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European AI spending to hit $ 12 billion this year

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Analyst firm IDC estimates that spending on artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe this year will reach $ 12 billion and will continue to grow steadily in the coming years. At least until 2024, growth will be in double digits each year. This is fueled by the growing demand for digital transformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to analysts, the pandemic is not over, and its consequences will be manifested both during 2021 and in subsequent years. She has radically influenced the work of many industries, forcing to change business processes. One of these industries is retail, where the focus had to be shifted to online sales and online service. As we adapt to the new reality, customer behavior has changed as well. AI technologies in the industry are helping to organize customer interactions, optimize pricing, and generate recommendations.

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The top discrete Intel Arc graphics card will cost about $ 800, the cost of the model is simpler – about $ 650

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The premiere of discrete Intel Arc graphics cards based on the Xe-HPG architecture is expected in the first quarter of next year. There are no comprehensive official details yet, but the company has already given a good price guideline by publishing the conditions of a certain competition, in which two models of Intel Arc 3D cards – Premium and Performance – are the prizes.

A total of 100 prizes will be awarded with Premium graphics cards equivalent to $ 900 each and 200 prizes with Performance graphics cards worth $ 700 each. The price is for a set, which, in addition to the video card itself, includes a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass service for three or six months, as well as branded merchandise.

The top discrete Intel Arc graphics card will cost about $ 800, the cost of the model is simpler - about $ 650

Subtracting the subscription and merchandise costs from the prize, the Arc Premium 3D card will cost around $ 825 and the Performance 3D card around $ 650. A lot, considering that we are talking, in fact, about the cost price. Given the current deficit, the price can be safely multiplied by one and a half, if we talk about retail. And it turns out that on the store shelf there will not be much difference in price between the same Arc Premium, GeForce RTX 3070 (Ti) and Radeon RX 6700 XT – it is with these models from Nvidia and AMD that the novelty will compete. So what will make users buy an Intel device instead of Nvidia or AMD at roughly the same cost and performance? While this is a big question.

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Hacker published information about betting on Dota 2 games

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According to the information released, PSG.LGD Dota 2 coach Zhang xiao8 Nina made over two thousand bets on PSG.LGD matches.

The hacker hacked into the account on the website of the Chinese bookmaker, which, presumably, belongs to the trainer of the PSG.LGD Dota 2 roster Zhang Xiao8 Ning. An anonymous post with screenshots appeared on the Zhihu portal.

The screenshots posted by the hacker prove that xiao8 was betting on PSG.LGD. In the screenshots, you can see the same username as in the screenshots previously posted by ex-wife Nina.

The hacker said that between May 2019 and December 2020, the mentor of the Chinese team made 2,444 bets for a total amount exceeding one million dollars. Note that neither PSG.LGD nor xiao8 commented on the situation in any way.

On October 18, ex-wife Nina stated that he has repeatedly made bets on Dota 2 matches, including those of his own team. To confirm her words, she published screenshots of the Xiao8 account from the bookmaker’s website, as well as fragments of correspondence.

However, at the moment, many experts believe that the girl deliberately set up her ex-spouse and, for this, fabricated the necessary evidence against the cybersportsman.

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White hacker received $ 2 million for a vulnerability found in the Polygon blockchain network

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The reward is a record in the history of the DeFi sector.

A security expert discovered a critical vulnerability in Polygon’s second-tier solution that could lead to losses of $ 850 million. The project paid the researcher a record $ 2 million remuneration.

The Polygon project launched the bounty program in September, and it drew attention to the cybersecurity specialist Geghard Wagner. He noted that Polygon uses the Plasma security system to secure transactions between its networks and Ethereum, which, in his opinion, is difficult to reliably implement.

Wagner elaborated on how he discovered the vulnerability in the Plasma Bridge. The expert called the vulnerability a “double spending bug”. Using an error in the code, an attacker could withdraw an amount 223 times the original value of the tokens. The contribution of every $ 200 thousand could bring a potential hacker $ 44.6 million.In case of exploitation of the vulnerability, the protocol losses could amount to $ 850 million.

The Polygon developers agreed to pay the maximum reward for finding a vulnerability of $ 2 million, which was the largest reward for finding bugs in the history of DeFi.

Also, the Polygon developers confirmed that the bug was present on the mainnet. Wagner suggested that the problem was “due to the use of third-party code without fully understanding it.” He stressed that the solution of the developers turned out to be “not too sophisticated”, but coped with its task.

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