Policy

  • The FCC officially proposes to end net neutrality rules (but it’s not over yet)

    The FCC officially proposes to end net neutrality rules (but it’s not over yet)

    Today the FCC voted to officially propose an order that would eliminate net neutrality rules as we know them. To be clear, the rules are not being adopted today — that vote will be about three months from now, during which time the proposal is open for comment. Read More

  • Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

    Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

    Facebook is banning misleading uses of its Live video format. The company tells TechCrunch that it’s adding a section to its Live API Facebook Platform Policy that reads “Don’t use the API to publish only images (ex: don’t publish static, animated, or looping images), or to live-stream polls associated with unmoving or ambient broadcasts.” Read More

  • NY Times CEO Mark Thompson isn’t fazed by Trump’s criticism

    NY Times CEO Mark Thompson isn’t fazed by Trump’s criticism

    Mark Thompson, CEO of the company that President Donald Trump has called the “failing” New York Times, doesn’t sound too bothered by presidential criticism. “I’ve been in journalism for more than 30 years,” said Thompson, who appeared this morning at TechCrunch’s Disrupt New York conference. “Politicians attacking media is not a new thing. Read More

  • Trolling the patent trolls

    Trolling the patent trolls

    “Don’t feed the trolls,” the popular wisdom goes. But with a new project, Cloudflare is taking things a little farther — the company is trying to starve its trolls out by taking away their revenue. Patent lawsuits against tech companies are fairly common, and most companies will simply settle with their opponents rather than fund an expensive, lengthy legal defense. Read More

  • Europe’s top court leaning towards dealing Uber a big regulatory blow

    Europe’s top court leaning towards dealing Uber a big regulatory blow

    Europe’s top court appears to be leaning towards calling a spade a spade by judging Uber’s business a transportation company, rather than just an enabling tech platform as the company prefers to think of itself, ie. as a way for the on-demand ride hailing app to work around the (stricter) licensing regulations that can be applied to traditional taxi firms. Read More

  • Europe wants to do more to boost cross-border data flows

    Europe wants to do more to boost cross-border data flows

    The European Commission has published a mid-term review of its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy that’s aimed at breaking down barriers to e-commerce and fostering digital activity across the region. Read More

  • Citing FBI handling of Clinton emails, Donald Trump fires James Comey

    Citing FBI handling of Clinton emails, Donald Trump fires James Comey

    President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. In his letter to Comey, Trump said the move was recommended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. According to the White House, the firing is effective immediately, and it’s already searching for a new FBI director. Read More

  • The real promise of regulatory technology Crunch Network

    The real promise of regulatory technology

    The future of banking is algorithmic. Bringing together big data and predictive analytics is already enabling financial service providers to make better real-time decisions on loans and other products, with a more flexible, customer-centric user experience. But if banking can be algorithmic, what about financial regulation and supervision? Read More

  • Crunch Report | Comcast Launches Xfinity XFi

    Today’s Stories  Comcast invests in mesh router maker Plume, launches Xfinity xFi for managing your home’s wireless network John Oliver reminds us that Net Neutrality is still under siege Facebook culls ‘tens of thousands’ of fake accounts ahead of UK election Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year Food startup Maple shuts… Read More

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