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X hopes ‘sensitivity settings’ will bring back advertisers

X is giving advertisers new ways to have some control over what type of content can appear near their ads. The company formerly known as Twitter introduced new “sensitivity settings” that allow advertisers to choose between different types of content filtering for their ads. The new controls arrive as X is increasingly desperate to win […]

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Hitting the Books: The dangerous real-world consequences of our online attention economy

If reality television has taught us anything, it’s there’s not much people won’t do if offered enough money and attention. Sometimes, even just the latter. Unfortunately for the future prospects of our civilization, modern social media has focused upon those same character foibles and optimized them at a global scale, sacrifices at the altar of

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Tumblr’s building a TikTok inspired feed in bid to grow its user base

Tumblr could be the latest platform to borrow from TikTok’s playbook. The company is planning a major revamp of its platform that will bring algorithmic recommendations to users’ feeds, according to a memo published on the Tumblr Staff blog. The memo is notably frank about the reasons for the upcoming changes and what it describes

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Researchers give robots roly-polies for hands

The human hand is a marvel of evolutionary development, offering 27 degrees of freedom and unrivaled touch sensitivity. But it’s the same aspects that make our hands so, well, handy, that also make them an absolute nightmare to recreate robotically. That’s why one team of researchers has abandoned human-derived gripper design in favor of woodlice.

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Instagram explains its recommendations and ‘shadowbanning’

Instagram is, once again, trying to explain how its recommendations work in an attempt to dispel “misconceptions” about how the app’s algorithm works and whether or not the company engages in “shadowbanning” of certain creators. In a new blog post from Instagram’s top exec Adam Mosseri, he offers one of the most detailed explanations to

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Apple’s ‘M3 Pro’ chipset could feature 12 CPU cores

Apple is testing an M3 chipset with a 12-core processor and 18-core GPU, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman reports a source sent him App Store developer logs that show the chip running on an unannounced MacBook Pro with macOS 14. He speculates the M3 variant Apple is testing

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VentureBeat is the latest publication to use AI in its articles

More media outlets are using AI to write articles, if not as aggressively as others. VentureBeat editorial director Michale Nuñez tellsBloomberg his publication is using Microsoft’s Bing Chat to help edit and write stories. Reporters are encouraged to slip AI-written “sentences and fragments” into articles so long as they’re accurate and independently verifiable. The OpenAI-powered

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