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Chinese tech companies now surpass almost all their global rivals in size and value, even US giants, which will fundamentally reshape the world…

Michael Moritz / Financial Times : Chinese tech companies now surpass almost all their global rivals in size and value, even US giants, which will fundamentally reshape the world   —  Cast your eyes down the list of the world's most valuable private technology companies and you might be put in mind of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says new US border policy to separate immigrant children from parents is abhorrent and "simply cruel and…

Satya Nadella / LinkedIn : Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says new US border policy to separate immigrant children from parents is abhorrent and “simply cruel and abusive”   —  Below is an e-mail I sent to all Microsoft employees today sharing my views on U.S. immigration policy.  This is an incredibly important topic and one I care deeply about.

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VirusTotal launches Monitor aimed at helping developers mitigate false positives by letting them upload and scan new code against their 70+ antivirus…

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch : VirusTotal launches Monitor aimed at helping developers mitigate false positives by letting them upload and scan new code against their 70+ antivirus partners   —  It's been six years since Google acquired VirusTotal, a service that allows users to upload any file to check it for malware …

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AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do

If I show you a single picture of a room, you can tell me right away that there’s a table with a chair in front of it, they’re probably about the same size, about this far from each other, with the walls this far away — enough to draw a rough map of the room. Computer vision systems don’t have this intuitive understanding of space, but the latest research from DeepMind brings them closer than ever before. The new paper from the Google -owned research outfit was published today in the journal Science (complete with news item ). It details a system whereby a neural network, knowing practically nothing, can look at one or two static 2D images of a scene and reconstruct a reasonably accurate 3D representation of it. We’re not talking about going from snapshots to full 3D images (Facebook’s working on that) but rather replicating the intuitive and space-conscious way that all humans view and analyze the world. When I say it knows practically nothing, I don’t mean it’s just some standard machine learning system. But most computer vision algorithms work via what’s called supervised learning, in which they ingest a great deal of data that’s been labeled by humans with the correct answers — for example, images with everything in them outlined and named. This new system, on the other hand, has no such knowledge to draw on. It works entirely independently of any ideas of how to see the world as we do, like how objects’ colors change toward their edges, how they get bigger and smaller as their distance changes and so on. It works, roughly speaking, like this.

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Fired employee alleges in a lawsuit that Clarifai, an AI startup working on Project Maven, was hacked from Russia and did not promptly report it to…

Tom Simonite / Wired : Fired employee alleges in a lawsuit that Clarifai, an AI startup working on Project Maven, was hacked from Russia and did not promptly report it to the Pentagon   —  LAST SUMMER, A sign appeared on the door to a stuffy, windowless room at the office of Manhattan artificial intelligence startup Clarifai.

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New research suggests e-commerce might be responsible for low inflation in the US, although measuring online shopping’s impact on inflation remains a…

New York Times : New research suggests e-commerce might be responsible for low inflation in the US, although measuring online shopping's impact on inflation remains a challenge   —  Unemployment is sinking and businesses are churning out more goods and services.  Yet even with the economy standing on tippy toes …

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ZTE shares slide as much as 41% in Hong Kong, wiping $3B off its market cap, after the company agreed to pay up to $1.4B in penalties to the US…

Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters : ZTE shares slide as much as 41% in Hong Kong, wiping $3B off its market cap, after the company agreed to pay up to $1.4B in penalties to the US government   —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp (0763.HK) (000063.SZ) had about $3 billion wiped off its market value …

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Unproven facial recognition tech is the latest tool that is being increasingly marketed by security contractors to US schools terrified of shootings…

Drew Harwell / Washington Post : Unproven facial recognition tech is the latest tool that is being increasingly marketed by security contractors to US schools terrified of shootings   —  The facial-recognition cameras installed near the bounce houses at the Warehouse, an after-school recreation center in Bloomington, Ind. …

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Luminary Media raises $40M; sources say it plans to launch subscription service for premium podcasts, has begun to strike licensing deals with podcast…

Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal : Luminary Media raises $40M; sources say it plans to launch subscription service for premium podcasts, has begun to strike licensing deals with podcast creators   —  The newly created venture has raised $40 million from New Enterprise Associates and others to enter the rapidly expanding realm of podcasting and audio.

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