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Your Phone's GPS Accuracy May Suck Less Soon Thanks to a New FCC Order Your Phone's GPS Accuracy May Suck Less Soon Thanks to a New FCC Order

The Federal Communications Commission just made a move to make global location positioning even more global by opening the doors to Europe’s system.

AI Can Now Fake Fingerprints That Fool Biometric ID Scanners AI Can Now Fake Fingerprints That Fool Biometric ID Scanners

Artificial Intelligence researchers used a neural network to create fake fingerprints that could be a hacker’s dream tool.

Privacy Advocates Raise Alarm Over Google’s Takeover of AI Health App Privacy Advocates Raise Alarm Over Google’s Takeover of AI Health App

DeepMind’s health app Streams is being consumed by its sister company, Google, and some privacy advocates see the move as a violation of patient trust.

Facebook Quietly Told Congress It Bungled Monitoring of User Data Handed to Phone Makers Facebook Quietly Told Congress It Bungled Monitoring of User Data Handed to Phone Makers

Facebook neglected to properly monitor multiple device makers that were allowed to access Facebook users’ personal data, the company recently admitted to U.S. lawmakers.

High School Principal in China Fired for Running Secret Cryptocurrency Mining Operation High School Principal in China Fired for Running Secret Cryptocurrency Mining Operation

Eight cryptocurrency machines reportedly drained electricity from a Chinese high school for nearly a year before the headmaster was busted, and later fired, for running an Ethereum-mining operation.

69-Year-Old Sues to Legally Change His Age to 49, Citing Tinder Benefits 69-Year-Old Sues to Legally Change His Age to 49, Citing Tinder Benefits

A motivational guru from the Netherlands, who voiced a villainous Zaporozhets supermini in the Dutch-language version of Pixar’s Cars 2, is trying to legally change his birthday so he will face less discrimination, including from potential online romantic prospects.

How a Fiverr Spokesman-for-Hire Became a Fortnite Meme—and Got Banned in the Process How a Fiverr Spokesman-for-Hire Became a Fortnite Meme—and Got Banned in the Process

Last week a surreal video went viral on Twitter—a man standing in front of a screen showing an aerial view from Fortnite as he proclaims in a dulcet, assertive voice:

FTC Shuts Down 'Trumpcare' Scam After Owner Allegedly Spent Millions on Luxury Cars, Jewelry, and Nightclubs FTC Shuts Down 'Trumpcare' Scam After Owner Allegedly Spent Millions on Luxury Cars, Jewelry, and Nightclubs

The Federal Trade Commission is trying to shut down what it calls a “sham” health care marketing operation that allegedly collected more than $100 million, much of which the owner reportedly spent to fund his lavish lifestyle.

FCC Tells Phone Companies to Figure Out a Way to Stop the Damn Robocalls by Next Year or Else FCC Tells Phone Companies to Figure Out a Way to Stop the Damn Robocalls by Next Year or Else

The United States Federal Communications Commission is calling upon the top telephone and wireless service providers to create a system to hinder the plague of illegal robocalls that is driving the majority of Americans bonkers.

Elon Musk's New Boring Tunnel is Somehow More Boring Than a Regular Tunnel Elon Musk's New Boring Tunnel is Somehow More Boring Than a Regular Tunnel

Elon Musk tweeted out a video on Sunday night, showing a high-speed version of a stroll through the two-mile hole built under Los Angeles by the Boring Company, his tunnel-digging venture.

How Robocall Spam and Cheap Tech Are Screwing With Political Polls How Robocall Spam and Cheap Tech Are Screwing With Political Polls

If you’re lucky, you’ll only receive a few spam calls this week. Billions of robocalls are made to cell phones and landlines every month. Many of these are spoofed to look like they’re coming from the target recipient’s area. So it’s no surprise we have collective trust issues preventing us from answering our phone…

Heads Up, Some DJI Drones Are Just Falling Out of the Sky Heads Up, Some DJI Drones Are Just Falling Out of the Sky

DJI has revealed that one of its drone products is having issues that are causing some to plummet from the sky.

Google Pledges $25 Million for 'Good' AI, Totally Isn't Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff Google Pledges $25 Million for 'Good' AI, Totally Isn't Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff

Google has faced a lot of backlash since Gizmodo revealed in March that the company was helping the United States Department of Defense develop artificial intelligence that could be used to analyze drone footage as part of the Defense Department’s Project Maven. Internally, the program angered many Google employees…

AI Community Feuds Over 'NIPS,' the Controversial Name of Its Top Conference AI Community Feuds Over 'NIPS,' the Controversial Name of Its Top Conference

At one of the most prominent artificial intelligence (AI) conferences in the world last year, keynote speaker Elon Musk reportedly made a joke about “tits” on a stage in front hundreds of researchers and engineers. He seemed to be referring to the name of the mainstay AI conference, NIPS, and its unofficial…

Portrait Painted by AI Sells For $432,500 Portrait Painted by AI Sells For $432,500

A painting made by an artificial intelligence program sold at Christie’s in New York auction on Thursday for $432,500—far more than the estimated $7,000 to $10,000.

Google Made It Less of a Pain in the Ass to Clear Your Search History Google Made It Less of a Pain in the Ass to Clear Your Search History

You’ve probably cleared your local browser history before. Maybe you did it just moments ago. Perhaps you didn’t want your partner, roommate, or coworkers to see what kind of weirdness you’d been searching for. But clearing the activity data that’s on Google’s servers has never been especially easy—deterring many…

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

A privacy expert tasked with helping a new smart city development protect the data privacy of residents has resigned over concerns that her guidelines would be largely ignored.

Nearly Every Real FCC Public Comment Supported Net Neutrality, Stanford Study Says Nearly Every Real FCC Public Comment Supported Net Neutrality, Stanford Study Says

Out of every original comment sent to the Federal Communications Commission about its Net Neutrality repeal proceedings, nearly all were against killing the regulations, according to a new Stanford University study. The study found that 99.7 percent of non-duplicated comments were against a repeal.

Security Camera Captures Five-Foot Python Falling From Bank Ceiling Security Camera Captures Five-Foot Python Falling From Bank Ceiling

What was probably a very boring meeting at a Chinese bank got a lot more exciting when a surprise reptilian guest dropped by.

AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least We Have That Going for Us AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least We Have That Going for Us

Optical illusions take advantage of shortcomings in the visual system. Certain special designs can trick our brain as it’s trying to process the information that’s coming in. Learning more about what can trick our minds would help us learn more about the human mind itself.

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