This week’s headline story: FBI Surveillance Denied! For now.
- Senate Falls Short on Expansion of FBI Surveillance Authority [Ecommerce Times]
Senate Blocks Access to Online Data Without Warrant [NewsFactor]
The United States Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-backed amendment that would have given the FBI expanded authority to access the browser histories and other electronic records of suspected terrorist and targets of terrorism without first obtaining a warrant. The ruling is considered a big win for privacy advocates, and a doisapointment for law enforcement. But it’s not over yet! Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, switched his yes vote to no in a procedural move that allows him to bring the bill back for a second vote. The amendment only needs two more votes to pass, and several Senators were absent for the first vote.
other Technology Headlines…
- U.S. to have 200-petaflop supercomputer by early 2018 [Computerworld]
In response to China’s unveiling the world’s fastest supercomputer last week, The U.S. Dept. of Energy, has announced that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expecting an IBM system — named Summit, capable of 200 petaflops — in early 2018. China’s new Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer clocks in at 124,5 petaflops. However, in two years, China is likely to have a much faster supercomputer as well. China has set 2020 as the date for delivering the Tianhe-3, an exascale system 10 times the speed of it’s current record breaker.That doesn’t worry the DOE, which, in its statement, said the “strength of the U.S. program lies not just in hardware capability, but also in the ability to develop software that harnesses high-performance computing for real-world scientific and industrial applications.”
in Information Security News…
- New ‘Godless’ Malware Targets Android Mobile Devices [NewsFactor]
A new virus, named Godless, is attacking Android devices. It masquerades in innocent looking apps in Google Play and other app stores, and provides a backdoor to hackers once installed on the phone. Now would be a good time to install some antivirus software on your Android phone or tablet.
and in Tech Industry News…
- Microsoft revamps pushy Windows 10 upgrade process [Engadget]
Microsoft Accused of Troublesome Tactics To Push Windows 10 [NewsFactor]
Microsoft has irritated some of its users with overly aggressive and possibly shady notifications to upgrade to Windows 10. In some cases, Windows 7 and 8 users who don’t want to upgrade find Windows 10 being installed on their PC seemingly without their permission. After getting hit with a $10,000 settlement, Microsoft has pledged to clarify their upgrade notification to provide three clear options and a red X that actually closes the dialoguebox rather than scheduling the update for a later date.
- Google Makes Two-Step Verification Easier With New Prompt [NewsFactor]
Users of Google’s two-step verification will soon have an easier time of it. Rather than having to type a six digit code sent through text, they will soon be able to simply click a button on their phone served up by the Google Play Services app.
- LinkedIn Report: Google Scoops Up and Keeps the Best Talent [NewsFactor]
A new study by LinkedIn found that Google is best at recruiting and keeping top tech talent. Google is followed by Salesforce, Facebook, Apple Amazon, Uber, Microsoft, Tesla, Twitter and Airbnb.
- Google Fiber Buys Gigabit ISP Webpass [NewsFactor]
In its effort to cover the United States in high-speed wireless Internet, Google has purchased Webpass, a company that specializes in delivering Gigabit speed wireless Internet access.
- Sources Say Google Prepping Its Own Smartphones: This Could Get Messy [NewsFactor]
According to the UK’s Telegraph, Google has been talking with mobile service providers about releasing its own Google-branded smartphone. The new branded phone could enable Google to target a different, most likely higher-end, segment of the market than is targetted by typical Android smartphones from Samsung, HTC and others. The portion of the market currently owned by Apple.