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NYC bill could force Airbnb to turn over its hosts' info

The New York City Council voted in support of regulation that would force Airbnb, HomeAway and other short-term rental services to hand over about hosts using their sites. State law already prohibits rentals of most apartments for less than 30 days u… Source: Engadget | NYC bill could force Airbnb to turn over its hosts' …

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Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

Hundreds of thousands of voter records were left exposed on an Amazon S3 bucket, ZDNet reports, this time by Virginia-based robocalling firm Robocent. Among the information that was left accessible were names, home addresses, gender, phone numbers, a… Source: Engadget | Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

US says ZTE can resume limited business while sanctions are debated

The Trump administration has handed ZTE another lifeline, Bloomberg reports, allowing it to resume certain business activities while US lawmakers decide how to deal with the company going forward. In April, the US Commerce Department banned ZTE from… Source: Engadget | US says ZTE can resume limited business while sanctions are debated

Florida is appointing a cryptocurrency czar

Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis believes his state needs to start keeping a closer eye on cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). That's why he created a position for a state-specific cryptocurrency czar who'll be in charge… Source: Engadget | Florida is appointing a cryptocurrency czar

Senator asks FCC if Stingrays can interfere with 911 calls

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to know if cell-site simulators, also known as Stingrays, have the potential to interfere with mobile communications, and he's asked the FCC to share any research it has done into the matter. In a letter sent to Chairma… Source: Engadget | Senator asks FCC if Stingrays can interfere with 911 …

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California Rep. requests 23andMe to help reunite children with families

California Representative Jackie Speier reportedly asked DNA-testing company 23andMe to help reunite children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border due to Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policies. She told Buzzfeed that she was co… Source: Engadget | California Rep. requests 23andMe to help reunite children with families

US extends sanctions against Russians over cyberattacks

The US Department of the Treasury has issued another round of sanctions against a handful of Russian groups and individuals. These latest sanctions have been placed against companies that are controlled by and/or have provided support to Russia's Fed… Source: Engadget | US extends sanctions against Russians over cyberattacks

Judge dismisses Kaspersky lawsuits over government ban

Last year, the US government made moves to ban the use of Kaspersky security software in federal agencies, claiming the company's ties to the Russian government represented a security risk. In September, the Department of Homeland Security issued an… Source: Engadget | Judge dismisses Kaspersky lawsuits over government ban

Daimler may be the next automaker embroiled in a diesel scandal

VW might not be the only German car maker that has to deal with a full-fledged diesel emissions scandal. To start, Germany has ordered Daimler to recall Mercedes-Benz Vito diesel vans for allegedly cheating on emissions tests limiting nitrogen oxide… Source: Engadget | Daimler may be the next automaker embroiled in a diesel scandal

Senators investigate safety procedures for autonomous cars

Just a day after the NTSB released its preliminary findings on the Uber crash in Arizona, senators Edward J. Markey and Richard Blumenthal began an investigation into safety protocols for driverless car testing. In a letter sent to major auto manufac… Source: Engadget | Senators investigate safety procedures for autonomous cars

Mark Zuckerberg will apologize to EU for not taking 'broad enough view'

You won't have to wonder much about what Mark Zuckerberg will say when he meets with the European Parliament later on May 22nd. Business Insider has obtained the Facebook chief's introductory speech, and contrition is clearly the order of the day. Zu… Source: Engadget Mark Zuckerberg will apologize to EU for not taking 'broad enough …

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