Category: giants

Tech giants are ignoring questions over the legality of their EU-US data transfers
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Tech giants are ignoring questions over the legality of their EU-US data transfers

A survey of responses from more than 30 companies to questions about how they’re approaching EU-US data transfers in the wake of a landmark ruling (aka Schrems II) by Europe’s top court in July, which struck down the flagship Privacy Shield over US surveillance overreach, suggests most are doing the equivalent of burying their head…

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R&D Roundup: Tech giants unveil breakthroughs at computer vision summit
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R&D Roundup: Tech giants unveil breakthroughs at computer vision summit

Computer vision summit CVPR has just (virtually) taken place, and like other CV-focused conferences, there are quite a few interesting papers. More than I could possibly write up individually, in fact, so I’ve collected the most promising ones from major companies here. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft all shared papers at the conference — and…

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This Week in Apps: Chinese giants take on Google Play, Iowa caucus disaster, TikTok’s power over App Store charts
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This Week in Apps: Chinese giants take on Google Play, Iowa caucus disaster, TikTok’s power over App Store charts

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App…

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Gig economy giants launch efforts to keep workers classified as independent contractors
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Gig economy giants launch efforts to keep workers classified as independent contractors

Now that 2020 has started, Uber, DoorDash and Lyft are taking additional steps to undermine a new California law that would help more gig workers qualify as full-time employees. These moves entail product changes, lawsuits and ramped-up efforts to get a ballot initiative in front of voters that would roll back the new legislation. Let’s…

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While other tech giants fund housing initiatives, Amazon is opening a homeless shelter — inside its HQ
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While other tech giants fund housing initiatives, Amazon is opening a homeless shelter — inside its HQ

As big tech gets bigger, industry leaders have begun making more noise about helping homeless populations, particularly in those regions where high salaries have driven up the cost of living to heights not seen before. Last January, for example, Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, among other participants, formed a group called the Partnership for the…

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New York Giants QB Daniel Jones Just Retired His Hero Eli Manning
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New York Giants QB Daniel Jones Just Retired His Hero Eli Manning

Bad news for Eli Manning. New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has led his NFL team to an incredible comeback win against Tampa Bay. Even with superstar running back Saquon Barkley injured with a high-ankle sprain for most of the game, the Giants had plenty of firepower in a 32-31 shootout with the Buccaneers.…

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As tech giants face Congressional investigation, states must step up regulatory oversight too
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As tech giants face Congressional investigation, states must step up regulatory oversight too

Tiffany Olson Kleemann Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleemann is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George W. Bush. More posts by this contributor Congress has begun investigations into the power wielded by tech giants Amazon, Apple,…

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