After spending much of last night watching closely and crunching the numbers, the results are in. San Jose beat Minnesota 4-3. Oh, the election — yeah, we have some coverage of that too.
A polling place in California. Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images
While the U.S. seems to have survived the 2018 elections without a major security incident, there were enough problems with outside interference and election infrastructure to suggest more improvements are urgently needed.
Why it matters: After Russia's election interference efforts in 2016, policymakers and the major tech platforms have paid close attention to election protection — both on social media and at the ballot box.
Voting systems: A Department of Homeland Security official said early Wednesday morning that the agency was "not aware of any cybersecurity-related compromises of election infrastructure," per Axios' David McCabe and Shannon Vavra.
Social media: Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a Tuesday night statement that a website "claiming to be associated with" Russia's Internet Research Agency had posted a list of Instagram accounts it said it had created.
DHS officials declined to comment in detail throughout Tuesday on any misinformation operations aimed at the elections, deferring to the FBI. The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.
What's next? Experts worry it's possible bad actors could latch onto narratives that call into question the integrity of the election or fabricate false claims of meddling.
The bottom line: Even if we escaped 2018 without a major election crisis, we should be focused on fixing some clear vulnerabilities rather than breathing a sigh of relief.
Though its mobile hardware is compatible with the broader Android ecosystem, Samsung is increasingly interested in convincing developers to build software uniquely tailored to its devices.
Why it matters: Samsung is the biggest player in the Android ecosystem, but developers have a natural preference for software that works across devices versus features tuned for one company's products.
In an interview, DJ Koh, the CEO of Samsung Electronics' IT and mobile communications division, said that he believes both Bixby and the new hardware approach can be compelling provided Samsung makes it easy for developers and offers them ways to make money.
“I think Samsung Developer Conference 2018 is a big step forward in meaningful innovation and open collaboration with partners. One of my philosophies is to make our relationship with partners mutually respected in terms of collaboration.”— Samsung's DJ Koh
Bixby: Samsung's assistant isn't as well known or broadly capable as Google's Assistant, Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, but Samsung is building it into everything from phones and tablets to TVs and refrigerators.
Foldable displays: Samsung has been talking about flexible screens for a while now.
Lisa Su showing off the company's next-generation data center chip. Photo: AMD
AMD CEO Lisa Su has a lot of goals for the chip company she runs: Grab a larger share of the server market, expand graphics chips into new markets and help the company be seen as a true leader in the tech industry.
The big picture: Key to all of those goals is one over-arching one — convince the world that AMD is more than just a company that occasionally gives Intel a run for its money with a competitive chip.
"I want to break that particular mantra of AMD being the sometimes-successful company."— Lisa Su tells Axios in an interview
What's new: At an event Tuesday, AMD took several steps toward that first goal — expanding its share of the data center. Specifically, AMD announced...
Uphill battle: AMD still has a small share of the overall server market. Su acknowledges AMD faces significant challenges to win share in the most change-averse part of the computing market.
"Companies — their entire livelihood sits on these servers."— Lisa Su
More to come: I had a long conversation with Su and will include more tomorrow, including her thoughts on speaking at CES, how AMD has changed over the years, and the issues surrounding diversity in tech.
Salesforce founder Marc Benioff scored a major victory in Tuesday's election as voters approved a bill he had strongly backed to help end homelessness in San Francisco.
Why it matters: The initiative, known as Proposition C, will require big businesses (including Salesforce) to pay for new services to help fight homelessness.
How it works: Prop C raises the gross receipts tax on San Francisco-based businesses taking in more than $50 million. The additional tax varies between 0.175% to 0.69%, depending on the type of business. (The categories were a sore spot for some businesses that believe they were misclassified and over-taxed.)
What they're saying:
The bottom line: Prop C will add much needed funding to help with San Francisco's increasing homelessness problem. Less clear is what impact the added tax might have on tech companies trying to decide where to locate.
Here's what Microsoft's campus looks like — in Minecraft.