Tom Brant

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Tom is PCMag's San Francisco-based news reporter. 
Google Is No Longer Working on High-Altitude Drones
Google

Google Is No Longer Working on High-Altitude Drones

The program ended in early 2016 to focus on Internet delivery via balloons instead.
Yahoo to Change Name, Lose Marissa Mayer as Board Member
Yahoo

Yahoo to Change Name, Lose Marissa Mayer as Board Member

Mayer, the CEO, was expected to remain with the company after its sale to Verizon closes.
Smart Lights Are Coming to a Street Near You
Technology

Smart Lights Are Coming to a Street Near You

In Denver, Silver Spring Networks is demonstrating how a smart street light network can improve cities.
Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation
Amazon

Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

Amazon's voice assistant may provide clues in an Arkansas case in which a man was found dead in a hot tub.
Apple Flexes its Artificial Intelligence Muscle
Apple

Apple Flexes its Artificial Intelligence Muscle

The company's first research paper is a sign that it wants to shape the future of AI.
Google Dissects Undersea Cable to Explain the Internet
Internet

Google Dissects Undersea Cable to Explain the Internet

Guess what, Sen. Stevens? The Internet really is a series of tubes.
GM Brings Self-Driving Cars to Michigan Roads
Self-Driving Cars

GM Brings Self-Driving Cars to Michigan Roads

A fleet will soon roam the streets of greater Detroit.
Tech Workers Vow to Never Help Trump Build Muslim Registry
Donald Trump

Tech Workers Vow to Never Help Trump Build Muslim Registry

They would rather resign than be forced to work on such a project.
Instagram Adds Live Video With a Twist
Instagram

Instagram Adds Live Video With a Twist

The Facebook-owned app is further encroaching on Snapchat's territory.
Google to Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy by 2017
Google

Google to Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy by 2017

It is ramping up investments in wind and solar power for its data centers.
AT&T's New DirecTV Now the Latest to Enter Streaming Content Wars
DirecTV

AT&T's New DirecTV Now the Latest to Enter Streaming Content Wars

Launching this week, DirecTV Now is poised to be a catch-all solution for TV aficionados who have yet to cut their cord.
Snowden Is Not Worried About a Trump Presidency
Donald Trump

Snowden Is Not Worried About a Trump Presidency

But he acknowledges the fight to ensure people's privacy from government snooping won't get any easier under Trump.
Giphy to Offer Tool for Converting Vines to GIFs
Vine

Giphy to Offer Tool for Converting Vines to GIFs

Following the announcement of Vine's shuttering, Giphy wants to enable Vines to live on as GIFs.
Facebook to Loosen Restrictions on Controversial Posts
Facebook

Facebook to Loosen Restrictions on Controversial Posts

Future posts might not be removed even if they violate Facebook's guidelines, as long as they are considered newsworthy.