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Amazon Will Force Its Flex Delivery Drivers to Snap Selfies for Face-Recognition Authentication

Amazon’s internal delivery service, Amazon Flex, will require its drivers to take photos of themselves to be validated with facial recognition.

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The Criterion Channel Should Be My Favorite Streaming Platform

It wasn’t so long ago that Netflix’s focus was on developing a curated library of titles rather than its own original, largely episodic content—and the nostalgics among us still pine for those days. With Filmstruck now deceased, the recently-launched Criterion Channel is close to being the ideal streaming platform for…

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Over 1,000 Counterfeit Juul Pods Containing Questionable Substances Seized by Border Protection

A parcel from China was confiscated in Philadelphia earlier this week containing 36 cartons of knock-off pods fitted for the popular Juul vaping system. Had they been sold as the genuine article, their estimated street value was close to $5,000.

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Fair Warning: Facebook Is Reportedly Building Its Own Voice Assistant

What we can all agree on is that of the heavy hitters operating in the voice assistant market—Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and I guess Cortana and Bixby if we’re being generous—exactly none are made by Facebook. We can probably also agree things ought to stay that way, but then, when in recent memory has humanity…

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UK Legislation Could Create a Parallel Internet for Kids

Internet privacy laws are coming fast and furious in the EU. For those who also feel Online has impaired their sense of time or ability to form new memories, GDPR passed less than a year ago, widely-protested copyright directives passed a vote last month, and the UK put forth broad measures to regulate social media…

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‘Big Brother is Watching’: Facebook Accidentally Left Hidden Jokes in Thousands of Oculus Controllers

Facebook—a company that is equally known for surveilling an enormous swath of people, and for accidentally exposing their data in one way or another—shipped “tens of thousands” of its Oculus Touch controllers with some fun hidden messages written inside them, like “Big Brother is Watching.” Haha. It’s a joke. About…

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Here’s What Could Sink Uber, According to Uber

Uber, the money-losing ridehailing platform which by its own admission in its S-1 filing claims it has “incurred significant losses since inception” and “may not achieve profitability,” has overcome a lot on the road to today’s initial public offering. It’s entire business model however—which involves cost-cutting by…

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Apple Cops Another Anti-Trust Investigation (Congrats!)

Apple is renowned for its ability to amass thousands of talented engineers, millions of users, and billions in cash-on-hand. While nowhere near prolific in this particular growth sector, it’s also gotten pretty good at attracting anti-trust complaints.

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3,500 Amazon Employees Challenge Jeff Bezos to Take Real Action on Climate Change

In the latest in a string of protests from inside major tech firms, thousands of Amazon employees have signed their names to an open letter calling on their employer to do more to combat its carbon emissions and to end its relationships with oil and gas giants.

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