Facebook Suspends Longtime Partner That Used Data to Assist Governments

Facebook said it suspended a longtime partner that had used data from Facebook and other social networks to assist governments — including Russia, Turkey, and the United States — in monitoring public sentiment, a more cautious approach in the aftermath of a data privacy scandal. Facebook said that Boston-based Crimson Hexagon did not do anything inappropriate but that it is curtailing the company’s access to its data while conducting an investigation.

Senate Republicans Drop Attempt to Reimpose Sanctions on ZTE

Senate Republicans have dropped their attempt to reimpose U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, lawmakers said, a victory for President Trump as congressional Republicans abandoned a rare effort to thwart his agenda. The retreat means ZTE, a company found guilty of selling U.S. goods to Iran in violation of sanctions, will duck Commerce Department penalties that bar U.S. companies from doing business with it.

Hackers Steal Personal Profiles on 1.5 Million Patients in Singapore

Singapore has been hit by what local media is calling the country’s “worst” cyber attack. Hackers targeting Singapore’s largest health care institution, SingHealth, stole the personal profiles of some 1.5 million patients along with the details of prescriptions for 160,000 others. Included in the latter group was Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, who the Ministry of Health said was targeted “specifically and repeatedly.”

Three Top Cybersecurity Officials at FBI to Retire, More Departures Expected

Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service, according to people familiar with the matter -- departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country’s security agencies. Senior U.S. intelligence officials warn that the country is at a “critical point” facing unprecedented cyberthreats, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system.

U.S. Cyber Digital Task Force to Alert U.S. Companies of Foreign Influence

The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election. The government will inform American companies, private organizations and individuals that they are being covertly attacked by foreign actors attempting to affect elections or the political process.

Simple Selling Process Enables Counterfeiters to Thrive on Amazon

Amazon.com Inc. has made it easy for small brands to sell their products to large numbers of customers, but that has also enabled some counterfeiters to cut into their business. Amazon said it prohibits the sale of counterfeit products, but counterfeiters have been able to exploit Amazon’s drive to increase the site’s selection and offer lower prices.

Trump Says EU's $5 Billion Google Fine Takes Advantage of U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the European Union over a record $5 billion fine EU antitrust regulators imposed on Google, saying the bloc was taking advantage of the United States. EU officials on Wednesday also ordered Google to stop using its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, adding to trade tensions between Washington and Brussels.

EU Antitrust Regulators Charge Qualcomm Again in Nvidia Case

EU antitrust regulators charged Qualcomm with a new violation in a case where the U.S. chipmaker has been accused of selling chipsets below cost to drive out Nvidia Corp. unit and British phone software maker Icera. “The supplementary statement of objections sent today focuses on certain elements of the 'price-cost' test applied by the Commission to assess the extent to which UMTS baseband chipsets were sold by Qualcomm at prices below cost,” the European Commission said.

FTC 'Very Interested' in EU's $5 Billion Google Fine, Chairman Says

The chairman of U.S. Federal Trade Commission said that the agency is "very interested" in learning more about the European Union’s record fine of Google. The comments by a top U.S. antitrust enforcer at a House subcommittee hearing came just hours after the EU levied a $5 billion (4.3 billion euro) fine on the Alphabet Inc. company, ordering it to change the way it puts search and web browser apps on Android devices.

Zuckerberg Creates Confusion About Holocaust Deniers on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, said in an interview published Wednesday that he would not automatically remove denials that the Holocaust took place from the site, a remark that caused an uproar online. Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments were made during an interview with the tech journalist Kara Swisher that was published on the site Recode. Hours later, Mr. Zuckerberg tried to clarify his comments in an email to Recode.

EU Fines Google Record $5.1 Billion for Abusing Smartphone Market

Google was hit with a $5.1 billion fine by European antitrust officials for abusing its power in the smartphone market, in the region’s latest move to rein in the clout of American tech companies. The penalty of 4.34 billion euros was a record, and far larger than the €2.4 billion, or about $2.8 billion, that the European Union levied on Google last year for unfairly favoring its own services in internet search results. 

Facebook Blames 'Mistakes' by Moderators for Allowing Disturbing Content

Facebook is under fire again for its content-moderation policies, after an undercover documentary found its contracted content moderators failed to remove disturbing content from its platforms. Facebook in a company blog post said the British Channel 4 television channel “raised important questions,” and what was captured undercover “does not reflect Facebook’s policies or values and falls short of the high standards we expect.”

Congressman Asks Amazon to Remove Items with Nazi, Racist Imagery

US Rep. Keith Ellison raised concerns about "a staggering amount" of neo-Nazi and white nationalist books and e-books being sold on Amazon and asked the company to remove them. Citing a new study by the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, the Minnesota Democrat mentioned in a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos that Amazon also sells "baby onesies, toys, children's Halloween costumes, flags, clothing, and jewelry emblazoned with nazi, neo-nazi, white nationalist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and violent, racist imagery."

Google CEO to Talk with EU Competition Commissioner Ahead of Fine

Google will have an 11th-hour conference call with the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager as it braces for what’s tipped to be the EU’s highest antitrust fine, according to people familiar with a probe into concerns over Android apps. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai will speak with Vestager by phone for a so-called state of play meeting, according to one of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussion is private.

IBM Asks Jury for $167 Million Award in Patent Case Against Groupon

International Business Machines Corp. asked a U.S. jury to award it $167 million in a lawsuit accusing e-commerce marketplace operator Groupon Inc of using patented technology without authorization. IBM lawyer John Desmarais told a jury in federal court in Delaware that Groupon infringed patents describing foundational e-commerce technology that had already been licensed to Amazon Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google for between $20 million and $50 million per company.

House Committee Holds Hearing on Rural Broadband Infrastructure

Lawmakers in the House are trying to tackle the “digital divide” -- the disparity between internet access in highly connected urban areas and rural areas that lack fast broadband -- or broadband at all. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communication and Technology subcommittee will turn its attention towards the matter during a hearing.

Former Apple Worker Pleads Not Guilty to Trade Secret Theft

A former Apple employee pleaded not guilty after federal prosecutors filed an indictment accusing him of stealing trade secrets. Federal officials on July 12 indicted Xiaolang Zhang on a single count of trade secret theft, alleging that Zhang had stolen a 25-page blueprint for a circuit board designed to be used in an autonomous vehicle, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

App Promoting Conspiracy Theories Included at Top of Stores

An app promoting a conspiracy theory featuring Hillary Clinton and a child sex ring lingered at the top of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store for months, with both tech giants receiving a cut of the revenue in the process. The app, called “QDrops,” sends alerts about a conspiracy theory called Qanon, an offshoot of the “pizzagate” fiction that claimed Clinton was running a child sex trafficking ring out of the basement of a Washington pizza shop that didn’t even have a basement.