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On Wednesday, lawmakers squared off with the chief executives of the tech industry’s four most powerful players, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Even though each company is under antitrust scrutiny for different reasons, the committee used this week’s hearing to point out similarities between all four, making the case for future regulatory reform. Since last June, lawmakers have been engaged in a sweeping antitrust investigation into the tech sector, honing in on how some of the most notable names in the industry have grown too big by allegedly stifling competition. Lawmakers have heard hundreds of hours of testimony and obtained over one million documents throughout their investigation, a process that made it difficult for CEOs... Continue reading…
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Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, is now richer than he's ever been. Bezos made his fortune from online retail giant Amazon, but has drawn increasing criticism over the company's size and is slated to defend it at a Congressional tech antitrust hearing on Wednesday. Bezos pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change in February and promised $100 million to food banks in April. Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $178 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration company, Blue Origin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The richest person in history is set to defend his online retail empire in front of Congress Wednesday. The historic anti-trust hearing comes as Bezos' net worth hits new highs — $178 billion, according to Bloomberg's latest estimates. The billionaire's net worth surge comes alongside a boost in Amazon's share price, which has soared despite the coronavirus pandemic that's upending the American economy. And Bezos' agreement to surrender 25% of his Amazon stake to his ex-wife MacKenzie Scott in a divorce settlement last year ultimately didn't slow down the growth of his wealth much either. While Bezos has added $63.6 billion to his net worth in 2020 alone, per Bloomberg estimates, the coronavirus crisis has been an economic disaster for the rest of America, as an unprecedented 49 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in recent months. Bezos isn't the only billionaire getting richer during the pandemic. Tesla's Elon Musk and Zoom's Eric Yuan both saw their net worths grow by more than $2 billion between March and June, Business Insider previously reported. From real estate to space travel, here's how Bezos spends his money.SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez are house hunting in LA — and they've been touring some of the priciest mega-mansions in the state, according to reports DON'T MISS: Jeff Bezos' space colonization plan was partially inspired by a 1976 book he read in high school that proposed connecting the Earth and the moon via a series of enormous, cylindrical tubes Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, the source of much of his wealth, on July 5, 1994. Source: Bloomberg Bezos' parents were reportedly shocked that he would give up a cushy Wall Street job in order to sell books over the internet. Source: "The Everything Store" via Business Insider Bezos' parents eventually came around and invested about a quarter of a million dollars in the fledgling company, a stake that would be worth as much as $30 billion today. Source: Bloomberg Bezos also received a lot of support from his then-wife MacKenzie, who negotiated Amazon's first freight contract and did the company's accounting. Per the terms of their 2019 divorce settlement, MacKenzie holds a 4% stake in the company, which forms the majority of her $59.3 billion fortune. Source: Bloomberg Amazon made its initial public offering on May 15, 1997. Since that day, the split-adjusted stock price has increased over 153,000%     Amazon's rise left several early internet competitors in the dust. In the company's first post-IPO shareholder letter, Bezos mentioned strategic partnerships with several peers like America Online, Prodigy, and Yahoo that have either gone out of business entirely or been purchased by competitors in the years since. Source: Business Insider Amazon has steadily grown over the last two decades, and now sells a wide variety of consumer products, electronics, and digital media. Source: Amazon Another big growth area was Amazon Web Services. As of February 2018, the company's cloud services was a $17.5 billion business. Source: Business Insider Amazon has also grown through various acquisitions over time. The company's 2009 purchase of online shoe retailer Zappos for $1.2 billion stood as Amazon's biggest acquisition for about eight years. Source: Visual Capitalist That record was blown out of the water with Amazon's 2017 purchase of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Source: Visual Capitalist The Whole Foods acquisition has dramatically boosted Amazon's push into the grocery world. A 2019 study from OneClickRetail estimates that Amazon had an 18% share of the US online grocery market. Source: Business Insider Amazon's rise is the primary source of Bezos' fortune. Bezos remains Amazon's largest stockholder, owning 11% of the e-commerce giant. According to MacKenzie Bezos' statement on the couple's divorce, Bezos retained 75% of the couple's Amazon stock holdings and the voting power of MacKenzie's shares. Source: Forbes, Bloomberg Bezos has made several investments in other companies, both on a personal level and through his venture capital firm Bezos Expeditions. Source: Visual Capitalist Bezos personally invested in Google in 1998, and his $1 million early investment would likely have made him a billionaire even without his extensive Amazon wealth. Source: "The Everything Store" via Business Insider Bezos Expeditions has invested in several startups, including blood testing biotech firm Grail, popular software developer website Stack Overflow, and Business Insider. Business Insider was acquired by Axel Springer in 2015. Jeff Bezos is no longer invested. Source: Visual Capitalist One of Bezos' more notable purchases was his acquisition of The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013. Source: Business Insider Since Bezos' acquisition, the Post has greatly expanded its digital offerings, and readership has exploded. Source: Business Insider Bezos' wealth is so massive that, according to Business Insider's 2018 calculations when he had a mere $130 billion fortune, spending $88,000 to him was similar to an average American spending $1. Source: Business Insider Bezos is one of the country's biggest landowners, and he and his family own at least five homes across the US. Source: Business Insider One estate, with two homes on 5.3 acres of land, is located in Medina, Washington, not far from Amazon's Seattle headquarters. Source: Business Insider Business Insider's Harrison Jacobs visited Medina in 2017 to get a sense of what the haven for Seattle's mega-wealthy was like. Source: Business Insider Jacobs got a picture of the outside of Bezos' estate, but tall hedges and a gate blocked any view inside. Source: Business Insider Bezos also owns a Spanish-style mansion in Beverly Hills, California. He bought the property in 2007 for a reported $24.25 million. He bought another, smaller house right next door a decade later. Source: Business Insider He also owns a ranch in Van Horn, Texas, which serves as a base for his Blue Origin space exploration company. Source: Business Insider Bezos purchased a townhouse in Washington, DC in 2016. Source: Business Insider Bezos owns several condos in the historic Century building at 25 Central Park West in Manhattan. Source: Business Insider In June 2019, the Amazon CEO reportedly dropped about $80 million on another three adjacent apartments in a different building at 212 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The spread consists of a three-story penthouse and the two units directly below it. Source: Business Insider Most recently, Bezos reportedly spent $165 million on another yet another Beverly Hills mansion — the Warner Estate. The Wall Street Journal reported the sale in February. Source: The Wall Street Journal Bezos has traditionally been somewhat frugal with his ground transportation. As recently as 2013, he was still driving a Honda Accord, according to the book "The Everything Store." Source: "The Everything Store" via Business Insider However, Bezos also owns a $65 million Gulfstream G650ER private jet. Source: Business Insider Bezos sometimes has a taste for exotic cuisine. The founder of e-commerce startup Woot recounted a breakfast with Bezos shortly after Amazon acquired the company at which the billionaire ordered octopus. Source: Business Insider The founder recounted Bezos explaining similarities between Amazon's acquisition of Woot and his offbeat breakfast order. "You're the octopus that I'm having for breakfast," Bezos said. "When I look at the menu, you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had. I must have the breakfast octopus." Source: Business Insider Bezos has not engaged in public philanthropy to the same extent as many of his hyper-billionaire peers like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, who have both pledged to donate the majority of their fortunes to charity. Source: Business Insider Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie did sign Gates' Giving Pledge in May 2019, pledging to donate more than half of her fortune during her lifetime. In a blog post on July 28, MacKenzie announced that over the past year she has donated $1.7 billion to 116 organizations that support causes including racial equality, LGBTQ rights, public health, and climate change. Source: Business Insider Bezos has, however, supported Mary's Place, a Seattle organization that provides shelter and employment training to those who are homeless, and TheDream.US, which supports people who were brought to the US as undocumented immigrants when they were children. Source: Business Insider According to CNBC, Bezos has also donated significant sums to Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington Foundation, and Princeton University. Source: CNBC Bezos also supports some more unusual ventures, like the Long Now Foundation, which seeks to build a giant mechanical "10,000 year clock" underground in West Texas. Source: Business Insider The clock is intended to be a "symbol for long-term thinking," according to a tweet from Bezos. Source: Business Insider Bezos has been fascinated and inspired by NASA and space travel since watching the Apollo moon landings in his childhood. In 2013, Bezos funded and led an expedition to recover one of the rocket engines from the Apollo 12 mission from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Source: The Seattle Times Bezos' most ambitious venture may be Blue Origin, his space exploration company. Blue Origin has had several successful test flights of its reusable New Shepard rocket, and is currently developing the larger, mostly reusable New Glenn rocket system, intended to compete with Elon Musk's SpaceX. Source: Business Insider In the long term, Bezos intends for Blue Origin to support large-scale human spaceflight, with the goal of colonizing the solar system. Source: Business Insider In 2018, Bezos told Matthias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider's parent company Axel Springer, that he considers Blue Origin "the most important work [he's] doing." Source: Business Insider Indeed, Bezos told Döpfner that he plans to spend his entire fortune on space exploration, saying, "I am going to use my financial lottery winnings from Amazon to fund that." Source: Business Insider And in February, Bezos announced a pledge to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. "I'm committing $10 billion to start and will begin issuing grants this summer," Bezos wrote on Instagram. "Earth is the one thing we all have in common — let's protect it, together."⁣⁣⁣ Source: Business Insider Bezos also spends plenty of cash in his personal life. He threw a star-studded birthday bash for girlfriend Lauren Sanchez in December. Source: Business Insider Bezos nearly lost the title of "the world's richest man" to Bill Gates in October 2019, after a disappointing earnings report sent both Amazon's share price and the CEO's net worth on a downward spiral in after-hours trading. Bezos' personal net worth fell $8.2 billion at that point, according to Bloomberg. Source: Bloomberg Of course, he's since bounced back in a major way. Even as the coronavirus pandemic upended the American economy in March, Bezos has continued to get wealthier — and now, he's richer than he's ever been. Amazon's share price has surged throughout the pandemic as Americans practice social distancing to slow the virus' spread and increasingly turn to Amazon's delivery services for daily necessities. Bezos doesn't plan to keep all of the $56.7 billion he added to his net worth so far in 2020, however. In April, he pledged to donate $100 million to food banks facing shortages due to the economic crisis spurred by the pandemic. "My own time now is wholly focused on COVID-19 and how Amazon can best play its role," Bezos wrote in March. "I want you to know that Amazon will continue to do its part, and we won't stop looking for new opportunities to help." Source: Business Insider Amazon's continuous growth has drawn increasing scrutiny from lawmakers, culminating in a historic antitrust hearing in front of the House House Antitrust Subcommittee on July 29 where Bezos will testify alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. In prepared testimony released on his blog the day before, Bezos argues that Amazon's size benefits consumers, sellers, and the US economy, and that it still faces competition from Walmart, Instacart, and Shopify. 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I sure do love me a good time-saver. And sometimes, the best time-savers of all are the ones that are right under the surface of our favorite apps and services, just waiting to be seen — or maybe remembered.I'll admit it: Even as someone who uses and thinks about Android almost constantly, as part of both my life and my job, I frequently find myself surprised by how often I stumble onto something that I knew about at some point but long ago forgot to keep using. It happened to me with some of the Gmail tips we talked about last week, and now it's happened to me again with a powerful shortcut system built right into Android and supported by tons of different apps.To read this article in full, please click here
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Mercedes is preparing to launch an all-new version of its luxurious S-Class car. That world premiere will happen in September, and ahead of that, Mercedes is talking about a second edition of its “Meet the S-Class DIGITAL” special that will give fans new information on the technical invasions that will be found in the vehicle when it launches. Mercedes promises … Continue reading
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Tesla's soaring stock price has amplified the excitement around electric vehicles (EVs), leading to IPOs and fresh rounds of funding for startups that hope to replicate Tesla's success. But investors have been placing their bets on the next generation of EV startups for years, pouring, in some cases, billions of dollars into companies that say their vehicles will set new benchmarks in the auto industry. Below are the 10 electric-vehicle startups that have received the most money, according to Pitchbook. While Nio has raised more money than many of the startups on this list, it was excluded since it went public and started making vehicles in 2018. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SEE ALSO: The quirkiest vintage gas stations you can still visit on a road trip, from a photographer who spent 40 years documenting whimsical roadside attractions across the US 10. Canoo Total capital raised: $1 billion Most recent valuation: N/A   9. Lucid Motors Total capital raised: $1.2 billion Most recent valuation: N/A since 2009   8. Singulato Motors Total capital raised: $1.2 billion Most recent valuation: N/A   7. Byton Total capital raised: $1.2 billion Most recent valuation: N/A Byton announced a six-month pause of its operations in June. 6. Youxia Motors Total capital raised: $1.3 billion Most recent valuation: $1.9 billion   5. Li Auto Total capital raised: $2 billion Most recent valuation: $4.1 billion   4. Xpeng Total capital raised: $4.1 billion Most recent valuation: $4 billion   3. Faraday Future Total capital raised: $4.4 billion Most recent valuation: $4.4 billion   2. WM Motor Total capital raised: $5 billion Most recent valuation: N/A   1. Rivian Total capital raised: $6 billion Most recent valuation: N/A Read more: The CEO of Lucid Motors reveals the important lesson his former boss Elon Musk taught him about leadership The CEO of EV startup Rivian explains why he thinks it will beat Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW with its first 2 electric vehicles Tesla, Nikola, Rivian, GM, and more are set for a battle over the huge new demand for electric trucks, buses, and vans Trump says he personally urged Elon Musk to build Tesla's new $1 billion factory in Texas
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The “case for action on obesity has never been stronger” experts have warned in the wake of the publication of a new review of evidence found a dramatic rise in the risk of hospitalisation and death from Covid-19.Professor John Newton, Public Health England’s (PHE) director of health improvement, said it was “now clear” that being overweight affects the risk associated with contracting Covid-19 following a study by his organisation.The study concluded that people who are overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, have a higher risk of hospitalisation and poor outcomes if they catch coronavirus.Experts also discovered that having a BMI of 35 to 40 increases the risk of death from coronavirus by 40%, while a BMI over 40 almost doubles the risk compared to people who are a healthy weight.The report said being overweight or obese increases the chance somebody will end up critically ill in intensive care, with 7.9% of critically ill patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units having a BMI over 40 compared with 2.9% of the general population.Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “The current evidence is clear that being overweight or obese puts you at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, as well as from many other life-threatening diseases.“It can be hard to lose weight and even harder to sustain it, which is why people cannot easily do it on their own.“Losing weight can bring huge benefits for health – and may also help protect against the health risks of Covid-19.“The case for action on obesity has never been stronger.”The PHE review found that the public has been snacking more in lockdown and, despite increases in sales of bikes and exercise equipment, overall activity levels appear to have dropped compared to before the pandemic.The study also pointed out that snack food and alcohol supermarket sales have risen, possibly reflecting the fact shops, pubs and cafes were closed during lockdown and people turned to snacking and drinking at home.During the first six months of this year, alcohol sales were up 30% on the same period last year, while confectionery sales were up 20% and foods for sweet home cooking rose 22%, the PHE report said.The report has been revealed as gyms and indoor pools are reopening across England in the latest easing of lockdown measures to allow people to focus on their fitness – but at least a third of public facilities are expected to remain shut due to financial hardship.Meanwhile, a survey of more than 2,000 people for the Food Standards Agency in May found that people were cooking more from scratch – but were also snacking on cakes, biscuits, confectionery and savoury snacks more often.The PHE report comes as the government prepares to reveal its own obesity strategy “very soon”, with junk food adverts expected to be banned on television before the 9pm watershed and outlawed entirely online.Promotions on snacks will be curbed in an attempt to tackle the nation’s waistlines and, according to a Daily Mail report, restaurant and takeaway chains will have to publish the number of calories in the meals they serve – while shops will have to do the same with any alcohol they sell.Boris Johnson’s plans come only a year after he vowed to review “sin taxes”, such as proposals to extend the sugar tax to milkshakes.The PM also confirmed his own brush with Covid-19, which led to him being admitted to intensive care in April, convinced him of the need to tackle obesity in Britain.Related... Families Of These Covid Victims Want You To Know Who They Were How Boris Johnson's Vow To Tackle Race Inequality Stands A Year On Is Boris Johnson Tiptoeing Towards An Apology Over Coronavirus Deaths?
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After many months of rumors and leaks, even false or at least imprecise leaks, OnePlus finally released its highly-anticipated OnePlus Nord. The device is the ... The post OnePlus Nord is the most anticipated smartphone ever on Amazon India appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Leaks about the upcoming KOSPET Prime 2 smartwatch model are becoming pretty frequent the past few days. We have to say they sometimes seem to ... The post Another KOSPET Prime 2 leak talking about 2.1″ screen appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Competition in the Indian market might get a lot smaller as the Indian Supreme Court rules Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel will both have to pay Government estimates on spectrum fees.
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Zynn zoomed to the top of app charts in May by paying users to sign up and refer friends. Controversial Chinese video app Zynn has returned to iOS and Android after being booted from both platforms following reports of plagiarism and complaints about a pay-to-watch system that one media watchdog described as a “pyramid scheme.” The app returned to Google’s Play Store on July 2nd and Apple’s App Store on July 16th, but users are frustrated by the changes it’s made, particularly to the reward system that helped boost Zynn to the top of app download charts earlier this year. The app previously offered users cash or gift cards for simply signing up, watching videos, and referring friends. Now, this cash system has been replaced with a system of “Zynncheers” points. And what are Zynncheers points good for? Nobody knows, including... Continue reading…
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It’s time to get your SHINY on in Pokemon GO – they’re basically everywhere! If you’re in search of your first Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO, starting this week you’re going to want to keep your eyes on the tiny plant Bellsprout, for starters. The Shiny Pokemon Bellsprout is more common this week than it’s ever been before – or … Continue reading
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Reports suggest social media was "aroused" by a fish with human lips and teeth. What's going on?
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Black Friday 2019 is nearly upon us.Although there are only a few Target Black Friday deals live at the moment, we now know what a huge chunk of the sales offered will be, and they include all manners of electronics.We’ve already covered one of the best Target Black Friday deals, which involves both the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 3.You can learn more about that deal here.Below, you’ll find our roundup of the deals that will be on offer starting November 27, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Black Wednesday, maybe?).Those Target customers who have a Red Card (either debit or credit) will have first access to the deals starting at 3:01 AM ET on November 27.
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Deliveroo was invented after I stopped living in a city so I don't really get the appeal of having a lukewarm restaurant meal delivered in unappealing foil tray format, but, apparently, it's all the rage!To such an extent that Deliveroo has expanded into the "click and collect" sector with its new Pickup service; widening the choice of lukewarm meals in trays, but meaning you have to go and get it yourself.The delivery specialist says Pickup features full menus from 700 restaurants in 13 cities at launch today, and it hopes that before a year is out it'll have more than 10,000 restaurants shovelling the chef's carefully smeared jus and crosshatched asparagus into a tray for customers to come out and get themselves.Deliveroo seems to be claiming to have invented the concept of taking your food away from the premises in which it is prepared to consume at home, something which we believe used to exist in the UK under the generic name of "a takeaway."Deliveroo makes a cut for not really doing anything at all, and the restaurants get to sell more food without having to sweep the floor and wipe the placemats after.Seems a bit of a convoluted way of obtaining your dinner, but there you go.
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With Black Friday less than three weeks away, we wondered when Walmart and Google would begin offering deals on Google Nest Smart Home devices.Walmart and Google took an aggressive stance on smart home device sales during Prime Day 2019, but so far, they’ve been fairly low key in the weeks before Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Whether you’re buying Christmas gifts, adding to your smart home, or want a little extra help around the house, these seven deals can help you save up to $100.The Nest Hub has a 7-inch color touchscreen and decent speakers for streaming music.The Google Home has better speakers with greater range for a significant improvement from the Mini’s just passable sound.Regularly priced $129, the Google Home is on sale for $79 with this deal.
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The bane of my generation may soon be lifted, but comeuppance is bittersweet.According to a new study from the Morning Consult, Facebook’s cachet with the kids is dwindling and TikTok is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for teens to post content they’ll soon regret.First reported by Axios, the study found that TikTok, with its bewitching karaoke memes, has lured 13- to 16-year-olds away from Facebook, inching into third place in the hierarchy of social media platforms.The study, which surveyed 2,000 people ages 13-38, found that Instagram and Snapchat placed first and second, respectively.The chart reflects that a little over 40% use Facebook, a marked drop below the Pew Research Center’s May 2018 study which put that number at 51% of teens in the 13-17 age group.In 2018, TikTok wasn’t even on Pew’s radar, which makes sense, because the majority of TikTok’s monthly downloads started encroaching into YouTube-Snapchat-Instagram-Facebook territory in June.
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Intel’s self-driving unit Mobileye is joining forces with Nio to develop autonomous electric vehicles (EV) technology, drawn by the size of China’s self-driving and ride-hailing markets, and supportive government policies.Why it matters: The partnership is expected to help offset the burdens of sheer cost and technological innovation required for developing self-driving cars.The announcement follows a string of setbacks for the EV maker in recent months.Nio’s shares more than doubled to $2.34 by market close Tuesday after bottoming out at $1.19 in early October.Details: Mobileye and Nio on Tuesday revealed plans to jointly develop and mass-produce highly automated vehicles, which will first debut to Chinese consumers and later in other countries.Mobileye will supply a self-driving system, including its latest EyeQ computer-vision processors and the proprietary algorithms running on the chip, alongside a development kit with cameras, cables, and mapping solutions.
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the Site has been awarded the title of ”the best myndighetssajt twice, 2017, and 2019, as well as ”the best site” in 2017. " It is very easy to use and easy to understand, which is important because there are many people who are on the site.There are a few of the reasons why we received the award, " says Alexandra Eriksson, system developer at the social security office in the IT department. " We look at how we can use artificial intelligence, for example, through machine learning, among other things, to de-identify data in order to remove the sensitive information from the document.for example, We use the AI as a support to the management in order to prepare and identify the important information in a variety of data in, for example, images and documents, " says Alexandra Eriksson. " It's all about the microservice architecture pattern, and means that the portions are small units that can stand on its own feet.
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We know that we’re all spending too much time glued to our phones, rather than looking at the person we’re talking to, the movie we’re watching, the sunset we’re missing, or the children we’re ignoring, and Google and Apple know it too.Google has pushed out six ‘experimental’ apps to try and curb our collective smartphone addiction – and here’s what we think of them.Paper Phone is a fantastic idea and the experimental app we enjoyed using the most.Sure, it’s not really practical or environmentally friendly – we’re not going to go to the effort of printing out a new paper phone every day, and on top of that, the app has a couple of annoying bugs.It’s a beautifully designed app and one that we found was remarkably effective: you really do stop thinking about your phone until your next ‘delivery’ of messages (you can pick from one, two, three or four deliveries a day).This is perhaps the cleverest of the new apps Google has introduced, though we didn’t find it quite as effective as Post Box – maybe because it’s less strict when it comes to what you can do with your phone.
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A new campaign is calling for Congress to investigate Amazon's surveillance "empire," Fight for the Future announced Tuesday.It's a response to how Amazon's helping police build a surveillance network with its Ring doorbell cameras -- and it now has more than 500 cities partnered to use the footage for law enforcement purposes, according to the digital rights group.This is a threat to civil liberties, privacy and security, Fight for the Future said, and Amazon can't be trusted to protect people, added Evan Greer, the group's deputy director."Amazon is aggressively expanding its for-profit surveillance empire," the campaign -- called Tell Congress: Investigate Amazon's surveillance dragnet -- says."Amazon provides law enforcement with an automated way to request and access user footage from tens of thousands of Ring surveillance doorbells, en masse without a warrant."Amazon's surveillance network even "outpaces" the NSA's, the campaign is claiming.
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The end of 2019 is on the horizon and the cryptocurrency world hasn’t changed.The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) is having to warn netizens about cryptocurrency scams.Earlier this week, the FSMA issued another update to its list of known cryptocurrency investment scams that seemingly never stops growing.The suspicious sites list has now swelled to include warnings about 131 websites that are known to dupe unsuspecting victims out of their money.As ever, these scams revolve around the same principle.The websites offer the promise of easy, secure, and lucrative investments that claim to generate high returns.
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Så kallade lootlådor bör ses som spel om pengar och regeringen ser gärna ytterligare begränsningar för spelföretagen, enligt ansvarig minister Ardalan Shekarabi (S).Men problemen löses bäst genom självreglering, anser Dataspelsbranschen.Ardalan Shekarabi, socialförsäkringsminister med ansvar för spelfrågor, är inte nöjd med de så kallade lootlådorna i tv- och datorspel.I samband med att regeringen förra veckan lämnade över Konsumentverkets (KO) kartläggning av fenomenet till spelmarknadsutredningen öppnade han för ny nationell lagstiftning som ska begränsa möjligheten att använda den typen av affärsmodell i Sverige.Ministern är framför allt kritisk då han anser att det kan innebära att barn hamnar i kontakt med spel om pengar, vilket går mot rådande spellagstiftning.Per Strömbäck, talesperson för branschorganisationen Dataspelsbranschen, tror däremot inte att nya lagar är vägen framåt mot lootlådorna.
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Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET have uncovered a malicious version of the Tor browser – the program used to access the dark web – and it’s been stealing user‘s Bitcoin.According to ESET, the bad actors were able to steal more than $40,000 worth of Bitcoin.The scammers have been using a trojanized version of an official Tor browser package.The bad browser redirects users to two websites which claim the user’s version of Tor is out of date.When a user clicks on the “update” link on the nefarious page, they are redirected to another website where they are told they can download an update.ESET says these websites and the malicious Tor browser was promoted in 2017 and early 2018 – during the infamous cryptocurrency bull run – on various Russian forums.
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Icon's electric 1949 Mercury and V8-powered 1949 Hudson are two sides of the same coinA TV show about Uber is in the worksKia Soul EV delay pushes the electric box to 2021 at the earliest, report says2020 Subaru Crosstrek costs a few hundred dollars moreNHTSA preps major changes to US crash tests
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A strange and mysterious new organism dubbed the "blob" was unveiled at a Paris zoo on Wednesday.The yellowish organism at the Paris Zoological Park has no mouth, no stomach and no eyes, but can somehow detect and digest food, according to Reuters.The news agency also reports that the "blob" has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if it gets cut in half.“The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries,” Bruno David, director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, of which the Zoological Park is part, told Reuters.NASA'S HUBBLE CAPTURES BEST LOOK AT FIRST COMET OUTSIDE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM“It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn ... and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other,” David added.
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Fingerprint scanners are generally more secure than camera-based face unlock solutions, but not all fingerprint unlock solutions are created equally.It seems like Samsung is finding this out the hard way with its Galaxy S10.Samsung told Reuters (via Engadget) that it’s rolling out a software patch after it emerged that a Galaxy S10 flaw allowed any fingerprint to unlock the device.News of the Galaxy S10 flaw came via The Sun, after a British user told the tabloid that she applied a third-party screen protector to the device.Her husband’s fingerprint was then able to unlock the phone, even though it wasn’t registered on the flagship.Samsung’s customer support app reportedly noted that the patterns of some third-party screen protectors can be recognized by the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.
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