Month: February 2018

The magicians are coming back. Syfy announced today that it has renewed the fantasy television show The Magicians for a fourth, 13-episode season, which will premiere in 2019. The show is currently midway through airing season 3, which premiered on January 10th. The Magicians is based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling trilogy of novels, which follow
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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop may seem outlandish, but public infrastructure improvements aren’t easy either.Hyperloop Transportation Technologies In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Elon Musk pointed out how difficult it can be to make improvements to existing infrastructure due to incentives that increase their cost and difficulty. The thread addressed points made by critics that Hyperloop, a
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Enterovirus D68, seen above under an electron microscope, is suspected of causing a rare polio-like paralysis. Image: Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Yiting Zhang (CDC) Since 2014, doctors have been stymied by a medical mystery: People, mostly children, were coming down with a previously unknown, polio-like illness that causes paralysis. Now, an international team of doctors published
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YouTube indicated that as the platform ramps up human-powered moderation efforts, new moderators may have mistakenly removed or flagged right-wing videos and channels. Bloomberg reported the news this afternoon, quoting a YouTube spokesperson saying that “as we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may misapply some
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Hall One at Mobile World Congress – a single space more massive than most conference centers in major cities – contained only a few displays. Although a quarter of the room housed small phone and mobile manufacturers, Huawei controlled the rest, creating a walled-off compound patrolled by women in folk costumes from many lands. The
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Enterprise health management startup Collective Health has added another $110 million to the coffers from existing high-profile investors such as Founders Fund and Alphabet’s investment arm GV, bringing the total now raised to a cool $230 million. The structure is partially a follow-on from a previously unannounced C-1 for $30 million and another $80 million in Series
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Twitter today is publicly launching its “Bookmarks” feature, which has been in testing since late last year, following the company’s HackWeek project dubbed #SaveForLater. A desire to save content for later reading is something people have asked for because of how much news circulates across Twitter, often including links to longer articles you don’t have
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After days of external pressure, YouTube has banned the channel of Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi group tied to multiple killings. As Motherboard reported today, both Atomwaffen’s primary and backup YouTube channels have been banned for “multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech,” according to a site message. The Daily Beast previously reported that
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Screenshot: vero.co Vero was supposed to be the better Instagram. It was supposed to save social media. It was supposed to do loads of things that other blip-on-the-radar social networks like Ello and Peach promised. Turns out Vero doesn’t do very much of anything, and its CEO is genuinely awful. At first blush Vero is
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Giancarlo waits to testify on his nomination to be chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in WashingtonThomson Reuters The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory agency overseeing bitcoin futures, says employees can trade crypto. Not everybody thinks this is a good idea. The regulatory agency charged with overseeing the markets for bitcoin futures in
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