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Analysis | The Technology 202: Tech leaders say Trump's immigration crackdown will be bad for business

Analysis | The Technology 202: Tech leaders say Trump’s immigration crackdown will be bad for business

with Tonya Riley Tech industry leaders are aggressively criticizing President Trump’s immigration crackdown, warning the move could prevent them from recruiting the most highly-skilled workers from around the world.  Many major companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter and top industry groups came out swinging against Trump’s sweeping order to block a broad range of worker visas …

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Small businesses turned to technology to survive the pandemic. But it may not be enough.

Small businesses turned to technology to survive the pandemic. But it may not be enough.

Three months later, the store, founded by author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, is selling physical books online through a service called Bookshop and selling audio books with a company called Libra.fm. It’s hosting Zoom happy hours, wellness talks, and virtual events with authors. And in the past few weeks, it has seen a surge …

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Analysis | The Technology 202: Twitter's voice tweets raise concerns about disinformation and abuse that's harder to police

Analysis | The Technology 202: Twitter’s voice tweets raise concerns about disinformation and abuse that’s harder to police

with Tonya Riley Twitter just rolled out voice tweets, which allow users to add up to 140 seconds of audio. But hold your jokes about how this is just the new voicemail: Tech experts warn that the audio feature could be a new vector for harmful content that’s even harder to police than text.  The …

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SpaceX CEO and owner Elon Musk celebrates after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft

How Elon Musk aims to revolutionise battery technology

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Could the least exciting bit of Elon Musk’s empire end up being the most transformative? Elon Musk has perhaps the most exciting portfolio of businesses on the planet. There’s SpaceX with its mission to Mars, and Tesla with its super-fast hi-tech electric cars. He claims his Hyperloop concept could revolutionise …

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Microsoft won’t sell police its facial-recognition technology, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM

Microsoft won’t sell police its facial-recognition technology, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM

Smith said Microsoft has not sold its facial-recognition technology to police departments. And the company has backed legislation in California that would allow police use of the technology with some restrictions. “We will not sell facial-recognition technology to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place, grounded in human …

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Analysis | The Technology 202: New study reveals extent of hate speech on Reddit in right-leaning forums

Analysis | The Technology 202: New study reveals extent of hate speech on Reddit in right-leaning forums

A new study of abuse on Reddit found that more moderation is needed to stem racist and white supremacist content on the service – particularly in right-leaning political forums.  Sentropy, a start-up that makes content moderation tools, analyzed comments in some of the most popular political message boards on both sides of the aisle, such …

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IBM’s decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate

IBM’s decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate

Two days later, Amazon announced in a company blog post that it would suspend police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition, for one year. Microsoft followed suit Thursday, saying it would suspend sales of its technology to law enforcement agencies until federal regulations are in place. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) …

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Analysis | The Technology 202: Biden targets Zuckerberg as his campaign mounts a Facebook ad blitz

Analysis | The Technology 202: Biden targets Zuckerberg as his campaign mounts a Facebook ad blitz

Joe Biden is escalating his months-long battle with Facebook.  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee yesterday unveiled an open letter calling on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to lay out clear rules for everyone — including President Trump — that prohibit “threatening behavior or lies about how to participate in an election.” He also wants the …

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Amazon imposes one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon imposes one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon today declared a halt of the sale of facial recognition to police departments for one year. The news comes one day after George Floyd, a man killed by the Minneapolis Police Department, was laid to rest in Houston, and shortly after IBM pledged to end the sale of or research into facial recognition technology. …

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Amazon bans police use of its facial-recognition technology for a year

Amazon bans police use of its facial-recognition technology for a year

“We’ve advocated that governments should put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology, and in recent days, Congress appears ready to take on this challenge,” the company wrote. “We hope this one-year moratorium might give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules, and we stand ready to help if …

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Analysis | The Technology 202: President Trump's conspiracy theories are putting pressure on Twitter to change its policies

Analysis | The Technology 202: President Trump’s conspiracy theories are putting pressure on Twitter to change its policies

with Tonya Riley President Trump keeps pushing the boundaries on Twitter.  Trump once again yesterday promoted a baseless conspiracy theory on his favorite social media platform. He suggested that 75-year-old Martin Gugino, a Buffalo activist injured after police pushed him to the ground at a protest, was a member of antifa. Trump has repeatedly said …

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