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Author of Trump's tax plan says math forced him to give big cuts to the rich - ThinkProgress

Business News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:15


Author of Trump's tax plan says math forced him to give big cuts to the rich
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged Wednesday that the GOP tax plan will ultimately benefit wealthy people. During an appearance on the Politico Money podcast, Mnuchin said it is difficult not to create a tax plan wherein wealthy individuals ...
Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tankPolitico

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DeepMind's Go-Playing AI Doesn't Need Human Help To Beat Us Anymore

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better player than the version that beat the game's world champion earlier this year, but, more importantly, it's also entirely self-taught. DeepMind says this means the company is one step closer to creating general purpose algorithms that can intelligently tackle some of the hardest problems in science, from designing new drugs to more accurately modeling the effects of climate change. The original AlphaGo demonstrated superhuman Go-playing ability, but needed the expertise of human players to get there. Namely, it used a dataset of more than 100,000 Go games as a starting point for its own knowledge. AlphaGo Zero, by comparison, has only been programmed with the basic rules of Go. Everything else it learned from scratch. As described in a paper published in Nature today, Zero developed its Go skills by competing against itself. It started with random moves on the board, but every time it won, Zero updated its own system, and played itself again. And again. Millions of times over. After three days of self-play, Zero was strong enough to defeat the version of itself that beat 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol, winning handily -- 100 games to nil. After 40 days, it had a 90 percent win rate against the most advanced version of the original AlphaGo software. DeepMind says this makes it arguably the strongest Go player in history.

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SeaWorld cuts 350 jobs in latest round of layoffs - fox5sandiego.com

Business News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:53


SeaWorld cuts 350 jobs in latest round of layoffs
SeaWorld is building its first park outside the United States. And it won't have any killer whales. The company has struck a deal with Miral Asset Management to develop the park in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It should open its ...

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Mozilla To Document Cross-Browser Web Dev Standards with Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and W3C

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:30
Mozilla has announced deeper partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and web standards body W3C to create cross-browser documentation on MDN Web Docs, a web development documentation portal created by Mozilla. From a report: MDN Web Docs first came to fruition in 2005, and it has since been known under various names, including the Mozilla Developer Network and Mozilla Developer Center. Today, MDN Web Docs serves as a community and library of sorts covering all things related to web technologies and standards, including JavaScript, HTML, CSS, open web app development, Firefox add-on development, and more. The web constitutes multiple players from across the technology spectrum and, of course, multiple browsers, including Microsoft's Edge, Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, and the Samsung Internet Browser. To avoid fragmentation and ensure end-users have a (fairly) consistent browsing experience, it helps if all the players involved adhere to a similar set of standards.

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Tesla: Supercharger Advantage Is Evaporating. - Seeking Alpha

Business News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:57

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Tesla: Supercharger Advantage Is Evaporating.
Seeking Alpha
China is at the front of a wave of new EV charging stations coming online by 2020. A new standard charging plug design has forced Tesla to modify new Models S and X vehicles for Chinese export. In recent articles, from both outside and within SA ...
Tesla Model 3 Supercharging Costs — More Info, Low CostsCleanTechnica
Tesla, Inc.'s Model 3 Won't Get Any Free SuperchargingMadison.com
The Embarrassing Problem Holding Back Tesla's Model 3 ProductionOilPrice.com (blog)
CarAdvice (blog)
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Chipotle Labor Costs Could Be the Issue That Sinks It, Jim Cramer Says - TheStreet.com

Business News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:50


Chipotle Labor Costs Could Be the Issue That Sinks It, Jim Cramer Says
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analysts say 2018 earnings could come under pressure thanks to rising labor costs. ByBret Kenwell. Oct 18, 2017 12:48 PM EDT. Take your pick, Wednesday, as there's a whole host of negative headlines and analyst actions to ...

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Dow rises 160 points to close above 23000 for the first time as IBM posts best day since 2009 - CNBC

Business News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:37


Dow rises 160 points to close above 23000 for the first time as IBM posts best day since 2009
The Dow also closed above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday. The index first broke above 23,000 on Tuesday, but closed just below the mark. Fred Imbert | @foimbert. Published 10 Hours Ago Updated 3 Hours Ago CNBC.com. SHARES. show chapters.
Dow closes above 23000 as stock indexes set new highsLos Angeles Times
Record Highs for Major US Stock Indexes; Dow Passes 23000U.S. News & World Report
Dow ends at 23000 for the first time, as all stock benchmarks log fresh recordsMarketWatch
Barron's -Nasdaq -BBC News -Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Internet Is Ripe With In-Browser Miners and It's Getting Worse Each Day

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:18
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Ever since mid-September, when Coinhive launched and the whole cryptojacking frenzy started, the Internet has gone crazy with in-browser cryptocurrency miners, and new sites that offer similar services are popping up on a weekly basis. While one might argue that mining Monero in a site's background is an acceptable alternative to viewing intrusive ads, almost none of these services that have recently appeared provide a way to let users know what's happening, let alone a way to stop mining behavior. In other words, most are behaving like malware, intruding on users' computers and using resources without permission. [...] Bleeping Computer spotted two new services named MineMyTraffic and JSEcoin, while security researcher Troy Mursch also spotted Coin Have and PPoi, a Coinhive clone for Chinese users. On top of this, just last night, Microsoft spotted two new services called CoinBlind and CoinNebula, both offering similar in-browser mining services, with CoinNebula configured in such a way that users couldn't report abuse. Furthermore, none of these two services even have a homepage, revealing their true intentions to be deployed in questionable scenarios.

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Ford to recall 1.34 million trucks in North America for door latch fix - Reuters

Business News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:56


Ford to recall 1.34 million trucks in North America for door latch fix
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall 1.34 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million. FILE PHOTO: An airplane flies ...
Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickupsCNNMoney
Ford to Recall About 1.3 Million Trucks in North America for Door Latch FixU.S. News & World Report
Ford to Take $267 Million Hit From Recall of F-Series TrucksBloomberg
Detroit Free Press -Sacramento Bee -Forbes -WSBT-TV
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"Maybe It's a Piece of Dust"

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:30
An anonymous reader shares a report: I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black screen as my Genius multi-tasked helping another customer with her iPad. My computer was getting its third diagnostic test in 45 minutes. The problem was not that its logic board was failing, that its battery was dying, or that its camera didn't respond. There were no mysteriously faulty innerworkings. It was the spacebar. It was broken. And not even physically broken -- it still moved and acted normally. But every time I pressed it once, it spaced twice. "Maybe it's a piece of dust," the Genius had offered. The previous times I'd been to the Apple Store for the same computer with the same problem -- a misbehaving keyboard -- Geniuses had said to me these exact same nonchalant words, and I had been stunned into silence, the first time because it seemed so improbable to blame such a core problem on such a small thing, and the second time because I couldn't believe the first time I was hearing this line that it was not a fluke. But this time, the third time, I was ready. "Hold on," I said. "If a single piece of dust lays the whole computer out, don't you think that's kind of a problem?"

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Amazon's Next Big Bet is Letting You Communicate Without a Smartphone, Says Alexa's Chief Scientist

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:45
An anonymous reader shares a report: The next big function to take off on Amazon's Echo devices will be voice or video calling -- which is a way Alexa can reduce the need to have your smartphone on your at all times, said Rohit Prasad, VP and Head Scientist at Alexa Machine Learning. "If you have not played with calling and the video calls on Echo Show, you should try it because that is revolutionizing how you can communicate," Prasad said in an exclusive interview with CNBC at an Alexa Accelerator event in Seattle Tuesday night. (The event is dedicating to developing new voice-powered technologies.) "When you can drop in on people who have given you access -- so I can drop in and call my mom in her kitchen without her picking any device -- it's just awesome." (Amazon added the ability to call mobile numbers and landlines for free onto Echo devices a few weeks ago.) Amazon doesn't have a smartphone that lets customers bring a digital assistant everywhere -- like Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant -- and communicating through Alexa devices is one way of reducing the need for a personal handset, Prasad said "I can easily drop in and talk to my kids," Prasad says. "They don't have a smartphone so that's my easiest way to talk to them. It's yet another area where Alexa is taking the friction away."

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Chrome 62 Released With OpenType Variable Fonts, HTTP Warnings In Incognito Mode

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, Google released version 62 of its Chrome browser that comes with quite a few new features but also fixes for 35 security issues. The most interesting new features are support for OpenType variable fonts, the Network Quality Estimator API, the ability to capture and stream DOM elements, and HTTP warnings for the browser's Normal and Incognito mode. The most interesting of the new features is variable fonts. Until now, web developers had to load multiple font families whenever they wanted variations on a font family. For example, if a developer was using the Open Sans font family on a site, if he wanted a font variation such as Regular, Bold, Black, Normal, Condensed, Expanded, Highlight, Slab, Heavy, Dashed, or another, he'd have to load a different font file for each. OpenType variable fonts allow font makers to merge all these font family variations in one file that developers can use on their site and control via CSS. This results in fewer files loaded on a website, saving bandwidth and improving page load times. Two other features that will interest mostly developers are the Network Quality Estimator and the Media Capture from DOM Elements APIs. As the name hints, the first grants developers access to network speed and performance metrics, information that some websites may use to adapt video streams, audio quality, or deliver low-fi versions of their sites. Developers can use the second API -- the Media Capture from DOM Elements -- to record videos of how page sections behave during interaction and stream the content over WebRTC. This latter API could be useful for developers debugging a page, but also support teams that want to see what's happening on the user's side.

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Tribal 'Sovereign Immunity' Patent Protection Could Be Outlawed

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00
AnalogDiehard writes: The recent -- and questionable -- practice of technological and pharmaceutical companies selling their patents to U.S. native Indian tribes (where they enjoy "sovereign immunity" from the inter partes review (IPR) process of the PTO) and then the tribes licensing them back to the companies is drawing scrutiny from a federal court and has inspired a new U.S. bill outlawing the practice. The IPR process is a "fast track" (read: much less expensive) process through the PTO to review the validity of challenged patents -- it is loved by defendants and hated by patent holders. Not only has U.S. Circuit Judge William Bryson invalidated Allergan's pharmaceutical patents due to "obviousness," he is questioning the legitimacy of the sovereign immunity tactic. The judge was well aware that the tactic could endanger the IPR process, which was a central component of the America Invents Act of 2011, and writes that sovereign immunity "should not be treated as a monetizable commodity that can be purchased by private entities as part of a scheme to evade their legal responsibility." U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) -- no stranger to abuses of the patent system -- has introduced a bill that would outlaw the practice she describes as "one of the most brazen and absurd loopholes I've ever seen and it should be illegal." Sovereign immunity is not absolute and has been limited by Congress and the courts in the past. The bill would apply only to the IPR proceedings and not to patent disputes in federal courts.

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Over 30,000 Published Studies Could Be Wrong Due To Contaminated Cells

Slashdot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 02:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades. A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating other research cultures in the lab. The problem is as serious as it is simple: researchers studying lung cancer publish a new paper, only it turns out the tissue they were actually using in the lab were liver cells. Or what they thought were human cells were mice cells, or vice versa, or something else entirely. If you think that sounds bad, you're right, as it means the findings of each piece of affected research may be flawed, and could even be completely unreliable. Horback and fellow researcher Willem Halffman wanted to know how extensive the phenomenon of misidentified cell lines really was, so they searched for evidence of what they call "contaminated" scientific literature. Using the research database Web of Science, they looked for scientific articles based on any of the known misidentified cell lines as listed by the International Cell Line Authentication Committee's (ICLAC) Register of Misidentified Cell Lines.There are currently 451 cell lines on this list, and they're not what you think they are -- having been contaminated by other kinds of cells at some point in scientific history. Worse still, they've been unwittingly used in published laboratory research going as far back as the 1950s.

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2 Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off - New York Times

Business News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:21

New York Times

2 Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off
New York Times
Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington last month. Credit Pete Marovich for The New York Times. WASHINGTON — Two leading senators, hoping to ...

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Faber says US wouldn't have made as much 'progress' if colonized by blacks - MarketWatch

Business News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:31


Faber says US wouldn't have made as much 'progress' if colonized by blacks
Swiss investor Marc Faber has doubled down on racially charged remarks he made in an October newsletter, suggesting that the U.S. would be in a qualitatively different state if it had been colonized by black people instead of whites. “I am not saying ...
Investor Marc Faber stands by racist remarks as corporate boards cut tiesThe Globe and Mail
Wall Street investor: 'Thank God' white people populated AmericaThe Grio
'Thank God white people populated America': Investor Marc Faber faces backlash over race commentsThe Sydney Morning Herald
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UK Inflation Climbs to 5 1/2-Year High on Food, Transport - Bloomberg

Business News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:56


UK Inflation Climbs to 5 1/2-Year High on Food, Transport
U.K. inflation climbed to its highest rate in more than five years in September, boosted by the cost of food and transport. Consumer prices rose 3 percent from a year earlier, the fastest pace since April 2012 and up from 2.9 percent in August, the ...
Inflation hits 3% for the first time in 5 years as Brexit continues to biteBusiness Insider
Bank of England's Ramsden says sees little inflation risk from payReuters
European Stocks Edge Lower as Rising UK Inflation Raises Prospects of Rate Hike in BritainNasdaq
BBC News -Fox Business -Independent.ie -The Guardian
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Airbus Tie-Up With Bombardier Is Test for China's Ambitions - Bloomberg

Business News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:35


Airbus Tie-Up With Bombardier Is Test for China's Ambitions
Airbus SE's agreement to buy a majority stake in Bombardier Inc.'s C Series passenger jet program not only injects critical financial support and expertise into the project, but also puts China's aircraft-selling ambitions to the test. Potential buyers ...
Airbus takes control of Bombardier jet Boeing tried to killCNNMoney
Bombardier Inc. to partner with Airbus on C Series programWashington Post
Airbus Takes Majority Stake in Bombardier's C-Series Jet ProgramTheStreet.com
New York Daily News -Yahoo Finance -Standard-Examiner -Financial Times
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Kobe Steel Says US Department of Justice Wants Papers Related to Data Scandal - TheStreet.com

Business News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:31


Kobe Steel Says US Department of Justice Wants Papers Related to Data Scandal
DoJ will look into deepening Kobe Steel scandal that has potentially impacted everything from DVDs to 747s. ByMartin Baccardax. Oct 17, 2017 3:31 AM EDT. Read as Single Page. Kobe Steel Says U.S. Department of Justice Wants Papers Related to Data ...
Justice Department Gets Involved in Kobe Steel Metal ScandalWall Street Journal
US demands Kobe Steel provide info on manipulated product dataThe Japan Times
Kobe Steel crisis escalates with US request for informationBusiness Day
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