Category: Weekly News

Weekly News Roundup Feb. 5-11

Uber settles for $28.5 million lawsuit Ride-sharing app Uber has been under fire with two separate lawsuits concerning the language of its safety practices. According to the lawsuits, despite the company’s claims to provide the “safest ride on the road,” Uber drivers are not fingerprinted or checked against the national sex-offender registry. The “safe ride fee” Uber...

Weekly News Roundup Jan. 29 – Feb. 5

Twitter GIFs coming to a mobile screen near you. Thousands of thumbs could be heard breathing a sigh of relief recently. Twitter is reportedly testing a new button that will relieve users of having to prowl the web for the perfect GIF to post. Some users have already been able to use the button, and it...

Weekly News Roundup: March 8-14, 2015

SXSW: The main theme of the news from the past week was SXSW, which makes sense because it has officially started! The Interactive festival kicks off today, and was featured by the Austin American-Statesmen on Monday because of how much it’s evolved in the last few years.   Some of these changes include the lack of big...

Weekly News Roundup: March 1-7, 2015

  Dawn of the Harvest It only has taken us 214 years since Giuseppe Piazzi spotted the asteroid Ceres, but if everything goes correctly Friday, the Dawn space craft will enter in to orbit around Ceres. The space craft launched in 2007 and spent part of 2011 and 2012 around the asteroid Vista, a smaller...

Weekly News Roundup: Feb. 22-28, 2015

Net Neutrality: I’m not usually a fan of using blanket statements or absolutes, but I feel pretty comfortable making this one: The biggest thing to happen in interactive news this week was the FCC’s vote on and approval of the Open Internet Order, i.e., net neutrality.   The Open Internet Order “[sets] forth clear, sustainable,...

Weekly News Roundup: Feb. 15-21, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  This week saw the beginning of the Year of the Sheep.  Mark Zuckerberg welcomed the new year with a video post in, what Business Insider calls, “vastly improved” Mandarin Chinese. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. Meanwhile, Tech Crunch reports that our friends at Buzzfeed have ventured further into mobile territory this...

Weekly News Roundup: Feb. 8-14, 2015

The Twittersphere continues to react to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Feb. 4 Wired op-ed in which he proposed a plan to treat, and regulate, the internet as a public utility. Net neutrality supporters and opponents alike gear up as the FCC’s public Feb. 26 vote draws closer.   Facebook announced this week that they were introducing...

Weekly News Roundup: Feb. 1-7, 2015

This week we had Super Bowl 49, which set the world of social media on fire.  According to Keith Shaw of networkworld.com, Twitter reported more than 28.4 million tweets regarding the Super Bowl or its half time show, and on Spotify halftime performer Katy Perry streamed music increased by 85%.  Also in the news this...