tech-news-1Facebook and Twitter Execs Testify to U.S. Lawmakers

Top executives from two social media giants testified before Congress on Wednesday, answering questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

"Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, updated lawmakers on how they're addressing the issues of foreign influence and fake news that have plagued their platforms," writes Issie Lapowski in Wired. The lawmakers had also invited Google to send an executive, but the seat reserved for the company remained empty.  

Later in the day, Dorsey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Republican lawmakers accused Twitter of "shadowbanning" conservative tweets. And separately on Wednesday, "the Justice Department announced that attorney general Jeff Sessions would meet with state attorneys general to discuss whether tech companies are suppressing free speech," writes Lapowski.

tech-news-2Tips for Protecting Your Mobile Phone While You're Traveling 

I always appreciate reminders and advice for protecting my digital gear while I'm on the road. There's nothing worse than losing your phone or running out of power when you're in a distant city or foreign country. 

Shivani Vora of The New York Times recently compiled a useful list of tips for keeping track of your phone, and your data, while traveling. The best tips, in my opinion, are: 

  1. Turn on the Find My Phone (or similar) feature on your phone.
  2. If you're heading to another country, check with your carrier and let them know you're traveling abroad.
  3. Make sure your emergency information is displayed on your lock screen - just in case.

tech-news-3AWS CEO Joins NHL Ownership Group 

AWS has been making a lot of money for Amazon, and some of that money - albeit indirectly - is apparently going toward bringing an NHL franchise to Seattle.

"Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, has joined the investor group aiming to bring an NHL expansion team to Seattle, adding new financial capital and tech credibility to the effort to land a pro sports franchise a few blocks from the tech giant's headquarters," writes Taylor Soper of GeekWire. "The group, called Seattle Hockey Partners, announced new additions to its ownership team as part of a press conference at Seattle's Space Needle on Wednesday that included Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan."

Jassy helped Amazon launch AWS and became its CEO in 2003. He is evidently a huge sports fan, and even has a sports bar in his home, according to Fortune