Twitter Inc.will test a new “Safety Mode” feature,
which aims to reduce online abuse and trolling.
The new mode will target accounts that use hateful words
or harass people with uninvited comments and suspend the
accounts for seven days.
Facebook Inc.’s Instagramwill begin requiring users
to confirm their birthdays in a bid to create new safety features
for young people. The company, which has previously explored
creating a version of its app for users under 13, said in a blog
post it will use the information to “ensure we provide the right
experiences to the right age group.”
Apple Inc.will ask all its employees in the United States
to report their COVID-19 vaccination status voluntarily by mid-September,
regardless of whether they are working in an office or remotely.
The company said it will use the data to plan its future pandemic
response and reopening protocols, though Apple still hasn’t made
vaccines mandatory for its employees.
Apple said Arizona and Georgiawill be the first states to
support iOS 15’s ability to store driver’s licenses and state ID cards
in the Wallet app, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland,
Oklahoma and Utah to follow. The company did not offer a date for
when the feature will go into effect in these states, though customers
will be required to submit a selfie when they upload a photo of
their ID card or license.
NASAkicked off test flights of electric vertical
take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – colloquially referred
to as “flying cars” – with Joby Aviation, the Northern California
company that recently went public.