U.S. undertook cyber operation against Iran as part of effort to secure the 2020 election | China halts Ant Group’s blockbuster I.P.O. | Europe and the US are drifting apart on tech
U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency have taken recent actions to ensure that foreign actors do not interfere in the 2020 election, including an operation in the last two weeks against Iran, U.S. officials said. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads both the NSA and the military’s cyber command did not address any specific operation Tuesday but said in an interview with reporters he was “very confident in actions” taken against adversaries “over the past several weeks and the past several months to make sure that they’re not going to interfere in our elections.” Washington Post
A dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong was postponed one day after Chinese regulators summoned Jack Ma and other executives of the financial technology giant. The New York Times
The presidential campaign has been largely devoid of foreign policy, much less pesky questions about data flows, so the convulsions in transatlantic tech remain a preoccupation for U.S. policy wonks and industry officials. But for those wonks and officials charged with securing access to Europe’s rich markets, there is growing alarm. The EU's moves to keep data in the bloc, and away from cloud storage providers like Amazon and Microsoft, have proved particularly concerning. Politico
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The presidential campaign has been largely devoid of foreign policy, much less pesky questions about data flows, so the convulsions in transatlantic tech remain a preoccupation for U.S. policy wonks and industry officials. But for those wonks and officials charged with securing access to Europe’s rich markets, there is growing alarm. The EU's moves to keep data in the bloc, and away from cloud storage providers like Amazon and Microsoft, have proved particularly concerning.
U.S. undertook cyber operation against Iran as part of effort to secure the 2020 election
U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency have taken recent actions to ensure that foreign actors do not interfere in the 2020 election, including an operation in the last two weeks against Iran, U.S. officials said. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads both the NSA and the military’s cyber command did not address any specific operation Tuesday but said in an interview with reporters he was “very confident in actions” taken against adversaries “over the past several weeks and the past several months to make sure that they’re not going to interfere in our elections.”
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The New York Times
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China Halts Ant Group’s Blockbuster I.P.O.
The New York Times
A dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong was postponed one day after Chinese regulators summoned Jack Ma and other executives of the financial technology giant.
Li Yuan @LiYuan6On Wechat so many postings of this clip of Jack Ma apologizing to the police after the IPO of Ant Group was suspended. Ma played a Kung Fu master in the movie.Also a lot of wisecracks about ant.Chinese remain ant people that can be crashed by the gov’t regardless of their wealth. https://t.co/E2duJW4Jgj
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YouTube Cut Down Misinformation. Then It Boosted Fox News.
The New York Times
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