UK schools will use facial recognition to speed up lunch payments

Jon Fingas

Facial recognition may soon play a role in your child’s lunch. The Financial Times reports that nine schools in the UK’s North Ayrshire will start taking payments for canteen (aka cafeteria) lunches by scanning students’ faces. The technology should help minimize touch during the pandemic, but is mainly meant to speed up transaction times. That … Read more

Tesla starts delivering refreshed Model X to customers

Jon Fingas

Tesla delivered its redesigned Tesla Model S interior in early 2021, and now Model X buyers are finally getting their turn. Electrek and TMC forum member Sunnyvaletree report that Tesla has started delivering the revised Model X to customers, holding at least one event to mark the occasion. As you might guess, this effectively drags … Read more

Facebook claims hate speech visibility dropped 50 percent in nine months

Jon Fingas

Facebook is responding to whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony by attempting to shift the narrative on hate speech. Integrity VP Guy Rosen has posted a defense of the social network’s anti-hate measures where he argued the declining visibility of hate speech mattered more than the mere existence of that content. The “prevalence” (aka visibility) of hate … Read more

Hollywood union reaches contract agreement over streaming pay to avoid strike

Hollywood union reaches contract agreement over streaming pay to avoid strike

The union representing thousands of film and television production workers has reached a tentative agreement with studios, averting an strike that was set to begin Monday. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) had been negotiating with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents major production studios like Netflix, Warner … Read more