Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

“By excluding female-focused Sex Tech, CES and CTA are essentially saying that women’s sexuality and sexual health is not worthy of innovation,” Lora Haddock, the CEO of Lora DiCarlo, wrote on her website after news of the controversy broke.

Machine Learning Can Create Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints

Machine Learning Can Create Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints

The new work vastly expands the possibilities, though, by developing machine learning models that can churn out master prints."Even if a biometric system has a very low false acceptance rate for real fingerprints, they now have to be fine-tuned to take into account synthetic fingerprints, too," says Philip Bontrager, a PhD candidate at NYU who worked on the research.

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

By helpfully suggesting talking points to resellers—or MVNOs, for Mobile Virtual Network Operators—including Mint Mobile, Republic Wireless, and Ting, all of which lease access from the Big Four network operators (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) in order to sell phone and data services to customers, T-Mobile is following the usual "air of inevitability" merger playbook.Susan Crawford (@scrawford is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, a professor at Harvard Law School, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.What's so troubling about T-Mobile's get-out-the-vote campaign is who is aiding the company’s lobbying.

Why California's Privacy Law Won't Hurt Facebook or Google

Why California's Privacy Law Won't Hurt Facebook or Google

Don’t sweat the details; the net of all this hackery is a table with your personal data plus a browser cookie or mobile device ID, which allows, say, a pharmacy chain that knows your phone number (which you entered at checkout to save 5 percent) to link all your purchases to your online presence.Facebook lives in a walled garden where no data leaves and very little enters.Together, these relatively small players provide an alternative targeting ecosystem that competes with Facebook’s one-stop-shop.