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Uber Regains Its License to Operate in London, a Win for Its New C.E.O.

Uber Regains Its License to Operate in London, a Win for Its New C.E.O. ImageUber has won many admirers, and detractors, in London. The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association has sponsored billboards to be driven around the British capital criticizing the company.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times By Adam Satariano June 26, 2018 LONDON — […]

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China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker

China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker ImageThe Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer when it was introduced in Wuxi, China, last December. At the time, it was the fastest computer in the world.CreditImaginechina, via Associated Press By Steve Lohr June 25, 2018 America is now home to the world’s speediest supercomputer. But the new list of […]

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Uber Claims to Have Changed. A London Judge Will Decide.

Uber Claims to Have Changed. A London Judge Will Decide. ImageAn anti-Uber billboard driven around London by the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association. Starting Monday, a judge will hear Uber’s appeal of the loss of its operating license in the city.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times By Adam Satariano June 24, 2018 LONDON — Dara […]

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Uber to begin appeal over London licence denial

A London court will consider later today if Uber is “fit and proper” to hold an operator licence in the capital. The taxi app company will make its case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a hearing expected to last several days. Last September, Transport for London refused to renew Uber’s licence on grounds of public […]

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Arizona Uber crash driver was 'watching TV'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The “safety operator” of a self-driving Uber car was watching TV just before the vehicle was involved in a fatal collision, a police report reveals. The Uber car struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, 49, of Tempe, Arizona in March. The police report suggests the car’s driver was […]

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Tomorrow's Cities: Can start-ups solve city issues?

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Waterloo corridor, which runs between the cities of Toronto and Waterloo in Canada, is home to coyotes, deer and, increasingly, tech firms. Google, Research in Motion and thousands of start-ups have offices there as the area positions itself to be the next Silicon Valley. Having an area […]

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Codebreaking Bombe moves to computer museum

The UK’s National Museum of Computing has expanded its exhibits celebrating the UK’s wartime code-breakers and the machines used to crack German ciphers. On Saturday it will open a gallery dedicated to the Bombe, which helped speed up the cracking of messages scrambled with the Enigma machine. The Bombe was formerly on display at Bletchley […]

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This insane golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and is helping scientists detect dying stars

Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of TokyoThe neutrino detector Super-Kamiokande. The Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector is a physics experiment the size of a 15-storey building, buried under a mountain in Japan. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles that pass through us all the time, and studying them can tell us about supernovas and […]

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More than 100 Amazon employees, including senior software engineers, signed a letter asking Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition software to police

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesJeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, arrives for the third day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Amazon employees signed and sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking the company to stop selling facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies and […]

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Amazon workers wrote to Jeff Bezos protesting its facial recognition contracts with police

Getty/Chip SomodevillaAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Amazon employees have protested about the company’s facial recognition contracts with US government and police. They wrote to CEO Jeff Bezos pointing to Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has separated thousands of children from their parents at the US border. They said Amazon was enabling the departments that […]

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Pokemon trading has finally come to Pokemon Go – but there's a huge catch and players are frustrated

The good news is that, as promised, Pokémon Go rolled out a new set of social features on Thursday that finally bring the ability to trade Pokémon with your friends, among other perks.  The bad news is that, at least at launch, the feature is only available for players at the game’s maximum level of […]

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Facebook Fundraiser To Reunite Families Separated At Border Brings In Millions

A fundraiser organized on Facebook to help immigrant families separated at the border has raised millions of dollars in just a few days. By midday Wednesday, more than 250,000 people, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, had donated more than $ 10 million to the “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” fundraiser, […]

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Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So

Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So ImageBenjamin Grosof is the chief scientist at Kyndi, a Silicon Valley start-up that is using a decades-old programming language to develop software that can generate facts, concepts and inferences from small amounts of data.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times By Steve Lohr […]

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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration

Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration ImageAt Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft employees posted an open letter on Tuesday protesting the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.CreditStuart Isett for The New York Times By Sheera Frenkel June 19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — In an open […]

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IBM Unveils System That ‘Debates’ With Humans

IBM Unveils System That ‘Debates’ With Humans ImageBefore a big debate, even an artificial intelligence system gets a rehearsal. Noa Ovadia, a college senior who won an Israeli championship in 2016, helped put the IBM Debater through its paces Sunday in San Francisco.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times By Cade Metz and Steve Lohr […]