AI Researchers Create Testing Tool To Find Bugs in NLP From Amazon, Google, and Microsoft

AI researchers have created a language-model testing tool that discovers major bugs in commercially available cloud AI offerings from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Yesterday, a paper detailing the CheckList tool received the Best Paper award from organizers of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) conference. From a report: NLP models today are often evaluated based on how they perform on …

Portland Approves 10% Cap On Fees That Food Delivery Apps Can Charge Restuarants

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Oregon Live: The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to make it illegal for third-party food delivery services like DoorDash and Grubhub to collect more than 10% in commission fees from city restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Portland joins other cities, including Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, that have instituted similar caps in …

Unreal’s new iPhone app does live motion capture with Face ID sensors

A workstation running Unreal Engine with an iPhone for motion capture. [credit: Epic Games ] Unreal Engine developer Epic Games has released Live Link Face, an iPhone app that uses the front-facing 3D sensors in the phone to do live motion capture for facial animations in 3D projects like video games, animations, or films. The app uses tools from Apple’s …

Chrome and Firefox Are Getting Support For the New AVIF Image Format

The new lightweight and royalty-free AVIF image format is coming to web browsers. Work is almost complete on adding AVIF support to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. From a report: The new image format is considered one of the lightest and most optimized image compression formats, and has already gained praise from companies such as Netflix, which considers it superior …

TikTok Traders Are Pumping Joke Cryptocurrency Dogecoin — and the Price is Up 95%

Day traders on viral video app TikTok are encouraging people to speculate on a joke cryptocurrency called Dogecoin. Based on an old Internet meme — an overly sincere and whimsically grammar-challenged Shiba Inu dog — the digital coin was developed as a Bitcoin-spinoff in 2013, after which it quickly rose to prominence as a gag. From a report: The shenanigans …

Australia, UK Open Probe Into Clearview Over Data Privacy

Australian and British privacy regulators opened a joint probe into Clearview AI, saying they want to examine how the company’s facial-recognition technology uses people’s data, just days after the company suspended operations in Canada. From a report: The Australian Information Commissioner and the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office said they will focus on the company’s use of “scraped” data and biometrics …

Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach. From a report: The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues’ ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. …

Will Astronauts Ever Visit Gas Giants Like Jupiter?

Trying to get an up close and personal look at the solar system’s gas giants is a tricky and dangerous journey. From a report: Jupiter, like the other gas giants, doesn’t have a rocky surface, but that doesn’t mean it’s just a massive cloud floating through the vacuum of space. It’s made up of mostly helium and hydrogen, and as …

Frontier misled subscribers about Internet speeds and prices, AG finds

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr) Frontier Communications misled thousands of customers about the prices it charges and about the speeds its broadband network can provide, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office has found. The state’s investigation of Frontier’s business practices found evidence of the telecom “failing to adequately disclose taxes and fees …