Jerry Smith

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An infusion of $2.25 million from Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropies and the Democracy Fund is helping the Trust Project spin off from Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and become its own independent nonprofit organization.In November 2017, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Bing teamed up with the Trust Project on Trust Indicators, which are aimed at helping to validate legitimate news publishers and weeding out fake news.The Trust Project said 126 top news sites globally—including properties owned by BBC, The Economist, The Washington Post, Hearst Television, Tegna, El País, La Repubblica, La Stampa and Canadian Broadcast Corp.—are currently using Trust Indicators, with the audience of those sites totaling 327 million people per month.The Institute for Nonprofit News’ INN Labs unit developed and maintains a WordPress VIP-accepted plugin to help validated Trust Project participants add Trust Indicators to their sites.The Trust Project was incubated in 2015 by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Lehrman will continue to lead the organization as CEO.The nonprofit said it will use its new funding to broaden newsroom participation, to build tools to support future growth and to raise awareness of Trust Indicators.
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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) begins in under two weeks, but companies aren’t saving all their news for that event.E3 leans toward consoles over PC gaming, and it’s crowded with announcements.With that in mind, Microsoft reached out to PC gamers with a handful of reveals today.All of Microsoft’s announcements fit a theme: How people can purchase and acquire games.The Microsoft Store, for example, is going to begin getting Win32 games.Prior to this, you could only get 64-bit apps on that platform.
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Grab your closest mates, fire up the TV and get ready to pick up your yearly guilty pleasure - Love Island is back.Yes that's right, the behemoth dating show filled with challenges, arguments and awkward doctors named Alex will be making its return to TV and we're here to tell you how to watch Love Island online.ITV2 is your destination for series 5 of Love Island on TV, or the array of ITV streaming options if you're not able to watch on TV - more on that below.For the Love Island mega-fans, there is also The Weekly Hot List at 9pm BST on Saturdays and of course, Aftersun on Sundays to round out the week at 10pm.Whether you're a die-hard fan who's been counting down the days since last year's bout of uncomfortable scenes of dating, or someone new to this phenomenon (oh boy are you in for a treat!)this is the place to be to find out everything you need to know about this year's viewing times.
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Connecting to public Wi-Fi always carries certain risks but users who access the internet at McDonald's and Westfield in Australia could be targeted for surveillance by police under the country's new encryption legislation.According to a briefing by the home affairs department obtained through a freedom of information request, police can use new powers to compel device manufacturers, telecoms, social media companies, retailers and other businesses that give their customers free Wi-Fi to provide information on users.When it passed through the Australian parliament in December, the Telecommunications Access and Assistance Act raised a number of red flags due to the high number of offenses with a prison sentence of three years.Business on the move: how to secure 4G and public Wi-Fi connectionsAt the time, the tech sector warned that the law would harm Australian companies but due to the re-election of the Morrison government, the law will remain unchanged at least for this term of parliament.Telecommunications Access and Assistance Act
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Personal Capital chief marketing officer Porter Gale is joining Reddit's board of directors, the company announced Tuesday.Gale will be the first female to sit on the board in Reddit's history.Gale tweeted about her new position following the formal announcement."Reddit's network of passionate communities offers people social substance that is entirely unique from anywhere else on the internet.So much of what people find online today is self-promotion or driven by influence when what people want and need is authenticity and this substantive social experience," Gale said."This is why I was drawn to Reddit and why I'm eager to be part of the company's journey."
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Using a motion-activated camera, scientists at Wolong National Nature Reserve in southwest China have snapped a blurry but unprecedented photograph of the world’s first known albino giant panda.The all-white giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) was photographed in April as it was roaming through a bamboo forest at an altitude of 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), according to a press release issued by the local conservation authority.The park in which the panda was observed, Wolong National Nature Reserve, is located in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan.The photograph shows a giant panda with white fur and claws, and with pinkish-red eyes – the hallmarks of albinism.Judging by the photo, the panda is somewhere between one to two years of age, but its sex could not be determined.Albinism is a genetic condition that disrupts normal production of the melanin pigment.
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Today marks 10 years since Google stoked great excitement in the tech community by unveiling a new product called Wave.I remember it clearly, because that day I sat down on my sofa 5,000 miles away from Google’s developer conference and wrote my first ever post as a paid tech journalist, trying to make sense of what exactly Wave was.Essentially, it let you collaborate with others in real-time — a first for the web of a decade ago.Ten years on, Wave is dead but its legacy lives on every time you collaborate in real-time with someone else on a Google Doc.We just don’t get as excited about tech as we used toIn 2009, Google had no shame in showing off something groundbreaking that didn’t quite make sense as a product yet, and we as observers in the tech community lapped it all up with enthusiasm.
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Nvidia's new RTX 20-series graphics cards are specially made to do something called raytracing.Raytracing is when moving light is reflected in real time on a person or object, and it's something that graphics cards have struggled to get right until now.What does this have to do with Quake II?Nvidia previously showed off a tech demo of the classic shooter with raytracing integrated into the graphics.On Monday at its Computex press conference, the graphics card maker announced the improved version of Quake II, Quake II RTX, would be hitting Steam on June 6.Well, some of it will be.
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Windows 10 has a new-look light theme, which takes over as the default skin for the operating system.The Action Centre (click on the notification icon to the far right of the taskbar) now includes a brightness slider, if you’re on a laptop.Speaking of the Action Centre, it’s now easier to configure the tiles that are available in it: Right-click on a tile and choose Edit quick actions, or right-click on a blank space and choose Edit to make changes.Use the tabs at the top of the dialog to narrow down your search results (Apps, Documents, Web), if you need to.Cortana is still around of course, and can be activated by clicking on the button to the right of the search box or with a “Hey Cortana” command.Log into websites with your face
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The biggest compliment I can give Brightburn is that, when it ended, I would have sat through a sequel immediately.Directed by David Yarovesky, produced by James Gunn, and written by Brian and Mark Gunn (brother and cousin to James, respectively), Brightburn is the kind of movie everyone says they want these days.A high-concept, original idea that asks more questions than it answers and is destined to spark conversation when you walk out the cinema.A film that takes a familiar story, flips it on its head, and puts it in an unfamiliar genre.Meaning, a Kansas couple is shocked when an alien craft crashes on their farm and, inside, they find a baby they raise to be their own.Where Superman chose to use his powers to save the world, Brandon goes in the opposite direction.
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In advance of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Nexon and developer Neopl Studio 42 are launching Godzilla Defense Force as a free-to-play mobile game on iOS and Android.In Godzilla Defense Force, players battle and collect legendary monsters from 29 movies in the Japanese production company Toho’s classic Godzilla series.Nexon recently reported a strong first quarter, which is good because a variety of companies are considering making bids to acquire a big stake in Nexon, as founder Kim Jung-ju wants to sell his stake, which is worth an estimated $9 billion.Joining forces with powerful allies, such as Mechagodzilla, players will battle to save major cities like London, Tokyo, and Sydney from monsters from across Godzilla’s lore.“Godzilla: Defense Force weaves Toho’s legendary Godzilla series with a fantastic blend of card and defense building mechanics to create a unique mobile experience that reflects the heart of the franchise,” said Jaeho Hwang, director of Neople Studio 42, in a statement.Players will improve their ability to defend the world by building an increasingly powerful deck of Monster Cards by defeating world-threatening Kaiju, which you can then use to give new skills and buffs to their decks.
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If you’ve always dreamed of having a low-maintenance, vaguely dog-shaped companion, well, you’re in luck.A group of undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University have just unveiled Doggo, a relatively cheap, light, four-legged robot with the bouncing ability of a typical toy breed.Best of all, they’ve made the instructions to building your very own Doggo fully and freely available to the public.The robot was created by members of the Stanford Robotics club, specifically its Extreme Mobility team.According to its creators, the roughly 10-pound Doggo can dance, navigate uneven terrain, and even jump up to 3.5 feet off the ground.Its vertical agility (a measure of its maximum height times the speed it takes to reach it) is especially impressive: It more than matches the jumping skills of real-life animals and is apparently 22 per cent greater than the current record held by similar robots.
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The 15-inch MacBook Pro can now be configured with an eight-core processor, which is beefier than the six-core chips from previous MacBook Pro models.But if you're in the market for a professional Apple laptop, it's wise to forget about the new eight-core MacBook Pro and choose Apple's standard 13-inch MacBook Pro instead.If you're in the market for a professional-grade laptop that runs the Mac operating system, here's why you should consider Apple's baseline 13-inch MacBook Pro (with no Touch Bar) instead of the new 15-inch, eight-core laptop behemoths.That extra pound of weight makes a world of difference if you're carrying it around your office, holding it in a backpack or purse, or traveling with it.The 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar starts at $1,299.If you don't want the eight-core processor, the six-core, 15-inch MacBook Pro still starts at $2,399— over $1,000 more than the 13-inch model.
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2020 Mercedes GLE580 4Matic adds mild hybrid system, tons of standard featuresCastrol's Nexcel made fresh engine oil from old batteries, gum and a Christmas treeAutoComplete: BMW brings a little M Performance to the X5 and X7Consumer Reports blasts Tesla Navigate on Autopilot as 'less competent' than humansBMW recalls 106,000 X1 crossovers for B-pillar problems
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Cheapskate fandroids get a pass on this one, thoughYour iPhone can be uniquely fingerprinted by apps and websites in a way that you can never clear.Cambridge University researchers will present a paper to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2019 today explaining how their fingerprinting technique uses a fiendishly clever method of inferring device-unique accelerometer calibration data."In reality," added the researcher, "it turns out that you can work out a globally unique identifier for the device by looking at these streams."These sensors tell your handset which way up it is, whether it's turning and, if so, how fast, and how strong a nearby magnetic field is.These, said Beresford, are mass produced.
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Watching your favorite (or most hated) Game of Thrones characters die tragically on the series could end up being financially advantageous, if you better understand the odds of their survival.If you want to try your luck betting on your favorite character surviving and ruling in the final episode of Game of Thrones, Sports Insider has a few tips.With episode 3 of this season labelled by Sports Insider as the biggest single betting event in history for a scripted TV program, the finale on Sunday might be even bigger.According to Sports Insider, the odds are good that Bran Stark (odds at -350) will rule the seven kingdoms at the end of the series, but Sansa Stark (+450), Jon Snow (+750) and Tyrion Lannister (+750) follow close behind.But if you want to bet on who kills Daenerys Targaryen, there are odds for that too.Jon Snow is favored (at -300) to do the deed, as well Arya Stark (at +450).
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After teasing the announcement during its Build 2019 keynote, Microsoft has officially announced Minecraft Earth, a new augmented reality (AR) game in the style of Pokemon Go for iOS and Android devices.The announcement was made today – on the game’s 10-year anniversary – and Microsoft says that Minecraft Earth will go into beta this summer (June - August) with pre-registration available now on Minecraft Earth's website.What makes Minecraft Earth different from the other AR games like Pokemon Go or Harry Potter Wizards Unite is that, instead of collecting or battling iconic monsters, Minecraft Earth is putting a heavy emphasis on collaborative building – i.e.the thing that made Minecraft so famous in the first place.According to early details on the game, players will collect resources while walking around their neighborhoods which can then be used in either small-scale construction projects with friends or life-size collaborations with anyone else in your neighborhood.While the foundation of the game seems to be set around the construction aspect, there will also be a survival aspect to the game where you have to fend off creeps, and a cultivation system where mobs (Minecraft’s term for animals) can be crossbred to create new creatures for either your public or private creations.
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A new report from CB Insights showed SV Angel and Y Combinator as the top seed-stage and Series A investors in billion-dollar startups.Of the top five firms with early investments in "unicorn" startups, three invested in home rental startup Airbnb and grocery delivery service Instacart, both of which are rumored to go public in 2019.A unicorn typically refers to a privately-held tech startup that is valued at or above $1 billion.With Uber,Lyft, and Pinterest now public companies, all eyes are on other billion-dollar businesses in the IPO pipeline.The CB Insights report lays out which investors have staked early claims in the elite group of "unicorns"— startups valued by private investors at $1 billion or more — with SV Angel coming out on top with 18 unicorn feathers in its proverbial cap.SV Angel's stake in Airbnb is not publicly disclosed, but according to Pitchbook data, the firm would have bought shares at $0.42 each in the round, meaning it's likely to turn a big profit if and when Airbnb IPOs.
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Last year, Google released its Titan security keys in two different varieties: USB and Bluetooth Low Energy.The idea behind Titan is the same as any security key, which was to give people a hardware two factor authentication method.Everything was all fine and dandy for a while, but then today, Google alerted users to a rather peculiar flaw in its BLE Titan keys.As it turns out, some of those BLE keys have misconfigured Bluetooth pairing protocols and can potentially allow someone who is physically nearby to hijack your login attempts.For instance, someone who already has your username and password could – in theory – pair their device to your security key at the moment you press the button on your Titan to validate your credentials.If they do that, then they’ve just been granted access to your account using the security key that was supposed to add another layer of protection.
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Hostingföretaget Binero Group har valt att komplettera sitt eget nyligen invigda datacenter i Vallentuna med att även använda sig av Interxions datacenter i Akalla för att fortsätta expandera.– Interxion blir en viktig strategisk samarbetspartner till oss i vår fortsatta tillväxt i Sverige och Norden, men även internationellt på sikt.Med branschledande bästa konnektivitet, sitt starka fokus på att erbjuda hållbara datacentertjänster och hög säkerhet uppfyller Interxion våra höga krav inom dessa områden, säger Patrik Axelsson, säljchef på Binero Group.Att använda Interxion som en av sina huvudnoder kommer Binero Cloud dels öka sin redundans, dels ge sina kunder ännu snabbare access till sin molntjänst.Det handlar även om att kunna dra nytta av de molntjänster som finns hos Interxion och ansluta sig direkt till Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure och IBM Cloud Services.Eftersom Binero Group dessutom etablerar sig i Interxions datacenter kan kunder välja traditionell hosting för delar av sin it.
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In the late 2000s, diapers.com and its parent company Quidsi had built a limited but successful e-commerce business — until Jeff Bezos called them in for a meeting.As reported in Brad Stone’s 2013 book, The Everything Store, Bezos tried to buy the company — and when they refused, began rapidly dropping Amazon’s diaper prices, including under a newly launched Amazon Mom product.Quidsi’s customer base plummeted and, after a bidding war with Walmart, the company finally sold out to Amazon.It’s a new argument that hasn’t found favor in the courts so far.But if that changes, it could open the door to dozens of lawsuits from potentially aggrieved competitors and endless legal battles over whether Amazon’s prices are fair.The paper, written by Fordham University law student Shaoul Sussman, revolves around the idea of “predatory pricing,” a long-standing concept in economic thought.
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Ahead of the most distinct, transformative upfronts week in a decade, Adweek is sitting down with a different ad sales chief each day.We’re starting with the newest top ad exec and the newest company: Marianne Gambelli, who last October was named president of ad sales for the freshly spun-off Fox Corporation.Marchese left the company after the Disney-Fox merger was finalized and after Fox Corp (including Fox Network, Fox Sports, Fox News and Fox Business Network) was spun off in March.She previously worked as Horizon Media’s chief investment officer before taking on the Fox News job and spent 22 years in ad sales at NBC, most recently as president of sales and marketing.Adweek: You were named to your new position in October, which gave you several months to prepare for the Fox Corp. spinoff.What did you do focus on?
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Facebookcoin, or whatever we’re calling it, is reportedly getting even closer to becoming a reality.Following previous reports that such an project was underway, the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported Thursday that Facebook has been in talks with “dozens” of financial groups about its super-secret cryptocurrency initiative, which is apparently code-named “Project Libra.” Take from that information whatever you wish.According to the Journal, Facebook sees the project as a way to further integrate itself into the lives of its users – no surprise there – by developing a coin that can be used on Facebook and across the internet as easily as users use their Facebook credentials as login information for other websites and services.Unsurprisingly, because this is Facebook, the company is also reportedly looking at ways to link the project to ads:One idea being considered is that users could click ads to buy a product and pay with Facebook tokens, which the retailer could then recycle to pay for more ads, one person said.Facebook rolled out a similar feature – using dollars and traditional card payments – on Instagram, which it owns, in March.
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Renalytix AI plc (AIM: RENX), a developer of artificial intelligence-enabled clinical diagnostics for kidney disease, announces that it has been granted Breakthrough Device designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for its lead diagnostic, KidneyIntelX .The diagnostic will use machine learning algorithms to assess the combination of predictive blood-based biomarkers, including sTNFR1, sTNFR2 and KIM1, in combination with electronic health record information, to identify progressive kidney disease.The goal of the programme is to provide patients and health care providers with timely access to these medical devices by speeding up their development, assessment and review, while preserving the statutory standards for premarket approval, 510(k) clearance and De Novo marketing authorisation, consistent with the Agency's mission to protect and promote public health.Sally Bowden, Chief Operating Officer of RenalytixAI, said, "This designation is a significant advancement towards our goal of bringing to market a solution that can greatly improve the identification and treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease.We look forward to continuing to work closely with the FDA through this process, including on our data development plan, our clinical validation and our subsequent submission for regulatory clearance."Erik Lium, PhD, Executive Vice President of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners, said, "We're pleased RenalytixAI has received Breakthrough Designation for KidneyIntelX, providing the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the FDA towards the goal of FDA submission.
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The now former Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was sacked by Prime Minister Theresa May after she wrote in a letter that she believes he is responsible for the Huawei leak - accusations he has denied.May had come under fire after a leak from a private security meeting revealed she had approved the use of the Chinese manufacturer’s hardware for non-core elements of the UK’s 5G infrastructure.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Facebook’s Portal and Portal+ video-calling devices will be made available in more countries, starting with Canada and eventually heading across the pond to Europe this fall.End-to-end encryption is also coming to all calls on Portal, which can be made via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.The two devices are getting some new features, as well.Starting this summer, users will be able to say, “Hey Portal, Good Morning,” in order to receive updates on things like birthdays and events.The ability to send private video messages via Portal is being added, too.Facebook and Amazon are working to bring more visual features and Alexa skills to Portal, including Flash Briefings, smart home control and the Amazon Prime Video application.
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After a somewhat surprising price rise on Samsung Galaxy S9 deals and Galaxy S8 deals on contract, we've been left wondering where to turn for budget Samsung quality.Luckily, we've stumbled across a way to grab a Galaxy S8 at one of its cheapest prices...but it involves acting before midnight tonight!An Amazon.co.uk deal of the day has knocked the price of a SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S8 all the way down to £389.That puts this at roughly £100 less than the average offer on this handset, but it gets better.Amazon is also throwing in a free 64GB memory card with this offer, worth around £25, adding to the already brilliant value of this offer.Pairing this device with a cheap SIM only deal could allow you to undercut the rest of the S8 offers out there.
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The platform’s new policy will disproportionately affect women and sex workers.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Before smart devices fill up millions of homes, a Senate hearing on Tuesday looked to figure out how to keep them safe from hackers.Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, is chairman of the commerce committee's subcommittee on security.Lawmakers have attempted to tackle security problems with connected devices through several hearings and proposed laws that would set basic standards for these gadgets.By 2020, analysts expect connected devices to jump up to 20.4 billion units, and security experts warn that without a baseline level of security, this rapid growth will mean a larger risk of cyberattacks.Cyberattacks on smart devices can show results in real time, as hacked Nest Cams are used to blare hoax nuclear attack warnings, and smart TVs are hijacked to promote PewDiePie videos.In September, lawmakers in California passed the country's first internet of things security law, which requires "reasonable" features like ending default passwords on devices.
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