Tech & Science
This Week's Edition
Tech Blog Gigaom Shutters
Unable to pay its creditors, the company is ceasing editorial operations.
China Seeks Government Access to All Communications
Counterterrorism legislation could increase tensions with Silicon Valley and the U.S.
Lenovo Admits Preloading Laptops With 'Potentially Dangerous' Adware
Users complain they were not made aware of the the software that could be capable of collecting sensitive data.
ACLU: Plan to Expand FBI Search Powers May Compromise Cybersecurity
With little congressional involvement, the Justice Department is changing the rules about how law enforcement obtains warrants.
Artificial Skylight Could Allow Us to Build Deeper Underground
The developer claims artificial skylight 'tricks the brain' into believing it’s the real thing.
Facebook Finally Figured Out What to Do With Dead Users
Facebook users can now opt to have their accounts permanently deleted upon their death.
Samsung TV Users Complain of Incessant Ads Inserted Into Movies
Unwelcome Pepsi advertisements interrupt movie-watchers programming.
Samsung Updates SmartTV Policy, Names Third Party Collecting Voice Commands
After growing concern, company clarifies to customers with whom it’s sharing their voice commands.
Shh! Your Smart TV Is Listening!
Samsung says a third party is receiving information obtained through the TV’s voice recognition feature.
Will New 911 Location Requirements Compromise Privacy?
The FCC unanimously votes for improved indoor location for emergency calls, worrying civil liberties advocates.
Tech Giants Have a Few New Tricks for Stomping Startups
Yes, startups are sexy, but the big tech companies have some advantages.
Nobody knows how to stop these cyberattacks, which will only get more sophisticated and more treacherous.
Hits of the CES Gadget Parade
The gizmos that have a fighting chance at capturing the interest of the shortest attention span generation that has ever walked the earth.
Lawsuit Claiming Facebook Scanned Private Messages to Better Target Ads Moves Forward
California judge rules the social network must go to court over controversial practice.
Make Way for Virtual Driver’s Licenses
Iowa’s idea for digitized licenses has raised a slew of privacy questions.
New App Lets You Click Your Way Out of a Bad Date
Dorothy lets users discreetly signal for a rescue when the evening goes south.
Formerly spotty translation services are becoming bulletproof with better technology.
Robot Bartender Can Make You A Drink In Under 5 Seconds
From Manhattans to Margaritas, will you ever set foot in a bar again?
Batteries That Will Save the Planet
A new age of batteries is dawning just in time to help solve the energy crisis.
Zuckerberg Talks Dislike Button, Real Name Policy, Privacy and Ethics in Live Q&A
Facebook team answers community questions in second global town hall.
China's President Urges Faster Development of New Weapons Systems
China has developed emerging stealth fighter technology, anti-satellite missiles and now has one aircraft carrier in operation
Futuristic, Cable-Less Elevators to Float in Mid-Air and Move Horizontally
The elevators will use mag-lev technology to circulate around buildings, cutting waiting times
Boxer Rebellion: A Pocketed Cellphone May Be Behind Your Infertility
New radiation-shielding briefs may just save your sperm
One Woman’s New Tool to Stop Gamergate Harassment on Twitter
Gamergate Autoblocker” has automatically blocked more than 9,000 Twitter users, but some say it goes too far.
Mounting Electronic Waste Poses Major Threat to Environment, Health
With consumers buying more electronics on Black Friday, it's time we start disposing of our old ones responsibly
Newly Discovered Sophisticated Malware Has Been Spying on Computers for Six Years
Senior analyst warns: "We are not dealing with your average hacker"
Russian Website Streams Footage From Thousands of Hacked Webcams
The streams were obtained by hacking personal webcams, CCTV and even baby monitors
Artist Plans to Wear Virtual Reality Headset Non-Stop for a Month
Mark Farid will see and hear someone else's life for four weeks, monitored by psychologists
The Risks of Connecting to New York’s New, Free Wi-Fi
The company that installed cellphone tracking devices in payphone booths is spearheading the installation of hot spot hub network.
Elon Musk Announces Launch of Internet Satellites
The project is rumored to establish the world’s largest satellite constellation.