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Palantir Expected To Be Valued At Nearly $22 Billion As Firm Faces Protests Over ICE Contracts

Palantir Technologies Inc. is expected to be valued at nearly $22 billion in its Wall Street debut as the data-mining firm faces fresh backlash over its role in helping facilitate deportations in the U.S.

Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that bankers for Palantir, which was co-founded by Trump ally Peter Thiel, have told investors that shares could start trading at around $10 each as the firm makes the transition to a public company.

The high estimate comes just days ahead of Palantir’s expected September 30 market debut, with the tech company forgoing the traditional IPO route and opting to go public through a direct listing instead.

Already, news that Palantir is set to go public has prompted backlash, with activist group Mijente

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Twitter investigating after users spot mobile app prefers White faces

The Twitter App loads on an iPhone in this illustration photograph taken in Los Angeles, California.

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LONDON – Twitter says it’s investigating why its picture-cropping algorithm sometimes prefers White faces to Black ones.

The investigation comes after Twitter users noticed Black faces were less likely to be shown than White ones in image previews on mobile when the image contains a Black face and a White face.

The micro-blogging platform said it didn’t find any evidence of racial and gender bias when it tested the algorithm but conceded it had more analysis to do.

Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, said Twitter analyzed the model when it shipped it, but said that it needs continuous improvement.

“Love this public, open, and rigorous test — and eager to learn from this,” he said on the platform.

The issue came to light after Colin Madland, a university manager

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Tesla’s Nevada lithium plan faces stark obstacles on path to production

By Ernest Scheyder

Aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada

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Aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s plan to produce lithium for electric vehicle batteries close to its Nevada Gigafactory faces stark challenges from the outset, including an onerous permitting process, uncertain access to water and questions about unproven methodologies.

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car at Tesla's showroom in Manhattan's Meatpacking District in New York

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car at Tesla’s showroom in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in New York

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told shareholders on Tuesday Tesla has secured rights to 10,000 acres in Nevada where it aims to produce lithium from clay deposits using a process developed internally.


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The move would make Tesla the first company in the world to commercially produce the white metal from clay. Lithium is produced either from brine, commonly found in South America, or spodumene hard rock, usually in Australia.

In Nevada,

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As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

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Twitter is investigating after anecdotal data suggested its picture-cropping tool favors white faces

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Twitter's algorithm may have favored images of Mitch McConnell over Barack Obama. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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Twitter’s algorithm may have favored images of Mitch McConnell over Barack Obama. Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Twitter is investigating whether its automatic image cropper may be racially biased following some rudimentary tests conducted by users this weekend.
  • Users began to notice that the algorithm behind Twitter’s automatic cropping tool appeared to be systematically favoring white faces.
  • The evidence so far is anecdotal, but Twitter has promised to investigate its systems.
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Twitter is looking into the possibility that its automated tool which selects which part of a picture to preview in tweets might be racially biased against Black people.

For several years, Twitter has used machine learning to find the most “interesting” part of photos and crop accordingly for better image previews. The upshot is that as you scroll through Twitter, you’ll likely see photo previews focused on faces rather than,

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Faces of Entrepreneurship: Marcus Bullock, Flikshop

Marcus Bullock

Marcus Bullock is the CEO and Founder at Flikshop, which was built to be the tech company that helps families connect to their incarcerated loved ones. Users are able to take a picture, add some quick text, press send, and for 99 cents, Flikshop prints and ships that picture and text on a real tangible postcard, that is shipped to any person in any prison anywhere in the United States. Flikshop has connected over 170,000 registered users so far and has shipped over a half a million postcards. That represents over a half million pieces of love.

Marcus started Flikshop as a result of being sentenced to eight years in adult maximum-security prison as a 15-year-old kid after he had stolen a car from a man in a shopping mall parking lot. His mother didn’t want him to fall into a bed of hopelessness so she began to write him

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Nikola’s founder steps down from board as company faces fraud allegations

Nikola founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton is stepping down from the company’s board of directors after allegations that the zero-emission vehicle start-up misled investors, the company announced on Sunday. Milton will be replaced by existing board member Stephen Girsky, a former vice chairman of GM, who will become Chairman of the Board. Bloomberg reports the company’s shares fell 22 percent in US pre-market trading.

“We remain committed to delivering on our objectives and creating value for our shareholders,” said Mark Russell, Nikola’s Chief Executive Officer.

The electric truck startup has been under intense scrutiny after a report claimed the company had engaged in “lies and deception.” On September 10th, shortly after GM announced it would be taking an 11 percent stake in Nikola, short-selling firm Hindenburg Research released a report titled “Nikola: How to Parlay An Ocean of Lies Into a Partnership With the Largest Auto OEM in America.”

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Twitter is looking into why its photo preview appears to favor white faces over Black faces

Twitter it was looking into why the neural network it uses to generate photo previews apparently chooses to show white people’s faces more frequently than Black faces.

Several Twitter users demonstrated the issue over the weekend, posting examples of posts that had a Black person’s face and a white person’s face. Twitter’s preview showed the white faces more often.

The informal testing began after a Twitter user tried to post about a problem he noticed in Zoom’s facial recognition, which was not showing the face of a Black colleague on calls. When he posted to Twitter, he noticed it too was favoring his white face over his Black colleague’s face.

Users discovered the preview algorithm chose non-Black cartoon characters as well.

When Twitter first began using the neural network to automatically crop photo previews, machine learning researchers explained in a blog post how they started with facial recognition to crop

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Facebook Faces New Lawsuit Over Alleged Covert Collection Of Facial Recognition Data


  • Facebook is facing a third lawsuit over alleged covert use of cameras to record facial recognition data of its users
  • Facebook was sued last month over similar accusations, and had a settlement rejected by a judge the month prior
  • Facebook says the notification of camera use was an error that has been fixed, and cameras were never accessed

Facebook is being sued for alleged use of inactive phone cameras to surveil users. The suit, filed in California by a New Jersey user, is the third this summer and accused Instagram of accessing cameras without the knowledge of users to collect information. 

Brittany Conditi filed suit Thursday over alleged use of facial recognition technology, saying the company was recording how users reacted to ads to better targeted advertisements. Facebook has said while notifications that Instagram was using the camera did pop up, they were due to a bug, and

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Google faces grilling on ad business before U.S. Senate antitrust panel

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will be questioned about its ad business in a hearing on Tuesday, with a particular focus expected on whether it misused its dominance in online advertising to drive profits.

Senator Mike Lee, a Republican and chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, is likely to also press Google on allegations that it is opaque in pricing advertising services, as its critics complain.

Lee is expected to express concern that Google may have broken U.S. antitrust law, a source close to the panel said.

The tech giant made a series of purchases, including DoubleClick and AdMob, to help make it the dominant player in online advertising. Google maintains a tight grasp over each of the many steps between an advertiser looking to place an ad

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