Happy Tuesday, campers! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning:
When your TV watches you
The electronics company Vizio, known for its budget-priced HDTVs, was dinged by the Federal Trade Commission for data it says the company was collecting about viewing habits with its smart TVs. Vizio has agreed to pay a $2.2 million settlement and the company must delete infringing data by March 1.
List of tech companies vs. Trump travel ban expands
More companies are joining the legal fight against president Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban, bringing the total to about 127. New companies who are joining include Adobe Systems Incorporated, Evernote and Tesla, Inc. In addition, Recode this morning posted an open letter from more than 200 startups and entrepreneurs penned by Engine executive director Even Engstrom and Bobby Franklin, CEO of the National Venture Capital Association. So far, only TouchPoint, Inc., from Lago Vista, is among Central Texas companies who have co-signed the letter.
French fake news targeted
Ahead of an upcoming election in France, Google and Facebook are teaming up with news organizations to try to root out fake news. As of this week, they plan to work with eight major news organizations ahead of the May election.
Let the robots win
Former longtime tech reporter for the New York Times John Markoff says that due to generational and aging trends worldwide, we should reconsider our aversion to letting robots take care of us. The world, he says, is getting older without anyone to take over many of the jobs that will need filling. Thus: automation! You can hear the whole conversation, with Recode’s Kara Swisher, below on the “Recode Decode” podcast:
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