Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans

Pop star’s reported use of software to root out stalkers may be well meant, but it fuels a disturbing trend, experts sayTaylor Swift secretly secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but Rolling Stone reported on Thursday that the pop star has been doing exactly that in an effort to root out stalkers.Swift has stayed silent on the report, declining to comment to the Guardian and other news organizations. But the episode has raised ethic...
Tags: Music, Technology, Taylor Swift, US news, Surveillance, Culture, Rolling Stone, Swift, Facial Recognition

Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm

The U.S. company was responding to a Chinese court that ruled this week Apple infringed two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of six older versions of the iPhone. Apple, which has filed a request for consideration, argues the decision harms China’s interests by potentially raising the royalties and fees that phonemakers pay Qualcomm.
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Neurosurgery Could Spread Protein Linked To Alzheimer's, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Surgical instruments used in brain operations should be treated to ensure they are not contaminated with proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists who found evidence that they may be spread by certain medical procedures. The researchers urged doctors to decontaminate neurosurgical tools more thoroughly as a precautionary measure to reduce the potential risk of spreading abnormal proteins known to build up in the brains ...
Tags: Tech, University College London, Medical Research Council, John Collinge

LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M

LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the US, has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fuelled by the demo day, it has pulled in the new capital from 10 investors which include Partech, Tekton Ventures, Cathexis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and 122 West Ventures. LemonBox started when co-founder and CEO Derek Weng, a former employee at Walmart in the U.S, saw an ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Y Combinator, Asia, Microsoft, China, Funding, US, Supply Chain, Tech, Walmart, Software, United States, Computing, Tencent, WeChat

Amazon may be working on ‘database of suspicious persons’ using facial recognition

By Peter Holley, The Washington Post A patent application filed by Amazon offers a vision of how doorbell cameras could be equipped with new technology that would allow the devices to gather data and identify people considered to be “suspicious.” The application – revealed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month and first reported by CNN – describes how a series of cameras could be used to piece together a composite image of an individual’s face, giving homeowners and police the abili...
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Tumblr Returns to Apple’s App Store Following Porn Ban Announcement

After Tumblr mysteriously disappeared from Apple’s Apple Store last month, it appears it has returned to the iOS store. The re-emergence of Tumblr’s app on the platform this week follows its controversial and maligned ban on adult content, which the company said would begin taking effect on December 17.Read more...
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Qualcomm Asks China To Ban the iPhone XS and XR

After securing a win in court earlier this week to ban Apple's older phones, Qualcomm is trying to get the newer iPhones banned too. "According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm has now asked Chinese courts to issue an injunction that bans Apple from selling the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR within the country due to the same case of possible patent infringement," reports The Verge. From the report: The new filing will escalate the companies' legal conflict in China, where Apple has so far ignored a ...
Tags: Apple, China, Tech, Qualcomm, Financial Times, Financial Times Qualcomm

Vitaminwater Will Pay You $100,000 to Give up Your Phone for 1 Year

Face it, smartphone addiction is real. Can you go without your phone for a year?
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Microsoft Is Readying a Consumer Microsoft 365 Subscription Bundle

Microsoft is working on a new "Microsoft 365 Consumer" bundle that "will be the consumer-focused complement to Microsoft's existing Microsoft 365 subscription bundle for business users," reports ZDNet. From the report: A couple of recent Microsoft job postings mention the consumer subscription bundle, which Microsoft has yet to announce publicly. One job posting for a Product Manager for the "M365 Consumer Subscription" notes: "The Subscription Product Marketing team is a new team being created ...
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Japan Plans For 100ft Tsunami

schwit1 shares a report from The Times: It will shake houses and tall buildings, and unleash a 100ft tsunami on one of the most densely populated and industrialized coastlines in the world. It could kill and injure close to a million people. It will almost certainly come in the next few decades. Now, the Japanese government is making plans to evacuate millions of people in anticipation of what could be one of the worst natural disasters in history (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative s...
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Louisiana Adopts Digital Driver's Licenses

Louisiana is rolling out a new digital driver's license app, called LA Wallet, that will let retailers digitally verify the age of their customers, if required. "According to IEEE Spectrum, Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is expected to announce that bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other retails are allowed to accept LA Wallet as proof of age, according to the app's developer, Envoc." From the report: The Baton Rouge-based company launched LA Wallet in June, after two yea...
Tags: Google, Tech, Louisiana, Office of Motor Vehicles, LA Wallet, Louisiana s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, The Baton Rouge, Calvin Fabre

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

A slew of venture capitalists known for high-profile exits — Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners — have invested in Faire (formerly known as Indigo Fair), a 2-year-old wholesale marketplace for artisanal products. A quick glance at Faire suggests it’s a combination of Pinterest and Etsy, complete with trendy, pastel stationery, soap, baby products and more, all made by independe...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Nordstrom, Pinterest, Etsy, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Walgreens, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Square, Sequoia Capital, Baby Products, Lightspeed Venture Partners

SNES Classic Runs PlayStation Games Better Than PlayStation Classic

As if the PlayStation Classic wasn’t enough of a laughing stock already, one dedicated individual discovered that a hacked SNES Classic is better at running some PlayStation 1 games than the PlayStation Classic itself. Released last month, the PlayStation Classic was utterly despised by potential buyers due to its severe lack of games, inability to […]
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Backpack bees give farmers a weather buzz and other news

BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.
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Iranian Phishers Bypass 2fa Protections Offered By Yahoo Mail, Gmail

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recent phishing campaign targeting U.S. government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass two-factor authentication protections offered by services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, researchers said Thursday. The event underscores the risks of 2fa that relies on one-tap logins or one-time passwords, particularly if the latter are sent in SMS messages to phones. Attackers wo...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Tech, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Mail Gmail, Certfa Lab

The 'father of the internet' says that Google employee backlash to its defense work was just 'a lot of misunderstanding' (GOOGL)

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, this week defended Google's work on Project Maven — its controversial pilot program with the Pentagon.  Employee objections to the work, which involved developing artificial-intelligence technologies for use by the Defense Department, were based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the work, said Cerf, who is Google's chief internet evangelist. But the company could have been more transparent about what it was doing, he acknowledged. If you ask...
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How much is the limit on Apple Pay at Tesco and high street retailers? - Which?

How much is the limit on Apple Pay at Tesco and high street retailers?   Which? Tesco is about to scrap the £30 limit on Apple Pay contactless transactions. Which? reveals where you can and can't exceed the cap with your digital wallet.
Tags: Apple, Shopping, Tesco

Google Pledges To Hold Off On Selling Facial Recognition Technology

In a blog post today, Google detailed how its facial recognition technology will and won't be used. Citing a number of risks associated with the technology, the company vowed to refrain from selling facial recognition products until it can come up with policies that prevent abuse. Engadget reports: "Like many technologies with multiple uses, facial recognition merits careful consideration to ensure its use is aligned with our principles and values, and avoids abuse and harmful outcomes," Google ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Aclu, Engadget, Google Cloud, Selling Facial Recognition Technology, Nicole Ozer

It's Time to Plan for How Quantum Computing Could Go Wrong, Say Entrepreneurs and Physicists

Quantum computers that can crack our strongest encryption methods might be decades away—but a group of entrepreneurs and researchers think we better start talking ethics now. Read more...
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A shirt as smart as your phone? Coming soon, as wearable device options grow

It’s been five years since the first wrist-worn Fitbit was released. Now researchers and companies are looking to make your clothes as smart as your phone. The demand for smartwear is on the rise and the age of high-tech textiles and augmented reality glasses are here. History of wearable devices Wearable devices have been around since the 1970s, but exploded in popularity when fitness trackers were introduced. These are a few popular wearable technology items and when they came to retail stores...
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Evidence of Apple switch ruled inadmissible in Qualcomm antitrust case

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that evidence provided by chip supplier Qualcomm Inc that major phone makers like Apple Inc have moved to competing suppliers like Intel Corp cannot be used to fight allegations Qualcomm acted to preserve a monopoly on some mobile phone chips.
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Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast

Amazon and Google are aggressively opening offices outside of their Silicon Valley and Seattle hometowns. On Thursday, Apple said it would invest $1 billion in Austin, Tex.
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, News, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Visas, Apple Inc, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Foreign Workers, Computers and the Internet, Colleges and Universities, Inc, Relocation of Business, Labor and Jobs

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees. The post Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hate Big Tech? End corporate welfare

After Amazon announced on November 13 that it had chosen to build its HQ2 in two locations—New York City and Arlington, Virginia—media melee ensued. Amazon’s decision came just days after President Donald Trump said that his administration is considering antitrust action against Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Antitrust advocates, spying an opportunity to advocate for tech distrust in a big way, jumped on the chance to bill Amazon’s HQ2 deals as examples of its monopoly ...
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Google Fully Moves Multiple Reports Over to the New Search Console by @MattGSouthern

Google confirmed that multiple reports in the classic Search Console have been fully moved over to the new version.The post Google Fully Moves Multiple Reports Over to the New Search Console by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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Apple's spending $1 billion to add jobs in Texas. It's giving far more to shareholders

Apple's announcement that it will put a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, is being read as a sign that the 2017 Republican-backed tax cut is bringing jobs back to the United States.
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Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

Udacity, a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today—50,000 students have now graduated from one of its revenue-generating “Nanodegree” programs.Launched four years ago, the Nanodegree courses allow students worldwide to gain expertise in areas such as data analytics, machine learning, and autonomous flight engineering by completing coursework that can take as little as six months.In a blogpost touting student successes, Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun (pi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Lyft, Hardware, Talent Gap, Education, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco

The co-founder of $725 million cloud startup Mesosphere is stepping aside as CEO to make way for a Symantec veteran

Mesosphere, most recently valued at $725 million in a funding round this year, is getting a new CEO. Founder Florian Leibert is stepping aside to make way for Mike Fey, most recently COO of Symantec. Leibert had previously announced his intention to find his own replacement. Fey sees a lot of opportunity in bringing Mesosphere's software to larger customers, to help them manage their server and cloud infrastructure.  Fey says he was first intrigued by Mesosphere's all-star roster of investors,...
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Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Vector’s already got the adorable bit down, courtesy of a team staffed by former Pixar and Dreamworks animators. But Anki’s grownup version of Cozmo can use a bit of help when it comes to smarts. Starting next week, the desktop robot will be able to tap into Amazon Alexa’s deep base of answers. The new feature will arrive as a software update on December 17. As evidenced by the below preview video, it’s not a direct integration into Vector’s AI personality. “Hey Vector” will get you an answe...
Tags: Tech, Dreamworks, Robotics, Pixar, Alexa, Anki, Vector, Amazon Alexa, Cozmo

IMAX pulls the plug on its dream of VR arcades

The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles. Via the filing: In connection with the Company’s previously-announced strategic review of its virtual reality pilot initiative, the Company has decided to close its remaining VR locations and write-off certain VR...
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