Alphabet Inc’s Google settles hiring pay bias allegations with $3.8 million

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Labor said Alphabet Inc’s Google will spend $3.8 million, including $2.6 million in back pay, to settle allegations that it unfairly passed over women and Asians for job openings and underpaid women. The allegations stemmed from a routine compliance audit several years ago required by Google’s status as…

German agrees 100% depreciation of digital assets as part of economic stimulus measure

According to a statement from German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Germany will provide an annual tax relief of around 2.3 billion euros as part of part of a new measure to support purchases of digital assets, including computer software hardware. German state government and the federal government agreed on Tuesday, that digital assets could be…

Hackers exploiting SolarWinds products impacting federal, state, local governments: CISA

In a statement U.S. cybersecurity agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) stated, that the widespread cyber espionage campaign which was made public earlier this month is affecting state and local governments. The hacking campaign exploits vulnerabilities in U.S. tech company SolarWindss products as a springboard to penetrate federal government networks. In a statement, the…

Automakers urge incoming Biden Administration for tax credit, incentives to boost R&D into self driving cars, EVs

On Tuesday, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a major automotive trade association urged U.S. policymakers to back support for electric vehicles (EV), including new incentives to boost up consumer purchases, as well as research and development. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has made boosting electric vehicles a top priority and has pledged to build 550,000 new EV…

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hit by cyberattacks aimed at slowing down response time

According to a report from Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a key part of the federal government’s response to China’s Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, has been hit by a cyberattack on Sunday night. In a tweet on Monday, the report cited unnamed sources who said there were multiple hacking attacks that…

Amazon’s cloud business facing antitrust scrutiny from FTC

As per a Bloomberg report citing sources familiar with the matter at hand the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc beyond its retail operations and now includes its cloud-computing business as well. As per the report, U.S. antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies questions pertaining to Amazon Web…