You made it to Friday! Here’s some of the tech news we’re watching today on 512tech:
Senate overturns Obama-era privacy rules for ISPs
In a 50-48 party-line vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to overturn 2016 privacy rules that prevented Internet provider’s from selling or sharing a user’s web browsing data with third parties. Texas Sen. John Cornyn was among those who voted for overturning the privacy rules, saying it was stifling economic growth. It’ll stand unless the U.S. House votes against it or President Donald Trump vetoes.
FBI director speaks in Austin, finally
FBI head James Comey, who was famously scheduled to speak at this year’s South by Southwest and then canceled over scheduling, finally did make it to Austin for a talk at the University of Texas on Thursday. Phil Jankowski details the cybersecurity talk which pointedly did not address the president or the 2016 election.
More changes at Instagram
Instagram has introduced two-factor authentication to all users, making millions of selfies and artful cat photos more secure, and is also tackling censorship by taking a different tack on how it handles “sensitive content” (say, nude photos that aren’t pornographic in nature). Photos will be blurred and a content warning shown rather than the content being taken down entirely if they don’t violate Instagram’s terms. A suitable compromise?
Gorillaz go 360
Virtual/cartoon British band Gorillaz are back with new material and their new animated video for “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)” is also available in a 360-degree version suitable for VR headsets such as GearVR or Google Cardboard. Get an idea of what it looks like below:
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