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    How to plan your life during a pandemic

    The covid-19 pandemic shocked the world and generated high levels of economic, political, and social uncertainty. And for many people, the virus compounded the growing sense of uncertainty they already felt in their lives as a result of automation, geopolitical tensions, and widening inequalities. With the many sudden changes that covid-19 has brought, planning for the future can feel impossible. Even short-term decisions—What will we do this weekend? Should I send my kids to school?—now require us to process a broad set of data and considerations. Trying to envision life months or a couple of years down the road may … Read More

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    Is your startup the next TikTok? – TechCrunch

    Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into a political football. The Bytedance-owned app developer still appears headed for a shutdown in the US, after the already convoluted talks stalled out this past week. Each national government appears to require local ownership of a new entity, as Catherine Shu … Read More

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    Mass Effect remasters push into 2021 and Xbox buys Bethesda

    Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is still coming, but not in 2020. GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti and editor Jeff Grubb talk about that story on this weeks GamesBeat Decides podcast. The crew then talks about Xbox buying Bethesda, Amazon’s Luna platform, and more. Source link … Read More

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    Postmates cuts losses in Q2 as it heads towards tie-up with Uber – TechCrunch

    Popular food delivery service Postmates is in the process of merging with Uber in a blockbuster $2.65 billion deal that would see it join forces with its food delivery competitor, Uber Eats. The deal remains under antitrust scrutiny, and has not yet been approved for closing. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2021. However, a new SEC filing posted after hours this Friday gives us a glimpse into how Postmates is faring in the new world of global pandemics and sit-in dining closures across the United States. Postmates posted a loss of just $32.2 million … Read More

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    Facebook wants to make AI better by asking people to break it

    Benchmarks can be very misleading, says Douwe Kiela at Facebook AI Research, who led the team behind the tool. Focusing too much on benchmarks can mean losing sight of wider goals. The test can become the task. “You end up with a system that is better at the test than humans are but not better at the overall task,” he says. “It’s very deceiving, because it makes it look like we’re much further than we actually are.” Kiela thinks that’s a particular problem with NLP right now. A language model like GPT-3 appears intelligent because it is so good at … Read More

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    Google Meet and other Google services go down (Updated) – TechCrunch

    Google’s engineers aren’t having a good day today. This afternoon, a number of Google services went offline or are barely reachable. These services include Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Analytics, Classroom and Calendar, for example. While Google’s own status dashboards don’t show any issues, we’re seeing reports from around the world from people who aren’t able to reach any of these services. Best we can tell, these issues started around 6pm PT. It’s unusual for this number of Google services to go down at once. Usually, it’s only a single service that is affected. This time around, however, it’s clearly a … Read More

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