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Opinion: Don’t Dumb Down Our Smart Speakers

Editor’s note: This commentary is a response to “Legislation seeks to outsmart ‘smart’ speakers,” May 23, 2019. Voice recognition systems have streamlined our daily activities, from turning on the lights to important reminders about taking medications.  We ...
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Facebook Wants People to Invite Its Cameras into Their Homes

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. But it's unclear if people will open their homes to an internet-connected camera...