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Day: June 24, 2023

Day: June 24, 2023

Deal Dive: Caraway shows what else digital health can do

Access to healthcare has long been an issue in the U.S., but the sheer magnitude of the problem became apparent during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous digital health startups stepped in to address the plethora of issues, and for a few quarters, VCs flocked to back them. Many of those startups are still focusing on the same things, like telehealth primary care or chat-based therapy, but there’s little visibility into the adoption and customer acquisition they’ve seen. It’s clear investors aren’t so sure either: VC investment in digital health dropped to just $3.4 billion in Q1 2023

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This week in AI: Big tech bets billions on machine learning tools

Keeping up with an industry as fast-moving as AI is a tall order. So until an AI can do it for you, here’s a handy roundup of the last week’s stories in the world of machine learning, along with notable research and experiments we didn’t cover on their own. If it wasn’t obvious already, the competitive landscape in AI — particularly the subfield known as generative AI — is red-hot. And it’s getting hotter. This week, Dropbox launched its first corporate venture fund, Dropbox Ventures, which the company said would focus on startups building AI-powered products that “shape the future of work.”

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How one software engineer is turning Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse story into a musical

Mauricio Costa, a software engineer and music composer living in Atlanta, is creating a musical comedy out of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, called “The Valley.” Perhaps the wounds are still fresh, but Costa told TechCrunch while reading articles about the bank’s demise and trying to understand what was going on, “I could see the entire hero’s journey and the hero’s lifecycle on this story, so I thought maybe there’s something here and maybe we can tell the story in a way that nobody has ever seen before.” Mauricio Costa is writing a musical about Silicon Valley Bank. Image Credits:

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Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro are back on sale for $200

Apple makes some of the best earbuds you can use with an iPhone, and now you can buy a pair of AirPods Pro for less than you would typically pay for them. The second-generation model has dropped back to its all-time low price of $200, or $50 off the AirPods Pro’s usual $250 price. Similar appearances aside, the 2022 AirPods Pro are a significant upgrade over the original 2019 model. Thanks to a more powerful H2 chip, the new AirPods Pro boast better audio quality and improved ANC capabilities. They also offer one of the best transparency modes on any

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Russia blocks access to Google News after Wagner Group forces threaten to topple military

Russian internet service providers have cut off access to Google News after President Vladamir Putin accused Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner paramilitary group, of “organizing an armed rebellion.” According to internet monitor NetBlocks (via The New York Times), at least five Russian telecoms, including Rostelecom, U-LAN and Telplusl, are blocking web users inside the country from accessing the news aggregator. Google did not immediately respond to Engadget’s comment request. ⚠️ Confirmed: Metrics show that the Google News aggregator platform has become unavailable for many users in #Russia; the incident comes amid heightened tensions between the Wagner paramilitary group

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YouTube is reportedly testing online games for mobile and desktop

Google is looking at online games as a new possible source of income for YouTube, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. The video hosting platform has reportedly invited employees to test a new product called Playables, which gives users access to online games right on YouTube itself. Based on the internal email the Journal saw, it wouldn’t even matter what device they’re using: Apparently, the games are accessible both on mobile and on desktop.  Users will be able to play them on the YouTube website using a web browser or on the app, whether on an

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Context is everything: Why key developments often sit unused

Enlarge / Mock-up of Sleeping Beauties book cover. (credit: Simon & Schuster) Andreas Wagner is interested in evolution, that of molecules, species, and ideas. He’s a biochemist at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zürich, so he knows that the engine of evolution is random mutations in DNA. But he also knows that these occur all the time. He is interested in deeper questions: Which mutations succeed, and why? In his newest book, Sleeping Beauties: The Mystery of Dormant Innovations in Nature and Culture, he argues that “where” and “when” might be more salient

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Sons of the Forest’s latest patch introduces a new boss, a new end-game cutscene, and drivable golf carts

The latest Sons of the Forest patch introduces drivable golf carts, decorative animal heads, and a new boss battle and end-game cutscene. Along with the usual list of quality-of-life and bug fixes, Endnight Games’ latest patch, Patch 07, continues to build on the survival horror’s impressive launch by introducing several new features, as well as improving the hitherto stark environs to the east side of the map. Oh, and there are new dedicated servers, too. “This patch adds a new boss battle along with a new cutscene to the end of the game, as well as drivable golf carts, a

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