Facebook stays online in Thailand — for now

Facebook stays online in Thailand — for now Last week, Thailand's government told Facebook that it had to take down 131 web addresses the country saw as threatening state security or insulting to its king, Maha Vajiralongkorn. There was an understandable groundswell of concern that Thailand wo… Source: Engadget Link: Facebook stays online in Thailand […]

MIT finds actual wisdom in the wisdom of crowds

MIT finds actual wisdom in the wisdom of crowds To paraphrase Men In Black's Agent K, a person is smart, but people are dumb, panicky and dangerous animals. Researchers at MIT and Princeton wanted to see if, despite this, they were able to extract better information from crowds. They appear to hav… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest Trump

Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest Trump If you were determined to make a political protest through art, and had the luxuries of both fame and modern technology? For Shia LaBeouf, it's simple: start an ambitious livestreaming project. The actor (along with Nastja Säde Rönkk&ouml… Source: Engadget Link: Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year […]

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid… Source: Engadget Link: Obama's […]

George Hotz wants Comma AI to be the Android of autonomous driving

George Hotz wants Comma AI to be the Android of autonomous driving Hacker, entrepreneur, rabble rouser and freeform rapper George Hotz joined us on the Engadget stage at CES to talk about the decision to open source his autonomous-car research and the state of self driving. He also weighed in on California's regulat… Source: Engadget […]

Trump could convert government news agencies to propaganda machines

Trump could convert government news agencies to propaganda machines One more thing President-elect Trump will inherit when he takes office next month: a large, state-run media operation with little or no impartial oversight. As the Washington Post's editorial board wrote this weekend, the United States' official exte… Source: Engadget Link: Trump could convert government news […]

Trump Just Met With Al Gore to Discuss Climate Change

Trump Just Met With Al Gore to Discuss Climate Change Trump may never remove that dumb tweet about climate change being a Chinese hoax, but there are signs that our prez-elect is warming up to the notion that maybeójust maybe!óglobal warming isnít a liberal conspiracy. The latest signal came on Monday, when Trump met with […]

Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments that insulted him

Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments that insulted him Like a lot of forums, the moderators at Reddit have the freedom to ban or allow whatever post or account they deem unsuitable. But Reddit CEO Steve Huffman went a step beyond that recently when he directly meddled with comments that were critical of… Source: Engadget […]

Rockefellers give Exxon Mobil lashing over the environment

Rockefellers give Exxon Mobil lashing over the environment Earlier this year, the Rockefeller Brothers foundation divested its holding in Exxon Mobil, the company created* by John D. Rockefeller. Now, the descendants of the world's richest oil baron are launching a public broadside against the company that m… Source: Engadget Link: Rockefellers give Exxon Mobil lashing […]

Apple's diversity numbers haven't moved much in a year

Apple's diversity numbers haven't moved much in a year It's been a year where tech companies have been pledging their fealty to the concept of diversity, but backed that up with very little action. Recode has unearthed a document that Apple sent to America's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that m… Source: Engadget Link: Apple's diversity […]

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

The Morning After: Weekend Edition Letter from the Editor Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in… Source: Engadget Link: The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Project Include cuts ties with Y Combinator over Thiel and Trump

Project Include cuts ties with Y Combinator over Thiel and Trump Project Include, a high-profile Silicon Valley diversity initiative, has officially cut ties with the influential Y Combinator venture incubator due to its ties to prominent Donald Trump supporter, Peter Thiel. The venture capitalist gave a speech at… Source: Engadget Link: Project Include cuts ties […]

Trump may be building his own online video service

Trump may be building his own online video service As Donald Trump's presidential campaign appears to be circling the drain with 23 days to go, the Republican nominee must be thinking about what comes next. According to The Wall Street Journal, Trump might be retreating to the relatively safe confine… Source: Engadget Link: Trump may […]

Body cameras will be given to 'over 22,000' London police

Body cameras will be given to 'over 22,000' London police To help keep the peace, more than 22,000 London police officers will soon be given body cameras. The roll-out begins today — six months later than former mayor Boris Johnson had anticipated. The new hardware, supplied by Taser, won't be recording ar… Source: Engadget Link: […]

President Obama calls for a plan to deal with extreme space weather

President Obama calls for a plan to deal with extreme space weather As President Barack Obama's administration enters its final stages, he's paying more attention to what's going on way, way above us than expected. Just days after the president outlined his vision for landing humans on Mars by the 2030s, he issued an… Source: […]

Report: Peter Thiel Will Donate $1.25 Million to Elect Trump

Report: Peter Thiel Will Donate .25 Million to Elect Trump Last week, Gizmodo noted Peter Thielís strange radio silence regarding the theatrical implosion of Donald Trump, whom the Silicon Valley billionaire and Facebook board member stumped for at the Republican National Convention. According to the New York Times, however, Thiel is nowhere close to abandoning […]

The FBI served Google with a secret subpoena

The FBI served Google with a secret subpoena Tucked into Google's latest bi-annual transparency report, the search behemoth quietly revealed that it received a secret subpoena from the FBI sometime during the first half of 2015. While the subpoena itself wasn't necessarily out of the ordinary,… Source: Engadget Link: The FBI served Google with a […]

Lawmakers demand answers from White House over Yahoo emails

Lawmakers demand answers from White House over Yahoo emails Four dozen members of the US House of Representatives, acting as a bipartisan bloc, have requested that the Obama Administration brief them on allegations that Yahoo improperly scanned user emails at the behest of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillanc… Source: Engadget Link: Lawmakers demand answers from White […]

Google highlights fact-checking stories one month before election

Google highlights fact-checking stories one month before election This year's US presidential election is one of the most acrimonious in memory, with not a day going by without one campaign accusing the other of outrageous falsehood (some more than others). With one month to go until the country casts its votes, Go… Source: Engadget Link: […]