To Regulate Facebook, or Pressure Facebook

I’m in the midst of a move, down to the wire and still on the ticking clock so I'm posting a few takeaways (for now) on the two days of hearings in Congress this week on Facebook’s treatment of...
Congress Gets a Privacy Date with Facebook’s Zuck

Congress Gets a Privacy Date with Facebook’s Zuck

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will face the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week to answer questions about the platform's practices with users' data. Apparently, he's concluded that testifying to Congress is the right thing to do when your...
Privacy Panel to Question Facebook’s CEO

Privacy Panel to Question Facebook’s CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he would be "happy" to testify before Congress about Facebook's data privacy after revelations that it let third parties work with data on millions of its users for years, in potential violation...
FIU’s Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Probe, ABC and Safety

FIU’s Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Probe, ABC and Safety

After the 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapse at Miami's Florida International University Thursday, news reports are counting between six and seven fatalities so far and scores of injuries since the overpass walkway pancaked on the six-lane highway below. [caption...
Infrastructure Plans in Need of Finance Ideas

Infrastructure Plans in Need of Finance Ideas

President Donald Trump is set to highlight an infrastructure plan among the topics he’s expected to bring up during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30th. In the meantime, sources are floating trial balloons...

An Afflicted News Media in the Trump Era

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the 37-year-old publisher of the New York Times, who just took the reins from his father Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., posted a New Year's Day op-ed about the urgency of his mission and challenges the news...
A Merry Christmas Season

A Merry Christmas Season

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! For friends and family near and far. For veterans serving and away from family, for all workers on the job today, thank you and season's greetings. From the...
Would-Be Terror Attacker Charged With Terrorism

Would-Be Terror Attacker Charged With Terrorism

The latest on the would-be suicide bomber who reportedly botched his attempted terror attack: Per the NYPD: UPDATE: Akayed Ullah, the suspect arrested in yesterday’s terror attack in NYC, has been charged with the following: • Criminal Possession...
Ahead of Tax Reform Bill, a Revving Economy

Ahead of Tax Reform Bill, a Revving Economy

All eyes on are on Congress this week as House and Senate conference committees hammer out differences in their Tax Reform/Tax Cut bills and aim to pass historic legislation by the end of the year. President Donald Trump...

Why Net Neutrality Rules Are on the Block

The Federal Communications Commission made its plans to undo the Obama-era "Net Neutrality" rules official Tuesday, saying it will roll back the regulations that govern how internet service providers price and deliver their services. The vote is scheduled...
No Toll Hikes in N.Y. (at Least for 2018)

No Toll Hikes in N.Y. (at Least for 2018)

The New York Thruway's budget is holding the line on toll hikes in its 2018 budget. The Times Herald-Record, reporting from Albany on the authority, says: "The New York State Thruway Authority adopted a 2018 budget Monday that...
California: Praying For Rain, Calm Winds

California: Praying For Rain, Calm Winds

California's wildfires, day eight: More than 40,000 people are out of their homes, reportedly down from 100,000;  the death toll is at 41, mostly in Sonoma and Napa Counties. My brother and sister in-law live in Mendocino County....
Calif. Wildfires Leveling Homes, Infrastructure

Calif. Wildfires Leveling Homes, Infrastructure

[Updated 10/14/17] California's wildfires have reportedly claimed 36 lives  in Napa and Sonoma County's wine country after laying waste to homes, businesses and utilities with a swift and brutal devastation in what is becoming annus horribilis for major swaths of the...
Fun Times with AOL Instant Messenger

Fun Times with AOL Instant Messenger

The news this week that AOL would be ending its Instant Messaging service after a 20-year run deserves a comment or two on its cultural impact during its heyday in the late 90s and early aughts. In a...

Getting it Right When Covering the Gun Issue

Editors in one of the newsrooms I worked in often joked that we should sound a warning alarm when reporters start to do math. This was our way of poking fun at ourselves and a profession populated by...
A Day of Carnage in Las Vegas, and Selflessness

A Day of Carnage in Las Vegas, and Selflessness

[Updated to reflect casualties and injured] This story doesn't easily slot into any topics that SL2R blog covers, but when the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history happens in Las Vegas, which it did late Sunday during a...
Before and After Irma

Before and After Irma

Amazing doesn't quite sum up the sheer power of Hurricane Irma, as the world watches the former Category 5 hurricane continue wreaking its destruction in the southeast after slamming into Florida twice as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday....
Irma’s Scale and Fury Heads for Florida

Irma’s Scale and Fury Heads for Florida

After watching Hurricane Harvey's devastation in southeast Texas last week, we thought we'd seen a storm to top all storms for years to come. The initial damage estimates from Harvey's hit on greater Houston and parts of Louisiana...
Foxconn’s Wisconsin Plans = 10,000 Construction Jobs

Foxconn’s Wisconsin Plans = 10,000 Construction Jobs

Electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group, a major product supplier to Apple, Microsoft and Intel, made news this week when it announced a $10 billion expansion of its operations in southeastern Wisconsin to make flat-panel (LCD) displays and other...
Amazon the Everything Store to Buy Whole Foods

Amazon the Everything Store to Buy Whole Foods

Amazon the everything/media/grocery/potentially collaboration store made waves today when it announced a $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc., which roiled the stocks of  retailers who sell groceries, such as Wal-Mart and grocery chains such as Kroger....
Drone Swarms in Action

Drone Swarms in Action

To watch the fascinating video of a drone swarm released by the Department of Defense this week is to see life not only imitate science-fiction movies, but also show us how far-ahead in real-life these robotic swarms are....
New House Bills Floated to Fund Infrastructure

New House Bills Floated to Fund Infrastructure

Updated: E&ENews is reporting of revived bi-partisan efforts in the House to introduce new bills to fund infrastructure spending. "Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation to raise the gas...