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Historically, Twitter has done a poor job of protecting its users from incessant abuse and threats.In a bid to curb the rampant harassment on its service, however, Twitter announced today that it’s buying Smyte, a San Francisco-based startup that aimed to help companies curb spam, fraud, and abuse online.As part of the acquisition, Smyte says it is shutting down its business, effective immediately.According to Smyte’s archived homepage, the company provided its services to companies like TaskRabbit, Meetup, GoFundMe, and Quora.It used a combination of machine learning and human moderators to identify and categorize user activity involving spam, profanity, and fraud.“The health of the conversation on Twitter remains our top priority and we’re looking forward to approaching this work with an expanded team and new technology,” Twitter said in its announcement of the acquisition.
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If you find yourself in San Francisco and craving a hamburger, you might want to keep an eye out for Creator on Folsom Street.The new joint, which is set to open to the public on June 27, offers burgers at $6, cooked from start to finish by a robot.The machine has been in the making for the past eight years; The Wall Street Journal explains that the contraption is 14 feet long, contains some 7,000 parts, costs under $1 million, and can prep 120 burgers per hour.It achieves this by dispensing a number of ingredients from tubes (including burger buns, tomatoes, pickles, and a range of sauces), grinding and cooking the meat to order, and assembling each sandwich on a conveyor belt.The process takes about five minutes per order.At some point, you’ll be able to customize your burger by ordering through an app.
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The “garage” conjures an image of bootstrap dynamism and success, so much so that a very prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm headed by co-founder Guy Kawasaki has been christened Garage Technology Ventures.With a seed capital of Rs 10000 (less than $200), entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw set up a company which today has revenues inching towards the half a billion-dollar mark.The garage metaphor operates at both the level of the entrepreneurial psyche, as well as at a subtler and important level, in terms of the role that the “garage” plays in the entrepreneurial process.The garage as a goalFirst, the “garage” represents an inspirational ideal.In strategic terms, the location and the cost of the ‘incubator’ can be far more important than the actual size, the condition or the elegance of the place.
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On June 21, around 20 institutions including Tencent Security, token trading platform Huobi.com (火币网), and China Blockchain Research Center (中国区块链应用研究中心), together established the China Blockchain Security Alliance (中国区块链安全联盟).The announcement was made during the first China Blockchain Security Summit (中国区块链安全高峰论坛) in Beijing.The Alliance’s mission is to ensure the healthy and sustainable development of the blockchain ecosystem and protect it from fraud.“We are willing to participate in blockchain’s industrial construction in the name of Tencent.We hope to contribute to blockchain’s security in China,” Ma Bin, vice president at Tencent said during the Summit.ICO mania and commercial blockchain concepts have been attracting massive attention in China.
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From Windows S to the new, somewhat disappointing first generation of always-on Windows 10 on ARM PCs, it is clear that Microsoft is worried.Its once unchallenged kingdom in the education and enterprise markets have been chipped away first by Apple and now by Google and its Chromebooks.The Windows maker is fighting back by trying to combine Windows 10 with hardware that makes mobile devices so useful: always-on connectivity and battery life.But even before Redmond can regain its foothold, it seems that Google will be fighting back with a Chromebook codenamed “Cheza”, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.Chromebooks have traditionally run on two kinds of processors, low-power ARM chips from the likes of Rockchip or MediaTek, and Intel Atom or Celeron processors.It’s not surprising, then, that Google will also do the same on the ARM side.
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When ABC cancelled the Roseanne reboot after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about a former Obama aide in May, it looked like the show's cast wouldn't get another opportunity to make fans laugh.Now, thanks to ABC, the Conners will get a second chance.ABC has given a series order to The Conners -- a spin-off TV show about a working-class family starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman -- but minus Barr.Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the spin-off, according to a report from Variety on Thursday."We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," ABC cast members Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson, and Fishman said in a joint statement on Variety."We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today."
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If you've been craving a phone with a beefy battery pack, the Moto Z3 Play might be the ticket -- it comes with a magnetic modular battery back that promises a combined 40 hours on a charge.And though we haven't reviewed it yet, it's now available for pre-order through Best Buy, B Photo, and Motorola.com for $500.Or, if you're an Amazon Prime member and don't mind a few preloaded apps, you can get the Moto Z3 Play for $450 as an Amazon Prime Exclusive phone.As a Prime Exclusive, the Moto Z3 Play comes unlocked with pre-loaded Amazon apps like Prime Video, Amazon Shopping and the Kindle app.The Moto Z3 Play also comes integrated with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.Compared to last year's Moto Z2 Play, the Z3 Play offers a larger, higher-resolution 6-inch screen in the same size phone, but lose the headphone jack.
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YouTube announced today it would be adding new options for creators to make money from their content.Most of the options are reminiscent of what other platforms have tried, but they could still alleviate a problem YouTubers have been facing for over a year.The first feature, and the most obviously beneficial, is a $4.99 Channel Membership that lets users pay for exclusive content on a channel.That content can be emoji, livestreams, special badges, and extra videos, depending on what the content creator offers.It’s been available for a small number of users in a beta test as “Sponsorships,” but is now going to be made available to eligible users with over 100,000 followers.The second feature is a merchandise shelf that allows users to sell their swag underneath every video.
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A new web-based "feedback" technology which allows therapists to accurately monitor how patients with depression are coping has been found to reduce the probability of deterioration during psychological treatment by 74%, a new study has found.Psychological therapy is offered to many people with depression and anxiety who seek treatment in the NHS, but while roughly half of these patients respond well to the treatment, up to 10% actually get worse.Known as "Outcome Feedback", the new technology was developed by an international team of researchers from UK, German and Dutch Universities, in partnership with PCMIS, a patient case management information system used widely by mental health services."Outcome Feedback" uses patient feedback to rapidly identify patients at risk of deterioration by tracking their symptoms and monitoring their response to treatment.The team behind the technology have now received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to implement the software across the NHS with the aim of improving the quality of psychological care.The grant will also enable the researchers to develop an e-learning programme to train NHS therapists to use the technology effectively.
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In the first study of its kind into the physiological underpinnings of ASMR, researchers from the University of Sheffield found that those who experience the phenomenon had significantly reduced heart rates while watching ASMR videos compared to people who do not experience ASMR.There are more than 13 million ASMR videos on YouTube - including medical examinations, haircuts and massages and folding towel tutorials - which people watch to relax, relieve stress or sleep better.However, while there has been research into other similar experiences such as awe and music-induced chills, research into ASMR has been limited.Dr Giulia Poerio, of the University of Sheffield's Department of Psychology, said: "Lots of people report experiencing ASMR since childhood and awareness of the sensation has risen dramatically over the past decade due to internet sites such as YouTube and Reddit."However, ASMR has gone virtually unnoticed in scientific research which is why we wanted to examine whether watching ASMR videos reliably produces feelings of relaxation and accompanying changes in the body - such as decreased heart rate."The study found that those who experience ASMR showed significantly greater reductions in their heart rates when watching ASMR videos (an average decrease of 3.14 beats per minute) compared to those who do not.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells.They published their findings in the journal Nature Communications."Cell membranes are lined with a different set of molecules on the inside and outside, and cells devote a lot of resources to maintaining this," said study leader Aleksei Aksimentiev, a professor of physics at Illinois.Our synthetic scramblase could be an avenue for therapeutics."Aksimentiev's group came upon DNA's scramblase activity when looking at DNA structures that form pores and channels in cell membranes.They used the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois to model the systems at the atomic level.
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Delia Arnaud-Cormos, Associate Professor at the University of Limoges, is appointed as a a junior member position with the "Institut Universitaire de France" (IUF) for a period of five years from 1 October 2018.The research conducted by Delia Arnaud-Cormos within the XLIM laboratory (cnrs- University of Limoges) focuses on the interaction of electromagnetic waves with living organisms.Long-term potential applications include the treatment of different types of cancers such as brain, pancreas and peritoneum, as well as treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.She is one of the 70 academic teachers/researchers under 40 years old, chosen for 2018.Selection is based on their scientific influence both nationally and internationally, scientific influence, scientific leadership, geographical mobility, and the coherence and the innovative nature of their research project.Her candidacy benefited from two scientific recommendations, including one from abroad.
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Samsung’s plans for the future with the Galaxy S10 are coming on quick – even before the Galaxy Note 9 is fully revealed.What we’re looking at today is a set of plans for a Galaxy smartphone with the potential for more than one display.It’s been pretty much the epitome of “do what works, and do it well” in the Android smartphone industry.Now might be one of those times when Samsung experiments with the way the device works.Not long after its release, the Galaxy S Edge family was born, and the “Edge” was transformed into the “Infinity Display” all primary Galaxy S and Note devices work with today.The Samsung Galaxy S and/or Note family might soon be working with a much more expansive set of display spaces.
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Under the surface and away from the glamor in the Palais basement, industry icons joined forces with 34 sleep-starved Young Lions for the first 48 hours of the festival to solve them.As we know, the lack of minority representation in senior advertising positions is something the industry has been reckoning with for a long time.The ability to hear so many voices, diverse but with the same brief, digital but still human, may very well be the best part of the festival.Among the far-from-glamorous rows of Young Lions, I found myself inspired by a Noah’s Ark of diversity, each team of two walked excitedly into the competition hall beneath their flag.From Saudi Arabia to South Africa, the United Kingdom to the United States, there was a mixture of colors, faces, beliefs and experiences all given the same brief, yet approaching it with different eyes.Something you can see in those around you and the work they produced.
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High-dynamic range (HDR) gaming on PCs and HDR in general has never been more prevalent than today.Meanwhile, Nvidia is going for the jugular by introducing its two first G-Sync HDR gaming monitors at an astronomical price.Luckily, we had a chance to speak with both AMD’s Antal Tungler, Senior Manager of Global Technology Marketing, and Nvidia’s Vijay Sharma, Product Management Leader for Nvidia G-Sync, to get both companies’ takes on where the next generation display technology is going.Tungler doesn’t mince his words and calls out Nvidia on the sizable two-grand price tags of the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27.“The Samsung CHG70 does 1440p, 144 Hz, HDR, FreeSync 2, basically all the same things,” Tungler says.“Granted, not in an IPS panel, it's a VA panel, but the difference is not that big, and you pay four times as much on the Nvidia side than you pay on the FreeSync side."
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Since the debut of the UMIDIGI Z2 lineup, the Z2 series of phones has quickly become one of the best expressions of what Chinese phone makers can achieve, even if they aren’t as big as say Huawei, Xiaomi or VIVO.The UMIDIGI Z2 Pro does indeed come with an industry-leading AI-driven Helio P60 chipset, paired with a very fashionable design, which is otherwise hard to find on similarly priced devices.The Z2 Pro is also available in new gradient colors, which is a big step forward from what we were used to see from phone manufacturers, usually limited to launching phones in Black, Silver, Red, Blue and so on.No doubt that many of us got tired of that.Nature is the greatest inspiration in the world in order to create beauty.Humans have longed to create since the beginning of their existence, and have always drawn inspiration from nature in some way, shape, or form.
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Nordic expansion for Azure as Microsoft reveals plans for two new facilities in NorwayMicrosoft has announced two new data centres in Norway, as it partners up with energy provider Equinor.The ‘intelligent Microsoft Cloud’ will be delivered via two new data centre regions in Norway: one in the greater Stavanger region and the other in Oslo.Earlier this month Microsoft took the rather unusual step of sinking a data centre deep within the ocean.Its Project Natick is a moonshot project at Redmond, and is part of the software giant’s attempt to develop more environmentally sustainable data centres.The Microsoft Cloud is made of Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, and the new facilities will offer “enterprise-grade reliability and performance with data residency from new data centre locations.E
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It's the cover image for the Facebook fundraiser for RAICES to reunite kids with their families, which has raised more than $12 million so far.That toddler has become one of the focal points for the Trump administration's controversial zero-tolerance policy of separating children from undocumented immigrants crossing the border into the US.More than 2,000 children have been placed in chain-link pens (or metal cages, as some call them) at detention facilities in Texas in the past six weeks, kept apart from their parents amid debate about what's immigration policy, what's law, who started it and who can end it.Photos, particularly of kids in desperate situations, have a long history of going viral, even before anyone called it that.In reality, the story of children being separated from their families has been out for a while.As far back as March 2017, President Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly, who was then head of the Department of Homeland Security told CNN the administration was considering such a practice.
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BlackBerry is focusing on luring in more channel partners and developers to maintain growth, CEO John Chen told shareholders at the company's AGM.Chen has stabilised the business and jettisoned the devices unit that gave the company its name.Margins now reflect those of an enterprise software company – in the 70 per cents, compared to the 30-somethings when Chen joined the company in 2013, he said.Analysts expect a one-off fall in the results for the most recent quarter, due to be announced on Friday, but to rise after that.BlackBerry remains a curious amalgamation of secure enterprise productivity and communications, the result of a merger with arch-rival Good, an embedded OS unit, and an IP licensing unit that gets most of the headlines.BlackBerry clawed back $940m from Qualcomm a year ago, and is aggressively going after Facebook.
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The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners.Indeed, gaming giant Ubisoft is already experimenting with the technology.The two companies hope that the move to blockchain will streamline the process of paying royalties to the rightful copyright holders.When consumers buy their content online or from retail stores, the transactions will be recorded on the blockchain and royalty amount decided as per the smart contract.The publishers and distributors will have access to all relevant data.The network is built using the Quorum protocol and Microsoft’s Azure cloud and blockchain infrastructures.
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