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Clearview AI Reportedly Worked On a Mug Shot Repository to Go With Its Face Recognition App

The controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI has already landed in hot water for purportedly letting both law enforcement and rich investors play around in its database of billions of photos scraped from the public internet. However, a new report suggests the company didn’t just stop there. Apparently, at…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, ClearView, Surveillance Tech, Clearview AI


Andrew Yang Launches Nonprofit Aimed At Promoting Universal Basic Income

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Nearly a month after ending his long shot Democratic presidential campaign, Andrew Yang launched on Thursday a nonprofit group focused on making the central ideas of his campaign a reality. The group, called Humanity Forward, will "endorse and provide resources to political candidates who embrace Universal Basic Income, human-centered capitalism and other aligned policies at every level," according to its website. The new group also plans to increase...
Tags: Tech, Cnn, Yang, Andrew Yang


Microsoft will pay hourly workers regular wages even if their hours are reduced because of COVID-19 concerns

As more COVID-19 cases are identified in the United States, some companies are asking employees to work from home if possible. But that impacts the jobs of people who work in on-site operations, including many who are paid by the hour. Today Microsoft said that it will continue paying all vendor hourly service providers in Puget Sound and Northern California their usual wage, even if their work hour are reduced. The announcement specifically refers to Microsoft workers in the Puget Sound regi...
Tags: Google, TC, Microsoft, California, Washington, Tech, Workers, United States, Washington State, Smith, Puget Sound, Northern California, Brad Smith, Google Lyft, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Coronavirus: Apple and Google clamp down on COVID-19 apps

They're only accepting COVID-19-related app submissions from recognized bodies
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, News, Trends, Social Media, App Store, Coronavirus, COVID-19


How Long Should Your Blog Posts Be?

When writing a blog post, you know you should be using a tone that falls in line with your brand and provides enough detail to demonstrate value to your users. But if you’ve ever written an article that felt too short or worried that you were writing too much, you may have considered the all-important question: how long should my blog post be? The question is a complicated one without one true answer. But understanding the purpose of your content can help you determine the optimal length for you...
Tags: Google, Sales, Blog, Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Jayson, Blog Length


The best Apple TV games you need to play

Our intensive roundup of the best games Apple TV has to offer includes options for every genre and style.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Video Games, Trends, Apple TV, Home Theater


Google ‘Read it’ feature in Assistant can read aloud web pages in 42 different languages

Google announced a pretty neat little feature that is going to make reading web articles on phones a lot easier. The feature, called 'Read it', can be used to make the Google Assistant read articles out load that are open on the Chrome browser, Google Search or the News app. The feature is especially useful for people who have difficulty with reading, visual disabilities or is simply finding it difficult to digest a dense article. To use it, once the user opens up the webpage, they can say ...
Tags: Google, News, Blogging, Yossi Matias, Google Assistant Read it, Read it Google


Apple Cracks Down on Coronavirus Apps, Which Is Probably for the Best

As social networks race to curb the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 and Amazon tries to weed out price-gouging Purell listings, Apple is taking its own stance: rejecting coronavirus apps submitted by iOS app developers who aren’t affiliated with official health organizations or governments, CNBC reported.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Science, Cnbc, Coronavirus


Facebook recommends that all Bay Area employees work from home due to coronavirus fears (FB)

Facebook is "strongly" recommending that all Bay Area employees should work from home, starting on Friday, March 6. "This decision is based on our desire to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. The health and safety of our teams, their loved ones and our neighbors remain a top priority," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook is "strongly" recommending that all of its Bay Area employees work remotely as fears grow around...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Dublin, Seattle, Zurich, Signal, Sxsw, Bay Area, Austin Texas, Santa Clara County, Watch Google


Encryption Flaws Leave Millions of Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai Cars Vulnerable to Key Cloning

Millions of cars with radio-enabled keys made by Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia may be vulnerable to hijacking thanks to a flaw in their encryption implementation, Wired reported this week, citing the results of a KU Leuven in Belgium and University of Birmingham study.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Cars, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Automotive, Hacking, Belgium, Hackers, Automobiles, Hyundai, Kia, University of Birmingham, Leuven, Toyota Hyundai


Self-Driving Car Guru Ordered to Pay Google $179 Million Over Messy Contract Dispute

A former employee of Google and Uber credited as being one of the top engineers in the self-driving vehicle space, Anthony Levandowski, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after he was ordered to cough up $179 million to settle with Google over an apparent contract breach.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Self Driving Cars, Arbitration, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski


Engineer At the Center of Waymo/Uber Legal Battle Declares Bankruptcy

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the center of the recent legal battle between Google's Waymo and Uber, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move comes shortly after a California federal judge confirmed that Levandowski owed Waymo $179 million for theft of trade secrets. Ars Technica reports: Levandowski was an early member of Google's self-driving car team, earning tens of millions of dollars for his efforts. Then in early 2016, he left Google to co-found a self...
Tags: Google, Uber, California, Tech, Ars Technica, Reuters, Ron, Otto, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Lior Ron, Waymo Uber Legal Battle Declares Bankruptcy


A new poll shows that workers at companies like Amazon, Microsoft, or Google haven't seen their productivity suffer as they work from home amid the spread of coronavirus

The Seattle area is on high alert over the coronavirus and the large tech companies located there have asked their employees to work from home. As many as 80% of the tech employees who participated in a poll on anonymous chat app Blind said they were currently working from home.  And in another poll, 60% said their productivity wasn't being impacted thanks to the virus.  But there are concerning signs that the worst is yet to come in the workplace. For instance, people of Asian descent are at ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Microsoft, Cdc, Washington, China, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Austin, Larry Ellison, Seattle, Blind, Bay Area


RedHat Summit 2020 Cancelled, Now a Free Virtual Event

bobthesungeek76036 writes: COVID-19 has another victim: RedHat has cancelled this year's Summit event in San Francisco and it will now be a virtual event. "We are taking this precautionary measure after closely monitoring developments with coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities," reads a statement on Red Hat's website. "We know you have questions, and we will continue to share answers as they become available. Stay tuned to the Red Hat blog for additi...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Redhat, COVID, CDC WHO


Axiom Space pitches its first 10-day, all-inclusive trip to the ISS for just $55 million

Axiom Space is looking to make history by sending three passengers on a round-trip journey to the International Space Station for the low, low price of $55 million. The Houston -based, venture-backed company has signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon flight which will transport a commander trained by Axiom along with three private astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The mission is set to launch in the second half of 2021 and will allow the three-person crew to l...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Aaron Sorkin, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, United Arab Emirates, Dragon, Astronaut, Houston, Iss, Spaceflight, Boeing, Chairman


Several Companies Will Not Appear At SXSW Due To Concerns About Coronavirus

Netflix and Apple are the latest companies to pull out of this year's festival, citing coronavirus concerns.
Tags: Apple, News, Netflix


Twitter Bans Posts That 'Dehumanize' People In Connection With Diseases

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Twitter said on Thursday it is banning posts that "dehumanize" people because they have a disease or disability or because of their age, a step that happens to correspond to an explosion of tweets about the spreading coronavirus. The company told Reuters that the policy change was not a reaction to the outbreak of the virus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, but was part of its continual effort to update its rules against hateful con...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Reuters, Peterson, Jerrel Peterson Twitter


Spindrift, maker of fizzy drinks, has raised $29.8 million

Spindrift, maker of fizzy soda and sparkling water, has raised $29.8 million in a funding round, per an SEC filing . The Charlestown, Mass. company was founded by Bill Creelman and has raised $70 million in known venture capital funding to date, per Crunchbase data. The company did not immediately respond to request for comment.  Previous investors in the fizzy drink company include Almanac Insights, KarpReilly, Prolong Ventures, VMG Partners and more. Spindrift, founded in 2010, is up a...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, California, India, San Francisco, Tech, SEC, Michigan, Marina, LaCroix, Alfonso, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Spindrift, Kara Goldin, Recent Funding


Ex-Uber self-driving head files for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay Google $179 million

Anthony Levandowski, a former Uber exec who oversaw its self-driving efforts, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday after being ordered to pay $179 million to Google over violating a contract.
Tags: Google, Cnn, Anthony Levandowski


People Kept Working, Became Healthier While On Basic Income: Report

Participants in Ontario's prematurely cancelled basic income pilot project were happier, healthier and continued working even though they were receiving money with no-strings attached. That's according to a new report titled Southern Ontario's Basic Income Experience, which was compiled by researchers at McMaster and Ryerson University, in partnership with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. CBC.ca reports: The report shows nearly three-quarters of respondents who were working when th...
Tags: Tech, Ontario, McMaster, Southern Ontario, Lisa MacLeod, Ryerson University, Brant County, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction CBC, Hamilton Brantford


Mobile banking app Empower Finance just closed a $20 million Series A round

Another afternoon, another round of funding for a mobile banking app. This time, it’s Empower Finance a San Francisco-based company that’s headed up by former Sequoia Capital partner Warren Hogarth and which just closed on $20 million in Series A funding from Icon Ventures and Defy Ventures. David Velez, who is the founder and CEO of Nubank, the largest fintech in Latin America, also joined the round. We’d first written about the company in 2017, when Hogarth was just getting the business of ...
Tags: TC, Europe, San Francisco, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Latin America, Hogarth, Nubank, David Velez, Empower, U S, Schwab, Velez, Icon Ventures, Defy Ventures, Warren Hogarth


Pex buys Dubset to build YouTube ContentID for TikTok & more

Social networks are in for a rude copyright awakening. A new European Union law called Article 17 essentially eradicates safe harbor and requires that they’ve made their “best effort” to get licenses from rights holders for all content on their platform. If a user uploads a video with a popular song in the background, tech platforms can’t just take it down if requested. They’ll be liable if they didn’t already try to get permission. That’s good news for musicians and film producers who are more ...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, Music, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Tech, Eu, European Union, M&a, Payments, Copyright Law


Accessories Send to Kindle not working

Hi there! I've been using Kindle for some time now, and currently on two tablets and one Paperwhite (my second one). I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo, and am running Windows 10. I've got the Kindle reader app on that too. But here's my problem: I have been trying to download the "send to Kindle" app for about two weeks now, and it simply does not show up. I go to my Downloads file, right-click, and it isn't there. I used this a LOT on my old laptop (a Dell). Can anyone offer some suggesti...
Tags: Books, Amazon Kindle, Dell, Lenovo


TCL rollable and tri-fold concept phones hands-on: Exciting and worrying

It unfurls its screen like a scroll with a motorized mechanism, going from 6.75 inches to 7.5.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Tcl, Foldable, Concept Phone, Rollable


Ozzy Osbourne Pulls Out of SXSW

Ozzy Osbourne is the latest to cancel appearances at the SXSW conference and festival, following companies like Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, Neflix and Apple, due to concerns over the coronavirus. He was scheduled to attend the Austin conference, which runs March 13 to 22, to support the world premiere screening of A&E’s forthcoming “Biography: The Nine […]
Tags: Apple, News, Austin, Ozzy Osbourne, Sxsw, Coronavirus, Twitter TikTok Facebook Neflix


Apple’s entry-level AirPods Pro nearing production, report says

A cheaper version of Apple's top true wireless earbuds has been rumored for weeks
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Home Theater, Earbuds, AirPods


South Africa must have a stake in artificial intelligence technology

The country needs an institute that will be a conduit for AI knowledge to industry, society and government The post South Africa must have a stake in artificial intelligence technology appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Vladimir Putin, Opinion, Russia, Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Article, South Africa, Brazil, Ibm, Mathematics, Huawei, United States of America, Katerina Tikhonova, Fourth Industrial Revolution


'Brace for turbulence': Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia Capital calls coronavirus the 'Black Swan of 2020' that every startup founder needs to prepare for

Sequoia Capital, the prestigious VC firm that famously warned startups about the 2008 financial crisis, published a memo on Thursday urging startup founders to prepare for business disruptions. The memo was titled "Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020," a reference to an unpredictable, game-changing event.  "It will take considerable time — perhaps several quarters — before we can be confident that the virus has been contained," the memo read.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, China, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Paypal, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Houston, Sequoia Capital, Darwin, Sequoia, Fed, Reuters, PitchBook


‘Oprah’s Book Club’ Ditches March Pick ‘My Dark Vanessa’ After ‘American Dirt’ Controversy

Following the storm surrounding one pick for her book club on Apple TV Plus, Oprah has reined back on another. Winfrey had originally chosen “My Dark Vanessa” by Kate Elizabeth Russell as the March selection for “Oprah’s Book Club,” but the decision has been taken to ditch the forthcoming novel, Variety has confirmed. “Ultimately we did […]
Tags: Apple, News, Oprah, Vanessa, Winfrey, Oprah s Book Club, Apple TV Plus, Kate Elizabeth Russell, American Dirt


Nvidia acquires data storage and management platform SwiftStack

Nvidia today announced that it has acquired SwiftStack, a software-centric data storage and management platform that supports public cloud, on-premises and edge deployments. The company’s recent launches focused on improving its support for AI, high-performance computing and accelerated computing workloads, which is surely what Nvidia is most interested in here. “Building AI supercomputers is exciting to the entire SwiftStack team,” says the company’s co-founder and CPO Joe Arnold in today’s ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Verizon, Enterprise, Tech, Paypal, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, Supercomputer, Openstack, Gpu, Acquisition, TechCrunch, Exit, Storm Ventures, Mayfield



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