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Nigeria’s Tunde Onakoya sets global chess record with 60 hour nonstop game

The 29-year-old chess player and child education advocate played in part to raise money for underprivileged children.
Tech

Why vector databases are having a moment as the AI hype cycle peaks

Vector databases are all the rage, judging by the number of startups entering the space and the investors ponying up for a piece of the pie. The proliferation of large language models (LLMs) and the generative AI (GenAI) movement have created fertile ground for vector database technologies to flourish. While traditional relational databases such as […]

UK

US House to vote on critical $61bn Ukraine aid package

The long-awaited vote comes as Ukrainian troops face a weapons shortage in the war against Russia.
Crypto

Grayscale Reveals 0.15% Fees For Its Bitcoin Mini Trust ETF

Bitcoin ETF provider Grayscale has provided some illustrative details of its spin-off fund, the Bitcoin Mini Trust (BTC), including a more competitive 0.15% fee than the uplisted mothership GBTC product, according to a pro forma financials in its latest filing.
Finance

The Bitcoin network completes the fourth-ever ‘halving’ of rewards to miners

The Bitcoin network completed its fourth "halving," which reduces miners' rewards and helps the cryptocurrency maintain its digital gold quality.
AI

To build a better AI helper, start by modeling the irrational behavior of humans

A new technique can be used to predict the actions of human or AI agents who behave suboptimally while working toward unknown goals.

AI

To build a better AI helper, start by modeling the irrational behavior of humans

A new technique can be used to predict the actions of human or AI agents who behave suboptimally while working toward unknown goals.

Using deep learning to image the Earth’s planetary boundary layer

Lincoln Laboratory researchers are using AI to get a better picture of the atmospheric layer closest to Earth's surface. Their techniques could improve weather and drought prediction.

Advancing technology for aquaculture

MIT Sea Grant students apply machine learning to support local aquaculture hatcheries.

3 Questions: Enhancing last-mile logistics with machine learning

MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Director Matthias Winkenbach uses AI to make vehicle routing more efficient and adaptable for unexpected events.

A crossroads for computing at MIT

The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing building will form a new cluster of connectivity across a spectrum of disciplines in computing and artificial intelligence.

New AI method captures uncertainty in medical images

By providing plausible label maps for one medical image, the Tyche machine-learning model could help clinicians and researchers capture crucial information.

A faster, better way to prevent an AI chatbot from giving toxic responses

Researchers create a curious machine-learning model that finds a wider variety of prompts for training a chatbot to avoid hateful or harmful output.

Extracting hydrogen from rocks

Iwnetim Abate aims to stimulate natural hydrogen production underground, potentially unearthing a new path to a cheap, carbon-free energy source.

When an antibiotic fails: MIT scientists are using AI to target “sleeper” bacteria

Most antibiotics target metabolically active bacteria, but with artificial intelligence, researchers can efficiently screen compounds that are lethal to dormant microbes.

A new computational technique could make it easier to engineer useful proteins

MIT researchers plan to search for proteins that could be used to measure electrical activity in the brain.

Crypto

Grayscale Reveals 0.15% Fees For Its Bitcoin Mini Trust ETF

Bitcoin ETF provider Grayscale has provided some illustrative details of its spin-off fund, the Bitcoin Mini Trust (BTC), including a more competitive 0.15% fee than the uplisted mothership GBTC product, according to a pro forma financials in its latest filing.

Runes Protocol Launches on Bitcoin, Sending Fees Soaring as Users Rush to Mint Tokens

Bitcoin Rally Holds Around $63,700 Following 4th Block Reward Halving

The Bitcoin Halving Is Here, and With It a Giant Surge in Transaction Fees

Soccer has the World Cup. Athletics and many other sports have the Olympics. Crypto has the halving. The milestone in the blockchain's 15-year history technically means a cut in rewards for crypto miners with each block – a feature designed to minimize inflation.

Indian Man Pleads Guilty to Creating Spoofed Coinbase Website, Stealing $9.5M in Crypto

According to court documents, Chirag Tomar used his ill-gotten gains to buy Rolexes, Lamborghinis, Porches and more.

Bitcoin Pioneer Hal Finney Posthumously Wins New Award Named for Him

Bitcoin Whales Bought $1.2B BTC Amid the Price Dip, Fueling the Quick Rebound

Large bitcoin investors substantially increased their holdings as prices dipped below $60,000 in early Friday's panicky action on the crypto markets ahead of the asset's much-anticipated halving event.

IRS Unveils Form Your Broker May Send Next Year to Report Your Crypto Moves

The U.S. Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has previewed what crypto investors' future tax form might look like when it finishes its much-debated rule on how cryptocurrency transactions should be reported to the federal government.

Bitcoin Will Power the Next DeFi Summer

Google Searches for 'Bitcoin Halving' Get Higher Than 4/20

One of the closely watched indicators of retail interest is booming.

Dev

U-M finds students with alphabetically lower-ranked names receive lower grades

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MuPDF WASM Viewer Demo

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Debugging the Doctor Brain: Who's teaching doctors how to think?

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50 Years Later, This Apollo-Era Antenna Still Talks to Voyager 2

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Morton: Bit Interleaving in C/C++

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What Happens When Hyperscalers and Clouds Buy Most Servers and Storage?

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The Basics of Legibility: A Short Guide for Non-Typographers

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Ceefax Simulator

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Inverters with constant full load capability for electric drives

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Resend (YC W23) Is Hiring DevOps Engineers (Remote)

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Finance

The Bitcoin network completes the fourth-ever ‘halving’ of rewards to miners

The Bitcoin network completed its fourth "halving," which reduces miners' rewards and helps the cryptocurrency maintain its digital gold quality.

VW workers in Tennessee vote to join UAW in historic win for Detroit union

Volkswagen workers in Tennessee have voted in favor of the United Auto Workers — marking the union's first successful organizing drive of a foreign automaker.

Breaking down the market sell-off and odds this 5% pullback turns into a 10% correction

Mike Santoli dissects the latest downturn in the market and whether a bounce is coming.

Why the oil market shrugged as Iran and Israel appeared on the brink of war this week

Investors seem to believe that Israel's limited retaliatory strike has provided Iran with an off ramp to refrain from counterattacking.

Would the Fed really hike rates here? This is what would have to happen

Further increases in the benchmark borrowing rate are making their way back into the public conversation.

U.S. House to vote on long-awaited $95 billion Ukraine, Israel aid package

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a $95 billion legislative package providing security assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

'Big change' in global growth is bullish for commodities including copper, says VanEck CEO

VanEck CEO Jan van Eck thinks the commodities' rally has more room to run.

Oasis launches a campaign at Kao Corp, but this battle is likely to be a difficult one

Oasis Management is calling for a dramatic overhaul at the skin care company, but this won't be an easy fight for the investor.

4 travel secrets of the mega-rich, from a vacation planner for billionaires

Jaclyn Sienna India's members-only travel agency offers a $150,000 yearly option for unlimited travel and dining reservations, plus 'lifestyle' help.

Buy these five stocks ahead of earnings before it's too late, Bank of America says

Bank of America says investors shouldn't hesitate before picking up stock in these companies before they report their latest profits.

Tech

Why vector databases are having a moment as the AI hype cycle peaks

Vector databases are all the rage, judging by the number of startups entering the space and the investors ponying up for a piece of the pie. The proliferation of large language models (LLMs) and the generative AI (GenAI) movement have created fertile ground for vector database technologies to flourish. While traditional relational databases such as […]

Notable Capital’s Hans Tung on the state of VC and the upside to down rounds

To some investors, “down round” is a dirty phrase, but not to Notable Capital’s Hans Tung. Hans is a managing partner at Notable Capital, formerly GGV Capital, a venture firm focusing on investments in the U.S., Latin America, Israel, and Europe. Hans, whose portfolio includes the likes of Airbnb, StockX and Slack, sat down with […]

This Week in AI: When ‘open source’ isn’t so open

Keeping up with an industry as fast-moving as AI is a tall order. So until an AI can do it for you, here’s a handy roundup of recent stories in the world of machine learning, along with notable research and experiments we didn’t cover on their own. This week, Meta released the latest in its Llama series […]

Lawmakers vote to reauthorize US spying law that critics say expands government surveillance

House and Senate lawmakers passed a bill reauthorizing the controversial Section 702 powers under FISA, which allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct warrantless searches of Americans' communications.

Women in AI: Allison Cohen on building responsible AI projects

Alison Cohen, profiled as part of TechCrunch's series on women in AI, is a senior AI projects manager at Mila, a Quebec-based AI research group.

India’s election overshadowed by the rise of online misinformation

As India kicks off the world’s biggest election, which starts on April 19 and runs through June 1, the electoral landscape is overshadowed by misinformation. The country — which has more than 830 million internet users and is home to the largest user base for social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram — is already […]

CesiumAstro claims former exec spilled trade secrets to upstart competitor AnySignal

CesiumAstro alleges in a newly filed lawsuit that a former executive disclosed trade secrets and confidential information about sensitive tech, investors and customers to a competing startup. Austin-based Cesium develops active-phased array and software-defined radio systems for spacecraft, missiles and drones. While phased-array antenna systems have been used on satellites for decades, Cesium has considerably […]

Your Android phone could have stalkerware — here’s how to remove it

This simple guide helps you identify and remove common consumer-grade spyware apps from your Android phone.

Too many models

How many AI models is too many? It depends on how you look at it, but 10 a week is probably a bit much. That’s roughly how many we’ve seen roll out in the last few days, and it’s increasingly hard to say whether and how these models compare to one another, if it was […]

Harvard’s startup whisperer, Peter Gladstone, reveals secrets to validating consumer demand at TechCrunch Early Stage

Validating consumer demand is a crucial step for any startup, and TechCrunch Early Stage is offering a golden opportunity to learn how to do it right. Peter Gladstone, senior adviser for startups at Harvard Innovation Labs, is set to lead an engaging roundtable titled “Validating Consumer Demand: How to Make the Most of Your Expertise.” […]


UK

US House to vote on critical $61bn Ukraine aid package

The long-awaited vote comes as Ukrainian troops face a weapons shortage in the war against Russia.

Sunak has set us back, says climate watchdog head

In a BBC interview, Chris Stark says the PM has not made climate change "as much of a priority as his predecessors".

Taylor Swift broke Spotify record with new album

The Tortured Poets Department became Spotify's most-streamed album in a single day, the platform said.

UK's largest indoor arena opens with big plans

A new £365m venue in Manchester is backed by Harry Styles and aims to tempt major events from London.

No let-up for Gazans while world focused on Iran attacks

Fighting continues in Gaza, where a humanitarian crisis is overshadowed by the wider regional conflict.

Explosion hits Iraq base housing pro-Iranian militia

The militia blamed an attack, while Iraq's military said it did not detect drones or jets in the area.

Gold heist spotlights illegal US-Canada gun trade

The majority of handguns used in Canadian crimes come from the US, where gun laws are much more lax.

Baby Reindeer star on 'role of a lifetime' in true crime drama

Actress Jessica Gunning plays an obsessive and delusional stalker in Netflix's word-of-mouth hit.

Gender care review author attacks 'misinformation'

Dr Hilary Cass says adults who deliberately spread false information are putting young people at risk.

Three men killed in retail park car crash named

The car they were travelling in broke through a fence at a retail park and hit a footbridge.

VC

Latvia's startup financing gets creative

Female founder funding: Will it ever change?

Inside the AI ‘revolution’ powering Europe’s autonomous vehicle startups

Why VCs and founders should set their sights on the Gulf region

This new early-stage VC is making founder mental health a priority

Stability AI announces layoffs following CEO departure, say sources

Is a government body really France’s ‘top incubator’?

Climate tech 2.0 will be built on debt

Private investment bank Lazard set to partner with French VC Elaia to launch a European growth fund

The Doctolib founders factory: Meet 16 employees-turned-founders


World

Nigeria’s Tunde Onakoya sets global chess record with 60 hour nonstop game

The 29-year-old chess player and child education advocate played in part to raise money for underprivileged children.

Togo approves constitutional reform changing how president is elected

Those opposed to the changes fear they could allow further extensions to President Faure Gnassingbe's rule.

US Senate votes to reauthorise controversial surveillance programme FISA

President Biden expected to swiftly sign bill that lets law enforcement conduct electronic surveillance without warrant.

UK returns looted Ghana artefacts on loan after 150 years

The objects were stolen from the court of the Asante king during the 19th century Anglo-Asante wars.

In Serbian village, women fight to escape encroaching mine

The women blockade a bridge in shifts to protest against a mine that has made their village unfit to live in.

Clashes break out at Thai-Myanmar border between soldiers, armed groups

Thai police say the latest violence was triggered when Karen groups launched an attack against Myanmar troops.

Iran vs Israel: Deterrence, drama or distraction?

In the flurry of headlines about Iran’s retaliation against Israel, the Gaza story takes a hit.

Max Azzarello, man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial court, dies

Police had earlier said the Florida man was being viewed as 'sort of a conspiracy theorist'.

US Congress to vote on aid for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan: What’s the deal?

Showdown looms: Speaker Mike Johnson struggling to rally Republican malcontents, dependent on Democratic votes.

US agrees to withdraw troops from Niger amid Sahel region’s pivot to Russia

The US built a base in the desert city of Agadez at the cost of $100m for manned and unmanned surveillance flights.