UK Regulates 'Online Harm': Tech in 60 Seconds

Can the U.K. successfully regulate online harm?

That is going to be hard! The UK would really like to wipe toxic content off the Internet. But who defines it? How does that really work? It's hard to determine. One man's toxicity is another man's fair debate.

What will happen if the Senate rejects that neutrality legislation?

The Senate will reject net neutrality legislation. It is a partisan issue and the Senate is run by Republicans. So what happens? Well maybe some bad things will happen or relitigate it in 2020. Meanwhile, the Democrats will fundraise on it.

Can robots help make Walmart competitive against Amazon?

Walmart is adding lots of robots to their stores. It's not really where they compete against Amazon, but it could make the company more efficient, which will help the general battle.

What is the Pentagon's JEDI contract?

It is a massive cloud contract. Right now they've said it's down to two companies - Amazon and Microsoft. There's 10 billion dollars at stake and it's making all the cloud vendors get a little bit nasty.


And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft Today in Technology.

When Donald Trump first started talking about buying Greenland last week, we figured it was a weird story with less legs than a Harp seal.

Signal readers, we were wrong. President Trump was so serious about purchasing the autonomous Danish territory that this week he abruptly cancelled a trip to Denmark after the country's prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, labelled the idea "absurd."

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The Amazon in flames – More than 70,000 forest fires are burning in Brazil right now, most of them in the Amazon. That's up 84% over the same period last year, and it's the highest number on record. This is the dry season when farmers burn certain amounts of forest legally to clear farmland. But critics say Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's efforts to loosen conservation rules have encouraged farmers, loggers, and miners to set more fires, many of them illegally. Bolsonaro – a science skeptic who recently fired the head of the agency that tracks deforestation – says, without proof, that NGOs are setting the fires to embarrass his government. Meanwhile, the EU is holding up a major trade deal with Brazil unless Bolsonaro commits to higher environmental protection standards, including those that affect the Amazon.

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Over the past fifty years, the Amazon rainforest has shrunk by an area equal to the size of Turkey. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Brazilian government supported settlement of the sparsely populated region for security reasons. Since then, huge swaths of the forest -- which is crucial for limiting the world's greenhouse gasses -- have been cleared for farmland used to feed Brazil's population and support its massive agricultural exports. Greater awareness of the environmental impacts in the 1990s produced tighter conservation regulations, though plenty of illegal clearing continues. In recent years, the annual deforestation rate has begun to rise again, and Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro has pledged to weaken regulations further in order to support businesses.

3: The US has recruited Australia to join its nascent mission of protecting ships in the critical Strait of Hormuz. Along with Britain and Bahrain, Australia is now the third country to join the US-led maritime mission, as high seas brinksmanship with the Iranians continues.

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