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facebook, youtube: firm must stop scraping faces from sites

Facebook joined YouTube, Twitter and payment service Venmo in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in them, which the startup does as part of its work with police. Facebook said it has demanded New York-based Clearview AI stop accessing or using information from its flagship site and Instagram. “Scraping people’s information violates our policies,” a company spokesman said. Clearview has drawn scrutiny following investigative reports in January by the New York Times and Buzzfeed detailing its work with law enforcement agencies and its practice of scraping social media and other internet platforms for images. Venmo said it is sending Clearview a cease-and-desist letter. “Scraping Venmo is a violation of our terms of service and we actively work to limit and block activity that violates these policies,” said…

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linkedin ceo steps aside after 11 years, says time is right

The LinkedIn professional networking service is getting a new CEO. Jeff Weiner will become executive chairman after 11 years as chief of the Microsoft-owned business. Ryan Roslansky, senior vice president of product, will become CEO as of June 1. Weiner said the timing felt right personally and professionally, with a ready successor. Roslansky said LinkedIn’s priority of serving the world’s professionals isn’t going to change. LinkedIn is a social network for workers and job seekers. Recruiters use it to find new hires. Users can share their resumes, search for jobs and catch up on career advice and the latest news. The basic version is free, though LinkedIn charges to get additional features. Weiner said he sees his new role as similar to how LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman helped him. “He was there to help ensure that…

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amazon, microsoft support business tax to address housing

Major Seattle-area companies say they are willing to be taxed to help address regional challenges, such as affordable housing and public safety. KUOW reports the companies -- including Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Alaska Airlines – signed a statement released Tuesday, saying: “We think the most high impact way to contribute to meet those needs is in the form of a new business tax.” The statement comes as state lawmakers consider a bill that would allow King County to tax large businesses with high earners to help address homelessness in the region. In the statement, the eleven employers stop short of supporting the proposed measure. Instead, the statement says any tax should be “imposed at a reasonable level with accountability for results in homelessness and affordable housing.” The bill, which is being sponsored by Rep.…

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survey: us companies added 291,000 jobs in january

U.S. companies added 291,000 jobs in January, a big increase from December, but much of that strength likely reflected unusually warm weather during the month. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that the January job gain, which was larger than had been expected, compared to a revised December figure of 193,000. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said that warmer-than-normal weather for January played a big role in the increase. He said without that impact, the job gain would probably have been around 150,000. The ADP report is coming out ahead of the Labor Department’s release of the January jobs report on Friday. Many analysts expect that report will show a job gain of 150,000 in January, compared to 145,000 jobs in the government’s report in December. Analysts believe the unemployment rate will…

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huawei, guarding us business, says verizon violated patents

Chinese tech giant Huawei accused U.S. phone carrier Verizon of violating its patents in a lawsuit filed Thursday, broadening efforts to defend company’s business in the United States amid government sanctions. Huawei Technologies Ltd. accused Verizon Communications Inc. of violating 12 patents on optical transmission, digital communications and other technology, according to a copy of the lawsuit released by the company. Huawei said it filed the lawsuit after negotiations failed to produce a licensing agreement. In separate cases, Huawei also is challenging U.S. government measures to limit its access to the American market on security grounds. There was no indication Thursday’s lawsuit was related to those. The suit asks a U.S. federal court in Waco, Texas, to award unspecified damages and license fees. Huawei, the No. 2 global smartphone brand and the biggest maker…

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nokia reports higher profit, boosts 5g investments

Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia Corp. has reported a rise in fourth-quarter earnings mainly due to cost savings and pledged to boost investments in next-generation 5G networks, of which it is one of the world’s main suppliers. Net profit during the October-December period rose 11% to 821 million euros ($903million) while sales remained flat at 6.9 billion euros. Nokia, based in Espoo, Finland, said Thursday it expects to resume dividend payments after the company’s net cash position improves to around 2 billion euros. It would not, however, expect to reach that level in the first three quarters of this year. In October, Nokia cut its business outlook and halted dividend payments, justifying the decision on need to step up investments into 5G networks, where it competes with China’s Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson. CEO Rajeev…