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December 11, 2019 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO AIMS TO REIN IN TESTS OF TECH IDEAS ON STREETS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco leaders are tired of their streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps and are cracking down. The Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public. The new Office of Emerging Technology will oversee products like delivery drones and hoverboards. Supporters believe it’s the first such legislation in the country. They say it’s long overdue in a city that’s a hub for major tech companies. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group says the permit requirement will stifle innovation and burden business.

FACEBOOK REBUFFS US AG OVER ACCESS TO ENCRYPTED MESSAGES

Facebook is rebuffing efforts to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The company says it’s moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on all of their messaging services. That locks up messages so that not even Facebook can read their contents. Facebook was responding to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and his British and Australian counterparts. They want Facebook to hold back on its privacy push. Barr says encrypted messages can aid criminals. Facebook says giving “backdoor” access to police also opens the door to criminals, hackers and repressive regimes looking to spy on private online conversations. 

24 STATES ASKING FOR BETTER ONLINE PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two dozen state attorneys general are asking the Federal Trade Commission to implement better online protections for children. The bipartisan group submitted a letter to the FTC on Monday. It calls for stronger rules especially for personal information from children under 13. The attorneys general want the agency to “clamp down” on collecting information on children for behavioral advertising, and to examine how federal rules apply to school-issued laptops that are free as long as companies can collect information. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III says the resulting profiles will be used to target children for many years to come. 

IGYM LEVELS PLAYING FIELD FOR DISABLED, ABLE-BODIED CHILDREN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan research team has created an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together. The research prototype of iGYM projects a court onto the floor and can host several games, including one that is a hybrid of soccer and air hockey. Players are surrounded by a circle that can be expanded to strike virtual targets, such as a ball that players can guide into their opponent’s goal. Professor Roland Graf and his team are looking for partners to bring iGym to the market.