Policy & Law

Ellen Pao vs. Ellen Pao: who will the jury believe?

Nitasha Tiku March 26, 2015 02:41 pm03.26.2015 28

The most excruciating moments in the last leg of the gender discrimination trial against Kleiner Perkins happened Tuesday afternoon when Lynne Hermle, Kleiner’s formidable attorney, walked away from the...

Tech coalition including Microsoft, Apple, and Google presses attack on the Patriot Act

Jacob Kastrenakes March 25, 2015 01:30 pm03.25.2015 7

Advocacy groups, major tech companies, and a coalition of huge firms including Google, Microsoft, and Apple have sent a letter to the Obama administration urging it to decisively end the NSA's bulk...

"There must be a strong, clear, and effective end to bulk collection practices." Letter to the administration

The FTC explains why it didn't sue Google

Rich McCormick March 25, 2015 10:12 pm03.25.2015 49

Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Trade Commission was deeply divided over whether to sue Google for anticompetitive practices after investigations began in 2012. But the FTC...

"The Wall Street Journal makes a number of misleading inferences about the integrity of the investigation" Federal Trade Commission

Tennessee sues FCC to stop expansion of municipal broadband

Chris Welch March 25, 2015 11:25 am03.25.2015 40

Tennessee is suing the FCC over the commission's decision last month to preempt state laws that have stalled the deployment of municipal broadband. The FCC's action came in response to a petition from the...

Tennessee says FCC ruling is 'contrary to the US Constitution'

Google meets with White House officials once a week on average

Kwame Opam March 25, 2015 10:45 am03.25.2015 29

In the wake of the Federal Trade Commission's 2012 probe into Google's search practices, it's becoming clearer just how much clout the search giant has in Washington. According to visitor logs and emails...

Google is a lobbying powerhouse

Washington, DC's 911 dispatch system is malfunctioning almost every day

Colin Lecher March 25, 2015 10:05 am03.25.2015 11

Washington, DC officials were hoping to modernize the city's emergency dispatch service when they launched a new system last fall, but a new report out this week suggests anything but. Response times have...

Officials are scrambling to fix the problems

Uber driver arrested on sexual assault charges in Paris

Amar Toor March 25, 2015 07:46 am03.25.2015 30

An Uber driver in France has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female passenger outside a nightclub in Paris. As first reported by French daily Le Parisien, the unnamed driver is due to...

Chauffeur was 'immediately suspended'

SpaceX follows NASA by publishing images without copyright restrictions

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Amazon says the FAA is so slow, the delivery drone it approved is already obsolete

Ben Popper March 24, 2015 02:41 pm03.24.2015 56

Last week the Federal Aviation Administration finally gave Amazon permission to begin test flying its delivery drones outdoors. But in testimony before a Senate subcommittee today, Amazon argued that the...

The US is falling far behind Europe on commercial drone research

These questions will determine whether the jury finds Kleiner Perkins liable

Nitasha Tiku March 24, 2015 01:46 pm03.24.2015 13

Judge Harold Kahn just finished giving the jury in the Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins case the verdict form they will use as a guide to determine whether the venture capital firm is liable for gender...

Nearing a verdict in the Ellen Pao case

Ars Technica has obtained Oakland's entire license plate reader database

Russell Brandom March 24, 2015 11:20 am03.24.2015 20

Through a public records request, Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar has obtained the Oakland police department's entire license plate reader database, just under 4.7 million scans taken over more than three...

"Do you think that anyone with a badge should be able to search through that data?" UC Berkeley professor Catherine Crump

Utah reinstates death by firing squad

Amar Toor March 24, 2015 06:57 am03.24.2015 117

Utah Governor Gary Herbert this week signed a law that reinstates the firing squad as a method for executions when lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The Republican governor's office said lethal...

Bill signed amid shortage of lethal injection drugs

Telecoms file first lawsuits against FCC net neutrality rules

Adi Robertson March 23, 2015 06:21 pm03.23.2015 25

The first lawsuits against the FCC's new net neutrality rules have come in, according to The Washington Post. The Post writes that two parties — industry group USTelecom and regional service provider Alamo...

Industry group believes new rules are not 'legally sustainable'
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