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Google Play Points, which rewards Android users with store credit or discounts for buying content like apps and movies, expands to the US from Japan and S.Korea (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Play Points, which rewards Android users with store credit or discounts for buying content like apps and movies, expands to the US from Japan and S.Korea  —  Google Play is launching a new rewards program, Googe Play Points, that will allow you to earn points for everything …

Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Andy Greenberg / Wired: Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away  —  By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.

Microsoft announces "Project Cortex," a knowledge-management service, the first major new Office 365 cloud service that it has introduced since Teams in 2017 (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft announces “Project Cortex,” a knowledge-management service, the first major new Office 365 cloud service that it has introduced since Teams in 2017  —  Microsoft is adding a new, Microsoft-Graph-powered knowledge-management service to Office 365.  Here´s what ‘Project Cortex’ is and how it will work.

Interview with Micron Technology VP Steve Pawlowski about the recent acquisition of AI startup FWDNXT and why the memory chip maker is moving into AI processing (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Interview with Micron Technology VP Steve Pawlowski about the recent acquisition of AI startup FWDNXT and why the memory chip maker is moving into AI processing  —  I did a double-take last week when Micron Technology, one of the world´s largest memory chip makers, acquired artificial intelligence hardware and software startup Fwdnxt.

Unprotected database for popular "camgirl" sites run by Spain-based VTS Media exposed months worth of user activity logs and chats, details about sex workers (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: Unprotected database for popular “camgirl” sites run by Spain-based VTS Media exposed months worth of user activity logs and chats, details about sex workers  —  A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected.

Emotion recognition systems, which have been installed in Xinjiang, have started rolling out across China even as experts say the tech does not work very well (Financial Times)

Financial Times: Emotion recognition systems, which have been installed in Xinjiang, have started rolling out across China even as experts say the tech does not work very well  —  Emotion recognition was the crime prevention buzz-phrase on everyone´s lips this week at China´s largest surveillance tech expo, held in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen.

A technical critique on why even a well-intentioned effort to build a client-side scanning system for messaging will break key promises of end-to-end encryption (Erica Portnoy/Electronic Frontier ...)

Erica Portnoy / Electronic Frontier Foundation: A technical critique on why even a well-intentioned effort to build a client-side scanning system for messaging will break key promises of end-to-end encryption  —  Recent attacks on encryption have diverged.  On the one hand, we´ve seen Attorney General William Barr call for “lawful access” …

Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district (Siva Vaidhyanathan/New York Times)

Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times: Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district  —  It´s not about free speech.  —  Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
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