LAPD officers reportedly used facial recognition 30,000 times in the past decade, contradicting the department’s previous denials

Summary List Placement   The Los Angeles Police Department has on numerous occasions over the years downplayed its use of facial recognition technology, publicly claimed that the department doesn’t use it at all, and denied the existence of related documents that, if they exist, the public is legally entitled to see. But new records obtained by the Los Angeles Times revealed that the department has used the technology widely for more than a decade: 29,817 times between November 6, 2009, and September 11 of this year — including 3,750 instances since February. While the LAPD doesn’t have its own facial recognition software, 330 people within the department currently have access… Read More

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YouTube told content moderators to ‘trust in God’ and and take ‘illegal drugs,’ says a former moderator who sued the company after she developed PTSD symptoms and depression on the job

Summary List Placement A former YouTube moderator is suing the company over allegations that it violated California law by failing to provide a safe workplace and protect moderators’ mental health, which she said caused her to develop “severe psychological trauma including depression and symptoms associated with anxiety and PTSD.” In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Monday, the ex-moderator claimed that YouTube, which is owned by Google, “failed to implement the workplace safety standards it helped create” and required moderators “to work under conditions it knows cause and exacerbate psychological trauma.” The ex-moderator, who is not named in the suit, worked as a YouTube contractor via a staffing agency called Collabera… Read More

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Top Republicans appear to give Trump just enough support to confirm a replacement for Justice Ginsburg

Summary List Placement Republicans in the Senate appear to have given President Donald Trump the support he would need to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat. However, even with this support, there are only 43 days before the November election — and even fewer days when the Senate is in session. Justice Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.  The Senate is made up of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two Independents who caucus with Democrats, and while some Republicans said they opposed considering a nominee before the election, The New York Times reported that two of the three… Read More

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Maryland dads spend their weekends building desks for kids in need

Several fathers in the Gaithersburg, Maryland, area are spending their weekends putting their carpentry skills to the test as they build desks for local students. Al and Jessica Berrellez founded Desks by Dads earlier in the summer, after Jessica learned that several of the kids at her daughters’ schools did not have desks at home, and would have to share the dining room table with their siblings or work from their beds during virtual learning. Wanting to ensure educational equity for all students, Jessica asked Al to come up with a prototype for a desk that was inexpensive and easy to make. After some research, Al made a blueprint for… Read More

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Trump falsely claims that for young people COVID-19 ‘affects virtually nobody,’ though in March he told Bob Woodward ‘plenty of young people’ are impacted by the virus

Summary List Placement   “It affects virtually nobody,” Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting pic.twitter.com/qHrZvUWNhX — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020   SEE ALSO: ‘I still like playing it down’: Trump told a veteran journalist he ‘always’ downplayed the threat of COVID-19 to avoid causing ‘panic’ Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens to animals during wildfires …read more Source:: Business Insider       

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THE ESPORTS ECOSYSTEM: The key players and trends driving the red-hot, fast-growing esports space that’s on track to surpass $1.5 billion by 2023

Summary List Placement This is a preview of The Esports Ecosystem research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. To check to see if you already have access to Business Insider Intelligence through your company, click here. Esports and gaming have burst into the mainstream in recent years, transforming from a vibrant niche to a central form of entertainment around the world. While esports may have once stood for a subset of sports culture, it has grown into a full industry in its own right. That shift has been powered by championing from mainstream celebrities like Michael Jordan, Drake, and DJ Marshmello, an increasing amount of coverage from traditional… Read More

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