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Teacher of the year for life: Professor hired mercenaries to rescue student from ISIS
Charlotta Turner, a chemistry professor at Sweden’s Lund University, hired a team of mercenaries to extricate a student from ISIS-occupied territory when she found out they were going to be late on an assignment. Now we know exactly who this mug belongs to: The extraordinary events occurred in 2014 when graduate student Firas Jumaah left Sweden in response to a family emergency: ISIS had occupied a village adjacent to his hometown, where his wife and two children remained. Jumaah told Lunds University Magazine (LUM): My wife was panicked, everyone was shocked at how IS behaved. I took the first plane… This story continues at The Next Web
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Moving beyond ‘all models are wrong’ and into rational AI
The cold, calculating ‘mind’ of a machine has no capacity for emotion. Alexa doesn’t care if you call it names. DeepMind’s AlphaGo will never actually taste the sweet joy of victory. Despite this, they’re more like humans than you might think. They’re nearly always wrong and virtually incapable of being rational. British statistician George Box famously stated “all models are wrong, but some are useful” in a research paper published in 1976. While he was referring to statistical models, it’s well-accepted that the aphorism applies to computer models as well, and thus it makes sense from an AI point of view.… This story continues at The Next Web
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Dry data analysis of Christmas songs to get you in the holiday mood
Can we quantify different features of music? Apparently yes; folks at Spotify have identified and measured songs’ features like danceability, accoustiness, valence, energy, pitchiness, and more. In this humble study I’ll use Spotify data to analyze the greatest Christmas songs of all time and find out how the musical features are connected, in addition to finding  the most positive and danceable Christmas songs for the party! Now, you might ask yourself ‘why not just pick the songs you like the most?’ Not a chance, I believe in data and I’ll prove to you which songs you should like. So let’s… This story continues at The Next Web
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Alfonso Ribeiro and Backpack Kid latest to sue Epic over Fortnite dances
Two more voices have joined the case against Epic Games, bringing more allegations of intellectual property theft. In this case, the people in question are Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the infamous Backpack Kid. Filed yesterday, the complaints are aimed not only at Epic, but also at 2K Games, the company behind the NBA 2K series. Both parties allege that 2K also includes dances related to Ribeiro and Backpack Kid without their permission. Law firm Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, which is representing both people, is also representing rapper Terrence… This story continues at The Next Web
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Bitcoin extortionists threaten victims with ‘hitman’ unless they cough up $4K
Cryptocurrency scams are getting more old-school with every week that passes. Hacks seem to be too difficult these days and old-fashioned threats are becoming the way of the crypto-criminal. According to emails seen by Bleeping Computer, scammers are now threatening victims with a hitman if they don’t pay $4,000 in Bitcoin to call off the hit. The emails appear to come from the owner of a dark net website who has recently received an order from someone to hire a hitman to assassinate the email recipient. The assasination market owner is offering, for the small sum of $4,000 in Bitcoin,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Belgian cryptocurrency scam blacklist swells to 113 dodgy domains
The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has identified a fresh batch of cryptocurrency scams. It has added a swathe of new sites to its blockchain blacklist, expanding it to 113 dodgy domains. In a special warning to local investors, FSMA declared it prudent for Belgians to keep a serving of moules-frites between themselves and the businesses behind the following 14 websites: www.ajassetmanagement.com www.cabinet-finsbury.com www.capital-coventry.com www.capital-secure.com www.capitalmarketing-internationalltd.com www.cashlesspaygroup.com www.cobber-finance.com www.conseil-premium.com www.cryptomonaies.com www.direct-ep.com www.epargnecapital.com  www.gbe-capital.com www.moneo-invest.com www.phoenix-gm.com Due to the seemingly endless threat of phony cryptocurrency companies, authorities added examples of common red-flags it feels are helpful for newbie blockchain investors. “The… This story continues at The Next Web
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Start building fun and innovative DIY projects with this $45 Arduino bundle
Whether your enterprising kid is eight or 80, the Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit and Course Bundle ($45 with promo code: MERRY15, an 85 percent discount right now from TNW Deals) not only inspires loads of ultra-cool electronic gadget glee, but fires the imagination about everything it can ultimately create.
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Memes are taking the alt-right’s message of hate mainstream
Think of an internet meme and you’ll probably smile. The most memorable viral images are usually funny, from Distracted Boyfriend to classics like Grumpy Cat. But some memes have a much more sinister meaning. They might look as innocuous as a frog, but are in fact symbols of hate. And as memes have become more political, these hateful examples have increasingly found their way onto mainstream social media platforms. My colleagues and I recently carried out the largest scientific study of memes to date, using a dataset of 160m images from various social networks. We showed how “fringe” web communities… This story continues at The Next Web
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Google reportedly shuts down its Chinese censored search project
Google has stopped developing its censored search engine for China, known as project Dragonfly. The tech giant was forced to shut down a data analysis system used for its development after members of the company’s privacy team objected to it, according to The Intercept. Google‘s China project has been highly contested from the beginning, as the company is said to be aiding censorship and surveillance — effectively adding to the country’s human rights violations. NGOs have celebrated news of Google‘s decision to drop Dragonfly, but Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo was disappointed with the reason behind the move: “It’s worrying… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Day 7 of TNW’s Advent Deals: Sennheiser headphones, a speaker, and a pocket printer
This holiday period, Plugged is running a very special advent calendar. Over the course of 12 days, we’ll be sharing a selection of sweet, sweet deals. You can thank us later. Want the deals from day 6? Head here, beloved. Today’s deals? Well, they’re just below. On the seventh day of TNW’s advent, the lovely team gave to me… Only $150 for Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones If you don’t know Massdrop, it’s a retail site that works with its users to make products they want. The items are exclusive to Massdrop and are offered at a lower price than… This story continues at The Next Web
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Study: Switching between devices is associated with poorer attention and memory
How many times have you sat down to watch TV or a movie, only to immediately shift your attention to your smartphone or tablet? Known as “media multitasking,” this phenomenon is so common that an estimated 178m US adults regularly use another device while watching TV. While some might assume that frequently shifting your attention between different information streams is good brain training for improving memory and attention, studies have found the opposite to be true. Media multitasking is when people engage with multiple devices or content at the same time. This might be using your smartphone while watching TV,… This story continues at The Next Web
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All I want for Christmas: Folders for Google Docs
This is perhaps the saddest article I’ve written: I’m opening myself up to endless ridicule by admitting how deeply I care about something so incredibly mundane and objectively boring. But I don’t care. I’m a champion of the people, and I’m prepared to sacrifice myself for the greater good. Google, all I want for Christmas are folders for Google Docs. The struggle First of all, yes I know you can make folders in Google Drive — but I don’t care. I want folders for Google Docs. Every time I make a new document, which happens a lot in my line… This story continues at The Next Web
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The real-life gruesome experiments that inspired Frankenstein
On January 17 1803, a young man named George Forster was hanged for murder at Newgate prison in London. After his execution, as often happened, his body was carried ceremoniously across the city to the Royal College of Surgeons, where it would be publicly dissected. What actually happened was rather more shocking than simple dissection though. Forster was going to be electrified. The experiments were to be carried out by the Italian natural philosopher Giovanni Aldini, the nephew of Luigi Galvani, who discovered “animal electricity” in 1780, and for whom the field of galvanism is named. With Forster on the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Roland’s Rubix 44 is the perfect USB interface for your home recording studio
The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and running out of inputs for all the instruments and microphones you want to connect for any given music project. That may not be everyone’s experience. But if it rings true for you, allow me to introduce you to the solution: Roland’s Rubix 44. Disclaimer: the Rubix 44 won’t cure death or pay your taxes for you, but it will let you connect your microphones and instruments to your Mac, Windows, or iPad seamlessly via USB. The Rubix lineup of USB interfaces comes in three different models, the 22 (2 inputs,… This story continues at The Next Web
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Redditors work out player counts to over 100 PS4 games
Leave it to Reddit to parse the tiniest details of a minor feature for PS4 players and turn it into a wealth of data about games. In this case, the feature is the “My PS4 Life” videos Sony recently began offering to players. In the My PS4 Life videos, which are kind of like those little “Year in Review” videos Facebook offers its users every year, players were told how many other players had earned some of their rarest trophies. It’s a nice way of giving the player a smug sense of superiority over the rest of their fellows, though… This story continues at The Next Web
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The top 4 trends spotted in this years’ robot scene
For robots, 2018 was a year of goodbyes, hellos, and intriguing pointers to future developments. Here are the four major trends that I spotted in the robot scene this year: General-purpose consumer robots aren’t a business… yet The year began with a large consumer robot contingent at CES, and a great deal of press for leading contenders such as Kuri and Jibo. But halfway through the year, The Robot Report published that Jibo had laid off most employees and was running on fumes. Two months later, Bosch announced it would no longer sell Kuri or invest in development. Little explanation… This story continues at The Next Web
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6 low-cost marketing tactics to boost your startups’ presence
As a startup, your time and money may be limited — especially for marketing. But you don’t always need an elaborate marketing strategy to make some noise on the internet, attract an audience, and build lasting customer relationships.   As I explained in my last article, you can focus on perfecting a few key tactics instead. But which tactics, you ask? You’ve come to the right place. I’ll be sharing some of the best marketing tactics for startups based on my personal experience. 1. Define your story Storytelling is an incredibly powerful tool. It’s also the natural beginning of every… This story continues at The Next Web
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Senate report: Moscow directed ‘troll farm’ in efforts to elect Trump
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released a pair of reports detailing the results of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Here’s what you need to know. The Washington Post obtained a draft of the report ahead of its publication and revealed its contents in a bombshell article early Monday morning. The intelligence committee reports, according to the Post, reaffirm what we already know: Russia aided President Donald Trump‘s campaign through a massive propaganda effort. It also provides our best look yet at the sheer scope of the effort. But, perhaps most importantly,… This story continues at The Next Web
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Fear of ‘chemicals’ is stunting our scientific progress
During casual conversations with Uber drivers and new acquaintances on flights across the country, it sometimes comes up that I’m a chemist. The reactions run the gamut, most latching onto the baggage associated with ‘chemicals‘ in today’s society. The most common sentiments being along these lines: “Chemical companies are making the environment and people less healthy.” “We should avoid chemicals in foods, cosmetics, and other consumer products.” “Things labeled “all-natural” are good. Ingredients that are difficult to pronounce are bad.” That’s a small sample of what I hear, and its all echoed in studies, top ten lists, and public mantras.… This story continues at The Next Web
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Discord’s new plan could pose a serious challenge to Steam and Epic
Discord announced a few days ago it would be offering a new revenue split for indie developers who want to debut their games on the Discord store — and it’s hard not to take the numbers as a thumb in the eye of both Steam and Epic Games. Discord’s revenue number was revealed in a blog post rather pointedly titled “Why not 90/10?” In it, Discord says its discovered that it can offer indie developers a 90/10 revenue split, besting Steam’s 70/30 and the new Epic store’s 88/12: We talked to a lot of developers, and many of them feel… This story continues at The Next Web
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Italian regulators launch crackdown on silly cryptocurrency scams
Italian authorities have moved to protect local investors by temporarily banning the sale of two particularly dodgy cryptocurrency investments within the country for 90 days. In a special bulletin, the Commissione Nazionale per la Società e la Borsa (CONSOB), Italy‘s primary financial regulator, revealed a string of websites and Facebook pages it has restricted from selling potentially fake cryptocurrency projects, Bitsurge Tokens and Green Energy Certificates. The Bitsurge scheme offers special “token contracts” that promise monthly returns. The system is apparently so lucrative that a $1,000 investment will see six percent revenue paid to the investor every month. The second scam is similarly… This story continues at The Next Web
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These games are worth fighting with your friends and family about
Hopefully you’ve already got most of your Christmas shopping done already (if not, check out our ultimate guide, one we created for parents, and another for partners). But you know what you might’ve forgotten? Games. Red hot fiery games. Remember, it’s not all about the Christmas day and gift giving. Some of the best memories of the season are made sitting around a table on days around the holiday. Oh, and whooping your loved ones at some games. To help you out on this quest, we’ve put together a handy list of some brilliant board games (with a few video… This story continues at The Next Web
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RankActive SEO is an all-in-one solution for devising and managing a strategy for search engine success that actually works. You can start getting schooled up on everything RankActive SEO brings to the table with this over 90 percent savings, earning you premium lifetime access for just $25 from TNW Deals with promo code: MERRY15.
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Hong Kong: Bitcoin ‘millionaire’ throws money from rooftop, gets arrested
A supposed Chinese cryptocurrency millionaire has been arrested after throwing stacks of HK $100 ($12) bills from the rooftop of a building in one of Hong Kong’s poorest districts. Self-styled Bitcoin millionaire Wong Ching-Kit announced the bizarre stunt via Facebook. In the post, he declared money would soon be “falling from the sky.” Sure enough, Wong then proceeded to rain cash on Kowloon streets, causing havoc as citizens reportedly became frenzied in the rush to collect as many free bills as possible. It’s currently unclear just how much money was thrown, notes South China Morning Post. Police were able to seize HK… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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How an app can help fight loneliness in old people at Christmas
While loneliness is experienced by all ages, it’s especially pronounced in older people. In the UK, 51 percent of all people aged 75 and over live alone and approximately 6 percent of older adults leave their house once a week or less. An increasing proportion of these older adults live in rural areas. In an age when services and information are increasingly available online, might technology play a role in addressing loneliness and social isolation? Our research was conducted in South Lakeland – a rural community of Cumbria in Northern England. Residents aged 65 years and older account for 24.2 percent of the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Day 6 of TNW’s Advent Deals: headphones, a speaker and a laptop
This holiday period, Plugged is running a very special advent calendar. Over the course of 12 days, we’ll be sharing a selection of sweet, sweet deals. You can thank us later. If you fancy it, you can find the deals from day five here. Anyway, let’s get this going! On the sixth day of TNW’s advent, the lovely team gave to me… $30 off JBL on-ear headphones Christmas is a noisy old time – and you know the best way to deal with that? More noise. Your noise. So, go on, get yourself (or a loved one) a pair of… This story continues at The Next Web
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Moonday Mornings: Maduro forces pensioners to use Petro
Last week, we had our first ever blockchain event, Hard Fork Decentralized, where we discussed a range of challenges facing the industry and hosted talks all over London. We’ll be posting some videos from our live stream of the event, so keep your eyes open if you want to catch up on what went on. But the cryptocurrency and blockchain world didn’t take a vacation, so there is a lot to catch up on, here’s Moonday Morning for you: 1. London based cryptocurrency exchange Cubits, has voluntarily entered administration after being hacked for over $32 million back in February. While… This story continues at The Next Web
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Don’t worry about screen time – focus on how you use technology
Many Americans find themselves bombarded by expert advice to limit their screen time and break their addictions to digital devices – including enforcing and modeling this restraint for the children in their lives. However, over 15 years of closely observing people and talking with them about how they use technological tools, I’ve developed a more nuanced view: Whether a technology helps or hurts someone depends not just on the amount of time they spend with it but on how they use it. I’ve found many people who have found impressively creative ways to tailor the technologies they have to serve… This story continues at The Next Web
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