DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

 DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More

Discord shuts down alt-right server and accounts for ToS violations

 Popular voice chat platform Discord has shut down several servers and accounts associated with the alt-right for violations of the terms of service. The company announced the enforcement action on Twitter, emphasizing that it will “continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.” Read More

Sling TV founding CEO Robert Lynch is Pandora’s new president and CEO

 Pandora announced today it has appointed Robert Lynch as its new president and CEO. Lynch was the founding CEO of Dish’s Sling TV, previous to the move. He will also become a member of Pandora’s board of directors, along with Snap Inc.’s Michael Lynton. Naveen Chopra was serving as Pandora’s interim CEO after Tim Westergren, Pandora’s former CEO, announced he… Read More

Security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty, returns to Twitter

 After being nabbed by the FBI while leaving DefCon, the security researcher who singlehandedly neutralized the WannaCry malware attack earlier this year is back online. Marcus Hutchins appeared for his arraignment at a federal court in Wisconsin on Monday where he entered a not guilty plea and successfully argued that he should be allowed internet access. Read More

Google drops domain hosting for infamous neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer

 After GoDaddy told the Daily Stormer to get lost, the neo-Nazi news site chose Google as a new home for its controversial domain. Now, Google too has given the site the boot. Read More

Snapchat ‘Crowd Surf’ stitches together everyone’s concert videos

 Snapchat’s got a new trick to stay one step ahead of Instagram. Snapchat “Crowd Surf” uses artificial intelligence machine learning technology to analyze when lots of people are all recording the same musical performance at the same time. It can then lace together the different angles while keeping the song playing smoothly. Read More

Benchmark: We should have sued Kalanick sooner

 The saga between Benchmark Capital and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continues. Following last week’s lawsuit revelation, Benchmark penned a public letter to Uber employees, explaining why they’re taking legal action against their fellow board member.
Benchmark doubled down on its decision, saying that not only should they sue, but “perhaps the better question is why… Read More

Opera shuts down Max

 Only a few years ago, Opera Max was the rising star in the browser maker’s portfolio. The service offered a system-wide data-saving proxy that funnelled all app data through Opera’s servers to compress images and videos. Now, however, Max is heading for the deadpool. The company, which is now owned by a consortium of Chinese firms, today announced that it will shut down… Read More