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Copyright Case Over Richard Prince Instagram Show to Go Forward

Phony fraud photographers keep mooching me. Why? I changed the game. &their wizardry professorial boredom keeps coughing up a vick’sVAPOrub. Source: New York Times – Technology

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Tech Tip: Finding the Date on a Map Image

Q. Is there any way to tell the age of a photo used in Google Maps Street View? A. One way to see when Google’s photo-snapping staff captured an image is to look at it in the desktop version of Google Maps. After you enter an address, click in your browser to the results. Select the Street View option (if one is available), and you should see a small label at the bottom of the screen that says “Image Capture,” followed by a month and year. Photo As circled at…

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Trilobites: A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo

Researchers say the new nanomesh device can theoretically be worn for a week or longer without such problems. The drawback is that it can be rubbed off with water, so in reality, it will need to be replaced after every shower or bath. There is a trade-off between how comfortable the device is and its durability, Dr. Someya said, adding that this is an area of future research. The device is made from nanoscale meshes containing a water-soluble polymer called polyvinyl alcohol and a layer of gold. It can be…

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Bits: Daily Report: Can Facebook Woo Back Publishers?

Photo Facebook’s Instant Articles product allows publishers to post news articles that can be read within Facebook rather than on the publisher’s website. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times The publishing industry’s relationship with Facebook has always had a certain scorpion-and-frog quality to it. First, a quick recap of the fable of the scorpion and the frog: A scorpion meets a frog on a river bank and asks the frog to carry it to the other side. The frog, knowing a thing or two about scorpions, asks: How…

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Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030

A.I. is one of a growing number of disciplines in which experts say China is making quick progress. Yet it was a foreign feat of A.I. prowess that provided one of the greatest impetuses for the new plan. The two professors who consulted with the government on A.I. both said that the 2016 defeat of Lee Se-dol, a South Korean master of the board game Go, by Google’s AlphaGo had a profound impact on politicians in China. Then in May, Google brought AlphaGo to China, where it defeated the world’s…

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Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site

News outlets have become increasingly dissatisfied with how online platforms like Facebook and Google are consuming the digital advertising market and gaining more control over the online distribution of news. This month, a group of publishers started an effort to gain group bargaining rights so they might be able to negotiate more effectively with the online platforms that are threatening their business models. While nearly all publishers have shifted their attention to increasing digital revenue, most are still seeking profitable solutions that will work in the long term. Although many…

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Tech Tip: Shopping for New Software

Q. Why are some programs not available in the software app stores, even if I know they exist? If I find them anyway, are they safe to install? A. The “app store” approach to distributing software, which downloads the program directly to the device (or computer), is a convenience for consumers, but not every developer chooses to sell work that way. For one, the bigger electronic marketplaces run by Apple, Google and Microsoft place technical restrictions on what a program can and cannot do once it is installed, and some…

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An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

The motion of electrons inside a ribbon of a semimetal is governed by essentially the same space-time-warping equations as the original mixed axial-gravitational anomaly. The advance could have practical uses in electronics, similar to how the invention of the transistor led to computer chips. Welcome to the place of no return — a region in space where the gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape it. This is a black hole. “This could be opening the door to something new,” said Bernd Gotsmann, an IBM physicist…

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