AI company faces legal troubles

Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that collected more than 3 billion photos scraped from Facebook, YouTube, and millions of other websites, is facing legal threats due to questionable data practices.

“Following stories published in the New York Times and BuzzFeed News, the Manhattan-based startup received cease-and-desist letters from Twitter and the New Jersey attorney general. It was also sued in Illinois in a case seeking class-action status.”

Read more about it at BuzzFeed News.

Canada’s Tech Firms Capitalize On Immigration Anxiety In The Age Of Trump

Following President Trump’s immigration policies, highly skilled tech workers are moving to Canada instead of the United States.

“We feel that Canada has a window of opportunity here to be able to attract the best and the brightest,” says Salim Teja, vice president of the MaRS Discovery District, a major incubator for tech companies in Toronto “A lot of these technology companies are very international businesses where talent is flowing freely in and out of different countries … If the U.S. becomes a tough place to do business that way, they may look at Canada as an easy market for them to set up in.” Read more about it at NPR.

Army of hi-tech police reservists could help tackle cyber crime crisis

Should Britain recruit an army of volunteer police reservists to help tackle the growing cyber crime crisis? Because the police can’t afford to hire the people they need to fight cyber crime, Paul Griffiths, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, suggested they create a reservist police force of cyber security experts and other specialists to volunteer to help alongside full time warranted officers. Read more about it at The Telegraph.

Windows PCs push back against Chromebooks in schools with Always Connected PCs

According to FutureSource, Chromebooks captured 35 percent of the worldwide education PC market in 2018, and 60 percent in the U.S. with Windows capturing 40 percent of total shipments.

“Microsoft hopes to increase that share … Microsoft said that the new Qualcomm laptops—the $299 JP.IK Turn T101 and the $575 Wise N1212S —will connect underserved classrooms in rural areas. T-Mobile has agreed to provide SIMs and LTE service to some of those U.S.-based classrooms, to provide data connections where wired broadband may not be available.”

Read more about it at PC World.

Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App

“Iowa’s Democratic Party plans to use a new Internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state’s caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed … Party leaders say they decided to opt for that strategy fully aware of three years’ worth of warnings about Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election, in which cyberattacks played a central role. Read more about it at NPR.

Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

“Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.

Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs into tiny robots that move around under their own steam.

One of the most successful creations has two stumpy legs that propel it along on its “chest”. Another has a hole in the middle that researchers turned into a pouch so it could shimmy around with miniature payloads.” Read more about it at The Guardian.