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DeepMind’s AI mastered Go, now it’s playing Atari

Google’s London-based sister company, DeepMind, recently developed a training method for teaching AI how to play video games. Rather than painstakingly feed it data, they just leave it alone with some YouTube videos. DeepMind’s latest training method is designed to solve a problem AI faces in exploration. AI...

2018-06-07
If Facebook were a bar, here’s how it would keep customers drinking

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah reimagines Facebook as a bar, to show the sketchy ways the social network keeps you coming back. What: A video about what Facebook would be like as an actual bar.Read Full Story

2018-06-07
In wake of Project Maven backlash, Google unveils new AI policies

Today Google unveiled a new set of principles guiding its approach to artificial intelligence, including a pledge not to build AI weapons. Today Google unveiled a new set of principles guiding its approach to artificial intelligence, including a pledge not to build AI weapons, “technologies that gather or use...

2018-06-07
Facebook apologizes for mistakenly exposing up to 14M users’ posts

“We’d like to apologize for this mistake,” said the company’s chief privacy officer amid another firestorm over user data. For a few days last month, a software bug caused 14 million Facebook users’ default setting for sharing content to be “public,” meaning that some...

2018-06-07
Google may be hit with billions more in E.U. antitrust fines

These would be new fines on top of the record-breaking fines already ordered by the European Union. Google may need to change some dollars into Euros.Read Full Story

2018-06-07
Adobe wants to help designers build AR experiences for iOS 12

“Project Aero” will connect the dots between creative tools such as Photoshop and the iPhone’s new AR features. Among the more intriguing moments at Monday’s WWDC keynote was Apple software honcho Craig Federighi’s announcement that Apple, Pixar, and Adobe have been working together...

2018-06-07
Hitman 2 trailer shows off Agent 47’s latest murder methods

WB Games revealed the trailer for the Hitman 2, the latest game in the venerable murder-for-hire franchise. Welcome back, Agents. Pre-order #Hitman2 and get access to Sniper Assassin NOW! https://t.co/lCuoRSpu5q pic.twitter.com/5HWUV8bCn5 — HITMAN (@Hitman) June 7, 2018 The trailer, narrated by… Holy crap, is...

2018-06-07
Did Japan’s Prime Minister just shade Donald Trump on Twitter?

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo may have just had a case of butter fingers, but he also may have been trying to say something else. The Twitter-diss is an artform as exquisitely subtle as calligraphy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is either a master of the technique, or an accidental savant.Read Full Story

2018-06-07
6 ways Sam Bee nailed it with her on-air apology

In her first show since controversially insulting Ivanka Trump last week, the comedian offers a smart and shrewd, no b.s. apology. Last week, media outlets courageously decided in lockstep to give 24/7 coverage to the week’s most important story: How the actual Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto...

2018-06-07
Google Doodle pays homage to baby-saving doctor Virginia Apgar

It would be the trailblazing doctor’s 109th birthday. Dr. Virginia Apgar may not be a household name, but the test she created has saved the lives of babies around the world and on what would have been her 109th birthday, she gets the Google Doodle she deserves.Read Full Story

2018-06-07
Instagram might launch a long-form video hub on June 20

The new hub will be similar to Facebook’s Watch or Snapchat’s Discover and offer content creators a place to show their scripted shows and music videos. The news comes a day after it was reported that Instagram will soon let users upload a video that is up to an hour long. Now TechCrunch is...

2018-06-07
How to stream all the events from E3 2018

E3 2018 is upon us once again, and we’ve got a lot of conferences to keep up with — nine major ones, in fact. I’ve already given a lengthy preview of what to expect from the conference. But if you want a simple, just-the-facts-ma’am accounting of where, when, and how to board the hype train… I’ve got you...

2018-06-06
Alphabet Inc. shareholders reject employee-backed diversity proposals

Alphabet Inc. shareholders today voted down several proposals that would tie pay to diversity goals in an effort to promote equal wages among females and people of color. “At Alphabet, diversity and inclusion activities by individual contributors have been met with a disorganized array of responses, including formal...

2018-06-06
Why Facebook’s restrictions on data worry me

Data from social media giants must be better protected, but Facebook’s recent data scandal could unintentionally hurt science. Anthony Sanford is a postdoctoral fellow in economics at the University of Washington.Read Full Story

2018-06-06
Facebook is finally trying to cash in on its classifieds

Facebook is introducing ads to Marketplace, its Craigslist competitor. The adage generally goes that if Facebook adds an all-new service or copies someone else’s, it’s only a matter of time before the company figures out how to milk it for all its advertising worth. Case in point, Marketplace–the...

2018-06-06
Read Google employees’ shareholder plea to link diversity to compensation

Frustrated Google employees want the company to incentivize diversity and inclusion efforts. Three Google employees presented a formal proposal that the tech giant tie executive compensation to diversity and inclusion outcomes at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. The statement:Read Full Story

2018-06-06
Mother fears hackers used unsecured baby monitor to watch her breastfeed

A South Carolina woman says she was the victim of peeping Tom hackers last week when her WiFi-connected baby monitor was surreptitiously used to observe her and her baby in a bedroom. The mother, Jamie Summit, wrote a Facebook post describing the incident in which her device, a FREDI Wireless Camera Baby Monitor, had...

2018-06-06
The Sonos Beam is a $399 soundbar with Alexa (and Google, someday)

At an event today, Sonos announced its newest speaker, the Sonos Beam. It’s a smart speaker and soundbar powered by Alexa and, someday soon, Google Assistant. It’ll retail for $399 and be available on July 17, but pre-orders begin today. Sonos claims most smart speakers are designed for the kitchen, but the Beam...

2018-06-06
Google releases Android P Beta 2, including 157 new emoji

Google released the first public Android P Beta during its I/O conference in May, but we’re already onto Beta 2. It comes with the most important update of all: more emoji. Google tells us there are 157 new emoji, in fact. Some highlights include red hair so gingers don’t feel left out, a hero emoji that looks a...

2018-06-06
Can this wearable remind you to not get distracted?

Foci will measure your breathing and learn when you get into a state of focus, and help remind you to not scroll through Instagram when your attention shifts. When it’s clipped to your waist, this small device tracks each breath you take, and then uses machine learning–and insights based on two decades...

2018-06-06
Steam might get new chat features inspired by Discord

If there’s one area where the industry-dominating platform Steam lags behind, it’s in the intricacy and usefulness of its chat function. That’s why reports that it’s bolstering voice chat and groups are encouraging. The details: A leaked screenshot, originally posted on Twitter and which can now be found on...

2018-06-06
Here’s yet more evidence that your phone might be listening to you

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you,” Joseph Heller wrote in Catch-22. He could very easily have been writing about the internet. We all...

2018-06-06
The top trends of ecommerce from TNW2018: AR, China, and more

Ecommerce giants like Alibaba are finding new ways to reinvent the online shopping experience. Where does that leave brick-and-mortar stores — will they adapt or die? At TNW Conference’s Marketplace track, we heard from ecommerce experts to see what lies in store… It looks like we’re going to see a radical...

2018-06-06
Facebook confirms it shared data with Chinese phone makers, including Huawei

Since 2012 the U.S. House Intelligence Committee warned American companies against dealing with Huawei due to its ties to China’s Communist Party and China’s military. After the New York Times broke the news this week that Facebook has been sharing information about users with major phone makers for...

2018-06-06
Volkswagen announces it will end animal experiments

Volkswagen had set up experiments on 10 macaque monkeys in airtight chambers, which they then spewed diesel exhaust at. The German carmaker has said it will no longer use animals to test the effects of diesel exhaust, CNBC reports. The move comes as Volkswagen tries to rehabilitate its image after the diesel...

2018-06-06
Is H&M’s new influencer-driven line the future of fashion?

The struggling fast-fashion giant’s new /Nyden brand collaborates with youth-oriented stars like Dua Lipa to create clothes that speak to their fan base. At H&M’s new youth-oriented /Nyden label, fashion designers are out, and entertainers and sports heroes are in. While the concept is nothing new...

2018-06-06
Instagram will reportedly let users upload hour-long videos soon

The Facebook-owned company has also had discussions with content creators and publishers in recent weeks about producing long-form video for the platform. Right now Instagram users are limited to sharing videos that are one minute are less. But the Wall Street Journal says that will expand 60 times to a maximum hour...

2018-06-06
Leaked BlackBerry Key2 specs hint at serious battery endurance

The BlackBerry Key2 launches tomorrow, and the leaks are coming thick and fast. Yesterday, we learned what it looks like. Today, with one day left before the official reveal, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass has dropped the entire specs list. full BlackBerry KEY2 specs pic.twitter.com/xwp6Qc2Srz — Evan Blass (@evleaks)...

2018-06-06
Facebook copies Musical.ly’s lip syncing functionality for live video

After stealing several features from Snapchat for use in its own app and in Instagram, Facebook is now taking a leaf out of Musical.ly’s book to introduce a lip-syncing feature in users’ live video broadcasts. When you choose to shoot a live video on your phone in Facebook’s mobile apps, you’ll now find an...

2018-06-06
Yet again, Facebook is being sued over inflated video metrics

A federal judge declined to toss a bid to force the network to appoint independent auditors, citing claims it’s made multiple advertising metric errors in recent years. Marketing companies suing Facebook over inflated video-viewing stats can seek a court-ordered outside audit of the social networking...

2018-06-05
Why won’t Twitter suspend Iran’s Supreme Leader after threatening tweet?

World leaders weigh in on the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s controversial tweet, which supposedly does not violate Twitter’s policies. A controversial tweet by Iran’s top leader has many (once again) questioning Twitter’s terms of service. On Sunday, the “supreme leader” Ayatollah...

2018-06-05
Kate Spade has died in apparent suicide

The beloved fashion designer is dead at 55. Fashion designer Kate Spade has reportedly died, according to the Associated Press. Officials told the AP that Spade was found hanging in her Manhattan apartment earlier this morning.Read Full Story

2018-06-05
Here’s the letter two senators just sent Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook’s latest scandal

Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) wrote a letter to Zuckerberg demanding answers to several questions. In the wake of Sunday night’s New York Times exposé reporting that Facebook offered mobile device manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, access to private user information,...

2018-06-05
Report: Quitting Facebook cost WhatsApp’s founders $1.3 billion

The cofounders left that future payout on the table in deciding to walk away from Facebook. Thinking of quitting Facebook? It will cost you a certain amount of convenience.Read Full Story

2018-06-05
WhatsApp’s founders reportedly hated working at Facebook’s campus

The WhatsApp founders’ disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg reportedly went beyond business models and into workplace culture. WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton have reportedly had quite a contentious relationship with both Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg since Facebook acquired the messaging app in...

2018-06-05
Facebook fundraising just got even better

Tegan and Sara, Steph Curry, and more are taking advantage of the site’s improved fundraising tools. Facebook wants to make it even easier for people, companies, celebrities, dogs, celebrity dogs, etc. to raise money on its platform. Today, it announced a host of new features to help make fundraisers more...

2018-06-05
DOJ to appeal court’s ruling that Trump can’t block people on Twitter

The Department of Justice will appeal a Federal court ruling stating president Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter. You read that right: A couple weeks back federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled in favor of seven plaintiffs seeking to have...

2018-06-05
“Star Wars” breakout Kelly Marie Tran is STILL facing racist trolls

The breakout star of “The Last Jedi” should be having the time of her life, not mass-deleting Instagram posts to avoid the bile of bigots. At this time last year, Kelly Marie Tran’s most impressive IMDB credit was either her role in the indie horror anthology XOXO or her appearance on IFC’s...

2018-06-05
This behavioral designer’s top brain hacks for beating distraction

Author Nir Eyal shares a few tactics for controlling the “internal triggers” that lead our minds to wander while we’re trying to focus. Think back to this morning. Did you check your smartphone within 15 minutes of waking up? Nir Eyal would bet that you did–with 79% certainty. Why? Because...

2018-06-05
Facebook and Google broke campaign laws, says Washington State

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has charged Facebook and Google with violating decades-old state campaign finance laws that require disclosures for political ads. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged Facebook and Google on Monday with violating decades-old state campaign finance laws...

2018-06-05
This is what the BlackBerry Key2 looks like

The BlackBerry Key2’s official announcement is scheduled for the end of this week. Unlike most phone launches, TCL has done a sterling job of keeping the KEY2 under wraps, with no real leaks to speak of. Until now, that is. VentureBeat’s Evan Blass (aka “EvLeaks”) came across the following images which depict...

2018-06-05
Facebook kicks off pride month 2018 with a bunch of new stickers and backgrounds

Facebook began its pride month celebration this year by launching a plethora of cool LGBTQ-themed features including profile frames, backgrounds, stickers, and more. The best part: these new features won’t be vanishing at the end of pride month like last year’s. The social media network unveiled the new features...

2018-06-04
Breaking: Rue La La acquires Gilt Groupe

Today, Rue La La acquires Gilt, creating the newly formed Rue Gilt Groupe. Today, Rue La La acquires Gilt, creating the newly formed Rue Gilt Groupe. Both are flash sale e-commerce sites that sell designer goods for discount prices. According to a statement released by Rue La La, the two brands will continue to exist...

2018-06-04
Monica Lewinsky just sub-tweeted Bill Clinton for his non-apology

Bill Clinton stirred up outrage this morning by saying that he’s still never apologized privately to the former intern. This morning, Twitter was on fire with highlights from Bill Clinton’s Today show interview—in which he says that, even in light of the #MeToo movement, he wouldn’t have...

2018-06-04
iOS 12 lets you limit how long you (and your kids) use apps

Earlier this year, Google announced a big update to Android’s Do Not Disturb mode to help you spend less time distracted by your phone. At WWDC, Apple is making changes to iOS along the same lines. Perhaps the most notable new feature is the ability to limit how long you use individual apps. Not only can you see the...

2018-06-04
Starbucks anti-bias training didn’t make it any more popular on social media

The social sentiment around Starbucks was more negative than positive, per a report. Starbucks’s anti-bias training earned it praise in the wake of an incident in April that resulted in two black men being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for sitting at a table, sparking mass...

2018-06-04
Apple’s updated Photos app will suggest friends to share pictures with

In iOS 12, Apple will be taking a page from Google Photos, offering improved search and new sharing capabilities. Announced during this year’s WWDC keynote, photo search in iOS 12 will start working before you even start typing, making search suggestions of key moments or places. For instance, the app might...

2018-06-04
Facebook accused of sharing data with Apple, Samsung, and Amazon

The opprobrium over Facebook’s data privacy practices continues. This time, the New York Times reports Facebook has apparently shared an inappropriate amount of user information with device manufacturers, such as Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. The details: According to the NYT, Facebook’s deals with hardware...

2018-06-04

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