Technology

The Japanese firm’s investment in facial recognition startup AnyVision marks its second major funding of the tech since 2018. SoftBank’s investment carries a reputational risk and comes as Big Tech firms are publicly distancing themselves from facial recognition.

The YouTube recommendation algorithm regularly recommends misinformation and other content that violates the company’s own policies per a new study. The findings further highlight the inherent tensions social media companies face when relying on algorithms to both drive and moderate content.

At least 11 US federal agencies are using facial recognition services from private companies with little or no oversight. Despite the growing patchwork of local and state laws, nothing short of a federal standard will work to hold these agencies, and their vendors, publicly accountable.

The US’ Big 3 carriers set to combat robocalls: Carriers met the deadline for implementing the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID technology designed to show callers’ true phone numbers.

The company petitioned for the recusal of FTC chair Lina Khan from all related antitrust investigations over her past criticism. Amazon’s aggressive move may ultimately backfire by galvanizing regulatory and legislative interest in clamping down on its business practices.

Maine passed the country’s second statewide ban on facial recognition. Though the law is the strictest of its kind, it won’t affect federal law enforcement currently using facial recognition to track and identify individuals across the country.

On today's episode, we discuss how resale is taking retail by storm, what will happen to fast fashion, and how much companies need to do in terms of sustainability in the eyes of the consumer. We then talk about how retail growth is getting on halfway through the year, what the pandemic did to small businesses, and what technology retailers are (and are not) doubling down on. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer director of forecasting at Insider Intelligence Cindy Liu.

The FTC’s lawsuit was deemed “legally insufficient” because it failed to provide concrete details on what a social media network was, or how dominant Facebook’s market share is or was in the past.

GM-backed connected car startup Wejo partnered with Microsoft and Palantir to improve its ability to store and analyze data. As connected cars take over roads, processing their treasure troves of data will be increasingly important.

New NHTSA rules would require carmakers to report crashes involving driverless cars or advanced driver assistance systems. Though some supporters claim rigid rules could hinder innovation, regulations will be needed to convince consumers of AV’s safety.