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Puma Poaches Manchester City Kit Deal From Nike | Business of Fashion – big move by Puma in football, especially considering that all the money is boot sales and Puma is currently a distant number four behind Nike and adidas. New Balance is considerably closer for Puma to reach than the top two. Kit sponsorship deals are self liquidating brand marketing.
A Perfectly Cromulent Cultural Moment – memes as societal discourse
A Brief History of Computer Vision (and Convolutional Neural Networks) | Hacker Noon – a great read, it reminded me about the work that search engines like Yahoo! and Google were doing around image recognition back in the day and Virage et al did in the mid-1990s onwards
Know-It-All Robot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts – WSJ – which begs the question why Facebook wasn’t here, providing a similar kind of service on its platforms? (Paywall)
Subaru Recalls Cars to Fix Glitch Possibly Caused by Fabric Softener – WSJ – no you haven’t read the headline wrong, it apparently affects a sensor. The investigative process must have driven the engineers crazy
Musical.ly, now TikTok, to pay fine to settle FTC allegations | Digital – Ad Age – Social video app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it illegally stored data from underage children and refused parents’ requests to delete it.Data collected from children under the age of 13 included names, email addresses and, for a period, user locations, the FTC said. The settlement represents a record penalty under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 law designed to put parents in charge of what information is collected about their children on the internet.
Creepy AI Tech From China Can Identify You 50 Meters Away With Your Back Turned, Face Covered – interesting how they are using gait analysis for identification. Of course the way around it is to put something in your shoe. More related posts here
Prada tries to put luxury’s derailing train back on course | Trendwatching – It’s not hard to see the link between this innovation and recent events in the luxury fashion industry. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, iconic fashion brands have lurched from one epic fail to another recently. Gucci perpetuated blackface via a sweater. Prada itself perpetuated blackface via its window displays. Burberry sent a noose down the runway. Philipp Plein fat-shamed a journalist. D&G offended many in one of its key markets when its ad showed Chinese models struggling to eat spaghetti with chopsticks – Prada is also listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange so this makes sense from a shareholder perspective as well
Who needs malware? IBM says most hackers just PowerShell through boxes now, leaving little in the way of footprints • The Register – running in RAM rather than memory