This Week In Tech


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Tech Leaders Criticize Trump Paris’ Pullout

President Donald Trump, who considered climate change a “hoax,” withdrew from the Paris accord, inciting reactions from prominent figures. Tech leaders reacted negatively on Trump’s decision with Tesla’s Elon Musk announcing on Twitter that he was leaving the White House’s advisory councils.

Nevertheless, tech leaders expressed their support to the Paris accord despite the pullout and committed to do their part in preserving the world. US joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries that did not sign to the global accord. The deal aims to minimize the increase of global temperature to two degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

Trump shared that the agreement's restrictions would hurt American jobs and businesses. During his campaign, he promised to cancel the agreement and stop all payments of US Tax Dollars to UN Global Warming programs within his first 100 days of office.

Department of Defense Discovers Unprotected US Military Data on Amazon web server

A Security researcher from cyber resilience firm, Upguard discovers over 60,000 sensitive US military files on a publicly accessible Amazon server. The data had US government systems passwords and Security credentials.

Defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton shared in a statement that there isn’t any classified data stored on the server. The discovered files were linked to a project that deals with satellite and drone surveillance imagery. As soon as the data was discovered, the contractor took action to secure the areas and started investigation.

Apple App Developers Earns Over $70 Billion Since App Store Launch

Apple announced that its app developers earned more than $70 billion in revenue since the App Store launch in 2008. Downloads-wise, apps saw an increase of over 70 percent in the last 12 months alone. The tech giant credited its breakout apps such as Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run for the growth.

Social Media Firms Counter Online Hate Speech Swiftly: EU

European Union ministers approved proposals encouraging social media organizations to tackle hate speech on their platforms. While the proposal is yet to be approved by the European Parliament before it becomes a law, social media companies have already dealt hate speech accordingly.

According to an evaluation conducted by EU, social media firms have all been improving in its response time. The voluntary code of conduct requires companies to tackle issues within 24 hours due to increasing concerns about racist and xenophobic content on social media.  

Facebook is among the firms that tackled hate speech efficiently. It assessed hateful content in less than 24 hours, 58 cases up compared to 50 cases on December. Twitter followed suit, reviewing 39 % of cases in less than 24 hours compared to last year’s 23.5 %. Meanwhile, YouTube declined in response at 42.6 % of notifications in less than 24 hours as opposed to its 60.8 % in December.




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