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Apple TV+ Series 'Servant' and 'Truth Be Told' Previewed During Emmy Awards
Apple peppered ad breaks during last night's Emmy Awards with new mini trailers promoting original programming coming soon to its video streaming service, set to launch on November 1. The 15-second clips, which have also appeared on the Apple TV+ YouTube Channel, include sneak peeks at shows that will be exclusive to Apple+. The first is for true-crime thriller Truth Be Told starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul. According to Screen Times, Spencer plays a podcaster who reopens her investigation into a murder. With doubts and new evidence coming to light after her original evidence leads to a conviction, she is forced to reevaluate her investigation which made her a media sensation. Two other ads are for Servant, a 10-episode psychological thriller created and written by Tony Basgallop, who will also executive produce alongside M. Night Shyamalan. The series follows a Philadelphia couple "in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home." Both shows won't be immediately available to watch at the launch of Apple TV+, but are expected to come in the weeks following. Apple aired the new spots along with other clips for post apocalyptic drama See starring Jason Momoa, period drama Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld as poet Emily Dickinson, alternative history drama For All Mankind, The Morning Show starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell, and kids' show Snoopy in Space. Apple TV+ launches in 150 countries on November 1 and will cost $4.99 per month. Customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch or Apple TV hardware will also get free access to the service for one year. Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)This article, "Apple TV+ Series 'Servant' and 'Truth Be Told' Previewed During Emmy Awards" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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WATCH: New warning about fatal mosquito-borne virus
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is now responsible for at least seven deaths from Michigan to Massachusetts, according to health officials.
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The NBA passed stricter tampering rules. Fine, let’s investigate 2019
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter. The NBA Board of Governors called the cops on itself on Friday, unanimously approving stricter rules and punishments regarding tampering and improper benefits. Like a fool, early Friday I wrote that the 30 people who had majority stakes in the 30 NBA teams would be fools to pass these rules on themselves given the wide-ranging implications and the surveillance powers they would grant the commissioner’s office. Alas, the teams most likely to be affected were all too afraid of looking like cheaters and getting dunked on online to vote against the proposal. Much has been made of the fact that these “new” rules are really not new: the NBA commissioner already has power to punish tampering and even seize communication devices as a part of investigations. The powers are just spelled out a bit more exactingly and the penalties are harsher. So my question is when is the league going to investigate the Clippers over the Paul George matter? Also, when is the league going to investigate the Nets over the early deals with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving? And how about the Celtics and Kemba Walker? While we’re here, let’s talk about the Sixers and Al Horford, too. The Lakers have been fined millions for tampering in recent years. The Mavericks and Rockets have been fined for their governors’ daring to speak other teams’ players’ names. What the teams mentioned above -- especially the Clippers -- did this summer is all way worse. What the Clippers have admitted to in reported stories is basically textbook tampering, right? They gave Kawhi a list of top players, asked his preference, he chose Paul George, the Clips engaged with the Thunder, Kawhi contacted PG and suggested he ask for a trade more or less as a representative of the Clippers, PG asks for a trade, the deal gets done. If that isn’t tampering, what is? The Nets have sold a story saying that they didn’t know Durant was joining Kyrie in Brooklyn until KD announced it. Okay ... prove it. If everyone is so ready to fight against tampering, put your money where your mouth is. (Warriors, know that this newsletter will support you 100 percent if you request a tampering investigation into the Nets, as hilarious as that sentence seems given the past five years.) The summer of 2019 is a smorgasbord of tampering violations. Feast up, Adam Silver. Sure, you’d need to apply the old penalties. But the governors whined about tampering all summer and rammed through stricter rules. Show them how serious you are by investigating what they did in June. Show them how seriously you take their concerns. They called the cops, now it’s time the flashlights are turned on them. Scores Mystics 75, Aces 92Washington leads 2-1Game 4 on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Sun 78, Sparks 56Connecticut wins 3-0 What the Fish? Candace Parker, one of L.A.’s best players and an absolute legend, only played 11 minutes in the Sparks’ season-ending loss to the Sun. Derek Fisher didn’t really explain why in the post-game media availability. Parker told the media to ask Fisher, and seemed unhappy. If Candace Parker is unhappy with the coaching ... that’s a real problem for Los Angeles because Candace Parker has that Turner Sports money now and can afford to play hardball with the Sparks if she wants. Parker did say she didn’t plan to retire this summer, despite being 33 and showing her basketball mileage a bit. There’s something more happening there with Fisher and his coaching style. Can someone find Melo and ask him for comment? Anyways, stay tuned. (By the way, no short shrift for the Sun, who are just a fantastic team that sucks the life out of opponents. A lot of attention is being paid to the Mystics and Aces, but the Sun could absolutely beat either one in the Finals, and just might.) Links Mike Prada on Emma Meessemann, the Mystics’ secret weapon. Matt Ellentuck on the Kelsey Plum we’ve all been waiting for. Highly recommend Kelly Dwyer’s preseason team previews at The Second Arrangement if you can swing a subscription. Pacers, Wizards, Hornets are out. If those don’t sound terribly enticing, know that the others are on their way. The Ringer has 29 people and things that will define the NBA season. Lonzo Ball says he’s not really talking to his father LaVar. I wish them well. David Thorpe on high-speed team building for superstars. Travis Best got scammed by a serial athlete scammer and Sports Illustrated wrote about it and now I’m wondering how Travis Best is doing these days. Players’ union boss Michele Roberts with an interesting take on player empowerment critiques. Be excellent to each other.
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UK police to auction $662,000 worth of seized Bitcoin — with no minimum bids
UK police are set to auction around $662,000 (£500,000) worth of criminally-seized Bitcoin this week, a reported first for the nation. Announced earlier this month, Irish auction house Wilsons Auctions has set no reserves, and will sell it all to the highest bidder. The firm is managing the auctions on behalf of UK authorities. Police reportedly seized the stash from a criminal who had illegally sold personal data and provided hacking services in exchange for cryptocurrency. Other assets to be auctioned include Ethereum, Ripple (XRP), and other unnamed tokens. Lots ranging from 0.25 to 2 BTC will be sold across two… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Disney almost bought Twitter but backed off because "the nastiness is extraordinary"
Profiled By Maureen Dowd at The New York Times, Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the company almost bought Twitter in 2017, but decided against it because "the nastiness is extraordinary." "I like looking at my Twitter newsfeed because I want to follow 15, 20 different subjects. Then you turn and look at your notifications and you’re immediately saying, why am I doing this? Why do I endure this pain? Like a lot of these platforms, they have the ability to do a lot of good in our world. They also have an ability to do a lot of bad. I didn’t want to take that on.” He makes a point of liking David Portnoy's feed, though. It's always important to remember that guys like Iger don't really have any public beliefs about anything, just presentations for different audiences. I liked the phrase the Hollywood Reporter attributed to Iger regarding Twitter -- that it gave him an unshakeable "feeling of dread" -- but it's not in the actual profile and I'm pretty sure he didn't say it. Iger's memoirs, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO Of The Walt Disney Company [Amazon link], are out and reportedly contain a lot more about why Social Media, Especially Twitter, is Bad. Read the rest
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An electric carving knife that looks like a chainsaw
The Mighty Carver electric knife ($59.95) might be the most badass way to rip into the holiday bird, besides using an actual chainsaw. Here's how it came to be, as told by its creator, Kimberly Burney: At Thanksgiving dinner as far back as I can remember, I would get out the electric carving knife for Grandpa. He would carefully carve the turkey to serve the family. This is a wonderful tradition shared by most Americans. But Grandpa’s been gone for a year now and at the last Thanksgiving dinner I asked, “Hey, who wants to carve the turkey this year?” No one looked up, no one said a word. I thought to myself, come on you guys, you all love power tools, what is the problem? Then it hit me. “If this were a chain saw, you boys would be fighting over who gets to carve the turkey.” It's also good for slicing up bread, fruit, and god-knows-what-else in the most glorious fashion ever! Thanks, Kent! image via The Grommet Read the rest
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Disney CEO Explains Twitter Perfectly: 'Why Am I Doing This? Why Do I Endure This Pain?'
It’s no secret that Disney was very interested in buying Twitter back in 2016, but the House of Mouse never went through with the deal. Disney CEO Bob Iger has explained the company’s thinking about Twitter in his new book, The Ride of a Lifetime, and he really speaks for all of its regular users. Read more...
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Over 500,000 people on vacation stranded after travel company collapses
Over 500,000 European passengers have been left stranded after Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel company, collapsed on Monday morning.
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Labour is finally reaching out to minority voters to help shape policy | Rachel Shabi
For too long the party has focused on white voters in leave areas, while taking the support of everybody else for grantedThe Jeremy Corbyn project wants to hear from people within minority communities across Britain. At last. Speaking at the Labour party’s annual conference in Brighton, Dawn Butler, the shadow women and equalities secretary, said, “I need help with my race and faith manifesto” and asked for ideas. The plan is for “nationwide listening events” with ethnic minority groups, intended to help shape party policy.And Labour wants to get the ball rolling with issues ranging from political representation to making public services more inclusive, as well as examining the legacy of slavery, colonialism and empire. Butler said a better understanding of this British history was a “vital component in the fight against the far right”, which she added was the fastest-growing terrorist threat in the UK. Her words are backed up by the police. In 2018, figures showed that hate crimes had more than doubled in the past five years. And earlier this year, a leading children’s charity found that children were whitening their skin to avoid this terrifying increase in racial abuse. Continue reading...
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Exclusive: Boeing bid for Embraer unit faces EU antitrust probe - sources
Boeing is set to face a EU antitrust investigation of up to five months into its bid for a controlling stake in the commercial aircraft arm of Brazil's Embraer , people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Spanish police arrest Catalan separatists on suspicion of terrorism
Nine activists linked to network calling for civil disobedience arrested in Barcelona areaPolice in Barcelona have arrested nine Catalan independence activists on suspicion of terrorism and confiscated material they allege could be used in bomb making.According to the police, those detained are associated with the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDR), a network of radical groups that advocates direct action to secure Catalan independence from Spain. Continue reading...
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US STOCKS-Futures muted after Wall Street's worst day in about two weeks
U.S. stock index futures treaded water on Monday, as investors remained cautious about progress in U.S.-China trade talks and waited for a slew of economic reports to gauge the health of the domestic economy.
Chicago man with concealed-carry permit killed in shootout with robbers
A concealed-carry permit holder who was armed for “his own protection” was shot dead after exchanging gunfire with two robbers in Chicago, according to reports. Father-of-two Derrick Gholston, 43, was standing outside Crispy Cuts barbershop in the city’s South Side Saturday night when two crooks pulled out weapons and demanded his property, the Chicago Sun-Times...
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Murder trial slated to begin Monday for former Texas police officer accused of killing her unarmed neighbor
A murder trial will start Monday for a former Texas police officer accused of killer her unarmed neighbor. Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean in his apartment last September after Guyger claimed she mistook Jean's apartment for her own. Jean's family spoke to Omar Villafranca in their only broadcast TV interview.
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UPDATE 1-Thomas Cook owes Tunisian hotels 60 mln euros -minister
Thomas Cook owes Tunisian hotels 60 million euros ($66 million)for stays in July and August, Tourism Minister Rene Trabelsi told Reuters on Monday, adding that 4,500 British Thomas Cook customers are still in the country.
Swiss probe incident involving ex-Credit Suisse banker Khan, private detectives
Zurich prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into an incident last week in which private detectives allegedly shadowed ex-Credit Suisse banker Iqbal Khan and his wife, the district attorney's office said on Monday
Mattel designed a Barbie doll honoring her accomplishments, but what was accomplished??
Eleni Antoniadou's reported accomplishments were so impressive that Mattel designed a Barbie doll based on her as part of its International Women’s Day celebration. But those "accomplishments" might all be nonexistent. Here's a partial list from the BBC as to suspicions raised: Claim: She worked on the world's first artificial trachea that was successfully transplanted to a patient. Counterclaim: She was a postgraduate student at UCL and was remotely involved with the surgery. The transplant ended with one of the biggest scandals in modern medicine, covered here by the BBC. The patient died after his body did not accept the transplant. Long after his death, Ms Antoniadou gave interviews in Greece saying how she had saved the patient's life and how the patient was living a normal life. Claim: She has been working for a number of years as a researcher at Nasa. Counterclaim: She attended a 10-week summer school there and took a lot of pictures around the US space agency's facilities wearing clothes with the Nasa logo. Nasa has denied she works directly for the agency, but has not excluded the possibility that she may be working as a sub-contractor. The Telegraph is also investigating: The NASA-ESA Outstanding Researcher Award does not appear to exist and Ms Antoniadou's name is not included in Nasa's record of its award winners. (Via Ben Collins.) Read the rest
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526 people were asked to talk politics. The response tested American democracy
The arguments are heated but not insulting. The questions are probing with a purpose. This discussion on illegal immigration in the heart of North Texas is like many of those happening every day across the country, but this is not a normal discussion. - RSS Channel
Romney: If Trump pressured Ukrainian president 'it would be troubling in the extreme'
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday that it "would be troubling in the extreme" if President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden amid an ongoing controversy over a call Trump had with the foreign leader that was part of a whistleblower complaint.
Milan fashion week spring/summer 2020: 14 key shows – in pictures
From J-Lo and Donatella Versace breaking the internet, to Prada favouring timeless style over fashion, the Italian capital had plenty of memorable moments this season Continue reading...
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Tens of thousands stranded after tour operator Thomas Cook ceases operations
Tens of thousands of travelers are stranded in countries around the world, after the abrupt closure overnight of one of the world's largest tour operations, Thomas Cook. Tourists are facing chaos and long lines at several airports. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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Biden says Ukraine phone call is proof President Trump is worried about facing him in 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden wants an investigation of the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader. Biden says Mr. Trump is using the presidency to smear his campaign. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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How a Google search made ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ TV’s hot new comedy
Sitcom king Chuck Lorre is web savvy.
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Bernie Sanders promises to zero out all US medical debt and end medical bankruptcies
Bernie Sanders has pledged to eliminate the $81b in outstanding US medical debt if he is elected president in 2020. Sanders says that this debt forgiveness will benefit 79 million Americans who are currently laboring under medical debt (this debt being the leading kind of debt reported to credit bureaux) and eliminate the leading cause of bankruptcies in the USA. Sanders' program also puts limits on all forms of debt collection, including a limit on the collection of debts after the statute of limitations has passed on them, and making debt collectors liable for confirming the validity of debts before attempting collection. He will also amend the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, whose provisions disproportionately harm Black families. He will also force Equifax and other credit bureaux to compete with a "public credit registry" operated by the US government. The policy is complementary to both Sanders' Medicare for All promise, which will eliminate the creation of new medical debt, and his student debt forgiveness, which will eliminate outstanding debts that disproportionately burden poor and racialized people, and his free tertiary education promise, which will all but eliminate the issuance of new student debt. I am a donor to both Sanders' and Elizabeth Warrens' campaigns. Our current lending system relies on three major unsecure, for-profit credit registries to determine creditworthiness. In 2017, the credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a breach that exposed the personal information of more than 140 million Americans. Instead of material consequences, Equifax’s CEO retired with a $90 million pay day. Read the rest
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Saudi Arabia to restore full oil output by next week: source
Saudi Arabia has restored more than 75% of crude output lost after attacks on its facilities and will return to full volumes by early next week, a source briefed on the latest developments told Reuters on Monday.
Europe gasoline exports to Mideast surge after Saudi attacks
Gasoline exports from Europe to the Middle East and Asia are set to surge this week after recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities crippled output at the kingdom's refineries.
President Trump heads to U.N. General Assembly amid Ukraine controversy
The most anticipated event on the President Trump’s schedule at the U.N. General Assembly is his meeting later this week with the leader of Ukraine, which comes amid controversy over the president reportedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. Paula Reid reports
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Activists vow to shut down traffic today in DC
If you live in the nation's capital, your commute Monday morning might be even worse than usual. - RSS Channel
Activists want to shut down traffic in Washington to make a point about the climate crisis
The #ShutdownDC action is part of the larger group of climate strikes happening this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Bruce Arians gives bizarre reason for taking late-game penalty before missed field goal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were narrowly defeated by the New York Giants after kicker Matt Gay missed a long field goal that would have won them the game.
Eye Opener: President Trump admits he spoke to Ukraine about Biden
President Trump admits he spoke to Ukraine's president about Joe Biden. And, Iran's president tells Western nations to stay away from Persian Gulf. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Third Coast Percussion review – lithe rhythmic precision and Glass's freshest score in years
LSO St Luke’s, LondonGlass’s Perpetulum was a standout in the Chicago ensemble’s programme of minimalist compositionsPhilip Glass, as unlikely as it may seem, had never composed a note for percussion ensemble before he received a commission from the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion, tonight making their London debut. Perpetulum, premiered in 2018, serves up something unusual: a journey beyond the chord sequences and melodic loops that have become Glass’s calling card. Instead, the piece unfolds as an essay in absurdist disjoints, with jazzman block chords rampaging over marimbas smashing into dislocating march rhythms and trembling tam-tam swells. True enough, Glass reverts to type as these different strands are pulled together at the end, but this is easily his freshest, most imaginative score for years. Continue reading...
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Turkey could miss out on 700,000 tourists a year after Thomas Cook collapse: hotel federation
Turkey could miss out on 600,000-700,000 tourists a year following the collapse of British tourism agency Thomas Cook on Monday, the head of Turkey's Hoteliers Federation (TUROFED) said.
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Catalan separatists arrested in Spain over 'attack plot'
Nine suspects are detained and bomb-making equipment seized in dawn raids, Spanish police say.
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Rutgers quarterback receives celebratory punch in the face after touchdown pass
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have not scored many points this season so when there’s a chance to celebrate an elusive touchdown the players better take it – just watch out for flying fists.
Thomas Cook customers to fly home after firm collapses
The tour firm's failure means more than 150,000 British tourists will need to be flown home.
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School Collapses in Kenya, Killing at Least 7 Students
The wooden structure at Precious Talent Top School crumbled as the school day began on Monday, officials said.
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‘It Will Always Be a Part of My Life’: Chanel Miller Is Ready to Talk
In her book, “Know My Name,” she fills in the details of her life before and after the Stanford sexual assault case that sparked outrage around the world.
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Our Anniversaries Matched Their Gifts
Traditional gifts for a fourth anniversary are fruit and flowers. Things with short lives; things easily bruised.
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The Ingredients Yotam Ottolenghi Uses Most
He’s been known to push the limits with tahini and lean too heavily on lemons. But don’t try to take away our columnist’s cilantro.
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FIFA’s Best? It Depends on Whom You Ask. So We Asked.
Every year, FIFA asks soccer’s captains and coaches to nominate the best player in the world. It sounds like an easy question. It is not.
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U.S. FAA head set to explain Boeing 737 MAX progress to divided world regulators
The chief of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is set to detail on Monday progress on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to international air regulators who are divided about returning the grounded jet to flight after two fatal crashes.
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Google may have just ushered in an era of ‘quantum supremacy’
Google’s qubit circuits are built out of superconducting materials, which are then kept at very low temperatures. | Image: Google Google says that it has achieved quantum supremacy, a major milestone towards the development of quantum computers. At least, it seems to have. The announcement came in a paper that was reportedly published on the NASA website before being pulled, according to the The Financial Timeswhichretrieved a copy before it disappeared. “To our knowledge,” Google’s paper read, “this experiment marks the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor.” Google’s quantum computer was reportedly able to solve a calculation — proving the randomness of numbers produced by a random number generator — in 3 minutes and 20 seconds that would take the world’s fastest traditional supercomputer, Summit, around 10,000 years. This effectively means that the calculation cannot be performed by a traditional computer, making Google the first to demonstrate quantum supremacy. Doing in minutes what would otherwise take thousands of years Despite hitting the milestone, it’s likely that quantum computers capable of tackling practical tasks are still years away. However, once developed, the computers are expected to have huge implications for areas as diverse as cryptography, chemistry, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Google expects the power of quantum computers to expand at a “double exponential rate,” whereas traditional computers have long been pegged to Moore’s Law, which saw power double every 18 months or so. Google previously said that it hoped to achieve quantum supremacy by the end of 2017, however the 72-qubit system it developed proved too difficult to control. Following this, Google developed a 53-qubit design called Sycamore, which was used to achieve the recent breakthrough. However, the significance of Google’s announcement was disputed by at least one competitor. Speaking to the FT, IBM’s head of research Dario Gil said that Google’s claim to have achieved quantum supremacy is “just plain wrong.” Gil said that Google’s system is a specialized piece of hardware designed to solve a single problem, and falls short of being a general-purpose computer, unlike IBM’s own work. IBM is a fierce competitor of Google’s in the race to develop quantum computers. Earlier this year it unveiled the Q System One. Although it was still far from being a practical computing device, IBM’s breakthrough was to make it much more reliable than previous quantum machines. Quantum computing chips are very unstable, and prone to interference from heat and electricity. IBM’s new design was able to minimize this interference, the company said. Others were more optimistic about the development. “Google’s recent update on the achievement of quantum supremacy is a notable mile marker as we continue to advance the potential of quantum computing,” the director of quantum hardware at Intel, Jim Clake, said, “We along with the industry are working to quickly advance all of those areas to realize the true potential of quantum computing. And while development is still at mile one of this the marathon, we strongly believe in the potential of this technology.“ The University of Southern California’s Daniel Lidar also praised the way Google’s system reduced the problem of “crosstalk,” which is where a quantum computer’s qubits interfere with one another. “[Google has] demonstrated a path to scalable quantum computing,” he told the FT, “Once you have a fully error-corrected quantum computer, the sky’s the limit.” Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Towards a "nerdocratic oath"
The tech ethics movement has progressed to the point where various practitioners are trying to come up with a kind of oath of service, not unlike the fiduciary principle, or possibly the Hippocratic Oath that doctors and other medical professionals take. Scott Aaronson's stab at this, the "nerdocratic oath" is a pretty good first approximation; I like that he hedges his determination to be cognizant of the possible harms of the technology he builds, while still holding out the possibility that "that the good of the tools outweighs the bad" and, nevertheless, being alive to "the possibility of self-serving bias in such reflections." Obviously, this is a neat trick, if you can pull it off! But it's also admirably aware of the limitation of absolute principles, as are all such oaths. Even oaths as simple as Hippocrates's groans under this strain, from the question of whether assisted suicide is a violation of it, to whether participating in secret CIA torture projects can somehow be squared with it. 9. To whatever extent I was gifted at birth with a greater-than-average ability to prove theorems or write code or whatever, I’ll treat it as just that—a gift, which I didn’t earn or deserve. It doesn’t make me inherently worthier than anyone else, but it does give me a moral obligation to use the gift for good. And whenever I’m tempted to be jealous of various non-nerds—of their ease in social or romantic situations, wealth, looks, power, athletic ability, or anything else about them—I’ll remember the gift, and that all in all, I made out better than I had a right to expect. Read the rest
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Sarah Pinsker's "Song for a New Day": outstanding dystopian rock-and-roll novel of rebellion and redemption
Since her stories started appearing in 2013, Sarah Pinsker (previously) has been a writer to watch, winning prestigious awards from the Nebula to the Sturgeon; now, in her debut novel, A Song For a New Day, Pinsker shows that she can write long-form work that's every bit as compelling, wrenching, sweet and angry as the stories that launched her career. Luce Cannon is a rising music star whose unlikely hit single has garnered her a label deal, a touring band, and a succession of better and better gigs as she crisscrosses America in her band's van. It's a long way from busking in New York City, and even longer from orthodox Jewish family she left behind in Brooklyn when she realized, painfully, that neither her queerness nor her affinity for music could ever find a home among the closed-minded religious community she hailed from. But Luce's career -- and the careers of every other live entertainer -- is cut short when a wave of terrorist violence sweeps America, mass shootings and bombings that progress relentlessly from isolated events to threats that shut down whole cities, then whole states. Before America can come to grips with the chaos that has everyone cowering in their homes, the country is swept by a lethal pox pandemic that kills many and scars all. The America that emerges from the chaos is profoundly transformed. Unconstitutional, authoritarian anti-congregation and low-density laws -- passed under color of state of emergency -- are combined with widespread adoption of VR and drone delivery to reverse America's urbanization, turning the country into a nation of isolated shut-ins who live almost entirely virtual lives, from work to education to romance to entertainment. Read the rest
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Tom Brady Declines to Talk Antonio Brown Publicly; 'It Is a Difficult Situation'
Tom Brady declined to comment publicly but admitted he has a "lot of personal feelings" about the New England Patriots ' decision to release wide receiver Antonio Brown. "I do have a lot of personal feelings, none of which I want to share...
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Rachel Roddy’s Italain confit chicken recipe | A Kitchen in Rome
Confit chicken, or pollo sott’olio, slow-cooked in a bath of fragrant extra-virgin olive oil on a bed of herbs and zestIt is estimated that fragments of 53m terracotta amphorae once containing olive oil make up Monte Testaccio in Rome. The hill was constructed between the first century BC and the third century AD, when billions of litres of oil from Baetica (modern-day Spain), Tripolitania (Libya) and Byzacena (Tunisia) were imported into imperial Rome. This was not simply oil for drizzling on leaves, but fuel for an empire – for lamps, cleaning, balm, perfume and medicine. Once the oil was decanted, the impregnated amphorae couldn’t be reused – which is why they were smashed and, in highly organised feats of stacking, made into a hill that rose nonchalantly, the Leonard Cohen of landmarks, in the middle of Rome.Over the centuries, the hill – which stands at 35m and has a circumference of half a mile – has taken on a life of its own: grass, shrubs and trees have taken root on its slopes; restaurants, nightclubs and mechanics at its base. Depending from where you approach it, Monte Testaccio can look like a woodland wilderness, a hub of charming trattorie, a scruffy and seedy clubland, an urban farm or a neatly stacked exhibit. It is from inside Testaccio’s other unlikely landmark, a former slaughterhouse, that you can best understand the monte, the pieces of broken pot visible on the slopes. Continue reading...
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