Technology News Roundup 26/10/2018


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This week in tech news Google announces the dismissal of 48 employees over sexual harassment, Facebook is fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal, an AI-generated painting sells for £432,000 at auction and YouTube announces plans to spend $20,000 on educational content.
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Google sacks 48 employees over sexual harassment 

It has been revealed in an employee letter that Google has sacked 48 people, including 13 managers since 2016. The letter is in response to a New York Times report that Android creator Andy Rubin received a $90m exit package despite facing misconduct allegations back in 2014.

Click here to read more about the letter to Google employees and NYT article. 
(BBC Tech) 25/10/2018


Facebook fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has been fined 0.001% of its 2017 revenue for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This is a measly fine issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s office today for the privacy breach of personal data. £500,000 is the highest amount the UKIC could fine due to a cap in the old GDPR regulations, but with EU’s new GDPR the maximum fine for data breaches will be much higher.

Click here to read more about Facebook’s £500,000 fine for Cambridge Analytica. 
(TNW) 25/10/2018

AI- generated painting sells for $432,000 at auction 

A painting created by Artifical Intelligence was only expected to sell for $7,000 to $10,000, but at auction reached a price of $432,000. The Painting “Portrait of Edmond Belamy” is the first artwork made entirely by AI to go up for sale.

Click here to read more about the first AI painting that sold for $432,000.
(Engadget) 25/10/2018


Youtube spends $20,000 on new educational content 

The video giant has announced plans to spend a chunk of funding ($20,000) on educational content for its platform. This money will go to independent creators, alongside news sites and online learning firms to bolster “high-quality learning content”.

Click here to read more about YouTube’s plans to provide extra funding for educational content 
(WIRED) 23/10/2018


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