TechSummit Rewind 213

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Zuckerburg, Bezos, Cook among over 100 CEOs that sign open letter urging Congress to protect DACA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft president Brad Smith, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam are among over a hundred prominent corporate leaders to sign an open letter urging Congress to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“We write to urge Congress to act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so. The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.”

The letter

DACA is set to expire on Mar. 5, but the leaders want legislation to be passed by Jan. 19 so the government needs time to implement a new program before the March expiration date.

“In addition to causing a tremendous upheaval in the lives of DACA employees, failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs.

“While delay or inaction will cause significant negative impact to businesses, hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country are counting on you to work in a bipartisan way to pass permanent legislative protection for Dreamers without further delay.”

The letter

YouTube puts original projects with Logan Paul on hold, removes him from Google Preferred ad program after suicide video

A day after YouTube said it was looking into “further consequences” for Logan Paul, the service has announced that the service will be removing him from its Google Preferred ad program and is putting his upcoming YouTube Red projects on hold.

Senate Commerce Committee chairman Thune sends Apple letter asking about iPhone performance throttling


Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune sent Apple a letter asking the company to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed down older iPhones to preserve its batteries.

Thune said in a Jan. 9 letter to Cook that “the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency.”

He asked if Apple considered making battery replacements free instead of the reduced $29 rate the company decided on for the iPhone 6 and newer or offering rebates for customers that paid full price for replacement batteries.

He also wants to know if Apple notified customers of the throttling in software updates and if customers could decline the update, as well as if customers could decline the update and if a similar feature was used for earlier iPhones.

Thune gave Apple a deadline of Jan. 23 for these answers.

South Korea preparing bill to ban cryptocurrency trading

South Korea’s government plans to ban cryptocurrency trading as the nation’s police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.

“There are great concerns regarding virtual currencies and the justice ministry is basically preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through exchanges.”

Park Sang-ki, South Korea justice minister

Legislation for a ban of virtual coin trading will require a majority vote of the 297 members of the National Assembly.



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