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The Free Music Archive will live on

The Free Music Archive — a free-to-use collection of music that’s shared and curated by artists — was supposed to close last month, following a funding shortage. Instead, the Archive will live on: it’s been bought by the camera and gear rental marketplace KitSplit.

“Many of us at KitSplit have admired and used FMA over the years,” writes Kristina Budelis, a co-founder of KitSplit in an emailed statement. “FMA has helped tens of thousands of creatives make their projects. Together with FMA, we’ll be able to serve creators + our community even more powerfully.” And there are more overlaps between KitSplit and the FMA than just the fact that making successful productions requires both audio and video — two employees of KitSplit had…

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NYCLU sues ICE over changes to immigrant risk assessment algorithm

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over changes to the agency’s Risk Classification Assessment (RCA) software, which is used when ICE detains someone for deportation proceedings. The tool provides an algorithm-based recommendation on whether an immigrant should be detained in jail until they can see a judge — or whether they can instead be released on bond in the interim.

But the NYCLU claims that in 2017, ICE altered the RCA so that it overwhelmingly started to favor detention over release. It became the default, guaranteed recommendation even for people with little or no criminal history. “The program now automatically recommends that all immigrants be detained,” the…

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The 20 best TV series of 2018

One of the more underrated perks of the “peak TV” era is that because there’s so much worth watching, no two television devotees will forge the same path through the mountains of programming. Below is a list of 20 outstanding series and miniseries that aired in 2018. These are well-crafted and entertaining shows, highly recommended and worthy of just about anyone’s time. Some of the names will be familiar; some may be surprising. Taken as a whole, this list is intended to present just one way of looking at what makes TV great. But that perspective is, inevitably, limited.

Here, for example, is just a partial list of shows and specials that could’ve easily landed in this Top 20: America to Me, Barry, Bob’s Burgers, Brockmire, Brooklyn…

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Democratic senators have introduced a big new data privacy plan

One day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was questioned on data privacy during a House hearing, a group of 15 Democratic senators has proposed a new bill for protecting personal information online.

The Data Care Act, proposed by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and more than a dozen co-sponsors, including Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), would create new rules around how companies that collect user data can handle that information.

Under the act, data collectors would be required to “reasonably secure” identifying information, to not use that information in a harmful way, and to give notice to consumers about breaches of sensitive information. The requirement extends to third parties, if the data collectors share or sell that data…

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Facebook and ZeniMax settle legal battle over Oculus VR and stolen secrets

ZeniMax Media and Facebook today settled a long-running legal dispute over the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset, which ZeniMax claimed was the result of stolen trade secrets (including code and research) shared by ex-ZeniMax employees who had been hired by Oculus.

Among those hires was John Carmack, the well-known co-founder of id Software (which ZeniMax owns) who joined Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe, and the rest of the Oculus VR team in 2013 before Facebook bought the VR company for $2 billion. Variety and CNBC reported news of the settlement.

ZeniMax pursued litigation against Facebook in 2014 and at one…

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What is RCS and why you might want it

A lot of people have become bored with SMS messaging, and the tech industry is very aware of it. While services such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp allow you to add photos, GIFs and videos to your messages, they are not universal solutions — for example, you can’t send a WhatsApp message if your correspondent uses Facebook Messenger. The answer — or so Google and other companies are hoping — is Rich Communications Services or RCS.

What is RCS?

RCS is a new online protocol that was chosen for adoption by the GSM Association in 2008 and is meant to replace the current texting standard SMS (Short Message Service), which has been around since the 1990s. The GMSA represents a wide variety of organizations in the mobile…

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Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert

Taylor Swift held a concert at California’s Rose Bowl this past May that was monitored by a facial recognition system. The system’s target? Hundreds of Swift’s stalkers.

Swift’s facial recognition system was built into a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals, which would secretly record onlookers’ faces. According to Rolling Stone, which spoke with a concert security expert who observed the kiosk, attendees who looked at the kiosk were immediately scanned. Afterward, the data was sent to a “command post” in Nashville, Tennessee that attempted to match hundreds of images to a database of her known stalkers.

US artists haven’t previously been publicized for using facial…

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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube adds multi-room music and follow-up mode in latest update

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is rolling out a couple new software updates today that’ll fine-tune the experience of using Alexa. The updates enable Alexa multi-room music and follow-up mode, and come at the heels of last week’s news of Alexa Announcements coming to the Fire TV Cube.

To use multi-room music, you can add the Fire TV Cube to the appropriate speaker group in the Alexa App, which includes your HDMI-connected TV, soundbar, or AV system alongside your other compatible devices like your Echo Show and Echo Dot. You can then ask Alexa to play music in that group with commands like, “Alexa, play my dinner party playlist downstairs”, and it’ll play music through supported platforms like Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio.

Follow-up mode is…

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All the news from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee

Earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a wide-ranging set of issues, from alleged liberal bias in search results to YouTube moderation issues to the company’s plans to launch a search product for the Chinese market. The event was notable because it was Pichai’s first appearance before the Republican-controlled House, after a long string of such congressional hearings over the last two years, but also because it happens to coincide with one of Google’s most contentious moments in its history.

The company is facing employee revolt over its China plans and government contract work, as well as the threat of regulation and the unfounded but widespread belief that it unfairly punishes…

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All the news from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee

Earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a wide-ranging set of issues, from alleged liberal bias in search results to YouTube moderation issues to the company’s plans to launch a search product for the Chinese market. The event was notable because it was Pichai’s first appearance before the Republican-controlled House, after a long string of such congressional hearings over the last two years, but also because it happens to coincide with one of Google’s most contentious moments in its history.

The company is facing employee revolt over its China plans and government contract work, as well as the threat of regulation and the unfounded but widespread belief that it unfairly punishes…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/12/18138036/google-ceo-sundar-pichai-house-judiciary-committee-congress-testify

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All the news from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee

Earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a wide-ranging set of issues, from alleged liberal bias in search results to YouTube moderation issues to the company’s plans to launch a search product for the Chinese market. The event was notable because it was Pichai’s first appearance before the Republican-controlled House, after a long string of such congressional hearings over the last two years, but also because it happens to coincide with one of Google’s most contentious moments in its history.

The company is facing employee revolt over its China plans and government contract work, as well as the threat of regulation and the unfounded but widespread belief that it unfairly punishes…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/12/18138036/google-ceo-sundar-pichai-house-judiciary-committee-congress-testify

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You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life

An AI vision company is launching a wearable camera for tracking your relationships. If that sounds creepy… well, it sort of is. And if it sounds useful, it might be that, too. It’s a device that seems almost custom-built to tap into our fears about how technology will change relationships. And it almost certainly won’t be the last of its kind.

The product is called the OrCam MyMe, and it’s hitting Kickstarter today, with an expected launch in March 2019. OrCam co-founder Amnon Shashua describes the MyMe as a “FitBit for social,” or a very specific kind of augmented reality. It’s based on a previous device that helped people who are visually impaired navigate the world. But unlike that camera, it’s aimed at everybody — or at least,…

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You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life

An AI vision company is launching a wearable camera for tracking your relationships. If that sounds creepy… well, it sort of is. And if it sounds useful, it might be that, too. It’s a device that seems almost custom-built to tap into our fears about how technology will change relationships. And it almost certainly won’t be the last of its kind.

The product is called the OrCam MyMe, and it’s hitting Kickstarter today, with an expected launch in March 2019. OrCam co-founder Amnon Shashua describes the MyMe as a “FitBit for social,” or a very specific kind of augmented reality. It’s based on a previous device that helped people who are visually impaired navigate the world. But unlike that camera, it’s aimed at everybody — or at least,…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/12/18137961/orcam-myme-ai-facial-recognition-wearable-camera-relationship-tracker-kickstarter

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Why we might want the school day to start later

Starting school later may have helped some disadvantaged students in Seattle get better grades, according to a new study. The research adds to a mounting pile of evidence that suggests we’re making teens get up way too early.

Sleep experts have long said that teenagers tend to fall asleep late and need up to 10 hours of sleep per night, compared to only about eight hours for adults. As result, the American Academy of Pediatrics calls early school start times a “public health issue” that affects academic success. For a study published today in the journal Science Advances, scientists at the University of Washington monitored the sleep of students at Seattle high schools before and after their schools changed their start time to 8:45AM…

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Machine learning could one day help figure out what gave you diarrhea

This year, hundreds of people got diarrhea from Salmonella-contaminated beef, tahini, kratom, even pet guinea pigs, to name just a few. Salmonella bacteria normally hang out in animal intestines — and now, scientists are using machine learning to identify which animal’s intestines emitted the unpleasant and dangerous bacteria.

Researchers led by Xiangyu Deng at the University of Georgia trained an algorithm to recognize genetic differences between Salmonella strains pooped out by four common hosts: pigs, cows, poultry, and wild birds. When the team tested the algorithm on Salmonella genomes from eight outbreaks over the past 20 years, it correctly identified the animal sources for seven of them, according to a study published online…

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New job posts hint Apple is making its own modem to compete with Qualcomm

Apple is apparently working on its own, in-house developed modem to allow it to better compete with Qualcomm, according to several new Apple job listings that task engineers to design and develop a layer 1 cellular PHY chip — implying that the company is working on actual, physical networking hardware. Two of the job posts are explicitly to hire a pair of cellular modem systems architects, one in Santa Clara and one in San Diego, home of Qualcomm. That’s alongside several other job postings Apple has listed in San Diego for RF design engineers.

The Information, which spotted the first job posting, cites sources that go a step further, claiming that Apple is not only potentially working to develop its own modem, but is in fact…

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