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May 22, 2020, 8:30 PM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
Interview with Sundar Pichai on working from home, antitrust, collaborating with Apple and others, how Alphabet's holding company model held up, and more  —  In an interview, the Google and Alphabet CEO discusses working from home, weathering antitrust probes, and how the company needs to do a better job on diversity.
Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
IBM announces job cuts, will offer subsidized medical coverage to all affected US employees through June 2021; sources say layoffs will be in the thousands  —  - Thousands of IBM workers in North America likely affected  — Newly unemployed staff fear finding another job in a recession
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Mozilla, Twitter, and a coalition that includes Facebook, Apple, and Google, call on Congress to protect search and browser data from warrantless access  —  A recent amendment to require the FBI to get a warrant to view browsing data failed by one vote.  —  A group of technology companies …
Camilla Tominey / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson instructed officials to draw up plans to reduce Huawei's involvement in UK's 5G networks to zero by 2023, a reversal of a softer policy approach  —  The Prime Minister has instructed officials to draw up plans that would see China's involvement in the UK's 5G network reduced to zero
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Sources: a version of iOS 14 dated Dec. 2019, likely obtained via a development iPhone 11, has been circulating among researchers and jailbreakers for months  —  Security researchers and hackers have had access to a leaked early version of iOS 14, the iPhone's next operating system, since at least February, Motherboard has learned.
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
US district court rules that turning on a phone to view its lockscreen without unlocking it qualifies as searching the phone and would generally need a warrant  —  Location data requires a warrant since 2018; lock screen may now, too.  —  Smartphones are a rich data trove not only for marketers but also for law enforcement.
Reuters:
US Commerce Dept. adds 7 Chinese tech companies to economic blacklist for complicity in human rights violations, including Softbank-backed CloudMinds  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it would add 33 Chinese firms and institutions to an economic blacklist …
Bloomberg:
A look at China's plan to invest an estimated $1.4T over six years to build out 5G, surveillance infrastructure, and AI, relying heavily on Chinese companies  —  - Latest infrastructure blueprint aims to spur virus-hit economy  — Plan helps Beijing swap foreign brands for national champions
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Report: 60% of insider cybersecurity threats involve employees leaving their jobs, with 44% forwarding content to personal emails, 16% misusing cloud privileges  —  The majority of staff planning their exit also take sensitive information with them, research suggests.

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