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By Enrique Dans | Relevant technology-related news, curated daily by Enrique Dans (https://enriquedans.com)

Google to debut display-equipped AI speaker before holidays

Holidays

Twitter’s Misguided Quest to Become a Forum for Everything

In late July, President Trump aimed his Twitter account at the platform itself: “Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans,” he wrote. “Not good.” The post followed reports suggesting that Twitter had limited some conservatives’ visibility on parts of its site in subtle ways — by, for example, …

Social Media

Do teens use Facebook? It depends on their family’s income

Alexus has moved frequently from city to city and state to state in her 16 years. “My friends are in all those places,” she said in a text. “I use Facebook to keep in touch with old friends and family.”<p>Trend-watchers, analysts, and the media, have said that teenagers have shunned Facebook, in favor …

Social Media

Sprint and LG Working Together to Bring First 5G Smartphone to U.S. in First Half 2019 | Sprint Newsroom

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: S) today confirmed a significant wireless milestone as it works with LG Electronics …

Mobile

The World Economic Forum warns that AI may destabilize the financial system - MIT Technology Review

Artificial intelligence will reshape the world of finance over the next decade or so by automating investing and other services—but it could also …

Artificial Intelligence

Sadiq Khan wants to restrict number of Uber drivers in London

The London mayor is seeking powers to limit the number of Uber drivers operating in the capital, blaming a surge in private hire drivers for the city’s increasing congestion and pollution.<p>Sadiq Khan said a cap on new licences was an urgent and necessary step. But unlike New York, which announced a …

Transportation

Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works

By Tony Romm<p>, Reporter<p>Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so it doesn’t enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like …

Social Media

Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to fight hate and misinformation in Myanmar

By Hayley Tsukayama<p>, Reporter<p>Facebook late Wednesday unveiled efforts it has taken to combat hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar, where Facebook has fueled ethnic violence against the Rohingya population.<p>Facebook on Wednesday said in a blog post that employees traveled to Myanmar, also known …

Artificial Intelligence

A Group of Engineers Say They've Created a Way to Detect Bombs and Guns Using Basic Wifi

Tracking down dangerous, hidden materials typically requires either a substantial labor force, costly and specific tools, or both. But a group of …

Wi-Fi

WhatsApp Co-Founder’s ‘Rest and Vest’ Reward From Facebook: $450 Million

Jan Koum said he was leaving Facebook in April, but has been making periodic appearances in the office to secure stock rewards<p>After WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced he was leaving Facebook Inc. in late April, he has continued showing up at least monthly at the social-media giant’s …

Silicon Valley

Uber told by investors to sell self-driving unit: The Information

(Reuters) - Investors have told Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] it would be wise to sell off its self-driving car unit after it racked up losses of $125 million to $200 million each quarter for the past 18 months, tech news site The Information reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed person …

Mexico City

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Alex Jones, election security and regrets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company’s decision this week to put Infowars’ Alex Jones in a seven-day “timeout” after Jones urged his viewers to ready their “battle rifles” against the media.<p>Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, …

Social Media

Saudi Arabia Goes High-Tech in Approach to Investing

Talks with Tesla show how crown prince’s sovereign-wealth fund has become a global player, but some worry about impulsive, risky bets<p>When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman toured the U.S. two years ago, he couldn’t even get an audience with Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk, people …

Investing

Why Can’t Europe Do Tech?

Jeez, Europe, what more do you need? Great universities. Fantastic transit systems. More than twice the population of the U.S. The finest cars, …

Financial Conduct Authority

Twitter puts Infowars’ Alex Jones in the ‘read-only’ sin bin for 7 days

Twitter has finally taken action against Infowars creator Alex Jones, but it isn’t what you might think.<p>While Apple, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Spotify and many others have removed Jones and his conspiracy-peddling organization Infowars from their platforms, Twitter has remained unmoved with its …

Internet

Study: Electric Buses Already Emit Less Carbon Than Diesel Buses, in Any State

Electric buses are only as clean as the grid that charges them. When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, buses are already better than the …

Alternative Fuel

Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory

Buses emit a lot of carbon dioxide, but BYD is making our fleets cleaner.<p>LANCASTER, CALIF.—One single diesel transit bus consumes the equivalent of …

Alternative Fuel

Tesla Directors Do Damage Control After Elon Musk Tweets

Members of Tesla’s board are scrambling to control a chief executive who some directors think is out of control.<p>Elon Musk, the electric-car maker’s co-founder and chief executive, stirred up a public storm by announcing on Twitter last week that he wanted to turn Tesla into a private company. In …

Tesla

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari review – a guru for our times?

The essay format plays to Harari’s big selling point: his ability to smash together unexpected ideas into dazzling ​​observations<p>Yuval Noah Harari’s career is a publishing fairytale. An obscure Israeli academic writes a Hebrew-language history of humanity. Translated into English in 2014, the book …

Jordan Peterson

How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump - MIT Technology Review

<b>1. The euphoria of discovery</b><p>As the Arab Spring convulsed the Middle East in 2011 and authoritarian leaders toppled one after another, I traveled the …

Social Media

'Tech trendiness' has spiked to the highest level in 15 years — a Wall Street investment chief explains why that's signaling widespread market pain

Anyone watching the stock market knows the tech sector is flying high in seemingly unstoppable fashion.<p>Contrarians have long called foul on this, blindly assuming that what goes up must surely come crashing down.<p>But that has been a long-running fool's errand. If you had dumped your tech shares at …

Stock Markets

We're Bad At Regulating Privacy, Because We Don't Understand Privacy

It's been an interesting year for those of us who support strong privacy for the public -- in part because we've seen lots of movement on attempts to …

Privacy

Inside Evernote’s brain

As it refreshes its brand, the company behind the note-taking app reflects on its past, present, and future–and the true meaning of “Remember everything.”<p>“Why the hell are we here today?”<p>Chris O’Neill, Evernote’s CEO, is addressing an audience made up of the company’s employees in a tent pitched on …

Productivity

This Technology Is About to Change the World — But No One Is Talking About It

5G will drive artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and change the world forever<p><i>By Marc Emmer</i><p>5G is the ugly duckling of technology, yet it is …

Artificial Intelligence

Tech giants want to fix electronic health records

A group of tech firms including Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft say they're "jointly committed to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies …

Twitter finally draws a line on extremism

But not where you’d think<p>On Friday I wrote about Twitter’s seeming paralysis when it came to enforcing its platform rules. What, exactly, was going on over there? Late Friday evening, we got an answer of sorts. The company invited Cecilia Kang and Kate Conger of <i>The New York Times</i> to sit in on a …

Internet

We need to stop glorifying innovation. Here's why.

There are dangers to prioritizing innovation above all else, and it’s important to point them out.<p>We’ve trained multiple generations of people to believe that their best bet for a career is to invent something new, to create an idea, or to start their own business. Yet this can be destructive, …

Innovation

Researchers teach autonomous cars to deal with irrational humans

A team of researchers recently determined that both human drivers and autonomous vehicles tend to prioritize the safety of their own vehicle over those around it. People are selfish, and AI acts a lot like people, which means the solution is the same for both: we need to learn some …

Autonomous Cars

Facebook exec: media firms that don't work with us will end up 'in hospice'

A senior Facebook executive told Australian media companies that if they didn’t cooperate with the social network, their businesses would die.<p>According to a report by The Australian, Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, told a group of more than 20 broadcasters and publishers that …

Social Media