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Trump’s travel ban could extend to Africa’s top tech country, Nigeria

Trump’s travel ban could extend to Africa’s top tech country, Nigeria The Trump administration is poised to add several African countries to a U.S. travel ban list, including Africa’s top tech hub, Nigeria. Politico first reported the White House is considering Tanzania, Eritrea, Sudan and Nigeria for new travel restrictions, to coincide […]

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Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time a German court has today upheld a consumer group’s right to challenge the tech giant […]

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Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions

Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions Twitter is pouring a little more fuel on the messaging fire. It’s added a heart+ button to its direct messaging interface which lets users shortcut to a pop-up menu of seven emoji reactions so they can quickly express how they’re feeling about a missive. Emoji reactions […]

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Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as “watched” at the back of the Stories row on the other app. Why waste my time showing me Stories I already saw? It’s been over […]

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Facebook speeds up AI training by culling the weak

Facebook speeds up AI training by culling the weak Training an artificial intelligence agent to do something like navigate a complex 3D world is computationally expensive and time-consuming. In order to better create these potentially useful systems, Facebook engineers derived huge efficiency benefits from, essentially, leaving the slowest of the pack behind. […]

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Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings

Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in […]

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TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of […]

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LaunchDarkly CEO Edith Harbaugh explains why her company raised another $54M

LaunchDarkly CEO Edith Harbaugh explains why her company raised another M This week, LaunchDarkly announced that it has raised another $54 million. Led by Bessemer Venture Partners and backed by the company’s existing investors, it brings the company’s total funding up to $130 million. For the unfamiliar, LaunchDarkly builds a platform that […]

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Venture Highway announces $78.6M second fund to invest in early-stage startups in India

Venture Highway announces .6M second fund to invest in early-stage startups in India Venture Highway, a VC firm in India founded by former Google executive Samir Sood, said on Thursday it has raised $78.6 million for its second fund as it looks to double down on investing in early-stage startups. The firm, […]

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Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds

Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and ‘free’ digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council which has published […]

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