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Zin Boats reinvents the electric speedboat in a bid to become the Tesla of the sea – TechCrunch

Zin Boats reinvents the electric speedboat in a bid to become the Tesla of the sea – TechCrunch

is knee deep in the vast transition to electric, but one place where gas is still going strong is out on the water. Seattle startup wants to start what you might call a sea change by showing, as Tesla did with cars, that an electric boat can be not just better for the planet, but better in almost every other way as well.With a minimalist design like a silver bullet, built almost entirely from carbon fiber, the 20-foot Z2R is less than half the weight of comparable craft, letting it take off like a shot and handle easily, while also traveling a hundred miles on a charge — and you can fill...

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Court dismisses Genius lawsuit over lyrics-scraping by Google – TechCrunch

Court dismisses Genius lawsuit over lyrics-scraping by Google – TechCrunch

A state court has dismissed a high-profile case showing unsportsmanlike conduct by which was caught red-handed using lyrics obviously scraped from Genius. Unfortunately for the latter, the complaints amount to a copyright violation — which wasn’t what the plaintiffs alleged, sinking the case.The lawsuit, , accused Google of violating Genius’s terms of use and unjustly enriching itself by scraping lyrics on the site to be displayed on searches for songs. So, for instance, someone searching for “Your Love is Killing Me lyrics” would be shown the lyrics immediately instead of being sent to a...

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OpenCV AI Kit aims to do for computer vision what Raspberry Pi did for hobbyist hardware – TechCrunch

OpenCV AI Kit aims to do for computer vision what Raspberry Pi did for hobbyist hardware – TechCrunch

A new gadget called the OpenCV AI Kit, or OAK, looks to replicate the success of Raspberry Pi and other minimal computing solutions, but for the growing fields of computer vision and 3D perception. Its new multi-camera PCBs pack a lot of capability into a small, open-source unit and are now .The OAK devices use their cameras and onboard AI chip to perform a number of computer vision tasks, like identifying objects, counting people, finding distances to and between things in frame and more. This info is sent out in polished, ready-to-use form.Having a reliable, low-cost, low-power-draw...

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YouTube bans thousands of Chinese accounts to combat ‘coordinated influence operations’ – TechCrunch

YouTube bans thousands of Chinese accounts to combat ‘coordinated influence operations’ – TechCrunch

has banned a large number of Chinese accounts it said were engaging in “coordinated influence operations” on political issues, the company announced today; 2,596 accounts from China alone were taken down from April to June, compared with 277 in the .“These channels mostly uploaded spammy, non-political content, but a small subset posted political content primarily in Chinese similar to the findings in a recent Graphika report, including content related to the U.S. response to COVID-19,” .The Graphika report, entitled “Return of the (Spamouflage) Dragon: Pro Chinese Spam Network Tries...

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Space Force debuts official logo and motto, both reminding you that it’s ‘always above’ – TechCrunch

Space Force debuts official logo and motto, both reminding you that it’s ‘always above’ – TechCrunch

Earlier this year, the oft-mocked but new branch of the military, the Space Force, revealed an image that was suspiciously reminiscent of Star Trek. Now the Space Force has revealed a new, sharper graphic that is the force’s actual logo — and a motto to go with it: “Semper Supra,” or “always above.”To be clear, the image revealed in January, which everyone thought looked quite a bit like Starfleet’s, is the seal for the Space Force branch of the military. The new, simpler one is the logo for the organization as a whole, which is the one we’ll see communications and recruiting branded with....

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Cloudflare outage takes down Discord, Shopify, Politico and others – TechCrunch

Cloudflare outage takes down Discord, Shopify, Politico and others – TechCrunch

Many major websites and services were unreachable for a period Friday afternoon due to issues at . The outage seems to have started at about 2:15 Pacific time and lasted for about 25 minutes before connections began to be restored. Google DNS may also have been affected.Update: at 2:46 says “the issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented.” CEO Matthew Prince explains that it all came down to a bad router in Atlanta:We had an issue that impacted some portions of the network. It appears that a router in Atlanta had an error that caused bad routes across our backbone. That...

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Social Construct’s computer-optimized buildings could shake construction industry’s foundations – TechCrunch

Social Construct’s computer-optimized buildings could shake construction industry’s foundations – TechCrunch

of the largest industries still resisting the call of the 21st century, its practitioners opting for decades-old but tried and true methods. Ben Huh, of Cheezburger fame, aims to modernize the planning and assembly of buildings with software-generated floor plans and rooms that fit together like Lego bricks., handles everything from design to execution, leaving only the actual in-person work to construction contractors. By optimizing layouts, laying cables and pipes below floors instead of in walls, and standardizing both pieces and assembly, this new tech-informed method could reduce the...

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PACT Act takes on internet platform content rules with ‘a scalpel rather than a jackhammer’ – TechCrunch

PACT Act takes on internet platform content rules with ‘a scalpel rather than a jackhammer’ – TechCrunch

is a new bipartisan effort to reform Section 230, the crucial liability shield that enables internet platforms to exist, approaching the law’s shortcomings “with a scalpel rather than a jackhammer,” as Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) describes it. It is a welcome alternative to the and also in the running.Section 230 protects companies online from being liable for content posted by their users, as long as those companies remove illegal content when it is pointed out to them. Politicians have recently characterized it as an excuse for companies like Facebook and Twitter to control speech on...

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FCC Commissioner disparages Trump’s social media order: ‘The decision is ours alone’ – TechCrunch

FCC Commissioner disparages Trump’s social media order: ‘The decision is ours alone’ – TechCrunch

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has examined the president’s executive order that and found it wanting. “There are good reasons for the FCC to stay out of this debate,” he said. “The decision is ours alone.”The order targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which ensures that platforms like Facebook and YouTube aren’t liable for illegal content posted to them, as long as they are making efforts to take them down in accordance with the law.Some in government feel these protections go too far and have led to social media companies suppressing free speech. Trump himself clearly felt...

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Anything less than nationwide vote by mail is electoral sabotage – TechCrunch

Anything less than nationwide vote by mail is electoral sabotage – TechCrunch

has cast a light on decades of cumulative efforts to manipulate and suppress voters, showing that the country is completely unprepared for any serious challenge to its elections system. There can be no more excuses: Every state must implement voting by mail in 2020 or be prepared to admit it is deliberately sabotaging its own elections. (And for once, tech might be able to help.)To visualize how serious this problem is, one has only to imagine what would happen if quarantine measures like this spring’s were to happen in the fall — and considering experts predict a second wave in that...

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LeoLabs launches its global satellite monitoring and collision avoidance service – TechCrunch

LeoLabs launches its global satellite monitoring and collision avoidance service – TechCrunch

has been building out its global network of space-scanning radars for the last couple years, leading up to today’s launch of its Collision Avoidance system, essentially satellite-monitoring-as-a-service. It should prove an indispensable asset to startups that don’t happen to have their own state of the art radar setup.Space is full of junk, and it isn’t tracked as closely as anyone would like. A bit of debris the size of a pebble could put nearly any satellite out of commission, and there are thousands upon thousands of them in unknown orbits.Most debris tracking is done by a motley...

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