UN assembly approves Ukraine-sponsored resolution on Azov Sea affair, with nearly half abstaining

The UN General Assembly has voted for a Ukraine-sponsored draft denouncing “militarization” of the Azov and Black Seas. About half of member-states abstained and Moscow said it’s like giving Kiev a blank check to scapegoat Russia. Sixty-six countries voted in favor of the resolution and 19 against, while 72 countries abstained. The resolution, brought forward […]

Seattle becomes NHL's 32nd team after league approves expansion bid

It's official — Seattle will be home to the NHL's 32nd team. The NHL confirmed the news Tuesday after the board of governors voted unanimously in favour of the decision in Sea Island, Ga.  "Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities," […]

Trump admin. approves seismic tests for Atlantic offshore oil drilling

Enlarge / Humpback whales (credit: NOAA) On Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approved a plan to make it legal for five companies to conduct seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, in an area stretching from Delaware to Florida. The seismic testing is an initial step toward leasing federal offshore waters to oil companies that […]

‘Our hands are not tied’ anymore: White House approves offensive US cyber strategy

US President Donald Trump has signed off on a new cyber strategy – the first such document in 15 years – outlining defensive priorities and threatening offensive action against foreign hackers. “Today the president signed a national cyber strategy, the first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years,” National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters […]

Bay Area transit system approves new surveillance-oversight policy

Enlarge / MacArthur BART station in Oakland, as seen in 2006. (credit: Thomas Hawk / Flickr) On Thursday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors voted to approve a new policy that requires that it be notified if the local police department wishes to acquire new surveillance equipment. BART is one of the […]

FDA approves contraceptive app Natural Cycles

The FDA has now granted marketing approval to an app that tracks a user’s temperature and menstrual cycle in order to determine which days they are fertile and which days they aren’t. The contraceptive app, called Natural Cycles, was approved in Europe last year. “Consumers are increasingly using digital health technologies to inform their everyday […]

California approves privacy rules opposed by ISPs and tech companies

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | KrulUA) California is imposing a privacy law giving consumers more control over how their personal data is collected, used, and sold by corporations. Broadband providers, tech companies, and advertising groups had been fighting against a ballot initiative that contained consumer protections similar to what’s in the new law. The California […]