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🔍 AI matches two radiologists in breast cancer screenings
🚫 Meta blocks news in Canada due to new publisher payment law
🎵 Meta's open-source framework for audio generation from text
📱 Possible two-hour daily limit on kids' screen time in China
🔒 Kenya halts Worldcoin's eyeball-scanning crypto project
🚀 Steve Wozniak's plan for a 'ride share' for satellites

🔍 AI matches two radiologists in breast cancer screeningsLINK

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) can match the performance of two human radiologists in reviewing breast cancer scans, reducing doctors' reading time by 50% and detecting more breast cancer cases.
  • In a trial with 80,000 women, AI identified 41 more cancers than human radiologists, with 19 being invasive and 22 in situ cancers.
  • AI-supported screening did not result in more false positives than standard screenings, and it could reduce radiologists' reading workload by 44% amid a predicted shortage of radiologists in the US.
  • 🚫 Meta blocks news in Canada due to new publisher payment lawLINK

  • Meta has blocked news access on Facebook and Instagram for Canadian users as a response to Canada's Online News Act.
  • The Online News Act aims to ensure fair revenue sharing between tech giants like Meta and Canadian news outlets.
  • Canadian journalists and news outlets are expressing concern over the lack of visibility and potential impact on their livelihoods due to Meta's decision.
  • 🎵 Meta's open-source framework for audio generation from textLINK

  • Meta introduces AudioCraft, a framework for generating high-quality, realistic audio and music from short text descriptions using generative AI models.
  • The framework includes three models: MusicGen for music generation, AudioGen for environmental sounds, and EnCodec for improved audio compression.
  • There are ethical concerns regarding the use of MusicGen and AudioCraft, as they can potentially be misused for deepfakes and raise copyright issues.
  • 📱 Possible two-hour daily limit on kids' screen time in ChinaLINK

  • The Cyberspace Administration of China proposes rules to limit smartphone screen time for people under 18 to a maximum of two hours per day.
  • The rules aim to curb addiction to apps and smartphones among young people and require smartphones to have a "minor mode" for age-appropriate content.
  • Chinese internet giants like Tencent and ByteDance could be affected by these regulations, signaling Beijing's desire for more control over digital life.
  • 🔒 Kenya halts Worldcoin's eyeball-scanning crypto projectLINK

  • Worldcoin's pop-up registration centers faced security concerns, leaving many Kenyans locked out of the process.
  • Worldcoin aims to create a global identity and financial network, offering universal access to the global economy and potentially a universal basic income.
  • Kenya was chosen as the first African country for the platform's launch due to its vibrant tech space and significant crypto trading population.
  • 🚀 Steve Wozniak's plan for a 'ride share' for satellitesLINK

  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's space start-up Privateer plans to create a global online marketplace to bring satellite access to private citizens, allowing them to share the cost of accessing satellites.
  • The marketplace will use software tools, including artificial intelligence learning, and introduce the Pono satellite attachment to assist with data processing while in orbit.
  • The goal is to maximize the utility of satellites, reduce space debris, and make space access more accessible, similar to the impact of GPS technology becoming available to the masses.
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    Twitter now allows users to hide their blue checkmark, which was introduced as a paid verification feature granting various benefits. Many view the checkmark as a sign of being a Musk supporter or a problematic user, causing controversy.LINK

    British chip maker Arm plans to go public in an IPO valued between $60bn and $70bn in September, aiming to raise up to $10bn and expand beyond smartphones to cloud computing, AI, and EV applications.LINK

    Google plans to reboot the Google Assistant with a focus on generative AI, centered around the LLM technology of Google Bard. The reorganization includes laying off dozens of employees while exploring a supercharged Assistant experience.LINK

    Amazon is launching its virtual health clinic service, Amazon Clinic, nationwide, allowing users in all 50 states to connect with telemedicine partners for virtual doctor visits.LINK

    Former content moderators for OpenAI's ChatGPT in Nairobi, Kenya, filed a petition calling for an investigation into exploitative conditions. They allege suffering psychological trauma, low pay, and inadequate support while reviewing disturbing content for the AI algorithm.LINK

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