Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching early today:
Investigation targets FCC and Sinclair Broadcasting
The New York Times is reporting that the committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into whether ownership rules changed a year ago by the FCC directly benefited Sinclair Broadcasting, which shortly after made a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. The deal was already under scrutiny for creating more consolidation in the media industry.
Deal with Getty Images prompts Google to remove “View Image”
If you ever use Google Image Search, you may have seen the option to View Image, which gives you the full-resolution of an image off a web page. Google says it is removing that option from search in part to alleviate concerns about copyright infringement, particularly from companies such as Getty Images. Users can still visit the pages that images are on and grab an image themselves, but Google’s not making it easy to do it from the search engine.
Peter Thiel ditching Silicon Valley for Los Angeles
Peter Thiel, who this week dropped out of a planned South by Southwest panel related to his role in shutting down Gawker, is said to have tired of Silicon Valley is plans to move to L.A. and take his investment firm with him. The Wall Journal reports that he’s also considering leaving the board at Facebook and feels that the Silicon Valley tech industry is too intolerant of conservatives.
Does holding up your phone help with reception?
The Verge investigates whether putting your arm into the sky to get a better cell signal does anything. Spoiler: IT DOES NOT! Take a look at this video for more information:
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