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Medtronic Co-Founder Earl Bakken Passes Away - The New York Times
Bakken, who founded Medtronic with his brother-in-law in 1949, "passed away peacefully" on Sunday at his home in Hawaii, the company said in a statement. Bakken had retired as chairman of the company in 1989.
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7 hours ago by odelano
The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers - The New York Times
Christopher Savoie, founder and chief executive of a start-up called Zapata, offered jobs this year to three scientists who specialize in an increasingly important technology called quantum computing. They accepted. Several months later, the Cambridge, Mass.
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yesterday by odelano
How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I. - The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018. The two concepts, after all, are two of the most buzzed about and least understood ideas in the tech universe.
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2 days ago by odelano
Republicans Find a Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps - The New York Times
Imagine a society in which everyone more or less agrees with you. You wake up in the morning to online greetings from people who share your views on guns, religion and country. Your news feed contains only posts from like-minded politicians or articles from like-minded news outlets.
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2 days ago by odelano
Facebook Ads From Unknown Backer Take Aim at Brexit Plan - The New York Times
LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to build support for her plan for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Now, it turns out, some of the opposition has come from an unknown organization posting ads to millions of people on Facebook.
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2 days ago by odelano
Harvard Is Wrong That Asians Have Terrible Personalities
There’s a moving passage contained in a deposition taken in the major class-action lawsuit accusing Harvard University of racial bias against Asian-Americans. An attorney for Students for Fair Admissions, the nonprofit group representing a dozen Asian-Americans denied admission by Harvard, confronts the assistant principal of Stuyvesant High School with evidence that white students applying to Harvard in 2014 from her school were more than twice as likely to be admitted to the university as were her Asian-American students.

The assistant principal, Casey Pedrick, starts to cry.
(Witness crying.)
Q. I’m sorry this is upsetting to you. Do you want to take a break?
A. (Witness shakes her head no.)
Q. You want to keep going? Do you want to tell me why this is so upsetting to you?
A. Because these numbers make it seem like there’s discrimination, and I love these kids, and I know how hard they work. So these just look like numbers to all you guys, but I see their faces.

That last sentence is worth lingering on for a moment. When Ms. Pedrick looks in the faces of her Asian students, who comprise more than 70 percent of the population at Stuyvesant, she doesn’t see any one of them as “yet another textureless math grind,” as M.I.T.’s dean of admissions was brazen enough to call a Korean-American student to Daniel Golden, the author of “The Price of Admission.” She doesn’t see her students as an arrogant, privileged “ethnic group” who think they “own admission” to these high-performing schools, as the new chancellor of New York City Schools, Richard Carranza, recently put it.
Ms. Pedrick knows that her Asian students believe they have to earn their admission to Stuyvesant in the only way anyone has for more than four decades: by passing a rigorous entrance exam. Their parents will often invest a major share of the family income into test preparation courses to help them pass — this despite the fact that more Asians live in poverty than any other group in New York City.
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2 days ago by jimmykduong
The Curse of Affirmative Action
A lawsuit challenges Harvard’s betrayal of “Veritas.”

Of all the names I’ve been called in life, including the usual anti-Semitic slurs, none has more sting than “affirmative action hire.”
I got that a lot on social media after I joined The Times. The meaning was clear: I was a quota-filler who had taken the place of somebody more deserving. Whatever I had accomplished, through talent or hard work, wasn’t enough. I was just fulfilling a misbegotten mandate for ideological diversity — and doing even that poorly, since, like every other columnist here, I’m also a Trump opponent.
The accusation always came from the left, and it contained an implicit admission. The very people who ordinarily championed affirmative action as a cornerstone of a decent society — for giving a needed leg up to the systemically disadvantaged — had no trouble understanding the other dimension of the policy — an unfair preference for the unqualified. They knew that “affirmative action,” whatever its benefits as a form of social engineering, was a synonym for mediocrity.
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2 days ago by jimmykduong
The Week in Tech: Executives Pull Out of Saudi Conference - The New York Times
Each week, technology reporters and columnists from The New York Times review the week’s news, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Hello from Washington, D.C.
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2 days ago by odelano
Disinformation Spreads on WhatsApp Ahead of Brazilian Election - The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past few months, the 120 million Brazilians who use WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging application that is owned by Facebook, have been deluged with political messages.
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3 days ago by odelano
In Liberal San Francisco, Tech Leaders Brawl Over Tax Proposal to Aid Homeless - The New York Times
For months, technology companies in San Francisco have fought a local ballot proposition that would impose taxes on corporations to fund initiatives to help the homeless.
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3 days ago by odelano
Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots? - The New York Times
LONDON — An autonomous missile under development by the Pentagon uses software to choose between targets. An artificially intelligent drone from the British military identifies firing points on its own. Russia showcases tanks that don’t need soldiers inside for combat. A.I.
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3 days ago by odelano
Computer Stories: A.I. Is Beginning to Assist Novelists - The New York Times
BERKELEY, Calif. — Robin Sloan has a collaborator on his new novel: a computer. The idea that a novelist is someone struggling alone in a room, equipped with nothing more than determination and inspiration, could soon be obsolete. Mr.
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4 days ago by odelano
An Eye for Photography, but a Google Suite for Events - The New York Times
She was a photo editor. Now she’s an events manager. Whitney Richardson discusses how her career shift at The Times has changed her tech habits.
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4 days ago by odelano
Hydro line project doesn’t go far enough to mitigate conservation concerns — Contributors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
If there is a “heart of Maine” — an essential place at the center of our state’s history, economy and identity — it’s the North Woods. For generations, Maine’s productivity and character has flowed from our forests, the backdrop for our livelihoods and recreation.
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5 days ago by eversourcenh
Craig Newmark, Newspaper Villain, Is Working to Save Journalism - The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Craig Newmark, so often accused of destroying journalism, is now doing his best to revive it. In the late 1990s, Mr.
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5 days ago by odelano
Uber and Lyft Charge Toward Potential I.P.O.s Next Year - The New York Times
Uber and Lyft have for years battled for customers in the fast-growing ride-hailing business. Now the bitter rivals may fight for investors in their initial public offerings.
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5 days ago by odelano
New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry Into Net Neutrality Comments - The New York Times
The New York attorney general subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether the groups submitted millions of fraudulent public comments to sway a critical federal decision on internet
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6 days ago by odelano

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