Ring rolls out end-to-end video encryption after a class action lawsuit

In September, Amazon-owned Ring announced that it would bring end-to-end video encryption to its lineup of home security devices. While the company already encrypted videos in storage and during transmission, end-to-end encryption secures videos on-device, preventing third parties without special keys from decrypting and viewing the recordings. The feature launches today in technical preview for compatible Ring products. The rollout […]

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Workato raises $110 million for its business workflow automation platform

Workato, which offers an integration and automation platform for businesses, today announced it has raised $110 million at a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion. The company says it will put the funds toward product innovation and technology development, expanding its customer success program, launching its first user conference in 2021, and investing in scaling teams in the U.S. and internationally. […]

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Oxbotica raises $47 million to bring autonomy to vehicles in challenging environments

Oxbotica, a U.K.-based developer of autonomous vehicle software, today announced that it raised $47 million in a series B round led by BP Ventures. The startup says the funding will be used to accelerate Oxbotica’s commercial deployment of its software platform across key industries and markets. Some experts predict the pandemic will hasten adoption of autonomous vehicles for delivery. Self-driving cars, […]

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Alphabet Workers Union launches with hundreds of members demanding change

Contractors and employees working at Alphabet companies like Google have formed the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU). More than 50 Google contract employees voted to unionize last year in Pittsburgh, but the AWU includes more than 200 dues-paying Google employees or contractors, and organizers say it is the first union open to all Alphabet employees in company history. The AWU launches […]

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Apple loses copyright infringement claims against security startup Corellium

(Reuters) — A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday dismissed Apple’s copyright infringement claims against a Florida startup whose software helps security researchers find vulnerabilities in Apple products including the iPhone. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith ruled in favor of Corellium LLC, saying its software emulating the iOS operating system that runs on the iPhone and iPad amounted to “fair […]

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Auto-generated fixes to algorithms don’t completely eliminate bias

As predictive models are deployed to make decisions ranging from employee hiring to loan approvals, there’s a growing emphasis on designing algorithms that explain their decision-making and provide recourse to affected individuals. (For example, when a person is denied a loan by a model, they should be informed of the reasons and what can be done to address them.) Several […]

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