Charles Rollet / IPVM:
Hikvision says it began phasing out an automatic minority recognition feature in 2018, but declined to clarify status of their Uyghur recognition analytics — For the first time, Hikvision has directly addressed its minority recognition software, acknowledging that it offered this, but now claims to have removed it.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Report: Trump campaign alleges suppression of political speech after AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile blocked its texts over fears they violated anti-spam rules — Campaign texts are annoying but legally murky territory — President Donald Trump´s reelection campaign is reportedly fighting …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Facebook to pay $650M to settle a facial recognition suit in Illinois, after judge says the original settlement of $550M did not adequately punish the company — Facebook has agreed to pay a total of $650 million in a landmark class action lawsuit over the company´s unauthorized use of facial recognition, a new court filing shows.
An overview of how COVID-19 contact tracing technology has fared in the US and around the world, as contact tracing apps retreat from the spotlight in the US — In May of this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged the United Kingdom would develop a “world beating” …
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
Hackers attacked GEDmatch servers and caused over 1M of its profiles to be opted-in for searching by law enforcement, which were previously opted-out — First GEDmatch, the DNA database that helped identify the Golden State Killer, was hacked. Then email addresses from its users were used …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Personal info of 200K+ Instacart users is being sold on the dark web, including names and last 4 digits of credit card numbers; Instacart denies a data breach — The personal information of what could be hundreds of thousands of Instacart customers is being sold on the dark web.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Misfits Market, an ecommerce site that sells “ugly” or misshapen produce, raises $85M Series B led by Valor Equity Partners, bringing total raised to $101.5M — Misfits Market, the ecommerce platform that sells ‘ugly’ produce (among other things), has today announced the close of an $85 million Series B financing round.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
A breakdown of the “four internets”: the US, China, EU, and India, the latter being driven in large part by the powerhouse telecom network Jio — Manage your Stratechery subscription. — One of the more pernicious mistruths surrounding the debate about TikTok …
Fiat Chrysler says it has signed an “exclusive” deal with Waymo on self-driving tech, ending its 18-month relationship with Amazon-backed Aurora — Agreement will help Google sibling in attempt to bring its technology into the mainstream
Jabari Young / CNBC:
In resuming activity, MLB relies on several tech giants for help: iPads to examine play, Google Cloud to track stats, Sony audio to power artificial crowd noise — - Major League Baseball will look to Big Tech companies like Apple and Google to help with its shortened season that is scheduled to begin Thursday.