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Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

Business / Tech Jan 31, 2019

Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. The tech blog TechCrunch reported late Tuesday that Facebook paid about $20 a month to users of the Facebook Research app. While Facebook ...

Business / Tech Jan 26, 2019

Amazon's face-detection technology for police shows bias, researchers say

Facial-detection technology that Amazon is marketing to law enforcement often misidentifies women, particularly those with darker skin, according to researchers from MIT and the University of Toronto. Privacy and civil rights advocates have called on Amazon to stop marketing its Rekognition service because of worries ...

Business / Tech Jan 26, 2019

YouTube demotes flat-earthers, conspiracy theorists

YouTube said Friday it will stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the Earth is flat or promoting bogus theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The global video streaming service planned to modify its viewing recommendation system gradually, starting in the United ...

U.S. universities unplug from China's Huawei under pressure from Trump's national security law

Business / Tech | FOCUS Jan 25, 2019

U.S. universities unplug from China's Huawei under pressure from Trump's national security law

by Heather Somerville and Jane Lanhee Lee

Top U.S. universities are ditching telecommunications equipment made by Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding under a new national security law backed by the Trump administration. U.S. officials allege Chinese telecom manufacturers are producing equipment that allows their government to ...

Boeing 'flying car' prototype completes first test flight

Business / Tech Jan 24, 2019

Boeing 'flying car' prototype completes first test flight

Boeing said Wednesday its prototype "flying car" — part of a project aimed at "on-demand autonomous air transportation" — has completed its first successful test flight. The test of the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft was carried out Tuesday outside Washington, the company ...