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Post-Zuckerberg, tech CEOs under pressure to testify

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Leaders of major technology companies are under increasing pressure to testify before Congress as lawmakers sound the alarm about the industry’s data practices and market power.It’s been a month since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared…

Sunday, May 20

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Britain introducing new laws on social media companies to tackle ‘Wild West elements’

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The United Kingdom is planning to propose laws that would curb cyberbullying and impose restrictions on social media companies, Reuters reported Sunday. Matt Hancock, Britain’s digital minister, said Sunday that the government would…

Saturday, May 19

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Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Google struggle to block terrorist content | Cambridge Analytica declares bankruptcy in US | Company exposed phone location data | Apple starts paying back taxes to Ireland

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The Cyber and Tech overnights have joined forces to give you Hillicon Valley, The Hill's new comprehensive newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley.Welcome! Follow the…

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Mugshots.com’s alleged co-owners arrested, charged with extortion

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) has charged the alleged owners of Mugshots.com with extortion and two of the website's four owners were arrested on Thursday in Florida.Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keese were apprehended after a...

Friday, May 18

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Apple pays first batch of $15.3B back taxes to Ireland

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Apple paid the first 1.5 billion euros of the $15.3 billion it owes to Ireland in back taxes, the country’s finance minister, Paschal Donohoe, said Friday.The EU decided that Apple owed Ireland the multibillion-dollar sum in 2016...

Trump urged postmaster general to double rates on Amazon: report

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President Trump has reportedly urged the U.S. postmaster general to double shipping rates for Amazon.com and other companies amid months of his continued criticism that the online retailer is costing the Postal Service "billions...

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Facebook, Google struggle to stop spread of terrorist content

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Facebook and Google's platforms are still home to terrorist content despite their promises to crack down on extremists using their sites. A new report by the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) details how graphic images of people being burned…

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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in the US

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Cambridge Analytica, a British data firm hired by the Trump campaign, on Thursday officially filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy for its U.S. branch.The firm, whose data collection methods have come under scrutiny by Congress, filed the…

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Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers

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The Cyber and Tech overnights have joined forces to give you Hillicon Valley, The Hill's new comprehensive newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley.Welcome! Follow the…

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PayPal in talks to buy Swedish small-business platform iZettle for $2.2 billion

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PayPal is finalizing a deal to buy Swedish small-business platform iZettle for $2.2 billion, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.The acquisition allows PayPal, a California-based financial services group, to expand into the brick-and…

Thursday, May 17

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Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with several U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to discuss issues such as data privacy and net neutrality."Pleasure to meet with @Twitter’s @jack today," Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted. Markey also wrote that Sens....

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Lawmakers take aim at Chinese tech giants in defense bill

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Lawmakers are trying to use the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to take a hard-line stance against Chinese technology in U.S. markets. On Thursday, several lawmakers attempted to insert amendments into the fiscal 2018…

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Apple co-founder: 'We've lost our privacy'

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is blasting technology companies for abusing user privacy and is suggesting that regulators crack down on the industry's massive market power.In a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider, Wozniak said…

Facebook partners with Atlantic Council to improve election security

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Facebook announced on Thursday that it is launching a partnership with the Atlantic Council to boost its global election security efforts. Experts from the international think tank’s Digital Forensic Research Lab will help provide Facebook…

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Watchdog to conduct ethics training for FCC after CPAC controversy

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A government ethics watchdog has ruled that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai did not violate ethics laws by participating in a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February,…

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YouTube's paid comment feature being used to promote hate speech: report

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A paid comment system on YouTube has been co-opted by white nationalists and members of the alt-right as a way around the site's complex monetization policies.BuzzFeed News reports that white nationalists such as Christopher Cantwell and…

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Whistleblower: Bannon wanted to suppress black vote

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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Congress on Wednesday that the firm used by President Trump's campaign in 2016 engaged in "voter disengagement" tactics targeting black Americans.In an interview with CNN after his...

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Dem rep to launch discharge petition to force net neutrality vote in House

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Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said Wednesday he intends to launch a discharge petition in an effort to force a House vote on reinstating the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules.“It’s about protecting small businesses,…

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Cruz slams proposal to end funding for space station

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blasting a proposal to end funding for the International Space Station (ISS) and vowing to fight for the program.Cruz told representatives from NASA that lawmakers were united behind the program during a...

Hillicon Valley: Senate votes to save net neutrality | Senate panel breaks with House, says Russia favored Trump in 2016

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The Cyber and Tech overnights have joined forces to give you Hillicon Valley, The Hill's new comprehensive newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Welcome! Follow the…

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FTC names lawyer who represented Facebook, Equifax as consumer protection chief

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The GOP-controlled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has tapped as its consumer protection chief an industry lawyer who has represented companies like Facebook and Equifax, both of which are under investigation by the agency for mishandling…

Wednesday, May 16

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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says he's been contacted by FBI, DOJ

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The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower who revealed that the company improperly obtained data from 87 million Facebook users told lawmakers on Wednesday that he had been contacted by the FBI and Department of Justice. Christopher Wylie told…

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Google offers free cyber protection to US political groups

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Jigsaw, a company owned by Google's parent, is offering free cybersecurity protection to U.S. based political organizations.The company said Wednesday it will offer political groups registered with election authorities, including…

Senate votes to save net neutrality rules

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The Senate on Wednesday voted to reinstate the FCC's net neutrality rules, passing a bill that has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm…

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Lawmakers raise alarm over Trump's move to help Chinese tech giant ZTE

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Lawmakers from both parties raised concerns about President Trump’s effort to aid Chinese firm ZTE during a hearing on telecommunications and national security on Wednesday.The hearing, organized by the House Energy and Commerce Committee,…

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Union files complaints against AT&T, Nexstar for failing to disclose plans for tax savings

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board against AT&T and Nexstar Media Group after the companies failed to provide information sought by the union about how the businesses...

Net neutrality bill clears procedural hurdle in Senate

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A bill that would protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules from being repealed passed a key procedural hurdle by a 52-47 vote, clearing the way for a final vote Wednesday afternoon.Three Republicans joined…

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Zuckerberg to appear before European Parliament

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has formally accepted the European Parliament's invitation to testify over its data privacy practices. Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, said that the hearing could take place as early…

Dem urges House Oversight to subpoena Cambridge Analytica

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s top Democrat is calling for the panel to subpoena the defunct consulting firm Cambridge Analytica for documents related to its participation in President Trump's 2016 campaign. Rep.…

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Amazon lowering prices at Whole Foods for Prime members

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Whole Foods Market is rolling out deep discounts for Amazon Prime members, the company announced on Wednesday.The Amazon-owned Whole Foods said that Prime members will receive an additional 10 percent off on hundreds of sale items across…