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Facebook’s password slip-up
Facebook said on Thursday that hundreds of millions of user account passwords had been stored insecurely in plain text, potentially allowing more than 20,000 Facebook employees to gain access to people’s accounts without their knowledge. (The New York Times)

City voters support Amazon-like deals
A new poll released by Quinnipiac University finds that not only do a majority of city voters feel the billions in tax incentives were worth the jobs Amazon promised to bring via its HQ2, but they would also support offering similar benefits to lure other businesses to the area. (AM New York)

AOC vs. Dimon re: HQ2
Two high-profile New Yorkers offered differing insights on the failed deal to bring a new headquarters to New York City, with J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon saying that critics of HQ2 clearly made a mistake by alienating the Seattle tech giant, and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressing zero regret for the result. (GeekWire)

Film tax credits will keep rolling
State. Sen. Liz Krueger rebutted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s claim that the state Legislature would be OK with ending the $420 million tax credit program for film and TV productions; Cuomo earlier suggested that critics of Amazon corporate subsidies ought to also denounce subsidies for the film industry. (New York Daily News)

Charter/Spectrum customers to get payouts
Last year, New York settled a fraud case with Charter/Spectrum for a record $174.2 million. Now, customers who were affected by the fraudulent practices of Time Warner Cable – now owned by Charter/Spectrum – are starting to receive their payouts from the settlement in the form of reimbursements and extra services. (The Daily Freeman)

Microsoft disputes FCC’s broadband claims
In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the company accuses the FCC of overstating actual broadband availability and urges the agency to do better. (Motherboard)

Kushner accused of using WhatsApp
The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee has obtained information that senior White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has used the encrypted messaging service, WhatsApp, and his personal email to conduct official government business – potentially violating the Presidential Records Act. (The Hill)

Federal government launches AI hub
The federal government has launched Artificial Intelligence for the American People, a new online informational and resource hub dedicated to artificial intelligence. The creation of the site comes after an executive order from the White House in February that created the American AI Initiative. (Government Technology)


New York City’s privacy protocols and why they matter
New York City is the largest municipal government in the United States to advance a comprehensive information privacy protection framework, which includes the mayor’s appointment of a chief privacy officer, and the establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy, which I oversee. (Larry Negrón, Government Technology)

TLC rules threaten equity for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers
Ridesharing was a celebrated innovation that made equal treatment, inclusivity, and even safety a reality for a previously excluded population of New Yorkers. As the greater New York region continues to adapt to and regulate the tech industry, we must be careful to prevent the not-so-distant, discriminating past from becoming our future. (Floyd Rumohr, City Limits)

AOC proves she doesn’t get how Amazon deal worked
From the moment Amazon chose New York City as the site of its new headquarters, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her massive platform as the biggest star in Congress to inveigh against the deal as an affront to economic justice, never mind the facts. (New York Daily News)


AI can improve health care. It also can be duped.
A new research paper raises the prospect of “adversarial attacks” – manipulations that can change the behavior of AI systems using tiny pieces of digital data. By changing a few pixels on a lung scan, for instance, someone could fool an AI system into seeing an illness that is not really there – or not seeing one that is. (The New York Times)

How to save the third wave of technology from itself
Third wave startups – companies with large social impact – need to ensure compliance with regulations early on. To help new entrants survive in these industries, two closely related technologies – legal technology (“legaltech”) and regulation technology (“regtech”) – help companies navigate rules embedded in text, such as contracts or regulations. (TechCrunch)


Compass takes over Bay Area
Compass became the Bay Area's largest residential brokerage firm this month. But Compass was founded in New York City as a real-estate company with a focus on technology, hiring 50-plus in-house engineers to develop a mobile app for its agents that provides real-time housing data to help streamline the selling and buying process. (Palo Alto Online)

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