Apple CEO Tim Cook on the False Tradeoffs in Data Collection, A.I., and Gay Marriage

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that one of the biggest “false tradeoffs” that companies make when it comes to artificial intelligence is believing that the more data businesses collect, the better their A.I. technologies will be. Speaking on Tuesday in San Francisco during Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference, Cook discussed with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff his … Read more

Big Tech’s Bugs Beg the Question: Should You Cover Your Smartphone Camera?

Covering laptop cameras with a piece of tape to prevent surveillance is a common cybersecurity practice. But recent headlines suggest that naked smartphone cameras may be a bigger threat to privacy than webcams. Earlier this week, Google confirmed an Android smartphone camera vulnerability discovered in July that affected hundreds of millions of users, including on … Read more

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on NATO, Russia, and Building a Digital Nation

As Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union continue to butt heads over a range of territorial, anti-corruption, military, trade, and security issues, the Republic of Estonia finds itself caught in the middle—quite literally.  The country shares large borders with Russia, Latvia, Finland, and Sweden.  Estonia also has a very large and isolated … Read more

FTC Chair Hints At Multiple Big Tech Probes In Progress

Chairman Joe Simons of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Monday (Nov. 18) that there were multiple ongoing investigations into Big Tech companies like Google, Amazon and Apple regarding their conduct on antitrust and merger issues, according to Reuters. The FTC had previously announced an investigation into Facebook and Amazon. Big Tech companies face probes … Read more

German Regulator Flags Crypto Broker for Operating Without License

German regulator federal financial supervisory authority (BaFin) issued a warning against Bulgarian cryptocurrency broker 5 Capital on Nov. 11. The regulator has barred 5 Capital from operating in the country since the firm illegally offered Contracts for Difference (CFDs) designed to expose clients to the price movements of cryptocurrencies. Operating without license The regulator found … Read more

IRS Criminal Investigators Looking Into Bitcoin ATMs and Kiosks

United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Chief John Fort said that the regulator is looking into potential tax issues caused by Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs and kiosks. According to Bloomberg Law on Nov. 15, Fort said that the IRS is collaborating with law enforcement to investigate illicit uses of new technologies like cryptocurrencies, stating: … Read more