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FaceApp goes viral with old-age filter, but spurs privacy concerns
damircudic/iStock (NEW YORK) -- FaceApp is the latest viral trend that has everyone doing a double-take over how they might look 50 years in the future -- but users might want to take a closer look at the privacy policy first. The popular free mobile app that instantly alters the appearance of a person's face -- adding wrinkles, sun damage and grey hair -- has blown up on social media, shared by hundreds including a long list of celebrities. FaceApp uses a type of artificial intelligence to "transform your face" according to the iTunes app store. But while social media...
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EU launches investigation into Amazon's use of 'sensitive data'
Amazon (LONDON) -- The executive body of the European Union has opened a formal investigation into whether Amazon's handling of data from independent sellers breaks anti-competition laws. The European Commission will investigate Amazon's dual role as a retailer selling products and as a marketplace where independent sellers deal directly with customers.The investigation will build on the commission's preliminary fact-finding mission, which found that "Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information - about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace."These practices could breach European antitrust and competition laws on anti-competitive policies. "European consumers are increasingly shopping online," Commissioner Margrethe...
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Ford builds a pickup truck emoji
fredrocko/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Henry Ford rolled out the first factory-built half-ton pickup truck in 1925. Fast forward 94 years and his company wants to break new ground on your smartphone screen by introducing a truck emoji."When customers started demanding a truck emoji, we knew we had to help make it happen," Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of automotive, said in a statement. So last year, Ford submitted a proposal to the organization that reviews and approves new emojis. The Unicode Consortium short-listed the pickup truck emoji. If it's chosen, it'll be out in early 2020 on all platforms. The automaker...
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