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Sara Keenan

Runway AI, a multi-billion dollar company, has been training its AI video tool, Gen-3, on thousands of YouTube videos without permssion, 404 Media has revealed. Among the videos used were over 1,600 from tech influencer Marques Brownlee (MKBHD). The exposé follows an investigation by Proof News, copublished with Wired, which found that tech firms including Apple, Anthropic, Nvidia, and Salesforce had training their AI systems on subtitle data from more than 170,000 YouTube videos. Runway Secretly Trained On YouTube Videos In June, Runway AI launched Gen-3, initially called Jupiter, which received high praise

The UK government has announced plans to introduce legislation requiring companies with 250 or more employees to disclose their ethnicity and disability pay gaps.  This move, part of Prime Minister Keir Starmer’s agenda for the upcoming year, was unveiled by King Charles III and signals a significant shift towards greater workplace equality. Extending Equal Pay Rights The proposed race and disability equality bill will, for the first time, mandate British businesses to report on the pay disparities affecting ethnic minority and disabled workers.  Previously, companies were only required to report

Former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick has announced the launch of Lumi, an AI-powered storytelling platform. Lumi aims to change the storytelling process, allowing individuals to create, publish, and monetize their stories regardless of their skill set.  The platform offers end-to-end story creation, simple AI tools, and both physical and digital publishing options, making it easier for creators to bring their stories to life.  With the added benefit of built-in merchandising, creators retain full ownership of their work, bypassing traditional industry gatekeepers. Addressing Gaps in Storytelling Kaepernick’s inspiration for

POSH, the app designed to enhance social experiences, has successfully raised $22 million in a Series A funding round.  This milestone was achieved with investments from Goodwater Capital, FirstMark Capital, Companyon Ventures, and Epic Ventures, alongside existing investor Day One Ventures.  Pioneering Real-Life Social Experiences Founded by Avante Price and Eli Taylor-Lemire, POSH has already made strides, amassing over 2 million users and facilitating more than $95 million in ticket sales.  The app has seen a 1400% year-over-year increase in matching attendees to relevant events, showcasing its growing influence in

HealthyMD and IMG Health Clinic, have announced a merger aimed at enhancing health equity and providing high-quality sexual healthcare to over 50 million underserved individuals across the United States.  HealthyMD and IMG Health Clinic Clifford W. Knights II and Steve Vixamar founded Independent Medical Group (IMG) to provide healthcare services to those in need and to stop the spread of HIV and Hep C in underserved communities. HealthyMD, their telehealth platform, offers comprehensive at-home tests, in-clinic, mobile clinic appointments, improving sexual healthcare access, particularly in Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. This

On Sunday, hours after Joe Biden withdrew from the presidental race, thousands of Black women met on Zoom, raising over $1.6 million for Kamala Harris in three hours. Black Women for Kamala Harris Every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET for the past four years, Black women have been virtually gathering, strategizing, encouraging, and supporting one another through the collective “Win With Black Women“. This organization, born out of frustration over the treatment of Black women being considered as running mates for then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020, has grown exponentially.  On

In response to the success of Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us: The Game,” Drake fans have quickly followed suit by launching their own video game, “Family Matters: The Game.”  The move comes after Lamar’s game captivated over 1.2 million players within its first 36 hours. Kendrick Lamar’s Viral Success Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us: The Game” has taken the gaming world by storm since its release last week.  Developed by Richie Branson, also known as Marcus Brown II, the game is inspired by Lamar’s song “Not Like Us.”  In the

Uncover, a Kenyan data-driven skincare brand, has successfully closed a $1.4 million seed II funding round to accelerate the growth of its innovative tech platform, introduce new products, and expand its market presence.  This round, co-led by EQ2 Ventures and IgniteXL Ventures, saw participation from notable investors such as Chui Ventures, Samata Capital, and Altree Capital. Driving Personalization Through Data Founded in 2021 by Sneha Mehta (CEO), Jade Oyateru (COO), and Catherine Lee, Uncover has distinguished itself in the beauty industry by focusing on the unique skin care needs of

Protexxa, a cybersecurity startup, has successfully secured $10 million Canadian dollars ($7.2 million USD) in Series A funding, the largest round ever raised by a sole Black woman founder in Canada.  Claudette McGowan, a renowned information technology and cybersecurity executive, founded Protexxa with a vision to enhance global cyber defenses through improved personal cyber hygiene. Innovating Cybersecurity with AI-Powered Solutions Protexxa’s flagship platform, Protexxa Defender, uses AI to quickly identify, evaluate, and resolve cyber issues.  The platform addresses a need in the cybersecurity landscape, where 90% of cyber attacks are

The Ford Foundation is committing more than $20 million to enhance the field of public interest technology.  This initiative includes up to $1.5 million specifically earmarked for the establishment of a pioneering public interest technology institute at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).  Advancing Technology for Public Good The invesment was announced as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem at an event by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). As well as celebratinh the vital role of

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