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TikTok announced Thursday it's setting up a new €420 million ($498 million) data center in Ireland.
The data center is slated to open in early 2022, and will house user data from TikTok's European users.
This comes just as TikTok is having to brace itself against hiving off its US business.
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As TikTok faces getting squeezed out of the US, the company appears to be shoring up its European operations.
In a blog post on Thursday, TikTok's global chief security officer Roland Cloutier announced plans to build a new data center in Ireland costing €420 million ($498 million), which will play a "key role in further strengthening the safeguarding and protection of TikTok user data."
The plan is to get the data center up and running by early 2022, and once operational it will house European user data.
At the moment TikTok stores all its user data on servers in the US with backups in Singapore, the company has repeatedly said.
The announcement comes in the wake of an extraordinary order from the Trump administration this week that TikTok must either sell off its US business by September 15 or face getting banned in the US.
Microsoft is currently in talks to acquire TikTok's US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand operations, but not its European business.
The Trump administration has gone on the offensive, claiming because TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, it poses a national security threat.
TikTok hit 2 billion downloads in April.
Cloutier said in his blog post that TikTok's plans for its Irish data center have been in the works for a year.
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This isn't the first signal TikTok has given that it's restructuring its European business.
In late June TikTok officially made its Irish and UK subsidiaries the data controllers for users in the EEA, Switzerland, and the UK.
Under Europe's data GDPR privacy laws a data controller: "determines the purposes for which and the means by which personal data is processed."
Reports have also surfaced that the company is eyeing a new European HQ.
Its parent firm ByteDance told Reuters on Monday: "In light of the current situation, ByteDance has been evaluating the possibility of establishing TikTok's headquarters outside of the US, to better serve our global users."
The Sun newspaper reported on Sunday TikTok is gearing up to announce a new HQ in London.
The BBC later reported the company has yet to make a final decision on where to establish its new HQ, although London was on the shortlist.
TikTok's London branch currently operates out of a WeWork building in the center of the city.
Another possible European HQ is Dublin, given the location of the upcoming data center in Ireland and the fact the firm announced a new base in the city with 100 people.
Although TikTok doesn't face the same levels of hostility in the EU as it does in the US, it's not completely smooth sailing.
The EU set up a task force in early June to scrutinize TikTok's data processing practices, and on Wednesday Ireland's data protection watchdog the Data Protection Commissioner requested it take a closer look at TikTok's decision to assign its Irish and UK subsidiaries as data controllers, per the Telegraph.
The news of TikTok potentially setting up shop in London also led to a Conservative UK MP to call for the government to conduct a security assessment of the app's code.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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Two former Twitter employees who were last fall charged with spying on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia may have charges against them dropped at the recommendation of US prosecutors, according to Bloomberg. It is unclear at this time why the US is pushing to have the case against the two men, Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah, dismissed. But lawyers in San Francisco submitted the recommendation to a judge on Tuesday. It has yet to be approved.
A third man, a Saudi citizen named Ahmed Almutairi, was also implicated in the operation as the recruiter who convinced Abouammo and Alzabarah to spy on Saudi dissidents using internal Twitter tools. Prosecutors are also recommending charges against him be dropped, Bloomberg reports.
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Renault, the French car manufacturer, has gifted an entire town free electric vehicles.
All households in the tiny town of Appy can get a free three-year lease on a Renault Zoe, but they have to share their impressions and experiences with Renault.
Through the program, Renault is looking to prove that EVs are practical for rural drivers as well as city dwellers.
Renault is giving each participating household a home charger and is setting up a public charging station.
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French automaker Renault has gifted an entire town free electric vehicles, but there's a catch.
The manufacturer offered three-year leases of its new Zoe EV to each and every household in Appy, a minuscule town in the Ariege region of France. In exchange, residents will need to keep Renault updated on their impressions of the car and of EV ownership. The initiative, Renault said, will help the company "understand the way customers interact with and use electric vehicles day to day."
Renault is also looking to demonstrate that EVs aren't just for residents of urban areas, and that the Zoe, with its claimed 245 miles of range, can meets the needs of rural communities just as well as traditional gas-powered cars.
"If the inhabitants of one of the country's most isolated towns can adopt an electric way of life, it'll prove that everyone can," Renault said. "That also means the myths around buying and running an electric car can be dispelled once and for all."
According to various studies, the major barriers to widespread EV adoption have been range anxiety and a dearth of charging stations. To make things a bit easier for Appy's residents, Renault will set up a public charging station and provide all participating households with a home charger.
Europeans who aren't among Appy's roughly 26 residents can still get their hands on an EV from Renault for free or close to it. Thanks to hefty subsidies from the German government, car shoppers there can snag a 9,000-euro discount if they go electric, Bloomberg reports. A similar 7,000-euro incentive in France means that drivers can lease a Zoe for just 79 euros per month.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
The UK has removed Spain from its list of safe countries to travel to after fears were raised that the European country was experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections.The shock announcement, made on Saturday evening as thousands of families had already jetted off to the continent at the start of the summer holidays, means those returning from the country will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK.But when do the new quarantine rules come into force? And why now? Here are five questions you might have if you’re planning a trip to Spain – or if you’re already there: When will holidaymakers have to start self-isolating?The measures came into effect from midnight, meaning that from Sunday all returning travellers will be have to isolate for 14 days.The quarantine applies to people returning to any of the four nations of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Why is it being brought in now?The government said the move follows a “significant change” over the last week in both the level and pace of change in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Spain.On Thursday, the Spanish health ministry reported 971 new daily infections, the biggest daily increase since Spain’s lockdown ended.Catalonia became the latest region to crack down on nightlife, trying to halt new infection clusters.The wealthy north-east region – home to Barcelona – ordered all nightclubs to close for 15 days and put a midnight curfew on bars in the greater Barcelona area and other towns around Lleida that have become contagion hot zones.What should people do if they’re already in Spain?People currently on holiday in Spain have been encouraged to follow the local rules, return home as normal and check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) travel advice pages on gov.uk for further information.The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.What should holidaymakers do if they have a holiday booked to Spain?The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.Abta – the UK’s travel trade association – has advised customers due to travel to the country imminently to contact their travel provider.Holiday operator Tui has said it will cancel all planned holidays to Spain in response to the announcement and customers will be contacted to discuss options.Meanwhile, airline easyJet said it planned to operate its full schedule in the coming days.A spokeswoman said: “Customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights without a change fee or receive a voucher for the value of the booking.“Should any flights be cancelled for later in August customers will be notified and informed of their options which includes transferring to an alternative flight free of charge, receiving a voucher or applying for a refund.”Does the quarantine apply if the holidaymaker has been to a Spanish island?In short, yes. The Department for Transport has confirmed that as well as those returning from mainland Spain, quarantine measures will also apply to holidaymakers who have visited the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and the Balearic Islands, such as Mallorca and Ibiza.Related...
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To human observers, the following two images are identical. But researchers at Google showed in 2015 that a popular object detection algorithm classified the left image as “panda” and the right one as “gibbon.” And oddly enough, it had more confidence in the gibbon image. The algorithm in question was GoogLeNet, a convolutional neural network architecture that won the 2014 ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC 2014). The right image is an “adversarial example.” It has undergone subtle manipulations that go unnoticed to the human eye while making it a totally different sight to the digital eye of a machine learning… This story continues at The Next Web
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Industry insiders claim Tencent plans to publish console games in the US with the help of Nintendo.This is a modal window.No compatible source was found for this media.Over the years, Tencent Holdings Ltd. Has grown to become one of the world's most successful video game businesses.The Chinese company already owns shares with top gaming developers and companies such as Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, Riot Games and Nintendo among others.As it stands right now, aside from the titles developed or published by any of the game studios it owns a stake in, most of its first-party software is largely marketed only in China.
Tesla will finally unveil its long-awaited electric pickup truck on November 21st, Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday.The truck, which Musk has dubbed “Cybertruck,” is supposed to look like something straight out of Blade Runner, the CEO has said.The truck will be unveiled at Tesla’s design studio in Los Angeles, California, which sits on the same lot as SpaceX’s headquarters.Musk originally planned on revealing the pickup truck earlier this year, but he announced in September that he was pushing the event back to November.The date announced on Wednesday means the Tesla pickup truck will be revealed at the same time as — but separate from — the Los Angeles Auto Show where Ford is expected to unveil a Mustang-inspired SUV, its first mass-market electric vehicle.(Tesla has a long history of skipping traditional auto shows in favor of putting on its own events.)
Having secured a bunch of 5G network commitments, the US telecoms regulator has given its seal of approval to the merger of TMUS and Sprint.The FCC had to make the usual judgment call when it comes to telecoms mergers of weighing up the reduction in competition with the increased investment power of the combined entity.As with apparently everything else in the US, the FCC is politicised and tribal.The three Republican Commissioners voted in favour, while the two republicans voted against.To the winners go the spoils and the resulting announcement was heavy on the national benefits promised by ability of the merged company to do a better job of rolling out a 5G network than would the sum of its parts.The FCC (or at least the majority of it) is saying ‘the transaction will close the digital divide and promote the wide deployment of 5G services’.
British telco Three UK has once again let random people viewing its homepage view its customers' account details as if they were logged in, exposing personal and billing data to casual browsing.Several Reg readers got in touch with us on Friday afternoon and Saturday after noticing that when visiting Three's website, they appeared to be logged into accounts that were not their own.Hotspotted on to Three with phone and laptop.El Reg has been shown recent screenshots of the CK Hutchison Holdings subsidiary's website displaying various people's names and access to the "My3 Home" area.That login-protected part of the website contains one's personal details and billing information.Yet another customer took to Twitter to complain about the issue:
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the aftermath of an explosion in the prototypbatteri called the emergency services to the Vois of the premises during the following day.the Office is closed, but the elsparkcyklarna will still be available, announced the company.on Wednesday evening, emergency crews called out to a fire in the elsparkcykelbolaget Vois in the premises in Stockholm, sweden.In a press release, is writing for You now, is that a ”small explosion” occurred as a result of a prototypbatteri made a fire in the charge.”All the people in the place were evacuated from the building, and within a couple of minutes,” said the company.the City emphasizes that the prototypbatteriet is not being used in the company's fleet of elsparkcyklar, or are already in production.
Don’t expect a new Battlefield game for a couple years, as Electronic Arts noted in a conference call for its fiscal earnings today that the series is going to be taking a break.EA said that there won’t be a new Battlefield until fiscal year 2022, which starts on March 31, 2021.In the meantime, EA will focus on the hit free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends, which has reached over 70 million players.The Battlefield series started in September 2002 with the launch of Battlefield 1942.For the past several years, the franchise has produced a new entry every two years.While that pace isn’t as intense as Call of Duty’s schedule of one new game every year, it still kept developer Dice busy.
Google says it’s taking steps to ensure it remains transparent in the ways it handles sensitive data in the cloud, and to afford its cloud services customers greater control over and visibility into when and how that data is used.In a blog post, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said that Google will soon begin publishing the number of government requests it receives for Google Cloud Platform and G Suite enterprise data as part of its semi-annual transparency report.(Chief rivals like Amazon Web Services already break out such requests.)Additionally, he says that Google will work with partners and others in the coming months to promote principles that “help inform a more modern approach to enterprise data security policies worldwide.”The principles in question, of which there are five, lay out a framework for the enactment of “modern” legislation and enforcement around digital data.Not-so-coincidentally, they arrive after the U.S. and U.K. entered into an agreement to make it easier for American and British law enforcement agencies to obtain data from companies based in each country.
Very Good Security (VGS), a data privacy platform that helps financial and healthcare service providers and others protect their customers’ data, has raised $35 million in a series B round of funding led by Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Vertex Ventures, among other existing investors.Founded out of San Francisco in 2016, VGS is built on the notion that most companies don’t actually want to store people’s private data.They don’t want to keep social security numbers (SSNs) or bank card details on file — but they have to if they want to check up on customers’ credit history or collect money for a monthly subscription.This is where VGS comes into play, providing a “developer-friendly” platform so businesses can offload sensitive data.“For most companies, data is simply an input to achieve a business outcome, such as getting paid, underwriting a loan, or running a background check,” noted VGS cofounder and CEO Mahmoud Abdelkader.“VGS provides specialized SaaS infrastructure to make it easy for developers and businesses to achieve their objectives while offloading the risk that comes with data custodianship.”
Thinking of purchasing a smart security camera to protect your home and ward off intruders?Swann's latest models could be a great option, with tons of cool features like 4K recording, warning floodlights and sirens, and motion sensors.With many of us investing in expensive smart speakers, TVs, and laptops, it's little wonder that we are increasingly interested in protecting our homes – and smart security cameras are getting better all the time as a result.Check out these pooch-friendly gadgetsAlongside the new security cameras, Swann has launched Swann Security, a "full integrated ecosystem that encompasses both wired and wireless security solutions", according to the company.This means Swann devices are now controllable via single app, which is packed with features like video analytics, and smart alerts when your camera's motion sensors are triggered.
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are home to some of the most innovative tech ideas around, and there’s plenty of choices if you’re looking to invest in something cool, useful, or cutting-edge.Just before you part with your hard-earned cash, though, we’ve got some warning signs and red flags to help you tell the difference between a viable proposition and something that’s likely to crash and burn.Trying to put a unique twist on the iPhone case concept is one thing, trying to develop a smartwatch platform and hardware ecosystem from scratch is quite another.There’s nothing wrong with projects being ambitious, of course, but weigh what the crowdfunders are attempting against what’s already on the market, and the way the technology winds are blowing.Take a long look at the people behind every project you’re thinking of backing: What have they done in the past (on and off Kickstarter and Indiegogo)?Everything is relative to what’s actually being developed, but obviously, a high funding target is going to be harder to hit and involves more risk and more variables than a lower one.
Razer calls their Razer Raion controller a “fightpad” because it’s aimed primarily for games that aim for the KO.There’s a fighting game community in this larger gaming community in which we live, and this controller’s aimed at that crew of fight-friendly gamers specifically.The controller’s functionality is made specifically for PlayStation 4 and PC.The Razer Raion has a 6-face button layout with Razer Mechanical Switch face buttons.These buttons are far heavier duty than that old Sega Genesis controller you used to have, what with its buttons larger than your thumbs and its extreme tendency to explode on impact.The Razer Raion is made for a more modern generation of gamers, it would seem.