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Porsche accelerates EV supercar ambitions with investment in Rimac

Porsche accelerates EV supercar ambitions with investment in Rimac

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EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’

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The European Union has taken the first step in passing new copyright legislation that critics say will tear the internet apart. This morning, the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favor of the legislation, called the Copyright Directive. Although most of the Directive simply updates technical language for copyright law in the age of […]

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Trump’s Space Force may actually be more of a bureaucratic nightmare

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On Monday, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to create a sixth branch of the Armed Forces: a Space Force. But the process of creating a new military service is more complicated than simply telling the Pentagon to make it so. Trump’s announcement came during a meeting with the National Space Council, shortly before he […]

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How science fiction is training us to ignore the real threats posed by AI

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CEOs of artificial intelligence companies usually seek to minimize the threats posed by AI, rather than play them up. But on this week’s episode of Converge, Clara Labs co-founder and CEO Maran Nelson tells us there is real reason to be worried about AI — and not for the reasons that science fiction has trained […]

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Instagram reportedly launching ‘IGTV’ video hub for online creators later today

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According to multiple reports, Instagram is launching a big new video venture later today: a new hub for longer-form content that’s designed to compete with videos from YouTube creators. TechCrunch reports that the hub will be named “IGTV” and will be part of the Instagram app’s Explore tab. The videos will be vertically-orientated, full-screen, up […]

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Microsoft CEO plays down ICE contract in internal memo to employees

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Microsoft has faced widespread criticism after its boasts of working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to help the agency “process data on edge devices or utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification.” Social media users discovered the phrasing in a blog post from January, and the statement was briefly removed in […]

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Samsung to Pay $400 Million for Infringing FinFET Patent

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A federal jury in Texas ordered Samsung Electronics to pay $400 million to a South Korean university for infringing one of fundamental patents related to double gate FinFET transistors. The same jury found that GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm had infringed the same patent, but the two companies were not ordered to pay damages. The U.S.-based licensing […]

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GitHub and Medium take down database of ICE employee LinkedIn accounts

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GitHub and Medium have scrubbed a database of ICE employees off their platforms, soon after a New York-based artist posted the scraped LinkedIn information. Sam Lavigne, who has previously worked on projects like a white collar predictive policing program, wrote in a Medium post today that, “As ICE continues to ramp up its inhumane surveillance […]

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A new EU copyright bill forces filtering across the internet

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On June 20th, a committee of the European Parliament will vote on whether to proceed on a copyright proposal that some say will destroy the internet as we know it. That may sound fairly hyperbolic, but over 70 experts — including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales — have criticized […]

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Oppo made a Lamborghini edition of its new flagship Find X smartphone

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Oppo showed off its new Find X smartphone with a pop-up notch earlier today, and now the company has announced a partnership with Lamborghini to create a special version of the device. The smartphone maker says the Lamborghini version of the Oppo Find X will cost 1,699 euros ($1,966), and it’s the start of a […]

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