Amazon Refusing to Hand Over Data on Whether Alexa Overheard a Murder

Ars Technica:

Amazon is balking at a search warrant seeking cloud-stored data from its Alexa Voice Service. Arkansas authorities want to examine the recorded voice and transcription data as part of a murder investigation. Among other things, the Seattle company claims that the recorded data from an Amazon Echo near a murder scene is protected by the First Amendment, as are the responses from the voice assistant itself.

NASA Telescope Reveals Exoplanet Discovery

NASA:

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

If we discover life on other planets while Trump is in office, humanity will have definitely jumped the shark.

Ted Leo Launches Kickstarter for New Album

Ted Leo has announced a Kickstarter for a new solo album:

I probably had enough songs to complete an album a good five years ago, but a number of things – personal and financial – prevented me from doing it. And though it’s always been a constant source of low-level anxiety that so much time continues to pass by, I’ve also come to see that time as a boon. When I missed that first hurdle, that first deadline to PRODUCE SOMETHING, the world didn’t end. Time kept moving, and all of the expectations that I had for MYSELF morphed into a more compassionate and contemplative group of feelings that were more about incubating, honing, experimenting, learning, and rebuilding a certain amount of confidence that I think I’d lost in my stymied relationship with the cycles of releases and promotion and needing support (not just financial) from the label I was working for; and so I started to actually just allow myself that time.

Instagram to Allow Multiple Photos Per Post

Instagram is adding the ability to post up to 10 photos with each post. Josh Constine, reporting for TechCrunch:

Today, Instagram launches the ability to share a mix of up to 10 photos or videos as a single carousel post that friends can swipe through. You can think of them as Instagram albums that collect permanent photos or videos around a theme. The feature rolls out globally on iOS and Android over the next few weeks.

Louis C.K. To Release Two Standup Specials With Netflix

Louis C.K. will debut a new standup special via Netflix on April 4th.

Louis C.K. has set two new stand-up specials at the deep-pocketed streaming giant, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The first special, titled 2017 and filmed in Washington, D.C., will premiere April 4. The comedian had a four-night stint in D.C. in January as part of his 2016-17 tour that concluded last week. in A date and title for the second has yet to be determined.