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Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

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The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $ 3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Foxconn announced three weeks ago it planned to invest $ 10 billion in Wisconsin on the first liquid crystal display panel factory located outside of Asia. The company, which employs about 1 million people in China, said it could eventually hire 13,000 workers at the Wisconsin facility. As part of the deal, the Wisconsin Legislature must approve the $ 3 billion incentive package by the end of September. Democratic critics, who didn't have the votes to stop the incentive package or the project, argued Thursday that the p...
Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

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The Home Office plans to invest more in facial recognition technology for the police despite warnings that it could be illegal and concerns over surveillance.A number of police forces already use the technology to automatically identify people from social media images and CCTV recordings.Its use has been controversial in live-settings where people who are not suspected of any crimes could be checked against a police database and potentially arrested if the system delivers a false positive.Police have argued that the technology is accurate 95% of the time but critics have noted that this means for every 1,000 faces it scans there will be 50 incorrect matches.The technology, which works by creating a geometric profile of individuals' faces and comparing that profile against a database of oth...
On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

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President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump, in a tweet, said that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president has been a frequent critic of the company and CEO Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs), who also owns The Washington Post. Many traditional retailers are closing stores and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online. But the company has been hiring thousands of warehouse workers on the spot at job fairs across the country. Amazon has announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. Trump has said that Amazon does not pay "Internet taxes," but it's unclear what he meant by that. Amazon.com...
Web hoster fights order to ID Trump protesters

Web hoster fights order to ID Trump protesters

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A web hosting service is fighting a warrant ordering it to identify visitors to a site that encouraged protests against Donald Trump's inauguration. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) wants DreamHost to hand over the 1.3 million IP addresses of everyone who visited the the disruptj20.org website.DreamHost has said that it will fight the warrant because it believes the request could be in breach of political speech protections.It said the IP addresses, in addition to the contact details, emails, and photographs of thousands of people - which were also requested - were too sensitive to be released."That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution's First Amendment," said a statement by the ...