Intel Corp. said its factories will begin building chips for Qualcomm Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. in an effort to overtake rivals Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. by 2025. The semiconductor giant said it is planning to roll out five sets of chipmaking technologies over the next four years. (Reuters)
As part of an effort to “clean up” results of last year’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction, the Federal Communications Commission sent letters to 197 winning bidders offering them a chance to retract their funding requests from areas where broadband services had already been rendered or questions of waste have arisen. The FCC, which said it would sign off on over $311 million in broadband funding in 36 states as part of the fund, specifically challenged SpaceX over its application for $886 million in subsidies, questioning whether some of the rural broadband subsidies had been ticketed for parking lots and airports that are connected via satellite. (Bloomberg)
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledged to waive $2 billion in fees over the next two years in an effort to win a joint NASA lunar-lander program contract for Blue Origin LLC. NASA had previously awarded the contract entirely to SpaceX, citing budgetary reasons; Bezos in his letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said his offer would take such considerations out of the equation. (The Wall Street Journal)
Facebook Inc. is launching a product team within its virtual reality group to work on the “metaverse,” a concept involving digital worlds that multiple people can occupy simultaneously. Pouring resources into the development of a metaverse follows Facebook’s substantial investments in augmented and virtual reality, technologies that Amazon, Apple Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. have also prioritized in product development. (CNBC)
The bipartisan group of lawmakers hoped to reach a final agreement by early this week after a vote to advance undrafted legislation failed last week. But that appears unlikely, with several issues outstanding. While transit seems to be the biggest sticking point, provisions on both broadband and the bill’s finances are also not resolved.
A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters.
The push for two big infrastructure bills—one bipartisan, the other a much bigger one pushed by Democrats alone—is getting all the attention in Washington right now, and for good reason. Trillions of dollars hang in the balance, as does much of President Biden’s agenda and the question of whether Washington can do anything big in a bipartisan fashion any more.
PayPal Holdings Inc is partnering with non-profit organisation the Anti-Defamation League to investigate how extremist and hate movements in the United States take advantage of financial platforms to fund their criminal activities.
Alphabet unit Google has two months to improve the way it presents internet search results for flights and hotels and explain how it ranks these or face possible sanctions, the European Commission and EU consumer authorities said on Monday.
France, Spain, Italy and 20 other EU countries may be taken to court for their tardiness in enacting landmark EU copyright rules into national law, the European Commission said on Monday as it asked the group to explain the delays.
Cable operators are telling the FCC to dismiss or deny auto companies’ challenge to the FCC’s decision to allow the 5.9 GHz band to be divided up between incumbent intelligent auto communications systems and the Wi-Fi that remains cable broadband operators primary mobile broadband play.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said on Monday that it was too early to say whether it will build factories in Germany and that talks were in early stages, as the EU seeks to reduce chip imports amid a supply shortage.
Facebook Inc. is exploring the idea of letting users synchronize workout data from Oculus virtual-reality headsets with Apple Inc.’s Health app on iPhones, according to code discovered in the Oculus iPhone app.
Four House Democrats on Monday suggested blacklisting or imposing sanctions against the Israeli firm that licensed spyware used by governments to hack the smartphones of journalists, human rights activists and business executives.
Software company Kaseya on Monday strongly denied paying to get access to a key to decrypt its systems following a massive ransomware attack on the company that impacted up to 1,500 organizations earlier this month.
In the latest bit of fallout from investigations into the impact of Israeli company NSO’s Pegasus spyware published last week, the leader of Facebook’s WhatsApp stepped forward to support some aspects of the investigation’s findings.
Tech accountability groups are urging members of Congress to “dig deeper” into the role Facebook played in leading up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol ahead of Tuesday’s House hearing about the attack, according to a report shared with The Hill on Monday.
Common Cause, joined by almost two dozen more groups, have called on Facebook to prevent political action committees (PACS) affiliated with suspended accounts–the target is former President Trump–to violate the site’s community standards.
Insider reviewed 36 tech workers’ nondisclosure agreements, providing one of the most comprehensive looks to date into the widely used contracts. The NDAs often contained overly broad language and many are likely unenforceable, employment lawyers said.
The Senate recently passed a bill intended to bolster America’s technological and industrial capacity as we compete against China. The bill, called the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, began as a serious, bipartisan effort to meet one of our country’s greatest challenges. But in one of those “only in Washington” moments, a bill written to make our country more competitive with China now includes an amendment that will do exactly the opposite.
Broadband access has become a vital necessity to provide access to the economic, social, and health opportunities that have become part of everyday life. This report summarizes the results from a national poll of U.S. city, county, town, and Tribal government leaders, to understand where connectivity and technology upgrades fall in their infrastructure plans and priorities.