Enigmatic Designs Found in India May Be The Largest Images Ever Made by Human Hands

Hidden in the vast, arid expanses of India's Thar Desert lie mysterious old drawings that may be the largest-ever graphical depictions designed by humans. ScienceAlert reports: "So far, these geoglyphs, the largest discovered worldwide and for the first time in the Indian subcontinent, are also unique as regards their enigmatic signs," researchers explain in a new paper detailing the find. Discovered by a pair of independent researchers from France -- Carlo and Yohann Oetheimer -- the new geogly...
Tags: Google, India, Tech, Pakistan, Thar Desert, Jaisalmer, Golden City, Boha, France Carlo, Great Indian Desert

Most executives say they want more contract and temp workers. A majority of those workers say that's not good enough.

Jorge Vargas joins other rideshare drivers in a demonstration in November 2020 urging voters to vote reject Proposition 22, a ballot measure that exempted companies like Uber and DoorDash from California's AB-5 law. Al Seib /Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Contract workers "overwhelmingly" want to be permanent employees, according to a new McKinsey-Ipsos survey. But executives say they plan to rely more heavily on contract labor, McKinsey previously found. The findings reveal a huge div...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Twitter, Politics, New York, News, Media, Labor, California, US, America, Trends

Google's San Jose Mega-Campus Wins City Approval

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the San Francisco Chronicle: After more than three years of negotiations, San Jose officials voted late Tuesday to approve Google's plan for a sprawling downtown campus with thousands of new homes, millions of square feet of office space and a first-of-its kind $200 million community benefit agreement. It's a deal that business, labor and community groups say could signal a shift in Bay Area development politics -- particularly as San Jose, long overshado...
Tags: Google, Amazon, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, San Jose, Bay Area, San Jose City Council, Downtown West, Diridon Station, San Jose Mega Campus Wins City Approval

GameStop Is Building An NFT Platform On Ethereum

GameStop has quietly unveiled a new web portal for a non-fungible token (NFT) platform. The Block reports: "We are building a team" the page declares, stating: "We welcome exceptional engineers (solidity, react, python), designers, gamers, marketers, and community leaders. If you want to join our team, send your profile or something you've built to: [email protected]" The exact scope of the project is unclear, though prominently featured on the page is a link to an Ethereum address, indicat...
Tags: Tech, Ethereum, Gamestop, NFT

OpenAI's $100 Million Startup Fund Will Make 'Big Early Bets' With Microsoft As Partner

OpenAI is launching a $100 million startup fund, which it calls the OpenAI Startup Fund, through which it and its partners will invest in early-stage AI companies tackling major problems (and productivity). Among those partners and investors in the fund is Microsoft, at whose Build conference OpenAI founder Sam Altman announced the news. TechCrunch reports: In a prerecorded video, Altman explained that "this is not a typical corporate venture fund. We plan to make big early bets on a relatively ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Sam Altman, Altman, GPT, Openai Startup Fund

Unfixable Apple M1 chip bug enables cross-process chatter, breaking OS security model

M1RACLES flaw looks more embarrassing than dangerous Apple's Arm-based M1 chip, much ballyhooed for its performance, contains a design flaw that can be exploited to allow different processes to communicate with one another, in violation of operating system security principles.…
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Privacy laws need updating after Google deal with HCA Healthcare, medical ethics professor says

Privacy laws in the U.S. need to be updated, especially after Google struck a deal with a major hospital chain, medical ethics expert...
Tags: Google, HCA Healthcare

10 Worlds That Shook This Day

In 1919, journalist John Reed wrote Ten Days That Shook the World, of the crucial days of Russia’s October Revolution. Things move faster these days, and in the past 24 hours, we’ve had 10 different Worlds shaken to their foundations by events taking place around the world and within the Circular Economy. 1. United States announced as Chair of multilateral Biofuture Platform In Brazil, the United States is in line to become the next chair of the Biofuture Platform, a multi-stakeholder initia...
Tags: Google, New York, California, Russia, US, ExxonMobil, Bank Of America, Eu, United States, Top Stories, Maine, Netherlands, Jp Morgan, Brazil, Uruguay, Aeg

DarkSide Will Be Back, As Russia, China, Iran Create 'Safe Havens' For Hackers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Nation states are serving as safe havens for sophisticated criminal cyber actors and that is leading to an "increased blending of the threat," said John Demers, assistant attorney general at the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, speaking on a CNBC Evolve livestream on Wednesday. He said that is also a reason to believe that DarkSide could be back, or is still operating under a new name. "When nation states aren't doing their...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Joe Biden, Department Of Justice, Cnbc, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Russia China, China Iran, National Security Division, John Demers, Michael Orlando, CNBC Evolve

Daily Crunch: In $8.45B deal, Amazon to buy MGM Studios

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Wednesday, May 26. Yes, we’re going to get to the huge Amazon-MGM deal, but we have to chat about a startup first. Have you heard of Poparazzi? If you have kids you might have — it’s the latest social phenom. And it just ran its way up to the top of the App Store. (Too bad it’s not Puparazzi!) Yes, I feel old as well. Take a lo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Austin, United States, Gm, Google Docs, Miami, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Alex, Lockheed

Asahi Linux Dev Reveals 'M1RACLES' Flaw In Apple M1

AmiMoJo shares a report from Tom's Hardware: Asahi Linux developer Hector Martin has revealed a covert channel vulnerability in the Apple M1 chip that he dubbed M1RACLES, and in the process, he's gently criticized the way security flaws have started to be shared with the public. Martin's executive summary for M1RACLES sounds dire: "A flaw in the design of the Apple Silicon 'M1' chip allows any two applications running under an OS to covertly exchange data between them, without using memory, sock...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Tom, Martin, Héctor Martín, Apple Silicon, Apple Silicon M1, Asahi Linux, Asahi Linux Dev

Space Station May Host Wave of TV Shows and Films

Who wants to be an astronaut? If the answer is you, there's a reality TV show, appropriately titled "Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?", that you ought to apply for. From a report: The Discovery Channel is seeking to cast about 10 would-be astronauts to compete during the series' eight-episode run next year for a seat on a real-life trip to the International Space Station, followed by live coverage of the launch of the winner on a SpaceX rocket. "We'd like a diverse group of people that each have th...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Houston, McAlister, Jay Peterson, Phil McAlister, Axiom Space, Boat Rocker Studios Unscripted

Ford’s $30B investment in electric revs up in-house battery R&D

Ford is increasing its investment in its electric vehicle future to $30 billion by 2025, up from a previous spend of $22 billion by 2023. The company announced the fresh cashflow into its EV and battery development strategy, dubbed Ford+, during an investor day on Tuesday.  The company said it expects 40% of its global vehicle volume to be fully electric by 2030. Ford sold 6,614 Mustang Mach-Es in the U.S. in Q1 , and since it unveiled its F-150 Lightning last week, the company says it has...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Korea, Ohio, Michigan, Bmw, Lg, China Japan, Solid Power, Hau Thai Tang Ford, Tang Ford, Mustang Mach-E

Lucid Motors reveals all the tech inside its all-electric Air sedan

Eight months after Lucid Motors showed off the final version of its all-electric Air sedan, the company has finally revealed the in-cabin tech — from the curved 34-inch display and second touchscreen to the underlying software, integrated apps and Amazon Alexa voice assistant —that drivers and passengers will use once the automaker begins deliveries of the vehicle in the second half of the year. The aim of the company’s branded Lucid User Experience, or Lucid UX, is to include all the tech that ...
Tags: Google, TC, Siri, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Android Auto, Alexa, Lucid, Dolby Atmos, Mercedes Benz, Jenkins, Tesla Model, Amazon Alexa, Lucid Motors

Half of All US Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

According to the Biden administration, half of the country's adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. NPR reports: "This is a major milestone in our country's vaccination efforts," Andy Slavitt, a White House senior adviser on the COVID-19 response, said during a midday briefing. "The number was 1% when we entered office Jan. 20." Nearly 130 million people age 18 and older have completed their vaccine regimens since the first doses were administered to the public in December, the...
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YouTube said it removed 2 ads featuring the Belarus captives' admission videos

An image from a video of the opposition journalist Roman Protasevich released by Belarusian authorities on Monday. Via Hanna Liubakova/Twitter YouTube took action against a pro-Belarus channel over two ads this week, reported. The ads used footage from Roman Protasevich's confession video released by Belarusian authorities. Protasevich's father told Reuters on Tuesday his son's statements seemed coerced. See more stories on Insider's business page. YouTube took action th...
Tags: Google, News, Greece, Youtube, Trends, Ryanair, Belarus, Lithuania, Advertisement, Reuters, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Twitter YouTube, Rest of World, Tech Insider, Louise Matsakis

YouTube said it removed 2 ads featuring videos of Belarus hostages' admission videos: report

Screenshot from a video of the journalist Roman Protasevich released by Belarusian authorities on May 24, 2021. Via Hanna Liubakova/Twitter YouTube took action against a pro-Belarus channel for inappropriate ads this week, according to The account's ads used footage from Roman Protasevich's confession video released by Belarusian authorities. Protasevich's father told Reuters on Tuesday his son's statements seem coerced. See more stories on Insider's business page. Y...
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Trends, Ryanair, Athens, Belarus, Advertisement, Reuters, Vilnius, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Rest of World, Tech Insider, Louise Matsakis, Matsakis

LeBron James shows up on Instagram wearing the new unreleased Beats Studio Buds

We reported earlier this month that Apple is working on new truly wireless earbuds under the Beats brand called “Beats Studio Buds.”...
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Echo 3: Michiel Huisman Joins Luke Evans in Apple’s Thriller Series

Game of Thrones alum and The Flight Attendant star Michiel Huisman is joining Luke Evans in Apple’s action-thriller series Echo 3 in a lead role, according to Variety. The 10-episode series comes from Oscar winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) who will serve as executive producer and co-showrunner along with Jason Horwitch. Pablo Trapero will direct. The project is being shot in both English and Spanish according to the outlet. It is based on the Keshet Broadcasting series When ...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, Action, Colombia, TV News, Streaming, South America, Evans, Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans, Joel Coen, Mark Boal, Keshet Broadcasting, Keshet Studios, Omri Givon

Facebook Board Rejects Proposals To Curb Zuckerberg's Power

Facebook rejected two proposals intended to diminish Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's control over the company, an expected though disappointing outcome for those worried about the CEO's power. From a report: The board Wednesday turned down a proposal to replace Zuckerberg as chairman with an independent representative. Zuckerberg, who has served as chairman since 2012, controls about 58% of the voting shares, according to a regulatory filing. During Facebook's annual meeting, the board...
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Comcast Subscriber Receives DMCA Notice For Downloading Ubuntu

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Every day, people who download and share pirated content receive DMCA notices via their ISPs, warning them to cease and desist their infringing behavior. While the majority of these notices are accurate, one Ubuntu user says he has just been targeted by an anti-piracy company alleging that by torrenting an OS ISO released by Ubuntu itself, he breached copyright law. Posting to Reddit's /r/linux sub-Reddit, a forum with more than 656K subscri...
Tags: Germany, Tech, ISO, Comcast, Reddit, Dmca, Ubuntu, Infinity, Ubuntu ISO

How to block a number on your smartphone or landline to stop spam calls and texts

There are multiple ways you can block numbers on any smartphone or landline. Marko Geber/Getty Images You can block a number to stop receiving all incoming calls or texts from that phone number. To block a number on an iPhone or Android, you can use your device's Phone app. To block a number on a landline, contact your service provider or use a call-blocking device. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Tired of being asked about renewing your car's warranty...
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LeBron James Spotted Wearing Unreleased Beats Studio Buds

Apple's unreleased Beats Studio Buds were today spotted out in the wild in a set of Instagram photos shared by LeBron James. James appears to be wearing the Beats Studio Buds in white, based on the shape and design of the earbuds in his ears. It's difficult to get a good look at the Beats Studio Buds worn by James, but we've already seen several closer views of the upcoming earbuds. The wire-free in-ear Beats-branded earbuds were first spotted by MacRumors in the tvOS 14.6 and iOS 14.6 betas ...
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Twitter teases its upcoming ‘premium’ service, which it plans to release globally

Would you pay for an upgraded Twitter? That’s a question Twitter will soon answer when it rolls out a new subscription service that will present users with an expanded feature set available only to paid subscribers. This is a different offering than Twitter’s previously announced Super Follow subscription plans, which will allow users to subscribe to individual creators for access to exclusive content. Instead, the new subscription service will target Twitter’s power users who tweet frequently e...
Tags: Apps, Twitter, Tech, Bloomberg, Mit, Subscriptions, Cnet, Subscription Service, Segal, Substack, Ned Segal, Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter Blue, Twitter Blue the company, Global Technology Media and Communications

Engine Biosciences expands its digital drug discovery pipeline with $43M round

Drug discovery is a large and growing field, encompassing both ambitious startups and billion-dollar Big Pharma incumbents. Engine Biosciences is one of the former, a Singaporean outfit with an expert founding crew and a different approach to the business of finding new therapeutics, and it just raised $43 million to keep growing. Digital drug discovery in general means large-scale analysis of biological data like genes, gene expression, protein structures, binding sites, things like that. Where...
Tags: Asia, Digital, Tech, Fda, Polaris Partners, Big Pharma, Lu, BRCA, Invus, Engine Biosciences, Jeffrey Lu Gene

Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO on July 5

By Clare Duffy | CNN Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will officially step down from his role as chief executive on July 5, he announced during the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday. Bezos will hand the reins to Andy Jassy, who currently runs Amazon Web Services, after a nearly three-decade run leading the internet giant that made him one of the richest people in the world. Bezos will become Amazon’s executive chair. The company first announced the leadership change as part of its February...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Aws, Dc, Jeff Bezos, MGM, Amazon Web Services, Columbia, Andy, Bezos, Andy Jassy

Tesla has installed 200,000 Powerwalls around the world so far

Tesla has installed its 200,000th Powerwall, the company’s home battery storage product, the company said in a tweet on Wednesday. Tesla’s CFO Zachary Kirkhorn told investors during a first-quarter earnings call in April that Tesla is continuing to work through a “multi-quarter backlog on Powerwall,” suggesting that the volume of installations will continue to soar in coming months. During that earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will no longer sell its Solar Roof panel product w...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Tesla, Energy Storage, GreenTech, Powerwall, Powerwalls, Zachary Kirkhorn

New Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro camera specifications revealed

According to a new report, Google plans to bring a gimbal camera to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, along with improvements to their video...
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2 Organic Use Cases For Artificial Intelligence

Our expert panel explores concrete ways AI fits with the practice of law.
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Vise CEO Samir Vasavada and Sequoia’s Shaun Maguire break down the art of the pitch

In just a few short years, Vise has gone from launching on the Disrupt Battlefield stage to unicorn. Co-founders Samir Vasavada and Runik Mehrotra met Sequoia’s Shaun Maguire at an afterparty at the event, and Maguire ended up leading a seed and Series A round while Sequoia led the Series B. Last week, Vise raised its Series C of $65 million and was officially valued at $1 billion post-money. A good pitch deck is short and simple, and covers the key points in less than 12 words a slide....
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