• 10
    Jan

    India’s top court rules indefinite internet shutdown in Kashmir unwarranted and amount to abuse of ...

    India’s top court ruled on Friday that the indefinite shutdown of the internet in Kashmir was unwarranted and demonstrated “abuse of power” by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi -led government. India cut internet access in Kashmir in August last year after revoking the Muslim majority region’s autonomy and statehood. The prolonged shutdown, which the government argues has been enforced as a security ...
  • 9
    Jan

    Twitter’s new reply blockers could let Trump hide critics

    What if politicians could only display Twitter  replies from their supporters while stopping everyone else from adding their analysis to the conversation? That’s the risk of Twitter’s upcoming Conversation Participants tool it’s about to start testing that lets you choose if you want replies from everyone, only those your follow or mention or no one. For most, the reply limiter could help repel trolls ...
  • 9
    Jan

    Virgin Galactic’s second commercial tourism spaceship hits key construction milestone

    Virgin Galactic’s  fleet is expanding, and its second commercial spacecraft just achieved a key milestone in its build process — much faster than the first of its SpaceShipTwo vehicles did. The new SpaceShipTwo, which will join the original (named “VSS Unity”) in providing flights to space for paying tourists, is now supporting its own weight — a key achievement in the ...
  • 8
    Jan

    Getaround is latest SoftBank portfolio company to announce layoffs

    Silicon Valley’s top valued car rental startup, Getaround,  announced layoffs today, making it the latest SoftBank-backed entity of late to pare down its workforce. The Information, which first reported the news, pegs the layoffs at 150 employees, amounting to around a quarter of the company. In the report, CEO Sam Zaid seemed to lay at least some of the blame for the ...
  • 7
    Jan

    GitHub, Mozilla, and Cloudflare appeal India to be transparent about changes in its intermediary liability ...

    Microsoft’s  GitHub, Mozilla, and Cloudflare  have urged India to be transparent about the amendments it is making to an upcoming law that could affect swathes of companies and the way more than half a billion people access information online. In December 2018, the Indian government proposed changes to its intermediary rules (PDF) that would require any service that facilitates communication between two or more users ...
  • 7
    Jan

    Facebook data misuse and voter manipulation back in the frame with latest Cambridge Analytica leaks

    More details are emerging about the scale and scope of disgraced data company Cambridge Analytica’s  activities in elections around the world — via a cache of internal documents that’s being released by former employee and self-styled whistleblower, Brittany Kaiser. The now shut down data modelling company, which infamously used stolen Facebook data to target voters for President Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 U.S. ...
  • 2
    Jan

    InsightFinder gets a $2M seed to automate outage prevention

    InsightFinder, a startup from North Carolina based on 15 years of academic research, wants to bring machine learning to system monitoring to automatically identify and fix common issues. Today, the company announced a $2 million seed round. ​IDEA Fund Partners,  a VC out of Durham, N.C.,​ led the round, with participation from ​Eight Roads Ventures​ and Acadia Woods Partners. The company ...
  • 2
    Jan

    The California Consumer Privacy Act officially takes effect today

    California’s much-debated privacy law officially takes effect today, a year and a half after it was passed and signed — but it’ll be six more months before you see the hammer drop on any scofflaw tech companies that sell your personal data without your permission. The California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, is a state-level law that requires, among other things, that ...
  • 1
    Jan

    While other tech giants fund housing initiatives, Amazon is opening a homeless shelter — inside ...

    As big tech gets bigger, industry leaders have begun making more noise about helping homeless populations, particularly in those regions where high salaries have driven up the cost of living to heights not seen before. Last January, for example, Facebook  and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, among other participants, formed a group called the Partnership for the Bay’s Future that said it was going to commit ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Rocket Lab adds new $7.5 million “Mission Success” coin to its online store

    Rocket Lab’s merch store has pretty much what you’d expect from a space-themed gift shop – baby onesies, t-shirts, caps and mission patches. But the commercial rocket launch company just added its latest product, and it’s a bit different from their standard fare: For just $7.5 million, you can own a “Gold Mission Success coin” for a “dedicated mission,” in either LC-1 ...