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Alphabet Flirts With $1 Trillion but Needs a Second Act February 3, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Alphabet, née Google, reports fourth-quarter financial result Monday, after weeks in which its market capitalization has bounced around $1 trillion. O Alphabet, née Google, reports fourth-quarter financial result Monday, after weeks in which its market capitalization has bounced around $1 trillion. Only three other US companies have reached that milestone: Apple, Microsoft, and, for a while on Friday, Amazon. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Zachary Karabell is a WIRED contributor and president of River Twice Research. So…

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Fears about US food standards ‘hysterical’, says Boris Johnson – Posted in: Blog

Boris Johnson has called for an end to “hysterical” fears about US food coming to the UK as part of a post-Brexit trade deal, as he ramped up threats to walk away from the EU effectively without a deal. In a speech setting out his goals for trade after Brexit, the prime minister talked up the prospect of an agreement with Washington and downplayed the need for one with Brussels, if the EU insists the…

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Snow and Ice Pose a Vexing Obstacle for Self-Driving Cars – Posted in: Blog

Inclement conditions are challenging for autonomous vehicles for several reasons. Snow and rain can obscure and confuse sensors, hide markings on the Inclement conditions are challenging for autonomous vehicles for several reasons. Snow and rain can obscure and confuse sensors, hide markings on the road, and make a car perform differently. Beyond this, bad weather represents a difficult test for artificial intelligence algorithms. Programs trained to pick out cars and pedestrians in bright sunshine will…

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A Foundation Built on Oil Embraces the Green Revolution February 2, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Rajiv Shah is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest philanthropies, founded by oil baron John D. Rockefeller in 1913. Pr Rajiv Shah is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest philanthropies, founded by oil baron John D. Rockefeller in 1913. President of the foundation since 2017, Shah previously was administrator of the US Agency for International Development, and held several posts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.…

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The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a ‘Meme Ban’ Behind February 1, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Article 13—a controversial piece of copyright legislation that is now called Article 17 but is more colloquially known as “the meme ban”—is no more, i Article 13 —a controversial piece of copyright legislation that is now called Article 17 but is more colloquially known as “the meme ban”—is no more, in the UK at least. Last week, the country’s minister for universities and science, Chris Skidmore, confirmed that the UK will not implement the EU…

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Congress expresses hopes that Union Budget 2020 would provide relief to salaried class, spur investment in rural India – Posted in: Blog

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday expressed hope that the Union Budget would provide relief to the salaried class through tax cuts and invest in rural India besides providing a healing touch to the common man and industry-facing “hardship” since demonetisation. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES ON 2020 BUDGET Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the last budget led to crashing consumption levels, soaring unemployment and falling GDP. “Budget 2019= Consumption crashed, Unemployment soared,…

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Alphabet Has a Second, Secretive Quantum Computing Team January 31, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

In October, Google celebrated a breakthrough that CEO Sundar Pichai likened to the Wright brothers’ first flight. Company researchers in Santa Barbara In October, Google celebrated a breakthrough that CEO Sundar Pichai likened to the Wright brothers’ first flight. Company researchers in Santa Barbara, California, 300 miles from the Googleplex, had achieved quantum supremacy—the moment that a quantum computer performs a calculation impossible for any conventional computer. That was both notable science and a chance…

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Eurozone growth slows sharply as French and Italian economies shrink – business live – Posted in: Blog

ADVERTISEMENT Here’s Reuters’ take on today’s growth reports: Euro zone economic growth was slower than expected in the last three months of 2019, a first estimate showed on Friday, while inflation in January picked up in line with expectations thanks to a jump in prices of food, alcohol and tobacco and energy. The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said gross domestic product in the 19 countries sharing the euro rose 0.1% quarter-on-quarter for a 1.0%…

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Bank of England ‘knife-edge’ interest rate decision grips markets – business live January 30, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

ADVERTISEMENT Michael Mulligan, insolvency and restructuring partner at law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, is alarmed that UK personal insolvencies have spiked to their highest since 2010. He believes it should temper optimism about a “Boris bounce”, and suggests the UK economy is still struggling — something for the Bank of England to bear in mind. Mulligan says: In reality, growth continues to stagnate, and business and individuals are feeling the effects. There are thousands of zombie…

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Defying Company Policy, Over 300 Amazon Employees Speak Out January 27, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

While Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was throwing a lavish party at his $23 million mansion in Washington, DC, this weekend—attended by celebrities like Ivanka While Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was throwing a lavish party at his $23 million mansion in Washington, DC, this weekend—attended by celebrities like Ivanka Trump and Bill Gates—hundreds of his employees were gearing up to revolt. At issue was the company’s external communications policy and reports earlier this month that it…

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