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Google unveils the second-gen version of Assistant, promising speed boosts, new capabilities, and a design overhaul, coming first to Pixel phones (Nick Statt/The Verge)

Nick Statt / The Verge: Google unveils the second-gen version of Assistant, promising speed boosts, new capabilities, and a design overhaul, coming first to Pixel phones  —  Coming first to Pixel phones  —  Google has announced the second-generation version of its Google Assistant software, which promises new capabilities …

A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores (Sebastian Herrera/Wall Street Journal)

Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal: A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores  —  Zippin and Standard Cognition are two of the startups pitching their systems and apps as nonthreatening alternatives to Amazon´s cashier-free tech

Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications  —  Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses …

ML frameworks in 2019: analysis of AI research papers shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch (Horace He/The Gradient)

Horace He / The Gradient: ML frameworks in 2019: analysis of AI research papers shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch  —  Since deep learning regained prominence in 2012, many machine learning frameworks have clamored to become the new favorite among researchers and industry practitioners.

While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains (Columbia Journalism Review)

Columbia Journalism Review: While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains  —  In March, when Mark Zuckerberg called for new regulations on internet companies, journalists rightly covered the move with skepticism.

Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble (Kaitlyn Tiffany/The Atlantic)

Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic: Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble  —  Venture capital has finally come for the least sexy communication style.  —  It´s unclear to me whether anyone has ever fallen in love over email …

What to expect from Google on Oct. 15: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Jay Peters / The Verge: What to expect from Google on Oct. 15: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices  —  Pixel 4, a new Pixelbook, new Nest devices, and more  —  Google´s annual fall hardware showcase is happening on Tuesday, October 15th, and we expect it to be a big one.
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