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Stringent regulations could hinder growth of AI in India: experts

India does not have specific laws directly addressing generative AI, such as deepfakes; it has instead introduced a series of advisories and guidelines to encourage the responsible AI development [...]

Facial recognition startup Clearview AI settles privacy suit

Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging its massive photographic collection of faces violated the subjects’ privacy rights [...]

Apple to delay launch of AI-powered features in Europe, blames EU tech rules

Apple will delay launching three new AI features because landmark European Union tech rules require it to ensure that rival products and services can function with its devices. [...]

Multiple AI companies bypassing web standard to scrape publisher sites, licensing firm says

Multiple AI companies are bypassing common web standards used by publishers to block the scraping of their content for use in generative AI systems [...]

OpenAI buys database analytics firm Rockset in nine-figure stock deal, sources say

OpenAI acquired search and database analytics startup Rockset to provide better infrastructure for its enterprise products [...]

Is EU’s Chat Control law undermining online privacy? | Explained

EU’s proposal to thwart child sexual abuse online could potentially create a backdoor for authoritarian governments to snoop on citizens [...]

Amazon mulls $5 to $10 monthly price tag for unprofitable Alexa service, AI revamp

Amazon is planning a major revamp of Alexa service to include a conversational generative AI with two tiers of service [...]

Oppo launches A3 Pro with MediaTek processor and 50MP main lens

Oppo A3 Pro has a 6.67-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate [...]

Huawei says it has made huge strides, from operating systems to AI

China’s Huawei Technologies said on Friday it had made breakthroughs in fields from operating systems to artificial intelligence [...]

Two biogeographic hotspots in India yield two new plant discoveries

An aerial stem-parasitic flowering plant species Dendrophthoe longensis was from Long Islands of middle Andamans, whereas a small herb Petrocosmea arunachalense was discovered from a cave from West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh [...]

ISRO successfully conducts third and final ‘Pushpak’ Reusable Launch Vehicle landing experiment

This is the third and final test in the series of LEX (03) which was conducted [...]

Toying with toys and making it big

On June 23, 1980, American inventor Arthur Melin, along with several others, filed a patent for a water play toy on behalf of Wham O Manufacturing Company. Melin and his friend, fellow inventor Richard Knerr, sold their Wham O company in 1982 – the year this patent was granted – but it wasn’t before they had spent decades whipping up frenzies like never before. A.S.Ganesh tells you how Melin and Knerr mixed serendipity and hard work to succeed in the toy industry… [...]

Rotavirus vaccine: tortured data analyses raise false safety alarm

Two other self-controlled case series studies published in July 2020 and January 2021 also did not find Bharat Biotech’s Rotavac vaccine to be associated with increased risk of intussusception after any dose [...]

Scientists search for a female partner for world’s ‘loneliest’ plant

Scientists are using remote sensing technologies and artificial intelligence to assist the search for a female in the Ngoye Forest [...]

The mysterious fate of the Neanderthal Y chromosome

Scientists think the Neanderthal Y chromosome could have been lost by accident, or because of mating patterns or inferior function [...]

Erred in not crediting ICMR as co-inventor of Covaxin, says Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech said it has begun the process of rectifying the “inadvertent mistake”; “Necessary legal documents are being prepared for it and Bharat Biotech International Limited will file those documents in the Patent office as soon as those are ready and signed” [...]

Patent filings credit Bharat Biotech as ‘inventor’ of Covaxin, omit ICMR

In Rajya Sabha, Health Ministry had claimed that intellectual property over Covaxin is “jointly owned” by ICMR and Bharat Biotech [...]

2,000 TB survivors helped out over four lakh patients across India

‘TB Champions’ work as community role models to raise awareness about the disease and provide care and support to the affected [...]

Elders are ailing, alone and without the means to support themselves, finds Helpage India study

Among those surveyed, one in every three elderly respondents, irrespective of the city they lived in, reported no income in the past year [...]

Sickle cell patients need better access to modern medication

India grapples with a formidable challenge posed by SCD, with millions affected. The high prevalence of this genetic disorder underscores the urgent need for targeted interventions, and robust healthcare infrastructure to mitigate its impact [...]

Intervention cardiologists say safety of heart valve comparable to western products [...]

Sickle cell anemia prevalence high among tribals, say experts

‘Heterozygous haemoglobinopathies need special attention due to high frequency of asymptomatic carriers’ [...]

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