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Trump to block U.S. downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday
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The Commerce department announced Friday morning that it would ban U.S. business transactions with China-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday.

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Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in 'troll farm' spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging - The Washington Post
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12 min read, listed 1 day ago in MIT Technology Review — Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.

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The sprawling operation by Turning Point Action, led by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, evades guardrails put in place to prevent the spread of online disinformation, experts said.

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Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy | WIRED
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3 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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A free press suppressed. A vote postponed. Dissent criminalized. China’s insidious reengineering of the region marches on, but not without a fight.

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Foreign, domestic disinformation deepens U.S. fissures - Axios
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3 min read, listed 1 day ago in MIT Technology Review — Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.

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The center of the American polity faces unprecedented strain from within and without.

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Facebook to Curb Internal Debate Over Sensitive Issues Amid Staff Discord - WSJ
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2 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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Facebook is moving to curb internal debate around divisive political and social topics, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said, after a spate of disputes and criticism that has fueled discord among staffers.

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AI-powered weight training startup Tonal raises $110 million amid home workout boom | VentureBeat
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3 min read, listed 1 day ago in AI – VentureBeat

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Tonal, a startup developing an AI-powered home weight training system, raised $110 million to further its R&D and mass-production efforts.

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Facial recognition tech in Africa boosted by Ghana AI startup — Quartz Africa
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Charlette N’Guessan is the first woman to win the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation from the UK’ s Royal Academy of Engineering

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New artificial intelligence could save both elephant and human lives
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When the elephant arrived in the night, on the hunt for sugarcane, Uthorn Kanthong was waiting for him. Like many of his neighbors, the 69-year-old Thai farmer had taken to staying in his fields into the late hours, to try and scare off elephants that came to snack on his crop. He usually returned home […]

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Bill Gates funds birth control microchip that lasts 16 years inside the body and can be turned on or off with remote control | National Post
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FBI director: It's a mistake to get election information on social media - CNET
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3 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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If you want accurate details on when and where to vote, he says, don't look to Facebook or Twitter.

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Trump raises questions about TikTok-Oracle deal if ByteDance ties remain | Reuters
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3 min read, listed 1 day ago in MIT Technology Review — Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.

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U.S. President Donald Trump raised questions on Wednesday about plans by China's ByteDance to keep a majority stake in the U.S. operations of popular social media platform TikTok after six Republican lawmakers urged him to reject the proposal.

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A Car Insurance Claim Estimate Before the Tow Truck Is Called - The New York Times
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2 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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Using algorithms, tech companies are helping insurers speed up the process after an accident, make it more accurate and keep estimators out of the field — a plus during a pandemic.

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Twitter rolls out new security features to prevent Election Day chaos - The Verge
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3 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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The move follows one of the company’s biggest breaches.

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'Hey, Samuel' wake word brings Samuel L. Jackson's voice to your Alexa devices faster - CNET
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2 min read, listed 13 hours ago in Robert Dale — This Week in NLP: Friday 18th September 2020

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You no longer have to ask Alexa to talk to Samuel L. Jackson.

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Google expanding moderation on internal message boards
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2 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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Google is expanding its moderation system for internal message boards as it tries to appease employees' desire for transparency and open dialogue while still cracking down on divisive distractions, as staffers work from home through summer 2021.

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The brain's memory abilities inspire AI experts in making neural networks less 'forgetful'
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3 min read, listed 1 day ago in Phys.org - Machine Learning & AI news

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Artificial intelligence (AI) experts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Baylor College of Medicine report that they have successfully addressed what they call a "major, long-standing obstacle to increasing AI capabilities" by drawing inspiration from a human brain memory mechanism known as "replay."

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Engineers produce a fisheye lens that's completely flat
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6 min read, listed 14 hours ago in reddit/singularity/Engineers produce a fisheye lens that's completely flat

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To capture panoramic views in a single shot, photographers typically use fisheye lenses—ultra-wide-angle lenses made from multiple pieces of curved glass, which distort incoming light to produce wide, bubble-like images. Their spherical, multipiece design makes fisheye lenses inherently bulky and often costly to produce.

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A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech | WIRED
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4 min read, listed 1 day ago in MIT Technology Review — Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.

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Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter others from adopting apps.

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SiFive hires Qualcomm exec as CEO for RISC-V alternatives to Nvidia-Arm | VentureBeat
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SiFive has hired former Qualcomm executive Patrick Little as its new CEO. His job will be to establish RISC-V processors as an alternative to Arm.

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Game changer: NASA data tool could revolutionize Amazon fire analysis
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5 min read, listed 11 hours ago in reddit/datasets/Game changer: NASA data tool could revolutionize Amazon fire analysis

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A new automated near real time fire monitoring system could inform smarter strategies and solutions for curbing Amazon fires and reducing impacts; researchers call it a valuable tool for Amazon conservation.

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U.S Army chooses Austin Community College for new software development program | KXAN Austin
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2 min read, listed 1 day ago in Artificial Intelligence

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Austin Community College is partnering with the Army Future Command to bring a new program to the college.

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Death decreed over Zoom - Rest of World
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9 min read, listed 1 day ago in MIT Technology Review — Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.

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Virtual courts were meant to be the solution to a congested system in Nigeria. Then it was used to sentence a man to death.

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German hospital hacked, patient taken to another city dies
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2 min read, listed 17 hours ago in MIT Technology Review — Letter-writing staved off lockdown loneliness. Now it’s getting out the vote.

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German authorities said Thursday that what appears to have been a misdirected hacker attack caused the failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf.

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Toucan raises $3M to teach you new languages as you browse the web – TechCrunch
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3 min read, listed 13 hours ago in Robert Dale — This Week in NLP: Friday 18th September 2020

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Toucan has developed a Chrome browser extension designed for anyone who wants to learn a new language but hasn’t found the motivation or the time. Once installed, the extension scans the text of any (English-language) website you’re visiting and will automatically translate some of the …

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Amazon Alexa App Gets Hindi Language Support on Android, iOS | Technology News
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2 min read, listed 3 hours ago in Google Alerts — Daily Digest

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Alexa in Hindi was originally introduced back in September last year in India for Amazon Echo devices and other smart speakers.

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