Day: September 28, 2020

Technical Difficulties | Human Rights Watch

The U.S. and other governments should make decisions about Chinese tech companies based on human rights considerations, including the companies’ impact on the rights of people around the world—not just their own citizens.

The Chinese companies Tencent, owner of WeChat, and ByteDance, which owns TikTok, play a significant role in facilitating and entrenching the Chinese government’s censorship, surveillance, and propaganda regime inside China. There is emerging evidence that they also have a debilitating influence on rights outside the country.

ByteDance’s products catering to Chinese users—including news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, search engine Toutiao Search, and Douyin, the domestic version of TikTok—all censor what the Chinese government considers “politically sensitive” content. Articles that mention the names of top People’s Republic of China (PRC) leaders, for example, or videos uploaded by Uighurs to draw attention to their missing family members are quickly removed. The company also censored content it considered critical of the

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Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley’s Most Secretive Unicorn

Photo: Busà Photography/Getty Images

Back in 2003, John Poindexter got a call from Richard Perle, an old friend from their days serving together in the Reagan administration. Perle, one of the architects of the Iraq War, which started that year, wanted to introduce Poindexter to a couple of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who were starting a software company. The firm, Palantir Technologies, was hoping to pull together data collected by a wide range of spy agencies — everything from human intelligence and cell-phone calls to travel records and financial transactions — to help identify and stop terrorists planning attacks on the United States.

Poindexter, a retired rear admiral who had been forced to resign as Reagan’s national-security adviser over his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, wasn’t exactly the kind of starry-eyed idealist who usually appeals to Silicon Valley visionaries. Returning to the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks, he had begun researching

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Which Brokerages Provide The Best Tech? Inman Readers Weigh In

On Sunday, Inman Publisher and founder Brad Inman asked the Inman Coast to Coast Facebook community which brokerage provides their network with the best, most useful, most functional technology. Unsurprisingly, responses varied widely across the board.

Real estate is often perceived as a people business, and it is — but the tech systems that support agents behind the scenes can make a huge difference in how effectively an agent can operate day to day, agents and other real estate professionals agreed during a rousing conversation on Inman Coast to Coast over the weekend that drew more than 200 responses.

On Sunday, Inman Publisher and founder Brad Inman asked the Inman Coast to Coast Facebook community which brokerage provides their network with the best, most useful, most functional technology, and not surprisingly, responses varied widely across the board.

A few Inman Coast-to-Coasters singled out certain brokerages as being behind-the-times tech-wise, like

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Nikola’s Trevor Milton bought semi design from someone else: report

  • Two people familiar with the matter said Trevor Milton bought the Nikola One’s design from a designer at EV brand Rimac Automobili, according to the Financial Times.
  • This is despite Nikola saying Milton was responsible for initially designing the One “in his basement.”
  • Nikola is currently involved in a $2 billion lawsuit with Tesla, claiming that the Tesla Semi is “substantially” similar in design to the Nikola One.
  • Tesla’s rebuttal to the lawsuit claims the Rimac designer whom Milton bought the designs from called the truck project “Road Runner.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The story with the Nikola One, zero-emissions brand Nikola’s hydrogen-electric semitruck, was that embattled company founder Trevor Milton designed it in his basement. But a new report from the Financial Times suggests otherwise. 

Two sources with knowledge on the matter, who were not named by the Financial Times, said Milton bought the original design

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BYU Football Releases Depth Chart Against Louisiana Tech

BYU is 2-0 as they prepare for another game on Friday night. BYU released their official depth chart against Louisiana Tech:

Quarterback

  1. Zach Wilson
  2. Baylor Romney
  3. Jaren Hall

Zach Wilson had a career night against the Troy Trojans – I expect another big performance from Wilson on Friday.

Running Back

  1. Lopini Katoa OR Tyler Allgeier

Following the injury to Jackson McChesney, BYU really needs these running backs to stay healthy. Sione Finau, who tore his ACL last year, will be available very soon. Finau led BYU in rushing last season. 

Full Back

  1. Masen Wake
  2. Kyle Griffitts

Quick shoutout to the full backs – they played really well against Troy. Masen Wake had two touchdowns and Kyle Griffitts had a reception with some yards after the catch.

Wide Receiver

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  1. Neil Pau’u
  2. Kody Epps
  1. Gunner Romney
  2. Keanu Hill OR Brayden Cosper
  1. Dax Milne
  2. Chris Jackson

Both Brayden Cosper and Kody Epps had

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Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker could return to lineup against Duke after ‘little scare’ | Virginia Tech

“We haven’t had him for a while, so he’s had a really good fall camp I’ve been really pleased with,” Fuente said on Monday when asked if Hooker was ready to play against Duke. “So I feel the same that I always have.”

Hooker was on the sidelines Saturday night and did throw to his teammates during early pregame warmups.

He spent much of the game encouraging fellow quarterbacks Braxton Burmeister and Quincy Patterson. Burmeister started the game and Patterson played when the former Oregon transfer suffered a hand injury early in the second quarter.

Hooker is coming off a breakout year that saw him go 6-2 as a starter. He threw for 1,555 yards (61%) with 13 touchdowns and only turned the ball over twice. He also ran the ball 123 carries for 356 yards with five touchdowns.

The fourth-year junior was listed as the team’s No. 1 quarterback

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Apple’s Brilliant, Updated Tablet Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Apple’s next tablet to be announced will be an updated iPad Pro, according to ferociously reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, coming as soon as next month, he says, and picked up by 9to5Mac.

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But wait, you say, the iPad Pro just had a refresh, with LiDAR scanner and improved processor, only six months ago. You’re not wrong, so, surely, there can’t be another so soon, can there?

Apple has updated an iPad twice in a year in the past, but only once, when the third-generation iPad was updated to fourth-generation, with the tablets landing in Spring and Fall 2012 respectively. Apple took some criticism for that and has never replaced a tablet on such a short timetable

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HITN Launches “Edye” SVOD Service and Mobile Apps for the United States and Latin America Markets

Created for preschool children and their parents, Edye provides a safe environment where kids can enjoy smart entertainment with their favorite characters anytime, anywhere

HITN TV announced today major steps toward the expansion of Edye, its premium SVOD (Subscription Video-on-Demand) service. Edye offers smart and safe entertainment for preschool children between the ages of two and six years old.

Edye released a suite of Apple iOS and Android mobile apps that will offer both in-app purchase subscription capabilities as well as authenticated services for Pay TV operators and Telcos. These apps will be available for the U.S. market as well as every Spanish-speaking country in Latin America through the Apple Store and Google Play, providing Edye subscribers with a complete and secure experience that includes an unparalleled video content offering, electronic books, games, activities and parenting support.

The release of the apps also marks the expansion of Edye into the

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Illegal Money Flows From Africa Near $90 Billion, U.N. Study Says | World News

GENEVA (Reuters) – Africa is losing nearly $89 billion a year in illicit financial flows such as tax evasion and theft, amounting to more than it receives in development aid, a U.N. study showed on Monday.

The estimate, in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) 248-page report, is its most comprehensive to date for Africa. It shows an increasing trend over time and is higher than most previous estimates.

The report calls Africa a “net creditor to the world,” echoing economists’ observations that the aid-reliant continent is actually a net exporter of capital because of these trends.

“Illicit financial flows rob Africa and its people of their prospects, undermining transparency and accountability and eroding trust in African institutions,” said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.

Junior Davis, head of policy and research at UNCTAD’s Africa division, told Reuters the figure was likely an underestimate, citing data limitations.

Nearly half

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Three Reasons Why It’s A Great Time To Be In The Gaming Business

Let’s not kid ourselves. It is an incredible time to be in the gaming business. Let’s put aside that the pandemic arrived in February. The ensuing national lockdown created a supercharged tailwind for the gaming segment’s major players, as kids suddenly stuck at home needed to be entertained. New, beefed-up consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be in the market for the holiday season. PC gamers are salivating at NVIDIA’s efforts to drive more affordable 4K performance. VR-based gaming is likely to get a significant boost with Oculus’ new, lower-cost VR headset. Let’s take a closer look at why the major players in the gaming business are likely smiling.

#1: Preorders for Microsoft and Sony’s new console refreshes off to a sizzling start

Microsoft began accepting preorders for its new next-gen Series X and S earlier this week and quickly sold out. The preorder

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