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Live Text is no longer exclusive to M1 Macs – but what is it?

By daryl.baxter@futurenet.com
  • The latest beta release of macOS 12 Monterey has made the Live Text feature available to Macs running on Intel hardware, as well as Apple’s own M1 chip.
  • It’s similar to Google Lens, and now that it’s going to be available in the Intel version of macOS 12 Monterey, due out in the end of 2021, it gives even more users an opportunity to copy and paste text from an image with ease.
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Google Profit Nearly Tripled In Q2 To $18.5 Billion

By Cristian Bustos
  • Around 80% of Google’s record-breaking success in the second quarter is mainly rooted in the whopping advertising revenue of $50.4 billion, which represents a 70% increase from last year, as informed by CNBC .
  • Likewise, the company strongly boosted its cloud computing services, Google Cloud, which closed the second quarter with a revenue of $4.6 billion, reporting a 54% increase.
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Robinhood drops 10% in stock trading app’s Nasdaq debut

  • Robinhood, whose stock trading app has surged in popularity among retail investors, sold shares in its IPO at $38 a piece on Wednesday evening, valuing the company at about $32 billion.
  • Founded in 2013, the free-trading pioneer forced the brokerage industry to drop commissions on retail trading, lowering the barrier for millions of new investors to access the stock market.
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Huawei’s P50 Pro launches with 200x camera zoom, but leaves out 5G

By Andy Boxall
  • Huawei has always captured hearts with its impressive camera systems, and the P50 Pro is no exception, plus there’s no chance you’ll mistake the phone for any other due to its distinctive design.
  • Huawei’s cameras on P-Series phones have impressed for some time, and we’ve no doubt the P50 Pro will continue the tradition, but it’s impossible to get an idea of exactly how much Huawei magic has been worked into these cameras without trying them out.
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Nikola founder Trevor Milton indicted on fraud charges

By Kris Holt
  • Trevor Milton, the founder and former executive chairman of electric vehicle company Nikola, has been charged with two counts of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud by a federal grand jury.
  • Milton falsely claimed the company had “billions and billions and billions and billions” of dollars worth of preorder reservations and that the company was producing its own hydrogen at four times less than market rates, according to the indictment.
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How Facebook’s Stock And Twitter’s Stock Look Following Earnings

By Melanie Schaffer

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) reported a second-quarter earnings beat, a week after Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) also beat expectations. Both stocks sold off following their results, although Twitter gapped up before losing all of its gains over the following two trading sessions before rebounding.

Traders and investors were likely concerned about both company’s continued future growth. Facebook warned its revenue may decelerate over the second half of 2021 while Twitter’s monthly daily active users have already begun to decline.

Despite concern over the companies’ revenues going forward a number of analysts increased their price targets for both the social media giants. If Facebook’s sell-off, like Twitter’s, is followed with investors buying the dip,both stocks could be headed for new highs.

The Facebook Chart: On Thursday Facebook’s stock gapped down over 3%, negating the bull flag break the stock had set up going into its earnings print. The stock briefly lost support at the $348 level, but bulls came in and bought the stock and drove it back up

Full story available on Benzinga.com

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Senate Bill Aims to Create National Database of Restrictive Property Covenants

  • WASHINGTON—A new bill backed by a slate of Senate Democrats would allocate competitive grants to colleges and universities to analyze, digitize and map historic housing discrimination records, creating the first national database of its kind.
  • Sen. Tina Smith (D., Minn.), who wrote the bill, is working to get Democratic colleagues and at least some Republicans to back the effort after introducing the Mapping Housing Discrimination Act on Thursday afternoon.
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Is Robinhood the next meme stock?

By Emily Stewart
  • The company has also said it will reserve 20 to 35 percent of its IPO shares for Robinhood users, who have opened some 22 million accounts through the platform.
  • It’s also been the subject of significant scrutiny, including concerns that it makes trading feel too much like a game, nudges people toward too much risk, and uses a business model — payment for order flow — that hides the actual cost of trading.
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The NBA and iHeartMedia are planning to make a whole lot of podcasts together

By Jay Peters
  • “The new shows will be produced using a wide variety of content from the NBA archives to tell the backstories of some of the greatest moments in sports history, along with a mix of the latest league news, player commentary, insider analysis, and much more,” according to a press release .
  • The NBA and iHeartMedia, which owns iHeartRadio, will be launching more than 20 new co-produced podcasts as part of a multiyear partnership, the two companies announced.
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‘Hawkeye’ debuts on Disney+ on November 24th

By Igor Bonifacic

Hawkeye, the next live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe series, will debut on Disney+ on November 24th, with new episodes to follow every Wednesday thereafter. Disney shared the news in an interview Entertainment Weekly published with series star Jeremy Renner. The article also includes a first-look screencap (below) showing Renner opposite co-star Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Hawkeye’s protégé Kate Bishop in the series.

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With Hawkeye, Disney looks to continue the recent success it’s had with Marvel content. In June, Loki had Disney+’s most-watched premiere, beating out an already impressive debut showing fromThe Falcon and the Winter Soldierearlier in the year. At the start of July, Black Widow brought in more than $60 million in revenue solely from people willing to pay $30 each to watch the film from the comfort of their homes.

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AI learns physics to optimize particle accelerator performance

By SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have demonstrated that they can use machine learning to optimize the performance of particle accelerators by teaching the algorithms the basic physics principles behind accelerator operations—no prior data needed.
  • Before going to work on a given task, machine learning algorithms typically need to be trained on pre-existing data so they can learn to make fast and accurate predictions about future scenarios on their own.
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Down Almost 5% In The Past Week, How Quickly Could Verisign Stock Bounce Back?

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in the company’s stock price using ten years of historical data, returns for VRSN stock average 4.5% in the next one-month (twenty-one trading days) period after experiencing a 4.5% drop over the previous week (five trading days).
  • You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning Engine to test Verisign stock chances of a rise after a fall .
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Workhorse Names New CEO With Auto Experience: What Investors Should Know

By Chris Katje

Last-mile delivery and electric vehicle company Workhorse Group Inc (NASDAQ: WKHS) announced its newchief executive officer Thursday.

What Happened: Richard F. Dauch was named the new CEO of Workhorse, beginning Aug.2, 2021. Dauch will also join the Board of Directors.

Dauch follows Duane Hughes in the role, who served as CEO from February 2019 to August 2021 after serving as COO from August 2016 to January 2019. Hughes will serve as a consultant during the transitional period.

Related Link: OshKosh Nabs USPS Next

Full story available on Benzinga.com

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Managed cybersecurity startup SolCyber emerges from stealth with $20M

By Kyle Wiggers
  • We solve this need by delivering technology and the services that quickly increase their security and also answer many questions cyber insurance companies ask in relation to what security controls are in place.”
  • “This all adds to the need for solid security solutions and services that can keep organizations protected regardless of the different types of networks and working locations that are developed due to the pandemic.”
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A robot just made history by running its first outdoor 5k

By Annie Hayes
  • 'Deep reinforcement learning is a powerful method in AI that opens up skills like running, skipping and walking up and down stairs,' said Yesh Godse, an undergraduate in the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University.
  • Built by Oregon State University and Agility Robotics, the robot tackled the distance totally untethered – and on a single battery charge – completing the race in 53 minutes, which is about the same speed as a gentle stroll for humans.
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Why robots don’t deserve names

By Sarah Wells
  • From humanoid service robots, and voice assistants like Siri, to the artificial intelligence powering self-driving cars, we increasingly imagine this technology in human terms.
  • In addition to flexing our empathy muscles, Grimm also says that anthropomorphizing technology and A.I. is also a shortcut for helping us understand it better by applying a model that we do understand — humans — to an unknown.
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Step Inside the Wondrous World That’s Inspiring Hayao Miyazaki’s Final Film

By Cheryl Eddy
  • begins with fifteen-year-old Copper, who has recently suffered the loss of his father, gazing out over his hometown of Tokyo, watching the thousands of people below, and beginning to ponder life’s big questions.
  • The book moves between Copper’s story and his dear uncle’s journal entries, in which he gives advice and helps Copper learn pivotal truths about the way the world works.
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Blizzard confirms developer named in lawsuit was removed for “misconduct”

By Kyle Orland
  • That confirmation from a Blizzard spokesperson comes from a scathing Kotaku report that includes pictures of and stories about the so-called "Cosby suite," a hotel room at Blizzcon 2013 that was reportedly used as an alcohol-filled party space for Blizzard employees and fans.
  • At the time of the report, we had already conducted a separate investigation of Alex Afrasiabi and terminated him for his misconduct in his treatment of other employees."
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Are desktop PCs dead?

  • Still, this sales spike is very much larger-than-life right now, and with a good deal of folks likely to continue working from home in the future, or shifting to a model of hybrid working (remaining remote working to some extent), this demand is not likely to go away.
  • Indeed, in the most recent figures we’ve reported on from IDC, the analyst firm found that in Q2 of 2021, “elevated demand for PCs combined with shortages that greatly impacted the supply of notebooks led to desktop growth outpacing that of notebooks during the quarter”.
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Old Amazon Kindle devices will soon lose 3G access

By Darrell Etherington
  • If you have an older Amazon Kindle with 3G internet, take note that you may not be able to wirelessly access and download new content anymore starting in December.
  • It noted that the first- and second-generation Kindles, as well as the Kindle DX, won’t be able to connect to the internet at all since they don’t have WiFi connectivity to fall back on.
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DeepMind says it can predict the shape of every protein in the human body

By Stephanie Pappas
  • Prior to the company's AlphaFold project, which uses artificial intelligence to predict protein shapes, only 17% of the proteins in the human body had their structures identified, according to Technology Review .
  • So far, AlphaFold has predicted 36% of human proteins with atomic-level accuracy, and has predicted more than half with accuracy good enough to spark research on the proteins' functions, according to the company.
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White House Touts Broadband Part of New Infrastructure Deal

By msmash
The White House announced Wednesday that its "once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure" would include a part dedicated to improving Americans’ access to the internet. From a report: Later, the Senate passed a critical test vote by 67-32, suggesting possible passage of the entire infrastructure bill in the coming days. "This bipartisan deal is the most important investment in public transit in American history and the most important investment in rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago," President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "It will deliver high speed internet to […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How workers are still being exploited in Leicester’s textile industry

  • The anti-slavery charity Hope of Justice says the audit and enforcement approach to clamping down on workforce exploitation is not working "because factory bosses are getting really creative and innovative" in how they hide it.
  • "We know from speaking to people here who are reliant upon the food bank, who aren't being paid a fair wage, that there are methods in place where they have to pay that money back to the employer, where they've been given multiple workers cards so that not all their hours appear on their payslips," he said.
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Google Play gets mandatory app privacy labels in April 2022

By Ron Amadeo
Scroll down on a Google Play app listing and you’ll soon see this new privacy section. [credit: Google ] In iOS 14, Apple added a "privacy" section to the app store, requiring app developers to list the data they collect and how they use it. Google—which was one of the biggest targets of Apple’s privacy nutrition labels and delayed app updatesfor months to avoid complying with the policy—is now aping the feature for Google Play. Google posted a demo of what the Google Play "Data privacy & security" section will look like, and it contains everything you’d expect if you’ve looked at the App […]Read more >Similar articles >
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They’re programmed to work hard and play hard

By Brian Heater
  • There’s huge opportunity for the right AI/software company to come along and help make the bulky systems intended for things like auto manufacturing easier to program and more versatile.
  • Yes. I see a very strong synergy between being at the forefront of academic AI research at Berkeley and being at the forefront of industrial R&D bringing AI Robotics into the real world as chief scientist at Covariant.
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Israeli authorities inspect NSO Group offices after Pegasus revelations

By Bethan McKernan Middle East correspondent
  • The defence ministry said in a tweet that the visit conducted by several state bodies was related to disclosures stemming from the Pegasus project – a consortium of 17 media outlets, including the Guardian, which revealed last week that government clients around the world have used the hacking software sold by NSO to target human rights activists, journalists and lawyers.
  • Israeli authorities have inspected the offices of the surveillance outfit NSO Group in response to the Pegasus project investigation into abuses of the company’s spyware by several government clients.
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Nikola Founder Trevor Milton Indicted on Three Counts of Fraud

By msmash
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Nikola’s founder and former executive chairman, Trevor Milton, and charged the former executive three counts of fraud, the company confirmed. The grand jury charged Milton with two counts of securities fraud and wire fraud while allegedly lying about "nearly all aspects of the business." From a report: "Today’s government actions are against Mr. Milton individually, and not against the company," a Nikola spokesperson said in a statement. "Nikola has cooperated with the government throughout the course of its inquiry. We remain committed to our previously […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Annovis Bio Shares Cut In Half Following Alzheimer’s Data Presentation

By Shanthi Rexaline

Annovis Bio, Inc. (NYSE: ANVS), which took off on a strong rally in January, has quickly lost most of the gains.

What To Know: Annovis, a clinical-stage neurodegenerative diseases-focused biopharma, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference new clinical and biomarker data from two Phase 2 studies of its lead compound ANVS401 in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Annovis went public in early 2020, offering 2 million shares in an initial public offering, priced at $6 per share. The stock was mostly rangebound around its IPO price in 2020. Its lead candidate is ANVS401, and it's also developing ANVS405, which

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S&P Global Stock Gains On Impressive Q2 Segment Performance, FY21 Guidance Hike

By Anusuya Lahiri
  • S&P Global Inc(NYSE: SPGI)reported second-quarterFY21 revenue growth of 8% year-on-year to $2.1 billion, beating the analyst consensus of $1.99 billion.
  • Revenues from Ratings' increased 7% Y/Y to $1.1 billion, S&P Dow Jones Indices rose 16% Y/Y to $278 million, Market Intelligence climbed 8% Y/Y to $555 million, and Platts grew 9% Y/Y to $236 million.
  • Adjusted operating profit margin decreased 40 basis points to

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Why Is Tesla’s Stock Trading Higher Today?

By Randy Elias

Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares are trading higher after DZ Bank upgraded the stock from Sell to Buy and announced a $750 price target.

The company's battery supplier, Contemporary Amperex Technology, also announced the sodium-ion battery anda battery pack solutionat its first online launch event. The new sodium-ion batteries are a cheaper alternative

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How Satellite Images Could Improve Lives

By Sascha Brodsky
  • "Combining machine learning and remote sensing has the potential to help us monitor ecological change, plan future infrastructure developments, and respond to natural disasters in real-time," Esther Rolf, a co-author on the paper, told Lifewire in an email interview.
  • "To plan infrastructure like roads and bridges or to target food aid, we need to know where people live and what their needs are," Jonathan Proctor, a co-author of the paper, told Lifewire in an email interview.
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AstraZeneca sees $1.2bn COVID vaccine sales – with other new treatments also flying

  • AZ's sales of the COVID-19 vaccine during the first six months of the year came in at $1.169bn - yes, a huge sum, but pretty small when set against the $14.371bn that the company made from sales of other treatments and medicines during the period.
  • That is quite a contrast from AZ's US rival Pfizer, which is seeking to make a profit from its COVID-19 vaccine and which yesterday forecast that sales for its shot would this year to reach about $33.5bn, up 30% on its previous forecast three months ago.
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Early-stage founders: Beat the clock & buy a $79 Founder pass to TC Disrupt 2021

By Alexandra Ames
  • If you’re an early-stage founder, you’d be wise to make TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23) your must-attend virtual destination.
  • “My top three benefits of going to Disrupt were introducing my product to people who would not have seen it otherwise; networking with investors, mentors, advisors and potential customers and, finally, talking to other entrepreneurs and founders and learning what it took to get their companies off the ground.”
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Steam Deck kills Total War Saga: Troy Linux port – but what does this mean for other games?

  • The downside is the performance overhead in doing this, but the obvious upside is that no work has to be done on a native conversion, and lots of games (not all, note – there are still potential issues with some titles, and in particular games with anti-cheat software) can be enjoyed via Proton just as-is using the Windows version.
  • Feral is well-known for porting big-name games across to Linux, but with Troy it’s only doing a Mac version to follow the release of the strategy game on Steam (following its exclusivity period with Epic expiring).
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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube can now do Zoom video calls

By Chris Welch
  • The company rolled out support for videoconferencing between the Fire TV Cube and Alexa smart displays late last year, but Zoom opens up even more possibilities for hosting virtual chats or work calls on the biggest screen in your home.
  • Amazon has announced that its second-gen Fire TV Cube is now able to participate in two-way Zoom video calls.
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The Handmaid’s Tale season 5: everything we know

  • Release date: The Handmaid's Tale season 5 doesn't have a release window yet – in fact, it doesn't sound like they're close to filming right now.
  • One character that we won’t see return is Fred Waterford, played by Joseph Fiennes, since at the end of season 4 he got particicuted by June and many of her fellow fugitive handmaids in punishment for his crimes.
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‘I might delete it’: users on the NHS Covid-19 app amid the ‘pingdemic’

By Jedidajah Otte
  • There were 43% fewer downloads of the NHS Covid-19 app in the week ending 30 June compared with the week ending 14 June, NHS data shows, while a record 689,313 people in England and Wales were contacted by the app and asked to self-isolate in the week to 12 July.
  • T he number of downloads of the NHS Covid-19 app has shrunk dramatically amid a “pingdemic” that is causing shortages of goods and workers, after former health secretary Jeremy Hunt warned last week that the government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation.
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Fortnite teases concert series with ‘record-breaking superstar’

By Andrew Webster
The next big Fortnite concert is happening very soon — but who will be performing remains a mystery. Developer Epic announced an event called the Rift Tour, which will take place from August 6th to the 8th, with a series of events across different time zones. It’s described as “a musical journey into magical new realities where Fortnite and a record-breaking superstar collide.” Epic previously teased an alien-themed event happening on August 6th with an in-game countdown. Who that superstar is remains to be seen. Recent rumors suggest that Ariana Grande could be the next performer to take Fortnite’s virtual stage. She would join the likes […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Palisade Bio-Newsoara Serine Protease Inhibitor Accelerates Return Of Bowel Function After GI Surgery

By Vandana Singh

Palisade Bio Inc(NASDAQ: PALI) and co-development partnerNewsoarahaveannounced positive Phase 2 data LB1148showing a statistically significant effect in accelerating the return of bowel function in patients undergoing elective bowel resection surgery.

  • The 120-subject study showed a 1.1-day improvement in GI recovery in patients receiving LB1148 vs. placebo.
  • The median time to return of bowel function

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Twitter Tests Direct Shopping From User Accounts: What Investors (And Shoppers) Should Know

By Chris Katje

If you’ve ever visited Twitter and seen a product you liked, chances are you had to click on a link to go to a different website to make the purchase.

Twitter would like to change that and is testing a new feature which could allow brands to sell directly on the social media platform.

What Happened: Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) has launched a pilot of “Shop Module,” a feature that allows shoppable profiles to be created on the platform.

“We’re starting small with a handful of brands in the United States,” Twitter Product Lead Bruce Falck

Full story available on Benzinga.com

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What’s Behind Anheuser-Busch InBev Stock’s Recent Decline?

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in a company’s stock price data for the last ten years, returns for BUD stock average close to 3% in the next three-month (63 trading days) period after experiencing a 7% drop over the previous one-month (21 trading days) period.
  • You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning to test BUD stock chances of a rise after a fall and vice versa .
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New research on air pollution and Alzheimer’s is a warning for Asia

By Tim McDonnell
  • Scientists are growing more confident that air pollution —especially from particulate matter less than 2.5 microns wide, known as PM 2.5—significantly raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a series of separate studies published in July.
  • “It’s already well documented that exposure to PM 2.5 is associated with cardiovascular and other diseases, but within the last few years the number of publications is rising on an increased risk for brain tissue,” said Yuliya Krauchanka, a professor of surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine and co-author of the North Carolina study.
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Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook review: midrange done right

By Monica Chin
  • (It’s just slightly lighter than the Spin 713.) That makes it a bit heavy to hold as a tablet for long periods of time, and you’ll want something smaller if you’re looking for a device you won’t notice in your backpack.
  • The Flex 5 has a much nicer chassis than many other Chromebooks you’ll see in this price range — it’s actually one of the better-built Chromebooks I’ve used this year.
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Microsoft and Google pick up the pace

By Joe Williams
  • Google Cloud is also growing faster than it was a year ago, recording a 54% jump in revenue to $4.6 billion after posting 43% growth during the second quarter of 2020.
  • Microsoft invested $7.3 billion in capital expenditures during the quarter, up from $5.8 billion a year ago, and CEO Satya Nadella noted that the company opened data-center regions in 15 new countries last year.
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Technical issues compel ransomware operator to switch to good ol’ data theft and extortion

  • Unable to fine tune their decryptor, the threat actors behind the Babuk ransomware have changed their business model, and are no longer encrypting their victim’s data, according to cybersecurity researchers.
  • “Ultimately, the difficulties faced by the Babuk developers in creating ESXi ransomware may have led to a change in business model, from encryption to data theft and extortion,” reason the researchers in a blog post .
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Redbox’s plans for its SPAC dollars

By Janko Roettgers
  • Good morning, and welcome to Protocol Next Up. This week: Redbox is going public this year and Facebook's has expensive plans for the metaverse.
  • DVD kiosk rental company Redbox is scheduled to go public via a SPAC reverse merger later this year, and I caught up with Redbox CEO Galen Smith recently to learn how he wants to spend all the money the deal is expected to bring in.
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BT Group’s Q1 Underlying Revenue Falls By 3%

By Jacob Wolinsky
  • BT Group (LON:BT.A)’s first quarter underlying revenue fell 3% to £5.1bn, reflecting declines in the Corporate and Public Sector segments in the Enterprise and Global divisions.
  • All major segments delivered cash profit (EBITDA) growth except for Global, where management attributed declines to project delays and lower equipment sales, as well as divestments and currency movements.
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Ford Stock Finds Support After Breakout: A Technical Analysis

By Tyler Bundy

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) reported better-than-expected earnings Wednesday, with earnings per share of 13 cents, beating the Street estimate calling for a loss of 10 cents per share.

Ford posted second-quarterrevenue of $26.8 billion, which beat the estimate of $23.84 billion.

Ford stock was up 3.28% at $14.32 at last check Thursday.

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Ford Daily Chart Analysis

  • Ford shares just broke out of an ascending triangle pattern and are now looking to test old resistance to see if they canfind support.
  • The stock crossed above the 50-day moving average (green), and trades above the

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Craft Aerospace’s novel take on VTOL aircraft could upend local air travel

By Devin Coldewey
  • The aircraft — which to be clear is still in small scale prototype form — uses a new VTOL technique that redirects the flow of air from its engines using flaps rather than turning them (like the well-known, infamously unstable Osprey), making for a much more robust and controllable experience.
  • Co-founder James Dorris believes that this fast, stable VTOL craft is the key that unlocks a new kind of local air travel, eschewing major airports for minor ones or even heliports.
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GarageBand for iPhone and iPad updated with new ‘Sound Packs’ from top artists and producers

By Chance Miller
  • Apple today announced GarageBand for iOS and iPadOS, the most popular music creation app in the world, now helps people unlock even more of their musical creativity with all-new Sound Packs from some of today’s top artists and producers.
  • In a press release today, Apple announced that it is expanding GarageBand for iPhone and iPad with new “Sound Packs” from some of the world’s top artists and producers.
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Why This Analyst Likes Google And Amazon Over Facebook At Current Levels

By Adam Eckert

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is trading lower Thursday after the company announced better-than-expectedfinancial results, butwarned of slowing growth in the second half of the year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg highlighted that although thebusiness is expected to moderate,it remains healthy,NeubergerBerman analystDaniel Flax said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Facebook reported second-quarter earnings of $3.61 per share, which beat the estimate of $3.02 per share. The company reported quarterly revenue of $29.077 billion, which beat the estimate of $27.82 billion.

"The results were strong," Flax told CNBC.

The overall strength in tech speaks to the incredible innovation that is happening, he said. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG)

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Electric boat startup Arc wants to make a big splash

By Sean O'Kane
  • But Arc — which is coming out of stealth mode today, boasts a handful of SpaceX expats, and is backed by Silicon Valley powerhouse firm Andreessen Horowitz — plans to work its way down from that price point once it’s producing and selling boats, just like Tesla once did for electric passenger cars with the Roadster, followed by the Model S and X, and then the Model 3 and Y.
  • “Boats are actually really good at floating — that sounds silly but like it’s not hard to make a boat that could carry a huge load,” Lee says.
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Acrew Capital, Jeff Bezos back Colombia-based proptech La Haus’ $100M debt, equity round

By Mary Ann Azevedo
  • La Haus, which has developed an online real estate marketplace operating in Mexico and Colombia, has secured $100 million in additional funding, including $50 million in equity and $50 million in debt financing.
  • What La Haus is planning to do with its new capital – particularly the debt portion – is go beyond selling homes via its marketplace to helping extend financing to both developers and potential buyers.It plans to take the proprietary data it has been able to glean from the thousands of real estate transactions conducted on it platform to extend capital to developers and consumers “more quickly, with much lower risk and at better terms.”
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Sweet Tooth Season 2 Is Set to Give Us More Animal-Hybrid Adventures at Netflix

By Jill Pantozzi
  • Some extra saccharine news to report this morning: Netflix has renewed Sweet Tooth for a second season of apocalyptic adventures.
  • Schwartz spoke to io9 about the show in June saying, “The thing for me originally was the question [of] if you could make an apocalyptic story that took you to a place that you wanted to go, or actually gave you a little bit of a sense of hope or optimism, which felt like a rarity and felt like a real opportunity with a character like Gus.”
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South Africa’s AI patent could trigger innovation and abuse – Tech Monitor

By Pete Swabey
  • The Artificial Inventor Project argues that this removes an unfair disincentive for AI-powered invention – but critics worry that, should other jurisdictions follow suit, it could open the door to a new wave of intellectual property abuse.
  • A project that aims to reform patent law so that it recognises AI systems as inventors scored a victory this week, after South Africa approved the first ever patent for AI-created inventions.
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Space start-up Varda, founded by SpaceX and Founders Fund veterans, aims to build factories in orbit

  • Varda Space Industries, a start-up founded less than a year ago by a pair with experience at Elon Musk's SpaceX and Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, has now raised more than $50 million as it works toward its first mission in the first quarter of 2023.
  • "The Varda mission is to build the first space factory – essentially the first industrial park on orbit," CEO Will Bruey, who spent much of the past decade working on SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft, told CNBC.
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Motorola Edge 20 announced, including a surprisingly top-tier cheap 5G phone

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com
  • The phones have lots of specs in common, but the Motorola Edge 20 Lite sounds like the real winner, with a super-low price but lots of the top-tier specs of its siblings.
  • We were expecting the Motorola Edge 20 series to launch at some point, but it still came as quite a surprise when the popular phone company launched its new flagship handset line without any pomp or circumstance, instead dropping it rather out of the blue.
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Hyenas Left a Massive Pile of Bones in a Saudi Arabian Lava Tube

By Isaac Schultz
  • Striped hyena are very avid accumulators of bones,” said Mathew Stewart, a zooarchaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Human History, in a video call.
  • (A previous team said they heard growling in the lava tubes, a bone-chilling indication that the threatened hyena population in Saudi Arabia might still have a happy home in remote reaches of the country.) The main goal of the team behind this latest paper was to figure out how the huge number of bones—hundreds of thousands of them, representing at least 40 different species and dating from about 7,000 years ago to the Victorian era—ended up collecting in the lava tube’s rear.
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This tiny fitness tracker slips into your T-shirt and helps prevent running injuries

By catherine.ellis@futurenet.com
  • There's no on-board GPS (instead the Incus Nova syncs via your phone), and the position of the device at the top of your spine means there's no heart rate monitoring, so you'll likely want to use either a running watch or a chest strap heart rate monitor as well.
  • You're not just given raw numbers to interpret either; the Incus smartphone app processes the data, presents it in a way that helps you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your running form, and gives you guidance so you can take steps to improve it and reduce your risk of injury.
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New Android Malware Records Smartphones via VNC To Steal Passwords

By msmash
Security researchers have discovered a novel piece of Android malware that uses the VNC technology to record and broadcast a victim’s smartphone activity, allowing threat actors to collect keyboard presses and app passwords. From a report: First spotted in March 2021 by Dutch security firm ThreatFabric, this new piece of malware, named Vultur, is a departure from other Android malware strains that usually rely on fake login screens floating on top of legitimate apps to collect a victim’s credentials. Instead, Vultur opens a VNC server on the infected phone, and broadcasts screen captures to an attacker command and control […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Vlad Tenev Tells Robinhood Investors What To Expect

By Adam Eckert

Robinhood Markets Inc (NASDAQ: HOOD) isset to begin trading publicly on the Nasdaq Thursday.

Robinhood's mission is to democratize finance for all, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk On The Street."

Starting from nothing, Tenev was able to create a company that now serves more than 22 million customers, Tenev told CNBC.

Robinhood's stock will have "one of the largest retail allocations ever," he said:"we are very

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Cognizant BrandVoice: Meet The New DIGITALL Stack

By Benjamin Pring
  • The new stack — DIGITALL — is built on four key components: digital humans, machine learning, robotic process automation (RPA) and quantum computing.
  • As advancements like digital humans, machine learning, robotic process automation and quantum computing fuse, captains of business will soon have the technological wherewithal to reach greater heights and fend off exogenous events says Ben Pring, chief futurist within Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work.
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All 3 new Moto Edge 20 phones get 108MP cameras, 6.7-inch OLED screens, and 5G

By Andy Boxall
  • The entry-level version of the Edge 20 series is the Moto Edge 20 Lite, an 8.25mm thick phone with a plastic rear panel, and 2.5D glass over the 6.7-inch OLED screen, which also has a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling.
  • Motorola has announced three new smartphones, the Moto Edge 20 Lite, Moto Edge 20, and Moto Edge 20 Pro. Following on from last year’s Moto Edge and Moto Edge Plus models, all three feature large 6.7-inch OLED screens with HDR10+ support, plus 108-megapixel cameras, and 5G connectivity too.
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The West Embraces State Subsidies, a Policy Throwback, to Counter China

  • Chip-manufacturing subsidies are the most prominent of a range of interventions Western governments are rushing out to promote industries they deem strategic, from electric-car batteries to pharmaceuticals.
  • “We conveyed to TSMC the importance of securing the semiconductor supply chain, and that the U.S. government as well as their U.S. customers wanted them manufacturing here,” said Keith Krach, who led the negotiations as a State Department undersecretary at the time.
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Carrier Global Stock Rises After Q2 Earnings Beat, New $1.75B Share Buyback

By Akanksha
  • Carrier Global Corp(NYSE: CARR)reported second-quartersales growth of 37% year-over-year to $5.44 billion and 31% on an organic basis, beating the consensus estimate of million.
  • Sales by segments: HVAC $3.12 billion (+36.2% Y/Y), Refrigeration $1.02 billion (+45.9% Y/Y), and Fire & Security $1.4 billion (+32.7% Y/Y)/
  • Adjusted EPS improved to $0.64 from $0.33 in 2Q20, beating consensus estimates of $0.54.
  • The operating profit increased by 77.2% Y/Y to $783 million,

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Why Qualcomm’s Stock Is Trading Higher Today

By Adam Eckert

Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) is trading higher Thursday morning after the company announced better-than-expected financial results and issuedguidance above estimates.

Qualcomm reported quarterly earnings of $1.92 per share, which beat the estimate of $1.67 per share. The company reported quarterly revenue of $8 billion, which beat the estimate of $7.55 billion.

Qualcomm said

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Airbnb’s new tool makes it easier for hosts to list Wi-Fi speeds for remote work getaways

By Chaim Gartenberg
Airbnb is adding a new tool for hosts that will let them easily test and list their Wi-Fi speeds on listings. The new addition is in recognization of the fact that — particularly with the current remote work and school model — customers are renting Airbnb properties not just for vacations but for working trips that provide a change of scenery. In that vein, knowing that you’ll actually be able to have strong internet when you’re booking is a useful feature. While it’s been possible for hosts to list Wi-Fi speeds or share screenshots of speed tests before, the new tool is integrated directly into Airbnb’s app (using M-Lab’s open-source […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The Witcher: Monster Slayer hit a million downloads already, but it’s no Pokémon Go

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com
  • The Witcher: Monster Slayer follows similar games tied to popular franchises like Minecraft, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, in trying to take on Niantic's hugely successful Pokémon Go. That game was well publicized for hitting 10 million downloads in seven days, which is ten times The Witcher's stats.
  • On July 21, The Witcher: Monster Slayer launched as another mobile game to take on the huge Pokémon Go in the traveling-ARG genre.
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Wall Street employees begin to mask up again as Citigroup tells workers of new mandate

  • Citigroup told employees late Wednesday in a memo that they will now be required to wear masks in U.S. corporate offices, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
  • Back in May, the CDC said that fully vaccinated adults didn't need to wear masks or socially distance indoors, and Citibank had been following that protocol for corporate offices, although masks have been required at branch locations, the person said.
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Cook, Pichai Join CEOs Urging Congress Pass Path to Citizenship

By msmash
More than 90 chief executive officers, including those at Apple, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday urged Congress to pass a law offering a citizenship path to young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. From a report: In a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders, the executives said thousands of the immigrants — known as Dreamers — are "valued employees at our companies," but a federal judge’s recent ruling against a program protecting them "throws into chaos" their ability to live and work legally in the U.S. "Securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers not only is […]Read more >Similar articles >
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One of Netflix’s biggest movies won’t get a sequel – for a surprising reason

By tom.power@futurenet.com
  • However, unlike 6 Underground, Netflix original movies such as The Old Guard and Enola Holmes, with 78 million and 76 million viewers respectively, are getting follow-up films.
  • Netflix had high hopes for the film ahead of its December 2019 release date but, despite its charismatic lead and $150 million budget, 6 Underground was panned by critics and fans alike, and currently holds a 36% critical rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes .
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Council Post: What You Need To Know About AI Security — Even If Your Company Isn’t Using AI Yet

By Josh Elliot
  • Gartner expects that 30% of all AI cyberattacks by 2022 will leverage training-data poisoning, model theft or adversarial samples to attack ML-powered systems.
  • In 2019, researchers created a new method, Simple Black-box Adversarial Attacks (SimBA), and showed how with 20 lines of python code and $10 in cloud costs, well-trained models could be manipulated.
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PS5 beta firmware: M.2 SSD support, 3D audio, TV updates – here’s what’s new

By henry.stleger@futurenet.com
  • Some of the PS5's major pain points have finally been addressed in the console's latest update, with Sony announcing the addition of a host of changes designed to make gaming on PlayStation even easier – and more immersive.
  • That's not all, though – the PS5's fabled 3D audio feature, which was previously only available to use through headphones like the PS5 Pulse 3D, is now compatible with TV speakers, allowing those who like to play loud through their gaming TV a chance to benefit from the next-gen audio format.
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AI Doesn’t Have to Be Too Complicated or Expensive for Your Business

By Andrew Ng
  • But, given advances in AI technology, these organizations should shift their focus from building the right model — a software-focused approach — to focusing getting good data, which clearly illustrates the concepts we need the AI to learn, and using new machine learning operations (MLOps) tools.
  • Companies should focus on gathering high-quality data, shifting the focus of their engineering corps away from model-centric approaches, and make the deployment process and MLOps tools needed to support it a central part of the planning project for any AI project.
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Short Squeeze? Tilray Stock Soars On Standout Earnings

By Melanie Schaffer

Tilray Inc (NASDAQ: TLRY) shot up over 25% on Wednesday following the release of the cannabis giant’s record fourth-quarter 2021 results and a bullish conference call where CEO Irwin Simon projected 2024 revenues of $4 billion. The stock made most of its gains in the first half-hour of the trading session, gapping up 11% and running another 11% higher by 10 a.m.

What Happened: Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Pablo Zuanic watched the move and issued a note in which he attributed Tilray’s price action to a short-squeeze and stated there was “too much noise to make a big deal about the qtr.” Zuanic complained that no pro forma sales numbers by division were included for the quarter, despite being included for previous quarters, and emphasized that Simon’s $4 billion revenue estimate is six times current levels.

Simon joined Javier Hasse and Patrick Lane on Wednesday’s "Cannabis Hour" to discuss Tilray’s quarter and his plan to grow the company. “I put a plan out there for $4 billion dollars by 2021. Some people might think I’m crazy or aspirational or

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Vaxart Stock Shoots Higher After Its Oral Vaccine Boosts Immune Response In Previously Vaccinated Subject

By Vandana Singh

Vaxart Inc's(NASDAQ: VXRT)has disclosed datafrom a 12-subject Phase 1b blinded study evaluating the ability of its oral norovirus vaccine to boost immunogenicity.

  • Study participants were initially vaccinated with Vaxart's oral norovirus vaccine in late 2019 and were vaccinated again between February and April 2021.
  • All seven

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A Step Closer to General AI

By Alex Tabarrok
  • This environment makes it possible to formulate new learning algorithms, which dynamically control how an agent trains and the games on which it trains.
  • …Today, we published “ Open-Ended Learning Leads to Generally Capable Agents,” a preprint detailing our first steps to train an agent capable of playing many different games without needing human interaction data.
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Longform links: the time tax

By abnormalreturns
Book stuffA Q&A with Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell authors of “The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion.” (theverge.com)An excerpt from Sarah Everts’ “The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration.” (wsj.com)An excerpt from "The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond With Forests and Nature" by Peter Wohlleben. (nautil.us)An excerpt from from Dave Seminara’s "Mad Travelers: A Tale of Wanderlust, Greed and the Quest to Reach the Ends of the Earth." (atlasobscura.com)FoodFine dining is going to look a lot different post-pandemic. (eater.com)Why the American grocery […]Read more >Similar articles >
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What’s Next For Intel Stock After 8% Slip In One Month?

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in the company’s stock price using ten years of historical data, returns for INTC stock average close to 2.9% in the next one-month (21 trading days) period after experiencing a 7.5% drop over the previous one-month (21 trading days) period.
  • You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning to test Intel stock chances of a rise after a fall and vice versa .
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Wonderful kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom launches Silly Blocks: Summer with latest update

By Michael Potuck
  • The beautiful kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom has received a new update today with summer-themed Silly Blocks.
  • Today Pok Pok Playroom gets a neat summer-themed addition to the Silly Blocks Toy. While the toy may seem simple at first, it offers meaningful experience and exposure for learning skills like problem solving, matching, sequencing and ordering, categorizing, experimentation, and storytelling.
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PayPal’s new ‘super app’ is ready to launch, will also include messaging

By Sarah Perez
  • On Wednesday’s earnings call, Schulman revealed the super app would include a few other features as well, including high-yield savings, early access to direct deposit funds, and messaging functionality outside of peer-to-peer payments — meaning you could chat with family and friends directly through the app’s user interface.
  • In previous quarters, PayPal said these new features may include things like enhanced direct deposit, check cashing, budgeting tools, bill pay, crypto support, subscription management, and buy now/pay later functionality.
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Intel partners with CBSE to launch ‘AI For All’ initiative

By PTI
  • Chipmaker Intel on Thursday said it has collaborated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to launch the 'AI For All' initiative, aimed at creating a basic understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) for people in India.
  • The AI For All initiative based on Intel's AI For Citizens program aims to make India AI-ready by building awareness and appreciation of AI among everyone," Shweta Khurana, Director - the Asia Pacific and Japan, Global Partnerships and Initiatives at Intel, said.
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Can’t Stop SPACs

By Jacob Wolinsky
  • For more on special purpose acquisition companies – and the outlook for activity and valuations in the second half of the year – be sure to register for S&P Global Market Intelligence's special webinar, 'What’s next for SPACs?' on Thursday, July 29 at 11:00am ET.
  • The unprecedentedly rich prices come even as market regulators have effectively made the transactions more costly by requiring target companies to disclose more of the potential problems that could undo their exceedingly bullish outlooks for their business.
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Nikola founder Trevor Milton indicted on three counts of fraud

By Kirsten Korosec
  • Trevor Milton, the fast-talking showman founder of Nikola and the electric truck startup’s former CEO and executive chairman, has been charged with three counts of fraud.
  • Specifically, prosecutors detailed in the complaint how Milton used social media and frequent appearances on television in a PR blitz that flooded “the market with false and misleading information about Nikola” before the company even produced a product.
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China’s New Envoy to U.S. Seeks to Reset Relations

  • NEW YORK—China’s new envoy to the U.S. struck a conciliatory note upon his arrival in Washington on Wednesday, pledging to repair the increasingly testy relationship between the two world powers days after Chinese Foreign Ministry officials greeted a visiting senior State Department official with a chilly lecture on diplomacy.
  • Qin Gang, a veteran diplomat and trusted aide to President Xi Jinping, said in remarks posted on the website of China’s embassy in the U.S. that he will “endeavor to bring China-U.S. relations back on track, turning the way for the two countries to get along with each other…from a possibility into a reality.”
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Robinhood Reportedly Held ‘Exploratory Conversations’ With Decentralized Exchange Uniswap

By Samyuktha Sriram

What Happened: The newly-listed trading platform Robinhood Markets Inc (NASDAQ: HOOD) has reportedly met with the development team behind decentralized exchange Uniswap (CRYPTO: UNI).

According to a report from The Block, Mary-Catherine Lader, chief operating officer at Uniswap Labs, said that Uniswap and Robinhood have held “exploratory conversations.”

Lader’s comments were in reference to statements made by Uniswap Labs Growth Lead Ashleigh Schap at EthCC – an Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) conference in Paris last week.

What The Partnership Would Look Like:

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Apple releases SEE season two trailer starring Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista

By Benjamin Mayo

Apple today released the full official trailer for its post-apocalyptic drama series ‘SEE’. The second season of SEE debuts on August 27 on Apple TV+.

This season, lead character Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) must face off against his estranged brother Edo Voss (Dave Bautista), the latter of which is holding Baba’s daughter captive.

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Will Costco Stock See Higher Levels After 7% Rise In A Month?

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in a company’s historical stock price, returns for COST stock average 1.2% in the next one-month (twenty-one trading days) period after experiencing a 1.9% gain in a week.
  • You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning Engine to test COST stock chances of a rise after a rise .
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Stocks That Hit 52-Week Lows On Thursday

By Benzinga Insights

Before 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, 15 companies set new 52-week lows.

Noteworthy Mentions:

  • Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) was the largest, in terms of market cap, to set a new 52-week low.
  • Minim (NASDAQ:MINM) was the smallest company in terms of market cap to set a new 52-week low.
  • Atreca (NASDAQ:BCEL)'s stock made the biggest move downwards, diving 32.63% to reach a new 52-week low.

Here is a list of stocks that set new 52-week lows as of 10 a.m. ET on Thursday:

  • Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) stock set a new 52-week low of $94.66 on Thursday, moving down 16.54%.
  • Neogen (NASDAQ:NEOG) shares reached a new 52-week low of $42.26 on Thursday morning, moving up 1.26%.
  • Skillsoft (NYSE:SKIL) stock

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Tesla Holds ‘Close’ To 42,069 BTC, Elon Musk Says

By Adrian Zmudzinski

Tesla Inc's(NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk hinted at how muchBitcoin(CRYPTO: BTC) his electric vehicle producer firm's has on its balance sheet.

What Happened:In a Thursday tweet, Muskansweredthat Tesla does not have "that many Bitcoin, but it's close" to investing influencer Dave Lee's estimate that the automaker holds 42,069 Bitcoin.

Tesla disclosed that it bought $1.5 billion of Bitcoin on June 30 and that the fair value of those assets at the time was $1.47 billion.

According to Lee'a

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Tim Cook and other CEOs team up to call on Congress to pass path to citizenship for dreamers

By José Adorno
  • In the letter signed by Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Amazon’s Andy Jassy, Microsoft’s Brad Smith, and many others, the CEOs write on behalf of the “recent ruling in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”
  • These CEOs are urging Congress to pass legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and allows them to remain in the US to work, attend school, and/or serve in the military without fear of deportation.
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LinkedIn To Allow Most Employees To Work Remotely, Reversing Course

By msmash
LinkedIn will allow most employees to opt for full-time remote work as offices gradually reopen, Chief People Officer Teuila Hanson told Reuters. From the report: This new policy from Microsoft’s professional social networking site is a reversal of the company’s initial indication last October that employees would be expected to work from an office 50% of the time, when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lift. The updated policy, offering employees the flexibility to work remotely full-time or work at an office part-time, will apply to LinkedIn’s global workforce of more than 16,000 employees. "We anticipate that […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Top EV Battery Maker Adds Sodium to Its Recipe Book

  • TOKYO— Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. 300750 6.05%, the world’s biggest maker of electric-vehicle batteries and a Tesla Inc. TSLA 2.28% supplier, said it was looking to make batteries using sodium ions, a technology that could reduce costs and lift performance.
  • CATL, in an online briefing, said sodium-based batteries have other uses beyond EVs such as storing power on an electricity grid.
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Anavex Life’s Stock Declines Despite Data Shows Alzheimer’s Candidate Prevent Abeta-Induced Cognitive Decline In Animal Study

By Vandana Singh

Anavex Life Sciences Corp(NASDAQ: AVXL)has reported new preclinical datafor its Alzheimer's candidate, ANAVEX2-73 (blarcamesine).

  • Pre-treatment with blarcamesine repeated once daily for one week before the Aβ (Abeta) challenge was protective in the Aβ25-35 peptide

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The Google Play Store may need a serious security upgrade

  • Google’s Play Protect security service has fared poorly in an endurance test of Android security apps.
  • “Included in the test as the 15th app in the mix was Google Play Protect, the protection app embedded in Android….But the endurance test revealed that this service does not provide particularly good security: every other security app offers better protection than Google Play Protect,” says AV-Test .
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The Need for Speed: Trading 3.0

By insight@factset.com (FactSet Insight)
  • There continue to be many sources of liquidity and this means the traders need to get data quickly and provide actionable intelligence based on that data.
  • In a session focused on the ever-changing trading desk, the panel discussed how traders can adapt quickly and prepare for future trends and requirements, including how they can leverage emerging technologies and the move towards automation to achieve best execution.
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A Few Comments on Q2 GDP

By Calculated Risk
  • Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2021, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • The second graph below shows the contribution to GDP from residential investment, equipment and software, and nonresidential structures (3 quarter trailing average).
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Nikola founder Trevor Milton charged with fraud

By Shakeel Hashim


Trevor Milton, founder and former chairman of electric vehicle company Nikola, has been charged by federal prosecutors with three counts of fraud.


The indictment, unsealed Thursday, accuses Milton of making multiple "false and misleading statements" to investors. The allegations include Milton saying the company had made a "fully functioning" semi-truck when in fact the company's Nikola One prototype was inoperable, and that Nikola was producing hydrogen and building batteries when neither was actually true.

"Milton's scheme targeted individual, non-professional investors," the indictment said, and ultimately cost those retail investors huge amounts of money. As a result, Milton shall now forfeit "all property, real and personal, that constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the commission of said offenses." Bloomberg reported that Milton voluntarily surrendered and is currently in federal custody.

The indictment is hardly surprising, given the long-running allegations against Milton that led him to step down from his position atop Nikola last fall. Many of the allegations were first uncovered by activist short-seller Hindenburg Research, which called the company an "intricate fraud". (Hindenburg has also accused Chamath Palihapitiya of misleading investors over Clover Health.) GM also backed out of a strategic partnership with the company, and Nikola's stock has been down ever since.

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Nothing’s Overhyped Earbuds Are Actually Extremely Good

By Andrew Liszewski
  • Master & Dynamic’s MW08 Sport, arguably some of the best sounding, fully-featured wireless earbuds you can buy, will set you back a hefty $350, and even the long-in-the-tooth AirPods Pro are still $249.
  • If you want long battery life, excellent sound, wireless charging, and active noise cancellation, you’re still going to pay a premium for those features.
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Nothing Ear 1 Review: Everything you could want, for just $99

By Andy Boxall
  • When Nothing released images of the Concept 1, it was clear (sorry) transparency would likely feature in its first product, and sure enough, it’s a massive part of the Ear 1’s design and identity.
  • I like the carefully balanced sound, the noise cancelation is effective without being uncomfortable, the design is very cool, and they’re certainly one of the most lightweight, comfortable earbuds I’ve put in my ears, ever .
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Swarm debuts $499 Evaluation Kit for consumers and tinkerers

By Aria Alamalhodaei
  • The Swarm Evaluation Kit is an all-in-one product that includes a Swarm Tile, the company’s flagship modem device, a VHF antenna, a small solar panel, a tripod, a Feather S2 development board and an OLED from Adafruit.
  • Satellite connectivity company Swarm has come out with a new product that will give anyone the ability to create a messaging or Internet of Things (IoT) device, whether that be a hiker looking to stay connected off-the-grid or a hobbyist wanting to track the weather.
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The children of tech’s guest workers are pushing for immigration relief

By Tanvi Misra
  • Realizing that they’re facing a dead end, many of these young people have banded together to work for lasting change in the immigration system, putting new pressure on Congress and the White House for a path forward.
  • This year, these efforts have borne fruit: the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, the latest version of DREAM legislation, protects not just undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, but also those who came on temporary visas.
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This is Beast Canyon, the evolution of Intel’s modular mini gaming PC

By Sean Hollister
  • Like last year’s Ghost Canyon, it’s attempting to change the way mini-PCs are built with its Compute Element cartridges, which contains a miniaturized motherboard, CPU, memory, storage, and ports you can swap all at once.
  • Instead of having to pivot-pivot-pivot your GPU in and out of the system (or physically remove part of the case, like Intel’s Ghost) you can flip up the entire top of the Beast, triple-fan-array and all, to easily swing a full-size graphics card in and out of the machine.
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Is McKinsey wrong about the financial benefits of diversity?

By Sarah Todd
  • Key to the popularization of this idea are three McKinsey studies, released in 2015, 2018, and 2020, which showed that companies with greater racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in their leadership tended to perform better financially.
  • For example, McKinsey reported that in 2019, “companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25 percent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile—up from 21 percent in 2017 and 15 percent in 2014.”
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Citrix Systems Stock Slaughtered After Q2 Revenue Miss, Margin Contraction, Weak Q3 Guidance

By Anusuya Lahiri
  • Citrix Systems Inc(NASDAQ: CTXS)reported second-quarterFY21 revenue growth of 2% year-on-year to $812 million, missing the analyst consensus of $845.97 million.
  • Revenue from Subscription rose 54% Y/Y to $374 million, SaaS grew 60% Y/Y to $210 million, Other Subscription grew 46% to $165 million, Product & License revenue declined 55% Y/Y to $59 million, and Support & Services declined 11% Y/Y to $379 million.
  • Workspace revenue rose 2% Y/Y to $599

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Brain Technologies raises $50M+ for the launch of Natural, a natural language search engine and ‘super app’

By Ingrid Lunden
  • Voice-based and other personal assistant apps — which use natural language and hefty AI engines in the back end to source information to address your various questions, do your e-commerce bidding, or control one electronic device or another in your home — have been around for years, but too often they have come up short when it comes to user experience, failing to nail the right solutions to your queries.
  • Jerry Yue, the young founder and CEO of Brain — a repeat entrepreneur and robotics enthusiast whose last company, a grocery delivery service in China called Benlai, is still going strong — said in an interview that he does not like to call Natural a “personal assistant” app, not because of the shortcomings of so many of these in the past, but because of the voice association many have with the concept.
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Quality improvement in theory and practice: guiding principles and a real-world incident fix

By Aidence
  • I enjoyed the logic of the clinical audit and quality improvement cycle and the satisfaction of measuring the positive impact of a successfully implemented change.
  • To understand if any wrong clinical decisions resulted from volume discrepancy, we offered all hospitals a retrospective analysis of all studies processed by Veye Lung Nodules.
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What’s BlackBerry tech doing in EVs?

By Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
  • BlackBerry claims it provides automakers with a solid base f or constructing ADAS and autonomous driving software, which manages all the vehicle’s sensor data, and allows an autonomous system to understand its surroundings and make real-time decisions that control the vehicle’s steering, throttle, and brakes.
  • Specifically, it has been focusing on software development and, in fact, many cars on the market are using BlackBerry’s QNX platform for ADAS.
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Ally Financial Stock Has Gained 44% YTD, What To Expect?

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in a company’s stock price data for the last ten years, returns for ALLY stock average close to 1.7% in the next one-month (21 trading days) period after experiencing a 1% rise over the last one week (five trading days) period.
  • You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning to test Ally Financial stock chances of a rise after a fall and vice versa .
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Pfizer Vaccine Effectiveness Drops To 84 Percent After Six Months, Study Finds

By BeauHD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fell from 96 percent to 84 percent over six months, according to data released on Wednesday. The preprint study funded by the companies determined that the vaccine’s effectiveness reached a high point of 96.2 percent within two months after the second dose. But the efficacy "declined gradually" to 83.7 percent within six months, with an average decrease of about 6 percent every two months. But even with the slip in efficacy, the data indicates the vaccine offers protection six months later. The ongoing study with more […]Read more >Similar articles >
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ConverseNow is targeting restaurant drive-thrus with new $15M round

By Christine Hall
  • As part of the investment, Bryan Rosenblatt, partner at Craft Ventures, is joining the company’s board of directors, and said in a written statement that “post-pandemic, quick-service restaurants are primed for digital transformation, and we see a unique opportunity for ConverseNow to become a driving force in the space.”
  • The AI assistants are able to step in during peak times when workers are busy to help take orders so that customers are not waiting to place their orders, or calls get dropped or abandoned, something Shukla said happens often.
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Why are German chemical plants located near big cities?

  • From Wesseling in the south to Dormagen in the north: Global companies such as Bayer, ExxonMobil Chemical, Ineos, Covestro, Lyondellbasell and Lanxess are located within a few kilometers of Cologne, a city with a population of over 1 million people.
  • "The German chemical park model is an export hit," says Ernst Grigat, who headed the Chempark with its plants in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen for more than ten years.
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Keep those lips sealed! Tech companies can now read them

By Sowmya Ramasubramanian
  • A typical AI system for speech reconstruction generally works on encoder-decoder principle, Rajiv Ratn Shah, Assistant Professor at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Delhi tells The Hindu.
  • But a smart AI-powered system complimented by a large dataset of possible combinations of lip movements and words can accurately decode the speaker’s words, Prof Shah described in a research paper titled ‘Harnessing AI for Speech Reconstruction using Multi-View Silent Video Feed’.
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Dell 32 4K USB-C Hub Monitor review: Convenient 4K docking perfection

By Niels Broekhuijsen
  • Featuring a large, 31.5-inch IPS panel with a 3840 x 2160 4K resolution, the image produced by the P3222QE is pleasantly sharp on the eyes with great color performance.
  • The two main highlights of this display are its large 4K IPS panel along with USB-C hub capabilities, meaning it can charge your laptop, send display and audio data to the monitor, and USB and Ethernet signals, all over a single cable.
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Plug Power Vs. FuelCell: Which Clean Energy Stock Has Performed Better Over The Last Year?

By Henry Khederian

Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) and FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) are leaders in the clean energy manufacturing industry, but how have investors in the popular-again hydrogen fuel cell systems space managed over the last year?

Here’s how Plug Power vs. FuelCell return on investment breaks down on a year-to-date basis:

  • Plug Power shares are trading lower on

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