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So what can we expect from a Joe Biden White House when it comes to tech? We’ll try to answer that right now

It’s day one of President Biden’s administration, prompting the question: what can we expect when it comes to technology over the next four years? As expected, the Trump White House website has been archived and replaced with a new, and largely empty, Biden version. But it does contain details of what Biden’s top priorities are going to be and, well… there’s not a tech topic in sight. To be…

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Maker of crowd-sourced coronavirus spread tracker app sues Apple for ‘arbitrary and capricious’ iOS store snub

The maker of a disallowed iOS app called Coronavirus Reporter has sued Apple claiming the iPhone overlord’s refusal to approve the software violates America’s antitrust law. In a complaint filed in the District of New Hampshire on Tuesday, Keith Mathews, a lawyer with Associated Attorneys of New England, states that the plaintiff, identified as a Wyoming-based app maker operating under the name Coronavirus Reporter, submitted an app of…

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With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds… and a giant middle finger to America

Analysis Ajit Pai has left his position as head of the FCC – America’s communications regulator – marking the end of an extraordinary four years where telecoms policy was dragged into the era of alternate facts. With sad inevitability, Pai has a list of his accomplishments in a similar fashion. Just as he had done during his tenure, however, Pai has mirrored the 45th president’s approach and, rather than…

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On his way out, Trump emits exec order suggesting US cloud giants must verify ID of all foreign customers

On Tuesday, during his last full day as US President, Donald Trump issued an executive order seeking to curtail cyber attacks by directing the government to come up with rules requiring cloud service providers to better identify foreign customers. It now falls to the incoming Biden administration to implement the order, which may end up simply being ignored, given the recent flood of executive orders. The “executive order on…

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Leaked memo suggests LG is thinking about quitting the smartphone biz in 2021

LG Electronics is reportedly considering leaving the smartphone business this year, according to a leaked internal memo issued by CEO Kwon Bong-seok. Writing to staffers, Kwon said the future of LG’s mobile business remained uncertain, but promised any decision would not result in any redundancies. “Regardless of any change in the direction of the smartphone business operation, the employment will be maintained, so there is no need to worry,”…

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To plug gap left by CentOS, Red Hat amends RHEL dev subscription to allow up to 16 systems in production

Red Hat, which is killing CentOS Linux in favour of CentOS Stream, will extend its developer subscription to allow free production use of RHEL for up to 16 systems. CentOS Linux is a community build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and therefore suitable for production use. CentOS Stream, which will remain available, is a preview build of what is likely to be in RHEL – great for testing…

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US comms regulator slaps down petition to block Ligado’s nationwide L-band 5G network by 3 to 2

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected a petition seeking to block Ligado Networks from deploying its LightSquared nationwide 5G network. The petition – which was rejected by a three-to-two majority – was filed by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on behalf of the Defense and Transportation departments, and largely repeats previous concerns about Ligado’s proposed use of L-band spectrum. The term “L-Band”…

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Top engineer who stole trade secrets from Google’s self-driving division pardoned on Trump’s last day as president

On his last day in office, US president Donald Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of 70 others – including Anthony Levandowski who admitted stealing trade secrets from Waymo while a self-driving car researcher. Breitbart founder and one-time Cambridge Analytica board member Steve Bannon was also among those receiving clemency over fraud charges regarding a fundraiser for Trump’s infamous border wall, as were some rappers. In August…

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SpaceX powers through bad case of wind to nail Falcon 9’s eighth droneship landing

SpaceX has landed an individual Falcon 9 booster for a record eighth time after pushing the envelope on winds above the waiting drone ship. The launch had been delayed from 18 January due to what the company called “unfavorable weather conditions in the recovery area”. There was a further delay on 19 January “to allow additional time for pre-launch inspections” before Elon Musk’s band of rocketeers lit the blue…

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Wherever your apps, users and data are heading, is your backup keeping up?

Webcast What’s your tech infrastructure going to look like in the next few months or years? You know, once we get past the current situation and find time to start innovating again. All of which may come sooner than you think. Your devs are probably going to be experimenting with analytics, machine learning and AI. Data will be coming at you from all directions, from customers to edge devices….

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