Mauricio Rubio

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DeepMind Has Simple Tests That Might Prevent Elon Musk’s AI Apocalypse

You don’t have to agree with Elon Musk’s apocalyptic fears of artificial intelligence to be concerned that, in the rush to apply the technology in …

Artificial Intelligence

Man pays for $18,518 Uber ride

The passenger posted an image of the overblown receipt — which notes his trip took just 21 minutes — under the Instagram handle Votethehish on Friday.<p>…

Uber

AI creates fake celebrity porn for Redditors to fap to

Artificial intelligence is a game-changer. Never in the history of human existence has there existed a technology with the power to wipe out cancer, end traffic accidents, and perhaps even formulate an actionable plan to reverse climate change. And fortunately for us, some of the smartest people in …

Aubrey Plaza

Internet sites to protest Trump Admin's net neutrality plan

A group of sites plan to take action to draw attention to a crucial FCC vote planned for Dec. 14 that could dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules.<p>A lot of the tech industry is not happy.<p>A group of activists and websites including Imgur, Mozilla, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, BitTorrent and …

Net Neutrality

MailChimp to Phase Out Its Popular TinyLetter Email Service

The newsletter software will be integrated into MailChimp, CEO Ben Chestnut says, and what else I learned as a MailChimp customer<p>TinyLetter, a newsletter service beloved by writers, is disappearing into MailChimp.<p>This fall, once <i>Inc.</i> identified MailChimp as a potential 2017 Company of the Year, I …

Marketing

How to choose the best smart speaker for you: shopper's guide

LOS ANGELES — Hey, Alexa, Which of the 7 Echo speakers should I buy, and what’s the difference between them?<p>And OK Google, the new Home Mini is so affordable at $29 for the holidays. How does it stack up to the entry level Echo, Amazon’s Dot?<p>Here's how to decide which model and maker and some …

Amazon

Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again

Facebook’s “Poke” feature has never really gone away, but now the social network is giving it a more prominent placement – and is even considering expanding the set of casual greeting options to include others, like a wink, wave, high-five or hug.<p>A number of people recently noticed the return of …

Facebook

Your shiny new OnePlus 5T can't stream HD videos

A future software update will fix this, but why is it an issue in the first place?<p>Our phones are capable of more than ever before nowadays, and …

Tablets

Someday, Someone Will Build A Great Dual-Screen Phone—Maybe Even Apple

ZTE’s ungainly new Axon M shows that it isn’t easy to cram two displays into one smartphone. But the concept is still worth pursuing.<p>For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using a smartphone with a superpower.<p>The ZTE Axon M, which sells exclusively on AT&T for $725, has two screens instead of one. …

Phones

Hundreds of Tesla Model 3 vehicles spotted at delivery centers as regular customer deliveries start

After a slow start, it looks like Tesla is finally picking up Model 3 deliveries this week.<p>Hundreds of Tesla Model 3 vehicles were spotted at delivery centers in California this weekend as regular customer deliveries are reportedly starting.<p>As expected last week, the early Tesla Model 3 reservation …

Tesla Model 3

Elusive Tesla semi truck spotted taking a cruise

A visitor to Tesla's design facility in California captured rare footage of Elon Musk's latest toy for truckers in the wild.<p>Tesla Motors unveiled its electric semi truck last month -- and that's the only limited, after-dark glimpse most people have had of the big rig, save for Elon Musk's early …

Transportation

Max Levchin’s Affirm raised $200 million at nearly $2 billion valuation

Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing is getting some financing of its own.<p>The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also …

Startups

Bitcoin price jumps up 20% as futures go live

In what many see as the first true test for Bitcoin's price, one of the world's largest future exchanges, CBOE, has launched a Bitcoin futures …

Cryptocurrency

Baby Boomers love Facebook, so let them have it

Generational separation online might not be so bad.<p>Like everyone else under 50, I have two primary nemeses: Facebook and Baby Boomers. Our antipathy …

John Mayer

Netflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations

Nominations for next month's Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.<p>Netflix's <i>The Crown</i> took two nominations -- one for Best Drama Series and …

Awards

Apple has bought Shazam, the music recognition app

Somewhat unusual for Apple: They’re acknowledging the $400 million deal in public<p>The Apple-Shazam deal we told you about Friday? It’s official now. Apple says so.<p>Here is the standard language Apple uses to acknowledge that yes, it has bought a company: “Apple buys smaller technology companie<b>s</b> from …

App Store

Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world’s biggest crypto wallets into the App Store

An app masquerading as MyEtherWallet.com, one of the internet’s most popular services for storing ETH and other crypto coins, has made its way to the top of the iOS App Store charts.<p>The app rose to the number three spot in Finance category of the App Store this weekend as part of a bitcoin frenzy …

Bitcoin

France to impose total ban on mobile phones in schools

France is to impose a total ban on pupils using mobile phones in primary and secondary schools starting in September 2018, its education minister has confirmed.<p>Phones are already forbidden in French classrooms but starting next school year, pupils will be barred from taking them out at breaks, …

Mobile

YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content

According to estimates, accounts shut down for potential child endangerment content could’ve been netting over $500,000 a month.<p><b>Before YouTube pulled</b> the ads from “Ted”’s channel, it was making him tens of thousands of dollars a month.<p>The father of two, who asked to use a pseudonym for fear of …

Social Media

Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet<p>More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the …

Net Neutrality

Supersonic air travel just took another big step toward its rebirth

Denver-based startup says its planes will fly at twice the speed of sound, making the trip from New York to London in only 3.5 hours.<p>JAL is only one of Boom’s financial backers. In 2016, British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson agreed to buy the first 10 of these jets. He …

Aerospace

'More volatile': Bitcoin hits Wall Street and futures deliver wild ride

Bitcoin has landed on Wall Street.<p>Futures on the world's most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26 per cent in their debut session on Cboe …

Trading

Taxify's entry to Sydney raises competition with Uber over busy Christmas period

Competition in Sydney's ride-sharing and taxi market will step up a gear in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday period with Taxify launching …

Uber

Launching charm pricing for courses

We’re pleased to announce that over the next month, we’re going to roll out “charm pricing”, where list prices and discount prices will be set and …

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

• <b>Aerobic exercise provides a ton of benefits, from a lift in mood to more toned muscles.</b>• <b><br>Some of the benefits can emerge within minutes, while others might take several days or weeks to crop up.</b>• <b><br>A new study suggests that aerobic exercise also changes the makeup of the microbes in our gut.</b><p>Aerobic …

Aerobic

New Galaxy S9 Leak Reveals Major Disappointment

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is going to be the first major handset revealed in 2018, and its launch will set the path for discussions about mobile technology for the next twelve months. The latest leaked images suggest that the South Korean company is going for an iterative approach, rather than any …

Samsung

Bitcoin: What the bubble tells us about ourselves

Richard Thaler does a good line in one-liners.<p>Shortly after picking up the Nobel Prize for economics in Stockholm a few weeks back — for questioning …

Bitcoin

New Altered Carbon trailer thickens the plot for Netflix’s new sci-fi series

The new trailer for Netflix’s latest science fiction series, Altered Carbon, finally gives viewers a window into the plot for its first season.<p>Like the Richard K. Morgan cyberpunk novel on which it’s based, the first run of shows will focus on solving a murder most foul.<p>In a world where the rich …

Science Fiction

Twitter users like longer tweets, data shows

New data from app maker and analysis firm SocialFlow shows people are responding well to tweets over 140 characters.<p>Maybe Twitter was onto something after all when it doubled it's signature 140-character limit.<p>In November, Twitter expanded the length allowed for tweets to 280 characters from the …

Buzzfeed

Patreon's Fee Change Stokes the Ire of Creators

The subscription platform Patreon, which allows supporters to make small monthly pledges to independent artists and other content creators, announced …

Podcasting