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Family money: An emerging funding source for startups

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Startups are increasingly looking to an alternate source of equity funding and growth capital to close a significant round of private investment: the family office. There are currently more than 3,000 family offices globally managing money for the world’s wealthiest families. Together, these offices manage a total asset base of approximately $4 trillion, and they’re starting to put more of this money to work directly into private investments. According to PitchBook, the number of direct investments by family offices in startups has almost doubled in the last five years compared to the previous period. While many of these family offices are becoming an important source of capital for private companies, they can be incredibly secretive to protect the confidentially of the …

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Salesforce looks for a future beyond its walls with rising VC investments and acquisitions

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When it comes to investments and acquisitions, Salesforce has made headlines lately for deals that didn’t happen. The company’s rebuffed $26 billion bid for LinkedIn last year and a run at Twitter that never got off the ground would have ranked by far as Salesforce’s largest deals. But those non-deals overshadowed the things Salesforce has been doing, namely ramping up its venture capital investments to grow an ecosystem of partners as well as making the most acquisitions ever in its history last year. Even as Salesforce itself continues to grow organically, these aggressive moves are a sign of how the company continues to look beyond its own walls for how and where it might grow. In a recent conversation, Alex Kayyal, European …

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NY launches legal aid program for immigrants

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(AP) — New York state is launching a new program to ensure immigrants have access to legal help. The initiative, called the Liberty Defense Project, is a public-private partnership between the state, legal advocacy groups, private law firms and financial supporters, such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation. The project will provide immigrants access to pro… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Charter promises Trump a broadband push, but no extra Internet connections

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Enlarge / President Donald Trump and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge. White House reader comments 3 Share this story Charter CEO Tom Rutledge met with President Donald Trump today, and he made a splashy promise to “invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years.” But Charter, the second biggest US cable company after Comcast, was already planning broadband expansions during the Obama administration. When Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks 10 months ago, it agreed to a merger condition requiring it to bring 60Mbps download speeds to an additional two million customer locations. The spending Charter promised Trump today won’t guarantee broadband access for any additional customers beyond what the company already committed to during the …

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Altice USA outsourcing warehousing

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Altice USA is outsourcing warehousing in a move that will mean eliminating 87 jobs at its Bethpage headquarters, although the firm says it is offering employees jobs at the new site. The firm, which plans to close the warehouse in Bethpage by June 21, is partnering with USTC to provide warehouse services, primarily at its Edison, NJ, location. The company said an additional 11 people in its warehousing operation are retiring. The warehouse is stocked with equipment such as cable boxes and other inventory for customers. Altice said Bethpage non-management employees in good standing who are affected by this move will be given the opportunity to transition to USTC with no gap in employment. All employees, whether they transition to …

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Debrief: Circular thoughts with James Hayward

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When last we Debriefed Applied DNA Sciences CEO James Hayward, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication company was forming a promising partnership with a national law-enforcement/security training organization and inching a toe into the Scandinavian auto theft prevention-and-recovery market. This week, as the biotech partners with textile manufacturer Loftex Home to launch the hot new CertainT platform, Hayward reports big gains in those maturing verticals and progress by Applied DNA’s all-star advisory board – two big parts of a master plan to reverse a string of subpar quarterly financials. The doctor’s orders: Major-league roster: We have brought on Bob Catell from KeySpan and National Grid, and Mehmood Khan from PepsiCo., and most recently Ray Kelly. Their experience really goes beyond …

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Let It Fall | Official Trailer

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John Ridley’s Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 is the feature documentary that looks at the years and events leading up to the April 1992 riots after the Rodney King verdict. It will be released in theaters on April 21 on both coasts. This film marks ABC News’ first theatrical production and release. Let It Fall was produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions. A broadcast version of the documentary will air April 28 (9-11 PM) on ABC. It’s all pegged to the 25th tragde-versary of the uprising. Let it Fall features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans. The …

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Microsoft to license its patents for internet-connected cars to Toyota

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Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees the same opportunity that a number of other tech companies do, including Intel, Google, Qualcomm, and NXP. “The connected car represents an enormous opportunity for the auto industry, and at the core it’s a software challenge,” Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, said in a statement …

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HotelTonight raises $37 million to expand its same-week hotel booking platform

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(Reuters) — Last-minute U.S. hotel booking app HotelTonight said on Wednesday it raised $37 million in a funding round as it seeks to expand its international hotel network and invest in marketing campaigns. The Series E funding round, which was led by venture capital firm Accel Partners and valued the San Francisco-based company at roughly $500 million, brings it one step forward to an eventual initial public offering, though the company has yet to outline such plans. HotelTonight had $500 million in sales last year and is turning a profit. Users of HotelTonight can use the app to book hotels up to a week in advance, often at a discount. It has 25,000 hotel partners in more than 30 countries, …

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Twitch and esports event group DreamHack renew their partnership for 2017

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Twitch just made sure that it’ll continue to broadcast action from one of the world’s largest esports providers. The livestreaming site announced today that it has renewed its deal with DreamHack, which runs competitive gaming shows in North America and Europe. DreamHack is one of the site’s oldest partners, making this the ninth year Twitch will broadcast its competitions. According to DreamHack, its events in 2016 drew 233,000 visitors and over 135 million broadcast viewers. Twitch is the leader in the livestreaming field, attracting over 100 million users a month. “DreamHack is not only one of our longest running partners, they are immensely popular among the Twitch community,” said Stuart Saw, director of esports strategy at Twitch, in a press release sent …

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Why More Farmers are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

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Enlarge this image Cows graze at Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it’s better for the environment and the animals. But there’s another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable. Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery Though he didn’t come from a farming family, from a young age Tim Joseph was fascinated by the idea of living off the land. Reading magazines like The Stockman Grass Farmer and Graze, he “got hooked on the idea of grass-fed agriculture — that all energy and wealth comes from the sun,” he explains, “and the shorter the distance between the sun …

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AptoZen and VETCON Announce a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Next Generation Talent Acquisition to Veteran Entrepreneur Businesses

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AptoZen sponsors annual Veteran Conference to help veteran-led startups find elite talent. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2017– AptoZen, a global leader in cloud-based Predictive Talent Acquisition technology, announced today a strategic partnership with VETCON. The alliance will help veterans’ tech businesses build teams better, faster and cheaper than any other recruiting solution in the marketplace. AptoZen’s power comes from a comprehensive data model derived from hundreds of thousands of talent-matching situations to help startup businesses out-task and solve any hiring problem. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170322005452/en/ VETCON is an annual conference with a strategic focus on veteran entrepreneurs and provides a nurturing place to gather, promote, learn and network their startup among mentors, …

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Uber received $90 million payment for restructuring its new HQ real estate deal

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Almost two years ago, Uber announced a joint partnership with Alexandria Real Estate Equities to build a sparkling new headquarters in San Francisco. The deal was a joint venture. Alexandria owned 51 percent, while Uber owned 49 percent. But just as the pair broke ground last year on the construction, they also changed their terms of their partnership for what will eventually be a 435,000-square-foot project next to the future Warriors arena. In a securities filing last week, Alexandria very quietly disclosed that it had paid $90.1 million to Uber to acquire its share of the joint venture. Instead, Uber signed a 75-year lease on the property, though the terms were not disclosed. Neither Alexandria or Uber responded to requests for …

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Uber’s board is confident with Travis Kalanick staying CEO

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Weeks after numerous issues have plagued Uber, the company’s board sees no immediate changes to take place at the top of its organization. During a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Uber board member Arianna Huffington expressed support for Travis Kalanick to remain at the helm of the on-demand ride sharing service. Questions have come up about his effectiveness as leader after multiple allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, along with video of Kalanick arguing with a driver, use of Greyballing to avoid authorities, and the departure of several executives including Uber’s president of ridesharing Jeff Jones. But in an effort to put any speculation to rest, Huffington said that “nothing has been addressed and we don’t think [Kalanick’s firing] …

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Esports team Cloud9 gets investment from Joe Montanta, Reddit cofounder in Series A funding

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Investors want into esports, and now they are betting on one of professional gaming’s biggest teams. Cloud9 has closed out a Series A funding round for an undisclosed amount of money. The organization owns and operates some of the top pro teams in games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Hearthstone, and it wants to expand its presence in the esports market that analysts predict will grow 41 percent to $696 million this year. FunPlus Ventures led the funding. Cloud9 plans to use this influx of cash as well as its partnership with its new investors to build larger sponsorship deals in the future. The series A round also saw participation from a plethora of major names in game developer. …

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Miami-Based Rokk3r Labs Launches Rokk3r Fuel Venture Capital Group

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

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Hybrid cloud storage company Avere Systems raises $14 million from Google, Western Digital, others

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Avere Systems, a hybrid cloud data storage company based in Pittsburgh, has closed a $14 million series E round of funding from new investor Google, in addition to existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. Founded in 2008, Avere Systems helps enterprises establish a system that blends on-premises and public cloud data storage, and offers a mix of software and hardware-based services. While countless companies have already migrated to the cloud, enabling a scalable data storage system that grows and contracts based on demand, there are benefits to keeping some things “in-house” — it enables faster data-transfer speeds, for starters, and it can often be better for privacy. So with “hybrid,” some tasks can be …

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Rex Tillerson’s Deferential Visit to China

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese President Xi Jinping.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY THOMAS PETER / REUTERS On March 19th, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese President Xi Jinping, two men in dark suits, white shirts, and red neckties, sat in matching armchairs in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Both of their bellies bulged slightly, and their neckties curved over their well-fed contentment. Their interaction, as described by Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency, was equally amiable. Xi called on the United States and China to “expand coöperative areas and achieve win-win results.” Tillerson, who was on his first visit to Asia since taking over at the State Department, and was travelling without the press gaggle that usually chronicles the movements of America’s …

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Red Flag Windows: Microsoft modifies Windows OS for Chinese government

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reader comments 0 Share this story China has long been both a huge lure and a thorn in the side for Microsoft. Massive piracy of Windows XP, a decade-long effort to replace Windows entirely with a home-grown Linux variant called Red Flag and an OpenOffice variant called RedOffice, and a ban on Windows 8 following the leak by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of information on National Security Agency spying all have combined to hinder Microsoft in the Chinese market. But now Microsoft—in partnership with the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group (CETC)—is preparing to reboot its relationship with Beijing, thanks to a modified version of Windows produced specifically for China, Dow Jones Newswires reports. CETC, which develops technology for the Chinese government and …

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Waze, Port Authority team up in New York to ease traffic

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WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) — Lightening traffic and congestion around bus terminals, airports and bridges is the goal of a new Port Authority partnership in New York. Waze, the real-time navigation app, is arranging a data exchange in New York to help the city make planning decisions. The goal is to improve the commutes of New York-area residents, Waze said in a statement. The data exchange with the Port Authority is meant to help New York apply real-time driver information around bus terminals, airports, bridges and tunnels. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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IBM Cloud and AT&T partner on IoT analytics

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AT&T has unveiled a new data analytics capability in the form of a pilot collaboration between AT&T and IBM. The new AT&T IoT analytics service will run on the IBM Watson Data platform over the cloud, allowing clients real-time access to industrial IoT data to assist with immediate operational decision-making. The new service will combine various IoT data-gathering solutions offered by AT&T including M2X, Flow Designer, and Control Center with the IBM Watson data platform, which uses machine learning to drive analytics and promote effective real-time decision making. The IBM Watson IoT portfolio will allow customers to build, launch and manage apps and devices to support IoT data while providing analytics to help improve performance. The pilot program that launches …

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Mangano Announces 5K/10K Walk And Run To Support Veterans

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in partnership with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency and Semper4Veterans, today announced a 5K/10K Walk and Run for Veterans on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00am-12:00pm at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.  “My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring resources are provided to them once they return home from service,” said County Executive Mangano. “I thank Semper4Veterans for partnering with us for this event, and helping to provide much needed assistance to our local veterans, including rental assistance, employment, food, clothing and other living expenses.” The 5K/10K Veterans Walk & Run 2017 will help disadvantaged veterans with much needed assistance to include housing, suicide prevention and help sponsor the bi-annual stand …

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Apple just released a red iPhone 7 and a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad

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Without the glitz and glam of an unnecessary keynote from Tim Cook and friends, Apple unveiled a handful of new and updated products today: a red — yes red — iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in partnership with (RED); a refreshed, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad; and an iPhone SE with more storage. Apple’s new iPhone color, in super vibrant red similar to the company’s red iPod Touch, starts at $749 — $100 more than the starting price for other iPhone 7 colors. The new iPad, however, starts at $329, replacing the costlier $399 iPad Air 2, and features an upgraded A9 system-on-chip and a brighter display. As for the iPhone SE — there isn’t anything new here but storage. The device now offers a minimum capacity of 32GB, killing …

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Azure and Adobe announce joint cloud offerings

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Microsoft has announced the first set of cloud services to be offered in partnership with Adobe. The services will be unveiled at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas today and are available immediately. The new cloud services include the integration of Adobe Campaign and Microsoft Dynamics 365, which will allow companies to combine customer input for marketing initiatives. Further marketing data will be available to clients with the combination of Adobe Analytics with Microsoft Power BI, which will create a gateway for an enterprise to visualize the impact of marketing and advertising campaigns to better measure their effectiveness. Also, the partnership between the two companies will make Adobe Experience Manager available through the Azure cloud platform, increasing the effectiveness of brand …

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New red iPhones released to help fund to fight AIDS

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CUPERTINO, Calif. — First it was rose gold, then it was matte black, and now it’s vibrant red. Apple has announced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus RED Special Edition phones. Apple says the devices are in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED) and will give customers “an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation.”Since it was founded in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $465 million for the Global Fund, with more than $130 million from Apple alone. “Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of …

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Innovation competition produces new educational apps to help Syrian refugee children

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An international consortium of humanitarian aid groups have announced the winners of a competition to develop educational apps for Syrian children displaced by that country’s brutal civil war. The two winners were Feed the Monster and Antura & The Letters, games that are designed to help improve the literacy skills of the estimated 2.5 million Syrian children who are now without schools. The two were chosen as part of EduApp4Syria, a $1.7 million competition that was developed as a partnership between Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Australian government. The competition, including the development process and judging, was overseen by Alf Inge Wang, a game developer and a professor in the department of computer science at the Norwegian University …

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Influencer marketing success: You’ve swiped right — now what? (VB Live)

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Influencer marketing can show a $9.60 return on investment for every $1 invested — but that’s only if you know what you’re doing. Learn how to achieve real results and record-breaking ROI from the best in the business when you join our latest VB Live event. Register here for free.  “Our market is changing,” says Virigina Salas Kastilio, super-influencer and owner of GINICANBREATHE, a next-gen marketing and branding agency. “We don’t respond to adverts and we don’t respond to being sold to and creating this illusion or this dream of selling us what kind of life we should be living.” And businesses are floundering, because consumers recognize a hard pitch, a sales voice, an inauthentic moment of attempted connection that …

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Reality Check: New Equality Measure Targets Gender Bias in Ads and Media

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Association of National Advertisers Shares #SeeHer GEM™ (Gender Equality Measure) Methodology with Advertising Research Community 17,000-plus ads have been evaluated using GEM™ to assess realistic and accurate portrayal of girls and women in advertising and media GEM™ brings equality into established pre- and post-testing equation NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 20, 2017– Gender bias is bad for business. Research proves that ads and entertainment in which women and girls are accurately portrayed generate significantly more awareness, recall, and purchase intent than ads in which they are not. Now the Association of National Advertisers’ Alliance for Family Entertainment (ANA AFE) has given the industry a potent, new, data-driven methodology to identify – and eliminate – gender bias. This Smart News Release features multimedia. …

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US stocks drift in midday trade; tech gains while banks fall

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Major U.S. indexes are little changed Monday as technology and basic materials companies rise but energy and bank stocks fall. Stocks in Europe fell after the British government said it will formally begin the process of leaving the European Union next week. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 1 point to 2,337 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,943. The Nasdaq composite added 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,906. Small-company stocks fell. The Russell 2000 was down 7 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,384. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. BRITAIN MUST BE GOING: Britain’s government said it will trigger …

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‘Duck Tail Ale’ coming to Bethpage Ballpark this spring

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Beginning this spring, Long Island Duck fans of legal drinking age can sip “Duck Tail Ale,” a locally produced private label craft brew, at Bethpage Ballpark. The American-style golden ale is a joint partnership of Atlantic League club and Bay Shore-based Great South Bay Brewery, which is producing the beer that is delivered by East Yaphank-based Clare Rose Distributors. Ducks President and General Manager Michael Pfaff said the team is “excited to launch this new offering” and predicts that fans are truly going to enjoy this easy drinking beer, crafted locally, in honor of their hometown team.” The beer offers a “clean, crisp thirst-quenching experience,” according to Ducks. It is being billed as “a full-flavored light beer with 4.8 percent ABV. Pilsner and Crystal Malts …

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03/28/2017 – Regional Healthtech Innovations Symposium

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Name: Regional Healthtech Innovations Symposium Date: March 28, 2017 Event Description: Come to the regional healthtech innovations symposium at CEWIT on March 28, 9:30am-3:30 pm, to hear from experts and share your views on the most important needs and opportunities. There is no cost for attendance (or parking) but registration is needed. The attachment has the full program; logistical details below. Location: The Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University, 1500 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794-040. Directions:  http://www.cewit.org/contact/Directions.html Contact: Hack@CEWIT Team, email: info@cewit.org; phone: 631-216-7000Sponsoring Organizations: The Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) in partnership with The Center for Biotechnology, Henry Schein, Inc., and Stony Brook UniversityWeb Link: www.cewit.org/events/healthtech.html 

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Techstars brings its startup accelerator to Paris in partnership with Partech Ventures

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Renowned startup accelerator Techstars is launching in Paris with a new 13-week program kicking off later this year. Founded out of Boulder, Colorado in 2006, Techstars has expanded its global footprint over the past decade to include 27 accelerators spread across the U.S., Europe, and Africa, with existing E.U. hubs in London and Berlin. That it’s adding Paris to its international roster is notable, as it comes as the French capital strives to capitalize on Brexit and woo fledgling fintech startups based in London. The Techstars program will be based in the Partech Shaker, a startup campus established in 2014 by Partech Ventures, a VC firm set up in 1982 with hubs in Paris, San Francisco, and Berlin. Partech Ventures recently closed a new $108 …

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PlayFab taps IBM’s Watson AI to understand why gamers keep playing

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IBM and PlayFab are teaming up to deliver better insights about gamers based on analysis from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform. Seattle-based PlayFab provides backend services for connected games on mobile devices and PCs. It provides things game developers need to run their games — like player data storage, player relationship management, tournaments, in-game commerce, and leaderboards. IBM will take that data, crunch it, and come up with insights that help developers run their games better. It’s a new way for IBM to participate in what market researcher Newzoo says is a $91 billion market. PlayFab, founded in 2014, already has more than 600 live games, with 45 million players and 2.9 billion game sessions. Atari’s Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch launched …

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Why U.S. hardware startups will start moving to China

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Hardware startups seem to be “in” one minute and “out” the next in Silicon Valley. For years, venture capitalists wouldn’t go near hardware startups. They were, as Wired put it, “the ugly stepchild of venture capital.” This started to shift a couple years ago thanks to cheaper parts, rapid prototyping, and crowdfunding. However, the tide is turning once again. VC investments in hardware now seem to be slowing. We’re seeing a drop in funding to IoT, for example, and fewer deals in smart home hardware. We’ve also seen some big failures in consumer hardware. Take Lily, a drone startup that raised $34 million in preorders in 2015 and announced in January that it will not be going into production. Or …

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How Parkopedia became a parking data powerhouse

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“It didn’t take a genius to realize that if I couldn’t find any useful online information for finding parking in San Francisco, then drivers in Paris, Shanghai, and thousands of other cities around the globe were probably also struggling with the exact same problem,” explained Eugene Tsyrklevich, founder and CEO of London-based parking platform Parkopedia, in an interview with VentureBeat. It was way back in 2007, during the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, that Tsyrklevich tried to find a place to park his rental car before his arrival at the event. But after Googling for reliable parking information for the Moscone Center, he came up blank. So he left home earlier than should otherwise have been necessary and circled the block several times …

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When beauty is in the eye of the (robo)beholder

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Enlarge Beauty.AI reader comments 0 Share this story For over a year, I worked as a beauty editor, writing and researching about the products, trends, and people that make us want to look a certain way. And as research for many of the stories I wrote, I consulted with dermatologists, plastic surgeons, makeup artists, aestheticians, and more trying to answer a simple question—how can I make myself more conventionally attractive? “Beauty is confidence,” they’d always say, prefacing the real answer. Inevitably, these experts would eventually tell me that you feel more confident, and thus more beautiful, when you look blemish- and wrinkle-free. (Pending on the product they were promoting, this could also incorporate being tanner, or more contoured, or thinner, …

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

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

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How V2X technology will change how you drive

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Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology has been proving its merits in one field test after another for nearly 10 years, but recently the technology has started to take-off. What was the pivotal moment for V2X? Some experts might say it was when Tesla launched its innovative ‘Autopilot’ feature in 2014 because it signaled that autonomous driving was on the horizon. Others might say the seminal moment came last year when the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy and when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) followed that policy by issuing a proposed rule “that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet.” The NHTSA’s proposed rule creates a mandate for …

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As PBS celebrates 50th, Trump budget could mark doom

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FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, President and CEO Paula Kerger speaks at the PBS’s Executive Session at the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal plans to kill funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). “We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, what I think has been the most successful public-private partnership _ how ironic it would be if we were defunded this year,” said Kerger, (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The federal act that created public broadcasting is marking its 50th year, but if President Donald Trump has his way it will be its last with government funding. Trump’s …

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Suffolk launches foreclosure prevention hotline

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Suffolk County has launched a new foreclosure prevention hotline: 631-853-HOME. The hotline helps distressed homeowners find the resources and serves, free of charge, to help prevent foreclosure. County Executive Steve Bellone said the hotline would “provide the comprehensive assistance needed by individuals and families who are facing foreclosure.” In 2016, Suffolk saw 4,574 foreclosure filings, according to the Office of Court Administration. Suffolk and Nassau rank the highest in the state when it comes to the foreclosure filings. Bellone cited a 2014 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development study, which found that homeowners receiving counseling were nearly  “nearly three times more likely to receive a loan modification, and 70 percent less likely to re-default on a modified loan.” The county …

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No. 199: Top chefs, wicked fast Internet and Allan Cohen is staying put

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TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody and enjoy the weekend. After celebrating Pi, the Ides and St. Patrick in the same week, you deserve a break. Pop quiz: Which U.S. city has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry? (Answer below. No skipping ahead.) Last chance: The Innovator of the Year awards, Tuesday, March 21, Crest Hollow Country Club, 250 smart people, 40 or so cool companies, awesome sponsors and Mike Faltischek leads a tribute to Bob Catell. Oh, and sticky buns. Mmm. Alternate face: Allan Cohen, who heads Nixon Peabody’s Long Island office, finally made the cover of the New York Law Journal. His picture, anyway. The story, unfortunately, was about NYC Nixon Peabody partner Alan Cohen leaving for Holland & Knight. …

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Spotify considered ending Uber partnership amid mounting scandals

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Koho’s mobile banking service for millennials launches in Canada

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While many peer-to-peer payment and personal finance services are geared toward the U.S., a new one has emerged to buck that trend. Koho is launching to the general public — starting in every province in Canada except for Quebec — as a mobile hub to help manage people’s finances. The startup has secured a partnership with Visa to give it a boost out of the starting gate. A blend of Mint.com, Venmo, and Digit, Koho seeks to provide free banking services to millennials, while also giving consumers easily digestible and transparent access to their financial data so they know exactly were their money is going. Koho appears to be consolidating things so you no longer need several apps to accomplish these various …

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Makeblock raises $30 million for education robots

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Chinese robotics startup Makeblock has raises $30 million in a second round of funding to invest in robotics with an educational twist. Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group led the financing for Shenzhen, China-based Makeblock, which has created a variety of robots from aerial drones to manufacturing robots to toy robots. To date, Makeblock’s total funding is $36 million. The funding supports Makeblock’s expansion into new markets, as well as further product development and diversification of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education hardware, software and curriculum resources for educators, children and hobbyists. With the infusion of capital, Makeblock will expand its global offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, North America, Japan, and the Netherlands. Currently, Makeblock is available in more than 140 countries with …

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Zynga adds Boggle to its With Friends lineup

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Zynga is always on the hunt for the next Words With Friends, the Scrabble-like game that has been downloaded more than 200 million times. So the company is launching a new word puzzle game called Boggle With Friends today. San Francisco-based Zynga has created a mobile game based on Hasbro’s Boggle word game, making it more social and a new member of the “With Friends” franchise. Developed in partnership with Hasbro, the free-to-play game is available today on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. “Boggle is a nostalgic, family favorite brand spanning generations and geographies, and we’re excited to introduce Boggle With Friends to word fans everywhere,” said Scott Koenigsberg, senior vice president of casual …

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TPP members look to redesign trade deal

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Talks are under way in Chile to try to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the pact in January, but now the 11 remaining countries are trying to forge a new way forward. Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Vina del Mar. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Bosch will sell Nvidia’s self-driving system to automakers

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Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder

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Enlarge this image Maria Fabrizio for NPR The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is down. If those words don’t send a shiver up your spine, it means you’re not a high school senior or college student rushing to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The FAFSA is the form — famously complicated and difficult to finish — that stands between many low-income students and the federal, state and institutional aid they need to pay for college. In the past, many students weren’t finishing the FAFSA because it required them to manually enter their parents’ tax data from the previous year. That was a big hurdle, but there were also clear fixes, including making the FAFSA available …

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IEEE Long Island Awards Banquet – Year 2016 Awards

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IEEE Long Island Section’s Annual Awards Banquet recognizing year 2016 achievements of our members, is planned for March 29, 2017 at Fox Hollow, Long Island (7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797), starting at 5:30 pm. Keynote Speaker: Jamie L Banks, PhD, MS, the Executive Director of Quiet Communities, Inc. On this annual event, the IEEE Long Island Section recognizes accomplishments of extraordinary engineers and computer scientists with significant contributions towards the industry, growth of the Long Island Section and the IEEE Region 1. More about the year 2016 awards recipients can be found here: 2016 IEEE Long Island Awards. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. With 2,000 …

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Uber revamps navigation for drivers, now includes in-app navigation on Android, night-themed maps, more

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Uber is unveiling a brand new driver app today, one with navigation at its core. Though the company’s ride-hailing app has offered drivers in-app navigation for a while, it has been restricted to iPhone users. Moving forward, those with Android devices will also be able to receive navigation and directions to a pickup without switching between apps. Above: Android Navigation: Uber Additionally, those with iPhones will notice redesigned navigation and maps, including lane guidance, route previews, real-time traffic data, and a dark-themed interface for nighttime driving. “We focused on features to help drivers feel prepared throughout their trip,” noted Uber in a blog post. Uber uses mapping data from multiple sources, including TomTom, and has bolstered its in-house navigational smarts …

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Brain drain

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Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a third of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the Genius blog at the time, co-founder Tom Lehman told employees that Genius planned to shift its emphasis away from the annotation platform that once attracted top-tier investors in favor of becoming a more video-focused media company. “After taking a careful look at the company and our priorities,” Lehman wrote, “we’ve had to make some tough decisions about how we want to spend our resources. And unfortunately this meant that today …

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Leaked Trump returns prepared by LI CPAs

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Two pages of an unsigned copy of Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns surfaced on Tuesday, revealing that Long Island accountants had prepared the forms. David Cay Johnson of DCReport.org, a reporter for The New York Times and author of a book about Donald Trump, indicated he received the pages in his mail box. Rachel Maddow held up copies of the returns on Tuesday as part of her TV show on MSNBC, where she also interviewed Johnson and discussed the returns for the year that Trump married Melania. The returns indicate about $153 million income and $36.6 million in federal income taxes or about 23.9 percent. Johnson said the White House confirmed the returns were authentic and pointed to the …

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Gallium Nitride maker EPC takes a big step forward in its quest to kill silicon chips

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The $330 billion silicon chip industry is the foundation of everything electronic. And it’s slowing down, reaching a new level of maturity that is prompting a bunch of mergers and acquisitions. And that’s why Alex Lidow, an industry pioneer and the chief proponent of an alternative material to silicon, gallium nitride (GaN), feels like his time has come. His company, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), is unveiling a new generation of eGaN chips that are half the size of previous chips and have significantly higher performance. “The bright light that we talked about two years ago, GaN, is now burning a whole lot brighter against a field of gray that is the semiconductor industry,” Lidow said in an interview with VentureBeat. …

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Vietnam looks to boost trade with China

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China is leading talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a trade pact including Southeast Asian nations. Business and government leaders in Vietnam say they are keen to increase dealings with China, but they also hope US President Donald Trump re-thinks the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Hanoi. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Advertisers prefer Instagram to Snapchat

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Snapchat is used by over 150 million people, and its parent company just went public in an IPO that gave it a market cap of $25 billion. But it appears Snap might have some work to do in terms of convincing advertisers the platform is worth putting their money into. According to a series of studies published recently by RBC Capital Markets, in partnership with Ad Age magazine, advertisers and marketers are significantly less interested in spending money on Snapchat than they are in doing so with competing services like Instagram and Facebook. When the 1,600 marketers who were surveyed as part of these studies were asked which platforms they were most interested in advertising on, almost 65% of them …

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How branded utility is the new marketing when it comes to voicebots

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Every company wants to find ways to be more relevant in their customers’ lives, whether that means making their online shopping experience more personalized or providing exceptional service. When Domino’s Pizza introduced Amazon Echo ordering capabilities, it addressed a tangible consumer benefit: the ability to order their favorite pie without lifting a finger. Domino’s is just one example of how companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to drive consumer engagement and awareness by offering a discrete utility to customers. While AI might feel like a fringe — and perhaps somewhat futuristic — marketing tactic, home devices like Amazon Echo (now in 8 million homes) and Google Home are bringing these types of experiences to the mainstream. With more consumers springing for home …

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Newzoo: The esports economy will grow 41% to $696 million in 2017

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The esports economy will grow 41.3 percent to $696 million in 2017, according to market researcher Newzoo. The total market is expected to nearly triple to $1.5 billion by 2020. Brands will contribute roughly $516 million in revenue in 2017, and the study suggests that brand investment will more than double by 2020. Meanwhile, Newzoo believes the global esports audience will reach 385 million in 2017 and will grow another 50 percent by 2020. The esports audience in 2017 includes 191 million esports enthusiasts and is expected to grow to 286 million in 2020. In addition, occasional esports viewers will likely grow from 194 million in 2017 to 303 million by 2020. North America is currently the largest esports market, with anticipated …

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SolarisBank raises $28 million to expand its European fintech platform

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Seeking to unite Europe’s fractured financial systems, Berlin-based solarisBank announced a fresh round of financing today to extend the reach of its services. The company said it raised $28 million in a round led by Arvato Financial Solutions, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann Group, and Japanese investor SBI Group. Seed round investors FinLeap, Hegus and yabeo Capital also participated. Launched just one year ago, solarisBank has a banking license that allows it to offer financial services. It has used that license to create a platform that lets other fintech startups plug in and legally offer their services in a kind of marketplace for consumers and small businesses. The company has managed to expand that license to cover six European countries, which means all …

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5 tech firms racing to invest in AI startups

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Through massive investments in artificial intelligence (AI) startups, the world’s leading tech firms are racing to create markets to transform the economic landscape. According to a report by CB Insights, since 2011 mergers and acquisition activity in the sector has increased sevenfold, with most startups being acquired in the first four years of their initial financing round. In 2016, AI startups drew significant attention, with $1.05 billion pouring in during the third quarter. Here is a look at some of the many tech firms that are investing in AI research in order to capitalize on the shifting digital market. 1. Alphabet One of the most active tech investors since 2011 is Alphabet. In the past five years, the firm has acquired as many as …

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Helios and Matheson Analytics and Darryl Strawberry, Baseball Great, Join to Promote Safety and Social Empowerment Through RedZone Map™

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MIAMI & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 13, 2017– Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) and RedZone, creator of the RedZone Map™ app, today announced a new partnership with Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry. Mr. Strawberry will serve as a spokesperson for the company, collaborating with RedZone on various marketing and public relations campaigns to promote safety and social empowerment, including personal appearances, video endorsements, media interviews and personal blog entries. RedZone’s proprietary technology enhances mobile GPS navigation by offering users the choice of taking a safer route or a riskier route to their destinations. The RedZone Map app incorporates a social media component, which allows for “it’s happening now” crime reporting coupled with real-time crime data from more than …

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Intel to buy Mobileye for $15.3 billion in bid for self-driving lead

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Intel is set to buy Israeli self-driving firm Mobileye for an estimated $15.3 billion (approx. £12.5 million) – a move which could see the chip giant become the world’s largest driverless solutions provider. On the news of the deal – the biggest ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company – shares in Mobileye rose almost 35% in premarket trading. ‘Pursuant to the agreement, a subsidiary of Intel will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash, representing an equity value of approximately $15.3 billion and an enterprise value of $14.7 billion,’ a statement confirmed. The release continued that the acquisition would help to accelerate innovation in the automotive …

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Gold Club SF VR ushers in realistic virtual reality for strip clubs

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Daniel Dilallo was back at the Game Developers Conference a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t to show off a new Guitar Hero and Call of Duty game. Rather, the former game developer was at the Gold Club SF, a “gentlemen’s club,” to show off his new virtual reality app for the strip club, Gold Club SF VR. Dilallo is one of the game developers who has made the leap into VR. But he has also crossed a line that others won’t, moving from mainstream entertainment into making porn and, in the case of Gold Club VR, risque R-rated experiences. Dilallo’s 3X Studios and VRClubz.com created a VR app for the Gold Club San Francisco strip club that features clothed, topless, or fully …

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The big business behind the NBA’s move into esports

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A major professional sports league will operate an esports league, a first for the esports industry, with the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive Software’s early endeavor for gamers to compete while representing NBA teams. This partnership represents a watershed moment for the burgeoning esports industry with implications for both fans of long-established sports leagues and gamers around the world. Why now for the NBA Television viewership drives the majority of revenue for the major sports leagues, and esports attracts a lot of eyeballs.  More people watched the 2016 League of Legends Season 3 World Championship broadcast on Twitch than followed the dramatic 2017 Super Bowl via Fox Now (8.5 million and 1.72 million people respectively; Fox Now was free for …

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In A Crucial Election Year, Worries Grow In Germany About Fake News

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image Anas Modamani, a refugee from Syria who posed for a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015, sued Facebook after his photo was shared in posts falsely accusing him of being a criminal and terrorist. This week, he lost his case in court. Some lawmakers argue that cases like this prove there’s a need for new, tougher libel laws. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images Breitbart News has yet to launch its proposed German-language website, but it’s already causing confusion in Germany. In January, police in the city of Dortmund had to debunk a Breitbart report about an alleged mob of 1,000 men chanting “Allahu akbar” and …

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4 lessons you can learn from these celebrity chatbots

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/ Go to Source Article Hollywood has been using bots to entertain on the silver screen for decades — this includes HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jarvis from Iron Man, and more recently, the Samantha bot from the movie Her. Now, however, Hollywood is leveraging bots to market and create income from celebrities. These celebri-bots hold good lessons for how bots can be used by major brands for monetization and brand awareness. Here are four unique celebrity bots and the marketing tactics they employ. As one of YouTube’s top celebrities, Casey Neistat is known most for documenting his life through daily vlogs, which often contain eccentric behavior. Neistat has gained millions of fans, many of whom are inspired …

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Engineers Say Tax Increase Needed To Save Failing U.S. Infrastructure

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image There are 59,000 structurally deficient bridges around the country. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images The nation’s roads, bridges, airports, water and transit systems are in pretty bad shape, according to the civil engineers who plan and design such infrastructure. The new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the infrastructure of the United States a D-plus. That nearly failing grade should boost President Trump’s efforts get a plan to invest up to $1 trillion rebuilding everything from highways and bridges, to tunnels and dams, even though the engineers’ group is recommending something the president and his party likely will not support: a huge increase …

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Travis Kalanick Doesn’t Need a New COO. He Needs a New CEO

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/ Go to Source Article Have you heard? Uber is hiring. CEO Travis Kalanick wants a chief operating officer. He apparently came to this decision in the midst of the company’s worst PR crisis yet. Accusations of a misogynistic company culture, a Google lawsuit, and allegations that it misled regulators with phantom rides leave the company in an almost permanent state of damage control. Hiring a COO almost certainly is Kalanick’s attempt to show that he, and his company, can grow up. But COO doesn’t stand for Chief Optics Officer. The title of chief operating officer suggests that anyone Silicon Valley’s quintessential tech bro hires would strive to improve Uber’s operations. Just look at what Sheryl Sandberg accomplished after stepping in at Facebook, led at the time …

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Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec on kid entrepreneurs, helium-filled backpacks, and being an immigrant

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/ Go to Source Article While perhaps best known for his role as an investor on the hit show Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec doesn’t always, well, swim with sharks. VentureBeat caught up with him at the Google Garage in Silicon Valley where he mixed it up with a room full of school kids eagerly pitching him their inventions. Instead of seeking investment from sharks like Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban, the kids were participating in Frito-Lay’s Dreamvention contest. Born in Croatia, the 54-year old Herjavec immigrated to Canada with his parents at a young age. His taste for business came from delivering newspapers and went on to include selling IBM mainframes. In 1990, he founded his first company BRAK Systems and sold it 10 years later …

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A New Lab-Built Fungus Eats Sugar and Burps Out Drugs

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/ Go to Source Article There might be older fromances out there, but by most accounts the bond between humans and yeast has been the most prolific. (Also, try to name another fungal romance.) People have been messing with yeast for millennia, ever since ancient hominins first turned wild strains of the fungus into the civilization-supporting fermenters that still make everything from beer and bread to tempeh and fish sauce. That meddling has accelerated in the last twenty years since scientists sequenced the yeast genome, yielding microbes that can burp, fart and secrete biofuels, insulin, antibiotics, and tons of other novel micro- and macromolecules useful to human industry. And soon, the takeover will be complete. Scientists have now designed an …

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SAP president: Our cloud business is growing in deep double digits

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/ Go to Source Article SAP North America President Jen Morgan on making Fortune’s list of the best 100 companies to work for, the company’s cloud business, partnership with Google, the state of the economy and finding potential employees with the right skills for tech jobs.

RadioShack Files For Bankruptcy. Again

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image RadioShack’s parent company filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. The electronics chain filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy for the second time. Just over two years ago, the electronics chain declared bankruptcy and then reorganized its business, closing thousands of stores and selling others to a hedge fund called Standard General, which took over the remaining business through its affiliate General Wireless. The plan was to reinvent the once-booming retail electronics business to compete in a market that has increasingly leaned toward online retailers. More than 1,000 RadioShack stores co-branded with the wireless company Sprint. On Wednesday, General Wireless …

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IDA approves benefits for assisted living facility

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/ Go to Source Article Jericho may soon be home to a new 336,000-square-foot, 280 unit Bristal Assisted Living facility. HSRE-EB, a partnership of Garden City-based Engel Burman Group and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, plans to spend $125 million on the facility on vacant land at 300-310 Jericho Turnpike. The facility will include 140 traditional assisted living apartments, and 140 unites will be designed for residents with the onset of dementia and other memory loss conditions. After three years, the facility would employ 90 full-time workers whose salaries range between $35,000 and $43,000. Construction of the facility would create about 150 full-time-equivalent construction jobs over the course of 18 months. The developers are working with the Nassau County Industrial …

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Astro raises $8.3 million for its email app with AI assistant

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/ Go to Source Article Astro is making its debut today with a smart email app and a bot that chats with you about trends in your activity, missed tasks, and networking opportunities. Both Astro and its Astrobot assistant are available for download for Mac and iOS for the first time today. The company formed last year and has raised $8.3 million in a funding round that is also being announced today. “This is sort of a communications assistant,” said cofounder Ross Dargahi. “As things are happening in different places, no matter what you’re focused or working on at that moment, you’re learning about things. It’s following you and telling you and pulling together all these different data sources to give …

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Northwell, drug-maker ink bioelectronics partnership

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/ Go to Source Article By GREGORY ZELLER // Bioelectronic medicine has taken another forward leap, thanks to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s latest professional alliance. The research-and-development arm of the Northwell Health system announced Thursday that it will apply its cutting-edge bioelectronics and cell-therapy technologies to cardiology and hypertension cases through a new “strategic partnership” with United Therapeutics Corp. Financial terms were not disclosed, but United Therapeutics will “fund Northwell’s efforts in four research-and-development tracks” while ushering new bioelectronic nerve-stimulation therapies through clinical trials and into development, according to the Feinstein Institute. The pivot into bioelectronic medicine – a top field of study at the wide-ranging Feinstein Institute, home base of global bioelectronics pioneer Kevin Tracey – is …

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Rackspace partners with Google Cloud

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/ Go to Source Article Rackspace, one of the world’s largest cloud services providers, has announced that it will partner with Google to create a new managed services offering for the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The service is expected to launch later this year. Rackspace will provide the customer support for clients that select Google as their cloud services provider. Support will include assistance with architecture and design, migration and onboarding to help clients transition to the cloud, and operational support afterwards. The company has committed to offering its trademarked ‘fanatical support’ to customers who choose the Google Cloud Platform, much as it currently offers ‘fanatical support’ to Office 365 clients. The term appears to refer to 24×7 customer support for …

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Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec coaches kids to fuel entrepreneurial spirit

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/ Go to Source Article We’re used to watching Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec cut deals with adult entrepreneurs on ABC. Now, the reality show star is turning his attention to school kids by partnering with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay to launch a Dreamvention contest. Above: Dreamvention mascot with Frito-Lay chips Image Credit: Bérénice Magistretti/VentureBeat Kids aged seven and up can submit their inventions by uploading an original drawing on the Dreamvention website — the deadline for entry is April 24. The winner, who will be announced in December, will receive a cash prize of $250,000. In addition, product development firm Mako Design + Invent will turn the winner’s idea into a prototype, thus paving the way for a lucky kid-trepreneur to start his or her own business. The partnership …

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When the Oppens Gave Up Art to Fight Fascism

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/ Go to Source Article George and Mary Oppen pose together on Eagle Island, Maine, in the late nineteen-sixties or early seventies.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS Late in 1935, the artist Mary Oppen and her husband, George, a poet, made a decision. The young couple had recently returned to New York after several years abroad. In Europe, they had read the signs. Jews were fleeing Germany; in Italy, Mussolini was an object of worship. Back in the United States, which they had left in 1929, they were startled by the changes wrought by the Depression. At stoplights, “grown men, respectable men—our fathers—stepped forward to ask for a nickel, rag in hand to wipe our windshield,” Mary recalls in her memoir, …

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Tradeshift Acquires IBX Business Network to Create World’s Largest Business Commerce Platform

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/ Go to Source Article Deal adds half a million suppliers to business network, 27 million SKUs, and puts Tradeshift on track to process half a trillion dollars in transacted value by 2018 SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 8, 2017– Tradeshift and Capgemini have entered into an agreement under which Tradeshift will acquire Capgemini’s IBX Business Network. The combination of Tradeshift and IBX will create the world’s largest business commerce platform connecting nearly 1.5 million businesses and more than 500 global enterprise customers that have access to the largest supply-chain app ecosystem. With the acquisition, Tradeshift’s business commerce platform is projected to see an increase in transacted value to more than half a trillion dollars over the next 12 months, which includes …

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Meet CyberGRX, a Blackstone-backed network for assessing cybersecurity risks

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/ Go to Source Article Financial firms have long used rating agencies like Moody’s or S&P to judge the risk of bonds. Now, companies that face risk from cyber attacks—which these days is almost everyone—have a tool to do the same. On Wednesday, CyberGRX unveiled a platform that acts as a clearinghouse for cyber risk. Developed by a group of blue chip security pros from companies like Blackstone and Aetna, CyberGRX promises to make the process of flagging cyber dangers from their vendors dramatically more efficient. The risk posed by vendors has been top of mind for many companies ever since the infamous hack on Target in 2013, which saw attackers compromise the computer systems of Target’s HVAC supplier in order …

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Airbnb announces travel partnership with France’s Station F startup campus

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/ Go to Source Article Station F today unveiled a new partnership with Airbnb, the latest Silicon Valley name to get involved with the $265 million startup campus set to open later this spring in the heart of Paris. During a tour that was followed by a press conference, Airbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk announced that the company will provide travel vouchers for 3,000 entrepreneurs located at Station F. The value starts at $50, but there will be additional programs that allow some entrepreneurs to receive vouchers worth up to $2,000, as well as a $100 credit for anyone who becomes an Airbnb host. “We want to give back to the entrepreneurial community,” Blecharczyk said. “In general, starting a company can …

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Stony Brook and Suffolk Launch First Joint Admissions Nursing Program

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/ Go to Source Article Stony Brook and Suffolk Launch First Joint Admissions Nursing ProgramThe University and Community College sign an agreement to develop an academic program that creates a smooth transition from a nursing associate’s degree to an RN Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine (front, left); and Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President, Suffolk County Community College (front, right); sign a memorandum of understanding to officially launch the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program. Also pictured, from left: Stony Brook nursing student Catherine Grigorians-Manzo; Dr. Lee Anne Xippolitos, Dean of Stony Brook University School of Nursing; Dr. Cheryl Shaffer, Associate Dean, Suffolk County Community College …

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Razer announces zVault virtual currency platform for gamers

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/ Go to Source Article Game hardware maker Razer is launching zVault, a virtual currency platform that will reward gamers who use it to make payments for purchases and in-game transactions. Irvine, Calif.-based Razer sells both hardware and software. To build loyalty, the company has created a secure digital wallet in zVault for its 22 million existing Razer ID customers. The company is also creating its zGold currency, which can be used to acquire games or items in games. And it is creating zSilver, a rewards system that allows players to cash in their earnings for goods. Razer is doing this as a matter of convenience for gamers, as there are so many different ways to pay for games, and …

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ChinaCache to sell data centre business for ¥221.2 million

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/ Go to Source Article Chinese CDN and cloud services provider ChinaCache International has announced its plans to sell 79% of its data centre business Xin Run Technology for a total of ¥221.2 million (approx. £26 million) in cash before fees and expenses. The Beijing-based company confirmed that the data centre assets would be bought by a consortium of Chinese investment and technology firms, including Tianjin Shuishan Technology (47.67%), Shanghai Qiaoyong Equity Investment Fund (26.33%) and Tianjin Dingsheng Zhida Technology (5.0%). As of September last year, Xin Run had a shareholders’ equity value of approximately ¥14.8 million and a registered capital of around ¥126.6 million. ChinaCache said in a statement that it plans to channel the proceeds from the transaction …

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PayPal boosts B2B ecommerce credentials with global Oro partnership

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/ Go to Source Article PayPal has entered into a global partnership with B2B ecommerce company Oro, an open-source business applications firm started in 2012 by founders and employees of Magento, the B2C ecommerce startup acquired by eBay a year earlier. One of Oro’s core offerings is OroCommerce, which was officially unveiled a couple of months back to serve mid-size and large companies with a myriad of B2B ecommerce tools that make it easier to manage price-lists, customize catalogs, manage corporate accounts and relationships, and automate workflows. With PayPal in tow, the duo have now created a “fully integrated payments solution” that enables Oro’s clients to provide their own customers with an easy way to pay for goods and services. Though PayPal is better known for its B2C and …

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Airbus unveils Pop.Up: An autonomous transportation concept that uses drones to carry cars

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/ Go to Source Article Airbus has proposed a new modular transportation idea mixing air and ground travel that will make you realize that the future can not get here fast enough. Unveiled today at the Geneva International Motor show, the system, dubbed “Pop.Up,” would start with a capsule that sits in the frame of an autonomous car. When traffic gets heavy, just call a drone using your smartphone and lift the capsule up into the air and over the heads of those poor suckers stuck in traffic sucking on exhaust fumes. The company says a new artificial intelligence platform will help manage the Pop.Up system, letting passengers optimize the mix of modalities for their trip. Above: The Pop.Up from …

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Waffle House Co-Founder Joe Rogers Sr. Dies At 97

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image Waffle House founders Joe Rogers Sr., left, and Tom Forkner, pose in front of a Waffle House restaurant in Norcross, Ga., after eating lunch there 2005. RIC FELD/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption toggle caption RIC FELD/ASSOCIATED PRESS Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner opened their first Waffle House in Avondale Estates, Ga., on Labor Day in 1955. Rogers died on Friday at the age of 97. Forkner is 99 years old. When the two met, Rogers worked for the Toddle House restaurant chain and Forkner worked in real estate. Forkner was the businessman in the partnership that produced the all-night diner chain, and Rogers was the people person — a champion for customers …

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Trump’s New Travel Ban Still Sabotages Science and Tech

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/ Go to Source Article President Trump’s first executive order banning immigrants, refugees, and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries didn’t exactly go smoothly. So today he tried again. The “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” officially replaces the earlier order put on hold in court. It’s narrower in scope, but its very name signals the kind of misdirection it represents. Its prospects for keeping dangerous people out are dubious at best. But, as with the previous order, it will almost certainly keep very smart people out—specifically, folks in the worlds of academia, health care, and tech. The US tech sector relies heavily on foreign workers who enter the country on so-called H-1B visas …

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President Trump's new travel order applies to those seeking new visas

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas, though allowing those with current visas to travel freely, according to a fact sheet obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Trump was to sign the new executive order later in the day. The directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts. The revised order is narrower and specifies that a 90-day ban on people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen does not apply to those who already have …

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Joyme Capital and Kee Ever Bright Launch $360 Million Video Game Investment Fund

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/ Go to Source Article New partnership expands Joyme’s existing video game business collaborations to include Kee Ever Bright along with current partners Fosun, Blue Run Ventures and Youku Tudou SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 6, 2017– Joyme Capital, an independent operating unit of China’s Joyme Group, announced today the signing of a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Kee Ever Bright Technology. The agreement establishes an investment fund to be held in limited partnership between the two firms, with initial target fund size of 140 million USD (1 billion RMB), set to grow to 360 million USD (3 billion RMB). The fund will focus on investment opportunities in game development, game distribution, e-sports and other businesses related to the creation and publishing of …

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Uber to help U.K’s National Health Service connect caregivers with elderly patients

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/ Go to Source Article Uber has signed a deal that could see its drivers used by caregivers and patients in the U.K., as the ride-hailing app continues to expand beyond disrupting the taxi industry. For the initiative, Uber has partnered with London-based startup Cera that provides a number of care-related services to elderly people. The platform enables anyone to book emergency or long-term care from a smartphone, with family members able to communicate directly with the caregiver and receive updates on how things are progressing. While Cera is primarily for private healthcare services, it has also now signed a deal with several London hospitals belonging to the National Health Service (NHS) (Britain’s publicly-funded health body) which means that the NHS could effectively be paying for a caregiver’s …

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NHS deal with Cera could free up hospital beds by matching patients with carers

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Improbable enables small developers to create giant online worlds

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/ Go to Source Article Small developers really can create giant games. There was proof of that at the Game Developers Conference at the booth of Improbable, a United Kingdom startup that enables small companies to create huge simulations. Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable, told me in an interview that the company has launched its open beta for SpatialOS, an operating system and computation platform that allows developers of all sizes to create games that can tap the power of the cloud — or Internet-connected data centers. The SpatialOS open beta kicked off on March 2, and it coincided with the integration of the Unreal Engine into the platform, allowing Unreal developers to join Unity creators to take full advantage …

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This year’s Daytona 500 was a beta test for the future of NASCAR

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/ Go to Source Article Go fast. Turn left. Win. For decades, you could boil NASCAR down to this simple set of rules. The ethos is so concise that it’s often the main source of derision for the sport. (“All they do is turn left,” you might cry.) But that simplicity is also the backbone that made NASCAR popular in the first place. That’s why it felt cataclysmic when, this past January, NASCAR changed how its races work. Each race is now split into three “stages,” and drivers win points toward the season championship by doing well in those stages. The cars still go fast, they still turn left, and being first at the end still matters. But this was …

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No. 195: Tilapia burn cure, jackfruit chocolate and 18 defining moments in craft beer history

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/ Go to Source Article TG it’s F: A happy Friday, everybody. In honor of National Employee Appreciation Day, here are 101 Ways to Reward Workers Without Giving Them Cash. If you did No. 51 we would come to work for you. Jersey resident Grover Schaible received a patent for the plastic injection-molded toy ray gun – sold as the Pyrotomic Disintegrator – on this day in 1953. (An original copper-toned model sold for $660 recently on eBay.) Happy birthday: Flo Federman. Yesterday: Lou Reed would have been 75. Although the Velvet Underground’s debut album sold only 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one started a band,” Brian Eno suggests. But we digress: The Innovator of the Year awards are March …

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Forget Obamacare — AI is driving the real health care transformation

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/ Go to Source Article The Washington fight over the future of Obamacare will have enormous repercussions for our health care system, which now accounts for nearly 18 percent of the U.S. economy. But that impact pales before the transformation already underway due to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI and machine learning are forcing dramatic business model change for all the stakeholders in the health care system. What does AI (and machine learning) mean in the health care context? Simply put, it’s the ability to aggregate newly available and vast amounts of disparate data from electronic health records, consumer media and purchasing trends, smart devices, the social sphere, and other sources to make predictions about …

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‘Anastasia’ dazzles crowd at Garden City Hotel

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/ Go to Source Article Just weeks before previewing on Broadway, “Anastasia” touched down at the Garden City Hotel Thursday evening, as a new partnership emerges between the show’s producers and the luxury hotel. The star-studded event featured four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrance McNally, who wrote the book, as well as producers Shanna and Steven Silva, of Silva Theatrical Group, and Tom Kirdahy of Tom Kirahy Productions. But perhaps the highlight of the evening was Derek Klema, an American actor and singer, who plays Dmitry in the Broadway production. “This time next year everyone will know who Derek Klena is,” McNally told the crowd. “He is an authentic leading man.” Accompanied by Steven Malone on piano, Klena treated the audience – …

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Bellone & Annibale: A new model emerges for Long Island’s homeownership

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/ Go to Source Article Long Island is home to some of the first planned suburbs in America. Now, nearly 90 years later – as new research released last month shows that children’s prospects of achieving the “American Dream” of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90 percent to 50 percent in the past half century – the private, public and community sectors are coming together to rethink how homeownership can work for a new generation of first-time homebuyers. In the 1950’s, developers such as Levitt & Sons offered the dream of a yard and a deed, forging Long Island into a haven for homeowners, many moving east from New York City. And for many it worked. More …

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LI office building sells for $28M

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/ Go to Source Article A 250,000-square-foot office building in Westbury has sold for about $28 million. The sale price for the property known as Parkway Plaza at 1400 Old Country Road reflects a huge drop in value from when it was last purchased nine years ago for $69.5 million. The deal closed Thursday. Constructed in 1989, the Westbury building sits on 7.68 acres at the corner of Carman Avenue and Old Country Road—overlooking the Wantagh State Parkway–and is currently about 68 percent occupied. Its largest tenant is Barnes & Noble, which occupies about 80,000 square feet on a lease with about six years remaining. The buyer, Valley East Properties, is a partnership between an Arizona-based investment firm and local …