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  • Lawyer Who Felled 'Gawker' Sues Gizmodo, 'Deadspin'

    06/27/2017 5:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    MediaPost ^ | June 27, 2017 | Erik Sass
    Less than a year after famed (or infamous) media gossip site Gawker was forced to close by a eight-figure settlement in favor of wrestler Hulk Hogan, the successor to the former Gawker Media empire finds itself in the legal crosshairs. It's for another lawsuit seeking major damages — and it’s the same lawyer taking aim. This time, attorney Charles Harder, who has also represented First Lady Melania Trump in her libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail, is handling the lawsuit on behalf of RJ Bell, real name Randall James Busack, the founder and CEO of Pregame.com, a sports handicapping Web...
  • Facebook Looks To Take Over Churches and Little Leagues

    06/27/2017 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/27/17 | Judi McLeod
    Arrogant Mark Zuckerberg needs to acknowledge to himself that “some savvy Facebook users, reportedly including Russian hackers, turned the internet platform he built into an online machine that spread fake news and helped elect Trump as President First came Barack Hussein Obama presented to a largely unsuspecting world as the Messiah. Now it’s Mark Zuckerberg. The tenure of Obama’s eight long years, (having branched off into the ‘Resistance’ and still going) proved that those who worshipped at the feet of Barry Soetoro, marketed as the Messiah, are no better off now than they were when he first came into power....
  • The future of 3D printing by medical consultant Dr. Thirumurugan S V Mahadhevan

    06/26/2017 11:15:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | June 23, 2017 | Dr. Thirumurugan S. V. Mahadhevan
    Innovations in the technology of 3D printing and scanning have been tremendous. The hype that was already being created in 3D printing is huge and the R&D is happening to fulfil the expectations in different parts of the world. Though the technology erupted in 1980’s, 3D printing for healthcare has been getting familiar in the last decade. Let us see how, across all areas, 3D printing of healthcare can have a bigger impact in coming years. Bio-printing Whenever the words “3D printing in healthcare” are uttered, most people will ask, “is it possible to 3D print an organ like heart...
  • AI could create more human jobs in insurance – company chief

    06/26/2017 7:43:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Insurance Business ^ | June 26, 2017 | Sam Boyer
    Here’s a novel thought: introducing artificial intelligence into insurance could actually create jobs, rather than stripping them away. That not just pie-in-the-sky daydreaming, that’s the opinion of an artificial intelligence (AI) company chief executive heavily involved in the insurance industry. Alex Dalyac, co-founder and CEO of Tractable, says his company’s AI for P&C auto claims could actually generate jobs – depending on what insurance carriers decide to do with the savings in accuracy and time his services generate for them. “We enable insurers to ensure their estimates are all accurate. With AI, all repairs are visually checked [and] many more...
  • Illegal Immigrants in Mexico Are Now Using Uber to Cross Border Points Undetected

    06/26/2017 7:14:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Pan Am Post ^ | June 26, 2017 | Elena Toledo
    Uber may be assisting in illegal immigration, some Mexican officials claim. Arnulfo Leon Campos of Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said that transporters of undocumented immigrants are using the private ride-sharing service to cross border points without being detected. “Traffickers of people going to the United States diversify their operations and now use private vehicle services like Uber to transport undocumented people,” he said. The statements were made last week after four Uber cars were stopped in the state of Zacatecas on their way to Durango. Cases like these have become more common, officials said, as it becomes increasingly complicated...
  • NYT Cheers the Rise of Censorship Algorithms

    06/26/2017 7:11:08 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 02 May 2017 | Robert Parry
    The New York Times is cheering on the Orwellian future for Western “democracy” in which algorithms quickly hunt down and eliminate information that the Times and other mainstream outlets don’t like ___ Just days after sporting First Amendment pins at the White House Correspondents Dinner – to celebrate freedom of the press – the mainstream U.S. media is back to celebrating a very different idea: how to use algorithms to purge the Internet of what is deemed “fake news,” i.e. what the mainstream judges to be “misinformation.” The New York Times, one of the top promoters of this new Orwellian...
  • Chemists create 3D printed graphene foam

    06/26/2017 1:38:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China's Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. The research could yield industrially useful quantities of bulk graphene and is described online in a new study in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. "This study is a first of its kind," said Rice chemist James Tour, co-corresponding author of the paper. "We have shown how to make 3-D graphene foams from nongraphene starting materials, and the method lends itself to being scaled to graphene foams for additive manufacturing applications with pore-size control." Graphene, one of the...
  • Johnson Says DNC Refused DHS Help [fake satire]

    06/24/2017 2:12:50 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 June 2017 | John Semmens
    This week, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House Intelligence Committee. Johnson became the latest former Obama Administration official to verify that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Perhaps more relevant, however, was his puzzlement at the Democratic National Committee’s refusal of his proffer of assistance in the wake of their computers being hacked. “Considering what was at stake, I would have thought that putting the federal government’s expertise into play to protect the DNC’s confidential communications was a ‘no-brainer,’” Johnson said. “But despite my entreaties and offers...
  • New Graphene-Based Transistors Could Make Computers 1000 Times Faster

    06/22/2017 11:18:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | June 19, 2017
    As reported recently in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF), CREOL and the University of Texas have developed a graphene-based transistor that could one day lead to super-fast and super energy-efficient computers. By super-fast we mean a thousand times faster and by super energy-efficient we mean it will only use a hundredth of the power. Right now, the world of electronics relies on silicon-based transistors to power its devices. And while their invention made it possible for devices to be reduced to smaller sizes as the transistors allowed the flow of...
  • Ann Arbor's LLamasoft lands major investment, hiring 100 people in 2017

    06/22/2017 10:37:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Jessica Haynes
    ANN ARBOR, MI - 2017 has already been a big year for LLamasoft. The Ann Arbor-based software company is assisting more customers than ever with supply chain management, developing new applications and hiring more employees to fill its headquarters at the McKinley Towne Center. Toby Brzoznowski is co-founder and executive vice president of LLamasoft, and told The Ann Arbor News Monday, June 12, that so many announcements to share is a "good problem to have." Probably the biggest news is LLamasoft's new partnership with TPG Capital, the investment company behind Uber, McAfee and Airbnb. The deal officially closed June 1...
  • 14 Year Old Portland AntiFa Mascot Attempts To Debate Patriot Prayer Joey Gibson

    06/22/2017 5:16:00 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    The Common Sense Conservative ^ | June 22, 2017 | Guava Cheese Puff
    Watch this video, of this young man, in the Antifa cape or flag, debating a conservative protester in Portland, Ore. at some Pride LGBT event. Antifa and the man, Joey Gibson, get into a argument.
  • President Trump will commit to improving internet access in rural areas

    06/21/2017 12:45:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Recode ^ | June 20, 2017 | Tony Romm
    President Donald Trump will commit on Wednesday to improving internet access in the country’s hardest-to-reach rural areas as a part of his forthcoming push to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Trump will outline his pledge during a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shortly after visiting Kirkwood Community College, which specializes in fields like precision agriculture. In the eyes of the White House, farmers can’t use emerging big data tools that track crops in real time without faster, more reliable broadband internet service — so the Trump administration intends to tackle that challenge as part of its campaign to upgrade the country’s...
  • Tempe software services co. hiring up to 300 by next year, opening more offices thanks to investment

    06/20/2017 9:23:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | May 30, 2017 | Hayley Ringle
    Tempe-based software services company Tiempo Development LLC has received a significant investment to help the company hire up to 300 people by next year, open additional offices and make future acquisitions. Tiempo founder, president and CEO Cliff Schertz said the undisclosed investment helps position the company for its next phase of growth, and allows for an opportunity for additional investment with future acquisitions. “We’ve been experiencing significant growth over the past five years, and we really needed to bring in a financial partner to help us in our next phase of growth,” Schertz said. “This allows us to expand that...
  • Forum: Tech jobs can offer more than just high salaries

    06/19/2017 11:39:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 19, 2017 | Kevin J. Conlan
    Tech jobs in the U.S. can offer salaries of up to $100,000 and above, and recruiters are in a rush to find those with the skills needed to fill open positions across the country. The job market has never been better for IT: they unarguably offer the best type of employment opportunities, with high wages, generous benefits, and the comfort of job security. Entering into IT workforce can reap the great rewards of a growing field. Based on job satisfaction, position openings, and earning potential, tech jobs are the most worthwhile. The even better news, however, is that many, if...
  • U.S. States Can’t Have Own Self-driving Car Rules Under Trump Presidency

    06/19/2017 1:10:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Cars18 ^ | June 19, 2017 | Arjit Garg and Reuters
    California and other states would be barred from setting their own rules governing design and testing of self-driving cars, while federal regulators would be blocked from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous vehicle technology, according to a U.S. House Republican proposal reviewed by Reuters on Thursday. The draft legislation, while far from becoming law, still represents a victory for General Motors Co, Alphabet Inc, Tesla Inc and other automakers and technology companies seeking to persuade Congress and the Trump administration to pre-empt rules under consideration in California, New York and other states that could limit deployment of self-driving vehicles.....
  • These 7 Disruptive Technologies Could Be Worth Trillions of Dollars

    06/19/2017 12:28:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | June 16, 2017 | Jason Dorrier, Managing editor
    Scientists, technologists, engineers, and visionaries are building the future. Amazing things are in the pipeline. It’s a big deal. But you already knew all that. Such speculation is common. What’s less common? Scale. How big is big? “Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Silicon Dock, all of the Silicons around the world, they are dreaming the dream. They are innovating,” Catherine Wood said at Singularity University’s Exponential Finance in New York. “We are sizing the opportunity. That's what we do.” Wood is founder and CEO of ARK Investment Management, a research and investment company focused on the growth potential of today’s disruptive...
  • New chemical method could revolutionize graphene

    06/18/2017 10:55:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Phys. Org. ^ | June 15, 2017
    University of Illinois at Chicago scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultra-fast electronics. Graphene, a lightweight, thin, flexible material, can be used to enhance the strength and speed of computer display screens, electric/photonics circuits, solar cells and various medical, chemical and industrial processes, among other things. It is comprised of a single layer of carbon atoms bonded together in a repeating pattern of hexagons. Isolated for the first time 15 years ago by a physics professor at the University of Manchester in England, it...
  • Trump Ends Y2K Spending [semi-satire]

    06/18/2017 6:18:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 June 2017 | John Semmens
    Though it may come as a shock to many, a government program designed to prepare the nation for the devastation that would be inflicted when the calendar rolled over from a century in which the years began with the number “19” to one in which the years began with the number “20” is still incurring expenditures 17 years after the “crisis” fizzled. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney declared that “the amount of useless trash that is still being funded way past any reasonably conceived purpose is phenomenal. To begin with, the hysteria attached to the effect that...
  • The Everything Store Expands

    06/17/2017 3:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Wired ^ | June 17, 2017 | Zachary Karabell
    News that Amazon intends to buy Whole Foods Market for more than $13 billion was greeted jubilantly by financial markets, with Amazon’s stock rising 2.5 percent, almost enough to cover the entire purchase. At the same time, the shares of other grocery retailers, ranging from Kroger’s to Walmart, were punished severely, plunging as much as nine percent. That mixed reaction—riches for Amazon and excitement from consumers, amidst the decimation of an entire sector of the economy—proves the company’s power. The move takes it one step closer towards founder Jeff Bezos’ long-held ambition of becoming the “world’s store,” and it is...
  • Mueller Expands Staff [fake satire]

    06/17/2017 12:52:30 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 June 2017 | John Semmens
    In the wake of former FBI Director James Comey's admission that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians to rig last year's presidential election, independent counsel Robert Mueller has initiated a major expansion of his staff. "Inasmuch as it is inconceivable that a person as qualified as Secretary Clinton could be beaten by a boorish amateur like Donald Trump in a fair contest, there has to have been some sort of underhanded manipulation involved," Mueller reasoned. "My good friend James Comey valiantly tried to soldier on before he was improperly dismissed by his obviously guilty target....