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IIT-Roorkee Launches Online Certificate Courses in Data Science, Machine Learning, AI

By Education and Careers Desk
  • The course will develop relevant programming skills in Python and R to help learners understand the algorithms used in data analytics and build knowledge about the selected machine learning algorithms such as linear models, kNN, SVM, Decision Trees, and neural networks among others, the IIT said.
  • “We are happy to announce two certificate courses in data science, machine learning, and AI in partnership with Coursera.
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Zero trust, basic cyber hygiene best defence against third-party attacks | ZDNet

By Eileen Yu
  • Adopting a zero trust security strategy can better safeguard organisations against third-party attacks, where suppliers should not simply be entrusted to do the right thing.
  • With the majority of security attacks today opportunistic, he said this meant that organisations would be able to thwart most attempts if they adopted preventive measures to decrease their probability of getting breached.
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Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Plummet This Weekend

By EditorDavid
  • "The mania that drove crypto assets to records as Coinbase went public last week turned on itself on the weekend," report Bloomberg — as the price of bitcoin took a big dive: The world's biggest cryptocurrency plunged as much as 15% on Sunday, just days after reaching a record of $64,869.
  • The weekend carnage came after a heady period for the industry that saw the value of all coins surge past $2.25 trillion amid a frenzy of demand for all things crypto in the runup to Coinbase's direct listing on Wednesday.
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Artificial Unintelligence

By Gary Smith
  • Then we learn that a box with wheels and a handle is called a wagon, and we create a new mental category that encompasses the wagons we encounter of different sizes and colors, made of different materials, and used for different purposes.
  • Computer software became useful (and profitable) when computer scientists stopped trying to imitate the human brain and, instead, focused on the ability of computers to store, retrieve, and process information.
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Kohl’s Settlement With Actvists For Board Seats

By Insightia
  • Demands from investors for standardized climate-related disclosure frameworks are being answered in quick succession, as the U.S., U.K., and Japan have announced potential revisions to their corporate environmental disclosure policies.
  • Standardization of environmental disclosure continues to be a priority for investors, with 20 shareholder proposals filed seeking climate and sustainability reporting in 2020, seven of which gained majority support, according to Proxy Insight Online data.
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Stocks Are On The Brink Of A Grizzly Bear Market

By Oliver Renick, Contributor
  • If the 10-year bond price drops again from here — just when investors think the Fed has lulled the market back to sleep — we should expect the Nasdaq to go with it.
  • Some of the recent flow has gone into value-oriented companies, but after the huge amount of trading the past two quarters centered on momentum stocks, it follows that the average break-even price of investors is probably the highest it's ever been.
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Edward Snowden’s NFT Self-Portrait Sells for $5.4 Million in Charity Auction

By EditorDavid
Gizmodo reports: The latest big name to get in on the NFT craze is former intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who on Friday auctioned off an original NFT art piece for roughly $5.4 million worth of the cryptocurrency Ether. Titled "Stay Free", it’s a digital self-portrait made out of pages from a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that ruled the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance of phone records violated the law, a practice Snowden brought to light in 2013 by leaking classified NSA secrets to journalists… The NFT sold for 2,224 Ether, worth just over $5.4 million at the time of […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Growing reliance on third-party suppliers signals increasing security risks | ZDNet

By Eileen Yu
  • Adversaries are turning their focus on cheaper, easier targets within an organisation's supply chain, especially as businesses increasingly acquire software from external suppliers.
  • Hackers' ultimate aim here was data exfiltration and would hunt for weak links along the supply chain, where a supplier had failed to keep up with patches, to breach the network and illegally access data of their main target, Aurora said.
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Exclusive: How Ultraviolette is designing India’s most advanced electric bike

By aakash.jhaveri@trivone.com
  • And we realize that this experience of riding an electric bike can be more fun than riding an IC engine vehicle in the city, where along with easier stopping and speeding, you have this ability to very quickly recover energy back into the batteries and then put it out there again onto the road.
  • Narayan Subramaniam and Niraj Rajmohan, the founders of the startup, gave TechRadar an exclusive sneak peek at what they have been up to over the last few years, what’s changed, and how they are building one of the most technologically advanced two-wheelers in the world — ahead of the Ultraviolette F77 launch later this year.
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Fatal Tesla crash in Texas appeared to have no driver

By Trevor Mogg
  • At the heart of the investigation is whether the vehicle was in Autopilot or FSD (Full Self-Driving) mode leading up to the crash, and whether one of the two occupants, aged 59 and 69, were possibly thrown — or moved — from the seat around the point of impact.
  • On its website, Tesla cautions its customers, saying: “Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous,” and also: “While using Autopilot, it is your responsibility to stay alert, keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times, and maintain control of your car.”
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Should We Trust The Facebook Oversight Board?

By Alex Kantrowitz
  • Though the board is authorized to review Facebook’s content moderation decisions, overturn them, and has final say, critics argue it still operates within a framework that Facebook set up.
  • Though the board is authorized to review Facebook’s content moderation decisions, overturn them, and has final say, critics argue it still operates within a framework that Facebook set up.
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If $50,000 Of Student Loans Are Forgiven, This Is What Happens

By Zack Friedman, Contributor
  • Schumer and Warren believe that among other benefits, one-time student loan forgiveness would reduce the wealth gap in America, provide an economic stimulus to the middle class, increase home purchases, increase small business formation, help more people save for retirement, and enable young people to start a family without a significant debt burden.
  • Under Warren’s plan as a presidential candidate, Warren would have cancelled up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with household income under $100,000 and cancel substantial debt for every person with household income between $100,000 and $250,000.
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Where is debt collection heading in India? Towards less muscle and more AI

By Bloomberg
  • “The best way for a bank or a financial institution to lose a customer is to give the account to a collection agency," says Sumeet Srivastava, the chief executive of a five-year-old startup that aims to boost collections without human contact.
  • Turning over a much smaller set of problem loans to collection agencies means good customers don’t get put off by strong-arm tactics.
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Tesla Stock – This robot-run fund with a history of predicting Tesla price moves has just made these stock picks | Fintech Zoom – World Finance

By fintechzoom.com
  • AMOM is an actively managed portfolio driven by artificial intelligence, tracking 50 large-capitalization U.S. stocks and reweighting its holdings each month.
  • An exchange-traded fund driven by artificial intelligence has correctly predicted Tesla price movements, and recently shared its most recent portfolio additions and subtractions with MarketWatch.
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Why Use Muscle? Big Data Can Collect Debt

By Andy Mukherjee
  • “The best way for a bank or a financial institution to lose a customer is to give the account to a collection agency,” says Sumeet Srivastava, the chief executive of a five-year-old startup that aims to boost collections without human contact.
  • Turning over a much smaller set of problem loans to collection agencies means good customers don’t get put off by strong-arm tactics.
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2 Dead After a Tesla Believed to be Driverless Crashes Into a Tree

By Jody Serrano
  • Nonetheless, as pointed out by Jalopnik, with names like “Full Self-Driving,” there is now a misconception that Tesla’s cars are capable of carrying out fully autonomous actions and that the driver is free to sleep, change seats, or take their hands off the wheel for long periods of time.
  • They are also determining whether the car’s driver assistance system, or Autopilot, was activated at the time of the crash.
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How Splunk Is Parsing Machine Logs With Machine Learning On NVIDIA’s Triton and Morpheus

By www.splunk.com
  • In this blog, we’ll walk you through how we use machine learning (ML) to solve log parsing, the experiments we ran in collaboration with NVIDIA to determine how to deploy our models at scale using the NVIDIA Triton Inference Server, and our next steps.
  • In the above architecture, the stream of raw logs enters Splunk, where an Apache Flink job picks them up one by one and sends them as a request to a Triton cluster running LSTM models on g4dn AWS instances.
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AICards: A Companion in AI Ethics Documentation

By Nate Lee
  • To promote an emerging documentation paradigm called Model Cards that offers one way to introduce transparency in AI, I created a prototype of AICards, a tool to help showcase and guide to help create, share, and discover model details in an easy and presentable manner.
  • Yet, AI engineers would understand that there are still key nuances of AI models that can help make informed decisions on fair use, including technical limitations or known data biases.
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What Happened After Elite Universities Made Standardized Test Scores Optional?

By EditorDavid
The New York Times reports: Whether college admissions have changed for the long haul remains unclear. But early data suggests that many elite universities have admitted a higher proportion of traditionally underrepresented students this year — Black, Hispanic and those who were from lower-income communities or were the first generation in their families to go to college, or some combination — than ever before… The easing of the reliance on standardized tests, which critics say often work to the advantage of more educated and affluent families who can afford tutors and test prep, was most likely the most important factor in […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Gett inks deal with Curb Mobility to bring yellow cabs to its enterprise-focused on-demand ride-hailing app

By Ingrid Lunden
  • Gett, the ride-hailing startup that has been carving out a niche for itself in a crowded and competitive market for on-demand transportation by focusing on enterprise accounts and connecting people with rides in some 1,500 cities leveraging a number of third-party fleets, is adding another partner today as it continues to double down on its business model in the wake of corporate travel slowly coming back online.
  • Partner fleets made up one-third of Gett’s business in the first quarter of this year, but as Gett brings on more to its network, it expects partner fleets to cover the majority of its rides by the end of this year, the company said.
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Sunday Night Futures

By Calculated Risk
Weekend:• Schedule for Week of April 18, 2021Monday:• No major economic releases scheduled.From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures S&P 500 futures are down 10 and DOW futures are down 75 (fair value).Oil prices were up over the last week with WTI futures at $62.88 per barrel and Brent at $66.49 per barrel. A year ago, WTI were below zero, and Brent was at $17 – so WTI oil prices are UP sharply year-over-year (oil prices collapsed at the beginning of the pandemic). Here is a graph from Gasbuddy.com for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are at $2.85 per gallon. A year ago prices were at $1.77 per gallon, so […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Artificial intelligence is about to change how you buy lipstick (and other cosmetics)

By Carrie Skinner
  • There are other color identifier apps such as Flawless by Mime, that can select a shade match from a picture you upload, then recommend various make-up products such as nail polish or lipsticks from a variety of brands, but it doesn’t offer the virtual try-on feature.
  • But now, with millions of potential customers no longer able to had in store (and spending far more time browsing social media) it’s bringing that personalized experience to the home with Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sur Mesure Powered by Perso - technology developed by L’Oreal itself, which uses AI to blend and dispense enough color cosmetic, such as lipstick or foundation, for one application in the exact shade selected in the app.
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These Robot Legs Taught Themselves To Walk

By Kristin Houser
  • Doubling up: Rather than letting the AI powering their robot legs learn to walk in one simulation, the Berkeley team used two virtual environments.
  • Rather than giving an AI control over a robot right away — and risking it leading the expensive equipment right down a set of stairs — researchers will create a virtual environment designed to mimic the physics of the real one.
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Proposing an Alternative To Renting or Owning a House: Publicly-Owned Housing

By EditorDavid
  • Unlike rent-to-own programs, however, this option would never require that the tenant take out a mortgage.
  • A third option is necessary," argues a recent article in the Atlantic, "a way to rent without making someone else rich." It's written by Shane Phillips, who's the Housing Inititiative Project Manager at UCLA's Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies: Largely as a consequence of housing prices, Generation X held less than half as much wealth in 2019 as Baby Boomers of the same age did two decades earlier, and Millennials are on course to hold even less.
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Twitter, Facebook, and Snap are reportedly part of White House vaccination campaign

By Kim Lyons
  • Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, will do video clips on Snapchat, according to Axios, and Facebook and Twitter will send out push alerts to notify users that they’re eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC recommended last week that the US pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six people who received the shot experienced unusual blood clots.
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Virtual running events and races – your complete guide

By catherine.ellis@futurenet.com
  • You don't just have to run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon; there are also virtual events that challenge you to complete a particular distance over the course of a month, or to run on a certain number of days, which could be a better option if you’re a relatively new runner.
  • Although you don’t get the race day vibe you would with a real in-person event, you know that you’re completing the same challenge as hundreds of other people, and the event forces you to hold yourself accountable to your running targets.
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Personal View: Cleveland is poised to become the mecca for AI in medicine

By www.crainscleveland.com
  • Cleveland is poised to drive innovations, thanks to its robust medical ecosystem, access to required data assets, multitude of research centers, culture of collaboration, influx of funding and favorable cost of living.
  • Cleveland is home to leading institutions with repositories of data, including Cleveland Clinic, ranked No. 2 in the nation by Newsweek magazine, as well as University Hospitals (ranked 32nd), the MetroHealth System and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.
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India’s Razorpay raises funds at $3 billion valuation ahead of Southeast Asia launch

By Manish Singh
  • Before the end of the financial year, we want to launch in one or two Southeast Asian markets,” said Mathur, adding that the new round gives it the valuation to more confidently explore some M&A opportunities to accelerate growth.
  • Last year, Mathur said Razorpay’s core business — processing payments — is fast-growing and the startup would focus more on building the two new offerings.
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Mexico Plans Tree Planting, Regional Migration Pitch to Biden

  • Mexico’s president will propose a regional agreement on migration to the U.S. this week and the expansion of his tree planting program to Central America as an option to provide order in the process of seeking entry to the U.S.
  • “This would allow us to order the flow of migration, which overflowed in March,” Lopez Obrador said in a video posted on Sunday from his ranch in the southern state of Chiapas.
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Argentina Seeks Paris Club Deal Amid IMF Talks, Guzman Says

Martin Guzman Photographer: Erica Canepa/Bloomberg Photographer: Erica Canepa/Bloomberg Argentina is pressing the Paris Club to renegotiate debt with the South American country as separate talks to strike a deal with the International Monetary Fund drag on, La Nacion reported, citing Economy Minister Martin Guzman.Guzman said in the interview with the newspaper that Argentina was working to postpone or refinance upcoming debt payments with the group of wealthy countries to avoid “a shock that damages the economy at a time when it is recovering.” Efforts to reach a deal with the Paris Club were complicated because of the group’s request for […]Read more >Similar articles >
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A Reference Notebook for (+30) Statistical Charts in Seaborn

By Anello
  • We call the distplot function, we pass the name of the variable sepal_length, from the iris dataset, we indicate that we want to enable rug and adjust the data set according to the fit parameter:
  • We can employ visualizations during exploratory analysis, before or after processing data, construct statistical graphs to analyze datasets, identify variable relationships, or verify how data is distributed.
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How a True-Crime Podcast Led to an Arrest in a 25-Year-Old Cold Case

By EditorDavid
  • "A true-crime podcast has been credited with providing valuable information in a missing person case from the 1990s after two men were arrested," reports Newsweek: Kristin Smart, 19, of Stockton, California, went missing in May 1996 after returning to her dorm at California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo.
  • San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said that they arrested the father and son on Tuesday after a search at Ruben Flores' home using ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs last month resulted in new evidence linked to Smart's disappearance...
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Poll: How often do you upgrade your iPhone?

By José Adorno
  • When people upgrade to a new iPhone, they expect a longer battery life and design changes, followed by more storage, high-quality videos and photos, and a faster processor.
  • If we compare all the current iPhones Apple sells, which probably are the ones people use, we have to compare the iPhone XR to the iPhone 12 Pro Max to start seeing what really changed over these years.
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Why has Israel become an assembly line for tech unicorns and what is it really like to work with the NBA?

By CTech
  • The IDF will build three logistic centers costing $1.7 billion, integrating new technologies that will become available to civilian companies.
  • Very challenging, but a dream come true, according to Daniel Shichman, CEO of Israeli company WSC Sports, which provides a proprietary AI technology platform that automates the creation of short-form sports content.
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How AI and machine learning are helping to fight COVID-19?

By Sanjam Singh
  • Anticipating the danger of contamination, AI has been helping in deciding the danger factors like age, prior conditions, general cleanliness propensities, social propensities, and so forth Quite, Dave DeCaprio and others have utilized AI to construct an underlying Weakness Record for Coronavirus.
  • ML and AI can likewise help us work out which tainted patients are bound to experience the ill effects of Coronavirus.
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Founder of Adobe Dies at Age 81

By EditorDavid
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger brings the news that Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, the co-founder of Adobe, had died at the age of 81. The company started in co-founder John Warnock’s garage in 1982, and was named after the Adobe Creek which ran behind Warnock’s home, offering pioneering capabilities in "What you see is what you get" (or WYSIWYG) desktop publishing. Gizmodo reports: "This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades," Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to staff. "As co-founders of Adobe, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Lifting a cap on refugees would give the US economy a much-needed boost

By Michelle Cheng
  • After backlash from progressives and human rights groups, US president Joe Biden confirmed this weekend that he would raise the annual cap on refugees permitted into the US, reversing course on plans to temporarily stick with a limit set by former US president Donald Trump, the lowest in the program’s 41-year history.
  • Data from the Washington DC-based think tank Migration Policy Institute shows that cap has been successively lowered almost every year since, from a high of more than 200,000 refugees in 1980, to 15,000 last year.
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Landmen Who Once Staked Claims for Oil and Gas Now Hunt Wind and Sun

  • Mr. Collum worked as a landman, tracking the owners of oil and gas trapped in rock layers thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface and getting their signatures, a job about as old as the American petroleum industry.
  • He started around 2006, a couple of years before the shale boom took off and pushed prices for drilling rights in East Texas to more than $15,000 an acre from around $250.
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Cambridge Quantum pushes into NLP and quantum computing with new head of AI

By George Lawton
  • Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) hiring Stephen Clark as head of AI last week could be a sign the company is boosting research into ways quantum computing could be used for natural language processing.
  • The addition of Clark to CQC’s team signals the company will be shifting some of its research and development efforts toward quantum natural language processing (QNLP).
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NASA’s Intelligent Flight Control System

By Rodney Rodríguez
  • In these failure conditions, flight control laws’ performance might be impaired when aircraft aerodynamic characteristics suffer great modification as a consequence of airplane damage.
  • It is customary in the aerospace industry for the flight control laws software to be designed around the aerodynamic and mass characteristics of the air vehicle.
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Siraj Technologies is lighting the way forward for Israeli Bedouin high tech integration

By Yafit Ovadia
  • The startup, led by two Israeli-Bedouin entrepreneurs, works to streamline onboarding the Internet of Things (IoT) edge devices to cloud platforms by relying on AI and deep learning algorithms
  • We want all devices - whether they’re in different languages or different data formats to be able to be absorbed flawlessly into just one structure,” Othman Alshekh, co-CEO of Siraj Technologies told CTech.
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Imagine what humans could do with the technology that allowed a monkey to play a game with its mind

By David Tuffley, The Conversation
  • According to Neuralink, its technology could help people who are paralysed with spinal or brain injuries, by giving them the ability to control computerised devices with their minds.
  • While it may sound like science fiction, the demonstration by Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink is an example of a brain-machine interface in action (and has been done before ).
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‘No One Was Driving the Car’: 2 Dead After Fiery Tesla Crash

By EditorDavid
Texas TV station KPRC 2 reports that two men are dead after a Tesla "crashed into a tree and no one was driving the vehicle, officials say." Long-time Slashdot readers AmiMoJo and McGruber both submitted the story: There was a person in the passenger seat of the front of the car and in the rear passenger seat of the car. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said authorities believe no one else was in the car and that it burst into flames immediately. He said it he believes it wasn’t being driven by a human. Harris County Constable Precinct 4 deputies said the vehicle was traveling at a high speed when it failed to […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Bonds. Corporate Bonds.

By Effi Benmelech, Contributor
  • This pattern, in which, the bond market remains open while the syndicated loan market shuts down, is typical for financial crises.
  • Yet the syndicated loan market—in which groups of banks provide debt financing to firms—shut down, and the origination of new loans fell below their levels in previous years.
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How to get your music video on Apple Music

By Justin Kahn
  • Parsing through the royalty splits and pricing for each music video distribution avenue, policies/pricing for changes to content after delivery, and understanding video content requirements/limitations for each service, among other things, is already way more than enough for independent creatives to deal with — never mind some of the services on Apple’s list that present a complicated mess of a home page and/or are really only available for folks outside of North America.
  • So let’s take a closer look at Apple’s official list of distributor partners, the best options available for independent music makers/content creators, and how to distribute your music video on Apple Music.
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After 19% Annual Gain, Talend Trades $2 Below Thoma Bravo Go-Private Price

By Peter Cohan, Contributor
  • But the twisty journey of Talend, a Redwood City, Calif.-based “open-source data integration company,” is a fascinating yarn — including a skilled public company CEO Michael Tuchen who took over in January 2014, changed its strategy, took it public in 2016, and was replaced seven years later.
  • Christal Bemont, an alumna of business travel and expense software provider Concur (acquired in 2014 by SAP), has been Talend’s CEO since January 2020.
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Bitcoin records biggest one-day drop for almost two months

By Graeme Wearden
  • Bitcoin has posted its biggest one-day drop in almost two months, amid warnings that novice investors could suffer heavy losses from speculating in crypto assets such as “meme coin” Dogecoin.
  • Nigel Green, the chief executive and founder of deVere Group, compared Dogecoin’s rally to the GameStop mania that gripped markets in January, when retail investors organised on Reddit launched a short squeeze on hedge funds.
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Neural Networks for Survival Analysis in R

By Raphael Sonabend
  • {survivalmodels} has limited functionality, which is okay for basic model fitting/predicting, but neural networks typically require data pre-processing and model tuning, so instead we’re going to use {mlr3proba}, which is part of the {mlr3}¹⁸ family of packages and includes functionality for probabilistic supervised learning, of which survival analysis is a part of.
  • We are going to train and tune the Pycox neural networks in {survivalmodels} (all but DNNSurv).
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Once VMware is free from Dell, who might fancy buying it?

By Ron Miller
  • Dell made its move earlier this week, agreeing to spin out VMware in exchange for a huge one-time dividend, a five-year commercial partnership agreement, lots of stock for existing Dell shareholders and Michael Dell retaining his role as chairman of its board.
  • Because the deal left VMware a public company, albeit one controlled by Dell, how it might be used to pay down some of its parent company’s arrears was a constant question.
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Is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ready for Fela Kuti?

By Sanya Osha
  • Scrolling through the comments made on YouTube on Fela Anikulapo-Kuti ’s music, one comes across remarks such as: “The greatest unknown musician who ever lived,” “Why isn’t Fela’s music more widely known?,” “His music beats everything I’ve ever heard before,” and “Why am I so late to this?”
  • Fela Kuti is one of many prominent names nominated for induction into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.
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This week’s top stories: Apple April event confirmed, Apple Pencil 3, iPhone 14 rumors, more

By Chance Miller
  • In this week ’ s top stories: Apple confirms its April special event, rumors of a new Apple Pencil continue, iPhone 12 MagSafe accessory leaks, and more.
  • You’ll be able to stream the event through Apple’s website, on YouTube, and through the Apple TV application on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And as usual, 9to5Mac will have full coverage of everything Apple announces during the event.
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‘Blistering’ Note Reveals Secret Travails of Facebook’s Content Moderators

By EditorDavid
A Facebook content moderator (contracted through Accenture) quit their position in Austin, Texas — but also left a critical internal note which was later leaked by a senior tech reporter at BuzzFeed who described it as "blistering." SFGate also calls it "a harrowing account of what it’s like to work as a Facebook content moderator." The message describes content moderation as a job that takes a significant toll mentally and physically and has led some coworkers to go on psychiatric medication for the first time or self-medicate with alcohol and drugs… "Content analysts are paid to look at the worst of […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Adobe Co-Founder and Inventor of PDFs Charles Geschke Dies at Age 81

By Alyse Stanley
  • “He was a famous businessman, the founder of a major company in the U.S. and the world, and of course he was very, very proud of that and it was huge achievement in his life, but it wasn’t his focus—really, his family was,” Nancy “Nan” Geschke told the Mercury News on Saturday.
  • Charles “Chuck” Geschke, a co-founder of the leading software company Adobe who invented PDFs, died Friday at age 81, the company said in a statement .
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What we can learn from sequencing 1 million human genomes with big data

By The Conversation
  • A million genomes and the accompanying health and lifestyle information will provide an extraordinary wealth of data that should allow researchers to discover the effects of genetic variation on diseases, not only for individuals, but also within different groups of people.
  • That project has allowed a new generation of researchers like me, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, to identify novel targets for cancer treatments, engineer mice with human immune systems and even build a webpage where anyone can navigate the entire human genome with the same ease with which you use Google Maps.
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Oil supermajors’ mega-bet on natural gas

  • In November Engie, a French energy company, scrapped plans to sign an LNG contract with NextDecade, an American firm, over concerns about shale emissions.
  • Adding methane leaks from fracking or pipelines, the Natural Resources Defence Council, an environmental group, calculates that American LNG exports in the next decade may produce greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of about 45m new cars—not counting burning the stuff for energy.
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Microsoft Edge Adds a ‘Kids Mode’ Limiting Browsing to 70 Web Sites

By EditorDavid
"In Microsoft’s ongoing endeavor to convert people to its rebooted Edge web browser, it’s launching a new Kids Mode that makes it easy for parents to control how their children surf the web," reports Gizmodo: Parents have the choice between two versions, one for ages five to eight years and one for ages nine to 12 years. Both enable the strictest level of tracking prevention in Edge and Bing SafeSearch by default to filter out adult text, images, and videos from search results. The only difference between the two age ranges is that the older one includes a newsfeed with curated articles from MSN for Kids. Don’t […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Create 3D Models from Images! AI and Game Development, Design…

By Louis (What’s AI) Bouchard
  • Thus, by manipulating this characteristic of the StyleGAN architecture, they could use these first four layers to automatically generate such novel viewpoints for the rendering task from only one picture!
  • Of course, this GAN architecture that generates such important novel viewpoints also needs to be trained on a lot of data to make this possible.
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Some Bond Market Charts – Corporate High-Yield is Fully-Valued

By Brian Gilmartin
  • There has been a lot of chatter on Twitter about interest rates and the fact that the 1.75% high water mark for the 10-year Treasury (post the 55 bp low yield in early August, ’20 around the Jackson Hole conference) hasn’t been exceeded despite the blow-out March nonfarm payroll report on April 2nd or Good Friday (the stock market was closed but the Treasury market was not closed that day) and subsequent strong or “above-expectations” economic data.
  • Being overweight corporate high-yield in clients accounts was not really a great intellectual stretch in 2020 given the massive Fed liquidity and the fiscal stimulus, but relative and absolute credit spreads are nearing 2007 levels (absolute yields are through 2007 levels I believe) so while retaining equity longs and sector and individual position weights, why push the envelope or the risk parameters by doing the same on the bond or credit side of portfolios.
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Workers are a year into collecting unemployment benefits. It’s causing problems

  • Individuals who seek benefits past this point — which marks a year since they applied for assistance — typically trigger a review from state labor agencies.
  • However, the issues vary by state and according to the specific program paying benefits when the benefit year ends, according to Michele Evermore, a senior policy advisor for unemployment insurance at the U.S. Department of Labor.
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The pandemic exposed small businesses’ vulnerabilities—and how to fix them

By Tim Fernholz
Sipping a strong drink outside with friends, jazz music in the air, you could almost forget the pandemic—except for masks dangling around everyone’s chins.Telegraph street in downtown Oakland, California has been closed to auto traffic through a program called flex streets, allowing watering holes like Bar Shiru to set up their tables in the avenue for socially-distanced service. To limit menus, credit cards, or cash from passing back and forth between customers and servers, ordering and payment is done on customers’ own mobile phones, enabled by QR codes. Even the servers have a different glow: In the Covid era, they are “essential […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Mind-bending MIT project uses lasers to generate music from spiderwebs

By Luke Dormehl
  • “[I’m interested in] pushing the way we create sound and music, by looking to natural phenomena to solicit vibrational patterns for new types of instruments rather than relying on the tradition of ‘harmonic’ tuning like equal temperament,” he said.
  • In each case, [we’re] seeking to assess the innate vibrational patterns of these living materials to work out new ways to conceptualize musical structures.”
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Crypto Flash Crash Wiped Out $300 Billion In Less Than 24 Hours, Spurring Massive Bitcoin Liquidations

By Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes Staff
  • Liquidations during the flash crash totaled more than $10 billion, according to Bybt data, reaching their highest levels this year as the price of bitcoin tumbled more than $10,000 below its latest high of nearly $65,000 on Wednesday.
  • After a run-up in prices ushering in Coinbase's long-awaited market debut earlier in the week, the cryptocurrency market plummeted early Sunday after blackouts in China led to massive declines in bitcoin's mining rates—tanking prices and spurring billions of dollars in liquidations.
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The Sequence Scope: The Nvidia AI Network Effect Goes Beyond Hardware

By Jesus Rodriguez
  • In addition to the portfolio of AI hardware and software solutions, Nvidia also announced optimized versions for leading platforms in the machine learning market, such as Domino Data Lab and Cloudera.
  • The Sequence Scope is a summary of the most important published research papers, released technology and startup news in the AI ecosystem in the last week.
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Do tech companies give back to small business as much as they take?

By John Detrixhe
Small businesses are a big business for technologycompanies.Shopify, for example, makes it easy to spin up an e-commerce site on the cloud, while Stripe makes it simple to add payments processing into a website.Square provides online and offline checkout systems, and DoorDash connects restaurants to a fleet of couriers to deliver food to customers.Commerce has been shifting online for years, but Covid-19 supercharged the move as consumers do more of just about everything digitally, from payments to grocery shopping. Small businesses around the world have responded, with about 70% of them speeding up their digitization, according to a 2020 […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How Could the U.S. Military Already Have a Sixth Generation Fighter?

By Kris Osborn
  • Developers have for many years now been immersed in technological exploration, prototyping, and conceptual work related to 6th-Gen fighter technology, looking at things like building stealthier airframes, applications of AI, miniaturized long-range sensors, targeting technology and drones operating with ever-increasing levels of autonomy.
  • New long-range, high-speed, course-correcting or even self-guiding weapons, combined with new stealth attributes or AI-enabled sensors could indeed help a U.S. 6th-Gen platform achieve overmatch for decades to come, Navy and Air Force developers have for quite some time been pushing the boundaries of the “art-of-the-possible” to the maximum extent, so perhaps certain major breakthrough have happened?
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PS5 isn’t good value compared to Xbox Series X, and I’m sick of it

  • Unsurprisingly, it’s the key reason why I turn on my Xbox Series X almost every night: there’s always something to play that’s either passed me by, just been added or recently optimized for Microsoft’s current-gen consoles.
  • While a company’s profit and loss chart doesn’t bother me in the slightest, these differing strategies are starting to ultimately affect the consumer, and it’s Microsoft’s approach that is paying dividends for gamers, and myself, who simply want to play more titles.
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Deep Learning Specialization By Andrew Ng(Top Instructor from Stanford University )

By Explorer of truth
  • Train test sets & analyze variance for DL applications, use standard techniques & optimization algorithms, & build neural networks in TensorFlow
  • In the fourth course of the Deep Learning Specialization, you will understand how computer vision has evolved and become familiar with its exciting applications such as autonomous driving, face recognition, reading radiology images, and more.
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Openwall Releases ‘Linux Kernel Runtime Guard’ 0.9.0

By EditorDavid
Long-time Slashdot reader xiando shares news from LinuxReviews: Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) is a security module for the Linux kernel developed by Openwall. The latest release adds compatibility with Linux kernels up to soon to be released 5.12, support for building LKRG into kernel images, support for old 32-bit x86 machines and more… The Linux Kernel Runtime Guard is an out-of-tree kernel module you can install as a kernel module, or, with the 0.9.0 release, build into your Linux kernel. It does run-time integrity checks to detect security vulnerability exploits against the Linux kernel. An Openwall developer also notes in the […]Read more >Similar articles >

How to support local small businesses during pandemic reopening

By Alexandra Ossola
In the fall, my explorations of my new neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn quickly landed me at Willoughby General, a general store a few blocks from my apartment. I seemed to be pulled there by gravity, compelled to buy a cheddar biscuit sandwich with fig jam, letting my eyes run over the carefully displayed boxes of artisanal pastas and homemade masks. I envisioned a past version of myself, busy on my way to work (or really just going anywhere beyond a four-block radius), stopping in for a quick coffee and a hello.“Most of our business is supported by the same 50 people or so. We know their dog’s name, we know when they broke up with their […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Why small businesses really matter

By Tim Fernholz
There’s one wrinkle when it comes to boosting small business: In general, they aren’t very efficient.At least on some metrics: Small businesses tend to pay their employees less, provide them less generous benefits, and offer fewer opportunities for advancement compared to larger enterprises. Small businesses aren’t as productive as big businesses—it’s called economy of scale for a reason. Heck, most small businesses don’t even last that long.Why, then, would we want to encourage more smaller enterprises that don’t pay workers as much or produce things as cheaply as bigger ones?Read the rest of this story on qz.com. Become a member to get […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Bartlett: Washington’s Inflation Hysteria Is Fueled by Corporate Greed

By Bruce Bartlett
  • Every time you hear a prominent economist such as Larry Summers warn that the economy is in danger of “ overheating,” he is saying that inflation will result if unemployment falls too low or wages rise too much.
  • Last year, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta president Raphael Bostic, who is Black, said that the Fed “can play an important role in helping to reduce racial inequities and bring about a more inclusive economy.”
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Sunday links: investing in skills

By abnormalreturns
StrategyHas the idea of long, drawn out bear markets been eliminated? (theirrelevantinvestor.com)Insights from Lee Freeman Shor’s “The Art of Execution: How the World’s Best Investors Get it Wrong and Still Make Millions.“ (gavin-baker.medium.com)CryptoHow the cryptocurrency market is uniquely at-risk from adverse headlines. (howardlindzon.com)What will it take for Bitcoin to be widely considered as ‘digital gold’? (ospreyfunds.io)What the Coinbase ($COIN) IPO represents for true crypto believers. (ft.com)Governments are not done regulating cryptocurrencies. (nytimes.com)Handicapping the race to a domestic Bitcoin ETF. […]Read more >Similar articles >

Op-ed: China, Russia are deepening cooperation in what could be defining challenge for Biden

  • This past week, Russia and China simultaneously escalated their separate military activities and threats to the sovereignty of Ukraine and Taiwan respectively — countries whose vibrant independence is an affront to Moscow and Beijing but lies at the heart of U.S. and allies' interests in their regions.
  • President Joe Biden faces a nightmare scenario of global consequence: stepped up Chinese-Russian strategic cooperation aimed at undermining U.S. influence and at upending Biden's efforts to rally democratic allies.
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Interview Of The Week: Kay Firth Butterfield, World Economic Forum

By Jennifer L. Schenker
  • It will make available, through the alliance, its approach to putting AI ethics into practice at a global scale; the governance structure it uses to evaluate applications of data and technology in a centralized, accountable way; and contribute consulting expertise and know how needed to implement AI ethics.
  • She recently spoke to The Innovator about the key takeways for business from The World Economic Forum’s Global Technology Governance Summit 2021,which took place April 6th to 8th,
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Tech executive’s warning to companies ignoring the employee experience

By Dilip Bhatia, Lenovo Chief Customer Experience Officer
  • To better understand this transformation, Lenovo recently conducted a study that looked at the behaviors and attitudes of global knowledge workers and IT decision-makers across companies of all sizes that have moved to remote work.
  • The shift to working from home prompted digital transformation at an exceptional pace, fast-tracking the development of new technologies in response to changing demands.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 tipped to come with a ‘top secret’ processor

  • We're expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 make an appearance at some point this year, and we just got a new leak about the processor that'll be powering it – though it's a leak that actually gives us more questions than answers.
  • Well-known tipster @UniverseIce has tweeted that the upcoming foldable is going to have a "top secret" CPU inside, so that would seem to rule out the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Samsung's own Exynos 2100 chip.
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5 features that drive revenue for mobile games in both the U.S. and China

By Kalle Heikkinen
  • Gachas (aka loot boxes ) are increasingly common in mobile games, especially RPGs. Gachas tend to be tied into an extensive character roster, and there are multiple types in top-grossing RPGs. One of the most popular is event-based gachas sold with bulk discounts to encourage players to buy.
  • Many features of top-grossing mobile games help them retain and monetize players, but which are most effective and have the most significant impact?
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These Are Our Favorite Hair Straighteners

By Medea Giordano
  • London-based hairstylist Hollie Rose Clarke says ions in hair tools keep the cuticle layer of your hair smooth, so you'll get a shinier, frizz-free result.
  • “If you have finer hair and you are wanting as much body and volume as possible, the ionic dryer may not be the best,” McField says.
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Acer Aspire 5 (2021) review: Not easy on the eyes

By Mark Coppock
  • Acer tweaked the Aspire 5’s design for 2021, with the biggest change being a new hinge that angles the chassis bottom several degrees to provide for better airflow and prop up the keyboard.
  • This is the first 11th-gen Core i3 that we’ve tested, and so all our comparison laptops are running faster CPUs. As an example, the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable, a Windows 10 tablet equipped with a Core i5-1130G7 (a slower Core i5), took just over three minutes to complete the test.
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Apple HomePod 2: what we want to see

By olivia.tambini@futurenet.com
  • Again, there’s no word on a potential price for the Apple HomePod 2, but if it’s another full-sized HomePod as opposed to the HomePod mini, we’d expect it to cost about the same as the original smart speaker.
  • So far, Apple hasn’t confirmed whether the HomePod 2 really exists, which means that we can’t say for sure whether it will materialize at the next Apple event on April 20, or indeed this year – but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about all the features we’d like to see from the tech giant’s next smart speaker.
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Federal investigators looking into breach at software code testing company Codecov

By Kim Lyons
  • “Our investigation has determined that beginning January 31, 2021, there were periodic, unauthorized alterations of our Bash Uploader script by a third party, which enabled them to potentially export information stored in our users’ continuous integration (CI) environments,” Engelberg wrote.
  • In a statement on the company’s website, Codecov CEO Jerrod Engelberg acknowledged the breach and the federal investigation, saying someone had gained access to its Bash Uploader script and modified it without the company’s permission.
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The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap

By Chelsea Wald
  • The solution to our poop problem isn’t only to rebuild conventional infrastructure, but also to adopt a variety of more recent innovations, as well as encourage new ones, that will make our toilets much better—healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable.
  • For this to become a reality, state and local governments will need sufficient funding as well as new public policies that create incentives.
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These AI-enabled product designs for your home are the Tesla of robots!

By Srishti Mitra
  • Using a sensing and tracking system that’s much more superior to the LiDAR sensors and GPS chips found in home-cleaning robots, the Toadi effortlessly moves around the lawn on her own, mowing in straight lines, crossing over to other parts of the lawn if need be, avoiding flower-beds, objects, or pets (and other garden animals), and staying clear of fences.
  • Called ‘Hearingbot’, this AI-powered robot comes with an integrated smart home system for seamless and reliable use throughout the day.
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Some links

By memyselfandi007
An interesting overview how retail spending in the US has developed since the beginning of the pandemic A “behind the scenes” deep dive into the development of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine A great allegory on the difference of investing like an Octopus vs. investing like a Shark How Square succeeded in the hard fought payments business Canary Wharf is trying to fight itself out of the Covid-19 hole Although his performance is bad, David Einhorn is still writing decent investor letters Which game in investing are you playing ? […]Read more >Similar articles >
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New iPad Pro will launch with something the 2020 model didn’t: a huge games library

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com
  • Gaming subscription services are one of the best repositories of new titles for mobile gamers - Android tablet users get Google's Play Pass, and the new iPad Pro will get access to Apple Arcade .
  • Mobile gaming might be rising like a rocket but tablet gaming isn't far behind, with the big screen endemic of the gadget being really great for plenty of titles.
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The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season

By WIRED
  • Appearances and scents aside, chamise turns out to be a fascinating plant, one critical not only to the California landscape but to the safety of its human residents.
  • (This is a Mediterranean climate, after all, in which rain stops in the spring and doesn’t restart until autumn.) But the chamise is beautifully adapted to ride out the baking heat: those tiny, leathery leaves have far less surface area than a broadleaf, so they don’t lose as much moisture.
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Naspers Has a $100 Billion Headache

  • Mr. Sgourdos said executives are exploring more than 10 ideas to reduce the valuation gap, but he declined to elaborate on what options they are considering.
  • The problem has become more acute as the gap widened to new levels in the past year, when the coronavirus-induced rally in tech stocks pumped up valuations of Tencent and other tech companies.
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What could Apple’s big Tuesday surprise be?

By bryan.wolfe@futurenet.com
  • The Tuesday, April 20 event is expected to feature an iPad upgrade, a brand new product, and perhaps one or two surprises.
  • First introduced in 2012, the latest model was released in 2019 alongside the discontinued third-generation iPad Air. The 2021 iPad mini is expected to feature an 8.4-inch display and an updated processor, perhaps the A13 or A14.
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How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way

By Brian Barrett
  • Still, there were signs even in the early ’10s that Logitech wasn’t fully invested in the product line, says Werthauer.
  • “If we think about any company that tried to make a dent in that, what comes to mind is Harmony,” says Paul Erickson, senior analyst at research company Parks Associates.
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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

By abnormalreturns
Also on the siteNew wealth comes along with newfound emotions. (abnormalreturns.com)Top clicks this weekFive insights from William Bernstein’s new book "The Delusions of Crowds: Why People Go Mad in Groups." (nextbigideaclub.com) The case against alcohol. (fergus-mccullough.com)Negative compounders come in all shapes and sizes. (humbledollar.com)Why you need to understand what you own. (compoundadvisors.com)Sensible portfolios are possible. Optimal ones are not. (humbledollar.com)Five superpowers in business and life. (thereformedbroker.com)What you call something matters, especially in financial markets. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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10 Sunday AM Reads

By Barry Ritholtz
  • • The rise of domestic extremism in America Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • ( NBC News ) see also 17 requests for backup in 78 minutes A reconstruction shows how failures of planning and preparation left police at the Capitol severely disadvantaged on Jan. 6 D.C. Police requested backup at least 17 times in 78 minutes during Capitol riot ( Washington Post )
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How to Schedule Emails and Texts to Send Anytime You Want

By David Nield
  • Your phone will need to be switched on and have an active connection to the outside world for these scheduled messages to be sent—you're delaying the sending of the text from your local device, rather than having it wait in the cloud or on a server somewhere, so bear that in mind.
  • As for third-party chat apps, you won't find message scheduling in apps like WhatsApp or Signal, but it is available in Telegram: Hold down the Send button (the blue arrow) to find the Schedule Message option, then pick a date and time for the message to be sent.
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How Wall Street’s Greatest Piece Of Financial Engineering Propelled Michael Dell To A $50 Billion Fortune

By Antoine Gara, Forbes Staff
  • With financial alchemy, heaps of cheap debt and a shrewd takeover partner in Silver Lake’s billionaire co-CEO Egon Durban, Dell has effectively increased the value of his Dell Technologies stock from $3.6 billion in 2013, to $39 billion presently.
  • With $9 billion in cash at the time, Dell’s PC business and its heavy investments in software and technology infrastructure were undervalued.
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Attack of the drones: the mystery of disappearing swarms in the US midwest

By Amelia Tait
  • FAA communications manager Ian Gregor now says: “We did not receive any information that enabled us to determine what exactly it was that people reported seeing and, if they were drones, who was flying them.”
  • That night, Vince Iovinella, deputy sheriff at Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, received more than 30 calls from locals reporting drones “zipping around all over the place” – Iovinella himself saw one with red, white and green lights that he also tried to chase.
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We’re Witnessing A Key Shift Towards Cloud & API-Based Architecture: Sachin Bakliwal, Fidelity International

By Ambika Choudhury
  • Analytics India Magazine got in touch with Sachin Bakliwal, Head of Asset Management Technology and Analytics, Fidelity International to understand how AI, big data and data analytics are playing an important role in transforming businesses in the new normal post the pandemic.
  • AI and machine learning are becoming key tools across the investment process to create value from the data available.
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80% of Companies will Adopt Intelligent Automation by 2025

By Analytics Insight is an influential platform dedicated to insights, trends, and opinions from the world of data-driven technologies. It monitors developments, recognition, and achievements made by Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics companies across the globe.
  • More than half, nearly 55%, have identified robotic process automation (RPA) can assist their organization to advance process efficiencies and improve service quality, and have planned to deploy it by 2025.
  • In the survey, over 80% of respondents expect their companies will utilize intelligent automation by 2025 in retail and consumer products.
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Apple’s new iMac could be unleashed on April 20, with rumors now coming thick and fast

  • There’s no text, but this is clearly a suggestion that a new iMac is about to debut, as past speculation has contended that the revamped M1-powered all-in-one will be available in a choice of striking colors (as was the case with the G3 way back in 1998).
  • All this – plus some other recent nuggets from the rumor mill, like the discovery of references to unreleased iMac models already being present in macOS Big Sur – is starting to make it seem like there’s a much stronger possibility of an iMac launch coming on April 20 than we previously imagined.
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Power Plants Become Bitcoin-Mining Operations. Are There Alternatives?

By EditorDavid
  • And they fear that dozens of other retired or retiring fossil-fueled power plants across New York could follow Greenidge's example, gaining new life by repurposing as Bitcoin miners or other types of energy-intense data centers.
  • The New York Focus site writes: A decade ago, the bankrupt owner of the Greenidge power plant in Dresden, New York, sold the uncompetitive coal-fired relic for scrap and surrendered its operating permits.
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The smaller iPhone 13 notch shows up again in another image leak

  • It's been another busy week for iPhone 13 rumors, and the latest leak around Apple's upcoming handset involves that smaller notch that we've been hearing a lot about.
  • With the notch said to be going down to about two-thirds of its current size, there'll be more room for notification icons, battery information and so on up at the top of the screen – though as yet we haven't had any official confirmation of the design change.
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Is AI the savior of lipstick shopping as the high street dwindles

By Carrie Skinner
  • There are other color identifier apps such as Flawless by Mime, that can select a shade match from a picture you upload, then recommend various make-up products such as nail polish or lipsticks from a variety of brands, but it doesn’t offer the virtual try-on feature.
  • But now, with millions of potential customers no longer able to had in store (and spending far more time browsing social media) it’s bringing that personalized experience to the home with Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sur Mesure Powered by Perso - technology developed by L’Oreal itself, which uses AI to blend and dispense enough color cosmetic, such as lipstick or foundation, for one application in the exact shade selected in the app.
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Why investors can’t get enough of Africa’s debt

By Carlos Mureithi
  • (The sale was a reopening of a eurobond sale issued in November, Africa’s first during the Covid-19 pandemic.) Now, Kenya is planning to use the debt instrument to raise $1 billion by June, and Ghana and Nigeria are also preparing their own issues.
  • African countries typically use eurobond funds to finance maturing debt obligations and heavy infrastructure projects, and it’s no different during the pandemic.
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Now Overwatch AI will build power rankings to decide if you are a better player or not

By Abhi
  • According to IBM Developers, the Overwatch Power Rankings will be based on upwards of 360 performance metrics (damage per second, healing, weapon accuracy, etc.), with roughly 1.8 million data points collected in any given match.
  • According to developers of IBM, Now overwatch will use AI to collect More than 1.8M data points in any given match you join and process this data to build power rankings.
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Coinbase goes public, Microsoft buys Nuance and how to fix NDAs

By David Pierce


On this episode of the Source Code podcast: Ben Pimentel joins the show to discuss Coinbase's huge debut on the public market, and where the company goes next. Then, Joe Williams explains why Microsoft bought Nuance, and why the deal might be about much more than health care. Finally, Issie Lapowsky discusses her story on the lives of Big Tech's whistleblowers, and their plan to rethink how NDAs work in the industry.

For more on the topics in this episode:

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Huawei smartphones: a complete history of its phones ahead of the Huawei P50

  • The 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel LCD display was a touch smaller than the Mate 8 screen, and in terms of software the phone arrived with Huawei's own take on Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
  • The Huawei Mate X arrived with a bendable 8-inch, 2200 x 2480 pixel resolution OLED display, 5G support, a Kirin 980 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, and a quad-lens 40MP+8MP+16MP+TOF camera.
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Africa debt appetites, maggot hub, startup expansion

By Jackie Bischof
Hi Quartz Africa readers,Investors can’t get enough of Africa’s debt.A huge appetite for African eurobonds is spurring a wave of issuances in the continent. Benin saw its ratings outlook improve after successful eurobond issuances in January. In February, Côte d’Ivoire raised $1.03 billion in a eurobond sale which saw investors place orders for triple the amount offered. (The sale was a reopening of a eurobond sale issued in November, Africa’s first during the Covid-19 pandemic.) Now, Kenya is planning to use the debt instrument to raise $1 billion by June, and Ghanaand Nigeria are also preparing their own issues.Read the rest of this […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Blizzard And IBM Develop AI Powered Overwatch Rank System To Crown The Mightiest Players

By Ben Funk
  • The Area 631 team went to work in September of 2020 to figure out how AutoAI and IBM's considerable cloud resources could organize Overwatch data in a way that makes sense and ranks players based on skill rather than role.
  • Just as Overwatch is a 6v6 multiplayer game, IBM pulled in a six-person team of data scientists in Germany to study analytics data and help devise a ranking system, dubbed Area 631.
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From NFTs to meme stocks: How to think about the crazy future of money

By David Pierce
  • This Sunday, here's your five-minute guide to the best of Protocol (and the internet) from the week that was, from what's next for Coinbase to how the FBI cracked a shooter's iPhone.
  • But the company's already thinking about what's next: an acquisition spree, new features to help it be more than just "a place to buy Bitcoin," and a lot of bets on the crypto future.
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This trivial smartwatch feature helped me improve my running

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com
  • While a ping of ‘congratulations’ on a smartwatch doesn’t quite match the delivery on your desk of a scrumptious cheesecake (note to Ed: preferably strawberry or caramel; definitely not lemon), it’s nevertheless a reward that hits hard in that post-run endorphin rush, making you feel good about your workout.
  • I’m currently taking part in a challenge to run the distance of America’s Route 66 in two years – find out all about the journey here – and in my columns, I’m exploring the way technology (and other things) can help or hinder the experience.
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China and Huawei’s Dystopian ‘New IP’ Plan for 6G

By EditorDavid
Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared this analysis from Just Security: Huawei’s plans for 6G and beyond make U.S. concerns over 5G look paltry: Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls "New IP," designed to build "intrinsic security" into the web. Intrinsic security means that individuals must register to use the internet, and authorities can shut off an individual user’s internet access at any time. In short, Huawei is looking to integrate China’s "social credit," surveillance, and censorship regimes into the internet’s architecture… To avoid […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Microsoft Teams looks set to be part of working life for years to come

  • Microsoft has already launched monitors and headphones with dedicated Teams buttons, and these new additions look to cement the feeling that the video calling platform is set to remain a key part of the company's work for the foreseeable future.
  • But alongside the new laptop were a range of upgraded accessories, including headsets, and the new Surface Headphones 2+ for Business, all of which feature dedicated Microsoft Teams buttons.
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From the archive: could a computer predict the result of the 1970 World Cup?

By Chris Hall
  • A computer with less power than your phone had sent men to the moon in 1969, so getting one to predict the 1970 Mexico World Cup winner for the Observer Magazine should have been nailed on (‘Can England do it again?
  • But no, the Observer sports columnist David Hunn had actually fed in the relevant facts on all 16 teams to computer Elliott 803 to produce his computer-match report, with the help of some ‘teenage mathematical prodigies’ at Dulwich College.
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Blackstone to Sell $3 Billion Australian Logistics to ESR

Blackstone Group has agreed to sell a portfolio of warehouse and logistics assets across Australia’s largest cities to property investor ESR Cayman Ltd. for about $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.The deal, which involves about 45 assets held by Blackstone’s Milestone Logistics, could be announced as soon as Monday, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. ESR beat out rival bidders including other property investors in the process, the person said. At $3 billion, a sale would mark the largest real estate transaction in Australia in at least five years, according to data […]Read more >Similar articles >
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What is a non-fungible token – and why are some digital artworks selling for millions?

  • Unlike solely digital artists, Tim still creates physical pieces, photographing his work to create the NFTs. He decided to use his skull designs as they fitted in with the idea of being collectible.
  • Tim Fowler, from Leicester, has been working full-time as an artist for about three years, selling his work in the traditional sense - physical paintings for people to hang on their walls.
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Citi to Apply for Stock, Futures Trading in China: Global Times

Citigroup Inc. plans to apply for a variety of wealth management licenses in China, the Global Times said in a tweet.The firm wants approval to trade securities and futures, and underwrite the sales of stocks and bonds, according to the state-run newspaper. A Hong Kong-based Citigroup spokesman said the lender continues to “explore opportunities to support its local and global clients in China further.” The bank last week said it plans to exit retail banking in 13 markets across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa as part of a strategic overhaul, though it will continue to serve corporations and private banking clients in those […]Read more >Similar articles >