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In a week when Google didn’t have to search for disgruntled employees, this also happened:
Red, a company with roots in digital cameras for movie productions, released a Hydrogen One phone, which has a holographic screen that produces 3-D visuals without needing special glasses. The company is hoping enough users will create and share their own videos shot with the phone.
Trying to protect its natural beauty, the Pacific nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreen starting in 2020. Banned sunscreens will be confiscated from tourists, and merchants selling the products will be fined up to $1,000. Amazon said it hopes to teach 10 million students a year how to code. The company will pay for summer camps, teacher training and other projects to benefit kids and young adults from low-income families who might not have learned to code otherwise. It said it hopes the programs spur more black, Hispanic and female students to study computer science.
Reese’s set up a vending machine in New York for five hours Wednesday so people could trade in their Halloween candy for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, according to Delish. Google said it will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use artificial intelligence to help create a more humane society. During a presentation in Sunnyvale, Google demonstrated how its AI technology is already being used to diagnose diseases, help people with disabilities, predict areas likely to flood and protect endangered species.
The owner of an upstate New York restaurant who sexually harassed employees was sentenced to six months in jail. Jonathan LaRock was arrested last year after a 17-year-old employee at his Howard Johnson restaurant in Lake George told police she had been sexually harassed. An investigation revealed LaRock had routinely propositioned and sexually harassed female employees for years. On Halloween, Salesforce
Tower delighted internet petitioners who had called for the building’s soaring digital displays to turn into the Eye of Sauron from “Lord of the Rings.” Salesforce chief Marc Benioff — who doesn’t actually control the building — had suggested Batkid instead, but the building owners,
Boston Properties and Hines, went the fiery panopticon route.