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More than 20 attorneys general are trying to ban 3D-printed guns

The fight over 3D-printed guns has gone back and forth for years. One side wins, the other appeals and so on. Now, 21 US attorneys general are banding together to renew the fight and sue the Trump administration. Their lawsuit, submitted Thursday, ch… Source: Engadget | More than 20 attorneys general are trying to ban …

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Bipartisan bill would scale back key section of the Patriot Act

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has introduced new legislation that would attempt to reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act definitively. Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have co-sponsored Wyden's Safeguarding Americans' Priva… Source: Engadget | Bipartisan bill would scale back key section of the Patriot Act

Senator asks FTC to investigate questionable ad blocking practices (updated)

You're not the only one concerned that ad blocking companies may have taken customers for a ride by whitelisting advertisers willing to pay. Senator Ron Wyden has sent a letter to the FTC asking the regulator to investigate ad blocking companies over… Source: Engadget | Senator asks FTC to investigate questionable ad blocking practices (updated)

A closer look at Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘next decade’ manifesto

Every year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes a letter outlining his goals for the coming year, including personal challenges. These missives talk about his own growth, as well as acting as a manifesto for Facebook in the coming year. Often, you ne… Source: Engadget | A closer look at Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘next decade’ manifesto

Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to protect their kids online

House lawmakers have introduced new legislation that attempts to modernize the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Dubbed the "Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today," or PROTECT Kids act for short, Representatives Ti… Source: Engadget | Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to protect their kids online

Sonos CEO will testify at a House antitrust hearing next week

A day after his company sued Google for allegedly stealing some of its speaker tech, it emerged Sonos CEO Patrick Spence will testify at an antitrust hearing. The House Antitrust Subcommittee, which is broadly investigating the market dominance of te… Source: Engadget | Sonos CEO will testify at a House antitrust hearing next week

WSJ: FDA vape ban will target fruit flavored pods

A few days ago, the FDA officially raised the minimum age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21, and according to a Wall Street Journal report, it's close to announcing a new set of restrictions specifically for e-cigarettes. In a move that is s… Source: Engadget | WSJ: FDA vape ban will target …

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Tax prep companies can’t hide their free filing software from Google anymore

This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced changes that will hopefully make it less stressful for a lot of Americans to file their taxes in 2020. In an addendum to the almost 20-year-old Free File agreement, the agency has put new protec… Source: Engadget | Tax prep companies can’t hide their free filing software …

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US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

The Navy isn't the only American military branch clamping down on TikTok. The Army has banned the use of TikTok on government-issued phones, with Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa telling Military.com that it's "considered a cyber threat." The… Source: Engadget | US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

President Trump signs anti-robocall TRACED Act into law

A key bill to curb the robocall scourge is now the law of the land. President Trump has signed the TRACED Act, toughening the punishments for illegal robocalls and accelerating telecoms' efforts to block spam. Fines for robocalls now reach up to $1… Source: Engadget | President Trump signs anti-robocall TRACED Act into law

Russia starts antitrust investigation into Booking.com

Booking.com has become the latest US tech company to draw the attention of Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). On Monday, the agency said it plans to investigate the hotel and hostel reservation website for anticompetitive practices. Source: Engadget | Russia starts antitrust investigation into Booking.com

Uber and Postmates sue California over gig worker law

It didn't take long for tech companies to take legal action in hopes of thwarting California's gig economy labor law. Uber and Postmates have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block AB5, which makes it harder for companies to define workers as contra… Source: Engadget | Uber and Postmates sue California over gig worker …

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Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won't weaken chat encryption

If officials were hoping that Facebook would stop end-to-end encryption in its messaging apps just because they sent a strongly-worded letter, they had another thing coming. Facebook has sent its own letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr, acting Ho… Source: Engadget | Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won't weaken chat encryption

NYC creates a high-level position to oversee ethics in AI

New York City wants to avoid bias in AI and other algorithms, and it's creating a role primarily to ensure that equal treatment. Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an executive order creating a position for an Algorithms Management and Policy Officer…. Source: Engadget | NYC creates a high-level position to oversee ethics in AI

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