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In quite the scoop from The Verge, two full hours of Mark Zuckerberg speaking to Facebook employees about various topics were leaked. (More direct transcripts here).
Here’s part of one question and answer published by The Verge, which wrote a transcript of the audio:
“Question [from a Facebook employee]: “A company named Neuralink presented on their progress to develop a brain-computer interface, which they plan on human testing starting next year. First, do we have plans to integrate this kind of technology with our VR and AR products? And what do you think of privacy in a world where we could capture purchasing intent and deliver ads using a direct brain link?”
“Mark Zuckerberg: “Brain-computer interface is an exciting idea. The field quickly branches into two approaches: invasive and noninvasive. Invasive being things that require surgery or implants, but have the advantage that it’s actually in your brain, so you can get more signal. Non-invasive is like, you wear a band or, for glasses, you shine an optical light and get a sense of blood flow in certain areas of the brain. You get less signal from noninvasive.
“We’re more focused on — I think completely focused on non-invasive. [laughter] We’re trying to make AR and VR a big thing in the next five years to 10 years ... I don’t know, you think Libra is hard to launch. “Facebook wants to perform brain surgery,” I don’t want to see the congressional hearings on that one.”
🆕 Leak reveals Windows 10X, Microsoft’s new OS for dual-screen devices (The Verge). Find out more later today...
🤔 Things have changed rapidly for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and now getting Google Services on the phone appears difficult. Yesterday, details emerged from Android developer John Wu that Huawei was reportedly offering an “undocumented API” to get Google Services onto the phone via a third-party application LZPlay. Within hours, that application disappeared, and Google appears to have rescinded SafetyNet certification for the device, and Google Pay stopped working. While the above is all speculation based on events, What to do now is an open question, as Bogdan explores (Android Authority).
🎤 Google’s Pixel 4 Voice Recorder app will automatically transcribe notes for you. The people at Otter.ai, who offered this for a few years, might be a bit mad (Android Authority).
💪 Snapdragon 855 and 855 Plus vs Kirin 990: Which is the most powerful SoC? (Android Authority). Lots of interesting takeaways here, including that all phones are now way overpowered, if they don’t run 90Hz or 120Hz screens.
🎧 Source: Google plans to announce ‘Pixel Buds 2’ soon (9to5Google).
🕖 T-Mobile booting the OnePlus 7 Pro in favor of 7T, will focus only on one model (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple launches, then delays ‘Deep Fusion’ camera feature in beta on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro (TechCrunch). It’s for complex textures, set to offer “better skin transitions, better clothing detail and better crispness at the edges of moving subjects”.
👨✈️ The new Skydio 2 drone looks like it’ll cause big disruption to DJI’s stranglehold on drones, offering 4K Sony cameras and next-level autonomous safe modes, including a warranty if it crashes and you weren’t doing something weird. $999, coming in November (Drone Rush). Looking forward to the full review.
⚖ Net neutrality court ruling: States can set own rules, and the open internet fight is back on (CNET).
🚚 Meet Waymo's self-driving semi truck: Waymo’s got another big, honking trick up its sleeve (Jalopnik).
🎙 TwitchCon was a reminder that streamers are big business (The Verge).
🤔 “What's expensive but totally worth it?” (r/askreddit). Boots, tires, an SSD, and “missing work to go to your child’s event,” which is interesting.
‘Oumuamua, the downright odd object found hurtling into our solar system in 2017 is still weird, and finding out more about this visitor looks like one of the great pursuits for astronomers.
Have a good one, especially all of you who skip straight down to this section,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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