A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russian hackers targeted election-related databases in 21 different states leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Only two states — Arizona and Illinois — have been publicly identified as having their election systems targeted, and officials would not comment on the identities of the other 19 states.
Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from the helm of the ride-hailing service after five of the company’s major investors demanded that he resign. Kalanick’s resignation comes after a series of scandals forced him to take an indefinite leave of absence from the company last week.
A proprietary data set containing the names and personally identifying information of approximately 198 million registered U.S. voters was left unprotected online for at least 12 days in a large cache of electronic files. The information was compiled by consulting firm Deep Root Analytics, which helps Republican campaigns with voter targeting efforts, and appears to include information on nearly all the estimated registered voters in the United States.
President Donald Trump plans to meet with CEOs from technology companies, including Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., today at the White House to discuss efforts to modernize government technology. Many tech companies have refused to confirm their attendance at the meeting because of concerns about dealings with the administration.
The first meeting of the Trump administration’s technology and innovation council is scheduled for Monday.
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is free to move ahead with its purchase of Tribune Media Co., according to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court sided with the current Federal Communications Commission in allowing it to reverse the FCC’s 2016 order limiting the number of TV stations some broadcasters can buy.
Eleven members of the Senate Democratic caucus called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to deny a petition they say would bombard Americans with ringless voicemails from telemarketers and debt collectors. The Republican National Committee claims a First Amendment right in supporting the petition.
President Donald Trump has nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, a vocal net neutrality advocate, to the Federal Communications Commission. Rosenworcel previously served in the role from 2012 to 2016, where she strongly supported closing the “homework gap” by expanding broadband policies for students in rural areas.
“Inter partes review,” an administrative process used by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel patents it has previously granted, is going to the Supreme Court. Justices have agreed to hear an appeal on its constitutionality, due to the process revoking patents without allowing the respective company the benefit of a jury trial.
Board members of Uber Technologies Inc. voted unanimously to approve recommendations in a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s law firm regarding allegations of sexual harassment at Uber. The company would not comment on whether it would approve a leave of absence for Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.