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Tech News from around the web, in case you missed it: 15/10/2018

1

Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent

Recode

In America’s tech capital, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

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2

India plans face recognition technology to decongest airports

Al Jazeera

The proposal says passengers will be verified by being photographed at every stage of the check-in process.

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3

A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military

The New York Times

They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred. One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism. Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man.

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4

U.S. Credit Card Giants Flout India’s New Law on Personal Data

The New York Times

When the clock struck midnight in Delhi at the end of Monday, Visa, Mastercard and American Express were suddenly in violation of the law every time an Indian swiped a credit or debit card.

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5


Facebook Takes Down Hundreds of U.S. Pages It Said Spread Misinformation

Wall Street Journal

Facebook Inc. has taken down hundreds of U.S. pages and accounts that were spreading false or misleading political content ahead of the midterm elections, in one of the social network’s most aggressive efforts to stop misinformation spread primarily by Americans.

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6

LinkedIn is using AI to make recruiting diverse candidates a no-brainer

Business Intelligence

LinkedIn is betting that AI can help companies overcome the human biases that hinder diversity.

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7


Why tech’s gender problem is nothing new

The Guardian

Decades after women were pushed out of programming, Amazon’s AI recruiting technology carried on the industry’s legacy of bias

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8


Cisco is hiring more women and non-white employees than ever, and they credit this start-up for helping

CNBC

Cisco now gets 10 percent more female job candidates and it takes less time to fill positions, said Krupa, senior director for digitization and business intelligence inside the company's office of inclusion and collaboration.

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9

Anand Giridharadas on Saudi Money and Silicon Valley Hypocrisy

Wired

Silicon Valley’s deep financial ties to Saudi Arabia illustrate the “hypocrisy behind the ‘change the world’ fantasy” pushed by tech companies, according to journalist Anand Giridharadas. Saudi backing for popular apps like Uber, Slack and Wag offers proof that “the most idealistic companies on earth- in rhetoric- are very happy to take the dirtiest money on Earth to grow and grow and grow”, he said.

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10

SoftBank's deep ties with Saudi Arabia are making investors nervous

CNN

Masayoshi Son used Saudi Arabia's oil riches to help him become one of the world's most powerful tech investors. But that relationship is now threatening to come back and bite him.

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11

Senate Letter Criticises Google for Failure to Disclose Data Vulnerability

Wall Street Journal

Top lawmakers sent a stinging letter to Google on Thursday over its handling of a data vulnerability that affected hundreds of thousands of users of its Google+ social media service.

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12

Cocaine, Reefer and the F-Word: Sometimes Alexa and Google Home Go a Little Crazy

Wall Street Journal

Amazon’s Echo device and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Home can handle a growing array of tasks—they are also freaking people out

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13

Microsoft's $7.5 billion GitHub deal set for EU approval

Reuters

U.S. software giant Microsoft (MSFT.O) is set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $7.5 billion purchase of privately held coding website GitHub, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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14

Facebook rolls out 3D photos that use AI to simulate depth

Tech Crunch

What if you could peek behind what’s in your photos, like you’re moving your head to see what’s inside a window? That’s the futuristic promise of Facebook  3D photos. After announcing the feature at F8 in May, 

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15

“Africa’s banks should embrace fintech,” says Sunil Kaushal at Standard Chartered

African Business

Sunil Kaushal, CEO of Africa & Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank outlines how the rules of the game are changing in Africa’s banking sector. 

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16

Why missing Saudi journalist’s Apple Watch is an interesting, but unlikely, lead

Tech Crunch

Police investigating the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are searching for his Apple  Watch to obtain his health and location data before his disappearance. But that may prove impossible, according to new details learned by TechCrunch.

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17

In China, a Dot-Com Déjà-Vu

Wall Street Journal

Welcome to the land of ‘unicorns’ and super-cheap meals. The rewards are rich, as are valuations. And the risks are rising. How it will play out depends upon whom you ask.

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18

How cloud software can help African SME businesses grow and expand

Africa Tech (African Business Communities)

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19

Startup Interview: Kennedy Mwaura, CEO, EWYN, Kenya

Africa Tech (African Business Communities)

Kennedy Mwaura is the CEO and Co- founder of EWYN Solutions Limited a Kenyan based startup that has positioned itself as frontrunner in the provision of custom software and mobile applications that address specific needs of diverse clients. He talked to Africa Business Communities on the journey  to building a company of its kind in Kenya, the partnerships with county governments and other private players in coming up with solutions that embrace efficiency and the dream of creating the next big thing in the country and region.

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20

Adebayo Sanni: Nigerian businesses can be secure in the cloud

Africa Tech (African Business Communities)

Deloitte’s 2018 Nigeria Cybersecurity Outlook highlights a rise in several cyber Ponzi schemes during 2017 as well as evolving ransomware attacks. Ponzi schemes promise incredible financial returns on investment while the Wannacry ransomware attack affected more than 150 countries, including Nigeria.

Today’s attacks are wide and varied, and range from targeting infrastructure and databases to applications and users. This means that to protect vital information assets, companies need controls at multiple levels across their entire environment - both in the cloud and on-premise.

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21

Nvidia launches Rapids to help bring GPU acceleration to data analytics

Tech Crunch

Nvidia,  together with partners like IBM, HPE, Oracle, Databricks and others, is launching a new open-source platform for data science and machine learning today. Rapids, as the company is calling it, is all about making it easier for large businesses to use the power of GPUs to quickly analyse massive amounts of data and then use that to build machine learning models.

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22

Live updates: Google’s October 9 event as it happens

Digital Trends

Speculation that Google is gearing up to release new tech has been rife for the last couple of months, and rumours have grown to a fever pitch in the last week. While no-one knows exactly what Google’s planning (and it’s been teasing us a little too), we fully expect to see a variety of new hardware unveiled, including two new models of the Pixel phone, two new Pixelbook laptops, as well as some other goodies.

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23

When, Exactly, Did Politics Become a Tech Story?

Wired

For WIRED's October issue, David Karpf read every issue of the magazine, in chronological order. He'll be writing a series about the patterns and insights he found in 25 years of stories about the future.

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24

Samsung unveils the Galaxy A9, the world's first smartphone with a quad lens rear camera

CNBC

Samsung revealed its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A9, featuring the world's first rear camera with four lenses.

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