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DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology

When police in London recently trialled a new facial recognition system, they made a worrying and embarrassing mistake. At the Notting Hill Carnival, the technology made roughly 35 false matches between known suspects and members of the crowd, with one person “erroneously” arrested.<p>Camera-based …

DNA

Flexible car ownership marketplace Fair.com nabs up to $1B from BMW, Penske and Sherpa Capital

Fair.com — an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vets Georg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla; Scott Painter of TrueCar; and Fedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla — has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its …

Startups

Project Loon's LTE balloons are floating over Puerto Rico

About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico, and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance, Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to people on the island. Part of (Google parent company) Alphabet's X innovation lab, the project uses balloons circling the …

Project Loon

Companies are looking to a bot called Spoke to answer employees' questions

At an e-commerce start-up called Tophatter, employees used to contact its people operations chief, Sana Hafeez, with questions, because she's been …

Startups

Tech CEO arrested for child rape and attempted murder

Zain Jaffer is currently in a Silicon Valley jail cell, after being arrested for child rape and attempted murder. He also has been put on indefinite …

Crime

Robert Scoble has allegedly continued to sexually harass women after going sober

Venture capitalists Dave McClure, Jason Caldbeck and Chris Sacca, SoFi CEO Mike Cagney, and a top Uber engineer have all been accused of sexual impropriety in the last six months as a growing number of women have come forward about the harassment they have endured by those in power.<p>However, Robert …

Robert Scoble

#MeToo sex harassment charges hit Silicon Valley; Robert Scoble says 'I feel ashamed'

Feminism

Lyft raises $1 billion in funding round led by Google’s venture arm

CapitalG partner will be joining Lyft’s board<p>cLyft announced an impressive new funding round of $1 billion led by CapitalG, Google’s venture arm. The latest cash infusion values the ride-hailing service at $11 billion, the company announced. As part of the deal, CapitalG Partner David Lawee will be …

Uber

Coda is a next-generation spreadsheet designed to make Excel a thing of the past

From rows and columns to custom apps<p>When Shishir Mehrotra worked at YouTube, he was struck by the relatively pedestrian tools that kept the site running. Mehrotra, who served as the company’s head of product until he left in 2014, managed his team largely using a combination of Google Docs and …

Software

Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.<p>The Coalition for the American …

Immigration

How People Inside Facebook Are Reacting To The Company’s Election Crisis

Many employees feel like they’re part of an unjust narrative that’s spiraled out of control.<p>In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual. He was searching to determine which websites received the most referral traffic …

Facebook

Everyone’s Mad at Google and Sundar Pichai Has to Fix It

The sparsely furnished offices of Sundar Pichai stretch across the second floor of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. On one side of the room, a …

Google

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.<p>Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, proclaimed …

New York University

How the Frightful Five Put Start-Ups in a Lose-Lose Situation

The tech giants are too big. But so what? Hasn’t that always been the case?<p>As the men who run Silicon Valley will be the first to tell you, a company’s size doesn’t matter here. For every lumbering Goliath, there are always one or two smarter, faster Davids just now starting up in some fabled …

Google’s Founders Wanted to Shape a City. Toronto Is Their Chance.

Google’s founders have long fantasized about what would happen if the company could shape the real world as much as it has life on the internet.<p>“Years ago, we were sitting there thinking, Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take technical things that we know and apply them to cities?” Eric Schmidt, …

Cities

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention<p>I. The Question<p>A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The …

Innovation

Google Has Made a Mess of Robotics

In 1982, <i>Blade Runner</i> introduced the world to replicants, director Ridley Scott’s term for the alarmingly lifelike robots of author Philip K. Dick’s …

Robots

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as …

North Korea

Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more | Ars Technica

KRACK attack is especially bad news for Android and Linux users.<p>Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows …

Information Security

New Research on How Ride-Hailing Impacts Travel Behavior

A new report on the adoption and use of ride-hailing finds that services like Uber and Lyft attract passengers away from public transit, biking, and …

Uber

Here's How Much the Inside of an iPhone Has Changed in Ten Years

<i>Bloomberg</i> has partnered with iFixit to provide a high-resolution look at how the inside of the iPhone has changed since first launching a decade ago.<p>The original iPhone, above left, is equipped with a bulky, yellow lithium-ion battery rated for 1,400 mAh. Apple said that was good enough for up to …

IPhone 8

Nicki Minaj, Always in Control

<i>This story is one of the seven covers of T Magazine’s Greats issue, on newsstands Oct. 22.</i><p>THE DAY I WAIT in the hotel lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park City to meet Nicki Minaj is the start of New York Fashion Week. I am early, and I watch as stylists push an overfull rack of designer …

Nicki Minaj

Early Facebook employees horrified at Russian infiltration: ‘I lay awake at night thinking about what we built’

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg slowly began admitting his company’s role in the massive breach that allowed Russian operatives to target millions of …

Russia

Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.<p>"Things happened on our platform in this …

Sheryl Sandberg

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to…Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them. The tweet storm was based in a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, as well as work that Dorsey says Twitter has been working ‘intensely’ on over the past few months. …

Social Media

Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes

Social-media platform’s strict privacy policy led to deletions of Russian information of interest to investigators.<p>Twitter has deleted tweets and other user data of potentially irreplaceable value to investigators probing Russia’s suspected manipulation of the social media platform during the 2016 …

Social Media

Twitter Users Split on Boycott Over Platform’s Move Against Rose McGowan

Activists, celebrities and journalists joined a boycott of Twitter on Friday to protest the social media platform’s locking of the account of the actress Rose McGowan, a fierce critic of the film producer Harvey Weinstein over his alleged sexual harassment and assaults of women.<p>The boycott began at …

Rose McGowan

Black lawmakers will visit Silicon Valley to press Facebook, Twitter and others to improve their diversity

The push to hire more minorities comes as Facebook and Twitter take heat for racist content on their platforms.<p>A pair of powerful black lawmakers in the U.S. Congress will visit Silicon Valley next week to push companies like Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter, Lyft and Uber to improve diversity.<p>Beginning …

Diversity