What’s new in tech
Facebook’s reputation score
Facebook has started rating its users’ trustworthiness, said Elizabeth Dwoskin in The Washington Post. The reputation score, which is not shown to users, ranges from zero to 1 and is just one of “thousands of new behavioral clues that Facebook now takes into account as it seeks to understand risk.” Social media firms have been under pressure to halt the spread of misinformation and are now deploying “algorithmically driven ways to understand who poses a threat.” Twitter, for example, has started looking at the behavior of other accounts in a person’s network to decide if that person’s tweets should be spread. Tech firms are also facing increasing calls to reveal exactly how they decide what is unacceptable content. But Facebook has declined to explain how it determines a user’s trustworthiness, out of fear bad actors will use that information to game the system.
A Jag with an electric purr
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove away from their wedding in style last May—in a classic E-Type Jaguar sports car with an all-electric drive. “Now you’ll be able to buy your own,” said Peter Valdes-Dapena in CNN.com. Jaguar isn’t manufacturing new electric E-Types. Instead, the luxury British automaker is retrofitting the iconic 1960s sports car, famed for its sleek long hood and chrome bumpers, replacing the engine and transmission with a battery pack and an electric motor. “The car will handle and drive much as it did with a gasoline engine; it will just be somewhat quicker.” Customers who already own an E-Type can pay to have their cars converted by Jaguar, or can hand over $450,000 to have Jaguar acquire an E-Type for conversion. The all-electric E-Type should have a range of about 170 miles.
Digital border guards
New facial recognition technology at U.S. airports notched its first catch last week, said Shannon Liao in TheVerge.com. The “imposter” passenger flew into Washington Dulles International Airport from São Paulo and presented a genuine French passport as his ID. “But the facial recognition system flagged the man’s face as not matching the passport photo.” Customs officers then found the man’s real ID card from Congo in his shoe; he was allowed to leave the U.S. and will not be prosecuted. The man was caught on only the third day of the system’s operation. The technology has so far been installed at 14 airports.