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Amazon, Google and others to testify before U.S. Senate panel on data privacy - Dotemirates

Amazon, Google and others to testify before U.S. Senate panel on data privacy

Six major web and internet service companies, including AT&T Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, will detail their consumer data privacy practices to a U.S. Senate panel on Sept. 26, according to a congressional statement on Wednesday. The Senate hearing will give the six technology-related companies, which also include Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Charter Communications Inc., “an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy,” Republican U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune. They will also testify on “how they plan to address new requirements from the European Union and California, and what Congress can do to promote clear...


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The hobbyists competing to make AI human

This weekend Steve Worswick will be pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human, attempting to fool a panel of judges into thinking they are chatting to another person while really they will be talking to a chatbot.But Steve isn't an engineer at Apple or Amazon, he is a designer from Leeds and the AI he is hoping will pass the test - Mitsuku - is one you have probably never heard of.The competition he is taking part in, the Loebner Prize, is one of the only real-world Turing Tests but is also relatively obscure in the highly-hyped...
14/09/2019

Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board

Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board, just a couple of months before both companies are set to launch their independent streaming services. Iger resigned on September 10th, according to a filing from Apple to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That’s the same day Apple unveiled the launch date and subscription price for Apple TV Plus, which officially made Apple and Disney competitors. “I have the utmost respect for Tim Cook, his team at Apple and for my fellow board members,” Iger said in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter. “Apple is one of the world’s...

Report: 2 years post Wannacry attack, how is the healthcare sector's cyber-security?

More than two years after the infamous Wannacry ransomware crippled medical facilities and other organisations worldwide, the healthcare sector seems to be learning their lessons, according to a Kaspersky report. Medical organisations have witnessed only 19 per cent of attacks in 2019, which is significantly lower than 28 per cent of last year, and the 30 per cent attacks that occurred on them in 2017. However, while the overall statistics look reassuring, more than seven-in-10 medical machines in Venezuela (77 per cent), the Philippines (76 per cent), Libya (75), and Argentina (73 per cent) are still being subjected to web...

Social media platform Helo begins challenge to celebrate Hindi Diwas

Honouring the 71st Hindi Diwas on September 14, 2019, social media platform Helo plans to celebrate the beauty and rich history of Hindi, one of the most widely used and popular languages in the country. The platform has given the Hindi community a place to interact amongst each other through shayari, calligraphy, poems and motivational quotes. This time, #HindiDiwas has an interesting challenge as #HindiTongueTwister where Helo users can test how fluent they can read Hindi text. Check out this popular video to follow the Hindi trend! With over 50 million users discovering, creating and sharing content across 14 vernacular...

Report: Hackers on the dark web may be helping to scam you using your medical records

Medical data continues to be among the hottest commodities for attackers online as research by security firm Kaspersky discovered that hacking-for-hire groups have added healthcare sector to their portfolio of services on the dark web. The base price for such a service has also become quite cheap, depending on the type of breach or goods an anonymous customer requires. Thus, with low security measures, and lack of cybersecurity training to hospital staff, hospital and healthcare infiltrations are among the newest services being offered by anonymous hacking groups. These are alongside targeted attacks and cyberespionage against specific countries as well as...
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Aluminum is recycling’s new best friend, but it’s complicated

Recycled aluminum is coming for your water and your iPad. Making products out of used aluminum is now a way for companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Apple to show a commitment to greening their manufacturing. Customers are supposed to be able to sleep a little better at night knowing that the shiny thing they bought did some good for the planet. But is aluminum’s future as bright as the hype suggests? The man formerly known as Aquaman sure thinks so. Jason Momoa announced in April that he’s partnering with Ball Corporation to produce a line of canned water, called Mananalu....