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How VR training prepares surgeons to save infants’ lives

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Virtual reality promises to be great for gamers, but it has a lot of potential to change the world in other ways. Shauna Heller saw that potential, so she quit her job at Oculus VR and became a consultant to make non-VR applications happen. And one of her projects was create a VR simulation that trains doctors how to treat infants in emergencies. Heller pulled together a team of developers and technologists and matched them with surgeons at the Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles. Together, they made a VR simulation that helps doctors in training to save infants who have suffered some kind of seizure or anaphylactic shock. They worked with the consumer-grade Oculus Rift + Touch. The project began in early 2016 and went throu... Read More
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Pokémon Go Fest is experiencing connectivity issues

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Fans who were hoping to catch ’em all at the Pokémon Go Fest today are experiencing some technical issues. The real-world event is developer Niantic Inc.’s way of throwing a 1-year birthday party for its hit mobile game Pokémon Go. Around 20,000 fans are expected to attend the festival today in Chicago, Ill.’s Grant Park (as first reported by ... Read More
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Big opportunities in drone software: $565 million and climbing

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This year drones have turned from buzzword to a mature technology, bringing value across many industries (see the recent Economist long read on that) and representing an interesting investment opportunity. A number of VC firms have already jumped in, putting $454 million into 100 deals in 2016 alone, and both the amount of funding and the number of deals are on the rise, according to CB Insights. However, the hardware side of the drone ecosystem is becoming oversaturated. China’s DJI clearly dominates the market, and other Chinese manufacturers,... Read More
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Saad al-Kaabi: ‘The blockade has made Qatar stronger’ – Talk to Al Jazeera

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Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and produces up to 77 million tonnes of gas each year. In April 2017, the Gulf state announced it was boosting output in the world's largest gas field - the "North Dome" - off Qatar's northern coast, which it shares with Iran. Gas has helped transform the emirate into one of the richest countries in the world, propelling its rise into a major regional player and helping Qatar fund huge infrastructure projects and host major events such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup.So when four Arab states - Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt - severed diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar on June 5, cutting off land, sea and air links,... Read More
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Are capitalist economies benefitting the population?

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London Stock Exchange Group CEO Xavier Rolet on whether capitalism is benefiting economies.... Read More
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AI Weekly: Walmart’s machine learning advantage

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: Last week, VentureBeat invited Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and other giants of AI into a big tent with brands like Coca-Cola, The New York Times, Tumi, and Walmart, as well as such promising startups as Bark.us, Mezi, Visabot, and Octane AI. The gathering was MB 2017, and the need for practical AI was on nearly everyone’s mind. Walmart, for instance, is using machine learning to better serve its 140 million weekly shoppers and to make new services possible. Laurent Desegur, vice president of customer experience engineering at WalmartLabs, explained the role of data science to make possible so-called ... Read More
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Governor Cuomo Announces Plan To Rebuild 78 Miles Of Power Transmission Infrastructure In The North Country

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Rebuild of Major North-South Power Transmission Artery Will Modernize System; Help New York State Meet Governor's Clean Energy Standard of 50 Percent Renewable Electricity by 2030. Albany, NY - July 21, 2017 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced plans to rebuild 78 miles of power transmission infrastructure in the North Country, further strengthening the reliability of the New York State electric power grid and enabling more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state. The newly rebuilt transmission line, called the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability project, will help the state meet the Governor's Clean Energy S... Read More
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Air France is launching an airline for millennials, a generation that ‘inspired us a lot’

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Female entrepreneurs fight against the funding gap

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Published on Jul 21, 2017CGTN's Karina Huber spoke with Lauren Schulte, the founder and CEO of The FLEX Company to discuss her product and the issue of bsuiness funding for women. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Minimum wage boosting low-income workers: Puzder

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Published on Jul 21, 2017Former CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder on pay rising faster for low income earners than other groups, Chipotle's health issues and GOP health reform. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Roblox’s kid developers make enough ‘robucks’ to pay for college

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Jackson Munsell, Brandon LaRouche and Alex Balfanz grew up in very different places. But they’re converging on San Jose, Calif., this weekend as developers of games in the world of Roblox, the blocky virtual world that is a cousin of Lego and Minecraft. These teenagers have grown up with Roblox, a place where young developers (both boys and, increasingly, girls) can create their own games and make “robucks,” or in-game currency from them. And as the online world surpasses 56 million monthly active users (up from ... Read More
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League of Legends esports teams turn to Tim ‘Magic’ Sevenhuysen for ‘Moneyball’ counsel

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The Moneyball of esports is quite a reality yet. But the Brad Pitt movie and Michael Lewis book has been a good way to describe what Tim Sevenhuysen does as a statistics consultant for League of Legends esports teams. Sevenhuysen believes that analytics matters when it comes to analyzing and advising professional esports players. And he got a lot of attention last week when Berlin-based esports startup Dojo M... Read More
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Sprint mocks Verizon with Twice the Price pop-up shop stunt

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At San Diego Comic-Con, movie props and costumes are a cottage industry

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Struggling shipping company Shyp retreats to San Francisco

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One man on a mission

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Presented by Intel “I love it when people are mad at me because it tells me that they care.” That’s a bold—and confident—statement from Sorob Raissi, self-described Founder, CEO, Artist, Developer, Designer, Biz Dev guy at Spread Shot Studios. Why does it have to be self-described? Because he’s a one-man studio, finding his way in the games industry with his first game, Space Jammers. Frankly, Raissi can title himself however he pleases given that, as the string of responsibilities suggests, Spread Shot Studios is his solo operation. You may have heard a seemingly similar story if you follow our Developer Spotlight series with the profile on Studio Canvas, but Raissi’s journey into the in... Read More
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Focusing on operational fact in the data centre

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Franek Sodzawiczny, founder and CEO at Zenium, argues why we need to be wary of operational fiction in the data centre… In a bid to maximise uptime, many organisations try to reduce risk by taking a ‘tick box’ approach to the management of their data centre operations. Long lists of essential requirements may very well suggest that a certain level of reliability or robustness can be guaranteed. Requesting that the latest technological innovations are incorporated into the design of data halls could indeed contribute towards continuous service delivery, but I stress the word ‘could’. The key to operational professionalism and more importantly performance is not what can be done on paper but what... Read More
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U.S. FDA Grants Orphan-Drug Designation to Astellas for Development of FLT3 Inhibitor Gilteritinib in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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2017 News Releases U.S. FDA Grants Orphan-Drug Designation to Astellas for Development of FLT3 Inhibitor Gilteritinib in Acute Myeloid Leukemia July 21, 2017 TOKYO – July 20, 2017 – Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, “Astellas”) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan-drug designation to gilteritinib in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The Orphan Drug Designation program assigns status to drugs and biologics intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of diseases or disorders that affect fewer than 20... Read More
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Yemen is in ‘complete meltdown’ and civilians are paying the price

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The almost three-year Saudi-led conflict against Houthi rebels in Yemen has killed thousands, and spurred a severe cholera outbreak, plus critical food and medical care shortages. We take a look at the crisis with a documentary excerpt from PBS's Frontline, then Judy Woodruff learns more from David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee.... Read More

Microsoft’s cloud business continues to offset weaker operations

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Microsoft’s share price has more than doubled since Satya Nadella was named CEO in February 2014. Building on an enterprise business established by his predecessor Steve Ballmer, Nadella has pushed Microsoft away from its proprietary, on-premise software into a “mobile-first, cloud-first” vision, embracing different platforms as well as growing markets like the enterprise cloud and AI. As Microsoft closed out its latest fiscal year, the company posted earnings showing the results of that effort. Microsoft reported non-GAAP net income of $7.7 billion, or 98 cents a share, on revenue of $24.7 billion in its fiscal f... Read More
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Overwatch League announcement brings hype and skepticism alike

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The first major Overwatch League announcement since its introduction at Blizzcon last year came last week, when Blizzard finally introduced the first seven Overwatch League teams. Reactions have been very positive for the most part. Immortals, NRG and Misfits all took to Twitter in celebratory fashion shortly after the announcement, taking a moment to introduce themselves as the Overwatch League team for their respective cities. Owners, players and fans are excited to see what the future holds for Blizzard’s ambitious esports league. Perhaps the most important change that Overwatch Le... Read More
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Exxon Mobil Sues After Treasury Fines It $2 Million For Alleged Sanctions Violations

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Enlarge this image The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control says that ExxonMobil must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption toggle caption Mark Humphrey/AP... Read More
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Corning CEO reveals new Valor Glass with Trump at the White House

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Published on Jul 20, 2017Corning CEO Wendell Weeks showcases new Valor Glass with President Trump at the White House as part of the president's "Made in America" initiative.. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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What’s It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates

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Enlarge this image "The goats are kind of cool," says former inmate Chad Redding. "The females are like dogs — they just want your attention." Dan Charles/NPR hide caption toggle caption Dan Charles/NPR Jim Schott ... Read More
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At Fred Dunwoody’s, when you’re write, you’re right

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The writing is on the wall at FJD & Associates, and it looks like founder Fred Dunwoody was right all along. Dunwoody, who leveraged a long-term sales career in imaging-related industries into his 2010 startup, knew that healthcare trades would eventually become a cornerstone of his bottom line. His Westbury-based tech firm distributes high-tech document and data-capture solutions for paper and tablets – the cutting edge of “digital writing” – and the entrepreneur predicted that medical professionals would be th... Read More
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LI attorney charged in fraud scheme

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A Long Island attorney has been charged in a scheme to fraudulently register shell companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and secretly sell stocks, authorities said. David Lubin, of West Hempstead, was charged with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully sell unregistered securities with regard to his role at Entertainment Art Inc., according to the U.S Attorney’s Office in Southern District of Florida. The company, Entertainment Art later became Biozoom Inc. Authorities said Lubin participated in the fraudulent re-sale of Entertainment Act on behalf of the buyer, including triggering false filings with the SEC. He now faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or double the proceed... Read More
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Esports entrepreneurs will take the stage at GamesBeat 2017

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GamesBeat 2017 will take place at San Francisco’s beautiful Fort Mason on October 5 and October 6. And we’re delighted to announce our next three speakers are entrepreneurs and investors in the esports industry, which market researcher Newzoo predicts will grow to $1.5 billion by 2020. They include Kevin Chou, CEO of KSV eSports International; ... Read More
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Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud to CEO after year-long search

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Video hosting and streaming company Vimeo has finally found a permanent new CEO — more than a year after the previous chief, Kerry Trainor, stepped down. Anjali Sud, who served in a couple of positions at Vimeo since 2014, including head of global marketing and senior vice president and general manager of Vimeo’s creator business, will become the permanent replacement to Trainor. This also allows interim CEO Joey Levin to focus on his main duties as head of Vimeo’s parent company, IAC. “Vimeo is entering an exciting chapter with a renewed focus on the core value that makes our... Read More
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Presence Capital has made 33 VR and AR investments in less than 2 years

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Presence Capital — one of the earliest venture capital firms to focus on virtual reality and augmented reality startups — is today announcing that it has made 33 investments. That’s a lot of investments for a fund that was announced in December 2015. Presence Capital has invested in Baobab Studios, Bigscreen, Harmonix, Nomadic, Meta, Resolution Games, Scope AR, Strivr, TheWaveVR, and Visbit. While Facebook bought Oculus in 2014, Presence Capital contends that its was the first VC fund to foc... Read More
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Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

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Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring more than 18 percent at the opening bell. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever. Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart appliances will be fully integrated with Amazon’s Alexa, allowing users to control things like air conditioners through voice commands. “The launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com will significantly expand the distribution and availability of the Kenmore brand in the U.S.,” Chairman and CEO ... Read More
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Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, maker of mobile shopping keyboard ShopChat

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Chat and messaging app maker Viber has acquired Chatter Commerce, the company behind mobile shopping keyboard ShopChat. Founded out of San Francisco in 2016, ShopChat is a downloadable iOS app that replaces your device’s default keyboard app and works across all major messaging apps, including WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger. Through the keyboard, users — possibly shopaholics — have direct access to shopping inventory from major retailers and can ... Read More
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Atari’s new Speakerhat blends wearables with fashion

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Atari is blending fashion and wearables with the debut of Speakerhats, or baseball caps with audio speakers built into the visor. The move shows that Atari is willing to go far afield from games to take advantage of a brand that has been around since 1972. Atari is partnering with Audiowear, a tech company that created the new Speakerhats in time for an unveiling at the San Diego Comic-Con event this week. Atari also announced that it is partnering with action figure and collectibles maker National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NE... Read More
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Tune’s new platform tackles mobile ad fraud

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Ad fraud, especially on mobile, is a huge problem. In fact, according to Forrester Research, ad fraud will reach the heady heights of $10.9 billion in wasted spend by 2021. Recently, mobile marketing company Tune analyzed 24 billion clicks to illustrate just how rampant mobile ad fraud is. The research showed that eight networks are 100 percent fraudulent, and only 23 of the 700 networks included in the study showed a clean bill of health. Today — at its annual Postback conference in Seattle — Tune has announced the release of ... Read More
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As Coal Jobs Fade, A Mining County Struggles To Redefine Itself

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Elaine Latuch (left) and Mary Denning enjoy burger night at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Somerset County, Pa. The county, Latuch says, offers "nothing" for younger people, so they leave. Laura Roman/NPR hide caption toggle caption Laura Roman/NPR What opportunities are there for a coal-mining community after it... Read More
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Receipt Bank raises $50 million to help bookkepers automate data extraction from invoices

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Receipt Bank, a fintech startup that helps companies automate elements of their bookkeeping, has raised $50 million in a series B round of funding from Insight Venture Partners. Founded out of London in 2010, Receipt Bank targets accountants, bookkeepers, and small businesses with an online platform that allows them to submit their invoices, receipts, and bills simply by snapping a photo and uploading it through the mobile app (Android I iOS), t... Read More
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Uber’s SVP of strategy lays out three things the new Uber CEO should have

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Apple and Qualcomm’s legal war is making Wall Street nervous

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Qualcomm’s epic licensing dispute with Apple continued to play out as the iPhone-chip supplier said revenue from its licensing business fell 42 percent last quarter. Corporate legal disputes can make for boring news. They may drag on for years and hang on any number of technical details. Qualcomm’s battle with Apple is notable because of the resources and legal expertise both companies are bringing to bear, as well as the financial brinksmanship that is being deployed. That has left investors and analysts grappling with how to gauge the damage that could be d... Read More
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5 features that make the Tesla Model 3 worth considering

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What you thought you knew about electric cars just changed. The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 recently made its first appearance off the production line. The new model will belong to Tesla’s CEO and cofounder, Elon Musk. Inside the steel and aluminum body of the battery-powered car are five features you won’t want to miss. 1. Self-driving capabilities Last year, Tesla introduced a new hardware collection, dubbed Autopilot, in the current models. This hardware includes eight cameras, a radar unit, a set of all-around-the-car ultrasonic sensors, and an Nvidia Drive PX2 computer. Each Model 3 will come standard with Autopilot hardware. As Tesla continues taking deposit... Read More
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Cuomo touts third track as part of $6B transportation transformation

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About a year and a half after Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a Long Island Association meeting announced his support of a third track for the Long Island Rail Road, he returned to the group Wednesday to celebrate its approval by the state legislature. Cuomo at the LIA’s summer luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury told a crowd of at least 1,000 that this $1.9 billion project was part of a nearly $6 billion transportation infrastructure transformation. Design build contracts are slated to go out for the third track, as well as other projects that amount collectively to one of the nation’s biggest such construction projects. The 9.8 mile main line third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, recently approved... Read More
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The role of AI in the future of health care

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American physician and surgeon William J. Mayo, one of the founders of the famed Mayo Clinic, stated, “The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.” Emerging applications of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as medical research trends, suggests that we are moving toward fulfilling medicine’s aim and achieving its ideal. Health care organizations appear to be preparing themselves for the next technologi... Read More
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The 10 languages chatbots are most likely to speak

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After processing over 7 billion messages at Dashbot, we took a deeper look into the languages with which users communicate. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to look at the messages users are sending to your chatbots. The beauty of conversational interfaces is that users say exactly what they want from the bot — and what they think of it afterwards. Examining the messages and taking action on them can help improve the engagement of your chatbot. In the past, we looked at top messages across all Facebo... Read More
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Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing

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A helicopter carrying the son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon made an emergency landing Wednesday in the ocean off New York, and neither the pilot nor passenger were hurt. Shane McMahon, also a WWE executive, was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that came down in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island’s Gilgo Beach late Wednesday morning. The red aircraft could be seen bobbing on its bright yellow pontoons as small boats circled about a half-mile south of the beach. “It was very unnerving,” McMahon said to reporters later. But the pilot “was super calm which made me super calm and we landed perfectly.” He later expressed his thanks to the pilot and emergency responders and tweete... Read More
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Christopher Nolan is not a fan of Netflix’s ‘mindless’ film strategy

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Throwing in more towels, and that’s very good

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Another week, another significant partnership for Applied DNA Sciences, which continues to make itself at home in the national textiles market. The Stony Brook-based provider of DNA-focused supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Loftex Home LLC, a well-known maker of high-quality towels and other home textiles. The new deal builds upon a prior agreement between Applied DNA and New York Cit... Read More
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Companies offer quirky perks like guitar lessons, tattoos

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Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? Bike maintenance, tattoos or guitar lessons? Some small and medium-sized companies are offering quirky and enviable perks to try to attract and keep the best workers. The hundred staffers at marketing firm Velvet Media can periodically spend a month working at any of its offices — Denver, Tokyo, Bangkok or Venice, Italy — with the company paying their expenses, co-CEO Daniele Gatti says. Many businesses provide such out-of-the-norm perks because they want staffers to have a rewarding environment — something likely to resonate as people who deal with work email and respond to texts at all hours demand more satisfaction at work. “We extend work into employees’ li... Read More
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Nimble Named #1 in Sales Intelligence Customer Satisfaction and High Performer by G2 Crowd

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Nimble Tops Customer Satisfaction in Sales Intelligence and CRM 3 Years in a Row SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 19, 2017– Nimble, the pioneer of Social Sales and Marketing CRM, has been named ... Read More
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Nokia phone maker HMD Global parts ways with CEO Arto Nummela

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HMD Global, the business vehicle set up specifically to create and market Nokia-branded mobile devices, has announced that its CEO Arto Nummela has left the company “with immediate effect.” No reason was given for the departure, but Florian Seiche, who has served as HMD Global’s president since its inception, has been appointed as acting CEO for the time being. Though Nokia itself no longer makes phones, the Finnish company helped ... Read More
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LiveStories raises $10 million to help you access public health and census data

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LiveStories, which provides software that simplifies access to civic data on poverty, health, economics, and more, today announced that it has raised $10 million in funding. Ignition Partners led the round, with participation from returning investors True Ventures and Founders Co-Op. The Seattle-based startup sources data from federal, state, and local governments, including The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. “The civic data workflow is fragmented across multiple tools and vendors,” wrote LiveStories founder and CEO Adnan Mahmud, in an email to VentureBeat. “For example, you might... Read More
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Educational quiz platform Kahoot closes $20 million funding round from Microsoft Ventures, others

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Kahoot, an online learning platform that lets teachers create and tailor quizzes for their classes, has closed its series A round of funding at $20 million. The Norwegian startup announced a $10 million raise last September, with notable investors including Microsoft Ventures, Creandum, and Northzone. The company has now added another $10 million to the pot, led by new “private investors,” with its existing investors — including Microsoft Ventures — also participating in the round. Founded out of Oslo in 2011, Kahoot has emerged... Read More
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CrowdFlower expands to help companies implement machine learning

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CrowdFlower, a company that helps customers build AI systems by providing them with training data, announced today that it’s getting into the business of helping companies implement machine learning. While many companies are trying to implement AI and machine learning to further their business, there’s a dearth of talent out there to help businesses get started. That’s where CrowdFlower wants to come in and help get companies moving along the right path. “We’re constantly being asked by our customers to give more guidance and play that trusted mentor role,” CrowdFlower CEO Robin Bordoli said. “[Companies will say] well, we’re thinking about the overall project, can you give us guidance on the overall project... Read More
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BestMile Announces New Advisory Board Appointments

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SAN FRANCISCO & LAUSANNE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 19, 2017– BestMile formalizes its advisory board by appointing two outstanding industry leaders to support its rapid growth, Christopher Choa and Randell Iwasaki. Randell Iwasaki was appointed as the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) in 2010. Prior to working at the CCTA, he worked for the California Department of Transportation for 27 years and his last position was app... Read More
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Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers

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Plexchat has raised $7 million in venture capital to build chat platform for mobile gamers. It may not sound that exciting or new, but the features in the chat platform are thoughtful, conceived from a gamer’s perspective, and that enabled the company to impress potential investors. The money comes from Raine Ventures as well as First Round Capital, Dream Incubator, London Venture P... Read More
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NBC News launches the first daily news show for Snapchat

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Captain America co-directors will make an FX crime drama with Noah Hawley

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito is the most-streamed track of all time

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito is the most-streamed track of all time - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus... Read More
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Avast acquires Piriform, maker of popular system cleaning program CCleaner

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Security software giant Avast has acquired Piriform, the U.K.-based company behind CCleaner — one of the most popular system cleaners on desktop and mobile. Founded out of London in 2004, Piriform is a privately-held company that makes a number of utility programs and optimization tools for Windows, Mac, and Android. The most well-known of these products is CCleaner, which helps Windows, Mac, and Android users delete temporary or otherwise unwanted files left by other software, thus freeing up resources on the machine. Piriform said that CCleaner is used by 130 million people, including 15 million on Android. Founded in 1988, Avast is one of the most well-known brands... Read More
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Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

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Enlarge / SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the EchoStar 23 satellite in March, 2017.SpaceX reader comments 0 Share this story ... Read More
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Musk’s Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

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Enlarge this image Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption ... Read More
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AI Could Revolutionize War as Much as Nukes

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In 1899, the world’s most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology’s destructive power. Five years later the moratorium was allowed to expire, and before long aircraft were helping to enable the slaughter of World War I. “Some technologies are so powerful as to be irresistible,” says Greg Allen, a fellow at the Center for New American Security, a non-partisan Washington DC think tank. “Militaries around the world have essentially come to the same conclusion with respect to artificial intelligence.” Allen is coauthor of a 132-page ... Read More
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Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as its first managing director for China

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Apple has created a new role designed to oversee the company’s Chinese operations. Isabel Ge Mahe, who has served as VP for Wireless Technologies at Apple since 2008, will take on the newly created position of managing director and vice president for Greater China, which also covers Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ge Mahe, who was born in the Liaoning province in northeast China and is fluent in Mandarin, has led Apple’s wireless technologies software engineering teams for the best part of a decade, with a specific focus on developing “cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, location, and motion technologies for nearly every Apple product,” according to Apple. She has also spearheaded the engineering teams working on HomeKit, Appl... Read More
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With Entry Into Interest Curation, Google Goes Head-To-Head With Facebook

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Enlarge this image Google CEO Sundar Pichai talks about the new Google Assistant during a 2016 product event in San Francisco. The voice assistant is one of a number of Google products that will provide user data to the curation service that the company is launching today. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption ... Read More
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Augmented reality startup Blippar hopes to turn your face into a digital billboard

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GOP calls for ‘civil disobedience’ over new Seattle tax

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Published on Jul 18, 2017Patriarch Organization CEO Eric Schiffer and Democratic Strategist Kevin Walling on the new Seattle tax aimed at high-income earners. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Wei Zhou discusses genetics testing

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CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke with President and CEO of Centrillion Technologies Wei Zhou about genetics testing.Washington, DC (and greater area)• MHz - Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) - Channel 273• FIOS - Channel 277New York City• Time Warner - Channel 134• FiOS (Verizon) - Channel 277Los Angeles• Charter Cable - Channel 562• Time Warner - Channel 155Satellite Nationwide• DISH TV - Channel 279... Read More
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Digital Domain CEO on the future of artificial intelligence

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For more on where Digital Domain is heading with artificial intelligence, and the world of the digital avatar, Mark Niu sat down with the company's CEO Daniel Seah. Washington, DC (and greater area)• MHz - Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) - Channel 273• FIOS - Channel 277New York City• Time Warner - Channel 134• FiOS (Verizon) - Channel 277Los Angeles• Charter Cable - Channel 562• Time Warner - Channel 155Satellite Nationwide• DISH TV - Channel 279... Read More
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Tech experts weigh pros, cons of artificial intelligence

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Published on Jul 18, 2017Artificial Intelligence continues to make worrisome headlines with Tesla CEO Elon Musk calling for the need to regulate Artificial Intelligence before it becomes a danger to humanity. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Techstars selects 2 Chattanooga startups for its Atlanta accelerator program

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Two Chattanooga startup companies were picked to take part in Techstars Atlanta, an acclaimed “accelerator” program for budding businesses that marks its second year in Atlanta. The Chattanooga startups chosen were Collider Tech, which is developing a high-speed, 3-D printer for industrial use, and Rapid RMS, which makes cloud-based, point-of-sale software so gas stations, liquor stores and other retailers can replace their clunky cash register with a sleek, iPad computer tablet. Both companies have people commuting to Atlanta for the 90-day Techstars Atlanta program, which is housed at Ponce City Market. It promises that entrepreneurs who participate will “build their business network, receive individualized support ... Read More
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Wall Street Thinks Netflix Is The Next Big Thing

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Enlarge this image Actors join other creators of Netflix's Master of None in a panel discussion in June. The series is nominated for a best-comedy Emmy. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For Netflix hide caption toggle caption ... Read More
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Islip approves zoning for first phase of Heartland project

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More than 15 years after it was first pitched, the transformative Heartland Town Square mixed-use redevelopment project has cleared another hurdle. The Islip Town Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve the zoning for the first phase of the ambitious plan to remake 452 acres of the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital property in Brentwood into a walkable new-urbanist community. Only about a third of the much-debated and long awaited $4 billion mega-project that proposed to bring 9,100 apartments amidst more than 3 million square feet of accompanying retail and office space will be accommodated by the new zoning. The town zoning for the project’s firs... Read More
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Lew Titterton re-joins ITUS Corporation’s Board of Directors

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Lew Titterton re-joins ITUS Corporation's Board of Directors LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/18/17 -- ITUS Corporation (NASDAQ: ITUS) today announced that Lew Titterton has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Mr. Titterton rejoins the ITUS Board of Directors after having previously served as a Director from August 2010 through August 2016, the last four years of which as Chairman of the Board. He also served as a Director from July 1999 to January 2003. Mr. Titterton's background is in high technology with an emphasis on health care. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of NYMED, Inc., a diversified health services company. Mr. Titterton founded MedE America, Inc. in 1986 ... Read More
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Highmark Interactive raises $2 million to treat brain injuries with video games

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Highmark Interactive has raised $2 million as part of a seed-funding round. That influx of cash will go toward developing games aimed at treating brain injuries. Last month, Highmark acquired XMG Studio, a mobile game developer, and it plans on expanding its development team further. So far, it hasn’t revealed further details about what its exact methodologies will be or what kind of games it will make. “We believe our video game technology will revolutionize patient management as it relates to the concussion epidemic and other traumatic brain injuries and diseases,” said Andy Smith, Highmark’s CEO. According to the ... Read More
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4 giant steps to build a robot that actually works

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Robots have a rich history. The ancient Hebrews wrote about an artificial being, the golem, that would assist with tedious labor; Leonardo da Vinci published a design for a mechanical knight in 1495; and Westinghouse’s Televox robot, created in 1927, listened to human voice commands. These developments all paved the way for today’s ... Read More
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NeuLion announces partnership with PokerGo

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NeuLion, Inc., a Plainview-based digital broadcasting company, today announced its partnership with PokerGo, a digital video subscription service launched in May by Las Vegas-based Poker Central.  The service gives users access to live poker tournaments, original shows, and a number of poker events and programming. “We’re very excited to be working with yet another industry-leading global content provider with tremendous reach and scale and a huge captive audience in excess of 100 million loyal fans globally,” Roy Reichbach, president and CEO of NeuLion, said in a written statement. NeuLion’s digital platform streams live and HD on-demand sports and entertainment content to any connected device, such as mobile and ... Read More
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Should the media focus attention to policy instead of scandal?

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Published on Jul 18, 2017Host of ‘MediaBuzz’ Howard Kurtz weighs in on JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon blaming the media for the Washington D.C. gridlock over health care. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Driverless vans, drones, and the next phase of automated deliveries

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Do you remember the futuristic movies that showed us what daily life might look like 50 to 100 years from now: the autonomous cars in Minority Report or the drone deliveries and parachuting packages in The Hunger Games? Well, you might be surprised to learn these formerly futuristic movie effects are slowly but surely becoming our reality. Drones, driverless vans, delivery bots, and other futuristic technologies have the potential to make a great impact on us day-to-day, making life easier, more immediate, and perhaps even healthier. From less congestion on the roads to real-time deliveries, this would be the new normal for our society. This stunning transformation has been propelled by overwhelming consum... Read More
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Surge Components reports loss

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Surge Components, a maker of capacitors and semi-conductors, reported a $103,000 second quarter loss roughly flat with its  $108,000 loss a year ago. The Deer Park-based firm reported that net sales increased 5 percent to $7.4 million, primarily attributable to increases in orders. Gross profit increased by 9.6 percent to $1.8 million and gross profit margin increased to 24.1 percent from 23.1 percent. CEO Ira Levy pointed to “the successful introduction of new product lines to the market, and continued growth in our distribution sales channels.” He said gross profit increased “due to our focus on our efficient management of the business and higher margin customers.” Selling and shipping expens... Read More
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GamesBeat 2017: Fresh faces and veterans join speaker roster

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GamesBeat 2017 will take place at San Francisco’s beautiful Fort Mason on October 5 and October 6. And our next trio of speakers features both fresh faces and veterans from the video game industry. Our speakers include Debbie Bestwick, CEO of award-winning veteran games developer and international games label, Team17. Bestwick started making games at age 17, and she cofounded Team17 in 1990 at the age of 20. Team17 hosts theWorms franchise, Aven Colony, The Escapists, Genesis Alpha One, Overcooked, Yoku’s Island Express, Yooka-Laylee, and Sword Legacy: Omen. Bestwick h... Read More
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Girls in Tech’s Adriana Gascoigne fights the toxic culture of Silicon Valley

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The past couple of weeks have been a study in contrasts for Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and founder of Girls in Tech, the women and girls advocacy group with 60,000 members in 60 chapters in 36 countries. Gascoigne pulled off a successful Catalyst Conference celebrating women in technology in San Francisco. And then she looked at the horrifying stories about the ... Read More
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Dataiku Unveils New Headquarters in Downtown New York

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Global enterprise data science software maker officially relocates to New York and looks to become an integral contributor to the big data ecosystem, in NYC and abroad NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 18, 2017– Dataiku, the maker of the enterprise data science platform for all members of the data-driven organization, has officially moved their headquarters to brand new offices in downtown New York. Coming off the heels of a ... Read More
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ObamaCare repeal without a replacement a mistake for GOP?

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Published on Jul 18, 2017Former Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli and political analyst Kirsten Haglund on the future of health care reform after the collapse of the Republican health care bill in the Senate. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More