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White House questions tech giants on ways to predict shootings from social media

Donald Trump left Washington before Friday’s meeting at the White House on online extremism for two fundraisers in New York and his resort in Bedminster, N.J. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) August 9 at 5:21 PM Top officials in the Trump administration expressed interest in tools that might anticipate mass shootings or predict attackers by scanning social […]

Emerging Tech

Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is wrapped in a vast mantle of cool gas

Artist’s impression of a ring of cool, interstellar gas surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. New ALMA observations reveal this structure for the first time. NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello At the center of our galaxy, approximately 26,000 light-years away, is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A* (pronounced A Star). […]

Emerging Tech

A.I. finds non-infringing ways to copy drugs pharma spends billions developing

Drug companies spend billions developing and protecting their trademark pharmaceuticals. Could artificial intelligence be about to shake things up? In a breakthrough development, researchers have demonstrated an A.I. which can find new methods for producing existing drugs in a way that doesn’t infringe on existing patents. Called Chematica, the software platform does something called “retrosynthesis,” […]

Gaming

Bungie parts ways with Activision, will self-publish future Destiny content

Activision and Bungie are ending their Destiny partnership after eight years, the two companies announced. Bungie will acquire the full rights to the massive first-person shooter franchise from Activision and plans on self-publishing all future Destiny content. The companies released a joint statement announcing the development: Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full […]

Gears & Gadgets

Microsoft splits VSTS five ways to build new Azure DevOps platform

Enlarge / Azure DevOps Pipeline. Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Microsoft’s application lifecycle management system, is to undergo a major shake-up and rebranding. Instead of a single Visual Studio-branded service, it’s being split into five separate Azure-branded services, under the banner Azure DevOps. The five components: Azure Pipelines, a continuous integration, testing, and deployment […]