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Canada determined to diversify despite Keystone XL approval

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2107, where he announced the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Canada’s natural resource minister said Saturday his government is happy the Keystone XL pipeline has finally been approved by the White House, but he noted that obstacles remain and said Canada remains determined to diversify its oil exports beyond the United States. The minister, Jim Carr, told The Associated Press that President Donald Trump’s approval of the pipeline is “good… …

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Trump's failure on health bill may hurt prospects for tax overhaul

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts. The GOP health plan would have repealed nearly $1 trillion in taxes enacted under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The bill coupled the tax cuts with spending cuts for Medicaid, so it wouldn’t add …

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What is at stake for EU economies after Brexit? – Counting the Cost

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The Brexit battle lines are being drawn. European leaders are due to meet at the end of April, when they will lay out their strategy for talks with the UK, following Theresa May’s formal notification on the British departure from the European Union. A deal is expected to be reached by March 2019. In 2014, 45 percent of all UK exports went to the EU, which is $284bn worth of goods. After Germany, the UK is the trading bloc’s second largest economy, and it imports over $360bn worth of goods from its fellow EU members. In 2015, the UK contributed over $16bn to the EU budget and received about $7.4bn back in aid and subsidies from Brussels. More from Counting …

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YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face

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Late last year, Israel-based entrepreneur Matan Uziel saw a notification he’d never seen before pop up on YouTube’s backend—the part of the site where creators upload their videos. “I saw a yellow dollar sign. At first I didn’t understand what it was,” Uziel says. “Then I moved my cursor over it. I saw it meant my video was not advertiser-friendly.” By then, Uziel had made and posted close to a dozen videos to a YouTube channel called Real Women Real Stories—women speaking frankly into a camera about their experiences of sexual abuse. The view counts on some of the videos had climbed into the thousands, qualifying them for pre-roll ads placed through YouTube’s advertising program. They were bringing Uziel and …

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Splatoon 2 is still hip — watch us play the sequel on Switch

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Nintendo is wasting little time bringing one of the breakout Wii U games to the Switch, and we’ve already got a chance to go hands on with it. The publisher held its first Global Testfire event for Splatoon 2 on the Switch today, and we got to see what the game feels like on the new system. At its core, the sequel to the team-based online ink shooter is more of the same, but exposing that excellent gameplay to an audience that may never have purchased the Wii U is probably a smart idea for Nintendo. Splatoon 2 is still about covering a playfield with your team’s ink, firing at enemies, and using special abilities to get the upper hand. …

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Saruhan Hatipoglu discusses AIIB membership expansion

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More countries in the Americas see the investment power of the AIIB for infrastructure projects. For more insight on this exponential growth, CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke with Saruhan Hatipoglu, the CEO of BERI, the Business Environment Risk Intelligence group, and a CGTN Global Economics Analyst.

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LI LitFest set for Sunday

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The third annual Word Up: Long Island LitFest takes place Sunday, March 26 at the Madison Theater at Molloy College in Rockville Centre from 1 to 6 p.m., with introductory workshops on essay writing and storytelling at 12 p.m. It’s a day of author talks, readings, book sign-ins and workshops. Founder Claudia Gryvatz Copquin – she’s also a journalist, author and essayist – launched the festival to fill a void on Long Island after seeing there were no such regular author events in the region. “I’m an avid reader and a book lover and I’m thrilled to meet successful authors, so I was confident that other people here on Long Island would enjoy that as well,” she said. For the …

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Demetriou: Getting published gives business leaders an edge

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Why should business owners and professionals publish articles? Fame, prestige, ego? What about money: No, at least not directly. The fundamental reason all business people should publish original articles is because it’s a great differentiator. By claiming the expert mantle, you are telling a client or prospect why you and your widget or service are better than Johnny ABC’s. For years my company touted our quality of service, quick turnaround and reliability. Virtually the same as all our competitors. In the days before LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and social media I began to see articles that were written by some of those very competitors. I was not convinced that writing was one of my important skills, but as the company evolved …

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The Best Drones

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Our pick DJI Mavic Pro Our top pick combines easy flying, class-leading portability, good battery life, great image quality, three-axis stabilization, and great fail-safe features in a $1,000 package. The best camera is always the one you have with you, and drones are no exception: The DJI Mavic Pro’s extraordinary portability means you’ll bring it to more places, so you’ll get better shots. Because it measures just 3.3 by 3.3 by 7.8 inches and weighs 1.6 pounds when fully folded, you can take it almost anywhere—simply unfold everything, and you’re good to go. We got approximately 19 minutes of flight time in our tests, and its 4-mile operating range extends farther than the eye can see. It comes with a …

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How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels?

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When a baby is born early, their first months of life can be hectic and painful. Doctors can implant breathing tubes, and perform multiple surgeries as the baby’s young organs continue developing. Up until the ’80s though, one major element of that hospital experience was missing: pain medication and anesthesia. Preemies undergoing open heart surgery might receive a paralytic, but no more, because doctors believed that newborns either couldn’t feel pain or didn’t remember it. Clinicians’ practice flipped in the late ’80s after a key review paper compiled the overwhelming evidence of physiological traces of pain, and today preemies get anesthesia and opioids just like any other patient. But that practice just got more complicated. In December, the FDA mandated …

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The Detonation Detectives

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On the morning of March 6th, local time, at least four missiles were prepped for launch in North Korea. The missiles were transported to a field, and hefted upright in truck-mounted canisters. Lined up in a row against a backdrop of mountains, the engines fired and the missiles took off almost but not quite simultaneously, trailing skirts of flames behind them. They flew about 620 miles to splash down in the Sea of Japan — some of them falling less than 200 miles from Japan’s northwest shore. The test launch escalated rising military tensions already heightened by ongoing US and South Korean military exercises. On Monday evening, the US started its deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) …

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Fake news successfully mitigated in social media study

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A team of researchers has successfully demonstrated a method of mitigating fake news on social media networks by combining reinforcement learning with a point process network activity model. Because flagging, fact-checking and reporting news as ‘fake’ or suspect requires a high degree of human oversight, researchers from Georgia Tech and Georgia State University propose that fake news be mitigated by increasing a user’s exposure to real news. In the study, increasing exposure to real news is optimized using a specifically generated algorithm, which requires very little human oversight after implementation. This strategy is intended to combat the proliferation of fake news by expanding the reach of real news throughout the social network. This method had promising results during a simulation …

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Australia bid to boost China beef exports amid Brazil row

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Australia is seizing a chance to boost its beef exports in the wake of a meat scandal in Brazil.Its target is China, who suspended imports from Brazil.Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Beijing. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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What the G.O.P. Doesn’t Get About Who Pays for Health Care

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Paul Ryan’s health-care bill is under attack from conservatives who believe that the government shouldn’t force citizens to pay for the health care of others.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX A few years ago, a relative of mine, an electrician who made a good living laying cable alongside highways, told me that his economic future depended on one thing: his back. He saw what happened to older guys—he meant men in their late thirties—when the pain became unbearable. They either became supervisors or they had to quit. At the time, my relative was about to turn thirty himself, and I remember him saying, “My back is killing me.” I’ve been thinking about that conversation this week, as President Trump has cajoled and …

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After an Immigration Raid, a City’s Students Vanish

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In Las Cruces, New Mexico, fear of Donald Trump’s immigration policies has kept some students home from school.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX David Morales teaches social studies at Mayfield High School, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of a hundred thousand people, located fifty miles north of the Mexican border. Some of his students are the children of undocumented immigrants, and a few of them might even be undocumented themselves. He doesn’t know which ones, exactly, and he doesn’t care. “When they’re in my classroom, I’m there to teach them,” he told me recently. “I make a point of not knowing, unless the student wants me to.” His classes are small, with around twenty students each, and when …

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What’s Wrong with Me?

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Online, I found a welcoming sick ward of fellow-sufferers, and I started to live there.CreditIllustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso Illness narratives usually have startling beginnings—the fall at the supermarket, the lump discovered in the abdomen, the doctor’s call. Not mine. I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.” One way to tell the story is to say that I was ill for a long time—at least half a dozen years—before any doctor I saw believed I had a disease. Another is to say that it took hold in 2009, the stressful year after my mother died, when a debilitating fatigue overcame me, my lymph nodes ached for months, and a test suggested that …

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State Department Set To Certify Keystone XL Pipeline Is In National Interest

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Enlarge this image President Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 24, supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. A U.S. official says the State Department is ready to give its approval. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP The State Department will approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. official tells NPR. That will set the stage for President Trump to reverse a decision former President Barack Obama made in 2015 to reject the project. Four days after Trump was sworn into office he invited TransCanada to resubmit its application for the pipeline. Trump also directed the State Department to make its national-interest determination within 60 days. That deadline is Monday. A U.S. official tells NPR …

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Watch Workflow’s original pitch in 2014

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Workflow, the well liked automation app that Apple just picked up through an acquisition, got its start in 2014 at a hackathon in Michigan, of all places. Nick Frey, Conrad Kramer, Veeral Patel, and Ari Weinstein built the app in January 2014, for a Major League Hacking student member hackathon hosted by the University of Michigan. Judges evaluated contributions from 604 people, taking into consideration usefulness, originality, technical difficulty, and design. Workflow won the hackathon’s grand prize and was named the best iOS app there. Among other things, the team took home iPad Mini tablets with Retina displays and 128GB of storage — courtesy of Apple. Within a few months, they published Workflow on the App Store. And the rest …

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DEV {TALKS} – March 29th – 10 am CDT – Getting Started with Zebra RFID and Scanner Application Integration

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Join us as our RFID experts provide step-by-step instructions on how to import Zebra RFID and Scanner SDK for iOS, how to set up a new XCODE project that will work with the RFID and Scanner SDK for iOS, and how to understand SDK’s API. We’ll include some demos and an overview of the RFD8500 device including system requirements, device set up, and Bluetooth pairing between iOS and RFD8500. Register Now

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The End of the Universe as We Know It

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The notion that the world of our experience is an accident of our particular circumstances has become central to modern physics. CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY KENNAN HARVEY / AFLO / ALAMY What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice crystals, forming strange patterns on the glass. You might see something like the image above: its beauty is striking at least in part because of the remarkable order at smaller scales lurking within the obvious randomness at larger scales. The ice crystals have grown gorgeous treelike patterns, starting in random directions and …

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Music to guitarists’ ears: D’Addario to give out strings

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D’Addario, the Farmingdale-based musical instrument accessory company whose customers include Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz, has announced it will give away free sets of guitar strings to the first 50 attendees at this year’s NY Guitar Show & Exposition at The Freeport Recreation Center. “This is wonderful,” show founder Richard Johnson said in a written statement. “A world-renowned Long Island, NY company, stepping up and offering the first 50 paid attendees both days of the show, a free set of their new NYXL Electric Guitar Strings or the Nickel Bronze Acoustic Strings.” The NYXL Electric Guitar Strings, valued at $12.99, are made of a “newly engineered, break-resistant, high-carbon steel core and plain steel alloy,” while the Nickel Bronze …

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Electronic Arts reveals playable games for EA Play event

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Electronic Arts revealed the games such as the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront sequel that it will show to gamers at its EA Play event during June. EA Play is a fan event that takes the place of EA’s former booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). EA withdrew from the big game trade show in Los Angeles, but it still has a presence through EA Play, which is a fan event taking place in Hollywood from June 10 to June 12. Tickets for the event go on sale on April 20 at 9 am Pacific time. The games that will be displayed include the new Star Wars Battlefront and Need For Speed titles, as well as sports tiles Madden NFL 18, …

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The Clever ‘DoubleAgent’ Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware

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Your antivirus software might come with some annoyances. It might slow your computer down, or pop up so many alerts that you can’t tell when something is actually wrong. But researchers have discovered a more sinister downside: A well-intentioned debugging tool found in many versions of Microsoft Windows can be used maliciously to gain access to vulnerable antivirus programs, and weaponize them. Discovered by researchers at the Israeli cybersecurity defense firm Cybellum, the so-called “DoubleAgent attack” takes advantage of the Microsoft Application Verifier, a tool used for strengthening security in third-party Windows applications, to inject customized code into programs. The approach could potentially manipulate any software target, but antivirus programs would be particularly appealing to an attacker since they have …

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Inside China’s Almost-Totally-Legal $400M Fishery in Africa

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Yuyang Liu stood aboard a Chinese trawler bobbing off the coast of Guinea-Bissau not long ago, trying with all his might to keep his breakfast down. The tossing of the sea made him woozy, and then there was the fish spilling out of the enormous net the crew hauled in. “It’s very wet. And smells not good. Really. It’s terrible,” he says. “Definitely the smelliest.” The ship, known as Fu Yuan Yu, is one of more than 400 Chinese fishing vessels trawling the coast of West Africa, pulling some three million tons of fish from the sea each year. Few things so clearly represent China’s influence in the region. “If you want to see how China is expanding power in West Africa, …

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Google announces Howard West, a Googleplex residency for recruiting black software engineers

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As technology giants have faced mounting criticism over their lack of diversity, companies from across Silicon Valley and beyond have been releasing so-called “diversity reports” on an annual basis to chart changes in their internal make-up. But a lack of real development has also led some companies to delay subsequent reports as they reevaluate their goals. Google has released diversity reports since 2014, but the first couple of years garnered little in the way of standout progress. And this is why the internet giant is now expanding its relationship with D.C.’s Howard University — a historically black educational institution. Though Google has had a formal recruitment program from Howard for a number of years already, the company has today announced a residency for …

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Brazil meat exports plunge after corruption scandal

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Brazil meat exports plunge after corruption scandal Brazilian meat exports have dropped from more than $60m to a mere $74,000 a day. This follows a corruption scandal that has undermined trust in food controls and prompted other countries to pull Brazilian beef and chicken from supermarket shelves. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Paulinia. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Animation shows the deadly evolution of nuclear weapons

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It’s been decades since the United States dropped the first atomic bomb. Since then, the exponential increase of the destructive power of nuclear weapons is almost unimaginable. Here’s how powerful nuclear weapons have become. Read more: http://www.techinsider.io/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsiderTWITTER: https://twitter.com/businessinsiderINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/businessins…TUMBLR: http://businessinsider.tumblr.com/

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Lingerie maker excited to show a little more

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By GREGORY ZELLER // When it comes to exposure, they’re not shy at Impish Lee. Cofounders Noelle and Kali Ventresca have plenty of skin in the game already. Since pulling their startup lingerie-manufacturing business off peer-to-peer e-commerce site Etsy in 2015 and reforming it around a proprietary online customizer – users choose the garment, size, color and more – they’ve eschewed outside funding, “at least until we’re profitable,” according to CEO Noelle. Exposure, therefore, is key – and for a startup marketing on a shoestring, a perpetual challenge. Social media marketing, word of mouth, a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign and some $30,000-plus in family and friend investments have kept the industrial-strength sewing machines whirring in Impish Lee’s 600-square-foot Sea Cliff headquarters, …

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The Mobileye acquisition is proof that AI needs guidelines

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The sale of Mobileye to Intel is not surprising when you consider that last year MIT Technology Review ranked the Jerusalem-based company as one of the 10 smartest companies in the world. Also not surprising is the joy, bordering on hysteria, being displayed by the Israeli government, which has declared its intent to cut taxes as a result of the deal (though it has not been clear exactly how). In addition, the government has used the occasion of Mobileye’s purchase by Intel as an opportunity to tout its success in the area of innovation. However, the story here is bigger than Mobileye. The real story is the relationship between government, society, and technology. The challenge presented by artificial intelligence (AI) …

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“Paging Dr. Fraud”: The Fake Publishers That Are Ruining Science

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For years, spurious journals have proliferated online, promising academic credibility in exchange for cash.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY GREG PEASE / GETTY In the fall of 2015, a young scholar named Anna Olga Szust began sending her C.V. and a cover letter to scores of scientific journals, with the hope of being named an editor. Editors play a vital role in the world of science publishing, checking the methodology of authors and managing the peer-review process; they are the thin red line between fact and fakery. At the same time, being appointed a journal editor is one of the many essential rungs in a scientist’s climb toward credibility and tenure. Szust is—or was, until today—an associate professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, in Poznań, …

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Congress Is About To Give Away Your Online Privacy

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Congress is poised to roll back FCC privacy protections in a way that could seriously compromise our online lives. The protections require internet service providers to secure consumer data and obtain consumers’ consent before mining and selling it. WIRED OPINION About Terrell McSweeny (@TMcSweenyFTC) has been a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission since 2014; previously she was a policy advisor to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. Chris Hoofnagle (@hoofnagle) is an adjunct professor of information and of law at UC Berkeley, and elected member of the American Law Institute. The resolution that could come to a Congressional vote this week aims to tackle differences in how the FCC rule treats ISPs compared with other internet companies. …

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Tech stocks lead US indexes mostly higher midday Wednesday

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U.S. stock indexes are turning mostly higher at midday Wednesday as technology companies rise and investors react to another drop in bond yields by buying high-dividend utility companies. Energy companies are declining with the price of oil. However more stocks are down than up as the market comes off its biggest loss in five months. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,657, dragged down by a steep fall in Nike. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,815. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sank 5 points, or …

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The Best iPhone Screen Protectors

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A glass screen protector can’t guarantee that you won’t break your iPhone’s screen. But it can prevent the screen from getting scratched, and scratches can affect glass’s structural integrity and make cracks more likely. Glass is more protective than film, and it comes closer to the look and feel of the iPhone’s own display. We found Yootech’s Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be just as good as TechMatte’s amFilm. Like the amFilm, it comes in a package of two, and everything about it is so similar that we suspect they may be made on the same production line—though when it comes to fitting larger phones, the Yootech offering is only for the 7 …

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Coffee Meets Bagel launches premium membership for $35 per month

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Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel today launched a premium membership for $34.99 per month. The option is rolling out to Android users today and to iOS users “in the next few weeks.” Coffee Meets Bagel has offered in-app purchases from the very start (coffee beans are the in-app currency to unlock various features), but in the company’s own words, “the introduction of premium membership is our first step towards a freemium subscription model,” Coffee Meets Bagel co-founder Dawoon Kang told VentureBeat. The desire to monetize a dating app isn’t exactly daring, but the service is trying to set itself apart by offering users behind-the-scenes data “so we can put an end to ghosting.” That’s a very bold claim to make, …

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LinkedIn launches trending news section

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LinkedIn is launching trending topics, highlighting what’s most popular and relevant to your professional world. Officially called Trending Storylines, it’s an additional feed you can access showing you curated and interest-based content, pulled from your network, publishers, and human editors within LinkedIn. This is not going to replace your existing news feed, but complements it. Available on both mobile and on the web, Trending Storylines will show you what stories are developing, meaning that you can look up stories that your network is talking about or you may have missed. For me, currently my connections are talking about the Google’s Android O, so tapping on that will show me a summary of the issue, likely written by a human editor, …

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Town allows Costco site developer to export more than 26,000 cubic yards of soil from clear-cut site on Route 58

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The developer of The Shops at Riverhead was granted a permit by the town board last night to excavate and remove 26,041 cubic yards of soils from the Route 58 site. Last week the planning board approved a revised site plan for the construction of 120,450 square feet of new retail and accessory uses in five buildings on the site; a 150,000-square foot Costco warehouse opened on the site in 2014. Riverhead Town will collect a fee of $2 per cubic yard for the exportation of those soils, pursuant to town code — a total of $52,182. Brixmor, the developer, will pay the cost of an on-site monitor to certify the quantities of soils removed. The town regulates both the …

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Is the dark really making me sad?

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Enlarge / If it’s dark outside seemingly all the time, you must find ways to cope. Sara Andreasson reader comments 0 Share this story How do Scandinavians deal with long, dark winters? For Mosaic, Linda Geddes explores what this might teach us about the relationship between our moods and sunlight. The story is republished here under a Creative Commons license. The inhabitants of Rjukan in southern Norway have a complex relationship with the Sun. “More than other places I’ve lived, they like to talk about the Sun: when it’s coming back, if it’s a long time since they’ve seen the Sun,” says artist Martin Andersen. “They’re a little obsessed with it.” Possibly, he speculates, it’s because for approximately half the …

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Donald Trump seeks health care triumph

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pitch on a polarizing Republican health care bill in the House amounts to a means to an end: a way to move on to what he calls “the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.” Backed by pro-business elements of his party, Trump has increasingly argued that the repeal and replacement of former President Barack Obama’s health care law is a necessary step along the road to other parts of his first-year agenda. In both his public pitches and private meetings with House Republicans to secure passage, Trump appears ready to move on. “After we repeal and replace Obamacare, our Republican majority will pass massive, historic tax reform, the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan – …

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Fresh from $1 billion investment, Airbnb reveals major growth plans for China

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(Reuters) — Airbnb, the online marketplace for short-term lodging, is expanding its business in China, hoping to spur growth in the world’s most populous country and a major tourist destination. Fresh off a $1 billion fundraising round, Airbnb announced plans on Tuesday to expand its services in China and increase its staff there. Airbnb said it would more than triple its local workforce this year and double its investment in the region. The company did not provide specific numbers. The company has an engineering center in Beijing and about 60 employees in the country. Airbnb is also bringing its latest product, Trips, which was unveiled in November, to China. Trips is Airbnb’s effort to expand beyond home and apartment rentals …

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Who has the power to stop massive, IoT-fuelled botnet attacks? All of us

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Jeff Finn, CEO of zvelo, asks whether there are enough incentives for consumers to be concerned about the security of their IoT devices… For customers purchasing Internet of Things (IoT) devices – a group that either includes or will include just about every one of us soon enough – it’s easy to get excited about the idea of smart light bulbs, speakers, thermostats, power outlets, and a host of other convenient, connected hardware the market offers. The chief selling point of most IoT devices is their functionality and simplicity, enabling us to control or track everything in our lives with our voices or our phones. Affordability is also a key driver of sales for many of these connected gadgets, which …

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Jerzy Kosinski’s Traumas, Real and Invented

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Kosinski’s tales of wartime Poland made, and unmade, his reputation.CreditPhotograph by Inge Morath / The Inge Morath Foundation / Magnum In 1982, Jerzy Kosinski, the Polish-American novelist and literary celebrity, appeared on the cover of the Times Magazine, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Naked to the waist, his shoulder leaning against a stable door, he wore polo boots and tight white riding pants; horse tack dangled whiplike from his left hand. His skin was bronzed and glistening, his chest hairless, his expression opaque: stern, wary, perhaps a little confrontational. The accompanying article, a fawning profile by Barbara Gelb, labelled him “the ultimate survivor.” Calling herself a “connoisseur of survivors,” Gelb wrote that of all the Holocaust survivors she knew Kosinski was both the …

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“Missing Richard Simmons” and the Queasiness of Deep-Dive Entertainment Journalism

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Richard Simmons’s seeming disappearance, in 2014, serves as the basis for a hugely popular but simultaneously unsettling new podcast.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY GETTY In an early episode of the hit podcast “Missing Richard Simmons,” which aired its sixth and final episode yesterday, the host, Dan Taberski, tells us about the exercise class at Slimmons, Simmons’s Beverly Hills studio. Simmons had led this class for some forty years, from before he got famous and continuing long after he became a multimillionaire. Taberski tells us that Slimmons had a few rules: one, know your place; two, no cell phones, no cameras, no recording devices; three, Richard is going to get freaky. “Richard’s class is a little bit performance art and a lot of bit …

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Miami-Based Rokk3r Labs Launches Rokk3r Fuel Venture Capital Group

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MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 21, 2017– Rokk3r Labs, the Miami-based venture builder, today announced the launch of Rokk3r Fuel, a dedicated investment fund designed to give investors access to Rokk3r Labs’ proprietary approach of identifying and co-building innovative, new companies. Rokk3r Fuel is led by founding partners Jeff Ransdell and Jonas Tempel in partnership with Rokk3r Labs managing founders Nabyl Charania and Germán Montoya. “We see Miami as a growing international destination and hub for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S., Latin America, Western Europe and Northern Africa,” said Germán Montoya, co-founder of Rokk3r Labs. “Jeff and Jonas bring a unique combination of experience and expertise in entrepreneurship and investing at the most established levels. We are thrilled to have them connecting investors to …

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Report reveals details of $21 billion money laundering plan

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(AP) — A group of anti-corruption reporters who in 2014 exposed a criminal scheme to move large sums of money out of Russia say they’ve uncovered details about how the system worked, including the transfer of $21 billion through major banks. Members of the group say in a report published late Monday that they now know where the funds ended up and that banks allegedly refused to shut it down,… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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First Central names acting president

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Glen Cove-based First Central Savings Bank said CEO John Romano has left the bank and CFO Anita Florek will serve as acting president and COO. The eight-branch bank, founded in 1999, plans to announce a new president at its annual board meeting in late April. Romano had led the Bank of Smithtown, People’s United Bank’s Long Island operations and then worked as an executive at Amalgamated Bank. He joined First Central Savings as president and CEO three years ago in 2014, according to a spokesman for the bank. “Our bank’s goal was and still is to fill a void in the big bank mentality, by providing good old-fashioned personal service with a smile,” Chairman Joseph Pistilli said in a written …

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Only an End to Global Warming Can Save the Great Barrier Reef

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This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The survival of the Great Barrier Reef hinges on urgent moves to cut global warming because nothing else will protect coral from the coming cycle of mass bleaching events, new research has found. The study of three mass bleaching events on Australian reefs in 1998, 2002 and 2016 found coral was damaged by underwater heatwaves regardless of any local improvements to water quality or fishing controls. The research, authored by 46 scientists and published in Nature, raises serious questions about Australia’s long-term conservation plan for its famous reef, which invests heavily in lifting water quality but is silent on climate-change action. The researchers said the findings of their paper, …

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How the White House Got James Comey Wrong

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There are very few officials who understand the true extent of the F.B.I. investigation.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX FOR THE NEW YORKER Early on Monday morning, a couple of hours before the start of the first House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s involvement in the Presidential election, one of Donald Trump’s closest White House advisers made a startling—and completely erroneous—prediction: James Comey, the F.B.I. director, would testify that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. “The Russian collusion thing has always been bullshit,” the official said. “I think Comey will come down and say there absolutely was no contact, collusion, or anything like that with the campaign.” The official conceded that, in the early days of …

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Game academy opens submissions for video game scholarships

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The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has opened submissions for all three of its annual scholarship programs benefiting students pursuing a dream career in the video games industry. The Randy Pausch, Mark Beaumont and WomenIn Scholarships give talented students in game design, production or business a chance to understand what the industry is like. The scholarships are awarded to those who aspire to make a mark on the games industry through their dedication, passion and interest in pushing forward the medium of interactive entertainment. I met some of the scholars at the recent DICE Summit in Las Vegas, and they were a bright bunch that were thrilled to hobnob with some …

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Trump urges support for health care plan so he can move on

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President Donald Trump points as he speaks during a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to give the teetering Republican plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law a new sense of urgency by saying he’d like to get it over with and move on to his preferred agenda items. In an arena filled with thousands of cheering Kentuckians Monday evening, Trump roped the future of the House-crafted health care proposal… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Trump to Capitol in last-ditch lobbying for health care bill

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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Credit: AP) (AP) — President Donald Trump is rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers at the Capitol, two days before the House plans a climactic vote that poses an important early test for his presidency. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill in hopes of nailing down support. At a rally Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky,… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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So the FCC Head Says the Media Isn’t the Enemy. In 2017, That’s News

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Earlier this month, senators asked Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai whether he agreed with President Trump that the media is the enemy of the American people. Pai demurred, saying he didn’t want to wade into political debates. Thirteen days later, he finally answered the question. No, he doesn’t think the media is the enemy. “A free media is vital to our democracy,” he wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats who continued to press the issue. It’s a remarkable thing for any civil servant to have to say. But in the Trump era, it needed saying. Trump once said he has a “running war with the media.” He has promised to “open up” libel laws to expose journalists to …

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Announcement: Kim Jong-un No Patsy

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CreditIllustration by Allan Sanders Enemy of Niceness V. Putin perseveres in his campaign to shamelessly gush over naïve rookie U.S. President D. Trump. Dear Leader Kim Jong-un knows this to be a Russo-American conspiracy to ridicule the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un’s haircut, and his honored sibling. Kim Jong-un, contemptuous of the International Jealous Front’s quibbles about his nuclear-weapons program and his success in having his fat-boy half brother Kim Jong-nam massaged with a poison face rub in a busy air terminal, defiantly issues Aphorism No. 63539-J: Hooligan traitor saboteurs are more easily squashed by organophosphate than by vinegar or honey. V. Putin, meanwhile, hoists papier–mâché “barbells” while ruthlessly pressing his campaign of praising the vain rookie U.S. …

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Brazil meat scandal deepens as China, EU, Chile bar imports

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China’s Ambassador to Brazil, Li Jinzhang, left, sits next to Brazil’s President Michel Temer during a steak dinner at a traditional Brazilian barbecue restaurant after a meeting on the rotten meat scandal in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Temer met with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import Brazilian meat, seeking to minimize damage from a corruption probe that alleges meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A scandal over alleged bribery by meatpackers to allow the sale of expired meat in Brazil deepened Monday as the European Union, China and Chile decided to halt some meat imports from Latin America’s largest nation. The developments represent a major blow …

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Amid Massive Tainted-Meat Scandal, Brazil Assures Safety Of Its Food Exports

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Enlarge this image Brazilians are prolific meat-eaters, so they are struggling with allegations that health officials accepted bribes to allow subpar meat on the market. Victor Moriyama/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Victor Moriyama/Bloomberg/Getty Images Brazil has long been awash with corruption scandals, but the latest to erupt is about an issue that is particularly close to the nation’s heart and stomach — and its wallet. Few people are more prolific meat-eaters than the Brazilians, and few are more passionate about the merits of the barbecue, or churrasco. They grill with gusto at almost any opportunity — on the beach, the sidewalk, at soccer games and even at protest rallies, where the whiff of sizzling sausage competes with the eye-watering …

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Bacteria Are Brewing Up the Next Generation of Antivenoms

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Daniel Dempsey was a grad student stationed in the jungles of Monteverde, Costa Rica when he first encountered the danger of a snakebite. The biologist was walking through the forest one day, catching bats to study them for malaria, when he almost stepped on the black, arrow-shaped head of an enormous pit viper—a fer-de-lance. That night as he described his encounter to the local family he was staying with, they began to tear up. They told him that earlier that year a “terciopelo,” what Costa Ricans call their country’s deadliest snake, had bitten the family’s five year-old niece. The hospital, a few hours drive away, didn’t have any antivenom in their stocks. She didn’t make it. It was Dempsey’s memory of …

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Brazil president looks to calm rotten meat scandal

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Brazil president looks to calm rotten meat scandal Brazilian President Michel Temer has held emergency talks with global business executives to try to convince them his country’s meat exports are safe. Two of the country’s the largest meatpacking companies are accused of bribing inspectors to turn a blind eye to health violations. Al Jazeera’s Whitney Hurst reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Uber President Quits Amid Company Turmoil

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Enlarge this image Former Target CMO Jeff Jones was hired by Uber to help support the embattled company’s reputation. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Target hide caption toggle caption Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Target After six months as president of Uber, Jeff Jones is leaving the embattled ride-hailing company, Uber confirms. “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” an Uber spokesperson says in a statement. Jones, previously Target’s chief marketing officer, was brought on by Kalanick last fall to boost Uber’s reputation. Though Uber has long held its reputation as an aggressive startup, the company has been battling current controversies, ranging from sexual harassment allegations to CEO Travis Kalanick’s abrasive …

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Jimmy Breslin, NYC newspaper columnist and best-selling author, dies

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NEW YORK — Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday. He was 87. Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia, his stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said. Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News. It was Breslin, a rumpled bed of a reporter, who mounted a quixotic political campaign for citywide office in the ’60s; who became the Son of Sam’s regular correspondent in the ’70s; who exposed the city’s worst corruption scandal in decades in the ’80s; who was pulled from a car and stripped to his underwear by …

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Laurie Nigro Confronting our personal demons, laughter is often truly the best medicine

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Have you ever heard the stand-up comic who does her entire sketch about her cancer? When she first did the bit, people were shocked. It was so unexpected because we don’t usually discuss difficult topics with comedy. She was breaking the rules. It pushed boundaries and pushed buttons. It brought mortality to center stage. It was awkward and uncomfortable. And it was wickedly funny. There is something completely freeing about laughing at our personal demons. It takes away some of their power and allows us to step out of the shadows. Struggling with illness, whether physical or mental, keeps us apart. No one wants to bring it up, even when it’s staring them in the face, for fear of upsetting …

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Hey Activists: You Need to Think Twice Before Livestreaming Protests

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After a few hours of watching livestreamers E-Poemz or Johnny Dangers on February 22, 2017, you might have felt like you knew them. Their voices, narrating livestreams of the slow-motion eviction of Dakota Access pipeline protesters from a Standing Rock protest site (on land claimed by the Army Corp of Engineers), became familiar. For those viewers not accustomed to police at protests, it might been a shock when officers tackled and arrested E-Poemz, possibly seriously injuring him. His livestream ends with a sideways shot from his camera lying on the ground. WIRED OPINION About Dia Kayyali (@diakayyali) is a human rights and digital security activist. They currently serve as senior program coordinator for technology and advocacy at Witness, a human …

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Yahoo to give Marissa Mayer $23 million parting gift after sale to Verizon

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer seen at the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco. Getty Images | Justin Sullivan reader comments 142 Share this story In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Yahoo laid out the severance packages for executives that will be leaving the company as it sheds its Internet business chrysalis and emerges as an Alibaba stock-holding company moth called Altaba. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive officer, will receive a package of cash, stock, and benefits valued at a total of $23,011,325 at the completion of the deal, according to Yahoo’s proxy statement. Of that, $3 million will be in cash. Lisa Utzschneider, Yahoo’s chief revenue officer, will receive a $16,536,363 severance package. …

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Our new (mixed) reality: Early adopters have become HoloLens believers at work

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Enlarge / Increasingly, businesses are adding this ol’ thing to their workflow. Luka Kojima St-Laurent / Finger Food reader comments 78 Share this story It’s been roughly two years since Microsoft unveiled its augmented/mixed reality (AR/MR) HoloLens headset and about one year since the first publicly available dev kits went on sale. But ever since launching this impressive piece of tech, Microsoft has instead seemed content with letting Virtual Reality (VR) take the limelight. Take its recent Creators Update presentation in October as an example. Microsoft revealed tons of upcoming 3D functionality to benefit both VR and AR, but the headlines came when the company announced hardware OEMs like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer would be making VR headsets of …

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WebVR isn’t sexy, but it will change the game for VR this year

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Events have taken a dramatic turn since I published an article last September on how WebVR, the JavaScript API that allows immersive VR experiences to be played straight from your web browser, will make virtual reality massively available. Back then the only big player that was generating some appreciable degree of buzz was the pioneer itself, Mozilla, with their WebVR open source library, A-Frame. But in the past several months news began to roll out from the likes of Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Oculus, each giant announcing advances in powering up their browsers with WebVR. “We are now capable of creating VR content that is available on the most widespread medium in existence by simply sharing a URL,” Diego Gonzalez, …

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Two Bit Circus combines VR and motion simulator to make you feel vertigo on a skyscraper

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Two Bit Circus showed off a demo that conveyed just how real you could make virtual reality feel. Staged at the Experiential Technology Conference, the demo consisted of a motion platform that could shake under your feet and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The demo made you feel like you were going up the side of a skyscraper in a window-washing platform. You stepped on the platform and put on the headset. There was a rail behind you that you could hold onto, and a gate in front of you. As I went up the side of the building, I peered over the rail, looking down on the ground. I must have gone up 40 floors. Then the platform …

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What kind of experience should virtual reality deliver?

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Virtual reality is in its infancy, and we’re still trying to figure out what kind of experience it can deliver for the masses, at an affordable price. So we assembled some people who are thinking about this every day, as they try to figure out the next few decades of this new medium. I moderated a panel on “Virtual Reality Entertainment Experiences” at the close of the Experiential Technology Conference this week in San Francisco. The event, organized by Zack Lynch, was all about how digital technology and neuroscience are coming together to improve human life. Our panel included Margaret Wallace, CEO of Playmatics; Theresa Duringer, cofounder of Temple Gates Games; Noah Falstein, chief game designer at Google; and Shiraz …

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Peer Into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance

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About 4 million years ago, a cave was forming in the Delaware Basin of what is now Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. From that time on, Lechuguilla Cave remained untouched by humans or animals until its discovery in 1986—an isolated, pristine primeval ecosystem. When the bacteria found on the walls of Lechuguilla were analyzed, many of the microbes were determined not only to have resistance to natural antibiotics like penicillin, but also to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the second half of the twentieth century. As infectious disease specialist Brad Spellberg put it in the New England Journal of Medicine, “These results underscore a critical reality: antibiotic resistance already exists, widely disseminated in nature, …

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Security News This Week: A Funny Thing Happens When the US Accuses the UK of Spying

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Nothing much of interest happened in the world of cybersecurity this week. Kidding! But wouldn’t that be nice? If we were living in a simpler time when innocent victims weren’t hit by a new, weird hack every day, and international cyberespionage wasn’t undermining everything from governments to businesses to Twitter accounts? You could just argue about who won The Bachelor and move on with your life. Unfortunately, this is 2017, so naturally this week’s hacks were actually completely ridiculous. First of all, the United States indicted two official Russian spies for hacking Yahoo back in 2014. Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway confused a lot of people when she said their microwaves are spying on them (don’t worry: they aren’t…yet). A new …

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The Scrolls from the Dead Sea

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Gerald Lankester Harding sorts fragments of manuscript in the Palestine Archaeological Museum at Jerusalem, 1953.CreditPhotograph by Ronald Startup / Stringer / Getty At some point rather early in the spring of 1947, a Bedouin boy called Muhammed the Wolf was minding some goats near a cliff on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Climbing up after one that had strayed, he noticed a cave that he had not seen before, and he idly threw a stone into it. There was an unfamiliar sound of breakage. The boy was frightened and ran away. But he later came back with another boy, and together they explored the cave. Inside were several tall clay jars, among fragments of other jars. They took …

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After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

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Enlarge this image President Donald Trump looks on as German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at a joint news conference Friday at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies. Naturally, though, the photo op isn’t the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a …

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The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency

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Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative and pollster who, for forty-five years, has been prodding insurgent Presidential candidates to attack the Washington establishment. Caddell, who lives in Charleston, is perhaps best known for helping Jimmy Carter win the 1976 Presidential race. He is also remembered for having collaborated with his friend Warren Beatty on the 1998 satire “Bulworth.” In that film, a kamikaze candidate abandons the usual talking points and excoriates both the major political parties and the media; voters love his unconventionality, and he becomes improbably popular. If the plot sounds …

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The Stream Dream

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It was a big week for the security community. On Tuesday, WikiLeaks published some 9,000 pages of documents detailing various hacking tools the CIA had developed to spy on intelligence targets. They hit the public like a punch to the gut. Your cellphone can be hacked. Your Windows PC or Mac is pudding in the hands of government snoops. Even a smart TV can be converted into a bug that records private conversations. Jiminy! That’s pretty nuts. WIRED’s security editor Brian Barrett joins Michael Calore to talk about the Vault 7 revelations, and what they mean for consumers. Some links: Andy Greenberg details the tools exposed in the Vault 7 leak. Mike tells you how to find out if your …

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How Adobe used its huge data bank to build Sensei, an AI tool for creatives

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There’s mounting competition over AI and bots among the tech giants. Amazon touts Alexa, Google has its Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana. But at Adobe, an often overlooked player in this contest, it’s all about Sensei. Launched last fall, Sensei is a series of AI services and a voice-powered virtual assistant being added to more than 30 Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite) apps and services like Photoshop and Premiere. Some Sensei services are already available, like the ability to change a facial expression with Face Aware Editing in Photoshop, while others, like the ability to control Photoshop with your voice, are still prototypes. Sensei will be able to talk you through how to edit photos and videos like a pro because Adobe has tracked millions of photo and video …

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The DeanBeat: Experiential Technology event shows how far VR has to go

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I attended the Experiential Technology Conference (XTech) in San Francisco this week to hear talks about creating virtual experiences that truly immerse you in another world. It showed me that virtual reality has only scratched the surface. I liked the event, curated by Zack Lynch of Jazz Venture Partners, because it reminded me of the long view of VR and how much of a role that research and development still has to play in it. VR has made our eyes feel like we’ve gone to someplace else, but that’s only one of our senses. We have 3D sound as well, but we need more than that to achieve real immersion, said Tal Blevins, head of media at UploadVR, in a …

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In First Face-To-Face, Trump And Merkel Expected To Tackle Trade And NATO

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Enlarge this image German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Council of the European Union, on the first day of an EU summit last week in Brussels. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Carl Court/Getty Images When German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets President Trump for the first time at the White House on Friday, she won’t be making her visit alone. She is embarking on her trans-Atlantic trip with some notable companions: top executives at BMW, Siemens and the industrial parts manufacturer Schaeffler. Her high-placed company sends as good a message as any about the direction Merkel expects these introductory talks to take. The two world leaders are expected to discuss wide-ranging issues — from NATO to Russian President Vladimir …

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WATCH LIVE: After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

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[embedded content] YouTube Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies. Naturally, though, the photo op isn’t the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a joint news conference. And “business” is a fitting word, for Merkel didn’t make her visit alone. She embarked on her trans-Atlantic trip with some notable companions: top executives at BMW, Siemens and the …

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Monstrous fire engulfs apartment building in downtown Raleigh

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Stunned Raleigh residents and visitors poured out onto sidewalks and streets as a huge five-alarm fire ignited in downtown Raleigh at an at least six-story apartment complex under construction. The massive blaze filled the area with heavy smoke Thursday night and into Friday morning, forcing the evacuation of nearby businesses and residential buildings. WATCH LIVE: Chopper 11HD is over the scene The fire happened shortly before 10 p.m. at 400 W. North St., where the Metropolitan apartment complex was under construction. Eyewitnesses said it appeared the fire ignited on the second floor, though police and fire officials have not yet made such a determination. “It was massive. It looked like the entire block was one fire,” …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Drone Star Wars

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R2-D2 goes for a ride in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Corridor Digital. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming news network that …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Manabi 7.8

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The aftermath of a terrible earthquake is on display in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Juan Fernando Rojas. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Cala d'en Serra – Drone Parkour

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Some extreme athletic prowess dominates this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Giles Campbell Longley and Kie Willis. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Doonies 3: A Drone's Eye View

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We’re on the dunes for this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Jake Yubeta. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming news network that will …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Moon Line

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A night run down the slopes mesmerizes in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Frederic Rousseau. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming news …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Sessions

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We’re hanging 10 in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Eric Sterman. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming news network that will allow …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Mixed Motion Project

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A run that’s anything but routine is showcased in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Perspective

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Jaw-dropping images from coastlines to mountain ranges mark this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Jay Worsley. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming news …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: Australia

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Check out beautiful aerial views of the land down under in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Wild Pacific Media. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: From Inside to Outside

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The inside of an abandoned power plant silo is explored in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Stephane Aboudaram. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first …

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NYC Drone Film Festival: An Aerial Perspective of Nordland

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Take a scenic tour of northern Norway in this New York City Drone Film Festival nominee from Michael Fletcher. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B —CBSN is the first digital streaming news …

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KidPass wants to be the ClassPass for children’s activities

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For families living in large cities, finding great places for children to exercise and keep busy in can be problematic. Some are better than others, but do you really want to commit in the long-term when there are many more to see? Also, do you want to add some diversity in the playgrounds where your children spend time at? Kidpass is a service that mirrors what ClassPass does for fitness and focuses it around activity providers for kids. The subscription service for kids’ classes has previously raised $1.2 million towards its mission, but is adding to that total, thanks to investments from Y Combinator and Gymboree founder Joan Barnes. Targeting a $30 billion-plus industry, KidPass enables parents to choose from …

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Joe Dowd: Healthcare rollback, federal budget should incite wrath

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Among my most vivid memories of my father was when he received a phone call after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The FDNY had ordered a “recall,” a directive requiring all off-duty uniformed personnel to report to their firehouses. I asked him why he had to go in the middle of such a dark night. “There may be riots,” he said without fear or judgment, simply duty. If you did any grocery shopping before Tuesday’s big nothing of a storm you know what fear smells like. Frenzied shoppers pushed through supermarket aisles with cases of bottled water and cheap cuts of meat, the proverbial “bread and milk” of the internet meme. I was picking up five items for …

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How natural language interfaces can solve workflow problems

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If you’ve ever worked in a big company, you carry the scars of processes and workflows. Even in the most advanced companies, most processes are not what I would consider delightful. When presenting about UX, I ask the audience “Who here likes to do their expense reports?” — I get laughter, but no one raises their hands. Processes like expense reporting should be delightful — you paid for something and now the company pays you back! Magic! And it’s the same for many other processes — from vacation requests to promotion approvals, they should all be delightful … and yet most of them suck. In this article we will discuss why these processes are a pain, and the great opportunity that …

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The Steve King Style of American Politics

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Congressman Steve King’s comments last weekend about the country’s demographic future can’t be dismissed as the random Twitter ravings of a paranoiac.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY TOM WILLIAMS / CQ ROLL CALL / GETTY In 1963, the historian Richard Hofstadter delivered a landmark address at Oxford University, titled “The Paranoid Style of American Politics.” Writing against the backdrop of the Cold War and the recent memory of McCarthyism, Hofstadter argued that the hypertensive zeal and conspiracy-mongering that attended McCarthy’s anti-Communism was not a departure from the tradition of American liberalism but a regular feature embedded within it. At various points, movements bearing a familial resemblance to McCarthyism have assailed the hallucinatory menace of anarchists, Catholics, Freemasons, and, at the outset of the Republic, …

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Toddler found dead after wandering outside in cold overnight in North Carolina

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BURKE COUNTY, North Carolina — Deputies are investigating after they said a toddler was found dead outside a home early Wednesday morning in North Carolina. Officials told WSOC that they were called to the home on Hopewell Road, just south of Morganton, around 7 a.m. and found a 3-year-old boy dead outside. Authorities said that someone driving by the home spotted the child and called 911. Investigators think the boy, who had turned three the day before, wandered outside sometime during the night and may have died as a result of exposure to the cold. Breaking Burke- three year old boy found dead outside a home in Morganton. Deputies believe he wandered out last night. Prayers for family pic.twitter.com/v05TAPjfE2 — …

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The INN: Long Island’s Enduring Refuge Provides Shelter From Life’s Countless Storms

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News of an oncoming blizzard spread throughout the ranks of the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead with the speed and urgency fueling any agency on the frontlines of a life-or-death situation tasked with making preparations to save lives. Jean C. Victor, its manager of 13 years, barked instructions at team members and volunteers in a back room off the bustling kitchen that serves as a conference room, coat closet, and staff room as they ready themselves for the day ahead. The seasoned crew—some who’d retired and others who’d donated time sandwiched in between their busy daily schedules to lend a hand—followed his directives with lighthearted banter along several stations throughout its large industrial-sized kitchen: An elderly couple sliced fresh loaves of bread. …