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Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

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Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents. The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post. Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.


Apple Faces $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Fight

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An artificial-intelligence company recently awarded a Chinese patent for a voice assistant similar to Apple Inc.'s Siri has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple that, if successful, could prevent the American tech giant from selling many of its products in the world's second-largest economy. Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai court, alleging the iPhone- and iPad-maker's products violated...


Facebook bumps up offer to $650 million to settle facial recognition class action

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Facebook has agreed to pay $650 million – $100 million more than before – to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology. "We are focused on settling as it is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter," Facebook said in a statement. Three Illinois residents sued Facebook under a state law, the Biometric Information Privacy Act, which allows residents who have had their faces scanned for data without written consent to sue. The lawsuit, which was certified as a class action, involved gathering facial data for a Facebook feature that suggests the name of people in users' photos and could have exposed Facebook to billions in damages. The problem with AI? Study says it's too white and male, calls for more women, minorities Facial recognition software is courting more controversy in the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality.


Facebook will pay $650 million to settle facial recognition privacy lawsuit

Engadget

Facebook will now hand over a total of $650 million to settle a lawsuit over the company's use of facial recognition technology. The social network added $100 million to its initial $550 million settlement, Facebook revealed in court documents reported by Fortune. The lawsuit dates back to 2015, when the company was hit with a class action lawsuit saying Facebook violated an Illinois privacy law that required companies obtain "explicit consent" before collecting biometric data from users. At issue was Facebook's "tag suggestions" feature, which used facial recognition to scan photos and automatically suggest tags when users uploaded new images. The new $650 million settlement comes as officials around the country have pushed for facial recognition bans.


Uber hit with lawsuit to reveal how its algorithm works

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Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by two British drivers in a bid to reveal how the company's algorithm works. The headquarters for Uber in Europe is in Amsterdam, so the drivers have taken their case to a Dutch court. Uber's drivers want to know what data is being collected about them – and how it's being used. The drivers are concerned that Uber's algorithm isn't entirely neutral in how it decides who to allocate rides to. "They want to prove that Uber is in fact acting as an employer," their lawyer, Anton Ekker, said to Dutch outlet NOS.


e-Discovery and Artificial Intelligence

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Events unfold and you are dropped into the opening of a long and complex case with 500,000 emails to sift through and you're not even sure what you are looking for, who you are looking for, or when any incidents of interest may have occurred. Currently the review of documents is the most labour-intensive task of an e-discovery investigation often consuming more than 75% of the project budget. This is largely because researchers review the documents manually. To put this into context, to review half a million documents by hand, at 25 documents an hour, would take around 20,000 person-hours. Hence, because it is practically impossible to review all documents in the target corpus by hand, results are too often limited by simple keyword searches.


Judge: Facebook's $550 Million Settlement In Facial Recognition Case Is Not Enough

NPR Technology

Facebook in January agreed to a historic $550 million settlement over its face-identifying technology. But now, the federal judge overseeing the case is refusing the accept the deal. Facebook in January agreed to a historic $550 million settlement over its face-identifying technology. But now, the federal judge overseeing the case is refusing the accept the deal. Next week, lawyers for Facebook will be back in court, trying to convince a judge they should be allowed to settle a class action suit that accuses the company of violating users' privacy.


e-Discovery and Artificial Intelligence

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Ahead of the latest episode in the Boyes Turner tech podcast series, Prof J.Mark Bishop shares his thoughts on'e-Discovery and Artificial Intelligence... Events unfold and you are dropped into the opening of a long and complex case with 500,000 emails to sift through and you're not even sure what you are looking for, who you are looking for, or when any incidents of interest may have occurred. Currently the review of documents is the most labour-intensive task of an e-discovery investigation often consuming more than 75% of the project budget. This is largely because researchers review the documents manually. To put this into context, to review half a million documents by hand, at 25 documents an hour, would take around 20,000 person-hours. Hence, because it is practically impossible to review all documents in the target corpus by hand, results are too often limited by simple keyword searches. Unfortunately coming up with responsive keywords is not trivial as a researcher often does not know exactly what she is looking for beforehand.


Instacart sues Uber's Cornershop over IP theft

Engadget

Instacart has sued Cornershop, the grocery-delivery startup Uber acquired last year to expand its food footprint. The company alleges Cornershop stole product images and other intellectual property. In a legal brief, Instacart says Cornershop tried to hide the origin of its catalog images by modifying their file names. The company also shared the image below, comparing listings on both Instacart and Cornershop. Instacart claims it spent "tens of millions of dollars" and "and a tireless amount of effort" to build its catalog, which features items from more than 30,000 stores across its footprint.


Will AI revolutionise the banking and legal sector?

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Of all the digital technologies that are driving change in businesses, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is perhaps the most disruptive of all and has taken over the globe by storm. Currently, AI based technology solutions are being deployed in manufacturing, automotive, e-commerce, construction, smart cities and warehousing. However, within the legal and financial sectors, the implementation of AI is not as rapid. With a fast-changing environment, adaptation of new emerging technologies and increasing volumes of information, we will have to accept that AI will be taking over significant aspects of jobs in the future. According to a recent study by the International Data Corporation, worldwide data is expected to grow 61 per cent to 175 zettabytes in five years.--Financial