<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Tech News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 21 Jul 2018 15:41:48 -0700Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:41:48 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[FB CEO Uses Holocaust Example to Defend Takedown Policies]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:22:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/zuck-blue.jpg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a podcast interview released Wednesday that his social network does not remove posts that deny the Holocaust because the company wants to allow its users to make unintentional mistakes, NBC News reported.

Zuckerberg volunteered the example of Holocaust deniers unprompted in the middle of a discussion on the Recode Decode podcast about Facebook’s role in the spread of hoaxes and false news stories.

“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” he said. “I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong.”

“I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,” he continued, before the interviewer, Kara Swisher, interrupted him.

“In the case of the Holocaust deniers, they might be, but go ahead,” Swisher said.

Zuckerberg backtracked later on Wednesday, saying in an email to Swisher that he did not mean to defend the intent of Holocaust deniers, according to a copy of the email posted by Swisher.



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<![CDATA[eBay to Lay Off Nearly 300 Employees in the Bay Area: Report]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:53:10 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-134419068.jpg

Online marketplace eBay is planning to lay off nearly 300 jobs, about 200 of them in San Jose, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News.

In notices filed with the state’s Employment Development Department, the Silicon Valley company said it was planning to make the cuts by July 20. Those affected by the layoffs were notified by the final week of June.

“eBay will conduct a mass layoff,” eBay employment counsel Amir Vonsover wrote in a notice to the EDD.

The layoffs are planned for 2525 N. First St. and 2145 Hamilton Ave., both in San Jose; 199 Fremont St. in San Francisco; and 8000 Marina Blvd. in Brisbane, the Mercury News reported.

The company laid off an un specified number of employees in Portland, Oregon, last month as part ofglobal workforce reduction strategy.

"We are sharpening our focus on priority initiatives, aligning our workforce with these initiatives and reducing our global workforce by a low single digit percentage," eBay's director of corporate communications told Oregon Live.

The company employed 14,100 around the world at the end of 2017.



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<![CDATA[This Small Forensics Company Is Suddenly Cracking Cold Cases]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:33:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/April+Tinsley.png

A small DNA technology company called Parabon NanoLabs has helped solve five cold cases since early May with a new approach to genetic analysis that could spur a massive clearance of unsolved crimes, NBC News reported.

The Virginia company makes use of high-tech DNA analysis, traditional genealogy and online ancestry databases. It's found matches about 60 percent of the time, thanks to suspects or their relatives submitting genetic profiles to public databases.

"I predict we will see dozens or hundreds of cold cases resolved over the next couple of years," researcher CeCe Moore said.

One recent case Parabon NanoLabs helped to bring charges in is that of April Tinsley, an 8-year-old killed in April 1988. Her killer eluded police and the FBI even though they had his DNA — until Moore narrowed the list of potential suspects to two brothers.



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<![CDATA[Here Are the Emojis That Get Used Most and Least ]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:43:31 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/071717emojis.jpg

If you find yourself frequently sending the heart or face with tears of joy emojis, you're in good company. Those are among the most commonly sent emojis on Facebook and Twitter.

The social media networks revealed Tuesday the emojis that are most often shared in posts and messages most often Tuesday, which is World Emoji Day. It falls on July 17 because that date appears on the calendar emoji for iPhone and Android users, according to Fortune

Facebook users post the heart emoji twice as much as they did last year, the network said in an email to NBC. More than 2,800 emojis are used on Facebook and its Messenger app each day.

The heart-eyed face, blushing face, kissing face and birthday cake are among the most popular emojis used on Facebook. The loudly crying face emoji is the lone emoji that appeared on Twitter’s top-five list that wasn’t on Facebook’s.

Emojitracker, which attempts to track the use of all emoji on Twitter, finds that the aerial tramway emoji is the least used on the platform.

The mouse face, juggling and blocked number one emojis are among the least popular on Facebook.

Two variations of a smiley face emoji were among the top searched emojis worldwide last year, according to Google Trends. 


Apple celebrated World Emoji Day by announcing its plans to roll out more than 70 new emojis in a software update that’s scheduled to be released later this year. The new emojis feature people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair and people who are bald, according to a news release.

Emojis originated in Japan, according to NBC News, and the Unicode Consortium ensures that the emojis can be recognized on any device worldwide. The group also controls what emojis are created.

When an emoji becomes part of an update, designers at platforms like Apple and Google determine how it will appear on their devices.

The consortium accepts emoji proposals, though the process can be long.



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<![CDATA[Apple, Google Cashed in on Conspiracy App]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:12:00 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/QDrops.jpg

An app that sent alerts about a child sex ring conspiracy theory called QAnon stayed in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store for months, raising revenue for the conspirators and the tech giants, NBC News reported.

The fringe QAnon conspiracy purports that a secret police task force put assembled by President Donald Trump has arrested world politicians in a murderous child sex ring and forced them to wear ankle bracelets. It's an offshoot of the "pizzagate" fiction and has led to real-world actions, like a follower who blocked an entrance to the Hoover Dam last month.

The 99-cent QDrops app was launched in April and sends alerts when new details about the supposed investigation are posted on the anonymous social media site 4Chan.

QDrops peaked at No. 10 among all paid Apple apps, though Apple removed it from its app store Sunday after it was contacted by NBC News. The app remains live on the Google Play Store; Google has yet to respond to a request for comment.



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<![CDATA[Thai Cave Rescue Diver Mulls Legal Action Against Elon Musk]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:51:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/elonmuskchinatrade_1200x675.jpg

A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue mission that saved 12 boys and their soccer coach is reportedly considering legal action against Tesla head Elon Musk for having called him a "pedo guy."

Spelunker Vernon Unsworth got on Musk's bad side after he dismissed a submarine made by Musk's team from a SpaceX rocket part as a "PR stunt," CNBC reported.

The submarine wasn't used in the resuce and Unsworth told CNN the idea "had no chance of working."

“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth said.

In response, Musk alleged in a now-deleted series of tweets that Unsworth was a "pedo guy."

When Unsworth was asked by The Guardian whether he would consider pursuing legal action against Musk over the baseless claim that appeared to label him a pedophile, Unsworth said, "Yes, it's not finished."



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<![CDATA[Doing it for the 'Gram Gets Pricey, Survey Says]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:18:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Instagram-generica1.jpg

Getting the perfect Instagram shot requires lighting, angles and -- cash?

Instagram has not only influenced social lives, but also greatly impacted the wallets of its users, according to a Chase Slate Credit Outlook Survey released May 17.

The survey was conducted between March 28 - April 2, 2018 and included more than 2,000 people aged 18 to 37. Results concluded that more than 70 percent of millennials made a purchase and posted it to Instagram in the past six months.

Common purchases that appear on the 'gram are travel, food, events or experiences, and clothing.

The survey found that those loyal to Instagram are willing to spend $137 for the "perfect 'gram;" however, they have even spent up to $212 for the perfect shot.


Millennials may be the main consumer of social media, but according to the survey, the general population is also willing to shell out some cash for the perfect shot.

Though the general population is only willing to spend $70, the older folk have spent up to $378 to keep their feeds up to par.

With so much money going toward an aesthetically-pleasing feed, could this mean Instagram is bad for your wallet?

"At first glance it looks like it," said Chase Slate Financial Education Ambassador Brittney Castro. "However, the survey showed that 59 percent of millennials are saving."

Along with saving, the survey also concluded that 64 percent have a plan in place to improve their credit score over the next year.

Millennials can possibly credit their knowledge of budgeting and saving to their Instagram goals. Castro says there is an awareness of the balance between "living for today" and having a stable financial future.

"We care about our future, and it's all about having a well-balanced life," Castro said. "If we are able to plan ahead, we are able treat ourselves."

The key ingredient to a happy wallet and a beautiful feed is balance, according to Castro. Even if you are on a budget, it doesn't mean you have to succumb to feed-envy.

"If you want to make a trip to Italy, plan for it and make it happen. Also make sure to take plenty of pictures while you're there for plenty of Instagram content," Castro said.

If you're interested in budgeting for a trip to Europe, or simply want to learn more about money management, Castro will be speaking at the SoHo House in West Hollywood on Tuesday, July 17, from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

For more information on the survey, click here.



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<![CDATA[Mission to Mars: NASA Shows New Technology Being Developed]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:27:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07132018NASAAmes_3476919.JPG

For many, the next great frontier for man is Mars. Between NASA and SpaceX, we're closer than ever to making that a reality and the Bay Area is playing a big role in making that possible.

NASA Ames in Mountain View gave NBC Bay Area a sneak peek into some of the new technologies being developed for our future trips to the red planet. Scott Budman reports in the video above.



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<![CDATA[FCC May Start Charging $225 to Look Into Consumer Complaints]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:17:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/892330012-FCC-Ajit-Pai.jpg

Consumers who ask the Federal Communications Commission to investigate complaints against broadband providers would be charged $225 — possibly more than the amount in dispute — under a proposal the FCC is voting on Thursday, NBC News reported.

The proposal is expected to pass the Republican-controlled commission, though the lone Democrat called it "bonkers" while two congressional Democrats said it runs counter to the FCC's mission of working for consumers.

Thousands of consumer complaints on things like billing and poor internet service are submitted to the FCC each year. The commission typically passes complaints along, but if the new process passes, it will only follow up on disputes if the person making the complaint goes through a formal process that comes with a $225 filing fee.




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<![CDATA[Fortnite Season 5 Arrives: What You Should Know]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:14:59 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-954188922.jpg

After weeks of hype and bringing items from the online game into the real world, Season 5 of Fortnite has arrived.

For those who haven’t yet joined the craze, Fortnite is a game available on consoles, PC and mobile where 100 players drop from a flying school bus, collect guns and resources to fight and build structures (hence the "fort") and fight to be the last player standing.

Thousands of Fortnite gameplays can be found on YouTube or the popular livestreaming website Twitch.tv, which is owned by Amazon.

This time, the popular multi-player "battle royale" game has upgraded its map, added new cosmetic skins and items in the new update.

In Season 4, players watched a rocket launch into the sky while they were battling to eliminate 99 other players in the game. That rocket exploded and appeared to have caused a worm hole, bringing items from other eras like a viking ship, an ATV and even a Moai statue.

Players can still enjoy the game for free and they're able to purchase V-Bucks to get access to Season 5 Battle Pass. The pass cost 950 V-Bucks which is around $10.

Some gamers might opt to spending more to earn a higher tier because a Battle Pass will start you off at level 1. Players will gain more access to over 100 new items as they level up and complete challenges.

If you're wondering why your children can't seem to stop playing this game, challenges are different every season and every week. They vary from simple things like killing five opponents with a pistol to opening loot chests at different locations in the map. (Here are some tips for beginners.

The game gives different rewards for each challenge completed. This season, players can even unlock an exclusive outfit by completing special challenges.

One of the biggest changes in Season 5 is the addition of "toys." Players can conjure up a golf ball and a beach ball to actually play at the new "points of interest" in the arena.

Fortnite has gotten rid of older points of interest, where players would land and collect firearms and other items that will help them win the game, to keep the game fresh for veteran players.

The game made $233 million in March, CNBC reported, and its popularity doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Fortnite has millions of players. Many are children younger than 16, and they can be seen as easy targets for hackers and scammers. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, has been warning players to be aware of scams around free or discounted V-Bucks. 



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<![CDATA[Twitter Announces Purge of Locked Accounts]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:35:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/936806438-Twitter-logo.jpg

Twitter users, don't despair if you see a sudden drop in followers soon.

NBC News reports that the social media company is set to begin a purge this week of tens of millions of accounts flagged as suspicious and locked.

Most people are set to lose less than five followers, but large accounts may experience a "more significant drop," according to a blog post from Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head counsel.

It's the latest step from Twitter in its attempt to clean up the platform — last week it disclosed that it can identify about 10 million potential spam accounts per week to shut them down.



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<![CDATA[Fortnite Objects Brought to Life in California Desert]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:03:24 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fortniteburger.jpg

Talk about virtual meets reality. Fortnite items have begun to make their way from your gaming screen into real life.

 

The "Durr Burger," a bug-eyed, larger than life burger from the popular videogame Fornite Battle Royale, was spotted in the desert of the Antelope Valley by photographer Sela Shiloni on Friday. 

Caution tape and crime scene number placards surround both the burger and Fortnite police car. The site is roped off with signs that read "if you can read this you’re in range of the anomaly."

Dedicated players and fans are traveling to the site to see the mysterious objects up close.

"I’ve been playing this game forever. I got fired from seven jobs and spent thousands of dollars on this game," said Fortnite gamer Hamburglar 24/7. "It’s just crazy, I love it. I am really glad I made it out here."

Some Fortnite fans even found "agents" at the scene who gave out cards with an agent number and a phone number.

The studio behind Fortnite, Epic Games, has not confirmed whether they are behind the stunt. But, a theory on gaming fan sites is that the stunt is to create speculation on what's to come for the newest season.

Fortnite's newest update (otherwise known as a season) is expected to be released on Thursday as confirmed by Fortnite's official Twitter account.

Hamburglar 24/7 was one of the many people speculating on the newest season, saying it was "probably [about] time travel. I mean it [the hamburger] just landed in the middle of the desert."

Many fans were also left speculating why the burger was left in that specific spot.

"There is nothing cool out here expect for this now," said Angelina Gonazales, a resident of the Antelope Valley area. "Nothing ever happens out here."

 

The Antelope Valley isn't the only place where items from Fortnite are being brought to life. Reports of colorful llamas from the game appearing throughout Europe have surfaced on Twitter in the days leading up Fortnite's season five release.

Fortnite has become a phenomenon since its debutlast year. As of January 2018, Fortnite had around 45 million players across all platforms. The number has expected to have increased in the months since with platforms like Nintendo’s Switch console releasing versions of Fortnite compatible with the platform. 


The attraction will be open until Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, according to a security guard at the site. 



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<![CDATA[SpaceX Tests Mini-Submarine to Help Thailand Cave Rescue]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:00:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/7-9-2018-mini-sub-thailand-cave-rescue-musk-spacex.jpg

A mini-submarine designed to help rescuers bring members of a soccer team and their coach out of a flooded Thailand cave was tested over the weekend in a Southern California high school pool.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted video of the tests at Palisades Charter High School.

The small escape pod was built and designed in about a day, then placed on a plane bound for Thailand, according to Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX. It was not immediately clear whether the sub will be deployed in the rescue.

On Monday, dive teams had already brought out eight of the 13 people trapped in the flooded cave.

Last week, Musk said he is sending engineers from two of his companies to Thailand to help with the complex rescue operation. Musk's Boring Co. digs tunnels for high-tech transport system, but also can provide ground-penetrating radar.

The miniature submarine can be maneuvered through confined spaces, like the narrow cave passage, and uses a component from Spacex's Falcon 9 rocket. 

A SpaceX spokesperson told NBC News that the project team is in touch with Thai government officials. 

"Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull," Musk tweeted Saturday. "Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust."

With some modifications, the design also could be used for an escape pod in space, Musk added.

Four boys were rescued from the cave Monday, bringing the total number of rescues to eight. It was not immediately clear whether the remaining five people, including the team's coach, will be extracted in one or more operations.



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<![CDATA[FB Flags Declaration of Independence Passage as Hate Speech]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:43:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/071518decofindependencestock.jpg

In anticipation of Fourth of July, a Texas-based publisher posted various passages from the Declaration of Independence on its Facebook page in an attempt to make it “a little easier to digest,” according to NBC News.

But Facebook’s algorithm detected the phrase “merciless Indian savages” and flagged the passage that features those words as hate speech. The passage was flagged at a time when Facebook is using a combination of humans and artificial intelligence to prevent hate speech from spreading across the social media network.

Facebook eventually apologized, and the publisher’s post was restored.



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<![CDATA[European Lawmakers Reject Online Copyright Law]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 10:18:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-758281457.jpg

Lawmakers in the European Parliament on Thursday rejected a new copyright proposal that digital rights campaigners said would have changed the free and open nature of the internet, NBC News reported.

Article 13 of the E.U. copyright directive would have held platforms like Google and Facebook responsible for enforcing copyright laws, requiring them to use content recognition technologies to filter out images, audio, code or footage that infringe on copyrights. For example, media that often fall on the margins of copyright law are memes, which invariably re-purpose images or clips to create running jokes online, and often fall on the margins of copyright law.

Jim Killock, the executive director of the London-based digital rights organization Open-Rights Group, said in a statement after the vote: "Round one of the Robo-Copyright wars is over. The E.U. Parliament has recognized that machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix."

The legislation had support from musicians' groups hoping the legislation would give protection to and improve the rights of intellectual property holders of audio and video. Former Beatle Paul McCartney urged Parliament ahead of Thursday's vote to support the proposal, saying the legislation would "address the value gap and help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators."



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<![CDATA[Photos: 100 of Our Favorites From NASA's Image of the Day]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 12:35:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/250*120/7-4-2018-nasa-stsci-gallery-1022a-2000x960.jpg From spiraling galaxies and supernova explosions deep in the cosmos to massive solar flares and an ice-covered world right in our solar system, NASA's powerful cameras are capturing spectacular images of the universe.

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), F. Paresce (National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna, Italy), E. Young (Universities Space Research Association/Ames Research Center), the WFC3 Science Oversight Committee, and the Hubble Heritage Team]]>
<![CDATA[Samsung Investigating Reports of Phones Quietly Sending Pics]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:16:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_18052695428929.jpg

Samsung says it is investigating reports that some of its smartphones messaged users' photos without their knowledge.

Several people posted online that photos stored on their smartphone were sent at random to numbers saved in their contacts, Gizmodo reported Monday.

One Reddit user said their Galaxy S9, a newer Samsung model, somehow sent the phone's entire photo gallery to their girlfriend in the middle of the night. But there was no record of it in the messaging app itself — the Redditor said they confirmed the mishap through logs from T-Mobile.

It’s unclear what caused the issue or how many people it may have affected. 

"Samsung has reviewed this matter thoroughly these past few days; however, there were no hardware or software issues found to be relevant to this particular case," a spokesperson told CNBC in an email. "While there have been no known similar customer reports globally, we will continue to investigate this issue further.



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<![CDATA[NASA's Juno Spacecraft Goes Storm Chasing Above Jupiter]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 07:47:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/jupiter-nasa-july-2018.jpg NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back raw images of the planet's best-known feature -- it's Great Red Spot, which is actually a 10,000-mile-wide storm.

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<![CDATA[As It Happened: Spain's Shock Exit]]> Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:26:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/russia+spain+world+cup+thumbnail1.jpg Spain was supposed to be celebrating an easy path to the next round of the World Cup. Instead, Russia delivered a surprise elimination.]]> <![CDATA[Boeing Plans Hypersonic Plane to Cross Atlantic in 2 Hours]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:44:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180626-boeing-hypersonic-dk-1331_4061d4979fa1c835a5ca4d76ed2f4c6f.fit-2000w.jpg

Boeing has revealed plans for a futuristic, sleek aircraft capable of flying five times the speed of sound, or about 3,800 miles per hour, NBC News reported

Flying that fast, the airliner could reach London from New York City in about two hours, instead of the eight hours it takes on a conventional plane. It would cruise at about 90,000 feet, where passengers could see the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth, the company's chief hypersonics scientist said.

The new concept, unveiled at an aviation conference in Atlanta this week, would fly the transatlantic route more than twice as fast as the Concorde, a supersonic plane that had limited routes to protect people on the ground from hearing the loud sonic boom produced by the aircraft. Boeing’s new aircraft proposal would fix that by using new technology that mitigates sound.

It's not yet clear if passengers would be willing to pay the high prices that hypersonic air travel would require.



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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Working With ICE as Border Crisis Continues]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:43:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ICEGettyImages-688613960.jpg

Several high-profile data and technology companies have been profiting off of contracts with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for the last several months, NBC News reported

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions and Palantir all have active contracts with ICE, according to a public records search. Their contracts show how many tech companies are putting their innovations to use with the U.S. government in ways that are not often visible to the public. 

Palantir, for example, has a $39 million contract with the agency that began in 2015. Thomson Reuters Special Services, a subsidiary of the mass-media firm and news agency Thomson Reuters, signed a $6.8 million contract with ICE in March. 

Palantir and Motorola Solutions did not respond to requests for comment. Hewlett Packard and Microsoft condemned the administration's family separation policy, while Thomson Reuters would not comment on it.  



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<![CDATA[Spectacular Sun Images From NASA's Solar Observatory]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:14:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sun-nasa-AIA_00236.jpg NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was deployed to help us better understand how our closest star affects Earth. Over the past eight years, it has captured some spectacular images of the sun -- solar flares, coronal mass ejections and other dazzling sights.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams]]>
<![CDATA[35 Years Ago, Astronaut Sally Ride Made History in Space]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:06:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/nasa-sally-ride-s07-14-629.jpg Thirty-five years ago Monday, NASA astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

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