This week professor David Carroll, whose dogged search for answers to how his personal data was misused plays a focal role in The Great Hack: Netflix’s documentary tackling the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, quipped that perhaps a follow up would be more punitive for the company than the $5BN FTC fine released the same day.The documentary — which we previewed ahead of its general release Wednesday — does an impressive job of articulating for a mainstream audience the risks for individuals and society of unregulated surveillance capitalism, despite the complexities involved in the invisible data ‘supply chain’ that feeds the beast.Most obviously by trying to make these digital social emissions visible to the viewer — as mushrooming pop-ups overlaid on shots of smartphone users going about their everyday business, largely unaware of the pervasive tracking it enables.Facebook is unlikely to be a fan of the treatment.And yet it’s exactly such thoughtful attention to detail that democracy demands.The Great Hack shows what happens when vital detail and context are cheaply ripped away at scale, via socially sticky content delivery platforms run by tech giants that never bothered to sweat the ethical detail of how their ad targeting tools could be repurposed by malign interests to sew social discord and/or manipulate voter opinion en mass.
Whether you're in the market for an Apple device, Windows laptop, smartphone, smart home device, or anything else, there should be a deal on this list for your needs.The sale only lasts through Saturday, July 27, so it's worth acting quickly if you find something you like.The store has discounted a wide range of products, including Apple devices, TVs, headphones, laptops, phones, appliances, and even smart home devices.Shop Best Buy's Black Friday in July sale by product category:Keep scrolling to see the best deals from Best Buy's Black Friday in July sale.It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.
Intel said Apple is buying its smartphone modem chip business for $1 billion.Intel shares were rallying after the chip giant reported better-than-expected results, including a strong outlook.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storiesIntel shares rallied more than 5% late Thursday after the company said Apple was buying its smartphone modem chip business for $1 billion.The company also reported second quarter results and a forecast that exceeded Wall Street expectations.About 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, as well as intellectual property, equipment and leases.
Winners will be announced at KDD 2019, held Aug. 4-8, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska."For more than two decades, the KDD Cup has seen the brightest minds in machine learning tackle some of the most difficult and unique challenges in the world," said KDD Cup Chair Taposh Dutta-Roy.The three competition tracks include:"Research for Humanity" Reinforcement Learning Competition Track (Humanity RL Track)--The first-of-its-kind Humanity RL Track, sponsored by IBM Research Africa and Hexagon-ML, requires participants to apply machine learning tools to determine novel solutions that could impact malaria policy in sub-Saharan Africa.Specifically, the competition looks at how combinations of interventions that control the transmission, prevalence and health outcomes of malaria infection should be distributed in a simulated human population.Regular Machine Learning Competition Track (Regular ML Track)--Sponsored by Baidu, this year's regular ML track has participants submit a context-aware multi-modal transportation recommendation in the form of a travel plan.
Privacy Board to keep tabs on potential naughtiness at the antisocial networkEvil empire Facebook's devil-may-care attitude to privacy has bitten it on the backside – the Federal Trade Commission has imposed a record $5bn penalty for "deceiving users" about their control over private data.The FTC said the antisocial network violated a 2012 order by misleading members into thinking they were actually in the driving seat when it came to determining what happens to their own information.In another related move today, the FTC sued Cambridge Analytica and reached an out-of-court settlement with two defendants – former CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan.The fine against Facebook is 20 times greater than the largest privacy or data security payout to date – against Equifax – and one of the largest ever raised by the US government for any infraction, the consumer watchdog added.Some 2.38 billion monthly users use the platform each month, according to Facebook stats for Q1 2019.
A new report has highlighted the financial impact of cybercrime on the internet, which RiskIQ says is costing the global economy £2.3 million per minute.Earlier this week for example credit checking specialist Equifax US Information Solutions revealed it would pay an eye watering settlement of $650m to US regulators and US states for its data breach back in 2017.It also found that top companies pay £20 per minute due to security breaches.And the research threw up some other interesting costs of cybercrime.For example, the cost of hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges every minute is £1,550; while phishing attacks per minute costs £14,200.Lancaster University yesterday revealed that a ‘sophisticated and malicious phishing attack’ had compromised both student and applicant data, and that in some cases “fraudulent invoices are being sent to some undergraduate applicants.”
BMW's upcoming iNext electric vehicle still remains largely a mystery.We've seen rough sketches of its exterior design dating back to 2018, and since then, we've received more production-ready teasers of the car during winter testing, as well as a teaser showing off a massive curved screen.Now, it's time to look at the electric car's wacky steering wheel.BMW on Monday issued a teaser showing the iNext EV's steering wheel.While that might seem like a strange teaser, it turns out the wheel itself is kind of strange.Instead of rocking the usual circular shape, the iNext's steering wheel is more polygonal, closer in shape to what we've seen from the Ford GT and 2020 Corvette.
this is One of the most popular features of Google Maps, and Google Earth's Street View, which makes it possible to take a look at the lots of of the streets around the world.When Google photographed the streets of California, took the opportunity of collecting data from unencrypted wi-fi networks, something that is contrary to u.s. privacy laws.and Why was the company faced with the trial of a number of associations in the state.Now, reports the news service Tuesday that the two sides have been settled after long negotiations.Under the agreement, Google will pay 13 million us dollars (equivalent to 122 million crowns in compensation to consumers in addition to all of the data will be destroyed.Google also promised to inform the public on how to encrypt their wireless networks.
15 months of wrangling and Orlando couldn't even begin testing AI cloud tech for population surveillanceOrlando cops have given up using Amazon’s controversial cloud-based facial recognition to monitor CCTV cameras dotted around the Florida city – after a nightmare year of technical breakdowns.After 15 fruitless months of trying to get the thing working properly, with help from Amazon's staffers, the US city's police force cancelled its contract with the web giant."We haven't even established a stream today," the city’s chief information officer Rosa Akhtarkhavari told the Orlando Weekly on Thursday.The plod wanted to feed photos of suspected or known crooks into Amazon Web Services' Rekognition API, and have the backend software automatically search live streams of CCTV footage for occurrences of those faces in real time, allowing officers to know immediately the whereabouts of persons of interest.Amazon techies had apparently visited the city numerous times to work with the police to get the system to work properly.
Intel announced a deep partnership with SAP today around using advanced Intel technology to optimize SAP software tools.Specifically the company plans to tune its Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP’s suite of applications.The multi-year partnership includes giving SAP early access to emerging Intel technologies and building a Center of Excellence.“We’re announcing is a multi-year technology partnership that’s focused on optimizing Intel’s platform innovations… across the entire portfolio of SAP’s end-to-end enterprise software applications including SAP S/4HANA,” Rajeeb Hazra, corporate vice president of Intel’s Enterprise and Government Business told TechCrunch.He says that this will cover broad areas of Intel technology including CPU, accelerators, data center, persistent memory and software infrastructure.“We’re taking all of that data-centric portfolio to move data faster, store data more efficiently, and process all kinds of data for all kinds of workloads,” he explained.
An old security flaw in Logitech's wireless mice and keyboards that was patched three years ago is still lingering in Logitech accessories that were made before the flaw was discovered, but haven't been sold yet.A security researcher said a Logitech mouse he recently bought still had the flaw.Logitech provides an update that's easy to download and install.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.An old flaw in Logitech's wireless mouse and keyboard USB Unifying Receiver dongles can allow hackers to take control of those mice and keyboards — and thus, ultimately, a computer.The flaw was discovered in 2016 and dubbed "MouseJack."
OZY Media, the Silicon Valley-based media and events company, is hosting its fourth OZY Fest this weekend in New York’s Central Park.In previous years, the festival was held at smaller locations like SummerStage.But this year the two-day music, politics and food festival got approval for the Great Lawn.According to The New York Times, using Great Lawn is not sitting well with some New Yorkers who would rather see the Lawn used for recreational activities than for a for-profit festival.However, OZY Media co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson told Adweek that securing the location affords the company the opportunity to do things that haven’t been possible for other festivals or in years past for OZY Fest.We sat down with Watson to discuss his vision for OZY, how the festival is evolving and what type of opportunity it presents for brands.
As one million Facebook users prepare to 'storm' the top secret Area 51 Military Base in Nevada, Annie Jacobsen, author of 'Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base,' dismissed the idea that civilians could even get close to the facility.The top-secret military base known as Area 51 has long been a point of discussion for conspiracy theorists who believe the facility holds government secrets about aliens and UFOs.The government denied its existence for years until the release of declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports in 2013.Officials have referred to the site by several names, including the Nevada Test and Training Range, "Watertown" and "Dreamland."Area 51 is a government facility in the Nevada desert near Groom Lake, a dry lakebed located about 120 miles north of Las Vegas.The site was chosen in the 1950s to secretly test the Air Force’s U-2 aircraft and train pilots, according to the CIA.
An author and expert on Area 51 said the U.S. military will never let civilians anywhere near the top-secret site after the "Storm Area 51" movement went viral on Facebook.One million Facebook users have now responded that they would go to a Facebook event scheduled for Sept. 20 at 3:00 a.m., with the creator writing "they can't stop all of us."“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the event description said, referencing a Japanese comic character known for his speed.The social media campaign made national headlines as it grew last week, forcing the Air Force, which runs the installation, to respond and caution UFO enthusiasts against traveling to the area."[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets," spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post.
They're no less important, and we figured we might as well point out a few good ones.Because we all need these things, and we might as well save some money in the process.There's nothing better than having a good night's sleep, and you can't do that on a crap mattress.Because the cheap stuff just does not do things properly or last as long – or so I've heard on Reddit.So make sure you have a decent lawnmower to roll out there while praying it doesn't start raining.You can't just maintain your garden and let your house go to shit, so it's worth buying up some stuff to keep that clean.
In recent years, he made the transition to industry-leading streaming video service Netflix, where he inked a four-film deal in 2014, followed by another four-film deal in 2017.While most of his acting credits fall into the comedic genre, Sandler has taken a few dramatic turns that have received critical praise, proving that this funnyman has some serious acting chops.When a multi-billionaire passes away, his last living grandnephew is called to New York to inherit his wealth and company, worth a cool $40 billion.Dubbed a fantasy comedy, this film co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken, with Sandler playing an overworked family man who discovers that he can fast-forward through the boring parts of his life using a magical universal remote.In this buddy comedy-drama, Sandler is joined by another star-studded cast that includes Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.When Sandler unites with Drew Barrymore in a romantic comedy, it always seems to be box-office gold.
Sun Microsystem is a name seldom uttered in 2019.In addition to the Solaris operating system and the Java programming language, Sun Microsystems also fostered development of the MySQL database, which today powers a disproportionate swath of the Internet, including Facebook.In 2006, the European Union recognized the company as the largest global corporate contributor to open source, exceeding the next five commercial contributors (IBM, Red Hat, SGI, SAP, and MySQL AB) combined.It sued Google over its use of the Java programming language, which forms the basis of the hugely popular Android operating system.— Ron Jeffries (@RonJeffries) December 16, 2010OH: Sun's strategy of "write once, run anywhere" has turned into Oracle's "write wherever we let you, run wherever we get paid."
Set across three floors, Microsoft has laid out everything it has to offer.That includes Surface devices on every floor, HoloLens headsets, a big Xbox gaming lounge, and even a real-life McLaren Senna sports car that’s hooked up to Forza.I visited the new London store earlier this week to preview how Microsoft has transformed the venue.Those twists include lead windows and ceilings from the 1920s that were covered up by the previous occupants, United Colors of Benetton.“As soon as we knew what we had in terms of the history of the building, there was never any doubt that we wanted to retain and restore that,” explains Simon Francis, Microsoft’s director of real estate, in an interview with The Verge.Microsoft restored the beautiful windows and ceilings and even fabricated parts of the front of the store so it matches how the building originally looked when it premiered in 1927.
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Apart from getting chores done around the house, people often forget that the air needs some cleaning, too.It may be shocking to know that we may be more at risk of inhaling harmful gasses indoors without the necessary ventilation systems installed.The best air purifiers provide a simple solution of filtering the air of dust, allergens, odor, pet dander, and other particles that may be invisible to the naked eye.Amazon currently has a deal on the Germ Guardian 3-in-1 Air Purifier (AC9200WCA) that brings the list price of $500 down to $300.The 3-in-1 Air Purifier features a powerful combination of filters and UVC (Ultraviolet C) light to rid the air of particles that can cause allergies and asthma.The True HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter captures 99.97% of contaminants as small as 0.3 microns.
Xiaomi is readying the Redmi K20 series smartphones for India where they’re set to go on sale July 17.In the lead up to their release, Xiaomi has announced a special sale — the first of its kind — for those who want to buy them first.Xiaomi is asking fans to cough up 855 rupees (~$12.50) to reserve one of the devices — either the K20 or K20 Pro — from July 12 to guarantee they can purchase the phone some days later on July 17.Once the customer buys the phone, via Mi.com or Flipkart, the money will be immediately taken off the device total — the 855 rupees is essentially a non-refundable deposit.In an emailed press release, Xiaomi said fans who reserve but don’t go through with the final purchase will have their deposit refunded to either their Mi.com account, or will receive it as a Flipkart coupon.Is this good or bad news?
All four of the UK’s major telecoms networks are working with China’s Huawei on next-generation 5G networks, in spite of a lack of clarity over whether the government intends to impose a ban on the equipment maker, a report has said.Huawei is involved in building 5G networks in six of the seven cities in which Vodafone has activated its network, the Observer reported over the weekend.It is helping build “hundreds” of 5G sites for EE and has also won contracts to build 5G networks for Three and O2, the paper said, without disclosing its sources.The operators are using Huawei for non-core parts of their networks, such as base stations, but the move may prove risky if the government decides to impose a complete ban on Huawei’s participation in the UK’s 5G rollout.Australia and New Zealand have already done so, citing national security concerns, and Huawei is also largely excluded from the US market.Huawei has denied it poses a security threat.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are using facial recognition software to trawl through millions of driver’s license photos provided by 21 states to search and find suspects.News broke over the weekend that the FBI and immigration officials access images — often without obtaining a search warrant or court order — in order to identify criminal suspects but also witnesses, victims and innocent bystanders.In some cases agents would simply email the state department of motor vehicles for assistance.But Congress nor state lawmakers ever authorized the access or the searches.A bipartisan group of congresspeople have criticized the use of facial recognition as dangerous to citizens’ right to privacy.Several states, like New York, and the District of Columbia, allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, with other states — like Florida and Texas — working to introduce similar laws.
Baidu CEO Robin Li was doused in water by a protester while he was giving a speech about AI at a conference in Beijing, China.Li reacted calmly to the bizarre incident, simply asking: "What's your problem?"The motives and identity of the protester are unknown.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Chinese tech billionaire Robin Li was doused in water during a bizarre incident at an AI conference in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.According to a video circulating on Twitter, Li was delivering a presentation when he was interrupted by a man in a black shirt who pours the contents of a bottle of water on his head.
Saber Interactive has released a free update for World War Z that adds a new difficulty option for its existing chapters.The cooperative shooter came out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16 and sold 1 million copies in its first week.This update, called Six Skulls, will give fans an excuse to jump back into the game and try the more challenging versions of levels they’ve already beaten.The next free downloadable content will come with (the not-so-subtle name) The Big Update.It will add weekly challenges, characters skins, and weapon variants.World War Z takes place in the same fictional universe as the 2013 film of the same name, which was based on the 2006 book.
The choices we make today about how to govern AI will determine whether our future resembles dystopian science fiction, or something akin to Star Trek, where trustworthy AIs help bring out the very best in humanity.However, AI is a powerful tool that impacts people and their trust, and we are only just beginning to understand the profound responsibility that goes with these self-learning systems.Fear of disruptive, confusing, offensive, and even dangerous AI has caused the city of San Francisco last month to ban law enforcement from using facial recognition technology.And as one city council member explained, “We have an outsize responsibility to regulate the excesses of technology precisely because they are headquartered here.”Those closest to AI are in the best position to understand the threat of AI without ethics.Software development, in general, has had a longstanding need to implement better global ethical standards.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that his company is considering treating deepfakes differently from traditional fake news and misinformation, which could make it easier for Facebook to delete the altered videos before they spread.Deepfakes, or incredibly realistic altered videos that can make it seem like a person said or did something they never did, have become an increasing problem on social media platforms.Facebook came under fire recently over a less-advanced deepfake purporting to show Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, which spread throughout the network.“We’re going through the policy process of thinking through what the deepfake policy should be,” he said Wednesday during an interview with Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein at the Aspen Ideas Festival.“This is certainly a really important area as the A.I.technology gets better and one that I think is likely sensible to have a different policy and to treat this differently than how we just treat normal false information on the internet.”“PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE” pic.twitter.com/1OyCyqRTuk
From the very beginning, Chrome OS and Chromebooks were envisioned to be cloud-centric, which is why the early models had very measly internal storage.It may have been a bit ahead of its time and Chromebook makers eventually crammed more gigabytes inside devices.Fast-forward a few years later, cloud storage has become a critical piece of modern workers’ lives and now Chrome OS is putting them these services to the forefront of its native Files app.That is if their Android app supports its.Being cloud-based, it has always been possible to access third-party services like OneDrive and Dropbox from Chrome OS via web browsers.It’s a roundabout way to use them, though, as you have to first download the file you’re working on and then re-upload it.
Eighteen months of campaigns featured a rapidly evolving tool-setCyber confusion reigns as threat groups with state ties get down with a bit of not-so-friendly fire in attacking the infrastructure of a Middle Eastern government.Researchers at Symantec believe that a Russian-speaking hacker group hijacked the infrastructure of their Iranian rival Crambus (aka OilRig) in 2018.During this attack the hacker group known as Waterbug (aka Turla) dropped malware onto computers that Crambus had captured.This malware was communicating back to known Waterbug C servers.The order in which Symantec believes this unique event happened is that first Crambus hacked and took control of sections of the computer infrastructure of an as-yet unnamed Middle Eastern government.
The New York State Senate reportedly passed a bill this month banning the possession of flamethrowers for recreational use.Having one would be a Class E felony, which could lead to up to four years in prison, according to a Friday report from CNBC."Elon Musk's Boring Company released a new flamethrower which sold out of all 20,000 within days, without any concern to the training of the purchasers or their reasons for buying.Allowing the general public to access this type of machine is extremely problematic," lawmakers reportedly said."These dangerous devices should not be sold to civilians, and use needs to be restricted to trained professionals."Last year, Musk tweeted that the company changed the name of the product to "Not a Flamethrower" because of "recent regulatory/customs rules enacted to inhibit transport of anything called a Flamethrower."