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Weekly#159

  • Learning machine learning (Ben Evans Blog)
    …Have you built HAL 9000 or have you written a thousand IF statements?…
  • Craig Venter report engineering a bacterium to have the smallest genome—and the fewest genes—of any freely living organism, smaller than the flower’s by a factor of 282,000. Known as Syn 3.0, the new organism has a genome whittled down to the bare essentials needed to survive and reproduce, just 473 genes. (Science)
  • A new report concludes that 48 percent of all mobile games spending comes from a miniscule 0.19 percent of users. (Wired)
  • After nearly four years of crowdfunding, developer kits, an acquisition by Facebook and seemingly endless hype, the finished Oculus Rift headset is shipping to its first customers. (Engadget)
  • Retro gaming fans rejoice: Atari Vault is on Steam with 100 games (Tech Crunch)
  • Google’s $150 Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software is Now 100% Free (PetaPixel)
  • Meet the largest science project in US government history—the James Webb Telescope
    Precision? The Webb can detect heat generated by a bumblebee as far away as the Moon. (ArsTechnica)
  • Report: “YouTube Connect” will be a livestreaming Periscope competitor (ArsTechnica)