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DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says

Enlarge / Samsung’s UBS-K8500, introduced in 2015, was positioned as the world’s first UltraHD, 4K Blu-ray player. Mark Walton In its annual Theatrical Home Entertainment Market Environment report, the Motion Picture Association of America described an immensely sharp drop-off of physical media sales over the past five years. According to the data, which was obtained […]

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Artificial intelligence: Algorithms face scrutiny over potential bias

More research into computer algorithms is needed as they could have gender or race biases, the government has warned. It announced independent watchdog the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will investigate algorithms used in the justice and financial systems. But services using the artificial intelligence already, such as predictive policing, will continue. Human […]


Mozilla could block Firefox security gatekeeper DarkMatter over links to cyber espionage

(Reuters) — Firefox browser-maker Mozilla is considering whether to block cybersecurity company DarkMatter from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers after a Reuters report linked the United Arab Emirates-based firm to a cyber espionage program. Reuters reported in January that DarkMatter provided staff for a secret hacking operation, codenamed Project Raven, on behalf […]