Techmeme
December 23, 2020, 5:40 PM

Top News

Reuters:
Documents: Google's AI unit tightened control over its scientists' papers on “sensitive topics” and asked at least three to portray its tech in a positive light  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists' papers by launching a …
Kate Duffy / Business Insider:
April Christina Curley, a Google recruiter focused on Black colleges, says she was fired in September and alleges a hostile work environment for Black people  —  - A Google employee, who said she was fired by the tech giant in September, claimed Monday that her manager told her that her way of speaking …
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:
Sources: Zoom has begun developing a web email service for businesses, and may trial it next year, and is also considering building a calendar app  —  Zoom Video Communications has had an astonishing rise in 2020, emerging as the go-to service for work meetings and family get-togethers during the pandemic.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SEC sues Ripple Labs, its CEO Brad Garlinghouse, and Chairman Chris Larsen, alleging they violated federal securities laws in selling XRP to retail consumers  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) believes Ripple Labs violated federal securities laws in selling the XRP cryptocurrency to retail consumers.
Zach Dorfman / Foreign Policy:
US officials say Chinese tech companies, including Alibaba and Baidu, have been enlisted to process stolen US data for Chinese spy agencies to analyze  —  Beijing was giving China hawks in the United States plenty of ammunition.  That same year, hackers working for China's People's Liberation Army …
John Harney / Bloomberg:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple is planning to release an updated TV with a focus on gaming, an updated remote, and a new processor next year  —  Hey everyone, it's Mark Gurman.  I cover all things Apple Inc. at Bloomberg Technology and I'm the host of the new consumer tech segment Power Up on Bloomberg TV.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
DeepMind details MuZero, revealed in 2019 and following AlphaZero, which can master games without knowing the rules and is working on YouTube video compression  —  DeepMind's latest AI program can attain “superhuman performance” in tasks without needing to be given the rules.
Logic Magazine:
Q&A with an anonymous AWS cybersecurity engineer on why AWS is easy to migrate to but difficult to leave, how the pandemic compounded AWS' advantages, and more  —  Amazon is on a mission to own the infrastructure of our lives.  The second-largest private employer in the United States after Walmart …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Telegram debuts group voice chat as CEO Pavel Durov says it is nearing 500M MAUs and will launch an ad platform for public one-to-many channels next year  —  Instant messaging app Telegram is “approaching” 500 million users and plans to start generating revenue starting next year to keep the business afloat …
Bloomberg:
Profile of YouTube's top creator of 2020, 22-year-old MrBeast, who has 48M+ subscribers, 4B views a year, ~50 employees, and spends $300K per video on average  —  Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, was the top creator on YouTube this year.  Now he wants to sell you hamburgers.
More: NewserTweets: @mwanikih, @glenngabe, @jpage, and @glenngabe
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
FCC's ongoing 5G wireless licenses auction has fetched over $66.4B after three weeks, beating the $44.9B sale of 4G licenses in 2015, and will resume January 4  —  FCC sale of wireless licenses has already hit new spending highs and the total could climb after a holiday break
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Clubhouse is testing an invite-only Creator Pilot Program, with over 40 members, as the service hits 600,000 registered users  —  Tech investors have warmed to the idea that being a content creator is a legitimate form of business.  —  Nearly every social media platform has turned its top users into stars …
Rachel Sandler / Forbes:
NY Governor signs a bill to suspend the use of facial recognition and other biometric ID tech in schools until July 2022, the first such regulation in the US  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday temporarily banning the use of facial recognition in schools, making it the first state to take such a step.
Matthew Green / @matthew_d_green:
[Thread] How iPhone security degrades following a user's first device unlock after powering it on, leaving it more vulnerable to data exfiltration  —  My students @maxzks and Tushar Jois spent most of the summer going through every piece of public documentation, forensics report, and legal document we could find to figure out how police were “breaking phone encryption”. 1/ https://twitter.com/...
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Certificate authority Let's Encrypt says it has found a workaround that will extend older Android phones' compatibility with its certificates by three years  —  When you haven't been updated since 2016, expiring certificates are a problem.  —  Things were touch-and-go for a while …
Alex Gallagher / NME:
The COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress includes the Felony Streaming Bill, which makes illegal streaming for profit a felony, with up to 10 years jail time  —  Targeting illegal for-profit streaming providers, not individual users  —  The US Congress has passed a COVID-19 stimulus bill …

Sponsor Posts

Tribe AI:
You don't have to be Google to have your own AI lab  —  Find out how Tribe's community of top engineers can build core machine learning technology for your company.
Zoho:
The Periodic Table of Marketing Extensions  —  The key elements to successful marketing With over 500 extensions for Zoho CRM, choosing the right ones to simplify marketing processes can be overwhelming.
Oura:
Ten Tips to get Better, Deeper Sleep  —  Want to feel more rested in the morning?  This weekend, try these strategies and see what works for you.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find out who the top reporters are in 43 different tech categories  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, IoT, or e-commerce?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Wed. 02/24 - Facebook Defends Its Stance In Australia Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 5:40 PM ET, December 23, 2020.

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

Rachel Reichenbach / rainylune:

Earlier Picks

Rest of World:
Sascha Segan / PCMag:
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg: