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US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe

US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe
By DANICA KIRKA October 17, 2017 LONDON (AP) — Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life.
But the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple are increasingly facing an uncomfortable truth: it is Europe’s culture of tougher oversight of companies, not America’s laissez-faire attitude, which could soon rule their industry as governments seek to combat fake news and prevent extremists from using the internet to fan the flames of hatred.
While the U.S. has largely relied on market forces to regulate content in a country where free speech is revered, European officials have shown they are willing to act. Germany recently passed a law imposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($59 million) on websites that don’t remove hate speech within 24 hours. British Prime Minister Theresa May wants companies to take down extremist mate…

GM to Test Fleet of Self-Driving Cars in New York

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GM to Test Fleet of Self-Driving Cars in New York
GM to deploy fleet of Chevrolet Bolts early next year in five-square-mile section of lower Manhattan
Chevrolet Bolt autonomous vehicles, built at a GM plant near Detroit. The company's Cruise Automation division plans to start testing the cars in lower Manhattan in early 2018. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS
By Mike Colias and Tim Higgins Oct. 17, 2017 12:00 a.m. ET
General Motors Co. plans to become the first company to test self-driving cars in New York City, a move aimed at asserting leadership in the race to develop autonomous cars and a potentially important step toward commercializing the technology.
GM will deploy a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars early next year in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan that engineers are mapping, said Kyle Vogt, chief executive of Cruise Automation, the driverless-car developer GM acquired last year. The move could be seen as a threat to the thousands of taxi drivers piloting…

Facebook game: Sick ’48-Hour Challenge' is encouraging kids to go missing

PARENTS' NIGHTMARE Sick ’48-Hour Challenge’ Facebook game is encouraging kids to go missing
Children aged as young as 14 have been taking part in the shocking challenge, with teens disappearing for days at a time
By Jasper Hamill 17th October 2017, 10:54 am Updated: 17th October 2017, 10:59 am
KIDS as young as 14 are going missing for days at a time as part of a worrying new Facebook game called the "48-hour challenge".
The shocking challenge invites children to hide from their parents and loved ones for as long as possible, with participants awarded a higher score every time they are mentioned on social media.
This means that kids are given points if their frantic parents take to Facebook or Twitter to sound the alarm.
The latest "challenge" is very similar to the "Game of 72" which shocked the nation in 2015 by tellings kids to disappear for 24, 48 or even 72 hours.
One mum from Country Derry told Belfast Live that her child left the local area and…

Artificial Intelligence—With Very Real Biases

Artificial Intelligence—With Very Real Biases
According to Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford, digital brains can be just as error-prone and biased as ours
By Kate Crawford Oct. 17, 2017 11:05 a.m. ET
What do you imagine when someone mentions artificial intelligence? Perhaps it’s something drawn from science-fiction films: Hal’s glowing eye, a shape-shifting terminator or the sound of Samantha’s all-knowing voice in the movie “Her.”
As someone who researches the social implications of AI, I tend to think of something far more banal: a municipal water system, part of the substrate of our everyday lives. We expect these systems to work—to quench our thirst, water our plants and bathe our children. And we assume that the water flowing into our homes and offices is safe. Only when disaster strikes—as it did in Flint, Mich.—do we realize the critical importance of safe and reliable infrastructure.
Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming part of the information infrastructure we rely o…
The iPhone 7 is selling faster than the iPhone 8
By Nicolas Vega October 16, 2017 | 11:19am
This could be embarrassing.
In its first month on the market, the iPhone 8 is being outsold by last year’s iPhone 7, according to a report on Monday.
Gadgetheads are reaching for the older Apple smartphone because they see a “lack of significant enhancements” in the new model, according to KeyBlanc Capital Markets analyst John Vinh.
It is rare for the latest smartphone from the tech whizzes in Cupertino, Calif., to be outsold by an older model, Vinh wrote in a research report, whose data was culled from carrier store surveys.
The iPhone 8 has the fastest processor and best camera ever put into an Apple smartphone, plus the added bonus of featuring wireless charging for the first time.
However, the handset is very similar in appearance to the iPhone 7, which sells for $150 less and can still hold its own against the market’s current offerings.
Vinh also noted that carrier promotions for the iP…

Apple hit with $440M in damages in VirnetX patent lawsuit

Apple hit with $440M in damages in VirnetX patent lawsuit
Judge issues final judgment in legal battle with patent holder that began in 2010.
BY STEVEN MUSIL OCTOBER 16, 2017 3:59 PM PDT
Apple's years-long legal battle with VirnetX may finally be coming to a close.
A US District Court judge in Texas has entered a final judgment in the patent case, which accused Apple of infringing patents related to its iMessage and FaceTime features. The judgment, filed on Sept. 29, means Apple is on the hook for $439.7 million in damages, patent holding and security software company VirnetX said in a statement Monday.
The damages total is nearly $140 million higher than the $302.4 million Apple was ordered to pay VirtnetX a year ago. Willful infringement added another $41 million, while attorneys' fees and other costs tacked on another $96 million, VirtnetX said.
The judgment appears to be the end of a trio of lawsuits filed since 2010 against Apple by VirnetX, a company that makes most of i…

Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances

Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances
Social media giant wants help to spot future election meddling Russian group bought ads to sow discord during 2016 campaign
By Sarah Frier and Bill Allison October 16, 2017, 1:00 AM PDT October 16, 2017, 9:23 AM PDT
Facebook Inc. is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Workers with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S. government. Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government information about potential threats -- to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.
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