The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, February 24
- 24 February, 2015 23:21
HP CEO Meg Whitman
As HP reports numbers, questions will be on its split
Hewlett-Packard is due to report its first-quarter results on Tuesday afternoon, but analysts will be more interested in hearing updates from CEO Meg Whitman on plans for the company's split into two, says re/code. The company's earnings are expected to hit $27.4 billion.
GOPers on FCC want to delay net neutrality vote
The two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission want to put a last-minute roadblock in the way of a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and put stronger net neutrality protections in place. In a move that's unlikely to succeed, Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Rielly want to delay the vote scheduled for Thursday, and have the FCC open the 332-page proposal to the public for comment. An agency spokeswoman said that the FCC already has already gotten "unprecedented levels of public comment on a variety of options" for net neutrality rules.
Google deal for Softcard puts its Wallet on multiple carriers' phones
Google has struck a deal with mobile carriers to acquire technology from Softcard, a competing mobile wallet app developed jointly by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. The result is that the carriers will start preinstalling Google Wallet on new Android smartphones later this year -- something they wouldn't do before, in preference for the Softcard app.
An investigation done for Belgium's privacy commission says that Facebook's latest policy violates European consumer protection law, the Guardian reports. The new policy, put in place last month, doesn't obtain legally valid consent in some areas, according to the study, which also found other practices problematic.
Symantec survey: Bad faith leads to bad data
What happens when people lose faith in businesses not to violate their privacy? Growing numbers of them provide bad data in online signups, according to a Symantec survey of European users reported on by the Wall Street Journal.
Do-it-yourself IoT kit from ARM, IBM aims to link more devices to the cloud
Hobbyists aren't IBM's usual target but the company has teamed up with ARM to offer a kit that will let DIYers make their own connected devices for the Internet of Things. The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit will come with ARM's mbed OS and connect into IBM's BlueMix cloud, and is aimed at those with little to no experience in embedded or Web development.
Wall Street, law firms plan joint cyber defenses
The latest casualty of well-organized cybercriminals appears to be the tradition of secrecy among their victims. Wall Street banks and their law firms are talking about setting up a group to share information about IT security, the New York Times reports. Apparently the law firms are involved because hackers have learned they are a rich source of information about their clients.
Korean companies will offer a peek at 5G at Mobile World Congress
Samsung Electronics and South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom are going to show off their research into 7.55Gbps wireless and data transmission at Mobile World Congress next week. The partners hope to launch the world's first commercial 5G network in 2020.
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One last thing
Apple and Google are battling on multiple fronts. One of the most significant is the automotive dashboard, and both Android Auto and CarPlay want to be the dominant interface.