Edward Graham, Morning Consult

Edward Graham

Morning Consult

Houston, TX, United States

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Past articles by Edward:

Top 5 Tech Policy Predictions for 2019

Technology and cybersecurity issues were hot topics this year, with more than a dozen high-profile data breaches disclosed by companies and several public congressional hearings with the chief executives of Facebook Inc., Google and Twitter Inc. → Read More

Tech Brief: Week in Review & What's Ahead

By Edward Graham Week in Review Cybersecurity efforts and securing future U.S. elections President Donald Trump chaired a meeting of senior national security advisers to discuss efforts to secure the upcoming midterm elections from Russian interference, but did not issue any new directives in order to help deter the threat. A survey of election agencies across … → Read More

Tech Brief: Week in Review & What's Ahead

By Edward Graham Week in Review European regulators levy record antitrust fine against Google The European Union’s antitrust regulator hit Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros, or approximately $5.06 billion for allegedly abusing the dominance of its Android operating system, and ordered the tech company to make changes to its business … → Read More

Tech Brief: Federal Ban on Kaspersky Products Now in Effect

By Edward Graham Top Stories The federal government’s ban on using products produced by Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab or any of its partners or distributors went into effect after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a request from the firm late last week which said that the ban would cause Kaspersky … → Read More

Tech Brief: Twitter Suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks Accounts After Russian Hacking Indictments

By Edward Graham Top Stories Twitter Inc. suspended the accounts of Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks from its platform, less than 30 hours after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian agents for hacking Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Mueller’s indictment said that the two accounts were controlled… → Read More

Tech Brief: Twitter Purging Millions of Suspicious Accounts from Follower Counts

By Edward Graham Top Stories Twitter Inc. announced that it plans to purge tens of millions of user accounts from its follower counts that have been previously locked because of suspicious activity, part of a broader effort to safeguard the social media platform from fake accounts, trolls and the spread of fake news. Twitter Chief Executive Jack … → Read More

Tech Brief: Court Upholds FAA's Authority to Regulate Consumer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

By Edward Graham Top Stories The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit voted to uphold the Federal Aviation Administration’s authority over regulating consumer unmanned aerial vehicles, a ruling that is expected to help set the stage for a series of additional regulations on flight. The court rejected arguments from drone hobbyist John … → Read More

Tech Brief: U.S. Government Reportedly Grants Temporary Reprieve to ZTE

By Edward Graham Top Stories Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corp. has reportedly received a temporary reprieve from the U.S. government to continue conducting business as the company looks to remove a U.S. supplier ban for allegedly evading sanctions on Iran and North Korea. The authorization, reportedly granted by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and … → Read More

Tech Brief: Facebook Shared User Data With 52 Hardware and Software Makers

By Edward Graham Top Stories Facebook Inc. acknowledged in more than 700 pages of replies to the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the social media platform shared users’ personal information with 52 hardware and software makers, including some based in China, under agreements designed to make the site work more effectively on smartphones and other … → Read More

Tech Brief: Week in Review & What's Ahead

By Edward Graham The Tech Afternoon Update will be off this week for the July Fourth holiday. Publication will resume Monday, July 9. Week in Review Uber’s London ban overturned A judge overturned a ban that prevented Uber Technologies Inc. from operating in London, granting the ride-hailing company a 15-month license to pursue operations in the … → Read More

Most Republicans Support Vertical Mergers Despite AT&T-Time Warner Court Challenge

Despite the Trump administration’s opposition to the deal between AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc., Republican adults expressed the most support among self-identified political parties for vertical mergers, with a majority supporting such deals, according to Morning Consult polling. → Read More

Tech Brief: Facebook Easing Cryptocurrency Ad Ban to Allow Preapproved Advertisers

By Edward Graham Top Stories Facebook Inc. said that it is easing its ban on cryptocurrency advertisements and will allow some advertisers to promote crypto-related businesses and services on the social media platform, although ads promoting initial coin offerings will still be banned. Facebook initially barred all crypto ads on the site in January to prevent … → Read More

Tech Brief: Fox, Disney Announce New Merger Agreement

By Edward Graham Top Stories Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and Walt Disney Co. announced a new merger agreement, with Fox saying in a statement that Disney’s offer “is superior to the proposal” that was made by Comcast Corp. earlier this month. Disney originally agreed in December to purchase certain Fox assets for $52.4 billion in stock, … → Read More

Tech Brief: Senate Votes to Reinstate ZTE Corp. Ban in Must-Pass Defense Measure

By Edward Graham Top Stories The U.S. Senate voted 85-10 to reinstate the ban on U.S. companies doing business with Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corp. as part of a must-pass defense bill, rejecting a deal that President Donald Trump had made to save the company. Shares of ZTE, which had ceased major operations after the U.S. … → Read More

Tech Brief: Administration Reportedly Considering Limits on Chinese Tech Investment in U.S.

By Edward Graham Top Stories The Trump administration plans to impose new limits on Chinese companies investing in U.S. technology firms, as well as block additional tech exports to Beijing, according to people familiar with the administration’s plans. The Treasury Department is reportedly crafting rules that would block firms with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership … → Read More

Tech Brief: Equifax Hires New CTO to Oversee Company's Information Security

By Edward Graham Top Stories Credit reporting firm Equifax Inc., which came under fire after disclosing last year that a data breach exposed personal information from more than 145 million people, has named a new technology chief to oversee the company’s information security. Bryson Koehler, who served as the chief technology officer of International Business Machines … → Read More

Tech Brief: AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Slated for 4 p.m. Today in Washington

By Edward Graham Top Stories A ruling in the trial over AT&T Inc.’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc. is expected at 4 p.m. ET today, marking the culmination of a 20-month legal fight by both companies to defend their merger and the first major test of the Trump administration’s antitrust unit. A legal victory for … → Read More

Tech Brief: Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules End Today

By Edward Graham Top Stories The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules is officially set to take effect today, despite efforts by congressional Democrats, state officials and some tech companies to preserve the 2015 rules. The Republican-led FCC voted along along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were designed … → Read More

Tech Brief: U.S. Strikes Deal With Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE

By Edward Graham Top Stories Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the United States has struck a deal with Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corp. to end U.S. sanctions against the company, an agreement that reportedly includes a $1 billion penalty against ZTE and embedding a U.S.-chosen compliance team within the firm. Ross said the agreement represents “the … → Read More

Tech Brief: Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 Billion

By Edward Graham Top Stories Microsoft Corp. said that it would acquire open software platform GitHub for $7.5 billion, a deal that will help the tech giant gain ground as a major supplier of cloud computing services. Microsoft has transformed itself in recent years to become the No. 2 cloud computing supplier behind Amazon.com Inc., and … → Read More