'The Rotten Tomatoes of YouTube'

In 2021, YouTube made the controversial decision to hide dislike counts on its platform, citing the aim of protecting creators from harassment. While this removed a valuable metric for viewers, alternatives have emerged, such as the browser extension Return YouTube Dislike and the new site Favoree. The latter is being hailed as “the Rotten Tomatoes of YouTube,” where users can rate and review YouTube channels. BGR reports: Earlier this week, one user disappointed with the removal of YouTube’s dislike counts took to Reddit to promote their new site Favoree. Rather than simply giving a channel a thumbs up or thumbs down, you can give it a rating out of five stars and even write a review. That way, you can actually see why people like or dislike a given channel.

This is a new site, so only a small handful of YouTube channels are currently represented (much less have many ratings or reviews) […]. For example, Summoning Salt is a stellar channel a friend turned me on to a few years ago, which features long-form documentary-style videos about the history of speedrunning video games. The channel page on Favoree features a short description, a list of relevant keywords, embedded videos, and several written reviews.

Obviously, this is only going to work if Favoree really picks up steam and thousands of users start writing reviews and submitting new channels. That said, it’s an interesting project, and the creator is accepting feedback on Reddit and acting on many of those suggestions rather quickly. It will be interesting to track Favoree to see how it develops.

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Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Begins 11-Year Prison Sentence

Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has begun her 11-year prison sentence after being convicted of four counts of fraud. The BBC reports: She will serve her term in a minimum-security prison in Texas. Holmes reported to the federal facility in Bryan, Texas, which holds between 500 and 700 inmates at any given time, on Tuesday. It is about 100 miles (160km) north of Houston, her hometown. Her arrival at the facility was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which declined to give any more details about her confinement, citing privacy concerns.

There, the woman once billed as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire might work alongside other inmates for between 12 cents (10p) and $1.15 (93p) an hour – much of which will go towards her court-mandated restitution payments. […] The Texas prison camp where Holmes will serve time is a sprawling 37-acre facility. Most inmates there have been convicted of non-violent crimes, low-level drug dealing or white-collar offenses. According to the facility’s handbook, life largely revolves around work and extracurricular activities that include foreign language, computer literacy or business courses.

Holmes had fought to stay out of prison while her legal appeal works its way through the courts. She argued a delay would allow her to raise “substantial questions” about the case that could warrant a new trial. Her defense team also argued that she should remain free to care for her children, one who is nearly two and the other three months old. The Wall Street Journal reported the prison has facilities where inmates can host gatherings and where children can play. Holmes and other mothers are allowed to hold their children in their lap and breastfeed their infants, according to official Bureau of Prison guidelines.

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Lawyer Cited 6 Fake Cases Made Up By ChatGPT; Judge Calls It 'Unprecedented'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A lawyer is in trouble after admitting he used ChatGPT to help write court filings that cited six nonexistent cases invented by the artificial intelligence tool. Lawyer Steven Schwartz of the firm Levidow, Levidow, & Oberman “greatly regrets having utilized generative artificial intelligence to supplement the legal research performed herein and will never do so in the future without absolute verification of its authenticity,” Schwartz wrote in an affidavit (PDF) on May 24 regarding the bogus citations previously submitted in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Schwartz wrote that “the use of generative artificial intelligence has evolved within law rms” and that he “consulted the artificial intelligence website ChatGPT in order to supplement the legal research performed.” The “citations and opinions in question were provided by ChatGPT which also provided its legal source and assured the reliability of its content,” he wrote. Schwartz admitted that he “relied on the legal opinions provided to him by a source that has revealed itself to be unreliable,” and stated that it is his fault for not confirming the sources provided by ChatGPT. Schwartz didn’t previously consider the possibility that an artificial intelligence tool like ChatGPT could provide false information, even though AI chatbot mistakes have been extensively reported by non-artificial intelligence such as the human journalists employed by reputable news organizations. The lawyer’s affidavit said he had “never utilized ChatGPT as a source for conducting legal research prior to this occurrence and therefore was unaware of the possibility that its content could be false.”

Federal Judge Kevin Castel is considering punishments for Schwartz and his associates. In an order on Friday, Castel scheduled a June 8 hearing at which Schwartz, fellow attorney Peter LoDuca, and the law firm must show cause for why they should not be sanctioned. “The Court is presented with an unprecedented circumstance,” Castel wrote in a previous order on May 4. “A submission filed by plaintiff’s counsel in opposition to a motion to dismiss is replete with citations to non-existent cases… Six of the submitted cases appear to be bogus judicial decisions with bogus quotes and bogus internal citations.” […] In the order issued on Friday last week, Castel said that Schwartz may be sanctioned for “the citation of non-existent cases to the Court,” “the submission to the Court of copies of non-existent judicial opinions,” and “the use of a false and fraudulent notarization.” Schwartz may also be referred to an attorney grievance committee for additional punishment. Castel wrote that LoDuca may be sanctioned “for the use of a false and fraudulent notarization in his affidavit filed on April 25, 2023.” The law firm could be sanctioned for “the citation of non-existent cases to the Court,” “the submission to the Court of copies of non-existent judicial opinions annexed to the Affidavit filed on April 25, 2023,” and “the use of a false and fraudulent notarization in the affidavit filed on April 25, 2023.”

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Men Behind UK's Largest Pirate Service Jailed For 30+ Years

TorrentFreak: Five men behind pirate IPTV service ‘Flawless’ were sentenced to more than 30 years in prison today, after a private prosecution by the Premier League. A FACT test purchase in 2017 led to the involvement of four territorial police forces, three regional Trading Standards units, and the arrest of service kingpin, Mark Gould, in 2018. In less than two years, Flawless served over 50,000 UK households while generating millions in revenue.

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RaidForums User Data Leaked Online a Year After DOJ Takedown

A database containing the details of almost half-a-million RaidForums users has leaked online, a year after the U.S. Department of Justice seized the notorious cybercrime forum. From a report: The leaked database was posted on Exposed, described by security researchers as an up-and-coming forum “wanting to fill the void” left by the recent BreachForums shutdown. An Exposed admin, known as “Impotent,” posted the alleged RaidForums user data, which includes the details of 478,000 users, including their usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords and registration dates. “All of the users that were on raidforums may have been infected,” the admin’s post says. RaidForums had around 550,000 users at the time of its shutdown last year. The admin added that some users’ details have been removed from the leak, though it’s unclear how many or the reasoning behind this.

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LHC Experiments See First Evidence of a Rare Higgs Boson Decay

CERN: The discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 marked a significant milestone in particle physics. Since then, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations have been diligently investigating the properties of this unique particle and searching to establish the different ways in which it is produced and decays into other particles. At the Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP) conference last week, ATLAS and CMS report how they teamed up to find the first evidence of the rare process in which the Higgs boson decays into a Z boson, the electrically neutral carrier of the weak force, and a photon, the carrier of the electromagnetic force. This Higgs boson decay could provide indirect evidence of the existence of particles beyond those predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.

The decay of the Higgs boson into a Z boson and a photon is similar to that of a decay into two photons. In these processes, the Higgs boson does not decay directly into these pairs of particles. Instead, the decays proceed via an intermediate “loop” of “virtual” particles that pop in and out of existence and cannot be directly detected. These virtual particles could include new, as yet undiscovered particles that interact with the Higgs boson. The Standard Model predicts that, if the Higgs boson has a mass of around 125 billion electronvolts, approximately 0.15% of Higgs bosons will decay into a Z boson and a photon. But some theories that extend the Standard Model predict a different decay rate. Measuring the decay rate therefore provides valuable insights into both physics beyond the Standard Model and the nature of the Higgs boson.

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Critic of Amazon's Policies Says Company's Lawyers Are Trying To Ruin Him

Entrepreneur Molson Hart, writing in a Twitter thread: I criticized Amazon’s policies in a blogpost. Now, their lawyers are trying to ruin me. Four years ago, I wrote an article. It had a simple message:

1. Amazon doesn’t allow sellers to price their products for less off-Amazon.
2. If they do, Amazon hides their products.
3. This keeps prices off-Amazon high, which is bad for consumers.

This is a big deal. Vox’s Land of the Giants podcast interviewed me because of it. And I even got to testify before Congress. But nothing happened until November 2022 when the state of California filed a complaint against Amazon. They cited me and made me a witness. And in response, Amazon served me with a lawsuit. I said Amazon’s policy raises prices for consumers. That’s evidence in this lawsuit. So Amazon’s lawyers want to show that I’m lying or wrong. That’s why they’ve requested all these documents. They want to find the ones which make me look bad.

The problem with providing the documents is that it creates endless legal work. I can’t afford to pay these legal bills through August 2026! The other problem is that no amount of documents is ever good enough for Amazon’s attorneys. After I provided the first set of documents, they said that wasn’t good enough. They requested more. And after I agreed to TWO DAYS of depositions, they said that wasn’t good enough, either. They wanted more. If Amazon cannot show I’m lying or wrong, they’ll lose. If they lose, they could be broken up for being a monopoly. But, I don’t believe they should be. Amazon’s attorneys aren’t right when they called me a “critic of Amazon.” I am a critic of Amazon’s policies, NOT Amazon.

Amazon, I’ve spent over 16 hours this past weekend gathering documents for your attorneys. You won’t return my calls or e-mails. Your lawyers want to ruin me, but if you continue along this path, this lawsuit will not ruin me. It will ruin Amazon.

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Air New Zealand To Weigh Passengers Before They Board the Airplane

New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority is asking that its national airline weigh passengers departing on international flights from Auckland International Airport through July 2, 2023. From a report: The program, which Air New Zealand calls a passenger weight survey, is a way to gather data on the weight load and distribution for planes, the airline said. “We weigh everything that goes on the aircraft — from the cargo to the meals onboard, to the luggage in the hold,” Alastair James, the airline’s load control improvement specialist said in a statement. “For customers, crew and cabin bags, we use average weights, which we get from doing this survey.” Still, weight is a personal thing that not everyone wishes to disclose. In order to protect individuals’ privacy, the airline says it has made the data anonymous.

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Germany's Solar Power Generation Hit Record High at Weekend

Germany’s thousands of solar panels set a new production record on Saturday. From a report: Output reached as high as 40,919 megawatts early afternoon, according to data from the European Energy Exchange AG. Germany is already the European leader in renewable energy. In the wake of the war in Ukraine, the nation brought forward by more than a decade to 2035 its goal of getting to 100% renewable power. BloombergNEF forecasts that wind and solar will reach 76% of total generation by 2030.

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Amazon is Discontinuing Alexa's Celebrity Voices, Even If You Paid For Them

Amazon is getting rid of its celebrity voices for Alexa. Not only are the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Melisssa McCarthy no longer available for purchase, but Amazon will also stop supporting them on Alexa devices as well. From a report: The voices were fairly cheap, with a $0.99 price at launch before moving up to $4.99, but many users expected to have access for longer than this.

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German Startup Wins Initial Funding For Revolutionary Fusion Energy Machine

A German startup has secured initial funding to develop a revolutionary fusion energy machine that it hopes can provide a future source of abundant, emissions-free power. From a report: Proxima Fusion, incorporated in January, aims to build a complex device known as a stellarator and is the latest company to join the emerging fusion industry’s effort to generate electricity by fusing atoms. Although the amount of funding is small at only $7.5mn, it is significant as Proxima is the first fusion company to spin out of Germany’s revered Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. The institute is the home of the world’s most advanced existing stellarator in Greifswald, in eastern Germany, built by government-funded scientists over the past 27 years using supercomputers and advanced engineering.

Little known outside the world of plasma physics, a stellarator is an alternative to the better known tokamak device, pioneered by Soviet scientists in the 1950s. Both use huge magnets to suspend a floating mass of hydrogen plasma as it is heated to extreme temperatures so the atomic nuclei fuse releasing energy. Until recently nearly all funding of so-called magnetic confinement fusion has been channelled into tokamaks such as the Joint European Torus in Oxford, England, or the Sparc device being built by the Bill Gates-backed Commonwealth Fusion Systems in Massachusetts.

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Corporate VCs Ride AI Startup Wave

Generative artificial intelligence is all the rage in startup-land, and corporate venture capital investors don’t want to be left out. From a report: A small but growing number of companies’ venture arms are rolling out efforts, in various forms, that are focused on investing in the current AI startup boom. Generative AI and large language models are getting a lot of attention for their potential to automate many business tasks, big and small. “From an enterprise perspective, more than two-thirds of leaders are trying to prioritize generative AI,” Paul Drews, managing partner at Salesforce Ventures, tells Axios. Of the 44 startups Workday Ventures has backed, about 25% are already using tech developed by OpenAI, according to managing director Barbry McGann. She adds it’s because the AI company’s tools are so “enterprise-ready,” making it easy for business software makers to quickly integrate the tech.

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Company Insiders Made Billions Before SPAC Bust

The SPAC boom cost investors billions. Insiders in the companies that went public were on the other side of the trade. From a report: Executives and early investors in companies that went public via SPACs sold shares worth $22 billion through well-timed trades, profiting before share prices collapsed. Some of the biggest winners were Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores’s investment firm Platinum Equity, British billionaire Richard Branson and convicted Nikola founder Trevor Milton. They were among many insiders who got shares on the cheap and sold them as they rose in value, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of insider-trading disclosures associated with more than 200 companies that did SPAC deals. Companies that went public this way have lost more than $100 billion in market value. At least 12 have filed for bankruptcy and more than 100 are running low on cash, battered by higher interest rates and rising costs.

Many executives claimed during the boom that SPAC mergers were a better way for companies to go public than traditional initial public offerings. “It’s easy to understand why executives at the companies went with this option,” said New York University Law School professor Michael Ohlrogge, who studies SPACs. “It wasn’t because it was a better financial technology — it was because it was just better for them.” The Journal analyzed more than 460 companies that did SPAC deals and identified 232 with insider sales based on a review of Securities and Exchange Commission filings submitted through May 18. The analysis focused on disclosures made by investors who own more than 10% of a company and corporate officers and directors.

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Nvidia Hits $1 Trillion in Market Value on Booming AI Demand

Nvidia on Tuesday became the first chipmaker to join the trillion-dollar club, as the company bets on a surge in demand for its AI chips that power chatbot sensation ChatGPT and many other applications. From a report: The gaming and AI chip company’s shares rose 4.2%. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co is the next largest chipmaker globally, valued at about $535 billion. Meta Platforms, valued at about $670 billion as of last close, clinched the trillion-dollar market capitalization milestone in 2021, while Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon are the other U.S. companies that are part of the club.

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Intel's Revival Plan Runs Into Trouble. 'We Had Some Serious Issues.'

Rivals such as Nvidia have left Intel far behind. CEO Pat Gelsinger aims to reverse firm’s fortunes by vastly expanding its factories. From a report: Pat Gelsinger is keenly aware he must act fast to stop Intel from becoming yet another storied American technology company left in the dust by nimbler competitors. Over the past decade, rivals overtook Intel in making the most advanced chips, graphics-chip maker Nvidia leapfrogged Intel to become America’s most valuable semiconductor company, and perennial also-ran AMD has been stealing market share. Intel, by contrast, has faced repeated delays introducing new chips and frustration from would-be customers. “We didn’t get into this mud hole because everything was going great,” said Gelsinger, who took over as CEO in 2021. “We had some serious issues in terms of leadership, people, methodology, et cetera that we needed to attack.”

As he sees it, Intel’s problems stem largely from how it botched a transition in how chips are made. Intel came to prominence by both designing circuits and making them in its own factories. Now, chip companies tend to specialize either in circuit design or manufacturing, and Intel hasn’t been able to pick up much business making chips designed by other people. So far, the turnaround has been rough. Gelsinger, 62 years old and a devout Christian, said he takes inspiration from the biblical story of Nehemiah, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem under attack from his enemies. Last year, he told a Christian group in Singapore: “You’ll have your bad days, and you need to have a deep passion to rebuild.” Gelsinger’s plan is to invest as much as hundreds of billions of dollars into new factories that would make semiconductors for other companies alongside Intel’s own chips. Two years in, that contract-manufacturing operation, called a “foundry” business, is bogged down with problems.

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AI Poses 'Risk of Extinction,' Industry Leaders Warn

A group of industry leaders is planning to warn on Tuesday that the artificial intelligence technology they are building may one day pose an existential threat to humanity and should be considered a societal risk on par with pandemics and nuclear wars. From a report: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from A.I. should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks, such as pandemics and nuclear war,” reads a one-sentence statement expected to be released by the Center for AI Safety, a nonprofit organization. The open letter has been signed by more than 350 executives, researchers and engineers working in A.I. The signatories included top executives from three of the leading A.I. companies: Sam Altman, chief executive of OpenAI; Demis Hassabis, chief executive of Google DeepMind; and Dario Amodei, chief executive of Anthropic.

Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, two of the three researchers who won a Turing Award for their pioneering work on neural networks and are often considered “godfathers” of the modern A.I. movement, signed the statement, as did other prominent researchers in the field (The third Turing Award winner, Yann LeCun, who leads Meta’s A.I. research efforts, had not signed as of Tuesday.) The statement comes at a time of growing concern about the potential harms of artificial intelligence. Recent advancements in so-called large language models — the type of A.I. system used by ChatGPT and other chatbots — have raised fears that A.I. could soon be used at scale to spread misinformation and propaganda, or that it could eliminate millions of white-collar jobs.

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China Launches Shenzhou-16 Mission To Chinese Space Station

China sent three astronauts to its now fully operational space station as part of crew rotation on Tuesday in the fifth manned mission to the Chinese space outpost since 2021, state media reported. From a report: The spacecraft, Shenzhou-16, or “Divine Vessel,” and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert in northwest China at 9:31 a.m. The astronauts on Shenzhou-16 will replace the three-member crew of the Shenzhou-15, who arrived at the space station late in November. The station, comprising three modules, was completed at the end of last year after 11 crewed and uncrewed missions since April 2021, beginning with the launch of the first and biggest module — the station’s main living quarters. China has already announced plans to expand its permanently inhabited space outpost, with the next module slated to dock with the current T-shaped space station to create a cross-shaped structure.

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Canon Develops Quantum Dot OLED Materials Without Rare Metals

Canon has developed a material for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels that does not use rare metals, Nikkei reported. From the report: This move comes as the Japanese company aims to reduce its dependence on major rare metal producers such as those in China. Canon plans to commercialize the technology within a few years, paving the way for securing stable production without being affected by geopolitical risks. The new material is quantum dots (QD), tiny semiconductor particles with a diameter of 1 nanometer. When irradiated with light or injected with an electric current, the particles emit vivid colors.

Other quantum dots are already used for high-end OLED televisions. Samsung Electronics mass-produces quantum dots, but it uses the compound indium phosphide. Indium is a rare metal produced in extremely small quantities, with China being the major source. Canon’s new material uses lead, which is easily procured from recycled raw materials in “urban mines.” Canon aims to commercialize the material in the mid-2020s by establishing technology for mass production. Canon uses lead in some of its compounds as a substitute for indium. Lead usually leads to results that are less durable than with indium, but by leveraging its expertise in compounding materials such as toner and ink for office equipment, the company has devised a compound that is as durable as indium.

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India's JioCinema Breaks World Record With Free Cricket Streaming

India’s JioCinema broke the global record for the most concurrent views to a live streamed event on Monday, eclipsing a long-standing milestone set by Disney’s Hotstar, as the Asian tycoon Mukesh Ambani spares no expense in expanding his digital empire. From a report: The Indian streaming app, whose partner includes James Murdoch’s Bodhi Tree-backed Viacom18, surpassed the record Monday evening, attracting over 32 million concurrent viewers to the final game of the 16th edition of Indian Premier League cricket tourney between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans.

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CD Projekt is Not For Sale, CEO Clarifies

Polish games developer CD Projekt is not for sale, its CEO reiterated on Monday, following weekend rumours that the maker of “Cyberpunk 2077” could be targeted by Sony. From a report: “Nothing has changed on our end. I can repeat what we’ve been saying throughout the years – CD Projekt is not for sale. We want to remain independent”, Adam Kicinski said on a conference call following first-quarter results. “It’s very exciting to follow our own path, so it’s pure rumour.”

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