Science X Newsletter Sunday, Nov 10

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for November 10, 2019:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

Study points to new weapon in fight against lethal fungi

Fossil suggests apes, old world monkeys moved in opposite directions from shared ancestor

Fake news via OpenAI: Eloquently incoherent?

Opioids won't help arthritis patients long-term: study

Fall madness: MIT's Mini Cheetah robots play soccer

Technology news

Fake news via OpenAI: Eloquently incoherent?

OpenAI's text generator, machine learning-powered—so powerful that it was thought too dangerous to release to the public, has, guess what, been released.

Fall madness: MIT's Mini Cheetah robots play soccer

The Nov. 6 video posted by Biomimetics Robotics Lab at Mass Institute of Technology in Killian Court does not need a text narrative and it has none, but that won't stop you thinking along the lines of in-video bystander reactions: "Oh God." "Whoooo."

Twitter spy case highlights risks for big tech platforms

The allegations of spying by former Twitter employees for Saudi Arabia underscore the risks for Silicon Valley firms holding sensitive data which make the platforms ripe for espionage.

Top antitrust enforcer warns Big Tech over data collection

The Justice Department's top antitrust official warned Big Tech companies Friday that the government could pursue them for anticompetitive behavior related to their troves of user data, including for cutting off data access to competitors.

Instagram test of hiding 'likes' spreading to US

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri on Friday said that a test of hiding "likes" at the image and photo sharing social network will spread to the US.

Trundling into trouble: Singapore targets e-scooters after accidents

Tiny Singapore had embraced electric scooters in a big way, but deaths and fires linked to the two-wheelers have prompted authorities to introduce tough rules that could put a brake on their runaway success.

Russian e-commerce booms despite economic doldrums

Moscow photographer Galina Goryushina says that online shopping has changed her life.

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote

Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube.

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