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Inca priests used natural antidepressants for nefarious purposes

By Kiona N. Smith
Enlarge (credit: By Nilsf – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23446041) A recent toxicology analysis of the 500-year-old remains of two small children sacrificed in a ritual atop southern Peru’s Ampato volcano showed that the children’s hair and fingernails contained traces of cocaine, as well as two chemical compounds from a flowering vine that’s a key ingredient in the psychedelic beverage ayahuasca. The compounds in question, harmine and harmaline, are both part of a group of antidepressants called MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). The only possible place the Inca could have found these […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Level Up Your AI Skillset and Dive Iinto The Deep End Of TinyML – Make:

By Shawn Hymel
  • Edge Impulse is a graphical online tool that helps you analyze and extract features from your data, train machine learning models, and generate efficient libraries for performing inference on microcontrollers (see “ Build an AI Smart Nose “).
  • In practice, training a machine learning model requires more complex math and computing power than inference does.
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Former NASA leaders praise Boeing’s willingness to risk commercial crew

By Eric Berger
  • Most visibly, Boeing has competed directly with SpaceX over the last decade in the commercial crew program to deliver NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
  • "I don't think that we would be anywhere with commercial crew had it not been for Boeing coming into the fray," said Charlie Bolden, who served as NASA Administrator from 2009 to 2017, during an Aviation Week webinar .
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Apple Employees Spotted Using Unreleased Tap-to-Pay (Between Phones) Feature

By Phillip Tracy
  • Tap to Pay, a feature Apple revealed in February that turns your iPhone into a digital payment terminal, is already being tested by company staffers ahead of its wide release.
  • A widely shared video posted by Twitter user @NTFTWT (as spotted by MacRumors ) shows the feature being used at the Apple Park Visitor Center, where an employee is seen accepting payments directly from their iPhone.
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Samsung’s cheaper OLED 4K TVs hang in the balance as it battles LG

By matthew.bolton@futurenet.com (Matt Bolton)
  • Samsung would likely prefer to make some more mainstream-priced OLED TVs available in 2022, and The Elec notes that ideally they'd arrive before the World Cup 2022, which is mercifully late in the year.
  • The Samsung S95B is available to buy now in many countries, but this model uses a next-gen QD-OLED panel that's never been seen before now, which naturally means it comes at a high price, even for OLED.
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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover of Spirit

By msmash
JetBlue launched a hostile takeover of Spirit Airlines after its earlier acquisition offer was rejected. The New York-based airline said in a release that its tender offer for $30-per-share was "all-cash" and "fully financed." From a report: Earlier this month, Spirit’s board of directors rejected JetBlue’s $32-a-share bid to acquire the airline in favor of an existing merger agreement with Frontier, one of its ultra-low-cost competitors. The board cited antitrust issues and "an unacceptable level of closing risk" to its shareholders as its reasons for rejecting the JetBlue bid. But JetBlue is still […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Finding AI’s low-hanging fruit

By Arthur Cole
  • Then you can create a step-by-step approach to deploying AI so it achieves the small victories that will ultimately lead to the grand transformation.
  • Depending on the way data is generated, consumed and retained, different flavors of AI will provide a unique set of services and these services will be better for some business models than others.
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Keelvar raises $24M to automate procurement in the supply chain

By Kyle Wiggers
  • During the pandemic, Holland says that pharmaceutical companies used Keelvar to spot bad actors and inflated prices in the supply chain, and respond by rerouting goods through other means of transportation (e.g., via ground instead of air).
  • Keelvar allows customers to canvass an array of direct and indirect procurement bid information from suppliers and then analyze multiple awarding scenarios based on those criteria and other constraints.
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New York’s Governor Calls Out Social Media Companies After Buffalo Shooting

By Passant Rabie
  • In light of the racially motivated mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket that killed 11 people, New York Governor Kathy Hochul is urging social media companies to do more to combat hate speech on their platforms.
  • Speaking at a news conference on Saturday night, Hochul called out social media companies for not doing enough to monitor racist, anti-immigrant, and antisemitic content posted on their platforms, and suggested that they establish a system that notifies authorities of online content that could be deemed dangerous.
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Spotify Experiments With Musician NFT Galleries

By msmash
Spotify is testing a way for artists to display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections. From a report: The music streaming platform has rolled out the test for some users on Android in the US and currently includes NFT previews for artists like Steve Aoki and The Wombats. "Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles," a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to Music Ally. "We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences. Some of those tests end up paving the way for a broader […]Read more >Similar articles >
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AI Ethics Tempted But Hesitant To Use AI Adversarial Attacks Against The Evils Of Machine Learning, Including For Self-Driving Cars

By Lance Eliot
  • Is it unethical to use AI adversarial attacks against AI For Bad, or can we construe this as an entirely unapologetic Ethical AI practice?
  • There is also the assumption that a well-versed AI builder can readily use AI constructing techniques and technologies that simultaneously aid their AI building and that seamlessly encompasses adversarial attack protections.
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The Boys season 3 trailer teases the Supe-d up showdown of the century

By tom.power@futurenet.com (Tom Power)
  • Released on Prime Video's various social media channels on Monday, May 16, the new teaser gives us our first look at Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy and Payback – the superhero team that he leads – in all of their action and gore-filled glory in The Boys' third season .
  • The official trailer for The Boys season 3 has landed online – and it seems like we should prepare ourselves for the Supe-d up showdown of the century.
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Microsoft sounds the alarm over new wave of attacks on Windows, Linux servers

By joel.khalili@futurenet.com (Joel Khalili)
  • In a Twitter thread, researchers from the Microsoft Security Intelligence team explained that a new variant of the botnet, dubbed Sysrv-K, is being used to deploy cryptominers and other malware onto target systems.
  • The recent spate of attacks has been made possible by new facilities introduced to the Sysrv botnet that help actively hunt down vulnerable servers and kill off any competing malware present on a target system.
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Using the Pixel 6 Pro makes me excited for what the Pixel 7 could offer

By Alastair Stevenson
  • To catch readers up, I gave the Pixel 6 Pro 4.5/5 when I reviewed it in October 2021, finding its clean Android 12 software, top of the line rear camera and wealth of exclusive Tensor powered AI features made it one of the best phones available.
  • Google didn’t fully unveil the handset at the developer conference, instead it just briefly showed off an image of it and gave some early promotional material about the new Tensor 2 silicon that will power it.
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Inscribes battles fraud with AI-powered detection and automation tools

By Taryn Plumb
  • But particularly amidst the pandemic, fraud rates have accelerated: On average, 5% of all financial application documents submitted in an online channel are manipulated – but that number more than doubled in 2020 to 13%, according to Inscribe, a B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) company specializing in fraud detection .
  • With such supervised machine learning, examples of fraud and nonfraud are labeled and input into models, and anomaly detection can be quickly developed to pick up on types of fraud that humans wouldn’t otherwise see, Conor Burke explained.
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The Sandman, Stranger Things 4 lead packed Netflix Geeked Week schedule

By tom.power@futurenet.com (Tom Power)
  • Stranger Things season 4 part 1 will have already launched on Netflix by the time Geeked Week rolls around – it comes out on May 27 – so we can expect a tease (or five) for volume 2 before its arrival on July 1.
  • The two-minute long trailer teases that a whole host of announcements, trailer reveals, and more will be delivered during Netflix Geeked Week, which will run from June 6 to June 10.
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Binance’s LUNA Investment, Which Peaked at $1.6 Billion, Now Worth Just $3,000

By msmash
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said the crypto exchange made large paper gains on its investment in Luna but has now lost practically all of them. From a report: The exchange invested $3 million into the Terra ecosystem in 2018, receiving 15 million Luna tokens. At Luna’s peak price, that investment was worth $1.6 billion, according to Zhao. Yet due to last week’s collapse of Luna — and its related stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) — that investment has now plummeted in value to just $3,400. Or, in Zhao’s words, "not much." Yet it’s not all bad news. The exchange received around $10.3 million worth of UST […]Read more >Similar articles >
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$7.6bn of ‘stablecoin’ tether redeemed since start of crypto crisis

By Alex Hern
  • Digital investors have withdrawn savings in the “stablecoin” tether worth $7.6bn since the cryptocurrency crisis began last week, suggesting the company has paid out a sum almost twice its total cash holdings to spooked depositors.
  • Tether, the third biggest cryptocurrency by “market cap”, experienced a short-lived crisis on Thursday when its value dropped from $1 to 95¢ as savers feared it would follow its fellow stablecoin terra and collapse.
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Flink, the German instant grocery upstart, snaps up France’s Cajoo for ~$93M, takes fresh Carrefour investment at a $5B valuation

By Ingrid Lunden
  • Cajoo will be rebranded as Flink by Q2 of this year; and according to Flink, the combined business will overtake Getir as France’s biggest instant grocery business in terms of reach and turnover, covering Paris and eight other cities with 30 hubs, altogether a potential footprint of 6 million customers.
  • “Cajoo has done an amazing job in leading the quick commerce revolution in France and building a loyal customer base,” said Oliver Merkel, co-founder of Flink, in a statement.
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Tech giants pledge $30M to boost open source software security

By Carly Page
  • During last week’s meeting, companies including Amazon, Ericsson, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and VMware pledged a collective $30 million to fund a 10-point plan that aims to boost the security of open source software.
  • The pledge was made during a meeting in Washington DC last week, which saw open source leaders, headed up by the Linux Foundation and the Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF), share their plans for enhancing the security of the software supply chain.
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The First Teaser for Prey Puts the Predator’s Sights on the Past

By James Whitbrook
  • 20th Century Studios has released the first tease for Dan Trachtenberg’s Prey, which will find a lone Predator arriving in the Comanche nation 300 years in the past.
  • Or, really, much of anything at all—but it does provide an immediate, arresting look at its central hook: what if a Predator came to Earth hundreds of years into the past instead of a futuristic or contemporary setting?
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Transcript: Boaz Weinstein

By Barry Ritholtz
  • Boaz Weinstein is the founder of Saba Capital, a $5 billion hedge fund that specializes in some really interesting types of trading, credit default swaps, tail protection, volatility trading.
  • RITHOLTZ: So let’s talk a little bit about your time trading at Deutsche Bank.
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1Q22 Earnings Shows Coinbase’s Struggles

By David Trainer, Contributor
  • Coinbase’s 1Q22 results and guidance do not bode well for the future, and I think shares are worth as little as $17/share even with optimistic assumptions for long-term margins and revenue growth.
  • I review an additional DCF scenario to highlight the downside risk in Coinbase even if the company grows at consensus rates and gradually improves its margins from negative 19% in 1Q22 to 6% long-term.
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Feds Warn Employers Against Discriminatory Hiring Algorithms

By Khari Johnson
  • But now, the US Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have offered guidance on what businesses and government agencies must do to ensure their use of AI in hiring complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • A number of actions endorsed by the EEOC and DOJ on Thursday were previously suggested in a 2020 Center for Democracy and Technology report about the ways hiring software can discriminate against people with disabilities.
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At $350, There’s Upside For Shopify Stock

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • Shopify stock (NYSE: SHOP) has plummeted by around 75% year-to-date falling to about $353 per share, as the post-Covid-19 reopening of physical stores takes a toll on revenue growth for the company’s e-commerce software and services.
  • Moreover, despite slowing revenue growth, Shopify has big plans to bolster spending to expand its fulfillment network, a move that will hurt profitability and cash flows in the near term.
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Crippling AI cyberattacks are inevitable: 4 ways security pros can prepare

By Sharon Goldman
  • “There have been very few actual research detections of real-world machine learning or AI attacks, but the bad guys are definitely already using AI,” said Corey Nachreiner, CSO of WatchGuard, which provides enterprise-grade security products to mid-market customers.
  • According to Seth Siegel, North American leader of artificial intelligence consulting at Infosys, security professionals may not think about threat actors using AI explicitly, but they are seeing more, faster attacks and can sense an increased use of AI on the horizon.
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A hidden Google Maps Street View feature will let you travel back in time

By hamish.hector@futurenet.com (Hamish Hector)
  • While you won’t be able to go back and change the past, you can flick back through the archive of Google Maps’ Street View images to reminisce about what your local area used to look like.
  • If you’re after a hit of nostalgia, this is a fun little feature you’ll definitely want to try out, so here’s how to go back in time with Google Maps.
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Marketing data management platform Claravine nabs $16M

By Kyle Wiggers
  • Claravine’s product is designed to help enterprises control what flows through their tech stack, especially business intelligence and analytics software, and manage their marketing data standards — the blueprints for defining common formats for data across regions, teams, and campaigns .
  • CEO Verl Allen says that the new money, which brings the company’s total raised to $27.9 million, will be used to double Claravine’s headcount to 88 employees by the end of the yea and support product R&D.
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In 2022, Congressional Democrats Rally Behind Cannabis Measures

By Lewis Koski, Contributor
  • Once introduced, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and his fellow bill drafters and policy hawks—Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO)—will need to shore up support from the entire Senate Democratic Caucus and 10 Republicans to secure passage.
  • As a result of such senator-level familiarity and expertise with state-led reform, federal cannabis-related legislation has become an increasingly mainstream federal issue for the Democratic Party.
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Secular vs. Cyclical Markets (2022)

By Barry Ritholtz
  • • Average secular bull market lasted 21.2 years and produced a total return of 17.2% in nominal terms and 15.9% in real terms.
  • It’s also worth noting that during secular bull markets, sentiment tends to be positive as manifested by an increased willingness to spend more and more on each dollar of earnings (multiple expansion).
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How Stitch Fix Fumbled a Make-or-Break Pivot

By Malique Morris
Stitch Fix planned to revive sales growth by turning its original strategy on its head. Inside the company, there were warning signs that the effort would struggle. The retailer, which is best known for sending customers five-piece boxes of clothes and accessories picked out by stylists, hoped to broaden its appeal by using algorithms to recommend items for people to buy directly online. But a test last summer showed that approach wasn’t resonating with first-time visitors to Stitch Fix’s site, four people familiar with the matter told The Information. Senior marketing leaders urged delaying a broader rollout that would funnel potential […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Russia looms large at EU-US trade and tech talks in Paris

  • The second meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) near Paris on Monday had one overarching topic on the agenda — the global fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • The joint statement from the meeting mentions Russia several times, highlighting the TTC's groundwork in coordinating export controls and sanctions against Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine in February.
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Is Walmart’s Stock A Safe Bet?

By Trefis Team, Contributor
  • Despite the company’s stock rally, Trefis estimates Walmart’s Valuation at about $157 per share, around 6% above the current market price based on two key opportunities.
  • While we acknowledge that Walmart’s revenue base of around $573 billion (in FY 2022) is much higher compared to around $196 billion for Costco (fiscal 2021 ended Aug), still the growth Walmart has posted is meaningful.
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Sony’s new PlayStation Plus subscriptions launch June 13th, and here’s the list of games

By Emma Roth
  • So far, PlayStation is offering limited trials of six games, including Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, Horizon Forbidden West, Cyberpunk 2077, Farming Simulator 2022, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, and WWE 2K22 .
  • Here’s a full list of the first-party PS5 and PS4 games that Sony has confirmed will be included with the service at launch for PlayStation Plus Premium and Plus Extra subscribers:
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Google sued for using the NHS data of 1.6 million Brits ‘without their knowledge or consent’

By Alexander Martin
  • The company's artificial intelligence arm, DeepMind, received the data in 2015 from the Royal Free NHS Trust in London for the purpose of testing a smartphone app called Streams.
  • Google received data belonging to 1.6 million patients, some of whom had simply attended A&E within the last five years, in order to test a smartphone app which could detect acute kidney injuries.
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Report: Devs say the current model of data observability is broken

By VB Staff
  • While the majority of today’s devops practitioners report that their cloud and observability efforts mature quickly, challenges around the monitoring of complex microservices and efforts to speed incident response continue to pose sizable hurdles.
  • Emphasizing these factors combined with an increased focus on application and data security solve the challenges identified by devops teams and observability practitioners.
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Report spotlights vast scale of adtech’s ‘biggest data breach’

By Natasha Lomas
  • New data about the real-time-bidding (RTB) system’s use of web users’ info for tracking and ad targeting, released today by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), suggests Google and other key players in the high velocity, surveillance-based ad auction system are processing and passing people’s data billions of times per day.
  • In Europe, RTB exposes people’s data 376 times a day,” it also writes, adding: “Europeans and U.S. Internet users’ private data is sent to firms across the globe, including to Russia and China, without any means of controlling what is then done with the data.”
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Ministry of Corporate Affairs seeks research on database integration to predict bankruptcy

By Moneycontrol News
  • As part of the research, the ministry wants to use the MCA21 database "to study financial statements of bankrupt firms and develop a model for prediction of probability of bankruptcy in firms".
  • The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is looking to integrate its MCA21 database with databases from other departments and regulators to predict bankruptcy in companies and issue early warnings about corporate insolvencies.
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Slow Internet? Here’s How to Run a Wi-Fi Speed Check

By Reece Rogers
  • In addition to running tests in a browser, you have the option to download apps dedicated to measuring your internet speed on smartphones and tablets.
  • Knowing a few key data points, like your download speed and upload speed, will help you understand fluctuations in connectivity and see if your internet service provider is holding up their end of the bargain.
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Palo Alto Networks and Deloitte announce joint managed security service

By Tim Keary
  • Today, Palo Alto Networks and Deloitte announced they would be deepening their strategic partnership to offer US client’s a new suite of managed security services.
  • Just last week, Microsoft, which recently announced raising revenue of $49.36 billion last year, entered the market with a new managed service offering called Microsoft Security Experts, which offers enterprises external threat hunting, incident response, and modernization support.
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AI algorithm trained to detect unhappiness on social media

By Joseph Shavit
  • Now, a group of researchers from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) has developed an algorithm that aims to help psychologists diagnose possible mental health problems through the content people post on these platforms.
  • "How we present ourselves on social media can provide useful information about behaviors, personalities, perspectives, motives and needs," explained Mohammad Mahdi Dehshibi, who led this study within the AI for Human Well-being (AIWELL) group, which belongs to the Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications at the UOC.
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Nope, Samsung isn’t making an EV

By Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
  • With its own digital cockpit, its proprietary automotive processor, and various EV battery supply deals, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the hardware giant enter the market with its own electric car at some point.
  • But Samsung has recently decided not to manufacture a dedicated electric brand, as two senior executives told The Korea Times .
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The Google Pixel Watch needs a good chip, but which?

By Victoria Song
  • It’s clear, from the Pixel Watch’s design to the company’s massive undertaking in retooling Wear OS, that Google is trying to make an Android flagship smartwatch that can give the Apple Watch a run for its money .
  • At a time when Samsung and Apple were rolling out advanced smartwatch features left and right on increasingly powerful SoCs, Qualcomm understandably put more of its effort into its mobile chips than its wearable ones.
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Council Post: Why Organizations Need To Prepare For Cybersecurity Risks Greater Than Stolen Data

By Igor Mezic, Forbes Technology Council
  • Traditional solutions, based on alerts, provide a "yes" or "no" answer to a specific question — for example, "Is the amount of data leaving the network bigger than X?" — in the case of exfiltration alerts.
  • These are well-funded, sophisticated attacks that typical — rule or correlation-based — cybersecurity solutions have little hope of preventing or stopping before vital — sometimes lifesaving — systems are taken out of service.
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Akuity raises $20M to simplify Kubernetes container management

By Kyle Wiggers
  • “Akuity was formed to help companies modernize their Kubernetes tooling, leveraging Argo, the leading open source suite of Kubernetes-native app delivery software,” Wang told TechCrunch in an email interview.
  • However, as these organizations move to Kubernetes, they quickly discover that their existing, legacy tooling is ill-suited for delivering Kubernetes-native apps with its configuration-heavy design,” Suen told TechCrunch via email.
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Nvidia could beat AMD in battle of next-gen GPUs going by latest leak

  • We can guess that presumably it’s wrapped up in the relative performance levels versus Nvidia Lovelace, and maybe with the RTX 4090 coming in with lesser power requirements, the rumor about AMD being leaps and bounds ahead in efficiency terms is no longer as compelling either.
  • Nvidia’s RTX 4090 won’t be nearly as power-hungry as feared, according to fresh speculation which also insists that AMD’s next-gen GPUs are ‘disappointing’ compared to Lovelace from Team Green.
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Is the era of free movement for Chinese citizens coming to an end?

By Quartz Staff
  • For people in China, being able to travel abroad is a freedom that wasn’t granted to them until the 1990s, when late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms prompted the country to open up to the outside world.
  • But the pandemic has brought the country’s outbound travels to a standstill, with only around 26 million overseas trips made by Chinese citizens in 2021, according to industry association China Tourism Academy.
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The three elements of a fulfilling job, a diagram by Ray and Charles Eames

By Anne Quito
  • In a hand-drawn doodle created for a 1969 exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Eameses explained that the process behind every project they took on—be it a new chair for Herman Miller, dorm furniture for Sears, a design audit for the Indian government, or an exhibition for IBM.
  • For design legends Ray and Charles Eames, finding purpose at work entailed satisfying three audiences: the client, yourself, and society.
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How we test, review and rate on TechRadar

  • We have assembled a global team of some of the finest technology journalists on the planet, who are not only experts in their field, but are the same people we write our reviews for: those who want to know about and use the latest and best technology.
  • We select products for review based on what we believe our readers would want to know.
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The US Army’s Unsettling New Recruitment Video for Psychological Warfare

By EditorDavid
  • Task and Purpose reports on "a new and somewhat unnerving recruiting pitch from the U.S. Army's 4th Psychological Operations Group" that asks viewers one simple question: "Have you ever wondered who's pulling the strings?" The three-and-a-half minute, movie trailer-esque video was released by the 4th PSYOP Group on Youtube on May 2.
  • Stangle said after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the U.S. PSYOP community, along with other NATO allies and special operations communities around the world, got to work helping Ukraine build their own abilities....
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Can social networks be saved?

By the Source Code team
  • Arora helped negotiate WhatsApp’s $22 billion sale to Meta in 2014, and he realized after joining the social giant that Facebook’s advertising-focused business model wasn’t serving its users.
  • Twitter and Facebook can’t exactly undo how big they’ve become and adopt new business models, though if Elon Musk gets his way, Twitter could possibly lose users who are opposed to the Tesla CEO’s laissez-faire approach to content moderation.
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Employers Warned That Careless Use Of AI Candidate Evaluation Software Breaches ADA

By Gus Alexiou
  • In the two guidance documents issued by the EEOC and DOJ entitled “ The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Use of Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence to Assess Job Applicants and Employees ” and “ Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Disability Discrimination in Hiring ” respectively, several practical examples of the ways in which AI algorithmic hiring tools can create unequal experiences for candidates with disabilities are laid out.
  • Guidance issued last week by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) warns employers that they could be breaching the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they use AI-based software designed to shortlist candidates that fails to create an equitable experience for job seekers with disabilities.
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Habana Labs AI Deep Learning second-generation processors unveiled

By Julian Horsey
  • Taking the form of the Habana Gaudi 2 Training and Habana Greco Inference processors the new hardware has been purpose-built for AI deep learning applications using 7nm technology .
  • Gaudi2 can help Intel customers train increasingly large and complex deep learning workloads with speed and efficiency, and we’re anticipating the inference efficiencies that Greco will bring.”
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Eurovision 2022 was targeted by Russian hackers

  • Italian police said its cybersecurity department blocked a number of attacks against national network infrastructure during both Saturday's Eurovision grand final and two earlier semi-finals.
  • Reports from the Italian police cybersecurity department claim that several attacks against Italian network infrastructure were carried out by two pro-Russian groups, including a DDoS attack on the event itself.
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Hulu cancels star-studded Marvel show after just one season

By tom.goodwyn@futurenet.com (Tom Goodwyn)
  • Hulu, which is two-thirds owned by Disney, had announced four animated shows from Marvel Television, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Howard the Duck and Tigra and Dazzler.
  • Now, while Marvel and Netflix's team-up didn't blossom until the fruitful long-term partnership both parties were hoping for, with each of the shows winding up being canceled by Netflix and eventually being re-homed on Disney Plus earlier this year, it got a lot further than The Offenders,..
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The Co-Founders of DeepMind and LinkedIn Have Raised $225 Million for Their A.I. Lab

By Sam Shead, CNBC
  • "If you think about the history of computing, we have always been trying to reduce the complexity of our ideas in order to communicate them to a machine," Suleyman told CNBC at the time of the launch in March.
  • Inflection AI, the new artificial intelligence start-up from DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, has secured $225 million in funding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week.
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10 Monday AM Reads

By Barry Ritholtz
  • There are lots of parallels: Like the dot-com era, the stock boom, which began in 2009 and then super-sized during the pandemic, has been fueled in large part by very low to nonexistent interest rates, which made investors more interested in companies that promised to deliver outsized returns.
  • • How Workers Gained an Edge—and Why They Won’t Lose It Soon : Millions of workers who have seized control of their professional lives in the postpandemic economy and leveraged historically tight labor markets into raises, promotions, and a litany of intangible benefits: more-flexible scheduling, more remote work, cheaper healthcare, subsidized child care.
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The Post-Roe Battleground for Abortion Pills Will Be Your Mailbox

By Maryn McKenna
  • Having had some time to absorb it, legal experts warn that’s a recipe for chaos—especially for abortions performed via medications, since pills cross state lines via the federally-protected US Mail.
  • During the pandemic, access to the drugs actually got easier : The Food and Drug Administration allowed women who wanted them to make telehealth appointments, rather than the medical office visits some states insist on, and then to receive the pills by mail .
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In Memoriam: Forgetting Your Password

By Zak Jason
  • This is what Apple, Google, and Microsoft decreed earlier this month when they announced they’d be expanding their support for the industry group FIDO Alliance ’s fight to replace the internet’s billions of password-based logins with smartphone-based passkeys, which are unlocked by your PIN, your fingerprint, or your face.
  • Then, rather than seizing the opportunity to create a wholly new password—to build a new portal to where I want to be—in my frazzled state I typically change two or three characters from what I thought my old password was, almost at random, daring myself to remember the adjustments whenever the time comes to log in again.
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Machine Dreaming

By Eleanor Sutherland
  • RA: We started working with NASA/JPL in 2008 on an incredible research project, so it’s been a 14-year journey using space data.
  • Since then, we have been creating immersive worlds where light becomes material with data – like the incredible Reel Store in Coventry, where the floor and the walls become one continuous canvas.
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We’re Publishing the Facebook Papers. Here’s How Facebook Killed News Feed Fixes Over Fear of Conservative Backlash.

By Dell Cameron, Shoshana Wodinsky, and Mack DeGeurin
  • Another Facebook document, dated August 2020, speaks to the influence of its public relations department over a policy already in effect, aimed at limiting political content more broadly across News Feed.
  • Employees whose work appears in the papers repeatedly attribute decisions like the shelved News Feed update to the fear that the company would be portrayed as favoring certain publications that, in some cases, its own users have ruled more informative.
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Why AI-powered ransomware could be ‘terrifying’

By Kyle Alspach
  • But given the wealth accumulated by a number of ransomware gangs in recent years, it may not be long before attackers do bring aboard AI experts of their own, prominent cybersecurity authority Mikko Hyppönen said.
  • Some of these groups have so much cash — or bitcoin, rather — that they could now potentially compete with legit security firms for talent in AI and machine learning, according to Hyppönen, the chief research officer at cybersecurity firm WithSecure.
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Miami’s mayor backed MiamiCoin crypto—then its price dropped 95%

By Scott Nover
  • After promoting MiamiCoin to residents and investors since its launch in August, the city of Miami received millions of dollars through its agreement with CityCoins.
  • New York City mayor Eric Adams tweeted his approval of NYCCoin on Nov. 8, shortly after his election, welcoming CityCoins to “the global home of Web3” (Web3 is a crypto-optimist idea of a decentralized internet built on blockchains and cryptocurrencies).
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Macro Briefing: 16 May 2022

By James Picerno
* Ukraine can win this war, says NATO chief * Wheat prices rise globally after India’s export ban * US consumer spending slowing, predicts Goldman Sachs economists * China retail sales and industrial output fell more than expected in April * Crypto prices show little diversification benefit vs. stocks and bonds * US consumer sentiment falls to 11-year low in early May * Is the policy-sensitive 2yr US Treasury yield peaking? […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Nvidia RTX 4080 could be here sooner than we thought – beating AMD to the punch

  • This is a follow-up to a tweet from last August in which Kopite7kimi said that Lovelace (presumably RTX 4000) graphics cards would emerge a “bit earlier” than thought, and the leaker now asserts they’ll arrive “Q3 early”.
  • Kopite7kimi on Twitter just dropped a brief – and admittedly somewhat unclear – tweet which seems to assert that Nvidia RTX 4000 GPUs will land early in Q3 (bear all the usual caveats around rumors in mind, naturally).
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Although the data is thin, advocates say robotics and AI will soon revolutionize agriculture

By Tom Johnson
  • In the United States, the corn industry was valued at $82.6 billion in 2021, but it — like almost every other segment of the agricultural economy — faces daunting problems, including changing weather patterns, environmental degradation, severe labor shortages, and the rising cost of key supplies, or inputs: herbicides, pesticides, and seed.
  • “The challenge is demonstrating the benefits to farmers and making these things easy to adopt,” says Madhu Khanna, who studies technology adoption at the University of Illinois Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics.
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Privacy by Design laws will kill your data pipelines

By Hirsh Chitkara
  • As governments increasingly embrace Privacy by Design (PbD) legislation, tech companies face a choice: either start from scratch or try to fix data pipelines that are old, extraordinarily complex and already non-compliant.
  • To comply with user privacy regulations, companies need to build data pipelines from the ground up, said Jane Im, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan.
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Sysdig releases new Kubernetes troubleshooting tool

By Tim Keary
  • Sysdig Advisor enables developers and site reliability engineering teams a single platform for troubleshooting Kubernetes container problems, providing live logs and a prioritized list of issues they can use to secure the environment more effectively.
  • Today, unified container and cloud security provider Sysdig announced the general availability of Sysdig Advisor, a Kubernetes troubleshooting tool.
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Protocol problems

As the PM heads to Belfast, Sean Farrington asks why the Northern Ireland Protocol is such a problem for trade. He also takes a look at oil giant Saudi Aramco's huge profits, whether hybrid live and streamed gigs could be the future of music and catches up with friend of the show Reggie Nelson. Keep the coversation going at #WakeUpToMoney […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 review: great noise-cancelling earbuds

By Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor
  • The latest wireless earbuds from Sennheiser are smaller, longer lasting and have better sound and noise cancelling than their predecessors, making them some of the best on the market.
  • The Sennheiser logo on the earbuds is a touchpad for a full set of customisable controls including volume and noise-cancelling modes, which work very well.
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Kevin Rose on crypto winters, pseudonymous founders and his buzzy Moonbirds NFT project

By Lucas Matney
  • Rose and his partners banked $80 million off the primary sale of the Moonbirds project, and are using that money plus a much more conventional $10 million funding round led by Alexis Ohanian’s venture firm Seven Seven Six to build a “web3 media company.”
  • Venture firms have found plenty of new backers over the past couple years to invest in crypto-centric funds or vehicles with crypto close to their center.
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Why Gato from Deepmind is a game changer – DataScienceCentral.com

By ajitjaokar
  • It leads us closer on the road to AGI because Gato is a transformer model that can do multiple things like caption images, chat with people, play games etc
  • We hypothesize that such an agent can be obtained through scaling data, compute and model parameters, continually broadening the training distribution while maintaining performance, towards covering any task, behavior and embodiment of interest.
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EA Plans Free Mobile ‘Lord of the Rings’ Game

By EditorDavid
Electronic Arts and Middle-earth Enterprises "announced on Monday an upcoming free mobile game called The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth," reports CNET: With the role-playing game, Lord of the Rings fans can look forward to experiencing the iconic universe in a whole new way…. The game will feature immersive storytelling with iconic plot lines, turn-based combat and a selection of characters from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to battle the evils of Middle-earth. "The team is filled with fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and each day they bring their tremendous passion and talents […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Upstart’s Risk And Opportunities: A Dispassionate Consideration

By Bert Hochfeld
  • As the guidance is predicated on cyclical elements outside of the company’s control, and as the use of Upstart's balance sheet to fund some loans is a practice the company is likely to retain, some of the risks and uncertainties that led to the share price implosion aren’t going to change, or not change in the short-term.
  • A second major issue that seems to have upended the thought process of some investors/analysts was the dawning of the understanding that Upstart uses its balance sheet to fund some loans.
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‘Lord of the Rings’ Prequel Series Will Explore ‘Unseen History’ of Middle-Earth

By EditorDavid
  • And now Prime Video has even invited some JRR Tolkien fans to attent a preview screening of the show: [F]ans of Middle Earth were nervous ahead of sitting down to watch footage from the show — but those nerves soon made way for excitement, with fans praising the series as well as the showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay....
  • Or, as Amazon's press release puts it, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power "will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien's pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness...." The Independent notes the show "has been in the works since 2017" — and that Prime Video bought the rights for $250m (£183m).
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Twitter Turns Its Privacy Policy Into a Videogame about a Dog

By EditorDavid
  • When you beat the cat ad level, for example, you'll see a message about how Twitter customizes your experience on the platform and points to where you can turn personalized ads on or off....
  • "Dodge cat ads, swim through a sea of DMs, battle trolls, and learn how to take control of your Twitter experience along the way...." The game itself is a pretty straightforward side-scrolling platformer.
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Uber Eats pilots autonomous delivery with Serve Robotics, Motional

By Rebecca Bellan
  • Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles on Monday with Serve Robotics, a robotic sidewalk delivery startup, and Motional, an autonomous vehicle technology company.
  • “We’ll be able to learn from both of those pilots what customers actually want, what merchants actually want and what makes sense for delivery as we start to integrate our platform with AV companies,” said the spokesperson.
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Sunday Night Futures

By Calculated Risk
Weekend:• Schedule for Week of May 15, 2022Monday:• At 8:30 AM ET, The New York Fed Empire State manufacturing survey for May. The consensus is for a reading of 17.0, down from 24.6.From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures S&P 500 are up 12 and DOW futures are up 84 (fair value).Oil prices were up over the last week with WTI futures at $111.19 per barrel and Brent at $112.21 per barrel. A year ago, WTI was at $66 and Brent was at $70 – so WTI oil prices are up 70% year-over-year. Here is a graph from Gasbuddy.com for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are at $4.46 per gallon. A year ago prices were at $3.02 per […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Conversations with Friends review: A tedious romantic drama

By Alex Welch
  • However, while Normal People often benefitted from taking the time to show the lives of both of its leads, Conversations with Friends tells nearly all of its story from Frances’ point of view.
  • Based on Sally Rooney’s debut 2017 novel, Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a student at a Dublin college who spends some of her free time performing her spoken word poetry with her best friend, Bobbi (Sasha Lane), who also happens to be her ex-girlfriend.
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Siemens showcases new automated solutions for data centers

By Mitchell Hageman
  • The company's building management software (BMS), energy and power management software (EPMS) and White Space Cooling Optimisation (WSCO) technology have been implemented to help Greenergy Data Centers lower energy usage, ensure thermal protection and manage the reliable operation of the critical infrastructure.
  • Siemens AI-powered software is said to optimise cooling for energy efficiency and reliable operation of critical infrastructure.
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Google and Samsung join forces to make it easier to sync fitness data between apps

By Emma Roth
  • Google and Samsung have partnered to create Health Connect, a platform and API (application programming interface) that gives developers a toolset to sync users’ health data between Android apps and devices.
  • With users’ permission, this will enable app developers to take advantage of accurate and optimized data measured on Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it in their apps as well.”
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AI Predicts Infant Age and Gender Based on Temperament – Neuroscience News

By Artificial IntelligenceFeaturedNeuroscienceOpen Neuroscience Articles
  • A new study in PLOS ONE used machine learning to analyze temperament data on 4,438 babies in an attempt to classify the infants by gender and age.
  • “It is at least suggestive of a picture where temperament begins to differentiate by gender in a more powerful way around age one,” said Maria Gartstein, lead author of the study and a professor of psychology at Washington State University.
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Final former eBay employee involved in bizarre EcommerceBytes harassment case pleads guilty

By Igor Bonifacic
  • Earlier this week, David Harville, one of seven former eBay employees involved in a 2020 campaign to harass the creators of a newsletter critical of the e-commerce company, pleaded guilty to five federal felony charges, ending one of the most bizarre episodes in recent tech history.
  • Harville, alongside James Baugh, one of the other former employees charged in the scheme, carried with them fake documents allegedly designed to show the two were investigating the Steiners for threatening eBay executives.
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Georgia Gets a Second Electric Vehicle Facility? Hyundai Plans $7B Plant

By EditorDavid
Hyundai is expected to announce that it’s building "a massive electric vehicle plant near Savannah, Georgia," reports the Associated Press, citing a U.S. official "familiar with the anticipated announcement." The plant is expected to bring thousands of new jobs to Georgia. The plant could grow to include 8,500 employees and would be built on a 2,200-acre (890-hectare) site that state and local governments own near the hamlet of Ellabell, Georgia, said two people familiar with Georgia’s talks with Hyundai…. The second person said Hyundai would invest more than $7 billion and could also build some cars […]Read more >Similar articles >

Downed Russian Fighters Said to Be Found With Basic GPS ‘Taped To the Dashboards’

By EditorDavid
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider: Wrecked Russian fighter jets are being found with rudimentary GPS receivers "taped to the dashboards" in Ukraine because their inbuilt navigation systems are so bad, the UK’s defense secretary, Ben Wallace, said…. "[W]hilst Russia has large amounts of artillery and armor that they like parading, they are unable to leverage them for combined arms maneuver and just resort to mass indiscriminate barrages," he added…. Last month, Ukrainian troops paraded what they said was a Russian drone that had been covered in duct tape and fitted with a generic plastic bottle […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Going green with algae-powered microprocessor computer

By Georgina Torbet
  • “The growing Internet of Things needs an increasing amount of power, and we think this will have to come from systems that can generate energy, rather than simply store it like batteries,” said one of the lead researchers, Christopher Howe, in a statement .
  • Although the current generated is very small, it is enough to power a microprocessor, and the system had been running continuously for a year.
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The Halo Show Let Master Chief Have Sex, and Now the Planet’s Doomed

By Justin Carter
  • As you’ve no doubt probably heard by now, Chief and Makee end up having sex during the episode; John removed a pellet that was suppressing his emotions earlier in the season, and he’s been more emotionally open as a result.
  • Running parallel to John’s story is that of Makee (Charlie Murphy), a human woman who was taken in by the Covenant as a child and since become a key player in their efforts to find the Halo ring that will decide the fate of the galaxy.
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How Industrial Light & Magic Helped Resurrect ABBA with Digital ABBA-Tars

By EditorDavid
  • "But a few years ago, British entrepreneur Simon Fuller pitched an idea that piqued the Swedish superstars' interest..." "We got sort of turned on by the thought that we could actually be onstage without us being there," ABBA singer-songwriter Benny Andersson says over Zoom.
  • There was a lot of work put into making the ABBA-tars — which, the band stresses, are not holograms, but digital versions of the members that look like real, physical performers.
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Crypto VCs can’t just buy ‘community’

By Lucas Matney
  • In our Chain Reaction podcast this week, Anita and I chatted with Kevin Rose of True Ventures and Proof Collective on the latest crypto crash and what the future of NFTs looks like in a bear market.
  • This week, the markets have crashed, and a new generation of crypto startups are likely about to find out that you can’t pay for loyalty.
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Op-ed: Ukraine and its allies must tackle 5 crucial tests for the civilized world to shape a better future

  • Here are the five crucial tests Ukraine and its global partners and allies must tackle as Russian President Vladimir Putin's criminal war approaches its most decisive phase.
  • Finland and Sweden moved toward NATO membership, the United Kingdom tightened sanctions that cracked Putin's wall of secrecy around his family and rumored girlfriend; Russian troops appeared to be retreating from Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv, and Ukrainian troops began launching a counter-offensive toward the eastern city of Izyum, targeting Russian supply lines to the Donbas region.
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How AR and VR are transforming customer experiences

By Jason LaBaw, Social Bee Adventures
  • From social interactions in virtual reality video games to enhanced and personalized online shopping experiences, AR and VR have in many ways served as the lifeline for many companies to build resilience for the future and increase customer engagement.
  • This means that businesses need to find innovative ways to help consumers become aware of their value proposition and ultimately build a strong customer relationship.
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Hubble captures one of a pair of hat-shaped galaxies, the Little Sombrero

By Georgina Torbet
  • The Sombrero galaxy, also known as Messier 104, is located 28 million light-years away and shares a similar shape of a wide disk seen edge-on, with a central bulge.
  • This week’s image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the delightfully named Little Sombrero galaxy, called that for its long thin shape with a bulge in the middle which is reminiscent of the shape of the traditional Mexican hat.
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Sunday links: moving the goalposts

By abnormalreturns
MarketsA simple explanation for why stocks are struggling. (ritholtz.com)Have tech stocks corrected enough already? (morningstar.com)Bear markets can bring out the worst of people. (allstarcharts.com)StrategyA bear market survival guide including ‘I try to avoid taking the market personally.’ (awealthofcommonsense.com)Investing in the stock market, means signing up for drawdowns. (tker.co)Another look at the ‘four horsemen of the investor apocalypse.’ (humbledollar.com)CryptoWhat kind of financial asset is Bitcoin? (noahpinion.substack.com)Sam Bankman-Fried has become the face of the crypto industry. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Netflix might be getting into live streams to stop you unsubscribing

  • Netflix has played a big role in the shift to on-demand streaming rather than live broadcasting, but company executives know that the more formats it offers and the more options it provides to subscribers, the better.
  • As per a new report in Deadline, the powers that be at Netflix are "exploring" the idea of live streaming content as it happens – think comedy stand-up specials and talent contests.
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This 9.2% Monthly Dividend Portfolio Is In The Bargain Bin

By Brett Owens, Contributor
  • When you combine that with a broader market that’s already on sale, we contrarians can take a page out of my mom’s playbook and get a double-discount that, in the case of the five funds that I’m about to show you, can allow us to purchase shares for as little as 81 cents on the dollar!
  • If we were to go out and buy an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in, say, the Nasdaq Composite or Russell 2000, or really any area of the market you felt was underpriced, you’d be able to enjoy in the collective discounts of all their holdings.
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As GameFi Market Crashes, Blockchain Gamers Remain True Believers

By Kenneth Rapoza, Senior Contributor
  • So for cryptocurrency investors – if there are any left after this week’s news about Coinbase keeping your crypto if it goes bankrupt (they say they’re not at risk of going bankrupt), and Bitcoin BTC heading to $25,000 (it is around $29,000 as of this writing) – the sector that looks the most promising is anything related to blockchain gaming or GameFi.
  • All of these blockchain games are communities and many of them are set up so players can earn cryptocurrency there that they can exchange for fiat – sometimes known as real money.
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Could Life Use a Longer Genetic Code? Maybe, but It’s Unlikely

By Yasemin Saplakoglu
  • Yet, in a new study published last month in eLife, a group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University showed that it’s possible to tweak one of these time-honored rules and create a more expansive, entirely new genetic code built around longer codon words.
  • In principle, their discovery points to one of several ways of expanding the genetic code into a more versatile system that synthetic biologists could use to create cells with novel biochemistries that make proteins found nowhere in nature.
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Why things could get “disorderly” in June

By Joshua M Brown
According to VanEck CEO Jan van Eck, everything about the selloff of 2022 so far has been perfectly orderly and the Federal Reserve is very happy with what it’s seeing so far: Speculative bubbles blowing up all over the stock market, a steepening yield curve in the bond market and the labor market remaining resilient. But what happens when the Fed gets completely out of the Treasury buying it’s been doing for …The post Why things could get “disorderly” in June appeared first on The Reformed Broker. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The tech sector teardown is more catharsis than crisis

By Financial Times
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Following a series of “super clarifying” meetings with shareholders, Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi,emailed employees on Sunday night with an arresting message: “we need to show them the money.” Mangling his metaphors, Khosrowshahi explained that the market was experiencing a “seismic shift” and the “goalposts have changed.” The ride-hailing and food delivery company’s priority must now be to generate free cash flow. “We are serving multitrillion-dollar markets, but market size is irrelevant if it doesn’t translate into profit,” he wrote. For the boss of Uber to be trumpeting cash flow and profit […]Read more >Similar articles >
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KEF’s New LS60 Wireless Speakers Are an Absolute Triumph

By Chris Haslam
  • But 2022 marks a diamond year for KEF, one of the world’s most respected audio brands, and to celebrate, it has launched the LS60 Wireless, its first floor-standing streaming active stereo speaker.
  • As the successor to the multi-award-winning LS50 Wireless (which was the 2016 active version of the brand’s 50th-birthday launch, the revolutionary LS50), KEF has developed a phenomenally slim pair of all-in-one streaming speakers.
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10 Sunday Reads

By Barry Ritholtz
  • • Inside the sales machine of the ‘kingpin’ of opioid makers A cache of more than 1.4 million newly released records exposes the inner workings of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturer.
  • Weinstein became infamous as the trader on the other side of the London Whale trade against JPM, which lost the bank $2B and netted Saba 100s of millions in gains.
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Ask Slashdot: What’s the Best Alternative to Google’s Search Results?

By EditorDavid
  • Khopesh (Slashdot reader #112,447) points out that ironically "Doing a Google search for "google alternatives" comes up with a pretty decent list, including DuckDuckGo (powered mostly by Bing) and Brave Search (powered by its own crawler), which are both privacy-first items that do not customize queries to the individual.
  • So I'm looking for a replacement search engine, one that searches for what I tell it to search for, like Google used to do.
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Working conditions for new mothers are a public health issue

By Annalisa Merelli
  • “The conversations, especially on social media, are often about individual blame, and that is a real problem…because the entire issue is around structural failures,” says Cecilia Tomori, a professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University.
  • “We don’t have paid family leave, and that makes it very difficult for people to sustain lactation over time.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 leak points to a serious camera upgrade

  • We're rapidly approaching the expected launch window of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 – some point in August, as far as we know – and a new leak sheds some light on the rear camera setup that we can look forward to from this flagship foldable.
  • To date there's been plenty of speculation on how Samsung might improve the rear camera module of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is made up of a 12MP wide camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 12MP telephoto 2x optical zoom camera.
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What’s next for smart cities

By Camille Squires
  • In recent years, urban planners and government leaders have embraced new technology through the “smart city” concept—the idea that a wide range of digital tools can be used to collect data and connect city systems, allowing them to run more efficiently.
  • Even if it’s something the typical city resident never sees, digital twins can be invaluable to urban planners because they allow cities to model out infrastructure projects, building construction, and other changes to the built environment and evaluate their impacts in the real world, all before ever breaking ground.
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AI hiring tools discriminate against people with disabilities, warns US

By Glamsham Bureau
  • San Francisco, May 15 (IANS) As employers increasingly use artificial intelligence (AI) tools to hire workers, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the US have warned that such algorithms can result in unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities.
  • “If the use of AI or algorithms results in applicants or employees having to provide information about disabilities or medical conditions, it may result in prohibited disability-related inquiries or medical exams,” said the new guidelines.
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Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Google should follow the Pixel Tablet with another huge product refresh

By Alastair Stevenson
  • This was true of the first generation Pixelbook and Google’s subsequent Pixel Slate convertible, which both offered the best ChromeOS experience on the market and helped really showcase just how much the firm’s software could do.
  • While I love the idea of a new Google-made tablet that’ll fully take advantage of the firm’s currently in beta big-screen focussed L-variant of Android – especially if it costs the same as the Nexus 7 which remains one of the best tablets ever made in my mind – for me, there was still one thing missing at I/O this year.
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