Huawei Can’t Stop Samsung From Selling Phones in China, Court Rules

Samsung nearly lost its right to manufacture and sell phones in China—but it scraped by thanks to an American judge’s ruling on Friday that will allow the tech giant to keep its foothold in the Chinese market. Read More >>

Google Boots Fake Ad Blockers From Chrome Web Store

A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users’ browsers. The good news is, after AdGuard published the report, the Chrome team removed all five of the extensions from its store. Read More >>

Meet the Woman Who Leads NightWatch, Google’s Internal Privacy Strike Force

Lea Kissner is back at her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, armed with a crisp grey blazer, a slide deck, and a laptop with a ‘My Other Car Is A Pynchon Novel’ sticker on it. Since graduating in 2002, she’s earned a PhD at Carnegie Melon in cryptography and worked her way up at Google, where she manages user privacy and tries to keep things from breaking. She’s here to tell a hall of computer science students how she did it—and also how to create privacy-protective systems at a scale that you won’t find outside a handful of massive tech companies. Read More >>

New Study Makes Clear Just How Risky It Is to Be a Security Researcher

New research from the Center for Democracy and Technology aims to help security researchers decide what level of risk is acceptable for them and their work. Read More >>

Uber Wants to Be Your New Bicycle

Uber announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Jump, a dockless bike-sharing service that recently launched a small fleet of bikes in San Francisco. Read More >>

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Sought to Open an Animal Testing Facility in San Francisco

Last year, Elon Musk revealed that he’d co-founded a new startup, Neuralink, with the ambition of inventing a brain-computer interface or, as it was later called, a “wizard hat for the brain.” These types of interfaces, in their current iterations, are mostly used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders, and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has poured $65 million (£46 million) into this research. But the tech industry sees them as transformative devices that could potentially enable breakthroughs in silent, thought-to-text typing or even telepathy. Musk has been uncharacteristically quiet about his work at Neuralink, except to suggest in an April 2017 interview with Wait But Why that the company is interested in treating brain disorders and, within the next decade, enabling telepathy through neural implants. Read More >>

Did T-Mobile Austria Really Just Admit It Stores Customer Passwords in Plaintext?

Given that password theft from major tech companies like Yahoo has become routine, most large firms now store their users’ passwords in an encrypted format. Keeping a list of users’ passwords in plaintext creates a huge risk—stealing that password database can give a hacker access to millions of accounts. And if a company’s users reuse their passwords on other websites, the breach can put a customer’s entire online identity at risk. Read More >>

Google Isn’t Listening, So Its Employees Are Suing

If you ask Google whether it has a discrimination problem, the company might point you to its industry-leading diversity efforts or its program for responding to complaints. But employees who challenge that narrative by asserting that it has created anything but a healthy, supportive environment are being labeled troublemakers and, in some instances, pushed out of the company. Today, Google faces so many of these troublemakers that it can no longer simply shrug them off, even if its every instinct is to do just that. Read More >>

Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Google Might Proceed as Class Action

A lawsuit brought by a former Google employee who says that the company’s “bro culture” led to daily sexual harassment is being expanded as a class action after Google tried to push the case into sealed, secret arbitration. Read More >>

Google Opens Up About How Its Cloud Stores Your Secrets

Google Cloud has a whopping 20 new product announcements out this week, most of them aimed at enterprise customers—which means they probably won’t matter much to you unless you’re in the position to make IT decisions for a company. Read More >>

Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO Over ‘Honey-Pot’ Remarks

The board of Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked with Republican candidates during the 2016 US presidential election and made conflicting statements about its involvement in a campaign for Brexit, has suspended its CEO Alexander Nix. Read More >>

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Adrian Lamo, Hacker Behind Breaches of New York Times and Microsoft, Has Died

Adrian Lamo, a hacker known for his high-profile breaches of the New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo, has died, according to his family. He was 37 years old. Read More >>

Google Says It Spent Over £193,000 to Close Wage Gaps

Counter to preliminary findings in an ongoing US government investigation and claims made in a class action lawsuit brought by former employees, Google says it has no gender- or race-based wage gaps among its workers. Read More >>

Microsoft Upheld Less Than 1 Per Cent of Gender Discrimination Complaints by Female Employees, Court Documents Say

Over a six-year period, Microsoft upheld only one of the 118 gender discrimination complaints it received from female employees, according to court filings, Reuters reported on Tuesday. In total, the company received 238 complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, the court filings say. Read More >>