N.W.T. man becomes first convicted under Criminal Code for unsafe drone use

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Toufic Chamas, left, leaves court in Yellowknife with his lawyer, Tracy Bock, earlier this month. For illegal drone flying, Chamas was fined $3,000, sentenced to five days in jail, which he has already served, and isn’t allowed to drive for two years. Source: CBC News Date: October 26th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/drone-flyer-convicted-yellowknife-1.4879016 Discussion 1) Are there technological ways to… Read more »

Amazon can sell you stuff. But can it clean your house?

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“They really didn’t listen to those of us who’ve been in the business for decades,” says Bobbie Moe. Customers would punch in their cleaning needs and the square footage of their house online, but the actual time and manpower required would vary wildly with the cleaning needs of the home.” Source: CNN Technology News Date: October 25th, 2018 Link… Read more »

How WhatsApp is being abused in Brazil’s elections

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Political campaigners in Brazil have used software that scrapes Facebook for citizens’ phone numbers, and then automatically sends them WhatsApp messages and adds them to WhatsApp groups. Almost three weeks ago, 147 million voters in the country went to the polls for legislative elections and the first round of the presidential elections. This Sunday, they… Read more »

Tim Cook blasts ‘weaponisation’ of personal data and praises GDPR

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has demanded a tough new US data protection law, in an unusual speech in Europe. Referring to the misuse of “deeply personal” data, he said it was being “weaponised against us with military efficiency”. “We shouldn’t sugar-coat the consequences,” he added. “This is surveillance.” The strongly-worded speech presented a striking… Read more »

VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service

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A new delivery service has just raised $3 million from Casa Verde Capital, the $45 million venture firm founded by hip hop impresario Snoop Dogg, and Kevin Durant’s Durant Company — among others — to take advantage of the growing demand for marijuana delivery. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 18th, 2018 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/24/pass-the-dutchie-to-the-left-hand-side/ Discussion 1) “We’re creating a tool that helps the… Read more »

Facebook in fresh video metrics row

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Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are part of a US legal action against the social network, claim that it knew about the problems in 2015…. Read more »

Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?

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Watching your favourite show or listening to your playlist has never been easier. A virtually endless supply of film, music and TV can be streamed and downloaded almost instantly. But at what cost to the environment? Vast amounts of energy are needed to keep data flowing on the internet and demand will only increase as… Read more »

Hopper raises $100M more for its AI-based travel app, now valued at $780M

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Hopper — a mobile-only travel booking app cofounded by a former Expedia executive in Montreal, Canada that uses artificial intelligence to help you search for and book hotels and flights — has gained a little elevation of its own today. The startup has raised another $100 million in funding, money that it plans to use to… Read more »