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Vizio settles for $2.2 million in FTC suit over snooping on consumers’ viewing habits

vizio_d60-d3_60_1 TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit after it was shown that for years the company has been secretly collecting viewing data and selling it to third parties. The penalty may seem light, but the damage to the Vizio brand may be irreparable. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 7th

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SF District Attorney lawsuit against Lily may have prompted refund

lily_hand_d After raking in tens of millions in preorders and venture capital, the drone maker Lily — if it can really be called that — is shutting down. But its problems won’t end there: San Francisco’s District Attorney filed a lawsuit today alleging false advertising and unfair business practices by the company. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

January 13th

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Obama administration imposes sanctions on Russia in response to election hacks

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With less than a month left until president-elect Donald Trump is to be sworn in to office, Obama's administration has revealed how it will respond to Russia's cyberattacks, which all of the top intelligence agencies in the U.S. believe were conducted to sway the election in favor of the Republican candidate.

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Jacob Siegal

December 29th

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The International Space Station’s network bandwidth will be doubled by new upgrades

wsgtflags The internet connection on the International Space Station and other platforms in orbit is getting a serious upgrade that will double its capacity, NASA announced today. But they aren’t sending up a new router or satellite; the improvements are mainly terrestrial. The ISS and dozens of satellites rely on the Space Network, a more or less unified architecture for sending large amounts of… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

December 13th

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Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

samantha-payne-open-bionics5 Open Bionics is a U.K. startup making bionic hands for patients needing prosthetics and co-founder of the company Samantha Payne came onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to tell us about a new deal between Open Bionics and the National Health Service (NHS) to bring new technologies to amputees. The deal involves a feasibility study with the NHS through SBRI Healthcare to see if Open… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

December 6th

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Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom for computing advances

"Grace Hopper, American Computer Scientist" President Obama awarded the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a batch of 21 deserving recipients, among them computing pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 17th

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Here’s how The White House wants the U.S. to approach AI R&D

datawhitehouse A pair of lengthy reports from the White House show that the administration is well aware of both the opportunities provided by and the obstacles holding back artificial intelligence. Its summary of the state of the art and dozens of recommendations for researchers and the government itself is well worth a read — but just in case, here are our highlights from the papers. Read More

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Devin Coldewey,Jonathan Shieber

October 12th

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Police complaints drop 93 percent after deploying body cameras

 A study from Cambridge University documents an immense drop in complaints against police officers when their departments began using body cameras. But even more surprising is that the data suggests everyone is on their best behavior whether the cameras are present or not. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 3rd

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Police complaints drop 93 percent after deploying body cameras

 A study from Cambridge University documents an immense drop in complaints against police officers when their departments began using body cameras. But even more surprising is that the data suggests everyone is on their best behavior whether the cameras are present or not. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 3rd

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Official CPSC recall goes out for Galaxy Note 7 — replacements will be available September 21

smartphones3 The flaming train wreck that is the Galaxy Note 7 recall finally has its official stamp of approval from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and there’s now a hard date for when you can swap your phone for a new one: September 21. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 15th

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