Tag: Tech

Tesla Introduces Full-Self Driving Beta 10.3.1 After Weekend Hiccups

Tesla briefly rolled back the introduction of its latest Full Self-Driving beta software following complaints from beta testers. Chief executive Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that Beta 10.3 was released briefly over the weekend and would be accessible to Tesla owners with perfect safety scores. However, less than a day after being released, Tesla rolled […]

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The real threat to Facebook isn’t regulation. It’s teenagers.

Facebook has had a terrible fall. Documents released to the media by whistleblower Frances Haugen have provided a cornucopia of revelations — that Mark Zuckerberg’s company bargained away free speech rights for access to Vietnam, that execs knew its Instagram app harms teen girls, and that its algorithm promoted rage-inducing content to keep users engaged. […]

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‘It’s almost like a scarlet letter’: Why prominent Democrats are ‘rebuffing’ lucrative roles at Facebook

Embattled tech giant Facebook has reportedly been having trouble hiring, among other roles, a “big-name Democrat” to head up U.S. lobbying operations, an otherwise well-paying role that contenders fear could be the “worst job in Washington,” writes The Wall Street Journal. Amid tensions with Congress and the White House, “prominent Democrats have been rebuffing lucrative […]

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Why social media can’t be regulated like other media

Anyone interesting in thinking through the challenge of regulating social media needs to read and wrestle with a lengthy essay by The Shallows author Nicholas Carr in the latest issue of The New Atlantis, a quarterly journal of science and technology. The essay, ambitiously titled “How to fix social media,” is filled with fruitful ideas, but […]

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An ’emotional’ Mark Zuckerberg reportedly sounded ‘pretty mad’ during today’s earnings call

Perhaps the onslaught of negative press has finally gotten to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. While listening in on the company’s quarterly earnings call, New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac said that, when discussing “the last month of leaks,” Zuckerberg was the “most emotional” he’s ever heard him, “aside from his Harvard honorary graduation speech.” […]

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Porsche Is Now Using Artificial Intelligence In Its Finance Department

The use of artificial intelligence across most industries is becoming more commonplace, so much so that Porsche has revealed it has started using AI in its finance department. The German car manufacturer recently launched its Forecast Accounting Support Technology (FAST) project that sees auditors in its finance department being assisted with artificial intelligence. Porsche firstly […]

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Lucid CEO Believes Fleets Of Robotaxis Are A Decade Away

The chief executive of Lucid doesn’t think we will see fleets of self-driving taxis for another decade. Hot on the heels of Lucid beginning production of the all-electric Air, chief executive Peter Rawlinson told Reuters that technological hurdles will prevent robotaxis from becoming commonplace anytime in the near future. “I think we’re 10 years out […]

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How Facebook is allegedly ‘mischaracterizing its growth’ to investors

Facebook is finding that young people and teens are spending less time on its flagship social network. And despite the fact that the company has “spent years” studying such trends, executives “have been markedly less forthcoming about those concerns in public,” writes Bloomberg, according to documents shared by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. The tech giant’s […]

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Facebook VP reportedly told employees to brace themselves for ‘more bad headlines’

There might be more alarming Facebook headlines in the works — and the company is apparently steeling itself for that likelihood. According to a post obtained by Axios, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg told staffers Saturday that “we need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.” Clegg warned that […]

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Google channels Big Tobacco with dystopian research censorship

In the wake of the firing of Timnit Gebru and other notable AI researchers at Google, Alphabet’s circled the wagons and lawyered up. Reports flow out of Mountain View depicting teams of lawyers censoring scientific research and acting as unnamed collaborators and peer-reviewers. Most recently, Business Insider managed to interview several researchers who painted a […]

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A Brief History of Twitch Getting Hacked

Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard’s podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet. On October 6, a massive leak of Twitch data revealed how much cash its biggest streamers made. The leak isn’t the first time Twitch’s security has been called into question and as the fallout from the leak spiraled, Motherboard […]

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Facebook’s smart glasses could lead to Black Mirror-style privacy concerns

Facebook’s smart glasses ambitions are in the news again. The company has launched a worldwide project dubbed Ego4D to research new uses for smart glasses. In September, Facebook unveiled its Ray-Ban Stories glasses, which have two cameras and three microphones built-in. The glasses capture audio and video so wearers can record their experiences and interactions. […]

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Would You Trust Tesla’s FSD Beta After Watching This Video?

Tesla’s driver assistance systems are currently under the scrutiny by federal authorities, but video footage of its full-self driving package in operation shows just how close it is to replicating real human behavior. You might even say it’s a little too human-like after watching this video from AI DRIVR. The Tesla-driving YouTuber has been testing […]

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Tech Billionaires’ Fantasy Cities Are Environmentally Catastrophic Tax Havens

Earlier this week, Marc Lore, the 50-year-old billionaire who most recently worked as a high-level executive at Walmart and also founded Diapers.com, granted USA Today an interview about the $400 billion, 5 million-person city he’s planning to build in the American West. The story was remarkably straight-faced, full of all the self-aggrandizing details you tend […]

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Ransomware gang with ties to Colonial Pipeline hack reportedly recruiting talent under guise of real tech company

A criminal organization believed to have produced the software used in the Colonial Pipeline hack earlier this year has “set up a fake company to recruit potential employees,” The Wall Street Journal reports, according to researchers at Microsoft and intelligence firm Recorded Future. The phony cybersecurity organization is reportedly using the name Bastion Secure, and […]

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Volvo And Polestar Introduce Range Assistant Beta App Through Over-The-Air Update

Owners of the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2 will be able to better manage their range thanks to a new app being beta tested in the vehicle’s infotainment system. Introduced via an over-the-air update, the app coaches the driver and optimizes certain battery functions to help eke out every mile of range possible. […]

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The founder of eBay is reportedly helping Frances Haugen take on Facebook

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen apparently has some very powerful people in her corner — namely one Pierre Omidyar, the “billionaire tech critic who founded eBay,” Politico reports Wednesday. Omidyar has provided financial support to “Haugen and the public relations operation that’s helping her take on one of the world’s most powerful companies,” Politico writes, giving […]

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Is Big Tech its own country? Not really.

Big Tech: It’s like a whole other country. Last month, The Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance made the case that Facebook is “the largest autocracy on Earth.” Now, in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, Ian Bremmer argues we’re living in a “technipolar moment” in which companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have become so powerful and […]

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Apple Wants $19 For a Cleaning Cloth

Say hello to Apple’s latest innovation, a polishing cloth that costs $19. For almost $20 plus shipping this off-white cleaning cloth can be yours to have and hold. Why is it so expensive? According to the overview, Apple’s Polishing Cloth is “Made with soft, nonabrasive material, the Polishing Cloth cleans any Apple display, including nano-texture […]

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China’s Hypersonic Nuclear Test Is a Step to an Arms Race We Don’t Want

Financial Times, citing anonymous U.S. intelligence sources, has reported that China tested a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in August that left the Pentagon stunned. Nuclear wonks and policy experts are already calling the test a “Sputnik Moment,” referring to the point at which the Soviet Union demonstrated its ability to launch a […]

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PSD2 could revolutionize the EU’s finance sector — if banks and fintechs learn to get along

With Silicon Valley in the West and Shenzhen in the East having long dominated the tech scene, Europe’s leaders have been calling on the need for the EU to achieve technological sovereignty. This means having homegrown technology companies that are strong enough to compete with big tech players from abroad, making EU based businesses less […]

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How atomic time-travel could reveal the mysteries of dark matter and more

Physicists from the University of Colorado have created an atomic clock so precise it can measure gravitational time dilation over distances as small as one millimeter. This record-breaking measurement could have implications reaching as far as redefining exactly how long a second is or discovering where all the dark matter in our universe is hiding. […]

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