Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

After three years of tumult and revised scientific analyses, the Trump administration Tuesday formally relaxed Obama-era fuel economy rules that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stall the effects of climate change .Under the new rules, automakers will have to meet less stringent targets for cars and light-duty trucks through 2026.

A Hospital Train, DIY Face Shields, and More Car News This Week

A Hospital Train, DIY Face Shields, and More Car News This Week

Engineers are built their own face shields , to help medical workers stay safe as they tend to the sick, and now Ford is involved.

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

This enhanced status would come not only from our gratitude to these companies for stepping up during a tough time, but from the recognition that we have been too slow to incorporate new technologies in our lives.

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

These are broadly defined as hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, maintaining animal facilities, and infrastructure that requires constant attention (e.g., security of samples, collections and computing facilities), as follows.

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans

In just the last three years, Raiu says Kaspersky has found DarkHotel using three zero-day vulnerabilities beyond the five now linked to the group based on Google's blog post.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

Despite these obstacles, Frayer has worked to create a moving record of life in Beijing as people deal with the virus, from residents just trying to get through the crisis to the brave volunteers with the humanitarian organization Blue Sky Rescue, who are donning protective suits and disinfection equipment to tackle it head on.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

This week, the Chinese firm QiAnXin spotted Russian hackers—possibly affiliated with the groups Sandworm and Fancy Bear —sending phishing emails laced with malicious document attachments to Ukrainian targets.Meanwhile, the Vietnamese security firm VinCSS detected a high volume of novel coronavirus-related phishing emails over the last two weeks attributed to government hackers.

Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

One article from personnel in the radiology department at Singapore General Hospital describes keeping teams of health care workers separate from one another in case one has to be quarantined, and physical separations for different kinds of patients—all sorts of seemingly small systematic changes that limit the spread of an infectious disease.

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

He announced the news in a Friday press conference that was late, unfocused, and confusing to follow—in other words, thoroughly in keeping with the administration's response to the pandemic.This picks up on Trump’s false claim from last week that a rule adopted by the Obama administration had slowed the government’s response.

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

For now, advice from public health officials at places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still focuses on personal measures—the things you can do, yourself, to try to avoid getting infected.

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Within the Republican establishment, President Herbert Hoover worked 18-hour days, exhorting confidence while refusing to take even basic steps such as having the government guarantee bank deposits.

The DOJ Is Finally Suing US Telecom Providers for Robocalls

The DOJ Is Finally Suing US Telecom Providers for Robocalls

The US Department of Justice has filed lawsuits (PDF and PDF) against two small telecommunications providers that have allegedly connected hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls from Indian call centers to US residents.

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

Washington effectively bans carriers from using the company’s equipment in US networks and has long warned that Huawei could build backdoors into its products that could be accessed by the Chinese government, something the company denies it has done or would do.

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

A new United Nations-sponsored report offers one of the most comprehensive overviews of the challenges to global electoral integrity posed by the onslaught of misinformation, online extremism, and social media manipulation campaigns, and calls for a series of reforms from platforms, politicians, and international governing bodies.

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

The complaint goes to some lengths to emphasize that Greenwald was not initially a subject of the investigation into this alleged hacking group, but that an audio recording uncovered during a lawful search pointed to "direct participation of the journalist in criminal conduct."

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

Some ethics executives experimented with creating a new process for these “ethics checkpoints,” but quickly realized that this unduly burdened the notoriously tight product development cycle, or was ignored altogether.

Inside the Feds’ Battle Against Huawei

Inside the Feds’ Battle Against Huawei

Meng is chief financial officer of Huawei , the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and second-­largest maker of smartphones.Meng was on her way to Mexico to secure a new beachhead for the next generation of wireless infrastructure, known as 5G .

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

China is learning and Oscar nominations are burning, but first: a cartoon about starting the startup young .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

The Trump administration Wednesday reaffirmed its policy to maintain a light touch in regulating self-driving vehicles , with a new document that is long on promoting the industry and silent on rules governing testing or operating the vehicles.

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores.This seems to imply that in reviewing ToTok, Google didn't find anything about the app that violates Play Store policies.

Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation

Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation

Over the holidays, the Russian government said it had completed a multi-day test of a national, internal internet known as RuNet, a bid to show that the country's online infrastructure could survive even if disconnected from the rest of the world.

The Army Bans TikTok

The Army Bans TikTok

In the case of TikTok, that means China, which means government employees are probably right to take extra precautions .China's 'Cloud Hopper' Hacking Campaign Did Even More Damage Than ThoughtA 2018 indictment detailed how China's elite APT10 hackers used access to so-called managed service providers to steal intellectual properly from dozens of companies.

Uninstall ToTok, an Alleged Emirati Spy App, From Your Phone Now

Uninstall ToTok, an Alleged Emirati Spy App, From Your Phone Now

And the app was especially appealing to users in the UAE, because it didn't have the functionality restrictions that the Emirati government places on many other communication apps like Skype and Whatsapp in the country.

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

This year also marks the end of federal tax credits for Tesla buyers ; the company has sold enough cars that it’s aged out of the program.

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea.He has been a research scientist at the Ethereum Foundation since 2016.This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.

China Is Still Building an Insane Number of New Coal Plants

China Is Still Building an Insane Number of New Coal Plants

To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40 percent over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis.

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Mina is one of countless Iranians in the US who have tried to contact friends and family members in Iran amid a nationwide internet shutdown that has lasted six days so far.