Russian Invasion of Ukraine Threatens Fragile Semiconductor Supply

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, experts are concerned the conflict could significantly impact the semiconductor supply chain.

Prominent AI Ethics Conference Suspends Google’s Sponsorship

The fallout over Google’s handling of its AI ethics research team continues as the ACM Conference for Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) has suspended the company’s sponsorship.

Google Moving Against Second AI Ethics Researcher

Still mired in controversy over its firing of Dr. Timnit Gebru, Google appears to be repeating history with Margaret Mitchell, its Ethics AI lead.

Teams Won’t Replace Skype Just Yet

After Microsoft announced it would deliver Teams for consumers, some worried the news sounded the death knell for Skype. Those worries appear unfounded, at least for now.

Apple Acquires Edge AI Firm Xnor

According to VentureBeat, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence (AI) startup Xnor.ai for roughly $200 million. Xnor specializes in “the efficient deployment of AI in edge devices like smartphones, cameras, and drones.” Apple has been making increasing inroads in the AI…

Facebook Now Requires An Account to Sign Up For Messenger

According to VentureBeat, Facebook has ended the ability to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account. In the past, individuals who wanted to use Facebook Messenger could use their phone number to sign up. In an email to VentureBeat,…

T-Mobile’s Low-Band 5G Two to Four Times Faster Than 4G

T-Mobile recently announced the nationwide availablility of their low-band, 600MHz 5G, expected to be 20 percent faster than 4G. If VentureBeat’s testing is any indication, T-Mobile subscribers should be very happy with real-world speeds. With 5G rollout dominating the news,…

Cybersecurity Firm Firedome Raises $10 Million to Secure IoT Devices

VentureBeat is reporting that Tel Aviv and New York-based cybersecurity firm Firedome has raised an additional $10 million in funding, bringing their total to $14.5 million. The new round of investment will help the company continue development of its cybersecurity…

Wayve Raises $20 Million To Improve Autonomous Vehicle AI

VentureBeat is reporting that U.K.-based startup Wayve has raised $20 million in Series A funding to improve AI for autonomous vehicles. Wayve takes a different approach to autonomous vehicles than many other companies. Rather than hand-coded rules, or throwing more…