Search giant Google is on the backfoot on Thursday as it attempts to damp down details about the Federal Trade Commission deciding not to launch an anti-trust probe into the company back in 2012.
The Department of Justice under new US President Joe Biden has decided to continue its bid to seek the extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange from the UK, according to a report from Kevin Gosztola, a freelance journalist who has his own site on Substack.
The anti-trust suit filed by the US against Google in October is unlikely to make any progress, judging by the kind of people whom US president-elect Joe Biden is taking onboard as part of his transition team and also in technology roles.
With the US administration changing next year, it is very likely that Google will be able to get a waiver on selling the proprietary version of its Android operating system to Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei Technologies, something it has been unable to do ever since the Trump administration put in place sanctions on the Chinese firm.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be able to escape a future in jail given that a decision on whether to send him to the US or not will be taken only in 2021.
Google is trying its best to prolong its stoush with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over a code for sharing revenue with news organisations until the US presidential election, in the hope that current polls hold and the Democrats return to power.
Australia's Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been talking up what she sees as the country's independence – after obeying a summons from the US to visit Washington for talks.
Twitter accounts of many rich and famous Americans — including Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Jeff Bezos — were hijacked on Wednesday and used to advertise cryptocurrency scams, according to a tweet from British security researcher Marcus Hutchins.
Moves by the US to deny the spouses of H-1B visa holders the right to work, a privilege granted by the Obama administration, will go ahead though they will be delayed by a court case.
Google's close ties to the White House during the time of the Obama administration are the main reason why a proposed 2012 probe by the US Federal Trade Commission into the company's alleged unfair competition was dropped.
Kaspersky Lab may have been targeted by the US government as part of retaliatory measures taken by the Obama administration after it allegedly discovered that Russia had made plans to influence the 2016 US elections.
Internet users in the US have had privacy protections voted in by the Obama administration stripped away, with the House voting 215-205 to pass the measure.
Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, submitted a detailed draft to a key Clinton aide on 15 April 2014, outlining his ideas for a possible run for the presidency and stressing that "key is the development of a single record for a voter that aggregates all that is known about them".
The Mozilla Foundation has urged the White House to put in place bug bounties for those who find vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices, in order that attacks of the sort that hit domain name services provider Dynamic Network Services, otherwise known as Dyn, last week can be avoided.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella appears to have an incredibly short memory. Else he would be the last person who talks about trust being the most pressing issue in tech in our times.
US politicians are set to introduce legislation shortly to force technology companies to assist law enforcement in cases similar to the Apple-FBI case that was recently in the news.
Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has come out swinging against US President Barack Obama after the latter, referring to the ongoing spat between Apple and the FBI, urged Americans not to adopt absolutist positions on privacy and security.
Australian comparison website finder.com is expanding its business to the US, co-opting top American Barack Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, to help launch its bid to tackle the American market.
Two years after the revelations about mass surveillance by the NSA and a month after an appeals court declared the activity illegal, the collection of data goes on apace in the US and around the world.
The finalisation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, a trade deal involving 12 countries including Australia, has moved a step closer after the US Congress agreed to give President Barack Obama's administration the authority to speed up negotiations.
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