On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech.

French lawmakers backed a plan to impose penalties and jail time on tech executives who deny access to encrypted data during a terrorist investigation.

Apple’s battle with the FBI is a potential complication ahead of Europe’s scheduled vote on Privacy Shield, the new trans-Atlantic data pact.

In other Apple vs. government news, ICYMI: The U.S. has appealed a New York judge’s ruling that sided with Apple in a different iPhone-unlocking case.

Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, will join car-industry executives in testifying before Congress next week about autonomous vehicles.

As the tech industry and the White House meet about combating violent extremism, advocacy groups want a seat at the table. (Letter)

Theranos ran “important” blood tests despite quality problems, according to the Wall Street Journal.

You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi without an invite, and Google is discounting Nexus 5 phones for a limited time.

Uber vs. BuzzFeed: Uber apologizes for part of its rebuttal to BuzzFeed’s article about the number of sexual-assault and rape complaints the ride-booking service has received.

Facebook has fixed a bug that could’ve unlocked any user’s account. The company gave $15,000 to the researcher who discovered and alerted it to the flaw.

 

Photo illustration: An iPhone held up in front of the Apple logo. (AFP/Getty Images)

 
 

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