Jack Dorsey's Radical Experiment for Billionaires to Give Away Their Money

With a net worth of $5 billion, Jack Dorsey is the world's 410th-wealthiest person, reports Recode, and "has now kick-started one of the most radical experiments in this era of historic income inequality — whether it is possible to quickly give away more than $1 billion of his money, and to do it effectively." Dorsey said this April that he would give away what was then one-third of his assets to a new charitable vehicle, Start Small, for coronavirus relief efforts, primarily. It was, by far, th...
Tags: Google, Tech, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Dorsey, Brin, Andrew Yang, COVID

New Zealand government deploys nude 'porn actors' in web safety ad

Government TV ad is latest in a series of striking public service announcements using humour to tackle tricky subjectsIt’s a scene out of every parent’s – and teenager’s – worst nightmare: two adult-film actors turn up naked at the front door, to tell a stunned mother: “Hiya … your son’s been watching us online.”The sudden appearance of a smiling but nude Sue and Derek has become something of a sensation as part on an unusual series of TV ads by the New Zealand government about internet safety f...
Tags: Technology, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Internet Safety, Derek

KFC Announces Cross-Platform “Console” With “Chicken Chamber”

In a move that many are not taking seriously, fried chicken distributor KFC announced that they have a game console coming known as the “KFConsole”, boasting not only cross-platform compatibility but also a “chicken chamber” that further indicates the console is not meant to be entirely genuine. The KFC Gaming Twitter account provided a short […]
Tags: Food, Games, Comedy, Technology, Bizarre, Anime, Announcements, Kfc, PV

On Twitter, President Trump Tries -- and Fails -- To Target Comcast

"President Trump on Saturday told his Twitter and Facebook followers to drop Comcast..." reports CNN -- adding that "For the most part, people just shrugged." Comcast executives barely batted any eyelashes. The company didn't bother to comment. And Google searches for "Comcast customer service" trended lower than in recent days... Saturday's anti-Comcast post received fewer than 10,000 retweets in 10 hours. On Facebook, where it was reposted, it received fewer than 7,500 comments. One of the c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Cnn, Comcast, Arkansas, Fox News, Mike Huckabee, Trump, Huckabee

SlideCasts - Sync YouTube Videos with your Google Slides Presentation

SlideCasts let you combine YouTube videos and Google Sides / PowerPoint presentations in a single-player. The speaker video and the slides appear side-by-side and, as the video progresses, the slides auto-change in sync with the video.You can try a live demo of SlideCasts here. Just hit the play button on the YouTube video and you’ll notice that the slides will change at the 10s, 25s and 30s mark (configurable).SlideCasts can be really useful for educators involved in ...
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Apple registers 9 new iPhone models with iPad Pro design ahead of WWDC

New details have emerged about the upcoming Apple iPhone models expected to go on sale later this year, including what appears to be a confirmed design change.Apple has reportedly filed registrations for nine different models in... [Author: [email protected]]
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Facebook says it doesn’t need news stories for its business and won’t pay to share them in Australia

Social media giant rejects ACCC proposal, saying it could cut out news completely without any significant impact on its business Facebook has rejected a , saying there would “not be significant” impacts on its business if it stopped sharing news altogether.On Monday, the social media giant issued its response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has been tasked with creating a mandatory code of conduct aimed at levelling the playing field.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Media, Australia, Social Media, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian media, ACCC, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Here's an exclusive look at the pitch deck used by Universal Quantum to raise $4.5 million to take on Google and build the 1-million qubit computer

British quantum computing startup Universal Quantum has emerged from stealth to announce a £3.6 million seed round. The startup wants to build a quantum computer with chips comprising one million qubits. For context, today's quantum computers have 20 to 50 qubits and the technology is difficult to scale up. Others competing in the field include Google and IBM, with quantum computing promising major breakthroughs in climate change, drug discovery, and other scientific fields. Read on for an exc...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Trends, Palo Alto, Finland, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Quantum, University of Sussex, Hoxton Ventures, Village Global, Universal Quantum, Sebastian Weidt

Germany's Coronavirus-Tracking App Set to Release This Week as Nation Reopens

Germany will soon roll out its coronavirus-tracking smartphone app, the country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, announced Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Germany, Smartphones, Italy, Jens Spahn, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Coronavirus Testing, Contact Tracing

Fact check: Google did not automatically sign up Android users for COVID-19 tracing app

As technology for contact tracing appears, claims state that apps will be automatically downloaded on devices. That's partly false; users must opt in.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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ByteDance to shut down Vigo apps in India, move users to TikTok

Chinese internet giant ByteDance has announced plans to discontinue two of its apps in India, its biggest overseas market, and urged its users to move to TikTok. Vigo Video and Vigo Lite, two apps that allow users to create and share short-form sketches and lip-syncing to Bollywood songs, posted a message early Monday (local time) to announce that they would be discontinued at the end of October this year. In their message, titled “a farewell letter,” ByteDance said it was saddened to shut...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Bangladesh, Vigo, Bytedance, Entrackr, Tiktok, Vigo Video, TikTok Vigo Video, Vigo Lite, India Vigo Video

ByteDance to shut down Vigo apps in India

Chinese internet giant ByteDance has announced plans to discontinue two of its apps in India, its biggest overseas market, and urged its users to move to TikTok. Vigo Video and Vigo Lite, two apps that allow users to create and share short-form sketches and lip-syncing to Bollywood songs, posted a message early Monday (local time) to announce that they would be discontinued at the end of October this year. In their message, titled “a farewell letter,” ByteDance said it was saddened to shut...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Bangladesh, Vigo, Bytedance, Entrackr, Tiktok, Vigo Video, TikTok Vigo Video, Vigo Lite, India Vigo Video

A Small US Town is Now Printing Its Own Currency

Tenino, Washington (population: 1,884) has launched its own local currency, reports the Hustle: Mayor Wayne Fournier decided that Tenino would set aside $10k to give out to low-income residents hurt by the pandemic. But instead of using federal dollars, he'd print the money on thin sheets of wood designed exclusively for use in Tenino. His mint? A 130-year-old newspaper printer from a local museum... Residents below the poverty line can apply to receive money from the $10k fund that Tenino has...
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ByteDance to shut down Vigo apps

Chinese internet giant ByteDance has announced plans to discontinue two of its apps in India, its biggest overseas market, and urged users to move to TikTok. Vigo Video and Vigo Lite, two apps that allow users to create and share short-form sketches and lip-syncing to Bollywood songs, posted a message early Monday (local time) to announce that they would be discontinued at the end of October this year. Updated on June 15, 11:55am IST: the apps have already been discontinued in Brazil and the ...
Tags: Google, Social, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Middle East, Brazil, Bangladesh, Vigo, Bytedance, Entrackr, Tiktok, Vigo Video, TikTok Vigo Video, Vigo Lite

Comment on smashed potatoes with sweet corn relish by sonja

Would it be bizarre to make the relish with Apple Cider Vinegar? I have industrial quantities of it and am looking for ways to use it up.
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Disney Almost Bought Twitter in 2016

This fall saw the release of an autobiography by former Disney CEO Bob Iger (2005 to 2020) titled The Ride of a Lifetime. And Friday Bloomberg reporter Kurt Wagner shared an interesting excerpt (spotted by blogger John Gruber) in which Iger reveals he saw Twitter as "a potentially powerful platform for us, but I couldn't get past the challenges that would come with it." The challenges and controversies were almost too much to list, but they included how to manage hate speech, and making fraught...
Tags: Twitter, Disney, Tech, Bloomberg, Iger, Jack, John Gruber, Kurt Wagner, Bob Iger, Jack Dorsey Twitter, Disney Almost Bought Twitter

The US Government Just Paid a Crypto Startup to Explore Digital Dollars

"The U.S. federal government just awarded a grant to the blockchain startup Key Retroactivity Network Consensus (KRNC)," reports, "to study the feasibility of integrating cryptocurrency into the economy." That doesn't mean that the U.S. is going to pivot to a digital blockchain dollar, CoinDesk reports. Rather, the National Science Foundation funded KRNC because it's interested in exploring new ways to improve the security of digital transactions. The protocol KRNC is developing w...
Tags: US, Tech, National Science Foundation, Crypto Startup, Key Retroactivity Network Consensus KRNC, KRNC, Clint Ehrlich

Alleged iPhone 12 molds and CAD drawings surface online, revealing flat edges

The iPhone 12 is expected to launch with four models
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Iphone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, Iphone 12 Max

Looks like the Pixel 4a May Not Launch Until October

Given everything that’s been going on, it may be a while yet before we get our hands on Google’s next mid-range phone.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Science, Smartphones, Google Pixel, iPhone SE, Pixel 3, Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4a

China Roundup: Alibaba to add 5,000 staff to cloud unit

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we have updates from Alibaba’s rapidly growing cloud computing unit, Apple’s controversial decision to remove two podcast apps from its Chinese App Store, and more. China tech abroad TikTok’s besieged rival Zynn, a TikTok rival that had rocketed to the top of the download charts a few weeks since its launch in Ma...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Tibet, Microsoft, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba,, Tencent, Reddit, Alibaba Group

Bit Bio’s “enter button for the keyboard to the software of life” nabs the company $41.5 million

Bit Bio, the new startup which pitches itself as the “enter button for the keyboard to the software of life” only needed three weeks to raise its latest $41.5 million round of funding. Originally known as Elpis Biotechnology and named for the Greek goddess of hope, the Cambridge, England-based company was founded by Mark Kotter in 2016 to commercialize technology that can reduce the cost and increase the production capacity for human cell lines. These cells can be used in targeted gene therap...
Tags: TC, Biology, Cancer, Tech, United Kingdom, Stem Cells, Cambridge, Disease, Cambridge University, Director, Operating System, Crispr, Biotechnology, Founder, Life Sciences, Juno

How Accurate Were Ray Kurzweil's Predictions for 2019?

In 1999, Ray Kurzweil made predictions about what the world would be like 20 years in the future. Last month the community blog LessWrong took a look at how accurate Kurzweil's predictions turned out to be: This was a follow up to a previous assessment about his predictions about 2009, which showed a mixed bag, roughly evenly divided between right and wrong, which I'd found pretty good for 10-year predictions... For the 2019 predictions, I divided them into 105 separate statements, did a call fo...
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‘Dads’ Trailer: Bryce Dallas Howard’s Documentary Focuses on Fatherhood with the Help of Famous Dads

Father’s Day is next week, and Apple TV+ will be shining a light on six different fathers around the world with a new documentary called Dads, marking the feature directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard. The first trailer for the film has arrived, and in addition to the stories of various fathers around the world, there’s a collection of talking heads from famous fathers such as Will Smith, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Hasan Minaj, Kenan Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong, Conan O’Brien, P...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Movies, Documentary, Will-Smith, Movie Trailers, Bryce-Dallas-Howard, Dads, Ron-Howard, Reed, Howard, Ron, Ken Jeong, Rance, Judd-Apatow, Neil-Patrick-Harris

Google Chrome 85 To Allow Users To Compose Tweets From Windows 10 Taskbar

In the "quick launch bar" of Windows 10, native app icons "support a shortcut menu for commonly or frequently performed tasks in the app. This menu can be invoked by right-clicking the app's quick launch bar icon," writes the Windows Club site -- adding that Mac users can use similar functionality when opening a web browser from the MacOS dock. But now Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are working on similar "App Shortcuts" that allow users to do things like send email or composing tweets direc...
Tags: Google Chrome, Microsoft, Tech, Slashdot, Windows Club

GitHub, Android, Python, Go: More Software Adopts Race-Neutral Terminology

"The terms 'allowlist' and 'blocklist' describe their purpose, while the other words use metaphors to describe their purpose," reads a change description on the source code for Android -- from over a year ago. 9to5Mac calls it "a shortened version of Google's (internal-only) explanation" for terminology changes which are now becoming more widespread. And Thursday GitHub's CEO said they were also "already working on" renaming the default branches of code from "master" to a more neutral term like...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Linkedin, Tech, Drupal, Zdnet, Chrome Microsoft, Gabriel Csapo

Alleged iPhone 12 Molds and CAD Images Show New iPad Pro-Style Design

A range of images have today emerged from Twitter user @Jin_Store allegedly featuring iPhone 12 and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro molds, offering a further look at what may be in the works for the 2020 iPhone lineup. The molds are similar to those usually seen in the lead-up to the announcement of new iPhones. These physical molds are often based on leaked schematics and are produced by third party case manufacturers to develop cases for upcoming devices. The design depicted in these images is consistent ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Iphone 12

A Spaceflight Engineer Recovers the Lost Software For Apollo 10's Lunar Module

Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Vintage computing enthusiasts have recreated NASA's legendary "Apollo Guidance Computer," the 1960s-era assembly-language onboard guidance and navigation computer for the Apollo missions to the moon. Unfortunately, the software had been lost for the Apollo 10 mission (a manned "dress rehearsal" mission which flew to the moon eight weeks before Neil Armstrong's famous moonwalk mission). But spaceflight engineer Mike Stewart found a clever way to rec...
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A Guide to Investor Pitch Decks for Startup Fundraising

Revised and updated June 14, 2020 Startups frequently prepare a “pitch deck” to present their company to prospective angel or venture capital investors. The pitch deck typically consists of 15-20 slides in a PowerPoint presentation and is intended to showcase the company’s products, technology, and team to the investors. Raising capital from investors is difficult and time consuming. Therefore, it’s crucial that a startup creates a great investor pitch deck by articulating a compelling and inter...
Tags: Google, Startups, Sales, Richard D Harroch, Richard Harroch, Angel & Venture Funding, Investor Pitch Decks, Google Docs Dropbox, Template Pitch Deck for Startups Facebook, Company Overview Mission Vision of the Company, Business Presentation, Investor Pitch Decks for Startup Fundraising

Where are all the robots?

Rajat Bhageria Contributor Share on Twitter Rajat Bhageria is founder and CEO of stealth robotics company Chef Robotics and is founder and managing partner at Prototype Capital. We were promised robots everywhere — fully autonomous robots that will drive our cars end-to-end, clean our dishes, drive our freight, make our food, pipette and do our lab work, write our legal documents, mow the lawn, balance our books and even clea...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Column, Hardware, US, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Colombia, Netflix, Bill Gates, SaaS, Nvidia, Ibm

Lego Unveils New 'Robot Inventor' Mindstorms Kit

After seven years, Lego has finally unveiled a new Mindstorms kit, reports PC Magazine -- the Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor, available this fall for $359: The Robot Inventor kit lets kids (or adults) build five different robot models out of 949 pieces, ranging from a four-legged walker to a bipedal wheeled robot that can give high-fives. All of these robots can be programmed to perform different tricks, like grabbing items, firing plastic projectiles, avoiding obstacles, and playing various spo...
Tags: Tech, Lego, Lego Technic, LEGO Mindstorms, Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor, Intelligent Hub

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