The Week in Business: A Facial Recognition Ban, and Trade War Blues

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Hello! I’m filling in this week for Charlotte, who’s off tallying her losses from the recent stock market dive. Here’s what you need to know in business news.

MAY 12-18

Now you definitely don’t. At least, not if you’re an artificially intelligent machine in San Francisco. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology within city limits. It’s a somewhat symbolic move: The police there don’t currently use the stuff, and the places where it is in use — seaports and airports — are under federal jurisdiction and therefore unaffected by the new regulation.

The major television networks tried to sell their fall advertising slots in an annual pageant known as the upfronts. In a week of star-studded presentations, skits and boozy mingling, representatives of major advertisers flocked to New York to see what the networks have in store. Even though traditional TV is losing market share and relevance to newer streaming services, it remains one of the few places where advertisers can reach millions of people in real time.

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