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Gab’s Racist AI Chatbots Have Been Instructed to Deny the Holocaust

Wired Top Stories - 49 min 47 sec ago
The proliferation of generative AI chatbots on extremist platforms could lead to increased radicalization, experts warn.
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Neuralink’s First Brain Implant Is Working. Elon Musk’s Transparency Isn’t

Wired Top Stories - 1 hour 43 min ago
Elon Musk says Neuralink’s first human trial subject can control a computer mouse with their brain, but some researchers are frustrated by a lack of information about the study.
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15 Best Fitness Trackers (2024): Watches, Bands, and Rings

Wired Top Stories - 2 hours 21 min ago
Whether you’re skiing in the backcountry or trampolining in the backyard, we have an activity tracker for you.
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A Startup’s Mission to Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth Is Being Made Into a Docuseries

Wired Top Stories - 2 hours 21 min ago
Colossal Biosciences has started work on a five-year-long docuseries that follows its de-extinction efforts. That’s just the beginning of its small-screen plans.
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Apple iOS 17.4: iMessage Gets Post-Quantum Encryption in New Update

Wired Top Stories - 3 hours 21 min ago
Useful quantum computers aren’t a reality—yet. But in one of the biggest deployments of post-quantum encryption so far, Apple is bringing the technology to iMessage.
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Gemma: Introducing new state-of-the-art open modelsGemma: Introducing new state-of-the-art open modelsVP & GMDirector

Google official blog - 4 hours 21 min ago
Gemma is a family of lightweight, state-of-the art open models built from the same research and technology used to create the Gemini models.Gemma is a family of lightweight, state-of-the art open models built from the same research and technology used to create the Gemini models.
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How to Dry Off a Soaked iPhone (Don't Use Rice)

Wired Top Stories - 4 hours 21 min ago
Most phones are waterproof these days, but not all of them. Here's what to do—and what not to do—if your device takes a dunking.
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NASA faces a quandary with its audacious lunar cargo program

Ars Technica - 5 hours 20 min ago

Enlarge / Intuitive Machines released this photo of its Odysseus lander in space after launch. (credit: Intuitive Machines)

Most of NASA is a pretty buttoned-down place these days. Nearly 70 years old, the space agency is no longer the rambunctious adolescent it was during the race to the Moon in the 1960s. If you go to a NASA field center today, you're much more likely to get dragged into a meeting or a review than witness a rocket engine test.

One way to describe the space agency today is "risk averse." Some of this, certainly, is understandable. NASA is where flight director Gene Kranz famously said during the Apollo 13 rescue, "Failure is not an option." Moreover, after three major accidents that resulted in the death of 17 astronauts—Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia—NASA takes every conceivable precaution to avoid similar tragedies in the future.

But there does come a point where NASA becomes so risk averse that it no longer takes bold and giant steps, succumbing to paralysis by analysis. As one long-time NASA engineer told me several years ago, only partly tongue-in-cheek, it took a minor miracle for engineers designing the Orion spacecraft to get a small window on the vehicle through the rigorous safety review process.

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Anne Neuberger, a Top White House Cyber Official, Sees the 'Promise and Peril' in AI

Wired Top Stories - 5 hours 21 min ago
Anne Neuberger, the Biden administration’s deputy national security adviser for cyber, tells WIRED about emerging cybersecurity threats—and what the US plans to do about them.
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When My Country Invaded Ukraine, I Faced a Choice: Give Me Propaganda or Give Me Death

Wired TechBiz - 6 hours 21 min ago
Should I flee to a world where the truth might kill me—or seek peace in Russian censorship?
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When My Country Invaded Ukraine, I Faced a Choice: Give Me Propaganda or Give Me Death

Wired Top Stories - 6 hours 21 min ago
Should I flee to a world where the truth might kill me—or seek peace in Russian censorship?
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Forget Carbon Offsets. The Planet Needs Carbon Removal Credits

Wired Top Stories - 8 hours 21 min ago
The carbon removal market is fast growing, with an array of different removal methods available to businesses keen to mitigate their environmental impact.
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Measles Strikes a Florida Elementary School With Over 100 Unvaccinated Kids

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 2024-02-20 15:14
Nearly 11 percent of the students aren't fully immunized, prompting concerns of broader infection.
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Court blocks $1 billion copyright ruling that punished ISP for its users’ piracy

Ars Technica - Tue, 2024-02-20 15:06

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A federal appeals court today overturned a $1 billion piracy verdict that a jury handed down against cable Internet service provider Cox Communications in 2019. Judges rejected Sony's claim that Cox profited directly from copyright infringement committed by users of Cox's cable broadband network.

Appeals court judges didn't let Cox off the hook entirely, but they vacated the damages award and ordered a new damages trial, which will presumably result in a significantly smaller amount to be paid to Sony and other copyright holders. Universal and Warner are also plaintiffs in the case.

"We affirm the jury's finding of willful contributory infringement," said a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. "But we reverse the vicarious liability verdict and remand for a new trial on damages because Cox did not profit from its subscribers' acts of infringement, a legal prerequisite for vicarious liability."

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After years of losing, it’s finally feds’ turn to troll ransomware group

Ars Technica - Tue, 2024-02-20 13:29

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After years of being outmaneuvered by snarky ransomware criminals who tease and brag about each new victim they claim, international authorities finally got their chance to turn the tables, and they aren't squandering it.

The top-notch trolling came after authorities from the US, UK, and Europol took down most of the infrastructure belonging to LockBit, a ransomware syndicate that has extorted more than $120 million from thousands of victims around the world. On Tuesday, most of the sites LockBit uses to shame its victims for being hacked, pressure them into paying, and brag of their hacking prowess began displaying content announcing the takedown. The seized infrastructure also hosted decryptors victims could use to recover their data.

The dark web site LockBit once used to name and shame victims, displaying entries such as "press releases," "LB Backend Leaks," and "LockbitSupp You've been banned from Lockbit 3.0."


Authorities didn’t use the seized name-and-shame site solely for informational purposes. One section that appeared prominently gloated over the extraordinary extent of the system access investigators gained. Several images indicated they had control of /etc/shadow, a Linux file that stores cryptographically hashed passwords. This file, among the most security-sensitive ones in Linux, can be accessed only by a user with root, the highest level of system privileges.

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Musk claims Neuralink patient doing OK with implant, can move mouse with brain

Ars Technica - Tue, 2024-02-20 12:55

Enlarge / A Neuralink implant. (credit: Neuralink)

Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk said the first human to be implanted with the company's brain chip is now able to move a mouse cursor just by thinking.

"Progress is good, and the patient seems to have made a full recovery, with no ill effects that we are aware of. Patient is able to move a mouse around the screen by just thinking," Musk said Monday during an X Spaces event, according to Reuters.

Musk's update came a few weeks after he announced that Neuralink implanted a chip into the human. The previous update was also made on X, the Musk-owned social network formerly named Twitter.

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Walmart buying TV-brand Vizio for its ad-fueling customer data

Ars Technica - Tue, 2024-02-20 12:44

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Walmart announced an agreement to buy Vizio today. Irvine, California-based Vizio is best known for lower-priced TVs, but its real value to Walmart is its advertising business and access to user data.

Walmart said it's buying Vizio for approximately $2.3 billion, pending regulatory clearance and additional closing conditions. Vizio can also terminate the transaction over the next 45 days if it accepts a better offer, per the announcement.

Walmart will keep selling non-Vizio TVs should the merger close, Seth Dallaire, Walmart US's EVP and CRO who would manage Vizio post-acquisition, told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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Frozen embryos are “children,” according to Alabama’s Supreme Court

Ars Technica - Tue, 2024-02-20 12:15

Enlarge / January 17, 2024, Berlin: In the cell laboratory at the Fertility Center Berlin, an electron microscope is used to fertilize an egg cell. (credit: Getty | Jens Kalaene)

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday ruled that frozen embryos are "children," entitled to full personhood rights, and anyone who destroys them could be liable in a wrongful death case.

The first-of-its-kind ruling throws into question the future use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) involving in vitro fertilization for patients in Alabama—and beyond. For this technology, people who want children but face challenges to conceiving can create embryos in clinical settings, which may or may not go on to be implanted in a uterus.

In the Alabama case, a hospital patient wandered through an unlocked door, removed frozen, preserved embryos from subzero storage and, suffering an ice burn, dropped the embryos, destroying them. Affected IVF patients filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the IVF clinic under the state's Wrongful Death of a Minor Act. The case was initially dismissed in a lower court, which ruled the embryos did not meet the definition of a child. But the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that "it applies to all children, born and unborn, without limitation." In a concurring opinion, Chief Justice Tom Parker cited his religious beliefs and quoted the Bible to support the stance.

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The 35 Best Shows on Hulu Right Now

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 2024-02-20 12:00
From Death and Other Details to Fargo, here’s everything you should be watching on Hulu this week.
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Google plans “Gemini Business” AI for Workspace users

Ars Technica - Tue, 2024-02-20 11:11

Enlarge / The Google Gemini logo. (credit: Google)

One of Google's most lucrative businesses consists of packaging its free consumer apps with a few custom features and extra security and then selling them to companies. That's usually called "Google Workspace," and today it offers email, calendar, docs, storage, and video chat. Soon, it sounds like Google is gearing up to offer an AI chatbot for businesses. Google's latest chatbot is called "Gemini" (it used to be "Bard"), and the latest early patch notes spotted by Dylan Roussei of 9to5Google and TestingCatalog.eth show descriptions for new "Gemini Business" and "Gemini Enterprise" products.

The patch notes say that Workspace customers will get "enterprise-grade data protections" and Gemini settings in the Google Workspace Admin console and that Workspace users can "use Gemini confidently at work" while "trusting that your conversations aren't used to train Gemini models."

These "early patch notes" for Bard/Gemini have been a thing for a while now. Apparently, some people have ways of making the site spit out early patch notes, and in this case, they were independently confirmed by two different people. I'm not sure the date (scheduled for February 21) is trustworthy, though.

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