Daily Archives: 11.03.2021

SALT: A Semi-automatic Labeling Tool for RGB-D Video Sequences

Generating annotated data from RGB-D video sequences is both time-consuming and expensive, as it involves annotations in both 2D and 3D. Current techniques require extensive manual work or have other limitations. A recent paper on arXiv.org tackles these obstacles and proposes a simple and effective tool to generate bounding box and segmentation data for RGB-D semi-automatically. Image credit: pxhere.com, CC0 ...

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Chinese Firms Get Bullish as Lottery Operator Renames Itself ‘BIT Mining’

Source: Adobe/Mariia Korneeva Chinese firms appear to have become emboldened – and increasingly eager to clamber on board the crypto bandwagon – with 500.com, one of the nation’s biggest sports lottery firms, planning to rename itself with a distinctly crypto-sounding name: BIT Mining. The company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, also stated in a press release, ...

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Associated Press auctions first NFT artwork commemorating blockchain usage in US election

As non-fungible tokens (NFTs) become an increasingly popular way to create artificial scarcity in the digital marketplace, the Associated Press (AP) has listed its first ever NFT artwork for auction in collaboration with Everipedia and digital artist Marko Stanojevic. Total sales across NFT marketplaces stood at $500 million (£360m) in February, compared to just $200m (£144m) for the whole of ...

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Privacera Raises $50M To Help Companies Control Their Data

Data governance and security provider Privacera closed a $50 million Series B as it looks to build on momentum from last year with concerns about data and privacy only growing. The round was led by new investor Insight Partners, with participation from Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Accel, Cervin and Point 72. Founded in 2016, the Fremont, California-based company has now ...

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ECB to boost emergency bond buys, keeps rates unchanged

No interest rate changes from European Central Bank today The European Central Bank has left its key interest rates unchanged after today’s Governing Council meeting. However, the ECB has said it expects to buy bonds under its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) “…at a significantly higher pace than during the first months of this year.” The size of the PEPP ...

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ULA, SpaceX split military launch contract awards

Artist’s illustration of a Vulcan Centaur launch. Credit: United Launch Alliance The U.S. Space Force announced Tuesday that it awarded $384 million in contracts to United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, giving each company two missions to launch military satellites in 2023. United Launch Alliance won task orders for the USSF-112 and USSF-87 missions. Both launches will use ULA’s next-generation Vulcan ...

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Automated chemistry sets new pace for materials discovery

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee are automating the search for new materials to advance solar energy technologies. A novel workflow published in ACS Energy Letters combines robotics and machine learning to study metal halide perovskites, or MHPs — thin, lightweight, flexible materials with outstanding properties for harnessing light that can be used to make ...

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