Canadian legaltech provider Blue J Legal is teaming with tax advisory firm Moodys Tax to produce a tool to handle that country's complex Tax on Split Income, which deals with small-business owners and their relatives. The companies say the application is the first of its kind to use artificial intelligence.
Alphabet has released a 483-page document detailing the technology Sidewalk Labs intends to use in the controversial smart city project in Toronto. The development will include self-driving garbage cans, infrared sensors to track foot traffic in stores, adaptive street design and audio signals to help people who have limited vision.
Human mobility affects the spread of diseases at both the global and local level, leading researchers at MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne to advise that people's phone data be tapped for the benefit of public health. They say access to such data could help medical professionals and nongovernmental organizations predict the movement of outbreaks and take action to halt them.
The arrests of researchers hired to test the cyber and physical defenses of an Iowa courthouse have raised alarms in the cybersecurity community. State officials said they were unaware of the tactics that Coalfire employees would be using; the employees have been charged with burglary, and although charges have since been reduced, they have not been dropped.
The Senate Commerce Committee backed cybersecurity legislation aimed at increasing awareness about attacks and training workers to fight them. With bipartisan backing, the bill includes a provision that would establish a public-private exchange program in which private experts would join government security efforts while public employees would help private entities.
Israeli startup Cylus focuses on cybersecurity for the railroad industry, a niche expected to reach $12 billion in 2027. The company makes products to improve the security of traffic-control devices and signaling systems, many of which were designed long before cyberthreats were an issue.
Facebook has removed 5.4 billion fake accounts on its main platform this year -- up considerably from last year's roughly 3.3 billion -- and says up to 5% of the platform's 2.5 billion monthly active users might be fake accounts. The company is attempting to avert an expected surge of fake and misleading content as the 2020 presidential election approaches.
Amazon Web Services has launched AWS Data Exchange, which grants customers access to more than 1,000 data-based products from providers such as Reuters, Foursquare, Change Healthcare, Deloitte, Dun & Bradstreet and Pitney Bowes. In turn, the service will allow data providers to reach AWS customers more easily by removing the need to develop and maintain infrastructure for data storage, delivery and billing.
An Experian survey has found that 20% of Americans are willing to risk identity theft to score a holiday shopping deal. Experian executive Rod Griffin notes that merchant reputability should concern all consumers and that consumers should take care when sharing information.
Veterans experience identity theft at twice the rate of civilians, partly because the practice of frequently showing their identity credentials is ingrained from their years in the military, says Scott Higgins of Veterans Advantage. Several states, including New York, have enacted laws aimed at protecting veterans from fraud.