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Microsoft raises flags about facial recognition technology

Microsoft raises flags about facial recognition technology

Microsoft raises flags about facial recognition technology Microsoft Corp on Friday called for government regulation of facial recognition technology and for laws governing its acceptable uses. “We believe Congress should create a bipartisan expert commission to assess the best way to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the United States,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post. In May, US civil liberties groups had called on Amazon.com Inc to stop offering facial recognition services to governments, warning that the software could be used to target immigrants and people of colour unfairly. Smith said while Microsoft appreciates ...

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Official Twitter account lost 12.4 per cent of followers after policy change

Official Twitter account lost 12.4 per cent of followers after policy change

Official Twitter account lost 12.4 per cent of followers after policy change A Twitter policy change on Thursday to increase the service’s credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 per cent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole. Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday. Locked accounts had already been kept out of Twitter’s daily and monthly active user figures. The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behaviour such as a burst of activity after ...

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British regulator to fine Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

British regulator to fine Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

British regulator to fine Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Britain’s information regulator said on Wednesday she intends to fine Facebook for breaches of data protection law as her office investigates how millions of users’ data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced questioning by U.S. and EU lawmakers over how Cambridge Analytica improperly got hold of the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher. Updating on her investigation into the use of data analytics by political campaigns, Britain’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she intended to fine Facebook 500,000 pounds ($663,850), a ...

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WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes

WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes

WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform on July 6 published advertisements in key Indian newspapers to tackle the spread of misinformation, its first such effort to combat a flurry of fake messages that prompted mob lynchings. Beatings and deaths triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market with more than 200 million users, caused a public relations nightmare, sparking calls from authorities for immediate action. “Together we can fight false information,” read full-page advertisements in some top English language-newspapers, part of a series that will also feature in regional-language dailies. ...

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Samsung kicks off world’s largest mobile production plant in Noida

Samsung kicks off world's largest mobile production plant in Noida

Samsung kicks off world’s largest mobile production plant in Noida Samsung has been enjoying a feast in the smartphone market, especially in India, where it has the tag of highest selling mobile brand, after Xiaomi. However, the company may not stop here and could achieve more feats as its new facility in Noida is the world’s biggest which will give a considerable boost to the production capacity for Samsung. Spread across 35-acres at Sector-18 in Noida, the new plant will be producing smartphones along with refrigerators and television sets. Scheduled to be operational from July 9, it will be inaugurated ...

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WhatsApp to rope in researchers to fight fake news, detect problematic content

WhatsApp to rope in researchers to fight fake news, detect problematic content

WhatsApp to rope in researchers to fight fake news, detect problematic content WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook, who are having a tough time fighting fake news on the platform, is now taking some outside help. WhatsApp is offering researchers up to USD 50,000 in grants to study fake news on the platform and also find ways to detect problematic content. However, amidst the whole process of analysing content, WhatsApp will not provide any data and all study results will be owned by the researchers. According to a Facebook Research blog post, “WhatsApp is commissioning a competitive set of awards ...

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Google introduces offline mode for Chrome on Android

Google introduces offline mode for Chrome on Android

Google introduces offline mode for Chrome on Android Contributing to the idea of Chrome for “everyone, everywhere,” tech giant Google announced the rollout of an offline mode for users on Android. “Today, we’re introducing another way for Chrome on Android users in India, along with more than 100 countries including Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil, to surf the web with Chrome on Android devices – even without a constant internet connection. When you’re connected to free, unmetered WiFi, Chrome will automatically download relevant articles, based on what content is most popular in your location,” Amanda Boss, Product Manager, Offline Chrome for ...

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Apple accused of stealing logo; could cough up $200K fine to startup

Apple accused of stealing logo; could cough up $200K fine to startup

Apple accused of stealing logo; could cough up $200K fine to startup Apple at the WWDC2018 had announced a plethora of new apps and two new operating system versions. While most of the announcements were based on new apps and features, one app took a major highlight, and for a controversy. Amongst the series of new apps and features, Apple announced a new app called Siri Shortcuts, which allows the user to create a series of commands for controlling other apps. A few days after Apple announced the new app at the WWDC 2018 Keynote, Apple was sued by a ...

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Facebook software bug made 14 million users private posts public

Facebook software bug made 14 million users private posts public

Facebook software bug made 14 million users private posts public The private posts of around 14 million Facebook users were made public due to a software bug. The users, whose posts typically defaults to a preselected privacy setting, didn’t know that a simple message to a person is actually being shared with the general public due to this bug. This bug was active from May 18 to May 27. It changed users’ privacy settings to public, without them knowing. The company said the problem has been fixed, adding that it will notify the 14 million users who could have been ...

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Facebook kills ‘trending’ topics, tests breaking news label

Facebook kills ‘trending’ topics, tests breaking news label

Facebook kills ‘trending’ topics, tests breaking news label Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press. The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn’t popular. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook’s later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world. When Facebook launched “trending” in 2014 as a list of headlines to the side of the main news feed, it was a straightforward move to steal users from Twitter by giving ...

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