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Pioneering facial recognition scientist now fears his work’s consequences

Dr. Joseph J. Atick is a pioneering researcher and entrepreneur in the field of biometrics and facial recognition. After investing in the technology in the early 1990s, he went on to make his fortune as the rest of the world started to catch on — by 2011, the New York Times reports that he’d made millions of dollars after the bulk of his company, L-1 Identity, was bought out by a French military contractor. However, much like Sen. Al Franken, Atick is now wary about facial recognition technology’s potential for abuse, envisioning a future where powerful companies and government agencies rob everyone of their anonymity. He’s now working on convincing the industry to create guidelines to ensure that people’s civil liberties aren’t…

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ListenUp: Matthew Dear’s Tears for Fears, Outline Artists’ creative series, South Africa hits Brooklyn and more in our look at music this week

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Jose Gonzalez: Stay Alive Gothenburg, Sweden’s Jose Gonzalez is known for his comforting vocals and stripped-down acoustic sets that buzz with energy. It’s been a few years since Gonzalez released new solo material, so we were happy to see his latest release “Continue Reading…


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Bitcoin banned from Chinese banks amid fears of laundering

Chinese regulators have banned financial institutions from using Bitcoin, warning that the virtual currency could be used for illegal activities and speculation. China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, announced the decision in a statement released Thursday, though it stopped short of banning Bitcoin altogether. Individuals are still free to use the digital currency in China, albeit at their own risk. Bitcoin prices fell in response to today’s announcement, dropping to as low as $ 970.62 on Thursday after trading at over $ 1,100 prior to the central bank’s decision.

Bitcoin has seen its popularity soar in China, with its value recently surpassing $ 1,000 on BitStamp, an online exchange. Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported…

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Font of the day: Face Your Fears

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Here at Creative Bloq, we’re big fans of typography and we’re constantly on the hunt for new and exciting typefaces – especially free fonts.
    




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Huawei issues definitive statement about espionage fears: ‘we have never been asked to provide access to our technology’

Would Huawei spy for the Chinese government? That’s a question that cost the telecom equipment provider plenty of money last year. After the US government said the company posed a national security risk, Huawei was forced to take its networking business elsewhere. Huawei has repeatedly denied the charges, but today it’s issuing perhaps the most definitive denial yet. The company says it has never even been asked to spy on anyone.

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Sudden outbreak of measles linked to vaccine fears in the 1990s

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Fears that vaccines cause autism led to an explosion of measles cases this year in southwest Wales, according The Wall Street Journal. Between November and July, 1,219 people in southwest Wales contracted the measles, compared with 105 cases in all of Wales in 2011, according to the report.

The Journal links the outbreak to a since-discredited 1998 study by the British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who speculated about a link between the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella and the growing number of autism cases. The study was heavily covered by the South Wales Evening Post, a local newspaper. By the end of 1998, the number of 2-year-olds who received the vaccine fell by 14 percent, compared with 2.4 percent in the rest of the country.

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Facebook details Home data-collection policies to assuage privacy fears

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Yesterday Facebook announced its newest mobile initiative, Facebook Home — and today the company has posted a lengthy set of answers in an attempt to address any privacy concerns potential users may have. Simply entitled “Answering Your Questions on Home and Privacy,” the document ranges from whether users will have to continue to use Home once they install it — as shown yesterday, it can be turned off — to what information it collects.

Obviously, the company collects any Facebook-related information like likes or comments, but it also keeps track of what apps you have installed in Home’s launcher. “We store this information in identifiable form for 90 days and use it to provide the service and improve how it works,” the page…

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Arrrgh! Monsters In Fashion: Clothing and costume challenge our fears at Paris’ Gaité Lyrique

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Like the scream of a frightened soul coming face to face with a monster, “Arrrgh!” is the title of a recently opened exhibition at Parisian gallery Gaité Lyrique, which deals with “monsters in fashion.” The playfully extravagant exhibition, running through 7 April, is based on the first comprehensive investigation…

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US blocks UN telecoms treaty over fears of internet regulation

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The US has refused to sign a proposed international telecommunications treaty that could have opened the door to regulation of the internet. Terry Kramer, the US ambassador to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), said that the US was fighting to maintain an “open internet” alongside supporters including Canada and the UK. Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia were among those spearheading the campaign for the new treaty, arguing that the US has unfair control over ICANN, which manages IP addresses and top-level domain names. The proposed treaty was scheduled to have come into effect from 2015, but wouldn’t have been legally binding.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise; Kramer and the European Parliament have long…

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