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YouTube, Venmo: AI firm must stop scraping faces from sites

YouTube, Venmo: AI firm must stop scraping faces from sites

Technology
Payment service Venmo has joined YouTube and Twitter in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in themBy MATT O'BRIEN AP Technology WriterFebruary 5, 2020, 9:05 PM2 min readNEW YORK -- Payment service Venmo joined YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in them, which the startup does as part of its work with police. Venmo said Wednesday it is sending a cease-and-desist letter to New York-based Clearview AI. The small firm has drawn scrutiny following investigative reports in January by the New York Times and Buzzfeed detailing its work with law enforcement agencies and its practice of scraping social media and other internet platforms ...
Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views

Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views

Technology
Forbes and Business Insider are both well-known news sites. So is forbesbusinessinsider.com a new spin-off?No. It has nothing to do with either Forbes or Business Insider.In fact, it's a site that copies and pastes entire articles from other publishers and reposts them with very slight changes. There are 350 million registered domain names on the internet. Experts say it's impossible to count how many are sham news sites.But just like legitimate websites, they earn money from the major tech companies that pay them to display ads. Billions of dollarsAmazon and Google are two of the world's biggest players in the digital advertising industry.They bring in billions of dollars a year from selling access to ad space across the internet. When the BBC recently v...
Eight men facing charges over illegal streaming sites

Eight men facing charges over illegal streaming sites

Technology
Eight men who allegedly ran pirate streaming services that claimed to offer more content than Netflix have been indicted in the US. Jetflicks and iStreamItAll claimed to be used by thousands of subscribers and allegedly lost copyright owners "millions of dollars". Together they claimed to have more than 300,000 TV episodes and films available to users in the US and Canada.Many of the films had yet to be made available for home viewing. Jetflicks charged users $ 9.99 (£8.20) per month, while iStreamItAll, which has yet to be closed down, currently offers monthly plans for $ 19.99 and charges $ 179.99 for a full year. "The two services allegedly offered more television pro
Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

World
Israel has struck Iranian military sites in Syria to prevent what it said was a pending drone strike by Iran.Israel's military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on Israel "using killer drones".PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his military's "major operational effort". Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since civil war broke out there in 2011, to try to prevent Iran gaining a foothold.An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes on Saturday targeted Iran's Quds force in Aqraba, south-east of the capital, Damascus.A Syrian military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that Syrian anti-aircraft defences "detected enemy...
Google asking ad firms to run rival price comparison sites

Google asking ad firms to run rival price comparison sites

Technology
For the past four months, Google has been encouraging advertising agencies to create price comparison sites, which it presents in the Google Shopping box. Google launched its Comparison Shopping Service (CSS) scheme in June 2018 in response to the European Commission's 2017 judgment, which fined the search giant a record-breaking €2.4 billion (£2.14bn), and ordered it to give its comparison shopping competitors "equal treatment".Google approached advertising agencies and invited them to build comparison shopping sites.It also offered substantial incentives to retailers to generate interest in the scheme.The search firm then showed the names of the new sites under the images in its Google Shopping advertising insert, giving the impression of a thriving comparison ...