Drone owners get Christmas surprise from FAA: you will have to register to fly

This StarWars R2D2 custom flying drone is a one-off but plenty of other unmanned aerial vehicles will be given as gifts this Christmas. Buyers beware! If that drone you find under the Christmas tree weighs much more than half a pound, you’re going to have to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before you fly it outside. The ... Read More »

Twitter warns users they may have been hacked by ‘state-sponsored actors’

Twitter has warned a number of users that they may have been the target of a state-sponsored attack. The company has apparently sent the warnings by email to more than twenty users, all of which contain the same details. The warning begins: “As a precaution, we are alerting you that your Twitter account is one of a small group of ... Read More »

Uber and Lyft drivers look to Seattle to jump-start unionization effort

drivers working for taxi-hailing apps Uber and Lyft could get an early Christmas present on Monday when the city council is set to vote on whether to let them unionize. If the legislation were to pass, these on-demand drivers would be able to collectively bargain their future contract and pay. Federal government has been hesitant to pass legislation relating to ... Read More »

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto denies being Craig Wright (maybe)

Someone claiming to be bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has denied being the Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, who was named as man behind the cryptocurrency by Gizmodo and Wired on Tuesday night. In a posting to the bitcoin-dev mailing list with the subject line “Not this again.”, the email’s author wrote “I am not Craig Wright. We are all Satoshi.” The ... Read More »

VTech hack: man held in Berkshire after probe into toy firm database breach

VTech said its customer database does not contain any credit card information. A 21-year-old man has been arrested as part of a cybercrime investigation into computer hacking at children’s electronic toymaker VTech. The suspect was detained in Bracknell, Berkshire, on Tuesday morning, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (Serocu) said in a statement. He was held on suspicion of ... Read More »

Is Europe really going to ban teenagers from Facebook and the internet?

New European data protection rules would see companies require parental consent to handle data of those under 16, effectively blocking them from social media Teenagers in Europe could be blocked from using Facebook, Whatsapp and other internet services and social media should European data protection laws that increase the age of consent to 16 be pushed through. The European Parliament ... Read More »

Twitter to tap people without Twitter accounts for money

Twitter will start showing ads to its people who visit Twitter every month but who don’t have active user accounts, the company has announced. The number of such “logged out” users is somewhere around 500 million. The change means that if you click on a tweet that appears in a Google search, for instance, you may see ads on that ... Read More »

Apple Music wins exclusive video deal with Taylor Swift

Apple Inc won a deal with pop star Taylor Swift to exclusively release a concert video of her recent world tour through its music streaming service, Apple Music, the company and singer said on Sunday. Swift, who celebrated her 26th birthday on Sunday, tweeted a trailer for the “1989 World Tour Live” concert video and said: “Thank you so much ... Read More »

With virtual tour, free peek into Dubai’s top luxury hotel

This Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 file photo, shows an Ariel view of Burj Al Arab, the luxury hotel, center, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. If you don’t have an extra $15,000 or so to spend on a night in a royal suite at Dubai’s luxury Burj Al …more If you don’t have an extra $15,000 or so to spend on ... Read More »

Internet giants race to faster mobile news apps October 4, 2015 by Thomas Urbain

Mobile has become the new battleground for tech companies seeking to keep users within their ecosystems, where they can reach them with more products, services and advertising US tech giants are turning to the news in their competition for mobile users, developing new, faster ways to deliver content, but the benefits for struggling media outlets remain unclear. Read more at: ... Read More »