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Mac RumorsMay 22, 2019
Apple Pledges to Be 'Clearer and More Upfront' With iPhone Users About Battery Health and Performance in UK
The UK's competition watchdog today announced that Apple has formally agreed to be "clearer and more upfront with iPhone users" about battery health and performance to ensure compliance with consumer law, as the BBC reports.

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
Taiwan's TSMC says chip shipments to Huawei not affected by U.S. ban
TSMC, the world's biggest contract chipmaker, said on Thursday its shipments to China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd are not affected by U.S. action aimed at curbing the telecom equipment maker's access to American technology.

GizmodoMay 22, 2019
Jeff Bezos Wouldn't Even Come On Stage to Listen to His Employees Who Want Amazon to Address Climate Change
At Amazon's shareholder meeting today, employees and investors voted on a wide-ranging spate of proposals, from banning the practice of selling facial recognition technology to adopting a serious plan to address climate change. Each of the proposals ultimately failed, but they were undeniable signs of a paradigm shift…


Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away (Wired News)

GizmodoMay 22, 2019
We Don't Need to 'Pause' Police Use of Face Recognition—We Need to Ban It Forever
Facial recognition experts called to testify before a congressional hearing on Wednesday found themselves in broad agreement: Citing a litany of abuses, each pressed federal lawmakers to respond to the widespread, unregulated use of the technology by law enforcement at every level across the country. However, the idea…


Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point (Wired News)
Lawmakers call for regulation of facial recognition tech (Engadget)

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
U.S. might blacklist China's Hikvision over Uighur crackdown: source
The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision over the country's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority, a person briefed on the matter said, the latest effort by the Trump administration to crack down on Chinese companies as trade friction between the world's top two economies escalates.

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
Apple more upfront with iPhone users on battery health: UK watchdog
Britain's competition watchdog said on Wednesday that Apple Inc has committed to be "clearer and more upfront" with iPhone users about battery health and performance, after the regulator looked into consumer concerns on the matter.

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
China gives more chip design firms a tax break amid trade tensions
China is making preferential tax treatment available to more chip design and software firms, in an effort to support domestic industries amid escalating trade tensions with the United States.

Gizmag Emerging TechMay 22, 2019
Consumer Reports flags "serious safety concerns" over Tesla's Autopilot

Last month, Tesla introduced an update for its Autopilot self-driving software designed to allow the car to complete lane changes on its own. But independent testing by consumer-focused non-profit Consumer Reports has uncovered a few shortcomings in the technology, even stating that it could "create potential safety risks for drivers."

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Yahoo Tech - Apple MacMay 22, 2019
Factbox: Global tech companies shun Huawei after U.S. ban
(Reuters) - Global technology companies, including chip suppliers, are cutting off their ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co after the Trump administration put the world's largest telecom equipment maker on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns. The government has effectively banned U.S. firms from doing business with Huawei, escalating the ongoing trade war. However, Huawei has been allowed to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19 to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to its smartphones. ...

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google
Google's lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, opened its first investigation into the U.S. internet giant on Wednesday over how it handles personal data for the purpose of advertising.

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
U.S. urges South Korea to reject Huawei goods, citing security risks: Chosun Ilbo
The U.S. government is lobbying South Korea not to use Huawei Technologies Co Ltd products, a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday, amid a wider push by Washington to get its allies to reject the Chinese tech firm's goods.

Reuters TechnologyMay 22, 2019
Japanese firms prefer to use 5G networks of domestic carriers
An overwhelming majority of Japanese firms have no plans to use 5G mobile networks by China's Huawei or other foreign firms, preferring instead to rely on domestic telecom carriers due to security concerns, a Reuters poll showed.

New York Times TechMay 22, 2019
Tech Fix: Google's Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)
In a free service, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.

Google's Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes) (New York Times Tech)

Mac RumorsMay 15, 2019
Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 82 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

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