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The American fix

When Elizabeth Zeinner turned 18, she used her savings to buy a run-down house on Conwell Street in Aurora, Indiana, a town of just under 4,000 residents on the edge of the greater Cincinnati area. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, it was a stop for barges bound …

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WhatsApp reportedly refused to build a backdoor for the UK government

Messaging service WhatsApp rejected a UK Government request to create a way to access encrypted messages earlier this year, reports Sky News, citing an anonymous security source. The British Government reportedly asked WhatsApp in a meeting during summer to produce technical solutions that would allow access — known as a …

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Google’s AI head says super-intelligent AI scare stories are stupid

The AI apocalypse: disconcerting to imagine, but fun to talk about. Well, that’s if Silicon Valley’s leaders are anything to go by. Tesla’s Elon Musk has been banging the drum about the dangers of super-intelligent AI for years, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg thinks such doomsday scenarios are overblown. Now Google’s …

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Microsoft opens standard Xbox One X preorders worldwide

Microsoft today announced worldwide preorder availability for the standard version of its new Xbox One X console. The device, first unveiled back at E3 in June, has only been available up until now as the Project Scorpio special edition, preorders for which promptly sold out when Microsoft began selling them …

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Amazon working on Alexa-powered smart glasses, says report

Amazon’s first wearable device will be a pair of smart glasses with the Alexa voice assistant built in, according to a report in the Financial Times. The device will reportedly look like a regular pair of glasses and use bone-conduction technology so that the user can hear Alexa without the …

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