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Employees Banned From Using USB Drives At IBM…
… and all other removable media. IBM has announced to its workers that they are no longer allowed to use USB sticks or any other form of portable data, including DVDs, SD cards, and even data stored on their phones. The ban will affect employees at every IBM facility... Read more
Microsoft Targeted E-Recycler For Counterfeiting Free Software
Man faces 15-month jail sentence and $50,000 fine. The tech industry has a two-fold problem when it comes to meeting consumers’ needs. First, the days of repairing or upgrading your own tech–at least for the moderately skilled consumer–may be on the way out. Proprietary tools and hard cases now... Read more
Lyft Announces Major Carbon Offset Initiative
Ride-hailing app maker will become one of the largest carbon-offset companies in the world. The ride-hailing industry may have been built on the concepts of reducing the number of cars on the road and incorporating convenience into ground transportation, but the reality has yet to produce major environmental benefits.... Read more
Facebook Faces Summons In UK
Mark Zuckerberg faces formal summons from UK MPs. It’s been a tough year or so for Facebook. From allegations of supporting (if not outright colluding with) foreign interests who may have swayed the presidential election with political ads to accusations that user data was harvested, sold, and allowed to... Read more
Orangeworm Attacks Vulnerable Medical Industry
Hacker group’s activity first picked up by Symantec cybersecurity. When patients think of cutting edge medical innovation, things like the Leonardo camera-guided robotic surgery come to mind, or the ability to send a capsule-sized camera through the digestive tract to diagnose potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Most people probably aren’t... Read more
Cambridge Researcher May Sue Facebook Over Data Breach Allegations
Aleksandr Kogan considers his position in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The recent Facebook data breach–which Facebook has taken great pains to point out was not a typical data breach–has metaphorically opened a lot of people’s eyes to how their data is gathered, stored, and used by... Read more
New FCC Advisor Arrested For Fraud
Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee member, Elizabeth Pierce, arrested and then resigns. The current US presidential administration has faced a lot of backlash over some of its more notable appointees, but when its troubles with the tech industry collided with those appointees, it made news. Following last year’s net neutrality fiasco,... Read more
Iceland’s ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ Mastermind Escapes ‘On PM’s plane’
Audacious escape by cybercurrency criminal like a movie plot. The alleged criminal mastermind behind the theft of 600 bitcoin mining computers in Iceland escaped from custody, and wrangled his was to Sweden on the same jet that was carrying the Icelandic prime minister. Sindri Thor Stefansson was one of 22 suspects... Read more
Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress
Showdown over Facebook accountability following Cambridge Analytica scandal.  It’s an understatement to say that Mark Zuckerberg is going through a bit of a rough patch. His company has been called out on the worldwide stage for multiple privacy violations and data breaches, secret projects involving users’ medical records have come... Read more
Uber’s Toyota Deal On Hold?
Fatal accident likely to put collaboration on hold.  Earlier this week, embattled Uber announced it would be suspending all self-driving vehicle tests in light of its car killing an Arizona woman. Some early reports indicate the car may have not attempted to slow down as it approached the pedestrian, despite... Read more
Uber Calls Off Self-Driving Tests After Death
Pedestrian hit and killed by autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. In the race to get self-driving vehicles and autonomous ride hailing service installed, are companies taking a little too much liberty with their efforts? It may appear so, according to reports that a 49-year-old Arizona woman has died from... Read more
Self-Driving Trucks Expanding In US
Waymo and Google launch self-driving truck pilot project in Atlanta. The next time you’re out on a long, boring drive along a US highway, here’s a fun little game you can play: peek into the windows of any 18-wheelers nearby and see if there’s someone driving them or not.... Read more
Coincheck Starts Repaying Customers After $530 Million January Hack
Compensation to be paid to exchange NEM digital currency holders. The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc has announced that it has started to pay back the money it lost after the exchange was hacked and a large amount of digital currency was stolen from investors. The announcement comes as... Read more
Elon Musk: Colonize Mars If Humanity To Survive New ‘Dark Age’
Head of SpaceX and Tesla founder wants a Mars base to protect humanity in the event of a third world war. Elon Musk says that when the next Dark Age arrives, the only way to preserve the human species will be to have colonies on Mars and the moon.... Read more
New Round Of Toyota Investment In Self-Driving Cars
Car maker invests $2.8 billion into autonomous vehicle software. In the ongoing race to put self-driving cars on the roads, a number of automakers have invested heavily in new technology, teams of innovators, and factory lines that will create these new vehicles. Now, one of the major automakers in the... Read more
Bridging The Tech Employment Divide
Harvard Business Review report calls for business to ‘harness the power of technology’.  There’s little doubt that the worldwide workforce is experiencing a crisis. The economic divide between post-secondary graduates, skilled labor, and unskilled labor has left millions of people working in jobs that don’t pay enough to provide... Read more
Going Tech-Free Can Make You More Productive
Could you beenfit from a ‘tech-lite’ day? Or does the prospect fill you with panic?! It’s ironic that the very technology that was supposed to streamline our work days and keep us even more connected than before is now being blamed for a lack of productivity. Some experts are... Read more
AI Proves Faster And More Accurate Than Best Human Lawyers
Tech beats people in study by AI platform and law experts. A new study conducted by legal AI platform LawGeex in conjunction with law experts from prestigious universities across the USA threw experienced lawyers against a specialist type of AI trained to evaluate legal contracts, and humanity lost.  The landmark... Read more