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Tech News Roundup: May 26

New Browser Act could restore restrictions on sharing browser history

Following the US Senate’s vote to lift internet privacy rules back in April (opening up user search histories to being mined and sold to advertisers), a new act is seeking to restore the FCC’s original stance on privacy. The BROWSER Act (Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly) would require users to consent and opt in for their sensitive information to be shared. If passed, the bill would apply to telcos, internet providers and tech companies like Facebook and Google.

New York City prepares for autonomous cars

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that auto and transport companies like Tesla, Waymo and Uber are now able to apply for a self-driving vehicle trial programme in New York City. The pilot project, which will end in March 2018, is aimed at testing how autonomous vehicles respond to the city’s roads and climate.

The future of ad tech and monetisation in mobile gaming

Zain Jaffer, CEO of Vungle, believes that the ad industry needs cohesion and consolidation in order to appeal to mobile game developers. He also sees breaking Asia as something that every gaming company should be trying to do.

Introducing DJI’s tiny gesture-controlled ‘selfie drone’

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has released its smallest, most affordable drone yet. The Spark costs $499 and is around the size of a soda can. It can fly at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour, and can be guided and even landed by gesture recognition. The drone’s compact size and relatively low price point might make it the perfect entry-level device for socially savvy selfie sharers.

Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations

Once again echoing Snapchat’s functionality, Instagram is introducing the ability to search Stories by location or hashtag, with the aim of increasing the time users spend on the platform. Now you can check out what’s going on at your destination, discover new parts of your own city, and follow real-time news. The company has stated that for now, Story Search will remain ad-free.

26 trailblazers of marketing technology

AdWeek rounds up the current superstars who are revolutionising MarTech, from IBM Watson’s CMO Michelle Puloso to Foursquare CEO Jeff Gluock.

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