Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla postponed a trip to Israel after the country's top lawyer warned that his visit could be considered election interference.
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The freeze will take effect early Tuesday morning and last until January 31. Domestic airlines will also face new restrictions, Haaretz reported.
Microsoft reportedly funded an Israeli startup that makes facial recognition used to secretly monitor Palestinians living in the West Bank.The firm also reportedly tested out experimental facial recognition functions on Palestinians, marketing the results to other clients across the globe.As public scrutiny builds over facial-recognition technology and its impact on privacy and civil liberties, Microsoft has positioned itself as a moral leader, publishing six guiding principles on facial recognition and pledging never to use the tech in a way that threatens "people's democratic freedoms."But Microsoft's investments in a controversial Israeli facial recognition startup is raising questions about its commitment to those principles.The investment drew immediate backlash from human rights advocates including the ACLU, Forbes reported.Since then, investigations by NBC News and Haaretz have shined more light on AnyVision's operations, describing how the firm's software is being used by the Israeli military to secretly conduct mass surveillance of West Bank Palestinians.
Archaeologists in Israel may have discovered the Biblical town of Emmaus, which is linked to Jesus’ resurrection and the Ark of the Covenant.Haaretz reports that archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 2,200-year-old fortification at Kiriath-Jearim, a hill on the outskirts of Abu Ghosh, a village near Jerusalem.The fortification dates back to the Hellenistic period when ancient Greek influence in the region was strong.Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Finkelstein told Haaretz that the walls were repaired during the later period of Roman rule in the first century A.D.In Luke 24:13-35 Emmaus is described as being about 7 miles from Jerusalem.This corresponds with the distance between Kiriath-Jearim, Abu Ghosh and Jerusalem.
Likudpartiet, was in favour of the israeli elections, put large sums of money on the hidden cameras that were distributed to activists, who would monitor the polling stations in the areas where it mainly lives of the israeli arabs.The over 1,200 hidden cameras aroused strong protests and was reported to the police by the country's electoral commission.When almost all of the votes had been counted, the arab turnout to have been one of the lowest in the history of Israel - which is celebrated by the pr firm that was behind the kameratilltaget, reports the newspaper Haaretz."Thanks to that, we placed observers in every polling station, we managed to reduce the voter turnout to below 50 per cent, the lowest in many years," writes the pr firm Kaizler Inbar on Facebook.Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Likudpartiets leader, has confirmed it all and claim that the cameras ensures that the voting goes right.
Specifically, archaeologists are focusing their attention on the ancient site of Kiriath-Jearim, which is mentioned in the Bible as one of the places where the Ark of the Covenant stood.Excavations in 2017 offered a fascinating glimpse into the history of the hill, where the church of Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant now stands.EXPERTS HUNT FOR BIBLICAL TABERNACLE THAT HOUSED THE ARK OF THE COVENANTThe dig at Kiriath-Jearim is a joint project of Tel Aviv University and the College de France, supported by the Shmunis family in San Francisco.Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Finkelstein, who leads the project with Thomas Romer and Christophe Nicolle of the College de France, told Haaretz that the hill is clearly manmade.Four massive carefullybuilt retaining walls were found at the site, creating a sort of earth-filled platform.
Experts in Israel have identified a ring that may have belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who oversaw the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.Haaretz reports that the bronze ring was discovered 50 years ago during excavations at the Herodion fortress in the Judean desert.Initially uncovered in a dig led by Professor Gideon Foerster of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the ring was handed over to a team researchers currently working Herodion, led by Roi Porat, also of Hebrew University.HOW JESUS DIED: ANCIENT CRUCIFIXION VICTIM OFFERS NEW CLUESA wine vessel and the Greek inscription “Pilatus” can be clearly seen on the ring, according to Haaretz.As prefect of the Roman province of Judea, it is quite possible that the ring belonged to the infamous Pontius Pilate.
The mask, which dates back to the Neolithic period, was found by a settler walking in the hills south of Hebron, on the West Bank, according to Haaretz.In a statement released Wednesday, the Israel Antiquities Authority confirmed that the mask was discovered several months ago.At the start of 2018, the IAA’s Antiques Theft Prevention Unit received information that led to the mask’s recovery.'JESUS' FACE' UNCOVERED AT ANCIENT CHURCH IN THE ISRAELI DESERT“Discovering a mask made of stone, at such a high level of finish, is very exciting,” said Ronit Lupu of the IAA Antiquities Theft Prevention Unit, in the statement.“The stone has been completely smoothed over and the features are perfect and symmetrical, even delineating cheekbones.
A Bugatti Chiron may be out of your price range, but a new LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron is a whole lot more affordable – just don’t expect it to do 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds.The latest model in LEGO’s highly-accurate line-up of cars, it’s a 1:8 scale version of the French supercar.While it may not be quite as large as the actual car, it’s still a big model, even by LEGO standards.The completed Chiron is a full 22-inches long, 9-inches wide, and 5-inches tall.You may not get a functional W16 engine, but LEGO’s designers have managed to get a number of working parts into the model, too.The active rear wing is present and correct, for example, with a speed key included to switch it from the two positions: handling or top speed.
Instagram revealed today how it organizes users’ feeds, including how it considers different factors in its algorithm.Posts from family members and close friends show up near the top, which was the goal of the company’s decision to move away from the reverse-chronological feed in 2016, but the way the app filled in the blanks between those close friends was slightly mysterious.Instagram product lead Julian Gutman explained to TechCrunch and other outlets, including The Verge, today that it ranks three main factors when creating users’ feeds: interest, recency, and relationship.Interest is how much Instagram thinks you’ll care about a post, with the most important obviously coming to the top.Recency just means Instagram prioritizes newer posts, and your relationship to the poster is of course also considered.The more you’ve interacted with someone on the platform, the more likely you are to see their content up front.
The company lost $3.35 per share in the first three months of the year, while burning through $1.1 billion.Follow Tesla's stock price in real-time here.The stock is up more than 1,500% since the IPO, and Elon Musk's electric car company is currently worth more than old-guard automakers Ford and Fiat Chrysler.It trails General Motors by a few billion dollars.The company produced 55,120 vehicles last year, compared to Ford's 2.46 million, while its newest car, the Model 3 sedan, has grappled with production delays since its inception.That's a slower burn than in previous quarters, when the quarterly cash burn hit $1.4 billion, but equates to a burn of $7,430 every single minute, Bloomberg calculated.
On the heels of Hulu’s news of its growing live TV business, which has now reached 800,000 subscribers, the streaming service today announced a major re-organization of it business focused on four strategic priorities, effective immediately.These include “the subscriber journey, technology & products, content and advertising,” says Hulu.The changes see three major execs departing: Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman, Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Distribution Tim Connolly and SVP Experience, Ben Smith.He also previously worked at Uniscape, Crossworlds Software, and co-founded enterprise software company Metasystems, Inc.At Hulu, Phillips will oversee a now unified Technology & Product organization, which includes engineering, Hulu’s data center operations, its network and broadcast operations center, I.T.and program management, plus product management, user experience, and product development.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”The answer: probably not on Facebook, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on teens, social media and technology.In just three years, the percentage of teens using Facebook dropped 20 percent, reaching 51 percent in 2018.And though Facebook was the most-used online platform for teens in the Pew Research Center’s 2014-2015 survey, it’s now lagging behind.Three other social media platforms now lead the way for individuals ages 13 to 17: YouTube (85 percent), Instagram (72 percent) and Snapchat (69 percent).
The past few weeks have seen plenty of speculation about the automaker's future and whether or not it was going to kill off storied brands like Dodge or Fiat.But as expected, the announcements mainly focused on four of the names in FCA's portfolio: Jeep, Ram, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo, each of which has big things in store.CEO Sergio Marchionne also revealed that the company is going to invest $10.5 billion (€9 billion) on electrification between now and 2022, phasing out all of its passenger vehicle diesel engines along the way.Jeep is arguably FCA's crown jewel now that it has spun off Ferrari, and the company wants to launch a bevy of new models in the next few years.These will hit each of the different size segments in the SUV and crossover classes, from a crossover smaller than the soon-to-be-revised Renegade all the way up to a new Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer.Some of these will be focused more on life in an urban environment, but, from the sounds of it, Jeep is not prepared to compromise its off-road chops just because it's adding some electric motors.
It’s been a long and sometimes difficult journey for the Apple TV.Deemed a “hobby” project by Steve Jobs, the company appeared to put the concept of an Apple set-top box on the back burner for many years before it once again started taking the line seriously in 2015.Last year’s 4K-enabled Apple TV finally saw the streamer meet the promise it’s always held, with super-high resolution playback, some enjoyable gaming options and decent voice control.Here’s what we’re hoping to see from any eventual new Apple TV device.A new version of Apple’s set-top boxWe’d expect an announcement in September 2019
Instagram users were missing 70 percent of all posts and 50 percent of their friends’ posts before the app ditched the reverse chronological feed for an algorithm in July 2016.Despite backlash about confusing ordering, Instagram now says relevancy sorting has led to its 800 million-plus users seeing 90 percent of their friends’ posts and spending more time on the app.Yet Instagram has never explained exactly how the algorithm chooses what to show you until today.The Facebook-owned company assembled a group of reporters at its under-construction new San Francisco office to take the lid off the Instagram feed ranking algorithm.Instagram relies on machine learning based on your past behavior to create a unique feed for everyone.Three main factors determine what you see in your Instagram feed:
LG announced the G7 ThinQ about a month ago, and now, the phone is available for purchase in the US for a retail price of around $750.As far as carriers go, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular will all sell the phone, and it will also be available on Project Fi.For those who want to buy one unlocked, it can be found at Amazon, Best Buy, and BThe phone has several interesting features, including a resonance chamber at the bottom that LG calls a Boom Box speaker.There’s also support for DTS:X 3D surround sound that will let you pick between having the sound seem like it’s coming from in front, side to side, or a “wide” option.A $750 price tag might be a big chunk to consider spending, but companies are offering deals that make it a cheaper in some circumstances.Sprint has a BOGO offer on the G7 (with some strings attached), and Verizon is giving customers up to 50 percent off with an eligible trade-in, applied over 24 months.
Lately, it seems like a lot of news outlets are quick to pronounce things “dead.” According to headlines, newspapers and print, in general, has been dead for decades, and television is finished.What about the countless outbound messages we consume every day?Inbound marketing is a useful, and even essential, tool for the digital age, but companies shouldn’t feel as if inbound vs. outbound is an either-or proposition.Here’s why inbound marketing is so importantIn the digital age, most brands know they need a web presence, which probably includes some combination of blogs, search engine optimization, email lists, newsletters, and earned social media.A recent study from Forrester found that 75% of consumers expect consistent experiences across mobile, social, and in-person, and a further 75% of business buyers expect companies to make relevant product suggestions before the customer even initiates contact with a brand.
“BBC English” was once a byword for the poshest British accent, the one that featured all the old vowel gliding (hee-eh for hair), along with the bits and bobs that many of us forget when trying to simulate classy British.Strange and wondrous pronunciation pervades in Death in Ice Valley, a BBC podcast about a mysterious woman whose body was found burned, in 1970, in a desolate valley in Norway’s Seven Mountains, with a handful of phenobarbital and a half-bottle of St. Hallvard, an 80-proof herbal liqueur.They call her the Isdal Woman.In the Norwegian words, names, and place names comes the obvious: This Ice Valley stuff is far away.The plot of the Isdal Woman, thick already, thickens further with the accents of the old detectives and witnesses, many over 70, as they reminisce in their second, third, and fourth languages.Regional accents are what glue me to podcasts.
Apple is fixing one of the worst parts of the concert experience: waiting in line for a beer while you miss your favorite song.Last week’s BottleRock music festival near San Francisco was the first to try a new “order ahead with Apple Pay” feature that Apple hopes to bring to more events.You just open the festival’s app, select the closest concession stand, choose your drinks, Apple Pay with your face or fingerprint and pick up the beverages at a dedicated window with no queue.BottleRock’s upscale wine and oldies music fest, 100 miles from the tech giant’s headquarters, has become a testbed for Apple Pay.Last year, every concession stand got equipped with the Square’s Apple Pay-ready point of sale system and special fast lanes for customers who used it instead of cash or credit card.Thirty percent of all transactions at BottleRock were made with Apple Pay, according to an Apple spokesperson, proving people wanted a faster way to get back to the show.
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