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Apple Watch Series 4 ECG Feature Was Almost Not Announced – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Apple Watch Series 4 ECG Feature Was Almost Not Announced Ubergizmo One of the key features of the new Apple Watch Series 4 is the built-in ECG monitoring tool. According to Apple's announcement, they claim that they were given a De Novo classification by the FDA for the feature, which allowed them to announce it at ... and more »

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Sen. Harris tells federal agencies to get serious about facial recognition risks

Facial recognition technology presents myriad opportunities as well as risks, but it seems like the government tends to only consider the former when deploying it for law enforcement and clerical purposes. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has written the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Trade Commission, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission telling them they need to get with the program and face up to the very real biases and risks attending the controversial tech. In three letters provided to TechCrunch (and embedded at the bottom of this post), Sen. Harris, along with several other notable legislators, pointed out recent research showing how facial recognition can produce or reinforce bias, or otherwise misfire. This must be considered and accommodated in the rules, guidance, and applications of federal agencies. Other lawmakers and authorities have sent letters to various companies and CEOs or held hearings, but representatives for Sen. Harris explained that there is also a need to advance the issue within the government as well. Sen. Harris at a recent hearing. Attention paid to agencies like the FTC and EEOC that are “responsible for enforcing fairness” is “a signal to companies that the cop on the beat is paying attention, and an indirect signal that they need to be paying attention too. What we’re interested in is the fairness outcome rather than one particular company’s practices.” If this research and the possibility of poorly controlled AI systems aren’t considered in the creation of rules and laws, or in the applications and deployments of the technology, serious harm could ensue

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Senator claps back after Ajit Pai calls California’s net neutrality bill ‘radical’ and ‘illegal’

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has provoked a biting senatorial response from California after calling the “nanny state’s” new net neutrality legislation “radical,” “anti-consumer,” “illegal” and “burdensome.” Senator Scott Wiener (D-CA), in response, said Pai has “abdicated his responsibility to ensure an open internet” and that the FCC lacks the authority to intervene. The political flame war was kicked off this morning in Pai’s remarks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center , a free market think tank. You can read them in full here , but I’ve quoted the relevant part below: Of course, those who demand greater government control of the Internet haven’t given up. Their latest tactic is pushing state governments to regulate the Internet. The most egregious example of this comes from California. Last month, the California state legislature passed a radical, anti-consumer Internet regulation bill that would impose restrictions even more burdensome than those adopted by the FCC in 2015. If this law is signed by the Governor, what would it do? Among other things, it would prevent Californian consumers from buying many free-data plans. These plans allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits. They have proven enormously popular in the marketplace, especially among lower-income Americans. But nanny-state California legislators apparently want to ban their constituents from having this choice. They have met the enemy, and it is free data. The broader problem is that California’s micromanagement poses a risk to the rest of the country. After all, broadband is an interstate service; Internet traffic doesn’t recognize state lines.

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Monzo: When is a bank not a bank? – Financial Times

Financial Times Monzo: When is a bank not a bank? Financial Times This is the first of two posts on the emerging overlap between banking and social media. Monzo is frequently hailed as one of the most exciting challenges the tech industry poses to high street banks. Wikipedia calls it a “digital, mobile -only bank ...

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European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms

The European Parliament has just voted to back controversial proposals to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content (Article 11), and to make platforms that hold significant amounts of content liable for copyright violations by their users (Article 13). Plenary adopts it’s negotiating position on copyright rules for the digital single market. Negotiations with Council will begin soon. pic.twitter.com/hJOhClrZyf — JURI Committee Press (@EP_Legal) September 12, 2018 Today’s plenary vote in the European parliament was on amended proposals that had been rejected by MEPs in a vote in July  with parliamentarians arguing for a fuller debate and more balanced measures. The vote is a major victory for MEP Axel Voss who has been driving the copyright reform. MEPs largely backed Voss’ amended proposals today which had narrowed the scope of the rejected text, such as, in the case of Article 11, by allowing for links to contain individual words from the linked to publishers’ content — an attempt to respond to critics’ contention that the measure would outlaw hyperlinks (which can often contain the headline of an article). On Article 13 Voss’ amended proposal had reduced the scope to platforms that both host “significant” amounts of content and also “promote” them. It also includes an exception for small businesses. As the votes were announced a visibly delighted Voss beamed, clapped and hugged his seat neighbours, as well as giving a broad thumbs up to all those watching. At the same time critics and free speech advocates were describing the result as a catastrophe… Final vote for Parliament position on the copyright directive with #UploadFilters and #LinkTax : adopted. Parliament has failed to listen to citizens’ and experts’ concerns. #SaveYourInternet pic.twitter.com/gtGi6rg5kL — Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 12, 2018 “Members of the house, a heartfelt thanks for the job that we have done together. This is a good sign for the creative industries in Europe,” said Voss after the vote, as he asked for the report to be sent back to committee to begin institutional negotiations with Member States, via the European Council. MEPs duly obliged

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Today’s smart home is better described as a remote-controlled home; more data and better interoperability between IoT devices is needed for a truly…

Dan Seifert / The Verge : Today's smart home is better described as a remote-controlled home; more data and better interoperability between IoT devices is needed for a truly “smart” home   —  Today you can have a fully connected home complete with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality …

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Wildlife trafficking watchdog found 1,500+ listings selling protected animals in Thailand in 2016 on 12 Facebook groups; group memberships doubled by…

Chris Baraniuk / BBC : Wildlife trafficking watchdog found 1,500+ listings selling protected animals in Thailand in 2016 on 12 Facebook groups; group memberships doubled by 2018   —  More than 1,500 listings of live animals for sale have been found on Facebook in Thailand by a wildlife trafficking watchdog.

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OneDegree, an HK-based startup allowing people to buy insurance, initially for pets, online and via app without consulting an agent, raises ~$25.5M…

Enoch Yiu / South China Morning Post : OneDegree, an HK-based startup allowing people to buy insurance, initially for pets, online and via app without consulting an agent, raises ~$25.5M Series A   —  The purely online insurer raises the biggest amount to date for a pre-revenue insurance start-up in Hong Kong as it awaits licence approval

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Apple acquires global rights to two family focused films, the first acquisition by Apple’s video division; unclear if they will have theatrical…

Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg : Apple acquires global rights to two family focused films, the first acquisition by Apple's video division; unclear if they will have theatrical release   —  Apple Inc.'s video division, run by executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, is making inroads into the film industry with the acquisition of two family-focused movies.

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Impossible Aerospace emerges from stealth with $9.4M Series A led by Bessemer and Airbus, unveiling US-1, a $7,500 US-made drone claiming 2-hour…

Sebastian Blanco / Forbes : Impossible Aerospace emerges from stealth with $9.4M Series A led by Bessemer and Airbus, unveiling US-1, a $7,500 US-made drone claiming 2-hour flight time   —  The question that Impossible Aerospace wanted to answer was: “What happens if you take the electric vehicle revolution and apply it to other industries?”

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7-Eleven says that Apple Pay and Google Pay will be accepted at most of its 10,000+ US locations by the end of September (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Juli Clover / MacRumors : 7-Eleven says that Apple Pay and Google Pay will be accepted at most of its 10,000+ US locations by the end of September   —  7-Eleven today announced that Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted at nearly all of its 10,000+ locations across the United States, following a rollout that began in August.

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Facebook adds Community Help, its tool for users to provide or request help in the aftermath of natural disasters, to Facebook Lite in 100+ countries…

Mallory Locklear / Engadget : Facebook adds Community Help, its tool for users to provide or request help in the aftermath of natural disasters, to Facebook Lite in 100+ countries   —  Facebook announced today that it's bringing its Community Help tool to Facebook Lite.  The feature, which evolved out of Safety Check …

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Sonos reports Q3 revenues of $208.4M, down 6.6% YoY, and a net loss of $27M, a change of 86% YoY, in its first report since its IPO; stock down 13%+…

Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times : Sonos reports Q3 revenues of $208.4M, down 6.6% YoY, and a net loss of $27M, a change of 86% YoY, in its first report since its IPO; stock down 13%+ after hours   —  Sonos was deprived of a stock-price boost from its maiden earnings on Monday, as investors' enthusiasm earlier in the day fizzled after its figures were revealed.

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Zendesk is acquiring sales force automation platform Base, which has raised more than $50M, for an undisclosed purchase price (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Ron Miller / TechCrunch : Zendesk is acquiring sales force automation platform Base, which has raised more than $50M, for an undisclosed purchase price   —  Zendesk has mostly confined itself to customer service scenarios, but it seems that's not enough anymore.  If you want to truly know the customer behind the interaction …

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