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Day: June 30, 2023

Day: June 30, 2023

Secretive hardware startup Humane’s first product is the Ai Pin

Humane, the startup launched by ex-Apple design and engineering duo Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, today revealed details about its first product: The Humane Ai Pin. It’s been a long time coming. Humane has kept its work more or less under wraps since 2018, its founding year, unveiling no products but bringing on dozens of ex-Apple employees responsible for the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard, elements of Apple’s industrial design and infrastructure for Apple services like iCloud, Apple Pay and Home. Humane’s product, as it turns out, is a wearable gadget with a projected display and AI-powered features. Chaudhri gave a live

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Police want robotaxi video footage to help solve crimes

Police are starting to turn to robotaxis — specifically all of that footage captured by cameras — for video evidence to help solve crimes. While it might not be a trend quite yet, evidence suggests that the robotaxi is the new proving ground for privacy advocates and law enforcement, especially as companies like Cruise and Waymo scale to new cities. Self-driving cars can have more than a dozen cameras capturing 360-degree views and reams of data as they navigate city streets. And it turns out, that’s attractive to government agencies looking for evidence. For instance, Bloomberg reported Thursday that it

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Twitter now requires an account to view tweets

If you’re not logged into your Twitter account and try to view a tweet, you’ll be presented with a sign in screen. And if you don’t want to have an account on the bird app, too bad! Twitter hasn’t commented on this change, and given how sloppy the platform has been since Elon Musk’s takeover, it might just be a glitch. However, in a time when Twitter is struggling to grow its user base, it’s possible that this is a tactic to force silent lurkers into making an account. Like many of Twitter’s recent changes, this could easily backfire. If

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European VCs & tech firms sign open letter warning against over-regulation of AI in draft EU laws

Major tech founders, CEOs, VCs and industry giants across Europe have signed an open letter to the EU Commission, warning that Europe could miss out on the generative AI revolution if the EU passes laws stifling innovation. Executives from 150 businesses, including Germany’s Siemens and France’s Airbus, highlighted the risks of tight regulation, saying the rules could threaten the ability of European companies to compete in AI, while also failing to deal with the potential challenges. The open letter (reproduced below) states that AI offers the “chance to rejoin the technological avant-garde” but that current regulatory proposals at the EU

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AI is not a panacea for software development

Brett Stevens Contributor Share on Twitter Software.com co-founder Brett Stevens was previously part of the product marketing team at Delphix, a API-first data platform for the multi-cloud. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and currently resides in Brooklyn. Geoff Stevens Contributor Share on Twitter Software.com co-founder Geoff Stevens previously worked with the investment team at Volition Capital, a growth equity firm investing in tech-enabled companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and currently resides in Seattle. How much more productive are developers using AI coding tools? Recently, there

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As Apple reaches $3T, it’s time to shake up the Big Tech club

Today, Apple saw its market cap pass the $3 trillion threshold. The iPhone maker has reached that landmark before but has never managed to hang on to it through the end of a trading day. But this morning, with its shares up about 1.4% and a significant $20 billion to $30 billion above the milestone, it seems the company is on pace to finally pull it off. Less than five years ago, the “Big Five” — Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft — was worth a combined $3 trillion. It’s striking how much of a difference a few years can make.

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GM buys software startup that predicts EV battery fires

General Motors said Friday it has acquired Algolion, an Israel-based software startup that can detect potential hazards in battery cells. Financial terms were not disclosed. The automaker did say that Algolion’s six employees, including the company’s founders, will remain based in Israel and join more than 850 employees at the GM Technical Center in Herzliya, Israel. Algolion has developed software that is particularly important to any automaker trying to scale EVs. The nine-year-old startup, founded by Niles Fleischer and Alex Nimberger, developed software that uses data streams from EV battery management systems to help identify anomalies in cell performance. The software

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Schools say US teachers’ retirement fund was breached by MOVEit hackers

Two U.S. schools have confirmed that TIAA, a nonprofit organization that provides financial services for individuals in academic fields, has been caught up in the mass-hacks targeting MOVEit file transfer tools. Middlebury College in Vermont and Trinity College in Connecticut both released security notices confirming they experienced data breaches as a result of a security incident at the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, or TIAA. According to its website, TIAA serves mire than five million active and retired employees participating at more than 15,000 institutions and manages $1.3 trillion in assets in more than 50 countries. Both of

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Why automakers are rushing to adopt Tesla’s NACS plug and what it means to drivers

How did the North American electric vehicle market finally decide on a charging port? Gradually, then suddenly, to paraphrase Ernest Hemingway. The war isn’t over yet, but with Electrify America announcing this week that it would add Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) plugs, it’s close. Electrify America’s decision is particularly important because it’s both the largest non-Tesla, fast-charging network and because it’s owned by Volkswagen, a notable holdout. The shift in momentum was particularly swift. In late 2021, when the government mandated that EV chargers be equipped with CCS to receive federal money, it seemed like Tesla’s NACS was

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