Feb 15, 2017

House Republicans call for investigation into EPA's use of encrypted chat apps

Just as quickly as government workers embraced encrypted messaging apps to discuss the Trump administration, they've come under fire for using them. On Tuesday, House Republicans Darin LaHood and Lamar Smith sent a letter to the EPA's independent watchdog asking for an investigation into the practice, as The Verge reported.

Why this matters: The letter cites recent reports, including one from Politico, about workers using encrypted apps like Signal to communicate. This practice might go against federal record-keeping policies, like the Freedom of Information Act, as the messages can't be obtained by outside parties.

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Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.

The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images