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US claims Huawei ‘backed by Chinese military’

Image copyright Getty Images The US Defense Department has determined that 20 top Chinese firms, including Huawei, are either owned by or backed by the Chinese military. The list, seen by US media, features video surveillance firm Hikvision, China Telecoms, China Mobile and AVIC. The determination could lay the groundwork for new US financial sanctions …

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Facebook claims wav2vec 2.0 tops speech recognition performance with 10 minutes of labeled data

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers at Facebook describe wav2vec 2.0, an improved framework for self-supervised speech recognition. They claim it demonstrates for the first time that learning representations from speech, followed by fine-tuning on transcribed speech, can outperform the best semi-supervised methods while being conceptually simpler, achieving state-of-the-art results using …

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Twitter terminates DDoSecrets, falsely claims it may infect visitors

Four days after leak publisher DDoSecrets circulated private documents from more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the United States, Twitter has permanently suspended its account and falsely claimed that the site may infect users with malware. “Your account, DDoSecrets, has been suspended for violating the Twitter rules,” this email, which Twitter sent to the …

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Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims

Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino The Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on whether to let SpaceX and other satellite providers apply for rural-broadband funding as low-latency providers. But Chairman Ajit Pai said companies like SpaceX will have to prove they can offer low latencies, as the FCC does not plan to “fund untested technologies.” …

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Facebook claims its new chatbot beats Google’s as the best in the world

Blender’s ability comes from the immense scale of its training data. It was first trained on 1.5 billion publicly available Reddit conversations, to give it a foundation for generating responses in a dialogue. It was then fine-tuned with additional data sets for each of three skills: conversations that contained some kind of emotion, to teach …

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Has Houseparty Been Sabotaged? $1 Million Reward Offered As Hacking Claims Go Viral

Has the Houseparty app been hacked or is sabotage to blame? NurPhoto via Getty Images Houseparty is one of the must-have apps for people self-isolating or in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. With more than 10 million downloads from Google Play, and daily downloads increasing from 24,795 per day on February 15 to an astonishing …

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Mailchimp claims over 60% share of email industry in latest report

Mailchimp has released its first annual report since 2016, highlighting a number of key milestones for the email platform turned all-in-one marketing platform. The company claims a 60.51% share of the email industry, supporting over 12 million customers. Its closest competitor comes in at only 9.52%. Why we care Mailchimp — along with a number …

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Despite claims to the contrary, the App Store isn’t loaded with malware

A report is being circulated as proof that the App Store has been infected by malware apps that could steal your data one day. Only, AppleInsider has been examining the research for some time, and it is baseless exaggeration, riddled with inaccuracies. Security firm Wandera claims multiple apps by AppAspect Technologies contained “clicker Trojan” code …

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Co-op claims industry first with online ads optimised for attention

Co-op and its media buying agency Dentsu Aegis Network have teamed up to create the first-ever ad campaign that uses custom Google algorithm tech that optimises for viewer attention.  The algorithm optimises online media buying after campaign assets have been put through eye-tracking research.   Using attention as a key variable is a departure from conventional …

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Pendo claims ‘unicorn’ status after bagging $100M in new funding

Software application optimization company Pendo.io Inc. is the latest tech unicorn after announcing today it has raised an even $100 million in a late-stage round of funding. The Series E round brings Pendo’s total amount raised to $206 million and sets a valuation of $1 billion. Sapphire Ventures led the round, with participation from new investors General …

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Column: Facebook’s bogus video claims just cost it $40 million, but they caused much more damage

Facebook managed to extricate itself from one of its many scandals last week on the cheap, paying a mere $40 million in cash to settle allegations that it defrauded advertisers by feeding them fake estimates of the viewership of video ads in 2016 and 2017. In the Facebook universe, this is the chumpiest of chump …

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The Galaxy Fold fell short of Samsung’s claims in folding torture test

CNET decided to put the Galaxy Fold through a folding torture test, and the phone didn’t quite live up to Samsung’s promises. The $2,000 device was placed into a machine that rapidly folded and unfolded it, and its display failed at around the 120,169 folds mark, if not a bit sooner. When the Fold was …

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