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  • 2 days ago
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    Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinsquare To Add Credit Card Payment Method

    A new partnership between Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare and payment firm Processing.com will provide Coinsquare customers with new online payments functionalities. These will soon be able to buy cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ether, Dash, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, with their credit or debit cards.

  • 4 days ago
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    Google's AI teaches itself chess in 4 hours, then convincingly defeats Stockfish

    There has just been a revolutionary development in the world of AI, and in the world of chess. Google’s Artificial Intelligence project, DeepMind explains they’re on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how. A little over a year ago, DeepMind released AlphaGo, which sensationally defeated the world champion of the famously CPU unfriendly ancient Chinese game, GO.

  • 4 days ago
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    Award-winning actor dies penniless. He sold trophy to feed his kids

    Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic, who won a Silver Bear acting award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, has died aged 48, following a harrowing descent into extreme poverty despite his film success.

  • 8 days ago
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    Orangutan population plunges due to hunting and deforestation

    Orangutan populations in Borneo are in steep decline and can not cope with with current levels of killing. Their jungle habitats are threatened by deforestation, driven by plam oil production. Orangutans are "highly likely" to become extinct if current trends continue, according to a study released Friday which found that the apes' population in Borneo had plunged by more than 100,000 in 16 years. The region's orangutans live exclusively on Sumatra and Borneo.

  • 12 days ago
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    Starved, burned and beaten — videos show ‘life of torture’ that preceded Utah 3-year-old’s death

    When Ogden police Officer Sitka Hrabal went into Miller Costello and Brenda Emile’s Grant Avenue home in July, she couldn’t believe what she saw. In the middle of a bare living room, a little girl lay dead on the beige carpet, swaddled in a pink blanket. “I was told she was 3,” the officer testified Friday. “She didn’t look 3 to me. She looked like a Holocaust victim.”

  • 2 weeks ago
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    2018 MLB All-Underrated Team

    "Underrated" is one of those words we toss out in our sports dialogue with no real idea what it means. Our interpretation of what or who is or is not underrated is all relative to the specifics of our circumstances -- what we read, what we watch, what we experience. I can guarantee you there were people who walked by Mike Trout at the Super Bowl the other night and didn't know who the heck he was, and so I could argue that Trout is underrated.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    People hate Ram's Super Bowl ad, which uses a Martin Luther King Jr. speech to sell trucks

    Many people are criticizing Ram's Super Bowl ad, which features part of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. "Are MLK's words really being used right now to sell cars?" Nicholas Thompson, the editor of Wired, wrote in a tweet on Sunday night. Many others chimed in, saying they felt it was inappropriate for Ram to use an iconic civil-rights speech to sell vehicles.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    We view ourselves and those we care about through ‘rose-tinted glasses’, study says

    New research from City, University of London, University of Oxford and Yale University has shown that we see our own lives, and also those we care about, through ‘rose-tinted glasses’. The study, which is the first to show that such an ‘optimism bias’ extends beyond the self, found that people readily changed their beliefs about a person they like when receiving good news but barely changed their opinions about them after receiving bad news.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    2 Toronto police officers accused of stealing marijuana, getting stoned on the job

    Two Toronto police officers have been suspended after allegedly consuming marijuana seized during a dispensary raid. A Toronto Police Services spokesperson confirmed that two officers from the midtown 13 Division are being investigated by the force’s professional standards unit, but wouldn’t reveal further details.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Grammy Ratings Fall From 2017 As Politics Dominate Music’s Biggest Night

    Back in New York City for the first time since George W. Bush’s first term and drenched in the politics of the Donald Trump era, last night’s Grammy Awards was rockin’ with multiple wins for a very non-political Bruno Mars and a very, very political Kendrick Lamar. The more than three-and-a half-hour- long CBS show also had an audio book audition cameo by Hillary Clinton (see below), a use or two of the censor button, a lot of U2 and Sting, a powerful Time’s Up speech by Janelle Monáe a...

  • 1 month ago
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    Constipation death 'wholly preventable'

    The mother of a man who died from complications related to constipation told an inquest his death was "wholly preventable". Richard Handley, who had Down's syndrome, died at Ipswich Hospital on 17 November 2012. Some 10kg (1.5 stone) of faeces was removed from his body two days before. The 33-year-old had been admitted from his supported living home after his family became concerned about his distended abdomen.

  • 1 month ago
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    Spectre and Meltdown: Linux creator Linus Torvalds criticises Intel's 'garbage' patches

    Linus Torvalds is not happy about the patches that Intel has developed to protect the Linux kernel from the Spectre and Linux flaws. In a posting on the Linux kernel mailing list, the Linux creator criticised differences in the way that Intel approached patches for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. He said of the patches: "They do literally insane things. They do things that do not make sense."

  • 1 month ago
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    Say what?! Bank of America is now charging customers for being broke

    Bank of America is now charging fees to online-only banking customers who keep low account balances, seemingly punishing people who are poor or low-income. The second-largest bank in the United States just switched customers using free online-only checking accounts to accounts that come with fees if they don’t keep up their bank accounts.

  • 1 month ago
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    The atheists are coming

    The growing number of views on YouTube videos that cast doubts on religions in general, and on Islam in particular, proves that atheism is no longer a passing storm. The dangers of terrorism are known, but not many know that atheism and terror are equally destructive. Atheism, also, weakens one's identity and calls into questions established beliefs in history, canons, religious symbols, the Prophet's companions and followers, and ultimately leads to the collapse of the foundations of...

  • 1 month ago
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    South Korea to criminalise suicide pacts

    SEOUL: South Korea is to make organising a suicide pact a criminal offence, officials said Tuesday (Jan 23), as the government seeks to reduce one of the world's highest rates of self-killing. The suicide rate in Asia's fourth-largest economy has increased sharply since 2000 to 25.6 a year per 100,000 people, twice the average for Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Cleaners is a riveting documentary about how social media might be ruining the world

    Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. We’re in a cultural moment where the impact of social media isn’t something that we just notice when we catch ourselves heads-down in our phones or computers. It’s something that’s underscored with almost daily news stories, with each new revelation seemingly more sinister than the last.

  • 1 month ago
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    No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour

    In a series of experiments, with more than 3,000 participants, the team demonstrated that video game concepts do not ‘prime’ players to behave in certain ways and that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily increase aggression in game players. The dominant model of learning in games is built on the idea that exposing players to concepts, such as violence in a game, makes those concepts easier to use in ‘real life’. This is known as ‘priming’, and is though...