How GPS Can Track You, Even When You Turn It Off – This Week in Tech – 07/15/2018

How GPS Can Track You, Even When You Turn It Off

Could someone be tracking you as you drive around your city or town?…


Facebook Says InfoWars, Which Reported That NASA Has a Slave Colony on Mars, Is a Valid Source of “Opinion and Analysis”

On Wednesday, Facebook held an event for reporters to discuss its efforts to prevent misinformation from spreading on its platform. At the event CNN’s Oliver Darcy asked why InfoWars—the notorious conspiracy site that, most infamously, has promoted claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax staged by child actors—was still allowed to maintain an official Facebook page. Here’s how the executive in charge of Facebook’s “News Feed” answered:…


This Sun-Chasing Robot Looks After the Plant on Its Head

Back in school, I remember learning that plants are “heliotropic,” meaning they grow toward light. I always found this oddly touching, as if those green tendrils stretching out to the sun proved the plant was yearning to live. And why not? That is why they do it…


Nissan Admits Emissions Data Falsified at Plants in Japan

Japanese automaker Nissan says it found emissions and fuel economy data had been falsified at most of its factories in Japan…


Tesla Goes Big in China With Shanghai Plant

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Tuesday landed a deal with Chinese authorities to build a new auto plant in Shanghai, its first factory outside the United States, that would double the size of the electric car maker’s global manufacturing…


Walmart’s Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns

Walmart just won a patent for audio surveillance technology that measures workers’ performance, and could even listen to their conversations with customers at checkout…


ACLU Calls for a Moratorium on Government Use of Facial Recognition Technologies

Technology executives are pleading with the government to give them guidance on how to use facial recognition technologies, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is weighing in…

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