Bike-share platform Spin poaches Seattle transit regulator and launches in a dozen new cities

Spin, one of several dockless bike-sharing companies now vying for dominance in a number of U.S. cities, has a new weapon to wield against its competitors: Kyle Rowe, the architect of Seattle’s permissive and apparently successful bike-share permit system, who … Read More

Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

Whether it’s to “bring the world closer together” or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost. It’s a program travelling to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018 that will teach digital job skills to the unemployed, Internet … Read More

Mobile operators will now share customer data with FBR

About a month ago, FBR admitted that it was unable to collect data from telecom operators in Pakistan and therefore it was unable to properly collect withholding tax (WHT) from them. The Senate Standing Committee on Finance expressed their anger … Read More

120K Instagrams by Russian election attackers hit 20M Americans

Facebook detailed the extent of Russia’s election interference campaign on Instagram today during its second congressional hearing. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said that 120,000 posts by Russian election attackers reached 16 million Americans from October through the election, and … Read More

Apple, Salesforce and PayPal join LGBT cause in Supreme Court wedding cake case

A handful of tech companies have signed onto a friend of the court brief in the case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. So far the list includes Apple, Yelp, … Read More

Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

Apple has now responded to a letter from Senator Franken last month in which he asked the company to provide more information about the incoming Face ID authentication technology which is baked into its top-of-the-range iPhone X, due to go on … Read More

Everyone bored to death by DoJ’s latest call for crypto backdoors

The U.S. Department of Justice’s deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, gave a speech on encryption yesterday and boy was it a snoozer. It’s almost as if all those decades of crypto wars never happened. How many data breaches and ransomware … Read More

Punjab Govt. to shift 20,000 schools to Solar Energy

Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Shareef has declared that around 20,000 schools in remote areas of the province will be converted to solar energy. Recently, in a meeting to evaluate the implementation of Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Program in Lahore, he said that … Read More

Europe hits Ireland over $15B in unpaid Apple taxes; Luxembourg liable for $294M in Amazon taxes

The European Commission under Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager definitely means business. Today it issued not one but two notices related to ongoing investigations of tech giants Apple and Amazon and how they are not paying what is due in taxes. The result … Read More

WhatsApp blocked in China, though past bans proved temporary

WhatsApp has been widely blocked in mainland China by the country’s government, with text messaging as well as photo and video sharing not currently functional. However, WhatsApp had previously been blocked in the country and seen those blocks lifted within … Read More