Electronic Frontier Foundation Slams Tech Firms for Barring Neo-Nazis

Electronic Frontier Foundation Slams Tech Firms for Barring Neo-Nazis

A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticised several Internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were “dangerous” and threatened free expression online.

GoDaddy, Alphabet’s Google, security firm Cloudflareand other technology companies moved this week to block hate groups after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists had gathered to protest removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park.

“We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous,” Cindy Cohn, executive director of Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote in a blog post along with two other staffers.

The blog post reflected years-long tension in Silicon Valley, where many company executives want to distance themselves from extremists but are concerned that picking and choosing what is acceptable on their platforms could invite more regulation from governments.

“Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected,” Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote.

“We do it because the power to decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t is just too dangerous to hand to any company or any government.”

The group called on companies that manage internet domain names, including Google and GoDaddy, to “draw a hard line” and not suspend or impair domain names “based on expressive content of websites or services.”

The blog post echoed concerns expressed by Cloudflare chief executive Matthew Prince, who on Wendnesday said he decided to drop coverage of neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer but said that his decision was conflicted.

Prince told Reuters he “wholeheartedly agreed” with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s post and said he was hopeful it would help spark a more thoughtful debate about internet regulation.

Google and GoDaddy did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the blog made outside normal business hours.

The Daily Stormer helped organise the protest in Charlottesville, at which a 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a vehicle drove into counter-protesters. The website cheered the woman’s death.

It was removed from GoDaddy and Google Domains after they said they would not serve the website.


Heartland Tech Weekly: ‘The world of software jobs is flattening’

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Today’s report about a 6.7 percent drop in software-related job postings over the past five years for San Jose, California should surprise no one. This shift is consistent with two themes that we’ve reported on and points to a tipping point. Have we reached “peak” Silicon Valley?

First, the cost of doing business — from wages, to rents, to costs, is much higher in Silicon Valley and other established tech centers than across the rest of America.

Second, as one industry after the next continues to embrace new technologies, every company becomes a “tech” company. Or maybe they always were, but just not in the strictest sense of the word. Certainly a 100 year-old business like Parker-Hannifin is arguably just as innovative, or more so, than many Silicon Valley companies.

“Although Silicon Valley will almost certainly remain among the nation’s top tech hubs for decades to come, the world of software jobs is flattening — both by industry and geography,” writes Richard Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. “The big winners in coming years are likely to be the lower-cost U.S. metros with fast-growing tech clusters that have attracted a rising share of software job postings in recent years.”

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Blaise Zerega
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New software jobs are being created outside Silicon Valley and other tech centers faster than ever. Over the past five years, cities like Seattle, D.C., Detroit, and Austin, among others, have all seen rapid growth in software-related job openings, according to a new report from online job site Glassdoor. Meanwhile, San Jose, California’s share of all […]

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Why Midwesterners leave Silicon Valley and go home for better opportunities

Each week, I check in with Travis McCleery, who leads product design for Root, an insurance company that uses data collected from drivers’ smartphones to more fairly price and sell auto insurance. Today, our conversation was about engaging specific designers that work for Silicon Valley tech companies, have Midwest roots, and are ready to move back. […]

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5 groups push to increase diversity among Texas startups

Entrepreneurs and investors often lament the lack of diversity in tech in Texas. But a few organizations, and people, are going beyond just talk and are actively working to better even the playing field for underrepresented entrepreneurs. For this piece, Crunchbase News spoke with several Texas-based groups about their efforts to promote diversity in technology […]

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Silicon Valley tech firms power job growth in the hinterlands

The growth speaks for itself. The concentration of tech talent in Madison, Wisconsin increased by more than 30 percent over the past two years. In Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City (Missouri), Miami, and Salt Lake City, there were gains of more than 20 percent. Oh, and Omaha, Pittsburgh, and Columbus, Ohio? They each registered rises of […]

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Pittsburgh reimagines the business district

Much like it reinvented itself after the collapse of the steel industry and the decline of coal, in many ways, Pittsburgh has re-imagined the traditional business district. While there are still business hubs geographically concentrated in some of the city’s neighborhoods, they’ve been joined in recent years by a swath of incubators and co-working spaces that have allowed a wide variety of tech startups to get off the ground in the Steel City. (via Crain’s)

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Report: Michigan no longer a flyover state for venture capital

While Michigan has become a hot spot for startup funding, Detroit has been boiling in recent years, according to a new Michigan Venture Capital Association study. The 2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study revealed Detroit’s startup community has grown 50 percent in the past three years, now making up a quarter of the state’s fledging companies. Last year, 14 of the city’s 35 startup companies attracted more than $62 million in seed investment, the study found. (via Crain’s Detroit Business)

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Tech jobs are spreading to other parts of the country

When we think of tech, we think Silicon Valley. But that could change. Places like Omaha, Nebraska and Philadelphia are becoming promising areas for startups to develop and grow. In this series, we’re looking for cities that might become home to the next big thing. (via Marketplace)

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Lonely Photos of Daily Life in the Rust Belt

Greek photographer Niko J. Kallianiotis’s earliest memory of America is from Astoria, Queens, where he witnessed the shocking dichotomy between big-city affluence and homelessness. When his father moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the early 1990s, his mother remained in Athens, and he traveled back and forth. “I was caught between two cultures and countries,” he said. His search for his own identity began here in his late teens. (via Vice)


The top 5 tech gadgets college students really want

Student tech devices

As summer winds down and college students ponder the return to classes, it’s time to consider what to bring to school this fall. No surprise, trendy tech gadgets often tops the list. CNBC has assembled a brief guide to the hottest choices.

However, buyer (that’s you, parents) beware: If you snatch up everything on this list, it could set you back some big bucks. To knock down the cost, always ask if you can get a student discount. Apple offers education pricing, Amazon Prime membership for students is half-price and the online giant is frequently offering deals. If you’re purchasing these items through a traditional electronics store, such as Best Buy or Radio Shack, check if they offer student discounts.

1. Wearable tech

Say goodbye to the old alarm clock. Students want an up-to-date way to keep track of classes, clubs, extracurricular activities and social events. Wearable tech, like the AppleWatch, can help you stay on top of your agenda with calendar alerts, reminders and email notifications — and it’s a lot more discreet to peek down at your watch in class than at your phone, which an eagle-eyed professor can spot a mile away. Meanwhile, a fitness tracker, like the Fitbit, can be a great way to fight off the “Freshmen Fifteen.” The Fitbit ranges from $60 to $250; the Apple Watch will set you back $250 to well over $1,000.

A runner wearing a Fitbit.

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A runner wearing a Fitbit.

2. Noise-canceling, wireless headphones

Noise-canceling headphones can help you study in a loud, crowded space or drown out that annoying roommate, who insists on playing the “Hamilton” soundtrack on repeat. Wireless headphones have also gained popularity ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Student-athletes can especially benefit from wireless earphones. No more having to hold your phone in your hand while jogging, or wear one of those uncomfortable and geeky-looking arm bands. And you don’t have to worry about ripping your earbuds out every time you do a crunch or a back squat. Some brands we like are Beats, JLab, Sennheiser, Bose and audio-technica. The average price range for wireless, noise-canceling headphones is $80 to $300 depending on sound quality.

A pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo wireless headphones sit on display next to a new iPhone 7 smartphone.

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A pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo wireless headphones sit on display next to a new iPhone 7 smartphone.

3. Wireless speakers

If you’re ever planning on hosting friends in your dorm or apartment, you need to be able to supply the music with a good speaker. Going wireless is a no-brainer because the speaker is portable and you don’t have to keep your phone or computer plugged into it. iHome, Logitech and JBL are all good options. Some JBL speakers are even waterproof — great for students in the South or California who frequent beach or pool parties. Wireless speakers range from $35 to $150.

JBL Pulse

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JBL Pulse

4. Portable phone charger

There’s nothing more annoying than running out of battery mid-text in a conversation. So consider buying a portable phone charger, or a phone case with a built-in charger. Moshi’s IonBank is a stylish option, with its faux “vegan” leather covering. You also can’t go wrong with RAVPower, Jackery or Anker. These portable chargers, starting at around $20, are among the cheapest gadgets on the list.

RavPower portable charger.

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RavPower portable charger.

5. TV streaming sticks

No cable? No problem. Cut the cord and stream your TV through a pocket-sized, plug-and-play streaming stick that connects to your TV. The Amazon Fire stick and the Roku streaming stick are widely considered to be the best options. But beware: These devices usually cannot connect to your computers, only a TV or monitor. If you’re having trouble watching live TV from your computer, just plug in your parents’ cable account information (completely legal) into any network’s site to watch live TV. The Amazon and Roku streaming sticks sell for $40.


Samsung Acquires Innoetics, a Text-to-Speech Tech Startup

Samsung Acquires Innoetics, a Text-to-Speech Tech Startup


  • Samsung reportedly acquired Innoetics for less than $43 million
  • Innoetics specialises in advanced synthetic speech tech
  • Samsung may use this tech to leverage Bixby

Samsung has acquired a Greek tech startup called Innoetics. The financial details of the buyout deal were not disclosed, but Samsung reportedly paid under $43 million for the acquisition. Innoetics specialises in developing an advanced text-to-speech and voice-to-speech technology that among other things can mimic a person’s voice just by listening to it – making AI voices more human-like than before.

How Samsung is planning to leverage from this acquisition remains to be seen. Samsung may use this technology to improve Bixby, or integrate it in its rumoured Amazon Echo competitor. The company could also use this unique technology to introduce a completely new product category, as Samsung is not known to shy away from branching out into many fields.

Samsung confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch. In an emailed statement, the company said, “Samsung has agreed to acquire Innoetics. Samsung is always exploring ways to deepen our relationships with companies like Innoetics whose technologies present an opportunity to strengthen Samsung’s capabilities.”

Innoetics was founded in 2006 and delves in developing character-heavy and expressive synthetic voices that can read aloud audiobooks, act in games, or even narrate fairy tales. According to TechCrunch, the technology by Innoetics is very advanced, so much so that it can “listen to a person speaking, train on what that person is saying, and then read out a piece of completely unrelated text in that same voice.”

Essentially, its tech revolves around making AI speech more human-like in future products. Up until now, Innoetics only worked on B2B services. Samsung has made many acquisitions in the past, and the recent one in the voice-based tech field includes startup Viv Labs. The expertise from this startup was used to design and launch its own assistant Bixby this year.


Best gap year tech: from Torino to Tokyo, these gadgets will help you have a great time

If you’re planning a gap year or packing for the trip of a lifetime, you’ll want to cram as many creature comforts into your backpack as possible, not to mention some tech on which to record and share some phenomenal views and bragging rights. We’re rounded up some near-essentials (aside from a huge backpack and warm coat) to make travelling easier and more exciting, whether you’re trekking through jungles and camping in the wild or catching trains and seeing the sights of Europe. Just don’t forget your toothbrush.

Sure, you’ll need a massive rucksack for lugging your worldly possessions from hostel to hostel, but it won’t be much use for sightseeing in a busy metropolis. Thankfully, there’s the Wolffepack that comes in many forms, including the ‘Capture’ for photographers that keeps all your tech, money and passport safe and sound.

Designed to allow users to reach into their bag without the hassle of unstrapping and taking it off, the backpacks all come with a  clever ‘orbital trapeze’ system that allows a wearer to swing the pack from their back to their front effortlessly. While this is a time saver, it’s also great if you want to keep your bag where you can see it on a sketchy street or busy train.

The Capture holds 26 litres and comes with a removable camera pod, three compartments, tripod clip, laptop sleeves and waterproof rain cover. With Carbon fibre, Kevlar and Dyneema cords, it’s also built to withstand the wildest of adventures.

GoPro HERO5 Action Camera

While serious photographers seldom travel without an SLR, the GoPro is brilliant for people on the go and perfect for recording bike rides and scenes you’ll want to remember in years to come. The HERO5 Black is dubbed the ‘best GoPro ever’ and supports video resolutions up to 4K at 30 frames per second, video stabilisation and stereo audio recording, as well as professional quality 12MP photos.

A simple one button control and two-inch touch display makes operating it a breeze and it’s waterproof without a housing up to 33 feet – great for recording a white water rapids ride or trip to a waterfall. Once users have recorded their envy-enduring footage, the HERO5 can auto-upload their photos and videos to the cloud for safe keeping and share it easily online. It makes bragging easy.

Cat S30 smartphone

You may be surgically attached to your iPhone or top-of-the-range Android in the city, but we all know dropping these handsets can prove to be an expensive mistake. Instead, why not invest in the Cat S30 handset. Built to be work in extreme environments, the water, dust and shockproof smartphone is designed to survive a 1.8-metre drop test and has an easy grip design as well as 12 hours talk time and up to 19 days standby – perfect if you’re staying in the back-of-beyond (or have mislaid your charger).

Price: £239.99 | Buy Cat S30 smartphone

Griffin Survivor Extreme

A tablet is a godsend when you’re pushed for space, working as a map, address book, novel, games console and internet café if you’re lucky. But they can be delicate, making a ruggedized case a sensible investment. Griffin Technology makes an array of ‘Survivor’ cases for different models, including the iPad Air 2 (pictured) to protect their backs and screens.

The new ‘Survivor Extreme’ is built to enable the iPad4 mini to survive drops onto concrete of up to 6.6-feet, cushioning falls within the impact-resistant shell. Its slide on design all but eliminates the air gap between touchscreen and the screen guard for extra protection, while its sealed shell protects the device from mud and water.

Price: £69 | Buy Griffin Survivor Extreme

ThermaCELL ProFLEx Heavy Duty Heated Insoles

Whether you’re trekking at high altitudes or staying in a drafty hostel, your toes can get chilly, especially once the sun has set. ThermaCELL ProFLEx Heavy Duty Heated Insoles heat up a user’s feet and can be controlled using a smartphone with a Bluetooth connection. The accompanying app lets users warm their feet to a chosen temperature. When this is reached, the insoles temporarily turn off before switching on again.

They’re cushioned to make walking boots more comfortable and include removable, replaceable extended life batteries so users can swap them out without having to wrangle their insoles out of their shoes or boots. One charge taking just two hours provides up to 8.5 hours of warmth. There are Bluetooth Pocket Warmers too for people who want heat on demand in a more flexible package.



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Google, BMW and Tesla’s driverless car tech supplier Bosch sales on a high

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German manufacturer Bosch claimed automated driving systems will bring it 1 billion euro worth of annual sales by next year.

Bosch has a team of technologists that are developing refined embedded systems to improve autonomous driving.  This includes “more powerful” variations on the minicomputers  that are currently installed in modern cars. It already has a succesful radar and sensor arm which boasts Google and Tesla amongst its customers

The company behind driverless car tech

This sales boost is due to a consumer shift toward safety and fuel efficiency, the Stuttgart firm claims.

It sold more than 50 million surround sensors for driverless technologies last year – to customers including BMW – and believes this will double again this year.

Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management at Bosch, told Reuters that the company expects to make its 10 millionth radar sensor in 2016.

Google’s driverless cars

He also confirmed that Bosch is assisting Google with its driverless car project. It supplies the powertrain and sensors for the tech giant’s 48-strong fleet that are currently being tested in California, US.

The search engine leader has selected Austin, Texas as its latest test driving spot and one of its driverless Lexus sport utility cars is roaming the roads. The car, which has a driver on board, is driving around a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin.

Similarly to the UK, Texas has no restrictions regulating autonomous vehicle use or testing. State politicians recently proposed legislation that would encourage driverless car testing with some government oversight but Google and an automotive industry trade group opposed the measure.

The company’s cars have been involved in “14 “minor” accidents since Google began testing self-driving vehicles in 2009, but Google claims each were due to human errors, not the driverless technology.

Bosch is also creating a standardised platform for developers to work on and allow companies to connect to it with their development tools.



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High-quality of CES: Highlights From Vegas Tech show

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The tech war is just getting started: Microsoft is suing the federal government

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This is turning into an all out cyber-war.

First Apple stood up to the federal government. They refused to compromise the security of iPhone users by creating a backdoor that would give the FBI a way to hack into the phone used in the San Bernadino case. Then, the FBI found a workaround.

Now, Microsoft has sued the U.S. government. The issue is related to how one of the largest and most well-known companies in tech (they have a market capitalization of $443B) has the constitutional right to inform customers when there is an inquiry about an email and also how they can protect all customers who store data in the cloud.

According to the suit, Microsoft has received 2,600 secrecy orders in the past 18 months, blocking the company from letting those customers know they were under investigation. Most tech companies comply with these court orders, but Microsoft is suing over the issue of informing the customer about the warrant. The suit claims the demands have compromised the security of cloud storage for emails and the rights of free speech and the Fourth Amendment rights over search and siezure.

The underlying complaint from Microsoft has to do with keeping customers in the dark about investigations. It’s not a comment about any ongoing investigations, the suspected criminal behavior, or whether Microsoft will comply with the demands. Instead, it’s all about perception. If you haven’t done anything wrong, you might not have anything to worry about, but there’s a sense that Microsoft is doing something behind the scenes with our most sensitive data without our knowledge.

It was the exact same issue with Apple. There’s a perception that the FBI can demand a backdoor for which Apple would then have to comply, and that the hack could potentially fall into the wrong hands, even if that’s not necessarily possible. As Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, stated repeatedly, the issue was not about helping in an investigation, it was creating new software to break the encryption on one phone that sets a precedence for other cases. Indeed, there is now a case in New York City that involves another locked phone used in a drug-related case.

Tech companies are obviously crying foul. We normally think of free speech as it relates to the media or expressing a political opinion, but it also applies to software. The suit is an attempt to restore trust — that Microsoft will comply with requests, but after a period of time, will eventually inform customers that there is an investigation.

The suit, filed today in Seattle, is directly related to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986. Microsoft says gag orders for investigations are on the rise. According to Reuters, tech companies won a battle two years ago that gave them the right to disclose how many court orders they receive related to investigations. (Microsoft received 5,624 demands in the last 18 months, of which 2,600 included a gag order.) The suit follows approval this week to change the Email Privacy Act portion of the ECPA to force investigators to issue a warrant.

As is usually the case, these encryption battles come in waves. Apple fought the first tsunami; now Microsoft is taking up the baton.


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Best backpack or laptop bag to protect your precious tech

Introduction to T3’s best backpacks and laptop bags

Best backpack and laptop bags

Here at T3 we have scoured the vast reaches of tech-luggage-obscurity to find the best backpacks and laptop bags. Whether you’re looking for svelte, business style messengers, high-end designer backpacks or rugged, water-resistant rucksacks, we’ve got you covered.

Both laptops and tablets are getting slimmer and lighter, so they’re important investments that you need to protect. And while a sleeve or cover can be handy at times, nothing screams full-on protection quite like a backpack or laptop bag.

You also need a means of carting around all your chargers, batteries, cameras, e-readers, selfie sticks, and copies of T3 magazine etc. Hence you need a protective bag. Q.E.D.

From stylish to monstrously rugged, these are the bags of gold.

  • Don’t forget to check out our guides to the best iPhone cases, best iPad casesand best MacBook cases, too.

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