How Covid-19 conspiracy videos keep getting millions of views

The ongoing battle between social media companies and covid-19 misinformation pushers—including US president Donald Trump—stepped up again this week thanks to a new viral video. And it has exposed, once again, how difficult addressing conspiracy theories is for Facebook, Twitter and others. The latest video comes from a group called America’s Frontline Doctors, which is […]

AMD posts strong $1.93 billion in revenue for Q2 2020 as it gains on Intel

Advanced Micro Devices reported second quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates as the company is capitalizing on a rare lead in performance over archrival Intel. The company posted a 26% gain in revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, compared to the same quarter a year ago. Santa Clara, California AMD reported non-GAAP net […]

Use this framework to define how your firm addresses equal opportunity

Over the past couple of months, systemic issues of racial injustice have elevated to a deserved level of priority in society broadly, and within the VC industry as well. As a Black man in America, who is also a general partner at VC firm M25, I entered the discussion with “Racism won’t die in 2020,” […]

OpenXR announces 1.0 Adopters Program and new ecosystem developments for AR/VR

The Khronos Group and OpenXR working group has announced the OpenXR 1.0 Adopters Program and open-source conformance tests. OpenXR is a royalty-free, open standard that provides direct access into AR/VR runtimes across diverse platforms and devices. As part of the adopters program, Oculus and Microsoft are shipping multiple conformant implementations of OpenXR with new advanced […]

Facebook develops AI algorithm that learns to play poker on the fly

Facebook researchers developed a general AI framework called Recursive Belief-based Learning (ReBeL) that they say achieves better-than-human performance in heads-up, no-limit Texas hold’em poker while using less domain knowledge than any prior poker AI. It’s their assertion that ReBeL is a step toward developing universal techniques for multi-agent interactions — in other words, general algorithms […]

Phantasy Star Online 2 comes to Steam on August 5

Sega announced today that Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Steam on August 5. For years, Phantasy Star Online has been exclusive to Japan. The online action role-playing game finally became available in the U.S. when an Xbox One version released here in April, followed by a Windows release in May. Now this Steam […]

Discord launches noise suppression for its mobile app

Voice, video, and text communication service Discord is launching noise suppression for mobile audio calls. That means no one will notice if you’re taking a walk in a windy park during a meeting — or making noises in the toilet. Based on the publicly available Krisp machine-learning-based audio filtering technology, Discord’s app will now filter […]

Facebook passes PyTorch for Windows development to Microsoft

Facebook today announced that Microsoft has expanded its participation in PyTorch, the social network’s machine learning framework, to take ownership of the development and maintenance of the PyTorch build for Windows. The intent is to bring the experience on Windows in line with other platforms, like Linux; historically, PyTorch on Windows has lagged behind due […]

National Trust joins victims of Blackbaud hack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The National Trust is a charity that looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty The UK’s National Trust is among more than 80 organisations that have confirmed data breaches resulting from an attack on cloud computing provider Blackbaud. Others involved include homeless charities The Wallich and Crisis, the […]