Federal Officials Are Warming Up To Self-Driving Cars

Google car As self-driving cars rapidly develop, federal officials are beginning to rethink their stance on the technology. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced yesterday that an update would be coming to the nation’s self-driving car policy in coming weeks. “I want the posture of our agency to be obviously vigilant on the safety front, but I don’t want our agency to be… Read More

The Encryption Debate Isn’t Taking A Thanksgiving Break

Internet security concept open red padlock virus or unsecured with threat of hacking Lawmakers and Congressional staffers may be trickling out of their Hill offices and to the airports, the encryption debate is not taking a holiday this week. Following media reports that the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks communicated via encrypted messaging platforms, both opponents and proponents of backdoors for law enforcement are speaking up. Yesterday Senator Ron… Read More

Facebook Activates Safety Check In Nigeria Bombings

Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday night that Facebook had activated its Safety Check feature in Nigeria after a market bombing killed dozens. Zuckerberg’s announcement came after the platform faced criticism for turning on the Safety Check feature for the Paris terror attacks, but not for other tragedies like the suicide attacks the day before in Beirut. Facebook said over the weekend… Read More

Live Video Streaming Service Firetalk Partners With TMZ, Announces Guest Feature

FiretalkGuest_Mock Firetalk, a live streaming video platform, on Wednesday announced it would partner with entertainment news site TMZ as well as online performers. The service also announced the launch of a new feature, Guest, which audience members to join a broadcaster live in video. In addition to TMZ, Instagram’s singer and songwriter Maggie Lindemann, the Hollywood news site The Wrap and several… Read More

Paris Attacks Highlight Tech’s Elevated Role In Disaster Relief

Tech Paris Emergencies As terror attacks put France into a national state of emergency on Friday, AirBnB, Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Uber launched into disaster response mode.
AirBnB contacted all hosts in Paris asking if they could take in those stranded in the city. Facebook let users alert their friends they were safe. Google offered free calls to Paris via Hangouts, as did Skype, Verizon and Sprint. Read More