Everett Toliver

Everett Toliver

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Airbnb is offering free housing to people affected by the deadly attack in Barcelona.The home rental company said Friday that it "activated our disaster response tool" in the Spanish city after a car rammed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas neighborhood on Thursday.Fourteen people were killed and more than 100 were injured."Our thoughts are with those affected by this terrible attack," Arnaldo Munoz, Airbnb's country manager for Spain, said in a statement."Through the tool, travelers whose journeys have been affected will be able to connect with local hosts who are opening up their homes at no charge."While Airbnb typically aims to make a profit off its home rentals, the company is increasingly offering free services to people in need.
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Turun keskustassa useita ihmisiä on loukkaantunut jonkinlaisessa väkivaltatilanteessa, kertoo Yleisradio.Tilanteesta myös kertova Turun Sanomat puhuu ainakin yhdestä loukkaantuneesta.Ylen mukaan Turussa on sattunut useita puukotuksia Kauppatorin ja Puutorin ympäristössä.Paikalla on ainakin yksi ruumis, Ylen paikalla oleva toimittaja kertoo, ja laukauksiakin on mahdollisesti kuultu.Turun Sanomien mukaan Kauppiaskadulla on liikkunut teräasein varustautuneita ihmisiä.Lehden ensitietojen mukaan yhtä ihmistä olisi puukotettu.
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4K online transcoding on the flyDiskStation Manager (DSM) transforms NAS into personal cloudEvery year, our homes become mini data centers, with the addition of new computers and mobile devices as well as the introduction of smart home and IoT appliances.We not only consume more massive amounts of data and content, we also produce just as much via our smartphones, digital cameras, and software.If you were looking for a fancy piece of equipment to put on display in your living room, you might be in the wrong market.It gives you easy access to the four drive bays, which can be removed and replaced at a moment’s notice.
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There's no space for racists on Squarespace.The company builds websites with easy-to-use templates and provides domains for groups like the National Policy Institute, a think tank where white nationalist Richard Spencer is president and director.Other hateful websites hosted on Squarespace included Identity Evropa and Radix Journal, which called for ethnic cleansing in a series of white supremacist essays.A petition calling for Squarespace to stop hosting these hateful websites reached 58,241 signatures by Thursday morning.On Wednesday, Squarespace said it gave website owners a 48 hours' notice that its would be kicked off their platform."In light of recent events, we have made the decision to remove a group of sites from our platform," a Squarespace spokesman said in an email.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai should explain why he's taken a series of actions that help the business of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to Pai on Monday.The House Democrats told Pai that recent news reports raise questions about "whether actions taken by the FCC under your leadership show a pattern of preferential treatment for Sinclair and whether a series of interactions between your office, the Trump campaign and Trump administration, and Sinclair demonstrate inappropriate coordination."Also on Monday, a New York Times story titled "How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation" said that "Pai has undertaken a deregulatory blitz, enacting or proposing a wish list of fundamental policy changes advocated by [Sinclair Chairman David] Smith and his company."Among other things, Pai's FCC rolled back broadcast TV station ownership limits, which could help Sinclair complete an acquisition of Tribune Media Company that would let Sinclair reach 72 percent of TV-owning households in the US.The Democrats' letter focused on that and several other actions taken since Pai became chairman in January.• The FCC established an expedited timeline for its review of the proposed Sinclair-Tribune transaction, allowing Sinclair to grow as quickly as possible.
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The 27-year-old had flown halfway across the country from Chicago to pitch a room full of venture capitalists in Oakland, California, about her startup: a website connecting ex-inmates to construction and other blue-collar jobs."We have some men and women re-entering their communities who don't even know how to use a smartphone," Smith says after delivering her pitch.Smith now joins a rarefied club: the less than 1 percent of African-American entrepreneurs in tech and the 8 percent of female entrepreneurs who have received VC funding.That's because the Kapor Center for Social Impact -- along with its Kapor Capital investing arm and Level Playing Field Institute -- has the singular mission of making it easier for women and underrepresented people of color to start their own companies, receive funding and pursue classes and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).Since 2013, Kapor Capital has invested in more than 130 early-stage startups, most of which tackle such issues as diversity, education, nutrition and community outreach."The entire tech ecosystem in Silicon Valley needs to be redesigned and overhauled so that the level field is genuinely level," says Mitch Kapor, known to people of a certain age for his work developing the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet in the early '80s and co-founding the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1990.
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Reliance JioPhone has taken the Indian mobile market by storm.The zero-cost feature phone comes with 4G LTE connectivity along with the advanced VoLTE calling facility.The strategy adopted by Reliance with its JioPhone is certainly quite hard to beat.1500, which is fully refundable after three years.Major telecom operators of India like Airtel and Idea have revealed that various third party mobile manufacturers are working to launch their respective 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phones.While most of the companies are yet to release their handsets, Lava and Intex has already announced theirs.
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The features come as Uber looks to improve its relationship with drivers in the UK.Uber has introduced a number of changes to its app in a bid to improve its relationship with drivers in the UK and add more cars to its existing fleet of vehicles.After jotting concerns put up by several Uber drivers in the UK, the ride hailing giant has added tipping into its app - an option that allows riders to reward good service.The feature, which rolled out in US and Canada back in June, will allow riders to pay an additional something to their drivers or UberEATS couriers without handing out cash from their pockets.The company has also noted it won't take a cut on tips and transfer 100% of the amount to the drivers."While drivers have told us they love the freedom of being their own boss, we've also clearly heard that we need to make improvements," Uber UK Regional General Manager Jo Bertram said in a statement to TechCrunch.
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Vacations are over, school is about to start, and people are starting to think about what to do in the four months until the end of the year.In IT, that means driving success in the cloud.Many IT manages have been incentivized with impending deadlines for shutting down enterprise data centers, migrating applications, and converting data from the enterprise to the cloud data conversion projects.It’s all a bit overwhelming.But there are two things you must do before 2017 is over.Everything you need to know now.
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MONTREAL - When drug users go online for the first time to buy opioids, they aren't looking for the widest selection or the best prices for their illicit purchases, a new study suggests."When opioid users are making that first purchase, price doesn't matter at all," said Scott Duxbury, lead author of the study and doctoral student in sociology at The Ohio State University."This core group could be less vulnerable than their real-world counterparts to disruption by law enforcement," Duxbury said.Duxbury and Dana Haynie, professor of sociology at Ohio State, conducted the first study to investigate the network structure of an encrypted online drug distribution network, examining the web of connections between buyers and sellers."The accessibility and ease of purchasing illegal drugs online opens up a global market where buyers and sellers are no longer constrained by locality and buyers have more options and diversity in product selection," Haynie said.They presented their research Aug. 12 in Montreal at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association and in a paper published recently in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
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Snap Inc. failed to meet Wall Street's expectations for its second quarter as a public company on Thursday, sending its already-battered stock diving to an all-time low.The number of daily Snapchat users increased by 7 million from the first quarter, but analysts were expecting that number to go up by 10 million.Snap also fell short of the Street's revenue expectations by reporting $181.7 million with a net loss of $0.16 per share.Investors are worried that the young app maker won't be able to grow its ad business in the face of mounting competition from Facebook.Here's what Wall Street analysts are saying about Snap's disappointing Q2 results:Comment: "Near-term issues hang on the stock, but we believe patient investors should look through the noise at the long term opportunity.
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Humankind has generated a lot of useless inventions over the years.From shoe umbrellas to handerpants, our capacity for creation seems to be greater than our capacity to solve real-world problems.Artificial intelligence is already hard at work at discovering new chemicals, materials and metal alloys.But some people believe there might still be some gold left in humanity's pile of underused patents.Which is why computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are working on a way to let computers mine old databases of patents and inventions to find ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems.The goal is to teach a computer system to find "analogies" - comparisons between different methods and problems that showcase their similarities.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a few words for the author who retold the story of his longtime assistant, Mary Beth Brown, a woman who quit working for Musk after 12 years, in 2014.Ashlee Vance shared the anecdote in his biography of Musk, titled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."According to Vance, Brown asked Musk for a significant raise after working for him for more than a decade.In response, Musk reportedly told Brown to take two weeks off, during which he would assume her responsibilities and see whether she was critical to his success.When Brown returned, Musk told her he didn't need her anymore, according to the book's account.Musk took issue with that, saying "Of all the bogus anecdotes, this one troubles me the most.
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Back in 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would be ‘mostly video’ in five years, and since then we’ve been trying to work out what that means, exactly.I mean, sure, there’s a heap of video content on Facebook now – by last report, Facebook’s serving more than 8 billion daily video views per day, with the moving images awakening as you scroll by in your feed.Posts and interactions are still mostly text-based.Now we have a view on the next stage of Facebook’s video focus – after months of speculation about The Social Network commissioning original programming and making deals for exclusive broadcasts, Facebook will this week roll out their new Watch section, starting with a small group of US users.Facebook says that Watch is ‘a new platform for shows on Facebook’ made up of both live and recorded episodes which ‘follow a theme or storyline’.For example, you’ll find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.”
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Recently, more and more tech companies have begun to challenge Amazon's grip on the smart speaker market.Just last month, for example, Chinese electronics company Xiaomi unveiled their own $45 Amazon Echo alternative, named the Mi AI - and today, electronic device accessory maker Anker has announced their own version of Amazon's Echo Dot.Anker's Dot alternative -- called the Eufy Genie -- will be priced at $35 and reportedly offer roughly the same functionality as the Echo Dot.It's Alexa-powered, so virtually all of the skills the Dot has will translate over to the Genie.As such, you should be able to order pizza, buy groceries on Amazon or activate other smart home gadgets in your house in the same way that you would with Amazon's smart speakers, simply by telling the Genie what you want it to do.Although the devices look somewhat similar in size and shape, there are a few key differences in terms of hardware.
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London's Cereal Cafe, the centre of the ironic universe, is about to do something even more ironic, with plans afoot to make a stage musical production about the idea someone had of charging money for an individual bowl of cornflakes.And in an ironic twist, the creator of the show is already planning to serve cereal at the interval.Imagine the thousands of smug, bearded faces, ironically quaffing down processed sugary grains, comparing shirt-check pattern density while Instagramming their Coco Pops.The show's to be called Spilt Milk, and it's not got much to do with the cafe's owners themselves, as it's the idea of musical theatre creative Jacob Dorrell.Dorrell said the production is to be based around an "indie-pop-rock" score, with the show -- ironically -- referencing real-world disquiet about the cafe by featuring the character of a woman who's been made homeless by the gentrification of the cafe's Shoreditch base and its surrounds.
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Facebook has quietly retired Lifestage, a few weeks short of the teen-focused social network's first anniversary.The app, launched in August 2016, invited teens -- and teens only -- to take photos or videos of various things, with categories such as what you "like" and "dislike," "how I dance" and "my best friends."But the app, designed to be a Snapchat rival, was pulled from the App Store last week.Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told Business Insider, which first spotted the app's disappearing act, that the company "learned a lot from Lifestage" and will "continue to incorporate these learnings into features in the main Facebook app."Lifestage was born out of the famous rebuff of Facebook's offer to buy out Snapchat, the app that had become a popular alternative to the world's largest social network.But Facebook no longer needs to target Snapchat thanks to its Instagram Stories, a feature where people can publish a series of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.
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The mystery of the ghost-driven minivan has been solved.And it's all the work of some university researchers.First, let's recap: Last week, we spotted video of a driverless car that was seen cruising around Arlington, Virginia.Virginia doesn't have any laws preventing autonomous testing on public roads, nor a special permitting process for self-driving cars.And so, nobody, including some county officials, seemed to know who the driverless vehicle belongs to.NBC4's Adam Tuss managed to track the vehicle down on Monday, and even pulled up next to the car at a stop light.
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Once the UK leaves the EU there's going to be a lot of legislative work to ensure everything goes smoothly, and one of the places that needs it the most is data protection.Well the government is doing something about it, and more than what was initially lauded during the general election and the Queen's speech in June.The main idea being that the Data Protection Act will be replaced with something stricter and inline with data protection laws in the EU.The EU requires that all third-party countries (which Britain is set to become) need to have the same data protection laws if they want an unrestricted flow of data across the border.The legislation will also give the Information Commissioner's Office the power to issue tougher fines for breach of data law - up to £17 million or four per cent of a company's global turnover.People will also get the right to force social media companies to delete their data when asked (which was described as a "right to be forgotten" by the minister for digital Matt Hancock), the option to delete childhood social media posts, and will ensure companies don't get unrestricted access to user data via "default tick boxes".
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Sweden
Det händer mycket hos budbolaget Urb-it som förra året gick back 55 miljoner kronor.I början av juli gick Urb-it till börsen med skyhöga ambitioner.”Urb-it kan bli för detaljhandeln vad Spotify är för musikindustrin”, sade ordföranden Lage Jonason till Di Digital.Läs mer: 55 miljoner back – nu är Urb-it klart för börsenI samband med noteringen tog bolaget in 110 miljoner kronor.Men frågetecken restes kring om Urb-it var i skick för börsen eftersom bolaget drogs med höga förluster, låg tillväxt, och en serie chefsavhopp.
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