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San Francisco Police Make Arrest In Waymo Chinatown Arson Case (33 minutes old)

According to the San Francisco police department, police have made the first arrest in relation to several recent vehicle arsons, including the crowd attack of a Waymo robotaxi last month in Chinatown. The San Francisco Standard reports: Police say officers arrested a man meeting the description of a person suspected of lighting several vehicles on fire. That man was arrested on Feb. 27 near Union Square. The department did not share the suspect's name because it said the case is open and remains under investigation. Nor did the department comment on which other vehicle fires the suspect may h[...]

Discord Leaker Jack Teixeira Pleads Guilty, Seeks Light 11-Year Sentence (1 hour 13 minutes old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Jack Teixeira, the National Guard airman who leaked confidential military documents on Discord, agreed Monday to plead guilty, promising to cooperate with officials attempting to trace the full extent of government secrets leaked. Under the plea deal, Teixeira will serve a much-reduced sentence, The Boston Globe reported, recommended between 11 years and 16 years and eight months. Previously, Teixeira had pleaded not guilty to six counts of "willful retention and transmission of national defense information," potentially facing up to 10 ye[...]

Opus 1.5 Gets a Serious Machine Learning Upgrade (1 hour 53 minutes old)

Longtime Slashdot reader jmv writes: After more than two years of work, Opus 1.5 is out. It brings many new features that can improve quality and the general audio experience through machine learning, while maintaining fully-compatibility with previous releases. See this release page demonstrating all the new features, including: Significant improvement to packet loss robustness using Deep Redundancy (DRED)Improved packet loss concealment through Deep PLCLow-bitrate speech quality enhancement down to 6 kb/s widebandImproved x86 (AVX2) and Arm (Neon) optimizationsSupport for 4th and 5th order [...]

Roku Disables Devices Until Users Agree To New Arbitration Rules (2 hours old)

ZipK writes: Cord Cutters New reports that Roku has rolled out new terms of service that require users to accept individual arbitration. To gain acceptance, Roku devices pop up a dialog box that can only be dismissed if you accept the new terms or turn off your Roku and stop using it. As expected, much discussion has ensued in the Roku community. Per the Roku Dispute Resolution Terms, users can opt out within 30 days of being subject to the new terms by sending a surface mail request to General Counsel, Roku Inc., 1701 Junction Court, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112. One poster in the communit[...]

Nintendo Switch Emulator Yuzu To Shut Down, Pay $2.4 Million To Settle Lawsuit (3 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Liliputing: Yuzu is a free and open source emulator that makes it possible to run Nintendo Switch games on Windows, Linux, and Android devices. First released in 2018, the software has been under constant development since then (the Android port was released less than a year ago). But last week Nintendo sued the developers, claiming that the primary purpose of the software is to circumvent Nintendo Switch encryption and allow users to play pirated games. Rather than fight the case in court, Tropic Haze (the developers behind Yuzu) have agreed to a settl[...]

America's Last Morse-Code Station (6 hours old)

A group of radio enthusiasts known as the "radio squirrels" are keeping the legacy of Morse code alive at KPH Maritime Radio, the last operational Morse code radio station in North America. Located in Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco, the station transmits maritime news and weather reports every Saturday, using vintage equipment dating back to World War II, reads a fast-paced story on The Atlantic. Despite the obsolescence of Morse code, the radio squirrels, along with a 17-year-old newcomer, are determined to preserve this unique form of communication. Read more of t[...]

Gartner Predicts Search Engine Volume Will Drop 25% by 2026, Due To AI Chatbots and Other Virtual Agents (7 hours old)

Gartner: By 2026, traditional search engine volume will drop 25%, with search marketing losing market share to AI chatbots and other virtual agents, according to Gartner. "Organic and paid search are vital channels for tech marketers seeking to reach awareness and demand generation goals," said Alan Antin, Vice President Analyst at Gartner. "Generative AI (GenAI) solutions are becoming substitute answer engines, replacing user queries that previously may have been executed in traditional search engines. This will force companies to rethink their marketing channels strategy as GenAI becomes mor[...]

Anthropic Releases New Version of Claude That Beats GPT-4 and Gemini Ultra in Some Benchmark Tests (7 hours old)

Anthropic, a leading artificial intelligence startup, unveiled its Claude 3 series of AI models today, designed to meet the diverse needs of enterprise customers with a balance of intelligence, speed, and cost efficiency. The lineup includes three models: Opus, Sonnet, and the upcoming Haiku. From a report: The star of the lineup is Opus, which Anthropic claims is more capable than any other openly available AI system on the market, even outperforming leading models from rivals OpenAI and Google. "Opus is capable of the widest range of tasks and performs them exceptionally well," said Anthropi[...]

Apple Unveils New MacBook Air, Powered By M3 Chip (8 hours old)

Apple has announced the launch of its new MacBook Air laptops powered by the company's latest M3 chip, offering up to 60% faster performance compared to the previous generation (M1-powered MacBook Air). The new 13-inch and 15-inch models feature a thin and light design, up to 18 hours of battery life, and a Liquid Retina display. The M3 chip, built using 3-nanometer technology, boasts an 8-core CPU, up to a 10-core GPU, and supports up to 24GB of unified memory. The laptops also offer enhanced AI capabilities, with a faster 16-core Neural Engine and accelerators in the CPU and GPU for improv[...]

India Reverses AI Stance, Requires Government Approval For Model Launches (9 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: India has waded into global AI debate by issuing an advisory that requires "significant" tech firms to get government permission before launching new models. India's Ministry of Electronics and IT issued the advisory to firms on Friday. The advisory -- not published on public domain but a copy of which TechCrunch has reviewed -- also asks tech firms to ensure that their services or products "do not permit any bias or discrimination or threaten the integrity of the electoral process." Though the ministry admits the advisory is not legally binding, India's [...]

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Apple fined €1.8bn for breaking streaming rules (9 hours old)

It comes after Spotify complained about a block on telling users about cheaper alternatives to app store.

Nissan accused of dumping its electric car pioneers (22 hours old)

Owners of older vehicles tell the BBC of their anger that their cars' apps will stop working.

How big banks are becoming 'Bitcoin whales' (3 days old [01/03/24])

There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins, and US financial giants are buying up thousands.

Elon Musk sues OpenAI over Microsoft links (3 days old [01/03/24])

The lawsuit accuses the firm of abandoning its founding principle of benefiting humanity.

AI optimism sends Nasdaq to new post-Covid high (4 days old [29/02/24])

Investors expect artificial intelligence to unleash a new wave of growth.

Plan to double power of e-bikes sparks fire fears (4 days old [29/02/24])

Cycling groups and charities have criticised government proposals for more powerful e-bikes.

Star Wars game cancelled as EA cuts 670 jobs (4 days old [29/02/24])

Electronic Arts says it will focus on its existing titles, as the gaming industry job cuts continue.

Winklevoss firm to return $1.1bn to customers (4 days old [29/02/24])

Gemini was co-founded by twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss - known for their legal dispute with Facebook.

Why Google's 'woke' AI problem won't be an easy fix (5 days old [28/02/24])

The firm paused its AI image generation tool after claims it was over-correcting against the risk of being racist.

What is Bitcoin? Key crypto terms and what they mean (5 days old [28/02/24])

As Bitcoin's price makes headlines once more, here's a look at some key crypto terms and their meanings.

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