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Source: The Guradian

Silicon Valley's Saudi ties face fresh scrutiny in wake of Khashoggi affair

Today 01:30 GMT

While some tech executives made moves to distance themselves from Salman, with a big drop-off in attendance and speakers at a Saudi conference scheduled this month and a withdrawal in support for Neom, a futuristic city being planned in the country, US-based startups who have accepted funding have stayed silent, declining to comment about their financial ties to the country.

But, amid international outcry over the death of the dissident Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the money that helped this vision materialize, and enabled Son and SoftBank to have a dramatic impact on the industry, may now be its biggest liability.

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Source: The Guradian

How do we stop cutting-edge technology falling into the wrong hands?

Today 01:30 GMT

There are ways to rationalise all this: you can’t stop the march of progress; better that we have the technology than the other side; supporting the military is a generally a good thing to do.

We’re living in an age where new technology offers gigantic upsides – artificial intelligence has the potential to diagnose cancer, catch serial killers and reduce prison populations. But in an age where technology is advancing so rapidly, where algorithms designed for one purpose can be quickly picked up and used for another – the issue of where responsibility lies has been brought sharply into focus.

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Source: CBS News

21st century technology used to help solve Wisconsin mom's murder

Today 03:20 GMT

It's a murder case that shook a community and one that hinges on a personal activity tracker and another technology: Google Dashboard, a tool that many people don't even know they have.

Prosecutor David Lasee [opening statement]: The autopsy results, the DNA identification, the Google Dashboard data, the records from Fitbit … that is th

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Source: BBC

Tech Tent: What was in Twitter's data dump?

Saturday 17:15 GMT

Twitter had suspended the accounts in question months ago but it released a treasure trove of data as a tool for researchers and journalists.

Most of the tweets exposed by Twitter came from Russia's Internet Research Agency, which has been accused of trying to sow discord in the United States and intervene in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump. Twitter had suspended the accounts in question months ago but it released a treasure trove of data as a tool for researchers and journalists.

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Source: DW

Is Google selling out for access to China's massive tech market?

Saturday 16:20 GMT

Read more: China's Xi Jinping urges respect for 'cyberspace sovereignty' at internet summit. "The reason we did the internal project was that it's a wonderful, innovative market and we wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China," said Pichai, adding that tests showed Google in China would be able to serve 99 percent of search queries.

Although Google did not announce formal plans to launch Project Dragonfly, the suggestion of Google coming back to China with a censored search engine app generated massive criticism from lawmakers, human rights activists and Google employees.

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Source: BBC

How U2's tech changes concerts forever

Friday 08:06 GMT

All of U2's stages are designed by London firm Stufish Entertainment Architects, whose clients include Madonna, Lady Gaga, Take That and Beyonce.

U2 bassist Adam Clayton is giving me a tour of "the barricage", a 29-metre long, double-sided LCD screen that the band climb inside of every night of their Experience and Innocence tour. The walkway spans the entire length of Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome, linking the main stage and a smaller, circular platform at the far end of the arena.

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Source: Common Domain

Astros Surveilled Opposing Dugouts During Road Games

Thursday 16:23 GMT

The Houston Astros on Wednesday acknowledged a longstanding practice of having a team employee surveil the opposing team’s dugout during road games, but said the purpose was merely to ensure that they were not the victims of any malfeasance.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was ‘playing defense’ against opponents using banned technology to steal signs

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Source: The Week

Tribalism is not the problem

Saturday 09:00 GMT

Tribes do not behave as moronically as described, and the problem with American politics has more to do with modernity than Americans reverting to some imagined atavistic state.

That isn't about tribes as such, it's just how the inescapable political problem of managing conflict sometimes manifests itself in a tribal context. It is true that tribal societies can be quite violent, and get in tit-for-tat blood feuds that go on for years.

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Source: Common Domain

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Our World

Friday 08:05 GMT

The reverberations from ride-share apps are nothing compared with what will happen when autonomous vehicles become the norm.

Instead of lane lines and street signs, a network of smart devices—embedded in vehicles and infrastructure—would communicate on the fly to accommodate traffic. Freeing up the ground level for pedestrians and shopping, underground roads could be reserved for autonomous cars.

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Source: BBC

British tech giant in Khashoggi dilemma

Friday 08:05 GMT

The ethical as well as the commercial direction of a great British technology business is now in the hands of overseas owners who may not share its values.

Now that has landed the company with an ethical dilemma following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, presumed murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Next week ARM's chief executive Simon Segars is due to be a speaker at a grand investment conference in Saudi Arabia which has been dubbed Davos in the Desert, one of a number of executives from Softbank-owned companies due to be there.

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Source: DW

Could oil nation Norway help save the climate?

Friday 08:05 GMT

The world may not be able to make necessary changes in time to limit rapid global temperature rise, the UN climate panel has warned.

That particular project makes economic sense, thanks to Norway's €52 ($60) per ton CO2 emissions tax on offshore oil and gas installations. Equinor would have had to fork out €105,000 a day to release the CO2 into the atmosphere, making CCS a cheaper alternative.

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Source: Global News

Legalization day hiccups: Shortages, tech issues as Canadians buy marijuana

Thursday 16:23 GMT

WATCH: Opening day for majority of marijuana stores in Saskatchewan will be delayed. One Saskatoon-based retailer, Living Skies Cannabis, said it is ready to open — but can’t get its hands on enough marijuana supply.

Customers looking to buy pot online at one retailer in Winnipeg, Delta 9, were out of luck as the products completely sold out early in the morning. The store’s communications director, Gary Symons, said they had 100 orders in the first minute of legalization.

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Source: Washington Post

U.S. named world’s most competitive economy for the first time in 10 years, despite fraying social fabric

Thursday 16:22 GMT

For the first time in a decade, the United States was crowned the world’s most competitive economy by the organization behind the Davos economic forum.

Authors warned the U.S. economy is under threat from a “weakening social fabric,” corruption, and security and IT issues. It also pointed out that the United States is far behind most advanced economies in health, with life expectancy six years behind competitors Singapore and Japan.

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Source: Common Domain

Jim Scholefield Leaves Nike for Top Tech and Digital Job at Merck

Friday 20:02 GMT

Jim Scholefield is leaving as Nike Inc.’s global CIO to join Merck & Co. as chief information and digital officer, effective Oct. 29.

With the hiring of Mr. Scholefield, Merck has expanded the role of its top technology executive to encompass digital business strategy as well as IT operations. That includes building and using emerging technologies “to drive efficiencies, strengthen the security of our infrastructure and support the company’s growth,” a spokeswoman told CIO Journal.

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Source: Common Domain

5G Has Arrived. It’s Been A Long Wait for Ericsson, Nokia.

Friday 22:47 GMT

Ericsson and Nokia have been waiting a while for the long-expected 5G sales boost, and it is unclear how sustained it might be.

Ericsson AB, the Swedish industry giant, reported its first profit in nine quarters, beating investor expectations and sending its shares sharply higher Thursday. The company cited strong demand from North American carriers for cellular-tower electronics and related equipment.


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