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Could Ketamine Be the New Prozac?

The club drug might be the next big depression treatment—but how best to use it remains unknown.
Source: Wired

Apple responds to Congress' letter on data security and privacy – CNET

The company says it values our privacy.
Source: CNET

Deadpool pinball machine sports '80s flair, X-Men and time travel – CNET

Deadpool even faces dinos during this pinball adventure.
Source: CNET

NASA wants you to build your own Mars rover – CNET

The Jet Propulsion Lab’s DIY Curiosity rover costs billions less than the real thing.
Source: CNET

AT&T is now the sole owner of Otter Media

Otter Media is no longer a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group — AT&T announced today that it has acquired The Chernin Group’s controlling interest in the digital media company.

Otter Media was founded in 2014 and owns Ellation (which in turn owns anime streamer Crunchyroll and subscription video service Vrv) and Fullscreen (which owns Rooster Teeth).

It will now become a part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit, which was created with the acquisition of Time Warner. Tony Goncalves, the AT&T executive who became Otter Media’s CEO earlier this year, will continue to run the company.

The New York Times reports that analysts valued the deal at more than $1 billion.

“We are thrilled to incorporate the Otter Media brands and talent into WarnerMedia,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in the announcement. “Working with Tony, we look to harness Otter’s expertise in feeding the passion of on-line audiences to augment our portfolio of digital assets and help us further engage, connect and entertain consumers around the globe.”

AT&T says Otter Media has built up an audience of 93 million unique viewers each month and has 2 million paying subscribers.


Source: TechCrunch

Otto co-founder Lior Ron is back at Uber

Lior Ron, the co-founder of the controversial self-driving technology company Otto, is returning to Uber to head up its trucking logistics company, Uber Freight, TechCrunch has confirmed.

Both Ron and his co-founder and ex-Googler Anthony Levandowski went to Uber after it acquired Otto in August of 2016. However, Levandowski was fired from Uber after pleading the Fifth Amendment to his accused involvement in stealing Google’s self-driving car trade secrets for use in Otto’s technology. Ron exited Uber a month after the company settled with Google parent company Alphabet for $245 million over the dispute.

Now, after some reportedly intense, month-long negotiations, Lior plans to return to Uber pending acquisition of Otto Trucking. The self-driving trucking company is a separate entity from Otto, and the deal to purchase Otto’s other units never fully closed, leading to continued negotiations.

Ron is an obvious pick to run Uber Freight as he helped “lay the groundwork” for the momentum the company has seen since its founding, according to Uber. He’s also managed to negotiate a deal with his employees in mind. The new deal would allow Uber Freight to be a standalone business within Uber and give Otto Trucking shareholders an equity stake in Uber Freight.

However, Levandowski will sell his shares in the freight company to an undisclosed VC firm, according to Bloomberg. Uber did not comment on which firm that might be. Meanwhile, Uber, which owns a majority stake in Freight, plans to double its investment in the company over the next year.


Source: TechCrunch

HP slices prices on laptops for its huge back to school sale

HP is slashing prices on laptops, desktops, and printers for their annual back to school sale. From now until Saturday, August 11, you can pick up a laptop for less than half it’s retail price. Take a look for yourself.

The post HP slices prices on laptops for its huge back to school sale appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Baobab Studios CEO Maureen Fan to speak at TechCrunch AR/VR Sessions

The world of VR may have already sort of figured out the basics of how VR gaming will work, but when it comes to studios building the next generation of narrative “movie” content, there are plenty of questions up in the air.

Baobab Studios CEO and co-founder Maureen Fan has more answers than most. Fan’s studio has raised $31 million dollars from investors betting on their model for bringing narrative content in VR to the masses. The Emmy award-winning studio has dedicated itself to building out virtual reality content that has something to offer everyone. 

We’ll chat with Fan about the economics of VR content, the difficulties of staying lean in the VR industry and the evolving relationship between Hollywood and virtual reality tech at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR in Los Angeles on October 18.

The company’s latest animated VR project, Rainbow Crow, stars John Legend and Oprah Winfrey. Fan has led the studio’s efforts to focus on storytelling and character development rather than just promoting VR tech’s bells and whistles. It seems to be working, the startup’s film Invasion! has gained substantial downloads and earned the studio an Emmy.

Fan has experienced the intricacies of the gaming world and where there is room for crossover with film content. She was previously VP of Games at Zynga. Now at Baobab, she’s looking at how the interactivity enabled by VR can help viewers get closer with the characters they see on screen.

While Baobab is firmly focused on immersive video, the characters they’ve created are set to make their way to the silver screen thanks to an adaptation deal with Roth Kirschenbaum Films.

TC Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA is a single-day event designed to facilitate in-depth conversations, hands-on demos and networking opportunities with the industry leaders, content creators and game changers bringing innovation to the masses.

Purchase your Early Bird tickets here for just $99. Student get a special rate of just $45 when you book here.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Las apuestas de la muerte en 'blockchain': un crimen sin delincuentes

La plataforma de mercado de predicciones Augur se ha hecho famosa por alojar apuestas sobre cuándo morirán personas como Donald Trump y Jeff Bezos. Aunque se trata de un caso de uso ilegal, cuesta identificar a los responsables del delito, como ya pasó con Napster en los albores de internet 
Source: MIT

Autonomous drones could herd birds away from airports

Bird strikes on aircraft may be rare, but not so rare that airports shouldn’t take precautions against them. But keeping birds away is a difficult proposition: How do you control the behavior of flocks of dozens or hundreds of birds? Perhaps with a drone that autonomously picks the best path to do so, like this one developed by CalTech researchers.

Right now airports may use manually piloted drones, which are expensive and of course limited by the number of qualified pilots, or trained falcons — which as you might guess is a similarly difficult method to scale.

Soon-Jo Chung at CalTech became interested in the field after seeing the near-disaster in 2009 when US Airways 1549 nearly crashed due to a bird strike but was guided to a comparatively safe landing in the Hudson.

“It made me think that next time might not have such a happy ending,” he said in a CalTech news release. “So I started looking into ways to protect airspace from birds by leveraging my research areas in autonomy and robotics.”

A drone seems like an obvious solution — put it in the air and send those geese packing. But predicting and reliably influencing the behavior of a flock is no simple matter.

“You have to be very careful in how you position your drone. If it’s too far away, it won’t move the flock. And if it gets too close, you risk scattering the flock and making it completely uncontrollable,” Chung said.

The team studied models of how groups of animals move and affect one another and arrived at their own that described how birds move in response to threats. From this can be derived the flight path a drone should follow that will cause the birds to swing aside in the desired direction but not panic and scatter.

Armed with this new software, drones were deployed in several spaces with instructions to deter birds from entering a given protected area. As you can see below (an excerpt from this video), it seems to have worked:

More experimentation is necessary, of course, to tune the model and get the system to a state that is reliable and works with various sizes of flocks, bird airspeeds, and so on. But it’s not hard to imagine this as a standard system for locking down airspace: a dozen or so drones informed by precision radar could protect quite a large area.

The team’s results are published in IEEE Transactions on Robotics.


Source: TechCrunch

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