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Oregon teen sells $1 million in custom socks

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(AP) -- Seventeen-year-old Oregon resident Brennan Agranoff spends his days going to school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business. It's no simple hobby: Agranoff is the founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, and he has already sold $1 million in custom socks. "I have enough socks in this warehouse to wear every day until I die, and I was like, 'Wow, that's shocking,' " Agranoff... 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 ... Read More
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Oregon teen sells $1 million in custom socks

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(AP) -- Seventeen-year-old Oregon resident Brennan Agranoff spends his days going to school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business. It's no simple hobby: Agranoff is the founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, and he has already sold $1 million in custom socks. "I have enough socks in this warehouse to wear every day until I die, and I was like, 'Wow, that's shocking,' " Agranoff... 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 ... Read More
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As Europe’s startup scene explodes, a continent goes tech conference crazy

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Even as Benjamin Costantini was helping organize the 2014 edition of the LeWeb conference in Paris, he had a hunch this was going to be the last edition of what had been one of Europe’s largest and most important tech events for more than a decade. Conferences tend to have a natural lifespan, and LeWeb had run its course. Despite LeWeb’s demise, Costantini’s inbox was crammed full of invitations to tech conferences sprouting up across Europe. The startup scene was surging, and suddenly every corner of the continent was putting together a conference. From Riga to Dublin, from Lisbon to Sofia, the startup calendar has become crammed with an improbable number of tech conferences of all shapes and sizes drawing nomadic entre... Read More
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Nvidia identifies the top 5 AI startups for social impact

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Nvidia is on a quest to find the best “social impact” artificial intelligence startups as part a program called Nvidia Inception, which is screening more than 600 entrants to cull the best AI startups in three big categories. We wrote about the first four candidates for the hottest emerging startup on Friday and the five most-disruptive startups on Sunday morning. ... Read More
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Companies of the future: No CEO, no boss, managed by blockchain

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We can get rid of bad bosses once and for all. At least that’s the promise of a radically new type of organization based on blockchain technology. It’s called a Decentralized Autonomous Organization and it has no CEO, CFO, or VPs. In fact, there’s no hierarchy at all. Of course, any time you bring people together in a group, there are bound to be politics, but it won’t be the “command and control” structure that most of us are used to. Admittedly, the concept of a “DAO” got off to a rocky start. The first big one, appropriately enough called “the DAO” ... Read More
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With federal funding in doubt, SBU Charity Gala scores

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The Stony Brook Foundation’s message on scientific research: If you want it done, do it yourself. With scientists around the nation marching against President Donald Trump’s plans to eliminate federal funding for thousands of laboratory-research programs, the foundation – a registered 501(c)3 and the university’s philanthropic backbone – took matters into its own hands this week. In recognition of his dedication to cancer research, former Vice President Joseph Biden was the guest of honor at Stony Brook University’s annual Charity Gala, hosted by the foundation April 20 at Ch... Read More
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Nvidia selects 5 most-disruptive AI startups

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Nvidia is on a quest to find the most disruptive artificial intelligence startups. This quest is part of a larger contest dubbed Nvidia Inception, which is screening more than 600 entrants to cull the best AI startups in three big categories. We wrote about the first four candidates for the hottest emerging startup on Friday. And now we’re focusing on the next five candidates in the category dubbed the “most disruptive” startups. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, host... Read More
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United Airlines CEO loses promotion

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United CEO Oscar Munoz agreed not to take his expected promotion as chairman after a passenger was dragged off one of the company's flights.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/68664/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos... Read More
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The 5 biggest tech stories out of India this week

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It’s been another action-packed week for India’s tech and startup scene. Here are the highlights:1. Google launched Areo, a hyper local app for food delivery and services. In a really strange move, Google has kind of entered the food delivery services market in India, which has seen quite a bloodbath over the past year with the likes of FoodPanda shutting down operations. 2. Snapchat responded to heckling; said it’s “grateful for Indian Snapchat community.... Read More
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Blackrock CEO: Le Pen & Macron will win first round of French election

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Blackrock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink on France’s presidential election and Brexit.... Read More
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Adam Sarhan discusses China's housing market

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For further discussion on tracking China's housing market, CGTN's Mike Walter spoke with Adam Sarhan to simplify it. He's Founder and CEO of 50-Park Investments, a financial-services company.... Read More
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Blackrock CEO: Lowering corporate taxes will bring businesses back to the U.S.

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Blackrock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink on Blackrock’s earnings, U.S. economic growth, tax reform and job creation.... Read More
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14 AI startups will compete for $1.5 million from Nvidia

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Artificial intelligence is hot, and you can tell that because both giant companies and tiny startups are excited about it. Nvidia, which had $6.9 billion in revenues last year, is in touch with more than 2,000 AI startups around the world. And this week, the graphics chip maker and AI company took a step in figuring out which ones are the best. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, hosted a Shark Tank style event called Nvidia Inception to find the best AI startup... Read More
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Why users have mixed feelings about Cortana

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Launching a new product feature is hard — remember Clippy from Microsoft Word? To follow Windows 8 with a successful new OS was of utmost importance for Microsoft, but when you’re the 800-pound gorilla in the market, you’ve got to take risks even when the stakes are high. Rolling out Cortana, an interactive digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, as part of Windows 10 was a move that could have backfired on Microsoft easily. Luckily fo... Read More
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Long Island Press ‘Power List’ Party Celebrates 50 Most Influential Long Islanders

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More than 250 top movers and shakers with their friends and families descended upon Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on April 19 to celebrate the yearly recognition of the 50 “most influential” Long Islanders as determined by the writers and editors of the Long Island Press. Now in its 14th year, the annual Long Island Press Power List and its accompanying awards gala recognizes outstanding leaders within business, the arts, politics, academia, entertainment, and the Long Island community throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. As in previous incarnations, the Long Island Press Power List’s Class o... Read More
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Juicero CEO Says Luxury Juicer Is 'Much More' Than Juice; Internet Is Unimpressed

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Sometimes, it's the Internet of Stings. Juicero, a startup that sells a pricey juice press, found that out firsthand. The company's machine produces cold-pressed juice out of packets sold exclusively to owners via subscription. Received as both Silicon Valley cautionary tale and commentary on conspicuous consumption, Juicero's story was chronicled this week in a Bloomberg News piece. The article pointed out how the original pitch — specialty juice, at home, by way of ... Read More
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Schneps Family Acquires Long Island Press

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From left: Victoria Schneps and her son, Joshua Schneps, are the new co-publishers of the Long Island Press. Wednesday night at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, the Long Island Press hosted its 14th annual “Power List” event honoring the 50 most influential people on Long Island. This program marked a seminal milestone in the history of t... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Console games on the couch and augmented reality entertainment everywhere

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Some of the best moments I’ve had playing games lately involve sitting on the couch and assuming the identity of Aloy, the female hero of Guerrilla Games’ beautiful PlayStation 4 game, Horizon Zero Dawn. I could spend a lot more evenings lurking through forests and using a bow to take down fearsome dinosaur-like machines that have taken over the post-apocalyptic Earth. And then, this week, I saw Mark Zuckerberg get up on stage at the F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., and show his vision for augmented reality games that will come for to smartphones starting this fall. Zuckerberg’s games were crude, but cute anim... Read More
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Steve Wozniak discusses how Apple is becoming Microsoft, commercial space travel, and more

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There would be no Apple without Steve Wozniak. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple over 40 years ago with the late Steve Jobs, remains a revered figure in Silicon Valley. Although he is no longer connected with Apple, he keeps busy making appearances at big tech conferences to inspire inventors, serves as chief scientist for... Read More
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Insta360 takes preorders for its 8K virtual reality camera for VR films

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China’s Insta360 has announced it is taking preorders for its Insta360 Pro 8K professional virtual reality camera, the Insta360 Pro, as part of its ambitions to raise the bar for 360-degree VR films. The company originally announced the 6-lens camera at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas in January. The Insta360 Pro camera is designed for shooting 360 films that can be viewed with virtual reality headsets. It sells for $3,500, and it’s on display at the National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas this week.... Read More
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TiEcon 2017 focuses on disruptive tech as it celebrates its 25th year

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Presented by TiE Silicon Valley TiEcon — the annual tech entrepreneurship conference created by not-for-profit TiE Silicon Valley — is approaching on May 5th & 6th. Its goal is to serve as a two-day manifestation of TiE’s mission since 1992: to foster entrepreneurship. The event has attracted 4,600+ attendees from over 20 countries in recent years, and brings entrepreneurs, investors, C-level executives, government representatives, and other key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof. The tangible benefits stemming from the event are significant, and many previous TiEcon attendees have left TiEco... Read More
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Orange Telecom debuts Djingo personal assistant

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Orange Telecom, the French multinational telecommunications giant, debuted a new personal virtual assistant at this week’s Show Hello conference. Djingo, an artificially-intelligent virtual assistant the likes of Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant, can be controlled by voice or text and may be integrated into various Orange services including TV and banking. It may be accessed for text-based commands through some Orange apps, and will respond to voice commands through a small home speaker or by a microphone-enabled remote control. With the new virtual assistant, Orange customers can control ... Read More
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Jeremy Howard: Will Super-intelligent Machines Be The Last Human Invention?

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[embedded content] Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Digital Industrial Revolution. About Jeremy Howard's TED Talk Data Scientist Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says super-intelligent machines can help us achieve amazing things. But he warns they might bring the end for our species. About Jeremy Howard Jeremy Howard ... Read More
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Encrypted Chat Took Over. Let’s Encrypt Calls, Too

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As end-to-end encrypted messaging apps have exploded in popularity, several well-known services have added encrypted calls as well. Why not, right? If it works for text-based chat, voice seems like a natural extension. If only it were that easy.Encrypting calls has plenty of value, keeping conversations strictly between the two parties. They can circumvent government wiretaps, or criminal snooping. But a host of technical challenges with facilitating the calls themselves has slowed the spread of voice over internet protocol overall. Bandwidth is expensive. Firewalls and network filters make it harder to route data streams. Even basic call quality issues, like delays and echoes, prove difficult to fix. Adding encryption on top of a... Read More
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No. 209: Morey, Saulle, Fortunoff, Melvin and Bergman. Oh, and Tuesday.

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It’s Friday out there: The last week of April is nigh upon us, leaving scant days to wrap up your celebration of National Welding Month. Please butt, corner and lap responsibly. Not really related: Members of Boston’s elite Weld family like to joke that they didn’t arrive on the Mayflower – they sent servants over on it to get the cottage ready. Most famous Weld you’ve likely heard of: NYC-born actress Tuesday Weld, a third cousin once removed of the aboves, was the first of Dobie Gillis’ many loves and an Academy Award nominee for “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.” Happy birthday Neal Lewis and Roz Goldmacher. But first, this: The tech sector did a collective exhale... Read More
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Quora raises $85 million to expand internationally and develop its ads business

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Quora is known for being an under-the-radar company. But in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat, cofounder and CEO Adam D’Angelo announced that Quora has raised an additional $85 million, in a round co-led by Sam Altman, on behalf of Y Combinator Continuity, and Collaborative Fund. Previous investors Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, and Dustin Moskovitz — one of the cofounders of Facebook —  also participated. The fresh capital comes three years after Quora’s last round of $80 ... Read More
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Juicero CEO defends product and offers refunds, eliciting howls of laughter from critics

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Let’s give Juicero CEO Jeff Dunn some credit. A few months after the former president of Coca-Cola was non-ironically named CEO of the Silicon Valley connected juice presser, he gets hit with a whopper of negative publicity. Turns out rather than buying the $400 juice presser, one can simply squeeze the bags and get the same result. Yikes! Bloomberg demonstrated this in a video complete with obligatory foreboding jazzy xylophone music that quickly went viral: [embedded content] Time for Crisis PR! Now, one could follow the script of say, a Theranos and attempt to insult and bully and discredit the source of a story that has made the company an international... Read More
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Lawsuit suggests Confide has privacy defects

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A disappearing message app called Confide fails to actually provide the privacy safeguards it promises—such as a protection against screenshots—according to a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday in New York. Confide, which launched in 2013, enjoyed a recent burst of popularity amid numerous reports that Republicans and Trump Administration staff were using the app to communicate in secret—and to shares leaks with the media. The Confide app has long been controversial among security experts who have expressed skepticism about its... Read More
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At Interpack, Adents to Demonstrate Pharmaceutical Serialization Software that Secures Supply Chain and Fights Counterfeiting

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Flexible, Scalable Solutions and Strategic Partnerships Showcased at Hall 6, Booth D10 PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 21, 2017– Adents, a leading provider of versatile and easily deployable serialization and track & trace software, will showcase its latest solutions to secure the pharmaceutical supply chain from May 4-10 at Interpack, the world’s largest packaging trade fair. Located... Read More
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China's top businesswoman, Jane Sun, talks about women at work

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Forbes ranked her one of China's top businesswomen. In our latest installment of Women at Work, CGTN's Karina Huber spoke with Jane Sun, CEO of C-Trip.Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews»» Watch CGTN ««Washington, DC (and greater area)• MHz - Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) - Channel 273• FIOS - Channel 277New York City• Time Wa... Read More
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AI Weekly: Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.0 and open-sources Caffe2 deep learning framework

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: Discovery is the number one issue bot makers told Facebook Messenger they wanted addressed, said Messenger engineering manager Mikhail Larionov. That’s certainly what VentureBeat has heard from bot developers, and now — a year after the launch of the Messenger Platform — Facebook has launched version 2.0 at its F8 conference. And it’s all about discovery. The n... Read More
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Stony Brook University Gala Raises More Than $6.9 Million for Cancer Research and Scholarships

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(left to right)  Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Joe Biden, James Simons and Richard Gelfond Stony Brook University Gala Raises More Than $6.9 Million for Cancer Research and Scholarships47th Vice President Joe Biden Honored for Cancer Research Advocacy ... Read More
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Natsume joins other Japanese console studios on PC with Wild Guns Reloaded

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Look out Steam, because Annie’s got a gun. Today, Natsume and Natsume Atari announced a PC release for Wild Guns Reloaded. Reloaded will hit Steam later this yer, and it will also be shown off at E3 in June. Natsume joins other Japanese developers — including Sega and its recent Bayonetta announcement — in bringing their games to a PC audience as console sales continue to decline in the region. Even Sony has shifted its gaming focus away ... Read More
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3 ways Facebook is missing the boat on chatbots

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It’s inevitable that chatbots are coming. Messaging is the most preferred customer service channel for U.S. consumers, according to Twilio; Gartner says 85 percent of all customer interactions won’t require humans by 2020; and companies in the field have raised $24 billion to date, which will accelerate innovation and the sophistication of chatbots. Every tech platform ... Read More
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Can President Buhari clean up corruption in Nigeria? – Inside Story

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Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in the world. It is also one of the most corrupt.Most of its population of more than 160 million see little of that wealth - and many are on the verge of starvation.It is different for those at the top, many of whom are accused of stealing billions of dollars with impunity.The national spy agency claimed 43 million dollars found in the luxury flat belonged to the organisation. But on Wednesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the head of the agency.He also acted against another senior civil servant, who is accused of taking money meant to help feed the hungry and giving it to companies in which he had a personal interest.... Read More
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Juicero offering refunds to all customers after people realize $400 juicer is totally unnecessary

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Juicero offering refunds to all customers after people realize $400 juicer is totally unnecessary - The Verge... Read More
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Fmr. Gov. Pawlenty: Tax cuts can be, and should be substantial

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Published on Apr 20, 2017Financial Services Roundtable CEO and Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) on Trump’s promise of tax reform, and whether it’s just a corporate tax cut. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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A Weightlifting Program That Gives Ex-Cons A Chance At Change

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Enlarge this image After a couple of stints behind bars, Angel LaCourt (right) is now a trainer at InnerCity Weightlifting in Boston. Here he works with Bill Gramby, who recently had a stroke and is working out to build stren... Read More
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Investor says Arconic CEO sent letter with veiled threats

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative, in New York. Kleinfeld, the former chairman and CEO of Arconic, who resigned suddenly on Monday, April 17, 2017, appears to have been brought down by a strange letter containing veiled threats to the company's largest shareholder, a hedge fund that was seeking his removal. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) -- The former chairman ... Read More
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Queens-based publisher acquires LI Press

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A new chapter for the Long Island Press, which already has undergone incarnations as a daily, then as a weekly and as an online publication, has just begun. Queens-based Schneps Communications, which operates more than 20 publications, has acquired Jericho-based Long Island Press. Jed Morey, publisher of the Long Island Press, made the announcement Wednesday at the Long Island Press Power List event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The Long Island press is one of the best known media brands on Long Island, first serving readers as a daily and then as a weekly publication before shifting only to online content. “We’re excited to own ... Read More
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How your selfie could affect your life insurance

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A selfie reveals more than whether it’s a good hair day. Facial lines and contours, droops and dark spots could indicate how well you’re aging, and, when paired with other data, could someday help determine whether you qualify for life insurance. “Your face is something you wear all your life, and it tells a very unique story about you,” says Karl Ricanek Jr., co-founder and chief data scientist at Lapetus Solutions Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina. Several life insurance companies are testing Lapetus technology that uses facial analytics and other data to estimate life expectancy, he says. (Lapetus would not disclose the names of companies testing its product.) Insurers use life expectancy estimates to make polic... Read More
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Stony Brook University Gala Raises More Than $6.9 Million for Cancer Research and Student Scholarships

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Stony Brook University Gala Raises More Than $6.9 Million for Cancer Research and Student Scholarships 47th Vice President Joe Biden honored for cancer research advocacy In recognition of his dedication to the fight against cancer, Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States of America, was honored at the Stars of Stony Brook, Stony Brook University’s annual fundraising gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 19. Hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation, the Gala generates funds for student financial aid and a select academic area of excellence. This year, the University raised $6,946,000 in gifts and pledges including $2,051,000 for scholarships and $4,895,000 to suppor... Read More
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On-demand air taxis move one step closer as Lilium flight-tests electric vertical takeoff jet

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A world in which on-demand air taxi services permeate the skies above has moved one step closer, as German aviation startup Lilium has announced it has now completed the first flight tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet. The prototype two-seater Lilium Jet carried out a number of maneuvers in the skies over Germany, and the company now says that it’s working on a bigger five-seat version of the vehicle that it’s touting for use for airborne ride-sharing and on-demand taxi services. Founded in 2014, Lilium — up until today known as Lilium Aviation — ... Read More
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US stocks rally again as banks and industrial companies rise

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U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday as transportation companies jump following solid earnings from railroad operator CSX, while paint and coatings maker Sherwin-Williams sends companies that make and sell basic materials higher. Banks are also gaining ground after more of them report solid earnings and as bond yields rise, which allows banks to charge higher interest rates on loans. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index advanced 17 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,355 as of 12:35 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 166 points, or 0.8 percent, to 20,570. The Nasdaq composite gained 51 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,914, near its all-time closing high. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 14... Read More
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With unique tech, Applied DNA gets into in vitro

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based biotech has embarked on a five-year mission to safeguard in vitro diagnostics. In vitro studies, sometimes called “test tube experiments,” involve microorganisms, cells and other biological molecules outside their normal biological context. In the molecular biology era, such tests – performed not only in test tubes but in flasks, petri dishes and other laboratory vessels – have increased in both frequency and importance. ... Read More
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Gladly raises $36 million to simplify customer service across calls, social media, and emails

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Gladly, which provides software to help businesses deliver better customer service, announced today funding of $36 million, led by GGV Capital. Companies use Gladly to interact with their customers across voice, email, SMS, chat, and social media. “Legacy products, including the leading cloud products, like Salesforce and Zendesk, are all centered around tickets and cases, and they tend to silo the conversations inside of individual channels,” wrote Gladly’s cofounder and CEO, Joseph Ansanelli, in an email to VentureBeat. “So, a single phone call can kick off the creation of a new case number, and if a customer decides to then email, text, or tweet, a new... Read More
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Car-sharing service Getaround raises $45 million to help people get around (without car keys)

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing company Getaround has raised $45 million in a round of funding led by Braemar Energy Ventures, with participation from Toyota, Shanghai Automotive’s VC arm, Menlo Ventures, and Triangle Peak Partners. Founded in 2009, Getaround offers a mobile app and marketplace for car-owners to rent out their cars when they’re not using. Yes, it’s like an Airbnb for automobiles. Through the Getaround app, renters can reserve, locate, and even unlock their vehicles without the need for a physical key — the renter receives a code to unlock cars directly to their mobile phones. Indeed, Toyota and Getaround announced a ... Read More
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The replacements

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In the summer of 2014, Craig Diangelo thought he was on the path to an easy retirement. A veteran of the tech industry, Diangelo got his start as a COBOL programmer in the 1970s. Over the next four decades he learned dozens of new programming languages and kept up with the evolution of the sector from mainframe computers to PCs, from the early days of the web to the advent of cloud computing. He held a position as a senior advisor to the CTO at a major health insurance provider, then took a job as data storage specialist at regional utility Eversource Energy. He lived near his office in Berlin, Connecticut, made a six-figure salary, and was working toward a comfortable pension. And t... Read More
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DomiNations bags $100 million in revenue since its April 2015 mobile launch

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That’ll do, Big Huge Games. That’ll do. Nexon announced today that the studio’s DomiNations has brought in $100 million in lifetime revenue and has more than 32 million players since the mobile strategy game’s launch in April 2015. The South Korean publisher didn’t indicate how many of those folks are active players on iOS and Android, but this is still a success as more than 25 million of those people are in the West. The publisher also crowed about two of its other, older games: Dungeon Fighter Online and Maple Story. Both have been around for over 10 years, and Nexon claims they’re still growing. The stats are impressive. Before we dive into those games, let’s refresh ourselves... Read More

Adult Swim releases Owlchemy’s Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

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Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs are releasing Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, a virtual reality game based on the Rick and Morty TV sitcom on the Cartoon Network. The “this multi-dimensional and incredibly immersive virtual reality (VR) experience” is available today for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets on Steam and Oculus Home for $30. The title carries on the cartoon-like, absurd VR style of Owlchemy, which previously published the hit VR game Job Simulator. That game generated more than $3 million in revenue — a rarity for a VR title. R... Read More

Swingvy raises $1.1 million to shake up HR in Southeast Asia

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Swingvy wants to shake up human resources in Southeast Asia and is announcing today that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding to do just that. Big Basin Capital and Walden International led the round for Swingvy, which has offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Seoul. The company said that in Southeast Asia, HR is largely locked into an old-fashioned world, especially for small and middle-sized companies. The task of hiring new employees, managing leave requests, generating HR reports, and handling expense claims may well be handled by the employer, sometimes aided by a legacy software package, an outsourcing service, or just a collection of spread sheets. ... Read More
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A.G. Schneiderman Issues Consumer Alert Warning Of Financial Scams Involving Gift Cards

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Following An Uptick In Complaints Of Scams Targeting Senior Citizens That Utilize Gift Cards, A.G. Schneiderman Issues Tips To Protect New Yorkers. New York, NY - April 20, 2017 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a consumer alert about scammers utilizing gift cards to commit fraud against consumers, and in particular senior citizens, following an uptick of complaints received by the office. The Attorney General also announced that his office would partner with the Retail Council of New York State and AARP to adopt measures to protect customers from and educate them about common scams that utilize gift cards. In addition, the office is me... Read More
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EyeLock obtains patent

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Voxx International’s EyeLock business has obtained a patent related to iris-based identification systems. Hauppauge-based Voxx said the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the firm U.S. patent No. 9,626,563, its 46th patent, covering mobility identity platforms. The firm said the patent deals with evaluating acquired images in real-time to selecting those that “feature sufficiently exposed and in-focus irises.” EyeLock CEO Jim Dimitrieus said the patent allows for a “fast and easy user experience” by selecting a limited number of images “with the best iris-related quality” as part of the identification process. “Once the images are selected, our algorithms immediately cr... Read More
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AeroMobil’s flying car now available to preorder for only $1.3 million

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All your flying car dreams are about to come true. If, that is, you have some serious spare change lying around and a healthy dose of patience. Slovakia’s AeroMobil announced that it was taking preorders for the first commercially available version of its flying car. Prices range from $1.3 million to $1.7 million, depending on the configuration. However, the delivery date remains a little vague. The company says it hopes to “go into full production in the upcoming years” and to actually deliver the first cars to customers in 2020. AeroMobil made its announcement and demonstrated the latest version of the car today in Monaco at Top Marques Monaco, a supercar show. “Today is a transformative day for the... Read More
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Riverbed to acquire Xirrus WiFi for SD-WAN functionality

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Riverbed Technologies has announced the signing of a deal to acquire Xirrus, a cloud WiFi network provider, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition of Xirrus is intended to strengthen Riverbed’s existing software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offering by combining unified cross-network connectivity with Xirrus’ enterprise-level WiFi functionality. In April 2016 Riverbed launched SteelConn... Read More
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GoPro starts gathering content creators for its upcoming GoPro Fusion 5.2K camera

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GoPro said today it is creating a pilot program for GoPro Fusion, its 5.2K spherical camera designed to capture immersive virtual reality images, as well as conventional non-VR video and photo. Starting today, professional content creators can apply to participate in the pilot program, which is expected to roll out during the summer of 2017. This suggests that GoPro, which launched its first VR camera last August, is planning yet another product for end of the year. ... Read More
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Zynga’s GIFs Against Friends is a big social GIF contest

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Social networking is a competition of sorts with your friends. In recognition of that, Zynga is launching a new mobile party game called GIFs Against Friends for you to play with your friends via iMessages. In this game, up to 32 players submit GIFs, or photos with basic animations, on a particular topic. A judge votes on which one best represents the topic. The new game is part of a collection of 12 iMessage app games that Zynga has launched, including Words With Friends. Zynga developed the game in collaboration with Tenor, the fast-growing mobile GIF sharing... Read More
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Roger Siboni Named to MapR Board of Directors

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SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 20, 2017– MapR Technologies, Inc., the provider of the Converged Data Platform enabling organizations to create intelligent applications that fully integrate analytics with operational processes in real time, today announced that Roger Siboni has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Siboni’s extensive management experience includes serving as the Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, a member firm of KP... Read More
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ZappRx raises $25 million to help patients get specialty drugs faster

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ZappRx, which helps physicians and pharmacists better manage specialty prescription drugs for diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis, announced today funding of $25 million, led by Qiming US Healthcare Fund. New investor GV (formerly Google Ventures) and existing investor SR One (the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline) also joined. Many pharmacies still use the phone or the fax machine to exchange prescription information, methods that could be viewed as antiquated amid today’s digital mania. “ZappRx’s early research showed that it can take up to six weeks for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to receive their th... Read More
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Geneticists Fear Illumina’s Sequencers May Distort Results

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When biologist Rahul Sinha started his first independent research project at Stanford last January, he had a single-minded goal. He had just completed his post-doc in the lab of Irv Weissman, the Stanford biologist who helped launch the field of stem cells. They study the stem cells that form blood—the bone marrow-derived cells that help cancer patients recover after chemotherapy destroys their immune systems. Sinha wanted to find a true blood stem cell: one that hadn’t already started turning into a red blood cell, or a platelet, or an immune cell. A universal blood stem cell could reveal the path to all its progeny, helping scientists custom-make any blood cell a patient needed.For decades, researchers had been usin... Read More
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Despite legal battle with Apple, Qualcomm collected some iPhone royalties

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Qualcomm continued to collect some royalties for Apple’s use of its wireless technology in iPhones last year despite dueling lawsuits between the two mobile giants, cheering Qualcomm investors who feared that the payments had entirely dried up. Qualcomm said on Wednesday that Apple’s contract manufacturers including Foxconn paid royalties, although they withheld around $1 billion from the undisclosed total amount due. The amoun... Read More
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AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to employees of the EPA in Washington. Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies. The letters, obtained by... Read More
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Microsoft reportedly to acquire Israeli cloud monitoring startup Cloudyn for around $60 million

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Microsoft is lining up a bid to buy Israeli cloud-monitoring and analytics startup Cloudyn in a deal thought to be worth around $60 million, according to a report (in Hebrew) in local Israeli business publication the Calcalis. Founded in 2012, Cloudyn’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform helps companies automate the process of monitoring their cloud costs, providing analytics and optimization tools. It’s all about improving cloud performance and efficiencies, with companies garnering real-time data across various operational and financial metrics. Cloudyn has raise... Read More
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Comment on Joe Dowd: Plenty to blame for United Airlines fiasco by William Greer

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United Airlines isn’t the real problem. We are. Those who sat passively with cell phone cameras and did nothing: You’re a silent menace. There had to be 100 aboard United 3411. Any handful of you could have stood up and put a stop to Monday’s O’Hare tarmac outrage. Airport rent-a-goons were forcibly removing a man from a seat he had paid for. They dragged him, bloodied and humiliated, down the aisle for all to see and ejected him from the jet like so much detritus. What if it was you being dragged? Or your kid on spring break? Or your father? Another airline crew just had to be in Louisville, no matter what, as if it were part of some vital national security go-team. Really? Is there a shortage of crew... Read More
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Comment on Joe Dowd: Plenty to blame for United Airlines fiasco by Greg Sleter

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United Airlines isn’t the real problem. We are. Those who sat passively with cell phone cameras and did nothing: You’re a silent menace. There had to be 100 aboard United 3411. Any handful of you could have stood up and put a stop to Monday’s O’Hare tarmac outrage. Airport rent-a-goons were forcibly removing a man from a seat he had paid for. They dragged him, bloodied and humiliated, down the aisle for all to see and ejected him from the jet like so much detritus. What if it was you being dragged? Or your kid on spring break? Or your father? Another airline crew just had to be in Louisville, no matter what, as if it were part of some vital national security go-team. Really? Is there a shortage of crew... Read More
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Comment on Joe Dowd: Plenty to blame for United Airlines fiasco by Rich F

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United Airlines isn’t the real problem. We are. Those who sat passively with cell phone cameras and did nothing: You’re a silent menace. There had to be 100 aboard United 3411. Any handful of you could have stood up and put a stop to Monday’s O’Hare tarmac outrage. Airport rent-a-goons were forcibly removing a man from a seat he had paid for. They dragged him, bloodied and humiliated, down the aisle for all to see and ejected him from the jet like so much detritus. What if it was you being dragged? Or your kid on spring break? Or your father? Another airline crew just had to be in Louisville, no matter what, as if it were part of some vital national security go-team. Really? Is there a shortage of crew... Read More
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Comment on Joe Dowd: Plenty to blame for United Airlines fiasco by jim bernstein

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United Airlines isn’t the real problem. We are. Those who sat passively with cell phone cameras and did nothing: You’re a silent menace. There had to be 100 aboard United 3411. Any handful of you could have stood up and put a stop to Monday’s O’Hare tarmac outrage. Airport rent-a-goons were forcibly removing a man from a seat he had paid for. They dragged him, bloodied and humiliated, down the aisle for all to see and ejected him from the jet like so much detritus. What if it was you being dragged? Or your kid on spring break? Or your father? Another airline crew just had to be in Louisville, no matter what, as if it were part of some vital national security go-team. Really? Is there a shortage of crew... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Can licensed games build a VR empire on PSVR?

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The biggest video game news out of the weekend’s Star Wars Celebration is the upcoming Battlefront II, which builds on the first by adding a story mode to its multiplayer Stormtrooper-blasting fun. But hidden in all the excitement about this reveal is that Criterion, which worked on ... Read More
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Renault’s R.S. 2027 concept is an upsettingly realistic take on the future of F1

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Carbots won’t think like humans, and that’s a good thing

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Tons of metal do not collide quietly. I started my career crashing cars. My first job was in bio-mechanical impact testing at a research laboratory at the University of Michigan. Our goal was to develop occupant protection: better airbags, child car seats, side impact systems, even wheelchair restraints. Yet what I remember best is the loud BANG! at the end of the track. That noise always resulted in twisted metal and obvious simulated carnage. When I worked there about 30 years ago, more than 45,000 people died each year in fatal car crashes. Today, this number is closer to 35,000. However, th... Read More
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Fox News Turmoil Highlights Workplace Culture's Role In Sexual Harassment

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Enlarge this image Fox News has been the focus of sexual harassment claims that resulted in the ouster of former CEO Roger Ailes and host Bill O'Reilly. Spencer Platt/Getty Images ... Read More
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10 ways to think outside the box about chatbots

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It’s dangerous to put chatbots in a box. They can do much more than we think. Although a common use of chatbot technology is customer service, a wider range of uses has emerged as the landscape matures. From enhancing user interfaces to creating a more personalized app experience, chatbots help businesses grow. Here are 10 ways to think outside the box about chatbots and use them beyond traditional customer service: 1. Collecting user information and preferences Chatbots can ask ... Read More
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NYSERDA Announces $15.5 Million Available for Energy Storage Projects to Support the Electric Grid

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Call for Commercially Available Technology Will Make Grid More Flexible in Supporting Renewable Power Sources. New York, NY - April 19, 2017 - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that a total of $15.5 million in funding is available for energy storage projects that can support renewable energy technologies, save customers money, and ease peak electric demand burdens on the power grid. The funding is part of the state’s long-term investment in the energy storage sector as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable ener... Read More
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To infinity, and beyond, at FSC commencements

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Farmingdale State College will go global, and then some, at its annual commencement exercises. The college is planning two separate ceremonies this year – one for students graduating from the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences, one for graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Technology – and each will feature a heavy-hitting keynote speaker. ... Read More
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Twitter’s Gnip chief Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group

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Twitter is losing another key executive as Gnip chief executive Chris Moody has announced his departure. He has joined venture capital firm Foundry Group as a partner, a move Moody described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” It’s believed that his last day will be at the end of May. For more than two decades, Moody has been involved in the enterprise either as an executive or consultant. He’s worked at Oracle, IBM, and Aquent before joining Gnip as chief operating officer in 2011 and then assuming the role of CEO at the big data platform in 2013, l... Read More
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Lifetime Brands rejects takeover offer

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Lifetime Brands’ board of directors has unanimously rejected an unsolicited offer from Mill Road Capital Management to acquire shares that firm doesn’t own for $20 a share in cash. Garden City-based Lifetime in a written statement said its board and their financial and legal advisers “carefully and thoroughly reviewed” Mill Road’s proposal and determined that “pursuing it was not in the best interests of Lifetime’s stockholders.” Lifetime shares fell $1.70, or about 8.3 percent, to $18.75 in mid-day trading as about 124,000 shares changed hand, roughly three times the daily average. “We value the constructive relationship we have had with Mill Road since it first invested in Lifetime and appreciate ... Read More
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Long Islander Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Bill O’Reilly, the star host of conservative Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor , recently plagued by mounting reports of sexual harassment allegations, was ousted by the very same network he steadfastly defended following similar accusations against its founder Roger Ailes. The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing its divorce from O’Reilly, a native Long Islander and a divisive figure in media circles. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said. O’Reilly’s departure comes several... Read More
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Hemu Nigam discusses the Facebook murder, social media

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The Facebook broadcast of the murder of Robert Godwin shocked the world and brought up important questions about social media and cyber security. So what is needed to move forward? CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke with Hemu Nigam, CEO of SSP Blue, an online security consultancy.... Read More
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Composite deposit unites ThermoLift, CPC

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A pair of modest research grants will help one of the shining examples of Stony Brook University’s innovation ecosystem incorporate cutting-edge materials into its mechanical design, with the assistance of the Composite Prototyping Center. The nonprofit, Plainview-based CPC – a manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, aramid, fiberglass, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – is lending its expertise to ThermoLift Inc., the Stony Brook-based startup developing a revolutionary natural gas-powered air-conditioner and heat-pum... Read More
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Augmented reality makeup is the future

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RotoQL raises $1.2 million to level the field in daily fantasy sports

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RotoQL is announcing today that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to solve a very practical problem for the millions of people who play daily fantasy sports. Daily fantasy sports became a $3 billion business in the past couple of years (according to analyst firm Eilers & Krejcik Research) as companies like FanDuel and DraftKings made it easy to go online or use your smartphone to compete in a social way in fantasy sports contests where you can win cash prizes. The problem is that many people don’t have the time to create their best possible teams. An estimated 57.4 million people played fantasy sports in 2015 in North America, according to the ... Read More
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Facebook Messenger bots work in groups now — just don’t expect them to chat

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Yesterday at its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook launched Messenger Platform 2.0, and discovery was the main theme, with the addition of new features like chat extensions and bot recommendations by Facebook’s intelligent assistant M. With chat extensions, bots finally gained the ability to interact with people in a group settings. Bots can now be shared in a single chat threa... Read More
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Netflix memorializes 2005-era internet culture in Girlboss

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When small stores go out of business, owners ask: Now what?

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When small or independent retailers post “Going Out of Business” signs, many ask themselves, now what? That may mean trying again — or forging ahead on a completely different career path. Reilly Starr and her business partner had opened Naked Sports Gear, a Manhattan store that sold athletic wear for women, in 2011. They were successful, but faced increasing competition and high rent and other overhead. Three years ago, an underwear company sued over the word “naked.” Starr and her partner fought it until late last year. Then, believing the workout wear fad was fading, they accepted a cash settlement and wound down the business. “We were part of a trend and we seized that trend at the right time, and we rode it ... Read More
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United won't fire anyone over passenger ejection, and other MoneyWatch headlines

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Published on Apr 19, 2017Airline CEO says no one to be dismissed after bumping blunder; Donald Trump targets skilled workers visas; and Subway goes to court over chicken. These headlines and more from CBS MoneyWatch. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More