Microsoft files patent to record and score meetings on body language

Technology giant Microsoft has filed a patent for a system to monitor employees’ body language and facial expressions during work meetings and give the events a “quality score”. A filing suggests it could be deployed in real-world meetings or online virtual get-togethers. It envisions rooms being packed with sensors to monitor the participants, which could raise …

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Ransomware halts classes for 115,000 Baltimore pupils

A ransomware attack on a school district in Maryland has halted classes for more than 115,000 pupils. Ransomware is a type of cyber-attack that locks down affected systems and make them unusable. And for Baltimore County public schools district, it meant all pupils learning remotely because of the pandemic could suddenly no longer access lessons. …

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Amazon, Apple stay away from new French initiative to set principles for Big Tech

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. tech giants Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a new French initiative to get global tech companies to publicly commit to principles including paying their fair share of taxes, government officials said on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron has sought for the past three years to cajole tech giants …

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Huawei ban: UK to impose early end to use of new 5G kit

Telecoms providers must stop installing Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G mobile network from September, the government has said. The announcement came ahead of a law being unveiled this afternoon, which bans the Chinese firm from the network. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was pushing for the “complete removal of high-risk vendors” from 5G …

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