Categories
TechCrunch

ByteDance and Microsoft deal for TikTok to stay in the U.S. waits for White House ruling – TechCrunch


Update 8/1 1:30PM PT: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal ByteDance and Microsoft were pitching as a way to keep TikTok running as a U.S. company here in the states is on hold. The reason given is that both parties are now a bit shaken by Trump’s statements late last night about not allowing such a deal to go through and being intent on a ban. They’re now ‘looking for clarity’ on the White House position on such a deal. We’re looking into it with Microsoft and ByteDance but for now we haven’t heard that anything material is different here — the deal was always contingent on tacit, if not explicit, approval from the administration. We will update if we hear more. Original story follows. Read More

Categories
VentureBeat

ByteDance and Microsoft offer White House a deal to keep TikTok in the U.S.


(Reuters) — China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. ByteDance’s concession will test whether Trump’s threat to ban TikTok is a negotiating tactic or whether he is intent on cracking down on a social media app that has up to 80 million daily active users in the United States. Read More

Categories
Engadget

Snap’s first diversity report shows an overwhelmingly white workforce


According to the report released today, Snap is overwhelmingly staffed by white men. Women made up 32.9 percent of Snap’s global workforce in 2019, less than a single point increase from the year before with women making up less than a quarter of Director level employees and only 30 percent of VP-level positions. Despite constituting more than 16 percent of tech team employees, barely six percent of those teams were actually led by women.

People of color got an even shorter end of the stick. “Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx remain underrepresented in Snap’s US workforce: 4.1 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively,” the report claims. “In 2019 overall Black/African American representation at Snap increased 0.6 percent, and Hispanic/Latinx representation increased 0.5 percent.” Native Americans make up less than one percent of the entire company’s workforce. Read More

Categories
Mashable

Seth Meyers mocks the White House’s weird defense of ‘Paw Patrol’

“This is where the Trump administration and Republican party are at,” said Late Night host Seth Meyers on Monday. “Whining about cartoons and Legos while sending secret police to gas moms and vets and arguing that slavery was a, quote, ‘necessary evil.’

The U.S. is continuing to play moral limbo, straining just how low it can go before completely collapsing. As Meyers notes, more Americans believe the U.S. is on the wrong track than at any previous point of Trump’s presidency — which says a lot considering his approval ratings have been consistently low Read More

Categories
Mashable

White House lies about ‘Paw Patrol’ being canceled and everything is so stupid

Another day, another ridiculous and puzzling statement made during an official White House briefing — this time about a bunch of cartoon dogs.

Sorry, you did actually read that right. On Friday afternoon, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that President Donald Trump is in deep disagreement with anyone who wants to defund the police. She went on to say that he is “appalled by cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it pertains to cops.”

McEnany then provided specific examples of the kind of cop-related cancel culture that’s making Trump so angry, and things got a little messy. Read More

Categories
The Verge

White House says restrictions on TikTok could come in ‘weeks, not months’


The White House has hinted at a timeframe for taking action against TikTok, the popular social video app owned by Chinese internet company ByteDance. Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration was “certainly looking at” banning the app, and now Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows says a move could come within weeks.

“There are a number of administration officials who are looking at the national security risk as it relates to TikTok, WeChat and other apps that have the potential for national security exposure, specifically as it relates to the gathering of information on American citizens by a foreign adversary,” Meadows told reporters traveling from Atlanta on Air Force One. “I dont think there’s any self-imposed deadline for action, but I think we are looking at weeks, not months.” Read More

Categories
The Verge

White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection


The Trump administration is now ordering hospitals to send coronavirus patient data to a database in Washington, DC as part of a new initiative that may bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a report from The New York Times published on Tuesday. As outlined in a document posted to the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), hospitals are being ordered to send data directly to the administration, effective tomorrow, a move that has alarmed some within the CDC, according to The Times. Read More

Categories
TechCrunch

White Castle becomes the first fast food chain to test out the robot fry cook, Flippy, from Miso Robotics – TechCrunch


The next time Harold and Kumar go to a White Castle, there may be a robot making their French Fries.

In one of the first trials of a robotic fry cook at a national burger chain, White Castle said it would work with Pasadena, Calif.-based Miso Robotics to test that company’s robotic chef at a restaurant in the Chicago area. It’s a  trial run for potentially bringing the robot to other White Castle kitchens across the country, the company said.

White Castle first began talking about using the Miso Robotics robots in its kitchens about nine months ago according to White Castle’s vice president of shareholder relations, Jamie Richardson. For the company, it was a question of, “How can we start to make the kitchen of tomorrow today?”  Read More

Categories
Mashable

Gab Chat ‘likely’ to be used by white extremists, according to police


Violent white extremists are sick of getting doxxed on Discord, and will “likely” move their organizing efforts to an encrypted messaging alternative created by Gab, an alt-right favorite.

So claims a May 26 law enforcement bulletin leaked, along with 269GB of files from over 200 police departments, in late June by hackers and published by Distributed Denial of Secrets, a journalist organization specializing in the publication of leaked documents. The bulletin, designated as “For Official Use Only” and created by the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange Fusion Center, provides valuable insight into how law enforcement follows extremists around the web as their preferred communication platforms change with the times.  Read More

Categories
VentureBeat

White House advisory council calls on U.S. to increase AI funding to $10 billion by 2030


Earlier this week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report outlining what it believes must happen for the U.S. to advance “industries of the future.” Several of the committee’s suggestions touched on the field of AI as it relates to federal, state, and private-sector partnerships, as well as departmental budgetary considerations. In particular, the report recommends that the U.S. grow nondefense federal investments in AI by 10 times over the next 10 years and for the federal government to create national AI “testbeds,” expanding the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) AI Institutes with at least one AI Institute in each state and creating a “National AI Consortia” to share capabilities, data, and resources. Read More