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GDPR doesn’t love Facebook Dating [Engadget] 

GDPR is crushing your chances of hooking up with your Facebook crush this Valentine’s Day. We previously reported on Facebook’s dating service which will combine Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp to find you your perfect match but unfortunately Facebook didn’t alert the Irish data protection authority quickly enough to roll it out in the EU in time for Valentine’s Day. GDPR suggests companies give their local authority between 8 and 14 weeks to ensure compliance, meanwhile, Facebook gave the Irish authority…10 days. Disappointing, much like your matches on Facebook Dating were probably going to be anyways. 

Revenge on immigration officers through – a game! [The Washington Post] 

What do you do when you get rejected? Sulk in a corner? Eat chocolate? Well these two Pakistani women made a game! Anam and Bisma were invited to attend the annual Game Developers Conference in San FranciscoThey applied for a visa to enter the US but after a short and incoherent interview at the US Embassy in Islamabad, they were told on the spot their application was declined. Both frustrated and annoyed, they decided to turn their anger into something productive and made ‘Trying to Fly a game about repairing what they see as a broken visa system. By answering questions, you can make a bird fly or not towards its dreamWe do hope these women accomplish theirs despite this setback! 

The AI way to fly [Bloomberg] 

The aviation sector is looking towards AI to transform your airport experience. Tired of having to swipe your card at duty-free? Well, in China’s airports you can use facial recognition software to complete your purchase. London’s Heathrow Airport is testing ultra-high-definition cameras to help determine when the runways are clear of planes to reduce the gap between flights. In Singapore, AI will be used in automated vehicles to unload baggage while others will be delivering robot-packed meals. All of these new gadgets seem fun but they do have downsides too: think of the job losses or the delays in transiting through an airport when these systems are down. 

Held for ransom from the couch [The New York Times] 

Thanks to increased connectivity, working from home has become more common everywhere – from the ordinary office worker to criminals. Over the past years, there has been a sharp increase in hackers who are attacking cities and businesses with ransomware. It’s not hard to see why – wouldn’t you want to plan your attacks from the comfort and (relatively) safe anonymity of your own home? In 2019, attacks rose 41% as compared to 2018, as an increasing amount of organisations’ computer networks were locked down until they paid the requested ransom for their network to be restoredENISA just announced their 2020 plans for European healthcare sector simulations to craft a strategy against cyber-attacks. Do you have a plan for keeping hackers out? 


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In case you haven’t had enough… 

The key to keeping the lights on: artificial intelligence (The Wall Street Journal) 

Facebook accidentally blacked out an entire language (The Verge) 

A US House candidate says she was hacked – now she’s warning others (TechCrunch) 

Mind those manners: kids need lessons in email and phone etiquette (The Wall Street Journal) 

An artist used 99 phones to fake a google maps traffic jam (Wired)