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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

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Top clicks this weekIt takes more and more risk to generate returns these days. (compoundadvisors.com)Joshua Brown, "Envy will make you take wild risks with a portfolio. Especially when all you see around you are so many people you have such little regard for profiting off of things you know they themselves barely understand." (thereformedbroker.com)Ten truths about the stock market including ‘There will always be something to worry about.’ (tker.co)The 60/40 portfolio is not dead, yet. (theirrelevantinvestor.com)Another sign of a strength in the stock market. (sentimentrader.com)Putting a range of expected returns on […]Read more >Similar articles >
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11 Security Settings You Should Know About in Windows 11

By David Nield
  • Good security begins with keeping your software updated, and if you select Windows Update from Settings, you can check that all the latest patches and bug fixes have been applied to the operating system.
  • Microsoft's insistence that a computer must have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 component built into the motherboard for it to be eligible for a Windows 11 upgrade is evidence of just how seriously the company's taking security with its latest operating system.
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The Man Who Stole and Then Sold Data on 178 Million Facebook Users Gets Sued by Facebook

By EditorDavid
"Facebook has filed a lawsuit on Friday against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping its website and selling the personal data of more than 178 million users on an underground cybercrime forum," reports the Record. According to court documents filed Friday, the man was identified as Alexander Alexandrovich Solonchenko, a resident of Kirovograd, Ukraine. Facebook alleges that Solonchenko abused a feature part of the Facebook Messenger service called Contact Importer. The feature allowed users to synchronize their phone address books and see which contacts had a Facebook account in order to allow users to reach out to their […]Read more >Similar articles >
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10 Sunday Reads

By Barry Ritholtz
  • ( Washington Post ) see also Climate change is supercharging California heat waves, and the state isn’t ready Climate change is transforming the character of the West’s hottest periods — making them more frequent, more persistent, more humid and more lethal.
  • In fiscal 2020, New York City police officers logged more overtime hours than any other big city in the U.S., and violent crime rates still went up.( Bloomberg ) see also A Subway Rider Confronted Unmasked Police Officers.
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The TouchBar was a missed opportunity for the MacBook

By daryl.baxter@futurenet.com (Daryl Baxter)
  • A year later, the MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) arrived with the TouchBar. While it was a surprise to see the Function Row be replaced by an OLED strip, there was hope that developers would be able to take full advantage of what the TouchBar could offer.
  • For the past five years various MacBooks have come with the TouchBar, which is an OLED strip above the keyboard that replaced the F1 keys.
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Emerging Applications of Artificial Intelligence is significantly Transforming the Healthcare Industry – Explore How

  • Few other factors such as a surge in the number of cross-industry partnerships & collaborations, rise in an imbalance between the healthcare providers and patients, advancements in the computing power, and others are also driving the growth of the global market of AI in the healthcare sector.
  • Across the healthcare industry, artificial intelligence benefits healthcare providers in many aspects of patient care and clinical management functions.
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Hyve founder tests resolve of rival Ascential with Money20/20 approach

  • Sky News understands that Hyve is in preliminary talks with Ascential about acquiring Money20/20 in a deal that would represent a renewed bet on the global exhibitions sector's recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The boss of Hyve Group, one of the London stock market's largest exhibition organisers, is hatching plans to bid for Money20/20, the international fintech event owned by rival Ascential.
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A look inside Apple’s silicon playbook

By WIRED
  • During the prerecorded launch event, Apple’s engineers and executives made it clear that the MVPs in these new products are the chips that power them: the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips .
  • An Israeli-born engineer who previously worked at Intel and IBM, Srouji joined Apple in 2008, specifically to fulfill a mandate from Steve Jobs, who felt that the chips in the original iPhone couldn’t meet his demands.
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Nonprofit websites are riddled with ad trackers

By The Markup
  • The Markup ran Planned Parenthood’s website through our Blacklight tool and found 28 ad trackers and 40 third-party cookies tracking visitors, in addition to so-called “session recorders” that could be capturing the mouse movements and keystrokes of people visiting the homepage in search of things like information on contraceptives and abortions.
  • Planned Parenthood is not alone when it comes to nonprofits, some operating in sensitive areas like mental health and addiction, gathering and sharing data on website visitors.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra shows off a display notch in new unofficial renders

  • We're expecting the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series to break cover sometime early in 2022, and over the last few days we've got a much better idea of what the tablets are going to look like – including, in the latest unofficial renders, the Tab S8 Ultra edition.
  • Rumors that Samsung would add a super-sized Ultra model to the Galaxy Tab S8 line-up have been swirling for months now, and it seems clear that the aim is to challenge Apple's iPad Pro slates – with the biggest of those tablets measuring 12.9 inches.
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MotoGP Italy live stream 2021: how to watch Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix online from anywhere

  • If you find yourself outside the UK and want to watch the MotoGP like you would at home, don't worry about geo-blocks on your account – simply grab a VPN and follow the instructions above to live stream the action.
  • Whoever you're rooting for, all you need to do is follow our guide below as we explain how to watch the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix and get a MotoGP live stream from anywhere.
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Facebook Files, PayPal and Pinterest, Netflix’s rocky month, and productivity influencers

By David Pierce


On this episode of the Source Code podcast: First, a brief update on the Facebook Files, as more stories start to come out. Then, Owen Thomas joins the show to discuss PayPal's reported interest in acquiring Pinterest, and why that deal might actually make sense for both sides. Janko Roettgers then discusses the good, bad and complicated of Netflix's last few weeks, before Lizzy Lawrence joins the show to talk about the world of productivity influencers.

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Google Pixel 6’s in-app translation may be the travel dream you’ve been waiting for

By david.lumb@futurenet.com (David Lumb)
  • The Google Pixel 6 has plenty of promising features, but one stuck with me more than others – mostly because it would have come in clutch when a massive thunderstorm grounded flights and stranded me in an airport with a perfect stranger.
  • Using a feature like the responsive Live Translation on the Pixel 6 in the moment seems like it would feel not just superior but a relief to both parties – it’s so much more dignified to look someone in the eye as you speak rather than belatedly wait for a third party or translation software to bridge the language gap over a speakerphone (subject to the usual pitfalls of calls, like audio dropout and lack of clarity).
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Why Galaxy Bespoke should have you excited for the Samsung Galaxy S22

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com (Tom Bedford)
  • Galaxy Bespoke lets you customize the colors and design of a new gadget from the company, so you can pick which hues and shades specific parts of the device have in order to make it feel 'yours'.
  • Samsung's actually one of the better companies when it comes to bold phone colors, with the Galaxy S20 FE in particular coming in loads of fabulous shades.
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Xpeng Unveils Plan to Go Beyond Cars With AI, Flying Car, Robot

By Bloomberg
  • Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Inc. unveiled details of new products and features including an assisted driving system, a faster charging infrastructure and a flying car as it signaled its intent to expand from its auto-manufacturing roots.
  • An advanced point-to-point driver assistance program known as XPILOT 4.0 is planned for rollout in the first half of 2023, and will be equipped on Xpeng’s next product -- an electric sports utility vehicle.
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Baidu CEO Robin Li Said Both Baidu and Tesla Are Adopting A Step-By-Step Engineering Approach to Autonomous Driving

By Pandaily
  • On Saturday, Baidu CEO Robin Li delivered a speech at the Emerging Engineering International Forum 2021, hosted by his alma mater Peking University, where he spoke about the engineering mindset that drives Baidu’s business and the company’s commitment to cultivating five million AI talent in the next five years, contributing to China’s growth as a technology powerhouse.
  • However, while Tesla has focused on gradually advancing the levels of autonomous driving, Li argues this is not the only incremental approach possible.
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EndSARS memorial, controversial covid-19 appointment, Ghana’s anti-gay bill

By Ciku Kimeria
Hi Quartz Africa readers!Matt Hancock, the former UK health secretary who was ousted earlier this year after an affair with an aide, has lost another big job. On Oct. 12, Hancock was named the United Nations’ special envoy for covid recovery in Africa, to immediate backlash. Just four days later, the international body said his appointment was “not being taken forward.”Dr. Githinji Gitahi, global chief executive officer of Amref Health Africa and a board member for the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said Hancock’s selection was indicative of the “white savior mentality” that persists in global health. “It is reflected in […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Defy Trends: Advanced AI-Powered Crypto Analysis Platform for Investors By BTC Peers

By BTC Peers
  • Defy Trends, in addition to creating access to advanced data, provides a comprehensive picture of the market, allowing investors to make comparisons, measurements, and custom statistics – all of which can be used to drive investment strategies.
  • Defy Trends was created and developed by women and its initial objective was to drive more investors to this sector by providing inclusive cryptocurrency-related technical knowledge and top-tier financial education.
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Should the US Fund a ‘National Cloud’ for AI Research to Compete With China?

By EditorDavid
  • Big data "has big designs on a big cloud," reports NBC News: A steady drumbeat from some of the most influential executives in the technology industry has emerged in recent months to push the idea that the U.S. government should invest in a "national research cloud" — a hub for U.S. research into artificial intelligence where researchers from academia and smaller tech companies could share data sets and other resources.
  • It's an idea that has been backed by a government commission led by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and including executives from Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle, which recommended that the Biden administration create a hub for U.S. research into artificial intelligence.
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US intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies

By NOMAAN MERCHANT
  • The warnings include a renewed effort to inform business executives, academics and local and state government officials about the risks of accepting Chinese investment or expertise in key industries, officials at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center said.
  • U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and other essential sectors in America.
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Why do our brains choose the ‘pointiest path’ over the fastest route?

By Anne Trafton
  • Based on a dataset of more than 14,000 people going about their daily lives, the MIT team found that instead, pedestrians appear to choose paths that seem to point most directly toward their destination, even if those routes end up being longer.
  • “There appears to be a tradeoff that allows computational power in our brain to be used for other things — 30,000 years ago, to avoid a lion, or now, to avoid a perilious SUV,” says Carlo Ratti, a professor of urban technologies in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and director of the Senseable City Laboratory.
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Top highlights from Xpeng’s 2021 Tech Day

By Rebecca Bellan
  • Xiaopeng went into detail on the company’s latest versions of its advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), its supercharger network, a next-generation flying car built with HT Aero and its robotic unicorn for kids .
  • Xpilot 3.5 will have a strategic planning module with advanced prediction capabilities that uses a combination of rule-driven and data-driven AI to handle city scenarios, like avoiding static objects and vulnerable road users, as well as lane changing at any speed, according to Xpeng.
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T-Mobile Delays Shutdown of Sprint’s 3G Network and Throws Shade at Partners

By Jody Serrano
  • In a recent passive aggressive news release, spotted by the Verge, T-Mobile said it was “stepping up” on behalf of partners who hadn’t migrated former Sprint CDMA customers over to new networks yet and giving them three extra months to do so, pushing back the shutdown of the 3G network from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2022.
  • T-Mobile is delaying its planned January shutdown of Sprint’s legacy 3G network, or CDMA network, because it claims some of its partners “haven’t followed through on their responsibility” to transition their customers to new networks.
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A New Machine Learning Optimization Technique – Part I

By Vincent Granville
  • In a subsequent article part of this series, we apply the methodology to data that behaves somehow like in this example, but with random numbers: in that case, it is impossible to "guess" what the roots are, yet the algorithm is just as efficient.
  • Yet, it is no surprise that classical root-finding or minimum-finding algorithms such as Newton-Raphson (see here ) fail, or require a very large number of iterations to converge, or require to start very close to the unknown root, and are thus of no practical value.
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More Than 100 Cargo Ships Were Waiting to Unload in Southern California This Week, an All-Time High

By Jody Serrano
  • The state’s port complex in Los Angeles and Long Beach at one point had more than 100 ships waiting to unload their cargo in recent days, an all-time high, the Guardian reported.
  • In June, for instance, the port in Los Angeles became the first one in the Western hemisphere to receive 10 million container units in a 12-month period, according to the outlet.
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EFF Board of Directors Removes 76-Year-Old John Gilmore

By EditorDavid
  • We are deeply grateful for the many years Gilmore gave to EFF as a leader and advocate, and the Board has elected him to the role of Board Member Emeritus moving forward.
  • "But in recent years, we have not seen eye-to-eye on how to best communicate and work together," they add, announcing "we have been unable to agree on a way forward with Gilmore in a governance role." That is why the EFF Board of Directors has recently made the difficult decision to vote to remove Gilmore from the Board.
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After Open Source Community Outcry, Microsoft Reverses Controversial .NET Change

By EditorDavid
"Microsoft is reversing a decision to remove a key feature from its upcoming .NET 6 release, after a public outcry from the open source community," reports the Verge. "Microsoft angered the .NET open source community earlier this week by removing a key part of Hot Reload in the upcoming release of .NET 6, a feature that allows developers to modify source code while an app is running and immediately see the results." It’s a feature many had been looking forward to using in Visual Studio Code and across multiple platforms, until Microsoft made a controversial last-minute decision to lock it to Visual Studio 2022 […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Facebook boss ‘not willing to protect public from harm’

By Dan Milmo
  • The New York Times reported that workers had repeatedly warned that Facebook was being flooded with false claims about the 2020 presidential election result being fraudulent and believed the company should have done more to tackle it.
  • The Facebook whistleblower whose revelations have tipped the social media giant into crisis has launched a stinging new criticism of Mark Zuckerberg, saying he has not shown any readiness to protect the public from the harm his company is causing.
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Frances Haugen: ‘I never wanted to be a whistleblower. But lives were in danger’

By Dan Milmo Global technology editor
  • The Facebook whistleblower says she does not like being the centre of attention, but what she saw while working at Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire compelled her into action – and made her famous .
  • Against a backdrop of revelations about Instagram’s damaging impact on teen mental health and Facebook’s failure to police rightwing hate speech and misinformation in its home market, Haugen says Zuckerberg has failed to show he can protect the public from the negative effects of his networks.
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Semiconductors: More U.S. Leverage, More Bad News For Beijing (Part 3)

By George Calhoun, Contributor
  • There are four basic industry segments in the production of integrated circuits: Design, Fabrication, Packaging, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment.
  • It encompasses thousands of other firms that provide critical inputs to the core: raw materials (silicon, specialized chemicals and gases), high-value services and software, specialized tools and test instruments, and even technologies to deliver specialized commodities like ultra-pure water and ultra-reliable electricity.
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AI Tries Creativity! … by Kidnapping Newborns — Sci-fi Saturday

By News
  • Killing people for “Likes” on an alien planet: Sci-fi Saturday If only this crisp tale didn’t sound so much like the social media we actually know (8:06 min) “Happy Hunting” follows a social media influencer who murders doomed people to break an online record — and then faces a final, fatal choice.
  • Layers of deceit plague a high-tech call center – Sci-fi Saturday (7:57 min) In “Lifeline,” Jess, locked in, must try to save a competitor’s life when she can only contact artificial intelligence choices that are not programmed to provide the needed assistance.
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Sounds like the Halo Needler is finally getting the Nerf blaster it deserves

By Sean Hollister
  • The $100 Nerf LMTD Halo Needler follows the company’s Aliens Pulse Rifle and The Mandalorian Amban Phase-pulse blaster in asking the question: what if Hasbro built a cosplay-grade Nerf blaster for its biggest fans instead of something that needs to sell like a toy?
  • The Halo Needler is one of the most memorable video game weapons ever designed: an alien rifle that shoots homing spikes of crystalline plasma that explode .
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A Massive, Ignored Market Is Ready for Disruption

By Wayne Chang
  • We’ve just scratched the surface of the possibilities that are enabled because of open banking in large part because one of the most important aspects of it, the ability to access financial data across various siloed institutions, also creates some big new challenges.
  • At the most basic level, machine learning is helping fintech companies expedite the tedious, manual data entry previously required of owners, bookkeepers and accountants, removing a painful, time-consuming task from their plates and eliminating inevitable human errors.
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Where is the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE?

By david.lumb@futurenet.com (David Lumb)
  • As you might have suspected, it’s probably due to the supply chain issues that have kept everything from GPUs and PS5s to automobiles to dress shirts from reaching consumers – a continued effect of Covid’s impact on interrupting resource supply, production, shipping, local transport, and retail.
  • Even if we can’t get a straight answer from Samsung itself or analysts that supply shortages led to the delay of the S21 FE, given their impact on the availability of current phones and outright cancellation of another highly-anticipated Samsung device, it’s still the most likely reason we didn’t see the S21 FE launch at the October Samsung Unpacked, let alone in September when we expected it to be unveiled.
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How To 2X Your Dividends And Grab 10% Upside In Any Market

By Michael Foster, Contributor
  • Yes, there are plenty of reasons to buy into this market, not the least of which is the fact that investors are focusing solely on valuation measures like the S&P 500’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, which stands at 27 as I write this, well above its level of 22 at the end of 2019.
  • Stocks are pricey, but we closed-end fund (CEF) investors aren’t sweating it: we’ve got an edge that lets us buy at a discount, with dividends that are double—and sometimes triple—the typical S&P 500 payout!
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Microsoft reverses controversial .NET change after open source community outcry

By Tom Warren
  • Microsoft angered the .NET open source community earlier this week by removing a key part of Hot Reload in the upcoming release of .NET 6, a feature that allows developers to modify source code while an app is running and immediately see the results.
  • Microsoft is reversing a decision to remove a key feature from its upcoming .NET 6 release, after a public outcry from the open source community.
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Aggressive US Marketers are Bringing Police Surveillance Tools to the Masses

By EditorDavid
  • Company officials have also attended town hall meetings and papered homeowners associations with glossy marketing materials declaring its system "the most user-friendly, least invasive way for communities to stop crime": a network of cameras "that see like a detective," "protect home values" and "automate [the] neighborhood watch ...
  • (The license plate readers in these cases were not Flock devices, and the company said its systems would have shown more accurate results...) The Paradise Hills opponents were right to be skeptical about a local crime wave.
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Google Tensor explained: Why the Pixel 6 has a custom chip, specs, and what it does

By Abner Li
  • In an interview with The Verge, Rick Osterloh said that work started in 2017 after coming to the realization that Google couldn’t take a piecemeal approach — like building a single co-processor, e.g., Pixel Visual/Neural Core — to boost AI models.
  • At the Pixel Launch Event, Google went into Tensor and explicitly touted the inclusion of two high-performance ARM Cortex-X1 cores at 2.8 GHz. They are joined by two “mid” 2.25 GHz A76 CPU cores, with Ars Technica’s Google Silicon interview pointing out how they are based on a 5nm process rather than the 7nm original found in flagship phone chips last year.
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Egyptian Security Forces Detain Humanoid Robot, Suspecting Espionage

By EditorDavid
  • The Guardian reports: She has been described as "a vision of the future" who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da — the world's first ultra-realistic robot artist — hit a temporary snag before her latest exhibition when Egyptian security forces detained her at customs.
  • According to Aidan Meller, the human force behind Ai-Da, border guards detained Ai-Da at first because she had a modem, and then because she had cameras in her eyes (which she uses to draw and paint).
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Report: 65% of brands say commerce content is a vital component of marketing

By VB Staff
  • For its “Commerce content providers and the new digital paradigm” report, Impact.com surveyed 200 publisher executives globally in June and July 2021 in partnership with Fortune Brand Studio to better understand the drivers for growth in commerce content.
  • Impact.com’s “Commerce content providers and the new digital paradigm” report confirms that publishers expect revenue from commerce content to grow by more than 50% each year for the next two years.
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$28B Startup Says Companies Were Refusing Their Free Open-Source Code as ‘Not Enterprise-Ready’

By EditorDavid
  • Many of the original founders, Ghodsi in particular, were so engrossed with their academic work that they were reluctant to start a company — or charge for their technology, a best-of-breed piece of future-predicting code called Spark, at all.
  • It was November 2015, and Databricks, a two-year-old software company started by a group of seven Berkeley researchers, was long on buzz but short on revenue.
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Nvidia clarifies Megatron-Turing scale claim

By Tiernan Ray
  • You may have noticed that last week, Microsoft and Nvidia announced they had trained "the world's largest and most powerful generative language model," known as "Megatron-Turing NLG 530B," as ZDNet's Chris Duckett reported .
  • Those stats show that not only is 1T bigger than Megatron-Turing NLG 530B, it has higher numbers for every performance figure, including the peak tera-FLOPs, or trillions of floating point operations per second, that were achieved.
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Trump’s Social-Media Platform Joins Crowded Conservative Media Field

  • Mr. Orlando is the chairman and chief executive of Digital World Acquisition Corp., the special-purpose acquisition company that agreed to take Trump Media & Technology Group public.
  • It will also compete directly with other social-media platforms targeting conservatives, such as Parler and Gab as well as Gettr, which was launched by former Trump adviser Jason Miller earlier this year.
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ABC Says It Fired ‘GMA’ Producer After Investigating Sexual-Assault Allegations

  • Walt Disney Co. DIS -1.12% ’s ABC said in a legal filing Friday that it fired “Good Morning America” executive producer Michael Corn last April after investigating allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted two network staffers.
  • ABC then promptly terminated Corn’s employment after 17 years of service,” ABC said in a motion to dismiss several claims in a lawsuit against the network filed by Kirstyn Crawford, a producer on “Good Morning America.”
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Gartner’s list of top tech initiatives for 2022

By Arthur Cole
  • According to David Groombridge, Gartner’s vice president of research, the focus this year is finding ways for businesses and other organizations to establish direct digital connections with their users, in part by leveraging IT force multipliers to push growth and innovation while at the same time creating scalable and resilient technical foundations that boost performance and lower costs.
  • Gartner released its annual list of top strategic technology trends this week, projecting that 2022 will keep enterprise executives busy with new developments in everything from artificial intelligence to cybersecurity.
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RPA: Why you need to care about this totally unsexy technology

By joel.khalili@futurenet.com (Joel Khalili)
  • Although it’s easy to imagine how all businesses could benefit from the ability to automate tasks in this way, the earliest adopters have typically been large enterprises hailing from sectors required to perform the most repetitive administration, such as insurance, utilities, financial services and healthcare.
  • It interacts with other applications and software systems to complete these business processes, just like a human would,” explained Prince Kohli, CTO at Automation Anywhere.
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Clubhouse will soon let you pin links to the top of rooms

By Ashley Carman
Image: Clubhouse Clubhouse is making it possible for people to share outside links and monetize their work on the platform. Today at The Verge’s On The Verge event, Clubhouse CEO Paul Davison and global head of marketing Maya Watson announced a new pinned links feature, which allows moderators to place outside links at the top of a room. These links can direct listeners to whatever moderators want, like a Patreon page, a news article, or a podcast. Certain links won’t be allowed for security and moderation reasons. Davison didn’t explicitly name the types of links that wouldn’t be allowed, but he suggested links to OnlyFans wouldn’t be […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How time of day affects learning ability, and how to use it to your advantage

By Drew Prindle
  • In general, because executive functions such as inhibitory control are strongest at times of peak arousal, learning tasks like analytic problem-solving and declarative memorization that require the regulation of attention and exclusion of irrelevant information are best-suited to the morning hours.
  • In an age where all the world’s information is just a couple clicks away, it’s now possible to learn practically anything at any time of day — at least in theory.
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Astronomers Find Nascent Exploding Star, ‘Rosetta Stone’ of All Supernovas

By EditorDavid
  • "A star located 60 million light years away went supernova last year, and astronomers managed to capture all stages of the stellar explosion using telescopes both on the ground and in space," reports Gizmodo.
  • "We rarely get to examine this very close-in circumstellar material since it is only visible for a very short time, and we usually don't start observing a supernova until at least a few days after the explosion," said Samaporn Tinyanont, the lead author of the paper, which is set for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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The return of text is inevitable

By Natasha Mascarenhas
  • PayPal potentially joining forces with a more content-focused e-commerce business comes more than a half-decade after it divorced from eBay. But, as Finix Chief Growth Officer Jareau Wadé pointed out, Pinterest is not a shopping destination like eBay — it’s a place where shopping begins for nearly 450 million users.
  • With Pinterest, PayPal would be buying the top of the funnel — the awareness and interest stages — for millions of websites on the internet.
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Next generation AI is here

By Special Correspondent
  • In November, a mammoth and unique dataset comprising over 2,200 hours of first-person videos in the wild, of over 700 participants engaged in routine, everyday activities will be unveiled.
  • IIIT-Hyderabad had collected data from over 130 participants spread across 25 locations in the country for this project.
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Missouri Governor Ramps Up Attack on Newspaper Over ‘Hacking’ Scandal

By Lucas Ropek
  • After St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Josh Renaud discovered that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had accidentally exposed tens of thousands of teachers’ social security numbers, Parson subsequently accused the journalist of “hacking” the state’s website and threatened to take legal action against both him and the paper.
  • Entitled “ Gov. Parson holds fake news accountable,” the video uses explicit Trump-like language and blatantly attempts to demonize the Post-Dispatch, figuring Parson as some sort of crusader against the corrosive influences of local journalism.
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Young Justice’s Future is Up to Its Fans, Again

By Justin Carter
  • Young Justice is a pretty good show most of the time, and after it got cancelled by Cartoon Network in 2013, fans eventually managed to secure a third season some years later for HBO Max. Between that and its recently premiered season four, you’d think the passion of the fanbase would’ve already secured a fifth season for the show, but that’s not the case, according to showrunner Greg Weisman.
  • Weisman’s words are pretty obvious—”hey, watch the show through official channels if you want more of it,” wild concept!—but it’s more surprising that WB hadn’t locked the show in for multiple seasons once they announced its return in 2016.
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Axios Future

By Axios
  • Driving the news: The National Counterintelligence and Security Center said in a new paper published Friday that China and Russia are using legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in critical industries including AI and autonomous systems, my Axios colleague Zach Basu writes .
  • From programs that can process a vast amount of data for intelligence gathering to the future of autonomous weapons, AI is becoming key to our operations — and our international competition.
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Hawaiian telescope snaps an image of a recently formed baby planet

By Georgina Torbet
  • Even with the help of the planet’s far distance from its star and its large size, it still took three years of observations to very the presence of the planet and to image it.
  • “This serendipitous discovery adds to an elite list of planets that we can directly observe with our telescopes,” said lead author Eric Gaidos, a professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, in a statement .
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Can Windows 11 Run on a 2006-Era Pentium 4 Chip?

By EditorDavid
  • "However, an internet user has uploaded a video that shows the OS can actually run on a 15-year-old Pentium 4 chip from Intel." Last week, Twitter user "Carlos S.M." posted screenshots of his Pentium 4-powered PC running Windows 11.
  • If you do install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, Microsoft warns your machine may not be eligible to receive automatic updates.
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This Week in Apps: Google Play lowers commissions, Apple drops anti-steering rule, Pinterest clones TikTok, Android 12 arrives

By Sarah Perez
  • The third guideline is unrelated to legal action, and simply details how developers can use a new App Store feature, called in-app events, which rolls out next week.
  • Among the new features coming to Pixel 6 first is an updated Phone app that will show callers the expected wait times for toll-free numbers, and which will help guide callers through businesses’ phone trees by having Google Assistant listen to the options and display them as text.
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Why lean is the only viable development approach in a post-COVID world

By Rob Fan, Sharethrough
  • What if, instead of spending months of time building a set of features to release all at once, you focused on releasing small incremental features in the fastest way possible for your customers so that you can quickly learn what you should build next?
  • By taking small iterative steps along the way, you have a higher chance of building something that users will use — as opposed to disappearing for a few months and returning with a solution.
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Hubble had a ringside seat to observe a star going supernova

By Georgina Torbet
  • “Now we have this whole story about what’s happening to the star in the years before it died, through the time of death, and then the aftermath of that,” said Foley.
  • Along with data from NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which was also observing the region, scientists were able to build up a picture of what happened to the star in its final years before exploding.
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Justice for OpenSea

By Richard Dal Porto
  • a16z co-founder ​​Marc Andreessen sits on the board of Coinbase, a company that his firm backed before it went public.
  • But it gets a little sticky when the investor in question stays on the board of a portfolio company after it goes public and decides to directly take on portcos of that same investor’s firm.
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Systemd-Free Devuan 4.0 ‘Chimaera’ Officially Released

By EditorDavid
Luna (Slashdot reader #20,969) quotes the Devuan web site. "Dear Friends and Software Freedom Lovers," its announcement begins: "Devuan Developers are delighted to announce the release of Devuan Chimaera 4.0 as the project’s new stable release. This is the result of many months of painstaking work by the Team and detailed testing by the wider Devuan community." This release is Based on Debian Bullseye (11.1) with Linux kernel 5.10, according to the announcement, and lets you choose your init system : sysvinit, runit, and OpenRC. Another feature it’s touting: Improved desktop support. "Virtually all […]Read more >Similar articles >

Eero will upgrade mesh WiFi routers to support the Matter smart home standard

By Jon Fingas

Eero will soon extend its mesh WiFi routers' smart home support to more universal formats. Company chief Nick Weaver told guests at a Verge event that all Eero routers with Thread support will receive an upgrade to the Matter smart home standard. Your 2017-era network could play nicely with smart devices from across the tech industry, to put it another way.

Weaver further hinted Eero was considering routers with cellular data backups, although he didn't commit to any plans. He wasn't worried about the rise of 5G home internet, noting that people were primarily moving to gigabit (wired) internet "in droves."

It wouldn't be a completely unexpected move when Amazon is upgrading most Echo speakers to support Matter. Eero is practically expected to follow along as an Amazon-owned company, and Ring has started building Eero routers into its alarm systems. Still, the update path may be particularly welcome if you were worried you might have to buy current-gen routers just to give Matter a try.

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Trump’s SPAC Is A Suckers Bet

By Chuck Jones, Senior Contributor
  • In TMTG’s press release it says, “The transaction values Trump Media & Technology Group at an initial enterprise value of $875 Million, with a potential additional earnout of $825 Million in additional shares (using the $10 IPO price) for a cumulative valuation of up to $1.7 Billion depending on the performance of the stock price post-business combination.”
  • Digital World is a SPAC or Special Purpose Acquisition Company that was formed in September and whose stock price had essentially been trading around $10 before the TMTG announcement.
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ICYMI: Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 still needs some work

By Amber Bouman
  • Devindra Hardawar reviewed AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 and determined that its lackluster performance and features made the GPU hard to praise, particularly when chip shortages have forced skyrocketing prices.
  • I tracked my twin’s daily habits with the Talli one-touch tracker and liked it more than I thought I would, plus Cherlynn Low found that she wasn’t totally sold on Microsoft’s latest Surface Duo 2 folding smartphone.
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Facebook missed weeks of warning signs over Capitol attack, documents suggest

By Guardian staff and agencies
  • New internal documents have been provided to a number of media outlets in recent days by the former Facebook employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen, following her initial disclosures and claims that the platform puts profits before public good, and her testimony to Congress .
  • It quickly became clear that even after years under the microscope for insufficiently policing its platform, the social network had missed how riot participants spent weeks vowing – by posting on Facebook itself – to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory .
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Artificial intelligence sees more funding, but needs more people and better data

By Joe McKendrick
  • These are some of the observations of Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth, prominent investors in artificial intelligence, who released their fourth annual and densely packed " State of AI " report reviewing developments in the field over the past year.
  • "The under-resourced AI-alignment efforts from key organizations who are advancing the overall field of AI, as well as concerns about datasets used to train AI models and bias in model evaluation benchmarks, raises important questions about how best to chart the progress of AI systems with rapidly advancing capabilities," Benaich and Hogarth state.
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When to Avoid Deep Learning

By Matt Przybyla
  • This article is intended for data scientists who may consider using deep learning algorithms, and want to know more about the cons of implementing these type of models into your work.
  • There are some other reasons why you would not want to use a deep learning algorithm, like when you have a small dataset and small budget, as we will discuss below.
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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is in cruise mode, but solar array issue persists

By Georgina Torbet
  • NASA is continuing to investigate what is wrong with the solar array of Lucy, its spacecraft launched last week to visit the Trojan asteroids but says that the spacecraft is healthy and is traveling along the correct trajectory.
  • NASA says the array is “generating nearly the expected power” and that the combined power of this and the other fully deployed array “is enough to keep the spacecraft healthy and functioning.”
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How AI is rising up the ranks of the military

By Bryan Walsh
  • Driving the news: The National Counterintelligence and Security Center said in a new paper published Friday that China and Russia are using legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in critical industries including AI and autonomous systems, my Axios colleague Zach Basu writes .
  • Flashback: UN experts reported that last year drones under the control of the Libyan government appeared to automatically target and attack opposing forces, in what may be one of the first documented uses of autonomous weapons.
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How Eternals Helped Brian Tyree Henry Get His Mojo Back

By Justin Carter
  • As the Eternals’ resident genius Phastos (and one of the first openly queer characters in the MCU proper), Henry found himself reinvigorated at the chance to play a black superhero and someone whose history in the world helped inform his current experiences living today.
  • During a recent press conference for the film, Henry talked about how the news of black people dying in America in recent years began legitimately affecting his mental health.
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Visual Studio for Browsers: Microsoft Unveils ‘VSCode for the Web’

By EditorDavid
  • I expect that every serious cloud vendor will be following suit over the next few quarters." GitPod, meanwhile, has been hard at work in this very same arena, with its own launch just last month of the open source OpenVSCode Server, which also lets developers run upstream Visual Studio Code in the browser.
  • VS Code for the Web is able to provide syntax colorization, text-based completions and other such features for popular languages such as C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Rust, and Go, while TypeScript, JavaScript, and Python are "all powered by language services that run natively in the browser" and therefore provide a "better" experience, while those aforementioned Web languages, such as JSON, HTML, CSS, and LESS, will provide the best experience.
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Verizon-AWS private mobile edge computing available to U.S. enterprises

By Gaurav Roy
  • The collaboration has so far resulted in 13 Wavelength Zones across the U.S. It provides clients with a mobile edge computing infrastructure that helps develop, deploy, and scale ultra-low-latency applications.
  • According to Tami Erwin, Verizon Business CEO, combined Verizon and AWS helps customers “unlock the true potential of 5G and edge computing, which together will enable innovative applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning.”
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Whistleblowing requires courage, but don’t expect Facebook to change its ways | John Naughton

By John Naughton
  • Again, Haugen ticks that box: at Facebook, she was the lead product manager on the civic misinformation team, which dealt with issues of democracy and misinformation; she later worked on counterespionage .
  • Then you’ll need to team up with some heavyweight mainstream media outlets that will make sure that your message doesn’t get drowned out by the slanderous effusions from your former employer – and provide them with a good cache of the documents so that they can assess them and plan a drip-feed of juicy bits over a few days.
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Why Chris Akhavan left EA to join blockchain gaming platform Forte

By Dean Takahashi
  • That’s a big deal, as Akhavan spent nine years at Glu, and now he will become the chief business officer at Forte, which is making an end-to-end blockchain tech platform for games and other content.
  • As I thought about what I wanted to do next with my career, having now spent since 2010 working in mobile free-to-play, it started to become obvious that my passions were moving toward this new world of blockchain gaming.
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AmigaOS Is Still Getting Updates and Upgrades

By EditorDavid
Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) writes: A-EON Technology Ltd has released Enhancer Software Release 2.1 for AmigaOS4.1 FE update 2, which itself was released on 23 December 2020. It’s an OS enhancement package with large amounts of updated and upgraded OS components. Also earlier this year Hyperion released AmigaOS 3.2 for all classic Amigas. Here’s a roundup of new features by The Guru Meditation on YouTube. Read more of this story at Slashdot. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Charlie Cox Thinks It’s Fine If He’s Not Daredevil Again

By Justin Carter
  • Rumors about him showing up in Spider-Man: No Way Home (based on some very flimsy logic), the upcoming Echo show, and who knows what else pop up very frequently, and Cox has graciously evaded or shot them down each time he’s asked.
  • “You don’t want to taint what you’ve already got...You come back and it’s not as good or it doesn’t quite work or it’s too much time has passed.
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Saturday links: changing the world

By abnormalreturns
AutosCar owners pay for tech features they don’t really use. (axios.com)Auto makers are rushing to build battery factories. (axios.com)Ford’s ($F) new Maverick tiny truck is nearly sold out for the 2022 model year. (bnnbloomberg.ca)EnergyThe case for nuclear power is pretty clear. (marginalrevolution.com)Venture capital is flowing into the pursuit of fusion energy. (nytimes.com)Want to sequester coal? Buy a coal mine. (marginalrevolution.com)WaterCities all along the Mississippi River are pulling back with the help of Ducks Unlimited. (wsj.com)San Diego still has access to water, for now. (nytimes.com)Lakes in the Northern hemisphere […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Think you’ve got what it takes to build your own mechanical wristwatch? Rotate makes it possible

By TNW Deals
  • TLDR: With a Rotate DIY Watchmaking Kit, tinkerers can put their skills to the ultimate test, assembling their own dynamic mechanically-driven watch.
  • That’s the idea behind Rotate Watches, who have launched their unique all-in-one watchmaking kits, a complete collection of all the parts, tools and instructions needed for anyone to actually create their own wristwatch.
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Samsung’s giant Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra might include a notch

By Jon Fingas
  • The leak suggests the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra would have dual rear cameras and the familiar magnetic strip to hold your S Pen. The source claimed the imagery was "not 100 percent complete," so there's a chance the design could change slightly no matter how accurate it is as of this writing.
  • Rumors have persisted of a flagship Samsung tablet even larger than the Galaxy Tab S7+, and now you might know what it looks like.
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NASA will send its uncrewed Artemis mission to the moon in February 2022

By Georgina Torbet
  • The Artemis 1 mission will see Orion launched from Earth on a path toward the moon, traveling for several days during which time engineers on the ground can check systems like navigation and communication.
  • The testing consists of five separate test campaigns, covering the interfaces between different spacecraft systems, checking specific systems like the booster thrust control, testing communications between the spacecraft and the ground, testing the countdown to launch system, and finally a “wet dress rehearsal.”
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Nykaa Founder Falguni Nayar’s Net Worth To Triple In Upcoming IPO At $7 Billion Valuation

By Anu Raghunathan, Contributor
  • Veteran investment banker-turned-entrepreneur Falguni Nayar, who has led scores of Indian companies to public listings as a banker, is now pursuing an IPO of her own as at a valuation of $7 billion to $7.2 billion for the beauty and fashion retailer Nykaa which she founded in 2012.
  • The Mumbai-based multi-brand retailer of cosmetics and apparel plans a fresh issue for 6.3 billion rupees ($86 million) and the sale of existing shares of almost 42 million shares in the price band of 1,085 to 1,125 rupees.
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Facebook Accused of Tolerating Dangerous and Criminal Behavior to Preserve Profitability

By EditorDavid
  • Friday's filing, which was accompanied by a second affidavit from Peters based on interviews she conducted with other former company employees, argues that top leaders at Facebook, including chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, are aware of the severity of problems within the company but have failed to report them in SEC filings available to investors...
  • Facebook "had set up safeguards that were aimed at combating misinformation and other forms of platform abuse" in the run-up to America's 2020 election, "but it dismantled many of them by mid-December," Bloomberg reported Friday, citing a new package of redacted documents provided to Congress by whistleblower Frances Haugen.
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T-Mobile delays shutdown of Sprint 3G network

By Kim Lyons
  • The two sides have tangled over T-Mobile’s announcement it was shutting down Sprint’s legacy network, because of the impact it would have on Dish’s Boost Mobile customers.
  • After T-Mobile announced it planned to shut down Sprint’s CDMA network, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen compared T-Mobile to the Grinch, and later said his company was making every effort to migrate its customers.
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Coronavirus links: risk of transmission

By abnormalreturns
BoostersThe FDA has issued a EUA for Moderna ($MRNA) and JNJ ($JNJ) boosters. (biopharmadive.com)In a trial the Pfizer ($PFE)-BioNTech ($BTNX) booster was highly effective at preventing infection. (biopharmadive.com)The CDC has approved booster shots for people who received the Moderna ($MRNA) and JNJ ($NJ) vaccines. (statnews.com)Why the FDA has overstepped its bounds by limiting those who can receive a booster. (statnews.com)The case for mix-and-matching if you initially got a J&J ($JNJ) shot. (washingtonpost.com)Should you mix-and-match your booster? (theatlantic.com)The booster debate is over. (theatlantic.com)Vaccine businessPfizer […]Read more >Similar articles >

Sinclair Workers Say TV Channels Are In ‘Pandemonium’ After Ransomware Attack

By BeauHD
  • An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In the early hours of Sunday morning, hackers took down the corporate servers and systems of Sinclair Broadcast Group, a giant U.S. TV conglomerate that owns or operates more than 600 channels across the country.
  • "Whoever did this, they either by accident or by design did a very good job," a current employee said in a phone call, explaining that there are some channels that haven't been able to air commercials since Sunday.
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The rise of AI and virtual learning could see a decline in professors in college classes

By Patricia A. Young
  • Meanwhile, at a Southern university, graduate students in an artificial intelligence course discover that one of their nine teaching assistants is a virtual avatar, Jill Watson, also known as Watson, IBM's question-answering computer system.
  • Patricia Young is a professor of literacy, culture, and instructional design technology at the University of Maryland.
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Govee Glide Wall Light Review: Simple designs, big on light patterns

By John Velasco
  • Its saving grace is that Govee offers an extensive set of presets and modes that make for some dazzling light effects — including one that reacts to music, as well as an option to make your own custom light pattern.
  • When it’s nighttime, the Govee Glide Wall Light has enough potency to light up most rooms — making it useful for reading, which is surprising for of a 7-piece kit like this.
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Urbanista Los Angeles review: solar-powered headphones deliver on a lofty promise

By Jon Porter
  • There’s a lot of fun to be had messing around with the app, seeing what impact turning ANC on and off has on battery drain or how much solar power you can gain from putting the headphones in the most direct sunlight you can find.
  • Apart from the solar cell-equipped headband, the Los Angeles look and function like a typical pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones.
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Facebook Fined Record £50m By UK Competition Watchdog

By EditorDavid
  • "The BBC is reporting that Facebook has been fined a record £50 million by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority," writes long-time Slashdot reader Hope Thelps, "for deliberately failing to provide required information" (pertaining to Facebook's 2020 acquisition of Gif-sharing service Giphy).
  • Speaking about its decision to fine the social media giant, the CMA said in a statement: "This is the first time a company has been found by the CMA to have breached an [order] by consciously refusing to report all the required information." Giphy is widely used by Facebook's competitors to power animated Gif images used in social media apps, on mobile keyboards, and elsewhere online.
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The rapidly changing investor calculus on China’s tech giants

By Danny Crichton
  • “As many of the large internet platforms are two-sided marketplaces, regulation needs to consider both consumer and merchant protections,” explains Michael Norris, a Shanghai-based analyst for market research firm AgencyChina.
  • For antitrust, a newly-empowered bureaucratic entity appears to be sending the signal that we are only at the beginning of a large-scale reorganization of how Chinese internet firms interact with consumers, vendors, and the state.
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Report: 14% of decision-makers feel all SaaS subscriptions benefit their business

By VB Staff
  • The report, which surveyed 251 finance managers, IT managers, and executive leaders at U.K. firms with 20-500 employees, revealed that just 14% of respondents think all of their SaaS subscriptions add value to their business.
  • The survey was conducted among 251 IT managers, finance managers, and executive leadership involved in business software purchasing decision-making, in companies with 20-500 employees and at least one SaaS subscription in the U.K.
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Amazon now delivers more US packages than FedEx

By Nicolás Rivero
  • Today, Amazon controls one-fifth of the delivery market, and is on track to overtake UPS and even the US Postal Service (USPS), according to data from the logistics firm Pitney Bowes .
  • shows the e-commerce giant has now unseated FedEx as the third-largest US package courier—and it’s trailing just behind UPS, the only private business that still delivers more parcels than Amazon.
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Some links

By memyselfandi007
Nice write-up on Willis Towers Watson Plc from Value Situations Money like never before keeps flowing into Venture Capital A comprehensive overview of risks and opportunities in the food delivery space from McK Searching4value had a closer look into MO-BRUK, a Polish Waste Management company An interesting look into Robertet, a true “hidden Champion” from France Ruffer with a very bleak outlook on markets going forward Excellent deep dive into GLG and the business model of Expert Networks […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Intel Alder Lake price leak suggests considerable hikes from 11th-gen CPUs

  • Intel’s Alder Lake processors, which could go on sale at the start of November, have appeared in yet another pricing leak, this time from major US retailer Micro Center.
  • Interestingly, the chip listings were obviously marked as unavailable, but carried a release date of November 4, which coincides with what the rumor mill has been saying for some time now will be the on-sale date for Intel’s 12th-gen processors.
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Hands-on: Portal is an immersive Spatial Audio app for focus, sleep, or escape

By José Adorno
  • Portal aims to help you focus on a task, sleep better, or simply “escape” using the Spatial Audio technology and a pair of your favorite AirPods.It combines immersive sounds, visuals, and smart lighting to virtually transform existing surroundings and help you relax.
  • The best part is that you can take advantage of breathing exercises, set a timer, choose between static Spatial Audio or with dynamic head tracking (AirPods Pro and AirPods Max only), and connect your smart lightning with Homekit, Philips Hue, or Nanoleaf to have a more immersive experience.
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International Operation Knocks Notorious REvil Group Offline

By Lily Hay Newman
  • The notorious Russia-based ransomware gang REvil, which was responsible for the JBS Meat attack in June and the Kaseya managed software compromise in July, was itself hacked and knocked offline by a consortium of government law enforcement groups.
  • the endless drumbeat of high-profile ransomware attacks continued this week, but Google's Threat Analysis Group also raised awareness of tricky “pass-the-cookie” attacks that hackers have used in recent years to hijack prominent YouTube channels .
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Digital ID tech is moving fast. #GoodID will ensure it doesn’t break things

By Danny Crichton
  • For example, over the last couple of years, concerns in India over privacy protections — and in Kenya over documentation requirements that were excluding already marginalized communities — have made national digital ID programs contentious issues (indeed, the Kenyan High Court ruled the IDs invalid after finding the government failed to properly safeguard citizen privacy in the rollout).
  • More people need a voice to ensure these systems expand, rather than erode, freedoms and opportunities, but too often the needs, experiences, and rights of citizens, residents, and consumers are not considered in developing digital ID technologies and policies.
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Decoupling tech supply chains would do more harm than good

By Danny Crichton
  • In 2005, Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick put forward the idea of China as a “ Responsible Stakeholder, ” under the assumption that embracing China’s entry into the global trading system would ensure that it helped that system continue to function.
  • China’s relative growth instead ate into the share of countries like Japan and Malaysia, reflecting a reordering within Asia.
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