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FedEx’s Secretive Police Force Is Helping Cops Build An AI Car Surveillance Network
Twenty years ago, FedEx established its own police force. Now it’s working with local police to build out an AI car surveillance network. From a report: Forbes has learned the shipping and business services company is using AI tools made by Flock Safety, a $4 billion car surveillance startup, to monitor its dist … ⌘ Read more

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Plan for New Accounting Rules on Software Costs Moves Forward
U.S. companies may need to report cash amounts tied to their software expenditures, more of which would be moved off corporate balance sheets under a forthcoming proposal to update decades-old accounting rules. From a report: The Financial Accounting Standards Board voted Tuesday, 7-0, to propose requiring companies to report cash amounts tied to their … ⌘ Read more

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EU Chat Control Law Proposes Scanning Your Messages - Even Encrypted Ones
The European Union is getting closer to passing new rules that would mandate the bulk scanning of digital messages – including encrypted ones. On Thursday, EU governments will adopt a position on the proposed legislation, which is aimed at detecting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The vote will determine whether the proposal … ⌘ Read more

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OpenAI Co-Founder Ilya Sutskever Launches Venture For Safe Superintelligence
Ilya Sutskever, co-founder of OpenAI who recently left the startup, has launched a new venture called Safe Superintelligence Inc., aiming to create a powerful AI system within a pure research organization. Sutskever has made AI safety the top priority for his new company. Safe Superintelligence has two more co-founders: investo … ⌘ Read more

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Senate Passes Bill To Support Advanced Nuclear Energy Deployment
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to accelerate the deployment of nuclear energy capacity, including by speeding permitting and creating new incentives for advanced nuclear reactor technologies. From a report: Expanding nuclear power has broad bipartisan support, with Democrats seeing it as critical to decarbonizing the power sector to fight clima … ⌘ Read more

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Officials Query if Any Deaths Directly Linked To UK Hospital Hack
Officials are asking if this month’s UK hospital hack resulted in fatalities. From a report: As the fallout from a cyberattack affecting hospitals in London enters its third week, doctors have been asked to report any deaths or other serious harms directly linked to the incident. On June 3, a group of ransomware hackers compromised a lab servic … ⌘ Read more

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Britain’s Universities in Existential Crisis?
Britain’s university sector, a key contributor to the country’s economy and global standing, is facing an unprecedented crisis that threatens its very existence, according to an analysis by Glen O’Hara, a professor of modern and contemporary history at Oxford Brookes University. Despite collectively generating over $61.1 billion in annual income and $28 billion in export earnings, unive … ⌘ Read more

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Former Cisco CEO: Nvidia’s AI Dominance Mirrors Cisco’s Internet Boom, But Market Dynamics Differ
Nvidia has become the U.S.’s most valuable listed company, riding the wave of the AI revolution that brings back memories of one from earlier this century. The last time a big provider of computing infrastructure was the most valuable U.S. company was in March 2000, when networking-equ … ⌘ Read more

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Security Bug Allows Anyone To Spoof Microsoft Employee Emails
A researcher has found a bug that allows anyone to impersonate Microsoft corporate email accounts, making phishing attempts look credible and more likely to trick their targets. From a report: As of this writing, the bug has not been patched. To demonstrate the bug, the researcher sent an email to TechCrunch that looked like it was sent from Microsoft’s … ⌘ Read more

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China’s DeepSeek Coder Becomes First Open-Source Coding Model To Beat GPT-4 Turbo
Shubham Sharma reports via VentureBeat: Chinese AI startup DeepSeek, which previously made headlines with a ChatGPT competitor trained on 2 trillion English and Chinese tokens, has announced the release of DeepSeek Coder V2, an open-source mixture of experts (MoE) code language model. Built upon DeepSeek-V2, an MoE … ⌘ Read more

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Satellite ‘Megaconstellations’ May Jeopardize Recovery of Ozone Hole
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: When old satellites fall into Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, they leave behind tiny particles of aluminum oxide, which eat away at Earth’s protective ozone layer. A new study finds that these oxides have increased 8-fold between 2016 and 2022 and will continue to accumulate as the number o … ⌘ Read more

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Astronomers Detect Sudden Awakening of Black Hole For First Time
Astronomers are observing the sudden awakening of a giant black hole in the constellation of Virgo. “Decades of observations found nothing remarkable about the distant galaxy in the constellation of Virgo, but that changed at the end of 2019 when astronomers noticed a dramatic surge in its luminosity that persists to this day,” reports The Gua … ⌘ Read more

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Meta Has Created a Way To Watermark AI-Generated Speech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Meta has created a system that can embed hidden signals, known as watermarks, in AI-generated audio clips, which could help in detecting AI-generated content online. The tool, called AudioSeal, is the first that can pinpoint which bits of audio in, for example, a full hourlong podcast might have been genera … ⌘ Read more

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Ukraine Turning To AI To Prioritize 700 Years of Landmine Removal
MattSparkes shares a report from NewScientist: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has seen so many landmines deployed across the country that clearing them would take 700 years, say researchers. To make the task more manageable, Ukrainian scientists are turning to artificial intelligence to identify which regions are a priority for de-mining, thou … ⌘ Read more

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AMD Is Investigating Claims That Company Data Was Stolen In Hack
AMD said on Tuesday it was looking into claims that company data was stolen in a hack by a cybercriminal organization called “Intelbroker”. “The alleged intrusion, which took place in June 2024, reportedly resulted in the theft of a significant amount of sensitive information, spanning across various categories,” reports Hackread. From the report: … ⌘ Read more

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Asda IT Staff Shuffled Off To TCS Amid Messy Tech Divorce From Walmart
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Asda is transferring more than 100 internal IT workers to Indian outsourcing company TCS as it labors to meet deadlines to move away from IT systems supported by previous owner Walmart by the end of the year. According to documents seen by The Register, a collective consultation for … ⌘ Read more

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Electricity Prices In France Turn Negative As Renewable Energy Floods the Grid
French electricity prices turned negative due to a drop in demand and a surge in renewable energy output, prompting the grid operator to request that Electricite de France (EDF) take several nuclear reactors offline. Fortune reports: While more clean power is needed across Europe to reach climate goals, soaring ren … ⌘ Read more

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An Effort To Fund an Internet Subsidy Program Just Got Thwarted Again
Bipartisan agreement on government internet subsidies seems unlikely as Democrats and Republicans propose conflicting bills to reauthorize the FCC’s spectrum auctions. The Democratic bill aims to fund the now-defunct Affordable Connectivity Program, while the Republican version does not. “While some Republicans supported earlier efforts … ⌘ Read more

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iOS 18 Could ‘Sherlock’ $400 Million in App Revenue
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple’s practice of leveraging ideas from its third-party developer community to become new iOS and Mac features and apps has a hefty price tag, a new report indicates. With the release of iOS 18 later this fall, Apple’s changes may affect apps that today have an estimated $393 million in revenue and have been downloaded roughly 58 millio … ⌘ Read more

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Mozilla Acquires Ad Metrics Firm Anonym
Mozilla has acquired ad metrics firm Anonym in a move to “support user privacy” while delivering effective online advertising. Anonym, founded by former Meta executives in 2022, helps advertisers and ad networks measure the performance of online ads while preserving user privacy. The acquisition comes amid growing consumer concerns and regulatory scrutiny over current data practices in the adver … ⌘ Read more

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Zelda is Finally Getting Her Own Game
After years of playing second fiddle to Link in her own franchise, Princess Zelda is finally getting a video game of her own this fall. From a report: During today’s Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, the franchise’s first game to follow as Princess Zelda herself embarks on an adventure to save the world from destruction. After Ganon bests Link in battle, … ⌘ Read more

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KDE Plasma 6.1 Released
“The KDE community announced the latest release of their popular desktop environment: Plasma 6.1,” writes longtime Slashdot reader jrepin. From the announcement: While Plasma 6.0 was all about getting the migration to the underlying Qt 6 frameworks correct, Plasma 6.1 is where developers start implementing the features that will take you desktop to a new level. In this release, you will find features that go far beyond subtle c … ⌘ Read more

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A Social Network Where AIs and Humans Coexist
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Butterflies is a social network where humans and AIs interact with each other through posts, comments and DMs. After five months in beta, the app is launching Tuesday to the public on iOS and Android. Anyone can create an AI persona, called a Butterfly, in minutes on the app. After that, the Butterfly automatically creates posts on … ⌘ Read more

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Texas A&M University Tops Nation in Engineering Research Expenditures
An anonymous reader shares a report: Texas A&M University held the largest engineering research portfolio of any academic institution in the country last year, nearing half a billion dollars and surpassing Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the top spot, according to U.S. News & World Report. The state flagship’s College of En … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Mocks Microsoft’s Spectacular Windows Recall AI Failure
At a panel discussion, Apple’s global marketing SVP Greg “Joz” Joswiak mocked Microsoft’s recent recall of its Windows Recall feature. When asked by commentator John Gruber if Apple was frustrated by Microsoft’s inability to build trust in such features, Joswiak quipped, “are we frustrated by the failings of our competitors? The answer’s no,” eliciting … ⌘ Read more

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