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These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 16:13
At Toyota, researchers are experimenting with prototypes that swoop from the ceiling to take care of chores with the help of machine learning.
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Appeals Court Rejects Push To End Census Early By Trump Administration

A Trump administration request to suspend a lower court order that extends the census schedule has been denied by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The Coronavirus Dashboard Creator Has a New Target: Elections

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:41
On Day 2 of WIRED25, coder Avi Schiffmann talks about his plans for a site that aggregates candidates' positions—in a way users can understand.
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Trump's Calls For Poll Watchers Raises Fears About Voter Intimidation

His appeals have unnerved voting rights advocates and election officials, especially in light of incidents around the country that have pitted armed groups from the left and right against each other.

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Trump Pushed 11 False Claims About Voting in 8 Minutes During the Debate

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:03
The president's assault on electoral integrity threatens to undermine the democratic process. We unpack each falsehood, mischaracterization, and lie.
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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G: Price, Specs, Release Date

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:00
Unlike competitors' more experimental phones, Google's new flagship doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles—but it's more affordable than its predecessor. It's joined by an even cheaper Pixel 4A 5G.
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Everything Google Announced at Its Pixel Event

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:00
The company's hardware launches aren’t as big as Apple’s—and we’re okay with that.
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Debate Organizers Say They Will Make Format Changes For Next Time

After a presidential debate plagued by interruptions and cross-talk — mostly from President Trump — many voters and journalists asked whether more could have been done to stop the chaos.

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New York City Imposes Fines Of Up To $1,000 For Those Who Refuse To Wear Face Masks

City personnel will hand out free masks. "Our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it," the mayor said. "We don't want to fine people."

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The Kraken’s Tooth – Released Today

My new novella The Kraken’s Tooth – Book Two of The Seven Swords – is released today by Subterranean Press. Most of the hardcovers have already sold out but I’m told there may be a few left if anyone wants to head over to the Subterranean Press site to snag one.

The Kraken’s Tooth is also available in ebook:  amazon.com  – KoboNook 

The ebook edition doesn’t appear to have filtered through to non-US stores yet. There will also be an audiobook edition, narrated by Steven Brand, available from Audible (hopefully soon) – I’ll post links  to both when I have them. 

About the Book:

THE GREAT MERCHANT CITY OF CARTHULA—RAISED FROM THE BONES OF A KRAKEN ON THE WHIM OF A GODDESS

WHERE NOBLE HOUSES CALL UPON DARK MAGIC TO TRIUMPH IN THEIR ENDLESS AND DEADLY GAME FOR DOMINION…

Landless one-time king Guyime, once called Pilgrim but known to history as the Ravager, has survived the fall of the Execration – an event that set him on a path to find the legendary Seven Swords. 

Guided by sorcery, Guyime journeys to Carthula in the centre of the First Sea to claim the mythical blade known as the Kraken’s Tooth. Aided by three companions – the beast charmer Seeker, a powerful sorceress and a scholarly slave – Guyime ventures into Carthula’s perilous underbelly to secure a prize guarded by ancient magics, cursed spirits, and lethal traps. But can he survive an ultimate ordeal crafted from his worst nightmares?

Continuing the epic story begun in A Pilgrimage of Swords, The Kraken’s Tooth is a fast-paced tale of low intrigue and grand adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies. 

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Ryan masterfully combines vivid characterization and understated worldbuilding in the stellar second fantasy novella in his Seven Swords series (after A Pilgrimage of Swords)… Ryan does a superior job of propelling the adventure along while simultaneously pulling back the layers of [the fallen king] Guyime’s tortured backstory, and the robust fantasy world is described in clean, evocative prose…”

Anyone wishing to check out the first book in the Seven Swords series, check out the Pilgrimage of Swords book page.

Thanks to my editors, Yanni Kuznia and Bill Schafer, and everyone else at Subterranean for making this happen. Also, many thanks to Didier Graffet for another wonderful cover. 

I’ll be running a mailing list giveaway for signed hardcovers closer to Christmas, so be sure to sign up to the list to make sure you don’t miss out. 

Categories: Fiction for Fun

Trump and the Limits of Content Moderation

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:50
The president’s televised encouragement of white supremacy and political violence was a reminder that social media didn’t create these problems.
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Trial Of Sept. 11 Defendants At Guantánamo Delayed Until August 2021

More setbacks in the long-delayed 9/11 case in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba: A U.S military court judge has delayed the trial of the five defendants in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks until August 2021.

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Baseball Rarity: Cubs And White Sox In Playoffs, But Chicago Fans Can't Go To Games

The strange, shortened season just got more weird, with both teams in the playoffs for just the third time ever. Fans would normally dance in the streets or cram into bars, but it's 2020, so no.

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'I'm Struggling To Walk': Serena Williams Withdraws From French Open

Ending her most recent quest to tie the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams had to pull out due to a flare-up from a previous injury.

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Kentucky AG Seeks To Delay Release Of Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recording

The recording would provide a window into more than two days of grand jury proceedings. But the attorney general's office says it needs more time to redact witnesses' personal information.

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Kevin Young Named Director Of National Museum Of African American History And Culture

"I am eager to engage further directions in the museum's mission, embracing our digital present and future while furthering conversations around Black history, art, liberation and joy," Young says.

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Portland Sheriff Says He 'Will Never Support' President Trump

"Donald Trump has made my job a hell of a lot harder since he started talking about Portland," says Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese. The president claimed that the "Portland sheriff" supports him.

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Portland, Ore., Sheriff Says He 'Will Never Support' President Trump

"Donald Trump has made my job a hell of a lot harder since he started talking about Portland," says Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese. The president claimed that the "Portland sheriff" supports him.

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Forum: Pandemic's Disproportionate Impacts on Minority Communities in U.S. Cities

A recent NPR poll finds minority communities have been disproportionately burdened by wage gaps and chronic illnesses during the pandemic. Watch a expert discussion at 12 noon ET Wed. Sept. 30.

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U.S. Statue Removals Inspire Indigenous People In Latin America To Topple Monuments

The latest target was a statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, a Spanish conquistador who founded two Colombian cities and led a military campaign that killed and enslaved thousands of Indigenous people.

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