Leaked Documents Show How Amazon’s Astro Robot Tracks Everything You Do - https://www.vice.com/en/article/93ypp8/leaked-documents-amazon-astro-surveillance-robot-tracking
Amazon's new robot called Astro is designed to track the behavior of everyone in your home to help it perform its surveillance and helper duties, according to leaked internal development documents and video recordings of Astro software development meetings obtained by Motherboard. The system's person recognition system is heavily flawed, according to two sources who worked on the project.
FTC Weighs New Online Privacy Rules - WSJ - https://www.wsj.com/articles/ftc-weighs-new-online-privacy-rules-11632913200
In writing new privacy rules, the FTC could follow several paths, the people said: It could look to declare certain business practices unfair or deceptive, using its authority to police such conduct. It could also tap a less-used legal authority that empowers the agency to go after what it considers unfair methods of competition, perhaps by viewing certain businesses’ data-collection practices as exclusionary.
DeepMind’s AI predicts almost exactly when and where it’s going to rain | MIT Technology Review - https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/09/29/1036331/deepminds-ai-predicts-almost-exactly-when-and-where-its-going-to-rain
Working with the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, DeepMind has developed a deep-learning tool called DGMR that can accurately predict the likelihood of rain in the next 90 minutes—one of weather forecasting’s toughest challenges.
Amazon event 2021 live updates: Astro home robot and more announced - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/28/amazon-event-2021-live-updates-amazons-set-to-announce-new-products.html?__source=sharebar|twitter&par=sharebar
Amazon just wrapped up its fall product event where it unveiled a bunch of new gadgets, including a home robot named Astro, ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.
Sources: NFL prefers Apple for Sunday Ticket; package could offer more choices – The Athletic - https://theathletic.com/2845054/2021/09/23/sources-nfl-prefers-apple-for-sunday-ticket-package-could-offer-more-choices/?source=fbhq
DirecTV is paying on average $1.5 billion a year in a deal that stretches through the end of next season. All indications are the satellite carrier’s parent AT&T has no interest in renewing, especially at the $2 billion-plus per year fee the NFL is reportedly seeking. AT&T has struggled financially, and talks with the NFL in recent years have proved unproductive.
U.S. to open program to replace Huawei equipment in U.S networks | Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/us-open-program-replace-huawei-equipment-us-networks-2021-09-27/
WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday said it would open a $1.9 billion program to reimburse mostly rural U.S. telecom carriers for removing network equipment made by Chinese companies deemed national security threats like Huawei [RIC:RIC:HWT.UL] and ZTE Corp (000063.SZ).
1Password can now randomly generate email addresses for logins | Engadget - https://www.engadget.com/fastmail-1password-masked-email-110028257.html
The company has partnered with email host Fastmail to introduce a feature called Masked Email. Like its Apple counterpart, the tool allows you to create unique email addresses for your logins. You can create the aliases directly within the 1Password app, which means you can access the tool on all platforms where the password manager is available.
Trump pushing Microsoft to buy TikTok was ‘strangest thing I’ve ever worked on,’ says Satya Nadella - The Verge - https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/27/22697565/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-tiktok-acquisition-drama-strangest-thing?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4
“At this point, it’s all moot, right?” Nadella says. He says he hasn’t followed up on what’s going on with TikTok and Oracle. (Hint: it’s been shelved indefinitely.) Would he like to buy TikTok now if it came back on the table? “No,” Nadella says, “at this point I’m happy with what I have.”
Amazon Has to Disclose How Algorithms Judge Workers Per New Law - https://interestingengineering.com/amazon-has-to-disclose-how-its-algorithms-judge-workers-per-a-new-california-law
On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that will bar "mega-retailers" like Amazon, from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas, according to the San Francisco Gate. Mega-retailers, those companies that employ more than 1,000 warehouse workers, will now have to disclose how their algorithms judge worker productivity.
New Limits Give Chinese E-Gamers Whiplash - The New York Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/26/business/gamers-china.html
“Banning people from doing something doesn’t mean people will do what you want them to do,” he said.
Google Pushes to Overturn EU’s $5 Billion Antitrust Decision on Android - WSJ - https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-pushes-to-overturn-eus-5-billion-antitrust-decision-on-android-11632735001?mod=djemalertNEWS
“Android has created more choice for everyone, not less,” a Google spokeswoman said. “This case isn’t supported by the facts or the law.”
Celebrating Imgur's Next Chapter - promotedpost post - Imgur - https://imgur.com/gallery/We6yCM2
Imgur has been acquired by a company called MediaLab.
After IBM failed to sail an autonomous boat across the Atlantic, it’s trying again - The Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/24/autonomous-ai-ship/
“However much time you spend in sea trials, it’s not enough,” Phaneuf said. The AI-boosted Mayflower will probably spend the next several months in trials around Europe before attempting to undertake another transatlantic crossing in Spring 2022. It was initially scheduled to make stops along several Eastern U.S. ports. It’s unclear when that will happen.
HackerNews Readings - https://hacker-recommended-books.vercel.app/category/0/all-time/page/0/0
40,000 HackerNews book recommendations identified using NLP and deep learning
Leo's pick for 9/29
Samoa Scraps Daylight Saving Time (DST) - https://www.timeanddate.com/news/time/samoa-removes-dst.html
“The Ministry hereby advises that the Daylight Saving Time (DST) policy has ceased as per Cabinet Decision [...]. There will be no activation of the Daylight Saving Time policy for this year.” The announcement came from the Government of Samoa on September 20, 2021, following a decision made by Samoa's new Government Cabinet on September 15, 2021.
The NSA and CIA Use Ad Blockers Because Online Advertising Is So Dangerous - https://www.vice.com/en/article/93ypke/the-nsa-and-cia-use-ad-blockers-because-online-advertising-is-so-dangerous
The IC, which also includes the parts of the FBI, DEA, and DHS, and various DoD elements, has deployed ad-blocking technology on a wide scale, according to a copy of a letter sent by Congress and shared with Motherboard.
Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to conservation through Bezos Earth Fund - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/jeff-bezos-pledges-1-billion-to-conservation-through-bezos-earth-fund.html
“The natural world is not better today than it was 500 years ago, when we enjoyed unspoiled forests, clean rivers and the pristine air of the pre-industrial age,” Bezos said in a statement. “We can and must reverse this anomaly.”
Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns | Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/lithuania-says-throw-away-chinese-phones-due-censorship-concerns-2021-09-21/
Flagship phones sold in Europe by China's smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as "Free Tibet", "Long live Taiwan independence" or "democracy movement", Lithuania's state-run cybersecurity body said on Tuesday.
Apple users warned: Clicking this attachment will take over your macOS | Ars Technica - https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/09/unpatched-macos-vulnerability-lets-remote-attackers-execute-code/
Independent security researcher Park Minchan has discovered a vulnerability in the macOS that lets threat actors execute commands on your computer. Shortcut files that have the inetloc extension are capable of embedding commands inside. The flaw impacts macOS Big Sur and prior versions.
Telegram Messenger Blocks Navalny's Bot During Vote - https://www.rferl.org/a/telegram-navalny-smart-voting/31466263.html
Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced late on September 17 that the service would abide by Russia’s “election silence,” a law practiced in other countries that prohibits campaigning during the elections.
“We consider this practice legitimate…and we plan to limit the functioning of bots associated with election campaigns,” said the Russian founder of one of the world’s most popular messaging apps.
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