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Google says its new chatbot Meena is the best in the world

MIT Technology Review – Google has released a neural-network-powered chatbot called Meena that it claims is better than any other chatbot out there. Data slurp: Meena was trained on a whopping 341 gigabytes of public social-media chatter—8.5 times as much data as OpenAI’s GPT-2. Google says Meena can talk about pretty much anything, and can… Continue Reading

Apple delivers new redesigned Maps for all users in US

Apple news release – New Apple Maps Designed with Better Road Coverage and Pedestrian Data, More Precise Addresses, and Detailed Land Cover: “Apple today announced that all users in the United States can now experience a redesigned Maps with faster and more accurate navigation and comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls and more,… Continue Reading

Google’s 3D scans recreate historical sites threatened by climate change

engadget: “Google is no stranger to reproducing historical sites online, but it’s now pushing technical boundaries to recreate those sites at risk of vanishing due to the ravages of climate change. It’s launching a “Heritage on the Edge” collection in Arts & Culture that will include over 50 exhibitions illustrating the effect of an evolving… Continue Reading

Use DuckDuckGo ‘Lite’ for Absurdly Fast Search Results

lifehacker – “Most folks probably think of DuckDuckGo as the more privacy-focused alternative to Google, but one of the lesser-discussed benefits ditching all that data tracking is increased search speed. The normal DuckDuckGo search eats up less data and requires fewer requests than Google, but there’s also a “Lite” version of the DuckDuckGo page that… Continue Reading

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory on Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Please discontinue use of Internet Explorer, as well as Windows 7 and upgrade to newest versions – CERT: “Microsoft has released a security advisory to address a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. According to the advisory, “Microsoft is aware of limited… Continue Reading

CMA lifts the lid on digital giants

“The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) interim report has found that: Last year, Google accounted for more than 90% of all revenues earned from search advertising in the UK, with revenues of around £6 billion In the same year, Facebook accounted for almost half of all display advertising revenues in the UK, reaching more… Continue Reading

Commentary – Google and Amazon make us worse people

CNET – “Let me show you a magic trick. Make a choice — any choice. You’re already online, so maybe you want to read the news, check your email, surf your newsfeed, buy some food or any other number of things. Now for the trick, I’m going to tell you the companies that facilitated whatever… Continue Reading

Google’s ads just look like search results

The Verge: “Last week, Google began rolling out a new look for its search results on desktop, which blurs the line between organic search results and the ads that sit above them. In what appears to be something of a purposeful dark pattern, the only thing differentiating ads and search results is a small black-and-white… Continue Reading

How to Be a Better Web Searcher: Secrets from Google Scientists

Scientific American – Researchers who study how we use search engines share common mistakes, misperceptions and advice – “…We Google researchers know this is what many students do—they enter the first query that pops into their heads and run with the answer. Double checking and going deeper are skills that come only with a great… Continue Reading