Technology

If the FTC decides to investigate Tesla’s Autopilot capabilities (as it’s being urged to),it could have far-reaching categorization effects for the AV industry, which for years has over-promised and under-delivered.

Regulators are finalizing rules that would limit the amount of data firms collect on Chinese users and require them to obtain prior consent. Though expansive, the rules won’t apply equally to government data abuse, and could ultimately be used to bring firms more in line with long-term government tech strategies.

A small but growing number of remote employees have found ways to secretly work multiple jobs at once. The trend, along with the prospect of prolonged remote work, could amplify the proliferation of remote monitoring software.

Qualcomm is trying to make the case with the creation of a first-of-its-kind 5G-enabled aerial drone platform. 5G connectivity could improve drone technology and increase adoption across numerous industries, but 5G networks themselves require continued buildout for connected drones to really take off.

The world’s largest car makers are ramping up EV battery production in expectation of soaring demand. Resource scarcity and environmental degradation associated with lithium mining will force firms to rapidly increase battery efficiency and recyclability.

OpenAI’s new Codex system tries to answer that question by translating users’ natural language into code. Though this system could one day improve programming speed and efficiency, the current model lacks accuracy and is susceptible to algorithmic bias.

If the NSA-AWS deal succeeds, it could make AWS the US government’s preferred cloud provider. But if Microsoft succeeds, the government cloud space might go right back to where it started.

Internal pay calculators show some full-time remote workers could receive pay cuts up to 25%. Tech firms are divided over reducing compensation for remote work, which could result in competitors poaching top talent.

Its Swarm acquisition could foreshadow an era of increased commercial satellite acquisitions and market consolidation as major players scale up satellite deployments.

Winners of the company’s first-ever AI bias bounty program found Twitter’s image-cropping tool favors young people with thin figures and light, smooth skin. The bounty program could offer a model for other firms to increase transparency and build trust but won’t solve AI bias.

The company issued a six-page FAQ pushing back on claims its new CSAM prevention tool harms privacy, but future anti-encryption legislation could force Apple to renege on its position.

The FCC’s first-ever mobile broadband map is an attempt to correct for years of inaccurate FCC broadband data, but it doesn’t let users meaningfully compare carrier performance.

AT&T and Verizon hope crowds returning to stadiums and music venues will provide attractive 5G use cases. But most consumers remain unaware of 5G—and new virus variants threaten to upend telecoms’ plans.

On today's episode, we discuss Google's Q2 performance, how YouTube got on, and why the tech giant continues to accelerate. We then talk about YouTube improving its CTV ad offerings, what GDPR taught us about privacy upheavals, and why CMOs need to demonstrate the value of their work now more than ever. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom.

The FTC rebuked Facebook’s decision to disable the accounts of NYU researchers investigating the company’s political advertising. Though Facebook needs to limit data scraping to regain users’ trust, its own opaque transparency efforts are forcing independent researchers to violate its terms of service.