Tech

Biden backs plan to accelerate vaccine production by waiving patents

Enlarge / Pharmaceutical bottles on a conveyor belt in South Africa. (credit: Westend61 / Getty Images) The Biden administration has thrown its weight behind an international effort to loosen patent and other legal protections for COVID vaccines. “The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver […]

Tech

Facebook Oversight Board upholds ban on former President Trump

Enlarge / President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board announced its decision today to uphold the ban on former President Donald Trump’s account. In a ruling issued Wednesday, the board said […]

Tech

Netflix IT exec forced employees to use products from vendors that bribed him

Netflix’s former vice president of IT operations was convicted of taking bribes from technology vendors in exchange for awarding them contracts with Netflix, the US Department of Justice announced Friday. The former Netflix VP’s illegal scheme forced colleagues to use a variety of products, including one that suffered from “severe” performance problems and another that […]

Tech

Biden EPA proposes rule to slash use of climate “super pollutants”

Enlarge (credit: Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine/Flickr) The US Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule Monday that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the potent greenhouse gases that are widely used as refrigerants. Though HFCs aren’t intentionally emitted in the regular use of refrigerators and air conditioners, they often leak out at various phases in an […]

Tech

Kroger will begin drone deliveries in Ohio this week

Enlarge (credit: Kroger) Kroger, one of America’s biggest grocery chains, is beginning to test a drone-delivery service in the Cincinnati area. Starting this week, Kroger will begin testing deliveries near the company’s store in Centerville, Ohio. “Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin later this spring, and a second pilot is scheduled to launch this summer […]

Tech

Disney gets special “theme park” exception to Florida’s anti-tech bill

Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Miami on April 08, 2021. (credit: Joe Raedle / Getty) Both houses of Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature have passed new legislation banning social media companies from deplatforming political candidates or censoring large journalistic organizations. Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it into […]