Snap to pay $1 million a day to creators for spotlight videos

Snap is rolling out a new tool for its Snapchat app to feature popular videos, called Spotlight, and said it will pay out $1 million a day to creators of the top-performing posts.

To earn the money, video submitters to Spotlight don’t have to have large followers — or even have public profiles. Instead, an algorithm will determine what to show Snapchat users based on how often others view the post. If others view the same video repeatedly, for instance, that’s a signal it’s catching on and will spur the algorithm to distribute it more widely.

The new feature will help Snapchat in a competitive market for posting entertaining videos online, dominated by Facebook’s Instagram and Google’s YouTube, with China-based ByteDance’s TikTok rising fast among younger audiences. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has eschewed public metrics, such as likes and follows, that drive the market for influencers, the most-followed users on

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World’s biggest computer chip can simulate the future ‘faster than the laws of physics’, creators claim

A recent test of the biggest computer chip in the world found that it can predict what is going to happen in the future “faster than the laws of physics produce the same result”, researchers have said.



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The Cerebras CS-1 chip, which contains 1.2 trillion transistors, performed 200-times faster than a supercomputer when simulating combustion within a powerplant.

The 462 cm2 chip proved so powerful in analysing over a million variables – from fluctuating temperatures to 3D air movement – that it was able to show what would happen faster than real-time.

Developed in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Cerebras CS-1 is described as “the world’s most powerful AI compute system”. The number of transistors is 22-times that of the recently announced Nvidia A100 80GB chip, designed for state-of-the-art supercomputers.

“This work opens the door for major

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PearPop pays TikTok creators to post videos with fans and brands

  • Tech startup PearPop launched a new platform last month that lets TikTok stars earn money by “collabing” with their fans.
  • PearPop users can pay influencers to feature their content in “duets,” “stitches,” and “sounds” on their main accounts. 
  • Influencers set their own rates, ranging from a few dollars per post to thousands of dollars for a creator to duet a video featuring a fan or brand.
  • TikTok has been slow to add features to help its top creators make money, opening up a window for monetization startups like PearPop to fill the void. 
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Tech startup PearPop wants TikTok stars to earn money by “collabing” with their fans.

Through its creator-fan marketplace, PearPop users can pay their favorite influencers to feature their content in videos. A user can ask an influencer to do a “duet” (when an influencer posts a side-by-side video with

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State-backed hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine creators

State-sponsored campaigns to hack COVID-19 vaccine makers might be more commonplace than previously thought. According to ZDNet, Microsoft has detected hacks from three “nation-state actors” targeting seven pharmaceutical firms and researchers, including the US as well as Canada, France, India and South Korea. The software giant didn’t name the targets, but said the “majority” are involved in coronavirus vaccine development and research.

The campaigns reportedly come from Russia’s APT28, better known as Fancy Bear or Strontium, as well as North Korea’s Lazarus Group (aka Zinc) and a new Cerium outfit. Fancy Bear used brute force and “password spray” attempts to steal sign-in credentials, while Lazarus and Cerium have leaned on spear phishing efforts to impersonate recruiters and the World Health Organization.

Microsoft said that its products blocked most of the attempts, and that it was offering help in cases where the intruders were successful.

The news comes as Microsoft

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