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A biometric data privacy win in court is followed by a related FTC investigation and lawsuit

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Executives at facial recognition firm Clarifai may have sighed with relief in March 2021 when a judge agreed that they could not be sued for violating Illinois' biometric privacy law, but then the federal government came knocking. The Federal Trade Commission now wants to know how the face image that a woman posted on the OkCupid dating site ended up being used as training data by Clarifai without her consent or disclosing the transaction as required by Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act. Clarifai makes computer vision, deep learning AI and biometrics systems. Claiming that its investigation is being stonewalled by Match Group, owner of OkCupid, the FTC has filed suit (case number 1:22-mc-00054), according to Bloomberg Law. The government claims that OkCupid engaged in unfair and deceptive conduct by sharing biometric data with Clarifai in 2014.


Google Has a Plan to Stop Its New AI From Being Dirty and Rude

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Silicon Valley CEOs usually focus on the positives when announcing their company's next big thing. In 2007, Apple's Steve Jobs lauded the first iPhone's "revolutionary user interface" and "breakthrough software." Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a different tack at his company's annual conference Wednesday when he announced a beta test of Google's "most advanced conversational AI yet." Pichai said the chatbot, known as LaMDA 2, can converse on any topic and had performed well in tests with Google employees. He announced a forthcoming app called AI Test Kitchen that will make the bot available for outsiders to try.


Men who pose topless on Tinder are seen as less competent and more promiscuous, study reveals

Daily Mail - Science & tech

While dating apps were once seen as taboo, they're now one of the main ways that singletons find love around the world. But if you have a profile on a dating app, a new study may encourage you to reassess which pictures you include. Researchers from the University of Colorado have revealed that men who pose topless on Tinder are seen as less competent and more promiscuous. The first dating app can be traced back to 1995 when Match.com was first launched. The website allowed single people to upload a profile, a picture and chat to people online.


Google Has a Plan to Stop Its New AI From Being Dirty and Rude

WIRED

Silicon Valley CEOs usually focus on the positives when announcing their company's next big thing. In 2007, Apple's Steve Jobs lauded the first iPhone's "revolutionary user interface" and "breakthrough software." Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a different tack at his company's annual conference Wednesday when he announced a beta test of Google's "most advanced conversational AI yet." Pichai said the chatbot, known as LaMDA 2, can converse on any topic and had performed well in tests with Google employees. He announced a forthcoming app called AI Test Kitchen that will make the bot available for outsiders to try.


Data Distribution Shifts and Monitoring

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TikTok Has a Problem

The Atlantic - Technology

When a person joins an online-dating app, and then starts texting some of the people they've met on that app, and then makes plans to hang out with some of those people in the hopes of making out, they have a reasonable, limited expectation of privacy. Hardly anyone expects what happened to the mythological figure of "West Elm Caleb," a bumbling villain of the New York dating scene and hapless victim of the internet. In January, after a couple of New York women with substantial TikTok followings discovered that they had been dating Caleb simultaneously, it quickly came out that he was guilty of other crimes--sending the same Spotify playlist to multiple people, for instance, and not returning text messages. One woman recalled how he had told her that he found it harder to go on dates in the winter, because of the cold. Pretty soon brands were getting in on the West Elm Caleb conversation, as finding any excuse to talk about this pretty average dater in New York City became engagement-metric gold.


A day in the life with Google Assistant

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The last few years have been full of change, and 2022 is no exception. Personally, I've begun heading back to the office for work -- which is a pretty big departure from the days when I used to sleep, work, exercise and relax all inside my San Francisco studio apartment. I'm ready to put away the athleisure (at least during work hours), and I'm excited about seeing everyone in person…but at the same time, I'm a bit worried about keeping up with the healthy habits I developed while working from home. Since I started working as a Product Marketing Manager on the Google Assistant team about a year ago, though, I've gotten hooked on a few features that help me manage my day and keep me accountable to my wellness goals.


Liberal mag mocked for knocking 'petromasculinity', hoping 'climate crisis will help change masculinity'

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Liberal magazine The New Republic (TNR) garnered the scorn of critics after publishing an article Friday celebrating "petromasculinity" being rejected by younger generations, specifically those using online dating apps. In the piece, headlined "'Petromasculinity' Is Becoming Toxic, Too--at Least to Online Daters," TNR praised what appeared to be a shift in online daters preferring a potential partner who cares about climate change and "rejecting petromasculinity: the climate denial, authoritarian politics, and sexism that are too often inextricably linked." The dating app Tinder is shown on an Apple iPhone in this photo illustration taken February 10, 2016.


Tinder now offers criminal background checks, but there's a big problem

The Guardian

As of this week, Tinder users will be able to run criminal background checks on their potential dates. The feature – launched in partnership with Garbo, a background check provider that aims to make public safety information more accessible – is intended to make Tinder users feel safer. But experts who specialize in sexual violence and surveillance have said the move is misguided, and risks amplifying the biases inherent in the criminal justice system. Background checks are blunt tools that gloss over some fundamental nuances, including that most people accused of sexual violence do not interact with the criminal justice system, said Albert Fox Cahn, the founder of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. Only 310 of 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police, according to the anti-sexual violence organization Rainn.


Pinterest expands shopping features with in-app checkout

Engadget

Pinterest is moving deeper into e-commerce with some more features it announced at its annual advertiser summit. The platform says users have long been asking for a way to shop directly on Pinterest and you can now complete some purchases without leaving the app. The in-app checkout feature is currently in beta for some Shopify sellers in the US. Pinterest plans to expand access in the US this year. It will contact folks who run stores through Shopify with more details soon.