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    By 2050, A.I. will have the same ability to learn as humans, says billionaire tech investor

    Within the next three and a half decades, artificial intelligence will be able to learn at the same speed as humans. That's according to Jim Breyer, the founder and CEO of Breyer Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Breyer was an early investor in Facebook and Etsy and is as a billionaire three times over, according to Forbes. He's especially interested in artificial intelligence, and as a top-tier investor, Breyer spends much of his time traveling around the world learning ...

  • 3 days ago
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    Trump considering closing US embassy in Cuba, Tillerson says

    The Trump administration is considering closing the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. “We have it under evaluation,” Tillerson said. “It’s a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered. We’ve brought some of those people home. It’s under review.”

  • 5 days ago
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    Champion Irish greyhound tests positive for cocaine

    One of Ireland’s most successful canine athletes has been banned from dog racing indefinitely after three doping control tests found evidence of cocaine in his system, the BBC reported Thursday. Clonbrien Hero will have some of his prize money and titles withheld, including his winnings from July’s Irish Laurels final at Cork, where he took home the top prize, worth roughly $35,000.

  • 7 days ago
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    Boeing wins $600 million contract to design lower-cost Air Force One

    The Air Force has awarded a $600 million contract to the Boeing Co. to begin designing the next Air Force One while at the same time meeting President Trump's demands to lower the cost of the aircraft. "The contract modification includes the design to incorporate a mission communication system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities into two commercial Boeing 747-8s," says a Boeing n...

  • 7 days ago
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    Nintendo Switch's First MOBA Is Arena of Valor

    Arena of Valor was previously released on mobile and includes 35 heroes including tanks, mages, warriors, marksmen, and more. Modes mentioned during the Direct include 5v5, 3v3, and 1v1, as well as MOBA staples including First Blood, Double Kills, etc. A beta for Arena of Valor will launch on Switch for free this winter.

  • 10 days ago
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    China to Shut Bitcoin Exchanges

    Chinese authorities plan to shut down domestic bitcoin exchanges, delivering a final blow to the once-thriving industry of commercial trading for virtual currencies.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Pope Francis to World Leaders: 'Listen to the Cry of the Earth'

    Pope Francis, who has a strong belief in the science of climate change, called upon world leaders on Wednesday to "listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most because of the unbalanced ecology." Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I, the head of the Orthodox Christian Church, will issue a joint message to commemorate the annual "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Bong-smoking, underwear-clad protests are not done, Cambridge man says

    Jeffrey Shaver, suddenly famous, vows to continue his bong-smoking, underwear-clad protests, despite word from police that they will try to address his concerns. "I will be periodically protesting at the Cambridge and Kitchener police stations and at the courthouse in Kitchener until the matter is resolved," the Cambridge man said in an email on Wednesday.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

    In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. Specifically, the 30-million-member group, which represents 51 Christian denominations, was debating how to advance a new platform called “For the Health of a Nation.”

  • 1 month ago
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    Galaxy Note 4 batteries are being recalled for overheating risk

    Some more bad news for the Galaxy Note line: just over 10,000 batteries for the Galaxy Note 4 are being recalled for risk of overheating that could lead to burns or fires. This recall is a lot different than last year’s Note 7 fiasco. While that one affected every single phone and happened because of a design flaw, this one is far more limited and doesn’t even seem to be Samsung’s fault.

  • 1 month ago
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    Stealth trolling is turning some of Reddit’s worst corners into funny, harmless delights

    Fans of the color white have had enough. On Reddit, they’re joining forces to resist the takeover of their color by racists. You might say they’re throwing shades. As the Daily Beast reports, trolls on Reddit have gotten fed up with the encroachment by right-wing extremists onto the site’s more mainstream areas. So they’ve taken over a few dormant white supremacist subreddits themselves — and filled them with topical debates about colors.

  • 1 month ago
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    U.S. senators predict veto-proof support for Russia sanctions

    Two U.S. senators said on Sunday they believe that legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia would pass with enough votes to override any potential veto by U.S. President Donald Trump.

  • 2 months ago
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    Netflix's 'Iron Fist' Changes Showrunners for Season 2

    here's a change behind the scenes at Netflix's Marvel drama Iron Fist. Raven Metzner (Sleepy Hollow) has been tapped to replace Scott Buck as showrunner for season two. "Raven’s love of all things Iron Fist and his extensive knowledge of martial arts films made him the perfect choice to continue telling the adventures of Danny Rand and Colleen Wing," Marvel's head of television and Iron Fist exec producer Jeph Loeb said in a statement. "Season One and The Defender...

  • 2 months ago
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    Wells Fargo Is Trying to Bury Another Massive Scandal

    The bank became notorious last year for creating fake accounts on behalf of customers. Now it's trying to kill a class-action lawsuit over shady debit card fees. Wells Fargo became a poster child for corporations that abuse their own customers last year when it got fined for ginning up roughly 2 million (maybe even more) fake accounts to meet high sales goals. The bank has since tried to block customer lawsuits over that misconduct, using fine print buried in contracts known as the forced a...

  • 2 months ago
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    Japan doctor who practiced until months before his death dies at 105

    A centenarian Japanese doctor who saw patients until just months before his death and helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world's longest-lived nations died on Tuesday at the age of 105. Born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank, Shigeaki Hinohara was for decades the director and public face of St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, so well known as an "international" hospital that it treated luminaries such as Paul McCartney when he fell...

  • 2 months ago
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    Facebook turns down Pakistan’s request to link accounts with mobile numbers

    Facebook has declined Pakistan’s request to pair mobile numbers with user’s account, a move that the government argue could help overcome the issue of fake accounts on the social network. Responding to an email by VOA regarding the social media giant’s reaction to the request made by the Pakistan government, Facebook spokesperson Christine Chen said the company had declined the request in order to protect the rights of its users.