The Inquisition

The headlines read loud and clear, “Trump says he’ll ‘bring fairness’ to Big Tech via an executive order if Congress doesn’t take action.” But can an Executive Order really bring a sudden change? Can it deter people from browsing Google, from buying Apple products, from ordering groceries, books etc from Amazon, or stop using Facebook, Whatsup or Instagram?

Google Releases AI Quantum Library – Is It to Benefit Google Team X?

This week Google released a unique library of programs called TensorFlow Quantum (TFQ). It complements the well-known TensorFlow tool designed to work with artificial intelligence on classic computers. The purpose of the library is to work with quantum neural networks. It can be used both on real quantum computers and on their simulations. It is open source and free.

The Future of Financial Services Part 2

Read about how the financial services industry is not just being shaken up with cosmetic changes, but is about to go through the process of being stripped down and rebuilt. We also feature an interview with a former Google tech lead about how his new company, which already has Lloyds Banking Group as a customer, is approaching legacy replacement at banks. Could it be the nearest thing to banking on Google available today?

Fight for Worldwide Digital Tax in Crucial Phase

At a conference of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, more than 130 countries reached an important agreement, to develop, by the end of 2020, new tax rules for Internet companies, the so-called “digital tax.” This is considered one of the main problems in the modern economy, because American Internet companies receive multibillion-dollar revenues in the European market, paying almost nothing to the local treasury.

Risk Alert! Yandex Russian Search Engine to Be Offered for Android Devices – Additional Security Risk to West and NATO from Kremlin?

It has been announced that starting on March 1, 2020, new Android smartphones in the European Economic Zone will have a choice of using the Russian Yandex search engine. Yandex Search is a web search engine owned by a Russian corporation. It is the core product of Yandex. In January 2015, Yandex Search generated 51.2% of all search traffic in Russia according to LiveInternet. The search engine will be offered in Estonia, Finland Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Apps Infected with Adware Downloaded over 8 Million Times

A hacker has published dozens of apps bundled with adware on Google Play Store that have been downloaded over 8 million times. This is according to a recent research report published by ESET.

The security firm has so far identified 42 apps that have been running undetected for over a year now. Twenty-one had been previously reported and removed by Google, but are still available via third-party app download sites.

Building Automation Systems Market Built by Smart Buildings

The global building automation system market grew 7% in 2018 to total ~ $35 billion, registering an upward spiral from ~ $33 billion in 2017, according to the new research study by Future Market Insights (FMI). Schneider Electric SE, ABB, Siemens AG, Johnson Controls Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. remain the top 5 players in the building automation market, commanding nearly 40% of the global market share.

Google Pre-Empts Huawei’s New Mobile Phone, Mate 30

China’s communications equipment giant Huawei plans to release its new flagship phone in Munich, Germany this month. However, due to the US government’s sanctions, the new mobile phone will only be equipped with an open-source Android operating system, without pre-installing Google’s supporting applications. This will greatly affect the experience of users in China’s overseas markets.

Donald Trump Threatens to Impose Tariffs on French Exports

US President Donald Trump accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over the digital service tax, hinting that he would impose a tax on French wine in the United States in return. Trump expressed displeasure from his Twitter account Friday over French plans to tax multinational technology companies such as Google. The French authorities have justified this tax because such companies pay little or no taxes at all in the countries where they operate.

Big Trouble for Big Tech as DOJ announces Antitrust Review

After a good deal of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday it was opening a broad and sweeping antitrust review of some of Big Tech’s biggest firms.  While the department didn’t mention any names, the Wall Street Journal reported it was acting on “new Washington threats” from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.  It is the boldest action yet against the Silicon Valley giants, and comes off the heels of a rocky week on Capitol Hill.  The announcement is sure to attract praise from the likes of both Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)— for different reasons.

Google, Chip Manufacturers Join Huawei Ban

Tech giant Google suspended all business requiring the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services with Chinese firm Huawei, Reuters reported on Sunday. New Huawei smartphones will lose access to popular Google apps, like YouTube and Maps, as well as security updates. Those publicly available, via open source licensing, would not appear to be affected. The move comes days after the Trump administration blacklisted Huawei, prohibiting American firms from trading with the company without a license.

YouTube Missteps Have Cost Google Billions

Google Alphabet had over $77 billion in market capitalization vanish and they are blaming YouTube.

A  Bloomberg report showed that for years YouTube and Google/YouTube staff looked the other way as workers had knowledge that misinformation and meanness on the YouTube website was growing over time.  It’s being reported that Google new of these trends and employees were told not to rock the boat.

CLOUD WARS: IBM Goes “All In.” What Will Microsoft, Amazon and Google Do Now?

Midterm Test: Will Twitter, Facebook & Google Honor Shareholders or Weaponize?

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