Tag: Chicago

Commercializing the open-source FingerprintJS browser fingerprinting tech nabs Chicago entrepreneur $4M

Chicago-based serial entrepreneur Dan Pinto has raised new cash and launched a new company looking to commercialize a years-old open-source project that purports to solve one of the web’s hardest problems — fraud prevention.

The company he launched in January, FingerprintJS, touts itself as a new kind of toolkit offering browser fingerprinting as a service for any application.

The company, based on an open-source project that already has 5 million downloads and 8,000 websites using the service (and hundreds of paying customers, according to the company), is a variation on the browser fingerprinting technology that companies have been using for years.

FingerprintJS uses the same canvas fingerprinting, audio sampling, WebGL fingerprinting, font detection and browser plugin probing tech that’s available on the market, but de-identifies the fingerprint from a specific device by generating a unique identifier of a browser without using cookies. Companies can store the identifier in their database

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Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy Calls on Chicago Companies to Meaningfully Engage with Schools to Help Close Technology and Access Gaps in Education

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy (MSA) is calling on the Chicago business community to increase its engagement with schools to help close the inequality gap that exists in under-resourced areas. Perspectives MSA credits its readiness for the 2020-2021 remote school year to its deep, meaningful relationships with several Chicago companies that have engaged by providing employee support and financial resources.

“Our corporate supporters have embraced understanding the communities Perspectives serves, and they partner with us on solutions that have led to better mental and physical resources for students, a double-digit increase in graduation rates and reduced level of suspension,” said TyNeisha Banks, principal of Perspectives. “We urge Chicago corporations to engage with us and other under-resourced schools to, eventually, erase the inequality gap altogether.”

When COVID-19 forced schools to close in March, the challenges for students of under-resourced communities were amplified, as families lacked the resources

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New tech startup Carsfast launching in Chicago after successful Arizona pilot.

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Direct from its success in Arizona, new digital startup Carsfast has now expanded its unique car buying and financing services throughout Chicago.

Chicago locals have recently welcomed this contactless service which allows people to shop and get finance for thousands of near new cars all from their cell phone. With operations expanding to other local regions later this month, Carsfast will change the way Chicago locals buy their next car.

“We are thrilled to launch this new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the Chicago market” explains CEO and co-founder Shaun Sumaru. “We know that the locals in Chicago are looking for an alternative to physically shopping around for cars. We wanted to simplify this process for them.”

Shaun and his team have developed the new technology shifting interactions entirely to text message so buyers never have to physically see anyone.

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Chicago Public Schools begins a new year amid scramble to get all students connected for remote learning

Surrounded by four computer monitors, Nightingale Elementary teacher Lauren Kullman joked that she felt like she was producing the Emmys. But it was just the first day of school.



Javier Lopez, 8, a Chicago Public School student at Skinner North Classical Elementary School, raises his hand to answer a question on the first day of remote learning at his Chicago home Tuesday.


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Javier Lopez, 8, a Chicago Public School student at Skinner North Classical Elementary School, raises his hand to answer a question on the first day of remote learning at his Chicago home Tuesday.

As Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday began fall quarter with remote learning, most educators were teaching from their homes, though some went to school buildings in order to stream lessons from their classrooms.

Kullman is married to a special education teacher, and the couple has a 5-year-old starting kindergarten along with a younger child.

“Our house is embracing the chaos,” she said Tuesday. “… We are just so grateful that we are remote. The challenges we will face are nothing

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