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Federal prosecutors accuse Zoom executive of working with Chinese government to surveil users and suppress video calls

A security executive with the video-tech giant Zoom worked with the Chinese government to terminate Americans’ accounts and disrupt video calls about the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square, Justice Department prosecutors said Friday. The case is a stunning blow for Zoom, one of the most popular new titans of American tech, which […]

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Microsoft president calls SolarWinds hack an “act of recklessness“

Enlarge / Close up of digital data and binary code in network. Getty Images Of the 18,000 organizations that downloaded a backdoored version of software from SolarWinds, the tiniest of slivers—possibly as small as 0.2 percent—received a follow-on hack that used the backdoor to install a second-stage payload. The largest populations receiving stage two were, […]


AI Weekly: Nvidia’s Maxine opens the door to deepfakes and bias in video calls

Will AI power video chats of the future? That’s what Nvidia implied this week with the unveiling of Maxine, a platform that provides developers with a suite of GPU-accelerated AI conferencing software. Maxine brings AI effects including gaze correction, super-resolution, noise cancellation, face relighting, and more to end users, while in the process reducing how […]


U.S. Congress calls for antitrust reforms to limit powers of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Members of Congress investigating the activity of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google say antitrust law reform is needed to safeguard democracy and “ensure that our economy remains vibrant and open in the digital age.” The findings comes from a document released today (PDF), the culmination of a 16-month long investigation carried out by the antitrust […]