Technology

Two flying taxi startups got Pentagon funding
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Guardian | Two start-ups leading the race to build the first self-flying taxis are using money from the US military. Last year, Kitty Hawk and Joby Aviation received a total of nearly $2m from the Defense Innovation Unit...
With Regulators Wary, Facebook Is Poring Over Its Prize Asset: Your Face
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WRAL | When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities. “Face recognition technology allows us to help...
Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail
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WSJ | Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and...
China seeks AI ambulances and robot doctors
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ChannelNewsAsia | HANGZHOU, China/SHANGHAI: In the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, an ambulance speeds through traffic on a wave of green lights, helped along by an artificial intelligence (AI) system and big data. The system, which...
Amazon Blasted Over China Echo Factory Conditions
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Bloomberg | A watchdog group is calling on Amazon.com Inc. to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers, renewing criticisms that CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s wealthiest man on...
YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund 'Authoritative' News
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Wired | Following a year in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy-theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas, the company announced on Monday a slew of new...
Inside the creepy and impressive startup funded by the Chinese government that is developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere
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BusinessInsider | A computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality. The two startups,...
These investors control $3 billion of Facebook stock — and they want to take Zuckerberg down
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BusinessInsider | Facebook investors boasting nearly $3 billion (£2.3 billion) in shares are making moves to topple Mark Zuckerberg as chairman and tear apart his power base at the company. Business Insider has spoken with six prominent...
Apple to undercut popular law-enforcement tool for cracking iPhones
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Reuters | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday it will change its iPhone settings to undercut the most popular means for law enforcement to break into the devices. The company told Reuters it was...
Facebook bug set 14 million users' sharing settings to public
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CNN | For a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday. The bug, which affected those users...
Big Tech firms march to the beat of Pentagon, CIA despite 'dissension'
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McClatchy | A funny thing has happened to Google and Amazon on their path toward high-tech success: They have become crucial cogs in the U.S. national security establishment. Both companies are expanding teams of employees with...
DARPA Unveils Genetic "Tuning" To Fight Chemical, Radiation Attacks
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ZeroHedge | Did DARPA just admit to investigating transhumanism "for national security"? In an oddly open and honest press release this week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - the U.S. military’s top research...
Robot chef cooks 300 burgers a day
Fox5NY | NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - The one-armed burger-flipping robot sensation that got laid off because it couldn't handle the work is back on the job. Flippy, the somewhat creepy-looking but fascinating piece of one-armed...
Twitter Deploys Draconian Shadowban Filter
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ZeroHedge | Conservative Twitter users are in an uproar over draconian new "behavioral filters" which will start hiding tweets that "detract from the conversation," and which CEO Jack Dorsey says are designed to "significantly...
Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia
Vice.com | A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads...
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
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WRAL | As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device-makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-...
Face Recognition Is Now Being Used in Schools, but It Won’t Stop Mass Shootings
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TheIntercept | Officials at the Lockport, New York, school district have purchased face recognition technology as part of a purported effort to prevent school shootings. Starting in September, all 10 of Lockport District’s school...
Woman says her Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact
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Kiro7 | A Portland family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa -- the voice-controlled smart speaker -- and that the recorded audio was sent to the...