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Microsoft and AWS could be the strangest cloud bedfellows yet

 Today hell did not freeze over, but something remarkable happened. Microsoft and AWS announced they were working on a project together. Project Gluon is an open source, deep learning project for building, deploying and managing machine learning models.

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Abortion rates are down, so the GOP will try to reduce access to birth control

Abortion rates in the U.S. are down for the eighth or ninth year in a row, and down a whopping 25 percent since 2008, according to a recently released study by the American Public Health Association. Good news for both right-to-lifers and right-to-choicers,
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Abortion rates are down, so the GOP will try to reduce access to birth control

Abortion rates in the U.S. are down for the eighth or ninth year in a row, and down a whopping 25 percent since 2008, according to a recently released study by the American Public Health Association. Good news for both right-to-lifers and right-to-choicers, yes? Oh God, no! Not only will fewer unplanned pregnancies make it harder to slut shame the double X-chromies in the world when they get knocked up by the humans who have only one, but less abortions means fewer pissed of religious-right fundamentalists who are essential in enabling tax cuts and deregulation. So you know what that means to the usual suspects: kill birth control! Fewer abortions is what Republicans and conservatives claim they want, which is why they are constantly passing arcane restrictions on abortion access. So why is the Trump administration ramping up the war on contraception? A leaked White House budget memo, published Thursday by Brian Beutler of Crooked Media, exposed the far-reaching anti-birth-control agenda of the Trump administration. See, the more abortions there are, the better it is politically for the right. It makes it easier to rile up rank-and-file evangelicals and cast those of us who defend reproductive choice as murderous, sex-crazed monsters. So file this under “to hell with the embryos, we can’t let a good wedge issue die” in the Very Big Book of conservative duplicity. Hypocritical! Instead of arguing with any clown possessing a Y-chromosome over what they consider silly ideas, like the fact that women might want to have a big say in whether they get pregnant in the first place or who fathers their child when they choose to do so, may we humbly suggest a potentially more productive route? Simply explain with great enthusiasm to your right-wing male colleague or nutty Thanksgiving uncle that the last time contraception was illegal in the U.S., there was no such thing as genetic testing for paternity, or court-mandated child support. So, great news: now we can all share equally in the joy, obligation, and responsibilities of raising lots and lots of kids for years and years. Capisce, daddio?

Ocean acidification is on the rise, putting marine species at risk around the world

Rapidly increasing ocean acidification is combining with rising water temperatures, hypoxic “dead zones,” and torrents of trash to threaten marine species around the globe, a new study has concluded. Acidification levels are on the rise thanks to the
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Ocean acidification is on the rise, putting marine species at risk around the world

Rapidly increasing ocean acidification is combining with rising water temperatures, hypoxic “dead zones,” and torrents of trash to threaten marine species around the globe, a new study has concluded. Acidification levels are on the rise thanks to the burning of fossil fuels, and the worsening water quality could have ripple effects down the ocean food chain. Since ocean acidification happens extremely fast compared to natural processes, only organisms with short generation times, such as micro-organisms, are able to keep up,” the authors of the study Exploring Ocean Change: Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification found. Marine life such as crustaceans and organisms that create calcified shelters for themselves in the oceans were thought to be most at risk, because acid seas would hinder them forming shells. However, the research shows that while these are in danger, perhaps surprisingly, some – such as barnacles – are often unaffected, while the damage from acidification is also felt much higher up the food chain, into big food fish species. Atlantic cod in the Baltic and Barents seas, for example, could be one-quarter the size they are today by the end of the century, according to the scientists, who conducted the study as part of the Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification group (known as Bioacid), a German network of researchers. The group conducted the study with the support of the German government. The study was initiated well before governments signed a global agreement on climate change at Paris in 2015, and highlights how the Paris agreement to hold warming to no more than 2C may not be enough to prevent further acidification of the world’s seas. President Trump decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement in June. A meeting among the remaining governments is planned for November and the study’s authors hope ocean acidification will be among the topics discussed.

How drug manufacturers are fighting to push their drugs for unapproved purposes

Pharmaceutical companies are promoting off-label use of their drugs — and arguing the First Amendment protects them
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How drug manufacturers are fighting to push their drugs for unapproved purposes

Pharmaceutical companies are promoting off-label use of their drugs — and arguing the First Amendment protects them

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Union Bank of India approves Indosolar#39;s proposal for one time debt settlement

"Union Bank of India has approved our proposal for One Time Settlement #39;OTS#39;," Indosolar Ltd said in a BSE filing today.
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Union Bank of India approves Indosolar#39;s proposal for one time debt settlement

"Union Bank of India has approved our proposal for One Time Settlement #39;OTS#39;," Indosolar Ltd said in a BSE filing today.

Pratt Whitney inks pact with IndiGo for ATR engine maintenance

"This FMP will provide IndiGo with hands-on support as the engines progressively enter into service on the airline#39;s new ATR72-600 fleet. IndiGo also chose to equip each of its new aircraft with our FAST (flight, acquisition, storage and transmission) prog
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Pratt Whitney inks pact with IndiGo for ATR engine maintenance

"This FMP will provide IndiGo with hands-on support as the engines progressively enter into service on the airline#39;s new ATR72-600 fleet. IndiGo also chose to equip each of its new aircraft with our FAST (flight, acquisition, storage and transmission) prognostics solution," PWC#39;s vice president for regional airlines, Frédéric Lefebvre, said.

Hyundai gets order for 10,501 Verna units from Middle East

The all new Verna, which was introduced in the country in August this year, will be sold as Next Gen Accent in the Middle East markets, including Saudi Arabia and Oman.
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Hyundai gets order for 10,501 Verna units from Middle East

The all new Verna, which was introduced in the country in August this year, will be sold as Next Gen Accent in the Middle East markets, including Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Hyundai gets order for 10,501 Verna units from Middle East

The all new Verna, which was introduced in the country in August this year, will be sold as Next Gen Accent in the Middle East markets, including Saudi Arabia and Oman.
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Hyundai gets order for 10,501 Verna units from Middle East

The all new Verna, which was introduced in the country in August this year, will be sold as Next Gen Accent in the Middle East markets, including Saudi Arabia and Oman.

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Primer helps governments and corporations monitor and understand the world’s information

 When Google was founded in 1998, its goal was to organize the world’s information. And for the most part, mission accomplished — but in 19 years the goal post has moved forward and indexing and usefully presenting information isn’t eno
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Primer helps governments and corporations monitor and understand the world’s information

 When Google was founded in 1998, its goal was to organize the world’s information. And for the most part, mission accomplished — but in 19 years the goal post has moved forward and indexing and usefully presenting information isn’t enough. As machine learning matures, it’s becoming feasible for the first time to actually summarize and contextualize the world’s… Read More

Blickfeld scores $4.25M seed round to let autonomous vehicles ‘see’

 Blickfeld, a Munich-based startup developing a low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to let autonomous vehicles “see,” has raised $4.25 million in seed funding. Read More
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Blickfeld scores $4.25M seed round to let autonomous vehicles ‘see’

 Blickfeld, a Munich-based startup developing a low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to let autonomous vehicles “see,” has raised $4.25 million in seed funding. Read More

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds two security projects to its open source stable

 The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is probably best known for being the home of the Kubernetes container orchestration project, but there plenty of other projects that now fall under the organization’s umbrella. All of them focus on bri
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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds two security projects to its open source stable

 The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is probably best known for being the home of the Kubernetes container orchestration project, but there plenty of other projects that now fall under the organization’s umbrella. All of them focus on bringing the kind of modern cloud-native tooling that companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others take for granted to a wider range… Read More

Report: Airbnb just lost the person it recently installed to head up its China business

 China is a tough nut to crack, no matter how much money U.S.-based companies have to throw at it. That’s the overarching takeaway tonight, given the news — first reported by Bloomberg — that Hong Ge is abandoning his post as the hea
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Report: Airbnb just lost the person it recently installed to head up its China business

 China is a tough nut to crack, no matter how much money U.S.-based companies have to throw at it. That’s the overarching takeaway tonight, given the news — first reported by Bloomberg — that Hong Ge is abandoning his post as the head of Airbnb’s China business for a new, as-yet-undisclosed opportunity. Why does the departure matter? For starters, Ge was appointed to… Read More

Microsoft drops lawsuit after DOJ limits use of gag orders when accessing customer data

 Microsoft said it will drop its lawsuit against the Department of Justice over gag orders placed on companies that prevent them from telling customers when their personal data has been accessed by investigators. Its decision comes after the DOJ issued
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Microsoft drops lawsuit after DOJ limits use of gag orders when accessing customer data

 Microsoft said it will drop its lawsuit against the Department of Justice over gag orders placed on companies that prevent them from telling customers when their personal data has been accessed by investigators. Its decision comes after the DOJ issued a new binding policy that requires prosecutors to give more detailed reasons when applying for a gag order and makes it much harder to seek one… Read More

Singapore to cap number of cars allowed on roads from 2018

 Cars congesting roads is a problem in just about every major urban center around the world, but some areas are worst in this regard than others. Singapore is one of those, and it’s going to do something about it – the government there has an
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Singapore to cap number of cars allowed on roads from 2018

 Cars congesting roads is a problem in just about every major urban center around the world, but some areas are worst in this regard than others. Singapore is one of those, and it’s going to do something about it – the government there has announced that it will cut the annual growth rate of cars and motorcycles allowed on roads in the country from 0.25 percent to zero starting… Read More

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From Ferrari To Maserati at Dubai International Motor Show 2017

In its 14th year, the Dubai International Motor Show is the largest international automotive event across the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region. The 2017 edition of the Dubai International Motor Show will feature a total of five specialized
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From Ferrari To Maserati at Dubai International Motor Show 2017

In its 14th year, the Dubai International Motor Show is the largest international automotive event across the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region. The 2017 edition of the Dubai International Motor Show will feature a total of five specialized sectors and is expected to attract thousands of visitors, from serious car buyers to car-mad kids. Boulevard of Dreams, a dedicated supercars zone will feature some of the world’s fastest and most expensive models. The MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region is home to an ever-increasing number of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs). A Knight Frank report recently stated that the number of UHNWIs in the region grew by 48 percent from 2006 to 2016, with some 7,370 UHNWIs sharing a combined wealth of $810 billion. It is of little surprise that the Emirate’s supercar segment continues to move rapidly, as evidenced by industry luminaries such as McLaren opening new showrooms in Dubai and across the region. At present, the Middle East makes up 12 percent of McLaren’s global sales. McLaren, which will be showing its new 570S Spider, will be joined at the Dubai event by other legendary manufacturers such as Ferrari and Maserati while Italian automaker ICONA will unveil the world’s first handmade titanium supercar – the Vulcano Titanium, valued at $2.9 million. Other exhibitors in the sector include Rimac, which will be showcasing its Rimac Concept One – an electric supercar – Prato and Shaali Motorsport.  On exhibit will also be the Mercedes-Benz 600, the prestige vehicle built by Daimler-Benz in the 1960s and 1970s. The car belongs to the upper class of Daimler-Benz vehicles and is nowadays a rare collector’s piece. The show will run from November 14, 2017, through November 18, 2017, at Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. For more details, visit: https://www.dubaimotorshow.com/plan-your-trip/about-dims Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the cars. 

A Duo of Designers: Bob Bonies & Shiro Kuramata at Galerie VIVID, Rotterdam

Galerie VIVID, Rotterdam is presenting the works of designers Bob Bonies and Shiro Kuramata.Bob Bonies and Shiro Kuramata began their careers in the 1960s and were considered pioneers in their field during that time. Japanese designer Kuramata passed away in
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A Duo of Designers: Bob Bonies & Shiro Kuramata at Galerie VIVID, Rotterdam

Galerie VIVID, Rotterdam is presenting the works of designers Bob Bonies and Shiro Kuramata.Bob Bonies and Shiro Kuramata began their careers in the 1960s and were considered pioneers in their field during that time. Japanese designer Kuramata passed away in 1991 at the age of 56 whereas Bonies is still actively creating his works that are presented in museums and galleries worldwide. In this exhibition, Bonies will present his abstract geometric paintings alongside Kuramata’s iconic furniture.Bonies was part of the “de Stijl” Dutch arts movement that originated in the 1920s that believed in minimalistic art. Interestingly, Bonies has always used only four colors in his lifetime and studied them in all its forms. He used the primary colors red, yellow, and blue along with green (mix of blue and yellow) and white, which is not a color.Kuramata spent most of his life in experimenting with form and function while designing furniture. He gained prominence around 1977 for his work titled “Drawer in an Irregular Form” which pretty much like its title was S-shaped storage piece. “Miss Blanche” was another unusual work. In this transparent chair, red paper rosebuds were molded in acrylic resin. He was among those post-war artists who changed the way people thought of Japan and became known for his poetic and sensuous styles incorporated in furniture designs.  This exhibition runs through November 5, 2017, at Galerie VIVID, Red Apple building, Scheepmakershaven 17, 3011VA Rotterdam – Netherlands. For details, visit: www.galerievivid.comClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

Dutch Design Week’s Ambassador Architect Winy Maas Re-imagines Urban Dwellings with (W)ego

Dutch Design Week Ambassador Winy Maas of MVRDV has collaborated with The Why Factory to curate a vibrant architecture installation (W)ego exploring the possibility of a flexible future city.(W)ego is designed as a flexible space, with nine rooms that can be
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Dutch Design Week’s Ambassador Architect Winy Maas Re-imagines Urban Dwellings with (W)ego

Dutch Design Week Ambassador Winy Maas of MVRDV has collaborated with The Why Factory to curate a vibrant architecture installation (W)ego exploring the possibility of a flexible future city.(W)ego is designed as a flexible space, with nine rooms that can be configured in different ways, and re-imagine how occupants could use the space. The users are invited to explore imaginative possibilities like sleeping suspended in air or inside a vertical garden, occupying a room that is made of stairs, or a room that is billboard or a shimmering grotto. The colorful rooms — in bright pink, purple, acid green and blue — present egoistic perspectives of a user’s imagination of his or her dream room. However, as the space is limited, the user has to confront the dreams of other occupants and find a way to negotiate with each other in that limited space. The occupants have to collaborate with each other while protecting their individual ideals, which opens up the possibility of creating something better. The intrusions and negotiations also spark curiosity to check out what is happening ‘next door.’ Hence, Ego makes way for (W)ego.The installation explores the future of urban dwellings, which could be designed as flexible living spaces for optimal use of the limited urban space.(W)ego is on display at Markt Square throughout the Dutch Design Week from October 21 through October 29, 2017.For details, visit: http://www.ddw.nl/Click here for a sneak peek at the installation. 

The Climate Tile project by Tredje Natur in Copenhagen, Denmark

Heimdalsgade in Copenhagen, Denmark will soon be the first street in the world to pioneer a new rainwater managing sidewalk system. The Climate Tile, designed by Tredje Natur for future sidewalks and urban spaces, aims to handle the effects of climatic change
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The Climate Tile project by Tredje Natur in Copenhagen, Denmark

Heimdalsgade in Copenhagen, Denmark will soon be the first street in the world to pioneer a new rainwater managing sidewalk system. The Climate Tile, designed by Tredje Natur for future sidewalks and urban spaces, aims to handle the effects of climatic change.Copenhagen’s over 700 kilometers of sidewalks will now become an active part of the climate adaptation program that collects and handles the increasing amount of rainwater, thereby easing problems of flooding in the city. Designed by the architectural studio Third Nature (Tredje Natur), in collaboration with the Danish companies IBF and ACO, The Climate Tile is an innovative climate adaptation solution targeted for dense cities. It utilizes climate challenges in a positive way to create more sustainable cities.The new test sidewalk will be located at Heimdalsgade number 22-24 at Nørrebro in Copenhagen. The location for the test sidewalk was made in close collaboration with the Copenhagen Municipality. Construction is set to start in late 2017 and will finish in 2018. The new sidewalk will test The Climate Tile in terms of its function, design, and performance.The Climate Tile is a combination of climate adaption and solutions for urban spaces and addresses utility companies, municipalities, building developers, housing associations, and road confederations, noted World Architecture News. 

Team Rocket Is Now Recruiting Members in Real-Life, So Get Ready To Join

If you grew up watching Pokémon, that means you probably also watched a lot of Team Rocket’s exploits. The Pokémon crime syndicate played an important role in the anime series and video games […] The post Team Rocket Is Now Recruiting Members in Rea
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Team Rocket Is Now Recruiting Members in Real-Life, So Get Ready To Join

If you grew up watching Pokémon, that means you probably also watched a lot of Team Rocket’s exploits. The Pokémon crime syndicate played an important role in the anime series and video games […] The post Team Rocket Is Now Recruiting Members in Real-Life, So Get Ready To Join appeared first on Geek.com.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets a Release Date, Collector’s Edition, and Season Pass

When Dragon Ball FighterZ was revealed, we were given a vague “early 2018” release date. It seems Bandai Namco wasn’t lying about that. Today, the company announced Dragon Ball FighterZ would drop on […] The post Dragon Ball FighterZ G
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets a Release Date, Collector’s Edition, and Season Pass

When Dragon Ball FighterZ was revealed, we were given a vague “early 2018” release date. It seems Bandai Namco wasn’t lying about that. Today, the company announced Dragon Ball FighterZ would drop on […] The post Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets a Release Date, Collector’s Edition, and Season Pass appeared first on Geek.com.

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Vinales turns focus to beating Dovizioso to runner-up spot

Having dropped 41 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez in Motegi, Vinales was mathematically eliminated from contention in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix as he finished third behind Marquez and his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.Nonetheless, It m
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Vinales turns focus to beating Dovizioso to runner-up spot

Having dropped 41 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez in Motegi, Vinales was mathematically eliminated from contention in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix as he finished third behind Marquez and his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.Nonetheless, It marked the first time since Silverstone in August has Vinales has stood on the podium, while the 22-year-old led his first laps in ... Keep reading

Vinales turns focus to beating Dovizioso to runner-up spot

Having dropped 41 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez in Motegi, Vinales was mathematically eliminated from contention in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix as he finished third behind Marquez and his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.Nonetheless, It m
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Vinales turns focus to beating Dovizioso to runner-up spot

Having dropped 41 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez in Motegi, Vinales was mathematically eliminated from contention in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix as he finished third behind Marquez and his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.Nonetheless, It marked the first time since Silverstone in August has Vinales has stood on the podium, while the 22-year-old led his first laps in ... Keep reading

Tiger Woods set to enter plea bargain for DUI arrest

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) The diversion program for intoxicated drivers that Tiger Woods is expected to enter Wednesday is one of several across the U.S. aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders and backlogs of court cases.
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Tiger Woods set to enter plea bargain for DUI arrest

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) The diversion program for intoxicated drivers that Tiger Woods is expected to enter Wednesday is one of several across the U.S. aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders and backlogs of court cases.

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