Amazon blocks searches for LGBTQ+ products in the United Arab Emirates

Marc Bruxelle / EyeEm / Getty DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – E-commerce giant Amazon is blocking search results for LGBTQ-related products on its United Arab Emirates website, following a series of pushbacks against same-sex themes in the Gulf region. Amazon made the decision after coming under pressure from UAE authorities, who reportedly threatened it with … Read more

DocuSign CEO Dan Springer steps down

Dan Springer, chief executive officer at DocuSign. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images DocuSign CEO Dan Springer is stepping down in his role after the e-signature software maker lost more than 60% of its value year to date. The company did not provide a reason for his departure, but said Springer “has agreed … Read more

Behind the automation boom coming to the hotel industry, from 24-hour check-in to texting for towels

Mathisworks | Digitalvision Vectors | Getty Images For years, hotel operators have under-invested in technology, but persistent labor challenges are forcing a reckoning in the industry. “The labor issue is a big driver for investments in technology,” said Mark Haley, a partner at Prism Hospitality Consulting, which specializes in hospitality technology and marketing. “You can’t … Read more

A.I. gurus are leaving Big Tech to work on buzzy new start-ups

DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, who recently left his VP of AI product management and AI policy role at Google, also co-founded the machine learning start-up Inflection AI. Suleyman has already hired several of his former colleagues. Bloomberg | Getty Images Artificial intelligence gurus are quitting top jobs at companies like Google, Meta, OpenAI and DeepMind … Read more

Serious crime in the metaverse should be outlawed by the U.N., UAE minister says

An attendant with the Meta Oculus Quest 2 headset on a virtual reality tour during the Mobile World Congress. South Korea is betting on the metaverse as the next big thing but there are still questions about the shape the industry will take in the coming years. Joan Cros | Nurphoto | Getty Images New … Read more

Clearview AI fined for illegally storing images of Brits’ faces

Clearview AI, a New York-headquartered facial recognition company, has been fined £ 7.5 million ($ 9.4 million) by a UK privacy regulator. Over the last few years, the firm has collected images from the web and social media of people in Britain and elsewhere to create a global online database that can be used by … Read more

Analysts name technology stocks to buy after the sell-off

Three analysts share their outlook for tech, with one saying it’s ready for a hard rally, and another naming some “very interesting” stocks in the sector. Chris Watling, chief executive of Longview Economics, said the stock market as a whole is “ready to rally.” “We just need a whiff of good news from somewhere to … Read more

Salesforce is too cheap to ignore despite possible slower growth, JPMorgan says

Enterprise software may be entering a period of slower growth amid concerns about a recession, but Salesforce remains a smart bet for investors, according to JPMorgan. Analyst Mark Murphy released the details of a survey of Salesforce partners, which showed expectations for growth shrinking on several fronts. However, there were some positives for Salesforce in … Read more

LinkedIn and DeepMind co-founders raise $225 million

DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman Greylock Partners Inflection AI, the new artificial intelligence start-up from DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, has secured $ 225 million in funding, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week. The funding, first reported by TechCrunch, has been raised at an undisclosed … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg says Meta will test Horizon Worlds virtual sales

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen fencing in the “Metaverse” with an Olympic gold medal fencer during a live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference to announce the rebrand of Facebook as Meta, in this screen grab taken from a video released October 28, 2021 . Facebook | via Reuters Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to … Read more