• Despite a legally mandated ban enacted last year, ~2,000 Chinese surveillance cameras from Hikvision and Dahua remain active in US government networks (Thomas Brewster/Forbes)
  • A look at Oculus Insight, Facebook’s technology that makes inside-out VR tracking on Oculus Quest and Rift S headsets possible (Zoe Talamantes/Facebook Technology)
  • Assessing the impact of telecoms’ poor privacy practices through the story of a woman stalked by a man who obtained her real-time location data from T-Mobile (Joseph Cox/VICE)
  • Zenoti, which develops booking software for spas and salons, raises $20M from Steadview Capital, bringing its total raised to ~$100M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
  • Numbrs, an app that enables users to manage existing bank accounts in one place, raises $40M at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total raised to ~$200M (Stephan Kahl/Bloomberg)

Semenya wins women’s 800, wants to defend world title

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Caster Semenya easily won the women’s 800 at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford on Sunday, as an international court continues to debate her future in the event. The former Olympic champion and embattled three-time world champi…


How The Advance Weather Forecast Got Good

NPR notes today’s “supercomputer-driven” weather modelling can crunch huge amounts of data to accurately forecast the weather a week in advance — pointing out that “a six-day weather forecast today is as good as a two-day forecast was in the 1970s.” Here’s some highlights from their interview with Andrew Blum, author of The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast : One of the things that’s happened as the scale…


Germany loses track of 160 citizens that travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS

GERMANY has lost track of over 160 IS fighters who travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the death cult. Germany, led by Angela Merkel, admitted they do not know where the Jihadis are as they also confessed having “no plan” to deal with 120 others who are locked up in the Middle East. […]


Suspect accused of killing college student, 23, ‘asked contractor to build secret soundproof room’ in home

THE man accused of the “Sugar Baby” death of student Mackenzie Lueck asked a contractor to build a secret soundproof room with hooks installed “above head height”. Construction worker Brian Wolf says the primary suspect in the killing of the University of Utah student approached him in April about building a secretive room under his […]

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