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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Amazon argues Constitution protects your chats with Alexa - CNET

"Amazon says the First Amendment protects your conversations with Alexa.

"Such interactions may constitute expressive content that implicates privacy concerns and First Amendment protections," the company's lawyers wrote in a court filing Friday.
The legal filing addresses a warrant obtained by Benton County, Arkansas, investigators for any recordings gathered by an Alexa-powered Echo device that was in the home of a homicide suspect in 2015. Investigators say the recordings could provide clues to help them investigate the death of Victor Collins, who was found dead in the hot tub of James Bates in Bentonville. Bates has been charged with first-degree murder and released on bail."

Amazon argues Constitution protects your chats with Alexa - CNET

Monday, February 20, 2017

Uber to investigate 'abhorrent' harassment claims - CNET

"Uber will launch an internal investigation on sexual harassment after a former engineer wrote about her year working at the company.

In a Sunday blog post, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler alleged many women in the company were sexually harassed by other employees and complaints were dismissed by HR.

Her chief claim was that one manager had inappropriately sexually propositioned many women, but Uber management repeatedly "refused" to punish him as he was a "high performer."

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick tweeted a response, saying an investigation would be launched."

Uber to investigate 'abhorrent' harassment claims - CNET

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