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Google’s AlphaGo Trounces Humans—But It Also Gives Them a Boost

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:55pm
The world's top Go players are now taking pages from AlphaGo's playbook. The post Google's AlphaGo Trounces Humans—But It Also Gives Them a Boost appeared first on WIRED.
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80% of Millennials Say They Want To Buy a Home -- But Most Have Less Than $1,000

Slashdot - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: Millennials aren't buying homes in the same numbers as previous and older generations, but it's not because they don't want to. The vast majority of millennials do indeed aim to buy someday, or would even like to now if they could. Unfortunately, the numbers don't look good. New data from Apartment List shows that, although 80 percent of millennials would like to purchase real estate, very few are in a good position to buy, largely because they have nothing saved. According to the report, '68 percent of millennials said they have saved less than $1,000 for a down payment. Almost half, or 44 percent, of millennials said they have not saved anything for a down payment.'

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The Gig Economy Workforce Will Double In Four Years

Slashdot - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 2:40pm
The number of workers in the so-called gig economy will grow substantially in the coming years, according to a study by Intuit and Emergent Research. By 2021, the study finds, 9.2 million people are going to be working the frontline jobs at companies like Uber and Lyft. That number is projected to be 4.8 million this year. From a report: The rise in on-demand workers has been fueled largely by startups like Uber, TaskRabbit and Airbnb. It has also helped companies like Intuit, which makes tax software QuickBooks and TurboTax. The company's stock surged to an all-time high yesterday thanks to the gig economy. For context, there are currently more gig workers than people employed in the entire information sector (which includes publishing, telecommunication and data processing jobs) and IT services combined, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also read: A recent piece on The New Yorker which talks about the lengths to which people are willing to go to survive in such jobs -- a horrifying culture that is often celebrated in those companies.

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Assistants, Please

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 2:18pm
Is there anything your phone can't do these days? The post Assistants, Please appeared first on WIRED.
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With Nothing Left To Sell, RadioShack Is Selling Itself To People

Slashdot - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 2:00pm
RadioShack, an almost 100-year-old American chain of wireless and electronics stores, had a hell of ride at retail. The cradle of building your own electronics at home, and an early participant in the PC revolution, is finally facing the end after a long, slow death at the hands of consumer disinterest, a dysfunctional marriage with Sprint. From a report: Tons of electronics stores have shuttered over the past decade, but few are as tragic as RadioShack, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015, appeared to be rescued by Sprint in agreement to co-share the stores, then got kicked to the curb and had to file for a second bankruptcy this past March. The new agreement means hundreds of RadioShack shops will officially close down and be replaced by Sprint stores, fizzling out dreams of the Maker movement. So while this is an end to another chapter of our American electronics retail culture, we do have to wonder: how are the folks at RadioShack doing? They have been selling the leftover stocks of electronics for a while, with only mostly store fixtures, ladders, and carpet tiles seemingly left on offer. This is what RadioShack posted earlier this month. The company has since been tweeting about the leftover stuff it has up on sale, though.

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Tidal confirms the departure of CEO Jeff Toig; source says he exited in March (Marc Schneider/Billboard)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 1:30pm

Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Tidal confirms the departure of CEO Jeff Toig; source says he exited in March  —  A replacement for Toig, who was the company's third CEO since its launch, will be announced soon.  —  Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal has confirmed the departure of Jeff Toig, its third chief executive in two years.

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A court in Rome lifts a ban issued in April that blocked the Uber Black service across Italy (The Local)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 1:10pm

The Local:
A court in Rome lifts a ban issued in April that blocked the Uber Black service across Italy  —  The Local  —  A court in Rome has lifted a ban blocking the Uber Black service across Italy, which had been in place since April 7th.  —  The initial ban upheld a complaint filed by taxi unions …

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San Francisco-based food delivery startup Sprig, which raised over $56M, says it is shutting down (Biz Carson/Business Insider)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:57pm

Biz Carson / Business Insider:
San Francisco-based food delivery startup Sprig, which raised over $56M, says it is shutting down  —  The San Francisco food-delivery startup Sprig will be shutting down Friday, Business Insider has learned.  —  The company had raised over $56 million from Silicon Valley's top investors for its new spin on food delivery.

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Change.org raises $30M led by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman; Sam Altman and Bill Gates invest too (Leena Rao/Fortune)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:20pm

Leena Rao / Fortune:
Change.org raises $30M led by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman; Sam Altman and Bill Gates invest too  —  In 2006, newly minted Stanford grad Ben Rattray sat at a Starbucks in Silicon Valley, pitching LinkedIn founder and early Facebook investor Reid Hoffman to fund his idea for a political website.

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Qualcomm agrees to pay BlackBerry $940M for royalty fees smartphone maker overpaid between 2010 and 2015 (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:25am

Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Qualcomm agrees to pay BlackBerry $940M for royalty fees smartphone maker overpaid between 2010 and 2015  —  Qualcomm has agreed to pay the full amount on or before May 31.  —  BlackBerry revealed Friday that it has reached a final settlement agreement with Qualcomm for $940 million.

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Obesity Surgery May Work by Remaking Your Gut Microbiome

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:00am
A mounting body of evidence suggests that it may be possible to get all the weight-dropping effects of obesity surgery without going under the knife. The post Obesity Surgery May Work by Remaking Your Gut Microbiome appeared first on WIRED.
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9 Essential Summer Reads—From Sci-Fi to Philosophical Superheroes

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:30am
Summer is nigh. These are the books to keep on-hand while prepping for your next vacation. The post 9 Essential Summer Reads—From Sci-Fi to Philosophical Superheroes appeared first on WIRED.
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Eerie Photos Capture Fear and Paranoia in Washington DC

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:00am
Government leaks, Russian hacks, and white vans on street corners. Everyone's on edge. The post Eerie Photos Capture Fear and Paranoia in Washington DC appeared first on WIRED.
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For Modern Astronomers, It’s Learn to Code or Get Left Behind

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
Fledgling astronomers still don't take meaningful courses in modern coding, data science, or their best practices. The post For Modern Astronomers, It’s Learn to Code or Get Left Behind appeared first on WIRED.
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Minutiae: The Curious App That Captures Your Unfiltered Life

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
Think of it like the anti-Instagram. The post Minutiae: The Curious App That Captures Your Unfiltered Life appeared first on WIRED.
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This Entrepreneur A/B Tested Her Clothes to Combat Sexism

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
How kick-ass pants, a calculated stare (and a LOT of hard work) disarmed sexist investors and helped Kathryn Minshew built a successful company. The post This Entrepreneur A/B Tested Her Clothes to Combat Sexism appeared first on WIRED.
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