Today’s Tech Sightings:
The Germanwings Flight 9525 that was deliberately slammed into the French Alps last week, killing 150 people, has ignited renewed calls among aviation experts to develop and deploy software that can control an aircraft and automatically steer it to safety if it loses altitude.
More than 200 Silicon Valley black leaders from nearly every big player in tech – Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, among many others – gathered recently in Palo Alto, California for a “Silicon Valley Diversity Brunch.” The attendees, all successful black men and women in the tech sector, now want to help make it easier for a new generation of black tech workers to find acceptance and success in Silicon Valley.
New research from Yale University, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that people who searched online felt they had greater knowledge than those who used other sources to obtain information. The research, a result of a series of experiments involving more than 1,000 participants, showed that the Internet makes people think they are smarter.
Google will stop trusting digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center for its Chrome browser due to last week’s trust breach that led to the issuance of unauthorized credentials for Gmail and Google domains.
A new feature from Facebook called Riff allows users to create short videos and add them to their news feeds with hashtags. The idea is to encourage friends to follow suit, adding more videos to tell their stories. The service is the latest move from Facebook toward undermining the popular YouTube as a destination for social videos.
South Korea is scrapping a 1999 law that required online vendors to adopt Microsoft ActiveX in order to use the Korea Information Security Agency cipher needed for online transactions. The requirement also forced all users to download Internet Explorer. Once a new SSL encryption system that supports all browsers is in place, South Koreans will be able to pick the browser of their choice.