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The Morning After: 'Mulan' is going directly to Disney

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Today's newsletter comes with a more accurate prediction of the big Samsung event -- even if there's probably already another Galaxy device leaked before it starts -- and 100 percent more working links. After all the teases and photos, there shouldn't be many surprises, but if you want to know exactly what the next Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Note are like, then you'll find out in a few hours. With 57.5 million customers from Disney, 8.5 million from ESPN (up from 2.5 million a year ago) and 35.5 million from Hulu (up from 27.9 million), Disney now counts over 100 million direct customers. However, it's bringing in less money per user than other streamers, due to discounts, all while the pandemic has closed movie theaters and kept people away from theme parks. Disney did manage a hit when it released Hamilton direct to Disney, and it's following up with something bigger.


Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

WIRED

Apple is refreshing its 27-inch iMac, though you'll need a keen eye to spot the differences. The new model doesn't look any different from its predecessors, sporting the same classic look Apple has used for several years now with thick bezels surrounding the 5K display. You won't find any radically new features here either. There's still no biometric authentication, meaning there's no Face ID or Touch ID, and the screen uses the exact same panel and pixel resolution as before. Most of the changes are on the inside, and impact performance.


3 Important Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Your Business And Turbocharge Success

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From the smallest local business to the largest global players, I believe every organization must embrace the AI revolution, and identify how AI (artificial intelligence) will make the biggest difference to their business. But before you can develop a robust AI strategy – in which you work out how best to use AI to drive business success – you first need to understand what's possible with AI. To put it another way, how are other companies using AI to drive success? Let's briefly look at each area in turn. Thanks to the Internet of Things, a whole host of everyday products are getting smarter.


Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

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Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents. The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post. Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.



Association Rule Learning & APriori Algorithm

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Association rule learning is a rule-based machine learning method for discovering interesting relations between variables in large databases. It is intended to identify strong rules discovered in databases using some measures of interestingness. Association Rules find all sets of items (itemsets) that have support greater than the minimum support and then using the large itemsets to generate the desired rules that have confidence greater than the minimum confidence. The lift of a rule is the ratio of the observed support to that expected if X and Y were independent. A typical and widely used example of association rules application is market basket analysis.


Examples of Failure in Artificial Intelligence - ReadWrite

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Artificial intelligence is groundbreaking and, at times, still quite mind blowing. We're constantly peppered with amazing stories of efficiency, automation, and intelligent prognostication. And for every story of success, there's another tale of a mess up or mistake – a situation where something didn't go as planned. While I'm a huge believer in AI and have seen the power of it in my own businesses, sometimes it's nice to see the other side of the coin, have a couple of laughs, and remember that we're all just pushing for bigger and better things. But along that path, there will be friction and interruptions. It's how we respond to these anomalies and shortcomings that ultimately defines where we go from here.


Apple CEO Tim Cook to Congress: The App Store is in a 'street fight for market share'

Mashable

Is Tim Cook more of a Ryu or a Ken? Speaking to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law via WebEx on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company from accusations of anticompetitive behavior when it comes to the App Store. At one point, Cook downplayed claims of the App Store's alleged anticompetitiveness by arguing that Apple is in a "street fight for market share." The Apple CEO cited Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows devices, and even video game consoles like Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox as competitors to the company's apps platform. Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia hit Cook with questions ranging from the App Store approval process to Apple's cut of third-party developers' apps during a congressional hearing which included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Rep. Johnson opened up the exchange with Cook by flatly laying out his argument: Apple decides which apps can be marketed to iPhone users, which is a huge responsibility.


Tech titans to defend American success stories

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Leaders of the world's four most powerful companies will defend the Internet giants, painting them as US success stories in a fiercely competitive world during a major antitrust hearing Wednesday. The unprecedented hearing will feature chief executives Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google and its parent firm Alphabet. The CEOs will testify remotely at the hearing, which comes less than 100 days before the US election. Zuckerberg is to say that the internet giant would not have succeeded without US laws fostering competition, but that the rules of the internet now need updating. "Facebook is a proudly American company," Zuckerberg said in prepared remarks ahead of what will be a closely watched House Judiciary Committee hearing.


NVIDIA Considers Arm Acquisition In A Deal That Could Upend The Chip Industry

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Multiple reports yesterday claim that graphics and data center AI silicon powerhouse NVIDIA has expressed interest in acquiring Arm. Arm's Japanese holding company SoftBank has been exploring the potential sale or an IPO of Arm for some time now, more recently courting Apple for a possible deal. Apple reportedly decided not to engage a bid and a Bloomberg source now claims NVIDIA has stepped up with specific interest in a deal. For reference, Arm core processing IP is heavily licensed around the globe and the company's technologies power virtually every smartphone chip on the market, from Apple silicon to Qualcomm, Huawei and others. Arm core processor technologies also power a huge range of connected devices, from the IoT and the connect home, to automotive applications and even supercomputing.