Nextdoor is building close ties with local law enforcement and public officials in the US, worrying some civil rights advocates (Sarah Holder/CityLab)

[ad_1] Sarah Holder / CityLab: Nextdoor is building close ties with local law enforcement and public officials in the US, worrying some civil rights advocates  —  The hyper-local social media platform Nextdoor is winning over local law enforcement and other government officials in the U.S., alarming civil rights advocates. [ad_2] Source link

Get ready for the ‘holy grail’ of computer graphics

[ad_1] Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Jason Ronald from Xbox Ray tracing has always been the “holy grail” of computer graphics, says Jason Ronald, head of program management for the gaming console Xbox. The technique simulates a three-dimensional image by calculating each ray of light and promises stunning lighting effects with realistic reflections and shadows.…

Contact-tracing app caught sharing location data with Foursquare

[ad_1] Contact-tracing apps are problematic, and that’s before they violate their own privacy policies.  The Care19 app, developed for the North Dakota Department of Health by developer ProudCrowd, was intended to assist health officials in their battle against coronavirus by logging users’ location data. In the process, according to a report released Thursday, it also…

Google highlights accessible locations with new Maps feature – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Google has announced a new, welcome and no doubt long asked-for feature to its Maps app: wheelchair accessibility info. Businesses and points of interest featuring accessible entrances, bathrooms and other features will now be prominently marked as such. Millions, of course, require such accommodations as ramps or automatic doors, from people with limited mobility…

Report: the official COVID-19 contact tracing app for North Dakota is sharing location data with Foursquare and an advertising ID with Google (Steven Melendez/Fast Company)

[ad_1] Steven Melendez / Fast Company: Report: the official COVID-19 contact tracing app for North Dakota is sharing location data with Foursquare and an advertising ID with Google  —  The official COVID-19 contact tracing app for the state of North Dakota, designed to detect whether people have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus … [ad_2]…

Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Run The World, a year-old, 18-person company that’s based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $10.8 million in Series A funding from earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund. It’s easy to understand the firms’ interest in the company, whose platform features every…