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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

“Singapore, the EU, and others claim that facial recognition technology has the potential to deter crime, perform crowd analytics, and aid in antiterrorism operations” writes Kyle Wiggers for venturebeat.com. Yitu Technology — a Chinese company weighing a bid to supply the software — says its solution can identify over 1.8 billion faces. Source: venturebeat.com

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Americans are worried Trump’s tariffs and the government shutdown will hurt the economy

“Americans are starting to get worried about the future of the US economy, and President Donald Trump’s policies are a big reason for the concern” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.com. According to Richard Curtin, the chief economist of the survey, recent policy changes in Washington, DC, contributed to the fall in consumer confidence.”Consumers judged recent news as the least favorable they had heard about the economy since late 2011,” Curtin said.The percent of respondent making positive comments on government economic policy fell below 10% for the first time since Trump’s…

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YOUTUBE clarifies rules on pranks as risky memes rage…

“Accounts that post videos violating policies on pranks will get a “strike” that will limit some features such as live streaming” reports france24.com. It made clear the updated policies ban pranks that trick people into thinking they are in danger, such as fake home invasions or drive-by shootings.YouTube made clear that its updated policies ban pranks that trick people into thinking they are in danger YouTube on Tuesday clarified rules against posting videos of dangerous pranks, as risky “challenges” prompt people to video themselves doing things like biting into laundry…

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Roku removes Alex Jones’ Infowars after hearing from ‘concerned parties’

“After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform,” Roku wrote in a tweet” writes Marrian Zhou for cnet.com. Roku pulled conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars from its platform amid user backlash early Wednesday, shortly after it was spotted on the streaming service.Other users condemned Roku for allowing Jones on the streaming platform. Source: cnet.com

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Roku pulls InfoWars channel citing complaints from ‘concerned parties’

“After an intense social media backlash, Roku has backtracked on its decision to allow the InfoWars channel on its service” writes Jan Est for theverge.com. In a tweet announcing the move, the streaming platform said that it had taken the decision after hearing from “concerned parties,” and that deletion of the channel should be completed shortly.In its statement announcing the decision to remove the channel, Roku did not say that InfoWars had now broken any of its rules, as most of the other platforms that have removed the channel have…

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Roku has added Alex Jones’ InfoWars as a channel, six months after Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Spotify, and others banned it from their platforms

“Even though these platforms banned Infowars, other pages and contributors to the network have appeared on the sites since the bans” writes Kerry Flynn for digiday.com. One user said they would go back to their Apple TV. Roku adding Infowars comes six months after platforms banned Alex Jones.One tweet from @DanielMadison78 asked, “Hey @Roku, what’s with you adding Infowars to your platform?” In a now-deleted tweet, Roku’s support account replied with a link to the channel. Source: digiday.com

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Trump Defends Trade Policies to Farmers, Vows Fair Deal w/China

“He also said his trade policies would deliver long-term benefits for the American heartland” writes Min Read for reuters.com. They are struggling because of plummeting prices, a tough farm economy and the damage of the administration’s trade brinkmanship, but President Trump refuses to re-open the Department of Agriculture,” Pelosi said.NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his tough trade policies in front of thousands of farmers who have suffered because of his trade war with China, disappointing some who had hoped to hear a plan for…

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The president defended his tough trade stance on Monday before thousands of farmers, a key group that’s struggled because of his standoff with China.

“Trade, trade, trade,” said Brian Duncan, an Illinois crop and livestock farmer and vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau who was at the convention” writes P J for aol.com. “We’re turning all of that around with fair trade deals that put American farmers, ranchers, and in fact America, first.”. NEW ORLEANS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his tough trade policies in front of thousands of farmers, a key constituency that has struggled because of his trade war with China, and promised fair trade…

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Trump defends tough trade policies to farmers, vows fair deal with China

“Trade, trade, trade,” said Brian Duncan, an Illinois crop and livestock farmer and vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau who was at the convention” writes P J for aol.com. “We’re turning all of that around with fair trade deals that put American farmers, ranchers, and in fact America, first.”. NEW ORLEANS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his tough trade policies in front of thousands of farmers, a key constituency that has struggled because of his trade war with China, and promised fair trade…

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Britain should quit Europe and unilaterally declare free trade

“Free trade always has victims, but the EEC delivered dynamic growth from the consolidation of businesses across national boundaries” writes Peter Morici for marketwatch.com. Now she can’t get enough parliamentary or Conservative Party support for an open-ended transition agreement that could indefinitely impose EU trade policies, regulations and taxes on her countrymen.Italy and others would follow and that would begin the process of returning the EU to its original but more limited mission — free trade!. The new leader could inform European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and all the other oligarchs…

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