BMW's speedy, stylish EV chargers will spread across Europe
BMW's speedy, stylish EV chargers will spread across Europe https://ift.tt/2LiYiXj Prospective https://ift.tt/2s16UtL May 23, 2018 at 02:54AM

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Who said EV chargers had to be plain and utilitarian? Not BMW. Its Designworks team has been tapped to create ultra-fast 350kW chargers for Ionity's Europe-wide network, and you might actually enjoy using them. They're designed to be "inviting" with a bright, simple look that revolves around a giant, easy-to-use touchscreen and a signature halo of light. We wouldn't quite call them fashionable, but they won't be off-putting boxes, either.

Of course, the real allure is having access to high-speed chargers in the first place. Ionity (which includes BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW) hopes to have 400 of these stations up and running in Europe by the end of 2020, creating a network that should top up next-generation EVs at a record pace. The 350kW output is more than twice that of Tesla's 145kW Superchargers and should dramatically reduce top-up times with compatible cars (Porsche's Mission E will add 250 miles of range in 20 minutes). BMW's design mainly promises to make this technology friendlier to drivers, many of whom are likely to be first-time EV owners.

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The Forrester Summer Book Club
The Forrester Summer Book Club Forrester’s Board of Clients was in Cambridge last week for an amazingly productive two days of co-creation. Ideas that have come out of the Board in previous years include: the weekly Forrester podcast, the Forrester iPhone app, and Industry Waves. The dinner tradition is that clients recommend their favorite books — there are a bunch this […] https://ift.tt/2x20XSn
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Twitter brings modern features to its web and Windows apps
Twitter brings modern features to its web and Windows apps https://ift.tt/2x2z4JE Prospective https://ift.tt/2Lmqf0o May 23, 2018 at 01:06AM

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Twitter's other clients now have some of the features you take for granted using its main apps. Its mobile web version, Twitter Lite and Twitter for Windows now support night mode, real-time updates on replies, likes and retweets as well as a newer Tweet compose window. They're not the largest changes, but they'll make a big difference if you can't (or don't want to) use the "full" native apps on mobile devices.

And they may be important in the long run. Twitter has been phasing out apps like its standard Mac client, and its plan to transition to new developer tools could hinder the functionality of some third-party apps and steer users elsewhere. If you're not fond of Twitter's regular apps, the web version may be your best bet until you find a suitable alternative -- you might as well get modern bells and whistles while you're at it.

We are rolling out the following features to https://t.co/AIUgyCj4rs, Twitter Lite, and Twitter for Windows to provide more consistency across platforms. See what's new. 👇✔️ night mode✔️ real time updates on reply, Retweet, and like counts✔️ updated Tweet compose box
— Twitter (@Twitter) May 22, 2018

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Tech-Pentagon tension probably isn’t going away anytime soon
Tech-Pentagon tension probably isn’t going away anytime soon https://ift.tt/2KOeAqh Prospective https://ift.tt/2s039EQ May 23, 2018 at 12:29AM

Google is still working with the U.S. Defense Department on an initiative known as Project Maven, training computers to recognize objects in images, such as photographs taken by drones, Gizmodo reports. That’s despite the reservations of thousands of employees who’ve reportedly petitioned the company to end its involvement with the military, with about a dozen even quitting over Google’s role in the project.

Since Google isn’t the only tech company working with a Defense Department increasingly interested in harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and other sophisticated number-crunching technology, it seems unlikely this tension will go away anytime soon. A group called the Tech Workers Coalition has called on other tech companies, including Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon, to refuse defense contracts as the Pentagon pushes further into technologies like AI, robotics, and cloud computing.

“The Department of Defense should not buy another weapons system without AI,” Lieutenant General John “Jack” Shanahan, the department’s director for defense intelligence for warfighter support, said at an Nvidia conference in the fall. Nvidia, the maker of powerful chips beloved by artificial intelligence experts, gamers, and bitcoin miners, hasn’t commented publicly on whether it’s involved with Maven.

The Defense Department is also in the midst of putting together a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract, which so far has proven controversial, not because of the power the technology would give to the military, but to the outsized benefits that could come to one tech company if the Pentagon signs with just one provider.

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Olga Tokarczuk's "Flights" won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize — Quartzy
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Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft, has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. The £50,000 award (around $67,000) goes to a book translated into English, and is split equally between writer and translator.

Flights is a meditation about wandering, told through interwoven fragments, with its characters in constant transit. They haunt duty-free shops, calculate the heights of trees they see out of airplane windows, and suffer the ageism of hostels/

“By a series of startling juxtapositions, she flies us through a galaxy of departures and arrivals, stories and digressions, all the while exploring matters close to the contemporary and human predicament—where only plastic escapes mortality,” says British writer Lisa Appignanesi, one of the prize judges, in a release.

Tokarczuk is the first Polish winner since the prize was founded in 2005. She’s the author of eight novels and is a household name in Poland, where she’s won two Nikes, the country’s major literary prize. She’s been the subject of online vitriol for comments she made in 2015, after she received one of the Nikes:

We have come up with this history of Poland as an open, tolerant country, as a country uncontaminated by any issues with its minorities. Yet we committed horrendous acts as colonizers, as a national majority that suppressed the minority, as slave-owners and as the murderers of Jews.

Flights is published in the UK by Fitzcarraldo Editions and is forthcoming in the US this August, from Riverhead.

Read next: Translators are finally being recognized by the Man Booker International Prize

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MIT teaches self-driving cars to change lanes like real drivers
MIT teaches self-driving cars to change lanes like real drivers https://ift.tt/2LoawOw Prospective https://ift.tt/2kjxgD0 May 23, 2018 at 12:06AM

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Autonomous vehicles really don't know how to switch lanes as well as people do. They tend to rely on either relatively static data models that are difficult to study in the thick of traffic, or are basic enough that the car might only change lanes when it's absolutely necessary -- that is, hardly at all. MIT's CSAIL has a better way. The school has developed an algorithm that changes lanes more like humans do while respecting road safety.

The new technique is a modification of a familiar concept of "buffer zones" that determine where other cars are going and how likely the driverless vehicle is to avoid a collision. Earlier systems calculated those zones in advance to save time, but MIT uses a "mathematically efficient" approach that creates new zones on the spot if performance falls well below that of a human driver. The process is skewed by speed and can even be customized based on the level of aggression, although there's always a "safety guarantee" that should spare you from having to swerve.

This is just an algorithm and may not reach the road for a long while. Toyota is backing the project alongside the Office of Naval Research, though, suggesting that it's just a matter of time before this enters real-world service. And it might be more important than it seems at first. If self-driving cars are going to coexist with humans, they'll need to blend in with human traffic patterns -- and that means changing lanes more often, even if it's just to get around slow drivers.

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Instagram’s mute button is fine. Here’s what would be better
Instagram’s mute button is fine. Here’s what would be better https://ift.tt/2IExymC Prospective https://ift.tt/2GGaMVx May 23, 2018 at 12:06AM

Following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, Instagram is rolling out a mute button. It lets you remove other users from your feed without unfollowing them, and it’s a good way to curate what you see without hurting anyone’s feelings.

However, what I’d kill for—on any social network with an algorithmic feed—is something less binary. This is especially an issue on Facebook, where my feed is often dominated by one or two friends whom I do like hearing from, but not to such an overwhelming degree. They’re probably so prominent in part because they’re especially prolific Facebookers. But the Facebook algorithm, as far as I can tell, also has no clue whose posts I’d most like to see.

Call it a semi-mute button or a “give me somewhat less of this person, please” button, but it would be great to ratchet down certain friends in my feed without stifling them altogether. (Facebook once offered such a feature, but people complained that it didn’t work very well—and now it seems to be gone.)

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Watch live World Cup games in Spanish on the NBC Sports app
Watch live World Cup games in Spanish on the NBC Sports app https://ift.tt/2x38TTb Prospective https://ift.tt/2s0H3lA May 22, 2018 at 11:48PM

You'll soon have a few easy ways to watch the 2018 World Cup en español. NBC's Telemundo Deportes has unveiled plans to stream live World Cup games in Spanish through the NBC Sports app (on mobile and living room devices) in addition to the apps from Telemundo itself and local stations. You'll also see Telemund's content available through a link on the NBC Sports website. We've asked if you'll need a TV sign-in to watch matches online.

The expansion is important given that Telemundo is the sole home of Spanish-language viewing for this year's soccer extravaganza. You won't have to switch apps (if you have the option at all) just to follow Mexico, Spain and other teams in your language of choice.

Source: NBC Sports Group

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'Thomas Was Alone' developer launches another sci-fi text game
'Thomas Was Alone' developer launches another sci-fi text game https://ift.tt/2IDqnLv Prospective https://ift.tt/2GFyrpb May 22, 2018 at 11:24PM

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Here we go again. In August of last year, developer Mike Bithell, responsible for popular games Thomas Was Alone and Volume, did something rather unique. He released a small, $5 narrative game called Subsurface Circular -- first on PC and Mac and then on iPad. It was apparently successful, as Bithell just announced its sequel: Quarantine Circular, which has similar mechanics but a entirely new cast and story.

Quarantine Circular. A narrative short game we made about talking to an alien on a boat. Out now. If you liked Subsurface Circular, this might be worth a look. https://t.co/4rmLEYTshF pic.twitter.com/DMHm5tVbCU
— Mike Bithell (@mikeBithell) May 22, 2018

Bithell announced the new title five minutes before it went on sale for $4.79 on Steam, which fits with his previous Circular effort. The regular price will be $5.99. He tweeted this title is about "talking to an alien on a boat," which may be typical understatement: Subsurface Circular was surprisingly deep for such a short game. "A group of scientists interrogate an alien discovered at the heart of a global pandemic," the game's description reads. "Work with your team, make decisions and uncover the alien's true intentions." The title is a self-contained storyline, so you won't have to have played the first one to get the full experience.

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Amazon is selling its face-recognition tech to police departments - MIT Technology Review
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Amazon is selling its face-recognition tech to police departments

Image-recognition software that Amazon developed for its cloud platform is being sold to police departments around the US, according to documents disclosed by the American Civil Liberties Union today.

The news: Amazon released the computer vision system, called Rekognition, in late 2016. Soon after that, the company started marketing it to police departments as a tool to fight crime soon after that, according to the New York Times. The Orlando Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon were two early customers.

The argument: The ACLU and two dozen other civil rights organizations published an open letter addressed to Jeff Bezos asking Amazon to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement groups. The letter says that the system is “primed for abuse in the hands of governments” and could be used to track protesters instead of being used to catch criminals.

Context: Surveillance laws have not kept up with changing technology, leaving companies mostly on their own to figure out where to draw the line in their efforts to turn new AI tools into profitable lines of business. But as Google recently found out when employees protested its work with the Department of Defense, pressure is mounting for tech companies to tread carefully in how they choose to deploy cutting-edge AI. 

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Eight years ago someone paid 10,000 bitcoins for two Papa John’s pizzas—that now adds up to $4 million a slice — Quartz
Eight years ago someone paid 10,000 bitcoins for two Papa John’s pizzas—that now adds up to $4 million a slice https://ift.tt/2GIVbV4 Prospective https://ift.tt/2s1ZjuM May 22, 2018 at 10:42PM

Eight years ago someone paid 10,000 bitcoins for two Papa John’s pizzas—that now adds up to $4 million a slice

$82 million

On May 22, 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz, a programmer and an early-adopter of bitcoin based in Florida, purchased two Papa John’s pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins, worth about $30 back then.

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Self-driving cars: Once the most open to autonomous vehicles, 64% of millennials in the US now fear riding in them — Quartz
Once the most open to self-driving cars, 64% of millennials now fear riding in them https://ift.tt/2rZtBOL Prospective https://ift.tt/2KO2EF1 May 22, 2018 at 10:42PM

Once the most open to self-driving cars, 64% of millennials now fear riding in them

64%

Americans in their 20s and 30s were once the most open to self-driving cars. But after a series of fatal incidents in March, fear of autonomous vehicles has grown sharply, the American Automobile Association said.

Published 1 min ago  |  Photo by Reuters/Chris Helgren

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HMD Global, the Finnish startup selling Nokia-branded phones, is now valued at more than $1 billion — Quartz
The Finnish startup selling Nokia-branded phones is now valued at more than $1 billion https://ift.tt/2s7hfob Prospective https://ift.tt/2IGRjpw May 22, 2018 at 10:42PM

The Finnish startup selling Nokia-branded phones is now valued at more than $1 billion

$1 billion

After raising $100 million from investors, HMD Global, the Finnish startup selling Nokia-branded phones, is now valued at more than $1 billion, it said Monday (May 21).

Published 2 mins ago  |  Photo by AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

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Special Olympics and Microsoft will host a ‘Forza 7’ tournament
Special Olympics and Microsoft will host a ‘Forza 7’ tournament https://ift.tt/2ID1POx Prospective https://ift.tt/2rZs9vN May 22, 2018 at 10:36PM

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This summer's Special Olympics USA Games will host a competition that has nothing to do with sprinting around a track, stretching to touch the wall of a pool or bowling a turkey. For the first time, there's an eSports event at the Games, with eight teams battling it out to win the Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox Gaming Tournament on July 2nd. The teams of two (one with and one without an intellectual disability) progressed through qualifiers at Microsoft Stores across the US.

Since this year's Games take place in Seattle, the tournament is going down on Microsoft's home turf. The company has been a partner of the Special Olympics since 2014 and is the premier partner this year.

The tournament marks another step towards eSports playing a role in major multi-sport events. This summer's Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia will hold an eSports demonstration before gaming becomes a medal event at the 2022 Games in Hangzhou, China. It might be a long time before we see eSports athletes winning Olympic gold, but the International Olympic Committee has started throwing its substantial weight behind some gaming tournaments -- it backed a Starcraft 2 event held just before this year's Winter Olympics.

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Pakistan heat wave: Photos of Karachi amid deadly high temperatures — Quartz
Photos: Amid a deadly heatwave, Pakistanis help each other beat the heat https://ift.tt/2LnHqPq Prospective https://ift.tt/2IGnTIf May 22, 2018 at 10:28PM

In Karachi, 65 deaths have been blamed on a heat wave that has brought unbearably hot temperatures to the Pakistani city. Temperatures hovering around 40°C (104°F) for the last few days have killed mostly elderly and poor workers in the city of more than 20 million, Reuters reports. Many of the dead are factory workers:

[Faisal Edhi, head the Edhi Foundation, which runs morgues and ambulences] said most of the dead brought to the morgue were working class factory workers who came from the low-income Landhi and Korangi areas of Karachi.

“They work around heaters and boilers in textile factories and there is eight to nine hours of (scheduled power outages) in these areas,” he said.

Karachi suffered an even more devastating heat wave in 2015, which killed more than 1,300 people.

Photos from the past two days show locals beating the heat by dousing themselves and others with water, and sleeping on the sidewalk.

A man sprays people with water on a road in Karachi on May 22. (EPA/Shahzaib Akber)A man sprays two men on a motorcycle in Karachi. (EPA/Shahzaib Akber)A man sprays motorists with water on a road in Karachi. (EPA/Shahzaib Akber)Rescue workers spray people on May 22. (EPA/Rehan Kahn)A mother holds her child, covered with a towel to avoid sunlight, on May 21. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)A train passenger wets his face to cool off. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)People cool off around punctured water supply lines in Karachi. (EPA/Rehan Kahn)Residents cluster around the spray from a leaking water pipeline in Karachi. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)Residents sleep on a pavement to escape heat and frequent power outages in their homes. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

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Spotify's GDPR updates add privacy and data download tools
Spotify's GDPR updates add privacy and data download tools https://ift.tt/2rZMLUL Prospective https://ift.tt/2GHveoP May 22, 2018 at 10:18PM

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In the lead up to the EU's May 25th GDPR enforcement deadline, companies like Facebook, Oculus and Google are all updating their privacy policies to maintain compliance with the guidelines (which can be enforced with some stiff penalties). Now Spotify is taking steps to be more transparent about how it handles your data with new privacy policies set to go into effect on the 25th.

The new policies include a more human-readable set of policies to explain what data Spotify collects and how the company uses and shares it. The company will also launch a new Privacy Center in the coming weeks to show you how to manage your privacy settings. You'll also be able to download all your data, similar Instagram's data tool, to meet the portability requirements of the EU law. Finally, you'll be able to find contact information on Spotify's Data Protection Officer (another requirement of the GDPR) with any concerns about your privacy.

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Consumer Reports will give Tesla’s Model 3 another shot after brake fix
Consumer Reports will give Tesla’s Model 3 another shot after brake fix https://ift.tt/2KMLjME Prospective https://ift.tt/2J1BwFd May 22, 2018 at 10:06PM

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After Consumer Reports once again slammed a Tesla vehicle -- this time, the automaker's eagerly-anticipated Model 3 -- the publication said it will retest the car following a software update. The car company's CEO Elon Musk promised a firmware revision will come in the next few days to address one of Consumer Reports' biggest sticking points: The car braked far more slowly than competitors, taking even longer to come to a complete stop than a Ford pickup truck.

Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won't stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2018

Consumer Reports claimed that its 60-to-0MPH tests saw the Model 3 often stopping at 152 feet, which was worse than comparable cars. A Tesla spokesperson had already fired back, saying that the environment, roads and driver behavior could've caused the extensive brake distance, which were far beyond the company's own findings. And yet, other publications had variable test results, with Motor Trend noted that in one case, a car braked from 60-to-zero in just 119 feet.

"If Tesla can update the brakes over the air - an industry first - we'd be happy to retest our Model 3," said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing, according to Reuters. In the above tweet exchange, Musk claimed they had an early production car and requested they test a current model.

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Pew survey: Urban and rural Americans have the same problems — Quartz
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Much has been written, especially since the 2016 US election, about the gaping divide between rural and urban America—politically, culturally, and economically.

There are also many similarities between these two Americas, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center released Tuesday. The Washington DC-based think tank polled more than 6,000 Americans from across the country about their lives earlier this year (from Feb. 26 to March 11).

What it found is that, despite deep ideological differences between urban, suburban, and rural dwellers, they are all concerned about the same things when it comes to everyday existence. Americans could find some common ground in the results. And that could help soften the edges of the sharp split, and the perception of a nation divided.

Local roots

A big share of residents in all areas live in the place where they grew up, whether it’s because they’ve never moved, or because they came back. The majority say family ties played the biggest role on their their decision to live close to home.

Community attachment

Whether they live in a big city or a tiny country town, Americans feel similarly attached to their communities.

Shared problems

The survey responses also show that Americans have similar problems regardless of where they live. A large portion of all types of communities is worried about drug addiction.

Respondents across the board also say that their income is not enough to support the life they want, though rural residents are more pessimistic than their suburban and urban counterparts about their prospects of one day being able to afford what they crave.

That sense of not earning enough may be because workers across all areas have seen their paychecks shrink, according to Pew’s analysis of US Census data.

Age and gender

All types of communities are seeing the number of older residents grow substantially faster than the rest of the population, though the degree of difference varies.

And rural, suburban, and urban women agree that there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for them to get ahead than men. Men, on the other hand, see a more level playing field, no matter where they live.

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Welcome to Beating Around the Bush, wherein we yell about plants
Welcome to Beating Around the Bush, wherein we yell about plants https://ift.tt/2GDLkA1 Prospective https://ift.tt/2s5IFcW May 22, 2018 at 09:45PM Chanting: plants plants PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS Rexness/Flickr, CC BY-SA
Journalists pride themselves on getting straight to the point, but just for once we’re taking the time to meander, with our new series Beating Around the Bush that profiles the wonderful, winsome and weird plants of Australia.

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Bunya pines are ancient, delicious and possibly deadly

Part gardening column, part dispatches from country, we’re putting the spotlight on floraphiles’ favourite flowers, ferns, ficuses and other vegetation categories not beginning with “f”.

This series is also doing something a little different. At The Conversation we highlight academic expertise, and usually all our authors must be PhD candidates or above. But knowledge comes in many different forms, and for Beating Around the Bush we’re opening the door to Indigenous Masters students.

The plant in question must be in the contributor’s field of expertise (no pun intended), and the article written in conjunction with an academic supervisor. It’s a fabulous chance for early career Indigenous researchers to celebrate (and geek out over) our natural treasures.

Read the first instalment, a love letter to the Bunya pine, or get in touch at batb@theconversation.edu.au to let us know about a particular plant we should be looking at. Happy bushwhacking!
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Netflix and Michael Bay to make an action movie starring Ryan Reynolds
Netflix and Michael Bay to make an action movie starring Ryan Reynolds https://ift.tt/2IDg21R Prospective https://ift.tt/2IGUH3J May 22, 2018 at 09:42PM

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If you thought Netflix's Bright was a big deal, you haven't seen anything yet. Netflix has reached a deal with Skydance Media to produce Six Underground, an action thriller directed by Michael Bay. The premise of the flick is still under wraps, but it'll borrow more than a little familiar talent: Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds will star in the film, while Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (conveniently, also from Deadpool) will both write and executive produce the story. Production starts in the summer with an expected release sometime in 2019.

This could easily be Netflix's most ambitious project to date. Deadline sources claimed that Netflix is making a $150 million commitment -- for context, Avengers: Infinity War cost about $321 million. The streaming service is clearly betting that the combo of a big-name director (if one who takes flak from critics) and an A-list actor will go a long way. You could see this kind of spending coming when Netflix said it could spend up to $8 billion on content in 2018, but it's still a sharp departure from what the company has done before. It's done with simply creating movies with top talent -- now, it wants blockbusters that could easily compete with the hottest summer fare.

In a sense, Netflix didn't have much choice. Amazon hasn't been shy about wanting to produce its own mega-hits in movies and TV, and it's been willing to spend lavish amounts on franchises like Lord of the Rings and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. Apple hasn't been stingy, either. If Netflix didn't step up, it risked being overshadowed by companies willing to spend whatever it took to achieve streaming supremacy.

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Weed-killing robots are threatening giant chemical companies’ business models - MIT Technology Review
Weed-killing robots are threatening giant chemical companies’ business models https://ift.tt/2LiUiWK Prospective https://ift.tt/2LkN2Kc May 22, 2018 at 09:38PM

Weed-killing robots are threatening giant chemical companies’ business models

AI-powered weed hunters could soon reduce the need for herbicides and genetically modified crops.

How it’s done now: Current farming methods involve spraying large amounts of indiscriminate weed killer over fields full of crops that have been genetically tweaked (usually by the same company that makes the weed killer) to resist the chemicals. The pesticide and seed industry is enormous, worth $100 billion globally. Of that, herbicide sales alone account for $26 billion.

The future: Robots like the one created by ecoRobotix (shown above) will be able to roll through fields, using computer vision to target and spray individual weeds as they go. EcoRobotix claims its robo-brigade will decrease total herbicide use by a factor of 20. You might even be able to get a smaller Roomba-esque version for your home garden.

The industry impact: The use of these weed killers isn’t far off. John Deere got in on the tech last year, acquiring the precision spraying startup Blue River, meaning its tractors could be outfitted with weed targeters very soon. Large agrochemical companies are desperately trying to acquire businesses working on similar technologies, in preparation for a decline in demand for their chemicals.

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Read NYC lawyer Aaron Schlossberg’s apology for the racist rant heard
Read NYC lawyer Aaron Schlossberg’s apology for the racist rant heard around the world https://ift.tt/2ICOwOc Prospective https://ift.tt/2pRf0C5 May 22, 2018 at 09:04PM

Six days after a New York lawyer’s racist tirade went viral, the star of the disturbing video has offered an apology. Aaron Schlossberg posted a statement to Twitter today, saying the video in question—in which he is seen lambasting a Fresh Kitchen restaurant manager because two employees were speaking Spanish—did not convey “the real me,” and that New York’s diversity is one of the reasons he moved to the city in the first place. “I am not a racist,” Schlossberg continued.

You can read the full statement below:

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— AaronSchlossbergLaw (@ASchlossbergLaw) May 22, 2018

Schlossberg was outed as the person in the video within hours of it going viral. The story subsequently traveled far and wide throughout the internet and broader media universe. Critics mobilized to trash the online web pages of Schlossberg’s law firm with one-star reviews and launch mischievous stunts like hiring a mariachi band to perform outside his home.

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Disney's acrobatic robot can backflip like a human
Disney's acrobatic robot can backflip like a human https://ift.tt/2GI56Ku Prospective http://img.youtube.com/vi/MFtNcGnroa8/0.jpg May 22, 2018 at 08:54PM

Humans have mastered acrobatics for centuries, but robots? They've barely learned how to jump, and Disney Research wants to fix that. It recently developed a human-scale robot, Stickman, that can perform aerial stunts with a grace closer to that of its fleshy counterparts. Much like a person, it tucks into a ball in mid-flight to perform backflips and other stunts. A combination of inertial motion sensing and a trio of laser rangefinders give the robot motion and height data that help it decide when to untuck and land safely.

As you've no doubt noticed, Stickman isn't about to compete with gymnasts any time soon when it doesn't even have feet, let alone a humanoid body. This is an important start, however, and it could have implications beyond putting on a show for a human audience. It could help robots overcome obstacles that most people would consider impassable, and help them survive landings when they fall from great heights. While it's hard to completely shake the thought of a creepy robot chasing you down with flips and somersaults, that maneuverability could prove a lifesaver in rescue situations.

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This must be how brands like Allbirds and Shake Shack get their kicks
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What if your next Shackburger came with fries, frozen custard, and a pair of Allbirds?

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For some reason, Silicon Valley’s favorite sockless shoe company, Allbirds, has teamed up with Shake Shack for a line of limited-edition shoes. The sneakers are exactly what you would expect—the brand’s Tree Runner trainer made from fabric sourced from eucalyptus trees, that come in a white-and-green combo reminiscent of Stan Smith’s, but with a tiny Shack burger on the tongue to really impress the other venture capitalists vacationing on Necker Island.

The very limited Shake Shack shoe is only available on Thursday, May 24, in New York City’s Madison Square Park, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. So if you’re looking to pitch Google co-founder and noted Allbirds enthusiast Larry Page on your genius startup idea, you know where to find him—unless he sends a TaskRabbit gig worker to stand in line for him.
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Uber will test a taxi-hailing service in Japan
Uber will test a taxi-hailing service in Japan https://ift.tt/2IGuB0I Prospective https://ift.tt/2GGydOz May 22, 2018 at 08:30PM

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Ridesharing companies legally require professional drivers in Japan, which limits Uber's options. Right now, it can only offer its most familiar service in areas where there are no viable alternatives. As such, it's trying a different strategy: it's partnering with the taxi companies it normally tries to beat. Uber has told Reuters it's launching a taxi-hailing pilot on the island of Awaji (near Osaka) where customers will use its app to hail cabs from 20 local firms. The initiative will get underway in the months ahead and last through March 2019.

Uber isn't shy about its plans: it wants to expand its taxi partnerships "nationwide," a spokeswoman said. You can already use its app to connect to car services in Tokyo, but this would represent a significant expansion of its ambitions.

There's a competitive reason for Uber to work with its erstwhile enemies in the taxi industry: ridesharing giant Didi Chuxing is hoping to offer ride hailing in Japan with SoftBank's help. If Uber doesn't make inroads now, it risks having to exit the market like it did in Didi's native China. There's also the matter of mending Uber's corporate image. Recently installed Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi has spent much of his time undoing the antagonistic approach of his predecessor, and cooperation with taxi companies (however limited) might play a role in changing people's minds.

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Amazon’s HQ2 could price lower-income workers out of its chosen city - MIT Technology Review
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Amazon’s HQ2 could price lower-income workers out of its chosen city

A new report by Indeed.com has found that rising housing prices in cities are pushing out whole classes of workers.

For example: There are 77 percent fewer people holding jobs as trailer mechanics and 67 percent fewer as concrete finishers in expensive urban areas. In general, people with lower-paying careers were vastly underrepresented, as they simply can’t afford the sky-high rents.

Here comes HQ2: Boston is on Amazon’s short list for its second headquarters, but the prospect of 50,000 Amazon employees house-hunting in an already-strained housing market could be disastrous. Other cities on the list are likely to face similar problems if selected.

Why it matters: Even more low-income workers stand to get priced out. To prevent this, cities may be forced to implement drastic measures to ensure access to housing—like the “Amazon tax” Seattle just passed.

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Le dispositif de boutiques-écoles « Skola » se multiplie à Marseille et en France
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Twitter kills its apps on Roku, Android TV and Xbox
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Twitter pulled the plug on its official Mac app this past February, and its continuing to shut out other third party apps as well. The company tweeted that as of Thursday, May 24th, Twitter for set top media boxes Roku, Android TV and Xbox will no longer work. The company refers any of these device users to twitter.com for the "full Twitter experience."

On Thursday, May 24, Twitter for Roku, Twitter for Android TV and Twitter for Xbox will no longer be available. To get the full Twitter experience, visit https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky on your device or desktop.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 22, 2018

The move isn't a huge surprise; Twitter hasn't always been super supportive of third-party apps. For example, it recently made changes to the Account Activity API that could stop push notifications and timelines from working as they currently do. If you really need to tweet from your television, there's still the Apple TV Twitter app, though we don't know how long it will be supported.

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The world's best passport in 2018 is Japan for now — Quartz
Japan pulls ahead of Singapore and Germany as the world’s most powerful passport https://ift.tt/2KHfeWg Prospective https://ift.tt/2LopjZE May 22, 2018 at 07:52PM

In the ongoing Olympics of the world’s most powerful passports, Japan just scored a gold medal.

According to a new index of passport power, which counts the number of countries a passport holder can enter without a visa or for which she can obtain a visa on arrival, Japan’s passport now holds the top ranking in the world. The index is updated by citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners.

Japanese passport holders can access 189 countries visa-free, up from March, when the passport was tied with Singapore’s, with access to 180 countries. Earlier in the year, Henley added eight territories and microstates to the places it considers for access: Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Palestine, Vatican City, and San Marino, all of which Japan passport-holders can access. In March, Benin relaxed its requirements for Japan, bringing its total number to 189.

rank

passport

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Japan

189

2

Germany, Singapore

188

3

Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea

187

4

Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United States

186

5

Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada

185

6

Australia, Greece

183

7

New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta

182

8

Iceland

181

9

Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia

180

10

Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania

179

The Henley count is one of two major passport indexes. A rival index, run by global financial advisory group Arton Capital, considers Singapore the world’s most powerful passport, with visa-free access or visa-on-arrival for 164 countries. According to this count, South Korea comes in second. Japan and Germany are tied for third, with access to 162 countries.

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Bitcoin Pizza Day 2018: Eight years ago, someone bought two pizzas with bitcoins now worth $82 million — Quartz
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Today is Bitcoin Pizza Day. Eight years ago, on May 22, 2010, a programmer purchased two large Papa John’s pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins, worth about $30 at the time. It’s widely believed to be the first purchase of a product with bitcoin, proving the then-nascent cryptocurrency’s potential as a means of payment.

Bitcoin was less than two years old when Laszlo Hanyecz decided to spend some of the coins he had mined on some real-world goods. The coins were worth just a fraction of a cent at the time, and no merchant accepted them as a means of payment. So he posted on the main gathering place for bitcoiners at the time, the Bitcointalk forum:

I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I’m aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don’t have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a ‘breakfast platter’ at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you’re happy!

Another user, who went by “jercos” on the forum, took Hanyecz up on his offer. Hanyecz sent the bitcoin to jercos, who then placed the pizza order. The transaction had to be finalized over internet relay chat, according to the Bitcoin Wiki. Since then, the price of bitcoin has taken off, and those two pizzas would be worth a lot more at the going rate for 10,000 bitcoins. How much more? Roughly $82 million for the order, or more than $4 million per slice:

This February, Hanyecz made a similar transaction, sending about $67 worth of bitcoin—that is, 0.00649 of a bitcoin—to a friend in London for two pizzas delivered to him in Florida. The coins were sent over the Lightning Network, a system that bitcoiners hope will keep bitcoin transaction fees low.

Hanyecz’s point with making another pizza purchase? To prove that bitcoin could remain a viable payment system with the addition of the Lightning Network. “Maybe eventually pizza shops will have their own Lightning nodes and I can open channels to them directly,” he wrote on the mailing list for Lightning developers.

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Consumer Reports just got Elon Musk to fix Tesla’s Model 3 braking software — Quartz
Consumer Reports just got Elon Musk to fix Tesla’s Model 3 braking software https://ift.tt/2ki5tCZ Prospective https://ift.tt/2KND5E1 May 22, 2018 at 07:52PM

Perfection, not prototyping, is usually how cars are mass-produced. Yet Tesla has rolled out its Model 3 line by making adjustments along the way, allowing it to get to market years faster, with fewer steps, than other automakers.

That has brought its own headaches.

The company had to scrap part of its assembly line last year, after struggles with automation. Today (May 22), Elon Musk said Tesla would be updating the Model 3’s braking software—and promised to fix any problems—after testers at both Consumer Reports and Car and Driver magazines found “big flaws” with the Model 3’s performance compared to comparable vehicles.

Test drivers found the distance required for the Model 3 to decelerate from 60-0 mph was 152 feet compared to an average of 131 feet with other luxury compact sedans (and 7 feet more than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup). “I’ve been testing cars for 11 years,” Car and Driver testing director K.C. Colwell told Consumer Reports, “and in 11 years, no car has stood out with inconsistent braking like this. Some trucks have…It was just weird.”

Musk typed out a round of tweets indicating the problem was likely an issue with the “anti-lock brake system calibration algorithm.”

Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2018

He promised Tesla would “make sure all Model 3’s having amazing braking ability at no expense to customers” and the suspected software issues would be fixed in the coming days through a wireless update to Tesla’s vehicle firmware. He asked Consumer Reports to retest the Model 3 with a newer model with “improved ride comfort, lower wind noise & many other small improvements.”

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California needs a new Harvey Milk to lead it — Quartzy
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Harvey Milk would have been 88 today, and in California his spirit of radical change and grassroots politics is more alive than ever.

Milk was the first openly gay, elected official in the state’s history; he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and passed an important gay rights ordinance before he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by one of Milk’s board colleagues, Dan White, on Nov. 27, 1978.

The Harvey Milk forever stamp was released in 2014.

During Milk’s time in office, the US was still reeling from Watergate and the Vietnam War, and gay rights and feminism were changing the national conversation in ways that had been unimaginable just years before. Today, California is a vanguard in American life, openly grappling with issues of racism, immigration, marijuana legalization, and soaring housing costs. The state has become an incubator of sorts for the maelstrom of contemporary American politics.

Indeed, since the election of Donald Trump, California has established itself as a sanctuary for immigrants targeted by the White House, proposed new laws to thwart federal changes to the tax code, and some of its citizens are even gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would allow voters to determine whether California should ultimately secede from the US, the inelegantly namely “Calexit” movement.

Milk, it’s safe to say, would relish this new-found political engagement and passion—as well as the soon-to-be-built Harvey Milk terminal at SFO. (It’s harder to say what he might make of vodka bearing his image.) His legacy, and brief but impactful political career, stand as testament to the difference one determined individual can make, in his own life and the lives of others. He didn’t move to San Francisco until he was in his early forties, spending most of his adulthood living a largely closeted life as an insurance actuary, among other gray office jobs, in New York City.

At midlife, a stage that often inspires a particular kind of calcification and redoubled stodginess, Milk packed his things, moved across the country, and made history as a voice for the marginalized, using the tools of grassroots, local politics. Harvey Milk Day is a reminder that your entire life’s mission can change quickly, and stridently for the better.

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Starbucks is beating Apple and Google in mobile payments — Quartz
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Tech giants Google, Apple, and Samsung are racing to become the mobile-payment platform of choice worldwide. But for now, the king of the category is a coffee company: Starbucks.

More than 23.4 million people will open the Starbucks app to pay for their coffee or tea at least once every six months in 2018, according to eMarketer, which just edges out Apple Pay’s 22 million biannual users. Google Pay trails in third place, with 11.1 million people using the service to pay once every six months.

eMarketer expects this trend to continue, based on Starbucks’ popularity and the lukewarm reception to Apple and Google Pay, according to Axios.

The “once every six months” bar isn’t very hard to clear, especially since Starbucks gift cards are easily loaded onto the coffee chain’s mobile app and make up one-third of all Starbucks purchases in the US and Canada. The eMarketer report also doesn’t mention how much people are spending using each payment platform, meaning it’s difficult to decipher the true value of these apps.

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World Insurance Report 2018 : Driving Digital Agility in Insurance - YouTube
World Insurance Report 2018 : Driving Digital Agility in Insurance View video on World Insurance Report 2018 key findings and learn more about the need for insurers to enhance digital agility to deftly respond to market shifts and evolving customer expectations and stay ahead of BigTech competition. https://ift.tt/1PTeBWS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmuylBpIW4o
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Xfinity website bug revealed home addresses and Wi-Fi passwords
Xfinity website bug revealed home addresses and Wi-Fi passwords https://ift.tt/2s42BNC Prospective https://ift.tt/2IFMooT May 22, 2018 at 07:18PM

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This week, ZDNet reported that a Comcast website used to activate Xfinity routers was leaking personal data, including a person's home address, the name of the Wi-Fi network and password. This bug was first uncovered by two researchers, Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson.

Saini and Stevenson found that they only needed a customer ID and house or apartment number (not the full address) in order to force the website to deliver the information. This, in spite of the fact that the form did request a full address. This information can be obtained from a discarded bill, or if an attacker only has the ID, they can guess a house/apartment number.

ZDNet was able to confirm that the bug indeed returned home addresses, as well as Wi-Fi username and password information in plain text. For one user they tested who didn't use Xfinity's router, the website returned the home address but not the username or password of the Wi-Fi network (another reason to always use your own router). If this wasn't bad enough, it's possible someone could have used this method to rename a Wi-Fi network or change the password, locking someone out of their own network.

Comcast is aware of the issue and has removed the option from its website. "There's nothing more important than our customers' security," a Comcast spokesperson told ZDNet. "Within hours of learning of this issue, we shut it down. We are conducting a thorough investigation and will take all necessary steps to ensure that this doesn't happen again." Still, considering that the service just introduced its mesh routers last night, the timing of this discovery isn't great. It's good that the company acted quickly, but it doesn't change the fact that this breach of security happened in the first place.

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Trump says North Korea summit may be delayed — Quartz
Trump’s not sure his North Korea summit will happen: “You never know about deals” https://ift.tt/2s58F8n Prospective https://ift.tt/2IIJ780 May 22, 2018 at 07:16PM

Donald Trump cast further doubt on his upcoming summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un today, telling reporters, “it may not work out.” The summit was planned to take place on June 12.

“If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later,” he said at a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, according to a White House pool report. After the meeting’s date and location in Singapore were set, both sides have stalled over the question of whether North Korea will commit to complete denuclearization.

“You never know about deals,” Trump said of the hurdles. “I’ve made a lot of deals. You never really know.” The comment echoes a sentiment Trump aired in his co-authored book The Art of the Deal, as New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin points out (paywall). “I never get too attached to one deal or one approach,” Trump wrote. “I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.”

Trump told reporters they will “know soon” about whether the summit happens. He refused to say whether he had spoken directly to Kim, but called North Koreans “hardworking, great people” and added that Kim “will be extremely happy” if the deal works out, according to the pool report.

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China’s creepy “social credit” system gets positive spin in a state-ru
China’s creepy “social credit” system gets positive spin in a state-run tabloid https://ift.tt/2s0EOyT Prospective https://ift.tt/2KNG3bI May 22, 2018 at 07:13PM

China’s social credit system has reportedly blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips—and that’s apparently good news, according to China’s state-run news outlet Global Times, a.k.a. “China’s Fox News.”

While it’s unclear how the would-be travelers lost their social credit, possibilities include misbehaving on a plane, failing to apologize sincerely for tweeting critically about the government, jaywalking, not buying Chinese-made products, and smoking in non-smoking areas can—all of which can reportedly cost a Chinese citizen social credit. Lose enough points and punishments can include thwarted travel plans.

The paper frames these disrupted trips as a good thing because it teaches a lesson about the sort of behavior expected from Chinese citizens. “If we don’t increase the cost of being discredited, we are encouraging discredited people to keep at it,” Hou Yunchun, former deputy director of the development research center of the State Council, said, according to Global Times.

According to Hou, China should continue to develop and improve its social credit system so that “discredited people become bankrupt.” Not everyone in China agrees with Hou, of course. Global Times also spoke with Zhi Zhenfeng, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, who believes that China needs a national law to set standards and gauge a correct punishment. By 2020, China plans to give all its 1.4. billion citizens a personal score based on how they behave.

While the surveillance system is real, the exact tally of thwarted travelers should be taken with a grain of salt, because, as Foreign Policy pointed out, Global Times is “a market-driven tabloid that strives for exactly this sort of attention.”

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US-China trade talks photo: The difference between negotiators is going viral on Weibo — Quartz
Photo: A contrast between Chinese and US trade negotiators has gone viral in China https://ift.tt/2x2WbEd Prospective https://ift.tt/2s1OHvj May 22, 2018 at 07:09PM

A photo taken during trade talks between the US and China has gone viral on Chinese social media. Interpreted by many as symbol of the changing of the global guard, the picture reveals US negotiators looking far older than their Chinese counterparts.

The image, shared by New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell, shows legislators from the House Ways and Means Committee on the right, and a delegation of Chinese officials on the left, including Chinese vice premier Liu He.

Users on Chinese social network Weibo commented on the image’s similarity to a 1901 image of the agreement that ended the Boxer Rebellion, the New York Times reported. The turn of the century accord is remembered as an embarrassing episode in China, and preceded the end of China’s last dynasty.

This time, however, the older representatives of the Qing dynasty on the right have been replaced by US lawmakers. And the Americans in the 1901 picture are now the (comparably) younger looking Chinese officials.

trending on Weibo…people compare the trade negotiation with the signing of Boxer Protocol in 1901 pic.twitter.com/oqhmJQvv4t

— Krystal Hu (@readkrystalhu) May 17, 2018

While not a perfect comparison, (the Times notes that Kevin Brady, the chair of the Way and Means committee is three years Mr. Liu’s junior) the picture still serves as a tidy icon of the larger narrative. More than a century since that first image was taken, China now appears to be a younger and fresher force in world trade, while greying US representatives struggle to make America great again.

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Megyn Kelly will be played by Charlize Theron in a film about Roger Ailes and Fox News — Quartz
Fox News, Megyn Kelly, and Roger Ailes are getting the Hollywood treatment https://ift.tt/2KNum4J Prospective https://ift.tt/2x3Kugu May 22, 2018 at 06:55PM

Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has had quite a year: First, she got a cushy new gig at Fox rival NBC. And now she’ll be played by the Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron as the heroine of a Hollywood movie about the moral depravity of her former employers.

Annapurna Pictures is producing a film about the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Kelly was among a number of Fox News employees who accused Ailes of sexual misconduct in 2016. After an internal review, Ailes was forced out of the conservative cable news network that he founded 20 years prior. He died last year.

Gretchen Carlson, another Fox News host who accused Ailes of harassment, will reportedly be a central character in the film as well. Other characters may include Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, host Sean Hannity, and former host Bill O’Reilly, who was fired from the network last year after a sexual harassment scandal of his own. No word yet on who will portray those fine gentlemen.

The news of an Ailes movie comes just two weeks before the debut of HBO’s Succession, a new TV series about a “dysfunctional global media family” that’s partly inspired by Murdoch and his family. In the series, Brian Cox plays an aging, Murdoch-esque mogul who controls one of the world’s most powerful media companies. Among his valued assets are several cable news networks.

Succession isn’t explicitly about Fox News, but it nonetheless promises to be an indictment of America’s oligarchical media industry, in which a small cadre of incredibly wealthy people control much of the news you receive. “It’s about how wealth distances you from life,” Cox said at the show’s world premiere last month.

Jay Roach, a director known for his films about American politics (Game Change, Recount, All the Way) will direct the still untitled Ailes film. Charles Randolph, who co-wrote The Big Short with Succession executive producer Adam McKay, is penning the script for Roach’s film.

It’s a little surprising that it’s taken Hollywood this long to put Fox News under the microscope. Outside of an episode of The Simpsons here, or a Saturday Night Live sketch there, Ailes’ monolithic news network hasn’t received the fair and balanced Hollywood scrutiny it warrants. This movie and TV show might be just the beginning.

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A county using Amazon’s facial recognition AI worried about giving off a Big Brother vibe — Quartz
A county using Amazon’s facial recognition worried about giving off “Big Brother vibe” https://ift.tt/2x2nvlU Prospective https://ift.tt/2ki2DOr May 22, 2018 at 07:02PM

Amazon and the county of Washington, Oregon, have a cozy relationship revolving around the use of Amazon’s facial recognition technology for policing, according to documents released today (May 22) by the American Civil Liberties Union (pdf).

The tech company has been advising the local government on how best to use facial recognition for policing, according to the documents, including giving a sneak peek at Amazon’s roadmap for Amazon Web Services under a non-disclosure agreement.

The county, which has uploaded more than 300,000 mugshots to Amazon’s cloud, has used the facial recognition tools about 20 times per day, according to internal emails. Its police force has used the technology to identify suspected shoplifters from security footage, according to RouteFifty.

County representatives expected public blowback if civil-rights organizations like the ACLU learned about use of the Amazon technology.

“Even though our software is being used to identify persons of interest from images provided to the [Sheriff’s Office], the perception might be that we are constantly checking faces from everything, kind of a Big Brother vibe,” a county employee whose name was redacted wrote t0 Amazon. “They are concerned that ACLU might consider this the government getting in bed with big data.”

If the county did decide to scan video from police body cameras—which it is currently shopping for, according to the documents—there would be little besides public backlash to stop that from happening. Police camera companies like Axon (formerly known as Taser) are ramping up their own AI chops to compete with Amazon on this front, even acquiring AI companies to do so.

Use of Amazon’s facial recognition technology will likely spread. The records obtained by the ACLU show that local governments in Arizona and California have reached out to Washington county about how it implemented the system. The documents also show Orlando, Fla. in a similar relationship, even racking up more than $35,000 in free consulting from Amazon.

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Language learning by country: Why are so many people studying the language of the country where they live? — Quartz
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When people choose a new language to learn, they don’t generally pick the one that everyone around them already speaks. Germans don’t typically decide to double-down on their German. Danes don’t usually need to study Danish. Or so you’d think.

Yet many users of Duolingo are doing just that. While most still use the popular educational app to study languages of foreign countries, millions are using it to study local languages, according to company data. One-quarter of Duolingo’s users in Sweden are studying Swedish, for example. And over 9 million users in the US are learning English.

Here are the percentages of app users studying the official language of the country they live in:

It turns out that the countries with the world’s highest proportion of official-language learners are mostly in Northern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. These are two very different parts of the world. They rarely appear together in charts of just about anything. One is wealthy and linguistically homogeneous. The other is relatively poor and home to huge varieties of languages. So why would they both be so high on this measure?

For the rich countries of Northern Europe, high levels of migration are likely contributing to the trend of people studying official languages. Across Europe, countries where migrants make up a high percentage of the population tend to have more people learning the local language through Duolingo. It looks like the high numbers here indicate new arrivals trying to assimilate into their new home.

That could also help explain why, for example, less than 1% of Duolingo users in Venezuela are learning its official language, Spanish. Outsiders are not traveling there, as the country slogs through hyperinflation and economic crisis.

A different process seems to be going on in sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike Denmark, Norway, or Sweden, countries in this region are linguistically diverse. In Denmark, there is a 91% chance that two random people will share a mother tongue, according to the linguistic diversity index. For Liberians, who speak many different languages, the likelihood of running into a compatriot who speaks the same language is just 8%. In this case, Duolingo could be helping locals to learn an official national language that unites a huge variety of internal communities.

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Today’s SpaceX launch will help NASA monitor climate change
Today’s SpaceX launch will help NASA monitor climate change https://ift.tt/2KO3cL9 Prospective https://ift.tt/2xcD7n5 May 22, 2018 at 06:54PM

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Today, SpaceX is scheduled to launch a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 3:47 PM ET (12:47 PM PT). The payload includes five Iridum NEXT communication satellites and a pair of Earth-observing satellites called GRACE-FO; you can watch liftoff below.

The Earth-observing satellites aboard this Falcon 9 mission, GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On), are a joint project between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. They are the replacement for the original GRACE mission, which ended operations in 2017, fifteen years after it first began.

These two satellites are designed to work in unison, using microwave signals to communicate in order to monitor the Earth's water cycle, ice sheets, crust and atmosphere to take a close look at our changing climate -- both through natural processes as well as human-made ones.

One way that GRACE-FO's data will be used is to try and manage the Earth's water resources more efficiently. "Water is critical to every aspect of life on Earth -- for health, for agriculture, for maintaining our way of living," Michael Watkins, the GRACE-FO science lead and director said in a statement. "You can't manage it well until you can measure it. GRACE-FO provides a unique way to measure water in many of its phases, allowing us to manage water resources more effectively."

GRACE-FO operates by actually using the weight of water to measure movement. The satellite can do this by keeping track of the changes in Earth's gravity field, which is caused by the movement of water, ice, land and the inner solid parts of the planet. This allows GRACE-FO to measure changes in deep water, which cannot be directly observed from space, by monitoring the surface of the planet.

The GRACE-FO mission is scheduled to last five years, but seeing as how the original satellites, GRACE, were scheduled for that same mission duration, it's likely this duo will be in orbit taking measurements for a long time to come.

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German parents are getting in trouble with the police for taking kids on vacation early — Quartz
German parents are getting in trouble with the police for taking kids on vacation early https://ift.tt/2x2ysDZ Prospective https://ift.tt/2s0tpPD May 22, 2018 at 06:48PM

Amid the existential issues of migration and the future of Europe lies a small corner of truancy that Germany is really cracking down on: The problem of parents who heist their kids out of school to secure cheaper holidays.

According to Der Spiegel, German police stationed in airports in Memmingen, Nuremberg and Munich are now investigating at least 20 families for pulling their kids out of school early for the three-day weekend that started on May 19. It is illegal in Germany to keep kids between the ages of 6 and 16 out of school.

Germany is not alone. In 2013, the UK government authorized local councils to fine parents who pull their kids out of school, with those refusing to pay the fine potentially facing a jail sentence of up to three months. The UK’s efforts to curb parents’ wayward behavior have failed, however. Since then, the number of authorized absences has fallen, while the number of kids missing school days for vacations has soared.

One UK father sued to overturn a £120 fine by his local council for an unauthorized school absence after taking his daughter to Disney World in Florida in 2015. Government lawyers representing the UK Department for Education said it was “absurd” to allow parents to remove their children from state schools at will, “when the sun is out.” Lawyers for the father, meanwhile, said the penalty would “criminalize parents on an unprecedented scale,” given that there were more than 4 million unauthorized school absences in 2015. The father initially won his case, but lost on an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

In Germany, the families were not detained by police, but may face fines when they come back. A German police spokeswoman told the BBC:

“It would have been disproportionate to take the children back to school, as the families had paid for their holidays.”

According to Der Spiegel, parents now have two weeks to explain why they took their children out of school. If the reason is amounts to something like, “The sun was shining and the fares were right,” each family could face fines of up to €1,000 ($1,177).

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Donald Glover fans made /r/thedonald great again
Donald Glover fans made /r/thedonald great again https://ift.tt/2IFWYfF Prospective https://ift.tt/2x3cZL6 May 22, 2018 at 06:36PM

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The subreddit /r/thedonald (not to be confused with /r/the_donald) was a venue for fervent Donald Trump supporters to express their affection for America's president. That is, until Donald Glover's "This Is America" (performed as Childish Gambino) topped musical charts. Now, the subreddit has been taken over by Donald Glover fans, and the results are pretty much as spectacular as you'd expect.

Donald Glover fans have taken over Trump fanpage /r/thedonald and now they're waging war on /r/The_Donald https://t.co/6MET1L65K2 pic.twitter.com/yBqR7MR5mp
— Cooper Fleishman (@_Cooper) May 22, 2018

The /r/thedonald subreddit wasn't as active as the more prominent /r/the_donald, which is probably why the moderator had been inactive for a few weeks. (For reference, the description of the subreddit reads, "The place where we discuss in an unbiased manner Donald Trumps great contributions to modern society.") Fans of Donald Glover saw this as their opportunity to swoop in and take over the subreddit for themselves, posting pictures, gifs and videos of the person they consider the best Donald.

It's not clear how much longer this will continue before the moderator steps in and shuts all of this activity down, but it's a lot of fun while it lasts. We've highlighted some of the best posts for you below, but it's worth looking through the most upvoted posts just for a laugh.

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Dropbox beefs up mobile collaboration in latest release – TechCrunch
Dropbox beefs up mobile collaboration in latest release

Dropbox announced several enhancements today designed to beef up its mobile offering and help employees on the go keep up with changes to files stored in Dropbox.

In a typical team scenario, a Dropbox user shared a file with a team member for review or approval. If they wanted to check the progress of this process, the only way to do it up until now was to send an email or text message explicitly asking if the person looked at it yet — not a terribly efficient workflow.

Dropbox recognized this and has built in a fix in the latest mobile release. Now users can can simply see who has looked at or taken action on a file directly from the mobile application without having to leave the application.

In addition, those being asked to review files can see those notifications right at the top of the Home screen in the mobile app, making the whole feedback cycle much more organized.

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Joey Loi, product manager at Dropbox says this is a much more streamlined way to understand activity inside of Dropbox. “With this feature, we think about the closing loop on collaboration. At its heart, collaboration is feedback flows. When I change something on a file, there are a few steps before [my co-worker] knows I’ve changed it,” Loi explained. With this feature that feedback loop can close much faster.

The company also changed the way it organizes and displays files putting the files that you opened most recently at the top of the Home screen, which is somewhat like Recents in Google Drive. It also provides a way to favorite a file and puts those files that are most important at the top of the list, making it easier to find the files that are likely most important to you more quickly when you access the mobile app.

Finally you can now drag and drop a file from an email into a Dropbox folder in a mobile context.

While none of these individual updates are earth shattering changes by any means, they do make it easier for users to access, share and work with files in Dropbox on a mobile device. “All the features are to help teams collaborate and be efficient on mobile,” Loi said.

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SpaceX live stream: How to watch the Earth-observing NASA satellites b
SpaceX live stream: How to watch the Earth-observing NASA satellites blast off https://ift.tt/2IEwBXe Prospective https://ift.tt/2LmvEVx May 22, 2018 at 06:20PM

SpaceX will launch two new Earth-observing satellites for NASA and five commercial communications satellites today (May 22) in a sort of carpool mission to space. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will tote two satellites that are part of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, as well as five more Iridium Next communications satellites, when it takes off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 3:47 p.m. EDT (1947 GMT).

You can watch the launch live at NASA TV, starting at 3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT), courtesy of a NASA TV webcast.

The Falcon 9 rocket booster that will take the seven satellites to the stars is the same one that launched the U.S. Air Force’s classified Zuma mission in January, a mission that was lost, although SpaceX is reportedly not to blame.

The satellites for the GRACE Follow-On mission, a joint project between NASA and the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, will map changes in Earth’s rising sea levels and the melting of polar ice caps through a unique two-satellite system that detects changes in Earth’s gravity. GRACE Follow-On will spend the next five years mapping Earth’s gravity to study the effects of climate change around the world. Whether or not it convinces certain world leaders that climate change is real is still TBD.

The Iridium Next satellites are less interesting: They will join the 50 Iridium Next satellites already floating in space that, according to Space.com, will eventually make up part of the 75-satellite communications constellation.

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Postmates removes an “edgy” new ad that people found ageist
Postmates removes an “edgy” new ad that people found ageist https://ift.tt/2x0JuJK Prospective https://ift.tt/2LmaYN3 May 22, 2018 at 06:20PM

What: A new campaign that didn’t provoke the exact intended reaction.

Who: Postmates.

Why we care: The number one rule for breaking into app-based food delivery appears to be: Choose a name that in no way has any association with food whatsoever. New Yorkers have embraced Seamless, which sounds like the hot new digital way to get alterations made on your trousers, and many other city-dwellers but mostly Californians have Postmates, which sounds like a dating service for stamps. Recently, however, Postmates has set its sights on taking some of that New York food delivery action away from Seamless–to eat Seamless’s lunch for it, so to speak. As AdWeek noted in April, Postmates tried to impress New Yorkers with a series of wordy, minimalist ads designed to appeal their cosmopolitan sensibilities. “Your friends think they’re Carries but they’re really Samanthas and you need a night off to be Charlotte,” one ad reads, referencing the show that New Yorkers are definitely still talking about and identifying with in 2018, even as one of the actors from the show is running for governor. It was another Postmates ad, however, whose message some New Yorkers were upset about having delivered to them.

On one hand I get what you are trying to do here, @postmates and on the other, seriously, bite me, you ageist twits. pic.twitter.com/g5TKCP7azc

— Kat Kinsman (@kittenwithawhip) May 15, 2018

“When you want a whole cake to yourself because you’re turning 30, which is basically 50, which is basically dead,” reads the ad. Postmates is certainly going for something here; an ironically macabre, millennial Liz Lemon kind of vibe. Who doesn’t find time’s cruel push broom into cultural irrelevance hilarious? Apparently a lot of New Yorkers, who thought Postmates either missed the mark with their ad, or that they hit the mark but should have aimed somewhere else. The company responded to the above tweet by mentioning that they’d received many other complaints about the ad in question and would be taking it down soon. No word yet on the status of the Meatball Shop-focused ad that reads, “You want balls delivered straight to your mouth.”

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Fujifilm demande des comptes à Xerox - ChannelNews
Fujifilm demande des comptes à Xerox

Comme il fallait s’y attendre, Fujifilm va attaquer en justice la décision de Xeros d’abandonner son projet de fusion avec le Japonais.

Soumis à la pression des actionnaires activistes Carl Icahn et Darwin Deason (qui détiennent ensemble environ 15% du fabricant américain), lesquels estiment que l’opération sous-valorise Xerox, le conseil d’administration de ce dernier a renoncé la semaine dernière à la fusion. Il est vrai qu’entretemps les deux actionnaires activistes ont pris le contrôle de la société. « Nous sommes actuellement en pourparlers avec des juristes en vue d’entamer une procédure judiciaire et d’aller devant les tribunaux dès que possible », a déclaré le directeur des opérations de Fujifilm, Kenji Sukeno, au cours de la présentation des résultats financiers de la société rapporte Reuters. « Le contrat qui lie les deux entreprises est toujours valide. Nous nous battrons pour prouver sa légalité. C’est un contrat légal approuvé par tous auquel quelques actionnaires a souhaité mettre fin », a poursuivi le dirigeant. Ce dernier a encore expliqué qu’une décision de cette ampleur devait être prise par l’ensemble des actionnaires et non par deux d’entre eux, fussent-ils les plus importants.

L’accord permettait à l’entreprise japonaise de prendre le contrôle du fabricant US. Fujifilm obtenait 50,1% des actions et droits de vote du nouveau conglomérat tandis que les actionnaires de Xerox se partageaient un dividende exceptionnel de 2,5 milliards de dollars ainsi que 49,9% de la nouvelle entreprise.

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'H1Z1: Battle Royale' arrives fashionably late on PS4
'H1Z1: Battle Royale' arrives fashionably late on PS4 https://ift.tt/2LmnInd Prospective https://ift.tt/2ITxGht May 22, 2018 at 06:06PM

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The battle royale genre is certainly all the rage right now, but before Fortnite: Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Daybreak's H1Z1 was challenging players with its zombie survival sandbox. It's been a bumpy ride, however, after three years of early access H1Z1 has not only launched as a full-fledged game, it's also kicking off its PlayStation 4 open beta today.

The open beta, which is free to play, features the same fast-paced gameplay as the PC version, but with some fresh tweaks: PlayStation 4 players who drop into H1Z1's 15-minute matches will have a redesigned arsenal of weapons, revamped UI, and a streamlined control system at their disposal. If you thought the PC controls were sluggish, the PlayStation 4 version promises improved speed while still retaining the familiarity of the radial weapon menu.

Of course, Daybreak's chosen release window means H1Z1 will be squaring off against Fortnite and PUBG, last-man-standing hits that have secured equally massive playerbases. It'll be difficult to overthrow both games -- especially considering that Fortnite is already available on Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and soon, Android -- but H1Z1 doesn't need millions of players to be a success.

In addition to free H1Z1 access, PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive exclusive nemesis crate items. Three limited-edition starter packs are also available and range in price from the $4.99 Starter Pack to the Deluxe variant at $49.99.

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Dropbox's mobile apps make it easier to find, track and share your files
Dropbox's mobile apps make it easier to find, track and share your files https://ift.tt/2LlKrzF Prospective https://ift.tt/2x5pUMC May 22, 2018 at 06:06PM

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Dropbox finally went public at the beginning this year, and over the last month or two the company has made numerous improvements to a wide variety of its services. The latest to go under the knife are the Dropbox iOS and Android apps, which get a handful of new features today that the company says are focused on helping users stay in sync with their teams when they are on the go.

The first change is the addition of file activity -- this basically lets you see everyone who has viewed, edited or shared files from your Dropbox. If anyone has shared your file, it'll also show exactly who it went to. This info already exists in the web version of Dropbox, but the company said that having full visibility into file activity on mobile as well was something users were asking for.

In the same vein, Dropbox is revamping its comments system for iOS to make viewing and responding a lot easier. When viewing a file preview, a text box will automatically show up at the bottom of the screen -- typing in there adds a comment to the file, rather than having to jump into a separate view only for leaving comments. The company also says that sharing files from mobile will be much clearer and prominent in this update. That said, we haven't seen the new interface yet so we'll have to wait and see how useful this change it.

Finally, Dropbox for iOS now has a better way to browse things like video and photos. The new "gallery view" does just what you'd expect: It displays files in the same fashion you'd see them in an app like Google Photos or the iOS photos app, making it easier to search though them visually.

None of these are ground-breaking changes, but today's improvements along with the recently-revamped home screen showing recent and "starred' favorite files along with notifications should make it a lot easier to find the content you're looking for. Dropbox also added drag-and-drop features for the iPad; when you take all this into account this is probably the biggest mobile update for Dropbox since the company added document scanning almost two years ago. Users can download the new app from the Apple App Store and Google Play today; while file activity isn't yet available on Android, it should be soon.

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Belkin's 3.5mm to Lightning cable delivers retro connectivity
Belkin's 3.5mm to Lightning cable delivers retro connectivity https://ift.tt/2LljQ5L Prospective https://ift.tt/2s8bDt0 May 22, 2018 at 06:06PM

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Apple doing away with the iPhone's headphone jack was supposed to make life a bit more streamlined, and while in many cases it has, it still presented something of a headache for those who wanted to use their device to listen to music in the car, or even just to use their favourite headphones while charging their phones. Finding a decent 3.5mm cable with a Lightning connector is no mean feat, which is likely why Belkin has stepped up to the plate with its latest cable offering.

The company's new 3.5mm audio to Lightning connector comes in two lengths and lets you connect your iPhone directly to your car stereo or home speakers with a single cable. No more clunky dongles. Now, for a wire that replicates the work of an old-school jack-to-jack cable -- which could be picked up for next to nothing -- it's not cheap: $30 for the three-foot cable and $35 for the six-foot. But it's Belkin, so you know it's going to do a good job at letting you revel in retro connectivity for a while longer.

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A Quantum Drum Brings Quantum Mechanics to the Macroscale - IEEE Spectrum
A Quantum Drum Brings Quantum Mechanics to the Macroscale https://ift.tt/2IZSmnH Prospective https://ift.tt/2KNn1SL May 22, 2018 at 05:59PM

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The suicide rate for black American children is twice that of white children — Quartz
The suicide rate for black American children is twice that of white children https://ift.tt/2IBCdFP Prospective https://ift.tt/2GDaNJT May 22, 2018 at 05:58PM

White Americans are more likely to commit suicide than black Americans. But a new study finds that the opposite is true for children.

Black children between the ages of 5 to 12 years old are roughly twice as likely to take their own life than their white counterparts, according to the paper, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. It adds to a 2016 study that found an increase in suicide rates in recent years among black children of elementary-school age.

These studies offer a window into researchers’ changing understanding of suicide patterns among young Americans. From 2001 to 2015, the overall suicide rate was approximately 42% lower among black youths (ages 17 and under) than among white youths. But researchers found a more nuanced pattern when they separated the data by age.

Among children ages 5 to 9 years old, the black suicide rate was 0.53 per million, while the white suicide rate was 0.19 per million. Suicide rates were also higher among black children at ages 10, 11, and 12. But the trend reversed once children hit their teenage years.

Researchers based their analysis on the web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers did not factor in geographical or socioeconomic data.

While suicide is rare among young children, the findings call for more “targeted interventions,” according to the researchers from Ohio State University. More specifically, researchers need to better understand the impact of race and age on suicide attempts in order to develop more effective prevention efforts.

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Donald Trump's White House has a growing sinkhole on the north lawn — Quartz
An actual sinkhole has opened on the White House lawn. It’s growing https://ift.tt/2IDI1ia Prospective https://ift.tt/2J2gKoT May 22, 2018 at 05:58PM

Construction on the US White House began in 1792. It has been almost continuously occupied by US presidents since 1800, barring a few years after the British set it on fire in 1814.

But that doesn’t mean that the present-day building is free of hazards—there are mice, cockroaches, and ants. And as of this past weekend, a sinkhole has been growing on the north lawn, Voice of America reporter Steve Herman observed, just near the press briefing room.

This week I’ve been observing a sinkhole on the @WhiteHouse North Lawn, just outside the press briefing room, growing larger by the day. pic.twitter.com/BsFUtxFqpB

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2018

“It was noticeably bigger between Sunday and Monday,” Herman said. “It’s more than a foot long right now,” he said. A second sinkhole has opened up right next to it, he said.

Often described as a “swamp” of corruption, the city of Washington, DC, is also literally built on a swamp. The city’s geological issues also include “forebulge collapse,” a post-Ice Age condition that means the city could sink as much as six inches this century.

Sinkholes have opened up across the city in recent years. They forced two residents to abandon their homes in March, and swallowed up a school bus last year. This is the first report of one on the White House lawn.

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CommVault, Veritas et Avamar en ligne de mire de Veeam - ChannelNews
CommVault, Veritas et Avamar en ligne de mire de Veeam

Dans le domaine de la disponibilité des données des grandes entreprises, Veeam a fermement l’intention d’enlever des parts de marché à  Commvault, Veritas et Avamar. C’est ce qu’a expliqué Peter McKay, un des co-CEO de la société au cours de la conférence VeeamOne qui s’est déroulée récemment à Chicago rapporte CRN. « Une partie de notre activité est du « take-out ». Pour le prix que vous payez pour de la maintenance chez Veritas, chez Commvault, chez Avamar vous avez au moins un contrat de trois ans. Vous avez du virtuel, du physique et du cloud pour un prix inférieur à celui de la maintenance », a-t-il asséné aux participants. « Ce que vous avez acheté il y a trois ou quatre ans est probablement beaucoup plus cher que ce que vous pouvez avoir aujourd’hui. Les clients souhaitent réduire cela et faire plus avec les applications et les services que nous proposons. Nous voyons un passage massif du vieux monde au nouveau monde. »

En réaction à ces propos, le responsable du marketing solutions de Commavult, Don Foster, a indiqué que la firme basée à Baar (Suisse) rencontrerait des problèmes en essayant de pénétrer sur le marché des grandes entreprises. « Veeam est largement reconnu pour fournir des solutions destinées aux PME et au mid-market, cela se reflète fortement dans leur base de clients et leur portefeuille produit. Il sera difficile pour eux de convaincre les grandes entreprises qu’ils peuvent répondre à leurs exigences tout en satisfaisant leurs clients SMB actuels. » De même, Veritas a fait savoir dans un email qu’elle pouvait s’appuyer sur un réseau actif de 9.000 partenaires, et qu’une base installée de plus de 50.000 clients dans le monde, dont 86% du Fortune 500, comptaient chaque jour sur la société pour pouvoir conserver leurs données, aussi bien sur site que dans des environnements multi-clouds complexes.

Des avis que ne partagent pas forcément les partenaires de Veeam. L’un d’eux a ainsi expliqué à nos confrères que l’engagement de Veeam envers le channel avait permis à sa société de bouter ces fournisseurs historiques hors de certains grands comptes et de faire entrer la société de Baar sur certains marchés où elle ne figurait pas précédemment. Selon lui, Veeam a réalisé les investissements nécessaires pour pénétrer avec succès sur le marché des grandes entreprises.

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Watch Mark Zuckerberg's EU privacy hearing right here
Watch Mark Zuckerberg's EU privacy hearing right here https://ift.tt/2Liimci Prospective https://ift.tt/2s5ANIm May 22, 2018 at 05:54PM

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Mark Zuckerberg is visiting European Parliament today and you can watch the livestream right here. The broadcast starts at around 12:20 PM ET, with EU officials holding a press conference roughly an hour later to discuss the meeting's events. Zuckerberg will be questioned by Antonio Tajani along with other EU officials, likely regarding the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that goes into effect May 25th.

You can almost bet Zuckerberg will be asked about Facebook's GDPR compliance and the "options" it gives users who'd like to protect their data without deleting their accounts. Hopefully the EU officials don't waste a ton of time asking about Facemash and Zuckerberg's Harvard days, and instead focus on real issues and concerns, unlike many of their US counterparts did in March.

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VINCI : VINCI Energies will roll out optical fibre in 26 administrative departments in France between now and 2022 Paris Stock Exchange:DG
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Stéphane Lormeau, Eliraweb : "Nous cultivons un esprit start-up"
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Julie Verlingue rejoint Econocom en tant que Directrice Exécutive et Directrice Générale International - Global Security Mag Online
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Americans really don’t trust self-driving cars - MIT Technology Review
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Americans really don’t trust self-driving cars

In a survey conducted shortly after Uber’s deadly self-driving car accident in March, the American Automobile Association (aka, AAA) found that 73 percent of Americans would be too afraid to ride in autonomous vehicles, up from 63 percent in late 2017.
Generation gaps: The biggest decline in trust came from millennials, with 64 percent saying they wouldn’t ride in a self-driving car, up from 49 percent. But older generations were still more fearful: 71 percent of baby boomers and 68 percent of gen x-ers say they wouldn’t feel safe in them.
But: Despite the apprehension, more than half of surveyed drivers want semi-autonomous technology in their next vehicle.
Why it matters: More than 30,000 Americans die in traffic accidents every year. Self-driving cars have the potential to bring that number way down, but people need to want to ride in them first.

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IDC Canada Releases 7 New Forecasts for Canadian ICT Market: Many Markets Exceed Expectations in 2017, as the Canadian Economy and the Race Toward Digital Transformation Encourage ICT Spending
IDC Canada Releases 7 New Forecasts for Canadian ICT Market: Many Markets Exceed Expectations in 2017, as the Canadian Economy and the Race Toward Digital Transformation Encourage ICT Spending TORONTO, ON., May 22, 2018 — International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada announced today the release of 7 new forecast reports for the Canadian information and communications technology (ICT) market from multiple research subscription services. https://ift.tt/2kdSnGS
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Watch Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with the European Parliament — Quartz
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Mark Zuckerberg faces members of the European Parliament today (May 22) to discuss Facebook’s use of personal data following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

“Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation,” Antonio Tajani, president of the parliament that represents 500 million EU citizens, said last week.

According to prepared remarks obtained by several news outlets, Zuckerberg will say he is sorry for Facebook’s blunders, much in the same words as he has been using during his apology tour over recent months. “We’re committed to Europe,” he is expected to say.

His company’s compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the sweeping privacy law that takes effect May 25, is sure to come up. As during Zuckerberg’s appearances before US congressional committees, right-wing politicians are preparing to press the Facebook CEO on political bias on the platform.

Later today I will confront Mark Zuckerberg about bias on Facebook. Sign up here so you never miss an update: https://t.co/CWHj778G0H pic.twitter.com/5gkHcKq4o1

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 22, 2018

Initially, today’s session was to be behind closed doors, but following public backlash, the parties agreed that it would be livestreamed. It will be available on the parliament’s website, and Facebook page. You will also be able to watch directly from this post.

The show starts at 12pm US eastern time (6pm local time) with some handshakes, and the meeting proper will kick off at 12:20pm ET. It will go on until about 1:30pm ET.

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GDPR is bigger than Beyoncé, according to Google search traffic — Quartz
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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping law that takes effect later this week, is a big deal. How big? According to Google search volume, it’s bigger than Beyoncé:

It’s an impressive feat for EU legislation, not least because Beyoncé’s Instagram account has more than 100 million followers, and her Twitter page has 15 million. The EU’s Luxembourg-based law database, by contrast, boasts a mere 22,000 followers on Twitter and 120,000 on Facebook. Normally, the Beyhive, as fans of the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning artist are known, make their presence felt online more than people combing through the 99 articles and 21 footnotes that comprise Europe’s new data-privacy law.

But these are not normal times. Any website that collects personal data of users in the EU needs to make sure it satisfies GDPR’s strictures as of May 25, when the law comes into effect. Thus, the frantic searches for information about it this week.

GDPR compels companies to get explicit permission from users to use their information. It also applies to companies outside the bloc that have customers in Europe. If you live in the EU, or frequent websites or subscribe to newsletters with users from the EU, this is why you’re getting so many e-mails from companies that want to keep you on their contact lists.

Among other things, companies must give customers the scope to inspect, correct, and delete records if they wish, and some firms are also required to appoint a “data-protection officer.” Regulators will have the authority to fine those who don’t adhere to the rules, up to a maximum of 4% of a company’s global revenue.

Put another way, the protection of natural persons in relation to the processing of personal data has got people lookin’ so crazy right now.

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Julie Verlingue rejoint Econocom en tant que directrice exécutive et directrice générale international - Press Releases - Informaticien.be
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Tropical cyclone Sagar cause deaths and floods in Somalia, Djibouti — Quartz
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A tropical cyclone has wrecked havoc across the Horn of Africa, leaving at least 15 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

Tropical cyclone Sagar, which means “the sea” in Hindi, formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia late last week. Since landing over the weekend, the cyclone system has caused heavy rains in both the Puntland and Somaliland regions of Somalia, and moved along the coast to strike the tiny nation of Djibouti.

With top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, Sagar made landfall further west than any tropical cyclone in 52 years of record-keeping for the North Indian Basin. The cyclone, which is being called the strongest ever recorded in Somalia, left a trail of destruction including loss of livestock and crops and destruction of homes, as well as massive damage to infrastructure.

Tropical storm Sagar developing over the Gulf of Aden.

“This is the biggest storm to hit the region in years,” Nigel Tricks, the regional director for the Norwegian Refugee Council said.

The NRC said that at least 30,000 people were affected in Somalia and Djibouti. But the extent of the damage is yet to be confirmed, especially given the current armed conflict between Somaliland and Puntland that had already displaced almost 10,000 people prior to the cyclone’s arrival.

Damaged infrastructure

Torrential rains also pounded other parts of Somalia, with people and cars slowly moving through waist-deep floodwater after homes were inundated. Officials said the storm killed at least six people in the capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates 700,000 people in flood-affected areas will need livelihood support through September. Facebook activated a safety feature following the devastating floods.

The flooding in Somalia comes just as countries including Kenya, and Ethiopia are recovering from the devastating drought that swept the Horn and East Africa region in the last two years. In Kenya, more than 170 people have died since heavy rains swept the country starting in March.

Time to evacuate.

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Instagram’s ‘mute’ feature hides annoying accounts
Instagram’s ‘mute’ feature hides annoying accounts https://ift.tt/2LlSMDx Prospective https://ift.tt/2kf07bv May 22, 2018 at 04:54PM

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We've probably all been there: After a dating situation goes sour, you don't want to see your former flame's posts in your Instagram feed, but haven't quite ripped the Band-Aid off yet and unfollowed or blocked them. After all, there's still a chance you could patch things up. Well, to make things less awkward, Instagram has introduced a mute feature that sounds almost exactly like Facebook's.

Muting is basically a soft-unfollow. Said account's posts will no longer appear in your feed, but you can visit the account profile and see everything there. To mute an account, hit the "..." button on the post and from there the function is nestled among options for reporting, blocking and sharing a post.

The muted account holder won't be notified that you muted it, and everyone can go along on their merry way. If you do patch things up with your most recent fling, you can un-mute them and no one will be the wiser. Unlike Facebook's "snooze" feature for timeline posts, this doesn't expire after a set amount of time. Now, if we could just get an option for turning the chronological timeline back on, we'd be in business.

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Stacey Cunningham: 4 things to know about the NYSE’s first woman CEO
Stacey Cunningham: 4 things to know about the NYSE’s first woman CEO https://ift.tt/2IBKPwa Prospective https://ift.tt/2x8TLnA May 22, 2018 at 04:41PM

For the first time in its 226-year history, the New York Stock Exchange has a woman CEO. Stacey Cunningham, who is currently the NYSE’s chief operating officer, will become the exchange’s 67th president as of Friday.

The NYSE has a long history of overlooking the existence of women. It wasn’t until 1967 that Muriel Siebert became the first woman to get a seat for trading on the stock exchange floor, and that was only after nine men turned down her request for sponsorship.

In 2002, Catherine Kinney became the NYSE’s first woman co-president, but the role wasn’t as powerful as it sounds, because, at the time, the real boss of the exchange was the CEO or chairman. Now that responsibility now falls to Cunningham. It’s worth noting that the NYSE’s rival stock exchange, the NASDAQ, also has a woman CEO, noted Trekkie Adena Friedman. Yes, men, the women are in charge of the money now.

Here are four things to know about the new NYSE boss:

Cunningham earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

Cunningham started her career on the ground floor of the NYSE. She was a summer intern in 1994 back when the profession was still incredibly male-dominated. One sign of that was that the phone-booth-turned-women’s-bathroom—put in the members’ lunch club for Muriel Siebert—was still there.

She came on to the NYSE full-time in 1996, working as a specialist for Bank of America Securities. She has also worked at the NYSE’s crosstown rival, the NASDAQ.

She took a break from the stock exchange to go to culinary school, and has been known to whip up grilled peach and burrata snacks in the NYSE’s on-site kitchen.

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Dell envisage une nouvelle forme de fusion avec VMware, Carl Icahn s'invite dans la discussion - ChannelNews
Dell envisage une nouvelle forme de fusion avec VMware, Carl Icahn s’invite dans la discussion

Suite à l’acquisition en 2016 d’EMC pour environ 65 milliards de dollars, Dell Technologies cherche à réduire son endettement. Depuis le début de l’année différents scénarios ont été envisagés, parmi lesquels un retour en bourse ou une fusion inversée avec VMware, filiale de ce dernier et vache à lait du groupe.

Un document transmis à la SEC par la firme texane évoque à présent une autre piste débouchant elle aussi sur une fusion. Les actions détenues par Michael Dell et par le fonds Silver Lake seraient converties en tracking stocks, des actions reflétant l’évolution du titre VMware. De leur côté, les détenteurs de tracking stocks, notamment Elliott Management, deviendraient actionnaires à part entière de Dell.

Cette formule convient parfaitement à un autre actionnaire activiste : Carl Icahn. Le multimilliardaire vient d’ailleurs d’indiquer à CNBC qu’il détenait pour plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars de titres VMware, parmi lesquels des trackings stocks achetés comme il se doit hors bourse. Il a déclaré à nos confrères qu’il regrettait de ne pas avoir pu en acquérir plus.

Si ce scénario est retenu, on peut à nouveau s’attendre à une bataille homérique entre l’octogénaire et Michael Dell, deux personnages à l’égo surdimensionné qui se détestent.

Associé au fonds Blackstone, puis – ce dernier ayant jeté l’éponge – à Southeastern Asset Management, Carl Icahn avait tenté en 2013 de prendre le contrôle de Dell (qu’il souhaitait conserver en bourse). Après plusieurs mois de rebondissements, le raider avait finalement laissé la voie libre à Michael Dell et Silver Lake. Au cours de la lutte, Carl Icahn n’avait pas hésité à comparer Michael Dell à Vladimir Poutine, le Texan traitant de son côté l’homme d’affaires de « menteur sans limites d’un point de vue éthique ».

Au cours de l’interview accordé à CNBC, le multimilliardaire a tenu à préciser  qu’il ne souhaitait pas de nouvelle bataille d’actionnaires.

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How We’ll Win is a year-long exploration of the fight for gender equality.
The Visionaries is a collection of insights from the world's most qualified women.

HER TRUTH

Chelsea Clinton says racism, sexism, and homophobia are not opinions

Few people understand the importance of being political—in every sense of the word—more than Chelsea Clinton.

From debating international affairs over childhood dinners to her tumultuous experience as first daughter and then studying for prestigious degrees at Stanford, Columbia, and Oxford, Clinton, 38, has seen and done far more than the public may ever know. Today, she is vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.

In an exclusive Quartz interview, Clinton explains the most important lesson her mother taught her about being woman in America, how she discusses sexism with her three-year-old daughter, why we need to teach girls bravery, and the hero she’s most inspired by in She Persisted Around The World: 13 Women Who Changed History, her most recent children’s book.

This interview is part of How We’ll Win, Quartz’s year long series on the fight for gender equality at work.

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Amazon is in talks to revive “The Expanse" thanks to big fan Jeff Bezos — Quartz
Amazon is in talks to revive “The Expanse” after fans begged the company to save it https://ift.tt/2IEiqRU Prospective https://ift.tt/2J0wmJs May 22, 2018 at 04:19PM

Rejoice, The Expanse fans! Amazon has heard your calls.

The streaming-video service is reportedly in talks to revive the beloved sci-fi show, based on the James S. A. Corey book series, for a fourth season after it was dropped by its US TV network home last week.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly wanted The Expanse from the start. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Sources say Bezos is a big fan of the book and was livid that the TV series went to NBCUniversal-owned Syfy. The move is said to have ignited Bezos’ demand that Amazon Studios brass find the company’s version of Game of Thrones.

The Expanse, which has 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for its third season, is already a cult favorite. Amazon may try to make it a phenomenon. It’s already demonstrated a strong interest in genre series, having purchased the TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings franchise.

The writers of The Expanse said on Twitter that the deal with Amazon is not done yet, and encouraged fans to remain vigilant in their fight to save the show.

We’re excited, but the deal’s not closed…we’re not quite through the woods yet! 🌟 Keep up the fight Expansers & watch this weeks episode LIVE with us on SyFy 🚀 we’ll be dancing in the streets right along with you as soon as we get anything official #TheExpanse #SaveTheExpanse https://t.co/cHNi3bTd8P

— The Expanse Writers (@TheExpanseWR) May 21, 2018

Devotees on Reddit and elsewhere called on streaming services like Amazon and Netflix to pick up the show after it was cancelled. Diehards even hired an airplane reading “Save The Expanse” to fly outside the Amazon Studios headquarters in California. And nearly 132,000 people signed a Change.org petition to revive it.

The company that produces the show, Alcon Entertainment, shopped The Expanse to other networks when it was dropped by Syfy, which held the first-run TV rights in the US. Amazon streamed the first three seasons in the US, and Netflix streamed it in many countries abroad.

Read next: What really killed “The Expanse,” one of the best-reviewed sci-fi series on TV

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Seth Meyers shows why Twitter never should have given Trump 280
Seth Meyers shows why Twitter never should have given Trump 280 https://ift.tt/2kha1JT Prospective https://ift.tt/2x5477M May 22, 2018 at 04:16PM

What: A demonstration of the president’s long-winded digital nature.

Who: Seth Meyers.

Why we care: Last week, Meyers found an innovative solution to the problem of Trump news breaking after Late Night was done filming but before it aired. The host simply sat with his mouth open while the latest stories were digitally inserted in his larynx. On Monday night’s show, Meyers tried out another new technical approach to Trump news–specifically, the president’s daily Twitter dispatches.

After news broke over the weekend about operatives from Trump’s 2016 campaign dealing with foreign governments other than Russia, the president fired off a JRR Tolkein-size missive across six capacity-length tweets. It wouldn’t be compelling late night TV to read through everything in those six tweets on air, so Meyers played clips of anchors reading the tweets out loud… sped up to Alvin and the Chipmunks level. It was an effective way to emphasize the desperate flailing that produced these tweets, and just how exhausting they are. “Don’t worry about not being able to follow that,” Meyers says after the fast-forwarded tweet spree is finished. “It actually makes less sense at normal speed.”

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