‘Unconstitutional’: Neutral Austria wants no part of European army proposed by Macron, Merkel

If Germany and France get their wish of developing a European army, Austria wants no part of it. The defense minister’s office said it would opt out, as it would conflict with Vienna’s constitution and neutrality. Defense Minister Mario Kunasek’s office told Kurier newspaper that while Austria has no details on the army proposed by […]

Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Ed Bock) A US senator has proposed a privacy law that could issue steep fines to companies and send their top executives to prison for up to 20 years if they violate Americans’ privacy. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. announced a discussion draft of his Consumer Data Protection Act yesterday. The […]

It’s been 5 years since Elon Musk proposed a Hyperloop design

Enlarge / Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ new passenger capsule. (credit: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies) In August 2013, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk published a white paper detailing a “Hyperloop,” a super-fast passenger train that would overcome the usual friction by levitating above its track on air-bearings, in an enclosed low-pressure tube. In the five years since, […]

Hidden fees that raise price of broadband would be banned by proposed law

Enlarge / Bill shock. (credit: Getty Images | Biddiboo) US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation that would require telecom companies to include all charges in their advertised prices, potentially ending the practice of advertising low prices and then socking customers with loads of extra fees. The bill would also force telecom companies to […]

Allergy to other viewpoints? Russian senator slams proposed blacklisting of RT & Sputnik in France

A report authored by two government-linked think tanks that calls on the authorities to deny accreditation to RT and Sputnik reveals the West’s fear of the freedom of speech, a Russian senator has argued. The Institute for Strategic Research of the French Defense Ministry (IRSEM) and The Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS), linked […]

Putin reportedly proposed holding a referendum to solve the conflict in Ukraine in his closed-door meeting with Trump

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly proposed solving the conflict in eastern Ukraine with a referendum during his one-on-one meeting with President Donald Trump.  Putin discussed the proposal in a closed-door speech on Thursday, sources in attendance told Bloomberg.  Residents in pro-Russian separatist territories would vote on whether to separate, but similar separation referendums […]

The impact of the latest proposed US tariffs on industry sectors, in one chart

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images US stocks fell heavily on Wednesday, like other markets around the world. JP Morgan Asset Management has looked at the US sectors most exposed to price increases should the latest round of proposed US tariffs be implemented. It says the overall impact on the US economy is likely to be small in […]

Proposed law would give DHS power to seize and destroy drones

The Senate is currently considering a bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security more power to research, surveil, seize and destroy drones flying in the US, Gizmodo reports. Yesterday during a hearing, DHS officials expressed support for the bipartisan legislation, saying current laws prevent the agency from effectively mitigating the potential threats presented […]

Proposed law would insist on work-life balance for New Yorkers

With all of us connected to our phones day and night, it’s pretty easy to respond to work requests after official office hours are over. European countries like France have passed laws allowing employees to ignore employers after hours, giving citizens the right to disconnect. Now New Yorkers may have a similar freedom if a […]

California’s first proposed per-ride city tax to raise Uber, Lyft prices

Enlarge / Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, seen here in 2010. (credit: Daniel Aruaz / Flickr) OAKLAND, Calif.—A local city council member is beginning to float the idea of taxing ridehailing companies like Uber and Lyft as a possible way to raise millions of dollars and help pay for local public transportation and infrastructure improvements. […]