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Discord is giving racist alt-right servers the banhammer

Discord is giving racist alt-right servers the banhammer

Discord has started banning servers that harbor racist users, specifically ones that are related to the tragic events that recently took place in Charlottesville. The company announced its actions after they took place via its Twitter, saying that, among other things, it put an end to the 'altright.com' Discord server. The news comes shortly after GoDaddy similarly booted a racist account from its service.

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Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google has snapped up the former head of Tesla's Autopilot, with Chris Lattner joining the Google Brain deep learning artificial intelligence project. Lattner was, until recently, leading Tesla's work on semi-autonomous and autonomous driving, having been recruited in January of this year. The electric car company has been one of the most ambitious in its public commitments to making driverless cars practical, with founder and CEO Elon Musk promising that Tesla vehicles being built today will be, with the right software and legal framework, capable of full Level 5 autonomy in the coming years.

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SoundCloud saved: Investors step in to rescue music site

SoundCloud saved: Investors step in to rescue music site

The SoundCloud shutdown has had a last-minute reprieve, with a new financing round saving the popular podcast and music sharing site from its imminent demise. The site had made sizable redundancies in July, axing 173 members of its team in an attempt to curtail costs, but fears persisted that it would be forced to shut down altogether if it couldn't make ends meet. Now, SoundCloud says, that's not a worry, though there'll be some changes ahead.

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Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Following news of at least one fidget spinner exploding, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a statement of caution surrounding the popular toy. According to the statement, fidget spinners may pose a risk of both explosions and choking in young children.

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Engraved human bones shed light on ancient cannibalism ritual

Engraved human bones shed light on ancient cannibalism ritual

A newly published study details the ritualistic cannibalism that took place at various places in ancient Europe, the signs of which persist to this day in the form of etched human bones. The bones were recovered from, in this case, a cave in the UK. Researchers explain that unusual zig-zag markings on the bones weren't the result of butchering, but rather were 'intentional engraving' performed after other ritualistic burial processes had been completed.

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Baby skull unearthed in Africa belonged to ancient human ancestor

Baby skull unearthed in Africa belonged to ancient human ancestor

A researcher has discovered a well-preserved skull that had once belonged to an infant from a non-extinct ape species. This species is said to have been a common ancestor shared by humans and apes, while the skull itself is the most complete of any extinct ape skull ever uncovered. The infant would have been under two years old at the time of death, and it spent about 13 million years buried before being discovered.

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks out on anti-diversity memo

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks out on anti-diversity memo

YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki has spoken out about the Google anti-diversity memo, branding as "pervasive" the sexism in the tech industry. Writing in an op-ed for Fortune, Wojcicki describes her experience with being marginalized in what many have considered a "male" segment over her career. While she may praise Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who set up the company in Wojcicki's garage back in 1998, she doesn't shy from criticizing the "unfounded bias" that is still present across the industry.

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Google just fired the “anti-diversity” memo author

Google just fired the “anti-diversity” memo author

Google has fired the author of the controversial internal memo on diversity, after facing huge criticism after the document, citing "politically correct monoculture" at the company, was leaked. Across ten pages, the document - which was shared on one of Google's internal messageboards, as its author apparently sought feedback on his opinions - accused the search giant of extreme liberal bias, and in turn creating an environment where conservative voices felt unable to speak out. However, it was its stance on women in engineering which caused the greatest outcry.

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Tesla courts $1.5bn debt to fuel aggressive Model 3 push

Tesla courts $1.5bn debt to fuel aggressive Model 3 push

Tesla aims to raise a hefty $1.5bn to fund its battery-making Gigafactory expansion and production of the new Model 3, though some experts are wary of the automaker's ambition. The Californian company began deliveries of the Model 3, its most affordable all-electric car so far, at the end of July. However, it was a fairly symbolic milestone, with CEO and founder Elon Musk warning of "manufacturing hell" as Tesla ramps up production.

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Tablet sales are still dropping, but detachables offer hope

Tablet sales are still dropping, but detachables offer hope

Tablet sales have been declining for years and there's no sign of that stopping any time soon. Research and data company IDC has just released its latest report on the tablet market, and it paints a bleak image. According to the company, the second quarter of 2017 showed a continued drop in tablet sales, and that despite new cheaper iPads and other slates from popular companies. Tallying up the numbers from across the globe, the tablet industry experienced a 3.4% decrease in sales compared to the same period last year.

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Virgin Galactic’s rocket system just aced a huge test

Virgin Galactic’s rocket system just aced a huge test

Early this morning, Virgin Galactic completed two successful flights of its VSS Unity and VMS Eve crafts, a process that kicked off around 9AM in the Mojave Desert. This marks the first time the VSS Unity, something known as a rocket-powered manned SpaceShipTwo space-plane, has taken to the sky in a couple months. Virgin Galactic explains that this latest flight was something of a dry-run ahead of more powerful flights.

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Google’s Snapchat Discover clone Stamp is AMP for Millennials

Google’s Snapchat Discover clone Stamp is AMP for Millennials

Watch out Snapchat: Google wants to eat your lunch. While the Battle Royale may have been between Snapchat and Facebook until now, with the latter frequently accused of stealing the features of the former, now the Mountain View search giant is wading into the ring. According to sources, it not only has eyes on one of Snapchat's more lucrative features, but potential customers already lined up to use it.

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