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Ai Thinks You'll Like This Instagram

July 27, 2022
The context
During the announcement of Meta's disappointing Q2 earnings, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Instagram will double down on showing users content generated by Meta's AI, not from the creators or friends you follow. By the end of next year, over 30% of the content in your feed will be recommended, not content from the people you follow.
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The context
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
The context
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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Technology

Tesla Countersues

September 23, 2022
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The context
After a judge refused to toss out a racial bias suit filed against Tesla, the electric vehicle maker filed a countersuit against the California agency behind the suit.
Technology
Friday, September 23, 2022

Tesla Countersues

The context
After a judge refused to toss out a racial bias suit filed against Tesla, the electric vehicle maker filed a countersuit against the California agency behind the suit.
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Two parties

  • The California Civil Rights Department sued Tesla in February for tolerating widespread race discrimination at its original assembly plant.
  • Now, Tesla claims that the CRD filed a lawsuit before notifying Tesla or giving them the chance to settle.
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Tesla countersues

  • Tesla claims that the CRD used "underground regulations" while investigating the Tesla plant.
  • The suit also alleges that the CRD didn't notify Tesla of the racial discrimination at the plant or give Tesla the chance to settle the case outside of court.
  • Tesla is also seeking to limit the CRD's authority to sue the company, saying they needed to have completed several steps before escalating to suing.
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Technology

Meta Pays Up

September 22, 2022
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The context
A judge has ordered Meta to pay the voice-to-text transcription company, Voxer $175 million for patent infringement.
Technology
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Meta Pays Up

The context
A judge has ordered Meta to pay the voice-to-text transcription company, Voxer $175 million for patent infringement.
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Bad news for Meta

  • The judge ordered Meta to pay Voxer $174.5 in damages for infringing on Voxer's patents.
  • Meta incorporated Meta's tech into their Facebook Live and Instagram Live features.
  • Meta responded to the decision saying that the ruling was unfair and that it would appeal the decision.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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The context
Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

The context
Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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The context
House Minority Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy rolled out the GOP's 'Commitment to America,' which is a legislative plan for the party if they take the House in the November midterms.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

GOP Reveals Plan for the House

The context
House Minority Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy rolled out the GOP's 'Commitment to America,' which is a legislative plan for the party if they take the House in the November midterms.
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Details

  • Amongst the various calls to action, McCarthy revealed that the party would support legislation that bans transgender athletes from competing in women's sports.
  • They also pledge in the plan to propose federal legislation to restrict abortion access in the whole country instead of leaving it up to the states, which has been the party's previous platform.
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House agenda

  • McCarthy revealed the plan today, and it is the most concrete attempt yet by the GOP to provide their legislative plan to voters.
  • At the core of the agenda is a Republican call for law and order and economic growth.
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Technology
May 19, 2022

This Week in Tech

Meta caught the attention of researchers and investors. Sony released new earbuds that caught many a gearhead’s attention, and the DOJ declared it would no longer charge “good faith” hackers who partake in security research. 

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Meta-Maniacs

May 18th, 2022

Zuckerberg’s brainchild, the Metaverse, struggles to find lift-off on the markets with mixed results. 

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Sources: Fortune, Microsoft News, Euronews

Sony’s New Earbuds Hit The Market 

May 18th, 2022

Sony’s the name on everybody’s lips today as they announced they are releasing a $200 wireless earbud, and social media is aflame with reviews for their noise-canceling earphones.

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Sources: TechCrunch, TNW, Gizmodo

Good Day To Be a Good Faith Hacker

May 19th, 2022

The DOJ announced on May 19th that they would no longer prosecute so-called “good faith hackers” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The decision protects hackers who expose security flaws in the interest of public good. 

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Sources: TechCrunch, CNET, Vice

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