• Microsoft Jun 12

    Microsoft Joins Amazon, IBM in Pausing Face Scans for Police

    Microsoft has become the third big tech company this week to say it won’t sell its facial recognition software to police, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM

  • George Floyd Jun 11

    Amazon Bans Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology for One Year

    Amazon said on Wednesday that it’s banning use of its facial recognition software by police for one year, as pressure on tech companies builds to respond to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

  • IBM Dec 10, 2019

    Inventor of Ubiquitous Universal Product Code, George Laurer, Dies at 94

    The inventor of the Universal Product Code has died. The ubiquitous black bars and 12-digit numbers transformed retail and other industries around the world. A funeral for George Laurer was held Monday in North Carolina, A funeral home confirmed Lauer’s death last week at age 94. Laurer was an electrical engineer with IBM in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in...

  • Donald Trump Nov 15, 2019

    Esper Defends $10B Pentagon Contract Disputed by Amazon

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, and Amazon said there was “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part and it intended to challenge the decision in court. Esper recused himself...

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Google Claims Breakthrough in Blazingly Fast Computing

    Google announced Wednesday it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, saying it has developed an experimental processor that took just minutes to complete a calculation that would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years. The feat could open the door someday to machines so blazingly fast that they could revolutionize such tasks as finding new medicines, developing vastly...

  • CEO Jul 10, 2019

    H. Ross Perot, Politician, Businessman and Texan, Dies at 89

    H. Ross Perot, best known for his run as an independent candidate in the 1992 presidential campaign, died Tuesday at his home in Dallas, NBC 5 has confirmed. He was 89 years old.

  • Smithsonian Jul 8, 2019

    Clickety Clack, Let's Look Back: Typewriters Return

    For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. But at the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the feel and sound of the typewriter —...

  • head Jul 5, 2019

    Here's How Criminals Use Stolen Passport Information

    The theft of as many as 5 million passport numbers from the Marriott hotel chain last year continues to worry consumers worried that criminals were using their information for fraud or even travel. Unlike credit card data or personal Social Security numbers, there are few mechanisms in place to alert consumers that their passport numbers have been stolen and possibly...

  • Donald Trump Jun 20, 2019

    1 in 6 ER Visits or Hospital Stays Triggers ‘Surprise' Bill

    Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions of people with...

  • CEO Apr 23, 2019

    Companies, LGBT Groups Say Bill Could Cost Texas Billions

    The Supreme Court has become the latest flash point for LGBTQ politics, agreeing to hear a case about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and workplace discrimination. But at the local level, Texas is the current showdown state for LGBTQ rights. Bill 17, recently passed by the Texas State Senate, sounds innocuous, but citing religious freedom as...

  • CEO Dec 25, 2018

    2018 Revealed Many Forms of Technology's Dystopian Potential

    We may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos. The list is long: High-tech tools for immigration crackdowns. Fears of smartphone addiction. YouTube algorithms that steer youths...

  • Donald Trump Dec 6, 2018

    Tech Execs Gathering at White House to Talk Innovation, Jobs

    Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry. The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs, industries and the economy. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft...

  • United States Aug 24, 2018

    Activists Push for Virginia to Ratify the ERA

    Virginia could make history in the fight for equal rights for women. News4’s Julie Carey spoke to some women who are pushing for the state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

  • Donald Trump Jul 26, 2018

    The Pentagon Just Got One Step Closer to Awarding Its $10 Billion Cloud Contract

    The Defense Department took a large step forward Thursday in its march toward procuring a secure cloud software, an acquisition potentially worth up to $10 billion. After a nearly two-month delay, the Pentagon released its final request for proposal for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract. The long-awaited final request for proposal simply outlines what companies will have...

  • Donald Trump Jul 19, 2018

    Trump Promotes Job Training as Employers Search for Workers

    Promoting a robust economy, President Donald Trump pressed U.S. companies and trade associations on Thursday to enhance their job training programs as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies. “We need people with training,” Trump declared.

  • Captain Jun 29, 2018

    SpaceX Launches AI Robot, Strong Coffee for International Space Station Crew

    The used Falcon rocket blasted off before dawn, hauling nearly 6,000 pounds of cargo, including the first robot with artificial intelligence bound for space and genetically identical mice, or mousetronauts,

  • Facebook Jun 8, 2018

    Google Pledges Not to Use AI for Weapons or Surveillance

    Google pledged Thursday that it will not use artificial intelligence in applications related to weapons, surveillance that violates international norms, or that works in ways that go against human rights. It planted its ethical flag on use of AI just days confirming it would not renew a contract with the U.S. military to use its AI technology to analyze drone...

  • Facebook May 7, 2018

    Microsoft Launches $25 Million Program to Use AI for Disabilities

    Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle features sessions on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality. It comes as Microsoft...

  • CEO Mar 23, 2018

    Who's Laughing Now? Former Comedian Byron Allen Purchases Weather Channel for $300M

    The Weather Channel is under new ownership.
    Entertainment Studios Inc., an independent movie and TV producer and distributor, said Thursday it’s acquired the channel’s parent company, Weather Group.

  • CEO Mar 19, 2018

    Publisher Tronc Names CEO Dearborn Chairman of Board

    Newspaper publisher Tronc has named CEO Justin Dearborn as its chairman of the board, replacing Michael Ferro, who is retiring. The change announced Monday shortly before Fortune magazine published a story about two women who allege that Ferro made unwanted sexual advances during 2013 and 2016 before he become Tronc’s chairman.

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