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White House asks Silicon Valley for help to combat coronavirus, track its spread and stop misinformation

Three participants described the phone-and-video conversation on the condition of anonymity because the session was private. Most tech companies in attendance either did not respond or declined to comment. “Cutting edge technology companies and major online platforms will play a critical role in this all-hands-on-deck effort,” Michael Kratsios, the White House’s chief technology officer, said […]

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Walmart and Sam’s Club will stop selling e-cigarettes as vaping deaths rise

Scott Olson/Getty Images Walmart will no longer sell e-cigarettes, the company announced Friday amid a growing number of vaping-related deaths and illnesses. “Given the growing federal, state, and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. locations,” the […]

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Microsoft: It would be cruel to stop government agencies using facial recognition software

Microsoft’s Face API.Microsoft Microsoft President Brad Smith told Business Insider that it would be “cruel” to stop government agencies from using facial recognition software. It follows activists writing to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google last month demanding they stop selling facial recognition software to the public sector. Smith said prohibiting sales could halt good work, such […]