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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 (Karen Hao/MIT Technology Review)

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.

A look at the key characteristics of the Julia programming language, as scientists increasingly adopt the language for tackling large-scale numerical problems (Lee Phillips/Ars Technica)

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.

Researchers prove an efficient algorithm for finding approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem slightly beats the long-standing record holder (Erica Klarreich/Quanta Magazine)

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.

DOD awards $600M to ATTITELTITELTITELTITELT, Ericsson, Nokia, and others for 5G experiments at five US military test sites; tests will include pilots for 5G-enabled AR/VR (Phil Harvey/Light Reading)

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.

Comcast says symmetrical gigabit upload and download speeds can be achieved through cable internet, detailing a trial using a hybrid fiber-cable network (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

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 …

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 (Ina Fried/Axios)

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 …
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