Hashtag Trending Nov.25- San Francisco Police Department Use of Robots; FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Hemophilia; Brazilian regulators seize iPhones

San Francisco police are considering letting robots use deadly force, the FDA approves a $3.5 million treatment for hemophilia, and Brazil’s regulator seizes hundreds of iPhones.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Friday November 25th and I’m your host, Ashee Pamma.

The San Francisco Police Department is proposing a new policy giving robots license to use deadly force, The Verge reported. The draft directive states that robots can be used when there is a risk of killing the public or police officers and outweighs any other possibility of violence. The San Francisco Rules Committee last week unanimously approved a version of the draft that will go before the board of directors on November 29. The SFPD currently has 17 remote-controlled robots, but only 12 are operational. The proposal not only gives robots the ability to use deadly force, but also authorizes them for use in “training and simulations, criminal arrests, critical incidents, and so on.”

Source: The Edge

The US health authorities on Tuesday approved the first gene therapy for the blood-clotting disorder hemophilia. The therapy is a $3.5 million one-off treatment called Hemgenix, an IV treatment for adults with hemophilia B, the rarer form of the genetic disorder that primarily affects men. The $3.5 million price tag makes Hemgenix the most expensive drug in the world, according to a study cited by the National Library of Medicine. But drugmaker CSL Behring said the treatment would ultimately reduce health care costs because patients would bleed less and need fewer clotting treatments.

Source: CBS News

Brazil’s Justice Ministry in September ordered the suspension of iPhone sales in the country after concluding that Apple is harming consumers by not offering the included power adapter, 9TO5Mac reported. Regulatory agency Procon DF launched an operation to seize hundreds of iPhones from various retail outlets in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. The move is intended to force Apple to comply with local laws that dictate that smartphones must be shipped with the charger that came with them. Apple told Technoblog that despite the operation, it continues to sell iPhones in Brazil.

Source: 9to5mac

According to a study presented by the Atlas VPN team, 47 percent of social media users have been victims of shopping fraud. The anonymity of the internet and the rise of social media e-commerce are mainly driving the increase in shopping fraud, the report said. Additionally, an average of 30 percent of users reported being victims of phishing links, gift card scams, help scams, job scams, targeted ad scams, and hacked account scams.

Source: AtlasVPN

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