Articles by Todd Shields and Ben Brody

Smaller Websites Nervous Over Giant Facebook’s Support for Liability Reform

Facebook Inc. says it’s time to rethink the legal immunity that protects it from lawsuits over what users post online, a position that’s leaving smaller websites concerned about the cost of accepting more responsibility for what appears on their platforms. …

FCC Seeks Comments on Trump Plan to Weaken Internet Firms’ Liability Protection

The Federal Communications Commission will take comments for 45 days on President Donald Trump’s proposal to weaken liability protection for social-media companies such as Twitter Inc., the agency’s chairman said. The step ensures the that administration’s request will get a …

FCC Seen Backing Away from Reserving More Airwaves for Automakers’ Talking Cars

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has proposed taking back some of the spectrum long promised to automakers and re-allocating it to other wireless uses, according to people familiar with the matter. It’s a potentially significant development in a years-long debate …

Why 5G Networks Could Be Bad News for Storm Forecasting

Satellites tracking water vapor in 2012 helped scientists accurately predict Superstorm Sandy’s frightening turn toward New York and New Jersey where it killed dozens of people and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. But now scientists are warning that their …

Senators Urge Allies to Heed Trump’s Warning on China’s Huawei

U.S. senators warned allies that Chinese telecommunications companies such as Huawei Technologies Co. can’t meet security standards for advanced networks due in part to Chinese law that demands cooperation with security agencies. “There is no way in hell China can …

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Seen as Business Friend, Regulation Skeptic

Brett Kavanaugh could add a powerful new voice on the Supreme Court to restrain what government agencies can do, ushering in a new era of tougher scrutiny of federal regulations loathed by businesses. In a dozen years on the U.S. …

Students Lead March for Stronger Gun Safety Laws

Thousands of high school students and supporters gathered in Washington and across the U.S. Saturday to demand tougher gun laws from an older generation that’s delivered little change after years of mass shootings. Participants in the March for Our Lives …

U.S. Weather Service Test Became False Tsunami Warning on East Coast

A tsunami warning was erroneously sent Tuesday to some mobile phones along the East Coast and other coastal locations, less than a month after a false notification of a missile attack in Hawaii was sent by that state’s emergency service …

EU Ruling Upholding Taxi Rules for Uber a Contrast to U.S. Approach

A European Union decision to treat Uber Technologies Inc. like a taxi company spotlights a trans-Atlantic divide over how governments cope with disruptive technologies and could embolden U.S. cities to restrict the ride-sharing service. The EU Court of Justice on …

FTC, Congress, States Investigating Equifax Over Data Breach

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a powerful Congressional committee are investigating the data breach at Equifax Inc., deepening government scrutiny of the cyber attack that may have compromised the privacy of 143 million U.S. consumers. The probes by the …