Hashtag Trend September 24 – European Commission imposes USB-C; Sue Texas Social Media Platforms; Autonomous delivery from Fedex
The European Commission hopes to impose USB-C on smartphones, Texas is sued over a new social media platform law, and FedEx completes its first fully autonomous vehicle delivery.
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The European Commission has announced its intention to impose a USB-C charging port on smartphones and other electronic devices. The goal is to reduce the number of chargers that users have to purchase, thereby reducing electronic waste. While not aimed directly at Apple, the mandate will affect the business the most. Apple still uses its own lighting connector for its flagship smartphones, including their recently announced iPhone 13 series. As more laptops and smartphones switch to USB-C, calls for Apple to ditch the Lightning port have also multiplied. Notably, the Commission’s plan only targets wired charging, which means the requirement does not apply to a device that exclusively uses wireless charging.
Texas is being sued by groups representing Facebook, YouTube and Twitter over a new bill that would prevent these platforms from banning users based on their political views. The law, called House Bill 20, prohibits social media platforms with more than 50 million monthly users in the United States from banning users for their views. Additionally, the law also requires social media companies to file a public suspension report every two years. Reports should detail content removal and account suspensions. Supporters say the purpose of the bill is to increase transparency and ensure users are treated fairly. Despite this, the lawsuit claims the government cannot force social media platforms to host content that violates their terms of service. A law of a similar nature that sought to misrepresent politicians for their views was overturned last June in Florida.
Finally, FedEx announced that it has completed its first delivery using an autonomous truck. The route spanned 500 miles round trip between Houston and Dallas. The success of the trip indicates that the Texas delivery company will begin using more autonomous vehicles in the not-so-distant future. The truck, which was developed by truck maker PACCAR and autonomous driving company Aurora, uses LiDAR, radar, and various other sensors to drive safely on highways. [Business Insider]
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