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Dating App's Reputation Schmeared by Data Breach Dating App's Reputation Schmeared by Data Breach

Coffee Meets Bagel—the worst-named dating app in an extremely competitive field—spent Valentine’s Day performing one of the more intimate acts a company can engage in: informing its users of a data breach.

Amazon Abandons HQ2 Campus in New York Amazon Abandons HQ2 Campus in New York

After months of fierce opposition from local leaders, the New York Times reports that Amazon has decided to pull out of its plans to place a new satellite headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York.

U.S. Congressman Wants to Make Amazon Testify on Its Facial Recognition Tool U.S. Congressman Wants to Make Amazon Testify on Its Facial Recognition Tool

Last year’s wide-ranging and critical congressional hearings caught Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple and other tech giants in their dragnet. Amazon, for the most part, came out unscathed, but that might soon change.

Senator Ron Wyden Moves to Legalize Weed With Senate Bill 420 Senator Ron Wyden Moves to Legalize Weed With Senate Bill 420

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon today proposed legislation that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level and allow states where weed use is legal to operate as they see fit without fear of a U.S. government crackdown.

Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Using Unpublished Nude Photos as Blackmail Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Using Unpublished Nude Photos as Blackmail

The saga of Jeff Bezos’s very public divorce slouches onward. The Amazon CEO published a personal post on Medium this evening containing leaked emails purported to be from the National Enquirer. The emails—at least one of which is marked “confidential and not for distribution”—threaten to publish revealing photos of…

Instacart Shamed Into Treating Workers With Modicum of Decency  Instacart Shamed Into Treating Workers With Modicum of Decency 

Instacart has repeatedly come under fire for the working conditions its contractors labor under. Today it finally agreed to stop engaging in what critics called tip theft, and all it took was a public shaming.

amazon statement on rekognition

“The Washington County Sherriff’s Office provides a good example of the use of facial recognition to assist law enforcement and improve public safety. The Washington County Sherriff’s department uses Amazon Rekognition to compare a crime scene image to its own collection of more than 300,000 booking photos and asks it…

Defense of Amazon's Face Recognition Tool Undermined by Its Only Known Police Client Defense of Amazon's Face Recognition Tool Undermined by Its Only Known Police Client

Faced with two independent studies that found its facial recognition software returns inaccurate or biased results, Amazon has repeatedly claimed that the researchers failed to use the software, called Rekognition, in the way the company has instructed police to use it.

Teamsters Join Coalition Against HQ2 as Amazon Doubles Down on Anti-Union Stance Teamsters Join Coalition Against HQ2 as Amazon Doubles Down on Anti-Union Stance

“It’s a cold day in New York,” Stuart Applebaum told a crowd of shivering protesters that included members of Make the Road, the Tech Workers Coalition, the Democratic Socialists of America, Desis Rising Up and Moving, and the group he presides over, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, “but it’s not as…

YouTube Is Going to Bury 'Borderline' Content. It Won't Tell Us What That Means YouTube Is Going to Bury 'Borderline' Content. It Won't Tell Us What That Means

Last week in a company blog post, YouTube informed its approximately 2 billion users that it would begin to change how recommendations function, reducing instances of content that “comes close to—but doesn’t quite cross the line of—violating our Community Guidelines.” What defines “borderline” content, and who does…

Some Pressing Questions About the 3,950 Illegally Imported Leeches Currently Stuck in Canada Some Pressing Questions About the 3,950 Illegally Imported Leeches Currently Stuck in Canada

Our neighbors to the north currently have, as you might have guessed, 3,950 non-indigenous leeches stuck in customs limbo. “How did such a large number of leeches end up there?” you, a total rube, might ask. I promise you, this goes much deeper.

Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan to Save Facebook Is Reportedly Ruining Everything Else  Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan to Save Facebook Is Reportedly Ruining Everything Else 

Facebook, you may have heard, had a year riddled with scandals, data breaches, dwindling user trust, slowing growth, scrutiny from regulators, and plummeting morale among its own staff. Clearly the social behemoth needs a major comeback. But according to a report in the New York Times, Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to link…

On Second Thought, Be Evil On Second Thought, Be Evil

Google publicly supported tens of thousands of its employees walking out in November to protest working conditions, but weeks later the company pushed the National Labor Relations Board to roll back a legal protection organizers relied on, Bloomberg reports.

This Hitman's Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders  This Hitman's Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders 

This week, hitman and hobbyist runner Mark “Iceman” Fellows was convicted of the murders of English gangland figures Paul Massey and John Kinsella. Among the crucial pieces of evidence in his trial was a Garmin Forerunner—a GPS-linked fitness watch that tied Fellows to pre-assassination reconnaissance on one his…

Netflix Is About to Cost You More Money Netflix Is About to Cost You More Money

Netflix, the video streaming service no one can seem to quit despite its increasingly poor collection of titles, is about to hike up its prices.

Google Shareholders Sue Over Andy Rubin’s Reported $90 Million Golden Parachute Google Shareholders Sue Over Andy Rubin’s Reported $90 Million Golden Parachute

A bombshell report by the New York Times in October revealed that Google, like many companies, was willing to bury inconvenient sexual harassment complaints against its executives. In the case of Andy Rubin, a veteran associated deeply with the creation of the Android operating system, his fall from grace was…

There Goes My Dream of a Viking Funeral There Goes My Dream of a Viking Funeral

I don’t have any plans to die, ever. But if I do eventually eat it for some unseen reason, having my 6,000-year-old corpse loaded onto a canoe and immolated at sea by a perfectly aimed flaming arrow would be the way to go, in my humble opinion. As with many dreams of mine, it turns out this is illegal—at least under U.…

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Announce Pursuit of New Romantic Ventures Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Announce Pursuit of New Romantic Ventures

Jeff Bezos surprised fans and investors this morning with news that him and long-time romantic partner MacKenzie Bezos (neé Tuttle) would be divorcing.

New Yorkers 'Have the Opportunity Seattle Didn't' as They Prepare for War With Amazon New Yorkers 'Have the Opportunity Seattle Didn't' as They Prepare for War With Amazon

New York’s growing coalition of representatives and lawmakers opposed to Amazon’s plans for a headquarters in Queens gained two new allies who know the company’s effects on metro regions better than most: Seattle Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lisa Herbold.

Donald Trump, Drone Expert Donald Trump, Drone Expert

The president today wandered into a surprise White House press briefing already attended by border security suits to restate that he is, among other things, an expert on drone technology.

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