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  2. Twitter is trying out a small new change to Moments that would provide contextual information within its curated stories. Spotted by Twitter user @kwatt and confirmed by a number of Twitter product team members, the little snippets appear sandwiched between tweets in a Moment. Called “annotations” — not to be confused with Twitter’s metadata annotations of yore — the morsels of info aim to clarify and provide context for the tweets that comprise Twitter’s curated trending content. According to the product team, they are authored by Twitter’s curation group. In our testing, annotations only appear on the mobile app and not on the same Moments on desktop. So far we’ve seen them on a story about the NFL, one about Moviepass and another about staffing changes in the White House. While it’s a tiny feature tweak, annotations are another sign that Twitter is exploring ways to infuse its platform with value and veracity in the face of what so far appears to be an intractable misinformation crisis. View the full article
  3. Virtually every modern computer processor was thrown under the bus earlier this year when researchers found a fundamental design weakness in Intel, AMD and ARM chips, making it possible to steal sensitive data from the computer’s memory. The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities — which date back to 1995 — punched holes in the walls that keeps apps from accessing other parts of the system’s memory that it doesn’t have permission to read. That meant a skilled attacker could figure out where sensitive data was stored, like passwords and encryption keys. While the companies mitigated some of the flaws, they acknowledged that their long term plan would require a core redesign in how their computer processors work. Now, a team of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers say they have found a way to prevent a similar range of flaws like Meltdown and Spectre in the future. When an app needs to store something in memory, it asks the processor where to put it. But searching for that memory is slow, so processors use a trick known as “speculative execution” to run several sets of tasks at the same time while it finds the right memory slot. But attackers can exploit the same technique to allow an app to read parts of the memory that it shouldn’t be allowed to read. MIT’s CSAIL says their technique would split up memory so that the data not stored in the same place — in what the team calls “secure way partitioning.” They call it called DAWG — or “Dynamically Allocated Way Guard” — which, admittedly might sound ridiculous, but it’s meant to work as a counterpoint to Intel’s Cache Allocation Technology, or CAT. According to their work, DAWG works similarly to CAT and doesn’t require many changes to the device’s operating system — making it potentially as easy to install on an affected computer as Meltdown’s microcode fix. According to Vladimir Kiriansky, one of the research paper’s authors, the new technique “establishes clear boundaries for where sharing should and should not happen, so that programs with sensitive information can keep that data reasonably secure.” Not only could the technology help to protect regular computers, but also also vulnerable cloud infrastructures. Although DAWG can’t prevent against every speculative attack, the researchers are now working to improve their technology to prevent against more — if not all attacks. But if their technology is picked up by Intel or any other chip maker, the researchers say techniques like DAWG could “restore our confidence in public cloud infrastructure, and hardware and software co-design will help minimize performance overheads.” View the full article
  4. Powell Tillmans’ Spoken By the Other arrives next month View the full article
  5. In its first institutional funding round, Oh My Green has raised $20 million from Initialized Capital, Powerplant Ventures, Backed VC, ZhenFund, Talis Capital and the Stanford StartX Fund to bring healthier foods to offices around the U.S. The concierge-style startup, which completed Y Combinator’s startup accelerator in 2016, provides businesses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Denver, Boston, New York City and Nashville nutritional snacks and meals. It stocks office snack pantries — a staple at tech startups — caters events, manages cafes and provides wellness programming. Its goal is to be a one-stop shop for corporate nutritional wellness. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2014 by Michael Heinrich. Based off my conversation with him earlier this week, I’m guessing he wouldn’t approve of the TechCrunch snack cupboard, which includes a year-long supply of Skittles, M&Ms and Fruit by the Foot. “I wanted to do something more meaningful in my life,” Heinrich told TechCrunch. “I had worked in really challenging environments and I found myself really enjoying the people and the problems but looking at the food we had available, a lot of it was ultra-processed and ultra-sugared.” “When I was sugar crashing and not being productive at work, I realized I should stop complaining and actually make a difference,” he added. Oh My Green’s tech-enabled service, which relies on machine learning to give its customers personalized recommendations for meals and snacks, has 200 customers today, including Lyft, Apple and Y Combinator. With the investment, the company will expand throughout the U.S. and eventually launch overseas. View the full article
  6. Netflix is pulling the plug on "Orange Is The New Black". the full article
  7. Watch Gucci Mane's new video for "Kept Back" with Lil Pump. the full article
  8. We’re just hours away from hearing the joint project. the full article
  9. Marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to get used to it. Toronto's police have been pretty blunt about the matter, telling people to stop tattling on their neighbours for smoking weed or possessing pot plants. SEE ALSO: Pass the poutine: Weed is now legal in Canada and everyone's celebrating The directive came in a series of funny tweets, comparing the reporting of smoking or possession to trivial matters, like calling 911 to ask for directions or what one should do with frozen meat in the case of a power outage. "Do not call police for this," the tweets read. Read more... More about Police, Canada, Marijuana, Marijuana Legalization, and CultureView the full article
  10. Drake & Jay Z were spotted chopping it up at his concert last night. the full article
  11. Check out the visual for her new Aviary track View the full article
  12. Tory Lanez & Meek Mill have another collab on the way. the full article
  13. Another track off her forthcoming LP Us View the full article
  14. Introducing Shogun & the Sheets View the full article
  15. "Mind your business, da fuck wrong wit you," - 50 Cent. the full article
  16. Less is Orchestra is a collaborative album with longtime friend Doseone View the full article
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  18. Swervedriver, Laura Jane Grace, Viagra Boys, the Chills, Oh Sees, Otoboke Beaver, and many more View the full article
  19. The latest visual from Heaven and Earth was directed by Jenn Nkiru (Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s “APESHIT”) View the full article
  20. Featuring Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Neneh Cherry, Lindstrøm, Four Tet, Todd Rundgren, UMO, and more View the full article
  21. Elizabeth Warren's announcement that she took a DNA test to prove she has a Native American ancestor likely inspired countless people to pursue genetic testing to investigate their own family lore. Yet there's a reason why the Democratic senator's declaration was met with harsh criticism, including from the Cherokee Nation's secretary of state Chuck Hoskin Jr., who said Warren was "undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage." Indeed, there are sensitive, appropriate ways to talk about potentially having Native American ancestors. The Massachusetts lawmaker actually got it right when she made the critical distinction that an ancestral link is not the equivalent of belonging to a Native American community or culture, nor should it entitle people far removed from an ancestor to seek or claim tribal status. Read more... More about Native American, Elizabeth Warren, Dna Test, Ancestry, and Social GoodView the full article
  22. Stream Lil B's new 34-track mixtape "Options." the full article
  23. His latest includes a remix of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” View the full article
  24. El-P: “I don’t think I would ever be able to describe the magnitude of what we experienced over these last few days” View the full article
  25. Twitter storm ahead. the full article
  26. "He called me out so you have to come to my world." the full article
  27. Justin Bieber and his new wife are house-hunting in Los Angeles. the full article
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