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Major Study Rules Out Super-High and Low Climate Sensitivity To CO2

Scott K. Johnson writes via Ars Technica: One of the most important numbers in climate science is 3C. This isn't about a projection of future warming or the impacts that come with it, though. It's about how much warming you get if you double the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. That value can be made more general as a metric known as "climate sensitivity," which describes how much warming you get for a given amount of emissions. If the number is small, we can burn a lot of fossil f...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Scott K Johnson, Svante Arrhenius


Experimental Blood Test Detects Cancer Up To Four Years Before Symptoms Appear

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: For years scientists have sought to create the ultimate cancer-screening test -- one that can reliably detect a malignancy early, before tumor cells spread and when treatments are more effective. A new method reported today in Nature Communications brings researchers a step closer to that goal. By using a blood test, the international team was able to diagnose cancer long before symptoms appeared in nearly all the people it tested who...
Tags: Tech, University Of California San Diego, Nature Communications, Zhang, Kun Zhang, Taizhou China


UK’s Selina Finance raises $42M for its SMB loans platform based on home equity

When you need a loan, the cost and speed of getting it can be as critical to get right as the financing itself, a principle that might be even more relevant today in our shaky pandemic-hit economy than ever before. Today, a company that proposes to cut both the time and price for securing financing, with a platform, initially aimed at SMBs, that lets business owners put up their home property as collateral to get the loan, is announcing a funding round to expand its business. Selina Finance, whi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Real Estate, UK, London, Finance, Berlin, Tech, SoFi, Benning, Samwer, Mike Cagney, Fenwick, SELINA


UK’s Selina Finance raises $53M for its SMB loans platform based on home equity

When you need a loan, the cost and speed of getting it can be as critical to get right as the financing itself, a principle that might be even more relevant today in our shaky pandemic-hit economy than ever before. Today, a company that proposes to cut both the time and price for securing financing, with a platform, initially aimed at SMBs, that lets business owners put up their home property as collateral to get the loan, is announcing a funding round to expand its business. Selina Finance, whi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Real Estate, UK, London, Finance, Berlin, Tech, SoFi, Benning, Samwer, Mike Cagney, Fenwick, SELINA


Tesla Turns a Profit For the Fourth Quarter In a Row, Chooses Austin For Next Gigafactory

Tesla turned a profit of $104 million in the second quarter of 2020. "As a result, Tesla has now been profitable for four straight quarters for the first time in company history -- an elusive benchmark the company has long sought," reports The Verge. The company also announced it will build its newest Gigafactory near Austin, Texas. CNBC reports: The area takes up about 2,000 acres and will be roughly 15 minutes from downtown Austin, Musk said. He said the factory will be an "eecological paradis...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Cnbc, Musk, Gigafactory, Austin Texas, Colorado River, Fremont California, Fremont Factory, North America Musk, Austin Musk, North America Travis County


Twitter admits hackers accessed DMs of dozens of high-profile accounts

Last week’s hack of over 100 very high-profile Twitter accounts did in fact expose the direct messages of many of those accounts, the company admitted today — including those of an elected official in the Netherlands. The attack saw numerous popular accounts of celebrities and politicians taken over and tweeting a very obvious Bitcoin scam that nevertheless seems to have netted at least six figures. Twitter said that a “coordinated social engineering attack” gave hackers “access to internal s...
Tags: Security, Social, Twitter, Barack Obama, Tech, Joe Biden, Hack, Hacks, Netherlands, Cryptocurrency, Twitter s announcement Twitter


Harmful Lies Spread Easily in the UK Because the Nation Lacks a Law To Regulate Social Media, Study Concludes

Misleading and harmful online content about Covid-19 has spread "virulently" because the UK still lacks a law to regulate social media, an influential group of MPs has said. From a report: The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee urged the government to publish a draft copy of promised legislation by the autumn. It follows suggestions the Online Harms Bill might not be in force until 2024. The group's chairman said tech firms could not be left to self-regulate. "We still haven't seen corr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Tech, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee, Julian Knight, Andy Burrows


AOC Files Measure to Kill U.S. Military Twitch Streams as Battle Over Protester Bans Heats Up

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez plans to file an amendment that would bar any part of the U.S. military from spending federal funds to operate accounts on any “video game, esports, or live-streaming platform,” Vice reported on Wednesday. At the same time, prominent civil rights groups have demanded…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, Streisand Effect, Navy, US military, Army, US Army, US Navy, Twitch, Free Speech, Esports, First Amendment, Aoc, Discord, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Twitter Says Hackers Accessed the Direct Messages of 36 Accounts in Last Week's Breach

Twitter is continuing to investigate last week's security breach that saw the Twitter accounts of Apple and other high-profile figures and companies hacked by bitcoin scammers, and today the social media company confirmed that hackers accessed the Direct Messages of 36 Twitter accounts. Twitter previously said that no passwords were stolen in the hack, which was a "coordinated social engineering attack" that targeted Twitter employees. Hackers were able to gain access to employee credentials,...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Elon Musk, Tesla, Joe Biden, Netherlands, Jeff Bezos, U S President Barack Obama Microsoft


Russian Elite Given Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Since April

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Scores of Russia's business and political elite have been given early access to an experimental vaccine against Covid-19, according to people familiar with the effort, as the country races to be among the first to develop an inoculation. Top executives at companies including aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, as well as billionaire tycoons and government officials began getting shots developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow as earl...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Bloomberg, Moscow, Kremlin, Vector, Health Ministry, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Novosibirsk Siberia, United Co Rusal, COVID, Gamaleya Institute, Gamaleya, Sergei Netesov, Netesov


Daily Crunch: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

An antitrust battle is brewing between Microsoft and Slack, Apple continues to defend its App Store policies and Dexterity raises funding for warehouse robots. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 22, 2020. PS: I’m going to be on vacation until Wednesday of next week. Until then, I leave you in Darrell Etherington’s capable hands! The big story: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft The complaint was filed in the European Union and alleges that Microsoft is unfairly bundling its...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Spotify, Enterprise, Microsoft, Office, Tech, European Union, Policy, App Store, Slack, SPAC, Darrell Etherington, Baruch Labunski, Daily Crunch, Peyton Carr


Google Will Show Authenticated Brand Logos in Gmail to Help Curb Scams

As part of a series of security updates to G Suite announced this week, Google says it’s piloting a new standard for email authentication that will display a company or brand icon next to email that Google has verified as legit—a measure that may help curb phishing and other malicious activity from bad actors.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Gmail, Scams, Phishing, G Suite, BIMI, Google Will Show Authenticated Brand Logos


The Herman Miller x Logitech gaming chair will set you back $1,500

I’ve learned a lot during this pandemic. About myself, about the world. But perhaps most important of all, I’ve learned the value of a good chair. In normal years I’m rarely home, between work and travel, and as such it’s not something I gave much thought to. So naturally, I spent the first month and half cultivating some serious lower back pain. The truth of the matter is that we have no idea how much longer we’re going to be dealing with all of this, and as such, I can’t recommend investin...
Tags: Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Logitech, Herman Miller, Gaming Chair, Embody Gaming Chair


Gmail Is About To Start Testing Verification-Like Logos For Email (slashdot)

One of the biggest announcements made in Google's recent announcement of security enhancements for G Suite services is that authenticated logos are coming for emails from participating companies. Engadget reports: Last year Google announced it joined the Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI) group, which is pushing an email spec that adds brand logos to authenticated emails. In practice it seems a lot like the verified stamps that have proliferated across social media, but when you ...
Tags: Google, News, Engadget, DMARC, BeauHD, Brand Indicators for Message Identification BIMI


Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Shuts Down Today

Microsoft's livestreaming platform Mixer will shut down later today and encourage users to migrate over to Facebook Gaming's livestreaming service, with treasured Mixer Partners getting partner status over there too. Rock Paper Shotgun reports: From what I've seen on my stroll through Mixer on this final day, a whole lot of folks are planning to switch to Twitch. The shutdown comes less than a year after Microsoft went wild recruiting top Twitch streamers including Tyler "Ninja" Blevins with exc...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Forza Horizon, Facebook Gaming, Tyler Ninja Blevins


Wall Street thinks Slack’s antitrust complaint against Microsoft is a ‘smart business decision,’ but won’t change anything (WORK, MSFT)

Slack has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission, accusing the tech giant of anti-competitive behavior with its chat and collaboration app Teams. The complaint wasn't exactly surprising: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield has previously called Microsoft "unhealthily preoccupied" with "killing" Slack. Regardless of the outcome of the complaint, Wall Street analysts say it's a "smart business decision" for Slack because it puts more scrutiny on Microsoft's dominan...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, Eu, European Commission, EC, Salesforce, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Zoom, Newman, William Blair


Facebook tests a new Page design with a cleaner layout and no more ‘Like’ button

Facebook is testing a new design for Facebook Pages that will, among other things, remove the “Like” count, offer a cleaner and more readable layout, and make it easier for those who operate Pages to actually use and manage them. These features and others were initially tested with a small percentage of public figures on the mobile app, but are now being expanded to a broader group of Pages. Currently, the public figures involved in the test include actors, authors, creators, and a small h...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Facebook Pages, Tech, Pages, Facebook Having, Facebook Old


Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.5.1 Following Release of iOS 13.6

Following the release of iOS 13.6 on July 15, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.5.1, which means downgrading to that version of iOS is no longer possible. iOS 13.5.1 was a security update that was released to address the vulnerability that allowed for the unc0ver jailbreaking tool that worked with many recent versions of iOS, including iOS 13.5. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating ...
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Rental Beast listing database partners with AI platform

New York City-based Cherre, a startup that deploys artificial intelligence to pull real estate property data, has teamed up with Rental Beast, an all-in-one online rental listing service with a database of more than 8 million rentals nationwide.
Tags: Technology, New York City, Artificial Intelligence, Radio, Ai, Rentals, Rental Listings, Cherre, Rental Beast


SoftBank May Be Selling Arm, But Apple Isn't Interested

SoftBank, the company that owns chip designer Arm Holdings, is exploring options that could include a full or partial sale of Arm, according to rumors, but Apple isn't interested in purchasing the company. In a report on Nvidia's possible interest in Arm, Bloomberg says that SoftBank approached Apple to see if Apple might want to buy Arm. The two companies reportedly had preliminary discussions, but Apple does not plan to pursue a bid because of Arm's licensing requirements and possible regu...
Tags: Apple, Softbank, Nvidia, ARM Holdings, ARM, Apple Silicon, Arm Bloomberg, Bloomberg Nvidia


New York Bans Use of Facial Recognition In Schools Statewide

The New York legislature today passed a moratorium banning the use of facial recognition and other forms of biometric identification in schools until 2022. VentureBeat reports: The bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, appears to be the first in the nation to explicitly regulate the use of the technologies in schools and comes in response to the planned launch of facial recognition by the Lockport City School District. In January, Lockport Schools became one of the only U.S....
Tags: New York, Tech, Andrew Cuomo, Lockport Schools, John Linderman, Stefanie Coyle, Education Policy Center, New York Civil Liberties Union Facial


Watch & interact with these 5 startups competing in tomorrow’s Pitchers & Pitches session

How’s your 60-second pitch working for ya? Could it stand a refresh? Get ready to learn new and better ways to make your pitch more effective at opening doors to opportunity. Step one: register here — it won’t cost you a dime. Step two: tune in and join us tomorrow, July 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30p.m. PT, for the next Pitchers & Pitches competition. We randomly chose five Digital Startup Alley exhibitors to bring the heat — in the form of their best 60-second pitch — in front a panel of expert ju...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Jordan Crook, Alex Wilhelm, Digital Startup Alley, Disrupt 2020, Monique Idlett, Reign Ventures, Jess Morris Jr


Sound Like Darth Vader, T-Pain and More With the Voicemod App for iOS and Android

The popular voice-altering PC software Voicemod is now available as a free app on iOS/iPadOS and Android, making it that much easier to change up your sound to create silly messages, quickly add voice effects to videos and maybe pull lighthearted pranks on your friends—just don’t, y’know, be creepy about it. Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Lifehacks, Audio Recording, Audio Editing, Voicemod


Apple could launch a new iPhone in 2022 with a big camera feature that rivals like the Galaxy S20 Ultra already have (AAPL)

Apple's 2022 iPhone could come with a different type of camera lens that's generally better-equipped for taking zoomed photos, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This periscope-style lens is already available on smartphones from Samsung and Huawei. Cameras have become one of the biggest ways in which smartphone makers differentiate their products from those of competitors. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple hasn't even launched its much-rumored iPhone 12 yet, but report...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, United States, Huawei, Aapl, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, TF International Securities, Huawei Cameras, United Kingdom Both Samsung


Microsoft President Raised Apple Issues To House Antitrust Group

Microsoft President Brad Smith raised concerns to U.S. lawmakers about what the company regards as Apple's anti-competitive behavior around its app store, Bloomberg reports. From the report: Smith, who is also chief legal officer, was invited by the House of Representatives's antitrust subcommittee to share his experiences around Microsoft's own antitrust battle with the U.S. government in the late 1990s. During the conversation, which occurred weeks ago, he discussed the company's issue with Ap...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Tech, Bloomberg, House Of Representatives, Smith, Brad Smith, House Antitrust Group


iOS 14: Apple's Built-In Translate App That Works With 11 Languages

Apple in iOS 14 added a new Translate app, which, as the name suggests, is designed to offer translations from one language to another. The Translate app has some useful features that are handy both when learning a new language and when attempting to talk to someone who speaks a different language. This guide walks through all of the features in the Translate app and how to use them. Design The Translate app has a simple, easy to use interface that allows you to select languages to transl...
Tags: Apple, UK, Featured, US, Mega Guides, Automatic Detection


VCs are pouring millions into early-stage startups working on serverless computing, the Amazon-pioneered technology that's 'game-changing' for developers

Serverless technology is emerging as a popular way to build large-scale cloud applications in a cost-effective way.  The nascent market for serverless computing is dominated by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google Cloud — but early-stage startups are emerging to serve the sector. Investors are betting on these startups because they can help customers save on their cloud costs and make it easier to take advantage of multiple cloud platforms. Some prominent startups that offer serverless t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Trends, Cto, Trinity Ventures, Business Insider, Amazon Microsoft, Spiceworks, Satyavolu, Schwark Satyavolu, Amazon Web Services Microsoft, AWS Google, Guillermo Rauch, Stackery


$75M in federal grants will fund a new trio of quantum institutes

Quantum science is just getting started, and although we’ve already hit some important milestones in both theory and practice, basic research is still needed in just about every nook and cranny of the field. To that end the National Science Foundation has dedicated $75M to the establishment of three brand new scientific institutes. “Through the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes, NSF is making targeted investments. Within five years, we are confident these institutes can make tangible advances...
Tags: Science, Government, Tech, University Of California Berkeley, Quantum Physics, National Science Foundation, NSF, Quantum Computers, Quantum Science, Sethuraman Panchanathan, Through the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes NSF


Tesla picks Austin for its next US factory to build Cybertruck, Semi truck, Model Y

Tesla has picked a site near Austin for its next U.S. factory, a four to five-million-square foot $1.1 billion plant that will assemble the automaker’s futuristic Cybertruck, the Tesla Semi and the Model Y and Model 3 for sales to customers on the East Coast.  The decision announced Wednesday during the Tesla second-quarter earnings call marks the end of a fast and furious hunt for the best location — and accompanying incentives deal — for its next U.S. factory. Construction on the factory,...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Texas, California, China, US, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Nashville, Oklahoma, Musk, Gigafactory, Tulsa


Tesla picks Austin for its next U.S. factory to build Cybertruck, Semi truck, Model Y

Tesla has picked a site near Austin for its next U.S. factory, a 4- to 5-million square foot $1.1 billion plant that will assemble the automaker’s futuristic Cybertruck, the Tesla Semi and the Model Y and Model 3 for sales to customers on the East Coast.  The decision announced Wednesday during the Tesla second-quarter earnings call marks the end of a fast and furious hunt for the best location — and accompanying incentives deal — for its next U.S. factory. Construction on the factory, whic...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Texas, California, China, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Nashville, Oklahoma, Musk, Gigafactory, Tulsa, Berlin Germany



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