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Deloitte predicts 2022 chip shortage, AI regulation, entertainment churn, and sustainable push

By Dean Takahashi
  • The new year will see a continued chip shortage, an increase in regulation for AI, a push for sustainability in smartphones, and more churn in entertainment subscriptions, according to the annual tech predictions from accounting and consulting firm Deloitte.
  • The Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) 2022 Predictions report underscores how many of these trends are being driven by the global pandemic’s economic and societal shifts, resulting in an increasingly connected and multi-device world, fueling the world’s need for more chips, growth in connectivity, and entertainment options.
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AI to see stricter regulatory scrutiny starting in 2022, predicts Deloitte

By Lance Whitney
  • Looking at the overall AI landscape, including machine learning, deep learning and neural networks, Deloitte said it believes that next year will pave the way for greater discussions about regulating these popular but sometimes problematic technologies.
  • So far, artificial intelligence (AI) is a new enough technology in the business world that it's mostly evaded the long arm of regulatory agencies and standards.
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Deloitte: Game consoles are fitter than ever at 50 year mark

By Dean Takahashi
  • Deloitte Global predicts that the console market alone will generate $81 billion in 2022, up 10% from 2021, thanks to strong content, gaming experiences, and business model innovations that are keeping the industry competitive with other kinds of entertainment.
  • These innovations are transforming the console ecosystem from one based on final products generating one-off sales — whether a physical console or a game title — to a perpetual and evolving entertainment service that encourages daily, often multiplayer gameplay, generating a steady stream of revenue.
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AI-Based MuSIC Reveals Previously Unknown Cell Components

By Julianna LeMieux, PhD
  • The method the researchers used, known as Multi-Scale Integrated Cell (MuSIC), is described in Nature, in the paper, “ A multi-scale map of cell structure fusing protein images and interactions.
  • Now, researchers have combined microscopy, biochemistry, and artificial intelligence techniques to advance the understanding of the cell by revealing previously unknown cell components.
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Ray Dalio says cash is not a safe place right now despite heightened market volatility

  • "Cash is not a safe investment, is not a safe place because it will be taxed by inflation," the founder of the world's biggest hedge fund said Tuesday on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
  • The omicron strain of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, rattled the stock market on Black Friday after the World Health Organization labeled it a " variant of concern ." The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 900 points Friday to suffer its worst day since October 2020 .
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LinkedIn and Intel tech leaders on the state of AI

By George Anadiotis
  • In his upcoming keynote in Connected Data World 2021, Van Harmelen will look at how the combination with symbolic AIin the form of very large knowledge graphs can give us a way forward: Towards machine learning systems that can explain their results, that need less data, and that generalize better outside their training set.
  • Singer said he believes that the last decade has been phenomenal for AI, mostly because of deep learning, but there’s a next wave that is coming: a “third wave” of AI that is more cognitive, has a better understanding of the world, and higher intelligence.
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Sydney-based medtech startup Harrison.ai gets $129M AUD led by Horizons Ventures

By Catherine Shu
  • Harrison.ai announced it has also formed a joint venture with Sonic Healthcare, one of the world’s largest medical diagnostics providers, to develop and commercialize new clinical AI solutions in pathology.
  • This follows another joint venture Harrison.ai formed with I-MED Radiology in early 2020, creating Annalise.ai to develop AI-based radiology diagnostic support tools.
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Leaders who embrace trust set the bar for new sustainability and AI goals in 2022

By Forrester Research
  • And in areas where every stakeholder is demanding action -- like environmental sustainability and diversity, equity, and fairness -- technology can drive key levers for trust with empathy, integrity, accountability, and transparency.
  • We expect that industries that require significant levels of trust, such as infrastructure technology and financial services, will appoint a new chief trust officer, reporting to the CEO and aligned with other C-suite roles such as the CISO.
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Roomba update helps robovacs clean up at Christmas

By Trevor Mogg
iRobot has just dropped a Christmas-friendly update for its new Roomba j7 and j7+ robot vacuums. It should mean less stress for folks with a real festive tree in their home as the machines will now zone in on all of those problematic pine needles that end up on the floor and stuck in your socks. To make it happen, you just need to recommend a new cleaning area around the Christmas tree via the iRobot Home App. Using its onboard smarts, your trusty robovac will then automatically determine a “clean zone” around the outer perimeter of the tree and a “keep out zone” that should stop it ramming the decorative installation and potentially […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Maple VC locks down $16.5 million for its second seed-stage fund by waving the Canadian flag

By Connie Loizos
  • Says Charoo — a Toronto native who worked briefly at at the early photo-sharing app Color, spent a year helping Uber expand into Canada in 2011, then logged more than seven years as a VP with the hiring platform Hired as he got Maple VC off the ground — “I’m a generalist who specializes in backing founders with Canadian roots.”
  • The young fund, which launched in 2016 with $1.2 million in capital commitments, just closed on $16.5 million in capital commitments for a second fund that promises to almost exclusively back savvy Canadian founders, no matter where they live today and no matter what they are building, as long as tech is at the core of their startup.
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Altisource Asset Management: Preferred Overhang, Cash Shell w/ Optionality

By MDC
  • The preferred stock is closely held, two holders (Putnam and Wellington) have settled with AAMC and exchanged for either a combination of cash and stock in the case of Putnam or just cash in the case of Wellington .
  • The Corporation shall redeem for cash on the Holder Redemption Date, out of funds legally available therefor, all, but not less than all, of the outstanding Series A Preferred Shares held by such holder at an amount equal to the Redemption Price.
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‘Expiry’ date labels needed to guide Australians shopping for white goods and electronics, report finds

By Josh Taylor
  • The Australian government should trial a product labelling scheme within five years for products such as white goods or consumer electronics where people can see information on repairability and the durability of a product, the commission recommended.
  • White goods and electronics should be clearly labelled with repair information and “expiry” dates, according to a new report from the Productivity Commission.
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New list highlights 40 top startups solving business problems with artificial intelligence

By Charlotte Schubert
  • The University of Washington spinout uses machine learning to help organizations build machine learning and AI models and applications, and recently raised $85 million, including from Madrona.
  • Four Seattle-area companies made a list of top private companies building business applications with artificial intelligence and machine learning.
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New Twitch Tool Helps Battle Ban Evaders

By AFP - Agence France Presse
  • The tool uses machine learning software, a form of artificial intelligence, that the company says analyzes accounts and flags suspicious ones as either "likely" or "possible" fraudsters to moderators.
  • Gaming platform Twitch on Tuesday introduced a tool that detects and blocks users who evade bans, a longstanding problem for victims of harassment.
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Princeton Team Disables Long-Targeted Gene Behind Spread of Major Cancers

By BeauHD
  • The team spent two years screening for the right molecules to fill these holes without any great success, until they landed on what they say is a "silver bullet." The resulting compound plugs these voids and prevents the proteins from interlocking, with profound anti-cancer effects that resemble those seen in the MTDH-deficient mice from their earlier work.
  • A 2009 paper by cancer biologist Yibin Kang then showed the gene was amplified and produced abnormally high levels of MTDH proteins in around a third of breast cancer tumors, and was central to not just the process of metastasis, but also the resistance of those tumors to chemotherapy.
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An Exhibition at Art Basel Miami Beach Allows Visitor to Mint Their Own NFT – SURFACE

By Nate Storey Produced for Tezos by Surface Studios.
  • Artist Mario Klingemann’s AI-controlled, regenerative art installation stars in the digital art show presented by the energy-efficient blockchain Tezos, which explores the future of the NFT market, cryptoart, and the relationship between humans and machines.
  • As part of the exhibition, titled “ Humans + Machines: NFTs and the Ever-Evolving World of Art,” attendees will walk away with their very own non-fungible token minted collaboratively with Klingemann on the Tezos blockchain.
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Indonesia-focused AC Ventures closes oversubscribed $205M third fund

By Catherine Shu
  • Founder and managing partner Adrian Li told TechCrunch that having a larger fund size gives AC Ventures the flexibility to deploy the right amount of capital based on the stage of a startup, so it doesn’t have to worry about finding co-investors or other srouces of capital.
  • AC Ventures also says Fund III is delivering strong early returns, with a MOIC (multiple on invested capital) of 1.94X less than two years after its first close.
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Top Deep Learning Projects to Sharpen Your Skills and Build Your Deep Learning Portfolio

By Esa Landicho
  • This is done through various training datasets and deep learning architecture models like AlexNet and GoogLeNet. In doing this project, you need to use Convolution Neural Networks (CNN), which is designed to select an image, determine what disease is present, and identify that disease to the user.
  • Deep Learning Skills Practiced: Predictive Modeling, Neural Network Algorithms, Mathematics for Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing
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Teaching artificial intelligence right from wrong: New tool from AI2 aims to model ethical judgments

By Richard Yonck
  • Choi noted: “If we removed those complex cases out of the Commonsense Norm Bank and then only trained on simple, very basic elementary situations, then Delphi loses its capability of reason as well,” she said.
  • The Commonsense Norm Bank at the heart of Delphi is a collection of 1.7 million examples of descriptive ethics, people’s ethical judgments on a broad spectrum of real-life situations.
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These Dogecoin and Shiba Inu Knockoffs Are Striking Major Gains Today, With One Coin Named After Elon Musk’s Pet Up 530%

By Madhukumar Warrier
  • Some of the Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE ) and Shiba Inu (CRYPTO: SHIB ) knockoffs are seeing strong gains as of Tuesday night and touched all-time highs even as Dogecoin fell.
  • The coin, which touched a new all-time high of $0.00000001441 earlier on Tuesday, noted on Twitter that it topped the list of gainers on CoinMarketCap.
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AI discovers over 300 unknown exoplanets in Kepler telescope data

By Tereza Pultarova
  • The Kepler Space Telescope, NASA's first dedicated exoplanet hunter, has observed hundreds of thousands of stars in the search for potentially habitable worlds outside our solar system .
  • The ExoMiner algorithm follows exactly the same process but more efficiently, which allowed the researchers to add a batch of 301 previously unknown exoplanets into the Kepler planet catalog at once.
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China’s Military Has a New Enemy (No, Not America)

By Peter Suciu
  • Many of the world’s leaders in the field of science and technology, including the late Stephen Hawking, Telsa founder Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, have all expressed concern in recent years over the risks of artificial intelligence (AI) – most notably its potential use in autonomous weapons.
  • For years the question of using AI in fighter pilot training has been questioned because even the best computer simulation lacks the reaction and skills of a human pilot.
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Futurists predict how we’ll one day eat, vacation and work

By New York Post
  • “We already have lab grown burgers that come from stem cells ; but so far it’s just beef and chicken and fish,” said Frey, adding that it will get more specialized and exotic.
  • “The projection is that we will need 3 million more Artificial Intelligence engineers by 2030,” Thomas Frey, founder and executive director of DaVinci Institute, a futuristic think tank in Colorado, told The Post.
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Elizabeth Holmes was the boss. Or was she?

By Nat Rubio-Licht
  • Holmes also said she bungled the company’s response to John Carreyrou’s Wall Street Journal exposé, in part by going directly to Journal owner Rupert Murdoch, a Theranos investor, to broker a meeting with Carreyrou and then-editor Gerard Baker.
  • Holmes testified that she had ultimate control over Theranos, conceding to Leach that she gave Balwani the power to run its lab operations and finances, and could have taken that power away.
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Holmes admits to misstep & Amazon scores a big health cloud client

By Katie Palmer, Casey Ross
  • The digital health sector as a whole is seeing larger fundings rounds, more unicorns, and a sharp increase in IPOs. All of this sets the stage for a sink-or-swim year for newly public companies in 2022.
  • U.S. companies are getting the largest share of a sharp increase in global funding for artificial intelligence products and services, according to a new report from CB Insights .
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Over 300,000 Android Users Have Downloaded These Banking Trojan Malware Apps, Say Security Researchers

By BeauHD
  • Over 300,000 Android smartphone users have downloaded what turned out to be banking trojans after falling victim to malware that has bypassed detection by the Google Play app store.
  • The most prolific of the four malware families is Anatsa, which has been installed by over 200,000 Android users -- researchers describe it as an "advanced" banking trojan that can steal usernames and passwords, and uses accessibility logging to capture everything shown on the user's screen, while a keylogger allows attackers to record all information entered into the phone.
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Two ‘Pseudo-Facts’ About Semiconductors That Could Distort The CHIPS Act (Part 4)

By George Calhoun, Contributor
  • “[Indigenous Chinese firms accepted for] just 6% of China’s IC market and only 2% of the global market.The total value of semiconductor production by Chinese companies in 2020 was less than that of AMD, which ranked 15th in the industry with estimated sales of $9.5 billion.
  • Chinese companies accounted for only $8.3 billion, or 37%, of China’s IC output, the rest being produced by the local silicon wafer fabs (semiconductor factories) of TSMC, Samsung, SK Hynix, Intel INTC and other foreign companies.”
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These Organic Robots Can Reproduce, Which Is Not Terrifying at All

By Zachariah Kelly
  • Studies on cells and artificial intelligence research have come together to produce a very interesting world first when combined — the ability of artificial intelligence to replicate generations of cells.
  • It details that when a cluster of cells is removed from a developing organism, they then find and combine with loose cells, provided they move and look like they do.
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So Dune and Star Wars’ Filmmakers Walk Into a Bar…

By Germain Lussier
  • In the same THR story, Villeneuve explains that when he and production designer Patrice Vermette were scouting locations in a helicopter high over the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan they spotted a line-up of over a dozen black SUVs driving around.
  • “If you think about trying to do your own space opera today, I’m sorry, you are fucked by the huge elephant in the room that is Star Wars,” Villeneuve joked in a new piece by the Hollywood Reporter .
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AWS launches new services for the automotive industry

By Frederic Lardinois
  • Mike Tzamaloukas, AWS’ general manager for AWS Automotive, told me that no matter what data gets used, to get started with FleetWise, the manufacturer has to first describe and model the vehicle and its sensors, using the open source Vehicle Signal Specification that a number of automakers have already adopted.
  • One is a new product, AWS FleetWise, a new service that makes it easier for automakers to collect and retrieve sensor and telemetry data from their vehicle fleets.
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How to remove bias from AI models

By Allen Bernard
  • The word "bias" means different things to different groups: "To a data scientist, bias results when the expected value given by a model differs from the actual value in the real world," the report said.
  • "Fairness" has multiple meanings: "To determine whether or not a machine learning model is fair, a company must decide how it will quantify and evaluate fairness," the report said.
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Meta’s M&A Ambitions Curtailed; Will Bret Taylor Be a Chip Off the Old Block?

By Martin Peers
Anyone working on mergers and acquisitions at Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook, might want to look for a new job. The British antitrust regulator’s decision to force Meta to divest Giphy, the tiny GIF search engine it acquired last year for $315 million, demonstrates that even small acquisitions are off limits to the tech giant. And while this was a decision in Britain, the Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has signaled that tech companies’ habit of buying up small firms is also on her radar.The Giphy decision is extraordinary on a couple of levels. Start with the fact that the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority is forcing the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How to Navigate the Ambiguity of a Digital Transformation

By Mike Walsh
  • At the core of this platform is Starbucks’ digital flywheel strategy that links a powerful program of rewards, simplified payment methods, personalization in the form of special offers, and quick, convenient order processes.
  • A successful digital transformation can be hard to predict or plan; it is often the result of new customer interactions, new combinations of talent and teams, unexpected alliances with new partners, and entirely new business models.
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AI-powered voice platform running on AWS tackles loneliness of vulnerable people – SiliconANGLE

By Silvia Fregoni
  • It partnered with Accenture PLC and Amazon Web Services Inc. to craft and test a bespoke digital solution, called HomeCare, to keep people connected, maintain well-being, and offer support around other challenges of being isolated and lonely, such as with food and finances.
  • Bains; Jamie Smith (pictured, right), co-founder and director of research and innovation at Hafod; and Laetitia Cailleteau (pictured, middle), managing director and global lead of conversational AI at Accenture PLC, spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the AWS re:Invent Executive Summit .
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AWS re:Invent 2021: The 10 Biggest Announcements

By Wade Tyler Millward
  • The company went through AWS’ rapid adoption assistance program for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML)— launched in 2020 —to help customers learn more from their data without the need to hire fully trained data scientists.
  • One company to benefit from some of AWS’ recent partner program investments is Ironclad Technology Services, an AWS and Microsoft partner based in Virginia Beach, Va., and focused on public sector customers.
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Google Must Turn Over Docs Connected to Secret Anti-Union Campaign, Judge Rules

By Lucas Ropek
  • As part of an ongoing investigation involving potentially unlawful retaliation against workers involved in labor activism, Google must turn over a slew of documents connected to a stealthy anti-union campaign it conducted back in 2019, a National Labor Review Board judge has ordered.
  • The tech giant has been in legal trouble since December 2020, when the NLRB accused Google of illegally surveilling and retaliating against two workers who were involved in labor organizing, the likes of which is considered “protected activity” under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.
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Elon Musk shills a $50 Tesla Cyberwhistle with a joke about whistleblowers

By Kirsten Korosec
  • Tesla has yet to produce its all-electric Cybertruck, but diehard fans who need to lay their hands on something new and associated with the highly anticipated and delayed vehicle can now buy a cyberwhistle for $50.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday a link to the webpage for his 65.1 million followers to view along with a message “Blow the whistle on Tesla,” which may or may not be a nod, a dare or a threat to those former employees who have actually attempted to do just that .
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AWS debuts new compute-intensive and AI instances powered by custom chips – SiliconANGLE

By Maria Deutscher
  • Amazon Web Services Inc. today introduced two new sets of cloud instances, one aimed at compute-intensive applications and the other optimized for artificial intelligence training, that are based on custom chips developed in-house by the cloud giant.
  • The Amazon.com Inc. unit today also expanded its compute portfolio with the introduction of the Amazon EC2 Trn1 instances for training AI models, which run on a likewise custom chip called AWS Trainium.
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India’s Simpl raises $40 million for its buy now, pay later service

By Manish Singh
  • Bangalore-based fintech startup Simpl has raised $40 million as it looks to expand its online buy now, pay later service’s offerings in the world’s second largest market.
  • Buy now and pay later services have existed in India for several years, but have started to gain fast traction only in recent quarters as e-commerce and digital payments increase their reach in the country.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon rebrands: digits dismissed, generations are in

By Charlie Osborne
  • Earlier this month, Don McGuire, Qualcomm senior vice president and chief marketing officer said that while the Snapdragon brand has performed well over the past decade, it is time for "modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying" the processor range.
  • Now, Qualcomm intends to simplify its naming structure and to transition to a single-digit series and generation number, beginning with the Snapdragon 8-series (Gen 1).
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Browser Extension Shows How Many Brands On Amazon Are Actually Just Amazon

By BeauHD
A new browser extension promises to show you which products in your Amazon search results are sold by brands that are either owned by or are exclusive to Amazon, giving you a better idea of who’s selling what you’re buying. The Verge reports: It’s called Amazon Brand Detector, and it uses a list of Amazon brands created by The Markup, along with filters and other techniques (detailed here) to detect and highlight products that are a part of Amazon’s Our Brands program. The Markup created this extension after its investigation into how Amazon ranks its in-house brands in search results and says the tool (available for […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Top Sentiment Analysis Projects to Sharpen Your Skills and Build Your Sentiment Analysis Portfolio

By Maia Estrera
  • If you want to help a company customize its product and service offerings to meet the needs of its customers, completing sentiment analysis projects is a great way to build your skillset and portfolio at the same time.
  • Carrying out a sentiment analysis on this platform could help you practice your machine learning and data science skills to later work with big leisure companies like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO.
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Xiaomi 12 will be ‘available soon’ with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset

By james.peckham@futurenet.com (James Peckham)
The Xiaomi 12 is coming soon, and the company’s CEO has confirmed it’ll be the first smartphone announced that will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.Lei Jun, Founder and CEO of Xiaomi, appeared in a video during Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 event where he confirmed the phone’s name and the fact it’d feature the new chipset.Jun also said the phone "will be available soon". He didn’t confirm a launch date for the Xiaomi 12, but a recent leak has suggested the company will be revealing its new phone in China on December 16. The first with Qualcomm’s latest Previously, […]Read more >Similar articles >

‘Massive’ Startup Wants To Rent Your Spare Compute Power To Pay For Apps

By BeauHD
  • Given that Massive is asking for compute power, it will have constant work to do to ensure that it is a good steward of user trust and partner selection; no one wants their spare CPU cycles to go to something illegal.
  • Massive co-founder and CEO Jason Grad described the startup's work as something akin to an Airbnb or Turo for users' computers, comparing its service to some of the more popular consumer-sharing startups that folks already know.
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Boy, Netflix Sure Has a Lot of Nerd Stuff Coming in 2022

By Rob Bricken
  • The streaming giant has announced which 19 genre offerings, of the countless projects it has in the works, are slated to come out next year, including The Sandman, Magic: The Gathering, The Witcher: Blood Origin, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and more...
  • The epic live-action adaptation of the hit manga by Haro Aso, where young people are forced to take on games in order to survive in the mysterious world of the Borderland, is coming back for a second season!
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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform with AI, camera, security boost

By Charlie Osborne
  • The tech giant says the new platform "takes smartphone photography beyond pro," and whilst a bold claim in itself, Qualcomm has introduced a bundle of new camera features -- under the name Snapdragon Sight -- including the Snapdragon Spectra 18-bit Image Signal Processor (ISP) to back it up.
  • KONA, HAWAII : Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 featuring improved camera capabilities, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, and security enhancements.
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Intelligent automation increasingly drives innovation in modern businesses – SiliconANGLE

By Silvia Fregoni
  • While cost savings, efficiency and speed to market have been key themes for automation the past few years, the pandemic has added the need for this tool to address system resiliency, application availability and innovation, and new business priorities.
  • As enterprises generate and accumulate more data than ever before, they rely on cloud services to make that data available to users and enable the adoption of automation and AI, according to Ghosh.
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Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset: Most Advanced Mobile Platform for Premium Android Smartphones

By Roland Udvarlaki
  • The new flagship chipset is built on the 4nm technology, and it provides better 5G performance, with up to 10 Gigabit download speeds, breathtaking and desktop-like graphics performance, more security, and better camera processing technology.
  • The new premium chipset comes with more advanced and improved 5G performance, AI, gaming, camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technologies.
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Using AI to Successfully Detect Signs of Anxiety

By Neuroscience News
  • Khan says the rapid development in the field of AI and sensor technology “has made it possible to access and process the data related to mental, emotional and behavior disorders.
  • Anjum and collaborators Nida Saddaf Khan and Sayeed Ghani from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan collected an extensive range of data from adult participants for their Human Activity Recognition (HAR) study.
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Korea’s P2P lending startup PeopleFund gets $63.4M Series C led by Bain Capital

By Kate Park
  • PeopleFund wants to address the structural problem involving the risk of high interest-rate loans in the near-prime loan sector and offer more personalized financial products to sub-prime and near-prime borrowers with its data-driven technology platform, said CEO and founder Joey Kim told TechCrunch.
  • South Korea-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform PeopleFund announced today it has closed a $63.4 million (75.9 billion won) Series C round led by Bain Capital with participation from Goldman Sachs.
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Better.com gets $1B cash infusion in new agreement with its SPAC backers

By Anita Ramaswamy
  • The new arrangement will replace the prior agreement wherein $950 million of the $1.78 billion in committed financing from Aurora and SoftBank would have been used to purchase existing shares from Better’s stockholders rather than the company receiving it directly to its balance sheet.
  • Sources familiar with the deal who preferred to remain anonymous told TechCrunch that with the new arrangement, capital hits the company’s balance sheet now (faster than originally planned) and puts more money on the balance sheet overall to fuel further growth.
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What’s Next for Meta as Longtime Crypto Chief David Marcus Leaves

By Hannah Miller
The exit of David Marcus from Facebook-parent Meta Platforms at the end of this year throws another wrench into the company’s crypto plans. Marcus, who heads Meta’s Novi financial products division, has been integral to the company’s crypto-related projects during his seven-year tenure.Marcus co-created libra, the predecessor to diem, the long-delayed cryptocurrency that Meta is helping develop. After libra faced concerns from U.S. lawmakers, regulators and its own financial backers about user privacy and global financial stability, it underwent a redesign in 2020. The cryptocurrency became diem, a stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar that […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Microsoft shareholders back protest vote over sexual harassment claims

By Financial Times
Enlarge / The shareholder revolt comes in the shadow of recent cases and the revelation that co-founder Bill Gates had a relationship with a company employee. (credit: Jeff Pachoud | Getty Images) Microsoft’s shareholders have backed a protest vote calling on the company to reveal more about its handling of sexual harassment claims, in the shadow of recent cases and the revelation that co-founder Bill Gates had a relationship with a company employee. The call amounted to a rare vote against management at the company’s annual shareholder meeting and brought an immediate promise from Microsoft of more transparency. However, the company […]Read more >Similar articles >
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TrendForce: Apple ‘staying with the plan’ to announce iPhone SE 3 in early 2022

By Filipe Espósito
  • According to TrendForce, the strong results have pushed Apple up to second place in the global smartphone sales ranking, and the analyst company expects that Apple will gain even more market share with the next generation iPhone SE.
  • The report mentions that the iPhone SE 3 will be announced by Apple in the first quarter of 2022, which suggests that the company might hold another special event around March.
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Non-fungible tokens take No 1 spot in influential art world power list

By Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent
  • American artist Theaster Gates is at No 4, followed by German visual artist Anne Imhof at No 5.
  • “But the broader principle behind NFTs is perhaps more important – the idea of digital assets and virtual collectibles are a seductive prospect for artists making art in an increasingly online, virtual culture, and won’t be going away any time soon.”
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The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is all about big cameras, fast connections, and AI

By Will Sattelberg
  • As for the GPU, Qualcomm is pushing its Snapdragon Elite Gaming features to the forefront, promising improved responsiveness, HDR scenes during gaming, and "desktop-level capabilities." Powering everything is a new Adreno GPU — like the processor itself, it goes without a specific name or number attached — promising a 30% boost in graphics rendering and a 25% improvement to power saving compared to last year's model.
  • A third-gen Sensing Hub chip has an all-new architecture for operating a low-power AI system without relying on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's main CPU.
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Here’s what the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform means for future smartphone cameras

By Andy Zahn
  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform introduces a suite of camera features that Qualcomm is calling “Snapdragon Sight Technology”, and many of its most impressive capabilities are enabled by its 18-bit Image Signal Processor (ISP), which delivers speeds of up to 3.2 gigapixels per second from up to three different cameras simultaneously.
  • The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform is the new “brain” that’s going to power many next-gen smartphone cameras, and it’s worth taking a closer look at what that means for photography.
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Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: What’s new?

By Gemma Ryles
  • While we haven’t had the chance to test the latest chip just yet, here is everything that we know right now about the new mobile platform, and how it differs from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip.
  • The company is also claiming that Adreno can deliver twice as many frames while using the same amount of power, alongside Variable Rate Shading Pro, which is a mobile-first feature that offers more control for game developers to further tune game performance.
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Womp, womp: Efficacy of Merck’s Thor-inspired COVID pill crumbles, vexing experts

By Beth Mole
Enlarge / A Merck sign stands in front of the company’s building on October 2, 2013, in Summit, New Jersey. (credit: Getty | Kena Betancur) In a 13-to-10 vote, advisors for the Food and Drug Administration narrowly supported authorizing Merck’s Thor-inspired antiviral pill molnupiravir for use against severe COVID-19. The FDA’s panel of advisors—the Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC)—struggled in an all-day meeting Tuesday to weigh the drug’s risks, its modest benefits, and the limited available data. The latest analysis suggests that the pill is only 30 percent effective at preventing hospitalization and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Why hundreds of thousands of bots decended on one Steam arcade collection

By Kyle Orland
  • Since the launch of Steam Trading Cards in 2013, players have been able to earn, buy, and sell the purely digital collectibles in thousands of games on Valve's online platform.
  • And because of this market opportunity, a wide variety of software "bots" have been designed to mimic human activity in your Steam games, thus earning trading cards without the need to actually take time to play the games themselves.
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If You Invested $1,000 In Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Stock One Year Ago, Here’s How Much You’d Have Now

By Wayne Duggan
  • The big news for Catalyst in recent years came in 2018 when the company’s Firdapse became the first LEMS treatment ever approved in the U.S. Firdapse was subsequently approved in Japan in 2019.
  • Unfortunately, the stock tanked in August when the company announced efforts to expand Firdapse’s label failed for the second time in less than a year when the company reported the drug did not meet its primary endpoint in late-stage testing for treatment of MuSK-MG.
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Twitter will reopen some of its offices Monday

By Allison Levitsky


Twitter will reportedly reopen its San Francisco and New York offices on Monday.


The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the two offices would “reopen at reduced capacity.” The social media giant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Monday will be the second time Twitter reopens those two offices this year. The two offices welcomed workers at half-capacity for two weeks in July, but the company quickly shut its doors again as the delta variant of COVID-19 spread across the country.

Evidently, the omicron variant isn’t inhibiting Twitter as it plans its next reopening. Twitter requires its employees to show proof of vaccination to come to the office.

And the office will still be just an option: Twitter told its employees last year that they could work remotely forever.

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The First Major Antitrust Move Against Meta Is Over GIFs?

By Aaron Mak
  • The UK regulators ruled that the company must undo its acquisition of Giphy, a popular search engine for GIFs. Yes, that’s right, one of the first major antitrust enforcement actions against Meta is about memes and animated stickers.
  • Other platforms besides Meta’s also use Giphy, such as Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok. Though Meta had previously promised that these outside platforms would still have the same access to Giphy’s GIFs, the CMA wasn’t willing to take the company at its word.
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Botto, the decentralized AI/human artist, makes its first million

By Loz Blain
  • The human voting behavior is also used to train both the taste model that selects the final images for voting each week, and to "influence which aspects of text prompts are used" to generate the initial text strings to feed into the start of next week's process – although Botto is also designed to continually "challenge" its user base by presenting some pieces each week "with different characteristics from what has been presented to date."
  • Botto generates thousands of images, and a community of humans vote to influence its direction and decide which pieces go to auction.
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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is here to power the Android flagships of 2022

By Chaim Gartenberg
  • Meanwhile, the new Adreno GPU (much like the Gen 1’s Kryo CPU, Qualcomm didn’t give a specific number for the updated hardware here) promises to offer 30 percent faster graphics rendering, in addition to 25 percent better power efficiency compared to the Snapdragon 888.
  • As is the case every year, Qualcomm is promising some major improvements in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, with better performance, camera technology, AI capabilities, security, and 5G.
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The 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS first drive

By Jonathan M. Gitlin
  • Anyone who has made the mistake of asking me what my favorite car is will know just how deep my feelings for the electric Porsche run, so when Porsche asked if we wanted to test a $131,400 2022 Taycan GTS on track at Willow Springs in California, it was an easy decision.
  • But today, we'll be talking about Porche's Taycan, as the company has now applied the GTS treatment to the battery-electric vehicle.
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Energy Dome uses CO2 for long-term power storage for solar energy

By Haje Jan Kamps
  • Specifically, the hope is to charge the CO 2 battery during the daytime when there is a surplus of solar-generated power, before discharging during the peak evening and nighttime hours, when demand for electricity outpaces what solar can deliver.
  • When discharging, the cycle is reversed by evaporating the liquid CO 2, recovering the heat from the thermal energy storage system and expanding the hot CO 2 into a turbine, which drives a generator.
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Qualcomm Aims to Kick Off a New Era of Mobile Computing With Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

By Sam Rutherford
  • With AI and machine learning performance quickly becoming one of the most important aspects of a mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's new AI engine could be one the biggest deciding factors for phone makers trying to decide which chip will power future smartphones and tablets.
  • The other area where Qualcomm is claiming some major gains is in camera performance with the addition of Snapdragon Sight, which features a new 18-bit ISP that can capture up to 8K video with real-time HDR while also supporting improved low-light processing.
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How robots make us smarter

By AP
  • For the first time on a global scale, it lays out universal values for the ethics needed to ensure that AI-driven technologies – from facial surveillance to driverless cars – “deliver for good.”
  • The UNESCO report, for example, says the ultimate responsibility for AI technologies must lie with humans and that even the most intelligent devices “should not be given legal personality themselves.”
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Ai-Da, the world’s first AI humanoid artist, has now made history as a poet

By Thom Waite
  • However, the ultra-realistic robot (who was devised in Oxford by Aidan Meller, and named after Ada Lovelace) is the first to write and perform poetry “as a human would do”.
  • Ai-Da isn’t the first AI to write poetry — back in 2018, a deep learning AI bot from IBM Research Australia produced verse on Shakespearean sonnets, while Robyn performed AI-generated poetry for Dazed back in 2018.
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A History Of Corruption & Impunity

By Agustino Fontevecchia, Contributor
  • Recently, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, her children Máximo (a national deputy) and Florencia, and a series of close associates including Patagonian businessmen Lázaro Báez and Cristóbal López were cleared of accusations of money laundering in the nick of time by a Federal Tribunal in the infamous Hotesur-Los Sauces case, considered one of the most judicially challenging for the Kirchner clan given the weight of the accusations and the evidence.
  • The case, in which Báez and López are accused of essentially fully booking hotels and properties owned by the Kirchner family in order to mask kickbacks for the public works projects their construction companies won from the state, will now be revised by an appellate court which is the final instance before the Supreme Court is called in to decide, truly calling into question Argentine civil society’s decision to investigate corruption.
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Microsoft Adds Buy Now, Pay Later Financing Option To Edge — And Everyone Hates It

By BeauHD
  • The Register reports: The Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) option pops up at the browser level (rather than on checkout at an ecommerce site) and permits users to split any purchase between $35 and $1,000 made via Edge into four instalments spread over six weeks.
  • Comments (numbering 119 at time of writing) posted by visitors to the site can be pretty much summed up thusly: "This [is] a cheap and disgusting move from Microsoft and edge team to the browser users.
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Why the omicron variant isn’t sending South Africa back into lockdown

By Camille Squires
  • These economic anxieties are reflected in public sentiment about pandemic policies; Greyling found that South Africa’s Gross National Happiness index, real-time data on personal well-being, dropped 5% on Nov. 26 when the omicron variant was announced by the World Health Organization and people awaited government action.
  • The latest variant comes after three earlier rounds of strict lockdowns in South Africa that crippled the country’s economy, especially for the urban poor and unemployed.
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Google’s teaching AI how to see and hear at the same time

By Tristan Greene
  • In this work, we present a simple yet effective method of training a single, unified model that achieves competitive, or state-of-the-art results for image, video, and audio-classification.
  • By co-training different tasks on a single modality, we are able to improve the accuracy of each individual task and achieve state-of-the-art results on 5 standard video- and audio-classification datasets.
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Amazon faces new pressure over COVID protections in warehouses

By Kim Lyons
  • After more than a year of protests from workers and inquiries from legislators, James is now seeking a court order to require Amazon to appoint a monitor to oversee health and safety measures at its warehouse on Staten Island.
  • As part of the same motion, James asked the company to reinstate fired worker Christian Smalls, who led public protests against Amazon last year, accusing the company of failing to keep employees from contracting the virus at work.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 features, news, compatible phones and what it can do

By james.peckham@futurenet.com (James Peckham)
  • Most of the exciting improvements for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1are in the camera, which opens up a whole new variety of features for manufacturers to introduce to your smartphone's snapper.
  • That means we'll likely see it included in the next iterations of those phones, so we expect manufacturers like Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Motorola, Realme and many more to include this chipset in their absolute best smartphones.
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Google’s teaching AI to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ at the same time — here’s why that matters

By Tristan Greene
  • In this work, we present a simple yet effective method of training a single, unified model that achieves competitive, or state-of-the-art results for image, video, and audio-classification.
  • By co-training different tasks on a single modality, we are able to improve the accuracy of each individual task and achieve state-of-the-art results on 5 standard video- and audio-classification datasets.
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Twitter to reopen some offices Monday

By Allison Levitsky


Twitter will reportedly reopen its San Francisco and New York offices on Monday.


The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the two offices would “reopen at reduced capacity.” The social media giant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Monday will be the second time Twitter reopens those two offices this year. The two offices welcomed workers at half-capacity for two weeks in July, but the company quickly shut its doors again as the delta variant of COVID-19 spread across the country.

Evidently, the omicron variant isn’t inhibiting Twitter as it plans its next reopening. Twitter requires its employees to show proof of vaccination to come to the office.

And the office will still be just an option: Twitter told its employees last year that they could work remotely forever.

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Yes, the Beatles Wanted to Make Lord of the Rings Movies

By Germain Lussier
  • What also actually happened is that Jackson was in the unique position to talk to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about it because, as you’ve surely heard, Jackson directed a three-part mega documentary called The Beatles: Get Back which recently debuted on Disney+
  • What you can imagine are Lord of the Rings movies made by director Peter Jackson because those actually happened.
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Microsoft’s Ugly Holiday Sweater Is a Hideous Ode to Minesweeper, and I Need It

By Phillip Tracy
  • I’m glad I didn’t buy anything on Black Friday this year—not because it means I can finally afford Apple’s mythical microfiber cloth, but because Microsoft just dropped a new ugly holiday sweater and I’m on the brink of spending $75 on it.
  • This sweater is the perfect amount of atrocious, and more importantly, it pays homage to a game most people had no idea how to play, if the 1.5 million people who have viewed the YouTube video tutorial on how to play Minesweeper is any indication (you’re welcome for that link).
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Family Office For Billionaire Renaissance Founder Boosts AI Investments

By Benjamin Stupples
  • Euclidean Capital -- Jim Simons ’s family office -- has invested in at least six companies since the start of 2020 that focus on artificial intelligence, spanning health care, customer services and aviation, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
  • The family office is led by Ashvin Chhabra, former chief investment officer at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and has more than a dozen staff based in the U.S., including recent hires from Cambridge Associates and GoldenTree Asset Management.
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Stock futures rise ahead of first trading day of December after omicron fears dent markets

  • U.S. stock futures were higher in overnight trading on Tuesday following a sell-off on Wall Street over fears about the new Covid variant, omicron, and the Federal Reserve mulling a quicker-than-planned taper.
  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the start of trading on Monday following Fridays steep decline in global stocks over fears of the new omicron Covid variant discovered in South Africa on November 29, 2021 in New York City.
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LinkedIn Flexes its Creator Muscles; Q&A With TikToker Behind ‘Food With Soy’

By Kaya Yurieff
LinkedIn isn’t an obvious destination for finding posts from top social media personalities. But the Microsoft-owned company is trying to change that perception by doubling down on efforts to woo creators amid a bigger fight for online talent among social platforms.On Tuesday, LinkedIn unveiled the first class of its creator accelerator program, a 10-week incubator bringing together 100 U.S.-based creators for coaching, networking and opportunities to be featured on advertising for LinkedIn. They will also receive a $15,000 grant. Members of the inaugural group include TikTok star Natalie Rose and gaming expert Marcus Howard. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How to read the decline in online sales on Cyber Monday

By Courtney Vinopal
  • But this slump was accompanied by a year-over-year increase in online sales throughout the month of November, indicating consumers are moving away from Thanksgiving weekend and instead shopping across more days.
  • Online consumer spending fell 1.4% this cyber Monday compared to the previous year, while it decreased by 1.3% on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day. It stayed flat on Thanksgiving, when online retailers brought in $5.1 billion.
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Twitter’s Going to Start Taking Down Videos. What Could Go Wrong?

By James Surowiecki
  • That’s one obvious conclusion to draw from the hullabaloo that erupted today when the company tweeted a link to its new media policy, and described it in this way: “Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individual without their consent.”
  • A policy based simply on the distinction between public and private figures would at least not have required the company to make any judgment about the underlying value of the image or the text that accompanied it.
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FBI Document Shows What Data Can Be Obtained From Encrypted Messaging Apps

By BeauHD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Record: A recently discovered FBI training document shows that US law enforcement can gain limited access to the content of encrypted messages from secure messaging services like iMessage, Line, and WhatsApp, but not to messages sent via Signal, Telegram, Threema, Viber, WeChat, or Wickr. The document, obtained earlier this month following a FOIA request filed by Property of the People, a US nonprofit dedicated to government transparency, appears to contain training advice for what kind of data agents can obtain from the operators of encrypted messaging services and the legal processes they have […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How to design AI for children

  • An example of this approach comes from experts at the Honda Research Institute Japan (HRI-JP) and the European Union’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), in which they prioritized the perspectives and needs of children from diverse cultural backgrounds in the design of Haru, a companion robot intended for the home environment and educational settings.
  • If children are going to interact with AI systems, for instance by sharing their stories and emotions with a companion robot, their perspectives and preferences must be included in the design process, so that the AI application not only fits their needs, but respect their rights.
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Going Multicloud? Think About These 5 Things First – The New Stack

By Maxim Melamedov
  • Backups : Use your multicloud environment to enable best-practice backups, such as ensuring data is backed up in the right geographic location to meet compliance or using one cloud provider as a backup for another.
  • The first can happen simply by using multiple cloud-based offerings that use different cloud infrastructure or by allowing a specific team to onboard new cloud vendor technology that suits their business use case.
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Digital Agriculture for Small-Scale Producers

  • Data about farms, coupled with insights from the latest advances in technology, can help transform the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and SSPs. Digitization of smallholder agriculture can reduce risk, improve productivity, increase incomes, empower women, and help solve the impending challenge of producing enough nutritious food for the world's rapidly growing population.
  • Better data and understanding of farm operation risks can help improve targeting of inputs and tailoring of finance and insurance products, as well as give buyers, off-takers, and commodity traders the insights they need to invest in agriculture.
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Ethereum Classic Shows Signs Of Life Amid Crypto Market Turmoil

By Melanie Schaffer
  • Bulls want to see sustained big bullish volume come in and push Ethereum Classic up over a resistance level at $50.55 and then for momentum to cause the crypto to print a higher high.
  • Bears want to see big bearish volume come in and drop Ethereum Classic down below a support level at $44.66, which would cause the crypto to print a lower low and confirm the downtrend is still intact.
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Twitch’s newest moderation tool spots accounts trying to get around channel bans

By Taylor Hatmaker
  • Twitch sees the new ban evasion detection system as a modular solution alongside AutoMod, which gives moderators a way to review potentially harmful messages in chat, and Phone-Verified Chat, an option that Twitch added last month that requires users to verify their accounts before chatting.
  • The company says it developed the tool in direct response to community feedback calling for more robust moderation options for handling users popping up with new accounts after being banned.
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UK announces standard for algorithmic transparency

By Angelica Mari
  • The Cabinet Office said the creation of the standard was also informed by calls from organisations such as the Alan Turing Institute and the Ada Lovelace Institute, and international organisations such as the OECD and Open Government Partnership, which have advocated for transparency on the risks associated with AI-based decision-making.
  • The government expects the standard, which also follows commitments made in the National AI Strategy and the National Data Strategy, will help teams to be “meaningfully transparent” about the role of AI in decision-making, particularly when algorithms might have a legal or economic impact on individuals.
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Elon Musk Frantically Warns Employees of Potential SpaceX Bankruptcy

By Mack DeGeurin
  • SpaceX employees received a nightmare email over the holiday weekend from CEO Elon Musk, warning them of a brewing crisis with its Raptor engine production that, if unsolved, could result in the company’s bankruptcy.
  • The email, obtained by SpaceExplored, CNBC, and The Verge, urged employees to work over the weekend in a desperate attempt to increase production of the engine meant to power its next-generation Starship launch vehicle.
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Grab’s upcoming $40bn Nasdaq listing is a key test for Asian tech

  • Add to that the $70bn or so combined worth of a whole field of new unicorns—privately-held startups worth $1bn or more—and South-East Asia is surely fulfilling hopes, long-held, that a big emerging market consumer-tech sector would rise outside China.
  • The company’s market capitalisation has risen eight-fold since the end of 2019, to $160bn, making it the largest listed company in South-East Asia.
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One of the World’s Best-Funded Edtech Companies Is Investing In AI Moonshots. Can It Work?

By Jeffrey R. Young
  • Specifically, the company announced a new research-and-development hub, with offices in Silicon Valley, London and Bangalore, that will work on applying the latest findings from artificial intelligence and machine learning to new edtech products.
  • The new hub, called Byju’s Lab, will also work on “moonshots” of developing new forms of digital tutoring technology, said Dev Roy, chief innovation and learning officer for BYJU’s, in a recent interview with EdSurge.
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Lawsuit: Google employees were fired for upholding “Don’t be evil” code

By Jon Brodkin
  • "Google terminated each plaintiffs' employment with it for adhering to the directive 'Don't be evil' and calling out activity by Google that they each believed betrayed that directive," according to the complaint filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by Rebecca Rivers, Sophie Waldman, and Paul Duke.
  • The petition the then-employees circulated included the information "that Google had already offered a 'free trial' of its new cloud platform, ' Anthos,' to CBP." Rivers found this information "by conducting ordinary online searches and reviewing internal Google documents that were readily available to her and all other full-time Google employees," and the petition "expressly directed their co-workers to refrain from sharing this information outside of Google," the lawsuit said.
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Solar wind may have made water all over the Solar System

By John Timmer
  • Working with some of the material obtained by Japan's Hayabusa mission, researchers have found a thin, water-rich layer is present there, too, consistent with being put in place by the solar wind.
  • The researchers behind the finding suggest that this means that many Solar System bodies are likely to be fairly water-rich—a reservoir that could have made a big contribution to Earth's oceans.
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AWS AI for analytics partner tool simplifies model building

By Esther Ajao
  • "[AIDA is] lowering the barrier to entry for business users or non-AI trained experts to use more commonplace languages like SQL to embed AI software solutions into the AWS environment using Amazon SageMaker Autopilot," Woo said.
  • [AIDA is] lowering the barrier to entry for business users or non-AI trained experts to use more commonplace languages like SQL to embed AI software solutions into the AWS environment using Amazon SageMaker Autopilot.
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What an autonomous ship named Mayflower can teach us about building better A.I.

By Jeremy Kahn
  • The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office put out a statement on Monday saying it was considering fining the controversial New York-based facial recognition software company £17 million ($22.6 million) over its alleged harvesting of vast troves of facial images, including those of U.K. citizens, from social media without consent.
  • Scott told me Promare created a training set of millions of images of things that float in the sea, from buoys to boats to crab pots, taken in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions to train its algorithm.
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With great open banking innovation comes great responsibility for consumer data

By Bob Schukai
  • The next frontier for innovation is open banking – fintech builders are enabling consumers to be at the center of where and how their data is used to provide the services they want and need.
  • Open banking offers developers at fintech companies large and small the opportunity to build data-centric solutions that help solve real-world problems.
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China set to further restrict cross-border data flow

  • In a recently published five-year plan, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has called for improving the cross-border security management of big data till 2025, according to reports.
  • Reuters reports that strengthening the management of data flows across its borders, and more support for open source initiatives, are among the six key tasks outlined in the plan.
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Is Windows 11 a success so far? New report reveals how many PCs have upgraded

By Zak Islam
  • Comparatively, three weeks after its official release in October, Windows 11 was installed on over five percent of PCs. Nearly doubling its install base in the span of a month points toward a positive trajectory pertaining to the operating system’s adoption rate for the near future.
  • One factor behind Windows 11’s increased OS market share in November is Microsoft’s ​​decision to expand its rollout to more eligible devices at the end of October.
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Sorry, AI isn’t going to stop the spread of fake news

By The Conversation
  • Technology companies and social media enterprises are working on the automatic detection of fake news through natural language processing, machine learning and network analysis .
  • A similar approach could be taken in Canada by establishing a national special unit or department to combat disinformation, or supporting think tanks, universities and other third parties to research AI solutions for fake news.
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