One of North America’s largest freight companies, BNSF loses Illinois biometric case – cost: $228M

A landmark case, believed to be the first jury verdict in an Illinois privacy biometrics case, has entered a $228 million judgement against BNSF Railway favoring the 45,000-member class-action. While BNSF plans to appeal, if the decision holds, each class action member could get approximately $5,000.

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Enjoy Meta Quest Pro virtual reality headset – while Meta watches you

October 18, 2022

We humans will pay a lot for a good time and a cutting-edge experience, as Meta well knows. So, the company that brought the world’s faces to Facebook, wants to out-pixel itself by getting more precise coordinates of every smile, fret and frown you can emote. This with their new $1,500 Meta Quest Pro headset that has its cameras facing you. All to “personalize your [virtual] experience” – a.k.a. track your every emotion and eye movement, and presumably, predict what you’ll buy better than ever before.

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IT’S THE LAW (10/18/2022)

October 18, 2022

Turkey’s parliament just passed amendments that raise significant human rights concerns for changes to laws governing censorship, journalism, and social media. This includes empowering its government with the ability to compel social media companies to comply with requests to take down online content and hand over user data. And, companies unwilling to comply, can face “internet throttling,” which means their company bandwidth would be clipped.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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