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France to bring in digital tax for tech giants - FinMin

The Finance Minister has said France will tax digital giants at a national level from 2019 if EU states cannot reach an agreement for the bloc. As Francis Maguire reports, the news comes as the French government deals with nationwide protests against the high cost of living and economic policies perceived as favouring big business and the wealthy.
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PSA: Set your Venmo transactions to private right now
A new research study has found that Venmo continues to make it easy for third-parties to scrape users’ public transaction history without their permission. Dan Salmon, a computer science student at Minnesota State University, has published a new data set of over seven million Venmo transactions on GitHub collected over a six month period. “I am releasing this dataset in order to bring attention to Venmo users that all of this data is publicly available for anyone to grab without even an API key,” Salmon wrote on the GitHub page, while warning users to change their privacy settings. The development… This story continues at The Next Web
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Analysis: Hong Kong remains a thorn in Beijing's side
Hong Kong has once again burnished its reputation as a thorn in the side of the Chinese Communist Party and its leader, President Xi Jinping, after protesters swarmed the city's streets for the third time in one week.
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Report urges travelers to get MMR vaccine due to European outbreak
According to data from the World Health Organization, 41,000 measles cases were reported from January to June 2018 across 53 European countries
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Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wielded her power to quash a faction of Democrats rallying for President Trump’s impeachment, but frustrated members within the party say the president is one misstep away from “that dam collapsing,” according to a Sunday report.
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Republicans need to change their product. Californians aren’t buying it
Politics is like private enterprise. You either sell your product or perish. California voters have not been buying Republican merchandise. So Democrats have monopolized the market. It’s not the fault of consumers for not liking what the GOP has been peddling. Nor should the Democratic retailers...
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Huawei CEO expects sales to drop to $100 billion in 2019, 2020
China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd expects sales to drop to around $100 billion this year and the next, CEO Ren Zhengfei said on Monday, as its business comes under pressure due to U.S. sanctions.
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India magician disappears in river after Houdini trick
Chanchal Lahiri, with his legs and hands shackled, was lowered into a river in India.
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Freed Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Addresses Rally on the Day He Is Released From Prison
He is expected to resume his place at the forefront of the city's fight for political freedom
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Gary Woodland wins U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
Gary Woodland outlasts Brooks Koepka to win his first major championship
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Nvidia will support Arm hardware for high-performance computing
At the International Supercomputing Conference, Nvidia announced its intention to support Arm-based chips with its "full stack" of hardware and sofware.
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'I refuse to regret waking up a day older': Ashton Applewhite's fight for age pride
The activist on her manifesto to empower older people, how to challenge age prejudice – and why she dyes her hair grey When Ashton Applewhite hit 55 years old, she dyed her hair. So what? That’s what women the world over do, you might think: dye grey hair to hide their age. But what Applewhite did was different: she dyed her hair grey. Not Kim Kardashian-platinum grey, but defiantly uncool, bog-standard grey.“I went to a matinee, so it was all old people,” she says, grinning widely as she absentmindedly tousles her hair, the brown roots showing. “When it finished, everyone left via an escalator. I looked down and there was not a grey head to be spotted. I suddenly thought: ‘This is one way we collude, en masse, in making ourselves invisible as older women – and that’s a real problem, because when people are invisible, so are the issues that affect them’.” Continue reading...
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Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review: a OnePlus 7 Pro with a better camera
...and a worse screen As has often been the case in the past, Oppo’s latest flagship phone has a lot in common with another from OnePlus, since the companies share ownership and supply chain resources. In this case, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom follows the release of the impressive OnePlus 7 Pro. But for the first time, Oppo’s phone might actually be better. Although the usual move has been for OnePlus to build a higher-spec phone around a mid-range Oppo chassis or screen design and strip down the software, that’s not what’s happened here. The Reno 10x Zoom is every bit as high-end and performant as the OnePlus 7 Pro, but with advantages and disadvantages of its own. For my money, I think I’d take the Oppo. At least if I lived outside the US. The Reno is roughly the same size and shape as the OnePlus 7 Pro, with a similar curved back and a front panel dominated by a huge 6.6-inch screen. The screen doesn’t slope on the sides, which is probably what accounts for the slightly smaller measurement. At 9.3mm thick, the Reno is half a millimeter thicker than the OnePlus Pro 7 and weighs slightly more at 210g. This doesn’t bother me, but I have gigantic hands. Even my iPhone XS Max felt small after a few days using the Reno. Let me be very clear that like the OnePlus 7 Pro, this is a Big Phone for Big Phone People. It’s also quite an attractive one, with a sleek frosted glass finish that’s broken by a strip for the Oppo logo and another for the cameras. There’s no camera bump at all, which is welcome given the thickness of the device; a small nubbin below the cameras prevents them from coming into contact with any flat surface you might place the phone on. There’s no headphone jack, either, but thankfully Oppo is using USB-C on the Reno — not a given for this company — and includes a pair of reasonably good in-ear buds. The only nit I have to pick about the Reno’s build quality is that the volume buttons feel a little loose, which is surprising from a company that tends to put an emphasis on tactile clickiness. As you’d expect from a Chinese flagship phone in 2019, the Reno is a near-as-dammit bezel-less device without a notch. The border around the screen is slightly thicker on the bottom edge than the other three, but it’s still only about the same thickness as an iPhone XR bezel. There’s an optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which I’ve found to be very fast and reliable, and the earpiece is subtly integrated into the top edge of the phone. The Reno’s bezel-less design is completed by a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera that’s by far the weirdest one I’ve seen yet. Instead of raising the entire top of the phone itself, as on Oppo’s own Find X from last year, or the more common approach of integrating a small square-ish module into the phone’s top edge, the Reno’s selfie camera is housed inside a lopsided section that rises from the right-hand corner of the display like a shark fin. It’s startlingly asymmetrical, but the larger moving part means there’s also room for a separate LED flash alongside the camera. While Oppo has already demonstrated that it’s working on under-display cameras, at least the company is keeping things interesting until that technology arrives. And the headline feature of the Reno is another trick that Oppo has been showing off in prototype form for a while: the supposedly “10x” periscope zoom camera. Let’s get into that camera, because before I tell you that it’s awesome and fun to use, I also have to tell you that it really isn’t a 10x zoom lens. Here’s how it works: in the camera app, you can press a zoom button to go to 2x digital zoom, then 6x optical zoom, then 10x “hybrid zoom”, the latter of which is ostensibly an AI-enhanced advance on the 6x setting. That’s fair enough, but there isn’t really a 6x optical zoom lens either — if you start zooming in from 1x with a slide gesture you can clearly see the image switch to the zoom lens at 5x. The Reno at default, 6x, and 10x zoom settings You can go all the way to 60x with software-enhanced zooming if you really want, so Oppo’s fixation on the 10x setting for the literal name of the phone feels misleading — not to mention that this phone really has three prime lenses with software to fill in the gaps, rather than an actual zoom lens. But even a 5x telephoto lens is a pretty transformative thing to add to a phone, as we saw with the Huawei P30 Pro. Oppo’s version is at least as good, and has the advantage of not being imminently torpedoed from sale. In good light, the Reno turns in sharp, well-exposed 13-megapixel zoom shots that simply wouldn’t have been possible on previous smartphones. The feature isn’t really usable in low light, however. The 5x zoom lens is optically stabilized, which helps with shaky hands during the day, but can’t make up for the slow aperture of f/3 — your results will be pretty blurry at night. Huawei’s 5x zoom camera is even slower at f/3.4, however, with a lower resolution of 8 megapixels. The Reno also has an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide camera and uses Sony’s popular 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor with an f/1.7 lens for the primary camera, shooting pixel-binned 12-megapixel shots by default. Overall, I’m very happy with the cameras’ performance and Oppo’s image processing. I spent most of my time testing the phone during a sunny week in Taipei for Computex, and it never let me down. Its low-light performance is great, its dedicated night mode is effective in even lower light, and its daylight colors are well-balanced. Although it doesn’t perform the mind-bending HDR gymnastics of a Pixel, you’ll almost always get punchy and dynamic results that retain a ton of detail. By the end of the week, I was using my Sony RX100 Mark IV a lot less than I’d planned on. Clockwise from top left: regular low-light shooting, night mode, zoom, and ultrawide The Reno uses a Snapdragon 855 processor, and subjectively feels like the fastest Android phone I’ve ever used. A big part of that is down to Oppo’s new ColorOS 6 software, which sees the company move away from its heavier Android skin to produce something more in line with OnePlus’ OxygenOS. Animations are snappy, customizations are relatively mild, and there’s even a slide-up app drawer out of the box. Oppo also deserves credit for putting a legitimately good haptic feedback system in the Reno, which remains rare among Android manufacturers and even rarer among Chinese OEMs. ColorOS still does take a lot of inspiration from iOS, to be clear — its iPhone X-style multitasking system is very slick, while its bubbly notifications are less so. But overall, I don’t think anyone beyond hardcore Android purists would have major issues with this software. The big compromise is the screen I haven’t had any issues with battery life, either, which is just as well considering the sheer size of this phone. I definitely put the 4,065mAh battery through its paces while covering Computex, which involves a whole lot of web browsing, productivity software, and photography on the go, and I never once needed to get my USB-C battery pack out of my bag. I wouldn’t say the Reno is doing anything groundbreaking with battery life, but it’s a phone you can trust to get you through the day. It also supports Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which is the same system that OnePlus uses and works very well if you remember to bring the right power brick and cable. So, what’s the catch? Well, like OnePlus, Oppo still isn’t supporting wireless charging. That’ll be a big deal to anyone who’s dotted their house in charging mats, and less of a big deal to anyone who still plugs in their phone all the time. (I fall into the former camp.) The other big compromise is in the screen. Oppo isn’t using the OnePlus 7 Pro’s amazing 90Hz 1440p OLED display here, which in other words means it doesn’t match that phone’s most compelling selling point. The Reno’s panel is also 1080p, which isn’t something I would usually ding a phone for — Samsung sets its 1440p phones to render at 1080p by default for a reason. But the Reno’s huge display is just past the size where such a compromise is occasionally noticeable. It’s a great screen in terms of contrast and color rendition, but it isn’t class-leading overall. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom costs £699 in the UK for a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which positions it directly against the equivalent OnePlus 7 Pro. These phones are clearly both peas from the same pod. I think they are equally good on their own merits. For most people, which one you prefer will come down to whether you would rather have an incredible screen or a game-changing camera. Me? I’d go with the camera. This phone is the result of something that Oppo has been promising for years, and the final product seriously delivers. The Reno 10x Zoom has very few flaws, hits all the right notes you’d expect from a flagship phone, and lands a few unique features of its own. I’ve tested a lot of Oppo devices in recent years, and I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed using this phone. Last year’s Find X was where many people around the world started paying attention, but the Reno is easily the best phone Oppo has ever released, marking the point where it becomes a legitimate high-end brand that’s worthy of serious consideration. Photography by Sam Byford / The Verge Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.
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He was killed in Costco after attacking an off-duty cop, police say. His cousin says he was a 'gentle giant'
The cousin of a man shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a California Costco has questions about what happened because the shooting victim was nonverbal and had an intellectual disability, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.
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Johnson gets boost in race for UK PM's job as former rival backs him
Boris Johnson got a boost for his bid to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May when one of his former rivals backed his candidacy on Monday and said he was almost certain to win the contest.
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Matt Hancock backs Boris Johnson in Tory leadership race
Health secretary says frontrunner had promised he would govern as a ‘one-nation PM’Matt Hancock, who dropped out of the Conservative leadership race at the end of last week, has endorsed Boris Johnson, despite having campaigned on a modernising ticket and said he would not push for a no-deal Brexit.In an article for the Times announcing the decision, the health secretary said it was clear Johnson was likely to win, and it was time to “unite behind him” as soon as possible. Continue reading...
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UBS loses role in bond deal for Chinese firm on outcry over pig comment
UBS has lost a lead role on a U.S. dollar bond deal for state-backed China Railway Construction Corp, just days after a Chinese outcry over a senior UBS economist's use of "pig" in connection with Chinese food price inflation.
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Hong Kong's Joshua Wong walks free, vows to join protest
Activist Joshua Wong, who has become the face of Hong Kong's push for full democracy, is released from prison and vows to join a mass protest movement demanding that the city's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, steps down. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Carrie Lam was supposed to unite Hong Kong. Instead she brought chaos
When career politician Carrie Lam became Hong Kong's Chief Executive in 2017 she promised to unite the city of seven million and "re-ignite hope for the next generation."
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British PM May could meet Russia's Putin at G20: The Times
Prime Minister Theresa May is considering a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this month's G20 summit in Japan in an effort to begin a thaw in relations before a new British leader comes to power, The Times newspaper reported.
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Brazil 'Do Not Weaken Without' Neymar, Says PSG Team-Mate Dani Alves
Brazil captain Dani Alves said the Selecao have not been weakened by Neymar's absence from the Copa America following their 3-0 win over Bolivia...
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Airbus to launch A321XLR with nearly 200 orders at Paris Airshow-sources
Airbus will launch a long-range version of its A321neo passenger jet at Paris Airshow and will announce close to 200 orders over the week, sources familiar with the matter said.
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Germany's Far-Right Party Defeated In Closely Watched Mayoral Election
A candidate from beleaguered Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union wins a convincing victory over the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the country's conservative east.
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Walmart Grocery challenges Amazon with new $98-a-year delivery option
The grocery delivery wars are hotting up. Walmart's latest effort is a $98-a-year subscription fee that offers free delivery on orders over $30. The service, called Delivery Unlimited, can be tried free for 15 days.
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Asian shares wobble amid trade, geopolitical tensions; focus on Fed meeting
Asian shares wobbled near one-week lows on Monday as investors turned cautious ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve meeting, while political tensions in the Middle East and Hong Kong kept risk appetite in check.
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Guatemala election headed for runoff, former first lady Torres leads
Guatemala's presidential election appeared to be headed for a runoff as partial results on Monday gave center-left candidate Sandra Torres an early lead but far short of the majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival.
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China Railway Construction says won't work with UBS on dollar-bond sale
China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) has decided not to cooperate with UBS for a planned dollar-bond sale, a spokesman at the Chinese infrastructure giant told Reuters on Monday.
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Can you solve it? Are you in the smartest 1 per cent (of 13-year-olds)?
The test given to the UK’s maths prodigiesToday you are pitting yourselves against the best 13-year-old mathematicians in the UK.The questions below are taken from last week’s Junior Mathematical Olympiad, a competition aimed at children up to Year 8 (in England) who score in roughly the top half per cent of mathematical ability. Continue reading...
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Exclusive: Banks face new challenges in Italian diamond scandal
(Please note strong language in paragraph 38.)
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Marathon swimmer who vanished on Hudson confirmed dead by his family
The marathon swimmer who disappeared during a 120-mile race on the Hudson River has been confirmed dead by his family, according to organizers. Dr. Charles Van Der Horst, 67, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had been competing in the “8 Bridges Race” on Friday when he vanished near the New Jersey side of the George...
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7 reasons to visit Hoi An, one of Vietnam's most beautiful towns
Set on the banks of the Thu Bon River in central Vietnam, Hoi An is easily one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia.
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David Lammy says England is failing those who don't go to university
Former universities minister warns that the lack of vocational alternatives is entrenching inequality England’s education system is failing young people who don’t go to university because there are too few quality routes for vocational education, says David Lammy, a Labour MP.“If you are academic, [England] is still one of the best countries in which to be born, particularly if you’re born into a middle-class family and your parents have some means,” said Lammy, MP for Tottenham. “But if you’re not academic I think there are quite a lot of countries we would choose above our own.” Continue reading...
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Build it and they will bike: the second Bicycle Architecture Biennale – in pictures
15 projects from nine countries have been selected for the second Bicycle Architecture Biennale, which launches on Monday in Amsterdam Continue reading...
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Three to tango: the pregnant dancer duetting with her husband
A screen role as an expectant dancer prepared Bobbi Jene Smith for the real thing. She talks about doing the bump … with a bumpIt’s a case of life imitating art. In the new film Mari, Bobbi Jene Smith plays a dancer who discovers she’s pregnant just as she is choreographing her first big show. After the shoot, Smith became pregnant herself, and now must face some of the same challenges to her character.When I Skype the dancer in her New York apartment, she looks suitably glowing in the laptop’s wan light. “I don’t feel like I’m glowing!” she says. “I’m pretty tired. I can tell my body’s telling me: slow down.” Continue reading...
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Why sleeptrackers could lead to the rise of insomnia – and orthosomnia
In our chronically sleep-deprived society, many are using gadgets and apps to measure the quantity and quality of their shut-eye. But they could be causing more harm than goodFor more than nine months, Alex Whitecross’s routine on waking was to check the data about his sleep on his fitness tracker. And then he would feel quite anxious. “I started getting paranoid about how much sleep I was getting,” he says. Whitecross, a computer-aided-design technician from south Wales, says he bought his tracker in order to measure exercise, but became interested in the sleep-monitoring function. “I’m a lighter sleeper than my fiance so I thought it would help me, but it ended up having the opposite effect.”Sometimes he would check it in the night and feel panicked about how many hours he had until his alarm would go off. In the morning, “I would wake up and look at it, and it would say I’d had five hours and 44 minutes sleep, and spent an hour and 25 minutes awake at night. It made me feel more tired, knowing how little sleep I’d got.” He noticed, as time went on, “I was getting less and less sleep as I was wearing it”. Continue reading...
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The historical argument for impeaching Trump | Heather Cox Richardson
Since Nixon, Republicans have pushed the envelope under the guise of ‘patriotism’, and Democrats have tolerated it because of ‘civility’The question of impeaching Donald Trump is about replacing the toxic partisanship of today’s Republican party with America’s traditional rule of law. It has become a constitutional imperative. Related: What makes Beto run? This morning it's Pride and fighting prejudice Continue reading...
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Top Gear would never have visited Brunei if it had already passed its homophobic stoning law | Andrew Flintoff
A segment of our new series was filmed in the sultanate. I was horrified when days later it passed this appalling lawBeing asked to present Top Gear was one of the best moments of my professional career, just behind captaining the England cricket team. I’ve always loved cars. I’ve always loved travelling the world. Top Gear lets me do both, with the added bonus of annoying Paddy McGuinness along the way.During filming for the new series we visited Ethiopia, a staggeringly beautiful country that surprised us at every turn. We’ve been to Iceland to compete in the most extreme off-road race series on the planet. And back in the spring we flew to Borneo to make a film with the Gurkhas, the British army’s elite infantry unit. Continue reading...
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PhotoEspaña: where glamour meets grit – in pictures
More than 80 exhibitions featuring work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists comprise this year’s PhotoEspaña. The work is displayed in venues across Madrid, and in a further six cities, until 1 September Ijewo by Cristina de Middel, from the This is what hatred did series, 2015. Exhibited in Sin Fronteras at the Palacio de la Magdalena Continue reading...
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Top Gear sprays LGBT pride flag on cars used in Brunei filming
Motoring show makes gesture after hearing of country’s threat to punish gay sex with death by stoningSupport for LGBT rights has come from a surprising quarter after Top Gear sprayed two cars used in filming in Brunei in rainbow colours in opposition to the country’s threat to make homosexuality punishable by stoning to death.Thought to be the first time the BBC Two motoring programme has shown solidarity with the LGBT community, the move appears to back the claim made by the new lineup of Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris that they would bring a “different vibe” to the revamped show – which returned on Sunday night. Continue reading...
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Profit over safety? Boeing under fire over 737 Max crashes as families demand answers
Relatives are demanding clarity and believe they should be consulted on when or if the 737 Max flies againOn 10 March, 24-year-old Samya Stumo was on her way to start a healthcare job in Kenya when, along with 156 other passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines-operated Boeing 737 Max 8, she died as the plane took a high-speed dive into countryside outside Addis Ababa. Related: Boeing 737 Max won't fly again before August, says airline trade body Continue reading...
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Andrew Pollack, father of Parkland victim, posts heartbreaking photo on Twitter
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A suspected intruder who was hit with a machete will be in court Monday
The last 72 hours have not gone according to plan for Jataveon Dashawn Hall.
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Alibaba proposes one-to-eight stock split for July 15 AGM vote
Alibaba Group Holding has proposed a one-to-eight stock split for a vote at the upcoming annual general meeting of shareholders in Hong Kong on July 15, it said in a statement.
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MIT’s new AI for robots can ‘feel’ an object just by seeing it
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a brand new AI that can feel objects just by seeing them – and vice versa.  The new AI can predict how it would feel to touch an object, just by looking at it. It can also create a visual representation of an object, just from the tactile data it generates by touching it. Yunzhu Li, CSAIL PhD student and lead author on the paper about the system, said the model can help robots handle real-world objects better:  By looking at the scene, our model can imagine the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Man stabbed to death in east London
Incident follows spate of stabbings in capital over weekend that saw three other men killed A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in east London.The victim, believed to be aged in his 40s, was found collapsed and suffering stab wounds in Whalebone Lane, near West Ham Lane, in Stratford on Monday morning. Continue reading...
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In Algeria, conservatives weigh in against pressure for Western-style democracy
While tens of thousands of Algerians have been gathering for four months in the capital to demand sweeping political reforms, former fighters who led the last confrontation with the establishment have been warning people not to rock the boat.
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From Inclusion to Support: How to Build a Better Workplace
At the New Rules Summit, hosted by The New York Times, participants working in groups proposed changes to create equitable environments in the workplace. Here are the topics, quotations from group leaders and takeaways.
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NYPD handles massive beehive in TriBeCa
What’s the big buzz around TriBeCa? On Sunday, it came from a massive swarm of bees, which shocked onlookers and forced one of the NYPD’s official beekeepers into action, authorities said. The colony of bees laid siege to a lone bicycle on the southwest corner of Greenwich and Watts streets shortly after 5 p.m., cops...
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