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Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+…

Jeff Buchanan / Xconomy : Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+ valuation   —  Livongo Health, a startup that develops connected devices and software for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions …

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Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO 51,200   —  ISO 51200 sensitivity  —  Less than two months after unveiling the Xperia XZ2 at Mobile World Congress, Sony is back again with the Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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Review of Macs’ eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and…

Samuel Axon / Ars Technica : Review of Macs' eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and AMD cards   —  Performance doesn't disappoint, but lack of strong software support does.  —  When Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 on March 29 …

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Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy…

Richard Waters / Financial Times : Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy violations   —  It is nearly four weeks since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted, and something surprising has happened.  —  Or rather, not happened.

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Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data export tool   —  It's time to free the social graph  —  Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe.  Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors …

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Mutual assured dronestruction

Western airstrikes on the Middle East: déjà vu all over again. Twenty years ago, the USA attacked Sudan and Afghanistan with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Two days ago, the USA attacked Syria with … Tomahawk cruise missiles. Aside from the (de)merits of each attack, isn’t it a bit surprising that technology hasn’t really changed small-scale strategic warfare in that time? Just you wait. In the next decade, that strategic calculus will change a lot , and probably not in a good way. Consider this sharp one-liner from Kelsey Atherton last week: the future of war is million-dollar gray triangles hunting hundred-dollar quadcopters — Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) April 9, 2018 Of course cheap drones are already being used on the battlefield in small-scale ways: by Daesh , by Hezbollah , by Hamas , by drug cartels , and of course by traditional nation-state militaries worldwide. But those are piloted drones, used in short-range, often improvisational ways; interesting but not really strategically significant. Meanwhile, across the world, we are in the midst of a Cambrian explosion of artificial intelligence and automation technology. Consider Comma.ai, the startup that began as a literal one-man self-driving-car project . Consider the truly remarkable Skydio , a self-flying drone that can follow you wherever you go, avoiding obstacles enroute. …Do you see where we’re going here?

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How UN’s Building Blocks program is using permissioned blockchain based on open source Ethereum code to distribute UN-facilitated food aid to…

Russ Juskalian / MIT Technology Review : How UN's Building Blocks program is using permissioned blockchain based on open source Ethereum code to distribute UN-facilitated food aid to recipients   —  A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through the aisles of a grocery store stocked with bags of rice, a small selection of fresh vegetables, and other staples.

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Google researchers showcase AI tech that can isolate individual voices within a noisy environment in videos with a single audio track by watching…

Jeff Dunn / Ars Technica : Google researchers showcase AI tech that can isolate individual voices within a noisy environment in videos with a single audio track by watching mouth movement   —  Google researchers try to replicate the “cocktail party effect” for computers.  —  Google researchers have developed …

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Former Facebook, Google, Reddit execs, and other prominent technologists describe how Silicon Valley’s business model undermined its dream of a…

Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine : Former Facebook, Google, Reddit execs, and other prominent technologists describe how Silicon Valley's business model undermined its dream of a networked utopia   —  Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.  A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.

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