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Tech and privacy: The FBI on Apple, Google and encryption; Russian and Australian laws

There's plenty of news about tech and privacy/surveillance, in the United States and beyond, and some of it might make you shudder: • FBI Director James Comey said Thursday he's concerned about Apple and Google's moves to encrypt the data on Read More →

What’s behind tech’s ALEC exodus?

Are tech companies fleeing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative political organization, because of the group's environmental position or something else? Last night, Yahoo joined Google, Yelp and Facebook when it announced it would not renew its membership. I Read More →

Tech and surveillance: Google, Apple and the cops, and more

On one hand, the tech industry has taken a hit and is frustrated by government action/inaction on mass spying. On the other hand, it looks like law enforcement is frustrated, too, as Apple and Google take action to thwart surveillance. Read More →

Snapchat snags Google PR exec Jill Hazelbaker

Snapchat, the mobile messaging app that's risen to social media prominence, has hired a former Google communications executive and political campaign press veteran to run its PR operations. London-based Jill Hazelbaker will join Snapchat to lead its communications and policy efforts,Read More →

Quoted: Google cuts ties with ALEC over climate change

"Everyone understands climate change is occurring. And the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people. They're just Read More →

Alibaba, and the monopoly effect

Alibaba's blockbuster IPO last week is a reminder that Chinese tech firms have a distinct advantage as they become more global. Called the eBay and Amazon of China, Alibaba is poised to move into global markets, as are the two other Read More →
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