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Facebook axes Russia-linked pages to stop election interference – CNET

Mark Zuckerberg says a Russian agency has “tried to manipulate people in the US, Europe, and Russia — and we don’t want them on Facebook anywhere in the world.”
Source: CNET

Samsung goes on a gaming Odyssey with new Core i7 CPU, GTX 1060 graphics

Samsung introduced the upcoming Notebook Odyssey Z packing the latest Intel Core i7 CPU for laptops and Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics. It’s available in Korea and China now, followed by North America later this year.

The post Samsung goes on a gaming Odyssey with new Core i7 CPU, GTX 1060 graphics appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Reddit refurbishes its bland style, adds an endless scroll, new view options

After over a year of planning, the new Reddit is now available for a small percentage of users before a widespread rollout. The update includes an endless scroll, posts editor, and three different view options.

The post Reddit refurbishes its bland style, adds an endless scroll, new view options appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Apple steals Google’s AI chief

Apple has just poached one of Google’s top AI executives in a move likely to have far-reaching consequences.

Apple has hired John Giannandrea, previously Google’s head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports. Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” the Cupertino company said in a statement to the Times; he will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

Just yesterday, The Information (paywalled) had reported that Giannandrea would be stepping down from his role at Google and would be replaced by 19-year Google veteran Jeff Dean. Giannandrea first joined Google in 2010 after it acquired MetaWeb, where he served as CTO. The startup sought to make search results more contextually aware through its hefty database of tagged data.

The hire is particularly important as Apple has seemed to fall far behind its rivals in the race to build smarter software powered by artificial intelligence. Siri, the digital assistant into which Apple has pumped much of its consumer-facing AI technologies, is far behind Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant in capabilities.

TechCrunch chatted with Giannandrea at our most recent Disrupt SF conference, where he spoke at length about how humans could help make computers smarter, but that we could also lend them our biases if we aren’t careful.

 


Source: TechCrunch

NASA grants Lockheed Martin $248M contract to develop a quieter supersonic jet

The Concorde was a generation ago, yet its legend persists — and the dream of supersonic flight may be returning. NASA and Lockheed Martin are taking concrete steps toward the creation of jets that travel faster than the speed of sound but are “about as loud as a car door closing.”

NASA announced today that it has awarded Lockheed a juicy $247.5 contract to produce a single “X-plane,” or experimental plane, meeting certain requirements by the end of 2021. The company created a preliminary design under a previous contract.

Much of the engineering is up to Lockheed, of course, but in the end the single-pilot craft will travel at some 940 MPH at high altitude — 55,000 feet — and produce around 75 perceived decibels (compared with the Concorde’s 90) at ground level.

Of course it will be louder up close — you can’t run engines and split the air at that speed without making a racket, and this thing is using a fighter jet engine. A big problem with supersonic flight was that the sonic boom made it too loud to fly over populated areas. (The Concorde had more problems than that, but the boom was part of it.)

But there’s been a great deal of research (dramatic NASA video here) into improving the aerodynamics of a supersonic craft and carefully designing every contour to control the inevitable pressure waves it creates. This new plane will be the first to test many of those principles.

Once the craft is delivered at the end of 2021, assuming everything plays out according to schedule, NASA will start flight tests and collect community responses. Presumably that means asking if they heard anything unusual that day.

That data will be passed on to regulators as support for new rules on supersonic flight — which could in turn give the aerospace industry the green light to develop practical applications.

As you can see there’s a long way to go before a quiet supersonic jet is even built and tested, but the work is underway.


Source: TechCrunch

GoFundMe acquires YouCaring as charitable crowdfunding continues to consolidate

GoFundMe, the startup that focuses on crowdfunding for charitable causes, has made another acquisition to scale up its platform: It has acquired YouCaring, a smaller rival, creating a combined community of around 60 million donors in some 19 countries in the process. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but it comes amid a flurry of acquisitions in the space as smaller companies look to consolidate in the face of growing competition from the likes of Facebook, and, it seems, Amazon.

Other acquisitions among charitable crowdfunding startups have included GoFundMe buying CrowdRise (and relaunching it last month), and YouCaring acquiring Generosity.com from Indiegogo in January of this year.

GoFundMe says that current YouCaring campaigns will continue as is if they have been started on the latter site or have the option to move to GoFundMe. Future campaigns will all be initiated on GoFundMe. Campaigns will be backed by GoFundMe’s guarantee going forward.

Crowdfunding has become one of the biggest levers for raising money over the internet. Using emotional storytelling campaigns that spread virally through social media (and more traditional media), charitable giving specifically has been given a huge boost. GoFundMe was already the world’s biggest platform for causes-based online giving, and this deal will extend its margin further.

It’s not completely clear why GoFundMe decided to gobble up YouCaring (or YouCaring chose to sell up), rather than both continuing to grow organically, but one reason could be because of changing business models in the charitable crowdfunding space.

Last November, GoFundMe announced that it would drop the 5 percent platform fee that it was charging for personal campaigns in the U.S. (its biggest market) and opt for a tips-based model. Notably, this is the model that forms the basis of how YouCaring — which is profitable — works.

“We have never had a platform fee and never will,” Dan Saper, CEO of YouCaring, told me earlier this year. More than 70 percent of all its users tip the company something, he added. “It has been remarkably sustainable and predictable,” he said. “We treat people like adults and let them decide who to support and how much to give.”

YouCaring also has the distinction of having hosted and run the largest crowdfunding campaign of all time, on any platform, raising $37 million for JJ Watt’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

It could be that GoFundMe decided to bring in YouCaring either to help it build out its business in the tips-based space, or to work more closely with high-profile fundraisers, or (more cynically) to take out its closest independent rival in order to have less competitive pressure around how it chooses to build out fees and tips in the future. (We’re asking the question and will update as we learn more.)

For now, the combination is being described by GoFundMe as a move to strengthen its lead in the market — putting truth to the adage of “strength in numbers.”

“GoFundMe and YouCaring share a common mission of making it easier than ever for people to get the support they need. With this acquisition, we strengthen our position as the place where more people can unite to make an impact far greater than they can on their own,” said Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome the YouCaring community to GoFundMe and empower a global community of more than 50 million changemakers to help make a difference in each other’s lives.”

GoFundMe has never revealed how much it has raised from investors, but its backers include Iconiq, Stripes Group, Accel, TCV, Greylock and Meritech. YouCaring also has never disclosed how much it has raised and has only ever disclosed one backer, Alpine Investors.


Source: TechCrunch

YouTube Shooting Spree Injures 4, Kills 1

Police say 1 dead and 4 wounded in shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Wired

Alexa’s routines can now play music, podcasts and radio shows

Alexa’s routines are getting a musical upgrade. First launched last year, routines allow Alexa device owners to string together a series of actions that kick off with a simple command — like “good morning” or “I’m home,” for example. Until today, the feature included support for news, weather, traffic, smart home skills, as well as, more recently, a set of “Alexa says” commands that let you add a little personality to a given routine. Starting today, Alexa can play your favorite music, podcast or radio show in a routine, too.

To use the feature, you’ll select an artist, playlist, album or station from your music library or one of the supported streaming services. Currently, the supported services are those that already work with Alexa — Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Saavn, Deezer and TuneIn.

Amazon says you’ll also be able to create a volume action to control the audio output on your device.

The addition has the potential to make routines more useful for those who like to have music in their home on a more regular basis. For instance, if you like to start your day with a playlist that gives you energy, you could create a “good morning” routine that turns on your lights and smart coffee maker, then starts playing your favorite upbeat songs.

You also could create a routine for relaxing that includes more soothing music or a nighttime routine that locks the door then plays sleep sounds. A party playlist could be included in a routine that puts your smart light bulbs into a flashing disco mode or crazy colors.

But music isn’t the only option — because some of the services support radio shows or podcasts, those can now be integrated into your routines, too. For instance, a “welcome home” routine could play your daily briefing followed by a podcast or favorite radio show from TuneIn.

Although Alexa gained the ability to run routines before its rival, Google Assistant, Google’s version already supports music, podcasts and radio. So Amazon is playing a bit of catch-up here. In addition, Google Assistant routines can also pick up an audiobook where you left off — that’s oddly not one of Alexa’s routines options today, even though Alexa can read to you from your Audible library. Presumably, Audible support in routines is in the works.

Music is an increasingly important business for Amazon, so better integration with Alexa makes sense. The company this week told Billboard it now has “tens of millions” of paid customers, confirming earlier reports that it has become the third-largest music service behind Spotify and Apple Music.

The ability to customize routines with music and other audio content will be available within the Alexa app for iOS and Android. However, the feature is just now beginning to roll out — so you may not see the option immediately.


Source: TechCrunch

Baidu muestra en directo la eficacia de su nuevo traductor simultáneo

El aparato, que cabe en el bolsillo, tradujo sin problema una breve entrevista entre el mandarín y el inglés ante una audiencia que no dudó en aplaudir el avance. Gracias a su trabajo con las redes neuronales, parece que sus avances en traducción automática no han hecho más que empezar


Source: MIT

Los nuevos empleos de la IA podrían aumentar la desigualdad aún más

La economista Laura Tyson cree que aunque la automatización destruya puestos de trabajo, también creará otros nuevos. Pero estas nuevas profesiones no se distribuirán de forma homogénea ni serán accesibles para los perfiles medios que hayan perdido su trabajo


Source: MIT

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