Hot Apple OS update talk; Wells Fargo stablecoin; naruto run; Alexa crowd-sourcing; Facebook oversight board; Amazon pledges to combat climate change; AI stereotypes; Walmart takes on health care; Descript audio deep fakes; medical information out in the open; private surveillance networks; Fitbit; PortalTV; stand-up specials; Dark Tower, Battlestar Galactica return; oh, Elon.
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iOS 13 with Apple Arcade and watchOS 6 are now available
How to speed up Apple Watch software updates dramatically
Wells Fargo to Pilot Dollar-Linked Stablecoin for Internal Settlement
It’s ‘Storm Area 51’ Day, And Yes, A News Camera Has Captured Someone Naruto Running
IN THE NEWS
Amazon’s crowdsourced Q&A community Alexa Answers goes live for all
Facebook unveils its plan for oversight board
Establishing Structure and Governance for an Independent Oversight Board
Jeff Bezos pledges that Amazon will swiftly combat climate change
Under pressure, The We Company now only says it expects to go public ‘by the end of the year’
Did a Jewish holiday kill the WeWork IPO?
See How AI Stereotypes You
Companies like Walmart, CVS, and Amazon are beefing up their healthcare strategies. Here are their plans to upend the $3.5 trillion industry.
Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures
Zume will provide food trucks for &pizza
Introducing Descript Podcast Studio & Overdub
Overdub: Correct your voice recordings by typing. Powered by Lyrebird AI.
Descript Ethics Statement
Real time voice cloning – Clone a voice in 5 seconds to generate arbitrary speech in real-time
Real-Time Voice Cloning Toolbox
Real-Time-Voice-Cloning on Github
More followup – Joe Carrigan suggested we look into Differential Privacy.
Differential Privacy – Simply Explained
Millions of Americans’ medical images and data are available on the Internet
This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It.
APPS & DOODADS
A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect
Facebook launches Portal TV, a $149 video chat set-top box
Can You Pet the Dog? – A catalog of pettable and non-pettable dogs in video games.
Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones
Bill Burr: Paper Tigers
Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State
The Chef Show Season 2
The Man Behind Mr. Robot Is Bringing Battlestar Galactica Back [Updated]
‘THE DARK TOWER’: AMAZON PILOT HELMED BY ‘24’ AND ‘PREDATOR 2’ DIRECTOR STEPHEN HOPKINS
Amazon Music rolls out a lossless streaming tier that Spotify and Apple can’t match
Shirley Manson Says Her Podcast The Jump Is ‘A Revelation In My Life’
AT THE LIBRARY
Eon by Greg Bear
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
Feds seek to seize all profits from Snowden’s book over NDA violation
MORON OF THE WEEK
ELON MUSK’S LEGAL DEFENSE: “PEDO GUY” DOESN’T MEAN “PEDOPHILE”
MXV’s The Punk Vault