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Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license (Mary Loritz/EU-Startups) August 25, 2019

Mary Loritz / EU-Startups: Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license  —  Copenhagen-based banking app Lunar Way has raised a €26 million round led by SEED Capital, while obtaining … Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which […]

How journalists, researchers, and civil rights groups are using big data, which put gerrymandering on steroids, to easily and cheaply track redistricting (Louise Matsakis/Wired)


Louise Matsakis / Wired:

How journalists, researchers, and civil rights groups are using big data, which put gerrymandering on steroids, to easily and cheaply track redistricting  —  THE SUPREME COURT’S conservative justices ruled Thursday that the highest court doesn’t have the power to address partisan gerrymandering …

How journalists, researchers, and civil rights groups are using big data, which put gerrymandering on steroids, to easily and cheaply track redistricting (Louise Matsakis/Wired)
Source: Tech Meme

Avengers: Endgame rerelease earns $7.8M, not enough to dethrone Avatar – CNET

Although a $2.76 billion box office isn’t anything to complain about. Avengers: Endgame rerelease earns .8M, not enough to dethrone Avatar – CNET
Source: CNet

Pokemon Sword and Shield's producer attempts to calm outraged fans – CNET

The new Pokemon games won’t include every Pokemon ever. This has some fans upset. Pokemon Sword and Shield's producer attempts to calm outraged fans – CNET
Source: CNet

Neil Gaiman's Sandman series may have a home at Netflix – CNET

The tale of Dream, Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium could be streaming soon. Neil Gaiman's Sandman series may have a home at Netflix – CNET
Source: CNet

Japan to tighten restrictions on the export to South Korea of materials for smartphone displays and chips starting July 4, in a dispute about war-time labor (Makiko Yamazaki/Reuters)

Makiko Yamazaki / Reuters:

Japan to tighten restrictions on the export to South Korea of materials for smartphone displays and chips starting July 4, in a dispute about war-time labor  —  TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will tighten restrictions on the export of high-tech materials used in smartphone displays and chips …

Japan to tighten restrictions on the export to South Korea of materials for smartphone displays and chips starting July 4, in a dispute about war-time labor (Makiko Yamazaki/Reuters)
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Victoria's Cenitex launches VicCloud Protect on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure-based Cenitex service VicCloud to allow government customers to store classified workloads. Victoria's Cenitex launches VicCloud Protect on Microsoft Azure
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Blisteringly Fast Machine Learning On An Arduino Uno

Even though machine learning AKA ‘deep learning’ / ‘artificial intelligence’ has been around for several decades now, it’s only recently that computing power has become fast enough to do anything useful with the science.

However, to fully understand how a neural network (NN) works, [Dimitris Tassopoulos] has stripped the concept down to pretty much the simplest example possible – a 3 input, 1 output network – and run inference on a number of MCUs, including the humble Arduino Uno. Miraculously, the Uno processed the network in an impressively fast prediction time of 114.4 μsec!

Whilst we did not test the code on an MCU, we just happened to have Jupyter Notebook installed so ran the same code on a Raspberry Pi directly from [Dimitris’s] bitbucket repo.

He explains in the project pages that now that the hype about AI has died down a bit that it’s the right time for engineers to get into the nitty-gritty of the theory and start using some of the ‘tools’ such as Keras, which have now matured into something fairly useful.

In part 2 of the project, we get to see the guts of a more complicated NN with 3-inputs, a hidden layer with 32 nodes and 1-output, which runs on an Uno at a much slower speed of 5600 μsec.

This exploration of ML in the embedded world is NOT ‘high level’ research stuff that tends to be inaccessible and hard to understand. We have covered Machine Learning On Tiny Platforms Like Raspberry Pi And Arduino before, but not with such an easy and thoroughly practical example.

Blisteringly Fast Machine Learning On An Arduino Uno
Source: HackADay

CoinMarketCap acquihires the team of Hashtag Capital, which started as a crypto trading fund, to improve the easily faked volume-weighted crypto price estimates (Daniel Palmer/CoinDesk)


Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:

CoinMarketCap acquihires the team of Hashtag Capital, which started as a crypto trading fund, to improve the easily faked volume-weighted crypto price estimates  —  As its bid to improve its crypto data offering continues, CoinMarketCap is snapping up a firm building technology said to provide a “true price” for cryptocurrencies.

CoinMarketCap acquihires the team of Hashtag Capital, which started as a crypto trading fund, to improve the easily faked volume-weighted crypto price estimates (Daniel Palmer/CoinDesk)
Source: Tech Meme

How to watch NASA's critical safety test of the Orion crew capsule – CNET

The Orion module is set to take astronauts to the moon in 2024 but first needs to pass a test of its emergency abort system. How to watch NASA's critical safety test of the Orion crew capsule – CNET
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Bleckwen, a cybersecurity company developing AI-based fraud detection and prevention systems for banks and others, emerges from stealth, raises $10M Series A (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)


Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:

Bleckwen, a cybersecurity company developing AI-based fraud detection and prevention systems for banks and others, emerges from stealth, raises $10M Series A  —  Bleckwen, a cybersecurity firm developing fraud detection and prevention systems for banks and financial technology companies …

Bleckwen, a cybersecurity company developing AI-based fraud detection and prevention systems for banks and others, emerges from stealth, raises M Series A (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Source: Tech Meme

Netflix is reportedly adapting Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Another Neil Gaiman property is being adapted for the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter says that Netflix is closing in on a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt the author’s acclaimed comic series Sandman into a live-action TV show, in what is being described as “the most expensive TV series that DC entertainment has ever done.”

Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg will act as writer, producer, and showrunner for the series, with Neil Gaiman and David Goyer acting as executive producers. THR notes that a final deal hasn’t been finalized, and but indicates that the project is headed for a straight-to-series pickup. Sources told the publication that Warner Bros. (which has the rights to the show), opted to sell the series to another…

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Netflix is reportedly adapting Neil Gaiman’s Sandman
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Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: 5G speed test battle royale – CNET

We test 5G speeds on all four major US carriers. Here’s what happened. Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: 5G speed test battle royale – CNET
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Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report: on-demand audio streams in the US grew 31.6% YoY to 507.7B in the first half of 2019 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)


Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:

Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report: on-demand audio streams in the US grew 31.6% YoY to 507.7B in the first half of 2019  —  Music streaming services have already delivered a new high of half a trillion (507.7 billion) on-demand streams in the first half of 2019, according to Nielsen’s mid-year Music Report released this week.

Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report: on-demand audio streams in the US grew 31.6% YoY to 507.7B in the first half of 2019 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
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TaTaTu, after raising $575M from royals and celebs in a private 2018 ICO for a blockchain-based Netflix-like service, now says it is not a blockchain business (Leigh Cuen/CoinDesk)


Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:

TaTaTu, after raising $575M from royals and celebs in a private 2018 ICO for a blockchain-based Netflix-like service, now says it is not a blockchain business  —  What started as a $575 million token sale is now a rewards program for watching videos.  —  TaTaTu’s initial coin offering …

TaTaTu, after raising 5M from royals and celebs in a private 2018 ICO for a blockchain-based Netflix-like service, now says it is not a blockchain business (Leigh Cuen/CoinDesk)
Source: Tech Meme

Microsoft asks to join private Linux security developer list

Microsoft’s migration from Linux enemy to Linux friend continues in security circles. Microsoft asks to join private Linux security developer list
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Microsoft developer reveals Linux is now more used on Azure than Windows Server

Linux rules all the clouds now, including Microsoft’s own Azure. Microsoft developer reveals Linux is now more used on Azure than Windows Server
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Exp.CVE-2017-11882!g4

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan. Exp.CVE-2017-11882!g4
Source: Symantec lastest threats

Ducati racer Carlin Dunne dead following Pikes Peak Hill Climb crash – Roadshow

The 36-year-old rider died less than a quarter mile from the finish line at the mountain’s summit. Ducati racer Carlin Dunne dead following Pikes Peak Hill Climb crash – Roadshow
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Women's World Cup 2019: A game-changing tournament for female footballers – CNET

Commentary: The 2019 Women’s World Cup is already living up to expectations. But life as a “pro” is far from smooth sailing. Women's World Cup 2019: A game-changing tournament for female footballers – CNET
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Intel puts around 8,500 patents related to the wireless modem business that it is exiting, up for auction (Richard Lloyd/IAM)

Richard Lloyd / IAM:

Intel puts around 8,500 patents related to the wireless modem business that it is exiting, up for auction  —  In what looks set to become one of the highest profile patent sales in years, Intel has put its IP relating to cellular wireless connectivity on the auction block.

Intel puts around 8,500 patents related to the wireless modem business that it is exiting, up for auction (Richard Lloyd/IAM)
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How tech like ground-penetrating radar, drones, lidar, hyper-accurate 3D mapping, and more is changing archaeology by enabling cheaper noninvasive site surveys (Andrew Dickson/OneZero)


Andrew Dickson / OneZero:

How tech like ground-penetrating radar, drones, lidar, hyper-accurate 3D mapping, and more is changing archaeology by enabling cheaper noninvasive site surveys  —  Lidar, drones, and more are helping field researchers uncover hidden worlds  —  eal Spencer likes to travel light.

How tech like ground-penetrating radar, drones, lidar, hyper-accurate 3D mapping, and more is changing archaeology by enabling cheaper noninvasive site surveys (Andrew Dickson/OneZero)
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Hackaday Links: June 30, 2019

In our continuing series of, ‘point and laugh at this guy’, I present a Kickstarter for the, “World’s First Patented Unhackable Computer Ever”.  It’s also a real web site and there’s even a patent (US 10,061,923, not showing up on Google Patents for some reason), and a real product: you can get an unhackable laptop, and you can get it in either space gray or gold finish. This gets fun when you actually dig into the patent; it appears this guy invented protected memory, with one section of memory dedicated to the OS, and another dedicated to the browser. This is a valid, live patent, by the way.

The 2019 New York Maker Faire is off. Yeah, it says it’s still going to happen on the website, but trust me, it’s off, and you can call the New York Hall of Science to confirm that for yourself. Maker Media died recently, and there will be no more ‘Flagship’ Maker Faires. That doesn’t mean the ‘mini’ and ‘featured’ Maker Faires are dead, though: the ‘Maker Faire’ trademark is simply licensed out to those organizers. In the next few weeks, there is going to be a (mini) Maker Faire in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Gilroy, California, Edmonton, Alberta, Kingsport Tennessee, and a big ‘ol one in Detroit. This raises an interesting question: where is the money for the licensing going? I’m sure some Mini Maker Faire organizers are reading this; have your checks been cashed? What is the communication with Maker Media like?

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. It’s valuable words of wisdom like that and can apply to many things. Commenting on blog posts, for example. Yes, you can throw sticks at a wasp’s nest, that doesn’t mean you should. Yes, you can 3D print Heely adapters for your shoes, but it doesn’t mean you should. It does look dope, though and you’re automatically a thousand times cooler than everyone else.

The C64 Mini is a pocket-sized Linux device with an HDMI port meant to play C64 games.   There were high hopes when the C64 Mini was announced, but it turned out the keyboard isn’t actually a mini keyboard. Now someone had the good sense to combine one of these ‘smartphone chips running an emulator in a retro case’ products with a full-sized keyboard. The C64 will be around by Christmas, and yeah, it has a full working keyboard.

Hackaday Links: June 30, 2019
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Facebook says it will treat 2020 US Census like an election and will have "people, policies and technology in place to protect against census interference" (Facebook)


Facebook:

Facebook says it will treat 2020 US Census like an election and will have “people, policies and technology in place to protect against census interference”  —  Civil rights are the foundation of a free and just society — and something we care deeply about as a company.

Facebook says it will treat 2020 US Census like an election and will have "people, policies and technology in place to protect against census interference" (Facebook)
Source: Tech Meme

Profile of Jay Carney, formerly Obama's press secretary, who is now a member of Jeff Bezos' elite S-team, in charge of PR and policy at Amazon (Eugene Kim/CNBC)


Eugene Kim / CNBC:

Profile of Jay Carney, formerly Obama’s press secretary, who is now a member of Jeff Bezos’ elite S-team, in charge of PR and policy at Amazon  —  KEY POINTS  — Jay Carney is running public relations and policy at Amazon, which is the target of an increasing number of political attacks.

Profile of Jay Carney, formerly Obama's press secretary, who is now a member of Jeff Bezos' elite S-team, in charge of PR and policy at Amazon (Eugene Kim/CNBC)
Source: Tech Meme

Facebook creates civil rights task force as review of policies continues – CNET

COO Sheryl Sandberg will chair the group. Facebook creates civil rights task force as review of policies continues – CNET
Source: CNet