The Technology 202: ACLU sues DHS over purchase of cellphone location data used to track immigrants

It’s critical we uncover how federal agencies are accessing bulk databases of Americans’ location data and why,” Nathan Freed Wessler, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said in a statement. “There can be no accountability without transparency.

Senate Democrats, such as privacy advocate Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), had written a letter to DHS asking for more information on how such data was being used. On Wednesday morning, they disclosed that the department’s inspector general would take up the matter.

“If federal agencies are tracking American citizens without warrants, the public deserves answers and accountability,” Wyden said in a statement. “I won’t accept anything less than a thorough and swift inspector general investigation that sheds light on CBP’s phone location data surveillance program.”

The lawsuit highlights how the explosion of private-sector data and location-tracking services can be leveraged by the government. 

Government agencies typically

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Salesforce’s Slack Purchase Would Mark An Abrupt About-Face For Benioff

At the end of this year’s second quarter, Marc Benioff was adamant that it is a bad time for Salesforce to buy companies. 

“We’re not in a good M&A environment,” the Salesforce CEO and chairman told investors during an earnings call in August. “This isn’t part of our plan right now. We don’t see that. We really see focusing on our business.”

So it came as a surprise to observers that Salesforce is in advanced talks to buy Slack, the workplace instant messaging startup. Salesforce is reportedly expected to announce the deal after market close Tuesday when it reports third quarter earnings. It is expected to price Slack at a premium above its current $24 billion market cap, in a half cash, half

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Facebook Nears $1B Purchase of Chatbot Company Kustomer

Facebook (FB) – Get Report is close to sealing a deal to buy Kustomer, a startup specializing n chatbots and customer-service platforms, for more than $1 billion, according to media reports.

The deal could be completed Monday, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

New York-based Kustomer is already working with Facebook to help companies respond to customer inquiries that come through Facebook Messenger. Kustomer began integrating with Facebook’s Instagram messaging in October.

The deal could push forward Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to promote “social commerce” on the social-media platform, according to the Journal. 

In efforts to further this plan, the Menlo Park, Calif., social media giant launched Facebook shops in May, enabling companies to create online stores through Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook and Google May Face 4 New Antitrust Lawsuits

The purchase of Kustomer would be one of more than 100 Facebook

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An Essential Purchase For Any Switch Or PC Owner

If you are a more discerning gamer and require proper arcade gaming peripherals, then you have a variety of solutions available for various consoles and PC. The latest addition here is from 8BitDo and is definitely one of the best sticks currently available.

Specifically, if own either a Switch or PC, then 8BitDo has come up with a surprisingly affordable arcade stick with excellent build quality and customization options.

In terms of Switch arcade sticks, I already reviewed the HORI and previous 8BitDo releases, but this new arcade stick is arguably better than both.

Not least because this stick uses proper arcade gaming parts, resulting in arcade quality input and durability. You also have wireless and wired options available.

From Bluetooth connectivity, to 2.4g wireless support (with a USB dongle

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EnWave Signs Equipment Purchase Agreement GEA Lyophil GmbH and Advances Joint Pharmaceutical Technology Development

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EnWave Corporation (TSX-V:ENW | FSE:E4U) (“EnWave”, or the “Company”) announced today that it has signed an Equipment Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) with GEA Lyophil GmbH (“GEA”) to deliver a lab-scale Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV™”) machine for the demonstration and development of REV™ technology for pharmaceutical applications.

GEA will use the equipment to advance the commercialization of the technology for pharmaceutical applications. The lab-scale machine will be made available for trials with prospective pharma-industry purchasers of large-scale microwave-assisted lyophilization equipment. This machine will also be used for internal evaluation and technology advancement activities at GEA. This will allow GEA to better showcase EnWave’s technology to pharmaceutical companies as a first step in evaluating the merits of adopting larger-scale capacity.

GEA intends to install the customized lab-scale REV™ machine at its pilot facility in Hürth, Germany

In January 2020, EnWave and GEA announced

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SPX Announces Purchase of Sensors & Software Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPXC) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Sensors & Software Inc. (“Sensors & Software”), based in Mississauga, Ontario. Sensors & Software is a manufacturer and distributor of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) products used for locating underground utilities, detecting unexploded ordinance, and geotechnical and geological investigations.

“We are excited about Sensors & Software joining the SPX team,” said Gene Lowe, President and CEO of SPX Corporation. “Sensors & Software is a leader in GPR applications, with a strong brand, technology and user base that make it a highly complementary addition to our Radiodetection business’ industry-leading portfolio of cable and pipe locator and other detection and measurement products. We expect this combination to drive incremental value by leveraging our combined products, technologies, sales networks and channels.”

The company’s results will be reported as a part of SPX’s Radiodetection business

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