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German coalition would create legal right to fast internet: Bild

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

BERLIN (Reuters) – People in Germany will acquire a legal right to fast internet under a proposed coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD), the man expected to become Merkel's top aide said in remarks published on Wednesday.

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House passes bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.

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James Gunn says Baby Groot is Groot’s son, but does that matter?

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the anthropomorphic tree-man Groot is no longer the towering, full-sized version voiced by Vin Diesel in the first film, but rather a pint-sized pipsqueak known as Baby Groot. This is because [clears throat for spoilers] according to writer and director James Gunn, the Groot we knew is dead. At the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot wraps his tree-limbs into a sturdy wooden bubble to protect his pals as their ship falls from the sky. When it crashes, he shatters into a pile of kindling. His friends mourn, his partner Rocket plucks a twig from the wreckage, and regrows Groot into a dancing sprout. By the end of the second Guardians movie, Baby Groot is growing up.

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Controversial sex-trafficking bill passes the House of Representatives

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

The House of Representatives passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (or FOSTA), a measure closely related to the SESTA bill introduced in the Senate last year. The measure passed on a 388-25 vote, with 14 Republicans and 11 Democrats voting in opposition.

The bill would make websites criminally liable for hosting ads and other content linked to a sex-trafficking enterprise. The result would be a major exception to existing Safe Harbor provisions, and has been opposed by groups like the EFF and ACLU for its potential impact on online speech. In a tweet after the vote, EFF called FOSTA’s passage “a dark day for online communities.”

BREAKING: The House has passed FOSTA 388 – 25. This is a dark day for online communities. We can't let…

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Google is crowdsourcing ideas for improving Pixel device settings

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

Google’s internal team responsible for Pixel software, settings, and device configuration took to Reddit yesterday to crowdsource some Android users’ biggest complaints about day-to-day usage of the flagship smartphone. The replies are naturally wide-ranging and thoughtful, covering everything from Bluetooth volume settings to Google Home integration to renewed calls for a system-wide dark theme, something the company shot down just last week as a potential new feature of Android.

“We don’t have any features or product plans to announce right now, but we hope to incorporate this feedback to improve your Settings experience on Pixel devices in the future,” the company wrote on the Reddit thread, which remains active with nearly 700…

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Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

The warrantless surveillance law gained attention in 2013 when Edward Snowden leaked that the NSA was using it to spy on Americans’ text messages, phone calls, emails and internet activity — all legally, and without warrants. That bill has been passed by the U.S. Senate for another six years and has been signed into law by President Trump. Naturally, this has caused quite the uproar. Read More

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IBM Watson CTO Rob High on bias and other challenges in machine learning

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

For IBM Watson CTO Rob High, the biggest technological challenge in machine learning right now is figuring out how to train models with less data. “It’s a challenge, it’s a goal and there’s certainly reason to believe that it’s possible,” High told me during an interview at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read More

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Square’s bets beyond a register brought in $253M last year as it posts a largely positive fourth quarter

February 27, 2018 Alex 0

Square posted a largely successful fourth quarter that showed continuing growth with its Cash app — with users spending around $90 million on its Cash card in December, putting it on at a potentially $1 billion run rate. That would offer another significant avenue for Square to snap up additional customers as it looks to chip away at the alternatives available for directly sending… Read More