Biden announces investigation into international ransomware attack — The Guardian

Joe Biden said on Saturday he had directed US intelligence agencies to investigate a sophisticated ransomware attack, according to the report. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jul/03/kaseya-ransomware-attack-us-sweden

Elon Musk sets out Starlink goals — BBC

Elon Musk claims his Starlink satellite-internet system should be able to provide a connection from anywhere except the poles by August, according to the report. Here is the link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57641676

John McAfee, software pioneer, found dead In a Spanish prison cell — NPR

American software pioneer John McAfee, 75, was found dead on Wednesday in a prison cell in Barcelona, Spain, writes Bobby Allyn. Here is the link: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/23/1009579599/john-mcafee-software-pioneer-found-dead-in-a-spanish-prison-cell

Toyota trains its robots to wipe down tables while taking selfies — engadget

Transparent and reflective surfaces confuse robots, but Toyota has developed a solution, writes M. Moon.

Amazon avoids paying warehouse workers for long waits and walks, practices that affect thousands...

Giant employers routinely ask workers to engage in time-consuming tasks like after-shift bag searches but don't pay them because the activity isn't productive for the company, writes Laura Hautala. 

Court rules European ISPs must hand over user IP addresses if piracy suspected —...

In a landmark judgement, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can be forced to hand over the details of customers who are...

E3 will take place virtually June 12 to June 15 — for free —...

The Entertainment Software Association confirmed that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will take place in a virtual format this year from June 12 to June 15, writes Dean Takahashi. Here is the...

Global silicon chip shortage hits supply of phones, TVs, cars and Australia’s NBN...

A temporary shutdown in the production of silicon computer chips at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as severe storms in Texas causing more recent delays, has caused worldwide...

Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its...

Google Maps is adding a couple of new useful features: the ability to pay for parking or buy a train ticket right from the app, writes Andrew J. Hawkins. Here is the...

Tech giants list principles for handling harmful content — Axios

Nine of the world's biggest tech companies have come together to establish an industry framework for handling harmful content and conduct online, writes Margaret Harding McGill. Here is the link: https://www.axios.com/tech-giants-list-principles-for-handling-harmful-content-5c9cfba9-05bc-49ad-846a-baf01abf5976.html

Facebook is ‘schoolyard bully’ in Australia news row, says UK media boss — The...

Henry Faure Walker, the chair of the News Media Association, said Facebook’s ban during a pandemic was “a classic example of a monopoly power being the schoolyard bully, trying to protect...

Twitter in standoff with India’s government over free speech and local law — NPR

Twitter is caught between complying with Indian law and defending free speech, in what could eventually be its biggest market, says Lauren Frayer and Shannon Bond. Here is the link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/17/968641246/twitter-in-standoff-with-indias-government-over-free-speech-and-local-law

What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system — MIT Technology Review

Why was Deloitte awarded the project on a no-bid basis? The contracts claim the company was the only “responsible source” to build the tool, writes Cat Ferguson. Here is the link: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/01/30/1017086/cdc-44-million-vaccine-data-vams-problems/

Facebook hires first chief compliance officer amid regulatory scrutiny — The Hill

Henry Moniz will join Facebook on Feb. 8 to head the social media giant's compliance team, writes Cameron Jenkins. Here is the link: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/536606-facebook-hires-first-chief-compliance-officer-amid-regulatory-scrutiny

Oakland’s airport is selling Covid-19 tests in vending machines — CNN

It is the first US airport to offer Covid-19 tests in vending machines, according to a press release from the airport, writes David Williams. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/oakland-airport-covid-test-vending-trnd/index.html