Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews
 Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text, and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn’t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link… Read More ...
Net Neutrality Day of Action spurs millions to speak out for online freedoms
 Yesterday was the much-ballyhooed “Net Neutrality Day of Action,” an online protest day on which thousands of websites, people and services called attention to the impending revocation of net neutrality rules by the FCC. And the turnout, it turns out, was quite impressive. Read More ...
Trump discussed forming “impenetrable” cyber security unit with Russia
 In a series of tweets on Sunday, U.S. President Trump recapped his lengthy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Apparently, the two world leaders discussed collaborating on cybersecurity together. Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.. — Donald J. Trump… Read More ...
The need for industry-wide investor/founder sexual harassment policy
 Startup founders deserve formal protection from sexual harassment by investors. Yet despite the clear power imbalance between these groups, traditional harassment law does not adequately shield founders since they are not technically employees of the venture capitalists. To fill this gap, venture capital firms should adopt formal investor/founder sexual harassment policies that can be… Read More ...
Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption
 The political rhetoric against strong encryption continues to crank up. Reuters reports today that Australia will be pushing for greater powers for countries to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network. Read More ...
At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics
 Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. Read More ...
Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect
 According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Trump administration may rescind or indefinitely delay the International Entrepreneur Rule, widely regarded as the U.S. version of a startup visa. Overseen by the Department of Homeland Security the rule is intended to “increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States.” Anxiously… Read More ...
Emmanuel Macron proves that he still cares about startups
 There’s a weird annual tradition in French politics. French presidents, ministers and hopeful candidates all go to the Agricultural Show in the Porte de Versailles convention center. Somehow, old ideas die hard, and it’s important to show that you still care about people in the food industry. Yesterday, Macron spent three to four hours walking down the hallways of the very same… Read More ...
They took our jobs! How to prepare for the ‘second machine age’
While U.S. policymakers shrug off automation, experts say they're flying blind into the second machine age. Here's a quick explainer of automation, what it means, and why it matters. The post They took our jobs! How to prepare for the ‘second machine age’ appeared first on Digital Trends....
Europe eyeing direct access to cloud services for police data requests
 In the wake of a spate of terror attacks across Europe regional interior ministers have been talking tough on tech. Encryption is one technology that’s been under fire from certain quarters. There has also been renewed discussion about ways to speed up how law enforcement agencies request data from tech companies — so called e-evidence — even when the requesting force is sited… Read More ...
Techdirt’s Mike Masnick says lawsuit has already had a chilling effect on his site
 Techdirt is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claims to have invented email. But regardless of the outcome, founder and CEO Mike Masnick said that the $15 million lawsuit has already had a big impact on his site — a 20-year-old, independent blog covering the intersection of law and technology. Masnick spoke today at the Public Democracy Forum in New… Read More ...
Intel agencies want to make the most controversial foreign surveillance rule permanent
 In a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing that often veered off route, two of the nation’s most powerful intelligence figures made their case for extending a controversial portion of the the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) known as Section 702. Section 702, which allows the government to intercept the communications of foreign intelligence targets, is set to expire… Read More ...
Venture investors blast US decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord
 Joining an overwhelming chorus that includes most Americans, several major businesses in the U.S. and much of the global community, several investors have come out swinging against President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Read More ...
Clinton: “email account was turned into the biggest scandal since Lord knows when”
 Hillary Clinton appeared on stage at Code Conference on Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and reflected on why she lost the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Unsurprisingly, the widespread coverage her unsecured email usage was a sour point. The “email account was turned into the biggest scandal since Lord knows when.” She griped that the “mainstream media covered… Read More ...
Amazon rejects AI2’s Alexa skill voice-search engine. Will it build one?
 Surprisingly, Amazon Alexa doesn’t have a good way to search for Alexa skills by voice. You can’t say that you want to play word games, need a skill to check airport security wait times, or feel like meditating. Alexa doesn’t know what to tell you. Amazon released its own “Skill Finder” skill last year, but it’s a bare-bones experience that can only read off… Read More ...
Andreessen: Silicon Valley is “extremely liberal”
 Outspoken venture capitalist Marc Andreessen took the stage at Code Conference on Tuesday and reflected on the disconnect between the technology community and the rest of the United States. “Silicon Valley is extremely left wing, extremely liberal,” he said, claiming that the technology industry’s libertarian stereotype is largely inaccurate. He estimated that “99.99%… Read More ...
Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down
 International tourism to the U.S. is down, according to Foursquare location data. Using data from 13 million users (who have opted in to always-on location trails), Foursquare can examine who walks in and out of 93 million public places across the globe. According to the firm, the U.S. market share of international tourism started to drop in October 2016, falling by 6 percent year-over-year.… Read More ...
NY Times CEO Mark Thompson isn’t fazed by Trump’s criticism
 Mark Thompson, CEO of the company that President Donald Trump has called the “failing” New York Times, doesn’t sound too bothered by presidential criticism. “I’ve been in journalism for more than 30 years,” said Thompson, who appeared this morning at TechCrunch’s Disrupt New York conference. “Politicians attacking media is not a new thing. Read More ...
Trolling the patent trolls
 “Don’t feed the trolls,” the popular wisdom goes. But with a new project, Cloudflare is taking things a little farther — the company is trying to starve its trolls out by taking away their revenue. Patent lawsuits against tech companies are fairly common, and most companies will simply settle with their opponents rather than fund an expensive, lengthy legal defense.… Read More ...
Citing FBI handling of Clinton emails, Donald Trump fires James Comey
 President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. In his letter to Comey, Trump said the move was recommended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are… Read More ...