Microsoft announced it won’t be renewing the contracts of roughly 50 news production contractors working at MSN. The firm said these positions will be replaced by artificial intelligence, reported The Seattle Times.
“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. “This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”
The terminated employees were notified on Wednesday that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30.
Full-time news producers will be retained by the company. However, all contracted news producers will be let go.
The Seattle Times spoke to some employees on the condition of anonymity who said that MSN will use artificial intelligence to replace the production work they had been doing, such as identifying trending news stories and optimizing content.
“It’s been semi-automated for a few months but now it’s full speed ahead,’’ one of the terminated contractors said. “It’s demoralizing to think machines can replace us but there you go.’’
One staff member who has been made redundant told The Guardian: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs, and here I am – AI has taken my job.”
The individual also warned that replacing journalists with software was risky. Human workers can stick to “very strict editorial guidelines” which guarantee that viewers are not presented with inappropriate content.
This is especially of concern when dealing with young viewers. Artificial intelligence may not be able to recognize particularly violent or distasteful content.
The journalists working on the Microsoft site did not report original stories. They selected stories produced by other news organizations and edited the content and headlines.
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Edited By Harry Miller
Nintendo Treehouse Live Airs Friday With Reveal Of New WayForward Game – Nintendo Life
Nintendo has revealed that it will be broadcasting a Treehouse Live event on Friday 10th July (that’s today in the UK, but tomorrow if you’re in the United States) which will include gameplay footage of Paper Mario: The Origami King.
The event will also give us the first reveal of “a title in a franchise new to developer WayForward,” which is perhaps a more exciting prospect for many people than the Paper Mario footage. Before you get too excited, though, Nintendo has confirmed that the game is a third-party property, and not a Nintendo franchise.
Treehouse Live July 2020 kicks off at 10am PT.
Daily Crunch: Apple releases public beta of iOS 14 – TechCrunch
A beta version of Apple’s latest mobile operating system is available to the public, Coinbase may go public and researchers discover a frightening smartwatch vulnerability. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 9, 2020.
The big story: Apple releases public beta of iOS 14
Developers are no longer the only ones who can try out the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — beta versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are now available to the general public.
Romain Dillet has already been playing around with the new iOS, and he said the biggest change is a rethinking of the home screen, with widgets that can be stacked and flipped, along with an App Library that groups all the apps on your phone by category.
The tech giants
WhatsApp Business, now with 50M MAUs, adds QR codes and catalog sharing — The Facebook-owned messaging app is introducing new tools for businesses to connect digitally with their customers.
Apple says it’s ‘committed’ to supporting Thunderbolt on new Macs after Intel details latest version — “We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon,” Apple said.
Amazon’s Alexa heads Toni Reid and Rohit Prasad are coming to Disrupt — Two of the main executives behind Amazon’s leading smart assistant are coming to Disrupt 2020, which will run (virtually) from September 14 to 18.
Startups, funding and venture capital
Coinbase reported to consider late 2020, early 2021 public debut — The cryptocurrency exchange platform may be considering a direct listing instead of a traditional IPO, according to Reuters.
Kernel raises $53 million for its non-invasive ‘Neuroscience as a Service’ technology — The startup says it has created non-invasive technology for recording brain activity.
TikTok likes and views are broken as community worries over potential US ban — As of this afternoon, the company said a fix was in progress.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
VCs are cutting checks remotely, but deal volume could be slowing — In a new survey from OMERS Ventures, 69% of VCs said they were willing to make a fully remote investment, but most of them haven’t actually done so.
As the pandemic drags on, interest in automation surges — Brian Heater looks at some of the ways COVID-19 may permanently alter the job market.
K Fund’s Jaime Novoa discusses early-stage firm’s focus on Spanish startups — The firm officially unveiled its €70 million second fund earlier this month.
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Smartwatch hack could trick patients to ‘take pills’ with spoofed alerts — The vulnerabilities were found in SETracker, a cloud system that powers smartwatches and vehicles.
Coronavirus impact sends app downloads, usage and consumer spending to record highs in Q2 — Mobile app usage grew 40% year-over-year, according to App Annie.
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Sony offers first look at the design of PlayStation 5 game cases – MobileSyrup
Sony has revealed a first look at what PlayStation 5 game cases will look like.
In a short post to the PlayStation Blog, the company published box art for PS5 game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac’s standalone follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. This image also shows you what to expect from PS5 game cases in general when the console launches this holiday.
Ostensibly, the only major change between PS4 and PS5 cases is the white banner at the top that says ‘PS5.’ On PS4, this strip was coloured blue. PS5 cases also won’t say ‘Only on PlayStation’ to signify exclusivity. Instead, Sony will use its new “PlayStation Studios” branding to make this distinction.
That said, the borders of the PS5 game case are still blue, just like they are with the PS4’s. All told, the differences between the PS4 and PS5 cases aren’t very significant.
Beyond the brief glimpse at the Miles Morales game case, Sony’s blog post didn’t offer any other new PS5 details. That’s not entirely surprising, though, given that Sony did provide a major PS5 blowout last month. This event featured the unveiling of the console itself, as well as a variety of first- and third-party titles. Pricing and a release date have not yet been confirmed, however.
For now, what do you think of the cover art for Miles Morales and the PS5 game case design in general? Let us know in the comments.
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