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Tech companies lean on presidential hopefuls

trumpuckerThe tech industry is already leaning on the US presidential hopefuls to see which one will give it a shopping list of things it wants ranging from cheap Chinese workers to supporting the god-awful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Ahead of the Republican and Democratic conventions in July, the tech industry plans to issue on Wednesday an open letter charting a dozen policy recommendations for the candidates running in the November 8 presidential election. The groups are not aligning themselves with either of the two major political parties.

Backing for the TPP runs counter to positions taken by Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Trump has slammed international trade agreements and he is not fond of bringing in immigrants that to take over US worker’s jobs.

However in March the billionaire real estate developer shied away from arguing against more H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers, saying he was “softening the position because we need to have talented people in this country.” So basically he is just anti-Mexican.

Clinton has not said if she would try to renegotiate TPP, which was signed in February but has not yet got congressional approval. She has said she supports expanding the number of visas for high-skilled workers.

The tech coalition letter, signed by groups including the Internet Association, Telecommunications Industry Association and Information Technology Industry Council, is the first time a wide range of technology trade organisations have staked out a common platform during a presidential campaign, according to a person familiar with its writing.

The platform also calls for “narrowly targeted government access to user data” and recognition of encryption as a “critical security tool.”

Trump wants the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of US phone records, saying that U.S. authorities should err on the side of protecting national security over privacy concerns. He also called for an Apple boycott the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation over unlocking an encrypted iPhone linked to a San Bernardino, California gunman.

Clinton has supported some reforms to the NSA and has said a balance needs to be found between privacy and security in the encryption debate.

The association letter also calls for preventing censorship online by limiting unreasonable third-party liability for speech, support for the sharing economy, and an updated and simplified tax code, among other issues.

Signing the letter are Amazon, Uber, Apple, Facebook, Allied for Startups, the BSA, The Software Alliance, Computer Technology Industry Association, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Consumer Technology Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Software & Information Industry Association, Technology CEO Council and TechNet.


Trump fear being used to lure tech migration

trumpuckerA Canadian startup is using the fear of Donald Trump to lure tech talent across the border.

“Thinking of moving to Canada? Sortable is hiring,” the advertising company wrote on its website over a snap of Trump.

The Ontario startup claims 31 percent of Americans would think about escaping to Canada if Trump is elected. Odd really given that if 31 percent would do something as drastic as move, you would think they could just vote to prevent him being elected.

“Now, while we don’t think Americans will actually move en masse to Canada if the election doesn’t go their way, we do want to extend an offer. Because it’s the polite, Canadian thing to do,” the advert said.

Google has reported that searches for “how can I move to Canada” surged last month after Trump proved a favorite in the Super Tuesday primaries, and the Canadian government’s immigration site is being hit with heavy traffic.

Canada is serious about poaching Silicon Valley tech talent. A group of Canadian mayors will visit California next week to encourage Facebook, Twitter, Square and Google to have a look at Canada’s growing startup scene.

Trump has been criticized for his inflammatory stance on immigration — among other things — calling for a wall along the Mexican border and a ban on Muslim immigrants. Canada’s newly elected prime minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed Syrian refugees to Canada, was elected because he did the opposite.

Still it is not clear what the US immigrants would do in Canada. True, they would get the Queen as the head of state, which is something they always wanted, but there would be a lack of guns and violence, not to meantion socialist healthcare, they will not know what to do with themselves.

Trump calls for Apple boycott

trumpuckerRepublican presidential hopeful, the shy and understated  Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple gear until the tech company agreed to help the US government unlock the iphone of one of the killers in the San Bernardino shooting.

He called for Apple fans and potential customers to “Boycott Apple until such time as it gives that information”.

Trump made the off-the-cuff comment a day before the state’s nominating contest.

Of course the Tame Apple Press were not going to let him get away with that. They pointed out that Trump uses an iPhone.

Trump later posted on Twitter that he used both an iPhone and a Samsung device. “If Apple doesn’t give the information to the authorities on the radical Islamic terrorists, I’ll only be using a Samsung – until such time as it gives the information,” Trump tweeted.

“Hopefully others will follow suit. Our country needs and should demand security. It is time to get tough and be smart!”

Senior Apple executives told their chums in the press that they felt they were in good company given the other groups and people Trump has criticised in the past. They trotted out the same line that encryption was a way to protect Apple customers’ rights, even though they know that this is not what the court case is about.

Trump has previously been critical of Apple, which has its headquarters in Cupertino, California, for not producing enough of its products in the United States.

“We’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries,” Trump said in a January speech at Liberty University in Virginia.

Apple is resisting US government demands that it unlock an iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday party in San Bernardino last December.

Trump made his comments as the US Department of Justice filed a motion seeking to force Apple to comply with a judge’s order for the company to unlock the phone, portraying the tech company’s refusal as a “marketing strategy.”

Twitter is a rubbish indicator of elections

TwitterPundits who use twitter to predict the outcome of elections are wasting their time, according to the Social Science Computer Review.

Recent elections have seen social media and particularly Twitter used as a method to poll support for particular candidates.

The SSCR has looked at the numbers and decided it is difficult to predict the outcome of an election based on the amount of Twitter buzz.

Twitter data was a more accurate measure of the level of interest in candidates rather than the level of support they will receive.

“Negative events, such as political scandals, as well as positively evaluated events, such as accomplishments, can underlie attention for a party or candidate,” said the study.

In other words the analysis does not support the simple more tweets, more votes’ formula.

A video clip of a candidate’s campaign gaffe broadcast on the nightly news might lead to a spike in Twitter attention, but likely not result in more overall political support, according to the study.

The data also showed that Twitter users did not necessarily reflect the demographics of the population as a whole. In the United States, social media platforms like Twitter and Yik Yak are often more popular among millennial voters.

Twitter disagrees claiming that a Time magazine website report that showed Twitter chatter favoured the winning candidates, Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, in the Iowa caucuses this month.

Trump wants Gates to turn off the internet

trumpuckerComedy US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to switch off that internet thing to stop good Americans being corrupted by the Islamic State death cult.

Trump told a campaign rally in South Carolina, America’s best shot at preventing Americans from joining ISIS involves “closing that internet up” in “certain areas”.

The way Trump sees it, the United States is “losing a lot of people because of the internet, and it has to have to “do something”.

He thinks if Bill Gates closes the internet down in towns full of people who marked ‘terrorist’ in their United States Census forms, people will not connect to and join the Islamic State. Great minds like that are clearly above the rest of the world’s thinking.

But how would Trump go about closing the internet down? Apparently, he’d seek the advice of “Bill Gates and a lot of different people who really understand what’s happening”.

Trump said that closing the internet down will probably make people worry about free speech. But Trump also explained that “these are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people”.

We thought that foolish people made America great, but we must have watched the wrong campaign sound bite.

Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos told Donald Trump on Twitter that he “will still reserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket. #sendDonaldtospace” after being trashed by the presidential hopeful earlier in the day.

Trump did not silence Bohemian Rhapsody video

Hirsute billionaire Donald Trump has said that he he did not use his considerable financial muscle to suppress a YouTube video which depicts him as a bully who sings a version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

According to Herald Scotland, the YouTube clip was created last March to protest Trump’s plan to create a £750 million golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The video was given the blessing of Queen guitarist Brian May so it could not be pulled on copyright.

The video has Donald Trump singing of his relentless determination and unparalleled ego in his battle for the ‘The Great Dunes of Scotland.’ It used a Spitting Image-like version of Trump.

YouTube has pulled the video and the word on the street was that Trump had made the order.

However, it is starting to look like the whole YouTube pulling might have been a publicity stunt by the group which is trying to stop the golf resort.

The group behind it has decided to bring it out as a single and it has been registered with iTunes.

Sarah Malone, executive vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, said Trump hadn’t complained about the video. She said that it had nothing to do with Trump who couldn’t care less about the song.

A week ago she dismissed it as a tired, rehashed publicity stunt which further reinforces the lack of credibility of the small group of detractors behind it. She added that the song only serves to hurt the reputation of Scotland and its people.

So, where did the news come from that Trump had pulled the video? Hazel Cameron, an Edinburgh poet who had a hand in the video’s creation, told Herald Scotland that a complaint had come from Trump or someone on his behalf.

She said that a complaint must have come from him as Trump must be unhappy about the video, and must have complained about it.

The protesters wanted to get the video back in the mainstream again and to bring more attention to what has happened, she said.

The video was originally removed in March after 29,000 views, but was uploaded again and reportedly had over 3,000 hits but last Thursday evening it was again removed, stating it was “in violation” of YouTube guidelines and “inappropriate”.

YouTube told Spinner  that the said the video was removed over a copyright infringement complaint but said users can “appeal the copyright takedown”.

So, if Brian May gave his permission to use Bohemian Rapsody then who has copyright over the video? Well, it could be the protesters.

The matter raises important questions. Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? If Trump was caught by the Obama landslide, did he try to escape from reality? Any way the wind blows…