The much-awaited initial public offerings of multiple US tech companies are facing the threat of significant delays because of the ongoing government shutdown. The federal agency which oversees publicly traded companies has effectively ground to a halt during the longest ever US government shutdown. Most of the staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C., have not worked since December 27. With the market regulator effectively out of action, Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack and others, which are planning to go public this year could face major delays. Uber and rival Lyft both filed initial paperwork with the SEC in late 2018, however, the shutdown means their path to... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Mega IPOs for Uber and Lyft stalled due to government shutdown
Smart connected belts could be used to help diagnose mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression in children under six, a study has suggested. Children could be fitted with a wearable sensor, which would take the form of a belt, to track them and monitor for unusual movements that give away signs of depression at an earlier age than was previously possible. Despite being hard to spot, conditions including anxiety and depression are thought to affect as many as one in five young children and can be a precursor to other conditions such as severe depression in later life. According to a study by the University of Vermont, using wearable sensors, which are connected to computer programmes equipped... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Wearables could be used to help spot childhood depression
If you think artificial intelligence is an entirely theoretical pursuit, a quick trip to Kaggle is illuminating. Kaggle is a website that runs competitions, sometimes with serious cash prizes, between teams vying to solve real-world problems by designing algorithms that trawl through big data sets. There are currently 17 competitions up and running. The biggest prize, $100,000 (£77,435), is being offered by an investment company for the team that reveals how news reports affect stock prices. The second and third biggest – both offering around $50,000 – seek to predict when earthquakes will occur and how loyal Brazilian shoppers are. There’s even $25,000 to quantify “cuteness” in Malaysian pets,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about Who is winning Europe’s artificial intelligence battle?
Laurence Dodds Follow 19 January 2019 • 6:00am In the Japanese animated series Ghost in the Shell there is a villain called the Laughing Man who has always stayed with me. At first he appears to be a prolific hacker orchestrating a series of daring crimes, always managing to edit his own face out of pictures and video footage by replacing it with a comical logo. But in the end, it turns out there is no single Laughing Man – just multiple copycats acting independently, apparently without any original at all. I think of the Laughing Man every time an internet meme drives unrelated people into bizarre real-world behaviour. The Bird Box challenge. People yelling "hit or miss" in public places. The great clown epidemic of 2016. And, this week,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Why it’s so easy to believe that the ’10-year challenge’ is a grand Facebook conspiracy
A cohort of technology companies including Apple, Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon have been accused of breaching European privacy laws in an official complaint. Ten separate complaints filed to the Austrian Data Protection authority by privacy group Not Your Business claim that these companies' streaming services were not complying with the GDPR. The group is led by Max Schrems, a campaigner who has spent years pursuing companies including Facebook in European courts. Amazon Prime, Apple Music, Netflix, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, UK sports streaming service DAZN and Austrian television streaming service Flimmit were accused of breaches. The group claimed that these companies' automated services,... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Apple, YouTube and Netflix accused of breaking EU privacy laws