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Relative's DNA Solves A 1993 Murder Cold Case
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A 44-year-old living in Maine has just been arrested and charged with committing a murder when he was 18, the Washington Post reports: The April 1993 slaying of Sophie Sergie, an Alaska Native, was one of the state’s most notorious cold cases until Friday, when authorities announced that DNA genealogical mapping helped triangulate a genetic […]

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Welcome to the cyber world: The real-world tech behind Alita: Battle Angel
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Enlarge / The futuristic cyborg world depicted in Alita: Battle Angel has some promising real-world analogues. (credit: 20th Century Fox) The CGI-heavy cinematic world of Alita: Battle Angel, the big-screen adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s popular manga series Gunnm, is chock-full of the kinds of cyberpunk toys most of us only dream about. But while much of the technology […]

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How to read fiction to build a startup
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“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, […]

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Apple to buy AI voice startup PullString, report says     – CNET
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It’s the same technology that helps power apps on Alexa and Google Home Assistant

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Renewables Will Be World's Main Power Source By 2040, Says BP
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: In a not-too-distant future, renewable energy becomes the world’s biggest source of power generation. A quarter of the distances that humans travel by vehicle will be in electric cars. U.S. dominance in the oil market begins to wane, and OPEC’s influence is resurgent, as crude demand finally […]

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StayTuned Digital helps video creators publish and measure everywhere
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If you’re a video creator in 2019, you’re probably thinking about a long list of publishing destinations: YouTube, of course, but also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and more. StayTuned Digital is a new startup trying to help video creators and publishers push their content to multiple platforms. The company, which bills itself as “content’s best […]

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Netflix Has Saved Every Choice You've Ever Made In 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'
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According to a technology policy researcher, Netflix records all the choices you make in Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch episode. “Michael Veale, a technology policy researcher at University College London, wanted to know what data Netflix was collecting from Bandersnatch,” reports Motherboard. “People had been speculating a lot on Twitter about Netflix’s motivations,” Veale told Motherboard in […]

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Google and IBM still trying desperately to move cloud market share needle
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When it comes to the cloud market, there are few known knowns. For instance, we know that AWS is the market leader with around 32 percent of market share. We know Microsoft is far back in second place with around 14 percent, the only other company in double digits. We also know that IBM and […]

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Trump creates American AI Initiative to boost research, train displaced workers     – CNET
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The order is designed to protect American technology, national security, privacy and values when it comes to artificial intelligence.

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