San Francisco’s facial recognition technology ban, explained

San Francisco’s facial recognition technology ban, explained

The city’s ban on the technology could set a nationwide precedent. San Francisco is the first major city to ban local government agencies’ use of facial recognition, becoming a leader in regulating technology criticized for its potential to expand widespread government surveillance and reinforce police bias. The “Stop Secret Surveillance” ordinance passed 8-1 in a vote by the city’s board of supervisors Tuesday. The ordinance will implement an all-out ban on San Francisco city agencies’…

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Virgin Hyperloop One raises $172 million to advance its futuristic transportation dreams

Virgin Hyperloop One raises $172 million to advance its futuristic transportation dreams

Virgin Hyperloop One has raised $172 million in new funding to bring its futuristic transportation dreams to life, according to new filings with the United States government. At least $90 million has come from existing investor DP World, a major Dubai port operator, The Verge has learned. The hyperloop startup is also seeking up to $224 million in this equity sale, according to the filing. Eighty investors have contributed to the round, and specific investors…

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Democrats have an ambitious plan to save American labor unions

Democrats have an ambitious plan to save American labor unions

Republicans will hate it. House Democrats have a plan to make unions great again. They’re trying to get support for a sweeping labor reform bill that would reverse decades of Republican-backed policies meant to crush labor unions. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), introduced earlier this month by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), would push back on a series of Republican-backed laws that have cropped up in more than two dozen states in…

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Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones continue to dominate culture with MTV nominations

Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones continue to dominate culture with MTV nominations

In the opinion of Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and blogs around the world, there are only two pieces of pop culture that matter this year so far: Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones. Newly announced nominations for MTV’s Movie and TV Awards confirm those beliefs. Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones racked up top nominations for this year’s awards ceremony. Endgame picked up several nominations for Best Movie, Best Hero (Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron-Man), Best Villain…

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San Francisco has banned facial recognition by city agencies

San Francisco has banned facial recognition by city agencies

In a first for a city in the United States, San Francisco has voted to ban its government agencies from using facial recognition technology. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted eight to one to approve the proposal, set to take effect in a month, that would bar city agencies, including law enforcement, from using the tool. The ordinance would also require city agencies to get board approval for their use of surveillance technology, and set…

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You can now use Apple Pay for iTunes, App Store, Apple Music, and more

You can now use Apple Pay for iTunes, App Store, Apple Music, and more

Apple has added Apple Pay as a payment method for a variety of purchases, including the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Music, Apple Books, or to buy iCloud storage. The changes are reflected in an updated support document first spotted by MacRumors. The new payment option is launching right on time ahead of the Apple Card, which is slated to arrive this summer. Users can get 2 percent cash back on purchases made with Apple…

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Anker’s latest dongle lets you use Lightning earbuds with USB-C devices

Anker’s latest dongle lets you use Lightning earbuds with USB-C devices

It truly feels like we’re starting to reach peak dongle: Anker has released an adapter that allows Lightning earbuds to work with the 2018 iPad Pro, Apple’s USB-C MacBooks, and some recent Windows 10 laptops. This $29.99 accessory is available from Amazon now and is certified under the iPhone maker’s MFi program. If your Lightning earbuds have an in-line microphone and track controls, Anker says that both should still work when running through the adapter….

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The problem with Joe Biden’s Republican “epiphany” theory of bipartisanship

The problem with Joe Biden’s Republican “epiphany” theory of bipartisanship

No Republican “epiphany” will be forthcoming. All successful politicians traffic in feel-good fantasy. After all, who doesn’t want to hear that hard problems have easy solutions and that whatever feels troubling today is but a passing storm cloud. Perhaps it is in this spirit, then, that we should interpret candidate Joe Biden’s campaign trail remark that once President Joe Biden kicks Donald Trump out of the White House, Republicans will have an “epiphany” and start…

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