Archiv: corporations / companies


30.11.2019 - 20:02 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Walmart made $9.86 billion last year. Surely, they can afford to pay employees working over the long Thanksgiving weekend extra. America doesn’t suffer from scarcity — we suffer from greed.

25.11.2019 - 19:31 [ CNN ]

He invented the web. Now he’s warning of a looming ‚digital dystopia‘

Ahead of a conference in Berlin Monday, Berners-Lee tweeted a warning of the risks faced.
He wrote: „If we fail to defend the free and open web, we risk a digital dystopia of entrenched inequality and abuse of rights.“
In an earlier statement on his foundation’s website, he called the web „one of the defining opportunities of our time,“ adding that collaborative action must be taken „to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine.“

25.11.2019 - 19:27 [ kiwifarms.net ]

Research paper claims Google has achieved ‚quantum supremacy‘ – a milestone in computing after their quantum processor performed a ‚calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take a state-of-the-art supercomputer 10,000 years‘

(22.09.2019)

The technology carries major national security implications because quantum computers potentially could break traditional internet security programs or other codes.

Developing viable quantum computers has proved to be hugely challenging because they rely on superconductivity that can only be achieved in temperatures close to absolute zero.
Any instability in the qubits, for example from vibrations, can lead to ‘noise’ that causes calculation errors and undermines a quantum computer’s power to solve problems.

Earlier this month, IBM announced it was joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing, backed by a government plan to invest $717million over two years in wider research in the field.

25.11.2019 - 19:23 [ Freeman LaFleur / Twitter ]

A claim by Google researchers that they performed the first quantum computation was briefly posted on a NASA website before being removed.

(21.09.2019)

24.11.2019 - 17:07 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Plans $3.9 Billion Fund for Startups in ‘Valley of Death’

The fund will seek to close that investment gap by providing equity and grant funding to early stage firms in so-called deep tech, such as manufacturing, biotechnology, health-tech and artificial intelligence, he said. It’s set to formally launch in 2021 and will be run by the European Innovation Council, though the final size could change depending on the outcome of budget talks with the bloc’s member states.

23.11.2019 - 11:10 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-tycoon, News Publisher Indicted for Bribery in Netanyahu Cases

(21.11.2019)

Arnon (Noni) Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, is indicted for bribery in Case 2000, and Shaul and Iris Elovich are indicted for bribery, obstruction of justice and obstruction of the investigation.

In February, the attorney general announced that he was closing the cases against several other suspects in the Netanyahu cases; among them were the premier’s wife Sara, Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Knesset member Eytan Cabel (Labor-Gesher).

12.11.2019 - 16:59 [ Techdirt ]

Mozilla: ISPs Are Lying About Encrypted DNS, Should Have Privacy Practices Investigated

The effort would effectively let Chrome and Mozilla users opt in to DNS encryption — making your browser data more secure from spying and monetization — assuming your DNS provider supports it. Needless to day, telecom giants that have made billions of dollars monetizing your every online behavior for decades now (and routinely lying about it) don’t much like that.

As a result, Comcast, AT&T, and others have been trying to demonize the Google and Mozilla efforts any way they can,

12.11.2019 - 16:33 [ Common Dreams ]

Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm’s Lithium Deal

The Sunday military coup in Bolivia has put in place a government which appears likely to reverse a decision by just-resigned President Evo Morales to cancel an agreement with a German company for developing lithium deposits in the Latin American country for batteries like those in electric cars. …
ACISA told German broadcaster DW last week that the company was „confident that our lithium project will be resumed after a phase of political calmness and clarification.“

30.10.2019 - 09:21 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Sues Israel’s NSO Group Over Alleged WhatsApp Hack

Facebook is seeking to have NSO barred from accessing or attempting to access WhatsApp and Facebook’s services after hacking spree that targeted journalists, diplomats, activists and others

15.10.2019 - 15:55 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for Presidents / Twitter ]

For over 40 years, the largest and most profitable corporations in America have rigged the tax code and our economy. That ends when we’re in the White House. Read our plan to put power back in the hands of workers:

04.10.2019 - 14:53 [ Truthdig.com ]

Wall Street Is Killing Local Newspapers

Perhaps the most infamous recent example was the breakdown of the 127-year-old Denver Post. Since private equity firm Alden Global acquired the paper, it has cut two out of every three staff positions — twice the industry rate for downsizing.

To add insult to injury, the firm has been using staff pension funds as its own personal piggy bank. In total, they’ve moved nearly $250 million into investment accounts in the Cayman Islands.

03.10.2019 - 08:38 [ MercoPress ]

Peruvian vice-president resigns as interim president and supports general election

Ms Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly accepting illegal funds from Odebrecht.

The president also argued that Congress’s appointment of a new judge to the constitutional court would interfere with his efforts to stamp out corruption. Among other things, the court is soon due to decide whether to free Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention.

30.09.2019 - 22:07 [ Washington Post ]

Bernie Sanders pushes new tax targeting large companies where CEOs earn far more than workers

Under Sanders’s plan, the government would increase a firm’s corporate tax rate if its highest-paid employee earns more than 50 times what its average worker does — an attempt to encourage companies to distribute their profits more equitably.

The plan would apply only to companies with more than $100 million in annual revenue.

27.09.2019 - 14:37 [ El Pais ]

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States

Morales ordered his workers to install microphones in the embassy’s fire extinguishers and also in the women’s bathroom, where Assange’s lawyers, including the Spaniard Aitor Martínez and his closest collaborators, would meet for fear of being spied on. The cyberactivist’s meetings with his lawyers, Melynda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzón, were also monitored.

The UC Global S. L. team was also ordered by its boss to install stickers that prevented the windows of the rooms that the WikiLeaks founder used from vibrating, allegedly to make it easier for the CIA to record conversations with their laser microphones. They also took a used diaper that from a baby that was on occasions taken to visit the activist in order to determine if the child was his by a close collaborator.

27.09.2019 - 14:31 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

MAJOR SCOOP by El Pais: US intelligence had cameras, microphones concealed throughout Ecuador’s London embassy, including in diplomats‘ bathroom. The US was not just spying directly on Assange but also on Ecuador’s diplomats inside their own embassy.

15.09.2019 - 19:45 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Your ability to get insulin or see a doctor shouldn’t depend on how generous a billionaire is feeling today. Employers stripping healthcare, either by taking it away or worsening it, is just part of the casual dehumanization of working people to increase returns for the rich.

15.09.2019 - 19:39 [ Business Insider ]

Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers

A 15-year employee of Whole Foods said she was devastated by the news.

She told Business Insider in an interview that her family was covered by the health-insurance plan she is enrolled in through her job at Whole Foods.

She said she would have to increase her hours to become eligible for full-time benefits and pay for childcare, or shop for a new and potentially more expensive health-insurance plan on the private marketplace.

07.09.2019 - 15:27 [ Techdirt ]

Getting Upload Filters Wasn’t Enough: EU Copyright Industry Starts Stealth Campaign To Demonize Internet Companies Even More

The EU Copyright Directive was supposed to bring copyright into the digital age. Instead, it turned into an attack on the Internet ecosystem by companies that once dominated analog media, and which are still struggling to accept the arrival of online services with a global reach. For example, the upload filters that are unavoidable under Article 13/17 of the Directive are really directed against Google, which ironically won’t be much inconvenienced by them. Ordinary people, by contrast, may find their perfectly legal uploads forbidden without explanation. You might think the EU copyright companies would be pretty satisfied now they have this powerful new right to block uploaded materials using automated filters as their proxy, without needing a judge’s approval. Not a bit of it. The German Web site Netzpolitik has obtained a leaked document revealing a coordinated campaign by copyright companies to hammer home the message that Internet companies are today’s baddies:

30.08.2019 - 05:33 [ CBS News ]

DNC announces criteria for fall debates – and ups the ante

(29.05.2019)

Candidates will need to score at least 2 percent in at least four national or statewide polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The polls must be sponsored by a DNC-approved news organization: The Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, NPR, Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, or Winthrop University.

24.08.2019 - 21:14 [ theHill.com ]

Trump takes aim at media after ‚hereby‘ ordering US businesses out of China

Trump took aim at the press for questioning his authority to order businesses out of China, tweeting, „For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!“

24.08.2019 - 21:09 [ Washington Post ]

Trump ‘hereby’ orders U.S. business out of China. Can he do that?

President Trump’s extraordinary edict demanding U.S. companies move out of China — delivered in a series of angry tweets Friday — left industries of every stripe scrambling to understand how seriously to take the order, and how the White House might enforce it.

24.08.2019 - 12:34 [ SpaceNews.com ]

Administration policies seek to promote use of space nuclear power

A revised policy for approving the launch of spacecraft with nuclear power systems is the latest measure intended to support greater use of nuclear power systems in orbit and beyond.

The policy, formally issued by President Trump Aug. 20 to coincide with the latest public meeting of the National Space Council, updates guidelines for how both government and commercial spacecraft carrying space nuclear systems are reviewed and approved for launch.

24.08.2019 - 12:32 [ Weißes Haus ]

Presidential Memorandum on Launch of Spacecraft Containing Space Nuclear Systems

This memorandum establishes processes for Federal Government launches and launches for which the Department of Transportation (DOT) has statutory authority to license as commercial space launch activities (commercial launches). These processes include transparent safety guidelines and are forward-looking and amenable to effective use of space nuclear systems for heating, power, and propulsion.

20.08.2019 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

20.08.2019 - 18:18 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal

However, as Haaretz points out, “it is interesting to discover that Israel’s name is totally absent from the hundreds of thousands of words describing the transaction in detail. The only mention of the country is in one document originating in Switzerland that describes the structure of AGT. It mentions in German that Kochavi is an Israeli citizen.”

The Israeli daily also notes that this deal is not Kochavi’s first project on behalf of the UAE, pointing to the installation of thousands of cameras, sensors and license-plate readers in Abu Dhabi in a bid to turn the capital into a “smart city”.

14.08.2019 - 19:06 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Bernie Sanders TRIGGERS Washington Post With Facts

The establishment media only wants to attack Bernie Sanders. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

13.08.2019 - 15:26 [ theHill.com ]

Washington Post editor calls Sanders claim about campaign coverage a ‚conspiracy theory‘

Sanders and his campaign have begun arguing recently that a variety of news outlets, including the Post and the Times, are biased in their coverage of his 2020 White House bid.

„We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why The Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why?“ Sanders said in North Conway, N.H. on Monday night, according to CNN.

03.08.2019 - 21:44 [ Common Dreams ]

‚A Dystopian Surveillance State Being Built in Plain Sight‘: Pentagon Tests Radar-Equipped Balloons to Spy on Vehicles Across Midwest

„From police partnerships with Amazon’s Ring doorbells to these privately contracted spying balloons,“ she said, „a dystopian surveillance state is being built in plain sight, by government agencies with authoritarian dreams and corporations willing to trample our rights to turn a profit.“

03.08.2019 - 17:42 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Likud Plans to Spend $570,000 to Spy Again on Arab Polling Stations

Now, according to a report broadcast by Channel 13 news, the Likud plans to double its budget for a repeat campaign, spending two million shekels (approximately $570,000) to install cameras in Arab polling stations. The campaign will once again be headed up by Kaizler Inbar, and will be accompanied by increased police presence to monitor Arab voters.

Israel’s Central Election Committee – which oversees the state’s election process – will reportedly meet later this week to discuss the Likud’s program. The Channel 13 news report told how the Likud party plans to ask Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, head of the elections committee, to “detail in writing what their poll watchers can and cannot do with the surveillance cameras”.

03.08.2019 - 17:38 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Likud doubles budget for program placing hidden cameras in Arab polling stations

The operation is set to be run again by the Kaizler-Inbar communications firm, the source said. Kaizler-Inbar organized the April effort by recruiting activists mainly from national religious seminaries across the country and boasted in a Facebook post shortly after the vote of “success” in bringing turnout among Arabs to below 50 percent, its lowest level in decades.

01.08.2019 - 16:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

BMW boss urges Boris Johnson to abandon no-deal Brexit

German carmaker’s CEO offers to travel to London to deliver message to PM saying ‘listen to business’

30.07.2019 - 06:01 [ US House Oversight and Reform Committee ]

New Documents Show Corporate and Foreign Interests Seek to Influence U.S. Nuclear Policy

Chairman Cummings issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

The Committee’s second interim report is based on more than 60,000 pages of new documents produced to the Committee in response to requests that Chairman Cummings made to a host of outside companies about their involvement with plans to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The report states:

New documents and communications show that IP3, the private company lobbying the White House to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, repeatedly sought a $120 million investment from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear if the company ultimately received the investment.

30.07.2019 - 05:41 [ LA Times ]

Tom Barrack to step down as Colony Capital chief executive

(25.07.2019)

Barrack played a high-profile role in Trump’s ascent to power, attending the 2016 Republican convention to deliver a primetime address in support of his longtime friend. He also introduced the future president to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is now serving a 47-month prison sentence for financial fraud.

26.07.2019 - 17:28 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

The notion of dismantling ICE is nowhere near as radical as the destructive 2003 decision to establish ICE – an extrajudicial enforcement agency that controls a black-box network of for-profit detention centers accountable to no one, even when people die – in the first place.

23.07.2019 - 20:13 [ WaronWant.org ]

Brexit: What now for TTIP, CETA and UK trade?

(24.06.2016)

Brexit has created the potential greater democratic control of trade deals. And we must ensure we use that to craft a trade policy that is geared to justice for the many rather than profits for the few.

20.07.2019 - 23:41 [ theGuardian ]

Anger at UK spy tech sales to Hong Kong

As activists prepare to hold another mass demonstration against the government’s handling of a now-suspended extradition bill, the government’s official logs reveal that in the first quarter of this year the UK approved an export licence for £1.9m of “telecommunications interception equipment” to Hong Kong. This was just weeks before protests against the controversial proposed treaty with mainland China began in March.

17.07.2019 - 19:57 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

You can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money. Today I am calling on every Democratic candidate to join us in rejecting money from the insurance and drug industries. #MedicareForAll

16.07.2019 - 03:37 [ ABC News ]

Adani demands names of CSIRO scientists reviewing groundwater plans

Adani demanded the names of all federal agency scientists reviewing its contentious groundwater plans so it could check if they were „anti-coal“ activists, emails obtained under freedom of information show.
Key points:

The revelation has alarmed CSIRO staff representatives, who said it indicated Adani had „a deliberate strategy“ to pressure scientists by searching for personal information it could use to try to „discredit their work“.

11.07.2019 - 18:16 [ Mother Jones ]

ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits

The facilities are all run by private prison companies, and one experienced a violent riot.

07.07.2019 - 20:26 [ New Yorker ]

The Secret Keeper – Jules Kroll and the world of corporate intelligence.

(12.10.2009)

Wiretaps, break-ins, bribes—Jules Kroll likes to dismiss competitors who use such tactics as “cowboys.” But he has hired plenty of graduates of the C.I.A. and other secret services, such as M.I.6 and the Mossad, and has also been obliged to fire some for breaking the rules. With the end of the Cold War, a flood of former spies came onto the private-security market. Their methods and networks could be useful, particularly in countries, such as the ex-Soviet states, newly opened to foreign investment.

Kroll has hired two former New York City police commissioners: Robert McGuire, in 1989; and William Bratton, in 2000. McGuire was instrumental in landing a major contract to redesign the security system of the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing.

07.07.2019 - 15:09 [ New Yorker ]

Private Mossad for Hire

(18/25.02.2019)

Spies, private investigators, criminals, and even some journalists have long used false identities to trick people into providing information, a practice known as pretexting. The Internet made pretexting easier. Aviran thought that fake online personae, known as avatars, could be used to spy on terrorist groups and to head off planned attacks. In 2004, he started Terrogence, which became the first major Israeli company to demonstrate the effectiveness of avatars in counterterrorism work.

When Terrogence launched, many suspected jihadi groups communicated through members-only online forums run by designated administrators. To get past these gatekeepers, Terrogence’s operatives gave their avatars legends, or backstories—often as Arab students at European universities. As the avatars proliferated, their operators joked that the most valuable online chat rooms were now entirely populated by avatars, who were, inadvertently, collecting information from one another.

04.07.2019 - 11:58 [ Middle East Eye ]

Libyan militia building mercenary air force, rivals claim

(04.05.2017)

From February 2015, the Ukrainian Glissada company, specialising in the supply of spare parts for airplanes and helicopters of various nations, began looking for pilots and technicians with experience on the Mirage F1 for full-time jobs in Africa.

The final client was Libya Dawn, via the Caravana Middle East company based in Jordan and directed by a US-Jordanian, Rami Ghanem Najm, according to MEE’s source. Najm was arrested in December 2015 in Greece on an international arrest warrant and extradited to the US on arms trafficking charges.

The first two foreign mercenaries appeared in Misrata in June 2015. One of them refused to bomb LNA troops and left. The other – an Ecuadorian, reinforced by technicians of the same country – carried out several air strikes against LNA forces, then Islamic State militants in the Sirte region.

03.07.2019 - 12:43 [ Public Citizen / Twitter ]

As we watch @AOC, @AyannaPressley and @RashidaTlaib expose the horrors of our border camps, don’t forget that private prison companies are getting filthy rich off these atrocities. Of every 100 immigration detainees, 74 are held in private facilities.

(02.07.2019)

28.06.2019 - 08:22 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

We must have the guts to take on:

-Wall Street
-The insurance industry
-The pharmaceutical industry
-The military-industrial complex -The fossil fuel industry

If we can take them on, we will finally be able to create real change. #DemDebate2

28.06.2019 - 05:37 [ Michael Moore / Twitter ]

Tonight’s winners: Kamala Harris & Bernie Sanders! Bernie’s closing statement was THE warning: If we don’t vote for the ONE who will take on Wall St & corporate America, NOTHING will change. Again, only 2 candidates raised their hands AGAINST for-profit health ins:Kamala & Bernie

28.06.2019 - 05:30 [ Adam Kelsey / Twitter ]

@BernieSanders‘ closing statement:

23.06.2019 - 13:38 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

The corporate wing of the party thinks we’re an “existential threat” because we want to: -Make health care a right -Break up big banks -Save the planet -Make college tuition-free -End endless wars -Make the wealthy pay their fair share If that makes us a „threat,” so be it.