Lawmakers demand information about controversial software

Written on Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:54
Amazon’s facial recognition software Rekognition has come under fresh scrutiny after a group of US lawmakers demanded more information into how the tool is tested and audited.

US tech giants roll out controversial new app

Written on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 07:26
Google has plans to roll out a controversial new app in which AI will make phone calls on behalf of users to arrange appointments, book tables and order food. Duplex will run through Google Assistant, and is described as “a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out ‘real world’ tasks over the phone.” At a conference in May, CEO Sundar Pichai played two recordings of Google Assistant running Duplex, arranging a hairdressing appointment and booking a table. The…

Facebook’s new app will cover news across 400 US cities

Written on Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:27
Facebook has announced it is expanding its local news alert to 400 US cities, and is testing the feature in Australia. “Today In” includes previews that link to news websites and relevant government pages about top headlines, current discussions, weather and more. A separate section within the app will allow users to receive local updates. A decline in the number of local news organizations is said to have inspired Facebook’s “Today In” section. It is understood the social network will…

Google workers condemn controversial Dragonfly App

Written on Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:23
An open letter condemning Google’s ‘Project Dragonfly’, has garnered the support of human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders. Written by staff at Google, 407 of its workforce have already signed the petition, which has called upon the internet giant to end plans to provide a censored search engine for China. To comply with strict laws, a search application would be designed with the Chinese government to filter out censored content from results. In 2010, Google…

Facebook under fire from former colleague

Written on Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:10
A former strategic partner manager at Facebook has shared a public memo about Facebook’s failings in regards to their black workforce and users. In a post to his personal profile during his last week at the company, Mark Luckie openly criticised the Californian social network, claiming they have a ‘black people problem’. Luckie, who is black, felt he had to resign from his position as he had ‘lost the will and the desire’ to advocate on behalf of Facebook, and…

Facebook embroiled in new data sharing claims

Written on Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:10
Beleaguered social media behemoth Facebook has been subjected to further scrutiny over its data sharing policies following a report by the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ has claimed that Facebook offered deeper access to user records in a series of customized data sharing deals. According to the report in the New York-based publication the Silicon Valley based social networking firm struck agreements, known internally as whitelists with a small group of companies which allowed access to users’ data which included…

Facebook boosts presence in Middle East and North Africa

Written on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:10
Completing five years in the Middle East and North Africa, Facebook opened the doors to its brand new regional headquarters in Dubai on Oct. 27. The 20,000-square-foot space features an open office concept, and showcases regional cultural inspirations through the various designs and artistic cues. Since launching a local presence in the region in 2012, Facebook has been embraced by users, growing to 164 million monthly active people. With over 60 employees, mostly from the Arab region, Facebook’s office in…
Uber’s new CEO has jetted into London for negotiations with the city’s transport regulator following the TFL’s (Transport for London) decision to suspend the license of the global ride-hailing service. The TFL deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and refused to renew its license. The decision by the TFL left Uber reeling, as the UK, and in particular London is a massive market for the US firm. It was the latest setback in a long line of controversies…

Ford and Lyft to collaborate on self-driving cars

Written on Sunday, 01 October 2017 13:26
Ford Motor Company said it has formed a partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft to deploy self-driving vehicles on Lyft’s network in large numbers by 2021. The two companies will work together to design software that will allow Ford vehicles to communicate with Lyft’s smartphone applications. Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, told Reuters that Ford self-driving vehicles will connect to Lyft’s network, but customers won’t be able to use them at first. Marakby said Ford plans…

Uber vows to stop using diesel cars in London by 2019

Written on Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:45
Global ride-hailing incumbent Uber has announced that it will cease using diesel cars in London by the end of 2019. City officials in the English capital are aggressively pursuing initiatives and programs aimed at reducing the number of diesel vehicles being driven in and around the city, with London recording alarming levels of pollution. Uber have shown their support for this movement by vowing that they will be using no diesel cars for their services by 2019, with a spokesman…
WhatsApp, which is one of the world’s most popular messaging applications - has finally announced a strategy for the monetization of its service in an effort to address issues regarding its ‘sustainability’. Concerns have long been raised over its sustainability, but now the application which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $22 billion has revealed its plans. WhatsApp published a blog post in which it outlined its plans to launch a new innovative service that specifically targets large businesses,…
An Estonian taxi startup company has announced its bold ambition to take on global ride-hailing colossus Uber in both London and Paris. Taxify announced that it will initially launch its services in London after it signed up 3,000 private hire taxi drivers following an intensive recruitment process which was needed to meet UK licensing and regulatory requirements. Its expansion into the UK serves to indicate that Taxify is confident it can replicate the success it has enjoyed in other markets.…
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