Saudi Arabia denies involvement in leak of Jeff Bezos’ private messages

In his extraordinary Medium post last week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (but did not explicitly state) that there may be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of foreign affairs has denied it was involved, stating during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi government had “nothing to do with it.” Last month, the National Enquirer published a serie...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Post, Politics, Abc, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Cbs, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Central Intelligence Agency, Trump, Bezos

Google Maps AR mode previewed, now in testing with small group of users

Google Maps AR mode is expected to launch to the public soon, as it has been rolled out to a small group of users for testing. The Wall Street Journal previewed the augmented reality feature. The post Google Maps AR mode previewed, now in testing with small group of users appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Augmented Reality, Google Maps, Wall Street Journal

Creating the AI in Our Own Image

Human being, as a self-absorbed species, tend to perceive ourselves as the most superior organism on the planet. The apex predator among apex predators. This trope is is found throughout our popular culture, and often explains our relationship with other animals and the environment around us. The notion of dominance can even be found in the Bible, with humans being created in the image of the creator, specifically so that they could rule (רְדּוּ֩) over the world (Gen 1:26). In contrast, many Ind...
Tags: Technology, Law, France, South America, North America, Western Europe, East Asia, Adam, Victor Frankenstein, Middle East South Asia, Mary Shelley, Moral Machine

Aurora cofounder and CEO Chris Urmson on the company’s new investor, Amazon, and much more

You might not think of self-driving technologies and politics having much in common, but at least in one way, they overlap meaningfully: yesterday’s enemy can be tomorrow’s ally. Such was the message we gleaned Thursday night, at a small industry event in San Francisco, where we had the chance to sit down with Chris Urmson, the cofounder and CEO of Aurora, a company that (among many others) is trying to transform how both people and goods are moved. It was a big day for Urmson. Earlier the same ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Uber, Elon Musk, California, China, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, Anderson, Sequoia, Musk, Pittsburgh

Jeff Bezos Nudes, Self-Aware Fish, and Brain Zapping: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

A good rule of thumb if you’re going to threaten to publish nude photos of the richest man on the planet unless he says you’re not working with the Saudi government is: Probably don’t do that! And if for some reason you are reckless enough to do that, you probably shouldn’t do so in writing!Read more...
Tags: Google, Star Wars, TV, Science, Technology, Movies, Instagram, Net Neutrality, Labor, Drugs, Horror, Funerals, China, Social Media, Star Trek, Fish

Ship bows

A new visit to the “Palais Royal” …, but first something about the address of my blog.  I’m back to my original blogspot address. Some bad experience about a “lost blog” (for a couple of days) a few years ago made me consider using a “domain” and I got, via Google, a www-address, which you have to pay for (not much). This has to be renewed on an annual basis. I have paid, but the www-address can’t be reached: "This domain registration expired on 01/31/2019" . I spent a very long mome...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Paris, Arizona, Peter, Richelieu, Palais Royal, Paris 1, PeterParis

#BigDaily: AI Arms Race; UPI Surprise; PhonePe Raising at $10Bn valuation

Here goes all that you need to read today : the latest news and information. Subscribe to #BigDaily newsletter to stay smart and informed about all important happenings from the digital and tech world. Welcome to #BigDaily, the newsletter from NextBigWhat that brings curated news from the wild web, saving you time and effort. Here goes today’s edition. AI Arms Race: China is rushing to deploy autonomous AI weapons ...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Business, News, China, India, US, Atlantic, United States, Anil Ambani, KKR, Flipkart, UPI, Brexit, Alexa, Paytm

Apple stores have lost their luster, critics say

Apple is not just a giant of technology, it has also grown into one of the biggest American retailers, with more than 500 stores across five continents. But the shine of its signature stores has dimmed, and the shops are facing a pivotal moment — even before Apple announced last week that its retail chief […]
Tags: Apple, Business, Technology, News, Nation & World

Automation pushing workers to less productive parts of the economy, lower level jobs

PHOENIX — It’s hard to miss the dogged technological ambition pervading this sprawling desert metropolis. There’s Intel’s $7 billion, 7-nanometer chip plant going up in Chandler. In Scottsdale, Axon, the maker of the Taser, is hungrily snatching talent from Silicon Valley as it embraces automation to keep up with growing demand. Startups in fields as […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Intel, Silicon Valley, Taser, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chandler

When the windshield helps drive the car, a repair isn’t so simple

Fixing a cracked windshield used to be the kind of repair a technician could perform in a few minutes in your office parking lot while you were at work. Today, the same repair could take hours and require expensive computerized equipment in a special facility. And it will probably cost much more. If the repair […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News

AP Exclusive: Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many

LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens. The Associated Press has now learned of similar […]
Tags: Business, Technology, London, News, NYC, Ap, Nation, Associated Press

Please Stop Using Internet Explorer, Microsoft Says (slashdot)

Microsoft cybersecurity expert Chris Jackson recently published a post on the official Windows IT Pro blog, titled "The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser." Jackson urges users that it's time to stop using its old web browser, a product Microsoft officially discontinued in 2015. From a report: In his post, Jackson explains how Microsoft customers still ask him Internet Explorer related questions for their business. The fact of the matter is that while most average internet...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Jackson, Chris Jackson, Msmash

New Study Finds More Post-Surgery Deaths Globally Than From HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Combined

schwit1 shares a report from UPI: About 4.2 million people worldwide die every year within 30 days of surgery -- more than from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, a new study reports. The findings show that 7.7 percent of all deaths worldwide occur within a month of surgery, a rate higher than that from any other cause except ischemic heart disease and stroke. "Although not all postoperative deaths are avoidable, many can be prevented by increasing investment in research, staff training, eq...
Tags: Tech, UPI, Dmitri Nepogodiev, Nepogodiev

France: GDPR Bites – Google Fined €50 Million For Breach - Ronan Daly Jermyn

On 21 January 2019, the CNIL, the French data protection authority ordered Google to pay a fine of €50 million based on a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Tags: Google, News, France, Ronan Daly Jermyn

Tesla 'Dog Mode' Will Stop Pets From Overheating In Cars, Elon Musk Says

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his fleet of electric vehicles will be getting a "dog mode" to protect pets from overheating. The feature, which will be rolled out next week, will be able to detect when a pet is locked inside the car -- and keep the temperature at a safe level. The New Zealand Herald reports: There will also likely be a display or some form of communication to inform passers-by that the dog is safe. The feature was added after Musk was inundated with tweets from customers. In October, ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Musk, New Zealand Herald

Cattle Ranchers Are Trying to Get the Word 'Meat' Taken Off the Labels of Meat Substitutes

The rise of Impossible Foods and its signature Impossible Burger, the plant-based burger brand that is all the rage lately, and their faux-meat ilk has apparently rattled some in the cattle business. The New York Times reported this weekend on a spate of state laws aiming to outlaw the use of the word “meat” on labels …Read more...
Tags: Meat, Food, Science, Technology, Environment, Beef, Regulation, New York Times, Impossible Foods, Meat Alternatives, Lab Grown Meat, Impossible Burger, Meat Substitutes

Scientists Have Reduced the Forecast of Sea Level Rise Seven Times Due To Melting of the Antarctic

The destruction of the Antarctic ice sheet may not lead to such a catastrophic rise in the level of the oceans, as previously thought. In a new study, the authors calculated that instead of growing by a meter or more by 2100, a growth of 14-15 cm is likely, writes N + 1. At the same time, the melting of the ice of Greenland and Antarctica is not fully taken into account in modern climate models, as it will lead to even more destabilization of the regional climate. Both studies on this are publis...
Tags: London, Tech, Antarctica, Greenland, Wellington, Atlantic Ocean, Antarctic, Edwards, Southern Ocean, Maritime Herald, Tamzin Edwards, MICI, Nick Golledge, Queen Victoria University

Non Sequiturs: 02.10.19

* Irina Manta, a recent addition to the roster of Volokh Conspirators, assesses some of the attacks leveled against D.C. Circuit nominee Neomi Rao. [Volokh Conspiracy / Reason] * In other nomination news, Thomas Jipping explains why conservatives should temper their excitement over those 44 judicial nominees who just got reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. [Bench Memos / National Review] * Michael Dorf's take on Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberals on the Supreme Co...
Tags: Technology, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Religion, Alabama, Blogging, Death Penalty, Abortion, Capital punishment, Louisiana, Litigation, Legal Technology, Litigators, Casetext, John Roberts

Google Maps AR Is Being Tested by Some Users—But the Rest of Us Will Have to Wait

Last year, Google I/O gave us a glimpse of what augmented reality in Maps might look like, teasing a future in which our phones orient us using our cameras. The demonstration showed us improved navigation tools to properly direct users as well as pop-ups indicating surrounding businesses and shops. There was even a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Augmented Reality, Google Maps, What About The Fox Though

Report: DHS Wants to Build Trump's Dumb Border Wall Right Through SpaceX's Texas Launch Facility

The 50-acre Boca Chica, Texas facility where Elon Musk’s SpaceX is testing the prototype version of its Starship rocket—recently in the news for tipping over in high wind—could be split in twain by Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, Bloomberg reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Bloomberg, Dhs, Rockets, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Customs And Border Protection, Starship, Border Wall, Boca Chica Texas, Texas Launch Facility

Tesla Model 3 Becomes Best Selling Electric Car In World

Jose Pontes of EV Volumes and CleanTechnica has crunched some numbers and found that the Tesla Model 3 is now the best selling plug-in vehicle in the world. "In fact, the Model 3 was approximately 55,000 sales above the #2 BAIC EC-Series, an extremely popular Chinese model," CleanTechnica reports. "The Model 3 gobbled 7% of the plug-in vehicle market, while the #2 EC-Series and #3 Nissan LEAF each had 4%." From the report: After those top three, as the chart shows, the Tesla Model S and Model X ...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, EC, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Cleantechnica, Jose Pontes, BAIC EC

Google Play Caught Hosting An App That Steals Users' Cryptocurrency

The Google Play Store has been caught hosting an app designed to steal cryptocurrency from unwitting end users, according to researchers with Eset security company. "The malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, worked by replacing wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging to attackers," reports Ars Technica. "As a result, people who intended to use the app to transfer digital coins into a wallet of their choosing would instead deposit the funds i...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Tech, Stefanko, ESET, Lukas Stefanko

Google’s Gary Illyes Urges SEOs to Stick to the Basics by @MattGSouthern

More than once during his recent AMA on Reddit, Google's Gary Illyes advised SEOs to stick to the basics.The post Google’s Gary Illyes Urges SEOs to Stick to the Basics by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Ama, Gary Illyes, Reddit Google

CLOSING THIS WEEK: Have You Completed Your Power Broker Survey?

RISMedia’s 31st Annual Power Broker Survey is closing this Friday, Feb. 15. To participate in the survey this year, brokers are required to have completed a minimum of $75 million in sales volume and 250 transactions in 2018—a broader range than in recent years. New to the Power Broker Survey? If you participated in past years, RISMedia emailed you your firm’s link to the survey. If you did not receive it, or are new to the survey, you can complete it here: Important Information  The survey sh...
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, News, Marketing, James Jones, Radio, Broker, Latest News, Best Practices, Spotlights, Power Broker Survey, Maria Patterson, Power Broker, Power Broker Report, 2019 Power Broker Report, 2019 Power Broker Survey

Companies raising supergiant VC aren’t getting any younger

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Coastal startups don’t have a monopoly on raising big at early-stage Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot This week, point-to-point “microtransit” service company Lime announced it raised $310 million in a Series D round, which valued the company at $2.4 billion...
Tags: TC, Column, Elon Musk, Tech, Venture Capital, Illinois, Musk, Crunchbase, Lime, Jason Rowley, Crunchbase News More

Amazon To NYC After Reconsidering HQ2 Plans: It'd Be a Shame If Something Happened To Your Kids' CS Education

theodp writes: Commenting on reports that Amazon is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of political and community opposition, Amazon issued the following statement: "We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors -- small business owners, educators, and community leaders. Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Washington Post, New York City, America, Tech, CS Education, Michael Gianaris, New York State Sen, Ankita Rao

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is lethally dull

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy — who worked together on the creepy crime thriller “Nightcrawler” — have reunited for a new Netflix Original film, “Velvet Buzzsaw.” While “Nightcrawler” wasn’t perfect, it was tense and unsettling, filled with eerily beautiful shots of nighttime L.A., plus a career-best performance from Gyllenhaal. It’s hard to believe that the same team was responsible for the muddled “Buzzsaw,” a film that tries to combine art-world satire and horr...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Natasha Lyonne, Gyllenhaal, Jon Shieber, Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal Rene Russo, Original Content Podcast, Russian Doll, Velvet Buzzsaw, Morf Vandewalt

Huawei Would Accept EU Supervision To Lay 5G Network

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechRadar: Huawei has said it is willing for its equipment and activities to be supervised by the European Union (EU) as it continues to fend off the threat of restrictions on the use of its kit in 5G networks. Last year it emerged the US, which has long frozen out the company from its own telecommunications infrastructure, had been encouraging other western nations to take similar action. The main basis for Washington's fears is a perception that Huawei ...
Tags: UK, Washington, France, Germany, US, America, Tech, Eu, United Kingdom, Huawei, European Union EU, Abraham Liu Huawei

Google Images & Video Search Have “Massive Potential,” Often Overlooked by SEOs by @MattGSouthern

According to Google's Gary Illyes, image and video search are most often overlooked, and SEOs should be paying more attention.The post Google Images & Video Search Have “Massive Potential,” Often Overlooked by SEOs by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Gary Illyes

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