The debate over personal privacy vs. national security took a new turn earlier this week as the director of the FBI criticized the advent of encrypted smart phones that allow users to keep data on their devices private. For more, Julia Angwin of ProPublica joins Alison Stewart. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.
Within 10 minutes of its rollout on the New York Stock Exchange, Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba sold 100 million shares and earned $25 billion. Though not a household name in the U.S., it’s extremely popular in China and enjoys close ties to the Chinese government. David Kirkpatrick of Techonomy joins Hari Sreenivasan to analyze what shareholders invested in today. Continue reading
Forget blasting your defrosters and scraping windshields tirelessly in the wintertime — a new technology may help keep them ice-free.
Xerox, a $22 billion company, is the first Fortune-500 corporation to have a female CEO. Its commitment to a diverse workforce began in the 1960s, when the founder pledged job opportunities for the African-American community. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how the effort to include and amplify multiple points of view has helped it survive and adapt to an ever-morphing market. Continue reading
Net neutrality is the idea that all Internet content should be treated equally in how it’s delivered to consumers — a concept that is being debated at the Federal Communications Commission. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with David Pogue of Yahoo Tech to discuss the FCC’s proposal to create “fast” and “slow” traffic lanes on the web, and why the issue has struck a chord with the public. Continue reading
Microsoft Corp. confirmed Monday that it has agreed to purchase Mojang, the company behind the popular video game “Minecraft”, for $2.5 billion. The acquisition, which is due to close later this year, could help strengthen Microsoft’s Xbox and mobile businesses. Continue reading
Marketing professor Wahyd Vannoni reacts to the presence of a new album in his iTunes library — an album he never bought. Continue reading
U.S. game sales topped $21 billion in 2013, double the amount earned at North American movie theaters. As the influence of the gaming industry grows, Microsoft is making moves to purchase a gaming company that makes Minecraft, a popular, retro-inspired exploration game. Stephen Totilo of Kotaku joins Hari Sreenivasan for a look into the possible deal. Continue reading
Apple unveiled its new products — a larger iPhone, as well as the Apple Watch and a new pay system — that boast advances for phone, watch and wallet. Gwen Ifill interviews John Simons of the Associated Press for a look at the new products and what they signal about current consumer technology. Continue reading