The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue. Continue reading
Every weekday morning, dozens of sleek buses roll through the heart of San Francisco, picking up a cargo of workers commuting south to companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. But critics say the buses are clogging city bus stops and are symbolic of the disparity in wealth between the new tech workers and the long-time working class residents. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
It seems that Google Flu Trends, which launched to much hype in 2008, has been off the mark. Continue reading
Eight prominent American tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects personal data online. Judy Woodruff talks to Brad Smith of Microsoft about their call to limit the scope of government spying. Continue reading
Google’s secret about a large construction project in the San Francisco Bay may finally be out.
Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claim the NSA and its British counterpart tapped fiber-optic cables connected to Google and Yahoo data centers, gaining access to metadata from user accounts. Gwen Ifill talks to The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman about the legality of the NSA alleged actions. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it’s keeping short-term interest rates at a record low and continuing its stimulus efforts. Also, The Washington Post reported the NSA is routinely intercepting email traffic between Yahoo and Google data centers. Continue reading
In his first U.S. television interview since the latest news broke of the government’s surveillance program, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond told PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown on Tuesday that the company has given the U.S. government information on only a “tiny fraction” of its hundreds of millions of users. Continue reading