San Francisco to vote on banning face recognition technology

Tech 05/14/19, 00:49

San Francisco supervisors will vote on surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments.If approved by the full board, San Francisco would become the first U.S. city ...

WhatsApp discovers spyware that infected with a call alone

Business 05/14/19, 00:47

Spyware crafted by an "advanced cyber actor" infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the popular WhatsApp communications program without any user intervention through in-app voice calls, the company said.The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel's NSO Group, and a ...

Uber gets hit again; shares below $40

Business 05/13/19, 07:33

Uber shares are down 7% and trading below $40 before the opening bell. Monday will be the ride-hailing company's first full day of trading after its rough initial public offering Friday when it offered shares for $45 each. It's rare to see ...

San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition

U.S. 05/13/19, 00:03

San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums ...

Prisons in Oklahoma struggling to halt contraband cellphones

Tech 05/11/19, 10:13

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is asking federal lawmakers to authorize the use of cellphone signal jamming technology after being bombarded by an overflow of smuggled cellular devices they say gangs use to commit crimes inside and outside prison.Since 2011, ...

US-China talks break up after US raises tariffs

Politics 05/10/19, 22:09

Trade talks between the U.S. and China broke up Friday with no agreement, hours after President Donald Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump asserted on Twitter that there was "no need to rush" to get ...

X Prize Foundation to develop wildfire-fighting prize

Tech 05/10/19, 19:20

The X Prize Foundation is developing a contest for technology that can detect and extinguish wildfires before they grow too large.X Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis (dia-MOND-us) made the announcement Friday at the Near Future Summit in La Jolla, California. ...

University of Illinois to name lab after LED pioneer

Tech 05/10/19, 14:05

The University of Illinois is planning to name its Micro and Nanotechnology Lab after an engineering visionary who created the first practical LED. Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr., a UI engineering alumnus, found a new alloy in 1962 that would emit ...

Space-tourism dream edges toward reality in New Mexico

Tech 05/10/19, 11:26

British billionaire Richard Branson and his space-tourism company Virgin Galactic announced new steps Friday toward offering thrill rides into the low reaches of space for paying passengers, with the company immediately starting to move personnel and space vehicles from California ...

Facebook and France haggle over regulating online hate

Europe 05/10/19, 04:28

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron as the tech giant and France try to pioneer ways of fighting hate speech and violent extremism online.Macron's office is releasing a progress report Friday on a pilot project that ...

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