December, 2023

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GTA 5 source code leaks online

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After Insomniac’s leak incident, it seems that GTA 5 developer Rockstar Games has been targeted next by leakers.

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A New Kind of AI Copy Can Fully Replicate Famous People. The Law Is Powerless.

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New AI-generated digital replicas of real experts expose an unnerving policy gray zone. Washington wants to fix it, but it’s not clear how. Martin Seligman, the influential American psychologist, found himself pondering his legacy at a dinner party in San Francisco one late February evening.

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BYD Overtakes Tesla as Most Popular EV Maker

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Elon Musk once scoffed at the notion that BYD could compete with his company. Now, the automaker run by billionaire Wang Chuanfu is poised to be the new No. 1 in electric vehicles.

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Rite Aid Banned from Using AI Facial Recognition for Five Years

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Rite Aid will be prohibited from using facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes for five years to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the retailer failed t

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, using deliverables as tracers.

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Tolkien Estate Wins Court Order to Destroy Fan's 'Lord of the Rings' Sequel

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Ruling that the fan’s unauthorized book violated copyright protections, a judge barred him from distributing it and ordered him to destroy all electronic and physical copies of it.

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How a script doctor found his own voice

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For decades, Scott Frank earned up to three hundred thousand dollars a week rewriting other people’s screenplays—from “Saving Private Ryan” to “The Ring.” Finally, he decided to stop playing ventriloquist.

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ScummVM officially released in the App Store

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‎ScummVM provides a way to play many classic graphical point-and-click adventure games and RPGs. NO GAME DATA FILES ARE INCLUDED; you must supply your own. You can find more information, demos, and some free-to-download adventure games on our website.

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Vitalik Buterin proposes to make Ethereum PoS 'lighter and simpler'

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A major difference between Ethereum and most other (finality-bearing) proof of stake systems is that Ethereum tries to support a very high number of validators: we currently have 895,000 validator objects and a naive Zipf’s law analysis implies that this corresponds to tens of thousands of unique invididuals/entities. The purpose of this is to support decentralization, allowing even regular individuals to participate in staking, without requiring everyone to give up their agency and cede control

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In 2024, please switch to Firefox

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This December, if there's one tech New Year's resolution I'd encourage you to have, it's switching to the only remaining ethical web browser, Firefox. According to recent posts on social media, Firefox's market share is slipping. We should not let that happen.

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Microsoft’s Copilot app is now available on iOS

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The Microsoft Copilot app lets you ask questions, draft text, and generate images using AI. Just days after introducing a Copilot app on Android, Microsoft has rolled out an app for its AI chatbot on iOS and iPadOS. Both versions of the app are now available to download from the Apple App Store.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Malware abuses Google OAuth endpoint to ‘revive’ cookies, hijack accounts

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Multiple information-stealing malware families are abusing an undocumented Google OAuth endpoint named "MultiLogin" to restore expired authentication cookies and log into users' accounts, even if an account's password was reset. [.

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The Most Important Technology of 2023 Wasn’t AI

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This was a breakout year for electric vehicles in America. One day in late November, I cradled a red Samsung flip phone in my hands as if it was a ruby gemstone. To me, it was just as precious.

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GitHub makes Copilot Chat generally available, letting devs ask questions about code

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Earlier this year, GitHub rolled out Copilot Chat, a ChatGPT-like programming-centric chatbot for organizations subscribed to Copilot for Business. Copilot Chat more recently came to individual Copilot customers — those paying $10 per month — in beta. And now, GitHub’s launching Chat in general availability for all users. As of today, Copilot Chat is available in […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Para-infectious brain injury in Covid-19 persists at follow-up

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To understand neurological complications of COVID-19 better both acutely and for recovery, we measured markers of brain injury, inflammatory mediators, and autoantibodies in 203 hospitalised participants; 111 with acute sera (1–11 days post-admission) and 92 convalescent sera (56 with COVID-19-associated neurological diagnoses). Here we show that compared to 60 uninfected controls, tTau, GFAP, NfL, and UCH-L1 are increased with COVID-19 infection at acute timepoints and NfL and GFAP are si

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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Tree plantations are not the environmental solution they’re purported to be

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Ecologist Thomas Crowther’s research inspired countless tree-planting campaigns, greenwashing, and attacks from scientists. Now he’s back with a new plan for nature restoration.

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Operation Triangulation: The last (hardware) mystery

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Today, on December 27, 2023, we ( Boris Larin , Leonid Bezvershenko , and Georgy Kucherin ) delivered a presentation, titled, “Operation Triangulation: What You Get When Attack iPhones of Researchers”, at the 37th Chaos Communication Congress (37C3), held at Congress Center Hamburg. The presentation summarized the results of our long-term research into Operation Triangulation, conducted with our colleagues, Igor Kuznetsov , Valentin Pashkov , and Mikhail Vinogradov.

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The New York Times sues OpenAI and Microsoft for using its stories to train chatbots

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is striking back against the threat that artificial intelligence poses to the news industry, filing a federal lawsuit Wednesday against OpenAI and Microsoft seeking to end the practice of using its stories to train chatbots.

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Things software developers should learn about learning

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Understanding how human memory and learning works, the differences between beginners and experts, and practical steps developers can take to improve their learning, training, and recruitment.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Crime-fighting AI robocop is keeping an eye on New York’s subway riders

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Riders on the subway in New York City might have noticed a new addition to the transit system: a robot named K5. K5 is a crime-fighting machine that is supposed to make the subway safer and more secure. But is it really a good idea to have a robot watching over us?

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UK becomes first G20 country to halve its carbon emissions

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A pretty major milestone has been achieved: Britain has become the first major country to halve its carbon emissions. The rapid pace of UK environmental progress means that our output is now below 319 million tonnes – half the 652 million tonnes at our 1970 peak.

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Researchers uncover on/off switch for breast cancer metastasis

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New research from Stanford and the Arc Institute could lead to a new and more effective immunotherapy and help clinicians better predict patient response to existing medicines.

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McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Hackers Say They Found the ‘Smoking Gun’ That Killed Their Startup

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Kytch, the company that tried to fix McDonald’s broken ice cream machines, has unearthed a 3-year-old email it says proves claims of an alleged plot to undermine their business.

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Get Better Network Graphs & Save Analysts Time

Many organizations today are unlocking the power of their data by using graph databases to feed downstream analytics, enahance visualizations, and more. Yet, when different graph nodes represent the same entity, graphs get messy. Watch this essential video with Senzing CEO Jeff Jonas on how adding entity resolution to a graph database condenses network graphs to improve analytics and save your analysts time.

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Microsoft Copilot is now available as a ChatGPT-like app on Android

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You no longer need the Bing mobile app to access Copilot on Android devices. Microsoft has quietly launched a dedicated Copilot app for Android. The new app is available in the Google Play Store, offering access to Microsoft’s AI-powered Copilot without the need for the Bing mobile app.

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The High Price of Empty Office Space: Billions in Tax Breaks, with More to Come

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An analysis by THE CITY shows that long-ago luxury real estate deals from Hudson Yards to Times Square are costing dearly in reduced city tax collections. Now City Hall is rolling out still more tax relief, with little transparency.

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Why British chocolate tastes the way it does

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For some, nothing that beats the sweet, creamy, slightly baked flavour of British chocolate, while others find it an affront to their tastebuds. But why does it taste that way at all?

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GTA 5 source code reportedly leaked online a year after RockStar hack

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​The source code for Grand Theft Auto 5 was reportedly leaked on Christmas Eve, a little over a year after the Lapsus$ threat actors hacked Rockstar games and stole corporate data. [.

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Beyond the Basics of A/B Tests: Highly Innovative Experimentation Tactics You Need to Know

Speaker: Timothy Chan, PhD., Head of Data Science

Are you ready to move beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the cutting-edge techniques that are reshaping the landscape of experimentation? 🌐 From Sequential Testing to Multi-Armed Bandits, Switchback Experiments to Stratified Sampling, Timothy Chan, Data Science Lead, is here to unravel the mysteries of these powerful methodologies that are revolutionizing how we approach testing.

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AI’s Dreadful December: Lawsuits, plagiarism and child abuse images show the perils of training on data taken without consent.

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Three major news headlines in the past week have soured the generative AI party: a lawsuit from the NY Times, a new image model that copies frames from movies and the discovery of child abuse images in a popular dataset.

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Preparedness Framework

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The study of frontier AI risks has fallen far short of what is possible and where we need to be. To address this gap and systematize our safety thinking, we are adopting the initial version of our Preparedness Framework. It describes OpenAI’s processes to track, evaluate, forecast, and protect against catastrophic risks posed by increasingly powerful models.

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Quantum Computing Is Finally Here. But What Is It?

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Four decades ago, computer engineers were theorizing that the mind-bending mechanics of quantum physics could be harnessed to make a new kind of computer that’s exponentially more powerful than conventional machines. A series of breakthroughs has now brought “quantum utility” within reach, with engineers showing off computers capable of calculations of a complexity that would confound the most powerful supercomputers.

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Korea to welcome 'digital nomads' with new visa starting Jan. 1

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Foreigners will be able to work remotely in Korea for up to two years with the new workcation visa that will be created next year, also being able to bring their families along.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene