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An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

China uses facial recognition technology to track Uyghur Muslims. The US military uses drones to kill suspected terrorists—any nearby civilians. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement—which has locked children in cages near the Mexican border—relies on software for communications and coordination, like all modern organizations.Someone had to write the code that makes all of that possible.…
Microsoft gets US license to resume selling software to Huawei – Engadget

Microsoft gets US license to resume selling software to Huawei – Engadget

The Commerce Department has shown a willingness to bend on its stance in a few instances, offering temporary licenses to keep gear running. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has also hinted for a while that some companies would get approvals for licenses, although he also warned that many would likely be shot down.Google hasn't received a…
Having ‘Null’ as a license plate is about as much of a nightmare as you’d expect

Having ‘Null’ as a license plate is about as much of a nightmare as...

I’m not a massive fan of personalized license plates, but even I feel a little bad for Joseph Tartaro, a security researcher who, at one point, had as much as $12,049 in traffic fines because of an ill-advised license plate choice. Wired reports that Tartaro registered the plate back in late 2016, and since paying…
Ola gets a taxi license in London and plans to launch services in September

Ola gets a taxi license in London and plans to launch services in September

London is one of the world’s biggest markets for consumers that travel using ride-hailing services. Is it now also becoming one of the most crowded when it comes to the companies offering the transportation, too? Today, India’s Ola confirmed that it is the latest of the wave of app-based ride-hailing providers to receive a license…
ARM will continue to license chip architecture to Huawei after all

ARM will continue to license chip architecture to Huawei after all

ARM will continue to license its chip architectures to Huawei. The company’s legal team has reached the decision that ARM’s v8 and v9 architectures are “UK-origin technologies” and therefore not subject to the United States’ trade ban, which limits US companies from working with Huawei, per a report from Reuters. The ban was put in…
Driving license tests just got smarter in India with Microsoft’s AI project

Driving license tests just got smarter in India with Microsoft’s AI project

An American giant may have figured out a way to simplify the tedious procedure of issuing driver’s licenses. And an early sneak peek of this solution is now live in parts of India. Hundreds of people who have taken the driver’s license test in Dehradun, the capital of Indian state Uttarakhand near the Himalayan foothills,…
Apple will license Imagination’s graphics tech once again after public spat

Apple will license Imagination’s graphics tech once again after public spat

Apple and Imagination began working together way back in 2006, with the British company designing graphics processor chips for Apple and the company subsequently purchasing a stake in the chip maker. In 2017, though, trouble arose when Apple announced it would be building its own GPU and would no longer need Imagination's chips.Over the next…
Billions of license plate scans are part of a private surveillance database

Billions of license plate scans are part of a private surveillance database

It costs just $20 to look up a license plate in the data base, and $70 to receive a "live alert" that flags when a plate shows up.As you might have already suspected, this automatic data gathering creates many issues. For one, most of the vehicles in the database are of completely innocent people who…

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After outcry, DoorDash promises workers will get 100% of tips

What's a tip anyway? — "We didn’t strike the right balance," DoorDash CEO Tony Xu tweets. Timothy B. Lee - Jul 24, 2019 6:08 pm UTC Enlarge / DoorDash CEO Tony Xu.David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIn recent months, food delivery company DoorDash has faced a growing backlash over a compensation formula that critics said…

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