Technology

The cloud computing giant acquired Wickr, an encrypted messaging app popular with the public sector. The acquisition will allow AWS to tap into increasingly popular encryption services and potentially court future government and military contracts.

Five years and $50M dollars later, Columbus’, Ohio’s smart city project failed to revolutionize the city. Though the Transportation Dept.-backed project led to incremental mobility gains, growing public privacy concerns have hindered the smart city’s most transformational promises.

Twitter is the latest Big Tech firm to bolster its ethical AI research team with top tech critics. Enacting proposals from these teams could help Big Tech build back its fractured public trust.

Following backlash, the search giant will delay phasing out third-party cookies in favor of FLoC until 2023. Chrome’s browser dominance means its eventual changes will have a significant impact on users privacy standards

The automaker acquired Boston Dynamics for $1.1B and is now the owner of Spot, which should help bolster its ambition to make walking cars.

Amazon’s investments in various AV projects could be the foundation for a bigger move into robotrucking.

he AV company revealed details around a supercomputer it’s using to train its computer vision neural network, which it hopes to use in Level 5 vehicles. Critics warn abandoning radar could come at the expense of safety.

SpaceX expects its constellation of 1,800 Starlink satellites will be able to provide global internet coverage by this fall. Though far ahead of competitors, SpaceX still faces pressure from traditional ISPs and regulators in several countries.

Apple tried going small with last year’s unpopular iPhone 12 mini, but a big-screen affordable model could succeed where the mini failed.

A VR game developer walked back its partnership with Facebook to test in-game targeted ads following furious user blowback. The setback to Oculus’ new business strategy could further push Facebook to embed ads in its own in-house VR content.

New reports suggest TSMC may refocus chip production to prioritize the needs of Apple and carmakers. The potential move illustrates the clear advantage Big Tech has over smaller firms in negotiating with chip fabs.

LAPD officers reportedly acted as Ring brand ambassadors for years, promoting the company’s surveillance tech in exchange for free gadgets and discounts. The discontinued influencer program is among Ring’s many police partnerships further eroding consumer trust and imperiling long-term growth opportunities.