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The Download: a history of brainwashing, and America’s chipmaking ambitions

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology A brief, weird history of brainwashing On a spring day in 1959, war correspondent Edward Hunter testified before… Continue Reading →

A US official says the OFAC is investigating several US and foreign companies for shipments of chips with military applications that ultimately end up in Russia (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: A US official says the OFAC is investigating several US and foreign companies for shipments of chips with military applications that ultimately end up in Russia  —  – US, EU increasingly concerned about Russian sanctions evasion  — US analyzing… Continue Reading →

This US startup makes a crucial chip material and is taking on a Japanese giant

It can be dizzying to try to understand all the complex components of a single computer chip: layers of microscopic components linked to one another through highways of copper wires, some barely wider than a few strands of DNA. Nestled… Continue Reading →

A look at Android 15’s Private Space feature, similar to Samsung’s Secure Folder, which creates a separate profile for hiding apps and data (Mishaal Rahman/Android Authority)

Mishaal Rahman / Android Authority: A look at Android 15’s Private Space feature, similar to Samsung’s Secure Folder, which creates a separate profile for hiding apps and data  —  With Private Space in Android 15, you can hide your most… Continue Reading →

The Download: our eclipse guide, and what you need to know about bird flu

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. How to safely watch and photograph the total solar eclipse On April 8, the moon will pass directly… Continue Reading →

Court filings from FTC lawsuit against Meta show Instagram made $32.4B in ad revenue in 2021, which is more than YouTube’s $28.8B in ad revenue that year (Peter Kafka/Business Insider)

Peter Kafka / Business Insider: Court filings from FTC lawsuit against Meta show Instagram made $32.4B in ad revenue in 2021, which is more than YouTube’s $28.8B in ad revenue that year  —  – Instagram generated $32.4 billion in ad… Continue Reading →

The Download: Harvard’s geoengineering failure, and extending nuclear plants’ lifetimes

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The hard lessons of Harvard’s failed geoengineering experiment In March 2017, at a small summit in Washington, DC,… Continue Reading →

NYC-based Web3 infrastructure company Xion raised $25M, reportedly a Series A, from Animoca Brands, Laser Digital, Multicoin, Arrington Capital, and others (MK Manoylov/The Block)

MK Manoylov / The Block: NYC-based Web3 infrastructure company Xion raised $25M, reportedly a Series A, from Animoca Brands, Laser Digital, Multicoin, Arrington Capital, and others  —  – The web3 infrastructure firm Xion raised $25 million in funding.  — Animoca… Continue Reading →

A conversation with OpenAI’s first artist in residence

Alex Reben’s work is often absurd, sometimes surreal: a mash-up of giant ears imagined by DALL-E and sculpted by hand out of marble; critical burns generated by ChatGPT that thumb the nose at AI art. But its message is relevant… Continue Reading →

NYC’s Microsoft-powered MyCity chatbot, launched as a pilot program last October, often gives inaccurate info, including telling businesses to break the law (Colin Lecher/The City)

Colin Lecher / The City: NYC’s Microsoft-powered MyCity chatbot, launched as a pilot program last October, often gives inaccurate info, including telling businesses to break the law  —  The Microsoft-powered bot says bosses can take worker’s tips and that landlords… Continue Reading →

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