Hitachi Vantara is acquiring data cataloging specialist Waterline Data to enhance the capabilities of Hitachi's Lumada Data Services portfolio. Waterline's technologies will be available as stand-alone services and as integrated components of the Lumada and Pentaho platforms.
An app that previews features in upcoming versions of Microsoft Launcher, another that restores Google Play update notifications for apps, and the return of GitHub are among the Android apps added to the Play store in recent weeks. Matthew Sholtz lists 15 notable apps that have recently gone live.
Creating a tech product requires that in-house counsel be present not just at the birth but throughout the lifespan when artificial intelligence is involved, notes Cheryl Falvey of Crowell & Moring, a former general counsel for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her insights are part of her firm's "Litigation Forecast 2020," which covers a wide range of topics.
Employers are turning to artificial intelligence to screen resumes, evaluate job interviews and monitor employees, and courts may eventually weigh in on potential bias, write Joseph O'Keefe, Danielle Moss and Tony Martinez of Proskauer Rose. They point out that despite the best intentions of computer programmers, there is no guarantee that algorithms will operate free of bias.
Technology is "creating real opportunities for competitive separation" among law firms where rivalries have almost always been cordial, says Tess Blair, founder of the eData practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. In this Q&A, she also notes that "conditions are ripe" for well-financed legaltech innovators chasing problems to be solved.
LegalForce, a pioneering legaltech company in Japan, has expanded past its two founders to nearly 100 employees, who serve some of the largest corporations in the country. LegalForce's contract review product handles 16 types of contracts in Japanese, with an English-language counterpart in development.
Mayor Byron Brown promised in his State of the City address in 2019 to turn Buffalo, N.Y., into a smart city in four years, and already Tonawanda, a suburb, has installed traffic cameras to monitor congestion and coordinate signals. Sewers and garbage trucks have also received tech upgrades, with city lights and a medical campus potentially next.
Collaboration is essential to smart city success, writes Dan Gamota, an executive at manufacturing services provider Jabil. The company recently held an event to discuss best practices from across industries and job types, with participants emphasizing the importance of bringing in business experts as well as tech experts, and communicating frequently and transparently with the public.
Information on at least 30,000 customers of medical marijuana dispensaries across the US was left exposed on an unprotected database by THSuite, a cannabis industry point-of-sale software company. Details included full names, addresses, and cannabis varieties and quantities purchased, and although the leak has now been patched, "questions about the consequences of outing who uses a quasi-legal substance hang over the increasingly mainstream industry," Blake Montgomery writes.
Tinder users soon will have access to safety features that include a panic button triggering deployment of emergency assistance with precise location data, along with enhanced photo verification, which will require real-time selfies in an attempt to discourage fake profiles. Tinder's parent company says it will add the features to dating platforms such as PlentyOfFish and OKCupid this year.