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MacKenzie Bezos and the Pitfalls of Tech Philanthropy

February 20, 2020 No Comments

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesNearly two months after her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was finalized, MacKenzie Bezos has made a plan to be far more generous than she and her former husband were as a couple. When the pair split, she became one of the richest women in the world, with a fortune estimated to…

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Deepfakes are getting much better– but they’re still simple to find

February 20, 2020 No Comments

We’re gonna need some fact-checkers — “This means bigger problems for ordinary people.” Gregory Barber, Wired.com – May 27, 2019 12:00 pm UTC Deepfakes generated from a single image. The technique sparked concerns that high-quality fakes are coming for the masses. But don’t get too worried, yet.Egor Zakharov, Aliaksandra Shysheya, Egor Burkov, Victor Lempitsky Last…

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The Trump Administration’s Approach to Huawei Dangers Duplicating China’s Mistakes

February 20, 2020 No Comments

The U.S. has long criticized China for using “national security” as an excuse for trade protectionism. Now the U.S. might be playing the same game. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at the White House on April 10. Alex Wong/Getty Images Last week, the U.S. government issued a dramatic one-two punch in…

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Charges versus Julian Assange prompt outcry from journalism, civil liberties groups

February 20, 2020 No Comments

Julian Assange has always been a lightning-rod for controversy, but the latest charges against him have journalism watchdog groups crying foul. Interested in WikiLeaks? Add WikiLeaks as an interest to stay up to date on the latest WikiLeaks news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was charged by U.S. authorities Thursday…

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Amazon’s assisting authorities construct a security network with Ring doorbells – CNET

February 20, 2020 No Comments

If you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon. While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered…

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Game of Thrones could be doing so much more with its huge dragon metaphor

February 20, 2020 No Comments

Warning: spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, including episode 4, “The Last of the Starks.” Game of Thrones has two episodes left before it wraps, and the series, once defined by mythical creatures and undead ice-men as much as politics and incest, now only has one dragon remaining. Down to one beloved fire-breathing…

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Study Debunks That Eating Chicken Is Better Than Beef for Controlling Cholesterol – VegNews

February 20, 2020 No Comments

Choosing to consume chicken or turkey (” white meat”) instead of beef or pork (” red meat”) does not enhance body cholesterol levels, according to a new research study released in the American Journal of Medical Nutrition Scientist recruited a group of 113 grownups aged 21 to 65 to follow specific meal plans prepared for […]

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Delhi metro: Will free public transport make women safer?

February 20, 2020 No Comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Kejriwal has proposed free travel on buses and the city’s famed Delhi metro rail service The chief minister of India’s capital Delhi created a minor sensation when he announced that women would no longer have to pay for public transport.Arvind Kejriwal said that free rides on city buses…

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Here’s why San Francisco’s vote to ban facial-recognition tech matters

February 20, 2020 No Comments

San Francisco just voted to ban facial-recognition technology. The city that has for many come to symbolize the power of tech, both in all its terror and glory, took an important step on Tuesday to rein in some of that power. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 1 in a veto proof majority…

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Why Huawei’s Google issues worry Africa

February 20, 2020 No Comments

Image copyright AFP Image caption Most Africans are online today thanks to cheap Chinese smartphones Google’s decision to withhold its Android software from Huawei is being seen as the beginning of a technology cold war that could compel African countries – in the future – to choose between US and Chinese technology, analysts have told…

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