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Microsoft and Google join Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO

(Reuters) — Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” The brief, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a new front in Facebook’s lawsuit against NSO, which […]

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Chinese face-scanning firm CloudMinds rebrands U.S. unit after blacklisting

(Reuters) — The U.S. unit of SoftBank-backed robotics startup CloudMinds has changed its name to distance itself from the blacklisted China-based firm, two people with knowledge of the matter said, and is selling face-scanning temperature monitors through T-Mobile US. The unit is selling its cloud-connected products under the new name at a time of heightened concern in the United States […]

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Microsoft found malicious SolarWinds software in its systems

(Reuters) — Microsoft said on Thursday it found malicious software in its systems related to a massive hacking campaign disclosed by U.S. officials this week, adding a top technology target to a growing list of attacked government agencies. The Redmond, Washington company is a user of Orion, the widely deployed networking management software from SolarWinds that was used in the […]

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Google, Apple, and others show large language models trained on public data expose personal information

Large language models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Google’s GShard learn to write human-like text by internalizing billions of examples from the public web. Drawing on sources like ebooks, Wikipedia, and social media platforms like Reddit, they make inferences to complete sentences and even whole paragraphs. But a new study jointly published by Google, Apple, Stanford, OpenAI, the University of California, […]

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Mobileye’s autonomous cars use cameras to navigate freeways in Munich

Mobileye, Intel’s autonomous driving division, today published an hourlong video of its test vehicle navigating urban and highway driving in Munich, Germany. Mobileye says that it was able to drive autonomously within days of delivering the vehicle thanks to its technology that leverages crowdsourced data to map over 15 kilometers (~9.32 miles) of roads daily. Some experts predict the pandemic […]

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U.S. Homeland Security and businesses respond to suspected Russian hack

(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and thousands of businesses scrambled Monday to investigate and respond to a sweeping hacking campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government. Emails sent by officials at DHS, which oversees border security and defense against hacking, were monitored by the hackers as part of the sophisticated series of breaches, three […]

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Amazon launches Live Translation mode for Alexa

Amazon today rolled out Live Translation, a new Alexa feature that aims to assist with conversations between people who speak two different languages by leveraging speech recognition and machine translation technology. Amazon says that Live Translation can interpret between a number of dialects in real time, including English and French, Spanish, Hindi, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or Italian. The pandemic appears […]

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What Big Tech and Big Tobacco research funding have in common

Amid declining sales and evidence that smoking causes lung cancer, in the 1950s tobacco companies undertook PR campaigns to reinvent themselves as socially responsible and to shape public opinions. They also started funding research into the relationship between health and tobacco. Now, Big Tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google are following the same playbook to fund AI ethics research […]

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Lidar startup Innoviz goes public via $1.4 billion SPAC merger

Israeli lidar startup Innoviz Technologies today announced that it will become publicly listed through a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger, where a “blank check” shell corporation — Collective Growth Corporation — will take it public without going through the traditional IPO process. Innoviz says the cash-and-stock transaction values it at $1.4 billion; it’s expected to be listed on the NASDAQ […]

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