welcome to new york, welcome to new york

That’s right: After 10 years in D.C., I’ve packed up and relocated to New York City. I’m still the senior tech reporter at POLITICO, and it’s been a busy past few weeks — so here’s a taste of what you missed:

  • Tech throws lobbying might behind Airbnb: “Tech giants and investors have rushed to Airbnb’s defense as it tries to ward off new housing regulations across the country, fearing that a loss for the home-sharing website could create headaches for the rest of the internet economy. . .  Many of Silicon Valley’s leading players — including the trade groups that represent the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter — share Airbnb’s belief that the local rules violate the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 federal law that prohibits regulators from penalizing companies for the content and conduct of their users.”
  • N.Y. bombing revives emergency alert debate: “An emergency smartphone alert sent by law enforcement during the manhunt for the Manhattan bombing suspect is sparking new calls to upgrade the system, which critics say is urgently in need of a technology boost. . . . [[T]he brief notification didn’t include a photo of Rahami — instead, it urged readers to “see media for pic” — and didn’t link to more information about the suspect. That’s because wireless alerts aren’t able to handle multimedia, like photos, video or maps, and they’re capped at 90 characters in length — limitations that irk officials who say much more data should be sent to the public.”
  • White House eyes regulation around AI: “The White House plans to release a policy roadmap for the fast-growing field of artificial intelligence this fall, laying out its vision for potential regulation of an industry that encompasses everything from smartphones that talk back to their owners to cars that drive themselves to supercomputers that sift through reams of data to predict the spread of disease. The effort — with only months left in the Obama administration — comes as companies like Facebook and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, try to ensure government doesn’t overreact to the technology by creating rules that will hinder its development.”

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