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​Dell XPS 13: The best Linux laptop of 2018
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Usually, when I get review hardware in, it’s not a big deal. It’s like working in a candy shop. At first, it seems great (“All the candy I can eat!”). Then, you quickly get sick of dealing with the extra equipment. But, every now and again, I get a really fine machine, like Dell’s latest […]

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Micron sales, profit miss estimates as chip glut hurts prices
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(Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc (MU.O) gave on Tuesday quarterly sales and profit forecasts well below Wall Street estimates, citing a market glut of memory chips as consumer and business demand for phones and computers is weakening. Memory chip parts of U.S. memory chip maker MicronTechnology are pictured at their fair booth at […]

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AI Research Is in Desperate Need of an Ethical Watchdog
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About a week ago, Stanford University researchers (posted online)[https://osf.io/zn79k/] a study on the latest dystopian AI: They’d made a machine learning algorithm that essentially works as gaydar. After training the algorithm with tens of thousands of photographs from a dating site, the algorithm could, for example, guess if a white man in a photograph was […]

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My Oh My, 4 Strong Buys
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Around two months ago, I wrote an article titled “My Oh My, 4 Strong Buys” that generated a record of 173,000 page views. In that article, I explained that my definition of a “Strong Buy” means that “I am recommending a high-quality REIT that is trading at a wider margin of safety. Recognizing principal preservation […]

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EU lawmakers reject tough line on copyright reform
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU lawmakers have opted not to take a tough line on an EU copyright overhaul aimed at making Google, Facebook and other tech giants share revenues with publishers, broadcasters and artists after lobbying by internet companies. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection […]

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Still Looking for a Good Summer Read? Barack Obama Just Revealed 5 Books He's Been Reading
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Yesterday on Facebook, former president Barack Obama revealed the 5 books he’s been reading this summer. If you’re still looking for a good summer read, then you might want to pick up a copy of one (or more) of these books. “Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family […]

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The VR Metaverse of 'Ready Player One' Is Just Beyond Our Grasp
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Virtual reality, as it’s been promised to us by science fiction, is a singular realm of infinite possibility. Star Trek’s Holodeck, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s Virtual World, Snow Crash’s Metaverse: Each is the all-powerful experience generator of its world, able to accommodate a character’s any desire. Novelist Ernest Cline sharpened this vision in his 2011 debut, Ready Player […]

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British regulator to fine Facebook over data protection breaches
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s information regulator said on Wednesday she intends to fine Facebook (FB.O) for breaches of data protection law as her office investigates how millions of users’ data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica. FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June […]

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An online battle for 900 million hearts and minds: India braces for election
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JAIPUR/TONK, India (Reuters) – When India votes in a general election next year, it will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, and the biggest ever test of the role of social media in an election. Volunteers of India’s main opposition Congress party monitor TV news channels and social media inside their war room which was […]

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