission, one of the agencies with the most power to enforce antitrust laws.

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

The company continues to expand its presence in other Bay Area cities, and Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook still saw a use for all of its current and planned space.

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

It's a flawed yet thought-provoking, surreal science-fiction film, chock-full of big ideas on our relationship to technology and what it means to be human, all beautifully anchored by D'Arcy's fantastic performance.

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

In a year where some in Big Tech pledged support for the activists demanding police reform, they still sold devices and furnished apps that allow government access to far more intimate data from far more people than traditional warrants and police methods would allow.

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

Last week, prominent Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru said she was fired by the company after managers asked her to retract or withdraw her name from a research paper, and she objected.

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

For several years, Apple has been naming its annual software releases after California locales, and this year we're treated to Big Sur. If you want to be technical, it's macOS 11.You get a fresh look, widgets, and a whole lot more.

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Abdalla, who is finishing his PhD at the University of Toronto, has coauthored a paper highlighting the number of top AI researchers—including those who study the ethical challenges raised by the technology—who receive funding from tech companies.

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Two vanguard venture capitalists are sending shockwaves through Big Tech by arguing it doesn’t have to choose.“If you talk to the young people of today, what you hear so often is ‘we want to do good,’” Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine, said at the WIRED25 event.

For Big Tech, There's No Winning This Round

For Big Tech, There's No Winning This Round

And I’d suggest that steal-the-round strategizing has been crucial, too, for titans like Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai to be judged by the public as victorious, or at least deserving of their enormous power, in the face of angry critics demanding they be taken down.

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

I found it fitting that the first time Congress got to question the entire quartet of the most powerful tech CEOs, none were actually in the room.The distance didn’t just free them from the sweaty scrum of camera people, protesters, press tables, and face-to-face questioning from legislators enjoying the home-court advantage.

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The subcommittee presented internal emails showing that, in 2009, the company deliberately began selling diapers at a loss in order to price out of the market and force the company to accept a takeover—after which Amazon raised diaper prices back up.

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

In the coming days, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will bring the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple to Washington and ask them about their anticompetitive business practices.

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Some tech giants like Google and Facebook have already paused accepting requests for data from Hong Kong authorities.After the implementation rules were released, companies including Google, Zoom, Microsoft, and Telegram all said they would temporarily stop accepting requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

This competitive architecture would deliver an experience that values real-time connectivity over one-way advertising and puts control with the user, not with big tech platforms.

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

Elizabeth Warren, who has been criticizing monopolistic corporations for years, trained her fire on Silicon Valley early last year with an audacious plan to break up Big Tech , a call that Bernie Sanders joined.

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

With our colleagues from Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, we’ve created guiding principles that companies can follow to create products that protect users and have potential to help: Do no harm :Do not allow teens to be harmed by what they consume.

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance.Zeroing in on the singular technology thus pivots regulation dialogue in the corporate favor, away from talk of more fundamental, government-driven change.

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

Barnett, along with executives from Basecamp, Sonos, and Tile, testified at a high-profile congressional hearing in Boulder, Colorado, Friday where they told lawmakers how the anticompetitive practices of Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have negatively impacted their businesses.

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

“As has been the trend, sex-positive imagery of any kind is slowly being washed away from social media,” Ford said, adding that he can imagine a future on these major platforms where adult content is forbidden completely.

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Hackers are surging and cloud providers are splurging, but first: a cartoon about eyewear from the future .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

The data-moving tool has been created as a result of the Data Transfer Project (DTP), which was set up in 2018 and is a collaboration between the world's biggest tech companies: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft , and are the group's key members.

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Wara says they tend to be built to higher standards, making them less prone to wind damage.“The lines in the South Bay where the tech headquarters are, like in Mountain View and Santa Clara County, are [surrounded by] wide open space—there's basically no vegetation.

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

Everything from eating brownies made with bugs to a substitute for stickers on fruit has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s.Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

Why, just last week Trump hosted a social network conference—held in the East Wing of the White House no less—where the president and the assembled right-wing pot-stirrers made loud noises about the alleged bias that platforms like Twitter and Facebook have against conservatives.

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