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This driver had a random prostitute in the front seat.— Aner Martino (@AnerMartino1) July 17, 2017An American Uber passenger is livid after having to share his journey with an unknown woman, apparently intoxicated, who performed oral sex on the driver while the car was in motion.Bostonian Aner Manuel was so appalled by the incident, which took place in Chicago, that he filmed and uploaded it to various social media channels, prompting a refund of $10 (£7.50).He feels the sum is insufficient.This driver had a random prostitute in the front seat," wrote Manuel on Twitter on 17 July.
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Vicarious, which is working on narrowing the gap between human and artificial intelligence, announced today that it has raised $50 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures.The Union City, California-based startup is using computational neuroscience to build better machine learning models that help robots quickly address a wide variety of tasks.Vicarious focuses on the neocortex, a part of the brain concerned with sight and hearing.“We aren’t trying to emulate the brain exactly,” wrote Vicarious cofounder and CEO Scott Phoenix, in an email to VentureBeat.“A good way to think about it is airplanes and birds.When building a plane, you want to borrow relevant features from birds, like low body weight and deformable wings, without getting into irrelevant details like feather colors and flapping.”
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NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of Typhoon Noru raging near the unpopulated atoll of Minami Tori Shima in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.Minami-Tori-shima or Marcus Island is an isolated Japanese coral atoll about 1,150 miles (1,850 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo.On July 24 at 0342 UTC (July 23 at 11:42 p.m. EDT), the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible-light image of Typhoon Noru.The VIIRS image showed a cloud-covered eye surrounded by a thick band of powerful thunderstorms and a thick band wrapping into the center from the southeastern quadrant.At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on July 24, Nuru's maximum sustained winds were near 92 mph (80 knots/148 kph).It was centered near 26.2 degrees north latitude and 154.9 degrees east longitude.
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SHANGHAI—Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG is investing in a Chinese self-driving startup, in another instance of a Western auto maker seeking out a Chinese partner to get a foothold in a challenging market.The Stuttgart, Germany-based automotive giant made its first ever investment in a Chinese startup this week, taking part in a $46 million funding round for Momenta, a Beijing-based firm providing road sensors and high definition...
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"It's a fraction of the startups that ultimately creates jobs and skattekronor.Even fewer, 0.4 per cent of the companies, has a turnover of sek 100 million after five years", says managing director:n Mahesh Kumar.According to him, it depends on several factors:A lot of companies lack the right tools to grow.Others have in the growth in the thoughts but lack a continuous "mindset" to experiment and try new ways forward.Many lack a strategy and instead goes on sheer desire and determination on the part of the contractor himself, or the team, to go from revenues of zero to sek 40-60 million.
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A divided federal appeals court is upholding a President Barack Obama-era regulation that barred e-cigarette smoking—also known as vaping—on both inbound and outbound US flights.The US Department of Transportation officially banned electronic cigarettes on flights in March of 2016 to clear up any confusion as to whether they were also outlawed like traditional tobacco cigarettes.The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives sued, alleging Congress' "no smoking" statute didn't apply to e-cigarettes.There are plenty of studies out there on the health consequences of vaping, though that work is in its early stages compared to scientific knowledge on cigarettes.Regardless, the three-judge court, ruling 2-1, said vaping should be banned because scientists are only beginning to understand the health consequences for those vaporizing and for people around them."We must ask whether the term 'smoking,' in a statute enacted before modern e-cigarettes existed, covers these devices," US Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph wrote (PDF) for the majority.
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Now, companies such as the UK's Pervade Software, are exploring new digital weapons with the goal of better protecting themselves and recovering stolen data.These include turnkey denial-of-service attacks and actions that damage the accused hackers' computers and data.When victims of malicious hacking turn the tables on their attackers in order to disrupt attacks or access to their attackers’ computer systems, that's hacking back.For example, if an attacker hacks into a business’ network and steals data, the business may feel the need to punish the attacker or reclaim the data by disrupting the attacker's system, or by breaking into their system and deleting stolen data.Representative Tom Graves (R-Georgia) is circulating a bill called the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act that would exempt victims of intrusions from current hacking laws, allowing them to hack their supposed attacker to recover stolen data, disrupt attacks, or gather information that would help identify the source of attacks.The bill is being shared with other members of Congress for comments and could be introduced this fall; at least one security firm executive has expressed support for the bill.
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If nature isn't interesting enough for you to check out on a chairlift, maybe a screen will be.It’s official — our obsession with screen time has finally gotten out of hand.A Denver-based company called Alpine Media Technology has created a system that puts digital screens on the safety bars of chairlifts.To be fair, it’s not as though these screens will be playing television (though don’t give these folks any ideas).Instead, they will display digital trail maps, safety tips, weather updates, trail conditions, and GPS coordinates to show chair riders their exact location.They will also, however, display ads (because these screens can’t pay for themselves).
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At this point does anyone still care?After months of hype and missed deadlines, it seems as though Andy Rubin's new smartphone might actually make it onto the market.Now those who signed up to buy it have received an email promising the phone will be out in a few weeks."You might be getting impatient to get your hands on your new Essential phone (and I'm also impatient to get it to you!)but rest assured you will have the device in your hands in a few weeks," Rubin said.We've been working around the clock to get our first device in your hands.
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Getting a single smartphone through a metal detector at a customs gate is virtually impossible — they’re built specifically to spot such items, after all — so anyone attempting to sneak 102 iPhones through a security checkpoint is obviously going to have a pretty bad time.That’s exactly what happened to one unlucky smuggler in Shenzhen, China, and according to the reports of her arrest, she wasn’t exactly all that hard to spot.The petite woman initially stood out to customs officials because while her face, arms, and legs suggested she had a rather slim build, her torso was extremely bulky and covered in a thick sweater.Then, when she stepped through the metal detector, it was clear that she was concealing something.That something, as it turns out, was 102 iPhones neatly arranged and strapped tightly to her torso and around her waist.Along with the highly sought-after smartphones, the woman also had 15 high-end luxury watches tucked away on her person.
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the French military commander, Pierre de Villiers today announced the AFP news agency:for his resignation, which is announced in France for several days.the Commander drifted into a public dispute with president sector Emmanuel macron, when it was decided a major of the armed forces against the savings.the Difference is historical: the fifth republic during the not one the armed forces commander not before this resigned.French budget minister Gérald Darmanin announced last week the eur 850 million of savings in next year's defence expenditure.the Size of the state budget is designed for 4.5 billion euros in savings.the defense committee meeting last Wednesday, he formulated his thoughts, when translated roughly like this: "I will not be fucked this way!"
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Keeping up their pace of adding new features and tools, Snapchat's launching two new updates this week, one of which could fundamentally change the Snap process.As you can see, the functionality is fairly straightforward – you use the brush option within the scissors menu, select the color you want to add, then highlight the area on the image you want to change.Nothing ground-breaking, of course, but yet another creative option for Snaps – of which they’ve added a heap in recent months.As you can see from the above GIF, as you record, the Snaps are divided into their normal 10 second slots, but they show up seamlessly.You can then go in and edit or remove any Snap from the sequence, or you can post them all at once, effectively enabling 60-second Snaps.That’s a major upgrade from the current 10 second limit, and will give creators more freedom to share longer, more contextual Snaps – while also giving marketers more capacity to provide more variations of Snap content, including longer interview-type posts or ‘how-to’ sequences.
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Ethereum is back above $200 an ether, trading up 5.29% following a Bloomberg report suggesting bitcoin's civil war may be coming to an end.A decision on whether or not bitcoin will be split is due on August 1.Tuesday's gains mark a second straight advance for the bewildered cryptocurrency, which had fallen as much as 65% from its record high of $395 set on June 13.Over the weekend, Ethereum crashed 25% amid ongoing concerns of a cryptocurrency bubble and a rise in popularity of Initial Coin Offerings.Investors have also had to stomach a flash crash that saw Ethereum's value tumble from $295 to $0.10 in a matter of minutes before quickly recouping those losses.Ethereum has seen a meteoric rise in the cryptocurrency universe.
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And our next trio of speakers features both fresh faces and veterans from the video game industry.Our speakers include Debbie Bestwick, CEO of award-winning veteran games developer and international games label, Team17.Team17’s Games Label helps support new startup’s and existing development studio’s create new IP and build for sustainability while retaining Independence.She joined Nintendo as corporate communications manager in 1992, and she became director of corporate affairs in 1996.She has moderated several panels for us over the years, and she has worked with Fortune 100 companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Sony, Facebook, and Microsoft.Chan joined us earlier this year after writing about games as a freelancer while working at the media company Poncho, where she went from managing editor to head of operations and editorial.
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Out of nowhere earlier today, HMD Global – the Finnish startup which owns the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones – launched two new feature phones: Nokia 105 and Nokia 130.Both feature phones have upgraded designs, run on Nokia S30+ platform and have really affordable price tags.Nokia 105 comes with a 1.8-inch color display and it’s available in single SIM and dual SIM versions.Inside you will find some interesting games like Snake Xenzia and try and purchase games such as Doodle Jump and Crossy Road.It offers 2G/GSM support only and packs an 800mAh capacity battery offering a continuous talk time of 15 hours and a standby time of up to one month.As far as storage is concerned, the Nokia 105 allows users up to 500 SMS and up to 2,000 contacts.
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Med mindre än ett år kvar tills den nya dataskyddslagen GDPR börjar gälla, 25 maj 2018, är det läge att ta sig en funderare på hur personlig integritet påverkas av hantering av data, inte minst av big data-tillämpningar.Att det här är ett potentiellt problem beror inte minst på den stora mängden data som vi själva genererar varje dag.Information om vart vi går, vem vi kommunicerar med, vad vi läser och skriver, vad vi köper och äter, tittar på, hur mycket vi tränar och sover, och så vidare, gör att vi är sårbara på sätt som var otänkbara för bara tio år sedan.Läs också: It-juristens checklista: Det här krävs för att leva upp till EU:s dataskyddsförordningTveksam användning av data om oss kan få effekter på relationer, våra chanser att få jobb, att bli beviljade lån och kanske till och med att komma med på en flygresa.Vissa exempel är kanske, åtminstone i dag, mer applicerbara på USA än på Sverige eller Europa i allmänhet.
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Suomen pankki kertoi viime viikolla julkaistussa talouskatsauksessaan, että Suomen kotitalouksien menot ylittävät tulot ja kulutusluottojen määrä kasvaa.Suomen Pankki on aiemminkin kiinnittänyt huomiota velkaantumisen kasvuun, ja samasta asiasta on varoittanut myös Finanssivalvonta.Talousongelmaisia auttavan Takuusäätiön toiminnanjohtaja Juha Pantzar kertoo, että ylivelkaantumiselle on vaikeaa asettaa selkeää rajaa, mutta tiettyjä merkkejä siitä voi seurata.Velkaantumisen raja voi siis häilyä, mutta Pantzar kertoo muutaman merkin, joita voi omassa kulutuksessaan tarkkailla.Tämä on suhteellisen matalan kynnyksen varoitusmerkki, mutta se voi silti kieliä orastavasta ongelmasta."Jos rahaa ei jää ollenkaan säästöön, niin tässä vaiheessa voi jo kysyä, että mihin rahat menevät."
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If the fact that July 17th is World Emoji Day isn’t enough to convince you, then consider that the Emoji Movie will be released in early August, and that Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 was the emoji: “face with tears of joy” .While the term has been widened to refer to any digital pictograph, true emoji are those that are included in the Unicode Standard, the international standard for digital fonts that aims to make a character available regardless of platform or operating system.The first step is to submit a formal proposal – a document that details why the emoji should be included based on a selection criteria set out by Unicode.The proposal is then reviewed against these criteria by a series of Unicode committees, whose members represent various major tech companies.Once reviewed, the proposal is either rejected , returned to the authors with feedback, or advanced onto the next stage.You may well be surprised at the bureaucratic process behind such colourful, playful characters – and the issues that arise as a result.
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Turnover amounted to sek 983 million, an increase of 7 per cent on the previous year.Operating profit was sek 16.6 million with an operating margin of 2 percent.all in all, the report is a clear boost for Qliro, who have a tough period behind them, where the company has found it difficult to create profitability with their e-commerce.the Company's new ceo and president Marcus Lindqvist has, therefore, begun to sell off the old e-handelsinnehaven one by one.The latest deal that was completed was the sale of Lekmer, which was sold to Babyshop in april.Qliro may, however, still Nelly, Gymgrossisten and Cdon.
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The Marketing Society's chief executive Gemma Greaves has spoken of the need to tackle the stigma around mental health in the industry and offered her agenda for helping battle it.Speaking at the annual summer party which brought together around 400 people from the marketing community in London, Greaves explained the decision taken three years ago by the society to combine to improve the world and utlise its members in an agenda named 'Marketing for Good'.She explained that this year’s initiative was focused around bravery and addressing taboos; which has resulted in the Society renaming the agenda ‘Marketing for Change' to reflect this.“It shouldn't be a stigma,” stated Greaves of the choice to battle misconceptions around mental health, before explaining that the society would work with Time for Change in order to play a role in encouraging that difference of mindset within the marketing industry."Inspired by our friends at Time for Change, and Sue Baker and her team, we are going to collaborate to encourage change where the stigma around mental health is no more.“Since I started my scary new role six months ago I have learnt it’s OK to be myself, to be brave and enable the real conversations to happen, we are all human, we are all fallible and together we are better.
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