The San Francisco Police Department considers letting robots use deadly force, the FDA approves a $3.5 million treatment for hemophilia, and Brazil’s regulator seizes hundreds of iPhones.
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The Verge reports that the San Francisco Police Department is proposing a new policy that would give robots a license to use deadly force. The draft policy states that robots can be used when the danger to life of the public or police officers is imminent and outweighs any other alternative to force. San Francisco’s rules committee unanimously approved a version of the draft last week, which will face the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 29. The SFPD currently has 17 remotely operated robots, but only 12 are operational. In addition to giving robots the ability to use deadly force, the proposal also authorizes them for use in “training and simulations, criminal apprehensions, critical incidents, etc.”
US health regulators on Tuesday approved the first gene therapy for hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder. The therapy is a $3.5 million one-time treatment called Hemgenics, an IV treatment for adults with hemophilia B, a less common form of the genetic disorder that primarily affects males. The $3.5 million price tag makes Hemgenics the most expensive drug in the world, according to a study cited by the National Library of Medicine. But drug maker CSL Behring said the treatment would ultimately reduce health care costs because patients would have fewer bleeding events and require fewer clotting treatments.
Source: cbs news
As 9TO5Mac reports, Brazil’s Justice Ministry in September ordered the suspension of iPhone sales in the country after concluding that Apple harmed consumers by not offering a power adapter included with the device. Regulator Procon DF launched an operation to seize hundreds of iPhones from various retail stores in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia. The move seeks to force Apple to comply with a local law that requires smartphones to be shipped with a charger included in the box. Apple told Technoblog, which first reported the news, that it continues to sell the iPhone in Brazil despite the operation.
According to a research presented by the Atlas VPN team, 47 percent of social media users have been victims of shopping scams before. The anonymous nature of the internet and the rise of social media e-commerce have led to an increase in shopping scams, the report said. Additionally, an average of 30 percent of users reported being victims of phishing links, gift card scams, help scams, job fraud, targeted ad scams, and hacked account scams.
Source: atlas vpn
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