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Facebook Dating wants to be the anti-Tinder

Facebook is likely the last company you think about when you hear the words "dating app."<p>But now the social network is beginning the (very slow) …

Social Media

Facebook Dating launches today with a test in Colombia

Adding a new kind of marketplace<p>Facebook Dating is now a reality. Four months after announcing that it would add dating features, the social network said today that it has begun testing its new dating product in Colombia. At first glance, Facebook Dating closely resembles competitor Hinge. Both …

Dating

China’s leaders are softening their stance on AI

A year after announcing an aggressive plan to dominate artificial intelligence, China’s vice premier has called for international collaboration.<p>China …

Artificial Intelligence

Sen. Harris tells federal agencies to get serious about facial recognition risks

Facial recognition technology presents myriad opportunities as well as risks, but it seems like the government tends to only consider the former when deploying it for law enforcement and clerical purposes. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has written the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Trade …

African-American News

Robot jellyfish could save the world’s coral reefs

The world’s coral reefs are in dire need of some love. Global warming and ocean temperature spikes have left massive stretches of vital coral reefs …

Technology

Women in Silicon Valley Face a Massive Equity Gap

The young woman was excited to get an offer at Lyft Inc., one of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture-backed private companies, until she compared notes …

Silicon Valley

Google's prototype Chinese search engine links searches to phone numbers

Google’s secret prototype search engine for China reportedly links users’ mobile phone numbers to what search terms they’ve used.<p>This feature would allow the Chinese government to simply associate searches with individuals, thereby putting Chinese citizens at increased risk of government repression …

Human Rights

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

I recently came across two tweets—or rather, thousands of tweets sharing the same two ideas over and over again.<p>The first batch targeted elected …

Social Media

The Environment’s New Clothes: Biodegradable Textiles Grown from Live Organisms

When a piece of clothing wears out or goes out of fashion, it often gets tossed in the trash; clothes made up 9 percent of all municipal solid waste …

Chemical Engineering

How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?

Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors.<p>If humans ever go to Mars, the worst of our impulses will accompany us there. The Red Planet will not rid us of murder, violence, and …

University of California

Sweden to End Twitter Experiment Letting Ordinary People Be Nation’s Voice

STOCKHOLM — It was a radical experiment in free speech, even for Sweden: Give ordinary and not-so-ordinary people the chance to be, more or less, the official voice of a nation. After seven years of Twitter posts on topics as varied as manga comics, ugly sweaters and the dangers of prescription …

World News

No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture

A chat with the authors of a new book on cycling in the Netherlands.<p>nIn 2010, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett sold their cars and began transporting their family of four around Vancouver, BC, by bike. They noticed that bicyclists’ stories were not being told, so they started blogging about their …

Exponential Finance Conference

“Hundreds” of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases, genealogist predicts

CeCe Moore’s company has been helping police departments solve cold cases by uploading crime-scene DNA to public genealogy databases.<p>Suspects in …

Genealogy

Artificial intelligence is often overhyped—and here’s why that’s dangerous

AI has huge potential to transform our lives, but the term itself is being abused in very worrying ways, says Zachary Lipton, an assistant professor …

Deep Learning

Chinese entrepreneurs have a completely different definition of winning than other startups, and Google's former China boss says that's a big problem for US tech companies

When Kai-Fu Lee, prominent Chinese tech investor and former president of Google China, considers some of the leading technology products in the United States, he's underwhelmed.<p>"Look at YouTube or Instagram or Snapchat," said Lee in an interview with Business Insider. "If China had one of those …

Entrepreneurship

Cancer and ripe bananas: How bogus claims can harm your health and the people you love - Health - ABC News

Bananas with brown spots kill cancer! Eat them!<p>I read this exciting declaration on Facebook.<p>According to the post: "Fully ripe bananas with brown …

Tumors

Welcome to the metadata society — and beware

Every day, Google processes 3.5 billion search queries. Users google everything: Resumes, diseases, sexual preferences, criminal plans. And in doing …

Middle East

Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy

Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple saw just how critical an issue user privacy would become. Now it’s at least as important a feature as shiny industrial design or a nice camera.<p>When my friends come to me asking which smartphone or laptop they should buy, I almost always recommend an Apple …

Tim Cook

Four Ways Jobs Will Respond to Automation

There is no question that automation is changing the nature of work. But are the robots really coming for your job?One of the most popular narratives …

MIT

The devilishly quiet age of AI

The world is in a deceptively quiet period in which some companies and countries are aggressively developing and applying early, rudimentary models …

Artificial Intelligence

We’re Measuring the Economy All Wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the American economy is fully recovered.<p>The unemployment rate is lower than it was before the financial crisis began. The stock …

U.S. Economy

How 5G will be key to smart city growth and change how we interact with our buildings

At MWC Americas 2018, TechRepublic spoke with Mary Clark, CMO, Synchronoss Technologies about the symbiotic relationship between 5G connectivity and …

Smart Cities

The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm

A new program can produce 20,000 lines of ad copy a second. But is it any good?<p>“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).”<p>Load up the homepage for e-commerce giant, Alibaba – a wholesale …

Alibaba Group

Lehman anniversary: The five most surprising consequences

<b>In 2008, I was one of the 1.5 million students who graduated from university in the US.</b><p>And, like everyone else, I was caught off guard.<p>Whatever we expected then, the reality today is that as a generation, we have more debt, fewer children and quite a few scars.<p>A decade on, there has been quite a …

Financial Services

American Eating Habits Are Changing Faster than Fast Food Can Keep Up

Home cooking would be making a comeback if it ever really went away.<p>Restaurants are getting dinged by the convenience of Netflix, the advent of …

Food & Dining

Why lithium-ion may rule batteries for a long time to come

Materials scientist Gerd Ceder is overseeing a research effort to extend the capabilities of the dominant form of energy storage, using a new class …

Lithium Ion

The EU has just passed a controversial overhaul of copyright law

The European Parliament has approved the new EU Copyright Directive, but it will be subject to a final vote next year before becoming law. A lot of …

European Parliament

Everything You Need To Know About The Law The EU Just Passed That Could Change The Internet As We Know It

Frederick Florin / AFP / Getty Images<p>The European Parliament voted to adopt an extremely controversial copyright reform on Wednesday that could have …

Copyright Directive

China's largest ride-hailing company is now recording in-car audio during passenger trips

Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, is now recording in-car audio during passenger trips in an effort that it says will improve customer safety.<p>The company, most recently valued at $50 billion, began trialing the new feature on one of its platforms, Didi Hitch, on Saturday, which …

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