Monthly Archives: February 2018

AI Will Create New Jobs But Skills Must Shift, Say Tech Giants

AI will create more jobs than it destroys was the not-so-subtle rebuttal from tech giants to growing concern over the impact of automation technologies on employment. Execs from Google, IBM and Salesforce were questioned about the wider societal implications of

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US Response ‘Hasn’t Changed The Calculus’ Of Russian Interference, NSA Chief Says

An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The admiral in charge of both the nation’s top electronic spying agency and the Pentagon’s cybersecurity operations would seem a logical point man for countering Russia’s digital intrusions in U.S. election campaigns. But

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End of Flash? Its Usage Among Chrome Users Has Declined From 80% in 2014 to Under 8% as of Early 2018

An anonymous reader writes: The percentage of daily Chrome users who’ve loaded at least one page containing Flash content per day has gone down from around 80% in 2014 to under 8% in early 2018. These statistics on Flash’s declining

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MPAA Wants Filmmakers To Pay Licenses, Not Rip Blu-rays

An anonymous reader writes: Late last year several filmmaker groups asked the US Copyright Office to lift some of the current DMCA circumvention restrictions, so they can rip and use clips from Blu-rays and other videos without repercussions. In the

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China Bans Letter N From Internet as Xi Jinping Extends Grip on Power

Speaking of things the Chinese government has been censoring in the country, The Guardian reports: It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words. But for the Communist party

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Facebook Rolls Out Job Posts To Become the Blue-Collar LinkedIn

An anonymous reader shares a report: LinkedIn wasn’t built for low-skilled job seekers, so Facebook is barging in. Today Facebook is rolling out job posts to 40 more countries to make itself more meaningful to people’s lives while laying the

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Sega Cancels Yakuza 6 Song of Life Free Demo After Gamers Unlocked Full Game

Sega pulled the highly anticipated “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” demo this week from the PlayStation Store after discovering some players had inadvertently gained access to the full game using the demo. From a report: This discovery came only

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Passengers Who Call Uber Instead Of An Ambulance Put Drivers At Risk

Sick people are increasingly using ride-hail to get to the emergency room, putting drivers in an uncomfortable position and a potentially tricky legal bind, BuzzFeed News reports. From the report: Mike Fish was driving for Uber 10 minutes outside of

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China Censors Social Media Responses To Proposal To Abolish Presidential Terms

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Negative social media reactions in China toward the government’s interest in abolishing presidential term limits have sparked a crackdown on memes since Sunday evening. China’s constitution currently restricts the president and

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IBM’s Watson Is Going To Space

Yesterday, IBM announced it would be providing the AI brain for a robot being built by Airbus to accompany astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). “The robot, which looks like a flying volleyball with a low-resolution face, is being

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