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Apple and Google block NHS Covid app update over privacy breaches | Coronavirus | The G... - 0 views

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    "Ministers have paused a planned update to the NHS Covid-19 app after Apple and Google blocked it from their stores over privacy violations. The app, which aids contact tracing in England and Wales, uses technology built by the Silicon Valley companies to track interactions between users with their bluetooth signals and venue "check-ins"."
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Naomi Klein: how big tech helps India target climate activists | India | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Referred to in the Indian press variously as the "toolkit case", the "Greta toolkit", and the "toolkit conspiracy", the police's ongoing investigation of Ravi, along with fellow activists Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk, centres on the contents of a social media guide that Thunberg tweeted to her nearly 5 million followers in early February. When Ravi was arrested, the Delhi police declared that she "is an editor of the Toolkit Google Doc & key conspirator in document's formulation & dissemination. She started WhatsApp Group & collaborated to make the Toolkit doc. She worked closely with them to draft the Doc.""
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Microsoft says it would willingly participate in Australia's media code with Bing searc... - 0 views

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    ""The code reasonably attempts to address the bargaining power imbalance between digital platforms and Australian news businesses," he said. Google's search engine not as good as its competitors for news, research finds Read more "It also recognises the important role search plays, not only to consumers but to the thousands of Australian small businesses that rely on search and advertising technology to fund and support their organisations." The code, which is currently before the parliament, would facilitate negotiations between media companies and digital platforms - currently just Facebook and Google - for payment for content. If an agreement cannot be reached, then it goes to an arbiter for resolution."
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'Inevitable' Google and Facebook will pay for Australian news, treasurer says | Google ... - 0 views

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    "Google and Facebook are both fighting against legislation currently before the parliament that would force them to enter into negotiations with news media companies for payment for content, with an arbiter to ultimately decide the payment amount if no agreement can be reached. On Friday, the pair escalated the dispute by threatening to remove the Google search engine from Australia and Facebook to remove news from the Facebook feeds of all Australian users."
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Google's 'experiment' hiding Australian news just shows its inordinate power | Belinda ... - 0 views

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    "In the midst of a global pandemic and an unprecedented misinformation glut, Google has decided to hide some Australian news sites from its search results. It is "experimenting" with the lone supply of fact-checked, accountable information Australians can access right now."
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Sleeping Giants demand Google & Apple pull Parler app from stores over 'incitement' to ... - 0 views

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    "Users post violent and hateful content to Facebook and Twitter all the time, they argued - and no one was demanding those platforms get the boot from the app stores."
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Apple removes Parler from App Store, after Google - 'we're toast,' says Parler | Boing ... - 0 views

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    "Apple and Google's tougher enforcement could preclude such apps from becoming realistic alternatives to the mainstream social networks. They now face the choice of either stepping up their policing of posts - undercutting their main feature in the process - or losing their ability to reach a wide audience."
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More than 1,200 Google workers condemn firing of AI scientist Timnit Gebru | Google | T... - 0 views

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    "The paper, co-authored by researchers inside and outside Google, contended that technology companies could do more to ensure AI systems aimed at mimicking human writing and speech do not exacerbate historical gender biases and use of offensive language, according to a draft copy seen by Reuters."
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Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges"
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Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta - The Verge - 0 views

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Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software - Th... - 0 views

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    "Google said in a new blog post that hackers linked to the Chinese government have been impersonating antivirus software McAfee to try to infect victims' machines with malware. And, Google says, the hackers appear to be the same group that unsuccessfully targeted the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden with a phishing attack earlier this year. A similar group of hackers based in Iran had tried to target President Trump's campaign, but also was unsuccessful."
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Uluru "removed" from Google Street View | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The images to be removed-as of posting time they are still accessible, with Google saying it may take some time to update-are user-submitted 360-degree views which allow visitors to Google Maps to virtually explore the monument on "foot"."
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What Are Geofence Warrants? - The Markup - 0 views

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    "Geofence warrants, or reverse-location warrants, are a fairly new concept. With permission from a judge, they allow law enforcement to obtain anonymized data from Google from almost any device that was in a certain geographic area at a specific time. Police can then go back to Google for more specific user information on anyone they deem a suspect."
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Feds can't ask Google for every phone in a 100-meter radius, court says | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "The decisions are significant because Google has reported massive growth in law enforcement use of such "geofence" searches. Google says there was a 1,500-percent increase between 2017 and 2018 and a further 600-percent jump from 2018 to 2019. That's a hundredfold increase in two years. Google received 180 geofence search requests a week during 2019, according to CNet."
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North Dakota's COVID-19 contact tracing app leaks location data to Foursquare and a Goo... - 0 views

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    "The app, called Care19, and produced by a company called ProudCrowd that also makes a location-based social networking app for North Dakota State sports fans, generates a random ID number for each person who uses it. Then, it can "anonymously cache the individual's locations throughout the day," storing information about where people spent at least 10 minutes at a time, according to the state website. If users test positive for the coronavirus, they can provide that information to the North Dakota Department of Health for contact-tracing purposes so that other people who spent time near virus patients can potentially be notified."
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Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology - 0 views

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    "Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders. We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyze. All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world's most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life."
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Google's DeepMind predicts 3D shapes of proteins | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The arcane nature of "protein folding", a mind-boggling form of molecular origami, is rarely discussed outside scientific circles, but it is a problem of profound importance. The machinery of biology is built from proteins and it a protein's shape defines its function. Understand how proteins fold up and researchers could usher in a new era of scientific and medical progress."
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Why you need to teach your kids about data privacy - 0 views

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    "We are talking about vast fields of aggregate data, the scale of which is difficult to comprehend; this data can be parsed by the artificial intelligence recommendation algorithms that Google has pioneered, and that now steer everything from employment application processes to dating apps."
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Quick, cheap to make and loved by police - facial recognition apps are on the rise | Jo... - 0 views

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    "But its "surprising accuracy" was "very concerning". Questioned about this, he said that a database using facial recognition technology was unlikely to be a service that the company would create, but went on to say that "some company … is going to cross that line"."
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Is Alexa Always Listening? How Amazon, Google, Apple Hear, Record - Bloomberg - 0 views

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    "Yet so-called smart devices inarguably depend on thousands of low-paid humans who annotate sound snippets so tech companies can upgrade their electronic ears; our faintest whispers have become one of their most valuable datasets."
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