Photo: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone x during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)
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Apple has announced its latest slate of new products, including a phone with facial recognition software. Facial recognition is already being used a lot more widely than you’d think. The FBI has photos of half of all Americans in its database. The Europeans and the Chinese use it all the time.
Three years ago, video game developer Zoë Quinn broke up with her boyfriend. He retaliated by posting an angry online diatribe against her that caused an internet firestorm, which still hasn’t ended. But Quinn has fought back, and even created an organization to help others that are targets of online harassment. Now she’s written a book about her experiences.
Hillary Clinton is trying to defend herself and apportion blame for her presidential election loss in a new book titled “What Happened.” We get reaction from a political writer who’s read it.
At 10 a.m. August 19, more than 400 aspiring and experienced radio producers from around the world took part in KCRW’s fifth annual 24-hour Radio Race. In the end, they delivered 136 short stories in a single day. The pieces were judged on creativity, storytelling, technical skill and incorporation of the theme: “Down For Whatever.” Here are the winners.
Bob Carlson, host and producer, 'UnFictional'
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Could China be the first country to find aliens? China has built the world’s largest radio dish to search for extraterrestrial life. This comes at a time when an earth-sized planet has been discovered about 11 light years away. Will China discover extraterrestrials before the rest of us?
What is the Uranium One deal? The Uranium One deal was a big talking point among Trump supporters during the campaign, and now it’s back in the news. It revolves around the 2010 sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One to a Russian entity. Trump and other conservatives claim it was actually a shady play-to-pay scheme involving then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Does a weak State Dept. mean a crisis for US leadership? The president is on his way back from two weeks in Asia. No deals were inked. One reason for that: A lack of advance work by State Department diplomats. The department has been short staffed, and according to many experts, that’s lead to a crisis for U.S. leadership in the world.
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