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On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Pramila Jayapal wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai lambasting his company’s efforts to get Jonathan Kanter — DOJ’s top antitrust official — to recuse himself from all matters related to the company. “These efforts to bully regulators and avoid accountability — which are similar to those of Facebook and Amazon this year — are untethered to federal ethics law and regulations, and we urge you to cease them immediately,” the lawmakers wrote. “Google should focus on complying with antitrust law rather than attempting to rig the system with these unseemly tactics.”Google (GOOG) didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawmakers’ letter comes amid an ongoing Justice Department lawsuit targeting Google’s dominance in search and search advertising. It follows a request by Google in November seeking Kanter’s recusal a day after his Senate confirmation. It also comes on the heels of a pair of similar requests that Amazon and Facebook submitted to the Federal Trade Commission last year seeking recusal of Chair Lina Khan from matters involving those businesses. In its initial request, Google argued that Kanter’s previous representation of clients opposed to the search giant, such as Yelp, disqualified him from DOJ’s Google oversight. But in Wednesday’s letter, Warren and Jayapal charged that Google was misrepresenting federal ethics laws and that Kanter was “eminently qualified.” The lawmakers said Kanter would only be required to recuse himself if he stood to benefit financially from the litigation; if he had previously represented a party directly involved in the suit; or if a “reasonable person” might question his neutrality based on the public record. Google has a “clear financial interest in weak antitrust enforcement,” the two Democrats wrote, but Kanter’s record “has aligned with the federal government’s interest in robust enforcement of antitrust law.””Your efforts to sideline key federal regulators… simply serve as further evidence that you will go to all lengths to ward off necessary scrutiny of your immense market power,” the letter said. “We urge you to cease these actions and allow federal officials to do their jobs and enforce federal antitrust law.”

The Japanese tech company will set up a new operating subsidiary called “Sony Mobility Inc.” in the coming months and is considering the commercial launch of an electric vehicle, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said at the CES consumer tech trade show on Tuesday. “With our imaging and sensing, cloud, 5G and entertainment technologies combined with our content mastery, we believe Sony is well positioned as a creative entertainment company to redefine mobility,” Yoshida said.The company — best known for its electronic gadgets and entertainment products — plans to use AI and robotics in its new EV business. It unveiled the Vision-S 02, a SUV prototype, at the CES conference in Las Vegas. The concept SUV uses Sony (SNE) sensors to enable some self-driving functions and makes use of the company’s expertise in entertainment. Passengers would be able to play video games on the go while connected to their PlayStation consoles at home. Sony introduced its first prototype vehicle, the Vision-S 01 two years ago, which it started testing on public roads in Europe in December 2020. The new SUV would use the same EV cloud platform as the first model, Sony said in a press release. It is unclear whether the company hopes to build cars under its own brand or partner with other automakers. Speculation that Sony competitor Apple (AAPL) is considering making its own electric vehicle has swirled for years. The rumor mill turned again in April last year when CEO Tim Cook hinted autonomous driving would be a core feature of any Apple car, but the $3 trillion company has so far not confirmed plans to build one.

Beyond the laptops, tablets and smartphones, the event will feature a number of oddball gadgets, including dehumidifying earbuds (yes, you read that right), smart light bulbs that monitor your sleep and even smart bath technology that lets a bathtub fill itself.Here’s a look at some of the buzziest products to watch for at CES 2022, based on company announcements and a press day on Tuesday.Samsung Galaxy S21 FE smartphoneSamsung’s new Galaxy S21 FE 5G smartphone — FE stands for “fan edition” — borrows some of the best features from its existing S21 line and packages it into a more affordable device. The smartphone, which starts at $699 and is available on January 11, costs $100 less than last year’s S21 for the same processors, refresh rates and triple camera system. With a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, it’s slightly larger than the S21 and comes with an aluminum frame, a slight camera bump from the phone’s edge and a fingerprint scanner. It may not be as flashy as the S21, but the cheaper price and different colors — olive, lavender, white or silver — could make it a compelling alternative.Dell’s Alienware flexible gaming setupAlienware, Dell’s gaming hardware division, showed off a gaming setup called Concept Nyx that would allow you to seamlessly switch from playing a game on a PC in the bedroom to playing on a TV screen in the living room, picking up right where a gamer left off using a single controller. The system, currently still in the prototype stage, would rely on edge computing, which could also mean higher bandwidth and fewer lags when they’re playing. Sengled smart light bulb Sengled’s new smart light bulb tracks your sleeping patterns without you needing to wear a smartwatch. The lighting company has added radar technology to its bulbs that monitors biometric measurements such as heart rate, body temperature and other vital signs. Multiple Bluetooth-enabled bulbs used together in a home can create a mesh network to “help detect human behavior and determine if someone has fallen and send for help,” according to the company. Bird Buddy Smart Bird FeederIf you’ve ever wished to get up-close and personal with the feathered friends that visit your backyard, Bird Buddy — a $199 camera-enabled bird feeder — could help. The feeder, which is available for pre-orders now and ships in June, connects to your home WiFi network, captures photos and videos of visiting birds, and streams live to an app on your phone. The app uses artificial intelligence to let you know what kinds of birds you’re looking at, and will save an album tracking the history of bird visitors to share with family and friends. Kohler smart bath technologyTired of waiting for your bathtub to fill at the end of the day? Most people have probably never thought of it as an issue, but Kohler has announced new “PerfectFill Smart Bathing” technology that will let users preset their preferences (and their kids’ or partner’s) for bath temperature and fill levels, and draw a bath with a voice command. The product, which starts at $2,700, hasn’t yet shipped but the company has a link for customers to get notified when it’s available on its website. Dog nose prints, temporary tattoo printer and dehumidifier earbudsSamsung’s C-Lab startups — the company’s internal accelerator program — didn’t disappoint this year, with some unusual but delightful products. The Petnow app lets you use your dog’s nose print to identify them if they get lost rather than using implanted microchips. The app uses AI to analyze the unique wrinkles in the dog’s nose — which remain unchanged over time, much like fingerprints — and aims to help reconnect pets with owners.Prinker Korea’s app creates temporary tattoos by picking the design and then printing it on your skin via a handheld device, which starts at $199. And Linkface’s DearBuds — Bluetooth-enabled earbuds — tracks humidity inside the ear, which the creators say cause bacteria overgrowth, as well as releases light and heat to alleviate sticky and moist ear canals. (The startup surpassed its Kickstarter goal last year, but it put funding on hold due to issues with sourcing parts for the earbuds and said it planned to redesign the product.) John Deere’s self-driving tractorJohn Deere has long offered tractors with GPS-guided automated steering but its latest model, coming later this year, will till the fields all on its own. The autonomous farm tractor packs six stereo cameras and lots of sensors, so farmers can monitor its progress using a smartphone app that provides data and video in real time. Meanwhile, built-in AI will keep an eye out for obstacles or problems. If anything looks wrong, the tractor can stop and ask the farmer for help.Dell XPS 13 Plus LaptopDell made a handful of significant changes to its XPS 13 laptop, most notably with a “capacitive function row” in place of the F keys — that lets you adjust the brightness and volume — not unlike Apple’s controversial digital touch bar. But early reviews applaud the change, along with the introduction of a glass haptic trackpad, a growing trend in thinner laptops. The sleek premium laptop will launch this spring starting at $1,100.Samsung FreestyleSamsung’s neat new Freestyle gadget ($899) offers the customization capabilities of Samsung’s smart TVs with portability. Coming in at less than two pounds, the versatile, fancy projector creates exciting entertainment experiences, at any time and in any place. It’ll play music, display decorative lighting, project videos onto the walls or ceiling as you lay in bed.CNN Business’ Peter Valdes-Dapena contributed to this story.

After the jurors were discharged, Holmes, wearing a mask and seemingly emotionless, went down the line of her supporters in the San Jose courtroom. She gave each a hug, beginning with her partner Billy Evans, then her mother, her father and friends, embracing each by placing an arm over their shoulder and clutching a pen in her hand. With that, Holmes, 37, began the next chapter of her life as the rare Silicon Valley founder tried for, and convicted of, fraud. Once hailed as the next Steve Jobs for her ambitious promise of building technology that could test for a wide range of conditions with just a few drops of blood, Holmes now faces the possibility of years of jail time. Here’s what’s next for Holmes and her high-profile court case, which went on for nearly four months.Three remaining countsThe charges Holmes was found guilty of include one count of conspiracy to defraud investors, as well as three wire fraud counts tied to specific investors. But the jury also determined that Holmes was not guilty of three additional counts concerning defrauding patients and one count of conspiracy to defraud patients — a part of the government’s case that it spent relatively little time mounting in comparison to its case pertaining to investors. The jurors did not return a verdict on three federal wire fraud counts tied to other investors — each of whom had invested in Theranos in its earliest days and then again later, with their later investments making up the counts in question. The court indicated in a filing Tuesday that it had declared a mistrial for the three counts jurors couldn’t agree upon. Next, the prosecution will decide whether it intends to retry Holmes on those charges — something legal experts indicated they’ll almost surely drop at this point given the guilty verdict returned on four counts. Once that’s determined, the conversation will turn to Holmes’ sentencing. SentencingAccording to the indictment, Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison for each count, which is likely to run concurrently. But that doesn’t mean she will get the maximum penalty, or anywhere near it. The judge will ultimately make the determination as he sees fit, referring to sentencing guidelines. “The judge isn’t bound by the resulting sentencing range, but it is likely to frame the parties’ arguments at sentencing,” said Miriam Baer, a professor at Brooklyn Law School, who said a number of factors play into Holmes’ potential sentence which will be determined by Judge Edward Davila. Shan Wu, a criminal defense lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, said he would expect any prison time to be on the lower end “primarily” due to Holmes’ “lack of criminal history.” But he said the dollar amount of the losses tied to the wire fraud charges are significant, and will factor in to the sentencing.The possibility of an appealWhile the defense has not filed a notice of an appeal, legal experts say it is likely on the horizon, potentially impacting how soon Holmes serves her time if sentenced to prison.According to George Demos, a former Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor and adjunct law professor at the UC Davis School of Law, issues that the defense could raise as grounds for appeal may include “erroneous jury instructions or improper evidentiary rulings by the Court,” for example.While an appeal could delay the outcome, Keri Axel, a trial lawyer at Waymaker and a former federal prosecutor, noted that “criminal convictions are rarely overturned, and the fact that the jury split the verdict will underscore how carefully it did its job.” Free on bondHolmes was not remanded after the verdict and remains free on bond. In discussing post-verdict matters, prosecutor Jeffrey Schenk indicated the government would like to convert the condition of Holmes’ release to a secure bond. That means she would need to post something of value — “either in the form of property or cash, if that’s available,” Schenk said — such that should she not show up to court for future proceedings, it could be seized. A target date of January 12 was set for handling the matter. As she left the courthouse around 5:30 p.m. local time Monday, Holmes was bombarded with cameras and reporters. Holmes left as she entered most days, hand-in-hand with her mother and her partner Billy Evans, who also joined hands with Holmes’ father and a friend, forming a human chain.

The verdict comes after a stunning downfall that saw Holmes, once hailed as the next Steve Jobs, go from being a tech industry icon to being a rare Silicon Valley entrepreneur on trial for fraud. A Stanford University dropout, Holmes — inspired by her own fear of needles — started the company at the age of 19, with a mission of creating a cheaper, more efficient alternative to a traditional blood test. Theranos promised patients the ability to test for conditions like cancer and diabetes with just a few drops of blood. She attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, a board of well-known political figures, and key retail partners.But a Wall Street Journal investigation poked holes into Theranos’ testing and technology, and the dominoes fell from there. Holmes and her former business partner, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, were charged in 2018 by the US government with multiple counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. (Both pleaded not guilty.) Here are the highlights of the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos.March 2004: Holmes drops out of Stanford to pursue TheranosHolmes, a Stanford University sophomore studying chemical engineering, drops out of school to pursue her startup, Theranos, which she founded in 2003 at age 19. The name is a combination of the words “therapy” and “diagnosis.” September 2009: Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani joins Theranos as Holmes’ right-hand manBalwani joins as chief operating officer and president of the startup. Balwani, nearly 20 years her senior, met Holmes in 2002 on a trip to Beijing through Stanford University. The two are later revealed to be romantically involved.September 2013: Holmes opens up about Theranos; announces Walgreens partnershipA decade after first starting the company, Holmes takes the lid off Theranos and courts media attention the same month that Theranos and Walgreens announce they’ve struck up a long-term partnership. The first Theranos Wellness Center location opens in a Walgreens in Palo Alto where consumers can access Theranos’ blood test. The original plan had been to make Theranos’ testing available at Walgreens locations nationwide.September 2014: Holmes named one of the richest women in America by ForbesHolmes is named to the magazine’s American billionaire list with the outlet reporting she owns a 50% stake in the startup, pinning her personal wealth at $4.5 billion. December 2014: Theranos has raised $400 millionTheranos has raised more than $400 million, according to a profile of the company and Holmes by The New Yorker. It counts Oracle’s Larry Ellison among its investors. July 2015: Theranos gets FDA approval for Herpes testThe FDA clears Theranos to use of its proprietary tiny blood-collection vials to finger stick blood test for herpes simplex 1 virus — its first and only approval for a diagnostic test. October 2015: Theranos is the subject of a Wall Street Journal investigation; Holmes hits backThe Wall Street Journal reports Theranos is using its proprietary technique on only a small number of the 240 tests it performs, and that the vast majority of its tests are done with traditional vials of blood drawn from the arm, not the “few drops” taken by a finger prick. In response, Theranos defends its testing practices, calling the Journal’s reporting “factually and scientifically erroneous.”A day later, Theranos halts the use of its blood-collection vials for all but the herpes test due to pressures from the FDA. (Later that month, the FDA released two heavily redacted reports citing 14 concerns, including calling the company’s proprietary vial an “uncleared medical device.”) One week after the Journal report, Holmes is interviewed on-stage at the outlet’s conference in Laguna Beach. “We know what we’re doing and we’re very proud of it,” she says.Amid the criticism, Theranos reportedly shakes up its board of directors, eliminating Henry Kissinger and George Shultz as directors while moving them to a new board of counselors; the company also forms a separate medical board.November 2015: Theranos and Safeway partnership falls shortSafeway, which invested $350 million into building out clinics in hundreds of its supermarkets to eventually offer Theranos blood tests, reportedly looks to dissolve its relationship with the company before it ever offered its services.January 2016: Federal regulators take issue with Theranos’ California lab; Walgreens pulls backCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sends Theranos a letter saying its California lab has failed to comply with federal standards and that patients are in “immediate jeopardy.” It gives the company 10 days to address the issues.In response, Walgreens says it will not send any lab tests to Theranos’ California lab for analysis and suspends Theranos services at its Palo Alto Walgreens location.March 2016: CMS threatens to ban Holmes, Balwani from lab businessCMS threatens to ban Holmes and Balwani from the laboratory business for two years after the company allegedly failed to fix problems at its California lab. Theranos says that’s a “worst case scenario.” May 2016: Balwani steps down; Theranos voids two years of blood testsBalwani departs. The company also adds three new board members as part of the restructuring: Fabrizio Bonanni, a former executive vice president of biotech firm Amgen, former CDC director William Foege, and former Wells Fargo CEO Richard Kovacevich.Theranos voids two years of blood test results from its proprietary testing devices, correcting tens of thousands of blood-test reports, the Journal reports.June 2016: Holmes net worth revised to $0; Theranos loses its largest retail partnerForbes revises its estimate of Holmes’ net worth from $4.5 billion to $0. The magazine also lowers its valuation for the company from $9 billion to $800 million.Walgreens, once Theranos’ largest retail partner, ends its partnership with the company and says it will close all 40 Theranos Wellness Centers. July 2016: Holmes is banned from running labs for two yearsCMS revokes Theranos’ license to operate its California lab and bans Holmes from running a blood-testing lab for two years.August 2016: The company unveils ‘miniLab’ deviceHolmes tries to move past recent setbacks by unveiling a mini testing laboratory, called miniLab, at a conference for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. In selling the device, versus operating its own clinics, Theranos seeks to effectively side-step CMS sanctions, which don’t prohibit research and development.October 2016: Theranos investor sues the company; Theranos downsizesTheranos investor Partner Fund Management sues the company for $96.1 million, the amount it sunk into the company in February 2014, plus damages. It accuses the company of securities fraud. Theranos and Partner Fund Management settled in May, 2017, for an undisclosed amount.The company also lays off 340 employees as it closes clinical labs and wellness centers as it attempts to pivot and focus on the miniLab.November 2016: Walgreens sues TheranosWalgreens sues the blood testing startup for breach of contract. Walgreens sought to recover the $140 million it poured into the company. The lawsuit was settled August, 2017.January 2017: More layoffs, followed by a failed lab inspectionTheranos downsizes its workforce yet again following the increased scrutiny into its operations, laying off approximately 155 employees or about 41% of staffers.The Wall Street Journal reports that Theranos failed a second regulatory lab inspection in September, and that the company was closing its last blood testing location as a result.April 2017: Theranos settles with CMS, and Arizona AGTheranos settles with the CMS, agreeing to pay $30,000 and to not to own or operate any clinical labs for two years.Theranos also settles with the Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich over allegations that its advertisements misrepresented the method, accuracy, and reliability of its blood testing and that the company was out of compliance with federal regulations governing clinical lab testing. Theranos agrees to pay $4.65 million back to its Arizona customers as part of a settlement deal.March 2018: Holmes charged with massive fraudThe SEC charges Holmes and Balwani with a “massive fraud” involving more than $700 million from investors through an “elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance.” The SEC alleges Holmes and Balwani knew that Theranos’ proprietary analyzer could perform only 12 of the 200 tests it published on its patient testing menu.Theranos and Holmes agree to resolve the claims against them, and Holmes gives up control of the company and much of her stake in it. Balwani, however, is fighting the charges, with his attorney saying he “accurately represented Theranos to investors to the best of his ability.”May 2018: “Bad Blood” Reporter John Carreyrou, who first broke open the story of Theranos for the Wall Street Journal, publishes “Bad Blood,” a definitive look at what happened inside the disgraced company. Director Adam McKay (who directed “The Big Short”) secures the rights to make the film, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes, by the same name.June 2018: Holmes and Balwani indicted on criminal fraud chargesHolmes and Balwani are indicted on federal wire fraud charges over allegedly engaging in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors, as well as a scheme to defraud doctors and patients. Both have pleaded not guilty.Minutes before the charges were made public, Theranos announced that Holmes has stepped down as CEO. The company’s general counsel, David Taylor, takes over as CEO. Holmes remains chair of the company’s board.September 2018: Theranos to dissolveTaylor emails shareholders that Theranos will dissolve, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Taylor said more than 80 potential buyers were not interested in a sale. “We are now out of time,” Taylor wrote.March 2019: Theranos gets the documentary treatmentAlex Gibney, the prolific documentary filmmaker behind “Dirty Money,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and “The Armstrong Lie,” debuts “The Inventor” on HBO, following the rise and fall of Theranos.September 2020: Holmes’ possible defense strategy comes to lightA new court document reveals Holmes may seek a “mental disease” defense in her criminal fraud trial. Later, in August 2021, unsealed court documents reveal Holmes is likely to claim she was the victim of a decade-long abusive relationship with Balwani. The allegations led to the severing of their trials. His trial is slated to begin in 2022.December 2020: Holmes’ criminal trial delayed til 2021Initially set to begin in July 2020, Holmes’ criminal trial is further delayed til July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. March 2021: Holmes’ pregnancy further delays trialNews surfaces that Holmes’ is expecting her first child, once more further delaying her criminal trial. Holmes’ counsel advised the US government that Holmes is due in July 2021, a court document revealed. She gave birth in July.August 2021: Holmes’ criminal trial begins with jury selectionMore than 80 potential jurors are brought into a San Jose courtroom for questioning over the course of two days to determine if they are fit to serve as impartial, fair jurors for the criminal trial of Holmes. A jury of seven men and five women is selected, with five alternatives.December 2021: Jury begins deliberating her fateAfter three months of testimony from 32 witnesses, the criminal fraud case of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes makes its way to the jury of eight men and four women who will decide her fate. The jury would go on to deliberate for more than 50 hours before returning a verdict.January 2022: Holmes found guilty on four of 11 federal chargesHolmes is found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud investors as well as three wire fraud counts tied to specific investors. She is found not guilty on three additional charges concerning defrauding patients and one charge of conspiracy to defraud patients. The jury returns no verdict on three of the charges concerning defrauding investors. Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a fine of $250,000 plus restitution for each count.

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The congresswoman reacted to the temporary Facebook ban through her Telegram account, writing, “Facebook has joined Twitter in censoring me.” A spokesperson for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said Facebook removed one of Greene’s posts about Covid-19. “A post violated our policies and we have removed it; but removing her account for this violation is beyond the scope of our policies,” the spokesperson said. The decision comes a day after Twitter permanently suspended one of Greene’s accounts for repeatedly violating the platform’s rules against Covid-19 misinformation.Greene, a right-wing Republican, had most frequently tweeted from the @mtgreenee handle, which had more than 465,000 followers. She still has access to and can tweet from her official congressional account @RepMTG, which has more than 386,000 followers.The congresswoman has a long history of embracing baseless conspiracy theories, and she has been a serial tweeter of false claims — about the election, the Capitol insurrection and other subjects — since she won her seat in November 2020.CNN’s KFILE previously reported that Greene had removed dozens of Facebook posts from 2018 and 2019 in which she endorsed fringe conspiracy theories and repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians.While the company had not removed those posts, Facebook previously removed posts of Greene’s for violating the company’s community standards, including ones in which Greene agreed with people who said the 2018 Parkland, Florida, shooting was a “false flag” operation. “False flag” refers to acts that are designed by perpetrators to be made to look like they were carried out by other individuals or groups.

Although the event will return to Las Vegas for the first time since 2020 — marking the first major, in-person tech conference in the US since the start of the pandemic — it will look different than in pre-Covid times. To start, attendees will be required to masks, show proof of vaccination, and will have access to self-test kits. It will also close one day earlier than originally planned.The Consumer Technology Association, which hosts the event, said more than 2,200 exhibitors committed and over 3,300 members of the media have registered for in-person attendance, but a number of media organizations and prominent companies — such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Intel and Meta, formerly known as Facebook — have canceled plans to physically attend in recent weeks. (The event normally draws around 4,000 exhibitors.) It will also once again host a digital version of the conference, following last year’s all-virtual CES.In a recent blog post published on LinkedIn, CTA president Gary Shapiro said canceling the event this year would hurt thousands of smaller companies who have made investments in building their exhibits and are counting on CES to help their business.”CES will and must go on,” he wrote. “It will have many more small companies than large ones. It may have big gaps on the show floor. Certainly, it will be different from previous years. It may be messy. But innovation is messy. It is risky and uncomfortable.”Despite the pandemic-related challenges, this year’s show floor will likely be a spectacle of giant TVs, roaming robots and gadgets that promise the future of tech.Expected CES highlights this yearThe auto industry is expected to have a bigger-than-ever presence. Although General Motors (GM) canceled its plans to attend in person, CEO Mary Barra will deliver the conference’s opening keynote address and is expected to share more about the company’s vision for mass-adoption of electric vehicles. GM is set to unveil a new, all-electric pickup truck at the show on January 5. Other forms of transportation will also be on display, such as electric scooters, electric bikes and a Sierra Space plane, which is partnering with NASA to take goods to the International Space Station.The digital health space, which has accelerated over the past two years, will be a major point of focus at CES this year, too. While companies will tout new health gadgets, apps and services, panel discussions will highlight the future of telemedicine and emerging products, such as mobile app-enabled, at-home Covid-19 tests. A healthcare provider — Abbott, a medical device company — will deliver a keynote presentation for the first time.Meanwhile, discussions around a variety of policy issues facing the tech industry are also planned, such as how to craft effective privacy laws, how to address the growing threat of cyberattacks and how to regulate cryptocurrencies. The event comes as regulators in the United States and elsewhere consider how to rein in dominant big tech companies and how to responsibly manage emerging technologies such as AI, cryptocurrency and autonomous vehicles. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly are all expected to attend CES.Other areas of focus include food tech, NFTs, augmented and virtual reality, and sessions focused on the metaverse, the vision for a 3D version of the internet where, among other activities, digital avatars can walk around and interact with one another in real time. A big testBeyond setting the stage for the upcoming year in tech, CES will likely be a major test for the return of large, international conventions. Similar events, including the World Economic Forum’s annual event in Davos, Switzerland, have recently been postponed due to uncertainty over the variant. “We are actively tracking the emerging news and science around the new Omicron variant,” the Consumer Tech Association said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor and adjust our plans and health protocols as necessary.”

The website was created on GitHub, an American coding platform which developers use to build and host software. It was called “Bulli Bai,” a phrase that combines vulgar slang for the word “penis” in southern India with a word common in northern India meaning “maid,” according to Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of Indian fact-checking website Alt News.He told CNN Business that the site posted photos of 100 Muslim women, and that he had taken screenshots of all of them before they were deleted. The page has since been removed, and there’s no indication that it had any practical use beyond using a fake auction to harass and troll Muslim women.GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft (MSFT), said it had taken down an account.”GitHub has longstanding policies against content and conduct involving harassment, discrimination, and inciting violence,” a spokesperson said. “We suspended a user account following the investigation of reports of such activity, all of which violate our policies.”According to Zubair — who is helping police with the investigation — the page included photos of Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and prominent Indian actress Shabana Azmi. Several journalists and activists in the country also posted screenshots of the site after finding their photos listed next to the words, “Your Bulli Bai of the Day is.”The page caused outrage on Twitter over the weekend. Politicians from opposition parties urged the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take action against the online harassment and targeting of Muslim women. “To ‘sell’ someone online is a cybercrime and I call on the police to take immediate action,” tweeted Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. “The perpetrators deserve exemplary & condign punishment.”On Sunday, India’s technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted that the government “is working with police organizations in Delhi and Mumbai on this matter.””The entire website seems to have been designed with the intent of embarrassing and insulting Muslim women,” wrote journalist Ismat Ara in a complaint filed with Delhi Police cybersecurity authorities. Ara, who found her photo on the site, tweeted a copy of her police complaint.This isn’t the first time Muslim women in India have faced this kind of online harassment. Last July, photos of more than 80 Muslim women — including journalists, writers and influencers — were posted on a mock app called Sulli Deals, a derogatory term for Muslim women typically used by right-wing Hindu men. Users were offered a chance to “buy” the women like commodities in an auction on the site, which was also hosted on GitHub.At that time, Muslim women told CNN that the online abuse they are facing is indicative of the mood toward Muslims in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist BJP came to power in 2014.In recent years, reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes have increased, and several BJP-ruled states have passed legislation that critics say has contributed to a rise in religious polarization.This weekend, a Twitter user Hiba Bég said that her pictures were used in both instances. “I have censored myself, I hardly speak here anymore, but still, I am being sold online, I’m being made ‘deals’ out of,” she tweeted. “How many online deals will it take for us to see action?”— Esha Mitra, Rhea Mogul and Swati Gupta contributed to this report.

Starting Tuesday, January 4, the company will stop running support for its classic devices running BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS and earlier. This means all of its older devices not running on Android software will no longer be able to use data, send text messages, access the internet or make calls, even to 911.While most mobile users have moved on from BlackBerry — the last version of its operating system launched in 2013 — the move to discontinue support for its phones represents the end of what was once considered bleeding-edge technology.The company originally announced the news in September 2020 as part of its efforts to focus on providing security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world under the name BlackBerry Limited.BlackBerry (BB) has been mostly out of the phone business since 2016, but over the years it continued to license its brand to phone manufacturers, including TCL and more recently OnwardMobility, an Austin, Texas-based security startup, for a 5G Blackberry device running on Android software. (BlackBerry’s Android devices are not affected by the end of service.)BlackBerry’s old school cell phones with physical keyboards from the late 1990s and early 2000s were once so popular people nicknamed them “CrackBerries.” The keyboard appealed to professionals who wanted the flexibility of working outside the office with some of the tools they used on a desktop computer. The devices became a status symbol and fixture for people on Wall Street, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, and even President Barack Obama, thanks in part to its great reputation for security. At its peak in 2012, BlackBerry had more than 80 million active users.The company got its start in 1996 as Research In Motion with what it called two-way pagers. Its first gadget, the “Inter@ctive Pager,” allowed customers to respond to pages with a physical keyboard, a kind of text messaging/email hybrid. Three years later, RIM introduced the BlackBerry name with the BlackBerry 850. Eventually, BlackBerry phones gained support for email, apps, web browsing and BBM, an encrypted text messaging platform that predated WhatsApp and survived long after BlackBerry was surpassed by its rivals.But Apple’s touchscreen revolution with the iPhone in 2007 made BlackBerry’s offerings appear lacking. It tried touch screens and slide-out keyboard models, with little success. It developed a few phones with no physical keyboard, but those were missing BlackBerry’s key differentiator: its tactile keyboard. BlackBerry eventually gave up on its own software, embracing Android and layering its security software on top. It found some success in enterprise security software and automotive software.Although TCL stopped making devices with the BlackBerry name in 2020, some fans are holding out for the arrival of OnwardMobility’s BlackBerry 5G device, which was originally expected to launch in 2021. Despite the delay, its website still features a banner that says “coming 2021.”CNN Business’ Dave Goldman contributed to this report.