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10-25-2016 Cars
Tesla’s Self-Driving Car Plan Seems Insane, But It Just Might Work

ELON MUSK HAS done it again. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX has made an aggressive prediction for his technology, and paired it with an unreasonable deadline. In the past, he’s promised electric cars for everyone and trips to Mars, and built a reputation for achieving those outrageous things, albeit far behind schedule.

Now, Musk is pledging that by the end of 2017, he’ll produce a Tesla that can drive itself from Los Angeles to New York City, no human needed.

That timeline puts him years ahead of every other big player working on fully autonomous cars. Ford is aiming for 2021, China’s Baidu for 2019. Google hasn’t given a hard date, but 2021 is a good bet. Same goes for GM. And they’re talking about cars that will stay in limited areas—nothing that can cross the country.

So, what are the chances Musk can actually make this happen? Let’s break it down.

The Claim Tesla’s website already provides a checkbox for “Full Self-Driving Capability,” claiming, “all you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go.” But the cars won’t actually do that, at least not for a while. Musk isn’t issuing the necessary software. These earliest cars won’t even have first generation Autopilot, Tesla’s system that keeps the vehicle in its lane and a safe distance from other vehicles on the highway.

The automaker did release a video of its Model X SUV, carrying the new hardware and prototype software, driving itself around Palo Alto. It seems impressive, but it’s no proof of concept.

“An unedited sequence of the vehicle driving itself in downtown San Francisco would be more meaningful to see what the vehicle is capable of doing,” says Raj Rajkumar, who runs autonomous driving research at Carnegie Mellon University.

Let’s say the car’s as capable as the video makes it seem. Could it get itself across the country? “If we’re looking at another year of development, I think we could see something like that happen,” says Jeffrey Miller, an IEEE member who studies autonomous driving at the University of Southern California.

Yet Rajkumar points to Google, which, after nine years of work on this project, still won’t even give a timeline for its rollout. “Mastery of self-driving under real-world conditions is not going to be easy,” he says.

And you have to consider Musk’s track record of missing his own deadlines. Tesla products that have missed their original due dates include the Roadster, Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Autopilot. So, kinda everything.

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Source: Wired

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10-25-2016 Politics
What a Trump loss could mean for Hillary Clinton's presidential mandate

Donald Trump appears headed for a major defeat on Nov. 8. The remaining questions are how badly he gets crushed, how many Republicans he takes down with him and what it will mean for Hillary Clinton's presidential mandate.

First, it's important to recognize that there are a few polls that show Trump still close or even in the lead — he trails in the Real Clear Politics average by more than 6 points. No candidate in modern presidential history has ever come back from that kind of deficit.

The most beloved poll these days among Trump true believers is the IBD/TIPP survey that now shows the race tied. This is often touted as the "most accurate" poll of that last several election cycles. But this poll showed a solid lead for Mitt Romney until very late in 2012 when it swung quite suddenly — and surprisingly — toward President Barack Obama and aligned itself more closely with the rest of the major national polls.

Do a quick Google search and you will find scores of articles in which conservatives clung to the IBD poll showing Romney ahead in 2012 while other surveys showed the race trending inexorably to the incumbent president.

BD also performed badly in 2008, suggesting Republican nominee John McCain had a large lead among younger voters. Obama won this group handily. As late as Nov. 2, 2008, IBD had Obama up just 2 points over McCain. He won by 7 points and carried 365 electoral votes, a landslide in the current highly partisan era.

So leave the outlier polls alone and focus on the average of all high-quality polls. And leave the "oversampling" of Democrats nonsense to the Bill Mitchell's of the world who spend a good part of their lives trying to "unskew" surveys showing Clinton with big leads.

There is a simple reason polls include more Democrats. Because more people identify as Democrat than Republican. High-quality surveys"oversample" certain groups to get a better picture of what the actual electorate looks like.

So barring a catastrophic collapse, Hillary Clinton is going to win. Even without including any of the "toss-up" states, Clinton right now is at 262 electoral votes. Eliminating toss-ups, Clinton is currently leading in enough states for 333 electoral votes, which would be a resounding victory, just short of Obama's 2008 numbers.

In order for Trump to win he would have to run the table in swing states, including Nevada, Florida and North Carolina. He trails in all three. Even winning all those would put Trump at 266. He would then need to flip at least one state leaning heavily toward Clinton, such as Pennsylvania, Virginia or Colorado.

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Source: CNBC

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10-25-2016 Science&Technology
Three new Mac laptops appear in Russian regulatory database ahead of Apple’s ‘hello again’ event...

In case there needed to be any more smoke to the fire, Russian trademark filings reveal that Apple is readying the release of three new Macs running macOS Sierra. The products have apparently passed the Russian registration, labelled as ‘portable personal computer models’ with model identifiers A1706, A1707 and A1708.

This all but confirms Apple plans to launch three new Mac laptops at its media event on Thursday, corroborating a KGI report from over the weekend. These product identifiers likely correspond to two new MacBook Pros and a new ultrathin 13-inch MacBook as a sibling to the 12-inch MacBook …

The same source correctly leaked the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 a week before Apple’s September event last month. The Russian regulations are mandatory for companies to launch new electronics product that use encryption and cryptography technologies, which encompasses almost all of Apple’s product line.

The existence of the products in the database indicates that the devices will be available to buy very soon, likely going up for order the same day as the unveiling event on October 27th. The leak does not spill too many specific details about Apple’s unreleased products, mentioning only the model numbers and a summary description of ‘portable personal computers models’.

However, other rumors can fill in the gaps. The weekend KGI report said Apple plans to launch three new laptops, a 13-inch Retina MacBook and the long-anticipated refresh of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro is expected to be a major update, featuring significantly improved internal components, Touch ID, a new OLED shortcut bar above the keyboard and USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 enclosed in a new thinner chassis design. Although the devices will represent substantial performance upgrades over the aging models on sale today, it is still not clear whether Apple will ship Skylake or the newer Kaby Lake Intel CPUs.

The other new Mac expected is a 13-inch version of the current 12-inch Retina MacBook, know for only featuring one port. Details about the 13-inch MacBook are murky but it will be interesting to see how it justifies in the product lineup aside from a minor bump in screen dimensions. The fate of the MacBook Air is also unclear, with some previous publications reporting that the 13-inch Air would gain USB-C ports whilst the 11-inch version is discontinued. It is possible that details about the 13-inch MacBook have been wrongly attributed as a 13-inch MacBook Air.

We’ll know for sure in just a few days — Apple’s October event kicks off this Thursday at 10 AM PT. 9to5Mac will be bringing live coverage of all the announcements, so stay tuned.

Source: 9To5Mac

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10-25-2016 Business
AT&T, Time Warner Shares Drop Amid Wall Street Skepticism

AT&T Inc. can add Wall Street to the list of parties skeptical of its $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc. Shares of Time Warner dropped 2.2% to $87.52, below AT&T’s offer of $107.50 a share, while shares of AT&T fell 1.5% to $36.91 in morning trading.

The Monday price of Time Warner, trading about 18% below the deal value, means the market is figuring about a 40% chance that the deal will be approved, one arbitrage fund manager, who declined to be identified, said Monday morning.

“There is a litany of things to worry about,” said analyst Craig Moffett with MoffettNathanson. “The deal faces a steep uphill climb in Washington, and it obviously isn’t helped by the fact that both the Republicans and the Democrats have now come out against it.”

After the announcement of the transaction over the weekend, lawmakers, media rivals, and politicians—including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine—came out against the deal, calling for intense regulatory review over concerns that it could hurt consumers and concentrate too much media influence in one company.

Positioning the deal as the marriage of Time Warner’s robust content lineup with the carrier’s millions of wireless and pay television subscribers, AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson has argued as a vertical combination the deal won’t trip some of the antitrust triggers at the Justice Department.

AT&T anticipates “that the regulators may have some issues that they want to deal on this, there may be conditions, but we’re convinced that this type of issues can be handled with conditions,” Mr. Stephenson told analysts Monday.

But the industrial logic of a vertical deal doesn’t win over Wall Street.

“We historically have not believed in the strategic benefits of vertical integration,” Citibank analyst Jason Bazinet wrote in a note to clients. He cast doubt on the idea that owning a fixed or mobile network provides media companies better data to customize their content, along with new advertising and distribution opportunities beyond the traditional pay TV model.

AT&T’s Mr. Stephenson said that owning content will make it easier for the carrier to adapt to various platforms quickly in a way that is time-consuming and difficult in a partnership structure.

“It’s slow, it’s painful, just the contracting itself takes a lot of time whereas when it’s completely owned, you just move a lot faster,” he said Monday.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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10-25-2016 Science&Technology
Pokemon GO Celebrates Halloween With First Event

While the big hype surrounding Pokemon GO may be done with by now, the game certainly isn’t going anywhere. Sure, the hoards of players storming Central Park might no longer be here, but the game has recently been crowned the first to reach $600 Million of in-game revenue. Over the Summer, there were a number of ideas surrounding updates and other additions to the game that Niantic would take into consideration, and while it appears as though the firm had been taking it easy over the Summer, the first event is about to get started, this time in honor of Halloween. Events were one of the ideas that Niantic’s chief had talked about during Comic Con earlier this year.

For Halloween, certain Pokemon will become more common, no matter where you are, and there will also be more candies rewarded with each capture. The event will be running from October 26th until November 1st. The event will make the three original ghost Pokemon of Gastly, Haunter and Gengar more common as well as Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee and Hypno. These are Pokemon that perhaps everyone playing the game has already caught, but until the firm gets around to adding in more Pokemon, this is perhaps the best they could do for the game. When capturing, as well as transferring to the Professor, users will be given double the amount of candies they would usually get, which will certainly help those that haven’t managed to evolve a Haunter or Gengar finally tick off that box in their PokeDex.

This is the sort of event that a lot of fans will be happy to see, and given that a lot of families will be out and about knocking on doors trick or treating, Pokemon GO and Halloween to be a good fit for each other. If seeing more of the above Pokemon doesn’t do it for you, then perhaps the idea of getting twice the candy rewards for a buddy Pokemon might, as this will make it easier to evolve tough Pokemon such as Magikarp and evolutions of the three starter Pokemon that traditionally require more candy.

Source: Android Headlines

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10-25-2016 Science&Technology
Google Photos now has albums included in search results

Google Photos is great (speaking personally, it's one of my favorite Google products), but there's always been one thing wrong with it: albums were not included in search results. Say I search for "cats" (I have a lot of photos of my cats). The photos in the albums would be included, as well as items found by object recognition, but the album with my cat photos would not be included. Google has now fixed this anomaly, causing the album itself to be included.

After force closing the Photos app and clearing data, this comes up on my Nexus 6P. It's pretty much that - if you search, Google will bring up relevant albums as well as relevant photos. This uses both the name of the album and location data (if applicable) and machine learning for object or face recognition. This also works on the web app in exactly the same way.

This is probably a server-side rollout - as I said above, I initially didn't have it, then force-closed and cleared data, which enabled the feature. The latest version of Photos for Android is version, which you can grab at APK Mirror if you don't already have it. Otherwise, Google Photos is available on the Play Store.

Source: Android Police

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10-25-2016 Sports
Reports: Messi Insults Fans After Neymar Hit With Bottle

Lionel Messi apparently insulted Valencia fans after they threw a bottle that hit Neymar in the face when FC Barcelona celebrated the Argentine's late winner.

Messi converted a 93rd-minute penalty as the Catalan giants came from behind to win the clash 3-2. After the goal, the Barca stars celebrated in front of Valencia fans, and Neymar appeared to provoke the opposition's faithful by shouting in their direction.

Seconds later, a water bottle was thrown at the Blaugrana huddle, hitting Neymar in the face, while Luis Suarez and Sergi Roberto also seemed to be affected, although no one was seriously injured.

Messi reacted furiously to the incident and was seen shouting at Valencia fans before being contained by his teammates.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Argentine shouted an insult that translate to: "The c*** of your mother, son of a thousand w*****!"

Barcelona jumped up to third on the log following their last-minute victory, while Atletico Madrid lost their first game of the season and dropped from first to fifth position.

Real now lead the table with 21 points, one more than surprise package Sevilla and two ahead of Barca.

Do you think Valencia should be punished for their fans throwing a bottle at the Barca stars? Have your say in the comments section below.

Source: Soccer Laduma

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10-25-2016 Science&Technology
SpaceX's Elon Musk elaborates on plan to colonize Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given more details about his plan to colonize Mars.

Musk answered questions on Reddit on Sunday. The session was a follow up to Musk's comments at a space conference in Mexico last month during which he unveiled his plan to send up to 1 million people to Mars within the next 40 to 100 years.

Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet "Battlestar Galactica" style.

He elaborated on that plan Sunday, saying an unmanned ship will be sent to Mars with equipment to build a plant to create refueling propellant for return trips to Earth. He says the first manned crew would have the job of constructing the plant.

Musk said last month SpaceX is already working on equipment for the project.

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Source: Orlando Sentinel

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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
Why is the Google Pixel graded on a curve when the iPhone isn’t?

During the original iPhone introduction, Steve Jobs referenced a favorite quote of his from legendary computer scientist Alan Kay: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” This philosophy has formed the bedrock of Apple’s business strategy for decades now, save for that brief dark period during the mid-90s when Apple sanctioned an ill-fated Mac clone initiative.

Apple’s devotion to both software and hardware is part of the reason why the iPhone often outclasses every other smartphones on the market. Undeniably, the ability to fine tune software and hardware to work together seamlessly and efficiently is a huge competitive advantage.

That being the case, I’ve been especially intrigued with the Google Pixel as it marks Google’s most serious effort to date to exert strict control over the entirety of the Android experience, from both a software and hardware perspective. We’ve seen Android flagships before, no doubt, but the Google Pixel was designed by Google from the ground up.

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As Google’s Rick Osterloh explained to Bloomberg not too long ago, the Google Pixel has Google “managing inventory, building relationships with carriers, sourcing components, making supply chain deals and managing distribution.”

When reviews of the Google Pixel first started appearing online, I was excited to see if the hype behind the Pixel was real. Because competition is often a necessary component and driver of innovation, I was eager to see if the Google Pixel was a device that could potentially force Apple to step up its game.

Most of the Google Pixel reviews I came across where overwhelmingly positive, but I couldn’t help but notice that Google’s smartphone, in many respects, was being afforded a pass that Apple’s iPhone rarely, if ever, receives. Whereas the iPhone is seemingly criticized for minute and arguably petty reasons, some of the Google Pixel’s shortcomings were curiously and conveniently glossed over with gusto.

Touching on this very point, Rene Ritchie has a great piece up on iMore where he explains how the Pixel was graded by tech reviewers on curiously favorable curve. Remember: Google is a serious player in the smartphone business and the Pixel is priced as a premium handset. Consequently, one would imagine that the Pixel would be held up to the same level of scrutiny as the iPhone.

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10-24-2016 Politics
Latest Trump accuser says he hugged, kissed her without permission

Washington (CNN)Another woman is publicly accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual contact, alleging the GOP nominee touched and kissed her a decade ago during a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Jessica Drake is at least the 11th woman to accuse Trump of unwanted sexual advances since the surfacing of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump brags about being able to grope and kiss women. Drake, an adult film performer and director, claimed at a news conference in Los Angeles Saturday that Trump asked her for her phone number and invited her to his suite the night they met in 2006. She went and brought along two other women to accompany her because she said she did not feel comfortable attending alone. "He grabbed each of us tightly, in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission," said Drake, who is being represented by Gloria Allred, the women's rights attorney who has represented other women -- including two other Trump accusers -- in high-profile sexual assault cases. Feeling uncomfortable, Drake said she left after about 30 to 45 minutes but later received a phone call from one of Trump's representatives, who invited her to his room alone. Drake declined. According to Drake, Trump himself then got on the phone with her, asking her to come back and to go out to dinner or attend a party with him, but she again declined. He then asked, "What do you want? How much?" Drake said. After she turned down his invite, she said he eventually offered her $10,000 and use of his private jet if she accepted.

At the news conference, Allred showed a photograph of Trump and Drake together. The Trump campaign, which has vehemently denied previous sexual assault allegations against him, pushed back against Drake's account Saturday. "This story is totally false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls. Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing. Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election," the statement said. Trump earlier Saturday also vowed to sue his accusers after the election. He did not mention Drake's allegations during a campaign rally in Cleveland. Asked about Trump's claim earlier in the day that she was behind other accusers, Clinton told reporters aboard her campaign plane Saturday night "That is just not accurate." Allred addressed Trump's threat to sue.

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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
How your DVR was hijacked to help epic cyberattack

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology experts warned for years that the millions of Internet-connected "smart" devices we use every day are weak, easily hijacked and could be turned against us.

The massive siege on Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, shows those ominous predictions are now a reality.

An unknown attacker intermittently knocked many popular websites offline for hours Friday, from Amazon to Twitter and Netflix to Etsy. How the breach occurred is a cautionary tale of the how the rush to make humdrum devices “smart” while sometimes leaving out crucial security can have major consequences.

Dyn, a provider of Internet management for multiple companies, was hit with a large-scale distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), in which its servers were flooded with millions of fake requests for information, so many that they could no longer respond to real ones and crashed under the weight.

Who orchestrated the attack is still unknown. But how they did it — by enslaving ordinary household electronic devices such as DVRs, routers and digital closed-circuit cameras —is established.

The attackers created a digital army of co-opted robot networks, a "botnet," that spewed millions of nonsense messages at Dyn's servers. Like a firehose, they could direct it at will, knocking out the servers, turning down the flow and then hitting it full blast once again.

The specific weapon? An easy-to-use botnet-creating software called Mirai that requires little technical expertise. An unknown person released it to the hacker underground earlier this month, and security experts immediately warned it might come into more general use.

Mirai insinuates itself into household devices without the owner's knowledge, using them as platforms to send the sever-clogging messages even as the device continues to do its day job for its true owner.

The software uses malware from phishing emails to first infect a computer or home network, then spreads to everything on it, taking over DVRs, cable set-top boxes, routers and even Internet-connected cameras used by stores and businesses for surveillance.

That breadth of "attack surface," as security experts call it, is one of the things that makes Mirai so difficult to fight, said Kyle York, Dyn’s chief strategy officer.

“The complexity of this attack is because it’s so distributed. It’s coming from tens of millions of source IP addresses that are globally distributed around the world. What they’re doing is moving around the world with each attack," he said.

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Source: Usa Today

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10-24-2016 Science&Technology
Five Questions That Could Potentially Sink The Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch seems to have made a relatively positive first impression on fans, though that hasn’t stopped investors from being somewhat disappointed in the reveal, with the company’s stock sliding after the announcement.

But for most observers, the idea that Nintendo is playing to their strengths with away-from-home mobile play for their new console is a good one, and the system does seem poised to course correct from some of the missteps of the Wii and Wii U.

However, despite a fundamentally promising concept, there are a number of potential questions about the system that remain unanswered, and if the rumors are true, may remain unanswered until early 2017, as some reports say that Nintendo won’t be talking about the Switch any more until then.

Here are five questions which, if answered wrong, could potentially sink even the promising Nintendo Switch.

1. What is the Battery Life?

Honestly, if I could just pick one question that is key to the success or failure of the Nintendo Switch, it would be this one. While it’s great that Nintendo has made a mobile-focused console, without the battery life to support it, the entire concept could be rendered useless. I recall some less than fond memories of the SEGA Nomad which would play actual Genesis games but was a failure because of hilariously bad battery usage.

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The Nintendo Switch seems to have made a relatively positive first impression on fans, though that hasn’t stopped investors from being somewhat disappointed in the reveal, with the company’s stock sliding after the announcement.

But for most observers, the idea that Nintendo is playing to their strengths with away-from-home mobile play for their new console is a good one, and the system does seem poised to course correct from some of the missteps of the Wii and Wii U.

However, despite a fundamentally promising concept, there are a number of potential questions about the system that remain unanswered, and if the rumors are true, may remain unanswered until early 2017, as some reports say that Nintendo won’t be talking about the Switch any more until then.

Here are five questions which, if answered wrong, could potentially sink even the promising Nintendo Switch.

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10-21-2016 Science&Technology
Samsung Takes Down GTA V Video Mocking Galaxy Note 7

The launch of Galaxy Note 7 went worse than Samsung expected, to put it mildly. After Samsung was forced to order a second recall of the device and permanently discontinued its production, the South Korean company went into full damage control mode.

The amount of problems its latest flagship caused worldwide received a lot of attention from the general public and the Samsung Galaxy brand as a whole is obviously suffering because of that. While it’s still too early to make any specific predictions regarding long-term consequences of this fiasco, it’s fair to say that viral videos mocking Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung in general obviously aren’t good news for the company. Unfortunately, they’ve been popping up precisely because of this entire ordeal.

Earlier this week, a Facebook video depicting a Halloween costume made out of smoking Galaxy Note 7 boxes went viral as millions of users jumped at the chance to share this unique creation. Not that long ago, another video making fun of the device’s tendency to explode made some waves in the gaming community. The video was posted on YouTube and showed gameplay footage from a modded version of Grand Theft Auto V. The mod in question replaced in-game sticky bombs with rather accurate 3D models of Galaxy Note 7. Not surprisingly, a lot of people thought the idea was rather funny so the video ended up circulating the Internet for about two weeks.

Well, that ended today, as Samsung filed a DMCA request against the original video and YouTube predictably complied with the takedown notice. While the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is primarily used as a basis for taking down videos which use content produced and owned by other parties in other content, it also applies in this case given how the said GTA V mod accurately depicts a real-life version of Galaxy Note 7 whose design is obviously owned by Samsung. Still, the phone maker is now facing an uphill battle as the same video was already posted by dozens of other YouTube users and can also be found on numerous other video services online. While the company can certainly file DMCA requests against each and every one of them, it’s practically impossible to completely remove it from the Internet.

Source: Android Headlines

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10-20-2016 Politics
Why Donald Trump is betting on Nevada

Las Vegas (CNN)Donald Trump returns to Nevada Wednesday for the final presidential debate in a state that is critical to his path to the White House -- and one where he has remained tied with Hillary Clinton despite all the turmoil rocking his campaign.

Nevada has been kind to Trump, handing him a resounding victory in this year's caucuses that helped him clinch the Republican nomination, even though he had little in the way of a campaign apparatus and hundreds of volunteers who were entirely new to the presidential process. The Republican Party is trying to match the enthusiasm of Trump's Nevada supporters with resources, conducting volunteer trainings all over the state this year in an effort to turn Trump's eager supporters into phone-banking and door-knocking regulars. Their biggest challenge will be to catch up with the formidable Democratic machine, powered by labor in a state where union power is strong. In the latest CNN/ORC poll this week, 46% of likely voters planned to support Clinton, 44% said they would support Trump and 7% said they would support Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Those numbers showed Trump's resilience in Nevada, given that the CNN/ORC survey was conducted after the release of an "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump boasted about groping women, and as a number of women stepped forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct -- allegations that he has denied.

The numbers also show Clinton's challenge here. During the primaries, many voters in Nevada, including Democrats, expressed reservations about the former secretary of state — questioning her trustworthiness, as well as concerns she was too liberal on Second Amendment issues, which are critical in this state. Nevada is growing in importance as the campaign reaches the final weeks, in part because it's a state that President Barack Obama carried twice and where Trump shows signs of strength.

Clinton's strong advantage Clinton enters this final stretch with a strong advantage in the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. That means Trump must win all the states that Mitt Romney won in 2012, while also making incursions into blue states that could tip the map in his favor. But his potential paths have narrowed, particularly as Clinton has held on to her advantage in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin and Virginia. Trump has nudged Iowa in his direction despite Obama's two wins there, but the Republican nominee's path to victory relies on him making a clean sweep of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Nevada.

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10-20-2016 Science&Technology
Facebook embraces utility with food ordering and ticketing

Facebook wants you to participate in your community, not just talk about it, with a slew of new features launching today. From Facebook Pages, you’ll now be able to order food through and Slice, request an appointment through MyTime, get a professional services quote, or buy movie and event tickets through Ticketmaster and EventBrite without leaving Facebook.

This is the latest evolution of Facebook’s quest to make the Yellow Pages come alive. Native ticket buying could be especially powerful since 650 million people use Facebook’s Events feature each month but always have to go log in somewhere else to actually purchase their admission. Reducing this friction could make Facebook more popular with Event promoters looking for a high-conversion destination to their ads.

If you want your friends’ suggestions about what to do either in your city or while traveling, you can use the new Recommendations feature that you can turn on in status updates. This will put a big request for recommendations in the News Feed, and add suggestions from friends to a map and Recommendations bookmark for easy browsing. Now it will be a lot easier to solicit and manage answers to “Where should I go in Tokyo?” or “What’s the best burrito in San Francisco?”

Lastly, Facebook is bringing the best of its new standalone Events app back to the Events tab in its main app. You’ll now by default see a feed of Event discovery content including RSVPs from friends, and ways to browse what’s up today, tomorrow, or this weekend. You can switch to a more traditional full calendar of what’s coming up for you. The idea is to reveal what parties, concerts, art exhibitions, meetups, and more could be happening right around you.

All these experiences will start rolling out today in the US. If they perform well, Facebook may extend them to other geographies.

This is about stealing a little bit of the traffic currently flowing to Google, Yelp, Fandango, local news, and mobile food ordering apps. Facebook thinks a convenient browsing experience powered by friends’ suggestions can beat a mobile search experience that requires a bunch of typing and doesn’t understand who you are. Of course, that will require a shift in behavior users may be stubborn to make.

The more Facebook can become a place where you learn about and interact with businesses, the more it can accomplish its goal of connecting you with more than just people, and the more likely that businesses will pay to grow their visibility on the social network.

Source: Tech Crunch

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10-18-2016 Politics
Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces inflict 'heavy losses' on ISIS

Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)Iraq's military says it has inflicted "heavy losses of life and equipment" on ISIS in a district southeast of Mosul, as Iraqi-led forces close in on the city in the long-awaited battle to recapture it from the terror group.

Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of the offensive, Iraq's military said it had inflicted losses and made advances in the Hamdaniya district. Announcing the offensive in a televised statement early Monday morning, al-Abadi said "the victory bell has rung" in the massive mission to retake the key city, Iraq's second largest, and free more than 1 million residents from the "brutality and terrorism of ISIS."

Iraqi forces gather in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. "God willing, we will meet soon on the ground of Mosul where we all celebrate the liberation and your freedom," he said.

Haider Al-Abadi ? @HaiderAlAbadi The hour has struck. The campaign to liberate Mosul has begun. Beloved people of Mosul, the Iraqi nation will celebrate victory as one 1:31 AM - 17 Oct 2016 866 866 Retweets 854 854 likes

The battle for Mosul -- the largest city under ISIS control and the terror group's last remaining stronghold in Iraq -- represents "a decisive moment in the campaign" to defeat ISIS, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. As Peshmerga and ISIS forces exchanged fire Monday, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh heard airstrikes from above coming from some of the nearly 90 coalition and Iraqi planes involved in the operation. "I've just seen a loud airstrike go in right in front of us here," CNN's Nick Paton Walsh said. "That kind of explosive power only happens from some kind of a coalition device."

East of Mosul, CNN 's Hamdi Alkhshali witnessed that at least 45 Kurdish armored vehicles had stormed the village of Kermlesh. Fighters exchanged heavy machine gunfire and fired artillery and rockets into the nearby villages -- nine of which have been liberated.

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