Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
As deepfakes make their way into broadcast-quality productions, filmmakers and artists are facing new questions like how to cast the right actors for a deepfake — In 2019, two multimedia artists, Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund, set about to pursue a provocative idea.
Lee Phillips / Ars Technica:
A look at the key characteristics of the Julia programming language, as scientists increasingly adopt the language for tackling large-scale numerical problems — Fortran has ruled scientific computing, but Julia emerged for large-scale numerical work. — I´ve been running into a lot of happy and excited scientists lately.
Datavant, which lets healthcare organizations connect their data while protecting patient privacy, raises $40M Series B, bringing its total raised to $83M — Datavant, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of solutions for life sciences and healthcare organizations to connect their data …
Erica Klarreich / Quanta Magazine:
Researchers prove an efficient algorithm for finding approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem slightly beats the long-standing record holder — After 44 years, there´s finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem.
Noorie Malik / Yelp:
Yelp introduces Business Accused of Racist Behavior, a new alert to caution users about businesses that may be associated with overtly racist actions — At Yelp, we value diversity, inclusion and belonging, both internally and on our platform, which means we have a zero tolerance policy to racism.
Phil Harvey / Light Reading:
DOD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, and others for 5G experiments at five US military test sites; tests will include pilots for 5G-enabled AR/VR — The Department of Defense today announced it is awarding some $600 million to more than a dozen companies for “5G experimentation” at five military test sites.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast says symmetrical gigabit upload and download speeds can be achieved through cable internet, detailing a trial using a hybrid fiber-cable network — Comcast begins trial of symmetrical 1.25Gbps—no word on commercial availability. — Comcast´s cable Internet still has a heavy emphasis …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple to extend Apple TV+ free year trials that started between Nov. 1 2019, and Jan. 31 2020, through February 2021 — If you purchased a new Apple device from September 2019 last year — like an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV — you were automatically eligible for a free year of Apple TV+.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft adopts 10 “principles” for its app store, including letting devs choose a payment system for IAPs, that it says should be a model for other app stores — In a not-so-subtle dig at Apple and Google, Microsoft today announced a series of “principles” for its Windows 10 App Store …
Michelle F Davis / Bloomberg:
Analysis of 100+ PPP loan fraud cases shows that online lenders, including Kabbage and BlueVine, handled 75% of fraudulent loans but only 15% of all PPP loans — In April the Paycheck Protection Program was under fire for moving too slowly and leaving too many people out.