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Google Accused of 'Trust Demolition' Over Health App

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A privacy expert is criticizing Google for taking over a controversial health app developed by AI firm DeepMind. The app in question -- Streams -- was first used to send alerts in a London hospital but hit headlines for gathering data on 1.6 million patients without informing them. DeepMind now wants the app to become an AI assistant for nurses and doctors around the world. BBC reports: One expert described the move as "trust demolition." Lawyer and privacy expert Julia Powles, who has closely followed the development of Streams, responded on Twitter: "DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to 'never connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google.' Now it's announced... exactly that. This isn't transparency, it's trust demolition," she added.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ford, Walmart to collaborate on designing automated-vehicle delivery

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Ford Motor Co , Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.

Tencent profit beats estimates as investment gains offset gaming weakness

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Tencent Holdings said on Wednesday its third-quarter net profit rose 30 percent, beating estimates, as investment gains offset a weak performance in the Chinese company's core gaming business.

China allows online sales of group tours to South Korea: Yonhap

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China has allowed its online travel agencies to resume selling group tours to South Korea after a prolonged diplomatic spat over the installation of a U.S.-backed, anti-missile system in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

Ford, Walmart collaborate to design automated-vehicle delivery

(7 days ago)
Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.

Online ad group Criteo confident it can remain independent

(7 days ago)
Online advertising and technology company Criteo expressed confidence it could continue to operate on a standalone and independent basis, even as tech start-ups get targeted by bigger, more established companies.

Online ad group Criteo confident it can remain independent

(7 days ago)
Online advertising and technology company Criteo expressed confidence it could continue to operate on a standalone and independent basis, even as tech start-ups get targeted by bigger, more established companies.

Verizon looks to expand 5G home broadband offering

(7 days ago)
Verizon plans to target a broader audience for its new 5G home broadband product following the adoption of global standards for the technology, CFO Matthew Ellis said on Wednesday.

Verizon looks to expand 5G home broadband offering

(7 days ago)
Verizon plans to target a broader audience for its new 5G home broadband product following the adoption of global standards for the technology, CFO Matthew Ellis said on Wednesday.

Large, Strangely Dim Galaxy Found Lurking On Far Side of Milky Way

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Iwastheone shares a reprot from Science Magazine: Circling our galaxy is a stealthy giant. Astronomers have discovered a dwarf galaxy, called Antlia 2, that is one-third the size of the Milky Way itself. As big as the Large Magellanic Cloud, the galaxy's largest companion, Antlia 2 eluded detection until now because it is 10,000 times fainter. Such a strange beast challenges models of galaxy formation and dark matter, the unseen stuff that helps pull galaxies together. The galaxy was discovered with data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, a space telescope measuring the motions and properties of more than 1 billion stars in and around the Milky Way. Gabriel Torrealba, an astronomy postdoc at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, decided to sift the data for RR Lyrae stars. These old stars, often found in dwarf galaxies, shine with a throbbing blue light that pulses at a rate signaling their inherent brightness, allowing researchers to pin down their distance. Gaia data helped the team see past the foreground stars. Objects in the Milky Way's disk are close enough for Gaia to measure their parallax: a shift in their apparent position as Earth moves around the sun. More distant stars appear fixed in one spot. After removing the parallax-bearing stars, the researchers homed in on more than 100 red giant stars moving together in the constellation Antlia, they report in a paper posted to the preprint server arXiv this week. The giants mark out a sprawling companion galaxy[..]

AT&T CFO cautions on how quickly 5G revenue will come

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AT&T is upbeat on long-term revenue prospects for 5G services but expects it to take years before 5G-enabled devices predominate, CFO John Stephens said on Wednesday.

AT&T CFO cautions on how quickly 5G revenue will come

(7 days ago)
AT&T is upbeat on long-term revenue prospects for 5G services but expects it to take years before 5G-enabled devices predominate, CFO John Stephens said on Wednesday.

China allows online travel agencies to resume selling group tours to South Korea: Yonhap

(7 days ago)
China has allowed its online travel agencies to resume selling group tours to South Korea after a diplomatic spat over the installation of a U.S.-backed, anti-missile system in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

Man Pleads Guilty To Swatting Attack That Led To Death of Kansas Man

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Federal prosecutors in Kansas announced Tuesday that a 25-year-old Californian has admitted that he caused a Wichita man to be killed at the hands of local police during a swatting attack late last year. Ars Technica reports: According to the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas, Tyler Barriss pleaded guilty to making a false report resulting in a death, cyberstalking, and conspiracy. He also admitted that he was part of "dozens of similar crimes in which no one was injured." In May 2018, Barriss was indicted on county charges (manslaughter) and federal charges, which include cyberstalking and wire fraud, among many others. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a Tuesday statement that Barriss would be sentenced to at least 20 years in prison. Barriss also was involved in calling in a bomb threat to the Federal Communications Commission in December 2017 to disrupt a vote on net neutrality rules. The 25-year-old Californian is scheduled to be sentenced on January 30, 2019, in federal court in Wichita.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Cathay Pacific executives grilled over data breach 'crisis'

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Cathay Pacific Airways said on Wednesday it is working with 27 regulators in 15 jurisdictions to investigate a data breach that affected millions of passengers, as Hong Kong lawmakers grilled executives over how it handled the incident.
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