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House Votes To Extend – and Expand – a Major US Spy Program
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A controversial US wiretap program days from expiration cleared a major hurdle on its way to being reauthorized. After months of delays, false starts, and interventions by lawmakers working to preserve and expand the US intelligence community’s spy powers, the House of Representatives voted on Friday to e … ⌘ Read more

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Calpine’s California Battery Plant Is Among World’s Largest
Calpine’s billion-dolllar Nova Power Bank near Los Angeles will be among the largest in the world when it comes online later this year. According to Reuters, the plant is built on the site of a failed gas-fired power plant and “will be able to power about 680,000 homes for up to four hours when charged.” From the report: The 680-megawatt lithium-ion batt … ⌘ Read more

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Scientists Discover First Nitrogen-Fixing Organelle
In two recent papers, an international team of scientists describes the first known nitrogen-fixing organelle within a eukaryotic cell, which the researchers are calling a nitroplast. Phys.Org reports: The discovery of the organelle involved a bit of luck and decades of work. In 1998, Jonathan Zehr, a UC Santa Cruz distinguished professor of marine sciences, found a sh … ⌘ Read more

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96% of US Hospital Websites Share Visitor Info With Meta, Google, Data Brokers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Hospitals – despite being places where people implicitly expect to have their personal details kept private – frequently use tracking technologies on their websites to share user information with Google, Meta, data brokers, and other third parties, according to resea … ⌘ Read more

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Adobe Firefly Used Thousands of Midjourney Images In Training Its ‘Ethical AI’ Model
According to Bloomberg, Adobe used images from its competitor Midjourney to train its own artificial intelligence image generator, Firefly – contradicting the “commercially safe” ethical standards the company promotes. Tom’s Guide reports: The startup has never declared the source of its training data but many su … ⌘ Read more

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Huawei Building Vast Chip Equipment R&D Center In Shanghai
AmiMoJo writes: Huawei Technologies is building a massive semiconductor equipment research and development center in Shanghai as the Chinese tech titan continues to beef up its chip supply chain to counter a U.S. crackdown. The centre’s mission includes building lithography machines, vital equipment for producing cutting-edge chips. To staff the new c … ⌘ Read more

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Google Threatens To Cut Off News After California Proposes Paying Media Outlets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google says it will start removing links to California news websites in a “short term test for a small percentage of California users.” The move is in response to the pending California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), which would require Google to pay a fee for … ⌘ Read more

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China Tells Telecom Carriers To Phase Out Foreign Chips in Blow To Intel, AMD
China’s push to replace foreign technology is now focused on cutting American chip makers out of the country’s telecoms systems. From a report: Officials earlier this year directed the nation’s largest telecom carriers to phase out foreign processors that are core to their networks by 2027, a move that would hit American … ⌘ Read more

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Intel Axes 13th Gen Core i5, i7, i9 K-series CPUs
Tom’s Hardware: Intel is discontinuing its boxed overclockable Core i5, i7, and i9 Raptor Lake CPUs. Every K-series chip in the lineup will be discontinued on May 24th, 2024, after which vendors will no longer be able to purchase them. Intel’s product change document states that the last product discontinuance order date and non-cancelable/non-returnable cut-off points will … ⌘ Read more

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Your Anonymous OpenTable Reviews Will Soon Display Your First Name
OpenTable’s restaurant pages still feature a lot of reviews left by anonymous diners at the moment, but that will not be the case starting next month. From a report: The online restaurant reservation service is changing its policy around reviews so that they’re not as anonymous – and it’s even applying the new rule retroactively. As BleepingCo … ⌘ Read more

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Adobe Is Buying Videos for $3 Per Minute To Build AI Model
Adobe has begun to procure videos to build its AI text-to-video generator, trying to catch up to competitors after OpenAI demonstrated a similar technology. From a report: The software company is offering its network of photographers and artists $120 to submit videos of people engaged in everyday actions such as walking or expressing emotions including joy and ang … ⌘ Read more

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Many AI Products Still Rely on Humans To Fill the Performance Gaps
An anonymous reader shares a report: Recent headlines have made clear: If AI is doing an impressively good job at a human task, there’s a good chance that the task is actually being done by a human. When George Carlin’s estate sued the creators of a podcast who said they used AI to create a standup routine in the late comedian’s style, the podcaste … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Loses Bid To Throw Out UK Lawsuit Over App Store Fees
Apple on Friday lost a bid to throw out a mass lawsuit valued at just under $1 billion, brought in London on behalf of more than 1,500 app developers over its App Store fees. Reuters: The case, worth up to 785 million pounds ($979 million) and one of several faced by the U.S. tech giant in the United Kingdom, alleges Apple charged third-party developers u … ⌘ Read more

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Discord is Nuking Nintendo Switch Emulator Devs and Their Entire Servers
Discord has shut down the Discord servers for the Nintendo Switch emulators Suyu and Sudachi and has completely disabled their lead developers’ accounts. The Verge: Both Suyu and Sudachi began as forks of Yuzu, the emulator that Nintendo sued out of existence on March 4th. “Discord responds to and complies with all legal and valid Di … ⌘ Read more

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Irish Power Crunch Could Be Prompting AWS To Ration Compute Resources
Datacenter power issues in Ireland may be coming to a head amid reports from customers that Amazon is restricting resources users can spin up in that nation, even directing them to other AWS regions across Europe instead. From a report: Energy consumed by datacenters is a growing concern, especially in places such as Ireland where there are … ⌘ Read more

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Walmart Will Deploy Robotic Forklifts in Its Distribution Centers
An anonymous reader shares a report: The story of warehouse robotics is a story of attempting to keep up with Amazon. It’s been more than a decade since the online giant revolutionized its delivery services through its Kiva Systems acquisition. As Walmart works to remain competitive, it’s taking a more piecemeal approach to automation, throu … ⌘ Read more

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Epic Games Proposes Google App Store Reforms After Antitrust Win
Epic Games, the maker of the popular “Fortnite” video game, has urged a U.S. judge to compel Google to open up its Play Store to more competition following a jury verdict that found the tech giant had abused its power over Android app distribution.

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We Never Agreed To Only Buy HP Ink, Say Printer Owners
HP “sought to take advantage of customers’ sunk costs,” printer owners claimed this week in a class action lawsuit against the hardware giant. The Register: Lawyers representing the aggrieved were responding in an Illinois court to an earlier HP motion to dismiss a January lawsuit. Among other things, the plaintiffs’ filing stated that the printer buyers “never e … ⌘ Read more

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Canadian Legislators Accused of Using AI To Produce 20,000 Amendments
sinij shares a report: Members of Parliament in Canada are expected to vote for up to 15 hours in a row Thursday and Friday on more than 200 Conservative amendments to the government’s sustainable jobs bill. The amendments are what’s left of nearly 20,000 changes the Conservatives proposed to Bill C-50 last fall at a House of Commons comm … ⌘ Read more

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Google Is Killing Its VPN Service
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you’re – apparently, one of the few people – using the VPN service that comes with Google One, we’ve got bad news for you. In an email you’re going to receive from Google if you haven’t gotten it yet, it revealed that it’s phasing out the perk sometime later this year. The company rolled out Google One’s VPN feature back in 2020, but you could only access it then if … ⌘ Read more

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OpenAI Makes ChatGPT ‘More Direct, Less Verbose’
Kyle Wiggers reports via TechCrunch: OpenAI announced today that premium ChatGPT users – customers paying for ChatGPT Plus, Team or Enterprise – can now leveraged an updated and enhanced version of GPT-4 Turbo, one of the models that powers the conversational ChatGPT experience. This new model (“gpt-4-turbo-2024-04-09”) brings with it improvements in writing, math, logical r … ⌘ Read more

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Apple To Expand Presence In Florida With New Miami Office
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Following moves of other tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, Apple is reportedly set to open a new office space in a Miami suburb. This won’t be the first corporate space for Apple in the city, but it will be larger than the existing office. Reported by Bloomberg, anonymous sources close to the matter say t … ⌘ Read more

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New Advances Promise Secure Quantum Computing At Home
Scientists from Oxford University Physics have developed a breakthrough in cloud-based quantum computing that could allow it to be harnessed by millions of individuals and companies. The findings have been published in the journal Physical Review Letters. Phys.Org reports: In the new study, the researchers use an approach dubbed “blind quantum computing,” which connec … ⌘ Read more

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China Moving At ‘Breathtaking Speed’ In Final Frontier, Space Force Says
China is rapidly advancing its space capabilities to challenge the United States’ dominance in space, as evidenced by its significant increase in on-orbit intelligence and reconnaissance satellites and the development of sophisticated counterspace weapons. Space.com reports: “Frankly, China is moving at a breathtaking speed. Since … ⌘ Read more

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Why CISA Is Warning CISOs About a Breach At Sisense
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KrebsOnSecurity: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said today it is investigating a breach at business intelligence company Sisense, whose products are designed to allow companies to view the status of multiple third-party online services in a single dashboard. CISA urged all Sisense customers to reset … ⌘ Read more

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