David Shepardson

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16 Jul 2018 | 12:37 PM

Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet to testify at US House hearing

The US House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on July 17 to take testimony from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's YouTube unit and Twitter Inc on whether social media companies are filtering content for political reasons, the committee chairman said.

Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert, Youtube global head of public policy and government relations Juniper Downs and Twitter's senior strategist Nick Pickles will testify, the committee said. — Reuters
15 Jul 2018 | 8:57 AM

Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Social networking site Twitter Inc on Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

14 Jul 2018 | 5:05 PM

U.S. accuses Russian spies of 2016 election hacking as summit looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Republican Donald Trump.

10 Jul 2018 | 12:31 PM

US House Republicans query Apple, Alphabet on privacy, data practices

Four senior US House Republicans sent letters on July 9 to the chief executives of Apple Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc asking questions about location data and mobile phone privacy practices and the handling of customer data.

The letters both ask if Google Android or Apple iPhones collect audio recordings of users without their consent and said the committee "is reviewing business practices that may impact the privacy expectations of Americans". — Reuters
26 Jun 2018 | 10:20 AM

Illegal immigrant parents not facing U.S. prosecution for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Parents who cross illegally from Mexico to the United States with their children will not face prosecution for the time being because the government is running short of space to house them, officials said on Monday.

25 Jun 2018 | 12:49 PM

US plans limits on Chinese investment in US technology firms

The US Treasury Department is drafting curbs that would block firms with at least 25% Chinese ownership from buying US companies with "industrially significant technology," a government official briefed on the matter said on June 24.

The US Treasury investment restrictions are expected to target key sectors, including several China is trying to develop as part of its "Made in China 2025" industrial plan, the US official said. — Reuters
22 Jun 2018 | 4:13 PM

Uber driver was streaming Hulu show just before self-driving car crash - police report

Police in Tempe, Arizona said evidence showed the "safety" driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted and streaming a television show on her phone right up until about the time of a fatal accident in March, deeming the crash that rocked the nascent industry "entirely avoidable."

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examining a self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona.Police obtained records from Hulu, an online service for streaming television shows and movies, which showed Vasquez's account was playing the television talent show "The Voice" the night of the crash for about 42 minutes, ending at 9:59 p.m., which "coincides with the approximate time of the collision," the report says. — NTSB/Reuters
8 Jun 2018 | 6:00 AM

US says Internet use rises as more low income people go online

Internet use by Americans increased in 2017, fuelled by a rise among people with lower incomes, a government report found.

The survey found that in 2017, 64% of Americans used a smartphone, compared with 53% in 2015, and tablet use increased to 32% from 29% in 2015. — Reuters
7 Jun 2018 | 1:24 PM

US lawmakers press Facebook over Chinese data sharing

Facebook Inc faced criticism on June 6 from Republican and Democratic US lawmakers who demanded that the social media company be more forthcoming about data it has shared with four Chinese firms.

The leaders of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee accused Zuckerberg of failing to disclose the company's agreements with the Chinese firms when he appeared before them in April and testified about Facebook's sharing of users' personal information with third parties. — Reuters
6 Jun 2018 | 6:35 PM

US officials warn Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will urge Congress to approve legislation giving the federal government new powers to disable or destroy threatening drones.

Johnson said the number of drone flights over sensitive areas or suspicious activities has jumped from eight incidents in 2013 to an estimated 1,752 incidents in 2016, citing federal statistics. — Reuters