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US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court to consider limiting reach of computer fraud law

The Supreme Court in the US will consider whether to limit the type of conduct that can be prosecuted under a federal computer fraud law in a case it took up on Monday involving a ...

App Stores

Rift opens over European coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crip...

Security

Cognizant hit by ‘Maze’ ransomware attack

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp on Saturday said it was hit by a “Maze” ransomware cyber attack, resulting in service disruptions for some of its clients. The infor...

Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

Czech Republic warns of imminent, large-scale cyberattacks on hospitals

The Czech Republic warned international allies on Thursday of a imminent wave of disruptive cyberattacks against the country’s hospitals and other parts of its critical infra...

Libra

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency gets revamp in response to backlash

Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra will be linked to individual national currencies and overseen by global watchdogs in a scaled-back revamp it hopes will win regulatory...

Former MI6 Chief

Former MI6 chief says western nations must do more to stop China buying up technology

Western nations like the UK need to do more to stop China buying up strategic technology including companies such as UK semiconductor chip designer Imagination Technologies, the fo...

tsmc

TSMC’s profit almost doubles in first quarter on strong demand for faster chips

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) net profit in the first quarter almost doubled, beating analyst estimates, as strong demand for faster chips helped offset disrupt...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

The Apple and Google alliance welcomed by European coronavirus app platform

Apple’s collaboration with Google will make it quicker to get systems for tracing coronavirus infections up and running, according to the prime mover behind a pan-European ef...

Imagination Tech

Britain urged to stop China taking control of Imagination Tech – lawmaker

The UK government should seek every mechanism available to it to prevent the removal of the technology base of Imagination Technologies to China, including seeking a Western buyer ...

Libra

G20 sets ground rules ahead of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin

The world’s leading economies need to plug gaps in their rulebooks to avoid digital currencies like Facebook’s planned Libra stablecoin from undermining financial stabi...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple launches website to show how coronavirus lockdowns affect movement

Apple has said it would release data that could help inform public health authorities on whether people are driving less during lockdown orders to slow the spread of the new corona...

Platform News: Google search engine

Apple and Google plan software to slow virus, joining global debate on tracking

Apple and Google have announced that they will work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into logg...

Platform News: Google

US approves Google request to use segment of US-Asia undersea cable

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved Google’s request to use part of an US-Asia undersea telecommunications cable after the company warned it would fac...

Singapore

Singapore lockdown: ‘essential’ chipmakers hope for less supply chain disruption

Chip makers are banking on less disruptions to their factories from this week’s strict lockdown in Singapore than the havoc wreaked on their supply chains last month when Mal...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Huawei laments Trump administrations plans to curb its global chip supply

An executive at Huawei Technologies has described as “unfortunate” plans by the US government to reduce the Chinese telecom equipment maker’s access to global chi...