President Trump signed congressional legislation Monday night that repeals the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy protections for Internet users, rolling back a landmark policy from the Obama era and enabling Internet providers to compete with Google and Facebook in the online ad market.
We all know that the technology industry has a gender problem. But how do you move the needle from awareness to action?
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Girls Who Code, a nonprofit tech group, have an idea: take the fight to the states. On Friday, both will host the first-ever Girls Who Code Governor’s Summit at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The guest list includes Govs. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa.
You may have heard that President Trump’s new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is a critic of the government’s net neutrality rules — the regulations barring Internet providers from blocking or slowing down your websites.
The nation’s biggest wireless carriers are making it a bit harder to keep your grandfathered unlimited data plan.
AT&T intends to raise the price of its “legacy” plan, which it no longer sells, by $5 a month in March — bringing the total monthly price of the plan to $40. This marks the second time that AT&T has upped its rate for this group in 12 months.
Samsung’s U.S. replacement program for the Galaxy Note 7 kicks off Wednesday. This gives those that purchased the phones the opportunity to swap out their recalled phones for new models that don’t have the battery linked to fires and explosions.
Most people looking for a new job — at least if they currently have one — use their personal email to correspond with a prospective employer. They don’t tell the people they work with they’re being recruited. They slip on a suit jacket for the interview after leaving the office building. In other words, they carry out the process in secret.
When it comes to mixing convenience and security at the cash register, we still have a long way to go. Credit cards with security chips have more or less become the norm over the past several months. But that doesn’t mean that people are happy about it.
The Justice Department’s investigation of Baltimore police this month rebuked the agency for an entrenched culture of discriminatory policing. Deep within their findings, Justice investigators singled out a core failure: Baltimore’s system for identifying troubled officers was broken and existed in name only.
In Baltimore, Justice found that critical disciplinary records were excluded from its early intervention system, that police supervisors often intervened only after an officer’s behavior became egregious and that when they did, the steps they took were inadequate.
Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate our needs before we ask. What’s uncommon is how Johnson wants to respond: find a way to supercharge the human brain so that we can keep up with the machines.
When the traffic on Timothy Connor’s quiet Maryland street suddenly jumped by several hundred cars an hour, he knew who was partly to blame: the disembodied female voice he could hear through the occasional open window saying, “Continue on Elm Avenue . . . .” And so Connor borrowed a tactic he read about from the car wars of Southern California and other traffic-weary regions: He became a Waze impostor. Every rush hour, he went on the Google-owned social-media app and posted false reports of a wreck, speed trap or other blockage on his street, hoping to deflect some of the flow.
An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person’s face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye.
Faception said it’s already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists. The company said its technology also can be used to identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles, geniuses and white collar-criminals.
“We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” said Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal.”
Watson, IBM’s computer brain, has a lot of talents. It mastered “Jeopardy!,” it cooks, and even tries to cure cancer. But now, it’s training for a new challenge: Hunting hackers.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018 with the help of NASA, an extraordinary collaboration between the public and private sectors in an effort to eventually get humans to the Red Planet. SpaceX is laying out an ambitious timeline for an incredibly difficult mission that only governments have dared try.
It starts here in a warehouse by the airport. A couple of NASA astronauts in their blue flight suits, sitting at a touch screen display, taking the first training steps toward the real flights scheduled to happen more than a year from now.
Yahoo strove for the past two decades to build one of the most visited sites in the country and a robust online display advertising business. It succeeded at both. But its status as the third-most-visited website has translated into little more than a dimming outlook for the company that defined innovation in the early years of the Internet.
LOS ANGELES — Sean Parker is in a partying mood. He has invited 700 of his closest friends to his $55 million home on this starlit evening to celebrate the launch of his latest project, which he describes as the most important thing he has done in his 36 years.
It’s bigger than Napster, which upended the music industry, he says. More life-changing than Facebook — which now has more than 1 billion users.
Facebook made some major news this week not only for what it announced during its annual developers conference, but also for its far-reaching vision of what’s coming down the line.
Alongside announcements about drones, bots and other plans to use its Messenger app to take over the world, Facebook also spent quite a bit of time talking about virtual reality.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bigelow Aerospace’s expandable space habitat just arrived at the International Space Station, but the company is already thinking about the next steps: flying even larger inflatable habitats into space to be used for research and even space hotels.
The company announced at a conference here Monday that starting in 2020 the United Launch Alliance, the joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, would deliver the habitats to space, where they would orbit the Earth more than a couple hundred miles high.
They tuned in by the tens of thousands, crowding around their screens the way residents of the Florida Space Coast once jammed the beaches to witness rocket launches at the dawn of the Space Age.
But the audience watching SpaceX’s live web broadcast of its launch from Cape Canaveral on Friday was treated to a show that until just a few years ago was widely discounted as impossible — the vertical landing of the Falcon 9 rocket, which used its engine thrust to slow down and touch softly on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean.
SAN FRANCISCO — Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.
Now she’s applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character — a virtual assistant, animated by artifical intelligence, that interacts with sick patients.