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Apple wants you to know that it loves AI more than you realize

Posted on 08/29 21:50 in Shows | 0

Both Google and Facebook have released major AI technologies into open source, and Google’s DeepMind famously tackled the challenge of Go, by beating one of the world’s best players.So Apple took the very unusual step of spending an entire day bragging about its AI efforts to journalist Steven Levy, who published a very-thorough account on Backchannel.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes on launch pad destroying Facebook communication satellite

Posted on 09/01 20:58 in Shows | 0

The spacecraft exploded while still on the launchpad in preparation for a launch this weekend at Cape Canaveral, Florida.According to SpaceX, the explosion took place during a fueling operation for pre-launch testing.

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The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom

Posted on 09/02 20:57 in Shows | 0

It’s still sending us photos from Ceres, well after its planned EOL, and NASA intends to wring out every bit of science it can.Speaking of cold, dark things that are unhelpfully far away and difficult to observe, scientists presented evidence for another planetoid in our solar system, dubbed Planet 9 (from outer space!

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Yes, Google Play is tracking you — and that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg

Posted on 09/14 15:33 in Shows | 0

The only way to completely disable this kind of location tracking is to disable Google Play.First of all, it’s true that location services are integrated into Google Play and that Google actively encourages developers to use Google Play services, rather than the open-source location APIs that are part of AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

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New Oculus update adds Facebook integration, real-names policy

Posted on 09/16 16:55 in Shows | 0

8 software update doesn’t make that integration mandatory, but it includes capabilities that may raise eyebrows with its current users.Once you sign in via Facebook, all of your friends who own a Rift are automatically populated into your Oculus friends list.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey confirmed as anonymous backer behind pro-Trump memes

Posted on 09/23 21:12 in Shows | 0

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR who sold the company to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, has been confirmed as the major financial backer behind a pro-Donald Trump group called Nimble America.” The DailyBeast broke the story and confirmed with Luckey that he was the near-billionaire NimbleRichMan associated with Nimble America.

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IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon form enormous AI partnership

Posted on 09/29 18:56 in Shows | 0

IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon have all signed on as marquis members, though the group hopes to expand even further over time.The goal is to create a body that can provide a platform for discussions among stakeholders and work out best practices for the artificial intelligence industry.

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Specialized processors might reignite performance scaling, but they’ll also change the nature of computing forever

Posted on 10/04 14:44 in Shows | 0

Modern CPU scaling has largely flatlined, thanks to a combination of scaling challenges, intrinsic limits to silicon performance, and a general shift in the market towards lower power devices.To demonstrate, here’s a graph of Apple iPhone single-core CPU performance in Geekbench 2 and Geekbench 3.

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From civil liberties champion to turncoat: Yahoo built specialized software to spy on users for the NSA

Posted on 10/04 20:55 in Shows | 0

One of the more interesting things we learned in 2013 was that certain companies had fought the NSA tooth and nail — and Yahoo had led the charge.When its challenge failed, it appealed the case to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.

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Will Zuckerberg’s third-world internet come to North America?

Posted on 10/11 22:43 in Shows | 0

The crux of the problem many people have with Mark Zuckerberg’s Free Basics is the effect it could have on the poor.Sure, it seems nice to create limited Internet access where none existed before.

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Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy

Posted on 10/14 17:53 in Shows | 0

On March 31, 2015 Yahoo applied for a patent with implications that would make the Stasi sit up and cheer.The patent abstract is reprinted below, and at first glance it doesn’t read all that badly.

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If News On Facebook Is Fake, Is Donald Trump Our New President?

Posted on 12/05 20:22 in Deals | 0

Throughout the election, Facebook and other social media sites were full of "fake news" stories that were intended to mislead people.Since lots of people only get their news that way, how has their reality been changed?

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Is Facebook Slowly Eroding The Oculus Brand?

Posted on 12/14 22:03 in Deals | 0

While Oculus experienced growth pains earlier this year, Facebook made it abundantly clear at OC3 this year that they have much bigger plans for Oculus and VR as an industry.While Oculus is a strong brand among gamers and people that know about VR; those that don’t know VR have no knowledge of the Oculus brand or what it does.

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Facebook's censorship regime is a dangerous gamble

Posted on 12/29 16:59 in Shows | 0

After months of stubborn resistance, Facebook has finally caved to pressure from users and officials around the globe: it will begin experimenting with ways of filtering its news content for so-called “fake news.The point is not that Ramparts was denounced by the establishment as propaganda and, yes, fake news, but that Ramparts really was both of those things, from time to time.

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Facebook Challenges $2 Billion Lawsuit Alleging Oculus Stole Key Technology

Posted on 01/10 21:46 in Deals | 0

Monday marked the start of a $2 billion Dallas trial that emerged from a lawsuit by video game startup ZeniMax, alleging that -owned Oculus VR stole some of its key technology and promoted a fake origin story to hide the truth.The story notes that Oculus denied claims by ZeniMax alleging that Carmack brought over proprietary information.

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