A number of leading US technology companies are to send a letter to US President Donald Trump in which they will urge his administration to follow through on proposed changes to an executive order in relation to a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. The technology companies expected to sign the letter include firms such as Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo. The tech firms are keen to establish clarity on the issue as the travel ban…
The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates released a new regulation on January 1, 2017, which appeared to outlaw virtual currencies, which people assumed would include Bitcoin. However, the organization has since clarified its regulation saying the regulations “do not apply to bitcoin or other crypto – currencies, currency exchanges, or underlying technology such as Blockchain.” The Central Bank issued the regulatory framework for stored values and electronic systems on New Year’s Day – a move that took experts…
US tech leader Travis Kalanick has been forced to quit a business advisory group set-up by US president, Donald Trump, following an angry backlash that sparked a movement against his ride-hailing global company Uber. A number of anti-Trump campaigners have called for those opposed to Trump’s executive order on immigration to boycott all Uber services because of the collaboration between Uber’s CEO and the US president by being members on the same advisory group. In a statement issued to his…
A number of Silicon Valley leaders have blasted the decision by new US president Donald Trump to impose a temporary ban on refugees and Muslims from entering the United States. The tech leaders are concerned that such a drastic stance on immigration will prevent them from accessing a large global reservoir of talent to work for their organizations. In addition to this, the companies are also concerned in relation to the impact the strict measures will have on its existing…
Russian authorities have ordered a popular video website to be blocked due to an allegation of a copyright infringement from a reality TV station. A reality TV station called Piatnitsa has accused Dailymotion of copyright infringement and a Moscow court have granted the request that the website should be blocked until investigations into the alleged breach are explored further. Users are reportedly still able to access Dailymotion, but it is expected that the site will be blocked by the end…
US President Donald Trump has announced his new chief regulator for the nation’s airwaves and internet connections – a man known for his opposition to the Obama-led ‘net neutrality’ rules. Ajit Pai will take on the role of chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In a recent statement, Pai said he was grateful to be chosen for the role by the new president. An active member of Twitter, Pai said in a post on Monday, 23 January, that “there…
Yahoo revealed on Monday, 23 January, that the closing of the $4.8 billion deal to sell its core internet assets to US telecom giant Verizon has been delayed several months. What’s more, the US Securities and Exchange Commission have opened an investigation into whether Yahoo should have informed investors sooner about its two major data breaches announced last year. The US Securities and Exchange Commission is said to have requested documents from Yahoo in December 2016 concerning the two data…
Saudi Arabian authorities have issued a cybersecurity warning to organizations in the kingdom appealing to them to be extremely vigilant following the reemergence of a virus that caused catastrophic chaos in 2012. The Shamoon virus caused havoc in 2012 – it crippled thousands of computers by wiping their disks, the labor ministry has confirmed that it has been attacked and a chemicals firm also reported a network disruption. The virus has been named the Shamoon 2 – and the Saudi…
Indian officials have resisted advances from US technology giant Apple to move some of its production to the country – but they did state that they are in the process of reviewing its overall manufacturing policy. According to reports, Apple sent a letter to the Indian government in which it expressed its desire to assemble iPhone devices and move production to India –and subsequently requested financial incentives from the authorities in order to do so. However, Indian officials rejected their…
The Chinese government is set to open the telecoms industry to private investment as part of its efforts to improve the country’s internet service – which it has identified as a key driver of economic growth. A notice from the Central Committee and the State Council stated that the government would be given a free rein to telecoms companies in the development of the internet. The government has been calling for a reduction in costs in relation to telecoms fees…
The European Parliament members recently proposed robot “kill switches” as artificial intelligence rapidly advances. A resolution was passed on Thursday, Jan. 12, urging Brussels into action on automation ethics. The campaign was led by Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, Mady Delvaux, who warned that Europe is standing by as robots take on increasingly powerful roles in society, such as autonomous vehicles. To prepare Europe for the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, Delvaux tabled a resolution at the European Parliament that stressed…
As Germany’s election season draws near, social media giant Facebook announced that it will introduce new measures to combat the spread of fake news on its platform for Germany, drawing attention to the importance of having clear and honest representation of candidates of Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation. “It’s important to us that reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable,” read a blog post on Facebook’s German website. German politicians are reportedly concerned about the spread of…
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