Mobileye chastises Uber by detecting struck pedestrian in footage well before impact

A self-driving vehicle fatally striking a pedestrian is a tasteless venue for self-promotion, but it’s also an important time to discuss the problems that created the situation. Mobileye CEO and CTO Amnon Shashua seems to do a little of both in this post at parent company Intel’s blog, running the company’s computer vision software on Uber’s in-car footage and detecting the person a full second before impact.

Why Facebook’s Data Scandal Just Won’t Die

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal has everything: peculiar billionaires, a once-adored startup turned monolith, a political mercenary who resembles a Bond villain and his shadowy psychographic profiling firm, an eccentric whistleblower, millions of profiles worth of leaked Facebook data, Steve Bannon, the Mercers, and — crucially — Donald Trump, and the results of the 2016 presidential election.

ICE uses Facebook data to find and track immigrants

Cambridge Analytica may have had access to the personal information of tens of millions of unwitting Americans, but a genuine debate has emerged about whether the company had the sophistication to put that data effectively to use on behalf of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Google Starts Blocking ‘Uncertified’ Android Devices From Logging In

Google logins on unlicensed devices will now fail at setup, and a warning message will pop up stating “Device is not certified by Google,” reports Ars Technica. “This warning screen has appeared on and off in the past during a test phase, but XDA (and user reports) indicate it is now headed for a wider rollout.” From the report: While the basic operating system code contained in the Android Open Source Project is free and open source, Google’s apps that run on top of Android (like the Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.) and many others are not free. Google licenses these apps to device makers under a number of terms designed to give Google control over how the OS is used. Google’s collection of default Android apps must all be bundled together, there are placement and default service requirements, and devices must pass an ever-growing list of compatibility requirements to ensure app compatibility. Android distributions that don’t pass Google’s compatibility requirements aren’t allowed to be called “Android” (which is a registered trademark of Google), so they are Android forks. The most high-profile example of an Android fork is Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of products, but most devices that ship in China (where Google doesn’t do much business) fall under the umbrella of an “Android fork,” too.

While Google’s Android apps are only properly available as a pre-loaded app (or through the pre-loaded Play Store), they are openly distributed on forums, custom ROM sites, third-party app stores, and other places online. When a non-compatible device seller (or a user) loads these on a device, they can potentially trigger Google’s new message at login. The message pops up when you try to log in to Google’s services, which usually happens during the device setup. Users who purchased the device are warned that “the device manufacturer has preloaded Google apps and services without certification from Google,” and users aren’t given many options other than to complain to the manufacturer. At this point, logging in to Google services is blocked, and non-tech-savvy users will have to live without the Google apps. Users of custom Android ROMs — which wipe out the stock software and load a modified version of Android — will start seeing this message, too.

APNewsBreak: Yanks have 7th-highest payroll; Red Sox

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are on track to open the season this week with baseball’s seventh-highest payroll, their lowest ranking since 1992, according to projections by The Associated Press.The Boston Red Sox will top the major leagues at about $223 million, ending the Los Angeles Dodgers’ four-year run as the top spender. San Francisco will be second at around $203 million, with the Chicago Cubs set to be third at about $183 million.The Dodgers and Washington Nationals will each be at approximately $180 million, with the Los Angeles Angels at about $170 million. The Yankees will be at around $167 million – their lowest payroll since 2003.New York has not been ranked as low as seventh since 1992, in the final season of owner George Steinbrenner’s 2�-year suspension.

Facebook’s Data Scandal Is Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica (Or Facebook)

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal has everything: peculiar billionaires, a once-adored startup turned monolith, a political mercenary who resembles a Bond villain and his shadowy psychographic profiling firm, an eccentric whistleblower, millions of profiles worth of leaked Facebook data, Steve Bannon, the Mercers, and — crucially — Donald Trump, and the results of the 2016 presidential election.

All AWS Services GDPR ready

Today, I’m very pleased to announce that AWS services comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that, in addition to benefiting from all of the measures that AWS already takes to maintain services security, customers can deploy AWS services as a key part of their GDPR compliance plans.