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🧬 DeepMind's genetic disease AI, Xbox leaks, US internet woes
DeepMind is using AI to pinpoint the causes of genetic disease. As part of its project, DeepMind says, it is publicly releasing tens of millions of these predictions, but the company isn’t letting others directly download the model because of what it characterizes as potential biosecurity risks should the technique be applied to other species. By Antonio Regalado via MIT Technology Review
Google DeepMind says it’s trained an artificial intelligence that can predict which DNA variations in our genomes are likely to cause disease—predictions that could speed diagnosis of rare disorders and possibly yield clues for drug development. - MIT Technology Review (@techreview)
Microsoft addresses the huge Xbox leaks: here's Phil Spencer's full memo. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has just emailed Microsoft employees about the massive Xbox leak that happened earlier today. In the internal memo, obtained by The Verge, Spencer says Microsoft’s Xbox plans “were unintentionally disclosed” as part of the FTC v. Microsoft case. By Tom Warren via The Verge
BREAKING: Microsoft addresses the huge Xbox leaks, with Xbox chief Phil Spencer describing them as "disappointing" in an internal memo. - Tom Warren (@tomwarren)
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Billions to Connect Everyone to High-Speed Internet Could Still Fall Short. Along the southeastern edge of Oklahoma, where expansive cattle ranches and empty storefronts dot the landscape, the lack of high-speed internet service has become a daily frustration for residents. Wanda Finley, a fourth-grade teacher in Sawyer, Okla., said the satellite service at her home was often too slow to use, and it sometimes went out for days. By Madeleine Ngo via The New York Times
Billions to Connect Everyone to High-Speed Internet Could Still Fall Short - Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin)
Meta Plans to Expand Its WhatsApp Payment Service to India. The messaging app will let users pay businesses via chat Feature has previously rolled out in Brazil and Singapore Meta Platforms Inc. is expanding its WhatsApp payment feature to India, letting users in the country purchase goods and services directly from local businesses via chat. By Aisha Counts via Bloomberg
Meta Plans to Expand Its WhatsApp Payment Service to India - Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra)
AI and journalism: What's next? Innovation in journalism is back. Following a peak of activity in the mid 2010s, the idea of fundamentally reinventing how news might be produced and consumed had gradually become less fashionable, giving way to incrementalism, shallow rhetoric and in some cases even unapologetic ‘innovation exhaustion.’ No longer. Reuters Institute
A new long read from me detailing some of the specific options available to news organizations for engaging with generative AI and large language models, including strategies, projects, infrastructure and organizational structure. - StructuredStories (@StructStories)
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