STLR Link Roundup – March 4, 2016

Pentagon Sets Out to Improve Cyberspace Security Through Crowdsourcing

After hackers caused a power outage in Ukraine and hackers in China compromised a major U.S. weapons system, the Pentagon is looking for ways to beef up security. The pentagon is offering ‘vetted hackers’ the opportunity to find vulnerabilities in the Department of Defense’s cybersecurity system in exchange for cash.  Although similar programs have been employed by private corporations (such as Google), the government’s pilot program will be rolling out in April.

FAA Wrestling With Drone Regulation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reaching out to the industry in order to develop recommendations on how to regulate drones.  While major industry players, such as Amazon, have already been cleared by the FAA to test drone delivery, there are yet any regulations regarding flying over populated areas. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stresses new technology and flexible regulation in order to accommodate innovation while maintaining safety. While the future of drones looks bright, there is a more violent solution  for the drone haters out there.

Amazon Announces Lower Security For Tablets

Among the boxing match between Apple and the FBI, Aamazon is reeling back the security built in its tablets. This comes after Amazon publicly backed Apple during its bout with the FBI.  John Kindervag, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., notes that this announcement is a huge misstep.

Facebook Drops Tax Haven in UK

The massive social media site Facebook is known for its lucrative tax structure, known as a ‘Double Irish’ (the same employed by Google).  Effectively this strategy has allowed Facebook to pay less than 5 thousand pounds in taxes on their millions of pounds in revenue earned in the UK by funneling them through Ireland. After facing controversy, Facebook has agreed to record those U.K. sales in the U.K. and pay the appropriate amount of income taxes.

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