politics

Congress is asking vape manufacturers if they used social media bots

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links HAZEMMKAMAL via Getty Images Congress wants to know if the largest vaping companies used bot-generated social-media messages to market their products. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Massachusetts attorney general have asked each of the five largest manufacturers if they’ve relied on automated, bot-posted campaigns, The Wall Street […]

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US says digital assets are covered by money laundering and disclosure laws

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP/Andrew Harnik US regulators issued a blunt warning to cryptocurrency holders who think they’re not beholden to the usual rules. The Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network have put out a joint statement to “remind” people that digital assets like crypto, […]

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San Francisco’s proposed office would prevent ‘reckless’ tech rollouts

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Justin Sullivan/Getty Images San Francisco has a history of dealing with out-of-control tech deployments — just ask people who had to wade through piles of scooters for months until the city started the permit process. Companies might have to be more careful going forward, however. Board of Supervisors President Norman […]

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Lyft sues NYC over limits on driver ‘cruising’

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links REUTERS/Mike Segar Uber isn’t the only one suing New York City to demand looser rules for ridesharing drivers. Lyft has sued NYC in a bid to end a rule that limits the amount of time drivers can “cruise” in Manhattan (that is, drive without passengers). The 31 percent cap on […]

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Elizabeth Warren Facebook ad mocks Facebook’s fact checking policies

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as CNN moderator Chris Cuomo listens during the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. ASSOCIATED PRESS Earlier this year Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign ran ads on Facebook that proposed breaking it up, and they were […]

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Blizzard halves ‘Hearthstone’ pro’s suspension over Hong Kong protest

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Fans watch an eSports tournament with the video game ‘Hearthstone’ during the ‘Paris Games Week’ on October 28, 2018 in Paris, France. Chesnot via Getty Images Three days after Blizzard handed down a year-long ban to pro Hearthstone player ‘Blitzchung,’ aka Ng Wai Chung, the company has walked back its […]

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Riot urges ‘League of Legends’ pros to keep quiet on ‘sensitive’ issues

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Timo Verdeil/ESPAT Media/Getty Images Riot is trying to keep its hands clean after Blizzard banned a pro player for supporting Hong Kong protests on-camera. The League of Legends developer’s esports head John Needham has issued a statement saying that Riot has “reminded” pro players and hosts to avoid discussing “sensitive […]

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Google, Reddit execs to speak at House hearing on internet moderation

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Getty Images American politicians have been questioning whether internet companies should be held liable for the content they allow, and two of those companies will soon address those concerns directly. Two House subcommittees are holding a joint online content moderation hearing on October 16th where Google IP […]

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Report details Google’s donations to climate change deniers

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Google makes “substantial” political contributions to organizations and individuals that deny climate change, according to a new report from The Guardian. One such group is the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which was The Guardian says was instrumental in convincing the Trump administration to abandon the Paris climate agreement. […]

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Donald Trump is the newest Twitch streamer

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Twitch The 2020 presidential campaigns are well under way, and Donald Trump has added another internet outlet to reach voters: Twitch. The campaign’s first verified stream went live tonight from a rally in Minneapolis, as Trump followed Bernie Sanders’ campaign in creating a presence on the site. While the primary […]

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