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As 2020 approaches, Congress is dropping the ball

As 2020 approaches, Congress is dropping the ball

In 2016, election infrastructure across the country was targeted by foreign actors. Some voters in North Carolina were told they already voted when they hadn’t. Russian hackers broke into two networks in Florida. And most notably, the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee left the entire election due to foreign hacking fears. With only 362…
ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says

ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says

Firefox maker vs. cable lobby — ISPs lobby against DNS encryption, but Mozilla tells Congress not to trust them. Jon Brodkin - Nov 4, 2019 11:00 am UTC Enlarge / Mozilla's office in San Francisco.Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry's lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers'…
Congress Still Doesn’t Have an Answer for Ransomware

Congress Still Doesn’t Have an Answer for Ransomware

Ransomware has steadily become one of the most pervasive cyberattacks in the world. And while high-profile global meltdowns like 2017’s NotPetya strain garner the most attention, localized attacks have devastating consequences as well. Look no further than the cities of Atlanta and Baltimore, whose online operations ground to a halt after ransomware takeovers. Or more…
Congress concerned teenagers’ favorite app is national security threat

Congress concerned teenagers’ favorite app is national security threat

15 seconds of panic — TikTok is the latest in a line of apps to face concern over Chinese ownership. Kate Cox - Oct 25, 2019 4:28 pm UTC Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019.Two senators are pressing for an investigation…
Congress Is Pretty Peeved That Blizzard Suspended Blitzchung

Congress Is Pretty Peeved That Blizzard Suspended Blitzchung

Greetings, and welcome to Replay, WIRED's one-stop shop for the week's biggest videogame news. Want to know what you've been missing? Let's get to it.Even Congress Is Unhappy With Blizzard After Blitzchung's PunishmentShort recap: After he discussed the political protests happening in Hong Kong on a Blizzard-sponsored stream, Hearthstone player Blitzchung, aka Chung Ng Wai,…
Congress isn’t buying Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch for Libra

Congress isn’t buying Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch for Libra

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat before dozens of members of Congress on Wednesday, charged with the goal of convincing them that the company’s foray into cryptocurrency is a good idea. But nearly every lawmaker who spoke today took Zuckerberg to task over the company’s past failures, calling on him and Facebook to make efforts to…
Congress could require Facebook to build more open APIs under new bill

Congress could require Facebook to build more open APIs under new bill

Over the past few months, lawmakers have taken aim at Big Tech, calling out companies like Facebook for anti-competitive behavior and sometimes threatening to break them up entirely. But on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is expected to introduce a new bill with the goal of encouraging market competition by requiring large platforms to…
U.S. Congress Members Request Blizzard Reverse Hearthstone Pro’s Suspension – Kotaku

U.S. Congress Members Request Blizzard Reverse Hearthstone Pro’s Suspension – Kotaku

U.S. Senator Ron WydenPhoto: Zach Gibson (Getty Images)Today, United States Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio signed a bi-partisan letter with support from Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Malinowski addressed to Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, over the recent suspension of professional Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai. “We write to express…
Congress’s focus on content moderation has distracted it from the larger problem

Congress’s focus on content moderation has distracted it from the larger problem

What stays up on the internet, and what comes down? It’s a defining question of the age — and the subject of yesterday’s newsletter — and on Wednesday, it came to Congress. The occasion was a hearing of the House Energy and Committee Commerce and its subcommittees on communications and technology and consumer protection and…
Congress Grills Joseph Maguire Over Trump’s Whistle-Blower Scandal

Congress Grills Joseph Maguire Over Trump’s Whistle-Blower Scandal

Three years into the Trump administration, the US government still doesn’t know how to handle Donald Trump as president. That’s the simple conclusion from a dramatic morning in Washington, DC, that saw both the release of the nine-page complaint by an intelligence official whistle-blower and testimony about those allegations by a visibly uncomfortable Joseph Maguire,…

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Voi raises another $85M for its European e-scooter service

Voi Technology, the “micro-mobility” startup that operates an e-scooter service in a 38 cities across 10 European countries, has raised an $85 million in Series B funding. Backing the round is a mixture of existing and new investors. They include Balderton Capital, Creandum, Project A, JME Ventures, Raine Ventures, Kreos Capital, Inbox Capital, Rider Global,…

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