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Cade Metz / New York Times:
Department of Homeland Security and Google partner on $1.5M contest for algorithm that identifies concealed items in images captured by body scanners   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports.
Jun 22, 2017, 5:05 PMIn context
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
How Golan Ben-Oni, CIO of US telecom firm IDT Corporation, discovered and is drawing attention to NSA-made DoublePulsar, a more potent sister tool to WannaCry   —  NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness.
Jun 22, 2017, 4:00 PMIn context
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources detail how the pressure on Travis Kalanick played out in the days and hours leading to his resignation   —  Travis Kalanick's final hours as Uber's chief executive played out in a private room in a downtown Chicago hotel on Tuesday.  —  There, Mr. Kalanick, who was on a trip …
Jun 21, 2017, 10:00 PMIn context
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Uber's crisis was a failure of oversight and shows founders should be constrained by lieutenants, mentors, and a forceful board of directors   —  Travis Kalanick's spectacular rise and fall at Uber contains many lessons for the technology industry.  But one lesson should rise above the others …
Jun 21, 2017, 5:00 PMIn context
Gerry Doyle / New York Times:
Toshiba says it's chosen a Japanese consortium to buy its microchip business, overlooking US-based Western Digital; full details of the deal expected next week   —  HONG KONG — As Toshiba, the embattled technology giant, battles for survival, it has turned to a group led by the Japanese government …
Jun 21, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO, sources say after pressure from Benchmark, First Round, Lowercase, Menlo, and Fidelity; he will remain on Uber's board   —  Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and that he built …
Jun 21, 2017, 1:25 AMIn context
David Shimer / New York Times:
German police raid homes of 36 accused of hateful posts on social media including threats, coercion, and incitement to racism, amid push for social media bill   —  In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings …
Jun 20, 2017, 4:25 PMIn context
Amie Tsang / New York Times:
Jaguar Land Rover will fast-track job applicants who perform well in puzzle-based app, echoing a broader industry shift towards screening via apps   —  LONDON — Want to work for Jaguar Land Rover?  You could improve your chances by solving puzzles.  —  The carmaker announced on Monday …
Jun 20, 2017, 3:50 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
A look at Ether, which has risen 4,500% since the beginning of the year, is used in ICOs, and is likely to pass Bitcoin's total value soon   —  The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year.
Jun 20, 2017, 8:00 AMIn context
New York Times:
How Mexican activists, journalists, lawyers have been targeted with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, likely by their own gov't, which spent ~$80M on the tools   —  MEXICO CITY — Mexico's most prominent human rights lawyers, journalists and anti-corruption activists have been targeted …
Jun 19, 2017, 1:05 PMIn context

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