Jani “Inu-Yasha” Saksa

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Actually, Elon Musk might skip Trump’s tech summit (Update: Now he’s in.)

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has critical work obligations.<p>Yesterday, <b>Recode</b> broke the news of the names of the attendees at a meeting of the top tech leaders with Donald Trump that is set to take place Wednesday in New York. Sources said attendees invited by the president-elect’s tech whisperer, Peter …

Tim Cook

Google, Cuba sign deal allowing fast access to company data

HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government have signed a deal allowing the internet giant to provide faster access to its data by installing …

Bill Gates insists we can make energy breakthroughs, even under President Trump

Gates tells Recode the time is right to pour big bucks into clean energy.<p>Bill Gates says he isn’t worried about investing millions in clean energy just as the White House is about to be inhabited by a man who says he isn’t convinced climate change is real.<p>“No matter what happens to the energy R&D …

Jack Dorsey to interview Edward Snowden on Periscope December 13

Tomorrow morning Periscope will play host to a live interview between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and notorious CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden. According to a Twitter spokesperson the interview will feature questions submitted by the social networks users, and asked by the head honcho himself.<p>As for …

Bill Gates, investors launch $1 billion clean tech fund

(Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and a group of high-profile executives are investing $1 billion in a fund to spur clean energy technology and address global climate change a year after the Paris climate agreement.<p>Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during …

What Silicon Valley execs plan to tell Trump this week

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Silicon Valley Correspondent<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When the tech industry’s top executives head to Trump Tower this week for an invite-only meeting, they will have many things to say to Donald Trump. But they all share a major agenda item: breaking the ice.<p>Unlike …

Silicon Valley

Security flaw in McAfee enterprise software gives attackers root access

The security company took six months to patch the set of security vulnerabilities.<p>Vulnerabilities discovered in Intel McAfee's VirusScan Enterprise …

Florida court says iPhone passcode must be revealed

<b>A court in Florida has said a suspected voyeur can be made to reveal his iPhone passcode to investigators.</b><p>The defendant was arrested after a woman out shopping saw a man crouch down and aim what she believed was a smartphone under her skirt.<p>Previously, a judge said the defendant could not be made …

Google publishes eight secret data requests from the FBI

In a post today, Google published a series of eight National Security Letters, in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation secretly requested subscriber information on specific accounts. The letters range from 2010 to 2015, but follow a nearly identical format, identifying a number of accounts and …

Snowden tells Twitter CEO hate speech can be countered with 'more speech'

Edward Snowden thinks the answer to hate speech is to drown it out with other voices.<p>The former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower spoke with …

Social Media

Here are some of the government gag orders Google gets

Tech companies must often walk a fine line between its customers' expectations for privacy and the US government's secret demands for user information. Now Google is showing how delicate that balancing act can be.<p>The web giant on Tuesday began publishing some of the gag orders it has received as …

German politicians call for fake news used in a 'targeted campaign' to be made a crime

Leading German MPs have called for online “fake news” campaigns to be made a crime, amid growing concern Russia is using social media to influence Western elections.<p>“Targeted disinformation to destabilise a state should be a criminal offence,” Patrick Sensburg, a senior MP in Angela Merkel’s …

Facebook Spokesperson Calls Muslim Registry "Straw Man"

A spokesperson for Facebook, accidentally responding to a BuzzFeed News reporter via email, called the notion of a Muslim registry a "straw man." Seemingly thinking he was addressing a colleague, he suggested that the best course of action was to not respond to the reporter's inquiry.<p>Earlier today …

Donald Trump

Google extends conservative outreach as Trump calls tech meeting

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet’s Google is racing to hire more conservatives for its lobbying and policy arm, trying to get a foothold in President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington after enjoying a uniquely close relationship with the administration of President Barack Obama.<p>FILE …

Senate Quietly Passes The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act"

While we wait to see if and when the Senate will pass (and president will sign) Bill "<b>H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year …

Snowden-Dorsey interview: Periscope chat for whistleblower & Twitter CEO

Hosting the event at the the tech company's headquarters in San Francisco, Dorsey, who supports a presidential pardon for the NSA whistleblower, …

A Brexit betrayal is coming – but who will get the blame? | Aditya Chakrabortty

Leave voters wanted the status quo to be ripped up, and Theresa May simply cannot fulfil this promise<p>Hold off the jibes and sighs over how much poorer Brexit Britain will be. Forget about the mendacity and slipperiness of Boris ’n’ Nigel. In the six months since the referendum these have been the …