Amazon won’t say if its facial recognition moratorium applies to the feds – TechCrunch

[ad_1] In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement agencies. The moratorium comes two days after IBM said in a letter it was leaving the facial recognition market…

With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs – TechCrunch

[ad_1] With many major sectors totally frozen and reeling from losses, tech’s biggest players are proving themselves to be the exception to the rule yet again. On Friday, Facebook confirmed its plans to buy Giphy, a popular gif search engine, in a deal believed to be worth $400 million. Facebook has indicated it wants to…

Senate gives law enforcement the OK to spy on your internet history

[ad_1] A heartbreaker of a vote just went down in the U.S. Senate with disturbing implications for online privacy. On Wednesday, the Senate failed to pass an amendment to parts of the Patriot Act that would explicitly prevent law enforcement from using it to justify collecting individuals’ internet browser and search history without a warrant. …

Amazon calls on Congress to create anti-price gouging law – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Amazon has received a fair amount of criticism for perceived inaction against seller price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the retail giant has made efforts to rein in the opportunist activity (pulling some half a million offending listings), critics have pointed to the company’s slow response, along with continued problems with a number…

Powerful House committee demands Jeff Bezos testify after ‘misleading’ statements – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Amazon is in hot water with a powerful congressional committee interested in the company’s potentially anticompetitive business practices. In a bipartisan letter sent Friday to Jeff Bezos, the House Judiciary committee demanded that the Amazon CEO explain discrepancies between his own prior statements and recent reporting from the Wall Street Journal. Specifically, the letter…

My experience with the CARES Act was frustrating, confusing and unfair – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Suzanne Borders Contributor Suzanne is the CEO and co-founder of BadVR. She thrives at the intersection of data, art, technology and poetry. As a small business owner, I was excited to learn about the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that offers low-interest loans to firms impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

House passes COVID-19 relief package to replenish PPP loan funding – TechCrunch

[ad_1] On Thursday, the House passed the newest federal stimulus package aimed at providing financial relief for businesses and institutions hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The bill lingered in the Senate for two weeks of debates, with Republicans seeking to pass a less comprehensive version of the legislation and Democrats working to weave other…

Senate passes new $484 billion relief bill to replenish small business loans, fund hospitals and testing – TechCrunch

[ad_1] A new federal aid package designed to provide economic businesses still immobilized by the coronavirus just passed in the Senate. The $484 billion in total aid passed after two weeks of negotiations between Republicans, who wanted to press additional small business funding forward without much reevaluation, and Democrats, who were eventually able to secure…

Zoom’s security fallout, Crowdstrike’s new CTO, Bugcrowd raises $30M – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Another week in quarantine. As the world adjusts to working from home under mandatory stay-at-home orders, hackers are keeping busy. Microsoft said this week that coronavirus-related attacks are on the rise but still make up just a fraction of the overall malicious activity. Cybersecurity companies seem to be faring mostly well — in part…

Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto

[ad_1] Richard Blumenthal, the US senator sponsoring a bill that critics say will restrict the use of encryption, is asking for an investigation of video-conference supplier Zoom, partially over its false declare it supplied… end-to-end encryption. The Connecticut Democrat is a sponsor of the EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act…