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    • One of Google's services to be halted across the EU

      One of Google's services to be halted across the EU

      Google has halted the transcribing of recordings from its voice assistant in the EU. The move comes as the company faced backlash last month after 1,000 private conversations recorded on its Google Assistant product were leaked to the Belgian news outlet VRT NWS. The tech giant is now voluntarily suspending the practice and assessing how it conducts audio reviews, reported CNBC.

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    • Tesla unveils new energy grid storage product

      Tesla unveils new energy grid storage product

      This week Tesla announced its largest battery product. Called Megapack, it's designed to simplify the installation process for large energy-storage projects. According to a statement, each Megapack can store up to 3 megawatt hours of energy and convert up to 1.5MW of energy from a direct current (DC) to an alternating current (AC) so homes can use it.

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    • NASA partners with SpaceX, others on space tech

      NASA partners with SpaceX, others on space tech

      NASA has reportedly selected 13 companies to partner with on 19 new specific technology projects it’s undertaking to help reach the Moon and Mars. These include SpaceX, Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin, among others, with projects ranging from improving spacecraft operation in high temperatures to landing rockets vertically on the Moon.

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    • China launches first private rocket

      China launches first private rocket

      A Chinese startup successfully launched the country's first commercial rocket capable of carrying satellites into orbit Thursday, as the space race between China and the US heats up. The 20-metre rocket named Hyperbola-1 and designed by Beijing-based Interstellar Glory Space Technology - also known as iSpace - reached an altitude of 300 kilometres, according to a statement on the company's official WeChat social media account.

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    • Baby's first smart diaper unveiled

      Baby's first smart diaper unveiled

      Yes, believe it or not, "smart" diapers are entering the market. Earlier this week Pampers revealed Lumi, the all-in-one connected system that includes two activity sensors for diapers, that will inform parents whether their baby's diaper is dry, wet, very wet, a Logitech camera fashioned into a Wi-Fi baby monitor and an app that wraps everything together.

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    • Microsoft announces $1bn investment in AGI

      Microsoft announces $1bn investment in AGI

      A lot of startups in the San Francisco Bay Area are arguing that they could change the world and its future. San-Francisco-based, Elon Musk-founded OpenAI has a stronger claim than most: It wants to build artificial general intelligence (AGI), or in other words - an AI system that has, like humans, the capacity to reason across different domains and apply its skills to unfamiliar problems.

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    • Bulgarian inventor makes a scientific breakthrough

      Bulgarian inventor makes a scientific breakthrough

      A Bulgarian invention is about to usher in a revolution in various industry sectors - metallurgy, energy industry, ecology. The “technology for extraction of Brown's gas (oxyhydrogen) and polymetal-rich minerals from seawater”, patented by engineer Chavdar Kamenarov, is a mining installation of sorts designed to extract extremely polymetal-rich minerals and potable water from the sea.

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    • Rubik's cube solved in a second

      Rubik's cube solved in a second

      An AI system developed by researchers at the University of California has managed to solve the Rubik's Cube in just over a second. And while, humans able to solve the unique puzzle quickly generally take about 50 moves, the deep reinforcement learning algorithm solved it in an average of 28 moves without any specific domain knowledge or in-game coaching from human.

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    • First quantum entanglement image captured

      First quantum entanglement image captured

      Quantum entanglement, where two objects become intertwined and remain so no matter the distance that grows between them, is a tricky phenomenon to study let alone photograph. But scientists from the School of Physics and Astronomy to University of Glasgow have now managed the latter, capturing an image of this strange bond for the first time.

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    • IBM patents origami smartwatch tech

      IBM patents origami smartwatch tech

      The American IT company IBM is not the one to make any of the mobile devices people carry these days - smartwatches, phones, tablets, or laptops - but that isn’t stopping the legendary computing pioneer from patenting ideas that might become viable in the future.

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