UK ‘Faces Build-up of Plastic Waste’

The UK’s recycling industry says it doesn’t know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. From a report: Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the trade has been stopped. At the moment the UK cannot deal with much of that waste, says the UK Recycling Association. Its chief executive, Simon Ellin, told the…

January 1, 2018
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The World’s First 88-inch 8K OLED Display

From a report: Come CES, LG will be letting attendees get up close with its new 88-inch 8K OLED display, which is both the largest and the highest-resolution OLED panel to date. But as far as specs go, that’s all we have for now. Previously, the largest OLED screen size was 77 inches, and it “only” came in 4K. While this combination is currently offered to consumers by the likes…

January 1, 2018
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10 Security Predictions For 2018

Solution providers will have to contend with an array of security-related challenges in 2018 ranging from GDPR compliance and ransomware to an expanding perimeter and securing sensor-enabled devices. Here’s how we think they’ll do it. Source: www.crn.com

January 1, 2018
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2018 Is the Last Year of America’s Public Domain Drought

An anonymous reader shares a report: Happy Public Domain Day, every-some of you! In New Zealand and Canada, published works by artists who died in 1967 — Rene Magritte, Dorothy Parker, John Coltrane, and many others — have entered the public domain; Kiwis and Canadians can now freely distribute, perform, and remix a wealth of painting, writing, and music. In Europe, work published by artists who died in 1947 are…

January 1, 2018
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FMC begins 2018 shorthanded

The commission recently launched an effort to identify regulatory changes that would improve industry practices and commission operations. Photo credit: Shutterstock. The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) opens 2018 with two vacancies and what longtime watchers of the regulatory agency expect will be a cautious approach to port congestion and other… Source: http://www.joc.com

January 1, 2018
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How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

Artificial Intelligence is now being used to scan millions of pictures taken by Google Street View to glean insights like income or voting patterns, The New York Times reports. In a Stanford project, computers scanned millions of pictures of parked cars to predict voting patterns and pollution. From the report: The Stanford project gives a glimpse at the potential. By pulling the vehicles’ makes, models and years from the images,…

January 1, 2018
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Smart lock maker Otto, which unveiled its first product in August 2017, suspends operations (Brian Heater/TechCrunch)

January 1, 2018

Brian Heater / TechCrunch: Smart lock maker Otto, which unveiled its first product in August 2017, suspends operations  —  Otto showed the world its digital lock in August.  Four months later, the company has suspended operations.  Hardware is hard.  It’s a cliche for a reason.  —  The company made the decision … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Call For Tech Giants To Face Taxes Over Extremist Content

Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said. From a report: Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead. While tech firms were “ruthless profiteers,” governments were spending millions policing the web, he added. Facebook said Mr…

January 1, 2018
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Germany Starts Enforcing Hate Speech Law

Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. From a report: Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro ($60m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material. Social networks and media sites with more than two…

January 1, 2018
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Efforts Grow To Help Students Evaluate What They See Online

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. From a report: Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy. The effort has been bipartisan but has received little…

January 1, 2018
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