Judge finds Gravity4 CEO Gurbaksh Chahal violated probation in domestic violence case

 A San Francisco judge ruled today that ad tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal violated his probation in a domestic violence case. The judge ordered Chahal to surrender his passports to the … Continue Reading →


Tech reacts to Trump’s RNC speech

 Trump’s RNC speech was long, so we here at TechCrunch cut it down for you with 10 quick reactions from investors, executives, and engineers. Read More


Airbnb hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to craft anti-discrimination policy

 Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is joining Airbnb to fight discrimination on the short term rental platform. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky … Continue Reading →


Twitter finally bans Milo Yiannopoulos, one of its most notorious trolls

 Twitter has permanently suspended Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at the conservative news outlet Breitbart and one of its most notorious trolls. The expulsion of Yiannopoulos, who counted more than 300,000 followers on … Continue Reading →


Harassment of Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones shows Twitter needs to change

 Leslie Jones, the star of the new “Ghostbusters” reboot and a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” announced she was leaving Twitter after trolls bombarded her with racist comments. “I … Continue Reading →


UK government warned to act fast on Brexit risks

 A UK parliamentary committee looking at issues pertaining to the digital economy has warned of multiple risks in the wake of last month’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. … Continue Reading →



How to circumvent Turkey’s social media block

 Access to several social media sites was blocked for over an hour in Turkey today during a reported military coup. Although internet traffic appears to be flowing normally again, Turkey’s … Continue Reading →


A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

 With a Tweet from The Donald himself, it’s official that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will be Donald Trump’s running-mate come November. Gov. Pence has been loudly parading his innovation and entrepreneurship … Continue Reading →


Microsoft triumphs in warrant case against U.S. government

 In a surprise federal court ruling, Microsoft has won its lawsuit against the United States government over a warrant for a customer’s emails. The company has been fighting since 2013 to … Continue Reading →


What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

 Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s own wild card, is slated to speak at the Republican National Convention next Thursday, according to the New York Times. Though Thiel has previously voiced support … Continue Reading →


Is Section 702 on the verge of reform?

 A controversial law that authorizes the government’s bulk collection of internet data is being tested in a federal appeals court, giving anti-surveillance advocates hope that reform might be on the … Continue Reading →


Can the Airbnb regulatory nightmare be solved with more tech?

 Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber have gone nuclear to defend their business model, suing city governments or shuttering their services entirely when they don’t get their way. Airbnb recently sued the … Continue Reading →


Strike the right balance on drone policy

 Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. … Continue Reading →


If you’re waiting for a self-driving car revolution, keep waiting

 Not a week goes by without some sort of development in the world regarding self-driving cars — the subject consistently finds a place in any given news cycle. But if … Continue Reading →


France wants to rethink the state as a platform

 When you think about filing forms and requesting information from various administrations, chances are you get a headache. But it shouldn’t be like that. When you create an account on … Continue Reading →


Bulgaria now requires (some) government software to be open source

 Fans of free and open-source software are rejoicing today at the news that Bulgaria will now require all software written for the government must be FOSS. But while this is … Continue Reading →


Marrakesh Treaty will limit copyright, easing book access for blind and print-disabled worldwide

 It’s difficult enough already for the visually impaired to read the books and publications sighted people take for granted, but it’s downright impossible when the content isn’t even available in … Continue Reading →


Tech’s real role in student debt

 Hillary Clinton’s campaign advisers sought to explain the student debt deferment portion of her tech agenda on a call with reporters today, after the item generated criticism that the plan … Continue Reading →


ACLU challenges federal hacking law hampering research into online discrimination

 The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General alleging that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is unconstitutional, and as a consequence is preventing critical research into … Continue Reading →


Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

 The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We discussed some of these with Thomas Gemmell, … Continue Reading →


Hillary Clinton announces tech platform

 Connectivity, education, and entrepreneurship — these are the principles of Hillary Clinton’s technology platform, unveiled today at a Denver startup incubator. The decision to announce her technology imperatives outside of … Continue Reading →


YCombinator makes every SimCity player’s dream reality with new research initiative

 Ever wanted to design a city from scratch? All those years tinkering with SimCity and Legos are going to finally start paying dividends for a lucky few. YCombinator is looking for … Continue Reading →


House Democrats broadcast sit-in on Periscope and Facebook Live

 House Democrats are staging a sit-in today in an effort to push their Republican colleagues to vote for a gun control bill that would exclude suspected terrorists from purchasing automatic weapons. … Continue Reading →


Google and Facebook push the president’s cybersecurity commission for transparency

 Poisoned trust. Yearnings for transparency. The cyber Pearl Harbor. Executives from Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and other major tech companies met with the president’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley … Continue Reading →


Austin police are now impounding drivers in the peer-to-peer ridesharing group

 Austin’s transportation saga just keeps getting more interesting. Last week, we wrote about a 30,000 member Facebook group that had formed in Austin to help facilitate ride requests in the absence of … Continue Reading →


Tech industry lobbyists swept up in Guccifer 2.0 hack

 Documents published by a hacker using the name “Guccifer 2.0” are shedding light on ties between tech industry lobbyists and Congress. Guccifer 2.0 claims to have stolen the documents from the … Continue Reading →