Google is shelling out $11 million to end a lawsuit that accused the search giant of discriminating against older job seekers.The Alphabet-owned company has also agreed to train managers on age bias, form a committee focused on age diversity and investigate age bias complaints.The lawsuit accused Google of engaging in a "systematic pattern or practice of discrimination" against job applicants who were age 40 and over.One of the lead plaintiffs on the case, Cheryl Fillekes, said she interviewed with Google four times but was never offered a position, despite her qualifications, because of her age.Google denied that it intentionally discriminated against the plaintiffs, or any job applicants, because of their age.The company says it works hard to build an inclusive workplace and has strong policies against discrimination on any unlawful basis, including age.
The Milky Way that we all know today was a very different galaxy in the very distant past.Scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) have put a sequence to the events that created the Milky Way’s classic spiral shape.The scientists say that the universe of 13,000 million years ago was very different from what we know today.In the very distant past, stars were forming at a very rapid pace to create the first dwarf galaxies.The mergers of those early dwarf galaxies gave rise the much more massive present-day galaxies such as our own.The scientists say that the chain of events that created our galaxy was unknown until now.
Red faces at the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) after a contractor working for it was hacked, exposing the secret projects being worked on.The secret projects were leaked to Russian media outlets, and reportedly include Russia’s attempts to de-anonymize users on the Tor network, collect data from social networks, and how to isolate the Russian portion of the Internet from the rest of the world, Bleeping Computer reported.Tor is an anonymous web browser, often used by those people wishing to avoid government surveillance or access the dark web.BBC Russia reported that the hackers stole some 7.5 terabytes of data from SyTech, a contractor for Russia’s Federal Security Service FSB, the successor intelligence service to the KGB.A hacking group called 0v1ru$ hit SyTech on 13th July, and as part of the attack defaced the contactor’s wensite to show an image of “Yoba-face”, which they posted an image of on their Twitter feed.Among the terabytes of data stolen, was information about the many secret projects being developed by SyTech on behalf of the Russian government and its intelligence agency.
For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors.In April 2019, police in the UK introduced new consent forms asking sexual assault survivors for permission to access their personal information stored on their phones.If survivors refuse to hand over phone data in this “digital strip search,” police will allegedly stop investigating their rape case.These consent forms, which have been rolled out by all 43 forces in England and Wales, ask the permission of survivors to pick apart seven years worth of text messages, photographs, email, and social media content.According to a petition addressed to Nick Hurd MP (Minister for Policing, National Police Chiefs’ Council, and CPS), this “digital strip search” is ‘unlawful’ and ‘makes survivors feel as if they’re the ones on trial.’ The petition against the practice has been signed by just shy of 36,000 people at the time of writing this — only 4,000 away from its goal.It has also been endorsed by 10 campaign groups, including Big Brother Watch, Amnesty International, the Centre for Women’s Justice, and End Violence Against Women.
1 consumer technology site, we have the privilege of seeing, touching, testing and writing first about the products and services designed to change the way we live, work and play.Many will fail, but some will succeed and push us past boundaries in ways that most of us couldn't have even imagined.After months of research and planning, we sent over a dozen reporters, photographers and videographers around the world to hear from those people, celebrated and controversial, who are effecting change, big and small.Some of the people we've chosen to profile are well known.Chris Wylie reflected on his role as the whistleblower who revealed the controversial relationship between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica last year — and set in motion a worldwide re-examination of how big tech mines our personal data for profit.Henk Rogers, a video game designer, and owner of the rights to Tetris, now focuses his attention on clean energy projects and putting astronauts back on the moon.
Congress is planning to hold two hearings Wednesday in which it will question Robert Mueller, the former FBI head who was appointed two years ago to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.Mueller also investigated accusations that President Donald Trump obstructed justice.The report included details on the 34 indictments brought against people during the probe, ranging from Russian propagandists to Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.Mueller's team concluded there was "insufficient evidence" to determine whether Trump or his aides engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russians.They also declined to clear the president of obstruction of justice."If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state," the report read.
The UK Government has made it clear the Supply Chain Review is about more than one company or one country, but the Huawei dilemma is the most important question; and there still is no answer.Speaking in the House of Commons late Tuesday (22 July), Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright updated the world on the progress of the Supply Chain Review.This Review has seemingly faltered progress towards the digital euphoria, and it appears this statement is nothing more than a delay with some vague promises on security updates.There is still potential the firm might be banned, Wright stated this during the grilling from MPs.Huawei’s fate is still far from certain and now the can has been kicked down the road, where even more unknowns are going to be presented.What will his attitude be towards China?
Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain a commercial wireless network, according to a Washington Post report citing a former employee and internal documents.The Chinese telecoms giant responded in a statement that it “has no business presence” in the country.Why it matters: If true, its actions would violate US sanctions on North Korea as Huawei uses the country’s technology in its components.The claim could again land Huawei in hot water with US authorities, which threaten to cut off its supply of American products.“Huawei is fully committed to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including all export control and sanction laws and regulations” of the United Nations, United States and European Union.— Huawei statement to the Washington Post
Japan is most famous for its sushi, anime, and, of course, robots so it’s only natural that those will have a big presence in next year’s biggest international sports events.It’s also not surprising that Toyota, who has branched its robotics out into the mobility market is playing a big role in mixing the 2020 Olympics and robots.Don’t expect giant mechas and Gundams, though, as Toyota’s army of non-frightening robots will work to let people experience the event in a unique way, even from afar.Toyota has been making and using robots for quite a long time now but until recently, that has mostly been limited to robots used in manufacturing cars, like robot arms.Of late, however, the company has been making and employing robots and mechanical devices to help people with mobility problems or even increase the capability of well-abled people.Toyota is now putting those robots for the enjoyment of those who wish to experience the 2020 Olympics but can’t, either because of distance or disability.
Alibaba’s flash sale and marketing platform Juhuasuan said on Monday that it has updated its virtual farming feature “Jutudi” allowing farmers access to consumer sales data so that they can more accurately plan crops based on current consumer trends.Why it’s important: Technological innovations are increasing efficiency in China’s agricultural industry.Traditionally, farmers plan their crop based on sales of the previous season.By gaining insights into user demand, crops can be planned more efficiently and costs brought by the disconnection between consumer demand and supply are lowered.In addition to Alibaba, Chinese e-commerce platforms like Pinduoduo and JD are also speeding up their digital farming initiatives.Consumer insight is particularly critical for farmers who raise specialty crops for niche markets.
Right now we seem to be coming to grips with the idea that, years from now, many current jobs we take for granted will have transformed beyond recognition or, worse, cease to exist.Griffith University and Deakin University recently teamed up with Ford in Australia in an attempt to tackle that question.Please... let me die before this dystopian future takes shape.But regardless, the study seems to have merit.After studying the existing research around the topic of future jobs, the research team identified a series of industries and consulted with experts familiar with "cutting edge developments" in this field to help guide the discussion and make predictions.Scientists are already looking to CRISPR to find ways to protect existing species, or carefully bring back animals that could help provide ecological balance.
AI is utilized today in so many ways that it might be easier to list where it isn’t.In the tech industry, one of the most common uses of AI and machine learning is in photography, like touching up photos or even heavily modifying them, like the controversial FaceApp.Hopefully less damning, a new MIT research project called AI Portraits Ars takes those same principles to render selfies and photos in a stylistically correct masterpiece from the classics, the Renaissance, or even contemporary art.Style transfer this is not.That is also a popular AI application that takes a photo and applies the painting styles and colors of another art style.Impressive as that may be, the final product doesn’t actually change the nature, form, or structure of the original phone.
Take a second to think about how often we use the internet and how much information passes through our tech each day.It’s a lot, which means there’s a real chance a threat has already embedded itself in your devices.Vipre Advanced Security is an award-winning cybersecurity suite that does it all.It’s the complete solution to all things related to internet security, and it’s compatible with both PCs and Macs.Vipre’s advanced active protection uses machine learning to identify threats that other antivirus packages can miss.It ensures you’re always protected against the latest malware, ransomware, exploits, and more.
The July patch batch addresses vulnerabilities in iOS, MacOS, Safari, watchOS, and tvOS, though many of the updates are for common components across each of the platforms, such as the WebKit browser engine.For iOS, the 12.4 update brings a total of 37 fixes for various components in the mobile operating system.More than half of those CVE-listed flaws were found in WebKit, where Apple cleaned up 19 different memory corruption flaws, each potentially allowing for arbitrary code execution via poisoned web content, and three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities also get a patch.The remaining 15 CVE entries included a flaw in the Wallet app that would cause users to inadvertently authorize purchases while on the lock screen, which was discovered by researcher Jeff Braswell.Also included is fix for a bug in the iOS Telephony software that allowed a Walkie-Talkie connection to be silently activated alongside a call, discovered by researcher Marius Alexandru Boeru and an anonymous colleague.Project Zero's Natalie Silvanovich was a big winner this time around, as the Google-backed bug hunter took credit for discovering vulnerabilities in Core Data (CVE-2019-8646, CVE-2019-8647 along with fellow Googler Samuel Groß, CVE-2019-8660 with Groß), Found in Apps (CVE-2019-8663), Foundation (CVE-2019-8641 with Groß), Quick Look (CVE-2019-8662 with Groß), and Siri (CVE-2019-8646).
Overwatch, Blizzard's successful "hero shooter" that combines MOBA elements with the best of games like Team Fortress, has announced its latest character: Sigma, a scientist with the power to control gravity.Blizzard announced the new character via an animated short.We've seen little with regard to how Sigma will actually play in the game, but we're going to hazard a guess that gravity is involved.High possibility this guy will be doing a lot of floating.People were quick to make this comparison...So yep, he looks a bit like Gru from Despicable Me.
Facebook said Monday that a "technical error" allowed thousands of kids who used the company's messaging app for children to join group chats with people who weren't approved by their parents.The app, called Messenger Kids, lets children between 6 and 12 years old send messages and video chat with family members and friends that their parents accept.For example, a girl who uses the app can join group chats if she was invited by a friend approved by her parents.Because of the flaw, these group chats could also include users who weren't approved by the girl's parents.Facebook said, though, that members of these group chats were approved by the friend's parents."We recently notified some parents of Messenger Kids account users about a technical error that we detected affecting a small number of group chats," a Facebook's spokesman said in a statement.
DoorDash is under fire for an opaque tipping system that customers are saying is misleading.Not all DoorDash tips actually go to the courier on top of an order's total.The company's opaque system, which went viral this week after a New York Times reporter worked for the company and wrote about his experience, has now come under fire from critics and customers who call their tipping system misleading.If the total ends up being less than that guarantee, then DoorDash kicks in the rest of the money.But in a small number of cases, the tip can also help make up that difference.Read more: DoorDash uses a shady tactic that stiffs workers out of some tips and customers are furious
US senator dismisses cop-out, suggests jail time for execsThe credit reporting agency announced on Monday it has proposed the payout in hopes of settling class-action suits, as well as state and federal investigations, over its conduct before and after hackers ransacked its systems and gained access to more than 145 million peoples' personal information.The settlement proposal has yet to be accepted by judges in the cases, though the US Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and attorneys general of the 50 states and territories suing Equifax have all signed off on it.In addition $175m will go to the states and territories, and another $100m will be earmarked for the CFPB.Equifax also agreed to cover the attorney fees and costs for the litigation."Companies that profit from personal information have an extra responsibility to protect and secure that data," FTC chairman Joe Simons said of the proposed deal.
Apple may be only days away from buying Intel’s modem chip business, a new report claims, with the alleged talks taking place only months after Intel announced that it would start winding down its smartphone modem business.The talks are in an ‘advanced’ stage, at least according to sources that leaked the alleged plan.The deal would reportedly cover both the patents portfolio and staff, valuing it at $1 billion or more.In mid-April hours after Apple revealed a new deal with Qualcomm, Intel announced that it was dropping its 5G cellular modem plans, a reversal of its original intention to launch a 5G modem in 2020.Less than two weeks later, a leak surfaced claiming that Intel was looking for a customer to buy its modem chip business.In an update on the matter published today, the Wall Street Journal claimed on behalf of unnamed sources ‘familiar with the matter’ that Apple has been talking with Intel about buying the modem chip business.
We let the magic of heavier-than-air transport cloud the fact that we pay hundreds of pounds to be squeezed into spaces too small for comfort so we can be treated like shit and spew greenhouse gas into the air.Unless we’re rich or flying across the world, we usually don’t even get a free meal out of it.Perhaps the main respite from the suffering is the plane snack, be it an overpriced selection from the in-flight menu or the snacks we bring ourselves.Claire Lower at Lifehacker set off the Gizmodo staff recently when she claimed that the best aeroplane snack was the mandarin orange.That made us wonder what the actual best aeroplane snack is.Your body is subjected to an environment as dry as a desert but at lower pressures, reducing your sensitivity to sweet and salty tastes, as the BBC has reported.