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Source: The Guradian

'We won't be war profiteers': Microsoft workers protest $480m army contract

Today 06:04 GMT

Microsoft workers are calling on their employer to cancel a $480m contract to provide the US army with augmented reality (AR) headsets, saying they “do not want to become war profiteers”. “We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used,” reads a petition being circulated inside the company, a copy of which was published on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

“We always appreciate feedback from employees and have many avenues for employee voices to be heard,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in response to the petition.

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Source: Fox News

US tech company says it will no longer sell equipment to China to expand Uighur DNA tracking capability

Today 06:05 GMT

A U.S. biotech company will no longer allow China to purchase equipment believed to have been used to help the ruling Communist Party create a DNA database of the country’s Uighur minority.

The Uighurs, who are a Muslim majority, assert that they are being brutally targeted given their religion and are being forced to submit to China’s indoctrinated Communist rule, while the government proclaims their actions to “re-educate” are merely in the interest of national security.

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Source: Common Domain

The Morning Download: 5G, U.S. vs. Huawei, Set to Dominate Barcelona Mobile Event

Today 06:04 GMT

Coverage of 5G, the superfast, next-generation wireless-network technology, has been dominated for months by the U.S.-led campaign against Huawei Technologies Co.

Now, on the eve of Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, Washington’s efforts to paint the world’s largest provider of telecom gear as a spying threat appears to be fizzling, The Wall Street Journal reports. Coverage of 5G, the superfast, next-generation wireless-network technology, has been dominated for months by the U.S.-led campaign against Huawei Technologies Co.

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Source: BBC

Microsoft staff: Do not use HoloLens for war

Today 06:04 GMT

At least 50 Microsoft employees have demanded the company back out of a deal with the US military to provide augmented reality technology.

Microsoft's chief executive Satya Nadella is expected to announced HoloLens 2 at an event in Barcelona on Sunday, ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show. The letter demands Microsoft cancel the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) contract, stop developing “any and all” weapons technologies, and draft a public policy statement on the matter.

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Source: Reuters

JPMorgan trades banker offices for shared desks

Today 06:04 GMT

JPMorgan Chase & Co is tearing down walls and moving its San Francisco investment bankers onto “hot desks,” a space-saving layout that has long been a fixture at tech companies, while redesigning offices in Dallas and other cities.

Shared workspaces have been relatively slow to catch on at banks, but JPMorgan is following recent renovations by some rivals, which designers tout as cost cutting and productivity boosting.

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Source: DW

Mobile World Congress is about conversations, not devices

Friday 21:51 GMT

This year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona takes place against a backdrop of tension between politics and technology.

The latest, fastest, snazziest system of mobile networking has been at the center of previous Mobile World Congress events.

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Source: Common Domain

Quest Diagnostics Combines IT, Digital Role With New Tech Chief

Thursday 03:19 GMT

Quest Diagnostics Inc. this week named a chief information and digital officer, combining two enterprise technology roles, as digital tools continue to expand beyond providing back-room business support and into strategic data management and analytics.

Gabrielle Wolfson, a former Xerox Corp. chief information officer, took on the dual role earlier this month at the medical diagnostic-information provider known for blood work, urinalysis and other laboratory tests, a company spokesperson said.

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Source: BBC

How can a distracted generation learn anything?

Wednesday 09:00 GMT

A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

“There is a growing body of evidence – that is, yes, not fully validated and can be argued against – but pretty clear evidence that technology, social media, immediate access to the internet and smartphones are hurting kids’ ability to focus,” says Dr Jim Taylor, author of Raising Generation Tech. “We are fundamentally changing the way kids think and the way their brains develop.”

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Source: Global News

As Canada considers ban on Huawei 5G, chairman says he hopes for ‘level playing field’

Friday 21:50 GMT

Speaking through a translator at a media roundtable Thursday, the technology giant’s chairman Liang Hua stressed that he believes there is a way for the business to forge ahead in the country, though he noted the relationship between Canada and the company’s home country China is “not ideal.”

WATCH: Huawei founder says CFO’s arrest was politically motivated, BBC report says. Huawei has already faced restrictions on its technology from three of Canada’s Five Eyes intelligence allies — the U.S., Australia and New Zealand _ and telecommunications partners, including Telus Corp., have said if Huawei is banned their 5G wireless networks could be delayed and more expensive.

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Source: The Guradian

Oakland teachers strike for better pay as tech wealth transforms city

Friday 10:51 GMT

Thousands of Oakland public school teachers went on strike Thursday, calling for smaller class sizes, more resources, and better pay in a city where tech money has made it difficult for the vast majority of teachers to survive.

The Oakland Education Association – the union that represents teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses serving 36,000 students in 87 schools –has been negotiating with the Oakland Unified school district (Ousd) for two years, said the union president, Keith Brown.

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Source: Global News

Michael Flynn wanted to share nuclear technology info with Saudis, report says

Wednesday 14:31 GMT

Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration.

Democrats investigating if Michael Flynn pushed nuclear project as Donald Trump aide. Up until the month before he joined the Trump administration, Flynn listed himself as a consultant to a previous iteration of Hewitt’s company advocating a similar nuclear power proposal, though the company told The Washington Post that Flynn was offered a role as an adviser but never formally came aboard.

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Source: DW

Opinion: VAR threatens to spoil the show for gutsy Schalke

Friday 06:04 GMT

Schalke almost pulled off a memorable result against Manchester City, but their task was made harder by malfunctioning VAR.

McKennie was outstanding and Schalke played with heart and quality, but for a long while the game's enduring narrative had appeared to be the scar VAR left on it. Play was held up to confirm Sergio Aguero's opener after it was adjudged Aymeric Laporte's aerial challenge on Mark Uth in the build-up was nothing more than clumsy.

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Source: Common Domain

Top Data Trend of 2019 It’s Not Blockchain

Wednesday 21:51 GMT

Blockchain, the digital ledger underlying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has dropped to the bottom of Gartner Inc.’s annual list of the most disruptive data and analytics capabilities for enterprise IT – replaced by tools that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning.

By contrast, data and analytics tools continue to evolve, from “supporting internal decision making to continuous intelligence, information products and appointing chief data officers,” Gartner said in the report, released at its annual data and analytics summit in Sydney.


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