Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s Next Chairman, Fancies Himself a Free Spirit
Liza Lin, The Wall Street Journal
The man who has been anointed as the next executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. chose “Free and Noncooperative Person” as his company nickname. It might have been wishful thinking.
The Military Now Has Tooth Mics For Invisible, Hands-Free Radio Calls
Patrick Tucker, Defense One
Next time you pass someone on the street who appears to be talking to themselves, they may literally have voices inside their head…and be a highly trained soldier on a dangerous mission. The Pentagon has inked a roughly $10 million contract with a California company to provide secure communication gear that’s essentially invisible.
Russia-China to invest in hi-tech development
Polina Nikolskaya, Reuters
The Russia-China Investment Fund and China’s Tus-Holdings on Tuesday announced joint investment plans focusing on developing technology, which would see $1.28 bln invested in the Russian Tushino Project Technology Park. RCIF said in a statement that the two groups were considering building a Sino-Russian high-tech innovation park with more than $100 mln investment and had launched a Russia-China venture fund with capital of $100 mln.
Stocks Slip as Trade Mood Sours; Dollar Stronger: Markets Wrap
Eddie van der Walt, Bloomberg
U.S. equity futures fell with European shares after a mixed session in Asia, as fears returned over trade relations among the world’s two biggest economies. The dollar advanced, with the pound and euro barely holding Monday’s gains.
Intellectual Property and Antitrust
Alibaba takes joint venture route to Russia expansion
Polina Nikolskaya and Vladimir Soldatkin, Reuters
China’s largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has joined forces with a state fund and two technology firms in Russia, hoping that access to their client base of more than 100 million people will boost its development. Alibaba will own 48 percent of AliExpress Russia as a result of a deal signed with Russian Direct Investment Fund, mobile operator Megafon and internet group Mail.ru during Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum on Tuesday.
Telecom, Wireless and TV
The 5G Race: China and U.S. Battle to Control World’s Fastest Wireless Internet
Josh Chin, The Wall Street Journal
The early waves of mobile communications were largely driven by American and European companies. As the next era of 5G approaches, promising to again transform the way people use the internet, a battle is on to determine whether the U.S. or China will dominate.
Federated Wireless Files with FCC to Start Deploying CBRS in October
Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News
Federated Wireless has asked the FCC for permission to move forward with commercial CBRS deployments as soon as October, the company announced. In its proposal for Initial Commercial Deployment, the Arlington, Va.-based company said it has 14 initial customers—wireless operators, cable companies, tower hoisters, managed service providers (MSPs) and CBRS devices vendors, including American Tower, Arris, Charter Communications and ExteNet Systems.
Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota
Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
A court ruling that limits state regulation of cable company offerings was praised by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who says the ruling supports his contention that the FCC can preempt state-level net neutrality rules. The new court ruling found that Minnesota’s state government cannot regulate VoIP phone services offered by Charter and other cable companies because VoIP is an “information service” under federal law.
Mobile Technology and Social Media
Google’s ‘no-show’ in Congress adds to its political headache
Tony Romm, The Washington Post
Google is a powerhouse in Washington with deep pockets and close ties to the government regulators that oversee the company’s ambitions from advertising to artificial intelligence. But the search giant’s political savvy hasn’t spared the company in recent weeks from stinging attacks from Democrats and Republicans, including President Trump — a turn of fate that now threatens to saddle Google with months of continued scrutiny and new threats of regulation.
Teens are hooked on social media. But how does it make them feel about themselves?
Rani Molla, Recode
Almost 90 percent of American teens now have their own smartphones, and some 70 percent use social media multiple times per day. But as social networking services are increasingly criticized for being too addictive — and many are now building tools to limit their usage to “time well spent” — how does social media affect young users’ self-esteem and mental health?
Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
At ten o’clock on a weekday morning in August, Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and C.E.O. of Facebook, opened the front door of his house in Palo Alto, California, wearing the tight smile of obligation. He does not enjoy interviews, especially after two years of ceaseless controversy.
Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand
Chris Baraniuk, BBC
More than 1,500 listings of live animals for sale have been found on Facebook in Thailand by a wildlife trafficking watchdog. Traffic, which monitors such activity, said many of the species, despite having international protection, were not native to the country, and so trading them was unregulated.
Bernie Sanders renews attacks on Amazon, shares video accusing company of ‘Orwellian language’
Michael Burke, The Hill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday renewed his attacks against Amazon, sharing videos on Twitter that accuse the company of using “Orwellian language.” “Listen to how Amazon uses its own lingo to blur the distinction between billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos and the average Amazon employee making minimum wage, according to journalist @J_Bloodworth,” Sanders tweeted as he shared one of the videos.
Cybersecurity and Privacy
Election security a ‘priority,’ DHS official tells states at Missouri summit
Hugh T. Ferguson, Politico
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Monday kicked off the first day of hosting his counterparts from 11 states for a national summit on election security, an issue that one federal official called “a priority” before the midterms. The two-day event, in St. Louis, is for election officials and not open to the public.
Analysts expect Lazarus Group to evolve, clean up opsec
Sean Lyngaas, CyberScoop
In crossing the threshold of unmasking an alleged Lazarus Group member last week, the Department of Justice showed the efficacy of combining private digital forensics with the long arm of the law. Yet if history is any guide, experts say outing the alleged hacker will do little to curb North Korea’s behavior.
Go deeper: Why investors care about cybersecurity insurance
Shannon Vavra, Axios
Cybersecurity insurance is getting a lot of attention from investors right now as more and more companies try to manage their increasing risks. There will “absolutely” be consolidation in the cybersecurity insurance market, in particular for firms that assess the risk of companies seeking insurance, Ken Gonzalez, a managing director at investment firm NightDragon Security, tells Axios.
Dozens of iOS apps surreptitiously share user location data with tracking firms
Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica
During preparation for a workshop at DEF CON in August on locating privacy leaks in network traffic, we discovered a number of applications on both iOS and Android that were broadcasting precise location data back to the applications’ developers—in some cases in unencrypted formats. Research released late Friday by Sudo Security’s Guardian mobile firewall team provided some confirmation to our findings—and demonstrated that many apps are sharing location data with firms that market location data information without the users’ knowledge.
Opinions, Editorials and Perspectives
Time for Action on Internet Privacy
Helena Berger, Morning Consult
Recent news reports have shown that our supposedly private online activities are increasingly monitored, cataloged and monetized without our permission.
Don’t Force Google to Export Other Countries’ Laws
Daphne Keller, The New York Times
On Tuesday, in a courtroom in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union is to consider whether Google must enforce the “right to be forgotten” — which requires search engines to erase search results based on European law — everywhere in the world. Unfortunately, the chances are pretty good that Google will lose — that the court will order the company to make certain information harder to find.
Russian Hijacking of U.S. Tech Didn’t Start With Facebook
Zack Wasserman, Bloomberg
The 2016 presidential election wasn’t the first time Russia attempted to use Silicon Valley and its technologies against the U.S. During the 1980s, Soviet spies plied their trade up and down the San Francisco Peninsula, stealing technology, recruiting agents and infiltrating local banks.
Broadband Internet: FCC’s Data Overstate Access on Tribal Lands
U.S. Government Accountability Office
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collects data on broadband availability from providers, but these data do not accurately or completely capture broadband access on tribal lands. Specifically, FCC collects data on broadband availability; these data capture where providers may have broadband infrastructure.