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26 October: Erie Canal Opens (1825). The Erie Canal is a New York waterway that runs between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. It was born out of the need for an all-American water route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast that became evident after the American Revolution. The canal contributed greatly to the development of New York City and the Midwest, allowing for the transport of people and supplies.

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IBM: Watson to Predict the Future and Truly Change the... »

Within 10 years, IBM believes that it's artificial intelligence driven Watson will literally predict the future. "It won't be long before Watson is predicting the future," said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president of Cognitive Solutions and ... Read More The post IBM: Watson to Predict the Future and Truly Change the World appeared first on WebProNews. webpronews (insider report): Wednesday, 26 October at 21:13.

Zika May Be In The U.S. To Stay »

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urges pregnant women to "consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County." Zika is on the way to becoming an endemic disease in the U.S. npr: Wednesday, 26 October at 21:07.

Microsoft’s Surface Book Gets Faster Guts, a Bigger... »

It looks just like the original model from last year, but it has an updated processor and a whole lot more battery life. The post Microsoft's Surface Book Gets Faster Guts, a Bigger Battery appeared first on WIRED. wired: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:53.

Pissed Consumer Sues Reputation Management Firms Over... »

In the last few weeks, we've written a few posts about Richart Ruddie's company, Profile Defenders, which appears to be "improving reputations" online by filing bogus defamation lawsuits, finding a bogus made-up "defendant" to "admit" to posting defamatory information, reaching a "settlement" and getting a court order. The whole scheme is about getting that court order, which is then sent on to Google and others (mainly Google). The whole point: if Google sees a court order saying that some content is defamatory, it will de-index that page. That the whole process to get that court order is a total sham is basically ignored. That may be changing. We were just noting that some of Profile Defenders' cases are in trouble, and at least one has had the court order vacated. Of course, it appears that Ruddie and Profile Defenders are not the only ones playing this game of judicial fraud. We wrote about a bunch of similar cases back in March that were targeting the online review site Pissed Consumer and some other review sites. At the time, Pissed Consumer had found 11 such lawsuits. In that article, we noted some of the lawyers and firms that appeared to be [...] techdirt: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:45.

YouTube launches mobile-friendly “End Screens”... »

 YouTube today officially launched a new feature for video creators called End Screens, which are designed to keep users engaged with the YouTube app and creators’ content. The feature, which places thumbnails at the end of the video, can be used to prompt viewers to watch more of the creator’s videos when they finish watching the first one, or take other actions, like subscribing… Read More techcrunch: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:34.

Privacy group launches legal challenge against EU-U.S.... »

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A widely expected legal challenge has been filed by an Irish privacy advocacy group to an EU-U.S. commercial data transfer pact underpinning billions of dollars of trade in digital services just two months after it came into force, sources said. reuters: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:29.

More efficient Rolls-Royce turbine inches closer with... »

Rolls-Royce has inched a step closer to putting its upcoming UltraFan into production, having successfully run the world's most powerful aerospace gearbox for the first time. The tests were conducted at the company's facilities in Dahlewitz, Germany, and mark a significant step towards more powerful, efficient engines for passenger jets... Continue Reading More efficient Rolls-Royce turbine inches closer with successful gearbox test Category: Aircraft Tags: Rolls Royce gearbox Turbine Aircraft Related Articles: "World's most efficient aero engine" on its way to first A350 XWB Kia gears up for more efficient front-drive future with new eight-speeder Mack showcases turbine-powered electric garbage truck Portable turbine provides a "stream" of power for charging devices Rolls-Royce Black Badges sneak up on Goodwood Rolls Royce Phantom models reach their Zenith with final bespoke collection gizmag: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:22.

Wael Ghonim: We Have A Duty To Use Our Social Media Power... »

The same medium that so effectively transmits a howling message of change also appears to undermine the ability to make it. Social media amplifies the human tendency to bind with one’s own kind. It tends to reduce complex social challenges to mobilizing slogans that reverberate in echo chambers of the like-minded rather than engage in persuasion, dialogue and the reach for consensus. Hate speech and untruths appear alongside good intentions and truths. We’ve seen this both in the Trump campaign in the United States as well as the Brexit campaign in Great Britain. When the body politic is serially divided among itself, each “tribe” hewing to its own chosen reality, polarization rigidifies. Paralysis and gridlock set in. Simple answers or authoritarian and strongman alternatives start to look like attractive ways to create order out of chaos. Wael Ghonim, a social activist whose Facebook posts helped ignite what would become the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011, has experienced this process firsthand. During the Egyptian revolution, Ghonim said he thought that, “all you need is the internet” to set a society free. It turned out otherwise. That revelation has given the man, once branded the face of his country’s revolution by Western media, pause for [...] huffingtonpost: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:21.

What To Expect From LinkedIn's Q3 Earnings »

LinkedIn is expected to report its earnings for the third quarter of 2016 on Thursday, October 27th. The company reported solid results in the second quarter, with growth across all its divisions. Net revenues increased 31% year over year to $933 million, which was above consensus estimates of $898 million, [...] forbes: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:11.

Upper Paleolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for... »

Upper Paleolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for their pelts, perhaps contributing to their extinction, according to a study published October 26, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Marián Cueto from the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, and colleagues. physorg: Wednesday, 26 October at 20:00.

New Zendesk products aimed at improving customer... »

Its new products and newly redesigned brand are part of Zendesk's push to move "beyond" customer service, it says. zdnet blogs: Wednesday, 26 October at 19:45.

The Twitter Paradox: How A Platform Designed For Free... »

Charlie Warzel, who covers technology for BuzzFeed, has written a series of articles about Twitter's response to hate speech. He says the platform's community guidelines are enforced haphazardly. npr: Wednesday, 26 October at 19:43.

New model suggests scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere »

New Cornell research suggests an economically viable model to scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to thwart runaway, point-of-no-return global warming. cornell: Wednesday, 26 October at 19:10.

Louisville to co-create a smart city with its citizen... »

Municipalities across the globe are in a race to absorb as much technology as possible to become the world's smartest cities. Louisville, Kentucky is taking a different path. zdnet: Wednesday, 26 October at 18:55.

GameON Earphones from Atari by ROAM »

Introducing the GameON Headphones from Atari, by ROAM. They wanted their first co-branded project with Atari to not only be sensational but SIMPLE at the same time. An easy-to-use product ohgizmo: Wednesday, 26 October at 18:00.

Artist mows giant Trump portrait in Italian cornfield »

MILAN (AP) -- An Italian land artist has used his tractor to transform a field near the Italian city of Verona into a giant portrait of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.... ap: Wednesday, 26 October at 17:20.

In-Ear Hardware – AirPods vs Dash vs Alto »

Music is food for the soul and in today’s highly active society, earbuds are becoming very popular among consumers. dailytech: Wednesday, 26 October at 15:40.

She's been sexually assaulted 3 times--once in virtual... »

Jordan Belamire has been sexually assaulted three times. Twice in real life, and once in virtual reality. Belamire who goes by a pseudonym to protect her privacy, was playing a game called QuiVr on her brother-in-law's HTC Vive VR system. She was shooting zombies with strangers  … newsvine: Wednesday, 26 October at 15:38.

Has a Black Mirror episode predicted the future of video... »

In Playtest, a developer creates an augmented reality horror adventure that uses the player’s own memories to scare them. This is closer to reality than you may think The latest Black Mirror series from Charlie Brooker presents, despite its transition to Netflix, another unsettling collection of future shock nightmares drawn from consumer technology and social media trends. The second episode, Playtest, has an American tourist lured to a British game development studio to test a new augmented-reality horror game that engages directly with each player’s brain via a biorobotic implant. The AI program mines the character’s darkest fears and manifests them into the real-world as photorealistic graphics. Inevitably, terror and mental breakdown follow. The idea of a video game that can analyse a player’s personality and change accordingly may seem like the stuff of outlandish sci-fi to some Black Mirror viewers. Continue reading... guardian: Wednesday, 26 October at 15:22.

Switzerland tells slightly tipsy volunteer firefighters:... »

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is easing an alcohol ban for volunteer firefighters and other emergency workers using heavy vehicles, saying it had led to staffing shortages when crises demanded quick action, especially in smaller towns lacking professional personnel. reuters: Wednesday, 26 October at 13:06.

In Photos: Rare Hebrew Papyrus from Judean Desert »

Archaeologists have seized a papyrus that includes the earliest reference to Jerusalem in an extra-biblical document and is written in ancient Hebrew script. The papyrus dates to the time of the Kingdom of Judah. live science: Wednesday, 26 October at 08:47.

Rehabilitated orangutans freed in Borneo as species... »

KEHJE SEWEN FOREST, Indonesia (AP) -- Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.... ap: Wednesday, 26 October at 08:13.

Integrated neighborhoods more common across the US, study... »

In all parts of the United States, the number of neighborhoods that sustain a mix of black, white, Asian and Hispanic residents over time is growing quickly, a new study finds. eurekalert: Wednesday, 26 October at 06:00.

Hexagon on Saturn: Nasa scientists ponder colour-changing... »

Six-sided jet stream appears to have shifted hue within four years – possibly a sign of giant planet’s passing seasons Nasa scientists are investigating why the six-sided jet stream at Saturn’s north pole has changed colour over the past four years. When the region, which is known as the hexagon, was photographed by the Cassini wide-angle camera in 2012 it appeared to be blue. But when the spacecraft passed over it again in 2016 it seemed to have changed to gold. Continue reading... guardian: Wednesday, 26 October at 04:45.

Parrot fossil unearthed in Siberia »

A parrot fossil has been discovered in Siberia - the furthest north these birds have ever been found. bbc: Wednesday, 26 October at 02:42.

By Degrees: For Gordon Hamilton, a Life of Discovery and... »

Dr. Hamilton, who was killed in Antarctica over the weekend, studied glaciers with our future in mind, and with a smile. nyt: Wednesday, 26 October at 00:30.

Can Microsoft revive the desktop PC? »

Global sales of PCs are in decline. Microsoft hopes a version that's part tablet, part desktop can take advantage of a shift toward mobile devices. csmonitor: Wednesday, 26 October.

Repeat Infringers Can Be Mere Downloaders, Court Rules »

A 10-year-old copyright case has prompted an interesting opinion from a US appeals court. In determining the nature of a "repeat infringer" (which service providers must terminate to retain safe harbor), the court found these could be people who simply download infringing content for personal use. The case was filed by recording labels EMI and Capitol against the since long defunct music service MP3Tunes nearly a decade ago. The site allowed, among other things, the ability to store MP3 files and then play it remotely on other devices. The site also allowed users to search for MP3 files online and add them to MP3Tunes service. This is what the recording labels had a problem with, and they sued the site and the owner. TorrentFreak adds: The case went to appeal and yesterday the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an opinion that should attract the attention of service providers and Internet users alike. The most interesting points from a wider perspective cover the parameters which define so-called 'repeat infringers.' [...] Noting that the District Court in the MP3Tunes case had also defined a 'repeat infringer' as a user who posts or uploads infringing content "to the Internet for the [...] slashdot: Wednesday, 26 October.

On Technology: Obama Brought Silicon Valley to Washington »

His administration embraced some of the tech industry’s best ideas — but also some of its worst values. nyt: Tuesday, 25 October at 11:00.

The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the... »

The Obama administration has been touting a decrease in commercial espionage, but the reality for corporate America may be more complicated. technology review: Tuesday, 25 October.

Genetic Engineering To Lower Risks And Assure Child... »

In a nutshell: editing offspring DNA at the embryo stage will eventually offer so many advantages that lots of people will cave in on some advantage. Don't want to make your kid smarter? Make him or her better looking? Don't want that? How about a throwing arm competitive in major league baseball? Opposed to that? How about avoiding passing along your terrible allergies, need for braces, terrible eyesight, tendency to get depressed or perhaps anxiety attacks or eating disorders? Lots of ways to be persuaded to step over the line once the tech becomes safe. If asked whether one would genetically engineer one's offspring today many people would answer "No" to the hypothetical question. But today choosing genes for your... future pundit: Sunday, 09 October.

Speaking at Rutgers Today - »

A lot of stuff is happening (keep promising to write here more and  then, don’t) – but this year I’ll post more AND put in a decent theme for a change. Anyway – the latest presentation is on scaling online courses – and you can see it here.   More soon. Scaling online and hybrid […] web metrics guru: Wednesday, 14 January at 10:22.

Why You Should Consider Hiring a Dog Walker »

If you're looking to hire a dog walker, there are several resources available. Your vet can most likely recommend a reliable walker. Your local shelter or pet store may know of walkers they can recommend as well; some pet stores or vets may even offer walking as a service themselves. You can also find one on a directory website like DogWalker.com. With a little shopping around, you can provide your dog with the quality exercise routine it deserves. Read more... | Original story | Votes so far: 30 / 2 corank: Monday, 31 December.

The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science »

What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It’s shocking to hear, but science isn’t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever. howstuffworks: Wednesday, 07 November at 20:00.

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