IBM facial recognition programs cancelled

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The technology giant has also called for public debate over law enforcement use of the tech. The IBM facial recognition programs are being shut down as the tech giant calls for urgent public debate on if and how law enforcement should use this tech. The company’s CEO sent a letter to Congress at the start of this week regarding AI’s responsible use. CEO Arvind Krishna wrote that the company wants to work with lawmakers on its IBM facial recognition software to advance justice and racial equality through educational opportunities, police…

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New Facebook Messenger security feature to minimize fake friends and scam risk

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The social media company announced the new machine learning strategy to stop scammers. The leading social media company recently announced a new Facebook Messenger security feature designed to stand in the way of malicious parties seeking to scam the app’s users. The company has turned to machine learning to spot anomalies that suggest scam activity. Facebook Messenger security already conducts scans for suspicious activities. Now, machine learning will be included in those scans to help identify anomalies such as accounts issuing large quantities of requests within a short span of…

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Mobile shopping payment trends are shifting due to pandemic trends

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A new Paysafe study showed that consumers are changing the way they want to pay online. The results of a new Paysafe report show that over half of consumers in the United States are shopping online due to the pandemic and mobile shopping payment preferences are shifting. Shoppers can’t access brick-and-mortar retail stores because of social and distancing regulations. Without being able to shop in-person, many consumers are looking online to a far greater extent than they had before. In fact, 54 percent of American shoppers are turning to online…

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WhatsApp message forwarding limited to slow COVID-19 misinformation spread

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Facebook has taken yet another effort to try to stop people from pushing inaccurate coronavirus info. WhatsApp message forwarding has been further limited as a part of a broader effort to slow the spread of coronavirus misinformation. This is another sign of a tech company taking advanced measures to halt false info from being shared. By shrinking the capacity for Facebook-owned WhatsApp message forwarding, it means that misinformation won’t be able to go as far and cannot move as fast. This is the latest of Facebook’s efforts to try to…

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Researchers easily dupe biometric scanners with fake fingerprints

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The tech experts used 3D printed molds to replicate real fingerprint and trick user authentication tech. Cisco Talos researchers have said they were able to easily trick biometric scanners, gaining access to eight mobile devices. The process involved using a painstaking replication effort but then quickly accessed the phones. The researchers used a meticulous process for replicating user fingerprints using 3D-printed molds. In this way, they were able to break through the biometric scanners very easily. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible for the average cybercriminal. It would need someone…

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