Kate Conger

Kate Conger is a writer at TechCrunch, covering policy and security.

Prior to joining TechCrunch, she was the managing editor of the journalism startup Ratter. Her work has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Dot, San Francisco Magazine, and SF Weekly.

Contact Kate at kate.conger@techcrunch.com.

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  • Waymo pursued arbitration with Anthony Levandowski before it sued Uber

    Waymo pursued arbitration with Anthony Levandowski before it sued Uber

    Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, pursued arbitration against one of its star engineers last fall before filing a lawsuit in February against his current employer, Uber, for theft of trade secrets. Waymo claims that its former employee Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 confidential documents before leaving to start the self-driving truck company Otto, which was acquired by Uber. Read More

  • Hillary Clinton discusses diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley

    Hillary Clinton discusses diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley

    Speaking at the PBWC Conference in San Francisco today, Hillary Clinton called on Silicon Valley to improve diversity and inclusion, particularly by introducing paid parental leave policies. Clinton mentioned Uber and its recent sexual harassment scandal as an example of a company struggling with inclusion, and cited Salesforce as a company making positive strides on equal pay. Read More

  • Here’s all the new stuff in Apple’s latest security document

    Here’s all the new stuff in Apple’s latest security document

    Hey guess what? Apple has a new security whitepaper! Apple only releases these things once every few years, and they represent the public’s only window into how iPhones and other Apple products secure the massive amounts of data entrusted to them. Read More

  • Judge criticizes Uber’s secrecy in lawsuit with Waymo

    Judge criticizes Uber’s secrecy in lawsuit with Waymo

    Google’s side of the story in its patent and trade secret case against Uber is pretty damning — Google alleges that a former employee of its self-driving car unit stole thousands of sensitive documents on his way out the door to lead Uber’s self-driving efforts. But Uber would very much like all of this to be resolved in arbitration rather than in open court. Read More

  • Google is fighting with Symantec over encrypting the internet

    Google is fighting with Symantec over encrypting the internet

    Google, which has accused Symantec and its partners of misissuing tens of thousands of certificates for encrypted web connections, quietly announced Thursday that it’s downgrading the level and length of trust Chrome will place in certificates issued by Symantec. Encrypted web connections — HTTPS connections like those on banking sites, login pages or news sites like this one… Read More

  • What to do about those ‘government-backed attack’ warnings from Google

    What to do about those ‘government-backed attack’ warnings from Google

    TOTALLY PANIC. Just kidding; please don’t do that. Google regularly issues warnings to people whose accounts are or have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers, and every time it does, users get really nervous that their emails are going to wind up on WikiLeaks. Don’t freak out if you get one of these notices — it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has… Read More

  • CREDO and Cloudflare argue against national security letter gag orders

    CREDO and Cloudflare argue against national security letter gag orders

    Earlier this week, the FBI finally allowed Cloudflare and CREDO Mobile to identify themselves as recipients of national security letters, which allow the agency to secretly order tech companies to hand over customer data. (The FBI initially allowed Cloudflare and CREDO to disclose some but not all of their NSLs; TechCrunch reported in January the two companies had received additional NSLs… Read More

  • Android plans to improve security update speed this year

    Android plans to improve security update speed this year

    Google has spent the past year working with third-party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough to protect users from known vulnerabilities. And while Google says it has made some progress in this area, about half of Android users still aren’t receiving important security patches. Read More

  • FBI director fact-checks Trump’s tweets

    FBI director fact-checks Trump’s tweets

    A Congressional committee is grilling FBI director James Comey and NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers on a Russian-led cyber campaign to influence the 2016 election, but representatives’ questions have veered from political hacking into debates about prosecuting journalists for publishing leaked documents and, of course, questions about President Trump’s Twitter habits. Read More

  • Google’s fight with Uber over self-driving cars is heating up

    Google’s fight with Uber over self-driving cars is heating up

    Google’s legal battle with Uber over the development of self-driving cars is already off to an ugly start. Lawyers for the two tech firms spent the last two days bickering over which attorneys should be allowed to view the trade secrets Google claims were stolen by their former employees who went to work at Uber, and a lawyer for Uber said today in court that the company has been unable… Read More

  • Private pictures and video of Emma Watson and other celebrities leak online

    Private pictures and video of Emma Watson and other celebrities leak online

    Photos apparently stolen from Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried and other female celebrities have been posted on 4Chan and Reddit, drawing comparisons to a 2014 hack, grossly dubbed “The Fappening” that exposed nude photos and video of several celebrities. Read More

  • Apple hires security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski

    Apple hires security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski

    Jonathan Zdziarski has been a leading expert on Apple and iOS security and forensics for years — and now he’s taking his expertise inside the company. Zdziarski announced on his blog that he’s joining Apple’s Security Engineering and Architecture team to work on protecting user security and privacy. Read More

  • Facebook tells developers to not use data for surveillance

    Facebook tells developers to not use data for surveillance

    In response to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice, Facebook announced today that it will clarify its developer policy to explicitly prohibit the use of Facebook or Instagram data in surveillance tools. Read More

  • Google is the latest company to brush off most of the WikiLeaks vulnerabilities

    Google is the latest company to brush off most of the WikiLeaks vulnerabilities

    WikiLeaks dumped thousands of alleged CIA documents online yesterday that contained lists of vulnerabilities in popular tech products, sending companies scrambling to make sure their security patches were up-to-date. But as companies reviewed the documents, it became clear that most of the vulnerabilities they contained were outdated. Apple first dismissed the majority of the listed iPhone… Read More

  • Researchers critique security in messaging app Confide

    Researchers critique security in messaging app Confide

    White House staffers have been drawn to Confide by its security features, which include messages that require a reader to run their finger over the text as they read and destruct after reading. But security researchers say Confide isn’t living up to its encryption guarantee. Fred Raynal and Jean-Baptiste Bédrune of Quarkslab published a proof-of-concept paper and video today that… Read More

  • Apple says most vulnerabilities in Wikileaks docs are already patched

    Apple says most vulnerabilities in Wikileaks docs are already patched

    Wikileaks today published a trove of documents, allegedly taken from the CIA, that detail the government’s efforts to hack popular devices like iPhones, Android phones, and Samsung smart TVs. But Apple is pushing back against claims that the CIA’s hoarded vulnerabilities for its devices were effective. The documents, if they are indeed legitimate, include charts that detail… Read More

  • Airbnb pledges not to replace human community with AI

    Airbnb pledges not to replace human community with AI

    Airbnb wants to mold its hosts into a powerful organizing force, akin to a union, to advocate on its behalf with local governments around the world and to serve as an ideological rebuke to the advances of AI at other tech firms. As part of that effort to increase engagement with hosts, CEO Brian Chesky announced today that he is embarking on a world tour, forming a host advisory board that… Read More

  • Tech takes a softer initial stance on Trump’s latest executive order

    Tech takes a softer initial stance on Trump’s latest executive order

    After several courts shot down his executive order that banned travelers from seven nations from entering the United States, President Trump today made another attempt to implement his proposed Muslim immigration ban. Trump signed a new executive order this morning that reduces the list of affected nations to six — it now excludes Iraq — and provides some clarity about the… Read More

  • Researcher finds bug that allowed free Uber rides

    Researcher finds bug that allowed free Uber rides

    Uber has patched a bug in its code that allowed a researcher — and anyone else who might’ve discovered the problem — to hail Uber rides without paying for them. Anand Prakash, a security researcher, discovered the bug in August and received permission from Uber to test it in the U.S. and India. He was able to successfully exploit the bug, getting free rides in… Read More

  • Thiel’s chief of staff tapped as White House deputy CTO

    Thiel’s chief of staff tapped as White House deputy CTO

    Peter Thiel has been at Donald Trump’s side since the Republican National Convention, guiding the then-candidate on technology policy and brokering a meeting between him and top tech executives. Now Thiel has secured a place for one of his top aides in Trump’s White House — Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital, will step into the role of deputy chief… Read More

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