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Submission + - NYT: Uber Engineers Geofenced Apple HQ to Cover Up iPhone Fingerprinting

theodp writes: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's drive to win in life, writes the New York Times' Mike Isaac, has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion, including a previously unreported encounter with Apple CEO Tim Cook in early 2015 that threatened the ride-sharing company with an iPhone ban death sentence: "For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had secretly been tracking iPhones even after its app had been deleted from the devices, violating Apple’s privacy guidelines. But Apple was on to the deception, and when Mr. Kalanick arrived at the midafternoon meeting sporting his favorite pair of bright red sneakers and hot-pink socks, Mr. Cook was prepared. 'So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,' Mr. Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Mr. Cook then demanded, or Uber’s app would be kicked out of Apple’s App Store. For Mr. Kalanick, the moment was fraught with tension. If Uber’s app was yanked from the App Store, it would lose access to millions of iPhone customers — essentially destroying the ride-hailing company’s business. So Mr. Kalanick acceded."

Submission + - Trump to Nation: You Can't Handle the White House Visitor Logs Truth (nytimes.com)

theodp writes: In the name of national security, the White House announced Friday that it would cut off public access to visitor logs revealing who is entering the White House complex and which officials they are meeting, which the NY Times explains effectively bars the public from knowing which activists, lobbyists, political donors and others are gaining access to the president and his aides on a daily basis. Hey, it's none of our goldarned business if Google and Microsoft are meeting behind closed White House doors to lobby for a rewrite of the nation's school funding laws that unleashes billions of dollars if it helps advance tech's National Talent Strategy, right?

Submission + - RI Schools a Proving Ground for Gates, Zuckerberg, Microsoft Vision of Education

theodp writes: Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Microsoft have made no bones about their desire to see schools teach K-12 computer science. And Zuck and Gates seem every bit as determined to see their vision of personalized learning adopted by school systems. So, with Rhode Island advertising the Ocean State's schools as an ideal laboratory to quickly test out new ideas, it's probably not too surprising to see the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft Philanthropies take Governor Gina Raimondo up on the offer to make RI schools their education proving ground. "Rhode Island’s CS4RI is the first opportunity we’ve had since launching the program in 2009 to scale [Microsoft] TEALS to so many new high schools at one time," exclaimed Microsoft about the opportunity, which apparently even allows Microsoft to ban boys from public school tech events. In recent days, Raimondo has come under fire from watchdogs and the press for the unorthodox set up of the Rhode Island Office of Innovation that has facilitated these pet education projects. The Office's six-person team, which includes a Microsoft TEALS Regional Manager, was led until recently by Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta, a former director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Dept. of Education, whose salary was controversially paid from fundraiser dollars (nearly $1.5 million in private donations funded the office; $913,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation). Responding to critics, Raimondo said she will reevaluate the setup of the Office: "We’ve been totally transparent about everything. But you know, we’re always looking to improve, so we want to keep the good progress and, as we look for his [Culatta's] replacement, we’ll see if there’s any changes we should make to the structure." Raimondo is also a member of tech-backed Code.org's Governors for K-12 Computer Science initiative, and participated in Facebook's recent Female Governors’ Summit, which set a goal of identifying new state-led policies aimed at expanding female participation in CS education and tech jobs.

Submission + - Farewell Windows Vista: Microsoft ends support for its unpopular OS today (windowsreport.com)

SmartAboutThings writes: Microsoft has just ended support for Windows Vista. Starting from today, the infamous operating system will no longer receive security patches, non-security updates, or any other kind of support.

"Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences," the company said.

Windows Vista will be remembered as the least popular operating system Microsoft has ever released. Announced as a futuristic operating system back in 2007, Windows Vista quickly stumbled and fell in the shadow of its older and younger brothers.

Submission + - Microsoft wants to ensure Azure is the best place for containerized work (windowsreport.com)

SmartAboutThings writes: Microsoft just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Deis — a "Kubernetes container-orchestration specialist". According to the company's Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie, this acquisition is part of Microsoft's plan to ensure Azure is the best place for containerized workload.

Submission + - RI Governor Under Fire for Setup That Facilitated Microsoft K-12 CS Partnership

theodp writes: A year ago, in partnership with Microsoft, tech-backed nonprofit Code.org, and others, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo launched the Computer Science for RI (CS4RI) effort. "Rhode Island’s CS4RI is the first opportunity we’ve had since launching the program in 2009 to scale [Microsoft] TEALS to so many new high schools at one time," exclaimed Microsoft Corporate VP and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies Mary Snapp. Microsoft CEO and early TEALS backer Satya Nadella added, "We aim to empower every educator and student in the State of Rhode Island to prepare for this future by fostering new levels of collaboration and creativity in the classroom through computer science education." The CS4RI initiative is a project of the Rhode Island Office of Innovation, whose six-person team included Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta, whose salary was controversially paid from fundraiser dollars — nearly $1.5 million in private donations funded the office, which curiously included $913,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation — and Microsoft TEALS Regional Manager Andrea Russo, whose salary is presumably paid by Microsoft (which keeps a watchful eye on the project). Now, under fire for the unorthodox setup which a watchdog group called "a weird entity that’s not part of state government, but has a lot of the power of state government," Raimondo said she will reevaluate the setup of her chief innovation officer’s office in the wake of Culatta's just-announced departure. "We’ve been totally transparent about everything," she said. "But you know, we’re always looking to improve, so we want to keep the good progress and, as we look for his replacement, we’ll see if there’s any changes we should make to the structure." Raimondo also is a member of Code.org's Governors for K-12 Computer Science initiative, and participated in Facebook's recent first-ever Female Governors’ Summit to identify new state-led policies aimed at expanding female participation in CS education and tech jobs.

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