Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week This week, the California DMV released the disengagement reports every self-driving developer testing in state must file to the DMV.

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

In its lawsuit, filed in a New York state court Friday afternoon, Uber argues that the one-year freeze on ride-hail vehicle licenses is anticompetitive and exceeds the city’s authority.

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

Its decision to terminate its planned expansion in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City will be bad for New York City, bad for Amazon, and not so great for a national economic system that will need all of the investment and innovation it can get in the years ahead.

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City The company was expected to receive almost $3 billion in tax breaks and other government incentives in exchange for opening its new corporate office (as well as a helicopter pad for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos).

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

What Really Happened: Welp, after a lot of political rigamarole, President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last week—and what a speech it was.

Finally! Climate Science Returns to Capitol Hill

Finally! Climate Science Returns to Capitol Hill

Since 2014, Curry has appeared on Capitol Hill at least a half-dozen times before Republican-held House committees, testifying that the future effects of climate change are both exaggerated and unknowable.

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

If by now you feel like you have a pretty good handle on what Donald Trump looks like and would rather just listen, try TuneIn , which has a Roku app and will offer streams from a few sources, or NPR , which is NPR.

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

“You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment.” That’s a problem for the village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County, which agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in incentives and more than 3,000 acres of land in exchange for the promise of factory jobs.

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

(Via’s utilization rate is higher than Uber’s not because it has more drivers but because it offers only shared rides, much like Uber’s ride-pooling service, UberPOOL.) “Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement.

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

The case hinges on Illinois’ strict biometric security law, which passed in 2008, giving the state the strictest rules in the country for how companies can collect permanent personal data like fingerprints.

Google Wanted to Prohibit Workers From Organizing by Email

Google Wanted to Prohibit Workers From Organizing by Email

But three weeks later, Google’s lawyers took a different stance, asking the US government to overturn Obama-era protections that supported employees’ right to organize using their work email,.

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

But it has to cover the tech giants and brick and mortar stores, too." Even some data brokers have come around to the idea of a federal privacy law, as long as it levels the playing field for all industries in all states.

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese model.

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

“If you’re unlicensed, you’re probably not paying taxes, you’re certainly not paying licensing fees, and you’re not participating in all the regulations and oversight the state has in place.” The number of businesses listed on Weedmaps fluctuates as shops pop up and shut down, but by the beginning of August 2018, the site was listing about 2,000 total marijuana dispensaries and delivery services in Southern California.

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence Cheryl Chenet/Corbis/Getty Images When the US government shut down on December 21st there was an overlooked victim: the Violence Against Women Act, which expired the same day.

A Major Hacking Spree Gets Personal for German Politicians

A Major Hacking Spree Gets Personal for German Politicians

It's difficult to offer protection to the victims." Lukasz Olejnik, Oxford University The trove of leaked documents is massive, but early assessments indicate that it seems focused less on exposing state secrets than it does on revealing deeply personal information about its targets.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet.

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

Wolverine’s suit says 3M made money by “actively concealing information regarding potential environmental risks known only to 3M.” The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Michigan District Court.

The Race to Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

The Race to Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

But he wanted to know what was going on deep below Thwaites, where its ice met the earth.If the mysterious Thwaites Glacier were to “go bad,” it might change the course of civilization.During that 2008 expedition and another a year later, Anandakrishnan’s team performed the geologic equivalent of an ultrasound on Thwaites.

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Those politicians, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, have argued that the proposed rules do not give regulators sufficient oversight of self-driving car safety.Time to get everyone in line, though, is running out: If legislators don’t pass this bill by the end of the year, both the House and Senate will have to start over from scratch in the new Congress.

Russia's Elite Hackers May Have New Phishing Tricks

Russia's Elite Hackers May Have New Phishing Tricks

It's not uncommon to see them come out with a new variant or a totally new malware family."Palo Alto Networks researchers have only found one sample of the special Cannon-laced malicious document so far, but it was part of a broader APT 28 phishing campaign they observed that focused on government targets in North America, Europe, and a former USSR state that the company declined to name.Meanwhile, investigators at FireEye observed an extensive phishing campaign launched last week that appears to come from APT 29 hackers, also called Cozy Bear.

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

The Camp Fire comes just a year after the second most destructive blaze, the Tubbs Fire, struck the city of Santa Rosa to the south of Paradise, leveling 5,500 structures and killing 22.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate Change“How could this happen?” says Stephen Pyne, a fire researcher at Arizona State University.

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

"If you use intensity as a proxy for pollution—that is, if you assume stronger fires will produce more emissions like smoke—then by stint of that, yes, there ought to be more smoke," says atmospheric composition scientist Mark Parrington.A senior researcher at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Parrington tracks wildfires around the world to better understand their effect on pollution and public health.

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos Won

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos Won

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos WonMark Lennihan/APAfter a 14-month search, Amazon announced Tuesday that it will open a pair of regional offices in two major metropolitan areas where it already has a presence: the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, a borough of New York, and Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington DC.The decision comes after more than 230 cities submitted bids to be home of the Seattle-based company’s highly anticipated second headquarters, which originally promised to employ 50,000 white-collar workers.

Take a Good Look, America. This Is What the Reckoning Looks Like

Take a Good Look, America. This Is What the Reckoning Looks Like

That turns out to be a myth—frogs are smarter than that.Humans aren’t, at least when it comes to climate change.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeFor nearly a week, fires of unprecedented speed and ferocity have been tearing through California.

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

Today, the US boasts more firearms than residents.Canada, for its part, may have a lot of guns as well, as the chart below shows, but its citizens don't often die from gunfire; the country ranks 72nd in the world for deaths from firearms.

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California's Wildfires Are So Bad

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California's Wildfires Are So Bad

That’s why all these fires popped up on either end of the state nearly simultaneously: They share a common origin in the jet stream.https://twitter.com/RobElvington/status/1061385865857949696When the air masses hit the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California, they behave like water flowing over a rock in a stream.

The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Camp Fire

The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Camp Fire

“We have a weather event, in this case a downslope windstorm, where, as opposed to the normal westerly winds, we get easterly winds that are cascading off the crest of the Sierra Nevada,” says Neil Lareau, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Nevada, Reno.A windstorm barreling from the east just set the stage for this week's burning disaster.

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Initiative 1631 was technically a fee, not a tax; It would’ve charged many emitters $15 per metric ton of carbon, increasing every year until emissions declined—and the money would pay for green infrastructure like clean power generation, environmental remediation, and projects in communities most affected by pollution.

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

You should probably just bring it.In some states you can bring your phone into the voting booth with you, and even post a “ballot selfie,” but in others you can’t, so again, check your local election sites.

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