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Reminder: Other people‘s lives are not fodder for your feeds

#PlaneBae You should cringe when you read that hashtag. Because it‘s a reminder that people are being socially engineered by technology platforms to objectify and spy on each other for voyeuristic pleasure and profit. The short version of the story attached to the cringeworthy hashtag is this: Earlier this month an individual, called Rosey Blair, []

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iFixit finds dust covers in latest MacBook Pro keyboard

Apple released a refreshed MacBook Pro this week and top among the new features is a tweaked keyboard. Apple says its quieter than the last version and in our tests, we agree. But iFixit found something else: thin, silicone barriers that could improve the keyboard‘s reliability. This is big news. Users have long reported the []

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Disney tech smooths out bad CG hair days

Disney is unequivocally the world‘s leader in 3D simulations of hair - something of a niche talent in a way, but useful if you make movies like Tangled, where hair is basically the main character. A new bit of research from the company makes it easier for animators to have hair follow their artistic intent []

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Facebook reportedly hires AI chip head from Google

Facebook is continuing to devote more resources to the development of AI-focused chips, bringing aboard a senior director of engineering from Google who worked on chips for Google‘s products to lead its efforts, Bloomberg reports. We‘ve reached out to Google and Facebook for confirmation. Shahriar Rabii spent nearly seven years at Google before joiningFacebook this []

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Facebook reportedly hires an AI chip head from Google

Facebook is continuing to devote more resources to the development of AI-focused chips, bringing aboard a senior director of engineering from Google who worked on chips for Google‘s products to lead its efforts, Bloomberg reports. We‘ve reached out to Google and Facebook for confirmation. Shahriar Rabii spent nearly seven years at Google before joiningFacebook this []

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Coinbase teases new cryptocurrency assets for which it‘s ‘exploring‘ support

Coinbase is taking a look at some new cryptocurrencies to add to its exchange. The list is kind of a pre-announcement, with the startup saying that it‘s exploring adding the assets and is working with local banks and regulators to make them happen. On the list are Cardano (ADA) Basic Attention Token (BAT) Stellar Lumens []

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Yes, open office plans are the worst

If you‘re endlessly distracted by your co-workers in the gaping open office space you all share, you‘re not alone. Compared to traditional office spaces, face-to-face interaction in open office spaces is down 70 percent with resulting slips in productivity, according to Harvard researchers in a new study published inPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Bthis []

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Coinbase teases new cryptocurrency assets that it‘s ‘exploring‘ support for

Coinbase is taking a look at some new cryptocurrencies to add to its exchange. The list is kind of a pre-announcement with the startup saying that it‘s exploring adding the assets and is working with local banks and regulators to make them happen. On the list are Cardano (ADA) Basic Attention Token (BAT) Stellar Lumens []

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Coinbase teases several new cryptocurrency assets that it‘s ‘exploring‘ support for

Coinbase is taking a look at some new cryptocurrencies to add to its exchange. The list is kind of a pre-announcement with the startup saying that it‘s exploring adding the assets and is working with local banks and regulators to make them happen. On the list are Cardano (ADA) Basic Attention Token (BAT) Stellar Lumens []

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ACLU calls for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition technologies

Technology executives are pleading with the government to give them guidance on how to use facial recognition technologies, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is weighing in. On the heels of a Microsoft statement asking for the federal government to weigh in on the technology, the ACLU has called for a moratorium on the []

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How much quieter are the new MacBook Pro keyboards? Hear for yourself

Specs? We‘ll talk specs later. Right now we‘re focused on something far more important: keyboard noise. It‘s been a common complaint among MacBook users since the company shifted to the butterfly switch. Some of that can no doubt be chalked up to the fact that people really hate change when it comes to something as []

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Russian hackers used bitcoin to fund election interference, so prepare for FUD

The indictment filed today against 12 Russian officials accused of, among other things, hacking the DNC and undermining Hillary Clinton‘s campaign also notes that the alleged hackers paid for their nefarious deeds with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This unsavory application of one of tech‘s current darlings will almost certainly be wielded against it by opportunists of all stripes.

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YouTube TV subscribers get a free week after World Cup meltdown

When one of the main selling points for your service is the ability to stream live sports, the last thing you want is a full-on service meltdown during a huge game. Alas, that‘s exactly what happened on Wednesday to YouTube TV. Just as the World Cup semi-finals game between Croatia and England started heating up, []

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Moment Pro Camera app brings big camera controls to your phone

The company that brought you the best glass for your mobile device now gives you DSLR-like controls with their Pro Camera app. Features include full manual adjustment over ISO, shutter speed, white balance, image format and more. It should be noted that if you don‘t have a shiny new device you won‘t be able to []

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Chowly is raising 5.8 million to help restaurants manage on-demand delivery orders

Chowly, a point-of-sale system for restaurants, has raised nearly 4.7 million, according to an SEC filing. The company is targeting a total raise of 5.8 million. Chowly aims to help restaurants better manage the influx of delivery orders they receive from a variety of services, such as Grubhub, Delivery.com and Chownow In May, Square launched []

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There‘s now just one Blockbuster remaining in the US

And then there was one. With the impending closures of Blockbuster locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, just one single store will remain in the country,Anchorage Daily News reported yesterday. The two locations in Alaska will officially close their respective doors on July 16, leaving just one location in Bend, Ore. it is sad to []

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There‘s now just one Blockbuster remaining in the U.S.

And then there was one. With the impending closures of Blockbuster locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, just one single store will remain in the country,Anchorage Daily News reported yesterday. The two locations in Alaska will officially close their respective doors on July 16, leaving just one location in Bend, Ore. it is sad to []

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As facial recognition technology becomes pervasive, Microsoft (yes, Microsoft) issues a call for regulation

Technology companies have a privacy problem. They‘re terribly good at invading ours and terribly negligent at protecting their own. And with the push by technologists to map, identify and index our physical as well as virtual presence with biometrics like face and fingerprint scanning, the increasing digital surveillance of our physical world is causing some []

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Department of Justice indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers for Clinton email hacks

Just days before President Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Department of Justice has leveled new charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers who allegedly hacked the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton . The charges, released by Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who‘s leading []

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Amazon‘s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend

Amazon has already been in the crosshairs of the White House when it comes to threats of antitrust investigations, and while some say this is simply Trumpian bluster that has a slim chance of going anywhere, some new numbers out from the researchers at e-Marketers could prove to be a fan to the flames. Amazon []

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Chad Rigetti to talk quantum computing at Disrupt SF

Even for the long-standing giants of the tech industry, quantum computing is one of the most complicated subjects to tackle. So how does a five-year old startup compete? Chad Rigetti, the namesake founder of Rigetti Computing, will join us at Disrupt SF 2018 to help us break it all down. Rigetti‘s approach to quantum computing []

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Apple announces clean energy fund in China

Apple has announced a new investment fund to foster clean energy usage in China. The company isn‘t just trying to switch its own offices and facilities. Apple is also working with its suppliers to expand the use of clean energy across the board. For this fund in particular, Apple and 10 suppliers will invest 300 []

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Emptor looks to help companies more easily find contractors in the area

For any company looking to spin up some kind of operation in a new region, one of the first steps may be finding contractors in the area that can actually get the work started - but, especially as companies drift further from cities, that can increasingly become a nightmare that‘s quite familiar to Matt Velker. []

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Amazon Prime Day‘s best tech deals

When you‘re as big as Amazon, you get to make up your own holidays. And if you want to make that day 36 hours long, who‘s going to stop you? This year, things kick off on Monday July 16, and just kind of keep going from there. Granted, many of the best deals won‘t be []

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