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Preqin: China accounted for 90% of global semiconductor VC funding in 2023, with $22.2B and up from $9.5B in 2022; the funding slowed to just $1.6B in H1 2024 (Xinmei Shen/South China Morning Post)

Xinmei Shen / South China Morning Post: Preqin: China accounted for 90% of global semiconductor VC funding in 2023, with $22.2B and up from $9.5B in 2022; the funding slowed to just $1.6B in H1 2024  —  – Ninety per… Continue Reading →

The Download: recycling clothing, and fish-friendly hydropower

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 polyester-dissolving process could make modern clothing recyclable   The news: Less than 1% of clothing is recycled. Most… Continue Reading →

An overview of “looksmaxxing” apps that rate teen boys’ faces, boast millions of downloads, and, critics say, are exacerbating the youth mental health crisis (Alexandra Sternlicht/Fortune)

Alexandra Sternlicht / Fortune: An overview of “looksmaxxing” apps that rate teen boys’ faces, boast millions of downloads, and, critics say, are exacerbating the youth mental health crisis  —  After Dillon Latham’s girlfriend dumped him during their junior year of… Continue Reading →

The Download: AI video games’ research potential, and US government website redesigns

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 AI video games can help reveal the mysteries of the human mind Video gaming companies are applying… Continue Reading →

A US judge rules the SEC has plausibly alleged Binance, Binance.US, and Changpeng Zhao violated federal securities laws, but dismisses secondary sales charges (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk: A US judge rules the SEC has plausibly alleged Binance, Binance.US, and Changpeng Zhao violated federal securities laws, but dismisses secondary sales charges  —  A federal judge ruled the SEC had plausibly alleged Binance, Binance.US and… Continue Reading →

The Download: the future of music AI, and climate tech funding

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. Training AI music models is about to get very expensive AI music is suddenly in a make-or-break moment…. Continue Reading →

Sources: US is probing China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom over concerns they are providing Americans’ data to Beijing through their US cloud services (Alexandra Alper/Reuters)

Alexandra Alper / Reuters: Sources: US is probing China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom over concerns they are providing Americans’ data to Beijing through their US cloud services  —  The Biden administration is investigating China Mobile, China Telecom and… Continue Reading →

Synthesia’s hyperrealistic deepfakes will soon have full bodies

Startup Synthesia’s AI-generated avatars are getting an update to make them even more realistic: They will soon have bodies that can move, and hands that gesticulate. The new full-body avatars will be able to do things like sing and brandish… Continue Reading →

Huawei announces HarmonyOS Next, to be used in all of its devices, Harmony Intelligence, to integrate AI onto its devices, and Pangu 5.0, a family of four LLMs (Nikkei Asia)

Nikkei Asia: Huawei announces HarmonyOS Next, to be used in all of its devices, Harmony Intelligence, to integrate AI onto its devices, and Pangu 5.0, a family of four LLMs  —  Operating system will cover all devices and leverage company’s… Continue Reading →

How underwater drones could shape a potential Taiwan-China conflict

A potential future conflict between Taiwan and China would be shaped by novel methods of drone warfare involving advanced underwater drones and increased levels of autonomy, according to a new war-gaming experiment by the think tank Center for a New… Continue Reading →

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