Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because holy shit, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU’s new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues. » 4/16/15 6:05pm 4/16/15 6:05pm

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy. » 2/04/15 3:09pm 2/04/15 3:09pm

The Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until at Least 2017

It looks like we'll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it's going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government… » 12/10/14 12:55pm 12/10/14 12:55pm

Why the FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Your Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town—and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently… » 12/02/14 4:20pm 12/02/14 4:20pm

FAA's New $5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

Designers of the Federal Aviation Administration's futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $5 billion NextGen system. And it's definitely too late to start over. » 9/26/14 10:11am 9/26/14 10:11am

What Tobacco's Past Means for Vaping's Future

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it wants to regulate electronic cigarettes. This isn't surprising. But there's considerable debate about what those regulations should look like. If history is any guide, the life of your average vaper (vapist? vapethusiast?) is about to get a whole lot harder. » 4/24/14 5:56pm 4/24/14 5:56pm

Get Your Whole Neighborhood Together with Block Party in a Box

Every city street is actually a block party waiting to happen, a coiled spring of neighborly hangouts and community come-together yearning for a release. Kevin Van Lierop decided to make that process a little less daunting with his "Block Party in a Box." Now your neighborhood has no excuse not to get down. » 3/13/14 4:20pm 3/13/14 4:20pm

New Ruling Means Commercial Drones Are Finally Legal… Sort Of

An Earth-shaking piece of news hit the drone community on Thursday night. A National Transportation Safety Board judge dismissed a fine that the Federal Aviation Administration had levied against the pilot of a commercial drone. The FAA has no legal authority over small aircraft, the judge said. » 3/07/14 12:20pm 3/07/14 12:20pm