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Google pledges $25 million toward AI solutions for social issues

Google isn't just backing away from its military AI contract, it's promising to use that computational power for more positive purposes. The company has launched an AI for Social Good program that will unify engineering and research efforts dedicated… Source: Engadget | Google pledges million toward AI solutions for social issues

With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

In 2015 we laughed at Hacking Team for getting hacked. Their profit-driven facilitation of human rights abuses around the world was somehow barely competent, but notorious. They sold illegal hackware and surveillance tech to brutal regimes and traine… Source: Engadget | With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

Snap is bringing augmented reality Lenses to the desktop

Fresh off its Q3 2018 earnings report, in which it broke a revenue record, Snap Inc. is making another major announcement. Meet Snap Camera, a standalone application that will bring the company's popular augmented reality filters, aka Lenses, to the… Source: Engadget | Snap is bringing augmented reality Lenses to the desktop

Twitch streamers are getting Snap's AR selfie filters

As part of its Snap Camera announcement, Snap Inc. has revealed a partnership with Twitch that will bring augmented reality Lenses to users of the video-streaming site. This will give Twitch streamers access to thousands of Snapchat-style selfie filt… Source: Engadget | Twitch streamers are getting Snap's AR selfie filters

Facebook removed 82 fake accounts and Pages linked to Iran

Facebook has taken down dozens of additional Pages originating from Iran that it says were engaged in inauthentic behavior. Posting about political topics such as race relations, immigration and the US president, these Pages and accounts — 82 in tot… Source: Engadget | Facebook removed 82 fake accounts and Pages linked to Iran

AT&T is beta testing its Android-based streaming device

AT&T previously acknowledged the existence of its DirecTV Now-oriented streaming box, but now it's getting close to a proper launch. The telecom used its quarterly earnings to confirm that the Android TV-powered media hub is in beta testing with… Source: Engadget | AT&T is beta testing its Android-based streaming device

Kickstarter hands Drip crowdfunding platform over to XOXO founders

Drip, Kickstarter's subscriber-based crowdfunding platform designed to compete with Patreon, is shutting down in its current form after launching just one year earlier. It will continue operating for a year before it is transformed into an entirely n… Source: Engadget | Kickstarter hands Drip crowdfunding platform over to XOXO founders

Russia balks at US-run OneWeb satellite internet over security concern

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has thrown a wrench in a planned deal that would bring internet access to the most rural and remote parts of the country, according to Reuters. United States-based startup OneWeb was set to launch a satellite p… Source: Engadget | Russia balks at US-run OneWeb satellite internet over security concern

Facebook now lets you attach songs to photos and videos

Facebook has officially rolled out the ability to add songs to Stories and News Feed posts. The social network started testing the feature with a small number of users in September. Now that it's available to everyone, you'll be able to access it by… Source: Engadget | Facebook now lets you attach songs to photos …

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Twitter tests status updates and ‘ice breaker’ tweets

Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that one of his company's goals is to "increase the health of public conversation" on its platform. And it's a talking point Twitter has come back to throughout the y… Source: Engadget | Twitter tests status updates and ‘ice breaker’ tweets

Spotify officially lets artists submit songs for playlist consideration (updated)

Spotify now believes it's fully ready to give artists a shot at stardom through its well-known playlists. After a beta test in the summer, the streaming music service has officially opened its playlist submissions to all musicians. An up-and-comer no… Source: Engadget | Spotify officially lets artists submit songs for playlist consideration (updated)

Facebook uses machine learning to fight child exploitation

Today, Facebook's Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, published a blog post outlining how the social network fights child exploitation. The company uses standard industry practices, such as requiring users to be 13 years or older, using photo-matc… Source: Engadget | Facebook uses machine learning to fight child exploitation

Facebook, Twitter reportedly haven’t seen any China election meddling

Though President Trump and Vice President Pence have repeated claims that China is actively trying to meddle in the upcoming US midterm elections, officials at Facebook and Twitter have now said they haven't come across any such attempts. Anonymous p… Source: Engadget | Facebook, Twitter reportedly haven’t seen any China election meddling