Microsoft Releases Deepfake Detection Tool Ahead of Election

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Microsoft is releasing new technology to fight "deepfakes" that can be used to spread false information ahead of the U.S. election. "Microsoft Video Authenticator" analyzes videos and photos and provides a score indicating the chance that they're manipulated, the company said. Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to alter videos or audio to make someone appear to do or say something they didn't. Microsoft's tool aims to identify videos that ha...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bloomberg, Deepfakes

US Says It Won't Join WHO-Linked Effort To Develop, Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine

The Trump administration said it will not join a global effort to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute a coronavirus vaccine, in part because the World Health Organization is involved, a decision that could shape the course of the pandemic and the country's role in health diplomacy. The Washington Post reports: More than 170 countries are in talks to participate in the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) Facility, which aims to speed vaccine development and secure doses for all coun...
Tags: Washington Post, White House, China, US, Tech, European Union, United States, European Commission, Who, World Health Organization, Trump, Gavi, Japan Germany, Judd Deere, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

A Twitter DM and the promise of money: An American Putin critic tells us how they became an unwitting tool of a Russian state influence operation

Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with health workers at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, on June 20, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS Facebook announced on Tuesday it had uncovered an operation on its site linked to Russian's Internet Research Agency, which interfered in the 2016 US election to help elect President Donald Trump.The target audience of the operation, called Peace Data, was "Democratic Socia...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, England, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Trends, United States, Davis, Belarus, US Senate, Ira

TikTok — When Geopolitics Trumps Tech Innovation

In the past two months, I’ve received dozens of inquiries about TikTok. While the case is still unsettled, I wanted to summarize some of my comments in this blog post. Is banning TikTok in the US “tit for tat”? Not really. People often compare the US government’s handling of TikTok with the Facebook and Google […]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Marketing, US, Social Media, Social Marketing, Digital Business, Digital Marketing Trends, B2C Marketing, Tiktok

Pakistan blocks 5 "dating services" apps: Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout, SayHi

The government of Pakistan, an Islamic nation in which extramarital affairs and gay sex are illegal, has blocked five popular apps in its quest to purify the internet of the second largest Muslim-majority country. Reuters reports that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority today sent notices to the management of five apps, Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi, "keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming." The PTA seeks the removal of "dating services"...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, News, Censorship, Tech News, Pakistan, Muslim, Dating Apps, Grindr, Reuters, PTA, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority

'People have died unnecessarily.' Ex-Google CEO slams US's coronavirus response

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Tuesday blasted the "failure of leadership" in America's coronavirus response and warned of more hardship to come unless dramatic steps are taken to crush the virus.
Tags: Google, News, US, America, Stories, Eric Schmidt

Amazon Removes Job Listings For Intelligence Analyst To Track 'Labor Organizing Threats'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Amazon [was] looking to hire two intelligence analysts to track "labor organizing threats" within the company. The company recently posted two job listings for analysts that can keep an eye on sensitive and confidential topics "including labor organizing threats against the company." Amazon is looking to hire an "Intelligence Analyst" and a "Sr Intelligence Analyst" for its Global Security Operations' (GSO) Global Intelligence Program (GIP), ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Intelligence Analyst, Maria Boschetti

GM, Ford wrap up ventilator production and shift back to auto business

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States, a number of automakers and other manufacturers announced plans to retrofit factories to help ease the shortage of personal protective gear and ventilators. Now, two U.S. automakers have fulfilled their separate multi-million-dollar ventilator contracts — together delivering 80,000 of the devices to the U.S. government. General Motors said Tuesday that it has completed its contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 30,0...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Gm, Michigan, Trump, U S Department of Health and Human Services, GM Ford, GE Healthcare, Kokomo Ind, Trump Administration

A Saudi Prince's Attempt To Silence Critics On Twitter

Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck write via Wired: In 2014, Mohammed bin Salman's uncle, King Abdullah, was nearing death. Mohammed's father, Crown Prince Salman, was set to inherit the throne upon Abdullah's death. For more than 60 years, the Saudi crown had been passed from one son of the kingdom's founder to the next, the heir being determined by a combination of seniority and consensus of the surviving brothers. Mohammed's father, Crown Prince Salman, was set to inherit the throne upon Abdullah...
Tags: Tech, Department Of Justice, Mohammed, King Abdullah, Mohammed bin Salman, Salman, Abdullah, Bradley Hope, Justin Scheck

Forget drones, person flying jetpack spotted by pilots near LAX

Someone flying a jetpack was spotted by airline pilots approaching LAX
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Trends, Drones, Faa, Lax, Jetpack, Breaking Twitter

Lions Are Less Likely To Attack Cattle With Eyes Painted on Their Backsides

An anonymous reader shares a report: The predation of livestock by carnivores, and the retaliatory killing of carnivores as a result, is a major global conservation challenge. Such human-wildlife conflicts are a key driver of large carnivore declines and the costs of coexistence are often disproportionately borne by rural communities in the global south. While current approaches tend to focus on separating livestock from wild carnivores, for instance through fencing or lethal control, this is no...
Tags: Tech, Unesco, Botswana, Cape, Okavango, north west Botswana

Did You Fly a Jetpack Over Los Angeles This Weekend? Because the FBI Is Looking for You

Did you fly a jetpack over Los Angeles at approximately 3,000 feet on Sunday? Some kind of tiny helicopter? Maybe a lawn chair with balloons tied to it?Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Airports, Air Travel, Los Angeles, Fbi, Airplanes, Aviation, Jetpacks, Mystery Jetpack

‘Long Way Up’ Trailer: Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman Hit the Road

After riding their bikes for the British TV series Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are back in the saddle for Long Way Up, a new Apple TV+ series. The first three episodes of the show will drop on Apple TV+ on September 18, and ahead of that, we finally have a trailer that features McGregor and Boorman looking appropriately scruffy as they head out on their bikes. Long Way Up Trailer In Long Way Up, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman hop onto their bik...
Tags: Apple, Europe, London, Movies, Jimmy Fallon, Scotland, New York City, Africa, Los Angeles, South Africa, Cape Town, South America, John, Road, Ewan-McGregor, Harley Davidson

Joe Biden's Team Brings Digital Campaign Signs To 'Animal Crossing'

Beginning today, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players can add official Biden-Harris campaign signs to their island yards. Engadget reports: At the moment, there are four sign designs -- the official Biden-Harris logo, the Team Joe logo, a "Joe" Pride logo and an image of red, white and blue aviators. To add the signs to their yards, players will scan QR codes through the Nintendo Switch Online app. The campaign has also sent the signs to a handful of gaming influencers, who will share them thro...
Tags: Tech, Joe Biden, Engadget, Biden Harris, Christian Tom

Toss Lab raises $13 million Series B for its collaboration platform JANDI, the “Slack of Asia”

As Slack ramps up its investment in Asia, Toss Lab, the South Korea-based creator of enterprise collaboration platform JANDI, is preparing to become a more formidable rival. The startup announced today that it has raised a $13 million Series B led by SoftBank Ventures Asia, the early-stage venture arm of SoftBank Group. Participating investors also included SV Investment, Atinum Investment, Must Asset Management, Shinhan Capital, SparkLabs, and T Investment. Founded in 2014, Toss Lab said the...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, JANDI, Enterprise Collaboration, Tech, Taiwan, Facebook Messenger, Middle East, Kim, Vietnam

Ridley Scott Comments on Epic Games' Parody of His '1984' Ad (mac rumors)

Ridley Scott, director of the original "1984" Apple Macintosh advertisement, has commented on Epic Games' recent parody of his ad, in an interview to IGN. When Epic Games launched its campaign against Apple over alleged anticompetitive App Store policies, it premiered a shot-for-shot remake of Apple's famous "1984" Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott, titled "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite." The original commercial was based on the novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell and wa...
Tags: Apple, News, George Orwell, Ibm, App Store, Ridley Scott, Scott, Fortnite, Hartley Charlton, Big Brother Epic Games, IGN When Epic Games

Twelve Years Later, Apple Is Still Trying To Erase Email Addresses (slashdot)

Apple is steadily removing references to the old and slightly less old addresses from its support documents. AppleInsider reports: It used to be that if your email addressed ended in, you were telling the world that you are an Apple user. Now while it's only that part of the world which is extremely geeky, you're actually telling them that you were an Apple user on or before July 9, 2008. This email address was once championed by Apple as part of its iTools service back...
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Daily Crunch: Apple launches ‘Exposure Notification Express’ for COVID-19

Apple and Google are adding support for app-less exposure notifications, Facebook says it might block news sharing in Australia and Samsung has a new foldable phone. This is your Daily Crunch for September 1, 2020. The big story: Apple launches ‘Exposure Notification Express’ for COVID-19 Apple and Google are introducing new tools that should make it easier for public health authorities (PHAs) to implement notifications for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. We’ve written befo...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Australia, Samsung, Tech, Netflix, Alex Wilhelm, David Benioff, Jeff Lawson, Bambuser, Darrell Etherington, Brian Heater, Sarcos, Daily Crunch

Report: Super-Lightweight 12-inch MacBook Powered By Apple Silicon To Launch This Year

Apple has designed a 12-inch MacBook powered by Apple Silicon that weighs less than one kilogram (2.2 pounds) and the company intends to launch it by the end of the year, according to a new report. MacRumors: Apple's first ARM-based Mac will use an A14X processor, which is codenamed "Tonga" and manufactured by TSMC, and the MacBook will have a battery life of between 15 and 20 hours, according to the Chinese-language newspaper The China Times. The report adds: According to Apple's supply chain, ...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Tech, Macbook, TSMC, Tonga, China Times, Apple Silicon

Thought experiment shows how we might be at the mercy of quantum jerks from another universe

Artificial intelligence researcher and US Air Force Captain Eric Halloway recently published a fun thought experiment showing how simple it would be to prove we live in one of multiple universes. His theory relies on inventing a quantum coin-flipper and using a ray gun to vaporize an unknowable number of people across the entire spectrum of the multiverse. Basically, it’s the plot of Avengers: Endgame. Here’s the gist: Quantum physics tells us that quantum particles exist in a state called super...
Tags: Startups, Science, Insights, Tech, US Air Force, Eric Halloway

Apple to Declare Last iPod Nano Model 'Vintage' Later This Month

MacRumors has learned that Apple later this month will add the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially marking the final iPod in the iconic nano lineup as "vintage." The vintage products list features devices that have not been sold for more than five and less than seven years ago. After products pass the seven year mark, they are considered obsolete. Apple debuted a refreshed version of the seventh-generation iPod nano in mid-2015, and that was t...
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Pilot Landing At LAX Reports 'Guy In a Jetpack' Flying Alongside Them

schwit1 shares a report from The Drive: As if 2020 couldn't get any weirder, airline pilots landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday, August 30th, reported seeing "a guy in a jetpack" flying about 300 yards off their wing while on final approach to the bustling airport. What makes the reports even stranger is that, like a scene out of The Rocketeer, the airliners were descending through 3,000 feet when jetpack guy showed up next to them. Fox 11 broke the story and has the air...
Tags: Tech, Los Angeles International Airport LAX, Yves Jetman Rossi

Pakistan blocks 'immoral' Tinder, Grindr and other apps

Dating platforms told they are breaching laws against extramarital relationships and homosexualityPakistan’s government has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content“.In Pakistan extramarital relationships and homosexuality are illegal. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of the five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content...
Tags: Technology, Tinder, World news, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, LGBT rights, Grindr, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, Tinder Grindr

Rachel Spivey helps Googlers find their “happy place”

Rachel Spivey has been at a crossroads more than once during her 10 years at Google. “It can be challenging for anyone to navigate a large company, but it can feel especially isolating for underrepresented employees who might not see representation in leadership, or have sponsorship or an existing support network to lean on,” she says. Today, Rachel leads a team of retention and progression consultants, a program she helped start two years ago that helps employees from underrepresented groups st...
Tags: Google, Rachel, Hola, Black Googler Network, Diversity and Inclusion, The She Word, Life at Google, Jennifer Rodstrom, Rachel Spivey, People Operations Employee Resource Groups, Black Leadership Advisory Group BLAG

Homebound founder John Meyer created 'vulnerability dinners' where other founders can safely talk about their struggles, with a waiting list in the hundreds

Starship Capital managing partner John Meyer Starship Capital As part of Business Insider's report on how startup founders are experiencing increased mental distress during the pandemic, Homebound founder John Meyer told us about his experience after his father died of suicide in 2017.Opening up to other startup founders over dinner was a "key" part of how he worked through his grief, he said.The experience helped him realize that founders frequently lack social contacts who can help them p...
Tags: Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Mental Health, Venture Capital, Meyer, Fresco News, John meyer, Business Insider, Tech Insider, VC funding, Homebound, Max Jungreis, Starship Capital, Meyer Startup

NuScale's Small Nuclear Reactor Gets US Safety Approval

tomhath shares a report from Ars Technica: On Friday, the first small modular reactor received a design certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meaning that it meets safety requirements and could be chosen by future projects seeking licensing and approval. The design comes from NuScale, a company birthed from research at Oregon State University that has received some substantial Department of Energy funding. It's a 76-foot-tall, 15-foot-wide steel cylinder (23 meters by 5 meters...
Tags: US, Tech, Ars Technica, Department Of Energy, Oregon State University, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NuScale

The best deals on Xbox One consoles, controllers, and games right now — including $14 off 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey'

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Microsoft's Xbox One X and Xbox One S. Microsoft The Xbox One X is still the most powerful video game console on the market, and Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One games will be playable on its upcoming Xbox Series X as well.Low cost subscription services, like Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass, also bring tons of value and affordable games to the Xbox One.Below, we've compiled the best deals on X...
Tags: Reviews, Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox One, Digital, Trends, Tech, Features, Tech Deals, Xbox, Nintendo, Gamestop, Assassin, Tech Insider, Xbox One S, Xbox One X

Facebook says iPhone OS will results in a 50% drop in Audience Network publisher revenue

And now for some good news: Facebook says it is going to make less money when Apple releases iOS 14. I have no idea what "Audience Network publisher revenue" is but can only hope it represents a major part of Facebook's revenue. From MacRumors: Facebook warns that ‌iOS 14‌ could render Audience Network ineffective in ‌iOS 14‌, and so it might not be offered on the platform in the future. Facebook says that it will have limited ability to deliver targeted ads in ‌iOS 14‌. Some ‌iOS 14‌ use...
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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra: Everything we know so far

The phones may offer a Snapdragon 875, improved camera, and more
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Samsung, Trends, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy S21

Russian agency created fake leftwing news outlet with fictional editors, Facebook says

Internet Research Agency also hired real, unwitting freelance reporters in operation Facebook has removedThe Russian agency that interfered in the 2016 US election created a fake leftwing news publication, staffed it with fake editors with AI-generated photos, and hired real freelance reporters as part of a fresh influence operation detected and removed by Facebook, the company said on Tuesday.The latest operation by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) was still in its early stages when it was de...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Russia, US, US news, Fbi, Internet Research Agency, Internet Research Agency IRA, Nathaniel Gleicher

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