Eight ways machine learning is already in your life – BBC News

April 25, 2017

Virtual personal assistants – the likes of Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant – are able to follow instructions because of voice recognition. They process natural human speech, match it to the desired command and respond in an increasingly natural way. The assistants learn over a number of conversations and in many different ways. They might ask for specific information – for example how to pronounce your name, or whose voice is whose in a household. Data from …

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

… much less likable womens sand shots were 47 percent less likely to draw a like, mens were 80 percent. Abramowitz thinks this could be related to the fact that Hinges audience tends to be focused less on hookups and more on finding serious relationships. So perhaps they just didnt respond as well to these more revealing photos because they felt less comfortable starting a conversation based on them. Conversely, using a photo in which youre engaged in some kind of athletic activity was super …

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Trump Wants Clean Water Rule Gone. Now Comes The Hard Part.

April 21, 2017

… rule.Environmental advocates said they plan further efforts to challenge Trumps efforts. Trumps administration is preparing to repeal the rule and replace it with a weaker version, according to arecent Energy & Environment News report, which cited EPA officials. That would require two cumbersome federal rule-making processes.EPA officials did not respond to a request for comment. If theyre going to repeal it, theyre going to have to say why theyre repealing it. You cant just say, Were …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Struggling Tech Giant LeEco Loses Global Corporate Finance Head

April 16, 2017

LeEco Inc.’s global head of corporate finance is leaving, according to a person familiar with the matter, the latest sign of retrenchment by the Chinese technology giant. Winston Cheng, who joined LeEco in 2015, will be president of international at Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc., leading new business initiatives including investments and mergers and acquisitions, the person said. LeEco declined to comment. JD.com didn’t respond to a request for comment on Friday. …

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments – BBC News

April 10, 2017

… down’ The emails the BBC has seen seem more than pub talk. They seem to show that a number of Shell executives were aware that a company controlled by Etete would ultimately receive over a billion dollars and were advised by their own employees that the money was likely to end up being paid in political kickbacks. In a statement Shell said it did not believe that any current or former employees had acted illegally. ENI did not respond to the BBC’s request for comment but has …

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From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

April 10, 2017

… accused of launching lethal chemical attacks, he was operating from a script first penned by President Woodrow Wilson during World War I. It was Wilson who said America should enter the war to make the world “safe for democracy.” The notion that America had a moral responsibility to respond militarily to atrocities abroad began during World War I, “The Great War” shows. …

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Here Are All The Advertisers Fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s Show

April 6, 2017

Since Monday night, more than 40 companies that advertise with Fox News have announced theyre splitting from the show a response to a bombshell New York Times reportindicating that OReilly and Fox News have paid around $13 million in settlements to address complaints brought by five of his former female colleagues. Fox News did not immediately respond to a question about whether any companies have pulled ads from the network entirely. Mercedes-Benz was the first company and one of six …

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Amazon wants influencers with ‘large followings’ to sell its products

April 2, 2017

… audience interactions. It’s not clear whether the certified influencers will get a better commission than the ordinary affiliates. Amazon didn’t respond to our request for comment. Influencers will get their own vanity URL on Amazon’s domain, where they can choose items from Amazon’s inventory to spotlight. For instance, the host of the YouTube channel “What’s up Moms,” one of the first enlistees in the new program, sells parenting and household goods on …

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Here’s how an Uber recruiter discussed sexism with a potential hire

March 26, 2017

… pasted. But hey, at least, Uber is aware of the problem and wanting to talk about it no matter whether they are taking the time to type it out every time or pasting the same language over and over again. Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment if this is language used and suggested by the company from the top. Uber HR is at least doing something. Liane Hornsey, Uber’shead of human resources, told reporters earlier this week, “The focus of the company has been on the …

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London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

March 24, 2017

(CNN)A day after a terror attack in his city left three people dead and as many as 40 wounded, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he has more important things to do than respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. Wednesday, President Trump’s son tweeted, “You have to be kidding me?!” in response Khan’s assertion in 2016 to The Independent newspaper that terror attacks are “part and parcel” of living in a major city. “I’m not going to respond to a tweet …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… them. The apparent lack of evidence for Trump’s claims is causing consternation among the President’s Republican allies and Democrats alike, and speculation about how he will respond if Comey testifies that they are baseless. His unrepentant Friday news conference suggests the President will simply quadruple down on his claims, and ignore evidence against him. Such is the depth of feeling in Trump world that he is the victim of a plot by the establishment and the media to undermine …

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15 Important Life Skills Kids Should Be Taught By The Time Theyre 15

March 17, 2017

… from this direct exchange to increase theire chances of success in the future — an important ingredient in strengthening their coping and recovery skills. Thinkstock 6. Emotional awareness/intelligence Teaching your child to understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety is a very necessary skill (many adults lack this). Encouraging your child to accept her emotions including anger, sadness, disappointment, and frustration as normal, will help her respond to …

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Somalia drought: At least 110 die as fears of famine grow

March 5, 2017

… in need of assistance, up from 5 million in September.” Famine in Somalia killed roughly 258,000 people between 2010 and 2012, according to joint report by the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development. At the time, humanitarian organization Oxfam criticized the international community’s response to the famine in Somalia, saying “the world was too slow to respond.” UNICEF lists Somalia among four nations where they say a total of 1.4 …

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