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Photo Gallery: When the Baby in Family Photos Is a High-End Silicone "Reborn"

Berlin-based photographer Lena Kunz set out to chronicle the world of meticulously crafted baby dolls and the people who love them.
Source: Wired

Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes

Facebook and the French government are going to cooperate to look at Facebook’s efforts when it comes to moderation. At the start of 2019, French regulators will launch an informal investigation on algorithm-powered and human moderation. Facebook is willing to cooperate and give unprecedented access to its internal processes.

This announcement is the result of informal talks between Facebook’s top executives and the French government that started with the Tech for Good Summit back in May. Former British Deputy Prime Minister and Facebook Vice-President for Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg unveiled the program during a lunch reception at the Élysée.

“It is in that context significant and welcome that the French government and Facebook are going to announce a new initiative,” Clegg said. “That model of co-regulation of the public tech sector is absolutely key.”

French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision of tech regulation can be summed up in three words: inclusion, trust and cooperation. In his closing remarks at lunch, he once again said that there needs to be a third way to regulate tech — not the Chinese one, not the American one. President Macron also mentioned the program during a speech at the Internet Governance Forum in Paris.

Regulators will look at multiple steps: how flagging works, how Facebook identifies problematic content, how Facebook decides if it’s problematic or not and what happens when Facebook takes down a post, a video or an image.

This type of investigation is reminiscent of banking and nuclear regulation. It involves deep cooperation so that regulators can certify that a company is doing everything right.

According to a source close to Macron, current internet regulation is broken. Governments are asking for results and social networks have to deal with moderation issues on their own — regulators aren’t doing enough.

It’s still unclear who’s going to be in charge of this investigation. There could be regulators from France’s telecom regulator (ARCEP), from the government’s tech team (DINSIC), from the TV and radio regulator (CSA)… There’s one thing for sure, the French government wants to focus on hate speech for now, so don’t expect anyone from the privacy regulator (CNIL).

The investigation isn’t going to be limited to talking with the moderation teams and looking at their guidelines. The French government wants to find algorithmic bias and test data sets against Facebook’s automated moderation tools.

By focusing on a small scope and starting with an informal investigation, the French government managed to convince Facebook to accept to collaborate. But it could still lead to new regulations down the road.

According to a source close to the French President, this is also in Facebook’s interest. Regulators could introduce widespread regulation without consulting the company. But this process should lead to fine-grained regulation.


Source: TechCrunch

Why UX Designers Should Consider the Role of Sound Design

Opinion: Science shows the sound of TV streaming or a chip reader blaring can be as distressing as nails on a chalkboard.
Source: Wired

The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

It’s hard to entice people with a calm portrayal of a crisis avoided, so more medical officials are employing a technique long used by anti-vaxxers: personal narrative.
Source: Wired

The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

With the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continuing to spread, neighboring Uganda deploys its health care defenses.
Source: Wired

AMD is pulling ahead in the die shrink race with 7nm CPUs and graphics cards

AMD might have played second fiddle to Intel and AMD for a long time, but it has the potential to leapfrog both when it debuts its new 7nm CPUs and graphics cards in 2019, leading the die-shrink race for the first time in years.

The post AMD is pulling ahead in the die shrink race with 7nm CPUs and graphics cards appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Five reasons why you should be at Disrupt Berlin this November

Are you ready to experience Disrupt Berlin 2018? Our premier tech startup conference takes place on 29-30 November and draws international participants from more than 50 countries across Europe, Asia and beyond. No matter what role you play in the startup universe, you’ll enjoy two days packed with action, insight, inspiration and opportunity.

Still need convincing? We’ve got you covered with these five reasons to attend Disrupt Berlin 2018. And if you act quickly, you can take advantage of Late Registration prices and save up to €350.

  1. Top-Tier Programming

We’ve recruited an impressive lineup of speakers, panel discussions and deep-dive conversations to address the most compelling startup, tech and business issues. You’ll hear tech titans, up-and-coming founders, innovative investors and more speak on the Main Stage. People like Frank Salzgeber from the European Space Agency, Lizzie Chapman from ZestMoney, an Indian fintech startup and Rafal Modrzewski from satellite company, ICEYE.

Looking for an opportunity to delve even deeper into issues raised on the Main Stage? Don’t miss our Q&A Sessions — smaller, intimate and very popular gatherings where a moderated panel of speakers takes questions from the audience.

Just some of the speakers you’ll hear at the Q&A Sessions include Jamie Burke, CEO and founder, Outlier Ventures; Kaidi Ruusalepp, CEO and founder, Funderbeam; Ricky Knox, CEO and co-founder, Tandem and Niko Bonatsos, managing director, General Catalyst.

Check out the conference agenda.

2.Best in Class Networking

No matter where you roam at Disrupt Berlin, the networking is world-class and nonstop. If you’re wondering how you’ll find the right connections among the more than 2,500 attendees, we’ve got you covered. We’re making CrunchMatch, our free business-matching service, available to all attendees.

Who can benefit? For starters, developers in search of employment, founders hunting for collaborators or startups recruiting tech talent and, of course, founders and investors looking to connect. CrunchMatch can save you valuable time and help you make valuable connections.

You simply fill out a profile (we’ll email you instructions) detailing your role and the type of connections you want to make. The CrunchMatch algorithm makes suggested connections and then — subject to your approval — the platform handles all the scheduling details.

3.The Renowned Startup Battlefield Competition

Don’t miss Startup Battlefield — the crown jewel of Disrupt. Our global pitch-competition has launched more than 750 companies — like Vurb, Dropbox, Mint and Yammer. Watch as this year’s Battlefield cohort takes the stage to pitch and wow the judges in front of a large, live and very rowdy crowd.

The winning founders will hoist the coveted Disrupt Cup, receive invaluable media and investor exposure and take home a sweet, $50,000 non-equity cash prize. Who knows? You might just witness the birth of a future unicorn.

4.Hundreds of Early Stage Companies in Startup Alley

Startup Alley lies at the heart of the Disrupt Alley Expo floor, and it’s home to hundreds of early-stage startups showcasing the latest technology products, platforms and services. It’s also where you’ll find this year’s cadre of TC Top Picks — up to five exceptional startups representing each of these tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain, CRM/Enterprise, E-commerce, Education, Fintech, Healthtech/Biotech, Hardware, Robotics, IoT, Mobility and Gaming.

5.Build Your Community

Community building goes beyond simple networking. It’s like-minded people sharing their ideas, philosophies and dreams. It’s about learning from each other and returning to the work with renewed focus. Here’s what Vlad Larin, co-founder of Zeroqode said about his Disrupt experience.

“It was wonderful. I spoke with all kinds of people looking for new ideas, collaboration and inspiration. Everyone was there to help and support each other and look for mutually beneficial ways to collaborate. It was refreshing, and you just don’t experience that every day.”

Disrupt Berlin 2018 goes down on 29-30 November. We just gave you five reasons to go. Here’s another: buy your pass now, and you’ll save up to €350.


Source: TechCrunch

Framer, the interactive design platform, scores $24M Series B led by Atomico

Framer, the Amsterdam-based startup behind interactive design platform Framer X, has raised $24 million in Series B investment. The round is led by European VC firm Atomico, with participation from Accel, and AngelList. The startup says it will use the new capital to continue building out its platform for designers and product teams. It brings the total raised to date by Framer to $33 million.

Founded by ex-Facebookers Koen Bok and Jorn van Dijk, Framer has set out to ride (and power) a trend that is seeing every company having to become a digital business and often a product-first company, as consumers become accustomed to high quality apps and other desirable digital experiences. This means that better tools are required to prototype news apps or features, and therefore help shorten the feedback loop and speed up the development process overall.

To that end, Framer X is described as a “fully integrated design, prototyping and developer handoff tool” that makes it easy to create app designs and prototypes that are as visually polished as a production app. Designs created in Framer X are powered by the React framework, and the platform enables a lot of off-the-shelf interactivity, rather than prototypes simply being static wireframes or designs with limited transitions or hotspots. You can also export front-end code for use in your production apps, should you so desire.

However, as explained during a video presentation by Bok and Dijk, what potentially sets Framer X apart from other competing app design and prototyping tools is that you can also import production components and assets into the software for re-use so that designers aren’t continually re-inventing the wheel. Via the “Framer X Store,” these React-based components can also come from and be shared by the wider developer community. Examples include video players (such as YouTube), live maps and data generators, to UI kits and interactive design systems.

This means that Framer is attempting to be a platform play in the true sense of the word, while in turn the Framer X Store is a clever way of creating network effects. Tech brands that have their own developer ecosystems (and are in part “API businesses”) can make components and visual assets available in the store to further lower the barriers for third-party app developers who want to build integrations.

Related to this, the company is announcing the beta launch of a private design store for teams on Framer X. The Team Store enables members of teams at the same company to collaborate and share brand assets, design components, and more, so as to allow for internal interactive design systems to also live within the Framer platform.

Cue a statement from Atomico Partner Hiro Tamura, who led on behalf of the London-based venture capital firm: “The world’s best digital products, like Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter and Snap, are designed and built by teams. Those teams are already using Framer X. We are excited about partnering with Koen, Jorn and the Framer team to help make that level of digital product excellence and innovation accessible to any company in any traditional industry, from financial services to retail and beyond.”

Meanwhile, the Framer founding back story is worth noting. Bok and Dijk previously founded app and design studio Sofa, which they sold to Facebook in 2011. As part of the deal they relocated to Facebook’s headquarters in the U.S., and worked on various products, reporting directly to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. However, seeing an opportunity to help more companies transition to becoming digital-first and product-led, the pair left to found Framer in 2014.


Source: TechCrunch

The Pink Tax Means Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

New research suggests women in New York spend up to $50 a month more than men do on transportation, largely to feel safe and avoid harassment.
Source: Wired

25 Amazing Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25

Whether you’re shopping for travelers, coffee-lovers, or phone addicts, just because you’re cheap doesn’t mean your holiday gifts can’t be awesome.
Source: Wired

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