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SlashDotJan 17, 2019
Google Just Spent $40 Million For Fossil's Secret Smartwatch Tech


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Yahoo Tech - Apple MacJan 17, 2019
China's envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions
China's envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, the latest blast in a deepening bilateral dispute. Ambassador Lu Shaye, speaking at a news conference, did not give details. Canada is currently studying the security implications of 5G networks, but unlike some allies has not announced Huawei equipment will be excluded.


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Reuters TechnologyJan 17, 2019
Fossil to sell smartwatch technology worth $40 million to Google, shares rise
Fossil Group Inc said on Thursday it would sell its intellectual property related to a smartwatch technology currently under development to Alphabet Inc's Google for $40 million, sending the watchmaker's shares up as much as 11 percent.

Fox Technology newsJan 17, 2019
Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle Seattle's housing crisis
In what is the largest pledge in its 44-year history, Microsoft is spending $500 million to address the housing crisis in Seattle that's been exacerbated by the influx of tech-fueled growth.

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Reuters TechnologyJan 17, 2019
Facebook blocks accounts linked to Russian state-owned Sputnik
Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed hundreds of Russia-initiated accounts, which it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on its platforms, including some linked to state-owned news agency Sputnik.

Computer World Security NewsJan 17, 2019
'We need new privacy laws,' urges Apple CEO Tim Cook
In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.

Stand up for your rights "In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy — yours, mine, all of ours." Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.

To read this article in full, please click here



Reuters TechnologyJan 17, 2019
Venture capital funding of cybersecurity firms hit record high in 2018: report
Venture capital investments in cybersecurity firms hit a record high last year amid a surge in cyber crime over the last few years, according to a report released on Thursday by U.S.-based Strategic Cyber Ventures.

Reuters TechnologyJan 17, 2019
Israeli games developer Playtika buys Austrian card games maker
Israeli mobile games company Playtika said on Thursday it has acquired Austria-based card games firm Supertreat GmbH, just a month after it bought German puzzle developer Wooga GmbH as it seeks to expand further into casual games.

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TechCrunchJan 17, 2019
Amazon shareholders want the company to stop selling facial recognition to law enforcement
Amazon shareholders are demanding the company stop selling Rekognition, the company's facial recognition software, to law enforcement. Unless the board of directors determines the technology "does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights," shareholders want Amazon to stop selling the software to government agencies. Rekognition, which is part […]

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Amazon investors press company to stop selling 'racially biased' surveillance tech to government agencies (Fox Technology news)
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