Minneapolis Bans City Cops From Using Face Recognition Tech

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On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved a new ordinance that prevents the city from buying or using face recognition technology without specific permission.

Minneapolis Cops Reportedly Used Google Location Data to Track Down George Floyd Protestors

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Minneapolis law enforcement used Google location data to help track down suspects accused of inciting violence during protests of the police killing of George Floyd last May, according to a weekend TechCrunch report.


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Someone Is Anonymously Mailing Creepy QAnon Propaganda to Minneapolis Residents

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Someone is mailing QAnon-themed material to residents of Minneapolis suburbs, the Intercept reported on Thursday, and it’s not clear who’s doing it or why. Read more. qanon nextdoor security politics elections 2020 elections conspiracy theories social media technology

Minneapolis will pay influencers to post during the George Floyd murder trials

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Minneapolis, Minn. The Minneapolis City Council passed the program , “contracts with community organizations for public safety and engagement services,” with the intent of curbing misinformation around the cases. approved a unique program on Friday.

Virtual Reality, BattleBots Set to Invade Minneapolis in September


VRJournal learned today that a major invasion is set to take place next month in Minneapolis. The post Virtual Reality, BattleBots Set to Invade Minneapolis in September appeared first on VRJournal. Featured VR Industry and Technology BattleBots Minneapolis Virtual realityAnd it’s going to rock, say.

U.S. Lawmakers Pressure DOJ Over Funding of Predictive Policing Tools

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Ratcheting up pressure on the Justice Department to crack down on unregulated predictive policing algorithms, Democratic lawmakers on Thursday called for strict new requirements on any DOJ-funded research into police tools promising to forecast crime, saying that research into some programs already in use has revealed… Read more.

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Twitter Says Its Partner Dataminr Wasn't Surveilling Protests for Local Cops, Just 'News Alerting'

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AI intelligence analysis startup Dataminr monitored nationwide protests against the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd using rarely granted, privileged access to Twitter’s “firehose,” the Intercept reported on Thursday.

Turns Out Pretty Much Anyone Can Claim to Be a Black-Owned Business on Uber Eats

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In June, amid nationwide protests against police racism and brutality set off by the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd, Uber Eats released a feature intended to signify solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement : Tools to “Support Black-owned restaurants” by ordering from them without a delivery fee. Read more.

This Drone in a Bowling Alley Is the Coolest Video You'll See All Week

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Then you’re in luck, because we’ve got the coolest video you’ll see all week—an expertly piloted and impressively directed video that was shot at the Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. Do you love expertly choreographed drone videos? Read more. drone anthony jaska rainier fog entertainment culture facebook jay byrd christensen unmanned aerial vehicle technology internet technology emerging technologies science and technology albums

CBP Releases Video From Predator Drone Deployed Over George Floyd Protests

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Shortly after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd last year, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew a Predator drone over the city in an effort to surveil the ongoing protests against police brutality occurring there.

They Were Watching: Homeland Security Reportedly Used Surveillance Aircraft to Monitor George Floyd Protests

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The New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used helicopters, airplanes, and drones in 15 cities to monitor demonstrations that protested the killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who died after a police officer knelt on his neck to… Read more.

Government Privacy Watchdog Asked to Investigate Surveillance of Black Lives Matter

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A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged the government’s privacy and civil liberties watchdog to launch an investigation into claims of government surveillance at protests against police violence and racial inequality spurred this year by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Emotional photos capture the celebration of George Floyd's life

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A man raised his fist at an event commemorating the anniversary of George Floyd's death at the Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center on May 25, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Derek Chauvin's verdict brings relief, but America's justice system is still broken

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On Tuesday evening, Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes in May 2020, was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

How Black Lives Matter could change Pride for the better

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In June of 2020, while the world was still adjusting to a new, socially-distant reality, Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation following George Floyd 's murder by police in Minneapolis.

Recording the police is risky, but it’s become the norm for Gen Z

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Nowhere has the power of a bystander willing to hit record been more clear than the case of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.

Watch the incredible single-shot drone video that's impressing Hollywood

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Filmed at Bryant Lake Bowl and Theatre in Minneapolis with one continuous drone shot, Jay Christensen's Right Up Our Alley is a stunning short film that's essentially a high-speed tour of a regular night at a bowling alley.

Uber adds option to send packages just in time for the holidays

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It'll be available in cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Fort Myers-Naples, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St.

Watch The Upcoming X Games Live In VR


Live streaming events like this in 360 isn’t anything new, but with Samsung’s live pass we’re hoping that the X Games in Minneapolis will be an event to remember. Turns out Next VR isn’t live streaming every sport under the sun in VR; the upcoming X Games will be broadcast by Samsung itself.

Sketchfab Launches Public Domain Program so Museums Can Share Cultural Relics in 3D

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Minneapolis Institute of Art, US. Sketchfab is a great resource for developers looking for a place to share and download 3D models—all of which can be viewed in VR headsets.

How to get police out of schools, and why it matters

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School boards in Minneapolis , Denver , Milwaukee , and Portland, Maine announced in June and July that they'll cut ties with their respective police departments, while Oakland eliminated an entire police force dedicated to its schools.

Suicide prevention has a systemic racism problem. Here's how to fix it.

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Since George Floyd 's tragic death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May, entire fields have confronted — willingly or not — their track record on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Snap just released its first diversity report. Like the rest of tech, it's not very diverse.

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CEO Evan Spiegel announced the release of the report Wednesday with a blog post that echoed his progressive statement about the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., The times they are a-changin': Snap, Inc. has released its first annual diversity report.

The legal cannabis industry must reckon with systemic racism

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In the wake of the protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, all facets of American culture are forced to rethink its approach to race.

Black activists explain why we need protests to change America for good

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Protests against racial injustice and police brutality are still ongoing over a month after Minneapolis police killed 46-year-old father George Floyd.

The VOID To Open 25 New Location-Based VR Centers Across The U.S. & Europe


Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minn.; One of the biggest names in location-based entertainment makes plans for global expansion. The VOID will soon become one of the largest location-based VR providers in the world thanks to a new partnership with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield that will introduce 25 new entertainment centers across the United States and Europe beginning this summer.

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MIKE HIGHLIGHTS // XR Artist, Founder and Community Leader Paige Dansinger


I’m an Art Historian that started in museums as a Security Guard, Museum Educator, Registrar, and Intern Curator at Minneapolis Institute of Art (2004–12). I founded Better World Museum in 2014, an 8000 sq’ space downtown Minneapolis with an Indoor Edible Garden, VR Center and Makerspace.

X Games will have its first livestreamed VR events next week


The livestreaming VR events will be available only on the Gear VR platform, and they’ll take place for the inaugural X Games in Minneapolis. ESPN has announced that for the first time ever, the X Games will have events livestreamed on VR, something that will be done in collaboration with Samsung. Gear VR users in 48 countries will have access … Continue reading. Archive ESPN Samsung Samsung Gear VR virtual reality vr

Rhapsody Launches VR App For Live Music Videos


360º video production was provided by Minneapolis-based VR company Visual, whose founder Chuck Olsen worked closely with the Rhapsody team on Rhapsody VR. The VR music app will bring you right on stage with the band. Music streaming service Rhapsody is jumping into the VR game with their first VR app – Rhapsody VR. The company which has been around since the early days of music streaming 14 years ago doesn’t just want you to listen to music, but actually experience it.

Police killings are a mental health crisis for Black people. They deserve real solutions.

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When a police officer shot Daunte Wright to death in a Minneapolis suburb last week, the tragedy plunged many Black Americans into a familiar state of grief and rage.

Trevor Noah breaks down 'the talk' Black parents are giving their children about police

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"It has been another week in America. Which means it's been another week of Black people being harassed or killed by the police.".

Samsung Bringing Live UFC and X Games to Gear VR


Other live events on the Gear VR platform we can expect in the coming months include the X Games Minneapolis July 13-16. Watch featherweight fighters José Aldo and Max Holloway throw down on June 3rd. Samsung is giving us another reason to slap on a Gear VR headset next month with the introduction of VR Live Pass. Available through the Samsung VR app in early June, VR Live Pass will let you watch live entertainment events and performances from the likes of UFC, X Games and Live Nation.

How to win a global meditation contest, two years in a row

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Think of the Green Bay Packers in the first few Super Bowls, or the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950s NBA, or Uruguay and Italy in the early World Cups. March Mindfulness is a Mashable series that explores the intersection of meditation practice and technology.

A wounded journalist speaks out — Mashable Originals

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Journalist Linda Tirado lost her eye to a foam bullet during the Minneapolis George Floyd protests. Now, she's being attacked by trolls online. Read more. More about Watercooler , Twitter , Mashable Video , Donald Trump , and Mashable Originals.

VR Attraction The VOID Plans to More Than Double in Size with 25 New Locations

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Just a week prior to the July 25th announcement, the company announced that it had officially opened three new entertainment center locations in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C., Out-of-home VR attraction chain The VOID may soon reach a city near you. The company recently announced plans to introduce 25 new locations through 2022, more than doubling its current footprint.

The VOID Adds Five Marvel & Disney Location-Based Experiences


The VOID has expanded to eight cities since its initial 2015 launch, with an additional nine locations on the way, including Santa Monica, New York, Philadelphia, Hollywood, Dallas, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., The hyper-reality provider partners with ILMxLAB to develop a new series of interactive experiences, starting with Disney’s upcoming animated film, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Amber Ruffin reminds us, through song, that we still don't have police reform

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Remember last year when Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd, sparking worldwide protests against racism and police brutality? Remember how people stood in solidarity and demanded police reform in order to prevent such events ever happening again?