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PBC News & Comment: Googlers Revolt Over Pentagon AI Project

4,000 Google employees have signed a petition protesting Pentagon contract for Maven artificial intelligence program, refusing to build warfare technology….--read the NY Times report here

--Sen. Ron Wyden reveals that Americans’ cellphones are vulnerable due to weak security on data used to route calls

--listener Dick Atlee alerts us to Amazon’s Rekognition, advanced facial recognition tool that can pick you out of a crowd

--school district in Buffalo implements Aegis, a Canadian system that can identify faces and objects, reports The Intercept

--at WhoWhatWhy, a report on workplace analytics

--fresh evidence of obstruction, as NY Times reports that Trump demanded that Sessions un-recuse himself, according to unnamed sources

--Rep. Trey Gowdy tries to defend Trump regarding obstruction even as he defends FBI for “spying” on Trump campaign; Trump endorses one view, can you guess?

--Trump stokes Nashville mob with claim that Mexico will pay for the wall and other lies and bullying

--makers of Ambien reject Rosanne Barr’s excuse, saying racism is not a known side effect of the sleeping pill

--Hamas declares cease-fire, and Israel stops bombing Gaza

--Dutch official says Russia must accept blame for downing of MH-17, as search for MH 370 is winding down

--Russian journalist who was pronounced dead by Ukraine appears at news conference to report he faked his murder to thwart Moscow

--John Bolton names Muslim-bashing pal chief of staff

--in Charlottesville, VA, Leslie Cockburn fights bogus anti-Semitism claims as GOP opponent drops out to go to rehab

--after 4-month struggle, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigns