Cathay Pacific suspends pilot for involvement in Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent w


Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent w
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Cathay Pacific suspends pilot for involvement in Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific shares fell more than 4% on Monday after the carrier announced it had suspended a pilot for his involvement in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

The airline said Saturday that employees who “support or take part in illegal protests, violent actions, or overly radical behaviour” would be barred from crewing flights to mainland China. It also confirmed that one of its pilots was removed from his duties since July 30.

The pilot was reportedly among over 40 people charged with rioting, during clashes with police near Beijing’s main representative office in the city.

Hong Kong — a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — has been struggling to end weeks of protests that have in recent weeks turned increasingly violent and disruptive.

The rallies, which were started to protest a bill that would have allowed people to be extradited to mainland China, have snowballed into a democracy movement, with some even demanding full autonomy from Beijing.

The unrest has frequently crippled the Asian financial hub’s transportation system and last Monday, Cathay cancelled hundreds of flights during a general strike.


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Apple suspends program that let its employees listen to your Siri recordings

Apple said it will suspend a program that allowed its staff to listen to conversations people have had with the Siri voice assistant. In July, Google admitted that contractors leaked more than 1,000 voice recordings from Google Assistant. An Apple spokesperson would not say if the company plans to let you review and delete your history of Siri questions. The Verge has a guide showing how you can currently delete Siri recordings, but it shows just how wonky the experience to do it is and why Appl


Apple said it will suspend a program that allowed its staff to listen to conversations people have had with the Siri voice assistant. In July, Google admitted that contractors leaked more than 1,000 voice recordings from Google Assistant. An Apple spokesperson would not say if the company plans to let you review and delete your history of Siri questions. The Verge has a guide showing how you can currently delete Siri recordings, but it shows just how wonky the experience to do it is and why Appl
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Apple suspends program that let its employees listen to your Siri recordings

A prototype of Apple’s new HomePod is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California.

Apple said it will suspend a program that allowed its staff to listen to conversations people have had with the Siri voice assistant.

Under the program, if you said, “Hey Siri, what’s the weather today?” someone at Apple could listen to a recording of that question. Apple says it doesn’t listen to all conversations, just a small fraction. The company also says the recordings are anonymous.

Apple calls the practice “grading.” Google and Amazon do the same thing with their voice assistants, and all three companies say it’s to improve speech recognition. While Apple hasn’t hidden the fact that it uploads this data anonymously, The Guardian reported on July 26 that workers who listen have heard about drug deals, medical details and more.

Apple says Siri grading is anonymous, and the data sent back to Apple is encrypted and randomized, which means it would be hard to identify a person unless specific things were mentioned in a recording, like an address or a name. Apple also does most of its processing on device, only sending a fraction of requests to the servers. Amazon and Google do the processing in the cloud. Still, bad things can happen, as The Guardian noted and as other contractors who worked with Google have discovered.

In July, Google admitted that contractors leaked more than 1,000 voice recordings from Google Assistant. Voices in the clips were identifiable by what was spoken, according Belgian news site VLT, which obtained them. As a result, Google on Wednesday suspended its analysis of Google Assistant recordings in Europe.

But Apple, which has been putting a bigger focus on privacy, has been slow to add some features offered elsewhere. Amazon, for example, has had a feature that lets you opt out from a similar program it operates. Google and Amazon let you review and delete everything you’ve asked their voice assistants.

“User voice recordings are saved for a six-month period so that the recognition system can utilize them to better understand the user’s voice,” according to an Apple white paper. “After six months, another copy is saved, without its identifier, for use by Apple in improving and developing Siri for up to two years.”

Apple does not let you review the questions you’ve asked Siri and has not yet rolled out a feature that lets you opt out of the possibility that your voice recordings will reviewed by employees. It says the latter is coming. An Apple spokesperson would not say if the company plans to let you review and delete your history of Siri questions.

The Verge has a guide showing how you can currently delete Siri recordings, but it shows just how wonky the experience to do it is and why Apple needs to make it easier.

“We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally,” Apple said in a statement. “Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.” A company spokesperson said it had no additional information when asked if it will match privacy features offered by Google and Amazon that allow you to review and delete previous questions.


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Google suspends transcriptions of recordings from its voice assistant in Europe

Google has suspended producing transcriptions of voice recordings from its Google Assistant product in the European Union. The company admitted in mid-July that partners who work to analyze voice snippets from the Assistant leaked more than 1,000 private conversations to a Belgian news outlet. “Shortly after we learned about the leaking of confidential Dutch audio data, we paused language reviews of the Assistant to investigate.” Google will suspend the transcriptions for at least three months,


Google has suspended producing transcriptions of voice recordings from its Google Assistant product in the European Union. The company admitted in mid-July that partners who work to analyze voice snippets from the Assistant leaked more than 1,000 private conversations to a Belgian news outlet. “Shortly after we learned about the leaking of confidential Dutch audio data, we paused language reviews of the Assistant to investigate.” Google will suspend the transcriptions for at least three months,
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Google suspends transcriptions of recordings from its voice assistant in Europe

Google has suspended producing transcriptions of voice recordings from its Google Assistant product in the European Union.

The company admitted in mid-July that partners who work to analyze voice snippets from the Assistant leaked more than 1,000 private conversations to a Belgian news outlet. Some of those messages revealed sensitive information such as medical conditions and customer addresses.

“We are in touch with the Hamburg data protection authority and are assessing how we conduct audio reviews and help our users understand how data is used,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. “Shortly after we learned about the leaking of confidential Dutch audio data, we paused language reviews of the Assistant to investigate.”

The spokesperson said that the transcriptions account for 0.2% of all voice clips, adding that they “help make voice recognition systems more inclusive of different accents and dialects across languages.”

Google’s voluntary action to halt the transcriptions also comes as the company faces the threat of regulation from lawmakers and politicians alike for its concentration of power in consumers’ lives. The Department of Justice last month announced a formal probe into Big Tech’s business practices.

Google will suspend the transcriptions for at least three months, according to the Associated Press. German regulators reportedly have a formal probe into the company’s data practices but haven’t yet taken action against it, the AP reported.

The office of Johannes Caspar, Hamburg’s commissioner for data protection, said there are “currently significant doubts” about whether Google Assistant complies with EU data-protection law, according to the AP report.

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Google suspends Viagogo from advertising over trust concerns

Ticket resales company Viagogo has been suspended from advertising globally on Google’s search engine. Google took action on Thursday after concluding that the Swiss firm was in breach of its advertising policy, basing its decision on advice from advertising regulators. While Viagogo will not be able to advertise on Google, its suspension will not apply to organic search results. Google told CNBC via email that it would be suspending advertisements from Viagogo from Thursday. Cris Miller, Managi


Ticket resales company Viagogo has been suspended from advertising globally on Google’s search engine. Google took action on Thursday after concluding that the Swiss firm was in breach of its advertising policy, basing its decision on advice from advertising regulators. While Viagogo will not be able to advertise on Google, its suspension will not apply to organic search results. Google told CNBC via email that it would be suspending advertisements from Viagogo from Thursday. Cris Miller, Managi
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Google suspends Viagogo from advertising over trust concerns

Ticket resales company Viagogo has been suspended from advertising globally on Google’s search engine.

Google took action on Thursday after concluding that the Swiss firm was in breach of its advertising policy, basing its decision on advice from advertising regulators. While Viagogo will not be able to advertise on Google, its suspension will not apply to organic search results.

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced earlier this month that it was moving forward with legal proceedings against Viagogo. The company faces contempt of court charges for allegedly failing to comply with a court order that demanded it overhaul its practices.

According to the CMA, Viagogo has not done enough to alter the way it sells products, and therefore is in breach of U.K. consumer protection law. It accused the company of using misleading ticket availability messages, failing to warn people that certain tickets may not guarantee entry to an event, and not displaying seat numbers for some tickets.

Google told CNBC via email that it would be suspending advertisements from Viagogo from Thursday.

“When people use our platform for help in purchasing tickets, we want to make sure that they have an experience they can trust,” a spokesperson from Google said. “This is why we have strict policies and take necessary action when we find an advertiser in breach.”

Cris Miller, Managing Director of Viagogo, told CNBC on Thursday that the firm was “extremely surprised” to learn of Google’s concerns.

“We are confident that there has been no breach of Google’s policies and look forward to working with them to resolve this as quickly as possible,” he said via email.

In early 2018, Google updated its policies to ensure that resellers could not claim to be official ticket vendors, and resellers must now provide a breakdown of ticket prices across fees and taxes before payments are taken.

Last year, Google removed 2.3 billion adverts found to be in breach of its policies or the law.


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Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course. But some customers at stores in E


Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course. But some customers at stores in E
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Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones

Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software.

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.

Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request.

The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year, powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia.

Huawei declined to comment.

Alphabet’s Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the U.S. government expires in August.

But Google’s Playstore and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.

The Facebook ban, by contrast, applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, according to a person familiar with the matter. Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension took place.

In May, Washington banned U.S. companies from supplying technology to Huawei, part of a long-running campaign against the company. The United States alleges that Huawei is too close to the Chinese government and that its telecom network gear and other products could be a conduit for espionage, which Huawei denies.

Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Playstore. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course.

Huawei has said it was prepared for the U.S. action and vowed to work around any disruptions. But some customers at stores in Europe and Asia have told Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales.


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Health tech start-up uBiome suspends clinical operations following FBI raid

In an email to its customers, uBiome, a start-up that sells health tests, said on Monday that it is suspending clinical operations for its health tests, including SmartGut and SmartJane. Any recent SmartGut or SmartJane tests will be cancelled, and payments for any out-of-pocket tests will be refunded, it said. The board also said that it would launch an independent investigation into uBiome’s billing practices. We look forward to continuing to demonstrate this clinical utility and value. We wil


In an email to its customers, uBiome, a start-up that sells health tests, said on Monday that it is suspending clinical operations for its health tests, including SmartGut and SmartJane. Any recent SmartGut or SmartJane tests will be cancelled, and payments for any out-of-pocket tests will be refunded, it said. The board also said that it would launch an independent investigation into uBiome’s billing practices. We look forward to continuing to demonstrate this clinical utility and value. We wil
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Health tech start-up uBiome suspends clinical operations following FBI raid

In an email to its customers, uBiome, a start-up that sells health tests, said on Monday that it is suspending clinical operations for its health tests, including SmartGut and SmartJane.

That decision follows the news that the FBI searched the company’s San Francisco offices as part of an ongoing investigation into the start-up’s billing practices.

The company noted that it would continue to sell its direct-to-consumer product, Explorer. Any recent SmartGut or SmartJane tests will be cancelled, and payments for any out-of-pocket tests will be refunded, it said.

In the months before the FBI search, the company would often bill insurance multiple times for its tests without patient consent, insiders told CNBC. In an interview, one customer, Marc Harris, told CNBC that he sent in two samples, but the $2,970 test was billed to his insurance five times.

The company’s founders, Jessica Richman and Zac Apte, are on “administrative leave,” the company announced last week, and John Rakow, its general counsel, was named interim CEO. The board also said that it would launch an independent investigation into uBiome’s billing practices.

UBiome declined to comment on the email.

Here’s the full email, obtained by CNBC:

On Friday, April 26, 2019, federal authorities, pursuant to a search warrant, searched uBiome’s facilities in San Francisco. We are cooperating fully with federal authorities on this matter. Our Board of Directors has appointed John Rakow, our General Counsel, as Interim CEO of uBiome, effective immediately. Our Co-CEOs, Jessica Richman and Zac Apte, are currently on administrative leave as we conduct an independent investigation into the company’s billing practices, to be overseen by a Special Committee of the Board. Once complete, we will take any corrective actions that are needed to ensure we can become a stronger company better able to serve patients and healthcare providers. We will also be temporarily suspending clinical operations. At this time and until further notice, uBiome will not be offering SmartGut or SmartJane. We will continue to offer and process our Explorer product. It is important to reiterate that this is a suspension. This does not mean we will not offer clinical products in the future, nor does this insinuate a lack of value or utility in our products. There is significant clinical evidence that demonstrates the utility and value of uBiome’s products as important tools for patients, healthcare providers, and our commercial partners. We look forward to continuing to demonstrate this clinical utility and value. Any SmartGut or SmartJane request or order that is pending on your account has been canceled. If you made any out of pocket payment upfront, this will be refunded to you within 3-5 business days. We will not be releasing clinical reports, processing samples, billing health insurance, or shipping new collections kits, at this time. If you would prefer that any of your pending samples be destroyed, simply reply to this email. Our team will ensure this is taken care of for you expeditiously.

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Biden Foundation suspends operations, effective immediately

The Biden Foundation, created in 2017 by former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, announced Thursday that it would suspend operations effective immediately, just hours after Joe Biden formally launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. According to a statement from the foundation, the suspension will include “activities related to fundraising, staffing, policy, and partnership collaboration across its policy pillars.” “The Vice President and Dr. Biden are t


The Biden Foundation, created in 2017 by former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, announced Thursday that it would suspend operations effective immediately, just hours after Joe Biden formally launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. According to a statement from the foundation, the suspension will include “activities related to fundraising, staffing, policy, and partnership collaboration across its policy pillars.” “The Vice President and Dr. Biden are t
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Biden Foundation suspends operations, effective immediately

The Biden Foundation, created in 2017 by former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, announced Thursday that it would suspend operations effective immediately, just hours after Joe Biden formally launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

According to a statement from the foundation, the suspension will include “activities related to fundraising, staffing, policy, and partnership collaboration across its policy pillars.”

“The Vice President and Dr. Biden are the heart and soul of the foundation and now will be devoting all their time and effort to the presidential campaign,” Ted Kaufman, chairman of the Biden Foundation’s board, said in a statement Thursday. “We are immediately suspending foundation activities. In the coming days, the board will put together a plan for an orderly wind-down of all of the foundation’s work.”

Since its founding, the Biden Foundation has served as a means by which the former vice president and his wife could remain engaged in causes they worked on while in the Obama White House, such as expanding college affordability, broadening employment opportunities for military spouses, and combatting violence against women. In its first year, the foundation reported raising $6.6 million. Fundraising figures for 2018 had yet to be released on Thursday.

News of the foundation’s imminent suspension was first reported by The New York Times.


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CBS suspends search for a new CEO, extends acting CEO Ianniello through 2019

CBS announced Tuesday that it will suspend its search for a new CEO and that it will keep acting CEO Joseph Ianniello in the role through the end of the year. Ianniello assumed the role in September and had previously served as CBS’ chief operating officer and has been with the company since 1997. Shares of CBS rose slightly in postmarket trading following the news. CNBC previously reported that Shari Redstone would like to reunite CBS and Viacom. Sources familiar with the situation have previou


CBS announced Tuesday that it will suspend its search for a new CEO and that it will keep acting CEO Joseph Ianniello in the role through the end of the year. Ianniello assumed the role in September and had previously served as CBS’ chief operating officer and has been with the company since 1997. Shares of CBS rose slightly in postmarket trading following the news. CNBC previously reported that Shari Redstone would like to reunite CBS and Viacom. Sources familiar with the situation have previou
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CBS suspends search for a new CEO, extends acting CEO Ianniello through 2019

CBS announced Tuesday that it will suspend its search for a new CEO and that it will keep acting CEO Joseph Ianniello in the role through the end of the year.

Earlier this month, CNBC had reported that CBS had missed its own internal deadline to find a successor for Les Moonves, who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Ianniello assumed the role in September and had previously served as CBS’ chief operating officer and has been with the company since 1997.

The media giant’s board said in a release, “Joe has demonstrated exceptional leadership during this time of unprecedented transition at CBS.” The board said Ianniello “steadied the ship” and demonstrated a “commitment to cultural change.”

Shares of CBS rose slightly in postmarket trading following the news.

CNBC previously reported that Shari Redstone would like to reunite CBS and Viacom. Redstone serves as vice chair of both companies.

Viacom shares rose nearly 1% in after-hours trade Tuesday.

Sources familiar with the situation have previously told CNBC that Redstone would like Viacom CEO Bob Bakish to lead the combined company. CNBC also reported that Ianniello could possibly become the No. 2 at a combined CBS-Viacom.

— With reporting from CNBC’s Alex Sherman.


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China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 planes

China’s civil aviation regulator said on Monday that it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia. It was the second crash of the 737 MAX, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017. The airline has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking we


China’s civil aviation regulator said on Monday that it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia. It was the second crash of the 737 MAX, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017. The airline has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking we
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China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 planes

China’s civil aviation regulator said on Monday that it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines has also grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet until further notice, the airline said on its Twitter account on Monday, a day after one of its MAX 8 jets bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

It was the second crash of the 737 MAX, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017.

“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the crash, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution,” Ethiopian Airlines said.

The airline has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

In October, a 737 MAX flown by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air flying from Jakarta on a domestic flight crashed 13 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a statement it would notify airlines as to when they could resume flying the jets after contacting Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ensure flight safety.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” the CAAC said, adding that the order was in line with its principle of zero-tolerance on safety harzards.

The cause of the Indonesian crash is still being investigated. A preliminary report issued in November, before the cockpit voice recorder was recovered, focused on airline maintenance and training and the response of a Boeing anti-stall system to a recently replaced sensor but did not give a reason for the crash.

Chinese airlines have 96 737 MAX jets in service, the state company regulator said on Weibo.

Caijing, a Chinese state-run news outlet that covers finance and economics, said many flights scheduled to use 737 MAX planes would instead use the 737-800 models.

A Boeing spokesman declined to comment.

A U.S. official told Reuters the United States was unsure of what information China was acting on.

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said there were no plans to follow suit given the 737 MAX had a stellar safety record in the United States and there was a lack of information about the cause of the Ethiopian crash.


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