A Nicer Version of Silicon Valley
Toronto, the Canadian tech hub, is marketing itself as an antidote to the tech industry’s worst impulses, the MIT Technology Review reports. The city in recent years has added more tech jobs than any other North American market and now ranks behind only San Francisco and Seattle. But what exactly is the alternative Toronto is offering?
Tech Leaders Blast the Immigration Ban
After President Trump signed an executive order freezing new visas—including the H-1B visa that so many tech companies use to bring skilled workers to the U.S.—leaders of companies across Silicon Valley voiced their dismay, Protocol reports. Said Apple chief Tim Cook: "Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream."
Google Updates Its Privacy Controls
Google this week said it will automatically delete some location history after 18 months for new users and make it easier for all users to access its search, Maps and YouTube apps without being tracked, Reuters reports. The updates to Google’s privacy controls come as the company faces heightened scrutiny on its data collection practices.
Why Mobile Security Matters Now
Through the increased use of corporate mobile apps, virtual private networks, hot spots and more, mobile communications are more ubiquitous than ever. Mobile security should be at the forefront of everybody’s minds—not just the minds of security professionals, Security Intelligence writes.
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Hourly Home-Sharing Service Hits a Bump
Startup Globe says it's been able to provide customers with a space away from home during the pandemic to get some work done or have quiet time by renting someone else's empty home by the hour, Axios reports. But San Francisco officials say the firm is violating the ongoing shelter-in-place order as well as the city's short-term rental rules.
The Quantum App Store Is Coming
Quantum computing is still the province of specialized programmers, but that is likely to change, Dario Gil writes in Scientific American. Soon, he says, all computing researchers and enthusiasts will need is a quantum app store similar to a code repository of today, such as GitHub.
The End of the Road for the Segway
Segway this week announced that it was ending production of the Segway Personal. The Segway first went on sale in 2002, and it was supposed to permanently change urban mobility. But sales never amounted to much, Business Insider reports, though the Segway became popular with mall cops, security guards, and fanny pack-wearing tourists.
Is the Data Dividend Radical or Useless?
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang this week unveiled the Data Dividend Project, a program that aims to enshrine data privacy rights as property rights, putting a little money in people’s pockets in exchange for handing their information to corporations. But as Vice reports, experts say it will likely be ineffectual and entrench existing power dynamics.
Microsoft Concedes Its Windows 10 Patch Is Buggy
Microsoft has admitted that this month's Windows 10 Patch Tuesday updates are causing more problems, this time resulting in crashes due to a failure in the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) file, lsass.exe, ZDNet reports. The company says it is working on a fix that will be delivered in a future update.
Belly Up to the App
Starting July 4, British pubs will be able to reopen. But for thousands of old-fashioned boozers, the BBC reports, ordering a beer may require learning how to use a pub app. Dozens of app developers and payment platforms are rushing to offer services to pubs and restaurants as they prepare to reopen.