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5:32 p.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By Tim Rostan
Baidu taps Geely as electric-vehicle partnerThe web-search and artificial-intelligence company Baidu , often described as China's answer to Google, has selected Geely as its automotive-industry partner for a long-anticipated move into electric vehicles. Geely, based in Hong Kong, owns the Volvo and Lotus brands, among others. Baidu shares have surged nearly 50% in the past month and nearly 90% in the past three months . "We believe that by combining Baidu's expertise in smart transportation, connected vehicles and autonomous driving with Geely's expertise as a leading automobile and EV manufacturer, the new partnership will pave the way for future passenger vehicles," said Robin Li, Baidu's CEO and co-founder, in a company . The partnership is reportedly to take the form of a stand-alone company.
1:11 p.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Aruna Viswanatha
Zoom executive in China charged with disrupting Tiananmen videoconference commemorations U.S. prosecutors say Xinjiang Jin worked with Chinese intelligence in a case highlighting the challenge of operating in the U.S. and ChinaFederal prosecutors charged a China-based executive at U.S. company Zoom Video Communications Inc.  with conspiring to disrupt videoconference commemorations of the crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests.
12:35 p.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Rob Copeland
Google offers free, weekly COVID-19 testing for employees Search giant rolls out testing to work-from-home staff; website crashesGoogle has come up with a new perk for Silicon Valley’s famously pampered workforce: Free, weekly, at-home COVID-19 testing.
1:38 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Upstart Holdings sets IPO terms, could be valued at up to $1.6 billionUpstart Holdings Inc. has set terms for its initial public offering, as the California-based cloud-based artificial intelligence lending platform looks to raise up to $198 million. The company is offering 9.0 million shares in the IPO, and selling shareholders are offering 3.02 million shares. The IPO is expected to price between $20 and $22 a share. With 72.46 million shares expected to be outstanding after the IPO, the company could be valued at up to $1.59 billion. The stock is expected to list on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "UPST." Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities and Citigroup are the lead underwriters. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, the company recorded net income of $4.96 million on revenue of $146.71 million, after a loss of $6.52 million on revenue of $101.62 million in the same-period a year ago. The company is looking to go public at a time that the Renaissance IPO ETF has surged 36.1% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has gained 7.0%.
4:50 a.m. Nov. 9, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
I got a promotion and a raise, but my colleagues undermine me. How do I balance work and my happiness? ‘The role was an addition to my new group with responsibilities taken away from two of the other team members who have been doing this kind of work for quite some time’‘The role was an addition to my new group with responsibilities taken away from two of the other team members who have been doing this kind of work for quite some time.’
9:31 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 - By J. Christopher Giancarlo
The future of money should be cashless — with a digital dollar giving faster, easier and cheaper access to your savings Central bank currency promises Americans economic and social benefits and helps the U.S. compete with ChinaCentral bank currency promises Americans economic and social benefits and helps the U.S. compete with China.
11:01 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020 - By Courtney Jespersen
How to shop smart in a new world of changing consumer habits A little detective work and strategizing will go a long wayThe best prices and first available inventory go to consumers who are more than just shoppers, they’re deal-hunting detectives.
3:01 a.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Daniel Newman
An AMD-Xilinx deal would be fraught with more risk than the Nvidia-Arm tie-up Nvidia’s opportunity with Arm Holdings is clear. At AMD, there are more open questions if it buys Xilinx Nvidia’s opportunity with Arm Holdings is clear. At AMD, there are more open questions if it buys Xilinx.
5:47 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - Associated Press
Putin appears to hedge bets on U.S. presidential election in Russian state television interviewPutin’s comments, to Russian state television, seemed intended to serve multiple purposes: playing to Trump’s side by casting the Democrats in a pro-Moscow light, while at the same time hedging his bets by flirting with Biden’s camp in case he wins.
5:33 a.m. Oct. 5, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Here’s what doctors are saying about Trump’s motorcade outside Walter Reed to wave at supporters ‘Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,’ James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter‘Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,’ James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter.
12:20 p.m. Sept. 30, 2020 - Associated Press
Comey testifies before Senate committee as Republicans seek to keep origins of Trump-Russia probe front-and-center before election Former FBI director questions merit of ‘insight’ declassified by John Ratcliffe at Lindsey Graham’s apparent request that even Trump loyalist Ratcliffe concedes could be falseFormer FBI director questions merit of intelligence referenced in letter to Lindsey Graham that even Trump-loyalist DNI John Ratcliffe concedes may be false.
6:55 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Amesite's stock opens below IPO price, than rallies above itAmesite Inc.'s stock stumbled out of the gate, as it opened 1% below its initial public offering price, but then righted itself to trade higher. The first trade was at $4.95 at 11:39 a.m. Eastern for 162,143 shares, below the IPO price of $5. The stock was last trading 10% above its IPO price. The company's IPO priced at the midpoint of the expected range of $4.50 to $5.50. The company sold 3 million shares to raise $15 million. With 20.4 million shares outstanding after the IPO, the artificial-intelligence driven platform and course designer was valued at $102.1 million. Laidlaw & Co. was the sole book-running manager. The company went public at a time that the Renaissance IPO ETF has rallied 23.5% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 5.6%.
11:15 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Daniel Newman
Nvidia’s deal with Arm paves the path to a trillion-dollar market value Nvidia will effectively enter the smartphone business and be able to create artificial-intelligence technology at scaleNvidia will effectively enter the smartphone business and be able to create artificial-intelligence technology at scale.
10:08 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Deepfakes could further complicate social media’s job during election seasonA fledgling, fast-evolving technology threatens the best efforts of social media’s biggest companies to tamp down disinformation during political season. Need proof? Seeing and hearing is disbelieving.
6:17 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020 - By Nicolas Vega
China would rather see TikTok banned than sold to US company The video platform’s Beijing-based parent, ByteDance, has been in discussions to sell its US business after Trump ordered TikTok banned if deal not reached by mid-September
10:36 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - Associated Press
Russian military intelligence unit again targeting Democrats ahead of November presidential election, says Microsoft State-backed group known as Hurricane Panda ‘appears to have indirectly and unsuccessfully’ targeted the Biden campaign through non-campaign email accounts belonging to people affiliated with it, says MicrosoftState-backed group known as Hurricane Panda ‘appears to have indirectly and unsuccessfully’ targeted the Biden campaign through non-campaign email accounts belonging to people affiliated with it, says Microsoft.
10:53 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - Associated Press
Racial tensions roiling U.S. again pose inviting target for election meddling Facebook removed a network of accounts linked to Russian ‘troll factory’ that pushed out stories about race The tensions coursing through the United States over racism and policing are likely targets for adversaries seeking to influence the November election, lawmakers and experts warn — and there are signs that Russia is again seeking to exploit the divide.
6:21 a.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - Associated Press
A look at claims made by William Barr on mail-in voting, China and more in his Wolf Blitzer interview on CNNAttorney general says his logic tells him a foreign adversity could meddle with mail-in votes in November and claims China poses a greater election-security threat than does Russia.
5:36 a.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - By Tim Rostan
Homeland Security sitting on intelligence finding of Russian disinformation on Biden mental health: reportThe Department of Homeland Security chose not to release an intelligence bulletin in July that concluded Russian state actors were engaged in a disinformation campaign aimed at persuading impressionable U.S. voters that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is suffering a decline in mental health, . Citing its review of a draft of the document and internal emails, the network news outlet says the intelligence findings were cued up for distribution on July 9 to federal, state and local law-enforcement partners. The department's legislative and public affairs office had received the document for review two days before, ABC reports. The report's dissemination was placed on hold almost immediately, ABC reports, with an email showing the departmental chief of staff cautioning that the document required review by acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, a close ally of President Donald Trump. The department reportedly told ABC that the document had not met its standards. The documentation indicates analysts had "high confidence" in the findings. The Biden campaign is accusing the Trump administration of blocking the intelligence community from sharing "a crucial finding," NBC reports.
8:56 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - Associated Press
Barr memos tighten standards for national-security surveillance of political campaignsThe Justice Department announced new restrictions Tuesday on how it conducts any secret national-security surveillance of candidates for federal office or their staff.
3:54 a.m. Aug. 31, 2020 - Associated Press
Ratcliffe joins Trump in claiming congressional leaks are reason to halt election security briefings ‘A falsehood,’ responds Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. ‘Yet again another lie by the president.’‘A falsehood,’ responds Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. ’Yet again another lie by the president.’
11:51 a.m. Aug. 30, 2020 - By Eva Xiao
China tightens tech export rules, complicating potential TikTok sale Even with U.S. owner, technology would likely cross bordersChina announced new restrictions on artificial-intelligence technology exports that could further complicate the sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations, while intensifying the tech battle between the world’s two largest economies.
5:48 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Jeremy Straub
Trump’s ban of TikTok and WeChat would reduce Americans’ freedom of speech and harm foreign investment in the U.S. The U.S. would join a list of countries that have banned social media platforms, including North Korea, Iran and RussiaThe U.S. would join a list of countries that have banned social media platforms, including North Korea, Iran and Russia.
3:29 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Jeremy C. Owens
Palantir plans to go public as it moves away from reliance on government work Company that has generated controversy for work with governments says private sector now accounts for more than half its customersPalantir Technologies Inc. has created controversy by selling its data software to militaries and other enforcement agencies for years, but it has the private sector to thank for revenue growth that is now expected to bring the company to Wall Street.
2:59 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Tim Rostan
Former Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is backing Biden but warns Democrats against a ‘deplorables’ redoCarly Fiorina has words of cautions for the Biden campaign, which she’s supporting, and its Democratic backers
1:59 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Jeremy C. Owens
Palantir takes swings at Silicon Valley on its way to Wall Street Secretive surveillance software company ‘s CEO says ‘we seem to share fewer and fewer of the technology sector’s values and commitments’ while defending work for governmentPalantir Technologies Inc., a software company founded in Silicon Valley to help governments and companies collect and parse data, used its Tuesday filing for a direct listing to confirm a move away from the California technology hub and declare that “we seem to share fewer and fewer of the technology sector’s values and commitments.”
8:44 a.m. Aug. 25, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Facebook, Twitter execs are bracing for protecting integrity during upcoming electionsSecurity executives from Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. are gearing up for a long run-up to election night, and the days following it. They are teaming up with academia, media, cybersecurity companies, and intelligence officials. "How do we ensure that voters have accurate information" as election results are counted in the days following the Nov. 3 presidential election?, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, said during a webinar on protecting the upcoming elections on Tuesday. He said more "bad actors" are being detected, compared with elections in 2016 and 2018 through a greater understanding of the risk, and through coordination with media and state and local officials. Yoel Roth, head of site integrity at Twitter, said that in addition to fending off bad actors, the micro-blogging service is promoting "credible, authoritative information" during political party conventions, presidential and vice presidential debates, and election results in November.
2:27 p.m. Aug. 23, 2020 - By Georgia Wells
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg stoked Washington’s fears about TikTok CEO raised alarm over app’s commitment to free speech, warned of risks posed by Chinese tech firmsWhen Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg delivered a speech about freedom of expression in Washington, D.C., last fall, there was also another agenda: to raise the alarm about the threat from Chinese tech companies and, more specifically, the popular video-sharing app TikTok.
1:24 p.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Postal Service issues have affected Netflix and Amazon Netflix’s DVD-by-mail business, which still had more than 2 million subscribers at the end of last year, and Amazon’s e-commerce deliveries have faced some isolated delivery issues, sources sayIssues at the U.S. Postal Service have created concerns about the November elections, but they have already caused headaches for some of the two million Netflix customers who still receive DVDs by mail, as well as Amazon.com Inc.’s fulfillment network.
2:42 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - Associated Press
Russia meddled on Trump’s behalf in 2016, bipartisan Senate intelligence report concludes Senate committee calls its 1,300-plus-page report the most comprehensive description to date of Russia’s activities and the threat they posed, overshadowing even the Mueller reportSenate committee calls its 1,300-plus-page report the most comprehensive description to date of Russia’s activities and the threat they posed, overshadowing even the Mueller report.
5:36 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Dustin Volz
Volume 5 of bipartisan Senate report on Russian election interference concludes Trump team posed major counterintelligence risk Fifth and final report from Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee runs nearly 1,000 pagesMembers of the 2016 Trump campaign and the Trump transition team represented a major counterintelligence risk to the U.S. due to their frequent contacts with individuals with close ties to the Russian government, a bipartisan Senate investigation has concluded..
4:17 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Vivek Wadhwa
Microsoft’s Nadella is making a smart bet with TikTok — there’s more to gain than some realize Microsoft has long pined for more of the under-25 group, and TikTok may fulfill that aspiration most clearlyMicrosoft has long pined for more of the under-25 group, and TikTok may fulfill that aspiration most clearly.
12:25 p.m. Aug. 7, 2020 - Associated Press
Russia aims to run down Biden candidacy in support of Trump’s re-election, says U.S. counterintelligence official Moscow seeks to punish Biden for long-standing support of opposition to Putin; Beijing increasingly concerned about Trump’s unpredictability, says director of the National Counterintelligence and Security CenterMoscow appears to seeks payback for Biden’s long-standing support for opposition to Putin.
10:32 a.m. Aug. 7, 2020 - By Brittany Anas
Five growing post-COVID industries and where their jobs are A few industries are showing positive signs of recoveryWhich industries are set to grow the most in the post-COVID world? We asked the experts.
2:47 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - Associated Press
Russia stoking coronavirus disinformation online, U.S. says Russian network ‘exploits fear and confusion’; reward offered to ID anyone interfering with electionThe State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation.
2:23 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Social media reacts to Trump’s ‘shocking’ Axios interview with Jonathan Swan on HBOLast week, Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan teased his HBO interview with President Trump as “one of the most shocking exchanges” he’s ever had with him. Now, with the whole thing having aired, the “shocking” part about Trump claiming word of Russia funding the Taliban never reached his desk just seems to blend in with all the other stuff.
8:20 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Antitrust questions bruise but don’t break Big Tech CEOs in historic hearing After three hours of questions, expert calls hearing ‘a mix of antitrust ambush and political grandstanding’It was a bruising day tech’s biggest names on Capitol Hill.
3:21 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Here’s what the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet will say at Wednesday’s antitrust hearing Prepared statements show execs will argue there is competition, and that their companies strengthen AmericaThe CEOs of four of the world’s largest and most influential tech companies are scheduled to testify Wednesday before a House antitrust panel, and they plan to emphasize how their products better American lives and jobs.
12:35 p.m. July 28, 2020 - Associated Press
Russian intelligence is spreading coronavirus disinformation in U.S., officials warn Scheme seeks to exploit crisis, deepen cracks in American society, U.S. officials sayRussian intelligence operatives are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday
11:54 a.m. July 27, 2020 - Associated Press
Trump needs to go public with threats to election security, top Democrats say ‘We sent that letter because we believe that our electoral system is in jeopardy,’ Nancy Pelosi says in Monday television interviewDemocratic leaders in Congress are dialing up pressure on President Donald Trump’s administration over foreign election interference, saying it’s time for officials to make a “concrete and specific statement” to inform voters ahead of the 2020 contest.
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