Say it with me: Smart speakers don’t have genders

Thanks to the efforts of countless individuals my smart speaker is getting dumber. Some of you can’t seem to figure out whether Alexa is a girl or not, and what it means that she it has a woman’s voice. What we have here is a very complex problem with a really simple solution. Smart speakers aren’t people. That makes it a bit of a shock when I ask Alexa “What’s a bitch?” and it responds with “I’d rather not answer that.” Suddenly an ongoing argument about how people talk to smart speakers is causing it to mix up a pejorative… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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50 Cent realizes he’s a Bitcoin millionaire thanks to sales of a 2014 album

Call him the ultimate hodler. After being one of the first musicians to accept Bitcoin all the way back in 2014, Rapper 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) appears to have accumulated a small fortune in the volatile digital currency. As TMZ first reported, and the man himself seems to have confirmed, 50 Cent left his Bitcoin sales untouched until rediscovering them some time recently. At the time,… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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San Francisco just appointed a new mayor to a heckling crowd, and everyone is arguing over who is the real puppet for the tech industry

Supervisor Mark Farrell has been voted in as San Francisco’s interim mayor. He replaces acting mayor London Breed, who took over the role following Ed Lee’s sudden death. San Francisco has a new interim mayor — and no one is sure whether to be mad, shocked or just confused. On Tuesday night, the city’s board of supervisors voted to appoint a former venture capital investor from one of its wealthiest neighborhoods as interim mayor. The vote to crown Mark Farrell interim mayor provoked an immediate outcry, the latest flare-up of tensions in city politics over the influence of the tech industry. Farrell replaces London Breed, a San Francisco native who… Read More

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Burger King’s prank net neutrality video shows what happens when customers are charged $26 for faster Whopper service (QSI)

Burger King released a pseudo-educational prank video that shows what would happen if the company repealed “Whopper neutrality,” the Burger King equivalent of net neutrality. In the prank, the company adopted tactics that consumers fear internet service provider will use with the repeal of net neutrality, like throttling internet speeds for certain websites unless customers paid more. Customers were visibly and audibly outraged. This is Burger King’s first public show of support for net neutrality. Fast food chain Burger King released a hilarious prank video on Wednesday that shows what would happen if the restaurant industry mimicked the potential effects of the FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality. In the… Read More

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Stressing aptitude over achievement, Strive Talent pitches a new way to hire

While unemployment in the U.S. hit a 17 year low and the stock market keeps humming along, there’s a lingering sense that all is still not well in U.S. labor markets. Most jobs require a college degree these days, a proposition that’s becoming increasingly unaffordable even if it is attainable. Many students who graduate are saddled with so much debt that not even a decent salaried… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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