The Government's Loss In AT&T-Time Warner Was A Waste of Taxpayer Resources

Forbes - Tech

US Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim speaks to the press after a court ruled that the merger between AT&T and Time Warner could go ahead in Washington, DC, on June 12, 2018. Judge Richard Leon summoned both parties to his courtroom at 4 pm Eastern on Tuesday to hear his decision in the biggest merger challenge of our time. For a case about the dizzying pace of competition between Internet service providers (ISPs) and dominant tech platforms on the Internet super-highway, it was a tad ironic that the public could not access news of his decision for some forty minutes, as reporters were forbidden from leaving the courtroom until he was finished (and a connected cellphone would earn a contempt citation). Judge Leon dismantled the Antitrust Division's case, carefully noting the false premises and internal inconsistencies in the evidence presented to support DoJ's claim that the vertical tie-up of a non-dominant distributor with a content provider lacking "must-have" content would substantially lessen competition. The head of the Antitrust Division, darling of the tech reporters, and antitrust hero of the New Brandeisians for having the audacity to bring a case against an ISP--regardless of its infirmity and alignment with President Trump's war on Time Warner's news arm and the concept of a free press generally--was present as the seasoned judge explained why virtually each government witness and the studies underpinning their case lacked credibility.


Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules

NPR Technology

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Thursday that Facebook users in Illinois can sue the company over its use of facial recognition technology. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Thursday that Facebook users in Illinois can sue the company over its use of facial recognition technology. A U.S. court has ruled that Facebook users in Illinois can sue the company over face recognition technology, meaning a class action can move forward. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling on Thursday. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, it's the first decision by a U.S. appellate court to directly address privacy concerns posed by facial recognition technology.


How potentially dangerous fake Apple products reach the US consumer market

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple is filing lawsuits in response to several reports of fake Apple products. A customer holds an Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter for his iPhone 7 Plus smartphone at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. A three-story brick building in a low-crime Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City was the first U.S. stop on an international route used to ship thousands of potentially dangerous counterfeit Apple electronics to America's consumer market. The knockoff power adapters and chargers, which Apple says could cause electrical shocks, allegedly traveled from a manufacturer in Hong Kong to Amazon.com, with stopping points at the Brooklyn location and New Jersey electronics companies. U.S. investigators said they have seized multiple imports of suspected counterfeits that had been routed to the Brooklyn location.


Why It's Hard to Protect Domestic-Violence Survivors Online

The Atlantic - Technology

In 1994, the National Center for State Courts conducted a study of 285 women in three cities--Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware--who had obtained temporary or permanent orders of protection against their abusive male partners. More than half said that, in advance of the restraining order, they had been beaten or choked; a sizable majority reported being slapped, grabbed, shoved, or kicked; and 99 percent reported being intimidated through threats, stalking, or harassment. When they were interviewed one month after the instatement of the order, nearly three-quarters of the study participants said they felt better, felt safer, and had experienced an improvement in quality of life. Six months later, 85 percent of the women who were reached for a follow-up interview said their lives had improved, and 93 percent reported feeling better. Less than 10 percent said their abuser had physically stalked, re-abused, or showed up at their home.


Artificial intelligence could 'evolve faster than the human race'

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A sinister threat is brewing deep inside the technology laboratories of Silicon Valley, according to Professor Stephen Hawking. Artificial Intelligence, disguised as helpful digital assistants and self-driving vehicles, is gaining a foothold, and it could one day spell the end for mankind. The world-renowned professor has warned robots could evolve faster than humans and their goals will be unpredictable. Professor Stephen Hawking (pictured) claimed AI would be difficult to stop if the appropriate safeguards are not in place. During a talk in Cannes, Google's chairman Eric Schmidt said AI will be developed for the benefit of humanity and there will be systems in place in case anything goes awry.