Esther Wojcicki, Mother of YouTube CEO, Shares Advice for Parents on Kids’ Exposure to Tech

Esther Wojcicki has a nuanced view of the role technology should play in children’s lives. As you might expect from the mother of tech CEOs Susan Wojcicki (YouTube) and Anne Wojcicki (23andMe), she sees tech as a valuable tool for making vast amounts of information widely accessible. But, as befits her role as a long-time […]

Google and Amazon Will Let Each Other’s Video Services Appear on Their Respective Streaming Devices

The frosty relationship between Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. thawed a little further. The two tech giants said Thursday they would begin letting each others’ video services appear on their respective streaming gadgets. YouTube will soon be available on Amazon’s Fire TV while Amazon Prime Video will show up on Google’s Chromecast and Android TV […]

Congress Learns A Lesson About Internet Hate In Real Time

Call it out and they will come. This was the painful lesson learned yesterday, as YouTube moderators were forced to disable comments on the House Judiciary Committee’s livestreamed congressional hearing on online hate. The hearing itself had turned into an object lesson in online hate. Before the session had even begun, hateful comments began pouring […]

Proposed Law Would Require YouTube and Netflix to Do More to Protect Kids Online

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced new legislation that would require YouTube and Netflix to do more to protect children from viewing sex, violence, and drugs on their streaming services. The proposed law, called the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act, aims to update children’s media regulations, which date back to 1990 and are focused […]

YouTube Pulls Back from Original Series, Report Says

YouTube appears to be backing off of its strategy of high-end originals, as competitors such as Apple dive further into the streaming video space. A report on Bloomberg says the Google-owned service is no longer taking pitches for expensive scripted shows and has cancelled two of its higher profile programs, the sci-fi show Origin and […]

The Theranos Saga Shows Why It Pays to Be Skeptical

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. This weekend I finished watching The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. It is chilling, painful to watch, and a […]

Data Sheet—The Theranos Saga Shows Why It Pays to Be Skeptical

This weekend I finished watching The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. It is chilling, painful to watch, and a reminder of why it pays to be skeptical. If something is too good to be true, and if lots of smart but otherwise unqualified people repeatedly […]

YouTube Stars Allegedly Abused, Forced to Perform by Adoptive Mother

An Arizona woman is being charged with child abuse for allegedly abusing her seven adopted children and forcing them to be part of a YouTube video series. Machelle Hackney, 48, operated the “Fantastic Adventures” YouTube channel featuring her children going through superhero training and visiting fantasy lands, ABC 15 Arizona reports. Hackney is being charged […]