This WEEK in LAW

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Amazon’s Echo Look is a minefield of AI and privacy concerns

What does Amazon want to learn from pictures of its customers? The company won’t say<p>Computer scientist Andrew Ng once described the power of contemporary AI as the ability to automate any mental task that takes a human “less than one second of thought.” It’s a rule of thumb that’s worth remembering …

Amazon

Unroll.me Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

For months, Uber has paid a public price for some of the questionable tactics it has used to conquer the transportation industry. Now another company is experiencing some of the fallout for working with Uber.<p>Slice Intelligence, a data firm that uses an email management program called Unroll.me to …

Privacy

Covering Your Ass Legally and Covering Your Ass Ethically Are Not the Same Thing

The controversy over Unroll.me, a service that scanned users’ email accounts in order to help them unsubscribe from junk mail (and also to sell their …

Privacy

Danny Sullivan

Drone video going from sky to sea of surfers in Newport Beach. Unlikely to shoot more of these. Next beach over, surfer asked if I had permission of …

Amazon’s Echo Look takes outfit photos and suggests the best styles for you

Is the mirror-selfie dead?<p>It was a simpler time, back in early 2015, when Amazon's Echo first came out as a speaker with a voice assistant inside. …

Amazon Echo

How Should a Lawyer Respond to a Yelp Review Calling Him “Worst. Ever.”?–Spencer v. Glover

(Spoiler alert: suing the client is not the correct answer).<p><b>The Opinion</b><p>Glover hired and then fired Spencer as his divorce lawyer. Glover then posted …

Lawsuits

Surfers caught unaware as shark drops in on drone video

A Kiama drone operator has told of his urgent efforts to raise the alarm after a shark made an unexpected appearance in his video, coming …

Drones

Uber’s Flying Taxis Will First Take To The Skies In Dallas-Fort Worth And Dubai

The ride-hailing giant exclusively shared details of its ambitious program to start testing sky cabs by 2020 and putting them into service as soon as 2023.<p>Look, up in the sky. It’s…a taxi! That could become reality in six to 10 years if Uber fulfills its vision of a flying cab system. Ahead of its …

Uber

Why Not Go Drone Surfing?

It’s a hot, windless Saturday in September. You and your buddies wanna go play on the lake, but no one’s got a boat or a Jet Ski. No matter: charge up an octocopter, lash on a tether, and hit the water for some drone surfing.<p>While not really a fad, drone surfing is at least a possibility, as …

Drones

DJI Goggles

DJI Goggles - Control a drone with head movement. (Drones, Hardware, and Tech) Discover 3 alternatives like Mavic Pro and DJI Osmo Mobile

Cops use murdered woman's Fitbit to charge her husband

<b>(CNN) —</b> The attack, as Richard Dabate described it to police, was horrific.<p>A masked intruder barged into his Connecticut home, he said, tied up and tortured him and -- when his wife came home -- shot and killed her.<p>His story, however, would not hold up with investigators. And when cops ultimately …

Crime

Ajit Pai announces plan to eliminate Title II net neutrality rules

Vote to begin net neutrality rollback scheduled for May 18.<p>The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to start the process of …

Net Neutrality

Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say

The droid can scan 300 license plates a minute.<p>A 300-pound egg-shaped security robot was punched to the ground by an allegedly drunken man outside a …

Robots

Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers

The science publishing world is a complex one, but the pendulum is currently swinging away from the paywalled mega-journals of the last decade to a more open model — but it can still be hard to find a full copy of an article you need on short notice. Unpaywall is a browser plug-in that identifies …

Research

Roku TVs can now detect what you’re watching on cable to see if it’s available on Netflix

Customers need to opt in for the new recognition feature<p>Televisions with Roku’s software preinstalled can now automatically detect what you’re watching via cable, satellite, or an antenna. The new feature, coming to Roku TVs as part of a the latest operating system update, is called “More Ways to …

Apple TV

Watch a Modern Ferris Bueller Track His Domino's Order

Most Popular<p>Domino's Pizza is going old school to tell a modern story about delivery.<p>When "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was released in 1986, clearly …

Man takes drone out for a sunset flight, drone gets shot down

“Everything was fine, except the left rear motor with a bullet hole in it.”<p>It was around sunset on Easter Sunday, April 16, when Brad Jones took his …

Drones

FCC takes first step toward allowing more broadcast TV mergers

There could soon be fewer but bigger broadcasters<p>In a divided vote today, the Federal Communications Commission took steps that could lead to more consolidation among TV broadcasters, reducing the number of sources of local news.<p>The changes have drawn the ire of Democrats, though they’ve struggled …

Net Neutrality

Domino’s Remade the Running-Home Scene From Ferris Bueller With Joe Keery of Stranger Things

Nostalgia for the 1980s reaches peak levels in a new Domino’s ad from CP+B, in which actor Joe Keery, from the ’80s-era Netflix drama Stranger …

Juice wars: Juicero has sued another juicer maker for patent infringement

The company claims its cold-press hardware has a copycat.<p>A cold-press juicer maker called Juicero found itself at the center of a lot of unwanted …

Patents

New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn

“Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634.<p>But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in …

The Brain

Backyard skinny-dippers, peeping drones and the law

Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy.This was certainly the case …

Drones

Chimp Steals 360-Degree Camera, Hilarious Selfie Session Ensues

The New York Times, purveyors of excellent 360-degree video via their The Daily 360 section, inadvertently took the concept of “chimping” to a whole …

Photography

XFINITY Privacy Policy

Web Services Privacy Policy<p>Revised and Effective: April 14, 2017<p>What the Privacy Policy does<p>The Web Services Privacy Policy describes the information …

Net Neutrality

How to Digitally Erase All Your Stuff When You Quit Your Job

It’s your last day at your job. There will be tears! Between the cheesy sendoff at the morning meeting and the after-work happy hour, you have to do …

Chromebook

Ajit Pai’s net neutrality plan is nonsense

Why even have laws when we can just have broken promises?<p>Three stories about FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back net neutrality dropped over the course of last night into this morning, all containing basically the same information. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, <i>Multichannel News</i>, and</i> …

Net Neutrality

The FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality will also kill internet privacy

The FTC probably can’t do what Ajit Pai is promising it can<p>After Congress repealed the FCC’s broadband privacy rules two weeks ago, new FCC chairman Ajit Pai promised the American people that he would ensure that the personal information they give to their ISPs would continue to be protected. Pai …

Net Neutrality

Fate of the Furious camcording suspects face trial, year in jail

"Both suspects were found to be wearing recording harnesses under their shirts."<p>A June 15 trial date has been set for two Maryland men arrested on …

Crime

Man claims his Bose headphones intercept what he’s listening to

Illinois man: My headphones transmit audio metadata to data miner Segment.io.<p>An Illinois man has accused Bose, the audio equipment manufacturer, of …

Headphones