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Waymo, Uber, Ford, and others are joining forces to explore the ‘human impact’ of self-driving cars

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Driverless vehicles could eliminate millions of jobs in the future, from cabbies to truckers to food delivery workers. But the companies that are hoping to hasten the adoption of this disruptive technology don’t want to seem callous to this brewing labor crisis, so they are joining forces to study the “human impact” of robot cars. […]

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Amazon made a special version of Alexa for hotels with Echo speakers in their rooms

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Amazon is today introducing Alexa for Hospitality, a special version of the company’s voice assistant that will be distributed on an invitation basis to hotels, vacation rental spaces, and other locations starting today. The Alexa experience will be customized and tailored to each individual hospitality location, so guests will be able to do things like […]

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Adobe is integrating PDF services directly into Microsoft Office 365

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Microsoft and Adobe are extending their close partnership this week with the integration of Adobe PDF services into Office 365. Adobe’s PDF services will be available from the ribbon inside web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Office 365 commercial users will be able to convert documents into PDFs all while preserving font choices, formatting, […]

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Oppo’s Find X ditches the notch for pop-up cameras

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If there’s a singular trend to point to for phones in 2018, it’s the effort to cram as much screen into a device as possible. Oppo’s new Find X, which is being officially announced in Paris today, combines a number of trendy design ideas, plus some even newer tricks, to fit an extremely large 6.4-inch […]

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Microsoft starts testing new diverse Xbox Live avatars

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After months of delays and leaks, Microsoft is finally unveiling its new Xbox Live Avatars. Originally scheduled for last fall, the new avatar system will be available to Xbox Insiders later today to test before being broadly rolled out to all Xbox One users. The new avatars will let you fully customize your online character […]

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What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

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At a small event in San Francisco last night, IBM hosted two debate club-style discussions between two humans and an AI called “Project Debater.” The goal was for the AI to engage in a series of reasoned arguments according to some pretty standard rules of debate: no awareness of the debate topic ahead of time, […]

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Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban that’s nearly shut down the company

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The US Senate has voted to reinstate a ban on ZTE that prevents the Chinese telecom company from buying US components and using US software. But it’s still not clear if the reversal will make it into law: it has to clear a conference with the House, and then avoid a veto from President Trump, […]

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Elon Musk emailed all of Tesla about attempted ‘sabotage’ by an employee

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk emailed his entire company just before midnight last night saying that an employee had been caught conducting “damaging sabotage to our operations,” according to CNBC, which obtained the email. The employee was allegedly found to have made “direct code changes” to Tesla’s manufacturing system and sent “large amounts of highly sensitive” […]

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Airbnb founders call Trump’s family separation policy ‘heartless, cruel, and immoral’

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Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk have issued a joint statement this afternoon condemning President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the US-Mexico border. The statement, issued publicly on Twitter, is both a plain and harsh rebuke of the Trump administration’s policy, which has caused nationwide outcry […]

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China bans ASMR videos citing ‘vulgar and pornographic content’

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After an announcement posted on June 8th, China’s anti-pornography office has cracked down on ASMR videos on video streaming platforms, telling services to “thoroughly clean up vulgar and pornographic ASMR content.” Since then, ASMR videos have disappeared from all major Chinese streaming platforms. ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, refers to the sounds […]

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