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Instead of Larry Page, Google sends written testimony to tech’s Senate hearing – TechCrunch

Instead of Larry Page, Google sends written testimony to tech’s Senate hearing – TechCrunch Silicon Valley is about to have another big moment before Congress. On Wednesday, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee to follow-up on their work investigating (and hopefully thwarting) …

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Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018 – TechCrunch

Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018 – TechCrunch A Democratic senator seeking reelection this fall appears to be the first identifiable target of Russian hacking in the 2018 midterm race. In a new story on the Daily Beast, Andrew Desiderio and Kevin Poulsen reported …

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Democrats introduce an election security bill that proposes paper trails and mandatory audits – TechCrunch

Democrats introduce an election security bill that proposes paper trails and mandatory audits – TechCrunch As primaries ramp up in states across the U.S., concerns about election cybersecurity are mounting too. This week, a group of Democratic senators introduced a bill to mitigate some of the well-established risks that the …

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Here are Mark Zuckerberg’s notes from today’s hearing – TechCrunch

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pulled off a smooth appearance in a joint Senate hearing today, dodging most questions while maintaining an adequately patient vibe through five hours of varied but mostly tame questioning. The chief executive avoided admitting that Facebook is a publisher or a monopoly, refused to commit to any …

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Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill promoting political ad transparency – TechCrunch

Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook’s appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress. In a series of tweets from its public policy account, Twitter just announced its decision to back the Honest Ads Act, a piece of …

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Senator warns Facebook better shape up or get ‘broken up’ – TechCrunch

In the run-up to Mark Zuckerberg’s first appearance before Congress, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued a warning to the company about what it can expect from lawmakers if it doesn’t radically alter course. “Mr. Zuckerberg is going to have a couple of very unpleasant days before Congress next week and …

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To protect election systems from hacking, states are getting cozier with Homeland Security – TechCrunch

It might be a snow day in Washington, but the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election system security continued as planned. During Wednesday’s hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her predecessor Jeh Johnson appeared with a panel of state election officials to hash out the recommendations issued by the …

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Senate Intel Committee gives Homeland Security its election security wish list – TechCrunch

In a press conference today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence presented its urgent recommendations for protecting election systems as the U.S. moves toward midterm elections later this year. “Currently we have an election upon us, and the past tells us that the future will probably hold another set of …

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In a cloture vote, the Senate ends debate on warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens

On Tuesday, the Senate undertook a cloture vote to end the debate on a bill that would renew a controversial legal loophole that provides U.S. intelligence agencies with a means for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens. With 60 for and 38 against, the Senate voted in favor of cloture, …

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