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Report: Apple designing its own servers to avoid snooping – Wired

“At one point, Apple even assigned people to take photographs of motherboards and annotate the function of each chip, explaining why it was supposed to be there. Building its own servers with motherboards it designed would be the most surefire way for Apple to prevent unauthorized snooping via extra chips.”

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Edward Snowden and “The Wire” creator David Simon had a friendly Twitter debate about burner phones – Quartz

“On Sunday (March 20), the NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden and David Simon, the creator of the acclaimed HBO show The Wire, engaged in a thoughtful, polite debate about government surveillance.”

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Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates are Exposing the Problems with Digital Colonialism – Motherboard

“Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.”

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Will capitalism survive the robot revolution? – TechCrunch

“If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion?”

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1970s Researchers Predicted Debit Cards Would Be Great For Surveillance – Gizmodo

“Suppose for a minute all transactions over $10 must go through the system and that they are immediately debited to your account in your bank’s computer. Thus the system not only collects and files a great deal about your financial transactions — and that means a great deal of data about your life — but the system knows where you are every time you make such a transaction.

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A spiritual successor to Aaron Swartz is angering publishers all over again – ArsTechnica

“Meet Alexandra Elbakyan, the developer of Sci-Hub, a Pirate Bay-like site for the science nerd. It’s a portal that offers free and searchable access “to most publishers, especially well-known ones.” Search for it, download, and you’re done. It’s that easy.”

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This is the phone NSA suggested Clinton use: A $4,750 Windows CE PDA – ArsTechnica

“Despite $18 million in development contracts for each of the vendors selected to build the competing SME PED phones (or perhaps because of it), the resulting devices were far from user-friendly.”

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Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines – Medium

“Lee went on to lose all but one of their match’s five games. An AI named AlphaGo is now a better Go player than any human and has been granted the “divine” rank of 9 dan. In other words, its level of play borders on godlike.”

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Dear Tech, You Suck at Delight – Medium

“Think about what this means: Apple had no trouble dedicating its smart, highly paid staff to preloading Siri with pithy quips and jokes. Five years later, Apple still hasn’t stress-tested Siri for its response to crisis.”

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The art (and science) of structuring political opinions – DAIR, IIT Delhi

“Even without all the answers, we can certainly use opinion-bases in a number of applications. Apart from answering some interesting questions about our politicians and their stances, we can study, for example, bias in our news channels.”

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Physicists Unleash AI to Devise Unthinkable Experiments – Scientific American

“The scientists added that MELVIN came up with unexpected solutions they were unlikely to have thought up themselves. “I still find it very difficult to intuitively understand the final solution, even though I can perfectly calculate it.””

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The Watney Rule for Startups — and the Return to the ‘Old Normal’ – Medium

“We’re seeing later-stage investors place far more focus on burn rate and profitability –  and, as a result, it’s getting meaningfully harder for many companies that have high-growth plans that entail big losses to access later-stage capital.”

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Maheshwer Peri on how he won the legal battle against IIPM’s Arindam Chaudhuri – Scroll

““Why do all these people survive?” he said, of institutions like IIPM. If someone stands up and says, ‘I will take this to its logical end,’ these guys will be over. You need someone who has information, access, power and intelligence. That’s me completely.””

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