Tom Brant

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Tom is PCMag's San Francisco-based news reporter. 
Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data
Amazon

Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

Amazon is refusing to give authorities investigating a murder access to data from Alexa.
Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges
Uber

Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges

Waymo, which took over Google's self-driving car project, says its trade secrets are now in Uber's hands.
This Startup Plans to Authenticate the Entire Internet
Startups

This Startup Plans to Authenticate the Entire Internet

A closed network of verified commenters will rate the authenticity of the web pages they visit.
Oculus to Scale Back Rift Demos at Best Buy
Oculus VR

Oculus to Scale Back Rift Demos at Best Buy

You'll still be able to buy the VR headset at Best Buy, but many stores will no longer offer demos.
Facebook Follows Snapchat and Instagram With its Own Version of Stories
Facebook

Facebook Follows Snapchat and Instagram With its Own Version of Stories

Currently available in Ireland, Stories lets people update their friends on their activities throughout the day.
Apple to Let Developers Respond to App Store Feedback
Apple

Apple to Let Developers Respond to App Store Feedback

The move aligns it more closely with the Google Play store.
Faraday Future: Car Maker, Hype Machine or Both?
Cars

Faraday Future: Car Maker, Hype Machine or Both?

The company wants to build a supercar's supercar, but it apparently is unable to pay its bills for lavish expenditures.
Snapchat Cracks Down on Objectionable News Stories
Snapchat

Snapchat Cracks Down on Objectionable News Stories

Snapchat's Discover section is often full of gossip and clickbait.
Uber Will Pay $20 Million Over Misleading Claims to Drivers
Uber

Uber Will Pay $20 Million Over Misleading Claims to Drivers

The FTC settlement is the latest in a string of enforcement actions against the ride-hailing startup.
Qualcomm, in Deals With Apple and Others, Violated Competition Laws, Says FTC
Qualcomm

Qualcomm, in Deals With Apple and Others, Violated Competition Laws, Says FTC

The chip manufacturer's exclusive agreement with the iPhone maker unfairly locked out competitors, the FTC said.
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.