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In a new preprint paper, researchers describe an AI system that rewrites queries to reduce spoken language understanding errors in assistants like Alexa.Read More
On Friday, Feb. 14, a senior executive from Vox Media managed to break into a sports blogger’s Twitter account and change the login credentials, effectively stealing it—and its nearly 10,000 followers—from the 23-year-old sports blogger who created the account and was primarily responsible for growing its following. Lucas Hann started covering the Los Angeles Clippers[…]
An Axon Body 3 camera on a police officer. (Axon Photo) Police officers equipped with Axon’s next-generation body camera will be able to automatically live-stream shooting incidents using the same technology that powers the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Like smart speakers, the devices “listen” for a wake command that queues them to start recording. In[…]
Jam City announced that its real-time strategy mobile game World War Doh will debut on February 20. A tournament will debut in the spring.Read More
Know Your Customer (KYC) and Know Your Transaction (KYT) are ostensibly deployed by exchanges to combat money laundering. In practice, these provisions are used as an excuse to surveil, cajole, and threaten customers, who risk losing funds if they are unable to meet the impossibly high burden of proof. An investigation by news.Bitcoin.com suggests that[…]
In this roundup, we cover numerous cryptocurrency regulatory developments in the U.S., including President Trump’s crypto proposals, testimonies by the Federal Reserve chairman and the Treasury secretary, a crypto-friendly SEC proposal, and the IRS changing a crypto tax rule. We also cover China quarantining yuan bills, its central bank filing 84 digital currency patents, 40[…]
Over the last few days, Bitcoin Cash proponents have been debating the Infrastructure Funding Plan (IFP) after Bitcoin ABC published an announcement on implementing the plan into the upcoming software release. Again the concept was met with mixed responses and the community has been arguing about the situation on forums and social media. Following the[…]
SpaceX sends 60 Starlink broadband satellites into a different orbit, but misses 50th booster landing
SpaceX launched 60 more satellites for its Starlink internet broadband constellation on a Falcon 9 rocket today, bringing the total count to 300. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida came at 10:05 a.m. ET (7:05 a.m. PT). This Falcon’s first-stage booster had been used three times before over the course of nine[…]
Logitech Streamcam is a new $170 webcam for content creators on Twitch, YouTube, and more. It excels at 1080p60 video capture and other coveted features.Read More
The book “New Libertarian Manifesto” (NLM) by libertarian-anarchist Samuel E. Konkin III (SEK3) launched a movement that has grown amazingly over the last few decades: Agorism. This is the movement of peaceful revolution through counter-economics. Counter-economics is “the study or practice of all peaceful human action which is forbidden by the State.” Agorists, SEK3 wrote,[…]