Tom Brant

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China Battles Toilet Paper Thieves With Facial Recognition
Facial Recognition Technology

China Battles Toilet Paper Thieves With Facial Recognition

Artificial intelligence has invaded public bathrooms in Beijing, where toilet paper dispensers now detect people's faces before giving out more tissue.
Twitter Bans 376,890 Terrorism-Promoting Accounts
Twitter

Twitter Bans 376,890 Terrorism-Promoting Accounts

Twitter cracks down on user accounts that violate its prohibition against promoting terrorism.
Brits Pull Ads From YouTube Over Extremism Concerns
YouTube

Brits Pull Ads From YouTube Over Extremism Concerns

Google said it could do better to ensure that its advertisers' content doesn't appear alongside videos with extremist and other objectionable content.
Google Resists Warrant for Data in Minnesota Fraud Case
Google

Google Resists Warrant for Data in Minnesota Fraud Case

The company refused to comply with a warrant in a Minnesota wire fraud case that seeks information on anyone who searched the victim's name.
Russian Hackers Indicted for Yahoo Breaches
Hackers

Russian Hackers Indicted for Yahoo Breaches

Two Russian hackers initiated a breach that affected more than 500 million Yahoo user accounts, the Department of Justice says.
Sex Toy Company Will Pay $3.75 Million to Settle Spying Claim
Lawsuits

Sex Toy Company Will Pay $3.75 Million to Settle Spying Claim

Standard Innovation, which makes the We-Vibe vibrator, collected user data without permission, a lawsuit alleged.
Apple Illegally Fixed iPhone Prices in Russia
Apple

Apple Illegally Fixed iPhone Prices in Russia

Russian authorities say that Apple cooperated with their investigation, and it's unclear if the company will face a fine.
Commute by Bike? Check Out Google's $350 Smart Jacket.
Google

Commute by Bike? Check Out Google's $350 Smart Jacket.

The Google-Levi's partnership takes the term 'wearable' to new heights (and price tags).
Facebook to Devs: Stop Using Data for Surveillance
Make More Happen

Facebook to Devs: Stop Using Data for Surveillance

It's now explicitly against Facebook policy to harness user data for mass surveillance, a move that privacy groups like the ACLU hailed.
California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver's Seats
Cars

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver's Seats

Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present.
Waymo Asks Court to Halt Uber's Self-Driving Cars
Uber

Waymo Asks Court to Halt Uber's Self-Driving Cars

Uber allegedly stole technology from Google's self-driving car project, now called Waymo.
Google: Sorry for the Bogus Content in Search Results
Google

Google: Sorry for the Bogus Content in Search Results

Google's featured snippets have claimed that Obama wanted to declare 'martial war' and offered a Monty Python joke as explanation for the color of fire trucks.
You Can Cut the Cord With YouTube TV for $35 a Month
YouTube

You Can Cut the Cord With YouTube TV for $35 a Month

YouTube TV looks a lot like existing services with a healthy dose of Google simplicity and AI.
Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data
Amazon

Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

Amazon is refusing to give authorities investigating a murder access to data from Alexa.
Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges
Uber

Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges

Waymo, which took over Google's self-driving car project, says its trade secrets are now in Uber's hands.