Here's everything Google announced at its big product event

Here's everything Google announced at its big product event

Google unveiled its newest smartphone, the Pixel 4, alongside a revamped pair of Pixel Buds and several new Nest smart home devices at its annual hardware event in New York on Tuesday.

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google apps and the Play store might soon be returning to Huawei devices, according to a report from the New York Times.An executive order signed by US president (ugh) Donald Trump in May banned US companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies, including Huawei, deemed a national security risk.

Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition

Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition

Google has been using subcontracted workers to collect face scans from members of the public in exchange for $5 gift cards, according to a report from the New York Daily News.“They said to target homeless people because they’re the least likely to say anything to the media,” a former contractor told the Daily News.

Google contractors reportedly targeted homeless people for Pixel 4 facial recognition

Google contractors reportedly targeted homeless people for Pixel 4 facial recognition

But the New York Daily News reports that a Google contractor may be using some questionable methods to get those facial scans, including targeting groups of homeless people and tricking college students who didn’t know they were being recorded.

Snowden will make first major appearance since U.S. lawsuit at conference next month

Snowden will make first major appearance since U.S. lawsuit at conference next month

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden will speak next month by video at Web Summit in Lisbon, billed by the organizers as the world’s largest annual tech conference.

Consumer Surveillance Enters Its Bargaining Phase

Consumer Surveillance Enters Its Bargaining Phase

Mona Sloane is a professor at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University, where she researches ethical-design principles in engineering and artificial intelligence.Those business models, some scholars argue, often become tech companies’ ethics, shaping how they design their products.

Microsoft: Customers are entitled to know about federal data requests

Microsoft: Customers are entitled to know about federal data requests

5, 2018, Microsoft challenged a secrecy order issued by a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn, New York in connection with a federal national security investigation," wrote Microsoft general counsel Dev Stahlkopf.

Facebook to buy brain science start-up CTRL-labs

Facebook to buy brain science start-up CTRL-labs

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Monday it bought New York-based CTRL-labs, a start-up that is exploring ways for people to communicate with computers using brain signals, in a deal that CNBC said was valued at $1 billion.

Dozens of US states are reportedly ganging up on Facebook and Google by launching antitrust investigations

Dozens of US states are reportedly ganging up on Facebook and Google by launching antitrust investigations

The Journal said t he Facebook probe will be led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has voiced concern before over how tech giants handle personal data.

Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

"I’m launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether their actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising," New York attorney general Letitia James said this morning.

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

The privacy case against YouTube began in 2016 after the New York attorney general’s office, which has been active in enforcing the federal children’s privacy law in the state, notified the trade commission about apparent violations of the law on the site.

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

The New York State Department of Financial Services announced earlier this year that life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find in your social media posts.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime.

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

In recent weeks, Mr. Hughes has joined two leading antitrust academics, Scott Hemphill of New York University and Tim Wu of Columbia University, in meetings with the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and state attorneys general.

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge.

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

According to The New York Times, selling location data generates billions of dollars per year for telecommunication firms and mobile app companies. It's not guaranteed to pass, but the New York City bill could be the first in a trend of cities establishing their own location data rules.

Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s stock price went up.

Hacked Border Surveillance Firm Wants To Profile Drivers, Passengers, and Their “Likely Trip Purpose” In New York City

Hacked Border Surveillance Firm Wants To Profile Drivers, Passengers, and Their “Likely Trip Purpose” In New York City

According to an internal presentation released by the Perceptics hacker and reviewed by The Intercept, the company pitched New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, in February of this year on how Perceptics’ car-scanning camera arrays, already deployed and honed in areas like the Mexican border and an assortment of U.S. military installations, could help the MTA track down drivers.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

Gay dating app forced to pay for failing to prevent users' nude leaks

Gay dating app forced to pay for failing to prevent users' nude leaks

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with Online Buddies (the company who owns Jack’d) to pay the users a total of $240,000 (£189,000). ‘This app put users’ sensitive information and private photos at risk of exposure,’ said Attorney General James via a press release.

New US visa requirements threaten privacy and freedom of expression

New US visa requirements threaten privacy and freedom of expression

As shown by a newly released report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, the Department of Homeland Security, specifically Customs and Border Protection, can share social media data with federal, state and local government agencies, along with law enforcement and even multilateral governmental organizations and foreign states.

Microsoft quietly pulls massive facial-recognition database from internet

Microsoft quietly pulls massive facial-recognition database from internet

The Chinese government used facial recognition software to track and control 11 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority, in the country, The New York Times reported in April.

Will Business Lose Its Cookies Over These New Privacy Laws?

Will Business Lose Its Cookies Over These New Privacy Laws?

While New York and California should be applauded for taking steps to protect the privacy and data of their citizens, having multiple sets of requirements for websites and businesses alike (as we have witnessed with more than 50 U.S. jurisdictions' having individual and not necessarily complementary breach notification laws) will necessarily lead to widespread difficulty in their implementation and accessibility.

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

BuzzFeed News got its hands on a copy of a letter distributed to the students' parents, and it describes Aegis as "an early warning system" that can notify officials of threats.

New York Public School District First to Use Facial-recognition System

New York Public School District First to Use Facial-recognition System

Until the New York State Department of Education stepped in to stop the bad press from spreading, the Lockport (New York) City School District announced that it would become the first public school in the country to fire up a facial-recognition system that would scan its students, staff, and faculty.

Amazon reportedly wants to 3D-scan your body for a $25 gift card

Amazon reportedly wants to 3D-scan your body for a $25 gift card

An online form, spotted earlier Wednesday by Mashable, lets interested participants sign up for a body scanning study conducted by Amazon Body Labs. The image study aims to learn about "diversity among body shapes," according to the form, and is operating at two different locations in New York, Mashable reported.

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.

Alex Rodriguez Has No Legal Right To Privacy While Toilet Texting in Front of a Clear Window in NYC

Alex Rodriguez Has No Legal Right To Privacy While Toilet Texting in Front of a Clear Window in NYC

Former professional baseball player and admitted steroid cheat, Alex Rodriguez, recently got caught literally with his pants down while sitting on the toilet in the New York City apartment he shares with fiance Jennifer Lopez.

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