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How one founder’s startup journey began with dropping out of school to work with Drake

By Darrell Etherington
This week’s episode of Found features Courtne Smith, founder of NewNew, a social app where people pay to vote on your decisions. The platform takes the concept of social polling to the next level, essentially allowing everyone to monetize their choices by turning them into a kind of social stock market where others can purchase shares to accumulate more or less decision power based on what they’re willing to spend. Courtne’s path to NewNew was immediately preceded by the creation of Surprize, a social trivia and prize-giving app that leveraged crowdsourcing to pick and award its prizes. But long before that, the Toronto native made a bold […]Read more >Similar articles >

Huawei Could Eavesdrop on 6.5 Million Dutch Cellphone Users Without their Knowledge

By EditorDavid
  • KPN essentially granted Huawei "administrator rights" to its mobile network by outsourcing work to the Chinese firm.
  • While the full report on the issue has not been made public, journalists reporting on the story have outlined specific concerns that Huawei personnel in the Netherlands and China had access to security-essential parts of KPN's network - including the call data of millions of Dutch citizens - and that a lack of records meant KPN couldn't establish how often this happened...
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Natural Gas, America’s No. 1 Power Source, Already Has a New Challenger: Batteries

  • Instead, Vistra intends to invest more than $1 billion in solar farms and battery storage units in Texas and California as it tries to transform its business to survive in an electricity industry being reshaped by new technology.
  • Now, in quick succession, natural gas finds itself threatened with the same kind of disruption, only this time from cost-effective batteries charged with wind and solar energy .
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Why Dip Buyers Need A Method

By Tom Aspray, Contributor
  • The daily starc- band was also reached, while Wednesday’s low at $404 was close to the monthly pivot support at $403.41.
  • Despite the negative numbers, all of the weekly advance/decline lines are still positive, closing above their weighted moving averages (WMA).
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Social media has no incentive to fix what ails it

By Jordan Lebeau
  • Not only are most Americans unwilling to leave social media, platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, and Rumble—a nascent video sharing platform that some believe steers its users away from the truth —have reported user growth over the past year, and most of them have reason to believe the growth will continue.
  • While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in lockstep with Biden and Trump over his desire to see the law tweaked, he’s found little support amongst the other social media heads, and the moderate reforms he’s pushing to keep lawmakers from scrapping it altogether have managed to please neither side of the debate on Capitol Hill.
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South Africa’s Eskom to Implement Power Cuts After Plants Fail

Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterSouth Africa’s struggling power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said Sunday it will cut power to customers after losing capacity at some of its electricity generating units. The state-owned company said it will cut 2,000 megawatts from the grid from Sunday to Tuesday after losing 10 generating units at some of its key power stations. Eskom said it’s bringing back rolling blackouts due to steam leaks at its Matla plant, while generation has also been affected at the Medupi, Kusile and Dhuva plants. The disruptions are being investigated, Eskom said in a statement.The […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Anthem modernizes IT infrastructure and invests in AI through Project Cirrus – SiliconANGLE

By Silvia Fregoni
  • Smith, who has been on the IBM Anthem team for about 15 years, spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during IBM Think .
  • “We did about 80% of the end-to-end delivery for Anthem from a managed services perspective,” said Rick Smith (pictured), chief technology officer, IBM Anthem client team, at IBM.
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Progressive Growing GAN- ProGAN

By shakhadri313
  • It involves training by starting with a very small image and then the blocks of layers added incrementally so that the output size of the generator model increases and increases the input size of the discriminator model until the desired image size is obtained.
  • def gradient_penalty(critic, real, fake, alpha, train_step, device="cpu"):
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How AIOps can benefit businesses

By Kyle Wiggers
  • AIOps platforms leverage big data, machine learning, and analytics to enhance IT operations via monitoring, automation, and service desk functions with proactive and personal insights, enabling the use of multiple data sources and data collection methods.
  • AIOps platforms can create service and app topology maps across technology domains and environments, allowing IT teams to accelerate incident response and quantify the business impact of outages.
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Appian Launches New Low-Code Automation Platform For Enterprises

By Amit Raja Naik
  • Recently, the US company launched a new version of its low-code automation platform for businesses looking to develop quick applications.
  • Interestingly, the launch of its new low-code automation comes when enterprises are looking for quick solutions to deploy AI-powered applications and smooth workflow automation across departments with limited resources and agile processes.
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After 35 Years, Classic Shareware Game ‘Cap’n Magneto’ Finally Fully Resurrected

By EditorDavid
  • A newspaper in Austin, Texas shares the story behind a cult-classic videogame, the 1985 Macintosh shareware game "Cap'n Magneto." It was the work of Al Evans, who'd "decided to live life to the fullest after suffering severe burn injuries in 1963" at the age of 17.
  • "And unlike most role playing games of the time, every character you'd meet in the game could be friendly and helpful or cold and dismissive or aggressive and hostile — depending on a mix of random chance and player choice...." With "Cap'n Magneto," Evans said he wanted to make sure that players could befriend the non-playable alien characters that the hero encounters.
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Greiner May End Recticel Stake Deal If Holders Thwart Plan

Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Austrian plastics maker Greiner AG said it has the right to terminate its agreement to purchase Compagnie du Bois Sauvage SA’s 27% stake in Recticel SA if the Belgian foam company’s other shareholders attempt to thwart the deal. While the deal with Cie. du Bois Sauvage isn’t contingent on the success of Greiner’s plan to make an offer for the rest of Recticel, it may end the arrangement if “certain defensive measures” are approved by Recticel’s shareholders, the Kremsmuenster, Austria-based company said in a statement on Sunday. Greiner said on […]Read more >Similar articles >

MITRE Security Tests Reveal Built-in Advantage of First-Gen Antivirus Vendors

By EditorDavid
Slashdot reader storagedude writes: The MITRE cybersecurity product evaluations use adversarial attack techniques instead of basic malware samples, and as a result are the best tests of enterprise security products — particularly in light of dramatic recent attacks on SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline. What’s especially interesting is just how well first-generation antivirus vendors like Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro have fared in the MITRE tests. An eSecurity Planet article analyzes the data and speculates on why the old guard may have a built-in advantage over the hot upstarts: "They may have been overshadowed in recent years […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Google I/O 2021: What developers can expect on Android 12, TensorFlow, Material Design | ZDNet

By Larry Dignan
  • Google's I/O 2021 conference kicks off this week and the focus will be on Android 12, machine learning and perhaps some hardware but there are a few broad developer themes and opportunities worth tracking.
  • While Google's opening keynote is likely to cover a lot of ground including AI advances, a bevy of interface changes with Android 12 and system on a chip development, rest assured that the conference is all about developers.
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Clubhouse to expand Android app worldwide in a week

By Manish Singh
Voice social network Clubhouse said on Sunday it will expand its Android app worldwide in a week, days after launching a beta version of its service on Google-owned mobile operating system for users in the U.S. The startup, valued at about $4 billion, said it will roll out the Android app to Japan, Brazil, and Russia on Tuesday; Nigeria and India three days later, and rest of the world by Friday afternoon. Clubhouse originally launched as an iPhone-only app last year. The app quickly gained popularity last year, attracting several high-profile celebrities, politicians, investors and entrepreneurs. The startup began developing the Android […]Read more >Similar articles >
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It’s Difficult To Ignore The Disincentives, With Employment Numbers Still Low

By Robert Barone, Contributor
  • What appears strange to us, and looks to be contradictory to reality, is that the Wall Street narrative continues to be that the employment numbers were an “aberration,” (i.e., we are in a “boom”) but, the CPI numbers (clearly caused by base effects (i.e., the fact that the CPI had dipped significantly last spring) and temporary supply chain issues) were symptomatic of a “systemic” 1970s style inflation.
  • The critical Continuing Unemployment Claims (CCs) rose nearly 700K the week ended April 24 – latest data (see the chart at the top of this blog) and now sit at 16.9 million.
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Who is Siri? (The Powerful Voice Behind Your Trusted Assistant)

By R.M. Alexandria
  • 3. You can specify a marketing campaign, call-to-action email, text message, or duration for customized alert setting, all of which influence when your assistant will display alerts or silence your device.
  • Throughout the years, s everal third-party software extensions have been developed to extend Siri with new functions or add additional functions to existing ones.
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Amazon debuts free video-streaming service MiniTV in its India app

By Kim Lyons
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has launched an ad-supported, free video streaming service called MiniTV within the Amazon India app, TechCrunch reports. It’s a different offering than its separate Amazon Prime Video service, as MiniTV is contained within Amazon’s traditional shopping app, rather than its own standalone app. Only available to users in India, MiniTV’s catalog includes mostly older content which its content partners made originally for YouTube and other platforms. The lineup includes beauty and fashion content, tech news, and cooking shows, and Amazon’s partners for the channel include Indian web content […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How Should a Company Handle a Ransomware Attack?

By EditorDavid
ITWire reports on how Norwegian firm Volue Technology handled a ransomware attack that began on May 5th: The company has set up a Web page with information about the attack and also links to frequent updates about the status of its systems. There was no obfuscation about the attack, none at all. The company said: "The ransomware attack on Volue Technology (‘Powel’) was caused by Ryuk, a type of malware usually known for targeting large, public-entity Microsoft Windows systems." What is even more remarkable about this page is that it has provided the telephone number and email address of its chief executive, Trond […]Read more >Similar articles >
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This PMP Exam Prep Course will get you certified in just 6 weeks — with a 100% guarantee. 

By TNW Deals
  • The Accredited PMP Exam Prep Course ($199, 60 percent off, from TNW Deals) takes a different approach to that learning, including techniques that can unlock how PMI works in a new way to help students earn certification fast.
  • TLDR: The Accredited PMP Exam Prep Course is a different approach to learning PMI methods, including small-group, instructor-led training that can get you certified in just 6 weeks.
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What is a store worth?

By Marc Bain
  • A standard way to calculate that was to measure how much it sold relative to its size, or sales per square foot.
  • That means retailers need to consider factors in addition to in-store sales if they want to measure the full value of their physical footprints.
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Five ways stores are evolving as e-commerce takes off

By Marc Bain
The e-commerce surge of the past year was astounding. Because of Covid-19, shoppers turned to the internet to buy everything from groceries to sporting goods at rates that would have taken years to reach under normal conditions. Experts believe a lot of the digital shopping habits consumers picked up during the pandemic are here to stay, even if e-commerce sales moderate some as life eventually returns to normal.It doesn’t sound great for stores. Online shopping has been siphoning sales from brick-and-mortar shops in countries such as the US and UK for years, and it looks set to continue, making many stores less productive. UBS, an […]Read more >Similar articles >
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AI Social Media Censorship — The Ethical Imperative

By Christos Papasimos
  • The particularity in our online society though lies in the fact that such AI control and filtering tools are organized not by elected governments, but rather by the gatekeepers of the online social media platforms — in other words, private companies such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • To ensure sustaining a “civilized” online society, social media platforms (SMPs) have, since the beg i nning of their lives, relied mostly on their users’ reporting of inappropriate content and their own moderators’ content reviewing, in an effort to reduce prohibited content.
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Rediscovering Trickle-Up Economics

By Bruce Bartlett
  • But at the same time, Roosevelt expressed increasing sympathy for the Hobson-Foster-Catchings view that underconsumption was at the root of the economic malaise.
  • They concluded that increased government spending and deficits (negative saving) were necessary to fill the gap between aggregate income and consumption.
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What companies counting on in-person shopping have in common

By Alexandra Ossola
The pandemicaccelerated and likely solidified consumers’ adoption of e-commerce. Companies with robust e-commerce platforms have the revenue to show for it; big retailers such as Amazon and Walmart saw their sales skyrocket by billions of dollars during the pandemic.But for a number of retailers without a strong online presence, the pandemic presented a unique challenge. Stores like Aldi, TJ Maxx, Costco, Dollar General, and others depend heavily on in-person sales. Despite lower foot traffic, many of these retailers not only survived the pandemic, but arenow expanding. Here’s what these businesses have in common, and why they’ll keep […]Read more >Similar articles >

Sunday links: an underrated force

By abnormalreturns
MarketsThe IPO market has cooled off. (wsj.com)So has interest in day trading. (ft.com)Has the world passed Warren Bufffett by? (citywireusa.com)Big TechApple ($AAPL) and Microsoft ($MSFT) are increasingly in competition. (bloomberg.com)Big Tech is now starting to enact laws to curtail their power. (nytimes.com)A lot of tech companies are sitting on unused SF office space. (cnbc.com)StreamingHow Jason Kilar is taking what he learned from Hulu to WarnerMedia. (wsj.com)How Netflix ($NFLX) designs its top ten lists. (vulture.com)Rotten Tomatoes is launching its own streaming channel. (variety.com)PolicyGovernments have learned that providing a […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Zero Day Found for Universal Turing Machine (CVE-2021-32471)

By EditorDavid
xanthos (Slashdot reader #73,578) writes: Our friends over at The Register are reporting a zero day vulnerability for one of the earliest modern computer architectures. Pontus Johnson, a professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, has published what amounts to a sql injection attack on the 1967 implementation of the simulated Universal Turing Machine (UTM) designed by the late Marvin Minsky. The exploit allow an arbitrary program to be run in place of the intended one. It has been dutifully documented as CVE-2021-32471. At this time there is no patch or workaround. Read more of this story at […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Esports drives user engagement — and revenue — for free-to-play games

By Mike Sepso
  • Rather than simply serving as a marketing tool, publishers are beginning to understand the intrinsic and standalone value of esports in driving long-term player engagement and subsequent in-game revenue – a critical link in this new model in which many triple-A titles are becoming free.
  • What this tells us is that video game publishers are actively changing the playbook and are entering a phase in which investment in long-term player engagement and satisfaction is the key value driver, not opening weekend sales.
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Cloudflare says it’s time to end CAPTCHA ‘madness’, launches new security key-based replacement

By Jay Peters
  • Cloudflare, which you may know as a provider of DNS services or the company telling you why the website you clicked on won’t load, wants to replace the “madness” of CAPTCHAs across the web with an entirely new system.
  • In a blog, Cloudflare says it aims to “ get rid of CAPTCHAs completely ” by replacing them with a new way to prove you are a human by touching or looking at a device using a system it calls “Cryptographic Attestation of Personhood.”
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Google I/O 2021 preview: Google resurrects Wear OS and Android tablets?

By Ron Amadeo
  • Android 12 definitely has a big redesign coming—we've already seen leaks of the new design, and it looks like a significant departure from previous versions.
  • It has a new scroll list design that, like a Samsung phone, works better on bigger displays by initially starting with a big title and pushing the top of the list content further down the screen, where it can be easily reached.
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PowerA Fusion for Nintendo Switch review: Elite Switch controller has trade-offs

By Giovanni Colantonio
  • The PowerA Fusion comes with mappable back paddles, swappable joysticks, and other customization options that have never been possible on an officially licensed Nintendo controller.
  • Considering that the official Pro Controller retails for $70 without any of that justifies the extra $30.The closest parallel to the PowerA Fusion is the $180 Xbox Elite Series 2, which is a similarly rich package.
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NASA is testing out a new laser communications system this summer

By Georgina Torbet
  • Laser communications, also known as optical communications, allows instruments to send larger amounts of data like 4K videos or months of scientific analysis back to Earth.
  • “LCRD will demonstrate all of the advantages of using laser systems and allow us to learn how to use them best operationally,” said Principal Investigator David Israel at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in a statement “With this capability further proven, we can start to implement laser communications on more missions, making it a standardized way to send and receive data.”
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China’s streaming platforms are a new headache for Beijing

By Zeyi Yang
  • Earlier that month, a video had circulated online showing fans of Baidu-owned iQiyi's flagship idol competition show wasting what state media called "gallons of milk" to get extra opportunities to vote, which were available under the bottle caps via QR code.
  • The change of broadcast mediums also shows the cultural power shift from traditional media to Big Tech; the three leading platforms, Tencent Video, iQiyi and Youku, are owned respectively by Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba.
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New leak ahead of Google I/O claims Android 12 may include changes for widgets and notifications

By Kim Lyons
  • But the most interesting slide in Prosser’s video shows what appears to be a new user interface for Android 12, including a new media widget, a brightness toggle, a weather widget, an analog clock widget, a snooze/dismiss toggle, and stacked notifications (in the lower right corner of the screen grab):
  • A new video from Jon Prosser shows what appear to be slides from a presentation of Android 12.
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Researchers Develop AI Capable of Predicting Instrument Sounds

By Subin B
  • Researchers from the Musical Acoustics Labs of the Politecnico di Milano at the Violin Museum of Cremona, Italy have come up with an AI capable of predetermining the sound of musical instruments such as violin before they are built by a craftsman
  • “The ability to predict how a violin design sounds, can truly be a game-changer for violin makers, as not only will it help them do better than the grand masters, but it will also help them explore the potential of new designs and materials,” wrote the researchers in the report.
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4 of the worst ways to use AI

By Ahmad Alokush, Ahmadeus
  • Their goal was to build an analytics engine that the traders in this new TMT-focused hedge fund could use for signaling certain key events.
  • To build a good AI engine to generate alpha (meaning, to increase the measure of ROI on investment), you would need to have a large dataset of historical data that is homogeneous.
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The Best Multi-Tools for Any Task

By Matt Jancer
  • Now, there are multi-tools in all kinds of shapes and sizes from a staggering number of companies.
  • On its own, no tool in this little gadget is as good as its full-size version—whether it's the corkscrew or the screwdriver—but that's not the point.
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Twitter subscription service leaks reveal name, price, and an ‘undo tweet’ option

  • Rumors of a paid tier for Twitter have been swirling for a while now, and a new set of leaks has revealed more details about what we can expect: the subscription package, apparently called Twitter Blue, may include features like an undo tweet button and a collections feature for saved tweets.
  • If and when the Twitter subscription service does make an appearance, the ability to undo the sending of tweets is likely to attract a lot of the associated headlines.
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We’ve all forgotten to ask what hybrid working really means

By joel.khalili@futurenet.com
  • “It’s important to draw a clear distinction between remote and hybrid working and to put in place a carefully considered plan for the way people will cycle through the office in the months to come.”
  • At this crossroads, says Eswaran, businesses need to ask themselves which hybrid working configurations will allow them to remain productive and innovate at the same pace, but also provide the social capital that knits the whole project together.
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An Unfussy, Affordable Nonstick Pan That Works With Induction

By Joe Ray
  • The images illustrated how quickly and evenly the cast-iron and carbon-steel pans heated, but in the T-fal, all the heat was concentrated in the center and faded quickly toward the edges, like someone was shining a flashlight at the very center from close range.
  • There were other issues I encountered with the Cuisinart pans, most notably that one of the larger pans arrived with a bit of doming to the cooking surface—where the center is slightly higher than the edges—meaning that when the oil heats up, it pools around the edges instead of coating the bottom evenly.
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EasyJet chairman Barton takes flight amid recovery hopes

  • In a statement issued to Sky News this weekend, a spokeswoman said: "easyJet's chairman John Barton will have served nine years in May 2022 which is the recommended maximum for best practice corporate governance.
  • City sources said that easyJet had begun approaching potential candidates in recent weeks with the objective of a new chairman being in place by next year's annual meeting.
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What Is Nvidia DLSS? A Basic Definition

  • An Nvidia rep confirmed to us that because DLSS requires a fixed amount of GPU time per frame to run the deep learning neural network, games running at high framerates or low resolutions may not have seen a performance boost with DLSS 1.0.
  • For example, with DLSS, a game's frames could be rendered at 1080p resolution, making higher framerates more attainable, then upscaled and output at 4K resolution, bringing sharper image quality over 1080p.
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Controlling things with the power of your mind

By New Atlas
The idea of controlling a computer or a machine with just a mere thought is about as sci-fi as things get, but recently the science has started to catch up to the fiction. From a device that translates thoughts into text and an exoskeleton allowing a paralyzed person to walk around, to remotely controlling swarms of drones or cyborg turtles, brain-computer interfaces are here. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Top Wall Street analysts think these stocks have more room to run

  • When Carvana shares dipped lower in after-hours trading following its earnings release, Wells Fargo analyst Zachary Fadem was taken aback, noting "we are scratching our heads." The online used car retailer, which has fallen 24% in the last three months, reported better-than-expected retail unit growth and beat his GPU estimate by 6%.
  • Scoring a top-30 position on TipRanks' list of best-performing analysts, Fadem boasts a stellar 78% success rate and 31.2% average return per rating.
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Beyond a technical bug: Biased algorithms and moderation are censoring activists on social media

By Merlyna Lim and Ghadah Alrasheed
  • Many Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists were similarly frustrated when Facebook flagged their accounts, but didn’t do enough to stop racism and hate speech against Black people on their platform.
  • The idea is that complex algorithms that use natural language processing can flag racist or violent content faster and better than humans possibly can.
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These Tools Can Help You Find Your Lost Devices

By David Nield
  • You might have noticed Apple AirTags in headlines lately—as new Apple products tend to be—but these little tracking discs are just the latest in a long line of options for keeping tabs on where your phones, tablets, and laptops are.
  • These little trackers work through the Find My app that you can find preinstalled on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
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WhatsApp May Soon Stop Sending Calls And Messages…And Other Small Business Tech News

By Gene Marks
  • The social media platform is hoping to ramp up competition with Facebook through the in-app shopping feature and has already started working on different approaches to selling products with merchants in the U.K. Additionally, the platform is in the process of testing a job recruitment tool in order to help individuals locate companies and jobs while helping brands and recruiters find top-notch candidates.
  • Considering the large number of users – particularly younger people – that are on the platform, this is an opportunity for businesses who are trying to reach new customers in this demographic.
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‘I can’t be that careless’: Australian Uyghur activist targeted online

By Josh Taylor
  • A Uyghur activist in Australia who has been the target of cyber-attacks by hacker groups in China says the Australian government needs to do more to educate the Uyghur community in Australia to protect themselves online.
  • Tom Uren, a senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, told Guardian Australia many people in the Uyghur community tended to learn about the cybersecurity threat through word of mouth, but that was why the hackers turned to alternative methods like “watering-hole attacks” – where the attacker makes a fake website to look like a website the target might visit and it contains malware.
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Wealthy Install Location-Tracking Apps to Establish Proof-of-Residency for Tax Purposes

By EditorDavid
  • "When people are concerned about privacy, I say you probably have a dozen apps on your phone that are tracking you, and you don't even know it...." Monaeo makes a point of describing how the data is cataloged — city, state and country, but without specific locations.
  • The New York Times shares the dilemma of Jeff Sheu, managing director of a private equity firm, who is "exactly the type of high earner California does not want to lose.
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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

By abnormalreturns
Also on the siteDavid Swensen leaves a powerful legacy. (abnormalreturns.com)Top clicks this weekWhy investors are looking for returns wherever they can find them. (humbledollar.com)How to use a safe and investment portfolio to manage in retirement. (obliviousinvestor.com)Ten questions people only ask during bull markets. (theirrelevantinvestor.com)On the psychological benefits of holding a big slug of cash. (humbledollar.com)Why some investors work to avoid hot stocks (mindsetvalue.substack.com)Why Millennials are struggling to get ahead financially. (awealthofcommonsense.com)How to buy and sell a house at the same time. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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GameStop FOMO inspires a new wave of crypto pump-and-dumps

By WIRED
  • “Many young adults and others all of a sudden became extremely interested in stocks and investing, and this later also gave the crypto community and the cryptocurrencies a huge boost in popularity,” says one Discord user who goes by Alejandro.
  • After watching the great GameStop stock boom play out on sites like Reddit and Discord this winter, hundreds of thousands of hopefuls are joining Discord groups that promise big earnings from manipulating the crypto market—also known as crypto pump-and-dumps.
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Google IO 2021: four big things we expect to see and two things we don’t

  • While Google IO tends to be focused on software, it’s not unusual to also see hardware at the event, and this year that hardware is likely to include the Google Pixel 5a .
  • The Pixel 3a was announced at Google IO in 2019, so there’s precedent for this, and had the pandemic not scuppered Google IO 2020 we’d likely have seen the Pixel 4a there – though instead it got a later August launch.
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10 Sunday AM Reads

By Barry Ritholtz
  • • A sprawling investigation: What we know so far about the Capitol riot suspects Since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, more than 400 people who were part of the pro-Trump mob that day have been arrested – a number that could still grow substantially.
  • • Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows : The Disinformation Dozen are twelve anti-vaxxers who play leading roles in spreading digital misinformation about Covid vaccines.
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Nikon Z30 release date, price, rumors and what we want to see

By mark.wilson@futurenet.com
  • The recent registration in Taiwan also reveals that the Nikon Z30 will likely come with the same battery as the Nikon Z50, suggesting it will indeed be the second Z-mount camera to have a DX sensor.
  • We recently saw a new Nikon camera registered with Taiwan's official regulator – and it bears all the hallmarks of a fresh take on the Nikon Z50, which is currently the company's only Z-mount camera with an APS-C (or as Nikon calls it, DX) sensor.
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Some links

By memyselfandi007
An excellent write-up about Thomson Reuters and why it could be really interesting The always excellent Matthew Ball on how a Entertainment Company should look like these days The case for an extended bull run for “Value Stocks” Interesting perspective: Crypto as “in-game currency” in the “Great Online Game” FtAlphaville on the what is going on at Carson Block target Solution 30 If the US wants to increase its share in renewable power, the electrical grid requires a massive upgrade The LT3000 blog on inflation and other things […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Can E-Fuels Save the Combustion Engine?

  • Auto makers also are investing in the technology, with some saying e-fuels could be a way to keep older passenger cars on the road, alongside electric and hybrid vehicles, as a cleaner form of transportation.
  • Synthetic fuels are attracting growing interest as a way to make industries ranging from jets to ships to cars greener without having to rethink or replace their traditional engines.
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Huge Android 12 leak reveals more of its revamped design

  • According to a slide apparently leaked from Google IO 2021, Android will bring with it "a beautiful new experience", "stronger privacy and security protections", and make sure that "all of your devices work better together" as well.
  • While we've seen hints of the visual overhaul that's coming with Android 12, Prosser goes into much more detail: we get to see some of the design tweaks that are coming to notifications and buttons, as well as redesigned widgets for music playback, weather, and an analog clock.
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I ran 300 miles with cheap running headphones, and now I’ll never splash out again

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com
  • I don't think you ever need to spend tons of cash on premium smartphones, smartwatches or fitness trackers – and now I'm ready to add running headphones to the list of gadgets you don't need to splash out on.
  • Add to that what I wrote in the previous section – I don't think music quality is really important when running – and I really don't see the need to spend loads more money on different cans.
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iPhone 13 sounds even more disappointing in the face of the Pixel 6 redesign

  • So far the only big upgrade that’s looking likely on the iPhone 13 range is a move to 120Hz refresh rate screens, but this is so far only rumored for the Pro models, and is something Android has offered for years – with a number of Android phones sporting even higher refresh rates.
  • Coupled with the Pixel 6’s rumored Google-made chipset, the phone could be a lot more than just a solid way to get stock Android – it could be a real rival to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21, and it could make the iPhone 13 look boring.
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Kenya’s Covid-19 contract scandal, early-stage funding gaps, glamorizing cybercrime

By Jackie Bischof
Hi Quartz Africa readers!The number of early-stage deals among African fintech startups is increasing, but the average deal size remains low compared to other regions, and funding gaps persist at the early stages. It’s time for creative solutions.The average African startup’s seed round is around $1.5 million, according to a new report, compared with $4.6 million in India and $5.7 million in Latin America. Researchers surveyed 177 fintech startups and 33 investors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Among African respondents, seed investments were the most common type of deal. Indeed, the volume of early-stage deals for African fintech […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Gabriela Ramos of UNESCO: “Policies matter”

By Tyler Gallagher
  • Prior to this position, Ms. Ramos served as the Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20/G7/APEC in the OECD, contributing to the global agenda as well as leading the OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges, Inclusive Growth Initiative, Gender Strategy and the work on well-being and children.
  • Her agenda includes the achievement of social inclusion and gender equality, advancing youth development; promotion of values through sports; anti-racism and anti-discriminatory agenda and ethics of artificial intelligence.
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Researchers Build Tiny Wireless, Injectable Chips, Visible Only Under a Microscope

By EditorDavid
  • In this case, we added piezoelectric materials directly onto the integrated circuit to transducer acoustic energy to electrical energy...." The team's goal is to develop chips that can be injected into the body with a hypodermic needle and then communicate back out of the body using ultrasound, providing information about something they measure locally.
  • To date, conventional implanted electronics have been highly volume-inefficient — they generally require multiple chips, packaging, wires, and external transducers, and batteries are often needed for energy storage...
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Africa’s plastics bans are pitting the environment against the economy

By Kingsley Kobo
  • An insufficient supply of potable water in many countries, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, has given rise to a new plastics economy driven by the increasing popularity of water sachets.
  • He describes a 2013 ban on plastic bags in the country, including water sachets, as a “complete fiasco,” given the economic consequences of shutting down an industry that provides some income for up to a million people, according to his estimates.
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The present and potential of AI in journalism

By John Keefe
  • Almost half of the projects we surveyed used AI for “augmenting reporting capacity” These projects comb through large document dumps with machine learning, detect breaking news events in social media, and scrape Covid-19 data from government websites.
  • For example, a machine learning algorithm that combs through documents for keywords augments reporting capacity and at the same time reduces variable costs.
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Debunking the myth of cloud repatriation – SiliconANGLE

By Dave Vellante
  • Remember, AWS and Alibaba report relatively clean infrastructure-as-a-service figures, so we use survey data, community input and financial analysis to estimate the actual numbers for Microsoft Corp.’s Azure and Google Cloud.
  • So although it’s not a zero-sum game, and hybrid is definitely real, we think the cloud vendors continue to gain share most rapidly, unless the on-prem crowd can move faster.
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Smart Water: Data Labeling with Active Learning And H2O.ai

By Louis Wang
  • In this project, we create a platform that users can upload the unlabeled data from local device, or AWS S3 bucket, and we use active learning and H2O.ai to smartly select which samples should be labeled first.
  • There are some methods better than randomly selecting the unlabeled data, and active learning is just one of them, helping you to label the samples which can provide more information to the models.
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AI is the future: Tackling climate change, smarter homes within our reach

By ALBERT BIFET
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here, and New Zealand needs to be strategic about harnessing our research expertise and the investment we direct towards it.
  • In the UK, the Alan Turing Institute was created in 2013 with a £600m investment as a National Centre to promote advanced research and translational work in algorithms and the application of data science.
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Machine Learning and the Coming Transformation of Finance

By Daniel Jeffries
  • Today, with AI and machine learning (ML) growing more and more advanced, it’s poised to surge into other areas of the financial industry like customer service, loan processing, risk analysis, portfolio allocation, robo-advisors and more.
  • To really build and run machine learning models at financial service scale, you’ll need a rock solid foundation.
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New system cleans messy data tables automatically

  • PClean uses a knowledge-based approach to automate the data cleaning process: Users encode background knowledge about the database and what sorts of issues might appear.
  • "PClean users can give PClean hints about how to reason more effectively about their database, and tune its performance — unlike previous probabilistic programming approaches to data cleaning, which relied primarily on generic inference algorithms that were often too slow or inaccurate," says Mansinghka.
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Scammers are using a network of fake apps to steal funds from crypto newbies

By joel.khalili@futurenet.com
  • The attackers are said to have utilized various social engineering techniques to encourage people to install the malicious apps, even going as far as to build relationships with potential victims over dating services.
  • In one instance, the scam operators created a fake version of the App Store download page, in a bid to trick people into thinking the application originated from a trusted source.
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Study Finds Alarming Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ In US Mothers’ Breast Milk

By EditorDavid
Slashdot reader Hmmmmmm quotes the Guardian: A new study that checked American women’s breast milk for PFAS contamination detected the toxic chemical in all 50 samples tested, and at levels nearly 2,000 times higher than the level some public health advocates advise is safe for drinking water. The findings "are cause for concern" and highlight a potential threat to newborns’ health, the study’s authors say. "The study shows that PFAS contamination of breast milk is likely universal in the US, and that these harmful chemicals are contaminating what should be nature’s perfect food," said Erika […]Read more >Similar articles >
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New Spaceport Announced In Nova Scotia – Operational In 2023

By EditorDavid
Slashdot reader boudie2 writes: Maritime Launch Services has secured financing it says will allow it to begin construction on a spaceport facility this fall and get its first launch off the ground in 2022. The first Cyclone 4M medium-class launch vehicle would take off in 2023. The company wants to construct a rocket-launching site in Canso, Nova Scotia to send satellites into orbit for use in near-earth imaging, communications and scientific experiments. President and CEO Steve Matier stated the company has been approached by small satellite launchers, and MLS is considering hosting one of them for a first flight to orbit from the launch […]Read more >Similar articles >

Two Satellites Lost after Rocket Lab’s Second-Stage Booster Fails to Reach Orbit

By EditorDavid
Space startup Rocket Lab "lost a pair of satellites as the second stage of one of its Electron rockets failed to make it to orbit Saturday," reports CNET: After a successful liftoff from the company’s New Zealand launch facility, something went wrong after the first stage booster separated from the smaller second stage carrying two satellites for Earth imaging company BlackSky. A live feed from the second stage showed that after it separated, it appeared to go into an uncontrolled tumble. Commentators on the company’s livestream reported that telemetry from the second stage had been lost and later the Rocket Lab […]Read more >Similar articles >
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CDC Urges Masks for Schools; U.S. Outbreak Slows: Virus Updates

  • U.S. schools should maintain mask requirements at least through the end of the academic year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, even after its decision this week that fully vaccinated adults can safely shed face coverings in most settings.
  • U.S. schools should maintain mask requirements at least through the end of the academic year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its latest guidance, even after saying fully vaccinated adults can safely shed face coverings in most settings.
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How America Will Improve Its Cybersecurity

By EditorDavid
  • Politico writes: President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's approach to cybersecurity, from the software that agencies buy to the security measures that they use to block hackers, as his administration continues grappling with vulnerabilities exposed by a massive digital espionage campaign carried out by the Russian government...
  • The directive, which sets deadlines for more than 50 different actions and reports, represents a wide-ranging attempt by the new Biden administration to close glaring cybersecurity gaps that it discovered upon taking office and prevent a repeat of Moscow's SolarWinds espionage operation, which breached nine federal agencies and roughly 100 companies...
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President Biden’s Alleged Venmo Account Was Found in Less Than 10 Minutes and Then Promptly Disappeared

By Jody Serrano
  • After Buzzfeed reached out to the White House for its story, Biden’s connections on his public friend list were eliminated (the app allows you to remove friends by unfriending them manually).
  • The outlet also found what appeared to be accounts for almost a dozen members of the Biden family, including First Lady Jill Biden, as well as senior White House officials and their respective contacts on the app.
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AI & Law: Garnering C-Suite Buy-in

By Lance Eliot
  • Having been a longtime CIO/CTO and worked hand-in-hand with many Chief Legal Officers (CLOs), I know firsthand how hard it can be to get the rest of the C-suite to understand and approve our annual funding requests for the legal teams.
  • A survey undertaken by EY Law and the Harvard Law School indicated that 70% of in-house legal teams do not have adequate technology and that the biggest hurdle toward overcoming the stark disparity entails convincing the C-suite that something substantive needs to be done.
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Marlin bets big on Abbyy’s digital intelligence initiatives

By George Lawton
  • Abbyy, a provider of document conversion and data capture software and a player in the intelligent process automation (IPA) market, just announced a significant investment by investment firm Marlin Equity Partners.
  • “It soon became apparent that our core strengths in OCR and document understanding would become key requirements in the burgeoning markets for intelligent automation and digital transformation,” Persson said.
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Analyzing 30 Years of Brain Research Finds No Meaningful Differences Between Male and Female Brains

By EditorDavid
  • In a new study published in in the June edition of Neuroscience & Behavioral Reviews, Lise Eliot, a professor of neuroscience at Rosalind Franklin University, analyzed 30 years' worth of brain research (mostly fMRIs and postmortem studies) and found no meaningful cognitive differences between men and women.
  • "As a neuroscientist long experienced in the field, I recently completed a painstaking analysis of 30 years of research on human brain sex differences..." reports Lise Eliot in a recent article on The Conversation.
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See How This Cardiologist is Making Heart Disease Easier to Diagnose and Monitor with A.I.

By Imperium Group
  • Because of misinformation and improper or under-diagnosis of heart problems in women, cardiologist and researcher, Dr. Amod Amritphale is advocating for women’s heart health, and creating an A.I. program tool to help people treat and identify heart issues.
  • What’s different about Dr. Amritphale’s methodology is that not only is he advocating for, treating, and making preventative changes for women and their risk of heart disease, but he is also doing so using computer algorithm programs that he designed.
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Pipeline Attacked by Ransomware Has Now Resumed Normal Operations

By EditorDavid
Though halted last week by ransomware, America’s largest gasoline pipeline announced Saturday that it’s resumed normal operations, reports the Associated Press, "delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast." Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline had begun the process of restarting the pipeline’s operations on Wednesday evening, warning it could take several days for the supply chain to return to normal. "Since that time, we have returned the system to normal operations, delivering millions of gallons per hour to the markets we serve," Colonial Pipeline said in a tweet Saturday. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Dear Startups: Don’t repaint, reinvent

By Natasha Mascarenhas
  • In the rest of this newsletter, we’ll get into stock market volatility, Expensify’s origin story, and what one founder learned after getting rejected by YC 13 times.
  • In September 2020, Larry Illg, CEO of Prosus Ventures, told us that edtech was filled with “tourists” and “faddish money,” making it a hard time to assess companies and find accountable bets.
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Looks Like Twitter May Be Working on a Subscription Service Called Twitter Blue for $2.99 per Month

By Alyse Stanley
  • Twitter hasn’t released many details about the paid subscription model it’s cooking up, but thanks to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong we may have some clues about what it will cost and be called.
  • On Saturday, Wong tweeted that the subscription service Twitter Blue will cost $2.99 per month and allow users to undo their tweets and create bookmark collections, among other features.
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Google Pixel 6? Forget it, I’m only excited for the Google Pixel 5a

By david.lumb@futurenet.com
  • Flagship Google phones are great, sure, but unless something is drastically different this year, we’d expect the Google Pixel 5a to follow suit and lead the way as another great low-cost, high-value handset with great software perks passed down from pricier siblings.
  • We’re a week away from Google IO 2021, and while we’re excited for all the software updates, peeks at Android 12, and hints at what secret projects the company has been working on, I’ve only got eyes for one thing at the event: the Google Pixel 5a .
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FTC Picks New Antitrust Top Cop to Battle Facebook, Probe Amazon

By Josh Sisco
A little-known criminal antitrust prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Eyitayo St. Matthew-Daniel, is expected to be named the top antitrust enforcer at the department’s sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission, say three people familiar with the situation. The previously unreported pick comes from current Acting FTC Chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, who has advocated for more aggressive antitrust enforcement against big tech companies and expansion of the types of cases the agency pursues. St. Matthew-Daniel would lead a nearly 300-person unit of the agency that is battling Facebook in court, conducting a probe of Amazon’s […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Our Weird Dreams May Help Us Make Sense of Reality, AI-Inspired Theory Suggests

By Mike McRae
  • Realizing there is a similarity between overfitting fixes and things like Chris Hemsworth offering you a turtle in your dream, Hoel's extended the fundamentals of dropout to our own brains to develop the "overfitted brain hypothesis".
  • Neuroscientist Erik Hoel from Tufts University has taken inspiration from the way we teach neural networks to recognize patterns, arguing the very experience of dreaming is its own purpose, and its weirdness might be a feature, not a bug.
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Report: 65% of Social Media Anti-vax Propaganda Comes From Just 12 People

By EditorDavid
Long-time Slashdot reader jhylkema writes: Just 12 people account for the lion’s share of anti-vaccination propaganda posted to three of the leading social media outlets, according to a study from a London-based group opposed to online hate and disinformation. A study (PDF file) conducted by the Centre for the Countering of Digital Hate identified the "Disinformation Dozen" people, including RFK Jr., Joseph Mercola, and Sherri Tenpenny… In its study, the group blasts the social media companies for allowing their platforms to be abused and calls for them to be de-platformed. "Living in full view of the public on […]Read more >Similar articles >
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3 reasons CEOs should take their workforce to the cloud 

By Sai Gundavelli, Solix Technologies
  • By taking enterprise data to the cloud — specifically, hybrid cloud — corporate executives can speed up productivity, enhance employee work-life balance, and realize generous cost savings.
  • The beauty of the cloud is that no matter where in the world they are scattered, employees can easily and securely access files, work simultaneously on projects and documents, and share content with co-workers and clients.
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Asus Zenfone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S21

  • In the case of the Asus Zenfone 8, it’s slotting a phone into the $600-$800 market segment that’s occupied by many more affordable flagship phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S21, which feature powerful internals but make a few trade-offs to keep the price lower than the top-of-the-line models.
  • The Asus Zenfone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S21 trade some blows in the design department.
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University Cancels $700,000 in Student Debt for 220 Graduates Affected by the Pandemic

By EditorDavid
Delaware State University — also known as DSU — "is cancelling more than $700,000 in student loans for recent graduates hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic," reports CNN: DSU will cancel $730,655 for more than 220 people, the school announced this week… "Too many graduates across the country will leave their schools burdened by debt, making it difficult for them to rent an apartment, cover moving costs, or otherwise prepare for their new careers or graduate school," said Antonio Boyle, DSU’s Vice President for strategic enrollment management. "While we know our efforts won’t help with all […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Style-Box Update: Value’s In, Growth Is Out

By Brian Gilmartin
Data Source: Morningstar For the first time really since 2016, “Value” is outperforming “Growth” by a material margin. The value outperformance really started around election day, 2020 or the first few days of November, 2020 and has continues ever since, and the absolute return increases the further down you go in the market-cap class, i.e. small-cap value has outperformed large-cap value by almost 1,300 bp’s thus far in 2021. Given the outperformance by the Russell 2000 since last fall, all the R2k positions were sold for clients February – March ’21 when the momentum gauges hit decade highs, with the proceeds put into the RSP or the SP […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Introduction to Attention Mechanism

By Kemal Erdem (burnpiro)
  • The rest works exactly like in the previous example so we use context vector c 1, start token y 0, and initial decoder state s 0 and pass it through gU function to calculate s 1 state and achieve some output token y 1.
  • There is one more type of attention called hard attention where instead of using the softmax function, we’re selecting a feature with the highest alignment score and using that feature’s value as a context.
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Here’s hoping Elon Musk tanks crypto so miners will leave our RTX 3080s alone

By John.Loeffler@futurenet.com
  • The environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining was known long before Musk and Tesla decided to dabble in crypto.
  • Honestly, the fact that Tesla is now suddenly out of the crypto game probably has little to do with its professed concerns about the environmental devastation that cryptomining is contributing to and more about the future price of cryptocurrencies more broadly.
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This Cardiologist is Using Artificial Intelligence in Heart Medicine

By Imperium Group
  • Because of this irritating and unethical issue, cardiologist and researcher, Dr. Amod Amritphale is working to change this outcome of heart health in women.
  • What’s different about Dr. Amritphale’s methodology is that not only is he advocating for, treating, and making preventative changes for women and their risk of heart disease, but he is also doing so using computer algorithm programs that he designed.
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President Biden revokes Trump order limiting social media protections

  • The Verge reports that President Biden has revoked Executive Order 13925, a Trump measure that had the Federal Trade Commission take action against internet firms that modified or removed posts in ways that didn't "align" with those companies' publicly stated policies.
  • Trump's order was meant to limit the scope of the Communications Decency Act's Section 230 under the belief that internet giants were abusing user liability protections to censor conservative ideology.
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LG’s 2021 soundbars arrive in the US starting at $179

  • All soundbars except the SP2 support Hi-Res Audio and are capable of providing lossless playback at 24bit/192kHz for the SP9YA and at 24bit/96kHz for the SP8YA, SP7Y and SPD7Y.
  • They also work with Apple's AirPlay 2, so you can stream, control and share content directly from an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac. Another common feature between the two is AI Room calibration, which uses spatial awareness technology to optimize sound output for any room the device is in.
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Understanding the differences between biological and computer vision

By Ben Dickson
  • Biological and Computer Vision, a book by Harvard Medical University Professor Gabriel Kreiman, provides an accessible account of how humans and animals process visual data and how far we’ve come toward replicating these functions in computers.
  • And the results of those studies have helped develop different types of artificial neural networks, AI algorithms that loosely simulate the workings of cortical areas of the mammal brain.
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