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Facial Rec Rethink; Brexit Burdens; A Hole in One Phone; Musk Watch
 

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December 10 · Issue #123 · View online
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Facial Rec Rethink; Brexit Burdens; A Hole in One Phone; Musk Watch

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It’s Your Face. I remember when Facial Recognition technology was the stuff of movie magic: Like all those scenes where they’d find the bad guys in a sea of people at the airport. They’d say “Zoom in. Sharpen!” and even the fuzziest face came clear. Today, facial recognition is very much a part of our everyday lives. It lives on our phones, in our computers, on social media, and in the hands of law enforcement. But along with the rise of facial recognition technology are growing concerns that it can be abused or, worse, is inherently biased. Human Rights groups like the ACLU have long voiced their concerns, but now they’re being joined by at least one company that develops the technology. Microsoft is planning to announce a sweeping set of core principles that will direct all its future Facial Recognition development and is firmly behind regulation. The big question: Will other tech giants follow suit?
Microsoft calls for laws on facial recognition, issues principles – Naked Security Microsoft calls for laws on facial recognition, issues principles – Naked Security
Brexit Mess. As the UK plans or, more precisely, doesn’t plan for its impending exit from the European Union, the reality of a land set apart from its economic neighbors is already setting in in all areas of business, including tech. A new study of 5,000 tech workers shows how Britain’s tech startup sector is losing its mojo, in part, because of the impending split. There are other factors, but Brexit, which with or without a decent plan, will probably happen early next year, has made it all worse.
British tech startups are increasingly gloomy as Brexit approaches, and it's already hurting their ability to hire talent British tech startups are increasingly gloomy as Brexit approaches, and it's already hurting their ability to hire talent
Drill through. Who needs a notch in your screen when you can just drill a single hole through it, pretty much wherever you want? That’s the approach the new Huawei Honor View20 smartphone has taken. There’s a tiny little circle in the upper left-hand corner for the device’s selfie camera. In addition to the unusual screen, the Honor View20, which was announced in Hong Kong early Monday, is a 48-megapixel rear camera. That’s a lot of pixels.
Huawei's Honor unveils View20 smartphone with in-screen selfie camera | VentureBeat Huawei's Honor unveils View20 smartphone with in-screen selfie camera | VentureBeat
Musk Watch. Elon Musk, Tesla’s irascible CEO and former chairman, is not mellowing. In fact, he’s still mad as heck at the SEC for fining him and Tesla and pushing him out as company chairman (over his “I want to go private again” tweets) and basically unloaded on the government agency during a recent 60 Minutes interview. One big takeaway is that Musk is still, despite the risks, tweeting exactly what he wants.
Elon Musk says the SEC can't stop him from tweeting what he wants Elon Musk says the SEC can't stop him from tweeting what he wants
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