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Google’s new AI will tell you you’re talking to a robot

The brand new Google Assistant feature that lets you make appointments and reservations via voice calls without actually making the call yourself, Google Duplex, was met with mixed reactions. Demoed at I/O 2018 earlier this week, Duplex is a fantastic piece of technology if it works just as Google wants. The Assistant sounds more human than ever, which is an […]

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Hepatitis B virus found in ancient human remains

The hepatitis B virus has been infecting people since at least the Bronze Age, according to a new study by geneticists who teased the virus from 4500-year-old human remains. One of these Xiongnu warriors, who fell in battle and were found in a mass grave in Mongolia, carried an ancient hepatitis B sequence. Hepatitis B was discovered in the 1960s, […]

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Talking Points Memo Unionizes With Writers Guild of America East

The editorial staff of the political news site Talking Points Memo has unionized with the Writers Guild of America East. The guild announced Thursday that management has recognized it as the collective bargaining representative of the organization’s 11-member staff. “This morning TPM editorial staffers in New York and Washington DC contacted me to let me know that they’d agreed unanimously […]

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Comcast Leads $100 Million Round in Zola, Wedding-Registry Startup, Joined by NBCU

Wedding-planning and commerce startup Zola has banked $100 million in funding, led by existing investor Comcast Ventures — and Comcast’s NBCUniversal has joined the matrimonial party as an investor and media partner. With the funding, NBCU will work with Zola on “both promotional and commercial partnership opportunities across the NBCU portfolio that drive mutual value and accelerate growth,” Maggie Suniewick, […]

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Facebook really hasn’t been hurt by Cambridge Analytica scandal

Despite all of the outrage directed at Facebook on account of the Cambridge Analytica saga, a new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos reveals that the social networking giant hasn’t seen a significant drop-off in usage over the past few weeks. So even though Facebook is still being lambasted by the tech media and even though a handful of tech observers are […]

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Aussies celebrate StarCraft's return as original esport grows

IEM Sydney is the biggest event on Australia's esports calendar, with its centrepiece a $310,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament featuring the world's best professional players. But this year, the biggest underdog story wasn't on the battlefield. As European CS:GO giants FaZe Clan raised their trophy to the roars of thousands of esports fans filling Qudos Bank Arena, the Australian StarCraft II […]

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‘Fortnite’ Season 4, Week 2 Challenges Guide

Season 4’s Week 2 challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier (up to a season maximum of 100), players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. Weekly challenges are available for anyone who purchases the Season 4 Battle Pass, […]

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Vietnam jails Facebook user for ‘anti-state propaganda’ posts

HANOI — Vietnam has jailed a Facebook user for 4-1/2 years over posts that “distorted” the political situation in the Southeast Asian country, a branch of the ruling Communist Party said. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Vietnam’s Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism. At […]

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Belgian Gaming Commission Details What Loot Boxes It Considers Gambling

With the recent release of the Belgian Gaming Commission’s (BGC) research on video game loot boxes comes the clear definition of what is considered gambling and what’s fair game under Belgium law. Top offenders accused of violating these standards (EA, Valve, Activision Blizzard) may soon face criminal prosecution. Loot boxes are just one of many methods of monetizing video games […]

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