Equifax just became the first company to have its outlook downgraded for a cyber attack

Mark Begor, CEO of Equifax, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC.Mark Wilson | Getty ImagesMoody’s has just slashed its rating outlook on Equifax, the first time cybersecurity issues have been cited as the reason for a downgrade.Moody’s lowered Equifax’s outlook from stable to negative on Wednesday, as the credit monitoring company continues to suffer from the massive 2017 breach of consumer data. « We are treating this with more significance because it is the first time…

A quarter of Google Duplex calls are actually placed by humans

Earlier this month, I shadowed several restaurants throughout New York and talked to restaurant employees across the US to see how they’ve received Google Duplex, the AI that makes life-like calls for reservations on your behalf. Most agreed that the AI sounded unmistakably human — and according to Google’s response to reporting by The New York Times, there’s a 25 percent chance that they were. Google says that a quarter of Duplex calls start with human callers, and 15 percent start with the AI and are later intervened by a…

Smart assistants have totally slept on sleep timers and I’m tired of it

Smart home assistants need smarter timers. Today, you can use Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri to set timers. You can use all three smart assistants to control your smart home gadgets. But frustratingly, you cannot use the two features together: setting your lights to arbitrarily turn off in 30 minutes is impossible with today’s most sophisticated, cutting-edge smart home technology. Now, you could use a pre-programmed routine, but that’s not the same thing. You can set your lights to go on when a motion detector goes off, have your motorized…

Huawei executive accused of stealing trade secrets from chipmaker backed by Microsoft, Dell

Chinese President Xi Jinping is shown around the offices of Chinese tech firm Huawei technologies by its President Ren Zhengfei in London during his state visit in 2015.Matthew Lloyd | AFP | Getty ImagesCNEX, a microchip company backed by Microsoft and Dell, has filed new allegations in a Texas lawsuit accusing Chinese tech giant Huawei and one of its executives of stealing trade secrets, according to The Wall Street Journal.It’s the latest filing in a suit set to go to trial June 3. CNEX claims that Huawei spent years trying…

Resisting calls to resign, Britain’s May will campaign for EU elections

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May resisted growing calls to resign on Wednesday, vowing to press on despite mounting opposition from lawmakers and even some of her own ministers to her latest Brexit gambit. True to form for a prime minister who has weathered months of calls to quit, May’s chief enforcer told a powerful group of Conservatives she would campaign for European Parliament elections on Thursday and then meet the group’s chair on Friday for another discussion about the party’s leadership rules. It was not clear whether…

Tesla drops for sixth straight session, down 20% since share offer

FILE PHOTO: CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk poses during a television interview after his company’s initial public offering at the NASDAQ market in New York, June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Tesla fell for a sixth straight session on Wednesday after Citi cut its price target on the struggling electric car maker, leaving buyers of its recent share offer, including Chief Executive Elon Musk, $167 million in the hole. Tesla’s stock dropped 4.3% to $196.10, on track to close below $200 for the first…

Early Uber investor Bill Gurley praises social benefits of the work-when-you-want-to gig economy

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley on Wednesday praised the social benefits of the work-when-you-want-to gig economy, which gained renewed popularity alongside the rise of ride-hailing platforms such as Uber.The gig economy is now composed of nearly 60 million U.S. workers, just under 22% of whom are in transportation and utilities, according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute. Gurley, the general partner at venture capital firm Benchmark, said Uber has generated greater « flexibility » for those wanting a side hustle and has « created 3 million jobs around the…

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom quits government over Brexit

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has quit the cabinet, saying she no longer believes the government’s approach will deliver Brexit. Her resignation comes amid a backlash against Theresa May’s Brexit plan from Conservative MPs. Several cabinet ministers have told the BBC that the PM cannot stay, with one saying it is « the end of the line ». Mrs Leadsom previously ran for Tory leader but withdrew, allowing Theresa May to become prime minister. In a letter to the prime minister, she said she did not believe « the UK would…

Leadsom resigns as Commons leader

Andrea Leadsom resigns cabinet role saying she no longer believes government’s approach will deliver Brexit This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

Amazon’s shareholder meeting turns testy as investors demand action on climate crisis and diversity

Environmentalists protesting outside Amazon’s shareholder meetingPaayal Zaveri | CNBCAmazon’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday turned hostile as shareholders demanded change on a number of issues, ranging from renewable energy use to equal pay.Dozens of shareholders, including current employees, joined the meeting in Seattle, presenting their case over 12 different proposals. They included demands that the company take action on climate change through energy use, as well as improving diversity and pay inequality in its workforce. Two of the resolutions asked for Amazon to stop the sale of its facial recognition…

Brexit: Theresa May resists calls from MPs to resign

The prime minister is resisting calls to resign despite a growing backlash against her Brexit plan from Conservative MPs. Several cabinet ministers told the PCF that she cannot stay, with one saying it is « the end of the line ». Tory backbenchers met on Wednesday evening, but decided not to change rules which would have allowed an immediate vote of no confidence in her. The PCF’s political editor says the PM seems to have bought herself 36 hours. Mrs May will meet the chairman of the influential backbench 1922…

Pure Storage falls as much as 25% after earnings miss

Charles Giancarlo, Pure Storage CEO and formerly managing director at Silver Lake Partners, speaks at an editorial board meeting in San Francisco on July 8, 2009.Ryan Anson | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesShares of data center hardware company Pure Storage fell 25% Wednesday, a day after the company reported worse-than-expected earnings and lowered its full-year guidance.The struggles highlight some of the challenges of selling products to large companies — that it cane take longer than expected, and that competition can be tough.Pure’s chief financial officer, Tim Riitters, told analysts on a…

Google is facing its first GDPR complaint from Irish privacy regulators

Google is the subject of its first GDPR probe from Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DCP), Reuters is reporting. It’s the first major standoff between the company and its lead privacy regulator in Europe, raising difficult questions about how the ad giant handles personal data across the internet. The probe will investigate how Google treats personal data at each stage of its ad-tracking system. Those questions originate in part from a complaint filed by the browser company Brave in September, which alleged that Google’s ad auction system constituted a data breach…

EU regulator launches probe into Google over data privacy

Google CEO Sundar PichaiSimon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesIreland’s data privacy watchdog on Wednesday announced the launch of an inquiry into Google over the tech giant’s collection of data when it comes to online advertising.The Data Protection Commission, which acts as the lead supervisory authority for Google in the European Union, said its probe would examine whether Google’s processing of data in advertising transactions breaches the bloc’s privacy rules. « A statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of…

5G explained: Why it’s such a big deal for America

5G logo is seen on an android mobile phone with Huawei logo on the background.Omar Marques | LightRocket | Getty ImagesYou’ve probably heard « 5G » a lot recently. It’s been in a lot of stories.It’s at the center of America’s fight with China’s Huawei, which provides cellular equipment for wireless carriers around the globe.5G is also a big topic for Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. Those carriers are working to build out the faster networks now, and Sprint and T-Mobile have even used 5G to discuss the competitive landscape in…

Google is updating its mobile search design to highlight a website’s name and favicon

Google is introducing some noticeable changes to how it displays mobile search results, meant to better highlight the source behind each link. Mobile search results will soon display a website’s icon and name above the title of the specific page being surfaced. Until now, Google has somewhat downplayed the source of search results, displaying a website’s name in a smaller font beneath each link. The design will begin rolling out in the “next few days.” Google says the design is “coming first to mobile,” but didn’t elaborate on where we’ll…

Darkly comic ‘Parasite’ gets critics buzzing at Cannes

72nd Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film « Parasite » (Gisaengchung) in competition – Cannes, France, May 22, 2019. Cast members Chang Hyae-Jin, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Jung-Eun and Park So-Dam pose. REUTERS/Eric GaillardCANNES, France (Reuters) – “Parasite”, a thriller that doubles up as a wickedly funny satire about class struggles, has upped the ante at the Cannes Film Festival, with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho emerging as an strong contender for an award after impressing critics. Bong, last at Cannes in 2017 with Netflix-produced “Okja”, revealed his darkly…

Alphabet will open smart city buildings in Toronto by 2023, and Google will eventually move in

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff speaks during a press conference where Alphabet announced it will develop an area of Toronto’s waterfront on October 17, 2017.REUTERS/Mark BlinchThe first buildings in Alphabet’s first smart city project could open as soon as 2023, the project’s lead said Wednesday at the Collision Conference in Toronto.Sidewalk Labs founder and CEO Dan Doctoroff laid out the new time frame for the project aiming to create a more affordable and sustainable urban area on Toronto’s waterfront. Sidewalk Labs is a subsidiary of Alphabet, which is also Google’s…

Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults in Durham

The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the PCF’s Panorama programme. Undercover PCF filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham. Experts said the culture was « deviant » at the privately-run NHS unit with evidence of « psychological torture ». A police investigation has been launched and 16 staff suspended. The 17-bed hospital is one of scores of such units in England that provide care for just below 2,300 adults with…

Brexit: Calls grow for Theresa May to resign in bill backlash

The prime minister is facing calls to resign amid a backlash against her Brexit plan from Conservative MPs. Several cabinet ministers have told the PCF that she cannot stay, with one saying it is « the end of the line ». Others, though, insist Theresa May should push on with her plan to put her Withdrawal Agreement Bill to a vote. Mrs May’s own MPs have been unhappy with the concessions she has set out in the bill, but she has called for « compromise on all sides ». The…

Trump lashes out of U.S. House’s Pelosi ‘cover-up’ accusation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation on Wednesday that he is engaged in a cover-up, saying at a hastily arranged White House appearance, “I don’t do cover-ups.” Trump also said he would not work with Democrats on a major infrastructure proposal because of “phony” investigations they are pursuing in Congress. The Republican president added that he was upset that Democratic lawmakers discussed the possibility of impeaching him before a White House meeting on infrastructure. The president repeated his rhetoric about Special Counsel…

Mnuchin says more U.S. tariffs on China at least a month away

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States is at least a month from enacting its proposed tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports as it studies the impact on consumers, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on « The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System » in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. CalvertWashington this month hiked existing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to…

Oculus co-founder: ‘I got fired’ from Facebook for ‘no reason at all’

Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus VR Inc., smiles during the Wall Street Journal D.Live global technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPalmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus and former Facebook employee, appeared on CNBC Wednesday from the Collision tech conference in Toronto where he admitted he was fired from Facebook for « no reason at all. »  « I gave $10,000 to a pro-Trump group, » he said, adding that California, where Facebook’s headquarters is located, is an at-will…

Austria’s Kurz appoints technocrats after FPÖ leaves cabinet

Media playback is unsupported on your device Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has replaced far-right ministers with technocrats after his coalition government collapsed amid a political scandal caused by a secret video. The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) quit the coalition after President Alexander Van der Bellen fired FPÖ Interior Minister Herbert Kickl. Mr Kurz, 32, is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament on Monday. If he survives he will try to stay on until elections, probably in September. However, his ruling centre-right People’s Party (ÖVP) has only 62 seats in the…

How to use Instagram’s best features, which you might not even know about

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 21: Festival goer attends 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.Presley Ann | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty ImagesWhen it launched in 2010, Instagram was mostly a place to post pictures with funky filters that looked a bit like they were taken with classic cameras. But Instagram, Facebook’s cooler social network, has much more to offer now, and most of the people I know are using it to post pictures and videos more than they do to Facebook.Some of the most fun features of Instagram are…

Tarantino did not tell Polanski about film set against Manson murders

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Quentin Tarantino said on Wednesday he didn’t tell Roman Polanski in advance about his latest movie, set in the run-up to the notorious 1969 Manson murders which claimed the life of Polanski’s wife at the time, actress Sharon Tate. 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film « Once Upon a Time in Hollywood » in competition – Cannes, France, May 22, 2019. Director Quentin Tarantino and cast member Leonardo DiCaprio pose. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, an ode to a…

Utah man arrested for threatening to kill YouTube employees

A Utah man was arrested Saturday for allegedly threatening to kill YouTube employees in a series of comments left on the video platform over the last eight months.David Levon Swanson, 35, was charged with threats of terrorism, a second-degree felony, and released on $100,000 bail, according to police records.The charges stem from comments Swanson allegedly made on three YouTube videos.The first comment, which was allegedly posted in September 2018 on a video dissecting drama around popular YouTuber Logan Paul, said « The only thing that comes after the death of…

US must ‘reassert global leadership’ in nuclear energy or lose out to Russia and China

Florida Power and Light workers Juan Madruga (R) and Pehter Rodriguez (L) confer at the Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor Building in Homestead, Florida May 18, 2017. Rhona Wise | AFP | Getty Images As partisan gridlock on a few high-profile issues dominates headlines, it is easy to lose sight of goals members of both parties share. For us, one bipartisan goal is protecting America’s longstanding leadership on nuclear energy. Our bipartisan work comes as American nuclear energy leadership faces stiff headwinds. Nuclear plants are shuttering nationwide due to competition from…

From ‘Your Song’ to your movie: ‘Rocketman’ builds on new music biopic

LONDON (Reuters) – With hit tunes, a plot about one of the world’s best known performers and flamboyant costumes, “Rocketman” brings Elton John’s story to the big screen, the latest musical biopic offering a concert-like experience at the cinema. FILE PHOTO: 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film « Rocketman » out of competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 16, 2019. Elton John poses with David Furnish and Taron Egerton. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo“Kingsman” actor Taron Egerton stars as the “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer” hitmaker,…

How to wipe your Android phone before selling or trading it in

About to buy the latest Samsung phone or save a bit of money on a Google PIxel 3A? Whether you plan to trade in your old Android phone for a discount on your new phone, sell it on eBay, give it away to a friend, or drop it off for recycling, you’re going to want to wipe it of all your data first by resetting it to factory conditions. Luckily, that’s pretty easy to do. Before you start, be aware that these instructions are for a Pixel 3 XL running…