Scientists Create Simple Synthetic Cell That Grows and Divides Normally

Five years ago, scientists created a single-celled synthetic organism that, with only 473 genes, was the simplest living cell ever known. However, this bacteria-like organism behaved strangely when growing and dividing, producing cells with wildly different shapes and sizes. Now, scientists have identified seven genes that can be added to tame the cells' unruly nature, causing them to neatly divide into uniform orbs. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reports: Scientists a...
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Amazon's Twitter Army Was Handpicked For 'Great Sense of Humor'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Amazon's small Twitter army of "ambassadors" was quietly conceived in 2018 under the codename "Veritas," which sought to train and dispatch select employees to the social media trenches to defend Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, according to an internal description of the program obtained exclusively by The Intercept. Amazon ambassadors drew attention this week as they responded to a wave of online criticism for the company's treatment of wo...
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Facebook Blames 'Technical Issue' For Shorting Video Creators Thousands of Dollars In Ad Revenue

The Verge spoke with several Facebook video creators, all of whom say the company shorted them on cash and ignored their requests for help. From the report: The creators had no reason to initially question the amount they were paid since Facebook's estimated revenue tool almost always mirrored their actual payouts. Usually, they'd be short only a couple hundred dollars. But after their revenue seemed off two months in a row, the creators say they looked into the issue. All three say the problems...
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Biden Infrastructure Plan Promises Broadband To All Within 8 Years

One of the many promises made in President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan is to deliver "future proof" broadband to every home in American within eight years. It sets aside $100 billion to accomplish this feat. Motherboard reports: While specifics are murky, a new fact sheet on the proposal states the plan won't just involve throwing more subsidies at America's deep-pocketed incumbents, an American pastime studies show historically hasn't delivered on the promise of faster, better broad...
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Now with More Herding Nerfers!

In this Marketing Over Coffee: In this episode The CTTO, Server Side Tracking, Skincare, and more!! Direct Link to File Brought to you by our sponsors: Upfluence and CXL Nerf Chief TikTok Officer Corporate Cloud Spending Surges Past On Premises Spend 6:45 With Upfluence, marketers can triple the number of influencers they work with and run campaigns in half the time. From finding influencers and contacting them, to keeping track of collaborations and measuring results, Upfluence really cover...
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Kakao Mobility Secures Strategic Investment From Google

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Kakao Mobility has secured a strategic investment from Google of 56.5 billion won ($50.1 million), the...
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Biden’s plan assigns $100bn to bring affordable internet to all Americans by 2029

Prioritizing broadband systems is a pillar of the infrastructure bill, which would help the 35% of people who lack accessJoe Biden’s massive infrastructure bill will prioritize broadband expansion as a top goal, earmarking $100bn to bring affordable internet to “all Americans” by 2029.The plan, details of which the White House released in a fact sheet on Wednesday afternoon, seeks to reach “100% high-speed broadband coverage” across the US. It will do so while prioritizing broadband networks “ow...
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Daily Crunch: Facebook makes it easier to view a non-algorithmic News Feed

Facebook has some thoughts and updates about its News Feed, Siri gets some new voices and Tonal becomes a unicorn. This is your Daily Crunch for March 31, 2021. The big story: Facebook makes it easier to view a non-algorithmic News Feed Facebook highlighted features today that should make it easier for users to see a version of the News Feed that isn’t shaped by the company’s algorithms. These include a Favorites view that displays posts from up to 30 of your favorite friends and Pages, as well ...
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The 10 best devices of 2021 that work with Amazon Alexa

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is compatible with a wide range of smart devices. You can control Alexa-supported devices with voice commands or automate them with routines. Look for the "Works with Alexa" logo to find devices certified by Amazon for reliability. Voice recognition has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years and voice assistants have been integrated into more and more products. A huge number of popular smart home brands include Amazon...
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Google Promises Not to Muzzle Staff on Pay, Settling Labor Case

According to Bloomberg, Google has settled one of the first legal complaints filed by a new union, promising not to silence workers who talk about their pay. From the report: "WE WILL NOT tell you that you cannot discuss policies with other employees," states the notice to staff, signed by an attorney for Google and parent Alphabet Inc. and being posted at a Google data center in South Carolina. "WE WILL NOT discipline you because you exercise your right to discuss wage rates, bonuses, hours and...
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Hands-on: Here’s how to find the new Siri voices in iOS 14.5

Apple has added two new Siri voices with iOS 14.5. Here's how to change Siri's voice on iPhone, iPad, and HomePod.
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Install These iOS, iPadOS, and WatchOS Security Updates Immediately (lifehacker)

Apple released patches for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch over the weekend that all users should install immediately. The patches fixes a dangerous zero-day vulnerability that hackers are actively exploiting.Read more... [Author: Brendan Hesse]
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Is this leaked image the new Apple TV Siri remote?

Apple's touch-sensitive Siri remote has received its fair share of criticism over the years, prompting speculation over what a future version will look like.
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PingPong is a video chat app for product teams working across multiple time zones

From the earliest days of the pandemic, it was no secret that video chat was about to become a very hot space. Over the past several months investors have bankrolled a handful of video startups with specific niches, ranging from always-on office surveillance to platforms that encouraged plenty of mini calls to avoid the need for more lengthy team-wide meetings. As the pandemic wanes and plenty of startups begin to look towards hybrid office models, there are others who have decided to lean into ...
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For VC Hans Tung, the personal becomes public in a growing campaign to ‘stop Asian hate’

Longtime venture capitalist Hans Tung is a big guy. His size might just be lifesaving. A first-generation Taiwanese-American who came to the U.S. and to L.A. specifically in 1984, it was a fraught time for the then 14-year-old. Two years earlier, a 27-year-old, Chinese-American draftsman named Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit by a Chrysler plant supervisor and his stepson, a laid-off autoworker, who reportedly believed that Chin was of Japanese descent and were angry over the growing ...
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What Are the Only Credit Cards Accepted in Costco?

Costco shoppers enjoy bulk products at great prices. But once they get to the checkout lane, they have to be conscious of what method of payment they pull out of their wallet or purse. While some methods of payment are universally accepted, Costco customers need to be aware there are only certain credit cards accepted at Costco. Cash Despite some people’s desire to move to using only digital currency only, cash is still accepted virtually everywhere. Debit Cards Regardless of what network i...
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India Offers $1 Billion In Cash To Each Chipmaker Who 'Makes In India'

According to Reuters, India is offering more than $1 billion in cash to each semiconductor company that sets up manufacturing units in the country as it seeks to build on its smartphone assembly industry and strengthen its electronics supply chain. From the report: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" drive has helped to turn India into the world's second-biggest mobile manufacturer after China. New Delhi believes it is time for chip companies to set up in the country. "The government ...
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Google US workers can return to offices in April in a limited capacity

Google said some U.S. employees may voluntarily return to offices as soon as April. The company said the offices will reopen in a limited capacity.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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The best online sales happening now, including discounts on the Apple Watch, ThermoWorks ThermoPop, and Logitech MX Master

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, including savings at Levi's, EyeBuyDirect, and Allswell.Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out our round-up of the best deals from Amazon. The best deals available ...
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The best smart jewelry in 2021, from necklaces to rings and watches

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Smart jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes, including rings, necklaces, and watches. The Bellabeat Urban Leaf is our favorite piece of smart jewelry because of its versatile design. Check out our guide to the best smartwatches for women for more buying advice. Wearables don't have to be ugly or super masculine to be high tech and helpful. A number of small startups and a handful of big companies are finally making wearables for women. One of the most exc...
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Apple To Build Battery-Based Solar Energy Storage Project in Monterey County

Apple said Wednesday that it will build a battery-based renewable energy storage facility in Central California near a solar energy installation that already provides energy for all of its facilities in the state. From a report: Apple said the project will store 240 megawatt-hours of energy, or enough to power more than 7,000 homes for one day. It is located next to the California Flats solar installation in southeastern Monterey County, about 100 miles southeast of Apple's Cupertino, California...
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tvOS 14.5 Beta 6 References Apple TV Remote With 'Center Button' [Updated]

The tvOS 14.5 beta that was released this morning includes a code change that references an Apple TV remote control that features a "Center Button," which is a description that does not fit the current ‌Apple TV‌ remote. "Press the center button or the touch surface to continue," reads the tvOS 14.5 code, which was discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser. The remote for the fourth and fifth-generation ‌Apple TV‌ models features a series of buttons that are arranged in two rows, with ...
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Soon, Siri Won't Be a Feminine Voice by Default

The latest update to the iOS 14.5 beta won’t fix all of our gripes with Siri, but it does introduce a few major changes for Apple’s digital assistant. For starters, Siri will no longer be feminine by default for English speakers. Instead, once iOS 14.5 is officially pushed out, iOS users will be prompted to pick their…Read more...
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Stop Calling Everything AI, Machine-Learning Pioneer Says

An anonymous reader shares a report: Artificial-intelligence systems are nowhere near advanced enough to replace humans in many tasks involving reasoning, real-world knowledge, and social interaction. They are showing human-level competence in low-level pattern recognition skills, but at the cognitive level they are merely imitating human intelligence, not engaging deeply and creatively, says Michael I. Jordan, a leading researcher in AI and machine learning. Jordan is a professor in the departm...
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Sprout Mortgage gives brokers more control of loan estimate

Sprout Mortgage, which bills itself as a leading provider of nonconforming loans, says it’s giving mortgage brokers more control over how lender fees are presented to consumers in the loan estimate.
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EXp and ‘Undercover Billionaire’ star Grant Cardone team up

Cardone will develop sales training material that will be used across eXp's brands. Agents at the brokerage will also get access to the sales guru's own learning content.
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Sarah Kunst will outline how to get ready to fundraise at Early Stage

Sarah Kunst, founding partner at Cleo Capital, has worn many hats. She’s been an entrepreneur, served on plenty of boards, is a contributing author at Marie Clare, has been a senior advisor to Bumble and worked as a consultant in marketing, business development and more. With all that experience, she knows all too well that the process of fundraising starts well before your first pitch meeting. That’s why we’re so excited to have Kunst join us at Early Stage in July to discuss how to get ready t...
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This Apple AirPods deal at Amazon is so good it might be a mistake

Apple AirPods deals are rare, but these discounts are so unbelievable we had to make sure they weren't a mistake.
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Lowkey raises $7 million from a16z to help game streamers capitalize on short-form video

While the growth of game-streaming audiences have continued on desktop platforms, the streaming space has felt surprisingly stagnant at times, particularly due to the missing mobile element and a lack of startup competitors. Lowkey, a gaming startup that builds software for game streamers, is aiming to build out opportunities in bit-sized clips on mobile. The startup wants to be a hub for both creating and viewing short gaming clips but also sees a big opportunity in helping streamers cut down ...
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We spoke to the man behind 'Darla,' a parody Amazon employee Twitter account that went viral

Screenshot from Robby Appleton Amazon's FC Ambassadors on Twitter have been active again amid bad press for the company. One account purporting to be a worker named Darla was actually Robby Appleton. He told Insider that he backs the union effort by actual Amazon employees in Alabama. See more stories on Insider's business page. As Amazon faces increased scrutiny ahead of the decision of its Bessemer, AL union vote this week, the company's Twitter presence has become increasi...
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