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Trump suggests using Huawei as a bargaining chip in US-China trade deal

Hong Kong (CNN Business)US President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of easing restrictions on Huawei as part of a broader trade deal with Beijing, despite labeling the Chinese telecommunications giant “very dangerous.” “It’s possible that Huawei even would be included in some kind of trade deal,” Trump said. “If we made a deal, I can imagine Huawei being included in some form of, some part of a trade deal.” The United States has long branded Huawei — the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and the No. 2 smartphone brand…

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Trump tweets support for far-right figures banned by Facebook

New York (CNN)Facebook barred seven users from its services earlier this week, citing its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Now President Donald Trump is siding with the people who were banned and railing against social media “censorship” — all while using one of his favorite social sites. “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business when the bans were put into effect on Thursday. The action affected Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s…

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10 Robots Working Together To Pull a Giant Truck

Watch 10 Spot Robots from Boston Dynamics work together to haul a truck across a parking lot (~1 degree uphill, truck in neutral). These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com/Spot Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/robots-pulling-truck-together/

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Report: Millions of Facebook user records left exposed online

Yawn.Image:  NurPhoto / getty Another day, another Facebook privacy scandal.  Hundreds of millions of Facebook user records — including some plain text passwords — were found exposed online free and open for the taking. So reports UpGuard, a cybersecurity risk assessment company, which notes in an April 3 press release that the two data sets in question were configured for public download. Yes, that means that anyone who knew where to look could have pulled it.  SEE ALSO: Facebook backs away from asking for some users’ email passwords At the…

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Say goodbye to Google+

Google's robot assistant can make phone calls for you now.Image: Getty Images / ethan miller Sometimes, making an important phone call to set up an appointment can be inconvenient or nerve-wracking. That, or you just don’t feel like doing it. There’s potentially good news on that front. Google Duplex, a Google Assistant-powered phone call service, is finally coming to devices that the majority of people own. According to Google’s support site, Duplex has started rolling out to iOS and non-Pixel Android devices, as spotted by 9to5Google. SEE ALSO: Say goodbye…

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Deep Learning Smart Paintbrush Turns Doodles Into Photorealistic Images

A deep learning AI model developed by NVIDIA Research has been seen turning rough doodles into photorealistic images with astonishing ease. The tool leverages generative adversarial networks, or GANs, to convert segmentation maps into lifelike images. The interactive app using the model, in a lighthearted nod to the post-Impressionist painter, has been christened GauGAN. Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin GauGAN could offer a powerful tool for creating virtual worlds to everyone from architects and urban planners to landscape designers and game developers. With an AI that understands how the real world looks,…

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Here’s what makes ‘On My Block’ one of Netflix’s most intriguing shows

Image: disney The video-streaming industry is crowded with big names—some with already-existing services and others with impending apps. Considering the current three largest platforms, the agglomeration of media companies, and the tech companies investing heavily in video, it can be hard to wrap your head around the sheer scope of the entertainment giants that make up this market. Each service has its own origin story, business interests, and exclusive originals and licensed content. There’s also a wide assortment of fluctuating prices, packages and plans, and technology under the surface. “We’re…

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Let’s face it, AirPower didn’t seem that cool anyway

Just look at this stupid thing.Image: AFP Contributor / getty One. Less. Thing.  Apple has officially canceled its long-promised wireless charging pad dubbed AirPower —vaporware that always looked lame as hell. The company copped to the half-expected news on March 29, surely devastating the few people that pre-ordered the $79 wireless-charging AirPods case.  SEE ALSO: Oh look, the Apple Watch might actually be good for something The rest of us, however, can rest easy in the knowledge that we never would have purchased one of those mousepad-looking things anyway. Sure,…

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Shoppers get drunk, go online, and spend money on Amazon

So many Amazon packages.Image: Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images Amazon is already more than dominant in the online shopping space, but add a shot or three of tequila and that Amazon Prime free two-day shipping looks even more appealing. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior after imbibing and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. If you apply that number beyond the respondents to include America’s legal alcohol-drinkers, you…

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Apple announces new AirPods with wireless charging case, better battery life and ‘Hey Siri’

New York (CNN Business)The Apple product surprises keep rolling out this week. The wireless charging case is also available for $79 for people with the original version of AirPods. The new AirPods feature Apple’s new H1 chip, which the company says gives better performance, faster connect times and up to 50% more talk time than the original AirPods. Users can also now say “Hey Siri” to activate the voice assistant, rather than tapping one of the ear buds. The new set can be purchased online starting Wednesday and will hit…

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Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn’t bother.

Elon Musk was meant to have his Tesla tweets pre-approved. The SEC claims he didn't bother.Image: Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images The barbs continue to be thrown over Elon Musk’s tweeting. As part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over that notorious “funding secured” tweet, Musk agreed to have certain tweets pre-approved by Tesla. SEE ALSO: Tesla reveals the Model Y, its new mid-size SUV The tweets to be vetted were ones “that contain, or reasonably could contain, information material” to the company or its shareholders.  The agreement…

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This ‘CRYPTO’ movie trailer is the best thing about cryptocurrency

KICKBACKS.Image: screenshot / “crypto” With all the exit scams, weird meat obsessions, and cantankerous fan-boy culture, the world of cryptocurrency is kind of a drag. And that’s without even touching on the current and persistent bear market.  But all that has changed, denizens of the internet. Cryptocurrency is good now, and we owe it all to the trailer for the upcoming crypto-themed action flick starring none other than Snake Plissken himself. Say hello to CRYPTO, the film that, like its eponymous subject matter, features a bunch of idiots fighting over…

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Elon Musk says the SEC is trying to trample on his freedom of speech

New York (CNN Business)Elon Musk is making his case for why a US federal court should reject a request by the Securities and Exchange Commission to hold him in contempt over one of his tweets about Tesla. A mistake like that typically wouldn’t get the SEC too excited. But Musk has been battling with the agency since last fall. It sought to have him removed as CEO after he tweeted in August that he had “funding secured” to take the company private. It later turned out that he had talked…

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