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Good morning! Here are today's most important stories in emerging technology.

Cryptojacking has hit government websites.

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Surreptitious mining of cryptocurrency by hackers is spreading very, very fast.
The news: Over 4,000 websites, including those of the US Federal Judiciary and the UK National Health Service, have been secretly mining digital coins for crooks.
How it worked: Hackers injected malware into a widely used plugin, Browsealoud. Website visitors then involuntarily gave up their computing power to the hackers.
Why it matters: Cryptojacking is becoming one of the world’s biggest cyberthreats. This news shows how easy it is for crooks to spread the trick with a single hack.

Waymo and Uber settled their IP dispute. Now what?

On Friday, Waymo attorneys settled with Uber over allegations of trade secret theft.
The settlement: Waymo is guaranteed that none of its IP will be used in Uber tech. Oh, and it gets 0.34 percent of the ride-hailer’s equity, worth a cool $250 million.
Next for Uber: As the Outline argues, it gets to draw a line under problems that typify how the firm was run under the management of ex-CEO Travis Kalanick.
Next for Waymo: As the New York Times notes, it faces greater competition than ever and still has no real business model for its technology. That'll need to change.

A DeepMind AI transfers its learning to different tasks.

By using insights from one job to help do another, AIs could become more versatile.
Backstory: A hope for AI is to have systems learn different tasks, then take their insights from one setting and apply 'em elsewhere—what's called transfer learning.
What’s new: Import AI notes that DeepMind built a tool called IMPALA to do that, using a single AI to perform multiple tasks, sharing around its learnings as it goes.
Why it matters: In 57 Atari games and 30 3-D world tasks, IMPALA does better than other AIs while using less data. It suggests transfer learning may be plausible.

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Ten Fascinating Things

Our roundup of today's top tech news to get you thinking and debating.

1
The Olympics got hacked
Russia is rumored to be the culprit. (Guardian)
2
Crypto laundering
Europol says crooks are hiding $5 billion from police in digital tokens. (BBC)
3
This phone says "no" to kids
An algorithm can tell if a child, not an adult, is swiping a touchscreen. (TR)
4
Alexa, what's that noise?
AI assistants will get smarter by spotting more than words. (IEEE Spectrum)
5
Identified in 60 seconds
Mobile fingerprint scanners let UK police ID folks in just 1minute. (Wired UK)
6
Battery wars
There's a fight to control the world’s battery supplies. China is winning. (WSJ)
7
A future full of fakes
Aviv Ovadya predicated fake news. He says far worse will come. (Buzzfeed)
8
The mess that Zuck made
How Facebook's business strategy landed it in this huge ol' mess. (Wired)
9
Sharing Apple secrets
A lowly Apple staffer leaked part of the iPhone's source code. (Motherboard)
10
Your job in 2030
This is what professions of the future might actually look like. (TR)

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017

These breakthrough technologies will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are here now; others will take a decade to develop. But you should know about all of them right now. See the list.

Quote of the Day

“That the industry is so dominated by ... particularly older white men is slowing down the energy transition.”

– Catherine Mitchell, professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter, UK, tells the Guardian she thinks gender imbalance is impeding clean energy adoption.

Jamie Condliffe
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