Rivals Benefiting from Google's Shopping Changes, EU Official Says

It is too early to judge Google’s reforms in response to an antitrust case over online shopping, though there are signs some rivals are benefiting, Europe’s competition chief said. The comments from European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager come amid calls from Google’s competitors for her to take more drastic action against the world’s most popular internet search engine.

Pentagon Empowers U.S. Cyber Command to Take Offensive Action

The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups. Until now, the Cyber Command has assumed a largely defensive posture, trying to counter attackers as they enter American networks. 

Senators Question Amazon About Echo-Recording Incident

Two senators are demanding answers from Amazon following an incident where an Echo device reportedly recorded a couple’s conversation and sent it to an acquaintance. “While Amazon has stated that the company is evaluating options to make this series of events less likely to occur, we are concerned that the device in this instance performed precisely how it was designed,” Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) wrote in a letter to the company.

ITC Staff Recommends Finding That Apple Infringed Qualcomm Patents

The staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended that a trade judge find that Apple Inc. infringed at least one of Qualcomm Inc.’s patents, a move that could lead to blocking the import of some iPhones. The San Diego chipmaker filed a complaint against Apple nearly a year ago, asking the commission to ban the import of iPhones containing rival chipmaker Intel Corp.’s so-called modem chips, which help mobile phones connect to wireless data networks.

Former Jawbone Employees Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets

Federal prosecutors have charged six former employees of Jawbone, the defunct maker of fitness trackers, with stealing trade secrets from the company and taking jobs at a competing company, Fitbit. The trade secrets at issue include market research on customers’ buying habits, vendor and pricing information for suppliers, and design documents for headphones.

Samsung Ordered to Pay $400M to S. Korean University in Patent Case

Samsung Electronics Co. was told to pay $400 million after a federal jury in Texas said it infringed a patent owned by the licensing arm of a South Korean university. Qualcomm Inc. and GlobalFoundries Inc. also were found to have infringed the patent but weren’t told to pay any damages to the licensing arm of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of South Korea’s top research universities.

Homeland Security Warns of Malware Variant from North Korea Gov't

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that it has identified malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government, according to a new report, just days after the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. DHS and FBI analysts working with US government partners highlighted the use of what are known as Trojan malware variants -- software used by the North Korean government that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.

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FTC Settles with Man Accused of Selling Fake Tech-Support Services

A man who operated a couple of Hayward, Calif.-based businesses must pay $136,000 in connection with a tech-support scam out of India, and can never offer tech support again. The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Parmjit Singh Brar, who it accused of working with telemarketers to trick elderly Americans into buying fake tech-support services.

SEC Official Says ICOs, But Not Cryptocurrencies, are Securities

The SEC's point man on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) says that bitcoin and ether are not securities but that many, but not all, ICOs are securities and will come under the regulatory control of the SEC and relevant securities laws."Central to determining whether a security is being sold is how it is being sold and the reasonable expectations of purchasers," William Hinman, head of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, said in a speech at the Yahoo All Markets Summit: Crypto conference in San Francisco.

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Senate Committee Asks Ex-Cambridge Analytica Contractor to Testify

A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee panel plans to call a former Cambridge Analytica contractor at the center of a scandal involving the use of data from millions of Facebook users, a committee spokeswoman confirmed. The panel’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security will hold a hearing on data privacy risks focusing on Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy, and other Facebook Inc. partners, the committee announced.

Apple 'Restricted Mode' to Limit Data Access by Hackers, Law Enforcement

Apple is about to make it much harder for law enforcement agencies to gain access to information on iPhones by including a new feature, called USB Restricted Mode. The feature disables data transfer through the Lightning port one hour after a phone was last locked, preventing popular third-party hacking tools used by law enforcement from accessing the device.

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White Nationalists, Kicked Off Facebook and Twitter, Land on Google Plus

White nationalist and neo-Nazi trolls have found a home on Google’s social media platform, Google Plus. Many groups espousing racist rhetoric and hate speech were kicked off Facebook and Twitter after violence erupted at the “Unite the Right” rally last summer in Charlottesville, Va., where a woman was killed by a car that was driven into a crowd of protesters.

U.S. Seeks Feedback on Reversing Decision on Domain Name Control

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has asked for views on whether the handover of domain name system functions from the agency to a multi-stakeholder model should be "unwound." The NTIA published a request for public comments in the Federal Register on June 5 and has since extended the comment period from July 2 to July 17 in response to requests for additional time to provide feedback.

Britain Fines Yahoo for Handling of 2014 Email Cyberattack

Britain’s data watchdog fined Yahoo roughly $334,000 for its handling of a massive email cyberattack in 2014 that exposed the personal data of millions of users worldwide. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) focused its investigation on approximately 515,121 email accounts of United Kingdom (U.K.) customers, which Yahoo's London-based U.K. Services oversaw.

Three People Sentenced for Defrauding Amazon of $1.2 Million in Electronics

An Indiana couple and their accomplice were sentenced to federal prison for launching and operating a scheme that defrauded Amazon of $1.2 million in consumer electronics. Erin and Leah Finan, both 38, a married couple from the Muncie-Anderson area, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges and were sentenced to 71 months and 68 months in prison, respectively.

Facebook Creates Design Lab to Improve Disclosures of Sharing Data

Facebook Inc. told the U.S. Senate the company has launched a design lab that will work to improve the way people get informed about sharing their personal data. The initiative, called TTC labs, was started “in recognition of the need for improved approaches to data transparency across all digital services,” and involves partnerships with others in academia, design and industry, Facebook told the Senate in its response to 2,000 questions posed after Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified at congressional hearings in April.

Vietnam Adopts Law Requiring Local Storage of Users' Data

Vietnam’s plans to vigorously police the internet took a step forward when it adopted a cybersecurity law that requires Internet companies such as Facebook and Google to store their Vietnam-based users’ data on servers in the country. Critics say the new law could make it easier for authorities in the one-party communist state to track down critics online.

Courts in U.S., China, Germany to Consider Apple-Qualcomm Patent Cases

After more than a year of vicious accusations and a flurry of lawsuits and counter claims, Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.’s multibillion-dollar legal dispute is about to get serious. Hearings in the three most important markets -- the U.S., China and Germany -- will soon determine whether Apple’s attempt to save itself billions in technology licensing payments by forcing one of the world’s biggest chipmakers to change the way it does business is legal.