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After backlash, animal shelter fires security robot, “effective immediately”

Ars Technica - 34 min ago

Enlarge / A five-foot (1.5 meter) tall outdoor K5 security robot patrols the grounds of the Washington Harbour retail-residential center in the Georgetown district of Washington, DC July 26, 2017. (credit: ROB LEVER/AFP/Getty Images))

As of Thursday morning local time, a San Francisco animal adoption agency will immediately halt its recent use of a controversial security robot.

The move comes after the San Francisco SPCA had been scrutinized for its deployment of a Knightscope K9 to mitigate vandalism and the presence of homeless people at its Mission District office. Knightscope, a Silicon Valley startup, declares on its website that its robots are the "security team of the future."

That robot made headlines when Business Insider reported Tuesday that "Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco."

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Read the full opinions of the FCC commissioners who voted to end net neutrality - CNET - News - 1 hour 3 min ago
On Dec. 14, the FCC voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Here's what the commissioners who supported the rollback had to say.

California, Washington and NY take action after net neutrality vote - CNET - News - 1 hour 4 min ago
Lawmakers from the three states say they will fight to preserve net neutrality after FCC votes down Obama-era rules.

FCC neuters net neutrality, votes out Obama-era rules - CNET - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
In a controversial vote, the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules adopted in 2015 and stripped the agency of its authority to regulate the internet.

Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

The Register - 1 hour 14 min ago
Court makes quick work of techie's long-shot appeal

In a not particularly surprising decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, USA, this week ruled that Michael Thomas, in his former role as IT operations manager for web hosting biz ClickMotive, was not authorized to trash company files and infrastructure as he claimed.…

Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast - CNET - News - 1 hour 15 min ago
The e-commerce powerhouse adds five Apple TV and Chromecast devices to its online store, offering an olive branch to both Google and Apple.

NASA, Google spot eighth planet in solar system rivaling ours - CNET - News - 1 hour 17 min ago
Thanks to the same kind of Google AI that identifies fluffy pets in photos, we know more about a distant solar system. It's now tied our record.

Read the full dissenting opinions of the FCC commissioners who tried to save net neutrality - CNET - News - 1 hour 30 min ago
On Thursday, the FCC voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Here's what the two had to say.

Why do tech leaders speak out against Trump so much? - CNET - News - 1 hour 33 min ago
Silicon Valley CEOs have moved past cybersecurity and taxes to comment on social issues like gay rights and immigration.

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An in-depth crash course in the history of Jeep's off-road hero.

Disney to buy Fox as Hollywood girds for digital showdown - CNET - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
The world's largest traditional-media company will buy swaths of 21st Century Fox as it preps for battle with streaming media giants like Netflix and Amazon.

Religious apps with a higher purpose - CNET - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
From CNET Magazine: Mobile tech is making religion more relevant for a generation that’s glued to a screen.

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

The Register - 1 hour 45 min ago
Watchdog's clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United States

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.…

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BBC Technology News - 2 hours 12 min ago
An introduction to the net neutrality debate after US regulators voted to change the rules.

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What is net neutrality and how could it affect you?

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 29 min ago
An Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality" is repealed by a US regulator, so what does it mean?

Viruses are the antibiotics of the future - CNET - News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Bacteriophages and the enzymes they produce are being used in Russia to kill bacteria that is resistant to every known type of antibiotic.

Congress spares $7,500 EV tax credit - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 46 min ago
That Tesla you always wanted may still be within reach.

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