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The developers of a new app that uses AI to estimate the speed of a passing car say they were forced into anonymity by the vicious response from drivers. The app, Speed ​​cameras anywhere, is the product of a team of AI scientists from Silicon Valley companies and top UK universities. Its creators hope it will inspire police to take speeding more seriously and allow residents, pedestrians and cyclists to document traffic offenses in their area. But since its launch in March, the vitriol imposed on the team is such that they are afraid to share their true identities. “We get some pretty abusive emails,” said Sam, the app’s founder, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s a Marmite product – some people think it’s a good idea, others think it turns us into a surveillance state. Guardian

Elon MuskTwitter’s largest shareholder, has proposed a host of changes to the social media giant’s premium subscription service, including reducing the price and allowing users to pay with the dogecoin cryptocurrency. Blue Twitter launched in July 2021 and is the site’s first subscription service, currently available in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The service, which costs $2.99 ​​(£2.30) a month, offers users a 30-second edit function to revise tweets, the ability to bookmark folders and a ‘reader mode’ to condense long threads. But now the Tesla founder, just days after he disclosed a 9.2% stake in Twitterproposed several changes, including reducing the price and allowing users to play with dogecoin and local currency. Sky News

Twitter employees will have the opportunity to hear Elon Musk talk about his vision for the platform during a Q&A session. This follows Musk’s purchase of 9.2% of the social media company – for $3.7 billion – and his appointment to the board. In an email Thursday, staff were asked to ask the Tesla founder and billionaire about his intentions. There has been speculation about what changes Musk would like to see made to the social network. The company-wide meeting, known as town hall or “all hands,” is usually led by the chief executive or a senior member of the executive. BBC

Google and I fix it announced a partnership to supply spare parts for Pixel Smartphones. In blog posts, the pair explain that the initiative will begin later this year for the Pixel 2 series, including last year’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google agrees to provide parts to I fix it also for “future Pixel models”. Although Google hasn’t commented on what its next Pixel devices will be, the Pixel 6a should land first, possibly at Google I/O 2022. Additionally, Google would have scheduled Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch October releases; a launch date for the first foldable Pixel smartphone remains unknown at this point. NotebookCheck

Britain’s information watchdog is investigating allegations that Apple may have accessed personal information on workers’ phones after a privacy complaint was made by a whistleblower. Ashley Gjovik, a former senior Apple engineer, has filed a 54-page privacy lawsuit against the iPhone maker alleging illegal data collection and invasion of employee privacy over “years and multiple countries.” In the file, which was filed with the Office of the UK Data Protection Commissioner (ICO) and her Brussels counterpart, Ms Gjøvik claimed she had publicly raised concerns about Apple “pressuring its employees to participate in invasive data collection procedures, including ear/duct scans auditory”. Telegraph

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