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House of Representatives approves bill requiring warrants for email searches

The House of Representatives today unanimously voted to approve the Email Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant before accessing stored electronic communications, such as emails.<p>The act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which has been in place …

Surveillance

Users average 50 minutes per day on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

Facebook’s “family of apps” strategy is a wild success. While some might have expected it to roll Instagram into Facebook and leave chat in its main app, keeping Instagram independent and splitting off Messenger into a companion app has helped it solidify itself as more than just a ubiquitous …

Mark Zuckerberg

Comcast Tries to Address Data Cap Controversy, Misses the Point Entirely

In trial markets around the country Comcast inflicts a 300GB data cap onto customers. Complaints about these caps have increased from general outrage …

Internet

Facebook cements status as a mobile juggernaut with $4.2 billion in ad revenue

It was only a few years ago that the tech media openly wondered whether Facebook could survive the then-nascent widespread shift from desktop computers to mobile devices.<p>In 2016, it seems like the better question is: can everyone else?<p>Facebook reported on Wednesday that it made 82% of its …

Facebook

Periscope officially launches sketching feature for livestreams

Periscope’s fun new sketch feature is now available for iOS.<p>The feature, which we first told you about just over two weeks ago, lets you draw over your stream. Anything you do sketch will vanish after a few seconds, so feel free to get weird with it.<p>Just remember that people can get screengrabs of …

Apps

Brain-controlled drone races are now a reality

The new sport of drone racing is so popular that it has already landed a spot on ESPN television. But a new twist could soon turn the sport into something that looks less like geeks flying planes and more like Jedi's attempting to use the Force against each other.<p>The Human-Experience Research Lab …

Drones

Google Calendar can now automatically find the best time for office meetings

Google Calendar is already trying to help people find time for exercise and other important tasks between everyday appointments, and now the app is aiming to simplify the daunting task of arranging meetings for those in the working world. A new feature announced today for Calendar's Android app, …

Google Calendar

Atlanta Seeks Feedback On Bike Share Program Ahead Of Launch

The city of Atlanta signed a contract with the private bike-share company CycleHop more than a year ago but bikes still haven’t hit the streets.<p>At …

Prince Secretly Funded Solar Tech In Oakland

While beloved musician Prince was inspiring fans through his creativity, it turns out he had a secret life as a clean energy philanthropist.<p>According …

Clean Energy