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EXCLUSIVE Why a U.S. hospital and oil company turned to facial recognition

EXCLUSIVE Why a U.S. hospital and oil company turned to facial recognition

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Deployments of facial recognition from Israeli startup AnyVision show how the surveillance software has gained adoption across the United States even as regulatory and ethical debates about it rage.The in photos or videos, with banks representing one sector that has taken interest in systems from AnyVision or its many competitors to improve security and service.Organizations in other industries are chasing similar goals. The Los Angeles hospital Cedars-Sinai and oil giant BP Plc...

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U.S. senators criticize Apple for not testifying on antitrust concerns

U.S. senators criticize Apple for not testifying on antitrust concerns

By (Reuters) - Apple Inc is refusing to testify at an upcoming U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on competition issues related to mobile app stores, the bipartisan leaders of the panel said on Friday.App makers long have accused Apple’s App Store for iPhones and iPads, along with Google’s Play store for Android devices, of engaging in anticompetitive behavior by requiring certain revenue sharing payments and setting strict inclusion rules. A subcommittee hearing was being planned for late April but no date has been set yet.Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Mike Lee, a Republican, said...

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Apple argues it faces competition in video game market as 'Fortnite' trial nears

Apple argues it faces competition in video game market as 'Fortnite' trial nears

By , Slideshow (Reuters) -Apple Inc plans to argue that it faces abundant competition in the market for video game transactions to defend itself against antitrust allegations by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, the iPhone maker said on Thursday.In a federal trial scheduled to begin May 3, the companies will fight over whether Apple’s 15% to 30% commissions for use of its in-app payment systems, and its longstanding practice of exercising control over which apps users can install, amount to anticompetitive behavior.Epic and Apple filed dueling position statements with the court on Thursday in...

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Google AI scientist Bengio resigns after colleagues' firings: email

Google AI scientist Bengio resigns after colleagues' firings: email

By , (Reuters) - Google research manager Samy Bengio said on Tuesday he was resigning, according to an internal email seen by Reuters, in a blow to the Alphabet Inc unit after the firings of his colleagues who questioned paper review and diversity practices.Though at least two Google engineers had earlier resigned to protest the dismissal of artificial intelligence (AI) researcher Timnit Gebru, Bengio is the highest-profile employee yet to depart.Google confirmed Bengio’s resignation and his email. Bengio did not respond to requests for comment. Bloomberg earlier reported the news.A...

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Microsoft wins $21.9 billion contract with U.S. Army to supply augmented reality headsets

Microsoft wins $21.9 billion contract with U.S. Army to supply augmented reality headsets

By , (Reuters) -Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it has won a deal to sell the U.S. Army augmented reality headsets based on its HoloLens product and backed by Azure cloud computing services.The contract could be worth up to $21.88 billion over 10 years, a Microsoft spokesman told Reuters.Over the past two years, Microsoft has worked with the Army to on the prototyping phase of what is called the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS. The company said Wednesday that the Army had moved into the production phase of the project.In a blog post, Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman...

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Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

By , (Reuters) - Google’s plan to block a popular web tracking tool called “cookies” is a source of concern for U.S. Justice Department investigators who have been asking advertising industry executives whether the move by the search giant will hobble its smaller rivals, people familiar with the situation said.Alphabet Inc’s Google a year ago announced it would ban some cookies in its Chrome browser to increase user privacy. Over the last two months, Google released more details, leading online ads rivals to complain about losing the data-gathering tool.The questions from Justice Department...

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Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny - sources

By , (Reuters) - Google’s plan to block a popular web tracking tool called “cookies” is a source of concern for U.S. Justice Department investigators who have been asking advertising industry executives whether the move by the search giant will hobble its smaller rivals, people familiar with the situation said.Alphabet Inc’s Google a year ago announced it would ban some cookies in its Chrome browser to increase user privacy. Over the last two months, Google released more details, leading online ads rivals to complain about losing the data-gathering tool.The questions from Justice Department...

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More U.S. states join Texas-led antitrust lawsuit against Google

More U.S. states join Texas-led antitrust lawsuit against Google

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four more states have joined a lawsuit filed by Texas and others against Alphabet Inc’s Google that accuses it of breaking antitrust laws to boost its already dominant advertising business, the Texas attorney general said on Tuesday.Joining the lawsuit filed in December are Alaska, Florida, Montana, Nevada and Puerto Rico, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. This brings the number of plaintiffs in the lawsuit to 15 states and territories.The lawsuit was one of three filed last year by the federal government or states against Google.In announcing Tuesday’s...

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Exclusive: U.S. agency probes Facebook for 'systemic' racial bias in hiring, promotions - attorneys

Exclusive: U.S. agency probes Facebook for 'systemic' racial bias in hiring, promotions - attorneys

By (Reuters) - A U.S. agency investigating Facebook Inc for racial bias in hiring and promotions has designated the probe as “systemic,” attorneys for three job applicants and a manager who claim the company discriminated against them told Reuters on Friday.A “systemic” probe means the agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, suspects company policies may be contributing to widespread discrimination.The EEOC typically resolves disputes through mediation or allowing complainants to sue employers. But agency officials designate a few cases “systemic,” enabling investigators to...

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U.S. senators question Apple and Google on app store dominance

U.S. senators question Apple and Google on app store dominance

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Apple unveils AirTag, in this still image from the keynote video of a special event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, April 20, 2021. Apple Inc./via REUTERS. A panel of U.S. senators questioned officials from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday about the dominance of their mobile app stores and whether the companies abuse their power at the expense of smaller competitors.Amy Klobuchar, the top Senate Democrat on antitrust issues, said Apple and Google can use...

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