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November 6, 2018

IN THE NEWS: NET NEUTRALITY - POLITICS

NEW YORK (AP) — For most people, it isn’t one of those “hot button” issues like taxes, the deficit or abortion rights. But a lot of politically savvy people are starting to pay more attention to the battle over net neutrality. These days, most of the action on the issue is taking place at the state level. For example, in California, the current battle is over a law that restores a ban on cable, wireless and other broadband providers from blocking or slowing users’ ability to use certain apps or services. The federal government has already rescinded that ban. And now, the Trump administration is trying to block California’s effort as an imposition on federal prerogatives.

IN THE NEWS: GAIT RECOGNITION

BEIJING (AP) — Ever pick someone you know out of a crowd of people — because you recognized the way they walk? If you have, you get the concept behind a new kind of surveillance tool. It’s called “gait recognition.” And it’s just like it sounds — computers use software that takes in information about people’s body shapes and how they walk. The software can even identify a person when faces are hidden from a camera. The technology is already being used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai in China.

ON THE WEB: AMAZON MUM ON REPORTS ABOUT HEADQUARTERS SEARCH

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Amazon is refusing to comment on reports it will split its new headquarters between two locations. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times both report the online retail giant would put the new facilities in Queens, New York and in Arlington, Virginia. A company rep says Amazon won’t comment on what it calls “rumors and speculation.” The facility — or facilities — would feature 25,000 workers in both cities.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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