Features • 1. WikiLeaks Takes A Big Dump On The CIA while Judicial Watch sues U.S. government intelligence agencies over Flynn investigation 2. Roth Conference March 12-15, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 3. Other Tech News.
WikiLeaks Releases CIA Hacking Tools, FBI Probes
Video above published Mar 9, 2017: Carbon Black (carbonblack.com) national security strategist Eric O’Neill and Bloomberg’s Nafeesa Syeed discuss WikiLeaks releasing The Central Intelligence Agency’s hacking tools with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology."
Vault7 | Wikileaks.org: ""Year Zero" introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day" weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones."
And in a related matter--
Judicial Watch sues intelligence agencies over Flynn investigation
Video above published Mar 7, 2017: JudicialWatch.org director Christopher Farrell on why the organization is suing U.S. intelligence agencies over leaks of classified information about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
- WikiLeaks Press Conference Thurday 9 March 2017 On CIA/Vault7/YearZero | YouTube.com
- Tech Firms Rush to Assess Damage From CIA Leak | WSJ.com: "WikiLeaks documents show CIA’s tools apparently can be used to gain unauthorized access to computers and smartphones"
- WikiLeaks will give info on CIA hacking to tech companies | TheHill.com: "Assange said the organization will give details to let technology companies "develop fixes" before the information is published more widely."
- Wikileaks' CIA hacking dump sends tech firms scrambling for fixes | Reuters.com
- The Wikileaks CIA Stash May Prove Interesting, But Not Necessarily for the Hacks | MIT's TechnologyReview.com: "The software tools revealed by the leak are sinister, unsurprising—and potentially politically explosive."
- China to US: Stop hacking us | TheHill.com: "China asked the U.S. government on Thursday to stop spying on and hacking other countries, after WikiLeaks revealed data showing that the CIA can hack a range of devices, including some manufactured in China." and China expresses concern at revelations in Wikileaks dump of hacked CIA data | Reuters.com
- Charles Hugh Smith: The Conflict within the Deep State Just Broke into Open Warfare: The body count from Vault 7 has not yet been tallied, but it wouldn't surprise me if former President Obama and his team eventually end up as political casualties. Non-partisan observers are noting all this over-reach occurred on Obama's watch, and it hasn't gone unnoticed that one of Obama's last executive orders stripped away the last shreds of oversight of what could be "shared" (or invented) between the Security Agencies.
2. Roth conference, March 12-15, 2017:
ROTH Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA, March 12-15, 2017, with close to 500 participating companies and over 4,000 attendees, will feature presentations from hundreds of public and private companies in a variety of sectors including: Technology, Internet & Media; Healthcare; Cleantech, Industrial Growth & Solar; Consumer; Oil & Gas / Mining & Minerals; Business Services. Listen to audio presentations by registering for the Roth webcasts.
3. Other Tech News / Quick Takes:
- Google’s messaging strategy is confusing: The company is doubling down on the idea that Hangouts is its enterprise product and Allo/Duo are its consumer communications apps ... Google is splitting Hangouts into two: Hangouts Chat, which is clearly gunning for Slack, and Hangouts Meet, which is all about video and audio communications. Those two are basically the enterprise counterparts to Allo and Duo.Meet is now generally available. Hangout Chat is going into Google’s early access program. The current Hangouts app isn’t going away just yet, but it won’t last forever, either.--TechCrunch.com
- Google backs Currencycloud: The UK-based payments company Currencycloud.com platform allows banks, financial companies and payments startups, to offer international payments services without having to set up complex and costly cross-border infrastructure. Founded in 2012, about $25 billion has already been sent through the company's infrastructure to more than 200 countries.--Reuters.com
- Peter Thiel: Why Google never talks about search | cnbc.com: "Google has been selling enterprise offerings, first for productivity, and more recently for infrastructure, since 2006. And yet 88.8% of Google's business still comes from internet advertising, with the bulk of that almost certainly coming from search advertising."
- Google’s Algorithms Feed You Fake News and Opinion as Fact--TechnologyReview.com. See also TheOutline.com and SearchEngineLand.com. Of course, today's "news media" does the same thing.
- Facebook Messenger’s ‘Day’ Becomes Third Clone of Snapchat Stories | Bloomberg.com
- Maersk’s new digital shipping ledger--The World’s Largest Shipping Company Trials Blockchain to Track Cargo | TechnologyReview.com
- Qualcomm (QCOM) CEO Steven Mollenkopf Hosts 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (Transcript) | SeekingAlpha.com
- Antitrust: EU court upholds cathode ray tube cartel fines on Samsung SDI--The European Commission had imposed fines of 1.47 billion euro upon a group of companies including Philips, LG Electronics and Panasonic, in 2012 for participating in cartels in the market of cathode ray tubes between 1996/97 and 2006.--Reuters.com
- Facebook failed to remove sexualised images of children | BBC.com
- Turkey's competition board opens investigation into Google | Reuters.com
- Twitter partners with ESL and Dreamhack to stream live e-sports | TheVerge.com
- China's ZTE pleads guilty, settles U.S. sanctions case for nearly $900 million | Reuters.com and China's MOFCOM says opposes U.S. sanctions on its firms under U.S. laws | Reuters
- Google’s Gboard will now translate text into another language as you type | TheVerge.com
- Samsung Group chief denies all charges as 'trial of the century' begins | Reuters.com
- Valuation Shell Game: Silicon Valley’s Dirty Secret: Bill Gurley, general partner at Silicon Valley VC firm Benchmark, disdains the 409A valuations as a wasteful exercise. He calls the valuations “quite precise — remarkably inaccurate.”--NYTimes.com
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