First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach
Mar21

First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach

Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Thursday’s animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody. Google says the Doodle uses machine learning to “harmonize the custom melody into Bach’s signature...

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AP PHOTOS: Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill
Mar21

AP PHOTOS: Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill

It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound. The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring, sea otters and birds soaked in oil, and hundreds of miles of shoreline polluted. Commercial fishermen in the area saw their careers hit bottom. It’s...

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Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse
Mar20

Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days in a closet at their home outside Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday. Machelle Hobson’s children had no food, water or access to a bathroom whenever they were sequestered in a closet, according to a police report. Officers who went to the house last...

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Report: Slain Mexican journalist’s widow targeted by spyware
Mar20

Report: Slain Mexican journalist’s widow targeted by spyware

The widow of a renowned Mexican journalist murdered two years ago was the target of an attempted spyware attack 10 days after his death, an internet watchdog group reported Wednesday. The Toronto-based Citizen Lab said the attempt to place Pegasus spy software targeted Griselda Triana, the widow of Javier Valdez, bringing to 25 the number of known cases involving the spyware in Mexico — including two of Valdez’s colleagues at...

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Puerto Rico lures tech developers as hurricane season looms
Mar20

Puerto Rico lures tech developers as hurricane season looms

In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute each night to mark the start of a curfew after which any human noise would be considered a call for help. With telephone service blown away by the Category 4 hurricane, the...

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Facebook’s Oculus launches new virtual reality headset and console
Mar20

Facebook’s Oculus launches new virtual reality headset and console

Facebook unveiled new virtual reality devices on Wednesday, the latest in the company’s efforts take the technology to the mass market. Oculus, the virtual reality (VR) company Facebook acquired in 2014, unveiled the new Oculus Rift S headset and a portable VR console called Quest at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Wednesday. Both devices will retail for $399 each and be available later this spring,...

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