Epic Games' Lawsuits Fire a Shot at Apple and Google's App Store 'Monopolies'

Epic Games' Lawsuits Fire a Shot at Apple and Google's App Store 'Monopolies'

The lawsuit came just moments after Apple removed Fortnite from its iOS store for instituting an in-app payment system that let users circumvent Apple altogether, a violation of App Store guidelines.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

A spokesperson for Smithfield says the company has instituted several OSHA-compliant safety protocols, including more protective equipment for workers, fever screenings for entry, and sick leave.

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

In a statement, Alameda County Public Health Department spokesperson Neetu Balram said the department was aware Tesla had restarted production, but that it hoped the company would comply with public health orders “without further enforcement measures.” Balram said Tesla was due to submit a site-specific plan to reopen on Monday.

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

The state of California and three of its biggest cities sued Uber and Lyft Tuesday for misclassifying hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent contractors, in violation of a new state law.

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

As coronavirus worries spread throughout the country, we get it: Some of you won’t be moving at all.The share of incorrectly parked motor vehicles observed by a team of Cornell University researchers as they hung out in five major US cities for three days each.

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

Funeral Tech Startups Expand Your Posthumous Possibilities

New figures released this week show that the average price tag for a death after funeral costs and probate in the UK rose to £9,493 ($12,300) in 2019, an increase of over 70 percent since 2014.

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

“I think especially for young people, we are actually discouraged often not to dive into that, because it's overwhelming and scary,” said Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff, in a conversation with WIRED senior editor Sandra Upson.

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once)

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once)

To fit any size astronaut, the new suit comes with modular components across the chest and waist that can be cinched or expanded.“We need to learn to live and work on the surface of another world for long periods of time, and in order to do that we need space suits,” Bridenstine told a roomful of NASA employees, students, and reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington.

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Senator Kamala Harris has a message for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: It’s past time to eject President Trump, America’s Tweeter in Chief, from the platform.

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the FCC hadn’t adequately considered how repealing the net neutrality rules would affect public safety, utility pole regulations, and an FCC program that subsidizes phone and internet service for low-income families.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the city names real-estate agent Elvis Tominovic as the central figure in the “lucrative unlawful hotel operation.” The city wants Tominovic and 13 other people and businesses alleged to be involved in the scheme to turn over all revenue, properties, and proceeds from illegal rental activity; pay fines and damages; and shut down their listings.

What Adam Savage Needs to Know to Fly an Iron Man Suit

What Adam Savage Needs to Know to Fly an Iron Man Suit

That means the pilot can control the suit by just changing the arm positions and not even having to adjust the jet engine thrust. Here is a diagram looking from the side of the flying Iron Man:Notice that there is now a forward component of force from the back jet.

State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is among the officials suing to block the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Nine states and the District of Columbia filed suit Tuesday to block T-Mobile and Sprint's planned $26.5 billion merger, complicating the companies’ path to completing the deal.

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month , when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless bike-share program—a process that would be open to companies other than Lyft and Motivate.

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

On Monday, the US government agreed to a 90-day exception to the export restrictions that allow Huawei to deal with US companies to support existing products. Even without the 90-day exemption, Huawei will still be able to use Google's open source Android operating system for its phones.

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

It happened again: Google announced today that it's the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. But a bug in G Suite's password recovery feature for administrators caused unprotected passwords to be stored in the infrastructure of a control panel, called the admin console.

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Whatever the reason, the Trumps filed suit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One early last week, in an attempt to prevent Congress from seeing what was going on inside his financial dealings. What Happened: Speaking of that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, how'd attorney general Bill Barr do broadly?

The Failure of NASA's Spacewalk Snafu? How Predictable It Was

The Failure of NASA's Spacewalk Snafu? How Predictable It Was

In her commentary accompanying the 2014 decadal review, Mark highlighted problems like a failure to fully enforce gender inclusion policies, lack of astronaut data segregated by sex, and a misguided belief that because the data that exists on women in space comes from such small sample sizes, it can’t be trusted.

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla’s suit, filed in the Northern California federal district court, alleges that four of its former employees took proprietary information related to “warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations” when they left the electric automaker, and later, while working for Zoox, used that proprietary information to improve its technology and operations.

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Last year President Donald Trump signed a defense spending bill that banned government agencies from buying gear from Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom giant ZTE, and from doing business with companies that use the two companies' technology.

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

On Monday, Google published a blog post with selected findings from its 2018 analysis, highlighting that proposed changes for 2019 would have paid male engineers less than female engineers in one lower-level job category, referred to internally as Level 4 engineers.

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.

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

The ink globbed and dripped every which way, creating a sticky mess that Simonet then dunked into a chemical bath. After washing off the excess color, he let the prints dry, revealing the final images beneath.

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

The judge overseeing a class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court against Tesla and Musk by a large group of Tesla shareholders said that yes, sure, the lawyers for the plaintiffs sure can subpoena the art pop musician Grimes and the rapper Azealia Banks.

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Michael Short/Bloomberg/Getty Images Oracle allegedly paid some female employees more than $13,000 less per year, on average, than male employees in similar roles, according an analysis of Oracle’s own pay data revealed Friday as part of a gender bias lawsuit against the company.

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit is seeking significant changes to Google’s corporate governance, including allowing non-management shareholders to nominate at least three new board members and changes to the company’s stock structure, which gives Page and Brin a supermajority voting share.

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.