55 Driverless Vehicle incidents

Where there’s smoke, there’s an autonomous vehicle blocking a fire

GM’s Cruise and Google’s Waymo are all over San Francisco streets, much to first responders’ displeasure.

Ben Berkley • August 25, 2023

Meta vs. Canada is a long pattern of dismantling news

Meta’s ban on Canadian news is part of a larger pattern of upending and preventing access to information.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 24, 2023
FTC vs Amazon

Is the ‘Big One’ about to drop on Amazon?

This week, the long-simmering battle between the FTC and Amazon escalates.

Ben Berkley • August 14, 2023
France flag

France vs. social media dishonesty

A French bill may require influencers to disclose payments, photo editing, and filters.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 7, 2023

Canada’s drug experiment

Criminalizing drugs is expensive. British Columbia is going to try decriminalizing them.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 31, 2023

TikTok’s new plan to avoid getting banned in the US

The app will consider letting Oracle and others police its algorithm.

Mark Dent • January 17, 2023

Hell hath no fury like angry Swifties

A debacle over Taylor Swift tickets has Ticketmaster under fire.

Olivia Deng • November 22, 2022

The FDA is redefining healthy food

As our knowledge of nutrition evolved, the FDA’s definition of “healthy” failed to keep pace. That’s changing.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 30, 2022

The ups and downs of NYC’s taxi medallion

The value of a NYC taxi medallion increased for the first time since 2014.

Rob Litterst • September 6, 2022

The rise and fall of Juul

How the e-cig of the future became a relic of the past.

Rob Litterst • August 1, 2022

Where the heck is all our change?

Where are all the quarters for the laundry machines? Sitting in people’s houses, apparently.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 8, 2022

Have Meta’s election priorities shifted?

Meta seems less interested in stopping IRL election misinformation and more into the metaverse.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 27, 2022

Digits: TikTok meetings, babies, and more

Plus: Lobbying spend is poppin’ and teen unemployment is droppin’.

Jacob Cohen • May 9, 2022

The Fed’s crackdown on printed guns

Ghost guns are assembled at home via kits or 3D printing. New rules would see them regulated like traditional firearms.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 12, 2022

A California bill would let parents sue predatory social media companies

A California bill would let parents sue social media companies who fail to protect children from addiction.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 24, 2022

Crypto lobbying is rising fast

Crypto lobbying tripled in 2021, but the sector is still spending just 1/12 as much as Wall Street.

Rob Litterst • March 14, 2022

The federal government is mulling a digital dollar. Why?

A US-backed digital currency has pros and cons, and could take 5-10 years to launch.

Rob Litterst • March 7, 2022

What the heck is a geographical indication?

Legal labels that mark where a product is from can be big business for local food producers.

Rob Litterst • February 24, 2022

States are making bank off weed taxes

States with legal cannabis sales have been able to generate billions in revenue from taxes, which in turn supports nonprofits and initiatives.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 13, 2022

What’s behind Musk’s hefty tax bill?

It has to do with stock options. Lots and lots of stock options.

Jacob Cohen • December 21, 2021

Will bots ruin Christmas?

Lawmakers are trying to stop Grinch bots from snapping up all the hottest toys this holiday season.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 1, 2021

Cities are still struggling to manage scooters (and the people who ride them)

Cities are still grappling with e-scooters. Or, more accurately, people who aren’t riding them safely.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 23, 2021

Can California’s landscapers still make money with electric equipment?

California is banning gas-powered mowers and blowers. With training, that could ultimately save landscapers money.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 15, 2021

In San Francisco, one person’s trash (can) is another’s treasure

San Fran’s got some grand (translation: expensive) plans for its garbage cans.

Jacob Cohen • October 1, 2021

Digits: Phone cords, ‘The Conjuring’ house, fake Christmas trees, and more

Plus: Americans aren’t big readers and Israeli firms are hot.

Jacob Cohen • September 27, 2021

Digits: A $3.6m Spider-Man, e-cigs get smoked, and ATVs kick into high gear

Plus: Walmart braces for impact, Amazon pays Chicago for locker space, and container oligopolies are a thing.

Jacob Cohen • September 13, 2021

What do you call meat if it’s grown in a lab?

The USDA wants input on how cell-based meat -- meat, fish, and poultry grown in labs from animal cells -- should be labeled.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 9, 2021

As crypto moves into the world of banking, regulators are being forced into action

As crypto companies forge into bank-like services, regulators are being forced to take action.

Rob Litterst • September 9, 2021

Digits: Nomads are in love, and apparently it’s pumpkin spice season

Plus: The Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest makes bank and toy prices go up.

Jacob Cohen • August 30, 2021

Tesla’s autopilot technology is under the microscope

The US government opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s autonomous driving system following a series of crashes with parked emergency vehicles.

Rob Litterst • August 18, 2021

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