Business Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended reviewing voice recordings from its Google Assistant virtual helper in the European Union after a leak of Dutch audio data, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday. 02 Aug 2019 06:35AM Bookmark REUTERS: Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended reviewing voice recordings from its Google Assistant virtual helper in the European Union after a leak of Dutch audio data, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.The company admitted https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/more-information-about-our-processes-safeguard-speech-data in July that partners who work to analyse voice snippets from the Assistant leaked the data.More than 1,000 private conversations were sent to a Belgian news outlet, CNBC reported earlier, adding that some of the messages revealed sensitive information such as medical conditions and customer addresses."Shortly after we learned about the leaking of confidential Dutch audio data, we paused language … [Read more...] about Google suspends transcription of voice assistant clips in Europe
2019 state of the union address
MANILA - Human rights and labor groups are set to hold protests to mark President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. Dubbed as the United People's SONA 2019, groups from various sectors will march through Metro Manila's streets to show their opposition against alleged extrajudicial killings, human rights violations, labor contractualization, low wages, unemployment, and trade union repression, organizers said Saturday. The groups are also expected to protest Duterte's stance on sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, where China has committed largely unsanctioned incursions. "Tayo pa rin ay republika ng endo, republika ng kumikitil ng karapatang pantao. Ang aming pagkilos ay hindi para umasa, ang aming pag kilos para i-engage ang gobyerno sa kanyang responsibilidad at mga pangako sa manggagawa," said Church Labor Conference - Partido Manggagawa's Rene Magtubo during a press conference at the Commission on Human Rights office, … [Read more...] about SONA protests set, groups to parade ‘sea monster’ effigy
Brexit and the Philippines The other day I came across a lost looking langka in my favorite north London shop. It looked terribly out of place among the small vividly colored raspberries and strawberries, placed close to the floor in a corner below crates of rosy-skinned apples – gargantuan, awkward and plain, its tropical pleasures hidden from view. The massive fruit’s presence is evidence of the long and rich story of trade between south east Asia, including the Philippines, and the UK. The jackfruit, or more accurately its presence in a London shop, just shows how such trade is part of the fluid world of human movement but has become subject to the hard borders of nation-states, and will become part of the difficult diplomacy accompanying the chaos that is Britain’s attempted exit from the European Union aka Brexit. For some time now, with varying degrees of noise and outrage, the government and businesses here have been preparing in … [Read more...] about Brexit and the Philippines
Will Trump murder the 10-year bull market? Since Trump’s May 5 tweet, markets were buffeted by sharp downturns and spikes in volatility. Hope turned to despair as negotiations with China broke down, prompting Trump to implement sweeping tariffs. Many feared that Trump’s latest actions may put the bull market’s longevity to the test. Unfortunately, it turned out that Trump was just getting started. “TARIFF is a beautiful word indeed” – Trump To justify his penchant for using tariffs as his primary tool to deter bad behavior of other countries, Trump tweeted the following on June 1, 2019: “When you are the “Piggy Bank” Nation that foreign countries have been robbing and deceiving for years, the word TARIFF is a beautiful word indeed! Others must treat the United States fairly and with respect – We are no longer the “fools” of the past!” Trump imposes tariffs on Mexico over illegal … [Read more...] about Will Trump murder the 10-year bull market?
Duterte calls on Congress to pass measures for workers' rights (Philstar.com) - May 1, 2019 - 10:42am MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day urged Congress to pass legislation to protect workers’ rights days after his national police chief blamed joblessness on labor protests for those rights. In his Labor Day message released Wednesday, Duterte lamented that the plight of Filipino workers, especially those working abroad, “remains the same.” But the chief executive said he hopes Congress will move forward on pending bills aimed to protect workers' rights. "I remain optimistic that one year since I issued Executive Order No. 51 implementing existing constitutional and statutory provisions against illegal contracting, my counterparts in Congress will consider passing much needed legislative measures that will fully protect our workers’ rights, … [Read more...] about Duterte calls on Congress to pass measures for workers’ rights