Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

It’s a shrewd move that allows Atwood to return to themes of subjugation, sexual crimes, and sisterhood without getting boxed in by her original protagonist Offred, the Handmaids, and all the protests and parodies stored within those red robes and white bonnets.

Apple Finally Breaks Its Silence on iOS Hacking Campaign

Apple Finally Breaks Its Silence on iOS Hacking Campaign

"Project Zero posts technical research that is designed to advance the understanding of security vulnerabilities, which leads to better defensive strategies," wrote a Google spokesperson in response to Apple's statement.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, host of the conference, defended Schmidt's role in the event in a statement.The letter opposing Schmidt's appearance points to public statements in which he was dismissive of employee complaints over a now canceled Google project that tested a search engine designed to comply with Chinese internet censorship .

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Former Waymo and Uber self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski —regarded by many as a father of the fledgling autonomous vehicle industry—was indicted Tuesday on 33 federal charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets.

The World Health Organization Says No More Gene-Edited Babies

The World Health Organization Says No More Gene-Edited Babies

Eight months after a rogue Chinese scientist revealed he had secretly created the world’s first gene-edited children , the World Health Organization is asking countries to put a stop to any experiments that would lead to the births of more gene-edited humans.

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

Justice Department officials said they approved the deal after they were convinced that the sale of Sprint’s so-called prepaid business, which includes the Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, and portions of Sprint’s wireless spectrum, would help Dish create a viable network.

EPA Dismisses California's Emission Compromise With Automakers

EPA Dismisses California's Emission Compromise With Automakers

In a joint statement, the automakers said the pact with California “will provide our companies much-needed regulatory certainty by allowing us to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet, avoiding a patchwork of regulations while continuing to ensure meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions.”.

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

While CBP says "none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet,” the dump of hacked Perceptics data just a few short weeks ago doesn’t give much confidence that this breach is contained, or will stay that way.

Bosch Settles German Diesel-Engine Probe for $100 Million

Bosch Settles German Diesel-Engine Probe for $100 Million

Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to pay 90 million euros (US$100 million) to end a probe by German prosecutors into rigged diesel engines, following much more costly settlements by its customer Volkswagen AG.

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions

Just last week, the Chicago City Council approved an exclusive bike-share contract with Lyft, which included a promise to roll out 10,500 e-bikes by 2021.So it was a real disappointment late Sunday when the ride-hail company announced it would remove all of its electric bicycles—at least for the time being—due to reports of injury.

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Be Bad for Memes

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Be Bad for Memes

A copy of the directive published by European Parliament member Julia Reda, a member of the Pirate Party Germany who opposes the legislation, says companies will need to follow "industry best practices" for preventing the upload of copyrighted materials.

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday that would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, a response to a December 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission that basically gutted the regulations that were put in place by the Democrat-controlled FCC in 2015.

FTC Hits TikTok With Record $5.7 Million Fine Over Children’s Privacy

FTC Hits TikTok With Record $5.7 Million Fine Over Children’s Privacy

TikTok subsequently announced on Wednesday that it was launching a separate portion of its app for children under 13, which “introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for this audience.” "Companies like TikTok have been all too eager to take advantage of child app users at every turn." Senator Ed Markey By essentially combining Vine with Spotify, Musical.ly captured the attention of around 100 million finicky Generation Z consumers.

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).

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.

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,.

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.

Citing No Evidence, Brian Kemp Accuses Georgia Democrats of Hacking

Citing No Evidence, Brian Kemp Accuses Georgia Democrats of Hacking

Now, two days before an election in which Kemp himself is the Republican candidate for governor, he has levied similarly unsupported charges—this time against his democratic opponents.The Georgia Secretary of State’s office released a short statement on Sunday morning that it had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party the previous evening, “after a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system.”The Democratic Party of Georgia sharply denied the accusations in a statement to reporters.

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

But this study is among the first to model how wind and solar farms would affect the Sahara, all while considering how growing green plants and trees would respond to these changes, said Li, who started the study while a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

NIWA has joined forces with Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a joint Special Climate Statement about unusual weather patterns over summer. Special Climate Statement - record warmth in the Tasman Sea, New Zealand and Tasmania (NIWA)