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Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large margin

Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large margin

Technology
An attempted shareholder revolt over Amazon's sale of facial recognition technology to the police mustered less than 3% of votes cast at the firm's annual general meeting.The tally was revealed in a corporate filing.The tech firm had said it was aware of civil rights concerns but had not received any reports of law enforcement clients misusing its Rekognition tool.Even so, the system is set for further scrutiny.Last week, Republican and Democrat politicians on the House Oversight Committee raised concerns about the speed at which Amazon's facial recognition facility and others like it were being deployed."My office has had nine meetings with representatives from Amazon. We ask questions of experts across the spectrum, and my conc...
Venezuela quells soldiers' revolt, top court blasts congress

Venezuela quells soldiers' revolt, top court blasts congress

World
Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests, and the Supreme Court moved to undercut the opposition-controlled congress' defiant new leadership. Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello said 27 guardsmen were arrested and more could be detained as the investigation unfolds. The mutiny struck at a time when opposition leaders have regained momentum in their efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. They have called for a nationwide demonstration Wednesday, urging Venezuelans — especially members of the armed forces — to abandon Maduro. The uprising triggered protests in a poor neighborhood just a few miles (kilometers) from Venezuela's presidential palace. It was dispers...
Residents revolt over Facebook group 'sale'

Residents revolt over Facebook group 'sale'

Technology
Members of a London community Facebook group are furious after the rights to run it were sold on to another party not from the area.Group members then became angry at claims that the new administrators wanted them to pay to promote their local businesses to each other.Facebook does not specifically state that "admins" cannot sell their rights but the role is usually voluntary.Local groups exist for communities to share news and events.The group for Facebook members living in Northfields, west London, had more than 25,000 members. Thousands have left, and many of those remaining are taking on administrator roles themselves in order to reclaim the group.They have renamed it "Northfields People Please Leave This Group" and are telling members to join an alte...
Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Business
The FTSE-100 mining group Rio Tinto has abandoned plans to appoint the Conservative Party's boss as the company's next chairman in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt.Sky News has learnt that Sir Mick Davis is "no longer in the running" to replace Jan du Plessis less than a fortnight after it emerged that he was the frontrunner for the post.A group of leading shareholders, representing roughly 20% of Rio's stock, wrote to the miner's board earlier this week to say that Sir Mick's appointment would be unacceptable.City sources told Sky News this weekend that several institutions were drawing up plans to oppose the re-election of Rio's nominations committee members next year if they had proceeded with recruiting the former Xstrata chief.The existence of the letter, sent by the Investor ...
Govt faces Brexit revolt from carmakers

Govt faces Brexit revolt from carmakers

Business
The Government faces a growing revolt from carmakers in Britain unhappy at the slow pace of clarity over post-Brexit customs arrangements crucial to their business model.Sky News has been shown internal industry memos, circulating at the Frankfurt Motor Show, expressing exasperation at the state of preparedness for changes to customs - which could come in in March 2019 and for which immediate investment and staffing is required.A recent meeting with Government was described as "disillusioning" because of a "lack of detailed information and blocking of our questions".Officials were described as having "no concrete idea of how to apply [customs] proposals".Instead of communicating detailed proposals, the meeting was taken as a "desperate attempt" to find out basic information and "get the in...