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‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live will return to business as usual for its Oct. 3 premiere, with new episodes filmed in front of a limited New York audience and Jim Carrey joining as a guest star to portray presidential nominee Joe Biden. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels revealed that and more in a Vulture interview, confirming as well that Maya Rudolph and Alec Baldwin will reprise their roles as Kamala Harris and Donald Trump, respectively. The plan is to release five(!) consecutive new shows leading up to the 2020 presidential election. “There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.” Michaels also provided more insight on how SNL will incorporate an audience while continuing to provide safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But he insisted that the audience is an integral part of SNL, particularly in how its response informs which sketches will hit or miss and make it into the final performance. “The physical problems of doing it — number of people who can be in the studio, number of people who can be in the control room, how you separate the band so that they’re not in any jeopardy — all of those are part of the meetings we’ve been having,”…Continue reading‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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Clearview AI wins an ICE contract as it prepares to defend itself in court

Clearview plans to invoke the First Amendment in its defense. CEO Hoan Ton-That has suggested that since those images are “publicly available information,” it’s fair game to scrape them. Several companies — including Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn and Venmo — have sent Clearview cease-and-desist notices, demanding that the company stop its data-scraping practice. The company is also under investigation in Australia and the UK over the same issue. In December, the Air Force agreed a $50,000 contract with Clearview related to an “open call for innovative defense-related dual-purpose technologies/solutions with a clear airforce stakeholder need.” Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in North America, including the FBI, have used the company’s technology as well. However, some, such as the San Diego police department, have banned Clearview’s facial recognition tool. Source linkContinue readingClearview AI wins an ICE contract as it prepares to defend itself in court

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How Rosamund Pike mentally prepares for a role

Academy Award-nominated actor, Rosamund Pike, shares with us how she approaches playing real people in film.  Read more… More about Amazon, Mashable Video, Acting, Marie Curie, and Radioactive Source linkContinue readingHow Rosamund Pike mentally prepares for a role

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Big Windows 10 changes could be coming as Microsoft prepares next big release

Microsoft could be preparing to completely change its update schedule for Windows 10 due to the upcoming release of Windows 10X. As reported by ZDNet, the software giant has said little about its plans for Windows 10X since back in May when its chief product officer Panos Panay revealed in a blog post that the company would pivot its focus from dual-screen devices to single-screen devices that leverage the power of the cloud. According to sources, Microsoft is now targeting spring 2021 for the first commercial release of Windows 10X, which is not a new operating system but rather a variation of Windows 10 that features a simpler user interface and a more modular form. The company had originally planned to ship 10X first on upcoming dual-screen devices including its own Surface Neo. ZDNet reports that Microsoft’s latest plan will see 10X first debut on single-screen devices aimed at businesses and education in the spring of 2021 followed by a roll out for additional single-screen and dual-screen devices in the spring of 2022. Windows 10 release schedule Now that Microsoft will soon have to release updates for both Windows 10 and Windows 10X, its update schedule will likely change as well. The company could end up releasing just one feature update per year for Windows 10 beginning in 2021 in an effort to allow its engineers to work on updates for both operating systems according to ZDNet‘s sources. If this is true, then Microsoft will likely deliver Windows 10X releases…Continue readingBig Windows 10 changes could be coming as Microsoft prepares next big release

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Logistics are key as NYC startup prepares to reopen office – TechCrunch

The future of offices will require “hot desks,” contact tracing and a volunteer task force run by employees to make sure their colleagues are washing their damn hands. SquareFoot CEO Jonathan Wasserstrum says he’s bullish on the future of office spaces because his startup helps growing companies find office space. Since COVID-19 hit, his firm has spent the past four months talking to tenants and landlords to figure out what’s next. But as the country reopens, Wasserstrum says offices will return. Business has already resumed in some capacity, so SquareFoot is soon heading back to its office with half of its staff and physical distancing plans in place. I spoke to Wasserstrum about what it’s like to return to the office amid a pandemic, from biggest hurdles to price tag. Transportation is the biggest hurdle Wasserstrum said his team is returning in shifts and has asked volunteers to be a part of the first cohort. “This is not about recruiting everyone back; it’s a methodical process to enable everyone to get what they need,” he told TechCrunch. “The complicating factor here that still needs to be grappled with is how each of these individuals will get to and from the office daily.” Source linkContinue readingLogistics are key as NYC startup prepares to reopen office – TechCrunch