New tech will give cops access to residents’ private security video

Police in Mississippi’s homicide-wracked capital are one step closer to being able to access residents’ livestreaming home security video — in a move opposed by privacy advocates.

The police department in Jackson will soon become one of two dozen places across the country to sign on with Fusus, a company that makes its easier for cops to create a network of real-time video from public and private cameras, NBC News reported.

Residents in the city of 160,000 — which recorded a decade-high 84 murders in 2018 — can opt into the service with their doorbell cameras, like Ring.

The livestream feed would then be funneled directly to the city’s new real-time command center.

“What you see behind us is an opportunity, an opportunity to better observe and fill in the gaps,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at the center’s ribbon-cutting last month, NBC News said.

Authorities in Jackson are scrambling

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NASA chooses 4 firms for first private lunar sample collection

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) — Four companies will collect moon rocks and dust on the lunar surface for NASA by 2023 in preparation for a human mission the following year, the space agency announced Thursday.

The missions would be the first time a private company has collected samples from another planetary body, and the first time ownership of an object would be transferred beyond Earth orbit, according to NASA.

The companies are Lunar Outpost, based near Denver; ispace Japan of Tokyo; Luxembourg-based ispace Europe and Masten Space Systems, of Mojave, Calif. All four are planning to fly equipment to the moon on missions already planned.

The sample missions are intended only to provide a “proof of concept” to show NASA how a private company would collect samples. The missions also will test a legal framework for turning over ownership of such samples on the moon, said Phil McAlister, the

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Ortho Regenerative Technologies Completes Non-Brokered $3.0 Million Private Placement

MONTREAL, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Ortho Regenerative Technologies Inc. (CSE: ORTH) (OTCQB: ORTIF) (“Ortho RTI” or the “Company“), an emerging orthobiologics company focused on the development of novel soft tissue repair regenerative technologies, announced today that it has completed a non-brokered private placement of secured non-convertible debenture units for gross proceeds of $3.0 million (the “Offering“).

“We would like to thank all contributors to this private placement, including $350,000 from insiders and employees, and with a special thanks to a long-time shareholder from Leede Jones Gables, whose bold contribution to this non-dilutive financing helps to solidly position the Company with the resources to continue executing and delivering multiple important milestones over the coming months”, said Claude LeDuc, CEO of Ortho RTI. “Our IND filing will be ready in the coming weeks and we are confident to submit to the FDA

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GoPik Raises Funding From Private Investors In Singapore And India

The company’s aim is to boost its rural distribution through an online and offline network

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India’s rural engagement network GoPik Connect Pvt. Ltd announced on Wednesday it has raised seed round funding of an undisclosed amount from private investors.

The seed round funding will support the company’s growth ambitions, ability to ever expand the engagement network, and further develop the existing network at the grass-roots level.

The company aims to make all kinds of goods and services available at every nook and corner of the country by connecting people with people.

“The team and I are really excited to have the support of our

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Ohio school district partners with private tech to contact trace

The Wickliffe City School District will use wearable tech that can track a person’s location within a building or campus, down to the very room that person is in

WICKLIFFE, Ohio — The Wickliffe City School District has installed a new contact tracing system using Bluetooth technology in order to track student, faculty and staff movements while on campus and enforce social distancing requirements, in an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

The private company behind the wearable device that will be used within Wickliffe City schools is New Jersey-based Volan Technology, which calls itself the “leader in AI-based safety and contact tracing software.”

The program, called the Volan Positioning System (VPS), can deliver detailed reports and provide real-time 3D location positioning for thousands of people in a matter of seconds, according to the company.

Wickliffe City School District Superintendent Joseph Spiccia called VPS “a critical tool that

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Private spies reportedly infiltrated an Amazon strike, secretly taking photos of workers, trade unionists, and journalists. Now a union is taking legal action.

a person wearing sunglasses and standing in a parking lot: November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

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November 2018: An Amazon worker with a mask of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posing during a strike on Black Friday in the main logistic center protesting demanding better working conditions. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • Private spies sub-contracted by the infamous Pinkerton Agency, a firm Amazon employs, infiltrated and photographed a worker strike at a warehouse on Black Friday 2019, according to a Spanish media report.
  • The spies compiled a 51-page document, which included photos of trade unionists, workers, and journalists who attended the strike, Spanish news site El Diario reported.
  • Amazon has used Pinkerton spies to track warehouse workers and labor movements at the company in the past, according to a November report.
  • Spanish labor union CCOO has asked a judge to seize documentation relating to the report ahead of potential legal action against Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson told El Diario
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GoGetTested’s End-to-End COVID-19 Response Operating System Scales Nationally, Provides Infrastructure to Unite the Private and Public Sectors

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GoGetTested, the first end-to-end COVID-19 response platform in the country, exited beta today with more than 200,000 tests administered, and is scaling nationally. GoGetTested is currently available in Arizona, South Carolina, Washington D.C, Texas and, as of this week, Kansas. Over 10,000 Americans are now registering for tests via the platform each day.

GoGetTested’s all-in-one testing solution offers free FDA-approved COVID-19 testing and delivers quick, accurate results for citizens. The company partners with local communities to make the testing, and public health process easy and accessible for everyone, regardless of geographic or socioeconomic status. The company’s operating system ensures a simple to manage digital experience for consumers, and public health professionals alike. Local residents schedule their COVID-19 test appointment online, complete the oral swab or saliva sample test in minutes at one of the testing sites, and have their results delivered via text or email within

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West Monroe Acquires Two Six Capital, a Data Science Firm for Private Equity

Acquisition adds Intellio Predict, an AI-powered asset that projects revenue with precision to drive investments and value creation

West Monroe, a national business and technology consulting firm, today announced it has acquired Two Six Capital, a San Francisco-based, technology-enabled firm that pioneered data science for private equity.

Founded in 2013, Two Six Capital leverages proprietary technology—powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning—to advise private equity firms with one primary objective: understand and project the drivers of revenue. The company works closely with private equity deal teams, corporate boards, management teams, and operating partners across the deal lifecycle to construct financial models with precision leveraging the power of the cloud, which leads to increased speed of analysis and fewer errors for investment decisions.

The acquisition strengthens West Monroe’s position as a market leader in private equity advisory. Since 2002, West Monroe has advised on more than 3,000 transactions and executed

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Report assesses promises and pitfalls of private investment in conservation — ScienceDaily

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) today released a report entitled “Innovative Finance for Conservation: Roles for Ecologists and Practitioners” that offers guidelines for developing standardized, ethical and effective conservation finance projects.

Public and philanthropic sources currently supply most of the funds for protecting and conserving species and ecosystems. However, the private sector is now driving demand for market-based mechanisms that support conservation projects with positive environmental, social and financial returns. Examples of projects that can support this triple bottom line include green infrastructure for stormwater management, clean transport projects and sustainable production of food and fiber products.

“The reality is that public and philanthropic funds are insufficient to meet the challenge to conserve the world’s biodiversity,” said Garvin Professor and Senior Director of Conservation Science at Cornell University Amanda Rodewald, the report’s lead author. “Private investments represent a new path forward both because of their enormous growth potential and

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How the COVID-19 pandemic is spurring private and family businesses in the Middle East to reinvent the future

The other day I had a video meeting with the newly-appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at a family business with operations across the Middle East. His main focus was on developing and growing his new employer’s eCommerce capabilities to capitalise on the region-wide shift – accelerated by the pandemic – towards doing business online.

Our conversation mirrored several trends that I’m now seeing in private and family business clients. Together, these developments mark a defining moment for the region’s privately-owned companies – an inflection point where they’re simultaneously transforming their technology, business models, talent management and governance for the “post COVID-19 world”.

Two waves of mitigations

How are businesses doing all of this? By way of context, private businesses in the Middle East are now in their second wave of actions aimed at mitigating and riding out the impacts of the pandemic.

The first wave focused on short-term cost reduction

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