Techmeme
December 6, 2020, 7:00 PM

Top News

Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
A summary of the draft paper co-authored by Timnit Gebru, which outlined the main risks of large language AI models and provided suggestions for future research  —  The company's star ethics researcher highlighted the risks of large language models, which are key to Google's business.  —  hide
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
1,200+ Google employees and 1,500+ academic, industry, and civil supporters have signed a petition condemning the termination of AI scientist Timnit Gebru  —  More than 1,500 researchers also sign letter after Black expert on ethics says Google tried to suppress her research on bias
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans says it will generate $2B+ in sales in 2020, now has 85M users, is adding around 500K users a day, and is paying out $200M+ a month to its 1M+ creators  —  As Cardi B prepared the release for her new song “WAP,” she checked off all the usual components of her promotional plan …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Biden's digital campaign, largely focused on positive, authentic messaging and “Facebook moms”, defeated Trump's “Death Star” digital operation  —  The campaign's empathetic digital strategy held up surprisingly well against President Trump's passionate digital following.
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Google says it pulled some Chrome extensions of IAC, the holding company behind services like Vimeo, for policy violations and is reviewing enforcement options  —  (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Sunday it has removed a number of browser extensions of online conglomerate IAC/InterActive Corp for …
Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou / Bloomberg:
TikTok videos offering dubious financial advice are drawing millions of views, as young people increasingly turn to the app as a source of financial literacy  —  Buy several credit cards with different due dates.  Max out spending on the first one, use another to pay it off …
Jeffrey Paul:
Macs with T2, M1 chips cannot be restored to factory state without contacting Apple over the internet, limiting their use in niche cases like airgapped systems  —  Modern Apple computers can no longer be fully used and maintained in 100% offline environments, or in ways that will reasonably ensure …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Some police departments in California and Georgia have started using autonomous drones this year to track vehicles and people, raising civil rights questions  —  In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
A growing number of civil lawyers in the US are developing litigation strategies to push back against automated systems that deny the poor basic services  —  A growing group of lawyers are uncovering, navigating, and fighting the automated systems that deny the poor housing, jobs, and basic services.

Sponsor Posts

Google Workspace:
See how it's done with Google Workspace  —  Whether you're a team of 10 or 10,000, Google Workspace has all the tools you need to connect, create and collaborate.
Clubhouse:
Try project management that's fast, intuitive, and built for software teams  —  Clubhouse is made for developers and PMs, providing speedy task management, reporting, and collaboration.  Try it free today.  Or tomorrow.
Oura:
7 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep  —  Want to improve your sleep and build healthy habits that can last a lifetime?  Put these 7 tips to the test.
Modern Finance Podcast:
The Origins and Future of Aave, The Decentralized Finance Protocol to Lend and Borrow Crypto
Kevin Rose covers all things cryptocurrency, DeFi, NFTs, stock picks, and more.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Wed. 07/28 - Earnings Bonanza
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2020.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks

Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Bloomberg: