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Scientists Discover First Nitrogen-Fixing Organelle

In two recent papers, an international team of scientists describes the first known nitrogen-fixing organelle within a eukaryotic cell, which the researchers are calling a nitroplast. Phys.Org reports: The discovery of the organelle involved a bit of luck and decades of work. In 1998, Jonathan Zehr, a UC Santa Cruz distinguished professor of marine...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 04:51
96% of US Hospital Websites Share Visitor Info With Meta, Google, Data Brokers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Hospitals -- despite being places where people implicitly expect to have their personal details kept private -- frequently use tracking technologies on their websites to share user information with Google, Meta, data brokers, and other third parties, according to research published today. Academics...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 04:51
Adobe Firefly Used Thousands of Midjourney Images In Training Its 'Ethical AI' Model

According to Bloomberg, Adobe used images from its competitor Midjourney to train its own artificial intelligence image generator, Firefly -- contradicting the "commercially safe" ethical standards the company promotes. Tom's Guide reports: The startup has never declared the source of its training data but many suspect it is from images it scraped from...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 03:50
Huawei Building Vast Chip Equipment R&D Center In Shanghai

AmiMoJo writes: Huawei Technologies is building a massive semiconductor equipment research and development center in Shanghai as the Chinese tech titan continues to beef up its chip supply chain to counter a U.S. crackdown. The centre's mission includes building lithography machines, vital equipment for producing cutting-edge chips. To staff the new...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 02:49
Google Threatens To Cut Off News After California Proposes Paying Media Outlets

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google says it will start removing links to California news websites in a "short term test for a small percentage of California users." The move is in response to the pending California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), which would require Google to pay a fee for linking Californians to news articles....

Sat Apr 13, 2024 02:49
China Tells Telecom Carriers To Phase Out Foreign Chips in Blow To Intel, AMD

China's push to replace foreign technology is now focused on cutting American chip makers out of the country's telecoms systems. From a report: Officials earlier this year directed the nation's largest telecom carriers to phase out foreign processors that are core to their networks by 2027, a move that would hit American chip giants Intel and Advanced...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 01:49

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