(88) Ladar Levison - Press Release Gag Order on Lavabit’s Levison...
Mr. Levison has consistently relied on the First Amendment in his court filings, which sought to remove the gag orders entered against him. He argued that such orders are an unconstitutional restraint against speech, and an afront to the democratic process. He plans to use his newfound freedom to discuss the case during a planned presentation on Compelled Decryption at DEF CON 24 in Las Vegas, NV.
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Brexit is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions
“a large constituency of working-class voters feel that not only has the economy left them behind, but so has the culture, that the sources of their dignity, the dignity of labour, have been eroded and mocked by developments with globalisation, the rise of finance, the attention that is lavished by parties across the political spectrum on economic and financial elites, the technocratic emphasis of the established political parties.”
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2 days ago
How Google is Remaking Itself as a “Machine Learning First” Company — Backchannel
RankBrain is “involved in every query,” and affects the actual rankings “probably not in every query but in a lot of queries.” What’s more, it’s hugely effective. Of the hundreds of “signals” Google search uses when it calculates its rankings (a signal might be the user’s geographical location, or whether the headline on a page matches the text in the query), RankBrain is now rated as the third most useful.
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2 days ago
Google uses RankBrain for every search, impacts rankings of "lots" of them
What’s more, it’s hugely effective. Of the hundreds of “signals” Google search uses when it calculates its rankings (a signal might be the user’s geographical location, or whether the headline on a page matches the text in the query), RankBrain is now rated as the third most useful.
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2 days ago
Start your speculation engines, Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display | TechCrunch
One of the technical hurdles has been which connector such a new display would use, or whether it would just feature an internal GPU. Current Thunderbolt tech may (or may not, depending on who you ask) work for it if you run cables in parallel, or customize it using a wireless chip method similar to Apple’s Lightning digital AV Adapter. It might make sense, for instance, to use an internal GPU to enable laptops and other Macs without a powerful graphics processor to use such a high-res display.
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3 days ago
AI, Apple and Google — Benedict Evans
I think a foundational point here is Eric Raymond's rule that a computer should 'never ask the user for any information that it can autodetect, copy, or deduce' - especially, here, deduce. One way to see the whole development of computing over the past 50 years is as removing questions that a computer needed to ask, and adding new questions that it could ask. Lots of those things didn't necessarily look like questions as they're presented to the user, but they were, and computers don't ask them anymore:

The sheer variety of places and ways that Apple is doing this, and the different techniques, makes it pretty hard to make categorical statements on the lines of 'Apple is missing this'. Apple has explicitly decided to do at least some of this with one hand tied behind its back, but it's not clear how many services that really affects, or how much. Maybe you don't need my photos of mountains, but how about training to recognize my son - is that being done on the device? Is the training data being updated? How much better is Google's training data? How much would it benefit from that?
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3 days ago
Twilio opens trading at $23.99 per share | TechCrunch
If the stock continues to do well, that could be good news for tech companies and investors, who are likely hoping that a strong showing from Twilio will pave the way for more tech IPOs after the disappointment of last year’s offerings.
The company, which offers a platform for developers to add voice and text messaging capabilities to their own apps, is not profitable — it reported a net loss of $35.5 million last year. However, it’s showing strong revenue growth, with $166.9 million in 2015 revenue compared to $88.8 million the year before.
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4 days ago
Senate rejects FBI bid for warrantless access to internet browsing histories | ZDNet
An amendment designed to allow the government warrantless access to internet browsing histories has been narrowly defeated in the Senate.

The amendment fell two votes short of the required 60 votes to advance.

But the effort is far from dead. Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who switched his vote at the last minute, submitted a motion to reconsider the vote following the defeat.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the amendment as an add-on to the commerce, justice, and science appropriations bill earlier this week. McCain said in a statement on Monday that the amendment would "track lone wolves" in the wake of the Orlando massacre, in which Omar Mateen, who authorities say radicalized himself online, killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in the Florida city.
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4 days ago
C-SPAN's viral video moment - POLITICO
Congress’ tight control over what its viewers see has long been a source of frustration for C-SPAN, which has been trying to get its own cameras on the floor of since 1984. But congressional leaders, whether Democratic or Republican, have maintained power over the cameras, the audio, the angles and when they’re turned on and off.

That all changed on Wednesday afternoon, when members of Congress themselves became the cameras, using their smartphones to broadcast the sit-in live directly to C-SPAN after the network’s access to video feeds from the House floor was cut, despite the fact there were dozens of Democratic lawmakers still there, making speeches and making news.
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4 days ago
Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity | Tesla Motors
We would be the world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers. This would start with the car that you drive and the energy that you use to charge it, and would extend to how everything else in your home or business is powered. With your Model S, Model X, or Model 3, your solar panel system, and your Powerwall all in place, you would be able to deploy and consume energy in the most efficient and sustainable way possible, lowering your costs and minimizing your dependence on fossil fuels and the grid.
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5 days ago
Samsung to Invest $1.2 Billion in ‘Internet of Things’ Startups and Research in U.S. - WSJ
WASHINGTON—Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that it will invest $1.2 billion in the U.S. over four years to boost technologies aimed at adding computing power to everyday devices, a movement dubbed the “internet of things.”
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5 days ago
Tech Companies Fight Back After Years of Being Deluged With Secret FBI Requests
In early June, when Yahoo disclosed three secret government requests for customer information — called national security letters — one of those requests revealed that the FBI might have been exceeding its authority by asking for email records, such as headers or browsing information, in addition to basic subscriber information.
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5 days ago
Facebook Signs Deals With Media Companies, Celebrities for Facebook Live - WSJ
The company has agreed to make payments to video creators totaling more than $50 million, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Its partners include established media outfits like CNN and the New York Times; digital publishers like Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable and the Huffington Post; and celebrities including Kevin Hart, Gordon Ramsay, Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson.
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5 days ago
Government Issues Rules on Commercial Drones - WSJ
The Federal Aviation Administration decision, as expected, limits approval to drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Operations are allowed during twilight only if the drone has anti-collision lights. The drone’s speed must not exceed 100 miles an hour. The new rule takes effect in late August.
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5 days ago
Twitter Trolls Are Reporting Pro-LGBT Muslim Women to Their Governments, Where Punishment Can Mean Death - The Daily Beast
Stories of social media harassment have become increasingly common in recent years, but the consequences of this trolling campaign could be far more serious than most. Twitter users in Kuwait have already spent years in jail for tweets similar to the ones trolls unearthed on Sunday and Monday, as repeated requests to Twitter to ban those doxing young women have so far fallen on deaf ears.
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5 days ago
Welcome to the future, where bots make the bad dates go away | The Verge
Burner doesn’t necessarily expect people to use Ghostbot. "Part of this [effort] is meant to provoke thinking about how people are going to interact in the future and how machines will play into that," CEO Greg Cohn said in an interview with The Verge. "Like, if you don’t treat me the right way you're going to talk to my machine."
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5 days ago
Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid | The Verge
We’re so out of ideas that actively making them shittier and more user-hostile is the only innovation left.
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5 days ago
Daring Fireball: Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives
in five years we’ll look at analog headphone jacks the way we look at all the other legacy ports we’ve abandoned.
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5 days ago
Apple Opens Up iPhone Code in What Could Be Savvy Strategy or Security Screwup
Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software—or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake. Apple declined to comment on why it didn’t follow its usual procedure.
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5 days ago
Twitter is making a huge video push — and tweaking Vine’s six second limit in the process - Recode
Twitter is also tweaking Vine’s most distinct characteristic: That all videos on Vine are limited to six seconds. Vines videos will still be six seconds long, but you will soon be able to post additional videos — up to 140 seconds long — alongside your Vine.* Many creators used Vines to preview longer videos, directing users to Instagram or YouTube to “watch the full video.” Now they can add the longer version directly to Vine.
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6 days ago
Apple won't aid GOP convention over Trump - POLITICO
Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.
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8 days ago
How to Fix the OnePlus 3's Memory Management Issues
We have mixed feelings regarding OnePlus’ decision to limit the number of background apps and effectively reduce the multi-tasking potential of the OnePlus 3. It was rather disappointing to find the phone holding as many apps as our 3GB and 4GB RAM devices, but ultimately we believe OnePlus did it for a reason, and this is one of the few companies that encourages users to tweak and customize to their heart’s content. So, while we feel that the RAM of the OnePlus 3 is massively underutilized by default, we know that the XDA community never settles and that it will find an optimal balance to please those wanting more out of their OnePlus 3’s multitasking.
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9 days ago
The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft. - The New York Times
The software — a new product in Microsoft’s cloud computing business — is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep tabs on sales and commerce, ensuring that they remain in the daylight of legality.

But until now, even that boring part of the pot world was too controversial for mainstream companies. It is apparent now, though, that the legalization train is not slowing down: This fall, at least five states, including the biggest of them all — California — will vote on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
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11 days ago
Twitter Debuts Emoji-Based Targeting | Digital - AdAge
Advertisers can make the most of the cartoonish icons by targeting consumers who have tweeted or engaged with tweets that feature emoji. That means someone in Chicago who tweets a pizza emoji can now be targeted by a local restaurant to come in for a delicious slice of deep dish.
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11 days ago
No Apple TV? Your iPad can be an Apple Home Hub - SlashGear
There are a couple of things to consider, mind. Apple confirmed to me that anybody will be able to use an iOS 10-compatible iPad as a Home Hub, but it will need to be permanently connected both to your WiFi network and to power. Unplug it from the charger, and you lose the ability to remotely connect to your smart home.
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11 days ago
'Spam King' Sanford Wallace Sentenced to 2½ Years for Facebook Scheme - NBC News
Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "spam king" who has bedeviled Web users since the dawn of the public Internet two decades ago, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution for bombarding Facebook users, according to court records.
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11 days ago
Apple's Brain Trust -- Iovine, Reznor, Cue and Kondrk -- on Streaming's New World Order and Why 'We All Should Be' Worried | Billboard
Reznor: Personally, I find YouTube’s business to be very disingenuous. It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big. I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It’s making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That’s how I feel about it. Strongly. We’re trying to build a platform that provides an alternative -- where you can get paid and an artist can control where their [content] goes.
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12 days ago
Twitter has invested in music streaming service SoundCloud - Recode
Twitter has invested around $70 million in the music service, as part of a round that should end up in the $100 million-range, according to sources familiar with the deal. The round is expected to value SoundCloud at about $700 million — the same value that investors placed on the company in 2014, when it raised $60 million; since then it has also raised a debt round.
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12 days ago
Safari in macOS Sierra Deactivates Flash and Other Plug-ins By Default - Mac Rumors
In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an effort to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience.

As explained by Apple developer Ricky Mondello in a post on the WebKit blog, when a website offers both Flash and HTML5 content, Safari will always deliver the more modern HTML5 implementation. On a website that requires a plug-in like Adobe Flash to function, users can activate it with a click as can be done in Google's Chrome browser.
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12 days ago
Video news isn’t growing as fast as you’d think, and other surprising findings from a new global survey » Nieman Journalism Lab
But a new report out Tuesday from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism suggests that text may have a longer run, at least for news. Consumption of online news video is still a minority behavior around the world, the researchers found: Only about a quarter of respondents, across 26 countries, watched news video online in a given week.
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12 days ago
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: What is Differential Privacy?
On the flipside, as security professionals it's our job to be skeptical -- to at a minimum demand people release their security-critical code (as Google did with RAPPOR), or at least to be straightforward about what it is they're deploying. If Apple is going to collect significant amounts of new data from the devices that we depend on so much, we should really make sure they're doing it right -- rather than cheering them for Using Such Cool Ideas. (I made this mistake already once, and I still feel dumb about it.)
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12 days ago
How Killing the 3.5mm Needlessly Complicates Smartphone Audio
In the pursuit of vanity, Apple and Lenovo are going to take something simple and change it into something needlessly complicated. Manufacturers will be forced to choose between shipping headphones with a 3.5mm jack and no DAC, or including a DAC and then choosing between Lighting and Type-C, not to even mention Type-C without a DAC. Users will be forced to choose between using their old headphones which they may have spent hundreds on with an adapter, or making the required change to one of these new types of headphones. Costs will increase and user choice will go down, and they will be forced to make a change they may not be happy with. Is that worth the price?
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13 days ago
Byte Rot: After all, it might not matter - A commentary on the status of .NET
I remember when we used to make fun of Java and Java developers (uninspiring, slow, eclipse was nightmare). They actually built most of the innovations of the last decade, from Hadoop to Elasticsearch to Storm to Kafka... In fact, looking at the top 100 Java repositories on github (minus Android Java), you find 24 distributed computing projects, 4 machine library repos and 2 languages. On C# you get only 3 with claims to distributed computing: ServiceStack, Orleans and Akka.NET.
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13 days ago
Is Particle Physics About to Crack Wide Open? - Scientific American Blog Network
The signal is one of the simplest you can imagine: it represents two high energy photons emerging from the decay of a subatomic particle created in a proton-proton collision. It’s very similar to the signal that led to the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. But this particle is not the Higgs boson: it is six times more massive. Nobody had predicted anything like this. It is shocking to the physicists in the auditorium. People look around, astonished, trying to confirm that their own reactions are reflected in what they see in their colleagues’ faces. If the observations are confirmed, it will be revolutionary. This could mean nothing less than the fall of the Standard Model of particle physics (SM), which has passed every experimental test thrown at it since it was first put together over four decades ago.
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13 days ago
Artificial intelligence produces realistic sounds that fool humans | MIT News
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have demonstrated an algorithm that has effectively learned how to predict sound: When shown a silent video clip of an object being hit, the algorithm can produce a sound for the hit that is realistic enough to fool human viewers.
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13 days ago
Apple’s announcement on artificial intelligence is a big shift for the company - The Washington Post
At the company’s annual developer’s conference in San Francisco on Monday, Apple executives announced a raft of features in the company’s soon-to-be released desktop and mobile operating systems that are powered by artificial intelligence, or the blend of powerful computing capabilities and software algorithms. Such technology can make the phone or other device appear smarter because it anticipates the types of activities people want to do. Apple also said it was opening up many applications to outside developers, including its messaging platform iMessage, Maps and virtual assistant Siri, a departure for the company, which in the past has kept these systems tightly controlled.
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13 days ago
Court upholds Obama-backed net neutrality rules - POLITICO
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 vote, affirmed the FCC's latest net neutrality rules, which consumer groups and President Barack Obama have backed as essential to preventing broadband providers from blocking or degrading internet traffic. The telecom industry and Republicans have heavily criticized the rules as burdensome and unnecessary regulation, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz once labeling it “Obamacare for the Internet.”
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13 days ago
Where the Hell Are the New MacBooks?
What does all this haggard old hardware mean? The MacBook Air and Pro are the worst buys in laptops right now. Spending $1,000 to $2,600 on one of these machines is throwing your money into a garbage fire and then standing downwind of the putrid smoke.
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13 days ago
Digging into the dev documentation for APFS, Apple’s new file system | Ars Technica
The documentation lists a number of characteristics of the file system. To start, it shows that APFS is based around inodes, with 64-bit inode numbering support. It also massively increases the granularity of object time-stamping: APFS supports nanosecond time stamp granularity rather than the 1-second time stamp granularity in HFS+. Nanosecond timestamps are important in a modern file system because they help with atomicity—in a file system that keeps a record of writes, having nanosecond-level granularity is important in tracking the order of operations.
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13 days ago
PlayStation VR is coming October 13th | The Verge
Not much has changed in that regard: the headset still costs $399 in the US — or $499 bundled with the camera and Move controllers it needs to fully function — and it'll still offer users a library of 50 titles before the year is through. And while the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have made successful consumer debuts in the time between GDC and E3, the PlayStation VR impressed us with its comfort and accessibility when we tried it a few months ago. If the headset can retain that comfort and build on the PlayStation 4's impressive sales, it could quickly become the most widespread VR unit in its class.
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13 days ago
The end of ThinkUp — Medium
Why not sell ThinkUp to a bigger company that could pay to keep developing it? Because, in short, it may not be possible for anyone to build ThinkUp’s features on top of the major social networks. And we didn’t want to just sell ThinkUp’s members to the highest bidder as a marketing database.
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13 days ago
Apple’s ‘Differential Privacy’ Is About Collecting Your Data—But Not ​Your Data | WIRED
Microsoft’s Dwork points to the technique in which a survey asks if the respondent has ever, say, broken a law. But first, the survey asks them to flip a coin. If the result is tails, they should answer honestly. If the result is heads, they’re instructed to flip the coin again and then answer “yes” for heads or “no” for tails. The resulting random noise can be subtracted from the results with a bit of algebra, and every respondent is protected from punishment if they admitted to lawbreaking.)
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13 days ago
Google defends its search engine against charges it favors Clinton
Matt Cutts, former head of the web spam team at Google, who is on leave, said SourceFed’s allegation of Google actively altering searches to favor Hillary Clinton are “simply false.”

Cutts tweeted that more often, people who are searching negatives about the candidate use only her first name instead of “Hillary Clinton.” He displayed a series of live screenshots to prove his point, such as one displaying “hillary in” being autofilled with “Hillary indictment” or “Hillary indictment news.”
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16 days ago
Laid-Off Americans, Required to Zip Lips on Way Out, Grow Bolder - The New York Times
But in the past five years, through loopholes in the rules, tens of thousands of American workers have been replaced by foreigners on H-1B and other temporary visas, according to Prof. Hal Salzman, a labor force expert at Rutgers University.
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16 days ago
Twitter: Passwords Leaked for Millions of Accounts - WSJ
For its part, LeakedSource said it has “very strong evidence that Twitter wasn’t hacked, rather the consumer was.” Both Mr. Coates and LeakedSource pointed to formatting techniques suggesting the database may have been assembled by capturing information from previously hacked computers.
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16 days ago
“Bluetooth 5” spec coming next week with 2x more range and 4x better speed | Ars Technica
The update will apparently be called "Bluetooth 5" without a point number in an effort to "[simplify] marketing." It's primarily of interest because the update promises to double the range and quadruple the speed of Bluetooth 4.2. It also adds "significantly more capacity to advertising transmissions," which is more exciting than it sounds because it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what you normally think of when you think of "advertising."
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16 days ago
There's no evidence that Google is manipulating searches to help Hillary Clinton - Vox
Choose any famous American who has been accused of a serious crime and Google their name followed by the letters "cri," and in no case does Google suggest the word "crimes." That’s true even of people like Kaczynski and Madoff, who are famous only because they faced prosecution for serious crimes.
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17 days ago
: Too Many Knobs
Only a small percentage (6.1%-16.7%) of configuration parameters are set by the majority of users; a significant percentage (up to 54.1%) of parameters are rarely set by any user.
A small percentage (1.8%-7.8%) of parameters are configured by more than 90% of the users.
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17 days ago
The new Moto Z is a simpler take on the modular phone | The Verge
If LG and Google's Ara didn't get you excited about modularized smartphones, perhaps Lenovo's new Moto Z line will. The Moto Z, which was announced today and will be available in two forms on Verizon this summer before heading to the rest of the world in the fall, has a new system for accessory add-ons called Moto Mods. The Mods attach to the back of the phone via magnets and provide a new look, improved audio, a projector, or other extra features.
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17 days ago
Intel Gets Chip Order From Apple, Its First Major Mobile Win - Bloomberg
Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will use modems from Intel Corp., replacing Qualcomm Inc. chips in some versions of the new handset, a move by the world’s most-valuable public company to diversify its supplier base.
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17 days ago
Cortana arrives on Xbox One for preview members | The Verge
Microsoft is releasing a new Xbox One update for its preview members today, and it includes access to Cortana for the first time. While Microsoft had originally planned to introduce Cortana for Xbox One last year, the company delayed the digital assistant integration to include it with the Anniversary Update to the console. Cortana will appear in the Xbox One dashboard, and you'll be able to access the voice assistant through the Kinect sensor or a headset. As a result, Microsoft is altering the way you activate Xbox voice commands to just "Hey Cortana."
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20 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked, LinkedIn password dump likely to blame | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski
We don’t know for sure how OurMine Team pulled off the hacks, but the group is claiming it was all thanks to the LinkedIn password dump from a few weeks ago. Millions of LinkedIn user account details leaked online last month — the company responded by invalidating the credentials and contacting affected members to reset their passwords. But the story doesn’t end there, because, as we all know, many people like to reuse the same password on different online services.
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20 days ago
Daring Fireball: E.W. Scripps Buys Podcast Company Stitcher
Midroll owning Stitcher is not good for the podcast ecosystem. Stitcher is popular, but my show is not on Stitcher because Stitcher re-hosts the audio, compresses it to hell, and unless you opt out, inserts their own ads. That’s not how podcasting is supposed to work. I firmly believe podcasting should be open, like the web. (This is also why I don’t have my show on Google Play — they insist upon hosting and re-compressing the audio as well.)
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20 days ago
U.S. Set to Approve Moon Mission by Commercial Space Venture - WSJ
The government’s endorsement would eliminate the largest regulatory hurdle to plans by Moon Express, a relatively obscure space startup, to land a roughly 20-pound package of scientific hardware on the Moon sometime next year.
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22 days ago
Elon Musk: The chance we are not living in a computer simulation is 'one in billions' | News | Lifestyle | The Independent
“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following,” he told the Code Conference. “40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were.

“Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality.
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23 days ago
Leaving the Nest. | Nest
Although this news may feel sudden to some, this transition has been in progress since late last year and while I won’t be present day to day at Nest, I’ll remain involved in my new capacity as an advisor to Alphabet and Larry Page. This will give me the time and flexibility to pursue new opportunities to create and disrupt other industries – and to support others who want to do the same – just as we’ve done at Nest. We should all be disrupters!
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24 days ago
Gannett to review Tribune bid after board election, name change to Tronc
Gannett Co. said Thursday it was reviewing its bid to acquire Tribune Publishing Co. after all Tribune board nominees were elected and Tribune changed its name to Tronc Inc., opening an uncertain chapter in the fast-changing quest by Gannett to absorb a large rival.
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24 days ago
See the Moments You Care About First - Instagram Blog
On average, people miss 70 percent of their feeds. It’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share as Instagram has grown. Over the past few months, we brought this new way of ordering posts to a portion of the community, and we found that people are liking photos more, commenting more and generally engaging with the community in a more active way.
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24 days ago
Snapchat Passes Twitter in Daily Usage - Bloomberg
Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users.
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25 days ago
Facebook planning encrypted version of its Messenger bot, sources say | Technology | The Guardian
In the coming months, according to three people close to the project, the social media company plans to release an optional encrypted communications mode for its Messenger app, which is used by more than 900 million people.
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26 days ago
Google Home’s Little Secret — The Information
The guts of Home, including its ARM-based microprocessor and Wi-Fi chip, will be the same as those in the Chromecast, says a person with direct knowledge of the plan. In other words, Home will essentially be a microphone, speaker, plastic top with LED lights and a fabric or metal bottom—wrapped around a Chromecast.
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26 days ago
Facebook spares humans by fighting offensive photos with AI | TechCrunch
Facebook’s artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do, marking a major milestone in the social network’s battle against abuse, the company tells me. AI could quarantine obscene content before it ever hurts the psyches of real people.
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26 days ago
Periscope has a new plan to fight back against internet trolls - Recode
Here's how the new abuse system works: If you're watching a Periscope livestream and come across a vile or inappropriate comment, you can report that comment, triggering what Periscope calls a "flash jury" of other users watching the same livestream.

Periscope will ask this flash jury, a small group of other randomly selected users, if they also consider the comment abusive or offensive. If the majority agrees with you, the commenter will be placed in a one minute time-out with commenting disabled. Repeat offenders will be muted for good.
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26 days ago
Alexa could be the 4th pillar of Amazon, says Jeff Bezos | VentureBeat | Bots | by Jordan Novet
Amazon now has more than 1,000 people working on artificial intelligence, Bezos said.
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