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May 23, 2019
By Kirsten Korosec
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May 22, 2019
By Connie Loizos
Paintface
May 22, 2019

Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person's face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also of paintings. It's not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fas…

By Devin Coldewey
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May 22, 2019

Spotify resets some account passwords citing 'suspicious activity'

Music streaming giant Spotify has notified an unspecified number of users that the company has reset their account password, but has left dozens of users asking why. In an email, some Spotify users were told their password was reset “due to detected suspicious activity,” but gave no fur…

By Zack Whittaker
Duplex
May 22, 2019

Google’s Duplex calls still frequently require human intervention

When Google launched Duplex with a demo at I/O last year, the audience was left wondering how much of the call was staged. The AI-based reservation booking service seemed almost too impressive to be a machine. Now that it’s been used for real-world reservations, Google has revealed that it frequent…

By Brian Heater
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May 22, 2019
By Devin Coldewey
Foundation
May 22, 2019

Documentary series Foundation is back with a season 2

Paris startup campus Station F and Le Studio Next have teamed up once again for a second season of Foundation, a documentary series about building a startup. If you liked the first season, you’ll feel right at home. A video team followed the entrepreneurs working for three startups through their wo…

By Romain Dillet
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May 22, 2019
By Kirsten Korosec
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May 22, 2019

Modsy scores $37M to virtually redesign your home

Modsy has raised some new cash as the computer vision startup looks to get physical and build more of the furniture it recommends. The startup announced that they have closed $37 million in Series C funding led by TCV. They’ve now raised north of $70 million to date. The service combines comp…

By Lucas Matney
Vignette app ios
May 22, 2019

Vignette is a handy new app that keeps your iOS contact photos up to date

If there’s a special place in your heart for single-purpose utilities that solve a nagging problem, then you’re going to want to skip your daily Starbucks coffee and instead buy yourself a copy of the new iOS contacts utility Vignette. The new app is focused on doing one thing well: fin…

By Sarah Perez