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TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members of Congress Do

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

TikTok users are watching financial disclosures of sitting members of Congress to help them determine which stocks to invest in. NPR reports: Among a certain community of individual investors on TikTok, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stock trading disclosures are a treasure trove. “Shouts out to Nancy Pelosi, the stock market’s biggest whale,” said user ‘ceowatchlist.’ Another said, “I’ve come to...

FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots For Older and At-Risk Americans

Today at 02:48 AM, via Slashdot

After weeks of internal strife at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency on Wednesday authorized people over 65 who had received Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to get a booster shot at least six months after their second injection. The New York Times reports: The F.D.A. also authorized booster shots for adult Pfizer-BioNTech recipients who are at high risk of becoming severely ill...

First RISC-V Computer Chip Lands At the European Processor Initiative

Today at 02:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has run the successful first test of its RISC-V-based European Processor Accelerator (EPAC), touting it as the initial step towards homegrown supercomputing hardware. EPI, launched back in 2018, aims to increase the independence of Europe’s supercomputing industry from foreign technology companies. At...

Robinhood Will Start Testing Crypto Wallets Next Month

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

Robinhood plans to start a cryptocurrency wallet next month, the company announced on Wednesday. Engadget reports: The tool will allow you to send and receive digital currencies, as well as trade them and move them off the app. If you want to take part in the test, you’ll need to join a waitlist. Robinhood plans to trial the feature with a small number of users first before expanding...

Scientists use AI to create drug regime for rare form of brain cancer in children

Today at 01:05 AM, via The Guardian

Hopes that breakthrough marks new era where artificial intelligence can develop treatments for all types of cancer

Scientists have successfully used artificial intelligence to create a new drug regime for children with a deadly form of brain cancer that has not seen survival rates improve for more than half a century.

The breakthrough, revealed in the journal Cancer Discovery, is set to usher...

The Fed Is Evaluating Whether To Launch a Digital Currency and In What Form

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The Federal Reserve is pushing ahead with its study into whether to implement its own digital currency and will be releasing a paper on the issue shortly, Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday. No decision has been made on the matter yet, he added, and said the Fed does not feel pressured to do something quickly as other nations move forward with...

Apple CEO Tim Cook in Leaked Memo: ‘We Are Doing Everything in Our Power’ To Identify Leakers

Today at 00:02 AM, via Slashdot

Apple CEO Tim Cook has warned employees about leaking company information. Cook’s memo: Dear Team, It was great to connect with you at the global employee meeting on Friday. There was much to celebrate, from our remarkable new product line-up to our values driven work around climate change, racial equity, and privacy. It was a good opportunity to reflect on our many accomplishments and to have...

Microsoft Debuts Surface Duo 2 Dual-Screen Android Phone With Larger Displays and 5G

Yesterday at 23:25 PM, via Slashdot

At Microsoft’s Surface event today, the company announced its Surface Duo 2 dual-screen Android smartphone, featuring a trio of new cameras, a faster processor, larger displays, and support for 5G. The company also unveiled a successor to the Surface Book line of laptops, the Surface Laptop Studio, as well as the Surface Pro 8. From a report: The first-generation of the Duo made a splash thanks...

Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer To Step Down

Yesterday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, a 13-year veteran who oversees the social network’s work in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the blockchain, will step down next year. From a report: Another longtime Facebook executive, Andrew Bosworth, will take over as CTO, according to an internal message on Wednesday from Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. Schroepfer’s...

YouTube Tests Video Downloads for Your Desktop Browser

Yesterday at 22:05 PM, via Slashdot

YouTube is testing an official way to download videos on your desktop web browser. From a report: If you want to see if you’re eligible for the test, which runs through October 19th, check out YouTube’s experimental features page, which lists tests available for Premium subscribers. If you’re opted-in and on a supported browser (“the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera,” according to...

Google Finally Shifting To ‘Upstream First’ Linux Kernel Approach For Android Features

Yesterday at 21:47 PM, via Slashdot

Phoronix reports: Google’s Android had been notorious for all of its downstream patches carried by the mobile operating system as well as various vendor/device kernel trees while in recent years more of that code has been upstreamed. Google has also been shifting to the Android Generic Kernel Image (GKI) as the basis for all their product kernels to further reduce the fragmentation. Looking...

UK Publishes 10-Year Plan To Become ‘AI Superpower,’ Seeking To Rival US and China

Yesterday at 20:45 PM, via Slashdot

New submitter iarlakd writes: The U.K. government on Wednesday released its 10-year plan to make the country a global “artificial intelligence superpower,” seeking to rival the likes of the U.S. and China. The so-called “National Artificial Intelligence Strategy” is designed to boost the use of AI among the nation’s businesses, attract international investment into British AI companies and...

Let’s Encrypt’s Root Certificate is About To Expire, and It Might Break Your Devices

Yesterday at 20:05 PM, via Slashdot

One of the largest providers of HTTPS certificates, Let’s Encrypt, will stop using an older root certificate next week — meaning you might need to upgrade your devices to prevent them from breaking. From a report: Let’s Encrypt, a free-to-use nonprofit, issues certificates that encrypt the connections between your devices and the wider internet, ensuring that nobody can intercept and steal your...

Apple Bans Fortnite Until Appeals Are Exhausted in Legal Fight

Yesterday at 19:25 PM, via Slashdot

Apple plans to keep Fortnite off of its App Store until appeals are exhausted in its legal battle with Epic Games, the maker of the popular battle-royale game. From a report: Apple sent a letter to Epic Tuesday saying that it “will not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and nonappealable.” The letter, sent to Epic’s lawyers from a...

Two-legged dinosaurs may have swung tails to run faster, say scientists

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

A computer simulation could help us better understand the evolution of movement in animals

Two-legged dinosaurs may have swung their tails as they crashed through the undergrowth – just like humans swing their arms – according to scientists who modelled their movements in 3D at Harvard University.

Until now, it was widely believed that bipedal (two-legged) dinosaurs grew long tails to...

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