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Vivint is changing the game with cutting edge smart home security and technology

Importance Of A Smart Home Security SystemApproximately 2.5 million burglaries take place each year. That’s an astonishing number, but what’s even scarier is that over half of these are break-ins! This translates into about one burglary every 13 seconds. Having a high-quality smart home security system has never been more important to protect your home […]

A look at the impact of data centers in Europe, including high electricity and water usage, as Big Tech gets tax breaks, subsidized energy and agricultural land (Marietje Schaake/Financial Times) –

Marietje Schaake / Financial Times:A look at the impact of data centers in Europe, including high electricity and water usage, as Big Tech gets tax breaks, subsidized energy and agricultural land  —  Meanwhile, companies must be more transparent in their planning applications  —  The writer is international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center […]

Amazon says it will shut down Alexa.com, its global website ranking system, on May 1, 2022, after 25 years of operation (Mayank Parmar/BleepingComputer) –

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:Amazon says it will shut down Alexa.com, its global website ranking system, on May 1, 2022, after 25 years of operation  —  Amazon announced on Wednesday plans to shut down its global website ranking system and competitor analysis tool “Alexa.com”, which has been available for 25 years. Read More

DeepMind claims its AI called RETRO matches the performance of neural networks 25 times its size, cutting the time and cost of training large language models (Will Douglas Heaven/MIT Technology Review) –

Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:DeepMind claims its AI called RETRO matches the performance of neural networks 25 times its size, cutting the time and cost of training large language models  —  RETRO uses an external memory to look up passages of text on the fly, avoiding some of the costs of training a […]

HashiCorp raises $1.2B in its IPO after pricing shares at $80 each, up from a marketed range of $68 to $72, giving it a valuation of $14B (Crystal Tse/Bloomberg) –

Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:HashiCorp raises $1.2B in its IPO after pricing shares at $80 each, up from a marketed range of $68 to $72, giving it a valuation of $14B  —  – Cloud software firm prices shares above marketed range at $80  — Startup formed by onetime Seattle classmates worth $16 billion Read More

At a congressional hearing with six crypto executives, committee members voiced concern about stablecoins and exchanges but showed a warming reception to crypto (Kollen Post/The Block) –

Kollen Post / The Block:At a congressional hearing with six crypto executives, committee members voiced concern about stablecoins and exchanges but showed a warming reception to crypto  —  Quick Take  — Today’s hearing before the House Financial Services Committee confirmed: Congress is warming up to crypto. Read More

Google confirms a bug preventing some Android users from calling 911 if Microsoft Teams is installed but they are not logged in, says a permanent fix is coming (Abner Li/9to5Google) –

Abner Li / 9to5Google:Google confirms a bug preventing some Android users from calling 911 if Microsoft Teams is installed but they are not logged in, says a permanent fix is coming  —  Last week, a user reported that their Pixel 3 was not able to dial 911 (emergency services in the US). Read More

Adobe agrees to acquire ContentCal, which helps creators automate social media publishing and reporting tasks, sources say for more than $100M in cash (Ivan Levingston/Bloomberg) –

Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:Adobe agrees to acquire ContentCal, which helps creators automate social media publishing and reporting tasks, sources say for more than $100M in cash  —  Adobe Inc. will acquire U.K. social media marketing startup ContentCal in a deal that aims to give users, particularly small businesses … Read More

ViacomCBS announces partnership with Wattpad to adapt originals – Catie Keck

Image: ViacomCBS Wattpad has long been a pipeline bringing content adaptations of stories by emerging writers to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Now, ViacomCBS and Wattpad’s studio arm are teaming up to spin out a slate of original series from successful titles on Wattpad and Webtoon. Wattpad has been a story springboard for streaming […]

Robin Healthcare, which offers an AI-powered smart speaker to record patients’ talks with providers and help with administrative tasks, raises a $50M Series B (Rebecca Torrence/FierceHealthcare) –

Rebecca Torrence / FierceHealthcare:Robin Healthcare, which offers an AI-powered smart speaker to record patients’ talks with providers and help with administrative tasks, raises a $50M Series B  —  Robin Healthcare didn’t set out to create an Amazon Alexa for healthcare.  The startup first tried using a webcam … Read More

Sony publishes God of War PC system requirements, adds DLSS to Horizon Zero Dawn –

When Sony announced God of War for PC in October, it confirmed the port would support Nvidia DLSS, Nvidia Reflex, higher resolution shadows, Ground Truth Ambient Occlusion, Screen Space Directional Occlusion, and 21:9 aspect ratio. The new trailer containing PC footage at 4K and 60 frames per second reconfirms these features. Read More

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