Orlando police decide to keep testing controversial Amazon facial recognition program

6th October 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The Orlando Police Department in Florida is planning to continue its test of a facial recognition program from Amazon, despite outcry from civil rights and privacy groups that law enforcement and government agencies could abuse the technology. OPD announced last month that the trial proof of concept run of the software had expired, but OPD public information officer, Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, said in a release Monday that the department will continue its…

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T-Mobile-Sprint merger odds may rise on cable move to mobile

6th October 2018

Cable companies have begun offering wireless phone service that uses networks built by big mobile carriers — a trend that could ease the way for Bellevue-based T-Mobile US and Sprint to merge. That’s because regulators are more likely to approve the deal if they conclude there will still be sufficient competition even if the third- and fourth-biggest mobile providers combine. They are examining the idea. One of the regulators deciding…

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Verizon’s severance offer goes to about 44,000 employees

6th October 2018

Verizon Communications offered voluntary severance packages last month to roughly 44,000 employees.That comes to more than a quarter of the carrier’s workforce. Ticker Security Last Change %Chg VZ VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. 54.94 -0.08 -0.15% A spokesman for the company confirmed the scope of the offer, which was previously reported by The Wall Street Journal. The severance packages will give Verizon “an opportunity to find more efficiencies in the size and scope of our…

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Starbucks first ever U.S. “Signing Store” will allow customers to order in sign language

6th October 2018

Starbucks announced Thursday that they will open its first American “Signing Store,” in Washington D.C. this fall, which will be designed with the deaf community in mind. The cafe plans to hire 20-25 employees, from across the United States, who will be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), meaning deaf individuals will be able to step up to the counter knowing they can communicate easily and effectively. The concept was…

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MoviePass forcing users to choose between two movies a day at odd hours

6th October 2018

After announcing a price increase and then immediately reversing it at the end of July, MoviePass spent yet another weekend making headlines for all the wrong reasons. According to a New York Post report, the service crashed once again on Friday, but before it went down, users discovered that they were only being offered two possible screenings: the poorly-reviewed Slender Man and Mission: Impossible – Fallout at inconvenient hours. The…

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