This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

This Big Facebook Critic Fears Tech’s Business Model

Longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when the Facebook CEO was just 22 and his two-year-old company still only catered to university students. Facebook was young, but McNamee was already convinced it was “the next big thing,” he told WIRED editor in chief Nicholas Thompson on Sunday during a keynote conversation at SXSW 2019 in Austin. “The thing that had killed every attempt at social apps before that [was] essentially that the ability to be

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Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

The world’s largest telecommunications-equipment company, China’s Huawei, is suing the US government. But the suit isn’t just about US law. It’s part of Huawei’s larger campaign to defend its role as a global provider of telecom gear amid fears that its technology is or could be used by the Chinese government for spying. In essence, Huawei is challenging the US government to prove its suspicions. Last year President Donald Trump signed a defense spending bill that banned government agencies from

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Ted Baker founder and CEO resigns over allegations of ‘forced hugging’

CEO and founder of UK fashion chain Ted Baker has resigned following allegations of misconduct.

CEO and founder of UK fashion chain Ted Baker has resigned following allegations of misconduct.Image: John Keeble/Getty Images By Laura Byager2019-03-04 14:06:56 UTC Founder and CEO of UK designer chain Ted Baker, Ray Kelvin, has resigned following allegations that he forced female employees to embrace him and asked them to sit on his lap.  Kelvin, who denies these allegations, has been on a voluntary leave of absence since December, when the allegations were first made public. But now, Kelvin has

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Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Last year, my roommate bought what she thought were real Apple headphones on Amazon. They looked identical to the ones the company sells, but they turned out to be counterfeit. When she plugged them into her iPhone, she couldn’t hear anything. Her experience wasn’t a fluke: In 2016, Apple sued a company in New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its accessories on Amazon, like charging cables. And in April, a reporter for The Atlantic successfully ordered fake Apple

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Why Facebook Search Suggests ‘Photos of Female Friends in Bikinis’

Why Facebook Search Suggests ‘Photos of Female Friends in Bikinis’

Just before Valentine’s Day last week, Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire noticed something strange on Facebook. He found the social network’s search function treated pictures of men and women in dramatically different ways. Searching for “photos of my female friends” returned a hodgepodge of images, whereas a similar search for “photos of my male friends” yielded no results. Worse, Facebook assumed “male” was simply a typo for the word “female.” Tech blogs picked up on De Ceukelaire’s tweets, and

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The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

This week, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on artificial intelligence and the Pentagon declassified part of its AI strategy. Neither was a first attempt at a national AI strategy. In 2016, the Obama administration published a comprehensive plan on the future of AI, which never had time to gain the momentum it needed in government. The Pentagon has been researching intelligent machines for the better part of 60 years, and only recently did it come to a

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Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent have put America at the forefront of the current AI boom. Yet as AI aspirations have sprouted around the globe, the US government has lacked a high-level strategy to guide American investment and prepare for the technology’s effects. More than a dozen countries have launched AI strategies in recent years, including China, France, Canada, and South Korea.

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Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Three Republican members of Congress introduced net neutrality-related bills Thursday, but Congress is still a long way from a bipartisan deal to restore rules banning broadband providers from blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against lawful content. During a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington), Greg Walden (R-Oregon), and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) all said they had proposed net neutrality bills. None has released the text of their bills yet, but their speeches and previous

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Trump’s State of the Union Is Silent on Key Tech Issues

Trump's State of the Union Is Silent on Key Tech Issues

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump promised legislation to invest in “the cutting edge industries of the future.” But the speech was characteristically backward-looking. Trump talked up gains in manufacturing jobs and oil and gas exports, but didn’t once mention the word “technology,” nor any other tech policy issue, such as privacy, broadband, or antitrust. Aides filled in the blanks. “President Trump’s commitment to American leadership in artificial intelligence, 5G wireless, quantum science, and advanced manufacturing

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Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

There’s no doubt technology is shaking up the American workplace. Amazon employs more than 100,000 robots in its US warehouses, alongside more than 125,000 human workers. Sears and Brookstone, icons of brick and mortar retailing, are both bankrupt. But as machines and software get ever smarter, how many more workers will they displace, and which ones? Economists who study employment have pushed back against recent predictions by Silicon Valley soothsayers like Elon Musk of an imminent tidal wave of algorithmic

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