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WeChat begins censoring users ahead of China’s National Party Congress

By | 2017-10-18T04:53:39+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Social|

Expect to see plenty of censorship news coming out of China over the next week. The country’s National Congress is a hugely influential political summit that takes place every five years, and includes the selection of central party leadership. It is also a time when Chinese censors are on high alert, particularly when

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Allen Institute for AI’s Semantic Scholar adds biomedical papers to its AI-sorted corpus

By | 2017-10-18T14:26:52+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Semantic Scholar, an effort to index scientific literature using natural language processing and other AI methods, has added tens of millions of papers to its trove, expanding from computer science into biomedical studies. It’s a good opportunity for people in more fields to try this useful tool. Created by the Allen Institute for

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Images hidden in Pokémon GO suggest new Pokémon might appear around Halloween

By | 2017-10-18T13:15:21+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

If you’re still poking around Pokémon GO, there’s a good chance you’ve caught most of what’s available by now. Good news! It seems Niantic is getting really, really close to adding Gen 3 (or “Hoenn”) Pokémon to the game. Some of them, at least. Our friends at The Silph Road (a community of

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Genetic testing startup Prenetics gets $40M from investors, including Alibaba’s Hong Kong fund

By | 2017-10-18T11:40:42+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Prenetics, a genetic testing startup, plans to expand into more Asian countries after raising a $40 million Series B led by Beyond Ventures and Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund. The round also includes capital from Yuantai Investment Partners, mFund and eGarden Ventures, and brings Prenetics’ total raised so far to $50 million. The

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The next revolution will be reclaiming your digital identity

By | 2017-10-18T10:06:57+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

When I refer to digitization, what I mean is that our rites live on in data long after they are performed: commutes are captured by a smartphone’s GPS, purchases by banks and credit cards, thoughts in texts and emails (and unsolicited voice recordings.) This data has two features: it is widely dispersed and

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Lenovo confirms Android 8.0 Oreo updates for the K8, K8 Plus, and K8 Note

By | 2017-10-18T18:03:54+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

Lenovo has unveiled when you should expect to receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo if you own one of three of its models. We're talking about the K8, K8 Plus, and K8 Note. All of these are going to be upgraded to the latest version of the OS, and for mid-range handsets

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More than 3,000 tech employees are volunteering their skills to turn the tables politically

By | 2017-10-18T07:19:40+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

There have always been outliers, people in tech who are willing to volunteer to help certain candidates. An even smaller percentage of techies quit their jobs to join campaigns. Still, it’s probably safe to say that most tech employees, who are also U.S. citizens, have long viewed the extent of their obligation as

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Barry Diller takes shots at VCs, startup valuations

By | 2017-10-18T05:55:43+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Media mogul and IAC chairman Barry Diller had some choice words for venture capitalists when he took the stage at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Tuesday. “These valuations don’t bear reality,” said Diller, speaking about the high multiples that some startups are generating. “They’re truly made up.” He quipped that it’s the

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Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobile

By | 2017-10-17T21:04:41+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Microsoft|

Between the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition and the announcement of a new Surface Book, today’s Microsoft news was firmly focused on the desktop. But as the company works to build its future ecosystem, it’s keenly aware that no play in the space is complete without a mobile strategy. What shape

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Magic Leap confirms $502 million Series D round

By | 2017-10-18T04:48:36+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Android|

Mixed reality slash augmented reality startup Magic Leap announced today that it raised a $502 million Series D round led by Temasek with participation from EDBI, Grupo Globo, Janus Henderson, Alibaba Group, Fidelity Management and others. Just last week, a Delaware filing confirmed that Magic Leap authorized up to $1 billion in new shares.

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