Google’s RCS texting arrives Monday to bring some iMessage features to Android

Google’s next-gen text messaging service is launching Dec. 16. Angela Lang/CNET Google’s Rich Communications Service (RCS) text messaging is arriving Monday, according to a Thursday tweet from Sanaz Ahari, director of product management for Google’s communications services. The texting update will finally bring iMessage-like features to Android users.”Hi everyone! RCS is now available to all…

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Trouble for Chinese AI Unicorns, Physics of a Kung Fu Master’s Jump, and More News.

Kung Fu masters are jumping and AI unicorns are slumping, but first: a cartoon about Godzinfluencers.Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsChina’s AI unicorns can spot faces. Now they need new tricksChina’s artificial intelligence boom has…

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Greta Thunberg Blasts ‘Creative PR’ in Her Climate Speech

This story originally appeared on HuffPost and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.At a high-level event Wednesday at the United Nations climate summit, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg slammed world leaders for “misleading” the public with insufficient emission-reduction pledges and dove into the growing science that shows governments must act quickly to prevent…

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Revolt! Scientists Say They’re Sick of Quantum Computing’s Hype

This spring, a mysterious figure by the name of Quantum Bullshit Detector strolled onto the Twitter scene. Posting anonymously, they began to comment on purported breakthroughs in quantum computing—claims that the technology will speed up artificial intelligence algorithms, manage financial risk at banks, and break all encryption. The account preferred to express its opinions with…

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Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Since July, a mysterious vaping-related lung illness has swept the country, sickening more than 2,200 people and killing 48. As the illnesses and deaths proliferated, so too did vaping bans. The city of San Francisco had already banned e-cigarette sales, and by September Massachusetts outlawed all e-cigarettes, followed by prohibitions against vaping products in Michigan,…

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The Tale of WeWork Is Being Made Into a TV Show

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s pop culture roundup. What’s happening this week? Well, the WeWork saga is being turned into a TV show, and Marvel TV is shutting down. There’s also a trailer for the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Here we go.Succession’s Cousin Greg Will Play…

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