FCC Chair Finally Says Agency Won’t Censor Trump’s Enemies

Last Wednesday President Donald Trump took to Twitter to suggest the government should challenge broadcasting licenses for stations that air “fake news.” The tweets attracted a swarm of criticism, but Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai, who was best positioned to calm fears of government censorship, was silent. Tuesday, six days after the president’s initial tweet …

Allen Institute for AI’s Semantic Scholar adds biomedical papers to its AI-sorted corpus

Semantic Scholar, an effort to index scientific literature using natural language processing and other AI methods, has added tens of millions of papers to its trove, expanding from computer science into biomedical studies. It’s a good opportunity for people in more fields to try this useful tool. Created by the Allen Institute for AI, Semantic …

Digital assistants: Siri vs Google vs Alexa

Forget typing into a keypad or pushing buttons on a phone to make calls, access apps or play music. Thanks to the latest voice activated technology you can now do all this and more, simply by talking into a device – whether that’s a mobile phone, a computer or one of the latest digital assistants. …

New story in Business from Time: The Last Famous Investor Betting on Sears Just Gave Up on It—and Its Stock Plunged

The past few years have been difficult ones for Sears, marked by shrinking sales, a sinking share price, and a slew of store closures. But the struggling retailer could at least count on one thing: the support of Bruce Berkowitz, one of Wall Street’s most iconoclastic investors, and someone who’s willing to really go against …

WhatsApp joins other messaging platforms with live location sharing

Sharing your current location with someone is a great way to passive-aggressively explain that you’re on your way when they ask where you are. But it also has other uses, and WhatsApp has now joined rivals Facebook Messenger and iMessage in offering the feature (with its own somewhat unique twist). The new feature will be …

Here Are Twitter’s Latest Rules for Fighting Hate and Abuse

When Twitter could take credit for revolutionary political movements like the Arab Spring, it was easy for the company’s executives to joke about their liberal stance on free speech. (Twitter, they said, was “the free speech wing of the free speech party.”) But things are a bit more complicated now, as Twitter increasingly plays host …

Greenpeace blasts Amazon over poor environmental practices

Most notably, Greenpeace accuses Amazon of being opaque when it comes to discussing its environmental practices. The company publishes virtually no data on its energy use, its materials or whether or not it limits the use of hazardous chemicals. It tends to offer only the info required by law. Outside of its adoption of solar …