Tech Giants Brace for Trump Presidency; Russia to Block LinkedIn

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 1:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a news conference in New York, April 30, 2015. (AP)

FILE – Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a news conference in New York, April 30, 2015. (AP)

Tim Cook: ‘The Only Way to Move Forward Is to Move Forward Together’

Apple CEO Tim Cook stressed his commitment to diversity and social progress in a message to employees following the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.  Without mentioning Trump, who had threatened to ban Apple during his campaign, Cook said Apple is open to all. “We celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love,” he added.

Should Google Be Scrubbing Servers to Prepare for President Trump?

Other tech CEOs, including Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, sought to reassure their employees, calling for unity or focusing instead on long-term goals. Silicon Valley is very jittery about what tech policies will look like under President Trump. Fearing more government surveillance of user data, Pinboard CEO Maciej Ceglowski, a critic of data collection, urged Google and other tech giants to take a serious look at their trove of behavioral data on the internet and consider removing them. Here’s a list of the tech policies the president-elect promised to implement once in office.

Russia to Block LinkedIn After Court Ruling on User Data

A Moscow court has rejected LinkedIn’s appeal against a ruling that stated it had broken a data-storage law requiring all personal information on citizens to be stored on local servers in Russia. According to Interfax news agency, LinkedIn’s website will be blocked once the full text of the court’s ruling is delivered next week. The case was brought against LinkedIn by Russia’s state telecommunications and media regulator.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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