Policy / Civilization & Discontents

  1. YouTube now allows videos that falsely claim Trump won 2020 election

    YouTube says ban spurred by Trump's election lies may "curtail political speech."

  2. Twitter safety chief resigns after Musk criticizes decision to restrict film

    Ella Irwin is second trust and safety chief to quit since Musk bought Twitter.

  3. No groundwater, no new homes, as Arizona severely restricts new housing

    Cities, developers will have to turn to costly sources to build new homes.

  4. Pentagon buying Starlink dishes for Ukraine after funding dispute with SpaceX

    DoD confirms deal months after Musk said he'd "keep funding Ukraine for free."

  5. FTC: Amazon/Ring workers illegally spied on users of home security cameras

    Amazon agrees to Ring and Alexa settlements but didn't admit violating any laws.

  6. Federal judge: No AI in my courtroom unless a human verifies its accuracy

    Judge wary of AI "hallucinations," says it isn't acceptable for legal briefing.

  7. Twitter value keeps falling under Musk, now worth a third of what he paid

    $15 billion valuation after Fidelity lowers value of its Twitter stake again.

  8. Cyberweapon manufacturers plot to stay on the right side of US

    Contrasting fates of Israeli spyware-makers Paragon and NSO tell the tale.

  9. It’s prison day for Elizabeth Holmes; 11-year sentence has begun in Texas

    Elizabeth Holmes arrived at the minimum-security prison camp in Bryan, Texas.

  10. Lawyer cited 6 fake cases made up by ChatGPT; judge calls it “unprecedented”

    Judge weighs punishment for lawyer who didn't bother to verify ChatGPT output.

  11. Biden admin wants Europe to reject forced payments from Big Tech to ISPs

    US: Mandatory fees would give ISPs a new bottleneck and raise costs for users.

  12. Minn. Gov. vetoes pay raise for drivers after Uber, Lyft threaten price hikes

    Governor had no conversations with drivers before vetoing bill, senator says.

  1. TikTok—banned or not, it’s probably here to stay, an Ars Frontiers 2023 recap

    Experts discussed the legal impossibility of a nationwide TikTok ban.

  2. Supreme Court limits the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act

    Court limits regulations to wetlands that directly connect to bodies of water.

  3. OpenAI CEO raises $115M for crypto company that scans people’s eyeballs

    Worldcoin investor insists "Orb" iris scanner is not a "dystopian nightmare."

  4. DeSantis/Musk event didn’t break the Internet, but it did break Twitter

    Half of DeSantis’ audience ditched his glitchy Twitter Spaces campaign launch.

  5. Google never agreed it wouldn’t copy Genius’ song lyrics, US official says

    SCOTUS unlikely to review Genius' unusual case against Google.

  6. 48 states sue phone company that allegedly catered to needs of robocallers

    Avid Telecom routed billions of illegal robocalls despite warnings, AGs allege.

  7. Widespread FBI abuse of foreign spy law sets off “alarm bells,” tech group says

    Section 702 debate rages after another FISA Court opinion is unclassified.

  8. Netflix crackdown on account sharing hits US with $8 fee for each extra user

    "Your Netflix account is for you and the people you live with," email tells users.

  9. Fake Pentagon “explosion” photo sows confusion on Twitter

    Incident shows weakness of Twitter's verification system, speed of misinformation.

  10. Google bans Downloader app after TV firms complain it can load a pirate website

    "It's a ridiculous claim and abuse of the DMCA," Downloader app developer says.

  11. Meta has no choice but to sell Giphy at $262M loss to Shutterstock

    With UK forcing a sale and GIFs losing popularity, Meta was bound to take a hit.

  12. TikTok sues to stop Montana from enforcing its “unconstitutional” ban

    Unless legal challenges succeed, Montana's ban will take effect in 2024.

  1. Biden picks new FCC nominee to fill seat that’s been empty for over two years

    Biden nominates US official Anna Gomez after Senate refused to confirm Gigi Sohn.

  2. Facebook hit with record €1.2 billion GDPR fine for transferring EU data to US

    Meta to appeal, claims order sets "dangerous precedent" for EU/US data transfers.

  3. China bans Micron’s products from key infrastructure, citing security risk

    US Commerce Department strongly opposes the action, saying it has "no basis in fact."

  4. France is fighting to save your iPhone from an early death

    French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the scourge of planned obsolescence.

  5. AT&T tries to block Starlink/T-Mobile plan for satellite-to-phone service

    AT&T and rural telcos say Starlink-fueled phone service would cause interference.

  6. Twitter claims Microsoft broke API rules; Musk already threatened lawsuit

    Twitter demands Microsoft audit a month after Musk declared, "Lawsuit time."

  7. TikTokers immediately sue to block Montana’s “unconstitutional” ban

    TikTokers can't “imagine America without" the app, sue Montana to block ban.

  8. FCC rejects Dish 5G plan that could have made Starlink broadband “unusable”

    Satellite broadband would be harmed by mobile service in 12 GHz band, FCC rules.

  9. SCOTUS spares Section 230, rules Google, Twitter not liable for aiding ISIS

    Supreme Court rulings leave Section 230 reforms to Congress.

  10. Telcos detail plan to charge Big Tech firms for access to Internet users

    Telco lobby makes network-fee pitch to EU, seeks payment for "traffic delivery."

  11. Montana is first state to ban TikTok over national security concerns

    TikTok vows to fight Montana ban.

  12. Truckers are caught on the front lines of California’s EV push

    By 2024, trucks bought for use in the state’s ports and rail yards must be zero-emission.