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MIT pulls massive AI dataset over racist, misogynistic content

MIT permanently took down its 80 Million Tiny Images dataset—a popular image database used to train machine learning systems to identify people and objects in an environment—because it used a range of racist, misogynistic, and other offensive terms to label photos.

Apple’s Tim Cook says company must do more to combat racism

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the latest Silicon Valley executive to issue a statement about the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality and racial ineqity that were sparked by the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Ex-Reddit CEO blasts platform for amplifying ‘hate, racism’

Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao blasted the company on Tuesday for amplifying racism and hate amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Remote meetings don't feel the same. Here's why

As countless people worldwide have taken to Zoom, FaceTime and Google Hangouts for work meetings and even family catch-ups, they've noticed that it doesn't feel quite the same as speaking in person.

Jeff Bezos spends another $16 million to build New York City mega-mansion

The U.S economy has hemorraged at least 22 million jobs, but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is doing well. The tech mogul, who has seen his $139.4 billion net worth increase significantly in the last week, just bought another property in New York to build his own mega-mansion in the sky.

Google to lift ban on coronavirus-related advertising

Google will begin to lift its ban on coronavirus-related advertising this week in the wake of criticism from some Democrats that the company was helping the Trump administration spread false information about the pandemic.

FCC to enforce robocall crackdown by June 2021

Carriers will have until June of 2021 to implement strict new protocols protecting consumers from robocalls and scammers, the Federal Communications Commission announced.

Could coronavirus produce iPhone shortages in the US?

A production slowdown could hit Apple's iPhone, potentially disrupting shipments to customers, if China extends the coronavirus factory halt into a second week, according to reports.