The Morning After: San Francisco bans the sale of e-cigarettes

The Morning After: San Francisco bans the sale of e-cigarettes

'Did you... 'NASA just witnessed its biggest methane gas emission on MarsAlright, stop giggling at the back. NASA confirmed that the Curiosity rover recently detected the "largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission." The levels were enough to pause the rover's activities as scientists sought more answers: Methane is a gas typically produced…
EU should ban AI-powered citizen scoring and mass surveillance, say experts

EU should ban AI-powered citizen scoring and mass surveillance, say experts

A group of policy experts assembled by the EU has recommended that it ban the use of AI for mass surveillance and mass “scoring of individuals;” a practice that potentially involves collecting varied data about citizens — everything from criminal records to their behavior on social media — and then using it to assess their…
Recode Daily: How companies are getting around Trump’s Huawei ban

Recode Daily: How companies are getting around Trump’s Huawei ban

US tech companies are reportedly sidestepping Trump’s Huawei ban. Chipmakers like Intel and Micron have reportedly found a workaround to the recent ban on US firms selling electronics to the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, according to the New York Times’s sources. Since American suppliers often manufacture their products overseas, some of these products are not…
Special Report: Inside the West’s failed fight against China’s ‘Cloud Hopper’ hackers

Special Report: Inside the West’s failed fight against China’s ‘Cloud Hopper’ hackers

LONDON (Reuters) - Hacked by suspected Chinese cyber spies five times from 2014 to 2017, security staff at Swedish telecoms equipment giant Ericsson had taken to naming their response efforts after different types of wine. FILE PHOTO: A woman cycles past a building registered to Huaying Haitai Science and Technology Development Co. in Tianjin, China,…
Samsung to launch mid-range 5G Galaxy A90 with 45W fast charging, leaks claim

Samsung to launch mid-range 5G Galaxy A90 with 45W fast charging, leaks claim

Samsung is reportedly planning to release a 5G version of the unannounced Galaxy A90, which would make it the first of Samsung’s mid-range phones to feature the next-gen cellular technology. Reliable leakers OnLeaks and Ice Universe both report that there’ll be a 5G model of the device, while the latter claims that it will also…
Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

In these days of anti-tech ire, it’s a popular cocktail hour topic: How much is Facebook making off my data? Last year, I spent a month trying to find out, hawking my personal data on blockchain-based marketplaces. I came away with $0.003. On Monday, when Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) announced a proposal to force tech…
How to Watch the 2020 Democratic Primary Debate Wednesday and Thursday

How to Watch the 2020 Democratic Primary Debate Wednesday and Thursday

Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesSummer is here, and so is the first Democratic debate of the 2020 election season.Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Democrats have fielded a historically large group of candidates this election cycle. To accommodate them all—or at least the top 20—in a semi-reasonable fashion, the Democratic National Committee and its…
The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change.Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months. Other candidates have signed onto the idea, and…
OPPO announces under-screen camera and it’s very clearly first-gen – Android Police

OPPO announces under-screen camera and it’s very clearly first-gen – Android Police

The latest tech trade show, MWC Shanghai, is just getting started and one of the first exhibitors is Chinese tech manufacturer Oppo. It didn't talk about a phone at its keynote — its Reno phones are getting some extended spotlight here — but it did bring us closer to the supposed holy grail of a…
EU opens formal antitrust probe of Broadcom and seeks interim order

EU opens formal antitrust probe of Broadcom and seeks interim order

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into US chipmaker Broadcom which it suspects of restricting competition via a number of exclusivity practices in markets where it holds a leading position such as for systems-on-a-chip, front-end chips and wifi chipsets. Earlier this year press reports suggested US authorities are broadening their own antitrust probe…