France’s New Laws Allow Almost Endless Surveillance

While the United States tries to back away from mass surveillance, at least publicly, France is moving in the opposite direction. As of July, the country has some of the most permissive surveillance laws in the Western world, allowing the state to collect citizens’ communications, break into homes, and watch anyone even remotely associated with a terror inquiry.


LA Tries to Prepare for the Big One

More than 15,000 structures in Los Angeles could be deadly to their inhabitants in an earthquake. And because they’re almost all affordable housing, a quake would in effect wipe out the opportunities for thousands of low-income people in the city. Now a city ordinance will force landlords to make the necessary improvements. But protecting the water supply? That’s another story.

Why the FAA Shut Down an Uber for Planes

It seems sensible: private pilots with flight time on their hands offering passage to willing passengers on the Internet. And consider that while there are only 500 commercial airports in the country, there are 5000 regional airports — 10 times more available destinations. Nonetheless, the FAA has shut down Flytenow, a company offering flight-sharing services. Here’s why.