In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology news:

  • Pilots believe jet struck drone
  • Concerns about privacy and virtual reality
  • Canada’s prime minister talks quantum computing
  • The U.S. House moves to block possible broadband price increases by FCC.

The details:

  • British Airways flight believed to hit drone on approach

Police say a British Airways flight from Geneva hit an object believed to be a drone while on approach to London’s Heathrow Airport.

The airline says the plane landed safely Sunday afternoon and has been cleared for its next flight. The Airbus A320 was carrying 132 passengers and five crew members.

No arrests have been made and police are investigating the incident.

Aviation authorities have expressed concern about the risk posed by the increasing number of drones.

  • Oculus reacts to virtual reality privacy questions

An executive from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn’t be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using theOculus Rift.

Jason Rubin , Oculus’ head of worldwide studios, is downplaying questions raised about the VR system’s privacy policy.

“It’s a new medium,” said Rubin during a Thursday interview. “People want to know. They have a right to ask. We’ll answer. It’ll be fine.”

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) wrote an open letter to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe earlier this month asking for details about user data collected by the new VR system, which is worn on users’ heads and can detect movement, location and sound.

“Oculus’ creation of an immersive virtual reality experience is an exciting development, but it remains important to understand the extent to which Oculus may be collecting Americans personal information, including sensitive location data, and sharing that information with third parties,” he wrote.

Franken is asking for more information about how the Facebook-owned company is handling data collected from users. He noted in his April 7 letter to Oculus that “the collection, storage and sharing of personal information may enhance consumers’ virtual reality experience, but we must ensure that Americans’ very sensitive information is protected.”

Franken asked Oculus to respond by May 13. Rubin declined to specify when Oculus would address the questions.

  • Canada’s Trudeau explains quantum computing in viral video

A video has gone viral of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showing off his geek side by nailing a reporter’s question about quantum computing.

Speaking Friday at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, where he was making a funding announcement, Trudeau dared reporters to ask him about how quantum computing works during a question period.

When a reporter obliged, Trudeau, a former teacher, gave a detailed and elaborate mini-lesson on the difference between normal and quantum computing, drawing laughter and applause from an audience of some of Canada’s smartest theoretical physicists.

“Regular computer bit is ether a one or a zero. On or off. A quantum state can be much more complex than that because, as we know, things can be both particle and waves at the same times and the uncertainty around quantum states allows us to encode more information into a much smaller computer.

“So that’s what’s exciting about quantum computing,” he said as the audience again burst into applause.

“Don’t get me going on this or we’ll be here all day. Trust me.”

Trudeau was welcomed to the institute by renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking via recorded video.

  • House approves measure barring the government from regulating Internet rates

Despite a White House veto threat, Republicans have been able to push through the House a measure that would prevent the government from regulating the rates charged by high-speed Internet service providers.

House approval came on a near party-line vote. The Senate hasn’t yet acted.

The Federal Communications Commission has already said it has no intention of regulating rates for broadband Internet service. Republicans argued that the Obama administration could not be trusted — and that the measure would make sure the commission could not change its mind in the future.

Democrats said the bill’s language was too broad and would weaken the FCC’s ability to protect consumers. They said the legislation could erode the net neutrality rules the commission adopted last year that require service providers to treat all Internet traffic the same.