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Trump analytics firm denies aiding Leave campaign

Trump analytics firm denies aiding Leave campaign

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The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the controversial data analytics firm which worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, has denied his company helped the Leave.EU campaign, saying it had been the subject of politically motivated attacks.Cambridge Analytica is at the centre of an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) into the use of personal data by political parties, along with other companies.Speaking exclusively to Sky News, Alexander Nix said that laws around data sharing would need to be changed, to keep up with current practice. He also said that the Conservatives had run an "ill-prepared" and "absurd" digital campaign.Image:Alexander Nix: 'We didn't work for any of the campaigns that were involved in Brexit'He said: "A lot of the media tha...
Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

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Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice-president and a close ally of chief executive Travis Kalanick, has left the company, employees have been told.His departure was said to be one recommendation of a report by former US Attorney-General Eric Holder about the company's culture and practices.Uber said the board had voted unanimously to adopt all the report's recommendations.However, its contents will not be released until Tuesday.Mr Holder was asked to undertake the review in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler made claims of sexual harassment.The Financial Times reported that neither Uber nor Mr Michael would comment on whether he had resigned or been fired.James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt, said Mr Michael's departure reflected Uber's need for a "fall guy" and coul...
UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

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Theresa May will launch a joint campaign between the UK and France to punish tech giants that fail to remove extremist and criminal content. Online radicalisation will be a top priority during the Prime Minister's visit to Paris on Tuesday, in which she will hold talks with new President Emmanuel Macron.Image:This will be Theresa May's first foreign trip since the electionFacebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for failing to remove unacceptable content. The two leaders plan to draw up new laws enabling them to be slapped with multimillion-pound fines.:: Analysis - Tension between May and Facebook over online extremismMrs May's first foreign trip since losing her majority at the General Election will not be the triumphant outing on the world stage that Downing Street will have e...
Einstein letters on God, McCarthy, Israel go up for auction

Einstein letters on God, McCarthy, Israel go up for auction

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A collection of letters written by Albert Einstein is set to go to auction next week, offering a new glimpse at the Nobel-winning physicist's views on God, McCarthyism and what was then the newly established state of Israel. The five original letters, dated 1951 to 1954 and signed by Einstein, reveal a witty and sensitive side of the esteemed scientist. They were sent to quantum physicist David Bohm, a colleague who fled the United States for Brazil in 1951 after refusing to testify about his links to the Communist Party to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Bohm's widow's estate put the documents on the block after she passed away last year. One of the yellowing pages, bearing Einstein's signature and embossed seal, and a handwritten general relativity equation, opens at $ 8,000...
AP Exclusive: Moonlighting police leave body cameras behind

AP Exclusive: Moonlighting police leave body cameras behind

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That's because most police agencies that make the cameras mandatory for patrol shifts don't require or won't allow body cameras for off-duty officers even if they're working in uniform, leaving a hole in policies designed to increase oversight and restore confidence in law enforcement. Police departments contend that they have only a limited number of body cameras or that there are too many logistical hurdles and costs involved. But that argument doesn't sit well with those who say it shouldn't matter whether an officer is on patrol or moonlighting at a shopping mall. "As long as they have real bullets, they need to have the body cameras," said John Barnett, a civil rights leader in Charlotte, North Carolina, where shootings involving police have put use of the cameras under scrutiny. An ...