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- Apple’s VR headset may cost $3,000. The Information reports that the headset, currently in the works, will come with more than a dozen cameras to track your hand movements as well as eye-tracking technology.
- Myanmar’s military blocked Facebook. MPT, the state-owned telecom company, blocked Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp on Thursday, NetBlocks said.
- India is threatening Twitter employees with jail. Twitter blocked several accounts at the government’s behest, but unblocked them again on the grounds of free speech – and now the government wants the firm to block the accounts again, BuzzFeed reports.
- Premium: Google enabled smartphone cameras to take vital signs. The Google Health team has developed a way to use Google’s Pixel smartphone camera to measure heart rate and respiratory rate, and says it can do so with clinical-grade accuracy.
- Amy Klobuchar’s new antitrust bill has ramifications for tech firms. The proposed US "Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act" would make sweeping changes to antitrust law, granting enforcement agencies more powers to impose bigger fines and shifting the burden of proof for companies over mergers.
- Google engineers quit over the recent firings of Black staff. David Baker and Vinesh Kannan have resigned, citing the company’s recent treatment of AI ethicist Timnit Gebru and former recruiter April Christina Curley.
- Would-be Amazon organizers met with the White House. The discussions with the Biden administration signal support from the White House for the effort.
- The founder of r/WallStreetBets sold his life story. Jaime Rogozinski sold exclusive rights to his life’s story to Brett Ratner’s RatPac production studio, one of the producers behind big budget movies like "Wonder Woman" and "Dunkirk," according to The Wall Street Journal.
- Google’s new union filed a labor complaint. The complaint was filed against Google subcontractor Modis Engineering, and claims it suspended an employee after she raised concerns about wages and working conditions.
- Parler’s CEO said he was fired for trying to tackle right-wing extremism. John Matze told NPR his termination came after he disagreed with Parler board member Rebekah Mercer.
Source: Business Insider
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Shona Ghosh)
Date: 2021 02 05
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