A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning

October 20, 2018 Editor 0

An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago. It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, two weeks after he disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi had long been a target of a Saudi troll army, according to the report, which employed hundreds of people to stifle the speech of government […]

Free societies face emerging, existential threats from technology

October 20, 2018 Editor 0

Bilal Zuberi Contributor Share on Twitter Bilal Zuberi is a partner at Lux Capital, and is on the boards of Evolv Technology, CyPhy Technologies, and Nozomi Networks, among others. Silicon Valley is currently, and correctly, under fire for the failure of leading platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to protect against the spread of disinformation, hate speech and efforts to disrupt our elections. I don’t know why these companies behaved as they did. But whatever the reason – naiveté, […]

Lessons from building Brex into a billion-dollar startup

October 19, 2018 Editor 0

Henrique Dubugras Contributor Share on Twitter Henrique Dubugras is the founder Brex, the billion-dollar corporate credit provider for startups. When I think about my experience as an immigrant and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, I remember growing up in Brazil and how we saw tech founders and CEOs as kings. We imagined what it would be like to assume the throne. But these weren’t just any kings. Silicon Valley was the kingdom of nerds and underdogs. We identified with these guys, […]

Facebook hires former UK Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, as global policy chief

October 19, 2018 Editor 0

Facebook has confirmed it has hired the former leader of the UK’s former third largest political party — Nick Clegg of the middle ground Liberal Democrats — to head up global policy and comms. The news was reported earlier by the Financial Times. Facebook hires Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, to head its global affairs and communications team. https://t.co/EhPZlJ0hJL pic.twitter.com/VqRR2chNyk — Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) October 19, 2018 Clegg is also a former UK deputy prime minister, after […]

Twitter releases 10M Iranian and Russian propaganda tweets ahead of US Midterms

October 18, 2018 Editor 0

Twitter yesterday released a bevy of data related to Iranian and Russian-sponsored misinformation campaigns started as long ago as 2009. The hope, in releasing the trove, is that academics and researchers will use it to come up with solutions to the propaganda problem plaguing US politics. November 6th represents the next symbolic test for US democracy. As the nation hurtles towards its Midterm elections, with both the House and Senate up for grabs, it’s become apparent that ‘election security’ is […]

Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers

October 18, 2018 Editor 0

Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but related) products today that will make it easier for IoT developers to connect their devices. The first is the Global Super SIM that offers global connectivity management through the networks of Twilio’s partners. The second is Twilio Narrowband, which, in cooperation with T-Mobile, offers a full […]

YC grad Oh My Green gets $20M seed investment

October 18, 2018 Editor 0

In its first institutional funding round, Oh My Green has raised $20 million from Initialized Capital, Powerplant Ventures, Backed VC, ZhenFund, Talis Capital and the Stanford StartX Fund to bring healthier foods to offices around the U.S. The concierge-style startup, which completed Y Combinator’s startup accelerator in 2016, provides businesses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Denver, Boston, New York City and Nashville nutritional snacks and meals. It stocks office snack pantries — a staple at tech startups […]

Amazon gets patriotic while Google embraces censorship

October 16, 2018 Editor 0

Wired’s big 25th anniversary event (congrats!) culminated Monday in a summit featuring a veritable who’s-who of big tech bosses. And, like everything else in the US this year, it turned out to be heavily-focused on politics. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was there to peddle patriotism. He graciously volunteered his company for future lucrative military contracts, apparently to save the US from less dutiful businesses. According to him, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US […]

37 Cheesy Memes About Wisconsin That’ll Make You Say ‘For Cripes Sake’

October 15, 2018 Editor 0

Every region of the United States has its own specific culture, and the Midwest is certainly of no exception. You can’t help but love the adorably wholesome slang terms like “ope,” “bubbler” or “Yooper.” But of course, it’s not all cutesy fun and games in Wisconsin…just ask any Cheesehead and they’ll tell you all about the horrid winters they have to endure! Submitted by: Tagged: jokes about states , ope , united states , funny memes , for cripes sake […]

U.S. lawmakers warn Canada to keep Huawei out of its 5G plans

October 12, 2018 Editor 0

In a letter addressed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio make a very public case that Canada should leave Chinese tech and telecom giant Huawei out of its plans to build a next-generation mobile network. “While Canada has strong telecommunication security safeguards in place, we have serious concerns that such safeguards are inadequate given what the United States and other allies know about Huawei,” the letter states. The senators warn Canada to “reconsider Huawei’s inclusion […]