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AI ethics backed by Pope and tech giants in new plan

BBC Tech News - 7 hours 23 min ago
The Church signed up to the future of AI - an ethical one - along with Microsoft and IBM.

Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures

BBC Tech News - 10 hours 32 min ago
The retail giant is removing fake cures and tackling unreasonable price hikes amid public concern.

Boston-based ‘unicorn’ sheds 150 jobs

Mass High Tech News - 12 hours 8 min ago
After a streak of layoffs at prominent public tech companies, another local firm has reduced its workforce. This time, the company making cuts is private, valued over $1 billion and fresh off a $200 million funding round. Boston-based Indigo Ag Inc., an agriculture-technology startup that uses microbiology research to help farmers replace chemicals and fertilizers and increase crop yield, cut 150 staff members in order to focus on the most profitable areas of its business.  Bloomberg first reported…

'GTA Online' Gets Competitive F1 Racing Today

Slashdot - 12 hours 33 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Rockstar refuses to let GTA Online die, and why would it when it's one of the company's biggest moneymakers? If you haven't played GTA 5's online component in a while, today's update may convince you to step back into the world of San Andreas. Rockstar is adding a new competitive racing mode to GTA Online called Open Wheel Races that allows you to drive the game's equivalent of F1 cars against other players. As part of the update, Rockstar is adding two new cars, the Ocelot R88 and the Progen PR4. You can purchase both through the in-game Legendary Motorsport store and customize them with different tires, spoilers, engine mods and more through Los Santos Customs.

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Thought Leaders: Talking climate, science and tech

Mass High Tech News - 12 hours 34 min ago
Things are quickly changing at the vast intersection of climate science, energy technology and government laws and policies. A recent roundtable discussion in Buffalo highlighted that evolution. The question is whether they’re changing fast enough. “Whether it’s permafrost in the arctic or ocean acidification, the prioritization of making these technologies work and scale over the next decade is one of the most important things we can do,” said Ryan McPherson, the University at Buffalo’s…

Largest Buffalo technology companies - services 2020

Mass High Tech News - 12 hours 34 min ago
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List analysis: Analyst sees Koch's latest buy as solidifying more technology investments

Mass High Tech News - 12 hours 34 min ago
Koch has made more than $26 billion in technology-related investments in the past six years.

Coronavirus: Plague Inc. game banned in China

BBC Tech News - 12 hours 55 min ago
Plague Inc. puts users in control of a disease which they must develop into a global pandemic.

Robot taught empathy through pain, and other tech news

BBC Tech News - 14 hours 1 min ago
BBC Click’s Soila Apparicio looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Amazon Transcribe Can Now Automatically Redact Personally Identifiable Data

Slashdot - 15 hours 32 min ago
Amazon is adding a new privacy-focused feature to its business transcription service, one that automatically redacts personally identifiable information (PII), such as names, social security numbers, and credit card credentials. From a report: Amazon Transcribe is part of Amazon's AWS cloud unit and was launched in general availability in 2018. An automatic speech recognition (ASR) service, Transcribe enables enterprise customers to convert speech into text, which can help make audio content searchable from a database, for example. Contact centers can also use the tool to mine call data for insights and sentiment analysis. However, privacy issues have cast a spotlight on how technology companies store and manage consumers' data.

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Table of Experts: Health Care Business Trends — What to Expect in 2020

Mass High Tech News - 16 hours 34 min ago
Employers provided more than half of the insured people in Missouri (52.3%) and Kansas (54.7%) with their health coverage in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. And that employer-sponsored coverage for families didn’t come cheap: The average annual premium in 2018 was $19,249 in Missouri and $18,825 in Kansas. With health care costs projected to increase by 6% this year, employers are taking more active roles to manage those expenses. The Kansas City Business Journal recently gathered…

Amazon small business chief lifts veil on the online sales platform

Mass High Tech News - 17 hours 4 min ago
Amazon says an estimated 1.6 million jobs have been created as a result of small- and medium-sized businesses selling on its platform.

Amazon employees' drive-alone rate in Bellevue could get lower than Seattle. Here's how.

Mass High Tech News - 17 hours 24 min ago
Fewer than 30 percent of Amazon's Seattle employees drive alone to work, and 50 percent either walk, bike or take public transit.

We Should Prepare For a US Outbreak of Coronavirus, Not Because We May Feel Personally at Risk, But So That We Can Help Lessen the Risk For Everyone.

Slashdot - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:01pm
Zeynep Tufekci, writing for Scientific American: Preparing for the almost inevitable global spread of this virus, now dubbed COVID-19, is one of the most pro-social, altruistic things you can do in response to potential disruptions of this kind. We should prepare, not because we may feel personally at risk, but so that we can help lessen the risk for everyone. We should prepare not because we are facing a doomsday scenario out of our control, but because we can alter every aspect of this risk we face as a society. That's right, you should prepare because your neighbors need you to prepare -- especially your elderly neighbors, your neighbors who work at hospitals, your neighbors with chronic illnesses, and your neighbors who may not have the means or the time to prepare because of lack of resources or time. Prepper and survivalist subcultures are often associated with doomsday scenarios and extreme steps: people stocking and hoarding supplies, building bunkers and preparing to go off the grid so that they may survive some untold catastrophe, brandishish weapons to guard their compound while their less prepared neighbors perish. All this appears both extreme and selfish, and, to be honest, a little nutty -- just check the title of the TV series devoted to the subculture: Doomsday Preppers, implying, well, a doomsday and the few prepared individuals surviving in a war-of-all-against-all world. It also feels like a scam: there is no shortage of snake oil sellers who hope stoking such fears will make people buy more supplies: years' worth of ready-to-eat meals, bunker materials and a lot more stuff in various shades of camo. (The more camo the more doomsday feels, I guess!) The reality is that there is little point "preparing" for the most catastrophic scenarios some of these people envision. As a species, we live and die by our social world and our extensive infrastructure -- and there is no predicting what anybody needs in the face of total catastrophe. In contrast, the real crisis scenarios we're likely to encounter require cooperation and, crucially, "flattening the curve" of the crisis exactly so the more vulnerable can fare better, so that our infrastructure will be less stressed at any one time.

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NXP Semiconductors CEO joins board of HP

Mass High Tech News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 9:27pm
HP Inc. has appointed NXP Semiconductors CEO Rick Clemmer to its board of directors, the Palo Alto computer and printer giant announced Thursday. Clemmer has served as CEO of the Netherlands- and Texas-based chipmaker since 2009. Prior to that he spent two years as the CEO of Agere Systems Inc., now part of San Jose-based Broadcom Inc. Clemmer has also served as a senior advisor of the New York City private equity and global investment firm KKR & Co. Inc. “This is an especially exciting time…

Fast-growing Portland-area tech firm files for IPO

Mass High Tech News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 9:10pm
Vancouver-based ZoomInfo has filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, which plans to list on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker “ZI,” could raise $500 million, according to paperwork, but that figure will likely change and is used to estimate registration fees. It is unclear from the SEC documents how many shares will be sold and shares have not been priced. ZoomInfo, which was founded in 2007 under the name DiscoverOrg, had $293 million…

Let's Encrypt Has Issued a Billion Certificates

Slashdot - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 9:00pm
Let's Encrypt, writing in a blog post: We issued our billionth certificate on February 27, 2020. We're going to use this big round number as an opportunity to reflect on what has changed for us, and for the Internet, leading up to this event. In particular, we want to talk about what has happened since the last time we talked about a big round number of certificates - one hundred million. One thing that's different now is that the Web is much more encrypted than it was. In June of 2017 approximately 58% of page loads used HTTPS globally, 64% in the United States. Today 81% of page loads use HTTPS globally, and we're at 91% in the United States! This is an incredible achievement. That's a lot more privacy and security for everybody. Another thing that's different is that our organization has grown a bit, but not by much! In June of 2017 we were serving approximately 46M websites, and we did so with 11 full time staff and an annual budget of $2.61M. Today we serve nearly 192M websites with 13 full time staff and an annual budget of approximately $3.35M. This means we're serving more than 4x the websites with only two additional staff and a 28% increase in budget. The additional staff and budget did more than just improve our ability to scale though - we've made improvements across the board to provide even more secure and reliable service.

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Apple Plans To Release an iPad Pro Smart Keyboard With Trackpad in 2020

Slashdot - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 8:30pm
Apple is working on an iPad keyboard that includes a built-in trackpad, reports The Information, citing a person familiar with the company's product roadmap. From a report: Apple has reportedly been experimenting with trackpads for the iPad for a "number of years." Some of the prototypes have featured capacitive keys, though it is not known if this feature is in the finished product. The Information's source says that the keyboard will be made from materials similar to those in Apple's current Smart Keyboard Folio designed for the iPad Pro. Apple is preparing the keyboard for mass production at the current time, and is expected to release the new accessory alongside the next version of the iPad Pro.

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West Midlands to get access to ultrafast home broadband

BBC Tech News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 7:46pm
The West Midlands gigabit switch-on is the largest in the UK, says Virgin Media, but comes at a price.

Protecting whales from the noise people make in the ocean

BBC Tech News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 7:23pm
Oil drilling and construction is creating a din for sealife - new tech is hoping to turn the volume down.

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