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Amazon Tried To Coerce Ecobee Into Collecting Private User Data, the WSJ Reports

Today at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

Amazon tried to use its power to coerce Ecobee into using its smart home products to collect user data by threatening Ecobee’s ability to sell its products on Amazon, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The Verge reports: As of now, Ecobee’s products can still be purchased on Amazon, but the WSJ claims that negotiations between Ecobee and Amazon are ongoing. According to the...

When you can go to jail for tax mistakes

Today at 11:10 AM, via MyBroadband

A new set of tax law amendments makes it possible for SARS to impose criminal sanctions on taxpayers who neglect their tax affairs.

Not all satellite services are created equal

Today at 10:55 AM, via MyBroadband

As media awareness grows and the market realises the potential of satellite services, it is becoming increasingly important to discuss architecture specifics in order to guide application design and network implementation considerations.

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Massachusetts Wants To Pull the Plug On Robinhood

Today at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

Regulators in Massachusetts are seeking to revoke Robinhood’s broker-dealer license in the state, after accusing the company of failing to properly account for fractional shares traded by customers on its platform. They also say the company “continues to entice and induce inexperienced customers into risky trading.” CNN reports: The battle began in December when regulators in Massachusetts...

Turkey bans cryptocurrencies for payments

Today at 08:21 AM, via TechCentral

Turkey’s central bank has banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets to purchase goods and services, citing “irreparable” possible damages and significant risks in such transactions.

Politicians are cashing in on the tech boom

Today at 08:04 AM, via TechCentral

David Cameron’s work for Greensill Capital, which has dragged the British government into a lobbying scandal, has showcased the trend of politicians taking jobs at companies tapping the global tech investment boom.

Spacewatch: 60 years after Gagarin, first ‘all-civilian’ mission is in works

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Billionaire Jared Isaacman is chartering a SpaceX rocket to take him and three others into orbit

This week was the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The flight lasted 108 minutes and reached a maximum altitude of 327km (203 miles).

Following the re-entry of his space capsule, Gagarin parachuted...

Striking Charter Workers Build ISP Where ‘Profits Are Returned To Users’

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter Communications employees who have been on strike since 2017 are building an Internet service provider in New York City called “People’s Choice.” “People’s Choice Communications is an employee-owned social enterprise launched by members of IBEW Local #3 to bridge the digital divide and help our neighbors get connected to the Internet...

California To Hunt Greenhouse Gas Leaks and Superemitters With Monitoring Satellites

Today at 04:02 AM, via Slashdot

California and its partners are set to launch by 2023 two satellites to spot and monitor plumes of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. “If all goes right, dozens more could follow,” reports Science Magazine. From the report: The $100 million Carbon Mapper project, announced today and financed by private philanthropists including Michael Bloomberg, will advance efforts to track...

Google Researchers Boost Speech Recognition Accuracy With More Datasets

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

What if the key to improving speech recognition accuracy is simply mixing all available speech datasets together to train one large AI model? That’s the hypothesis behind a recent study published by a team of researchers affiliated with Google Research and Google Brain. They claim an AI model named SpeechStew that was trained on a range of speech corpora achieves state-of-the-art or...

Bezos Says Amazon Workers Aren’t Treated Like Robots, Unveils Robotic Plan To Keep Them Working

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

In his final letter to shareholders as Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos said that the company has to “do a better job for our employees.” But, as The Verge points out, the outlined strategy includes “a robotic scheme that will develop new staffing schedules using an algorithm.” From the report: Bezos pushed back on the idea that, according to news reports, Amazon doesn’t care for its employees. “In those...

Ireland Opens GDPR Investigation Into Facebook Leak

Today at 02:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook’s lead data supervisor in the European Union has opened an investigation into whether the tech giant violated data protection rules vis-a-vis the leak of data reported earlier this month. Here’s the Irish Data Protection Commission’s statement: “The Data Protection Commission (DPC) today launched an own-volition inquiry pursuant to...

EFF Partners With DuckDuckGo

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced it has enhanced its groundbreaking HTTPS Everywhere browser extension by incorporating rulesets from DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption. According to the digital rights group’s press release, HTTPS Everywhere is “a collaboration with The Tor Project and a key component of EFF’s effort to encrypt the web and make the Internet ecosystem safe for...

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