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Facebook vs. the internet cesspool: The ugly fight of our ugly times

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Where platforms, social technology, and the internet at large are concerned, over its brief history, Facebook's been the exception to so, so many rules. 

Except for one.

"There’s no silver bullet for abuse. It’s just a constant area of focus. Unfortunately abuse is human nature," Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope, explained over coffee back in January, when asked point blank about abuse on the platform. 

Months later, we now know just how much Facebook has worked to get a handle on abuse, and get it right—and also, just how far they are from that goal. On Sunday, The Guardian published a trove of leaked documents from Facebook detailing the social network's moderation guidelines.  Read more...

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Elon Musk promises smoother new autopilot for Tesla cars

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It's the middle of the night on a Sunday in the U.S., and of course Elon Musk is on Twitter. 

This time, the Tesla CEO shared a couple of details regarding the seemingly never-ending rollout of the second version of Autopilot. According to Musk, new software will be deployed to Tesla cars "next month," and the new control algorithm will offer a much smoother ride than before. 

The new software will only be deployed to owners of second-generation (HW2) Tesla cars, as the first-generation (HW1) cars don't have "enough sensors and computing power." Read more...

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Samsung to unveil a stretchable display soon

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Flexible phones will soon take another step towards reality.

Samsung is expected to showcase the world's first "stretchable" display panel at a U.S. tech fair this week, according to news reports from South Korea.

The South Korean tech giant will showcase a 9.1-inch (23cm) panel at the Society for Information Display 2017 in Los Angeles, which will be held from May 23 to 25, reports the Korea Herald

The display — which could see its use on wearables, foldable phones, and in cars — would be able to bend up to 12 mm (0.47 in.) either way, and can be curved, bended or rolled. Read more...

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went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website.  Read more...

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Drone law goes down, and now hobbyists don’t have to register

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Buying a drone for fun just got a little less complicated. 

A court ruling has declared that civilians c no longer need to register their non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of drone user John Taylor, who filed an initial petition challenging the drone registration rule back in 2015, just days after the FAA's drone registry went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website.  Read more...

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went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website.  Read more...

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Drone law goes down, and now hobbyists don’t have to register

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Buying a drone for fun just got a little less complicated. 

A court ruling has declared that civilians c no longer need to register their non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of drone user John Taylor, who filed an initial petition challenging the drone registration rule back in 2015, just days after the FAA's drone registry went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website.  Read more...

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went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website.  Read more...

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Drone law goes down, and now hobbyists don’t have to register

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Buying a drone for fun just got a little less complicated. 

A court ruling has declared that civilians c no longer need to register their non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of drone user John Taylor, who filed an initial petition challenging the drone registration rule back in 2015, just days after the FAA's drone registry went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $5 fee to register their drone with the FAA's website.  Read more...

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another boring year for Android.)

Still, there are quite a few features to look forward to, here's what's caught our eye so far. Read more...

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10 new Android O features that will make your phone better

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Though we got out first peek at Android O back in March, Google finally revealed  more details this week at its I/O developers conference about the soon-to-drop version of Android.

Though we're still quite a ways away from the official release, we now a lot more about the update. At first glance, many of the new changes are subtle, building on updates Google introduced last year with Nougat. (Yes, it's another boring year for Android.)

Still, there are quite a few features to look forward to, here's what's caught our eye so far. Read more...

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Researcher Janelle Shane trained a neural network to come up with paint names, and it resulted in gems like "Stoner Blue" and "Turdly," she wrote in a blog post.

She conducted an experiment by using a training data set of about 7,700 paint names from Sherwin-Williams along with the RGB (red, green, and blue color values). 

She then had the network generate new colors and names for those colors. The results were hugely varied, including colors with Gray or Blue in the name that had nothing to do with those colors, or completely abstract and awesome names like "Stanky Bean." Read more...

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