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Senator proposes compulsory labeling for items with mics, video cameras

Senator proposes compulsory labeling for items with mics, video cameras

Enlarge / A surveillance camera on display in Hamburg, Germany, in January 2019. Much in the same way that food labels are now required to disclose the potential presence of allergens such as peanuts, one Senator is proposing a law that would require tech companies to include a label on products disclosing the presence of…
CDC Informs Congress There Are Hundreds More Vaping-Related Injury Cases

CDC Informs Congress There Are Hundreds More Vaping-Related Injury Cases

Lawmakers heard more Tuesday about the lung injuries associated with vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are hundreds more cases on top of the 530 previously confirmed. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: At least 530 people across the U.S. have become sick through vaping. Health officials say there could be hundreds more. A…
Pelosi States Congress Ought To Pass New Laws So Sitting Presidents Can Be Arraigned

Pelosi States Congress Ought To Pass New Laws So Sitting Presidents...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a new law is needed in order to indict a sitting president for potential lawbreaking while in office. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a new law is needed in order to indict a sitting president for potential lawbreaking while in office. Claire…
The battle over fuel economy guidelines is getting untidy

The battle over fuel economy guidelines is getting untidy

Getty Images Legal wrangling among the federal government, the state of California, and four automakers who—oddly—are asking for more stringent regulations got even more knotty this month, when the Department of Justice reportedly launched an antitrust probe into companies that struck a deal with California climate regulators. Now some members of Congress are urging an…
Congress desires Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon e-mails as probe warms up

Congress desires Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon e-mails as probe warms...

Enlarge / The dome of the United State Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Getty Images | Phil Roeder The long summer recess for Congress is at last well and truly over. The House Judiciary Committee has ramped up for the fall season, issuing demands for huge piles of documentation from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google…
Senator presses Amazon for information about Sounding “collaborations” with cops

Senator presses Amazon for information about Sounding “collaborations” with cops

Enlarge / A Ring video doorbell mounted on a home. Amazon's Ring line of video doorbells and home surveillance equipment is particularly popular with one key group: police. More than 400 law enforcement agencies around the country have partnered with Ring to use its apps and help market its security cameras to residents in the…
Congress is requiring that 8chan owner Jim Watkins affirm over his website’s participation in current mass shootings

Congress is requiring that 8chan owner Jim Watkins affirm over his...

Last week, the owner of the controversial online message board, 8chan, was "respectfully requested" to appear before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Now, he's being ordered to do so. On Wednesday, 8chan owner Jim Watkins was sent a subpoena to appear before the House Committee on September 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Watkins has…
Senators need Amazon describe how scrap end up in “Option” listings

Senators need Amazon describe how scrap end up in “Option” listings

Enlarge / Why is this particular product Amazon's "Choice" when you search for a can opener, instead of an alternate item? Outside of Amazon, nobody actually knows. Amazon is a gigantic international marketplace filled with all sorts of goods from countless manufacturers and vendors—a selection so broad, it can easily overwhelm shoppers. Though the company…
Amazon validates it keeps your Alexa recordings generally permanently

Amazon validates it keeps your Alexa recordings generally permanently

Enlarge / "Alexa, does my voice really sound like that?" If you (like so many of us) hate listening to recordings of your own voice, you may be in for an unpleasant future, as Amazon has confirmed it hangs on to every conversation you've ever had with an Alexa-enabled device until or unless you specifically…
America’s leading pharma CEOs simply got grilled by Congress over the expense of their drugs (PFE, MRK, JNJ, ABBV, BMY)

America’s leading pharma CEOs simply got grilled by Congress over the...

High US drug prices have been top of mind for many Americans lately. On Tuesday, lawmakers tried to get some answers by grilling executives from seven top pharmaceutical companies at a congressional hearing. The seven drugmakers, which include Merck, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, collectively have a market value of $1.13 trillion. The executives, in…

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