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Pentagon plan on cyber split draws strong Hill criticism

The Pentagon is proposing to split up two of the nation's main military cybersecurity organizations. Currently, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command are headed by one person — Gen. Paul Nakasone. Under the Pentagon plan, the two organizations would split up under separate leadership. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Democratic congressman Adam Smith, says splitting the two organizations would have “grave impacts,” and that the Pentagon has not yet met a congressional requirement that it certify that a split would not create unacceptable cyber security risks. 

Microsoft announces additional $110M in local COVID relief

Microsoft has announced an additional $110 million in pandemic-related relief for schools, nonprofits and hourly workers in Washington state. The company said Thursday it will continue to pay the wages of hourly workers at its campus, even though they haven't been needed, and that it would spend an additional $60 million in cash and in-kind contributions to support nonprofit organizations in Washington state. Microsoft also said it would provide school districts with free technology to track and report COVID-19 testing data within district boundaries as they begin to reopen, and that it will donate personal protection equipment to any school districts that need it.

Boeing suffers more canceled orders for its 737 Max plane

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Boeing Co. reported more cancellations for its 737 Max jet, which this week is scheduled to carry paying passengers for the first time since the planes were grounded 21 months ago after two deadly crashes, according to…

Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias concerns

Artificial intelligence scholar Timnit Gebru helped improve Google’s public image as a company that elevates Black computer scientists and questions harmful uses of AI technology. But internally, Gebru, a leader in the field of AI ethics, was not shy about voicing doubts about those commitments. That's until she was ousted this week in a dispute over a research paper examining the societal dangers of an emerging branch of AI. The furor over Gebru’s abrupt departure is the latest incident raising questions about whether Google has strayed so far away from its original “Don’t Be Evil” motto that it now routinely ousts employees who challenge management.

How to get free Thanksgiving dinners through Walmart

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Walmart has a plan to "feed everyone in America for free this Thanksgiving." The megastore chain is partnering with food companies Butterball, Campbell's, Coca-Cola and mobile rewards platform Ibotta to launch the Free Thanksgiving Dinner program. RELATED: Kennewick…

Ring recalls 350,000 smart doorbells after some caught fire

San Francisco (CNN Business) Amazon-subsidiary Ring is recalling hundreds of thousands of video doorbells after receiving reports of them catching fire. Find more technology news here. The potential fire hazard impacts around 350,000 2nd generation Ring doorbells sold in the United…

LIGO Hanford breaks ground on new exploration center

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Construction on a new exploration center at the LIGO Hanford Observatory is underway. LIGO held a groundbreaking earlier this month for the new, state-of-the-art facility expected to open…