Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, July 30, 2013
London's police force is explicitly confirming that it is investigating companies and individuals beyond the media industry as part of Britain's wide-ranging phone hacking probe. Police have occasionally noted that some of the more than 125 people detained as part of their investigations into eavesdropping, hacking, and police bribery have nothing to do with the media world. But Tuesday's statement makes it clear that Scotland Yard has its eye on targets beyond the cut-throat tabloids that thrust the practices into the public eye. Nonetheless, police are resisting pressure to reveal names of who else is under investigation, saying in their statement it "will not risk prejudicing future potential prosecutions" by releasing such details.
British police say they are investigating a threat of rape and murder made to a lawmaker on Twitter — the latest in a string of violent messages directed at high-profile women on the social networking site. Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy was targeted after she tweeted in support of feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, who received a torrent of abuse after she campaigned, successfully, for Jane Austen to appear on a British bank note. The Metropolitan Police said Tuesday it was investigating "an allegation of malicious communications" on Twitter. The incidents have led to calls for Twitter to take action against abusive commenters, known as trolls. Twitter said it took the issue seriously and planned to expand a "report abuse" button, already available on its iPhone app, to other platforms.
Beauty is in the eye of the Google Glass wearer. At least that's what the Internet search giant hopes a handful of young filmmakers will discover. Google is enlisting film students from five colleges to help it explore how its wearable computing device can be used to make movies. The $1,500 Google Glass headset is already being used by 10,000 so-called explorers. The device resembles a pair of glasses and allows users to take pictures, shoot video, search the Internet, compose email and check schedules. As part of its experiment, Google will lend each school three pairs of Google Glass. The participating schools are American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.