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San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition

San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras.

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Amazon’s Alexa reviewers can access customers’ home addresses

An Amazon.com Inc team auditing Alexa users’ commands has access to location data and can, in some cases, easily find a customer’s home address, according to five employees familiar with the programme.

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Tesla couldn’t solve a Model 3 owners’ Bluetooth problem after seven months. So it blamed Samsung phones.

Jeff and Jennifer Salvage were the kind of customers whom companies dream about: early adopters who bragged about buying a new product.

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Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa

Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening.

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Facebook to tighten live stream access after mosque attacks

Facebook on March 29 said it is tightening live video streaming rules in response to the service being used to broadcast deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand.

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Facebook is accused of knowing Cambridge mined its user data

Facebook Inc employees knew the Cambridge Analytica political-consulting firm had mined users’ personal data but didn’t tell those users before the news became public, an attorney for the District of Columbia said in court.

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Facebook turns tables on bikini app maker over document leaks

Facebook Inc has turned the tables on a company that it accuses of leaking confidential documents that portray the social networking giant exploiting user data to bolster its bottom line.

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When should your child be allowed their own smartphone?

Smartphones, tablets and consoles are on many children's wish lists, but not every device is suitable for all ages. And some parents wonder at what age kids should be allowed their own phone.

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Google’s Page allegedly gave Rubin US$150mil stock award

Alphabet Inc chief executive officer Larry Page didn’t get board approval when he awarded a US$150mil (RM612.22mil) stock grant to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile software who was under investigation by the company for sexual harassment at the time, according to a lawsuit.

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Huawei’s efforts to derail US prosecutions facing steep odds

Huawei Technologies Co, China’s biggest smartphone maker, is using its financial and political clout to fight US allegations that the company was involved in bank fraud, technology theft and spying.