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Children’s Smartwatch Recalled Over Data Fears

The European Commission has ordered the recall of a children’s smartwatch because it leaves them open to being contacted and located by attackers. In its recall alert, the Commission said the Enox Safe-Kid-One device posed a “serious” risk. Data sent to and from the watch was unencrypted allowing data to be easily taken and changed, […]

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Apple Reportedly Settles French Tax Bill

iPhone-maker Apple has reached a deal with French authorities to pay back taxes. French magazine L’Express reported that the firm paid nearly €500m ($570m, £439m) in a confidential settlement reached late last year. Apple’s French business confirmed there was a deal in a statement to the Reuters news agency but refused to say how much […]

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Amazon: Facial Recognition Bias Claims Are ‘Misleading’

Amazon has defended its facial-recognition tool, Rekognition, against claims of racial and gender bias, following a study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The researchers compared tools from five companies, including Microsoft and IBM. While none was 100% accurate, it found that Amazon’s Rekognition tool performed the worst when it came to recognising women […]

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Key Fact-Checkers Stop Working with Facebook

Two leading fact-checking agencies have stopped their work with Facebook, striking a blow to the network’s efforts to fight fake news. The social network had paid the Associated Press and Snopes to combat its misinformation crisis. But both firms confirmed they are no longer checking articles. The AP told the BBC it was in “ongoing […]

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Tesla to Buy Battery Tech Maker Maxwell Technologies for $218 Million

Tesla Inc has agreed to buy energy storage company Maxwell Technologies Inc for $218 million in an all-stock deal that could help the electric car maker produce batteries that hold more energy and last longer at a time when it needs to cut costs and faces growing competition. Tesla is rapidly increasing production of its […]

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Apple Briefly Regains Title as Most Valuable U.S. Company

Apple very briefly retook its title as the most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Monday, beating out Microsoft and Amazon.com, while Alphabet was close behind the trio as it prepared to report its quarterly results. With Microsoft and Apple rallying almost 3 percent, Apple’s market capitalization for a few seconds was $806.6 billion, exceeding […]

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Google Parent Alphabet Posts Strong Revenue Growth

Google parent Alphabet last night posted fourth-quarter profit below analysts’ estimates, hurt by a higher tax rate. But analysts still cheered the company’s progress in diversifying its business beyond advertising. Advertising still accounts for most of Google’s revenue, rising 17.4% to $22.4 billion in the quarter. But Alphabet’s chief financial officer Ruth Porat underscored that […]

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Tech Lobby Takes India to Task Over Plans to Police Online Content

An Asian internet lobby group, whose members include Alphabet’s Google and Facebook, on Thursday criticized India’s plans to regulate social media content. The proposal drafted by India’s technology ministry in December would compel Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter to remove within 24 hours content deemed to be unlawful, including anything affecting the “sovereignty and integrity of […]

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YouTube Wants ‘Dislike Mobs’ to Stop Weaponizing the Dislike Button

YouTube is no stranger to viewers weaponizing the dislike button, as seen by the company’s recent Rewind video, but the product development team is working on a way to tackle the issue. Tom Leung, director of project management at YouTube, addressed the issue of “dislike mobs” in a recent issue of Creator Insider, YouTube’s corporate […]

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This Lamp with A Hidden Camera Could Be in Your Next Airbnb Nightmare

Earlier this month, Panasonic announced a new home security camera that’s integrated into the stem of a floor lamp. The terrifyingly named HomeHawk Floor is designed to be discreet — the whole idea is to let you monitor the inside of your home without the need for obvious cameras everywhere. Panasonic has launched an Indiegogo […]

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