Amnesty International slams Palantir’s human rights record

Amnesty International is criticizing Palantir’s human rights record a day before the secretive Silicon Valley technology startup is set to go public.

In a report on Monday, Amnesty singled out Palantir’s contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Palantir’s software allows ICE to build detailed profiles of people in a single location, drawing on existing ICE data, public records and active investigations. 

Amnesty says ICE has also used Palantir’s technology in arresting the parents of children who cross the border unaccompanied and to conduct massive workplace raids, such as a 2019 raid in Mississippi  that swept up nearly 700 workers.

The data company “has sought to deflect and minimize its responsibility to protect human rights,” Amnesty said, adding that “there is a high risk that Palantir is contributing to serious human rights violations of migrants and asylum-seekers.”

“Palantir touts its ethical commitments,

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EMERGING MARKETS-Turkish lira slides to record low, EM stocks bounce

By Sagarika Jaisinghani

Sept 28 (Reuters)The Turkish lira hit a record low on Monday on growing concerns around clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces, while emerging market stocks tracked gains in Asia as data showed a jump in Chinese industrial profits.

The lira TRY= tumbled 1.5% to a low of 7.79 against the dollar, while the Russian rouble RUB= eased for the fourth straight session. Azerbaijan AZ167862306= and Armenia AM120765485= sovereign dollar-denominated bonds fell as much as 3-4 cents.

“Fears are that Turkey gets dragged into another regional conflict,” said Timothy Ash, EM sovereign strategist at BlueBay Asset Management, referring to the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave in Azerbaijan controlled by ethnic Armenians.

The lira, already among the worst performing European currencies this year, received a brief respite last week following a surprise move by the central bank to raise its key lending rate, but analysts said

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Amazon’s vision for the future: Cameras flying around your home, and in your car to record police stops

This week, Amazon unveiled a bunch of new products, including many with cameras in them. These new devices will roll out early next year.

KUOW looked into the potential benefits and some of the security concerns they present.

You know those Amazon Ring doorbells, that record footage of people who approach your front door?

Now, Amazon has put a Ring security camera on a drone. It mostly just sits on the shelf, not doing anything, with its camera blocked by the docking station. But once in awhile, it takes off and patrols the inside of your home, with the camera running. If it sees anything suspicious, it pings you on your phone.

Then there’s another Ring car camera. That one mostly watches for prowlers. But if you’re stopped by the police while driving, you can just say “Alexa, I’m getting pulled over,” and it will record the traffic stop.

caption: Amazon's Ring Car Cam

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Bezos’ Blue Origin to set record with launch testing NASA moon mission hardware


The sixth landing of the same New Shepard booster.

Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the space company founded and funded by Amazon head Jeff Bezos, is planning to make its 13th trip to space on Thursday, using a New Shepard rocket that will be flying for the seventh time, which will set a record for rocket recycling. 

Mission NS-13 will be carrying a dozen payload to the edge of space and back, including a lunar landing sensor demonstration that will test technologies for future moon missions as part of NASA’s Artemis program.

The sensor will be the first payload to ride mounted to the exterior of New Shepard rather than inside its capsule. 

SpaceX, another commercial space outfit headed by a famous billionaire in the form of Elon Musk, has so far used a

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New technology lets quantum bits hold information for 10,000 times longer than previous record — ScienceDaily

Quantum bits, or qubits, can hold quantum information much longer now thanks to efforts by an international research team. The researchers have increased the retention time, or coherence time, to 10 milliseconds — 10,000 times longer than the previous record — by combining the orbital motion and spinning inside an atom. Such a boost in information retention has major implications for information technology developments since the longer coherence time makes spin-orbit qubits the ideal candidate for building large quantum computers.

They published their results on July 20 in Nature Materials.

“We defined a spin-orbit qubit using a charged particle, which appears as a hole, trapped by an impurity atom in silicon crystal,” said lead author Dr. Takashi Kobayashi, research scientist at the University of New South Wales Sydney and assistant professor at Tohoku University. “Orbital motion and spinning of the hole are strongly coupled and locked together. This is

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