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Apple's quiet inroads to the enterprise space

Tim Cook joined SAP CEO Bill McDermott (r) at its Sapphire conference to announce an expanded partnership. Photo: Apple
Tim Cook joined SAP CEO Bill McDermott (r) at its Sapphire conference to announce an expanded partnership. Photo: Apple

For years now, Apple has used the iPhone as its way into large businesses, who tend to be customers that shunned its computers except for corners like the design department.

The backdrop: Apple has done this steadily, over years, inking partnerships with established players, including IBM, Salesforce and SAP.

IBM trained facial recognition using Flickr images

In this illustration, a green check mark is superimposed over a person's head as they take a selfie.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser, Axios

IBM is facing a backlash after NBC News reported the company is using a set of Flickr images to help train a facial recognition system.

Why it matters: Although the photos in question were shared under a Creative Commons license, many photographers note they never imagined their images would be used in this way. Furthermore, the people shown in the images didn't consent to anything.