National Newswatch

Australia regulator demands face-scanning firm delete photos

Nov 3 2021 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — An Australian privacy authority has ordered facial recognition company Clearview AI to stop scanning the faces of Australians and destroy the images and related data it has already collected. It's the latest challenge for the New York startup that has angered privacy advocates around the world over its practice of “scraping” photos from social media […]

Firm hacked to spread ransomware had previous security flaws

Jul 13 2021 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — For 21 years, the software company Kaseya labored in relative obscurity — at least until cybercriminals exploited it in early July for a massive ransomware attack that snarled businesses around the world and escalated U.S.-Russia diplomatic tensions. But it turns out that the recent hack wasn't the first major cybersecurity problem to hit the Miami-based […]

Biden’s AI czar focuses on societal risks, preventing harm

Jun 3 2021 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — Computer scientist Lynne Parker made breakthroughs in getting robots to work together so they could perform difficult missions, like cleaning up after a nuclear disaster, waxing floors or pulling barnacles off a ship. Her job now is getting the U.S. government working together — alongside American businesses, research universities and international allies — as director […]

Microsoft wins $22 billion deal making headsets for US Army

Mar 31 2021 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — Microsoft won a nearly $22 billion contract to supply U.S. Army combat troops with its augmented reality headsets. Microsoft and the Army separately announced the deal Wednesday. The technology is based on Microsoft's HoloLens headsets, which were originally intended for the video game and entertainment industries. Pentagon officials have described the futuristic technology — which […]

Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service

Jan 21 2021 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favoured by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn't dismissing Parler's “substantive underlying claims” against Amazon, but […]

TikTok asks court to intervene as Trump order looms

Nov 11 2020 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene. TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, has until Thursday to sell off its U.S. operations under an executive order that Trump signed in August. Trump in September gave his […]

Trump administration imposes new Huawei restrictions

Aug 17 2020 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — The U.S. is imposing another round of restrictions on China's Huawei as President Donald Trump renewed accusations that the company's telecommunications equipment is used for spying. “We don’t want their equipment in the United States because they spy on us,” Trump told Fox News on Monday. “And any country that uses it, we’re not going […]

Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

Aug 21 2018 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains […]

Tech leaders seek more focus on AI at White House summit

May 10 2018 — Matt O'Brien, The Associated Press — Top U.S. tech executives and researchers want the Trump administration to invest more in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs. The administration said Thursday it is doing just that. President Donald Trump's technology adviser Michael Kratsios pledged to a gathering of corporate leaders that "the Trump administration […]