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Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue — that beats

If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood — and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr. Oz — look no further than spinach. (Here’s to Popeye, eating the stuff by the can to inflate his biceps.) Spinach alone, of course, won’t pump anyone up. But …

Breakthroughs

Uber is pressuring one of its top executives to comply with Alphabet's lawsuit

As part of a court order, Uber is asking Anthony Levandowski to waive his Fifth Amendment rights.<p>Uber has officially asked Anthony Levandowski — the former head of the company’s self-driving efforts and the executive at the center of the Alphabet lawsuit — to waive his Fifth Amendment rights and …

Uber

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Whirlpool acquires Yummly, the recipe search engine last valued at $100M

Some consolidation in the world of subject-specific search and social networks, as a legacy player from the world of white goods makes a play for a wider audience. The Whirlpool Corporation — the world’s largest home appliance maker, founded back in 1911 — has acquired Yummly, a visual and semantic …

Startups

Facebook adds emoji reactions to comments so you never have to type again

Expect to see a lot more angry faces on Facebook.<p>The social media giant is bringing its emotional emoji to the comments section so you can see how …

Walmart applies for a patent to rival Amazon Dash

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has applied for a patent to compete with Amazon.com Inc's wifi-connected, one-button ordering device, Amazon Dash, according to data provider CB Insights.<p>The patent, filed in October, would be the first of Wal-Mart's more than 800 patents and applications to focus on …

Amazon

Neural networks can add natural animation to video games

We've seen procedurally generated worlds and weapons in video games before, but piecing together believable animations from a pool of variables is pretty tough. Previous attempts at it have looked janky and disjointed. It's okay in something like Ubisoft's experimental and quirky <i>Grow Home</i>, but …

Machine Learning

Facebook deflates filter bubbles by letting you follow topics, not just Pages

Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That’s because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to follow, so liberals might skip Fox News or Breitbart while conservatives avoid The Atlantic and …

Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg's plan to create non-voting Facebook shares is going to trial in September

Facebook shareholders seeking to block Mark Zuckerberg's plan to create a new class of non-voting stock will have their day in court.<p>A trial for the lawsuit challenging the plan is on the calendar and is set to kick off on September 26, 2017, Facebook revealed on Thursday.<p>The class action lawsuit …

Facebook

China compiles its own Wikipedia, but public can't edit it

BEIJING (AP) — It'll be free. It'll be uniquely Chinese. It'll be an online encyclopedia to rival Wikipedia — but without the participation of the public. And don't expect entries on "Tiananmen Square 1989" or "Falun Gong spiritual group" to come up in your searches, either.<p>Scholars and experts …

China

Elon Musk laughs off the idea of Apple buying Tesla

During the first three months of 2017, Apple managed to add a cool $10 billion to its bank account. When the company released its earnings report …

Tesla

MIT's mobile 3D printer built the largest structure to date

Your next house could be built by a robot. Following the recent success of San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor, a team of MIT researchers have created a mobile autonomous 3D printer of their own. And to prove that the prototype works, the team had it build a 12-foot tall, 50-foot-wide igloo out of …

3D Printing

Apple shares photos and video of its fancy new store in Dubai

On Thursday, Apple officially opened its brand new retail store in Dubai's Dubai Mall.<p>While plenty of photos of the unopened store surfaced on social media, Apple has now shared some official photos, and a video, from the grand opening.<p>Unsurprisingly, the location is beautiful and the store …

Apple

Alphabet’s stock price reaches new highs as Google posts strong earnings

Google, along with Facebook, now dominates online advertising<p>The Interactive Advertising Bureau released its annual report yesterday on the state of the digital ad market. The numbers looked stunning for Google and Facebook, not so rosy for everyone else. The two tech giants accounted for more than …

Google

Con apenas 17 años desarrolló un exitoso videojuego que busca concientizar sobre el bullying

Holly es una adolescente que asiste a una secundaria tipo de alguna ciudad de Estados Unidos. En el colegio sufre el acoso constante de Amy Cooper y …

Como parte de su doctorado, mexicano encuentra red de 350 mil bots de Star Wars

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO.<p>Como parte de sus estudios de doctorado en ciencias de la computación que realiza en el <i>University College London</i>, Reino Unido, el estudiante mexicano Juan Francisco Echeverría Guzmán encontró una red de 356 mil 957 bots de Star Wars.<p>Bajo la asesoría del prestigiado investigador Shi …

13 hábitos de pobreza que quizá le estás enseñando a tus hijos sin darte cuenta

He tenido la oportunidad de viajar y hablar con estudiantes de escuelas secundarias y universitarios sobre qué es lo que necesitan exactamente para …

Is this the end of venture capital as we know it?

We are in a perverse moment in the global venture capital industry: VCs are fast coming to resemble private hedge funds, and the more money they are able to raise, the worse off startups are becoming.<p>Capital is flowing into funds of all types, yet the rate of investment is shrinking rapidly. This …

Venture Capital

Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI

Elon Musk has a new plan to protect humanity from artificial intelligence -- if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.<p>In October 2014, Musk ignited a global discussion on the perils of artificial intelligence. Humans might be doomed if we make machines that are smarter than us, Musk warned. He called …

Elon Musk

Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, e-commerce deliveries and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the …

Facebook updates Messenger with support for QR codes, food delivery through M and more

Facebook is launching a couple of new features for its Messenger platform today. Among those is an update to its M virtual assistant, which can now help you order food through delivery.com, the launch of Messenger Codes, which are basically QR codes you can scan into Messenger, and better support …

Facebook Messenger launches group bots and bot discovery tab

Facebook today launched two powerful ways for people to find Messenger bots to use, addressing the discovery problem that’s plagued the platform’s 100,000 developers.<p>Facebook’s new Chat Extensions lets you use Messenger bots in group chats so you can watch a sports game’s play-by-play together from …

Chatbots

Zuck says copying Snapchat was just step 1 of Facebook’s AR platform

“I guess I’m not that worried about that,” Mark Zuckerberg said in response to criticism about Facebook copying Snapchat. He defended the “misunderstood” strategy as laying groundwork for Facebook’s new Camera Effects Platform for developers that launched today.<p>“The first chapter that made sense …

Snapchat

Facebook analytics gets smarter with Automated Insights and Custom Dashboards

Facebook’s VP of Partnerships, Ime Archibong, announced updates to Facebook Analytics as well as Facebook Login and Account Kit during his F8 keynote address. Analytics is getting greater customizability and a machine learning boost while Login and Account Kit are benefiting from additional …

Analytics

Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers.<p>When Workplace by …

Enterprise

Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform

More than three years after its acquisition of Oculus, Facebook is a product even more deeply intertwined with people’s online identities. Today, Facebook is reaching an important milestone as it launches the first significant integration of social virtual reality into its core product.<p>Facebook …

Virtual Reality

Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform

Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform. After today’s Facebook F8 conference, the first effects will become available inside Facebook’s Camera feature on smartphones, but the …

Augmented Reality

Facebook expands its open-source portfolio with new UI framework for Android

At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced that it is open-sourcing Litho, a declarative framework for building efficient user interfaces on Android. Litho is the same framework Facebook uses internally to build its own Android app, which is currently being used by more than a billion …

Facebook launches React VR, a new JavaScript framework for building basic VR apps

At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced the launch of React VR, a new JavaScript framework that lets developers build virtual reality experiences with the help of JavaScript. As its name implies, React VR takes its cues from Facebook’s existing React framework; just like with React …

Facebook open sources Caffe2, its flexible deep learning framework of choice

Today Facebook open sourced Caffe2. The deep learning framework follows in the steps of the original Caffe, a project started at the University of California, Berkeley. Caffe2 offers developers greater flexibility for building high-performance products that deploy efficiently.<p>This isn’t the first …

Machine Learning