Todd Shields

Recent and archived articles by Todd Shields

24 Jan 2019 | 8:21 PM

Huawei stokes US fear with low-cost networking gear that works

In the sparsely settled wildlands of eastern Oregon, Huawei Technologies Co is hardly the big bad wolf of China that US officials have depicted. It’s a lifeline to the 21st Century.

18 Jan 2019 | 5:26 PM

The promise of 5G is the problem with Huawei in eyes of critics

The new wireless technology known as 5G will do more than make mobile phones faster – it will link billions of devices, revolutionising transportation, manufacturing and even medicine. It will also create a multitude of potential openings for bad actors to exploit.

Huawei is pushing for a global leadership role in 5G, but American officials suspect that would help Beijing spy on Western governments and companies. — AFP
19 Nov 2018 | 5:00 PM

Phones fail in California fires, highlighting vulnerability

As wildfires raged across California, mobile phones went silent as towers and lines succumbed to the flames.

7 Nov 2018 | 2:00 PM

Facebook, Google are US election ad winners despite meddling outcry

Even before ballots are counted from the Nov 6 elections, some clear winners have emerged, as Google and Facebook Inc. reap windfalls from political advertising after a season of controversy over online political speech.

Digital ad spending rose more than 25-fold from the last non-presidential national elections in 2014, reaching 20% of expected political spending this year at almost US$1.8bil (RM7.50bil), according to estimates compiled by Borrell. — AFP
31 Oct 2018 | 9:30 AM

Groups call for probe of Android apps found marketing to kids

Some children’s apps found on Google’s app store inappropriately lure youngsters to watch ads or make purchases, according to a pair of consumer groups that cited a new study in calling for an investigation by federal authorities.

App makers falsely market as free apps that require in-app purchases, and manipulate children to watch ads and make purchases, the groups said. — AFP Relaxnews
11 Oct 2018 | 4:21 PM

Microsoft CEO backs US federal privacy law over state efforts

Microsoft Corp’s chief executive officer Satya Nadella says his company supports national privacy legislation, adding the voice of the world’s largest software maker to the chorus of tech giants seeking federal action over state-by-state efforts.

30 Aug 2018 | 1:16 PM

Trump brings limited firepower to fight over Google News

US President Donald Trump’s call for action against Google and other Internet companies over the way they display news is likely to run up against a hard fact: there may be little he or Congress can do.

13 Apr 2018 | 3:32 PM

Uber’s 2016 breach affected more than 20 million US users

A data breach in 2016 exposed the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of more than 20 million people who use Uber Technologies Inc’s service in the US, authorities said, as they chastised the ride-hailing company for not revealing the lapse earlier.

The Federal Trade Commission said Uber failed to disclose the leak last year as the agency investigated and sanctioned the company for a similar data breach that happened in 2014. — AFP
12 Apr 2018 | 2:30 PM

Zuckerberg survives unruffled after two days before US Congress

Mark Zuckerberg emerged mostly unruffled after two gruelling days of congressional hearings, reassuring investors with his composure even as lawmakers scoffed at his apologies over failures to protect user privacy and his assurances to do better.

While some lawmakers said they appreciated Zuckerberg’s patient cooperation, others said the CEO – who didn’t stop at any point to ask for help from underlings lined up behind him – fell short. — AFP
12 Apr 2018 | 12:49 PM

Zuckerberg says Facebook collects Internet data on non-users

Mark Zuckerberg, under stern questioning by US lawmakers, said Facebook Inc collects information on consumers who aren’t registered as users, acknowledging something that’s been reported but not publicly spelled out by the company.