Author: Rebecca Klar

Hillicon Valley — Yubo app involved in Texas investigation

Yubo, a chat and video app for teens, said it is cooperating with law enforcement as reports emerge that the gunman who shot elementary school students and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, discussed his plans on the platform before the attack. Meanwhile, a group of Senate Democrats wrote to Apple and Google Friday urging them…

Yubo livestreaming app cooperating with law enforcement on Texas shooting investigation

Yubo, a livestreaming app marketed toward teen users, is cooperating with law enforcement on the investigation into the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting as reports emerge that the accused gunman used the platform to discuss his plans before carrying out the attack.  The 18-year-old accused gunman, Salvador Ramos, exchanged messages on the platform with a 15-year-old…

Hillicon Valley — Twitter settles federal privacy suit

Twitter is going to pay $150 million to settle a federal privacy lawsuit over allegations of improperly collecting user data between 2014 and 2019. Meanwhile, Meta ramped up its feud with Apple through comments to a federal agency reviewing competition in the mobile app market. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need…

Facebook blasts Apple power in newly released comments to government

Meta slammed Apple’s market power in the mobile app industry in comments for a federal agency’s report on the app ecosystem released Thursday. Meta’s stance escalates the feud between the two industry heavyweights and puts Facebook’s parent company in opposition to the industry groups trying to defend the competitiveness of the app market as the Biden administration cracks down on…

Hillicon Valley — Facebook pushes back on Texas governor

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is facing pushback from Facebook following his comments that the gunman who killed 21 people at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday publicly announced his intentions on the social media platform. In other news, a group of more than 40 Democrats sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai urging the…

Hillicon Valley — Government lacks data on ransomware

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) released a report on Tuesday that showed that the federal government lacks comprehensive data on ransomware attacks related to cryptocurrency. In other news, a group of activists staged a protest at Amazon Web Services’s (AWS) summit Tuesday to bring attention to the company’s work with immigration agencies and police departments. This is Hillicon…

Gen Z voters support measures to rein in tech giants: poll

The majority of Generation Z voters said they support measures to rein in the power of tech giants, according to a new poll from the progressive firm Data for Progress. The poll found a majority of voters, both Democrat and Republican, between 18 and 25 supported efforts to regulate the market power of tech giants….

Hillicon Valley — Activision Blizzard workers win gaming first

Activision Blizzard was caught up in a whirlwind of news on Monday, with workers at the Raven Software subsidiary voting to unionize just hours after a federal labor relations agency accused the company of threatening workers. On top of that, a former employee filed to appeal the company’s settlement in a federal sexual harassment case. We’ll also explore a court…