Tech News Weekly

May 5th 2022

Tech News Weekly 233

Big Tech Reacts to Roe v. Wade

Calif. Crypto Regulations, Roe v. Wade, Sonos Voice, Vinyl Upgrade
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Governor Gavin Newsom of California has signed an executive order regarding the regulation of cryptocurrency in the state. With the Supreme Court's potential Roe v. Wade ruling around the corner, Big Tech is responding. Sonos will reportedly launch a virtual assistant of its own aimed at voice controls for music. Vinyl gets an upgrade to aluminum and lacquer.

First, Ben Pimentel of Protocol stops by to discuss California Gov. Gavin Newsom's new executive order aimed at cryptocurrency regulation. The order builds on the Biden Administration's own rules regarding crypto.

Then, Protocol's Lizzy Lawrence details how tech companies are responding to the Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Tech companies are now working to outline and update their policies on abortion coverage.

Then, Mikah shares a story from The Verge that provides an in-depth look at Sonos's long-rumored virtual assistant. The company will reportedly launch the music-controlling voice-based assistant on June 1.

Lastly, Jason shares three stories he's excited about: MIT has developed a portable, briefcase-sized desalination machine; the Brooklyn Public Library is offering digital library cards to every teen in the U.S., giving them access to banned books; Producer T Bone Burnett has created the next iteration of the vinyl album — it's made of aluminum and lacquer.

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