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      Meta halts plans to train AI on Facebook, Instagram posts in EU

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 18:44

    Meta halts plans to train AI on Facebook, Instagram posts in EU

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    Meta has apparently paused plans to process mounds of user data to bring new AI experiences to Europe.

    The decision comes after data regulators rebuffed the tech giant's claims that it had "legitimate interests" in processing European Union- and European Economic Area (EEA)-based Facebook and Instagram users' data—including personal posts and pictures—to train future AI tools.

    There's not much information available yet on Meta's decision. But Meta's EU regulator, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), posted a statement confirming that Meta made the move after ongoing discussions with the DPC about compliance with the EU's strict data privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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      Apple punishes women for same behaviors that get men promoted, lawsuit says

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 17:37

    Apple punishes women for same behaviors that get men promoted, lawsuit says

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    Apple has spent years "intentionally, knowingly, and deliberately paying women less than men for substantially similar work," a proposed class action lawsuit filed in California on Thursday alleged.

    A victory for women suing could mean that more than 12,000 current and former female employees in California could collectively claw back potentially millions in lost wages from an apparently ever-widening wage gap allegedly perpetuated by Apple policies.

    The lawsuit was filed by two employees who have each been with Apple for more than a decade, Justina Jong and Amina Salgado. They claimed that Apple violated California employment laws between 2020 and 2024 by unfairly discriminating against California-based female employees in Apple’s engineering, marketing, and AppleCare divisions and "systematically" paying women "lower compensation than men with similar education and experience."

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      Tesla investors sue Elon Musk for diverting carmaker’s resources to xAI

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 17:11

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    A group of Tesla investors yesterday sued Elon Musk, the company, and its board members, alleging that Tesla was harmed by Musk's diversion of resources to his xAI venture. The diversion of resources includes hiring AI employees away from Tesla, diverting microchips from Tesla to X (formerly Twitter) and xAI, and "xAI's use of Tesla's data to develop xAI's own software/hardware, all without compensation to Tesla," the lawsuit said.

    The lawsuit in Delaware Court of Chancery was filed by three Tesla shareholders: the Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Pension Fund, Daniel Hazen, and Michael Giampietro. It seeks financial damages for Tesla and the disgorging of Musk's equity stake in xAI to Tesla.

    "Could the CEO of Coca-Cola loyally start a competing soft-drink company on the side, then divert scarce ingredients from Coca-Cola to the startup? Could the CEO of Goldman Sachs loyally start a competing financial advisory company on the side, then hire away key bankers from Goldman Sachs to the startup? Could the board of either company loyally permit such conduct without doing anything about it? Of course not," the lawsuit says.

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      Apple set to be first Big Tech group to face charges under EU digital law

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 16:16

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    Brussels is set to charge Apple over allegedly stifling competition on its mobile app store, the first time EU regulators have used new digital rules to target a Big Tech group.

    The European Commission has determined that the iPhone maker is not complying with obligations to allow app developers to “steer” users to offers outside its App Store without imposing fees on them, according to three people with close knowledge of its investigation.

    The charges would be the first brought against a tech company under the Digital Markets Act, landmark legislation designed to force powerful “online gatekeepers” to open up their businesses to competition in the EU.

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      Microsoft in damage-control mode, says it will prioritize security over AI

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 6 days ago - 20:38

    Brad Smith, vice chairman and president of Microsoft, is sworn in before testifying about Microsoft's cybersecurity work during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2024.

    Enlarge / Brad Smith, vice chairman and president of Microsoft, is sworn in before testifying about Microsoft's cybersecurity work during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2024. (credit: SAUL LOEB / Contributor | AFP )

    Microsoft is pivoting its company culture to make security a top priority, President Brad Smith testified to Congress on Thursday, promising that security will be "more important even than the company’s work on artificial intelligence."

    Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, "has taken on the responsibility personally to serve as the senior executive with overall accountability for Microsoft’s security," Smith told Congress.

    His testimony comes after Microsoft admitted that it could have taken steps to prevent two aggressive nation-state cyberattacks from China and Russia .

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      Cop busted for unauthorized use of Clearview AI facial recognition resigns

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 6 days ago - 16:16

    Cop busted for unauthorized use of Clearview AI facial recognition resigns

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    An Indiana cop has resigned after it was revealed that he frequently used Clearview AI facial recognition technology to track down social media users not linked to any crimes.

    According to a press release from the Evansville Police Department, this was a clear "misuse" of Clearview AI's controversial face scan tech, which some US cities have banned over concerns that it gives law enforcement unlimited power to track people in their daily lives.

    To help identify suspects, police can scan what Clearview AI describes on its website as "the world's largest facial recognition network." The database pools more than 40 billion images collected from news media, mugshot websites, public social media, and other open sources.

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      Musk says he’s winning Tesla shareholder vote on pay plan by “wide margin”

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 6 days ago - 14:45

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    Elon Musk said last night that Tesla shareholders provided enough votes to re-approve his 2018 pay package, which was previously nullified by a Delaware judge. A proposal to transfer Tesla's state of incorporation from Delaware to Texas also has enough votes to pass, according to a post by Musk.

    "Both Tesla shareholder resolutions are currently passing by wide margins!" Musk wrote . His post included charts indicating that both shareholder resolutions had more than enough yes votes to surpass the "guaranteed win" threshold.

    The Wall Street Journal notes that the "results provided by Musk are preliminary, and voters can change their votes until the polls close at the meeting on Thursday." The shareholder meeting is at 3:30 pm Central Time. An official announcement on the results is expected today.

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      Starlink user terminal now costs just $300 in 28 states, $500 in rest of US

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 7 days ago - 20:20

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    You can now buy a Starlink satellite dish for $299 (plus shipping and tax) in 28 US states due to a discount for areas where SpaceX's broadband network has excess capacity.

    Starlink had raised its upfront hardware cost from $499 to $599 in March 2022 but cut the standard price back down to $499 this week. In the 28 states where the network has what SpaceX deems excess capacity, a $200 discount is being applied to bring the price down to $299. It's unclear how long the deal will last, though we can assume the number of states eligible for $299 pricing will fall if a lot of people sign up.

    "In the United States, new orders in certain regions are eligible for a one-time savings in areas where Starlink has abundant network availability," a support page posted yesterday said. "$200 will be removed from your Starlink kit price when ordering on Starlink.com and if activated after purchasing from a retailer, a $200 credit will be applied. The savings are only available for Residential Standard service in these designated regional savings areas."

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      Musk’s X demands money from laid-off employees, claims they were overpaid

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 7 days ago - 16:46

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    Elon Musk's X Corp. is reportedly demanding money from at least six Australians who were laid off, saying the company accidentally overpaid them. The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that "X is threatening to take some former Australian employees to court, demanding they return entitlements it claims were overpaid to them after it bungled the currency conversion from US to Australian dollars on the payments."

    Emails sent this year by X's Asia Pacific human resources department to the laid-off employees said there was "a significant overpayment in error in January 2023." The alleged overpayments ranged from $1,500 to $70,000 for each employee.

    So far, none of the former employees have repaid the money, The Sydney Morning Herald was told. One Australian dollar is currently worth $0.67 in US currency.

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