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Amazon pitched its facial recognition system to ICE

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Amazon employees met with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this summer as part of a sustained attempt to sell the company’s controversial facial recognition technology, as revealed by internal emails obtained by The Daily Beast. The emails show that ICE officials met with Amazon on June 12th, in a McKinsey office in California, […]

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Sonos is releasing a Beastie Boys edition of its Play:5 speaker

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Sonos is releasing a special Beastie Boys version of its Play:5 speaker, designed by San Francisco artist Barry McGee, the company announced today. McGee and Sonos worked with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond of the Beastie Boys on the design of the speaker, and all proceeds from its sale will go to […]

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Uber Eats announces its plan to conquer the US suburbs

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Uber Eats, the ride-hailing company’s food delivery arm that’s critical to Uber’s plan to go public in 2019, has galloped across the globe in recent years, but it has also struggled to reach certain pockets of the US. The company aims to change that over the next few months, announcing on Tuesday an ambitious effort […]

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How three French students used borrowed code to put the first AI portrait in Christie’s

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On Friday, October 25th, Christie’s will conduct a very unusual sale. As part of a three-day Prints & Multiples event, it’s auctioning off the Portrait of Edmond Belamy, a canvas in a gold frame that shows the smudged figure of what looks like an 18th century gentleman. It’s expected to fetch a modest price, somewhere […]

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MoviePass is getting spun off as its own separate company

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MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson has announced a preliminary plan to spin off the struggling subscription move service into its own, separate company “Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, HMNY largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public’s eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception […]

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Motorola is iFixit’s first major phone maker to supply official repair parts

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Phone companies usually want to stop you from repairing your own devices, or even going to a third-party repair shop. But Motorola is taking a different approach: it’s partnering with iFixit, the repair guide site famous for its device teardowns, to offer battery and screen replacement kits for a number of its phones. The kits […]

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Intel Coffee Lake Refresh: Global Price Check on 9900K, 9700K, 9600K

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Intel has now started sales of its 9th Gen Core unlocked processors for mainstream desktop platforms featuring the company’s Socket H4 v2 for 1151-pin CPUs. The new products feature up to eight cores, up to 5 GHz turbo frequency, and an improved thermal interface. The new chips are more expensive than their direct predecessors, which […]

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The NPC meme went viral when the media gave it oxygen

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Misfit’s new smartwatch adds NFC and a standalone GPS for an extra $50

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After the delayed and drawn-out launch of its first touchscreen smartwatch last year, Misfit is back with its successor. The company announced the Vapor 2 today, which will be available “soon” for $249.99. (That’s up from $199.99 last year.) Not much has changed from the first model, except this version supports NFC and its display […]

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Prank calls brought ICE hotline to a standstill, internal emails show

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When ICE launched an immigration crime hotline last year, the Trump administration pitched it as a way to provide resources to victims, but activists saw something else: an attack on the immigrant community. The hotline was part of the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office, an outfit established in February 2017. When the office […]

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