Publishers File Suit Against Internet Archive for Systematic Mass Scanning and Distribution of Literary Works

Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (IA) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit asks the Court to enjoin IA’s mass scanning, public display, and distribution of entire literary works, which it offers to the public at large through global-facing …

New Coronavirus ‘Losing Potency’, Top Italian Doctor Says

Reuters: The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday. “In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s coronavirus contagion. “The swabs …

Samsung Rolls Out Access Upgrade Plan For New Galaxy Devices

Samsung is rolling out Samsung Access, a monthly premium upgrade program in the US for users who purchase new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, or Galaxy S20 Ultra phones, the company announced in a blog post. From a report: Unlike its legacy upgrade program, Samsung Access provides additional benefits, including a Premium Care membership, and a premium Microsoft 365 subscription, …

Microsoft Now Credits Maker of Package Manager it ‘Copied’ — But Offers No Apology

Microsoft has now admitted it failed to give due credit to Canadian developer Keivan Beigi for his role in the new WinGet Windows 10 package manager. From a report: Last week, Beigi, who built the open-source AppGet package manager for Windows, accused Microsoft of copying his work for WinGet without acknowledging his product’s influence. Beigi says Microsoft copied large parts …

Facebook Employees Publicly Criticize Zuckerberg’s Inaction Over Trump

Senior Facebook employees took to Twitter over the weekend to express their dismay at Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action on incendiary comments posted to the social network by U.S. President Donald Trump. From a report: After the president tweeted a message with the words “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to protests …

How ‘Technoprogressive’ Transhumanists Are Enhancing Their Bodies With Technology

Rob Spence installed a wireless video camera in place of his right eye, reports CNN. And 29-year-old James Young’s robotic arm “features a USB port, a screen displaying his Twitter feed and a retractable dock containing a remote-controlled drone…” “As biotechnology advances, so too may our ideas of what it means to be human.” Today, we can alter our bodies …

Are News Outlets Responsible For Comments Left On Their Facebook Pages?

Leading media outlets in Australia lost big in court when a judge ruled publishers can be sued for comments left on their Facebook pages. They’re now considering an appeal, reports the Financial Express: The court upheld an earlier ruling in the Supreme Court that the outlets were “first or primary distributors” of the comments about Dylan Voller, a former detainee …

Walmart Employees Complain Its Anti-Shoplifting AI Is Buggy, Inaccurate, and Dangerous

Walmart uses “Everseen” AI technology in thousands of its stores “to prevent shoplifting at registers and self-checkout kiosks,” reports Wired. But some Walmart workers claim that instead it’s often failed to stop actual instances of stealing, misidentified innocuous behavior as theft — and made it harder for them to social distance: The workers said they had been upset about Walmart’s …