US appeals court says Tinder Plus pricing is discriminatory

Engadget

They say all's fair in love and war, but those that have used Tinder will probably disagree. And that includes Allan Candelore, a man suing the dating app over the pricing of its premium service, Tinder Plus. Candelore and his lawyers argue that charging $9.99 a month to users under 30, and $19.99 a month to those over 30, is age discrimination, and violates two California laws: the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Unfair Competition Law.


Virtual reality goes behind bars to rehabilitate inmates

ZDNet

Virtual reality (VR), which may include the use of headsets, PC software, or mobile applications, is slowly being investigated in education and training. Google Glass did not take off within the consumer space but its augmented reality (AR) technology has found merit in industrial work and employee training, and recent research conducted by the University of Maryland suggests that VR environments may be more effective for the purpose of revision and memory retention than computer screens. When it comes to health and wellbeing, VR is also being piloted to improve end-of-life care. Learning and balanced well-being, together, can be important factors in rehabilitation. In 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole issued to young offenders was unconstitutional.


Object-oriented Bayesian networks for a decision support system for antitrust enforcement

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

We study an economic decision problem where the actors are two firms and the Antitrust Authority whose main task is to monitor and prevent firms' potential anti-competitive behaviour and its effect on the market. The Antitrust Authority's decision process is modelled using a Bayesian network where both the relational structure and the parameters of the model are estimated from a data set provided by the Authority itself. A number of economic variables that influence this decision process are also included in the model. We analyse how monitoring by the Antitrust Authority affects firms' strategies about cooperation. Firms' strategies are modelled as a repeated prisoner's dilemma using object-oriented Bayesian networks. We show how the integration of firms' decision process and external market information can be modelled in this way. Various decision scenarios and strategies are illustrated.


Russia's biggest search engine beats Google in antitrust case

Mashable

Google has settled its long-running court battle with the Russian search engine Yandex. The Moscow-based company had accused the search giant's parent, Alphabet, of undermining competition by forcing phone makers to preinstall a set bundle of Google apps on Android. SEE ALSO: So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of'very significant' pay discrimination Russian antitrust regulators also fined the company $7.8 million. While Google never outright required manufacturers to pre-load its apps, its previous rules made it so that companies producing Android-powered phones had to either install all of Google's core apps -- Gmail, a browser with Google default search, and, most importantly, the Google Play app store -- or none at all. That effectively meant that customers couldn't download apps unless device makers acquiesced (with the exception of the rare companies with their own app store, like Amazon).


Facing sexism charges, Uber says Eric Holder will investigate

PCWorld

Uber Technologies scrambled on Monday to counter the sexism charges raised by a former employee, and said it would appoint former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to the panel that would investigate allegations by the engineer that the company mishandled her complaint of sexual harassment. The company, which did not release diversity data when asked by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, also said Monday that 15.1 percent of its employees in engineering, product management, and scientist roles are women and this has not changed substantively in the last year. In an email to employees that was also circulated to media, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wrote that he and Liane Hornsey, chief human resources officer, will be working to publish a broader diversity report for Uber in the coming months. In her blog post, the engineer, Susan J. Fowler, has said that there had been an exodus of women in the group she worked in because of the discrimination against women and politics in the upper management, resulting in women constituting 3 percent of the 150 site reliability engineers at the time of her quitting her job in December last year from 25 percent in November 2015 when she joined Uber. Holder and his partner Tammy Albarran at the law firm Covington & Burling will be joined by Arianna Huffington, who sits on Uber's board, Hornsey, and Angela Padilla, the company's associate general counsel for an "independent review into the specific issues relating to the work place environment" raised by Fowler, Kalanick wrote.