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Amazon facial recognition software raises privacy concerns with the ACLU
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Amazon hasn’t exactly kept Rekognition under wraps. In late 2016, the software giant talked up its facial detection software in a relatively benign AWS post announcing that the tech was already being implemented by The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon for suspect identification. The ACLU of Northern California is shining more light on the […]

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The Rocket Report newsletter launches on Thursday
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Enlarge / We need your help to produce a new newsletter to chronicle the dynamic launch industry. (credit: Aurich Lawson/background image United Launch Alliance) Note: This post has been bumped to remind readers that this newsletter launches Thursday. We’ve had a tremendous response so far, and we really appreciate it. I have covered the space […]

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China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of the Moon
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Enlarge / The far side of the Moon. No robotic spacecraft has ever made a soft landing here. (credit: NASA) China’s space agency has taken a critical first step toward an unprecedented robotic landing on the far side of the Moon. On Monday, local time, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launched a Long March 4C […]

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Bail reform has a complex relationship with tech
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On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands […]

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With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals
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Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin […]

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First Government Office in the US To Accept Bitcoin As Payment
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Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the Orlando Sentinel: If cash, check or credit card seems too old-fashioned, Seminole County, Florida Tax Collector Joel Greenberg said this week his office will begin accepting bitcoin as payment for new IDs, license plates and property taxes starting next month. Greenberg said accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash as a […]

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Tech Career Checklist: Aggressive Diversity, Cold Cash
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I’ve become convinced that too many of us don’t prioritize our employment choices properly. What recently drew my attention to this was a conversation I had with Dell’s CFO Tom Sweet at Dell Technology World. We were chatting about Dell’s problem attracting employees. Because Dell is a private company, few employees get stock or stock […]

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Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket will let you know when your Uber is here
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Remember Project Jacquard? Two years ago, Google showed off its “connected” jean jacket designed largely for bike commuters who can’t fiddle with their phone. The jacket launched this past fall, in partnership with Levi’s, offering a way for wearers to control music, screen phone calls, and get directions with a tap or brush of the cuff. […]

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The 8 features Amazon and Google must add to the Echo and Home
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The Amazon Echo and Google Home are amazing devices and both have advantages over the other. In my home, we use the Amazon Echo and have them around the house and outside. I have the original in the living room, a Dot in bedrooms, my office and outside, a Tap in my woodworking workshop and […]

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