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Hong Kong authorities fire tear gas, projectiles as protests over extradition bill intensify

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Police in Hong Kong clashed with throngs of protesters outside government buildings Wednesday as opposition intensified to a proposed extradition bill that would tighten Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous territory.Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam blamed the violence on politically motivated protesters she accused of “life-threatening” behavior. Police in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up…

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Paternity Testing Had a Long History Prior to Today’s DNA Sets. The Science Hasn’t Constantly Matched the Buzz

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In 2017, consumer DNA testing exploded, with more people purchasing home testing kits than in all prior years combined. Such growth is possible thanks to scientific advances and the rise over the past two decades of a direct-to-consumer testing industry. But while scientific research can take credit for the former, the media played a key…

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As John Walker Lindh leaves of prison, we have to figure out what awaits him

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Moustafa Ayad is the Deputy Director for Communications, Education, Networks and Technology at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. He tweets at @MoustafaAyad. Amarnath Amarasingam is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and has …

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San Francisco votes no to facial-recognition tech for police officers, govt– while its denizens create it

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San Francisco has become the first major city in America, if not the world, to effectively ban, for now, facial recognition technology and other forms of state surveillance. In an 8-1 vote on Tuesday, the city’s Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance that requires all local government departments – including the police – to…

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Feds ‘deeply worried’ by China’s arrests of Canadians Kovrig, Spavor – CTV News

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OTTAWA — China’s arrests of two Canadians are alarming foreign partners much more deeply than leaders in Beijing realize, says one of Canada’s former ambassadors to the People’s Republic. “I don’t think China comprehends how powerfully this is resonating internationally, awakening long-ignored questions about China risk, and prompting new thinking about countering China’s increasing reliance…

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Sea dragons, human compost, Lego dinosaurs: News from around our 50 states

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CLOSEAlabamaCullman: Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward for his grandfather’s missing shotgun. The singer known for hits including “Family Tradition” has posted a letter online saying he spent time growing up in south Alabama with his grandfather. The letter says he can’t locate the man’s old Remington Model 11-48 shotgun,…

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San Francisco votes no to facial-recognition tech for polices, govt– while its denizens develop it

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San Francisco has become the first major city in America, if not the world, to effectively ban, for now, facial recognition technology and other forms of state surveillance. In an 8-1 vote on Tuesday, the city’s Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance that requires all local government departments – including the police – to…

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The Eyes Are the Prize: Eye-Tracking Technology Is Advertising’s Holy Grail

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Avi Bar-Zeev spent nearly 30 years working on AR/VR/MR, helping companies like Disney, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple make decisions about how to unlock the positive potential of new technologies while minimizing harm. Bar-Zeev helped start the original HoloLens project at Microsoft. Nothing in this article should be read as disclosing unannounced products or ideas from…

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6 Acts of Skullduggery in the Technology Dispute

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Note: This post is coauthored with Rune K.L. Nielsen and originally appeared in the Danish Communication Forum, in Danish. This is the English translation.   There is no strong scientific evidence that modern digital technology such as cell phones, computer games, or the Internet is inherently harmful to humans. At the same time, it is also not…

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The frontline of the abortion fight isn’t in Alabama, it’s online

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As the legislative noose draws tighter around women’s necks, it’s centuries-old technology, or modern adaptation of it anyway, that could provide some much-needed breathing room. After Louisiana and Georgia recently joined the ranks of states passing so-called “heartbeat bills” — legislative bans and restrictions on safe abortion for women housing an embryo after approximately six…

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