Tech News Today 1770: Big Bundle of Snakes

Google kicked off its I/O developer conference today, introducing a few new products coming later this year: a wireless stand alone VR headset, its voice controlled Google Assistant coming to an iPhone app, and Google Lens — a camera feature in Google apps that will be able to recognize places and things, plus deliver search results on the fly, and even some language translations.
There’s a new Superchat API for YouTube Live streamers. Google will allow developers to program automated triggers for audiences to demand and pay for during YouTube live broadcasts.
13 senate democrats published an open letter in Tech Crunch today arguing why Net Neutrality should be kept in place and not revoked as Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai has said he wants to do. On Thursday, the FCC will vote to initiate a process to repeal net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015. The letter argues that repealing Net Neutrality would let internet service providers to create “fast lanes” where websites and apps load quicker for companies that can afford to pay for the perk, and possibly drive up internet bills. The FCC is taking public comment both for and against its net neutrality rules.
We also discuss a new proposal that might help increase transparency when it comes to the NSA collecting and hoarding hacking tools, the future of exclusives on Apple music, and how a superyacht was hacked in less than an hour.

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