Nest Secure device has a secret microphone. Google says failing to disclose that was ‘an error on our part.’

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The worst kind of microphone is a hidden microphone.

Customers were caught off guard in early February when Google announced its home security system, Nest Secure, would be able to act as an AI-powered Google Assistant after a recent update.

“With the flip of a switch in the Nest app, you can set…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/business/ct-biz-nest-secure-microphone-google-20190220-story.html

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Southwest says it will investigate ‘unprecedented’ aircraft groundings amid contract talks with mechanics

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Southwest Airlines said it would investigate the cause of an operational emergency that’s seen an “unprecedented number” of aircraft taken out of service for mechanical issues, and indicated the groundings may be related to ongoing contract talks with a labor union.

The disruptions started Feb….

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Columbia-based Bandura Cyber raises $10 million in venture funding

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Bandura Cyber, a Columbia-based cybersecurity firm, has expanded its first significant funding round to more than $10 million, the company announced Wednesday morning.

The so-called Series A funding round was led by New York venture capital firm Tenfore Holdings, and other investors included Grotech…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-bandura-cyber-funding-20190218-story.html

Harford County hotel owner ordered to pay back wages, damages to employees

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A federal judge has ordered a Baltimore-area hotel owner and manager to pay $157,150 in back wages and damages to 34 of his current and former employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigators say Akhilbhai Patel, manager of Blissful Enterprises LLC and owner of ENA…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aegis/bs-md-akhilhai-patel-20190219-story.html

AFL-CIO opposes Johns Hopkins Bayview expansion

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The AFL-CIO is opposing an expansion of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center that would add another building to its campus and renovate existing structures.

In a 25-page letter, the union organization called on the Maryland Health Care Commission to reject a Certificate of Need for the expansion…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-ci-afl-cio-hopkins-bayview-20190219-story.html

Mayor blasts Pimlico owners after they propose horse racing ‘super track’ in Laurel, not Baltimore

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is blasting the owners of the Pimlico Race Track after the company urged construction of a ‘super track’ for horse racing in Laurel, not Baltimore.

In a letter sent Friday to Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders, Pugh urged state leaders to reject the Stronach…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horse-racing/bs-md-pugh-stronach-20190219-story.html

Maryland lawmakers to study legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020 with state law or by referendum

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Leaders of Maryland’s General Assembly created a work group Tuesday to study legalizing recreational use of marijuana — a signal the legislature won’t pass legislation this year on the issue.

The bipartisan group will make recommendations at the end of December that could be used to develop bills…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-marijuna-study-20190219-story.html