Trump says he will sign the order to ban TikTok today

TikTok might be looking at a ban in the US soon, as President Donald Trump said he could sign the executive order to block the app by Saturday. According to a report from Bloomberg, Trump told reporters on Friday night that the app will be banned from the country,  “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”  [Read: TikTok’s CEO takes shots at Zuckerberg as it aims to continue to survive in the US] He added that he “will sign the document tomorrow.” The President could issue an executive order or bar the short video app under… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

The four horseman of the techpocalypse – the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – joined the US House of Representatives today for an antitrust hearing. We watched every second of the more than five and a half hours of Congress’ grilling of some of the richest men in the world so you wouldn’t have to. Let’s start with the ending. House Antitrust Committee Chairman David Cicilline closed today’s hearing with the following statement: This hearing has made one fact clear to me: these companies as they exist today have monopoly power. Some need to be broken up, all… This story continues at The Next Web...
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US unveils blueprint for ‘unhackable’ national quantum internet

The US Department of Energy has laid out a blueprint for a “virtually unhackable” national quantum internet that it claims could be functional within a decade. At a press conference on Thursday, government officials said the network would run alongside the existing Web, as a parallel internet for transmitting sensitive government and financial information. That extra security derives from a complex phenomenon known as quantum entanglement.  While today’s internet transmits information by encoding data in photons, the quantum network will entangle pairs of photons so they’re inextricably linked. As TNW’s Tristan Greene explained in a previous article: “You’ll keep one of the photons, send… This story continues at The Next Web...
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AOC wants to stop the US military from using Twitch for recruiting

US military forces have recently joined Twitch tto share live gaming streams of their esports teams and to interact with viewers who may be interested in joining the Army, Navy or Air Force. As it turns out, they haven’t exactly been playing by the platform’s rules, and now they’ve drawn the ire of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The NY Representative is set to file an amendment to the House Appropriations bill which will prevent these military forces from using funds guaranteed by the bill to “maintain a presence on Twitch.com or any video game, esports, or live-streaming platform.” What’s the big deal? US… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch...
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TikTok might be sold to US investors to ward off security concerns

Chinese short video platform TikTok is currently facing close scrutiny and risks being booted out of the US — which is home to some of its most popular content creators — but the app may find a lifeline there. The Information reports that a number of US-based investors who already have a stake in TikTok‘s parent company, ByteDance, are considering purchasing the subsidiary company to gain control of the platform. The move could ease some concerns among governments and users about TikTok handing user data over to Chinese authorities. There isn’t yet a timeline in place for this, but Bytedance… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security...
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EU top court bans US-EU data sharing deal over surveillance fears

The EU‘s Court of Justice has struck down its Privacy Shield pact with the United States due to concerns about US surveillance. In a statement on Thursday, EU judges said the data-sharing agreement doesn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of the bloc’s citizens. “The limitations on the protection of personal data arising from the domestic law of the United States on the access and use by US public authorities… are not circumscribed in a way that satisfies requirements that are essentially equivalent to those required under EU law,” the court said in a statement. #ECJ: the Decision on the adequacy of the… This story continues at The Next Web...
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After India, the US is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese apps

TikTok has been one of the most controversial apps in the past couple of weeks, and its woes don’t seem to be over. After getting booted from in India, the company might now face a ban in the US. In an interview with Fox News, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the US government is certainly looking at banning Chinese apps including TikTok: We are taking this very seriously. We’re certainly looking at it. We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time; whether it was the problems of having Huawei technologies in your infrastructure…we’ve gone all over… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Trump contracts Peter Thiel-backed startup to build his (virtual) border wall

Trump’s xenophobic dream of building a “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexico–US border has moved a step closer to (virtual) reality. The White House just struck a deal with Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industrial to erect an AI-powered partition along the frontier. Anduril will install hundreds of surveillance towers across the rugged terrain, The Washinton Post reports. The pillars will use cameras and thermal imaging to detect anyone trying to enter “the land of the free” and send their location to the cellphones of US Border Patrol agents. US Customers and Border Protection confirmed that 200 of the towers would be installed by 2022,… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Twitch temporarily bans Trump’s channel for ‘hateful content’

On a night filled with platforms booting out controversial forums and accounts, game streaming platform Twitch temporarily banned US President Donald Trump from the platform. The Amazon-owned company said that Trump‘s account was banned for broadcasting “hateful content” on his Twitch channel. The company said the content of two streams in particular lead to the ban. The first was a rebroadcast of a 2015 rally where Trump claimed that Mexico is sending rapists to the country, and the other stream was his June 20 rally at Tulsa with racist comments. Twitch has now removed both streams. A company spokesperson told The Verge that politicians… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch...
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This AI detects political affiliation just by reading tweets about COVID-19

Political messaging can have a huge impact on public responses to crises. In the US, academics warn that divisions between Republican and Democratic lawmakers are wrecking efforts to contain the virus. Now, a new AI tool has shown just how fractured their rhetoric has been. Researchers from Ohio State University trained the algorithm to guess which political party members of Congress belonged to by analyzing their tweets about the pandemic. It correctly identified their party 76% of the time, according to their study. The AI scanned all 30,887 tweets that current members of  Congress wrote about COVID-19, from the first one on January… This story continues at The Next Web...
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