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Twitter Finally Bans Alex Jones—Over a Publicity Stunt

After years of abuse and spreading conspiracy theories, Alex Jones finally went too far for Twitter with a relatively tame rant.
Source: Wired

Consejos para conseguir una cita con alguien más atractivo que usted

La actividad de los usuarios una web de citas ‘online’ revela las estrategias que siguen para encontrar pareja y su eficacia. Los resultados revelan que aumentar los contactos con personas de una ‘liga’ superior mejora las posibilidades de obtener respuesta 
Source: MIT

Finja que baila como una estrella con una cámara corriente y esta IA

Hasta ahora, transferir los movimientos de una persona a otra en un vídeo era bastante complicado. Esta investigación ha logrado el mismo proceso de una forma mucho más sencilla y los resultados son impresionantes. Las industrias del cine y los videojuegos estarán encantadas
Source: MIT

Mark your calendar: Google will launch new hardware on October 9 in NYC

Save the date: Google will announce new hardware on October 9 in New York City. The date and venue are a change of pace considering the past two October events took place on October 4 in San Francisco.

The post Mark your calendar: Google will launch new hardware on October 9 in NYC appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

M. Scott Mahaskey captured the scene in an unscripted backdoor moment after the Twitter–Facebook Senate hearings.
Source: Wired

Seismic debuts robotic-assistive Powered Clothing undergarments

Powered Clothing is not a robotic exoskeleton. Not in the standard understanding of the term, at least. Seismic CEO Rich Mahoney wants to make that much clear. 

“Exoskeletons are what the public understands, with regards to wearable robotics,” Mahoney told TechCrunch in an interview ahead of the product’s debut onstage this week at Disrupt. “We’re absolutely not an exoskeleton. Part of our insight we saw is that everyone is wearing clothing and no one is wearing robots.”

Around the TechCrunch office, we’ve taken to calling the product “robotic underwear,” something that paints a bit more accurate a picture of what you’re getting yourself into. The product is designed to offer similar assistive functionality to what you get with SuitX or Ekso, albeit on a smaller scale, in a more discreet package.

“Our first product is integrating what we call intelligent wearable strength, focused on the core,” says Mahoney. “It symbiotically provides assistant to the hips and lower back to support mobility and posture. There are many people that can use that, but we’re really focusing on where the need is. It’s the broad consumer, wellness market.”

The company’s initial demographic is the aging baby boomer generation — wearers who are still mobile but can use an extra assist from Seismic’s textile-based tendons. It’s a far more subtle take on the company’s original model, a DARPA-funded spin-off of research organization, SRI International.

In those prehistoric days of 2016, the company was known as Superflex, and the product looked something a bit more akin to a bionic wetsuit. These days, the company employs a number designers alongside its robotics staff to deliver a wearable that’s, well, a bit more wearable.

“We understood that we were an apparel company and really saw a consumer-facing brand as being the way we wanted to approach the market,” says Mahoney. “We really have to think about what people understand and how we can bring functionality to clothing, while maintaining comfort, aesthetic and emotion. Really, our company is a fusion of apparel and robotics.”

Powered Clothing will come to market in limited quantities this year at a price “similar to high-end, premium apparel.”


Source: TechCrunch

The SEC has never been busier investigating both private and public companies in the Bay Area, suggests agency head

Yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt, Jina Choi, the longtime head of the SEC’s San Francisco unit, declined to confirm that her agency is investigating Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his now infamous tweet about securing funding for a take-private maneuver.

Choi did pull back the curtain substantially with regard to how the agency — which has never worked harder as it relates to private company investigations — operates.

The uptick in activity is no surprise. As companies linger as private entities for longer periods of time — often raising hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars along the way — the SEC has found itself spending more time understanding who the players are, as well as watching them more closely. In fact, while Cho’s 130-person unit covers much more than the Bay Area — its reach extends to Portland, Seattle, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska  — it could easily pour all of its resources into Silicon Valley and San Francisco because it’s so “incredibly busy.”

One of its most famous cases to date has centered on Theranos, the blood-testing company that is right now dissolving but was charged with massive civil fraud by the SEC back in March. It was a case that the SEC spent nearly two years building, and when we talked with Choi about what took so long, she explained how resource intensive the process really is.

She also talked about how much of the agency’s tips come through media accounts (the WSJ famously blew the covers off what had gone so wrong at Theranos) versus other means, including the SEC’s whistleblower program.

And we talked about how the SEC determines settlements in those frequent cases where it settles with a party it has charged with fraud. Recently, for example, the SEC settled with Bay Area investor Mike Rothenberg, who it accused of misappropriating millions of dollars of investor capital. Rothenberg didn’t admit to wrongdoing, but he did agree to be banned from the investment advisory and brokerage business for five years — a move that some industry observers thought didn’t go far enough, while others viewed as onerous.

As it happens, barring people from the industries in which operate is about as extreme a punishment as the SEC can deliver, she explained. “We’re a civil law enforcement agency, so that means that we’re we don’t have the power to take away people’s liberties . . . We can’t put people in jail . . . but one of our most impactful remedies is to bar people from [their] profession” when such a penalty is deemed appropriate.

In fact, she continued, “a lot of times [the target of the SEC’s investigations will say] ‘I can pay a bigger penalty,’ ‘I’ll pay you more money; just don’t ban me from this industry.’ And I think that that’s where we have a tough negotiation, because I think that’s where we can have our greatest impact.”

If you’re interested in how the SEC operates, as well as its evolving stance on ICOs and main street investors accessing private companies, you can learn a lot more by watching here.


Source: TechCrunch

Uber CEO: ride hailing will be eclipsed by scooters, bikes and even flying taxis

A decade from now, ride-hailing will be less than 50 percent of Uber’s business, in terms of transactions, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.

The onstage prediction is in line with recent moves by Uber and its CEO to be part of, and make money from, all the different ways people might move within an urban environment. In Khosrowshahi’s one year as CEO, Uber has made a multimillion-dollar acquisition of JUMP bikes, launched UberRENT, announced plans to launch a dockless electric scooter service and launched a new modalities organization created to figure out what this multi-modal future might look like for Uber.

Ride hailing, the company’s first and primary revenue driver, and its delivery app UberEATS, will both be enormous in the future, Khosrowshahi said. But the long-term vision, and one that is already in motion, is to move away from travel that relies on passenger cars.

“We want to be the Amazon of transportation,” Khosrowshahi said. “And hopefully, 10 years from now no one in the audience is going to own a car.”

Dockless scooters and bikes — and someday even flying taxis — are central to that plan.

“I’m actually very, very bullish on personal individual electric vehicles,” Khosrowshahi said. “We’ve got to deconstruct that car and that’s a big part of the mission going forward.”

You can watch the full video below:


Source: TechCrunch

British Airways data breach put customers' financial info at risk – CNET

Customers who made bookings between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5 may have been affected.
Source: CNET

Education, housing are 'broken,' says Chan Zuckerberg's Priscilla Chan – CNET

The co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative says she wants to make the opportunities she had available to others.
Source: CNET

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