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What Biden’s Victory Means For Tech

Antitrust: Antitrust legisilation has been bubbling away for a year now against Google, Facebook and Amazon, the dominate players in their respective fields. Democract attorney generals have yet to show their hand and join republican lawmakers in their suit, perhaps waiting for a Biden victory. Expect a lot of movement on the antitrust front following Biden’s inauguration. 

The Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington-based tech trade group, expects Biden to rescind a series of immigration-related executive orders issued by Trump. In addition, the group expects Biden to revise the nonimmigrant visa programs to better match labor market demand.

And many articles are hoping for a more adult relationship with China, looking to end the trade war and focus on the big picture, rather than individual companies like Huawei and TikTok.

Meanwhile, Trump will lose his “newsworthy” Twitter protections in January. Twitter had to introduce its policy of refusing to ban politicians in response to President Trump’s use of the platform. Once Biden is sworn in Twitter can ban Trump like any everyday user.

Spotify hints at a paid podcast model

The survey describes at least four possible subscription podcast plans, ranging from $3 to $8 per month. The cheapest plan would include “access to exclusive interviews and episodes,” but would still include ads. The most expensive plan would include access to “high quality original content,” early access to some episodes, and no platform-inserted ads. None of these plans would include access to Spotify’s premium music subscription.

A spokesperson for Spotify indicated that the survey should not be taken as concrete product plans.

While this feels like an inevitable move from the company, after the major acquisition of Gimlet last year, it seems odd that Spotify would charge for podcasts only 

I would assume their exclusive podcasts would be bundled into a Spotify premium sub, and ad supported podcasts are played ad-free

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that Apple was looking to acquire podcast company Wondery – creators of “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death,”. Wondery is one of the largest independent podcasting studios and networks, reaching a monthly audience of more than 8 million people, according to Podtrac, an industry measurement firm.

Windows 10, iOS, Chrome, and many others fall at China’s top hacking contest

Many of today’s top software programs have been hacked using new and never-before-seen exploits at this year’s edition of the Tianfu Cup — China’s largest and most prestigious hacking competition.

Held in the city of Chengdu, in central China, the third edition of the Tianfu Cup ended earlier today.

Many mature and hard targets have been pwned on this year’s contest, organizers said today. Successful exploits were confirmed against:

iOS 14 running on an iPhone 11 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20

Windows 10 v2004 (April 2020 edition)





Adobe PDF Reader

Docker (Community Edition)

VMWare EXSi (hypervisor)

TP-Link and ASUS router firmware

All exploits were reported to the software providers, per contest regulations, modeled after the rules of the more established Pwn2Own hacking competition that has been taking place in the west since the late 2000s.

Stan Sport to take on Kayo?

Alex Choros of Whistleout writes:

Nine today announced that it will go head-to-head with Kayo with the launch of its own sports-focused streaming service, Stan Sport.

Details are still scarce, but Nine has reached an in-principle agreement to sign a long-term deal with Rugby Australia.

Foxtel is Australia’s biggest spender on sports right media, so further investment by Nine could shake up the status quo.

At this stage, it is unclear whether Stan Sport will be a standalone streaming service, or part of Stan. Nine has also yet to detail pricing, but the service will launch in 2021

According to an SMH report, Industry sources said Stan is already working on developing the technology required to broadcast live sport