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Microsoft Launches New Tools For Curbing Online Abuse

Microsoft says it’s joining the movement to curb online hate speech. Today, the company announced two new additions to its online services: one tool for reporting hate speech so that the company can take it down, and another for requesting … Continue reading

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You Too Can Invest In Lawsuits. But Not Quite Like Peter Thiel

If Legalist had arrived on another day in another year, it might’ve slipped under the radar. But it didn’t. It arrived just as Gawker went belly up. Unveiled last week at a startup launch day in Silicon Valley, Legalist is … Continue reading

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On Women’s Equality Day, More Tech Companies Promise Change

We’ve been celebrating Women’s Equality Day for 45 years. It was originally created to commemorate the 19th Amendment—the 1920 law that gave women the right to vote—but it’s now a reminder that, all these years later, women still haven’t reached … Continue reading

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White House Proposes a New Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs

The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to allow foreign startup founders who’ve raised money from American investors to come to the United States for two to five years, with the option to apply to stay longer once they’re … Continue reading

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The Alt-Right’s Dark Army of Racist Trolls Just Had a Great Day

It’s been a heckuva day for the trolls. In just one day, the so-called “alt right”—a political faction that spreads white supremacist ideology primarily online—has come to dominate the national news cycle. Today, they’ve had a hashtag, #AltRightMeans, trending on … Continue reading

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Facebook Gives Away Machine Vision Tools of the Future

Thanks to a form of AI called deep learning, computers are now really good at telling the difference between a dog and a cat. But Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) lab wants to make machine vision far more useful, going … Continue reading

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Area Filmmaker Not So Thrilled Trump Used His Footage in an Ad

Karl Penhaul got fired from his job as an international correspondent at CNN last June, after firing off a series of (now deleted) tweets calling Donald Trump a “racist idiot” “with an ugly yellow comb-over.” So imagine Penhaul’s surprise when … Continue reading

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Linux Took Over the Web. Now, It’s Taking Over the World

On August 25, 1991, a Finnish computer science student named Linus Torvalds announced a new project. “I’m doing a (free) operating system,” he wrote on an Internet messaging system, insisting this would just be a hobby. But it became something … Continue reading

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Uber Now Offers Retirement Funds. But Will Drivers Even Care?

Uber is now offering drivers their very own retirement plans. Sort of. Today, the world’s biggest ride-hailing service teamed up with Betterment, a so-called robo-advisor that gives people a simple way of investing and managing money online. Now, Uber drivers … Continue reading

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At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee unleashed the World Wide Web, publishing the first public webpage. Well, maybe. The exact date is controversial. But now is as good a time as any to check in on the state of the … Continue reading

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