Snapchat is ending the "Speed Filter" that figured in multiple lawsuits over car crashes, according to a report in NPR. The filter, which purported to let users see how fast they were going, was cited in a lawsuit by parents who said the filter pushed their sons into a fatal car crash in 2017, for instance.
Some legal scholars also said a federal appeals court decision in May that the lawsuit could proceed might eventually prompt the Supreme Court to take up a case on a controversial legal protection that limits liability for tech companies.
The filter had also figured in other lawsuits over injuries or deaths following crashes that involved excessive speed, NPR reported. The company subsequently put on warnings and capped the speed that it would display at 35 miles per hour.
Amazon has booted popular consumer electronics brand RavPower, owned by a Chinese company, from its marketplace, according to a report in the Verge.
Amazon didn't specify the reason for the removal, but the move followed a Wall Street Journal report Sunday that found RavPower, a phone battery and charger brand, gave consumers a $35 gift card in exchange for a positive review. Financially incentivized reviews violate Amazon's policies.
RavPower is one of six consumer electronics brands owned by the Shenzhen-based Sunvalley Group, which has offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. The company started selling on Amazon in 2008.
While exporting brands and products, some sellers have also replicated tactics that are commonplace on Chinese ecommerce platforms, like fabricating reviews and sales, or creating multiple seller accounts to increase inventory flexibility within Amazon's warehouses.
Amazon has already blocked some big Chinese brands this year, including Mpow and Aukey, likely for manipulating product reviews.
House Republicans' campaign arm announced Thursday it would begin accepting campaign donations in cryptocurrencies via BitPay.
"This innovative technology will help provide Republicans the resources we need to succeed," the National Republican Congressional Committee said in a news release, adding it was the first national party committee to accept contributions in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
The NRCC is hoping to retake control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms.
Washington, including some members of the GOP, is also rushing to regulate cryptocurrencies, and the Federal Election Commission has a page detailing how to report bitcoin commissions on disclosures.
The country's State Administration for Market Regulation is reportedly investigating whether DiDi has been unfairly competing with smaller companies, and whether its ride-hailing pricing mechanism is adequately transparent. DiDi had previously disclosed that it met with SAMR in April and was asked to conduct a "self-inspection".