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Google gives workers a chunk of cash to build a home office

CEO Sundar Pichai has revealed the company's post-pandemic work strategy
Tags: Google, Work From Home, News, Trends, Smart Home, Sundar Pichai, Remote Working


Twitter Adds Fact Check to Trump's Conspiracy Theories on Voter Fraud

Twitter, amid a controversy over its inaction on Donald Trump’s baseless tweets asserting that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is a murderer, has for the first time begun attaching fact-checking links to some of the president’s posts.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Twitter, Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, Social Media, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Scarborough, Voter Fraud, Least U Could Do


Why Glass Frogs Have See-Through Skin Becomes Clear In Study

The mystery of why glass frogs have see-through skin has been solved, scientists say: the unusual feature is a type of camouflage. The Guardian reports: Glass frogs are found in tropical Central and South America, and get their name from their skin. However, the frogs are not truly transparent but translucent, with the skin on their backs typically a vivid green and their intestines and heart visible through their underbelly. This has led to a question that has kept scientists on the hop. "If pr...
Tags: Tech, South America, Barnett, McMaster University Canada, James Barnett


Supercomputer Simulates the Impact of the Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Some 66 million years ago, an asteroid hit the Earth on the eastern coast of modern Mexico, resulting in up to three quarters of plant and animal species living on the planet going extinct -- including the dinosaurs. Now, a team of researchers equipped with a supercomputer have managed to simulate the entire event, shedding light on the reasons that the impact led to a mass extinction of life. The simulations were carried out by scientists at Imper...
Tags: London, Mexico, Tech, Intel, Earth, Yucatan Peninsula, University of Leicester, Imperial College, Zdnet, Chicxulub, Hewlett Packard Enterprise The


Tiger Lake-U NUC 11 Extreme clocked up to 4.4GHz, features GTX 1660 Ti

Not much is known about the development of Intel NUCs. But 3DMark listed a NUC 11 Extreme device in its public database. This unit has a quad-core/ eight-thread Tiger Lake-U processor. Impressively, it is paired with a GeForce 1660 Ti graphics card. It is paired with 8GB memory, most likely an LP-DDR4 in a SO-DIMM slot. The unnamed CPU has a base/ boost clock of 2.3/ 4.4 GHz. This CPU is expected to have a 28-watt TDP. The post Tiger Lake-U NUC 11 Extreme clocked up to 4.4GHz, features GTX 1660 ...
Tags: Intel, All News, Hardware News, Ti, NUC, Intel Leaks, Intel News, Inten NUC, NUC 11 Extreme, Panther Canyon, Phantom Canyon, Tiger Lake-U


Reasonably Suspicious podcast back from hiatus: Austin police chief under fire, COVID in TX prisons and jails, Harris DA calls to overturn shady drug convictions, and other stories

After a three-month hiatus while your correspondent underwent throat-cancer treatment, here's the May 2020 episode of Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast, co-hosted as always by me and Mandy Marzullo. Grits must admit, until I was editing all this together, I hadn't realized how much the radiation treatment had affected my vocal chords: I sound like a different person, decidedly heading in the raspy, Tom-Waits-ish direction. (Really that's wishful thinking; my singing voice is completel...
Tags: Google, Texas, Law, Austin, Tom Waits, HARRIS, Bryan, TX, Mandy, Texas AG, Gritsforbreakfast, Chas Moore, Austin Justice Coalition, Rosa Jimenez, Mandy Marzullo Grits


Indonesian startup Delman raises $1.6 million to help companies clean up data

Delman, a Jakarta-based data management startup, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. The round was led by Intudo Ventures, with participation from Prasetia Dwidharma Ventures and Qlue Performa Indonesia, and will be used to establish a research and development center and hire software engineers and data scientists. Delman was founded in 2018 by chief executive officer Surya Halim, chief product officer Raymond Christopher and chief technology officer Theo Budiyanto, who were classmates at t...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Big Data, Southeast Asia, Tech, Pwc, Silicon Valley, Data Management, Jakarta, Data Analytics, Halim, Intudo Ventures


Top 10 employers in Canada for 2020.

Forbes has released its list for the best places to work in Canada By Shelby Thevenot It is a good time to be looking for a job in Canada. With a low unemployment rate employers have to work harder to attract and retain top talent, as there are fewer available workers for each job opening. Forbes magazine and the market research company Statista surveyed 8,000 employees to determine the best places to work in Canada. Participants were working for businesses with at least 500 employees....
Tags: Travel, Google, Microsoft, Toronto, Cisco, Canada, Ubisoft, Montreal, Quebec, Boeing, Costco, Ottawa, Forbes, Ontario, Edmonton Alberta, Cosco


YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

Video platform blames deletion of criticisms on an error in its automated systemsYouTube is investigating the apparently automatic removal of comments critical of the Chinese Communist party amid complaints of censorship.The company said the filtering appeared to be “an error” amid a greater reliance on automated systems during the coronavirus pandemic because its human reviewers have been sent home. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Youtube, China, US news


Refreshed Ryzen 3000 CPU’s leaked benchmarks show impressive performance over Comet Lake-S

Intel launched its 10th generation Comet Lake-S CPUs. According to reviews, it is holding its weight, But AMD may release newer Ryzen 3000 series Matisse Refresh CPUs. These… The post Refreshed Ryzen 3000 CPU’s leaked benchmarks show impressive performance over Comet Lake-S appeared first on ThinkComputers.org.
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Amd, 3rd Generation Ryzen, AMD Leaks, AMD News, Ryzen 9 3900XT, Matisee Refresh, Comet Lake S. Intel


What Is White Label SEO?

Sometimes a company needs to outsource expertise to create a full suite of offerings that customers demand. This is where white label SEO services come in. But exactly what is white label SEO? What is White Label SEO? White label SEO, or SEO reseller services, is a search engine optimization partnership between two companies that have agreed to share the sales and marketing responsibilities of an SEO product. This means that a company removes its branding from a product and uses the specific ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Seo, Social Media Marketing, Online Marketing, Others, Digital Marketing, White Label SEO, White Label SEO Services


New Android Vulnerability Strandhogg 2.0 Exploits User Trust

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Norwegian infosec firm discovered a new Android vulnerability, which they've dubbed Strandhogg 2.0. Security firm Promon says "Strandhogg" is an old Norse strategy for coastline raids and abductions, and today's vulnerability is the "evil twin" of a similar one discovered in 2019. The original Strandhogg used an Android feature called taskAffinity to hijack applications -- by setting the taskAffinity of one of its activities to match the p...
Tags: Google, Tech, Strandhogg, Promon


The $20 billion self-driving startup Cruise is adding to its leadership team even as autonomous-vehicle companies are hitting the brakes during the pandemic (GM)

Cruise is adding to its leaderships ranks with Regina Dugan, a veteran of DARPA, Google, and Facebook. Dugan will join the board and be Cruise's first independent director. Her role will be to encourage moonshots for the autonomous ride-hailing startup, acquired by General Motors in 2016 for $1 billion and now valued at nearly $20 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Tuesday, the autonomous ride-hailing startup Cruise announced that Regina E. Dugan had joined its bo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Australia, California, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Cruise, Darpa, Chevy, Honda, Bay Area, Regina


Audi Drops Driver For Secretly Using a Ringer To Compete In Virtual Race

Audi has dropped driver Daniel Abt in the all-electric racing series Formula E after he had a pro sim driver surreptitiously race for him during a virtual competition over the weekend. He has also been told to pay 10,000 euros to charity as a result. Abt said Tuesday that he thought the idea would be funny and that he had planned to release a video about the whole ruse. The Verge reports: Abt was supposed to be competing in the fifth round of Formula E's online sim racing series, which started u...
Tags: Tech, Audi, Nissan, Nascar, Unicef, Daniel, Mercedes Benz, Stoffel Vandoorne, Vandoorne, Abt, Rowland, Oliver Rowland, Daniel Abt, Lorenz Hoerzing, Hoerzing


Chrome and Firefox Block Torrent Site YTS Over 'Phishing'

Chrome and Firefox are blocking direct access to the movie download pages of popular torrent site YTS. According to Google's safe browsing report, YTS.mx is a "deceptive site" that may trick visitors into doing dangerous things. The warning is likely the result of malicious advertisements. TorrentFreak reports: While the site's homepage can be visited just fine, navigating to a torrent detail page throws up the following warning in Chrome. "Deceptive site ahead. Attackers on yts.mx may trick you...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Tech


Should Chinese Fonts be Embedded in Ebooks?

Since I don't read/write Chinese, I was wondering if anyone on MR could help. I know with many CJK Unicode characters, they can render differently depending on which language they're in (Chinese/Korean/Japanese). (See "Han unification" on Wikipedia.) The Fonts/Sentences The documents I'm converting used these 4 fonts in the original DOCs: SimSun MS Gothic PMingLiU MS Mincho Here's an example sentence of each: Spoiler: Code: (Shujing, “The Great Declaration I”, 泰誓上) [...] Liu ...
Tags: Google, Books, Wikipedia, Workshop, Nanjing, Liu, Hans, MR, Shiji, SimSun, Mincho, Sima Qian, Jia Yi, Liuhe, Liu Tieyun, Laocan


Mercedes-Benz launches sales of its premium all-electric EQV van

Mercedes-Benz is now selling its EQV 300 all-electric premium van in Europe, the second EV to come out of the automaker’s initiative to produce a line of battery-powered models under its new EQ brand. A concept version of the EQV was first shown in March 2019. But unlike so many concepts destined for nonexistence, this one was marked for series production. The EQV, which can seat up to eight people, is designed to appeal to customers seeking a more luxurious ride. The base price of €71,388 (abou...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Spain, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automotive Industry, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Vitoria, Mercedes Benz Vito, EQC


Board Question #93024: As you are probably aware, late last year the Church ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board,As you are probably aware, late last year the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began a major renovation of the Salt Lake Temple. One of the key components of the project is a series of seismic upgrades, which will make the building capable of withstanding earthquakes of a magnitude much greater than that of the little wiggle the Wasatch Front experienced a few weeks ago. Recently I was learning more about this project and a key part of the seismic upgrades is th...
Tags: Google, Church, Jesus Christ, Wasatch Front, Ensign, Wasatch, Salt Lake Temple, Edward O Anderson Church


YouTube removed phrase critical of Chinese government due to AI error

For the last few weeks, users have noticed that particular Chinese expressions have been automatically removed from YouTube comments. After rampant speculation about why Google would want these phrases — both of which are critical of the Chinese government — to be banned, it now claims it was an error by its machine learning software. YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao (五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party. Who at Google decided to censor...
Tags: Google, Startups, China, America, Chinese communist party


Google To Begin Reopening Offices July 6, Will Let Employees Expense $1,000 for Equipment While Telecommuting

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees Tuesday that the search giant is targeting July 6 to reopen offices for workers that want to come back to in person. The return will be gradual, starting at about 10% building capacity, he said. The company aims to ramp up to 30% capacity by September. From a report: For people who want to continue working from home, the company will allow employees to expense up to $1,000 for equipment and furniture, including things such as standing desks and monitors. G...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Square, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Pichai


The Country with the Best Covid-19 Response? Mongolia.

Several countries have had solid responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. But Indi Samarajiva thinks we should be paying much more attention to Mongolia, a country of 3.17 million people where no one has died and no locally transmitted cases have been reported.1 Let’s have that again: 3.17 million people, 0 local cases, 0 deaths. How did they do it? They saw what was happening in Wuhan, coordinated with the WHO, and acted swiftly & decisively in Janu...
Tags: Google, Asia, Hong Kong, England, Sweden, China, Spain, United States, Italy, Brazil, Who, Mongolia, Wuhan, Jason Kottke, Hubei, Hubei Province


Apple says it's reopening ~100 more stores in U.S. this week, walk-in customers OK in some

Apple says it is planning to reopen more than 100 US retail stores this week, and that because the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, most locations will only offer curbside or storefront service. By this week's end, Apple says, about 130 out of its 271 U.S. stores will be open. Certain locations, but not all, will be allowing customers to walk inside the store and conduct transactions on-site with staff. Excerpt from CNBC: Apple’s retail openings are being closely watched as both a key demand driv...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, News, China, US, US news, Tech News, United States, Cnbc, Jessi Hempel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Deidre O'Brien


Google plans to reopen some offices in July

Even as some tech companies are telling employees they'll be able to work from home "forever," others are already planning to have a portion of their workforces back on site as early as this summer.
Tags: Google, Cnn


Twitter says it won't remove Trump tweets on deceased former Joe Scarborough staffer Lori Klausutis

Twitter said Tuesday it's not taking any action on grotesquely abusive tweets by impeached U.S. President Donald Trump about the 2001 death of a woman who once worked as a congressional staff member for Joe Scarborough, after her husband asked the company to remove the false and personally harassing tweets. In a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that was also published by the New York Times, Timothy J. Klausutis asked Twitter to take down the Trump tweet “alluding to the repeatedly debunked f...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, B-side, White House, Social Media, US news, Tech News, New York Times, Scarborough, Jack Dorsey, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters


Twitter labels Trump's false claims with warning for first time

Presidential tweets on mail-in voting now include link with message: ‘Get the facts’Twitter for the first time took action against a series of tweets by Donald Trump, labeling them with a warning sign and providing a link to further information.Since ascending to the US presidency, Trump has used his Twitter account to threaten a world leader with war, amplify racist misinformation by British hate figures and, as recently as Tuesday morning, spread a lie about the 2001 death of a congressional a...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, US, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump


AI is more data-hungry than ever, and DefinedCrowd raises $50M B round to feed it

As AI has grown from niche to mission-critical technology, the companies that enable it have multiplied and in many cases prospered. A good example of that success is DefinedCrowd, which has gone from the Disrupt stage to globe-spanning AI toolkit to the Fortune 500 in just a couple of years. The company just raised a new $50.5 million B round to further fuel its expansion. DefinedCrowd doesn’t make AI, but rather supplies data used to create it, specializing in natural language processing. A...
Tags: Startups, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Braga, DefinedCrowd, Hermes GPE, Daniela Braga, Recent Funding, Semapa Next


How Automattic pays its remote employees across different geographies

A growing number of tech companies is telling their employees they can work from anywhere, even after this pandemic has passed. A looming question, however, is how. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook will adjust the pay of those who choose to move out of the Bay Area and work in different, presumably less expensive, geographies.  But others figuring out their own remote-work strategies might also look to Automattic, the now 15-year-old, heavily venture-bac...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Tech, Remote Work, Github, Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, Bay Area, Akismet, Mullenweg, Distributed Workforce, Mullenweg Automattic, Mullenweg Like Zuckerberg


How do several local news stations air virtually identical Amazon COVID-19 segments?

Simple: Amazon offers up the content free of charge. The company has been on the offensive in recent weeks, when it comes to how it’s handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon’s offered all sorts of blog posts, public statements and made the subject a centerpiece of its recent shareholder letter and earnings report. It also went ahead and uploaded a suggested news segment to BusinessWire, complete with warehouse footage and a script for news anchors. One Oklahoma City-based broadcaster even note...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Tech, Oklahoma City, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Zach Rael


Apple Assisting Authorized Repair Shops With COVID-Related Expenses

NoMoreACs writes: According to an article from MacRumors, Apple is helping offset increased costs incurred by their third-party Authorized Repair Shops due to the COVID-19 forced closures and other COVID-related expenses, such as cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. The retroactive reimbursements will come in the form of increased payouts for repairs and will remain in effect depending on each country's (and I assume localities') Stay-at-Home orders. And for those who don't think...
Tags: Apple, Tech, MacRumors Apple, Authorized Repair Shops


Trump flips out on Twitter, right after Twitter fact-checked him for the first time

“Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” Earlier today, Twitter for the first time ever added a factchecking feature to one of impeached U.S. President Donald Trump's false tweets about voter fraud. Within an hour or so, Trump lashed out at Twitter, on Twitter. Previously: Twitter fact-checks Trump tweet for first time
Tags: Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, News, US news, Tech News, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Tweets, Trump's Tweets



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