Samsung says profit slid 60 percent year on year

Samsung says profit slid 60 percent year on year

Samsung Electronics’ first-quarter operating profit slid around 60 percent year-on-year off revenue that declined by about 14 percent, according to preliminary guidance, further illustrating the company’s struggle with falling chip prices. The company had already issued an unprecedented warning last week that its earnings would be lower than market expectations. Total sales are expected to come in at 52 trillion won ($45.7 billion), with operating profit of around 6.2 trillion won ($5.5 billion), according to…

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Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry

Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry

The controversial panel lasted just a little over a week. This week, Vox and other outlets reported that Google’s newly created AI ethics board was falling apart amid controversy over several of the board members. Well, it’s officially done falling apart — it’s been canceled. Google told Vox on Thursday that it’s pulling the plug on the ethics board. The board survived for barely more than one week. Founded to guide “responsible development of AI”…

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College students allegedly scammed Apple out of nearly $1M in iPhone replacements

College students allegedly scammed Apple out of nearly $1M in iPhone replacements

Two Chinese engineering students in Oregon allegedly scammed Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in iPhone replacements and are now facing criminal charges in federal court, as first reported by The Oregonian. Authorities allege the students pulled off a convoluted scheme in order to wring Apple of the cash by using counterfeit devices and exploiting Apple’s return policy. Beginning in 2017, the two men allegedly smuggled thousands of counterfeit iPhones into the US…

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The strange sight of a solar eclipse on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover saw two solar eclipses on Mars in March. On Earth, total solar eclipses are spectacular events. But they’re the result of a total coincidence: The moon in the moments it passes between Earth and the sun is just the right size to cover the sun completely from where we stand. It blots it out, revealing the sun’s atmosphere, the great glowing solar corona. There’s no scientific reason for this. We’re just lucky….

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What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained

What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained

Federal authorities are reportedly probing potential Chinese spying efforts at Trump’s Palm Beach resort. Concerns about security and the level of access to President Donald Trump at his private Florida club Mar-a-Lago have been swirling since he was elected, but scrutiny kicked into high gear after the US Secret Service arrested a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, who they say was carrying four cellphones and a malware-infected thumb drive at the resort over the weekend. According…

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Facebook’s ad delivery could be inherently discriminatory, researchers say

Facebook’s ad delivery could be inherently discriminatory, researchers say

A new study says that Facebook’s ad delivery algorithm discriminates based on race and gender, even when advertisers are trying to reach a broad audience. The research backs up a similar claim that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development made last week when it sued Facebook for breaking housing discrimination laws. It also expands the scope of an already potentially damning body of research about online advertising and bias, adding new fuel to…

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Elon Musk ordered to work things out with the SEC over his tweets

Elon Musk ordered to work things out with the SEC over his tweets

Elon Musk sat stoically in a Manhattan courtroom Thursday, hands clasped in front of him, as a federal judge weighed whether to hold him in contempt of court. The proximate cause was a tweet Musk sent in February that the Securities and Exchange Commission argues violated the terms of their settlement. And when the judge ultimately punted on the decision, ordering his lawyers and the SEC to work out their differences and come back in…

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Trump, of all people, tries to score political points on Biden’s treatment of women

Trump, of all people, tries to score political points on Biden’s treatment of women

The utter shamelessness of the Trump administration, in one tweet. Less than two months ago, Alva Johnson, a former Trump campaign staffer, came forward to accuse Donald Trump of kissing her without her consent in 2016. In so doing, Johnson became the 16th woman to accuse the president of groping, kissing, or assaulting her. At least seven additional women have accused Trump of sexual harassment. Beyond the slew of accusations, Trump was infamously recorded bragging…

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Microsoft brings Spotify and useful widgets to its Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10

Microsoft brings Spotify and useful widgets to its Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10

Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer admitted last year that the software maker had “a ton of work to do on Windows” for PC gamers. Microsoft is now starting to improve its Xbox integration on PC with the unveiling of a big overhaul for the Game Bar feature in Windows 10. Available for beta testers today, the updated Game Bar now includes widgets that look more like the overlays you’d find in Nvidia’s GeForce Experience. These…

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Gmail’s Smart Compose will now suggest email subjects based on what you’ve written

Gmail’s Smart Compose will now suggest email subjects based on what you’ve written

Google can now automatically suggest email subject lines for you through Gmail’s Smart Compose feature. The new ability arrived on Gmail today, moving us slightly closer to a future where we just use bots to replace our more mundane communications. Smart Compose can already guess at the next part of your sentences based on your writing habits, offering suggestions when you’re about to ask someone “to revisit this next week,” or thanking them at the…

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