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Month: October 2018

Peter Thiel associate named as ambassador to Sweden

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Ken Howery, co-founder of PayPal and a close associate of Peter Thiel, has been named President Trump’s pick for ambassador to Sweden, per an announcement from the White House on Tuesday. Howery and Thiel have worked together for decades. The pair both were a part of the founding team at PayPal, and continued that partnership […]

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FCC chairman criticizes US carriers for ‘unacceptable’ progress after Hurricane Michael

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement criticizing wireless carriers for being slow to restore service in areas affected by Hurricane Michael. The FCC says that the Category 4 hurricane, which devastated parts of the Florida Panhandle, has knocked out internet and cell service for up to 300,000 households. The hurricane made landfall last […]

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Netflix criticizes EU over ‘content quota’

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Netflix used its third quarter earnings report to criticize the European Union over a new content quota for streaming services. The EU, writes Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in the report, is “currently rewriting its audio visual rules” that will demand streaming services like Netflix “devote a minimum of 30 percent of their catalog to European […]

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Huawei’s Nano Memory Cards are replacing microSD on its latest phones

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Alongside the slate of new phones Huawei announced today was an interesting addition: a new type of expandable storage the company is calling Nano Memory (NM), which replaces the traditional microSD card in the newly announced Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Huawei says that NM cards, which are identical in size and shape to […]

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A pioneering scientist explains ‘deep learning’

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Buzzwords like “deep learning” and “neural networks” are everywhere, but so much of the popular understanding is misguided, says Terrence Sejnowski, a computational neuroscientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Sejnowski, a pioneer in the study of learning algorithms, is the author of The Deep Learning Revolution (out next week from MIT Press). He […]

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Harry Potter parody play Puffs will stream online while still in theaters

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Puffs — the popular Off-Broadway play that reimagines the events of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book and film series from the perspective of the often-unsung Hufflepuff house — is about to make history. Representatives for the comedy play have announced that Puffs will debut online on the theatrical streaming service BroadwayHD on October 18th. Per […]

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Teacup pigs are popular on YouTube and Instagram once again, but be warned

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It’s a universal truth that what’s old will eventually become new again, and what’s beloved on Instagram or YouTube can never truly die. And so, adopting teacup pigs, a fad inspired partly by Paris Hilton in 2007 (the same year Hilton’s reality series, The Simple Life, ended) is back. Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson […]

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Facebook’s ex-security chief will start a new center to bring Washington and Silicon Valley together

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Alex Stamos, Facebook’s ex-chief security officer, thinks his former home at the heart of Silicon Valley is ill equipped to address the world’s most pressing digital problems, namely security, user privacy, and the protection of democratic institutions. To address this, and perhaps help ease the tensions between Washington and the tech industry while pulling in […]

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Lexar’s new USB 3.0 flash drive can save up to 10 fingerprint IDs

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Lexar announced its new JumpDrive Fingerprint F35 USB 3.0 flash drive today, which uses fingerprint authentication to protect your data. It works with speeds up to 150 MB/s, and it can recognize fingerprints in less than a second. You can set it up to recognize up to 10 different people, and it’s protected with 256-bit […]

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Bill Gates remembers Paul Allen: ‘Microsoft would never have happened without Paul’

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Bill Gates has published his personal reflections on the life of Paul Allen, who died on October 15th of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65. Gates describes Allen as “one of my oldest friends and the first business partner I ever had.” The two co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and forever changed the world of […]

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