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Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.
Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity
By Dan Strumpf, Natasha Khan and Charles Rollet Nov. 12, 2017 2:12 p.m. ET
The Memphis police use the surveillance cameras to scan the streets for crime. The U.S. Army uses them to monitor a base in Missouri. Consumer models hang in homes and businesses across the country. At one point, the cameras kept watch on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
All the devices were manufactured by a single company, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology. It is 42% owned by the Chinese government.
Hikvision (pronounced “hike-vision”) was nurtured by Beijing to help keep watch on its 1.4 billion citizens, part of a vast expansion of its domestic-surveillance apparatus. In the process, the little-known company has become the world’s largest maker of surveillance cameras. It has sold equipment used to track F…

Is billionaire VC Peter Thiel trying to break up Google?

Is billionaire VC Peter Thiel trying to break up Google?
By ETHAN BARON | ebaron@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm | UPDATED: November 16, 2017 at 7:47 am
So far, high-profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel isn’t saying publicly why he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign of a state attorney general who’s just launched an antitrust probe of Google.
But it’s not the first time Thiel has handed cash to an AG who went after Google over monopoly concerns.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Nov. 13 that his office was investigating Google to see if the Mountain View tech giant had violated the state’s antitrust and consumer-protection laws. The Missouri attorney general said he had issued an investigative subpoena to Google. He’s looking at the firm’s handling of users’ personal data, along with claims that it misappropriated content from rivals and pushed down competitors’ …

Missouri AG Josh Hawley launches investigation of Google

Missouri AG Josh Hawley launches investigation of Google

BY BRYAN LOWRY NOVEMBER 13, 2017 7:00 AM

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office on Monday issued a subpoena to Google as part of an investigation into whether the tech giant is violating Missouri’s consumer protection and anti-trust laws.

The investigation delves into Google’s collection of data on users and whether Google, the world’s most popular search engine, has manipulated search results at the expense of competitors, according to a release from Hawley’s office.

“When a company has access to as much consumer information as Google does, it’s my duty to ensure they are using it appropriately,” said Hawley, a Republican who is mounting a campaign for U.S. Senate. “I will not let Missouri consumers and businesses be exploited by industry giants.”

Patrick Lenihan, Google’s spokesman, said in an email that the company has not yet received the subpoena. Lenihan said Google has “strong privacy protections in place for our …

Will Cash Disappear?

Will Cash Disappear?
By NATHANIEL POPPER NOV. 14, 2017
Cash is unlikely to go away soon. Coins and paper currency remain the most popular ways to pay for things in most countries. But longer term, cash appears to be in a losing battle with electronic payment methods.
There are few corners of the world where electronic transactions are not growing faster than cash. The consulting firm Capgemini recently estimated that electronic payments will grow about 10.9 percent a year between 2015 and 2020.
But the movement away from cash is happening in very different ways and at varying paces around the world.
Scandinavian countries are already well along the road toward cashless societies. Many banks in Sweden no longer have cash on hand, and consumers can make instant transfers directly from their bank accounts.
In Kenya, the local mobile phone company Safaricom, not the banks or the government, has pushed the envelope. Safaricom created a system, known as M-Pesa, that allows customers to mak…

Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp

Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp
Companies like Google are being urged to pay more tax
By Céline LE PRIOUX 18 November 2017
They have revolutionised the way we live, but are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying only a pittance in tax?
With public coffers still strained years after the worst of the debt crisis, EU leaders have agreed to tackle the question, spurred on by French President Emmanuel Macron who has slammed the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple as the "freeloaders of the modern world".
As recently as March, five of the world's top 10 valued companies were Silicon Valley behemoths: Apple, Google's Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. (Germany's SAP was Europe's biggest and 56th on the global list).
But tax rules today are designed for yesterday's economy when US multinationals -- such as General Motors, IBM or McDonald's--…

Could A Birth Control App Replace The Pill?

Could A Birth Control App Replace The Pill?
November 16, 2017 6:41 PM By Gilma Avalos
(CBS11) – Natural Cycles is the first app approved by the European Union as a contraceptive.
The product is the brainchild of Elina Berglund and her husband Raoul Scherwitzl. The Swedish particle physicist was part of the Noble Prize winning team that discovered the Higgs boson. She told CBS11, via Skype, that the Natural Cycles discovery was personal.
“I was searching myself for a hormone-free contraceptive method, but I didn’t find any good products on the market,” said Berglund, the CTO.
The app relies on a woman’s temperature. Using a two decimal basal thermometer–more sensitive than a regular fever thermometer—a woman takes her temperature first thing in the morning. She enters it into the app, and an algorithm returns either a red or green day reading.
Green days mean the risk of pregnancy is low. A red day reading means there is a risk of pregnancy. On those days, women relying on the app for…

Digital Media Facing Reckoning...Daily Beast among digital sites eyeing sale

Daily Beast among digital sites eyeing sale
by Dylan Byers November 17, 2017: 4:11 PM ET   
Digital media is facing a reckoning.
The start-ups that were once the darlings of the industry are facing budget shortfalls and revenue declines as they struggle to survive in an over-saturated market where Google and Facebook lay claim to the vast majority of ad dollars.
Now, the bubble is bursting and many of these companies are looking to sell.
In the latest evidence of volatility, CNN has learned that IAC is entertaining potential buyers for The Daily Beast, the news and opinion site launched nearly a decade ago by former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown.
"IAC has made it known it's a seller and various outlets are taking a look," one source with knowledge of IAC's sales pitch said. "They're shopping to all interested parties."
Other sources with knowledge of the talks said IAC was only entertaining offers initiated by outside parties, and that no formal sales…