Techmeme
December 19, 2017, 11:15 AM

Top News

Thomas P. Bossert / Wall Street Journal:
In op-ed, Trump's homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert says North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack in May  —  The massive cyberattack cost billions and put lives at risk.  Pyongyang will be held accountable.  —  Cybersecurity isn't easy, but simple principles still apply.
New York Times:
Microsoft backs Senate bill to address sexual harassment, eliminates forced arbitration agreements with employees who make such claims  —  SEATTLE — The wave of sexual harassment claims has toppled powerful men in entertainment, media and politics.  Now, it is also creating permanent changes …
Reuters:
WhatsApp told to stop sharing user data with Facebook by French data protection authority; WhatsApp has one month to comply or potentially face sanctions  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France's data privacy watchdog may fine messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with an order to bring …
Elan Feingold / Plex Labs:
Plex launches Plexamp, a Winamp-inspired standalone music player for macOS and Windows that can play “just about any music format” and includes visualizers  —  As we mentioned on the blog post introducing Plex Labs, one of the things we're using Medium for is a venue for talking …
Joaquin Quiñonero Candela / Facebook:
Facebook will now use facial recognition technology to alert users when someone uploads their photos without tagging them  —  Today we're announcing new, optional tools to help people better manage their identity on Facebook using face recognition.  Powered by the same technology we've used …
John Poole / Geekbench:
Geekbench data shows correlation between old iPhone batteries and reduced performance, suggesting iOS slows down iPhones with old batteries to avoid shutdowns  —  A Reddit post from last week has sparked a discussion regarding iPhone performance as a function of battery age.
The Economic Times:
India's ride-hailing service Ola acquires FoodPanda India from Germany's Delivery Hero, and will invest $200M to take on rival UberEats, Zomato, and Swiggy  —  Saurabh Kochhar, former CEO of Foodpanda India has left the company and Pranay Jivrajka, founding partner at Ola has been appointed as the interim CEO of Foodpanda
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:
Facebook transparency report for H1 2017: account data requests up 21% globally YoY to ~79K; 57% of US requests included order banning FB from notifying users  —  Today we are releasing our Transparency Report, previously called the Government Requests Report, for the first half of 2017.
Wall Street Journal:
Waymo teams up with Trov to insure riders in its self-driving vehicles for lost and damaged property and trip-related medical expenses  —  Trov will work with Waymo to insure its riders for lost and damaged property, trip-related medical expenses  —  Waymo LLC, the driverless-car unit …
More: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Kaspersky Lab sues the Trump administration in US court, arguing it was deprived of due process rights when DHS banned its software from US government agencies  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in U.S. federal court on Monday …

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
Move Beyond Email  —  It's the ultimate productivity killer for teams.  Find out how to move your business away from reliance on email to cloud-based collaboration.
Zoho:
Zoho Meeting: Evolution through 2018  —  This year ends on a high note for Zoho Meeting.  Our greatest joy has been delivering great features that have improved the way our users conduct webinars and online meetings.
Chromebook:
If you're tired of viruses  —  Discover how built-in virus protection like “sandboxing” is reinventing the laptop.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
PR pros: identify the top reporters on 30 different tech beats  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, or enterprise?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.  View any topic report instantly!

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Fri. 12/14 - Facebook Faces a GDPR Inquiry Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 11:15 AM ET, December 19, 2017.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks

Jeremy Herron / Bloomberg:
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider: