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Facebook Admits Millions More People Were Impacted by Cambridge Analytica Breach Than Previously Known

Mother Jones

Facebook said Wednesday that personal data for up to 87 million people--tens of millions more than originally thought--may have been "improperly shared" with Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that worked for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Most of those affected were in the United States, the company said. Facebook included the disclosure in the second-to-last paragraph of a company statement that also described new measures to restrict third-party access to user data. Recent stories in the New York Times and the British Observer cited a former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, who said that the Facebook data of more than 50 million people had been harvested and provided to Cambridge Analytica in 2014. The data was acquired, Wylie said, in the hopes of building personality-based models to target and influence voters in US elections.


Elon Musk's bad spell continues amid a spat with the National Transportation Safety Board

USATODAY

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it's "unhappy" that Tesla made public information about a deadly crash involving a Model X vehicle. This file photo taken in 2017 shows billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla electric car company and the SpaceX aerospace exploration firm, speaking at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Australia. Tech billionaire Elon Musk's bad spell is continuing into a second month, amid a spat with a federal safety agency, an auto recall and production issues, an adverse court ruling, and a debt rating downgrade. Shares of the Musk-led electric car company Tesla (TSLA) were down 2.4% at $259.65 in Monday afternoon trading, recovering from a more than 6% drop earlier in the day amid National Transportation Safety Board displeasure with the firm's disclosure of preliminary details about a fatal Tesla crash. Christopher O'Neil, an NTSB spokesman over the weekend said the safety agency was unhappy with Tesla's announcement that its Autopilot partial self-driving system was engaged when one of its Model X electric crossover SUVs crashed on March 23 in Mountain View, Cal., killing the driver.


CACI to Demonstrate Innovative Electronic Warfare, Counter-UAS, Machine Learning, and Agile DevSecOps Solutions for Increased Naval Power at 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) will demonstrate solutions to give America's Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine a decisive edge for maritime superiority at the 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition hosted by the Navy League April 9-11, 2018 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. CACI will showcase its support of national security and naval readiness with innovative, integrated solutions that enable multi-domain battles. CACI's networked precision electronic warfare solutions allow operators to detect, classify, locate, and defeat targets of interest, and include a product suite of counter-UAS systems. CACI will also demonstrate how its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities can enable large-scale automation to speed decision-making. In addition, the company will demonstrate logistics and ready-relevant training solutions as well as how the nation's sea services can rapidly modernize and field cyber-secure applications and hardware using CACI's scalable Agile DevSecOps methodology, its Model-Driven Design and Implementation methodology, and a unique Risk Management Framework solution.


Uber 'disabled Volvo SUV's safety system' before car killed pedestrian

Daily Mail

'After more than a year of thorough planning, development and safety reviews, we transitioned most operations to having a single vehicle operator, without a second person to collect feedback for our engineers using a laptop in the passenger seat,' the company said in the statement. 'This transition happened slowly as we worked with our vehicle operators to make sure they were well-trained and felt comfortable with this new job. Arizona governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber's self-driving vehicle testing privileges on Monday in the wake of a pedestrian fatality in a Phoenix suburb last week. Mr Ducey said in a letter to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi that video footage showed the company's'unquestionable failure'. The crash raised concerns about the San Francisco-based company's ability to safely test its technology in Arizona, he warned.


Waymo Orders Up to 20,000 Jaguar SUVs for Driverless Fleet

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As Uber Technologies Inc. reels from a fatal crash involving one of its autonomous vehicles, rival Waymo is moving ahead, buying as many as 20,000 Jaguar vehicles for its robot fleet. The deal, announced Tuesday, is potentially worth more than $1 billion, and escalates Waymo's effort to put vehicles on public roads without human drivers behind the wheel. The vote of confidence comes a day after Arizona's governor suspended Uber from testing in the state following the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle. The governor's order doesn't extend to other companies including Waymo. The self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL -4.47% has been testing since 2016 in the Phoenix metro area and has announced plans to begin a commercial robot taxi service there later this year.


Will Wall Street's Top Regulator Stay Focused on Bank Culture?: DealBook Briefing

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When Mr. Dudley took the helm in 2009, the financial crisis had left the New York Fed's reputation as a regulator damaged. The institution had not done enough to address the severe weaknesses at the banks it oversaw, like Citigroup. Early on, Mr. Dudley commissioned a review of the New York Fed's bank supervision department and then overhauled it. But in 2012, JPMorgan Chase, also overseen by the New York Fed, suffered huge trading losses in what was known as the London Whale scandal. The New York Fed was faulted.


Waymo is readying a ride-hailing service that could directly compete with Uber

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Waymo is preparing to launch a ride-hailing service akin to Uber's, but with driverless cars. The self-driving carmaker spun out of Google was approved on Jan. 24 to operate as a transportation network company (TNC) in Arizona, the state department of transportation told Quartz. Waymo applied for the permit on Jan. 12. Its application, which was reviewed by Quartz, contained images of the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans the company is testing in five US states. The application realizes a long-held fear of Uber's: that Waymo intends not just to build driverless cars, but to operate its own ride-hailing business.


Broadcom abandons plans to buy Qualcomm after Trump blocks the deal

Mashable

Broadcom is no longer pursuing plans to buy Qualcomm after Trump issued an executive order blocking the $117 billion takeover proposal over fears the deal would "impair the national security of the United States." "Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply with the Order," the Singapore-based company that's currently in the process of redomiciling to the U.S., said in a press release on Wednesday. Broadcom has been under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) over concerns the company's buyout of Qualcomm could stifle the chipmaker's development of 5G technologies. Qualcomm is currently one of the largest U.S.-based tech companies investing in research and development of 5G. Had Broadcom purchased it, CFIUS says the acquisition could have led to the U.S. falling behind and China leaping ahead in the race to influence the infrastructure that will connect everything from phones to a network of self-driving cars.


Google partnered with the U.S. military on machine learning to analyze drone footage

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Google is not only applying machine learning across its products, but also encouraging other developers to adopt it in third-party services and other use cases. It has now emerged that one of the latter examples is for drones from the U.S. government. Gizmodo this morning reported on a Google partnership last year with the U.S. Department of Defense to improve the latter organization's adoption of machine learning. The DoD's Project Maven is tasked with identifying objects in drone footage. Google supplied the military with TensorFlow APIs, which it notes in a statement are open source.


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