Brian Fung
Brian Fung
Brian Fung is a technology reporter who covers the intersection of business and policy. A native of Washington, D.C., Brian spent almost six years at The Washington Post, where he wrote extensively about the media industry's struggle to adapt to the Internet; the battle over net neutrality; and the rise of novel innovations such as self-driving cars. Prior to The Post, Brian served numerous roles at Atlantic Media, where he was the technology correspondent at National Journal and an associate editor at The Atlantic.Source
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Six key takeaways from Biden's Russia sanctions announcement

Six key takeaways from Biden's Russia sanctions announcement

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration slapped on Russia Thursday over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2020 election, the massive SolarWinds hack and the ongoing occupation of Crimea, signaling it is adopting a tougher posture toward the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The sanctions announcement also showed that the Biden administration is more willing to directly call out Russia's meddling in US affairs after Trump administration officials had to dance around former President Donald Trump's frequent unwillingness to criticize Moscow.Here are the key takeaways from...

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Supreme Court hands Google a victory in a multibillion-dollar case against Oracle

Supreme Court hands Google a victory in a multibillion-dollar case against Oracle

(CNN Business)The Supreme Court has handed Google a win in a , holding that the technology giant did not commit copyright infringement against Oracle when it copied snippets of programming language to build its Android operating system. Google's copying of so-called application programming interfaces from Oracle's Java SE was an example of fair use, the court held in a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Stephen Breyer. In addition to resolving a multibillion-dollar dispute between the tech titans, the ruling helps affirm a longstanding practice in software development. But the Court declined...

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Brian Fung
November 17, 2018
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Facebook, Twitter and Google CEOs grilled by Congress on misinformation

Facebook, Twitter and Google CEOs grilled by Congress on misinformation

Washington (CNN Business)The chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter faced withering criticism from members of Congress on Thursday about their handling of misinformation and online extremism during their first appearance before lawmakers since the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about their platforms' efforts to stem baseless election fraud claims and vaccine skepticism. Opaque algorithms that prioritize user...

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Brian Fung
Mar 25
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White House warns of 'active threat' from Microsoft email hackers

White House warns of 'active threat' from Microsoft email hackers

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is increasingly sounding the alarm over a series of that Microsoft said this week were linked to China. "This is an active threat," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. "Everyone running these servers -- government, private sector, academia -- needs to act now to patch them." Psaki's warnings followed a by national security adviser Jake Sullivan Thursday evening that underscored how concerned the Biden administration is. He urged IT administrators nationwide to install software fixes immediately. Sullivan said the US government is...

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Former SolarWinds CEO blames intern for 'solarwinds123' password leak

Former SolarWinds CEO blames intern for 'solarwinds123' password leak

Washington (CNN)Current and former top executives at are blaming a company intern for a critical lapse in password security that apparently went undiagnosed for years. The password in question, "solarwinds123," was discovered in 2019 on the public internet by an independent security researcher who warned the company that the leak had exposed a SolarWinds file server. Several US lawmakers ripped into SolarWinds for the password issue Friday, in a joint hearing by the House Oversight and Homeland Security committees."I've got a stronger password than 'solarwinds123' to stop my kids from...

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Brian Fung
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FCC approves $50 monthly internet subsidies for low-income households during pandemic

FCC approves $50 monthly internet subsidies for low-income households during pandemic

(CNN)The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved final rules for a new broadband subsidy program that could help struggling families pay for internet service during the pandemic.The agency's $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides eligible low-income households with up to a $50 per month credit on their internet bills through their provider until the end of the pandemic. In tribal areas, eligible households may receive up to $75 per month. The program also provides eligible households up to $100 off of one computer or tablet.The congressionally created...

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Brian Fung
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Parler comes back online one month after going dark

Parler comes back online one month after going dark

(CNN Business)Parler, the social network favored by conservatives, came back online Monday with a redesigned website one month after it was suspended by Amazon Web Services and effectively driven offline."Speak freely and express yourself openly, without fear of being 'deplatformed' for your views," Parler's homepage read. Content from before Parler vanished no longer seems to be available. In its first post on the platform Monday, Parler's own account welcomed users back and said: "We will not be canceled," followed by an emoji of a flexing bicep.The website's return marks the reopening of...

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Brian Fung
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Twitter CFO says Trump's ban is permanent, even if he runs for office again

Twitter CFO says Trump's ban is permanent, even if he runs for office again

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump will not be permitted back on Twitter even if he runs again for office and wins, according to the company's chief financial officer. Asked on CNBC Wednesday whether Trump's tweeting privileges could be restored if he wins the presidency again, CFO Ned Segal clarified that Trump's ban is permanent. "The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform," he said, "whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that...

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Brian Fung
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Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

(CNN Business)Facebook posts promoting violence during inauguration week have circulated on the platform over the past week despite a crackdown by the social media giant since the January 6 insurrection, a tech watchdog group found. "Patriots January 20, 2021 is your Tiananmen Square moment!!!" one post in a private pro-Trump Facebook group read."We need to organize our militia... Wars are won with guns.. and when they silence your commander in chief you are in a war," read another posted on January 9 to a public "Patriot Party" group with over 12 thousand members.Other posts include people...

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Apple will let Parler back on the App Store

Apple will let Parler back on the App Store

Washington (CNN Business)Apple has approved Parler's return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices. The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple's platform in January for violations of its...

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Brian Fung
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