As part of its joint push with other tech companies to thwart the spread of violent extremism online, Youtube LLC is using technology from a project of its parent company, Alphabet Inc., called Jigsaw, to redirect would-be terrorists to a playlist of videos deflating narratives used by extremist recruiters.
Several tech companies, including Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., hit their all-time trading highs as the S&P 500 information-technology sector closed at 992.29, surpassing its old record of 988.49 during the dot-com bubble in 2000.
The White House weighed in on the net neutrality debate, with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issuing a statement in support of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back rules instituted by the 2015 Open Internet Order. President Donald Trump stopped short of filing comments with the FCC on the matter, but Sanders said that the issue should be resolved through congressional legislation.
A Telsa Inc. driver has taken back his statement that the autopilot function in his car was to blame for a crash in Minnesota. In a clarifying email to police, the driver said he was confused after the crash and disengaged the autopilot by stepping on the accelerator before it happened.
The Internet Association, a group that represents major tech companies including Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc., is officially calling on the Federal Communications Commission to keep net neutrality rules in place. In comments filed with the agency, the Internet Association noted that a net neutrality repeal could cause damage to the markets and limit innovation.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a formal hearing on a package of 14 bills regarding self-driving vehicles. A hearing on draft legislation was held several weeks ago, and the committee plans to schedule the next hearing before the end of the month.
House lawmakers voted to advance an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Pentagon to report attempts by Russian hackers to break into its network. The amendment was approved by the full House, and comes amid heightened concerns regarding Kremlin-backed cyberattacks and hacks that have targeted the United States and its allies across the world.
Verizon Communications Inc. confirmed that the personal data of 6 million of its customers was leaked online due to misconfigured security settings on a cloud server. The leak, discovered by cybersecurity firm UpGuard, included customer names, phone numbers and PIN codes that are used to confirm users’ accounts.
AT&T Inc. announced that it will participate in today’s internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, despite supporting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order. An AT&T executive wrote a blog post saying that the wireless provider wanted to show its support for “preserving and advancing an open internet.”
Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith is expected to announce support for TV white-space technology, which the company says is a frugal way to tap into unused television bandwidth and bring broadband access to rural communities. The company will also reportedly work with rural telecommunications companies on at least 12 projects in 12 states over the next two years to bring broadband connectivity to at least 2 million rural Americans by July 2022.