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MIT, Princeton, Microsoft, and others form a consortium to launch the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute to investigate big issues, like pandemics, using AI (William J. Broad/New York Times)

William J. Broad / New York Times: MIT, Princeton, Microsoft, and others form a consortium to launch the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute to investigate big issues, like pandemics, using AI  —  A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world´s most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Huawei rolls out Celia, its multilingual AI assistant for phones outside China, initially on P40 in UK, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Huawei rolls out Celia, its multilingual AI assistant for phones outside China, initially on P40 in UK, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia  —  Huawei has officially announced its own voice-activated virtual assistant outside of China, as the Chinese technology titan continues to push its own versions of Google´s services.

AMD confirms in Dec. 2019 someone claimed to have files related to its current and future graphics products and posted them online; the files have been removed (Andy/TorrentFreak)

Andy / TorrentFreak: AMD confirms in Dec. 2019 someone claimed to have files related to its current and future graphics products and posted them online; the files have been removed  —  AMD has filed at least two DMCA notices against Github repos that carried “stolen” source code relating to AMD´s Navi and Arden GPUs …

A self-reporting COVID-19 symptom app developed by Boston-based startup Zoe had 750k downloads in 24 hours in the UK; Zoe is working to bring the app to the US (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: A self-reporting COVID-19 symptom app developed by Boston-based startup Zoe had 750k downloads in 24 hours in the UK; Zoe is working to bring the app to the US  —  One of the big challenges (among many) with the coronavirus pandemic is that overwhelmed health services do not always know how best …

Qualcomm introduces its QCC514X and QCC304X ultra-low power Bluetooth audio SoCs, with support for hybrid active noise cancelation and voice assistants (David Carnoy/CNET)

David Carnoy / CNET: Qualcomm introduces its QCC514X and QCC304X ultra-low power Bluetooth audio SoCs, with support for hybrid active noise cancelation and voice assistants  —  Qualcomm introduced two new Bluetooth audio systems-on-a-chip that will power upgraded true wireless headphones hitting stores in the coming months.

As social interactions become more distant, Nextdoor has seen a spike in engagement as it helps neighbors connect and organize without risking physical contact (John Herrman/New York Times)

John Herrman / New York Times: As social interactions become more distant, Nextdoor has seen a spike in engagement as it helps neighbors connect and organize without risking physical contact  —  Homebound city dwellers are turning to a neighborhood app to connect, organize and help each other without risking physical contact.

Analyst estimates Facebook and Google could lose $44B+ in 2020 global ad revenue due to COVID-19; Facebook says its ad business has weakened in affected places (Todd Spangler/Variety)

Todd Spangler / Variety: Analyst estimates Facebook and Google could lose $44B+ in 2020 global ad revenue due to COVID-19; Facebook says its ad business has weakened in affected places  —  Ad spending is falling off a cliff amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and Facebook and Google, the two heavyweights in digital advertising …

France announces a $4.3B plan to support startups including bridge funding, liquidity support measures, and faster tax returns and public support payments (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)

Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: France announces a $4.3B plan to support startups including bridge funding, liquidity support measures, and faster tax returns and public support payments  —  France´s Ministry of State for Digital Affairs Cédric O and public investment bank Bpifrance announced a comprehensive support plan for startups this morning.
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