Golden Arm’s Mary Holland explains women’s arm wrestling
Mary Holland (on the right) stars as Melanie, a baker who gets pulled into the world of ladies arm wrestling. Christopher Messina This story is part of I’m So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current... Read more
Melting Mountain Glaciers May Not Survive the Century
If you haven’t hiked across a glacier yet, you might want to get booted up sometime soon. The world’s high-mountain glaciers are melting faster than scientists previously thought; since 2015, they have been losing nearly 300 billion tons of ice per year. If this rate of melting continues, many... Read more
Membership inference attacks detect data used to train machine learning models
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. One of the wonders of machine learning is that it turns any kind of data into mathematical equations. Once you train a machine learning model on training examples—whether it’s on images, audio, raw text, or tabular... Read more
Robbie Robinson, an adviser to Barack Obama, is investing $250 million in startup founders of color
Former President Barack Obama’s financial adviser has been quietly investing in startups led by founders of color through a new investment firm, Recode has learned. A new venture capital firm called Pendulum Holdings has in recent months been approaching and funding companies led by founders of color, according to... Read more
Office default Calibri will join Clippy, Internet Explorer in Windows retirement
Rumor has it Calibri is already working on its goodbye note. Nathan Mattise Calibri made its big debut as the Microsoft standard with Windows Vista Andrew Cunningham …and it held onto its position during Microsoft’s most notable moment of aesthetic transition in the last 15 years, Windows 8. Andrew... Read more
Facebook shows growth as privacy feud with Apple escalates
Facebook released its first-quarter earnings on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET Facebook grew its users and revenue in the first quarter, but the social media giant reiterated that a new privacy update Apple released this week could hinder its ads business.  “We continue to expect increased ad targeting headwinds in 2021... Read more
‘Miami Tech Week’ Wasn’t Planned. But the Hype Is Infectious
Farhaj Mayan was just starting to raise the seed round for his cannabis-tech startup when a few investors encouraged him to travel east. “Come to Miami,” they told him. “A lot of people will be there.” Mayan, who lives in Oklahoma City, bought a plane ticket and booked an... Read more
Xbox boss Phil Spencer explains how he had to change to do his job
There’s still time to join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Register for access. One of the recent defining characteristics of Xbox as a brand is a sense that the company is listening. That is something that fans have seen the Xbox team express externally, but it started internally as... Read more
Chipmaker says it will ramp up production of older 28nm chips
Enlarge / A woman watches a mask—a part used in wafer conception—at a show room of the 12-inch United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) factory in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Sam Yeh | Getty United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), the world’s fourth-largest contract chipmaker, is expanding its capacity to produce mature technology chips... Read more
PS5 restock update: How to find a PlayStation 5 at GameStop, Target, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers
Wednesday saw two PS5 restocks. The first at Target early in the morning and then GameStop in the afternoon. Both sold out within minutes, as expected. Walmart could be coming next on Thursday, and we’re still waiting for a restock at PlayStaton Direct.  These PS5 restocks can happen at almost... Read more