BAD NEWS FOR FBI: The FBI still can’t unlock one of the phones used by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik before they carried out a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. BuzzFeed reports:

FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the locked phone is a major impediment to an important investigation — and he said he hopes technology companies find a way to provide law enforcement better access.
… Comey added he is not seeking a ‘back door,’ or the total access that has been met with pushback by some phone and technology companies … ‘What we would like is a world where people are able to comply with court orders,’ Comey told senators.

GOOD NEWS FOR BERNIE: Sen. Bernie Sanders is starting to out-fundraise Hillary Clinton among Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms. The Wall Street Journal reports:

In the last three months of 2015, Mr. Sanders drew nearly $105,000 from employees at the five largest technology companies in Silicon Valley. That was about four times the amount he raised from those firms in the first quarter of his campaign, and almost $10,000 more than Mrs. Clinton raised over the same period from employees at the same firms, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The former secretary of state’s fundraising among Silicon Valley firms, meanwhile, has stayed steady over the course of the year, suggesting that Mr. Sanders is turning out donors there who were not previously making political contributions.

GOOD NEWS FOR GOOGLE: Federal regulators said computers that pilot self-driving cars could be considered legal drivers, a decision that overcomes a major hurdle for companies like Google. According to Reuters:

Google’s self-driving car unit on Nov. 12 submitted a proposed design for a self-driving car that has “no need for a human driver,” the letter to Google from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Chief Counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh said.
“NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants,” NHTSA’s letter said.