regulation

  • What does Trump mean for tech M&A?

    After Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory earlier this month, the tech community has been trying to assess how the new administration will impact them. There are concerns that there will be fewer H-1B visas for engineers, making it harder to hire the world’s best talent. People also interpret Trump’s stance on the Apple-FBI controversy as an indication that he will… Read More

  • LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

    LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

    Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in Russia requiring all online sites to store personal data on national servers. The order… Read More

  • Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

    Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

    Telehealth startup Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort… Read More

  • California regulators warm up to the idea of driverless cars sans steering wheel

    California regulators warm up to the idea of driverless cars sans steering wheel

    Proposed rules that would allow for testing of truly driverless cars on roads in California are gaining steam in the state’s legislature. Specifically, Assembly Bill 1592 in California was revised on Monday to soon allow: “the testing of autonomous vehicles that do not have a driver seated in the driver’s seat and are not equipped with a steering wheel, a brake pedal, or… Read More

  • New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S.

    New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration put new rules into effect today regulating the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The rules apply to drones that weigh up to 55 pounds and that are being used for business purposes, whether that’s scientific research, education, media, or inspection and surveying of land, traffic, prisons, stadiums or anything… Read More

  • UK government warned to act fast on Brexit risks

    UK government warned to act fast on Brexit risks

    A UK parliamentary committee looking at issues pertaining to the digital economy has warned of multiple risks in the wake of last month’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. Read More

  • Austin police are now impounding drivers in the peer-to-peer ridesharing group

    Austin’s transportation saga just keeps getting more interesting. Last week, we wrote about a 30,000 member Facebook group that had formed in Austin to help facilitate ride requests in the absence of Uber and Lyft. Riders posted requests, drivers responded, and people got where they needed to go. One problem – the drivers and riders were not using an official service to… Read More

  • EU backs light-touch regulation for on-demand companies like Uber and Airbnb

    EU backs light-touch regulation for on-demand companies like Uber and Airbnb

    On-demand companies like Uber and Airbnb may be coming under scrutiny in some European countries for allegedly contravening local laws, but today the European Commission threw them a line of support. The EC today published guidance that favors light-touch regulation of companies like these, noting that they should not require licenses to operate; that they do not necessarily have to… Read More

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