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|Coming up on DTNS online cow sharing, the coming AI knitting revolution and why Cloudflare doesn't want to have to cut off customers anymore.||Twitch Chat|
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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday, August 5, 2019, In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|tm||Chinese ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing announced that it spun off its autonomous driving unit into a independent company. The unit was created in 2016, has over 200 employees in Calfornia and China, and has approval to test self-driving vehicles in California. The CEO of the new company is Zhang Bo, the CTO of Didi.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/04/didi-chuxings-autonomous-driving-unit-is-now-an-indepedent-company/|
|sl||Fossil announced its Gen 5 smartwatches the Carlyle HR and Juliana HR, bot 44mm watches with round 1.28-inch OLED displays. They run WearOS on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. There's also a speaker for Google Assistant responses and phone calls. Both models start at $295 available now.||https://9to5google.com/2019/08/05/fossil-gen-5-wear-os-smartwatches/|
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|:33||sl||Samsung launched the Watch Active 2, yes it's been six months since Samsung launched the original Watch Active. The Watch Active 2 adds a touch strip to simulate software controls that require an actual rotating bezel. The Active 2 also adds ECG capability though it won't be active at launch. It runs Samsung's Tizen OS and works with Android and iOS. It supports offline play of Spotify playlists and YouTube video playback. |
The Active 2 will come in 40 and 44mm sizes with LTE versions available. The Active 2 goes on sale September 27 starting at $279.
|:36||tm||iAfrikan notes that an app called MyFarmbook from Livestock Wealth, which lets users buy shares in cows from a mobile device, has grown from 26 cows in 2015 to more than 2,000. Livestock Wealth reports generating $3 million in profit. 90% of its investors come from within South Africa. Shares cost as little as 576 rand, about US$41. Groups of investors can buy a whole cow. Individuals can buy shares in a pregnant cow or young calf. Livestock Wealth plans to expand into produce as well.||https://www.iafrikan.com/2019/08/05/a-look-into-this-weeks-biggest-african-business-news/|
|:39||sl||China's Global Times reports Huawei is testing a smartphone running its in house Hongmeng OS. Sources tell the Global Times the device will sell for 2,000 yuan (US$288). Huawei previously described the Hongmeng OS as meant for internet-of-things and the first major device to run it would be Huawei's Honor TVs. During its earnings announcement last week, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said the company prefers to use Android on its mobile devices.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-huawei-tech-hongmeng/huawei-tests-smartphone-with-own-operating-system-possibly-for-sale-this-year-chinese-state-media-idUSKCN1UV042|
|:41||sl||Facebook confirmed it will rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp, to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The move follows similar rebrands for Workplace and Oculus. The new names will appear on Google Play and the App Store, as well as at the bottom of settings pages, but will keep using the previous shorter names on installed app icons. According to a Facebook spokesperson: “We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook.”||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-instagram/facebook-begins-adding-its-name-to-some-screens-on-instagram-idUSKCN1UT00Y|
|:44||tm||Computer scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) led by Alexandre Kaspar released two new papers describing software to create knitting patterns and designs to be used by a knitting machine. InverseKnit uses a deep neural network to create patterns from photos. It is 94% accurate but can only use acrylic yarn. CADknit promises to let people with no previous experience, customize templates to create knitting patterns. Kaspar imagines "knitting as a service" where consumers order customized garments. It could also make the prototyping and manufacturing process for knitted items more efficient. And of course existing knitters may want to hack the system to do new things.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/04/mit-researchers-are-working-on-ai-based-knitting-design-software-that-will-let-anyone-even-novices-make-their-own-clothes/|
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|:49||Cloudflare terminated DDoS protection services to the forum website 8chan as of August 5th.||https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/cloudflare-8chan-el-paso-1203291609/|
|Cloudflare CEO on why the company terminated DDoS protection service for 8chan: the site was “lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths”||https://new.blog.cloudflare.com/terminating-service-for-8chan/|
Cloudflare decided to stop providing services to message board 8Chan midnight, leaving the site open to denial of service attacks.
8Chan was created in 2013 by Frederick Brennan as an alternative to 4Chan with less moderation. IN 2015 Brennan gave up ownership. 8chan is now owned and run by Jim Watkins, a former US army veteran.
Cloudflare previously terminated support for The Daily Stormer in 2017, which also moved to BitMitigate.
8 Chan moved to BitMitigate which provides similar services as Cloudflare. Bitmitigate promises it will not stop service to any of its clients unless by final court order. However infrastructure as a service provider Voxility shut off its service to Bitmitigate, bringing 8Chan offline.
Previously when The Daily Stormer moved to Bitmitigate, Bitmitigate founder Nicholas Lim wrote "The question isn't whether or not the content at The Daily Stormer should exist, but rather whether or not it is the responsibility of technology companies to be consistent in defending the right to freedom of expression enshrined within our constitution." Lim has since sold Bitmitigate to a hosting provider called Epic.
Cloudlfare CEO Matthew Prince
- Initially said Cloudflare would remain neutral, sticking to only removing protections from sites it is required to do so by law.
- Cited postings by shooters in El Paso and previously Christchurch, New Zealand and Poway, California.
"we reluctantly tolerate content that we find reprehensible, but we draw the line at platforms that have demonstrated they directly inspire tragic events and are lawless by design."
"Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.”
"it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online. It does nothing to address why mass shootings occur. It does nothing to address why portions of the population feel so disenchanted they turn to hate. In taking this action we've solved our own problem, but we haven't solved the internet’s."
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|On Friday's show the talk of Netflix blinking out of existance was discussed ... again. I don't think that will happen any time soon. For quite a few reasons (original content, international deals, etc.), one thing that is not talked about at all is Comedy Specials. When you see interviews done with stand-up comics, they always talk about the early years, and what they had to do to get to mega stardom. Back in the 80's and 90's it was getting a comedy special on HBO, Cinemax, or Showtime. In the 00's thru about 2013 or 2014 it was getting a comedy special on Comedy Central. From 2013 or 2014 to today its getting a comedy special on Netflix. ... The only place to find new and classic stand-up comedy specials is Netflix. So if there is one saving grace for Netflix (for now) it would be comedy. And let's face it, anymore we all just need to laugh. You'll be surprised how much better you feel afterwards. Keep up the excellent work!!|
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