Microsoft could buy TikTok for as much as $30 billion — CNBC

Microsoft has already agreed to transfer all of TikTok’s code from China to the U.S. within one year if the deal goes through, writes Jessica Bursztynsky. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/05/microsoft-has-one-year-to-transfer-tiktoks-code-to-the-us.html You can...

Computer mouse co-inventor William English dies at 91 — Engadget

One of the pioneers of the modern computer interface has passed away, writes Jon Fingas. Here is the link: https://www.engadget.com/william-english-mouse-co-inventor-dies-015803792.html

Trump says he will ban TikTok through an executive action — CNBC

Trump’s comments come as it was reported Friday that Microsoft has held talks to buy the TikTok video-sharing mobile app from Chinese owner ByteDance, writes Riya Bhattacharjee. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/31/trump-says-he-will-ban-tiktok-through-executive-action-as-soon-as-saturday.html

Amazon gains FCC approval for Kuiper internet satellite constellation and commits $10 billion to...

Amazon has received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch and operate a planned constellation of 3,236 internet satellites, writes Darrell Etherington. Here is the link: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/31/amazon-gains-fcc-approval-for-kuiper-internet-satellite-constellation-and-commits-10-billion-to-the-project/

Microsoft launches Azure IoT connector for FHIR, fueling the Internet of Medical Things —...

The Azure IoT Connector for FHIR is built on the HITRUST-certified Azure platform, writes Pablo Valerio. Here is the link: https://iot.eetimes.com/microsoft-launches-azure-iot-connector-for-fhir-fueling-the-internet-of-medical-things/

Cisco urges patching flaws in data-center, SD-WAN gear — Networkworld

Cisco has issued a number of critical security advisories for its data center manager and SD-WAN offerings, writes Michael Cooney. Here is the link: https://www.networkworld.com/article/3569153/cisco-urges-patching-flaws-in-data-center-sd-wan-gear.html

US economy posts its worst drop on record — CNN

The US economy contracted at a 32.9% annual rate from April through June, its worst drop on record, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday, writes Anneken Tappe. Here is the link:...

Heads roll at Intel after 7nm delay — Ars Technica

Murthy Renduchintala is out, and the struggling Technology group gets new leadership, writes Ron Amadeo. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/07/heads-roll-at-intel-after-7nm-delay/

Why it matters that TikTok wants to reveal its algorithms — Recode

A blog post from TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer proclaimed that all platforms should “disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators”, writes Rebecca Heilweil. Here is the link: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/7/29/21346758/tiktok-for-you-algorithm-transparency-instagram-antitrust You...

Congress grills tech CEOs amid backdrop of coronavirus and economic struggles — CNBC

While investors appeared unconcerned, today’s hearing is probably the beginning of a long slog for all four companies, writes Matt Rosoff. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/29/tech-ceos-testify-before-house-antitrust-subcommittee-recap.html

Facebook adds $100 million to landmark facial recognition settlement payout — Fortune

Facebook has agreed to pay a total of $650 million in a landmark class action lawsuit over the company's unauthorized use of facial recognition, writes Jeff John Roberts. Here is the link:...

How Harvard’s star Computer Science professor built a distance-learning empire — The New Yorker

David Malan’s remote-teaching setup involves a host of technology, including a seven-foot-wide interactive computer screen, writes Eren Orbey. Here is the link: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-local-correspondents/how-harvards-star-computer-science-professor-built-a-distance-learning-empire

Intel grew revenues 20% to $19.7 billion in Q2 2020, but key manufacturing upgrade...

The company said it ran into delays in ramping up its 7-nanometer manufacturing plants, writes Dean Takahashi. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2020/07/23/intel-grew-revenues-20-to-19-7-billion-in-q2-but-manufacturing-upgrade-delayed/

Steve Wozniak sues YouTube over ongoing bitcoin scams — The Verge

Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube for allowing scammers to use his name and likeness in phony bitcoin giveaways, writes Monica Chin. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/23/21335554/steve-wozniak-youtube-lawsuit-bitcoin-scam-cryptocurrency-apple

Q&A: Facebook’s CTO is at war with bad content, and AI is his best...

Mike Schroepfer explains Facebook’s AI strategy against hate speech and election interference, writes Tekla S. Perry. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/qa-facebooks-cto-is-at-war-with-bad-content-and-ai-is-his-best-weapon