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HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong`s next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension.
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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man held in a Japanese immigration detention center died on Saturday, six people told Reuters, drawing fresh attention to conditions in the country`s detention system.
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BEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have blocked an Australia-based academic from boarding a flight home, Australia said on Sunday, after what sources said was repeated interrogation over his links to liberal intellectuals in mainland China.
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - A small electoral college began voting for a new Hong Kong leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better suited to defuse political tension.
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PARIS (Reuters) - The frontrunner in France`s presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, received yet another boost to his candidacy on Sunday when nine lawmakers from a center-right party allied with conservative rival Francois Fillon decided to rally behind him.
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DHAKA (Reuters) - At least six people, including two police officials, were killed and scores wounded in two bomb blasts in Bangladesh on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos, police said.
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BERLIN/SAARBRUECKEN (Reuters) - Germans in the small western state of Saarland vote on Sunday in a regional election that could deliver an upset to Chancellor Angela Merkel and hurt her prospects of winning a fourth term in September`s national election.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Saturday a U.S. strike in Afghanistan this week killed an al Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka`s cricket team in 2009.
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PARIS (Reuters) - The frontrunner in France`s presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, received yet another boost to his candidacy on Sunday when nine lawmakers from a center-right party allied with conservative rival Francois Fillon decided to rally behind him.
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LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism police said on Saturday they still believe the man who launched a deadly attack outside parliament this week was acting alone but conceded they may never understand his motive.
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - A small electoral college chooses a new Hong Kong leader on Sunday amid accusations of meddling by Beijing, denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better suited to defuse the political tension.
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RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco`s Prime Minster Saad Eddine El Othmani said on Saturday he had agreed to form a coalition government with five other parties, breaking nearly six months of post-election deadlock.
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DHAKA (Reuters) - At least three people, including a policeman, were killed and scores wounded in two separate bomb blasts on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos in northeastern Bangladesh, police said.
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey`s foreign ministry summoned Switzerland`s charge d`affairs in Ankara on Saturday to complain about a protest in Bern that it said supported terrorism and included a poster calling for the assassination of President Tayyip Erdogan.
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DUBAI (Reuters) - A Yemeni court in territory controlled by the armed Houthi movement sentenced the group`s enemy in a two-year-old civil war President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and six other top officials in his government to death for "high treason" on Saturday.
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MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an Islamic State-held area of the Iraqi city of Mosul where residents and officials say dozens of civilians have been killed as result of an air raid.
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BRASILIA/BEIJING (Reuters) - China lifted a ban on imports of meat from Brazil on Saturday after Brazilian authorities clarified details of a police investigation into alleged bribery of health inspectors, in a victory for President Michel Temer`s efforts to stem damage from the probe.
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MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S military confirmed on Saturday that U.S. warplanes had hit an Islamic State-held area of the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul where residents and officials say dozens of civilians have been killed as result of an air strike.
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Travis Kalanick

In 2014, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, his then girlfriend Gabi Holzwarth, and five Uber employees visited an escort-karaoke bar in Seoul — an outing that prompted a complaint to HR from an Uber female marketing executive who was a member of the party, The Information`s Amir Efrati reports.

According to the report, women working at the bar wore numbered tags and sat in a circle, so that men — including one of Uber`s "A Team" executives Emil Michael — could identify their favorites.

"Four male Uber managers picked women out of the group, calling out their numbers, and sat with them," the report said. The female Uber executive left, appearing "visibly upset," after the group headed downstairs to sing karaoke, The Information reports.

The recount is an especially bad look for Uber, which has come under fire in recent weeks for having a reckless culture.

The world`s most valuable startup has been rocked in recent months by high-profile allegations of sexual harassment, some of which were outlined in a bombshell report from The New York Times about the company`s internal culture.

In February, the company hired former US attorney general Eric Holder and his partner at his Covington & Burling law firm, Tammy Albarran, to conduct a review of the claims.

A representative at Uber sent this statement to Business Insider:

"This all happened about three years ago and was previously reported to human resources. In early March it was referred to Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran as part of their review."

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says artificial intelligence is "so far in the future" that it`s "not even on my radar screen." He says we won`t have to worry about how it affects the workforce for "50 or 100 more years."

Mnuchin made his remarks to Mike Allen of Axios, in a moment caught on video that you can watch here:

Steve Mnuchin is not concerned one bit with AI and automation. pic.twitter.com/VvEooCoAbf

— Axios (@axios) March 24, 2017

In fairness to Mnuchin, the question was specifically about artificial intelligence, not robots. It`s a fine distinction, but an important one — while robots that can perform repetitive tasks have been in wide industrial use for decades now, artificial intelligence is a class of software that can "learn" and let machines do more sophisticated jobs.

In fact, in that video, neither Mnuchin nor Allen say the word "robot." And while it`s undeniable that factories and even some entry-level jobs like fast-food cashiers are being replaced by robots of varying kinds, we`re not quite at the point where artificial intelligence is "smart" enough to replace humans at wide scales.

But even if you account for that distinction, there`s lots of evidence to suggest that Mnuchin is way off base.

The AI revolution is already here

In December 2016, the Obama Administration issued a report indicating that as many as 47% of all American jobs could be at risk from artificial intelligence in the next two decades. As artificial intelligence improves, we`re going to see ever-smarter machines do everything from drive trucks to scanning warehouses for inventory.

As AI software gets better, it can perform more delicate tasks, too, including coffee-making and staple-removing. Even those jobs on the factory assembly line previously held by humans can now be performed by robots, with Foxconn recently replacing 60,000 workers with machines

Top thinkers, including professor Stephen Hawking, have theorized that the disruption could be enough to completely decimate the middle class. Hawking has said that AI-powered machines will take many different kinds of jobs, with "only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining."

Which is why Mnuchin`s remarks have stunned many in the tech community, with Mark Cuban tweeting only "Wow" in response. 

Wow https://t.co/zZ8TkzlNZp

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) March 24, 2017

SEE ALSO: Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

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A self-driving Uber car was involved in an accident on Friday night in Tempe, Arizona, in one of the most serious incidents to date involving the growing fleet of autonomous vehicles being tested on US roads and prompting Uber to suspend autonomous car testing in the state.

A photo posted on Fresco News` Twitter feed showed a self-driving Uber Volvo SUV on its side.

Another car, in the background, is pictured with dents and smashed windows. Nobody was seriously injured in the incident.

The Uber SUV was operating in autonomous mode when the accident occurred, Uber confirmed to Business Insider. Uber has halted its self-driving-car pilot in Arizona and is investigating what caused the incident.

"We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle," an Uber representative said in an email to Business Insider.

A Tempe police spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Uber was not at fault in the accident and was hit by another car which failed to yield. 

Still, the collision will likely to turn up the temperature on the heated debate about the safety of self-driving cars.

A Tesla operating in Autopilot mode crashed into a truck last year, killing the car`s driver.

Google`s prototype self-driving cars have been involved in several fender-benders over the years, though most were operating in manual mode at the time of the incidents.

Automakers and tech companies are rushing to develop and test self-driving cars, which some people think could eventually replace traditional cars. But there are many questions about the safety and reliability of the technology that regulators are still grappling with.

Problems at the DMV

Uber self-driving car accident Arizona

Uber launched its self-driving-car pilot in Arizona in December after a dispute with California regulators over the program.

Uber attempted to launch the program (which was similar to the one in Pittsburgh) in mid-December in California. But Uber neglected to obtain an autonomous-vehicle license before the launch, and that led the California DMV to revoke registration of the company`s 16 autonomous vehicles.

Uber then shipped all 16 of its self-driving Volvo XC90s to Arizona on the back of its self-driving Otto truck.

Uber`s autonomous-pilot program ran in California for just a week, but the company`s self-driving Volvo was caught on video running through a red light on a busy intersection in front of the city`s Museum of Modern Art.

An Uber representative said at the time that the incident was the result of human error, but internal sources told The New York Times the Uber was driving itself when the incident happened.

San Francisco Uber self-driving

Uber is actually involved in a lawsuit over its self-driving technology.

Waymo, Alphabet`s self-driving-car company, is suing Uber, alleging that the ride-hailing service stole the designs for its lidar system. Lidar sensors shoot lasers and allow self-driving vehicles to detect obstacles. Waymo filed an injunction asking a federal judge to freeze Uber`s use of its self-driving tech.

Uber has been under intense scrutiny after a string of scandals.

The company has been accused of promoting a sexist workplace after former engineer Susan Fowler wrote a blog post detailing allegations of harassment and gender bias she said she experienced at the company.

The New York Times posted a bombshell report detailing a company retreat where a manager groped several female employees and was later fired.

Uber used a secretive tool called Greyball to evade government official and regulators at a time when city regulators were trying to block the ride-hailing service.

SEE ALSO: Google`s self-driving-car company is suing Uber, accusing it of stealing its technology

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.
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DHAKA (Reuters) - At least three people, including a policeman, were killed and scores wounded in two separate bomb blasts on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos in northeastern Bangladesh, police said.
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hudson yards

With an estimated cost of 20 billion, New York City`s Hudson Yards neighborhood is set to become the most expensive private real estate development in American history.

When construction is complete in 2024, it will include all types of buildings, from luxury condos to boutiques to offices.

Elsewhere in the US, there are several similar projects — some of which cost billions.

Take a look at a few below.

SEE ALSO: Dallas is getting a 600 million urban park that`s more than 11 times as large as Central Park

City Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Located on the Las Vegas Strip, the City Center features 16.7 million-square-feet of casinos, high-end shops, hotels, and luxury condos.

Construction on the estimated 8.5 billion project (which includes five towers) started in 2006, and the development opened three years later.



The Spring District in Bellevue, Washington.

The Spring District is a 2.3 billion, 16-block neighborhood, which will be complete in 2028. 

The mixed-use development will include a light rail station (that`s part of a new line set to open in 2023), housing, office space, parks, and retail.

Construction of the first phase, made up of two apartment buildings, started in 2015, though planning for the neighborhood began in the late 2000s.



Brickell City Centre in Miami, Florida.

Located in Miami`s financial district, the Brickell City Centre cost approximately 1.05 billion to build from 2014 to late 2016.

The mega-development spans five blocks and consists of shops, a movie theater, restaurants, office towers, and condos.



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Warner Bros. just dropped the first full trailer for the upcoming "Justice League" movie and it looks pretty awesome. The movie will unite Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman on screen for the very first time. The movie is scheduled to hit  theaters in the United States on November 17, 2017.

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks following a planned vote on April 16 that could give him sweeping new powers.
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GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has written to the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran to urge them to "undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire regime" in Syria and to smooth the way for peace talks, a statement said on Saturday.
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CAMBO-LES-BAINS/SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France (Reuters) - Francois Fillon`s aides used an umbrella to shield him from eggs thrown by protesters in south-west France on Saturday as the beleaguered conservative fell further behind centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-rightist Marine Le Pen in opinion polls.
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SINDELFINGEN, Germany (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, a key figure in Berlin`s handling of the euro zone crisis and Greece`s bailout programs, won a ringing endorsement from his conservative party on Saturday to stand in September`s federal election.
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One of the main reasons Donald Trump won the presidency is because he convinced enough Americans that their country needed a successful businessperson at the helm, someone who knows how to make lucrative deals and who lacked political baggage.

The first 100 days in the White House have been an adjustment for Trump, who`s never held elected office. However, during this transition he`s regularly put himself in his element, talking business at tables full of executives.

He started holding these executive discussions shortly after he was elected in November, and invited some of Silicon Valley`s biggest names to Trump Tower in December. For his first large meeting as president, he chose to sit down with a group of prominent American CEOs including SpaceX and Tesla`s Elon Musk, Ford`s Mark Fields, and Lockheed Martin`s Marillyn Hewson.

Since his election, Trump has met with 81 executives to hear their thoughts on regulation, manufacturing, and trade. Looking at who the president has chosen to meet with offers insight into the direction he wants to take the country, as well as how he leads.trump ceo wheel version 1 final

SEE ALSO: Management experts break down Trump`s leadership style during his first 100 days as president

Tech

• One of Trump`s most vocal supporters during his campaign was billionaire investor Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member and the cofounder and chairman of Palantir, a big data analysis company that has worked with US intelligence and defense. Thiel served as Trump`s bridge to Silicon Valley, a sector from which many prominent names opposed him during the campaign.

• Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Trump`s business advisory council in February after facing pressure from his employees and customers.

• Trump has invited Elon Musk to multiple meetings, and Musk`s companies have benefited from billions of dollars in government subsidies under President Barack Obama.

• Dozens of tech leaders publicly condemned Trump`s initial immigration ban in February.

• Trump signed two executive orders to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education among young women, an initiative brought up by these tech leaders.

• Tech leaders want an improved H1-B visa process, to recruit and retain foreign talent.



Retail

• Trump told heads of retail that tax reform would be the best opportunity to help their businesses. In February he held a meeting with eight representatives of the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

• Retail executives have been most vocally against the proposal of a "border tax" on imported goods, since their businesses survive on imports.

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly circulated a flyer throughout Capitol Hill that stated a 20% import tax would lose billions of dollars for his company, and that foreign companies like Alibaba would be able to undercut it through direct online sales.



Manufacturing

• Trump has promised to remain true to his "America First" campaign promise by increasing manufacturing in the US. And in his first speech to a join session of Congress, in March, Trump formally announced that he wants to pursue a 1 trillion infrastructure spending plan.

• One of Trump`s first acts after his election was negotiating with United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes to keep 700 Carrier jobs in the US in exchange for 7 million in tax breaks.

• The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a net of approximately 5 million American manufacturing jobs were lost between 2000 and 2010.

• Trump declared that the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines have to be created with American steel.



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A man uses his phone to take pictures outside an Apple store in Beijing, China July 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in China, Xinhua news agency reported.

Last May, a Beijing patent regulator ordered Apple`s Chinese subsidiary and a local retailer Zoomflight to stop selling the iPhones after Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services lodged a complaint, claiming that the patent for the design of its mobile phone 100c was being infringed by the iPhone sales.

Apple and Zoomflight took the Beijing Intellectual Property Office`s ban to court.

The Beijing Intellectual Property Court on Friday revoked the ban, saying Apple and Zoomflight did not violate Shenzhen Baili`s design patent for 100c phones.

The court ruled that the regulator did not follow due procedures in ordering the ban while there was no sufficient proof to claim the designs constituted a violation of intellectual property rights.

Representatives of Beijing Intellectual Property Office and Shenzhen Baili said they would take time to decide whether to appeal the ruling, according to Xinhua.

In a related ruling, the same court denied a request by Apple to demand stripping Shenzhen Baili of its design patent for 100c phones.

Apple first filed the request to the Patent Reexamination Board of State Intellectual Property Office. The board rejected the request, but Apple lodged a lawsuit against the rejection.

The Beijing Intellectual Property Court on Friday ruled to maintain the board`s decision. It is unclear if Apple will appeal.

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David Jakubowski

Facebook announced on Wednesday it is partnering with six ad tech firms to open up its Facebook Audience Network — which lets thousands of developers and publishers make money from their apps and mobile sites with Facebook ads — to their header bidding platforms.

For Facebook, which is often accused by the ad industry of being a "walled garden" that doesn`t offer full access to its lucrative data and inventory, the news marks an unprecedented step to build a relationship with the ad tech community. 

And it`s a huge, unprecedented attack on Google, Facebook`s biggest rival for online advertising dollars. Google will take a 33% share of the global digital advertising market, while Facebook will take 16.2%, according to eMarketer estimates.

A quick header bidding primer

(You can find a longer explanation of header bidding and why it came about here.)Header bidding process

Header bidding is a bit of a wonky tech hack, but it has become hugely popular among online publishers in recent years as they look to lessen their reliance on Google`s monetization platforms.

Virtually every publisher uses Google`s DoubleClick for Publishers to make money from their websites. "Dynamic Allocation" is a popular function within DoubleClick, which allows Google`s ad exchange AdX to compete directly with the ads sold by publishers` in-house sales teams for ad slots.

Everyone else in the auction for the chance to serve an ad that takes place as a website loads had to wait for AdX to take a look at the inventory first and cherry-pick the slots it wanted. Often that process meant that ads were sold for a lower price than other exchanges were willing to pay for them.

Header bidding — a piece of code inserted into the header of a publishers` website — allows exchanges to skip to the front of the queue and all get a look at the available inventory at the same time.

Publishers love it because it increases the amount of money they can make from their ads. And ad tech players love it because it weakens Google`s monopoly. AdExchanger reported last year that many programmatic-focused publishers who use header bidding saw Google`s share of revenue decline from 90% to just 40%-50%. 

What Facebook is announcing

Facebook isn`t building its own header bidder, but it is now opening up its Audience Network to mobile web publishers who use header bidding technology provided by six suppliers: Amazon, AppNexus, Index Exchange, Media.net, Sonobi, and Sortable. Later down the line, publishers who use open source header bidding wrappers like PreBid and PubFood will also be given access to Facebook Audience Network.

In a blog post announcing the news, Daily Mail US director of programmatic Matt Wheatland said tests of using Facebook Audience Network through its header bidding had seen it increase yield (the amount of money it generates from its ads) by "2X-3X". Facebook itself says its tests show publishers using Audience Network header bidding are increasing their revenues by 10% to 30%.

Asked why some other header bidding vendors were not included in the partnership announcement, David Jakubowski, who leads Facebook ad tech group, told Business Insider companies wanting to get on board need to ensure their services are aligned with these four principles:

  • All demand sources get the same information at the same time
  • The ad space goes to the source willing to pay the most
  • There is no arbitrage, no “averaged” waterfall and no secret auction manipulations by a demand source
  • A diversification and stability of revenue for publishers

Last year, Google announced it was testing a product called EBDA (exchange bidding in Dynamic Allocation) to effectively stamp out header bidding and give other exchanges access to its Dynamic Allocation product. However, some ad tech players involved with the early testing of the product were unconvinced it was really an example of Google playing fair in an open auction process, dubbing it a "secret tax" that "requires us to lie". EBDA has been in testing for nearly a year and there`s still no certainty on when it will launch. 

Asked whether Facebook might consider opening Audience Network open to EBDA when it arrives, Jakubowski said: "It`s hard to comment on other people`s tech. What I can say is that we are open to working with anyone that adheres to these guidelines to help drive best practice in the industry."

SEE ALSO: The ad tech industry is waging a secret war on Google

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Once again, Amazon Prime Video wants to know what you think of its new pilots.

On Friday, the company kicked off its newest pilot season with two one-hour drama pilots and three half-hour comedy pilots.

Instead of a bunch of suits debating what to greenlight, viewers can watch the pilot episodes and review them in order to help Amazon choose which ones it will order to series.

The stakes are pretty high for Amazon. According to estimates, it`s investing more than 3 billion this year on original projects. And that means it`s going to need to make more than a tiny dent into Netflix`s streaming dominance and get a bigger share of Hollywood`s Emmy awards bounty.

We watched Amazon`s new batch of pilots. Here`s our take:

SEE ALSO: Critics are throwing daggers at Netflix`s `hammy` and `uninspired` new show `Iron Fist`

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Drama: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

From Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the husband-and-wife team behind "Gilmore Girls," drama pilot "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel`s (Rachel Brosnahan) downfall from her perfect life as a 1950s Manhattan wife and mother to becoming immersed in the seedy downtown stand-up comedy scene.

The pilot`s excellent cast includes Michael Zegen ("Boardwalk Empire"), Alex Borstein ("MADtv"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), and Marin Hinkle ("Two and a Half Men").

Our take: The pilot is immensely entertaining, with crisp dialogue and smart pacing. Plus, it really captures some very unique cultural aspects of 1958 New York City, such as the Jewish upper-crust and especially the burgeoning careers of comedy iconoclasts such as Lennie Bruce.



Drama: "Oasis"

Based on the cult-hit novel "The Book of Strange New Things" by Michel Faber, drama pilot "Oasis" stars "Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden, an ecumenical priest who is sent into space to help establish a colony on a distant planet. But once he arrives, he finds morale is low among the settlement team and there`s an inexplicable force that makes the planet very deadly.

It also stars Anil Kapoor ("24"), Mark Addy ("Game of Thrones"), and a grown-up Haley Joel Osment, who played the young boy on "The Sixth Sense."

Our take: There`s some very good acting on "Oasis," but the dialogue and plot can feel very predictable. There`s a real urge here to show off the arid, yet beautiful surroundings of the planet, but a pilot is limited in the amount of character exploration that it can cover. It really only scratches the surface there while setting up what feels like the show`s important plot twist.



Comedy: "The Legend of Master Legend"

This dark comedy pilot revolves around Frank Lafount (John Hawkes), who hits the streets of Las Vegas as low-budget superhero Master Legend. Charmingly delusional, Frank has to balance his deep sense of justice with the burdens of actual life and disapproval from his family.

The pilot also stars Dawnn Lewis ("Major Crimes"), Shea Whigham ("Boardwalk Empire"), and newcomer Anjelika Washington.

Our take: This pilot makes it tough not to love and conversely feel sorry for its homemade superhero. Its eclectic characters give the comedy so many directions to go, which makes this pilot a pretty good bet for a surprising full season. This definitely lives up to the expectations of a show that`s produced and written by a team whose credits between them include "Argo" and "Transparent."



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BISSAU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in Guinea Bissau`s capital on Saturday demanded President Jose Mario Vaz step down to resolve a political crisis that has paralyzed the coup-prone West African country.
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DHAKA (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and scores wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday near a militant hideout being raided by commandoes in northeastern Bangladesh, police said.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military acknowledged on Saturday that U.S. aircraft struck at the request of Iraqi security forces a location in West Mosul where dozens of civilian casualties allegedly occurred.
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Toyota Rav4

No segment is currently more important in the auto industry than SUVs.

Both compact and mid-size crossover SUVs  account for 35% of all cars and trucks sold in the United States. Honda`s CR-V, the best-selling crossover in the United States, has achieved seven straight years of sale gains.

Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 falls right behind the CR-V in sales — and it`s gaining steam. In 2016, Toyota sold 352,169 RAV4 cars — an 11.6% gain from the year prior. The vehicle has been in Toyota`s lineup for two decades, but it`s really coming into its own with the fourth-generation, rolled out in 2013.

I got a chance to drive the RAV4 over the course of a week — here`s what it was like:

SEE ALSO: The Honda CR-V is an intuitive and comfy ride for the everyday driver

I spent a lot of time in the RAV4, mostly under pretty unpleasant circumstances. I sat in it through two hours of bumper-to-bumper New York traffic. I also got lost in on the way to a sushi restaurant in New Jersey. I like to think that means I experienced the RAV4 under standard, everyday driving circumstances in the New York-New Jersey area.



The Toyota RAV4 starts at 24,350, but the 2017 Platinum all-wheel-drive model I tested here costs 36,150. That`s a little pricier than the premium version of the Honda CR-V, but still well within the same price range.



The car is 183.5-inches long with a 104.7-inch wheelbase. That`s only three inches longer than the CR-V, and yet the RAV4 feels so much bigger.



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It`s hard to understate how important Pandora`s new on-demand service, which competes with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, is to its future as a company.

Many investors seem to have lost faith in Pandora`s ability to succeed as an independent company without some sort of change. That`s why Pandora`s stock price swings wildly every time an exec at Liberty Media, which is seen as Pandora`s only real suitor, makes a comment about its business.

But Pandora still has a massive and loyal audience, and its leadership is betting big that Pandora Premium, the new on-demand service, will be a hit.

"We intend to be profitable this year," Pandora CEO Tim Westergren said earlier this month on CNBC. A chunk of that goal is likely tied to on-demand, where Pandora wants to have 6 to 9 million subscribers by the end of the year.

I`ve been trying Pandora Premium, which is being gradually rolled out to the public, for over a week, and I have both good news and bad news for Pandora investors.

The good news is that it`s a beautiful and intuitive product, and is likely to snag some of Pandora`s internet-radio fans, especially with playlist-building features that leverage Pandora`s trove of historical data on longtime users. The bad news is that there are a few places where Pandora Premium really misses on the chance to be the first service to seamlessly integrate on-demand with the "lean-back" style of listening Pandora is famous for. Here`s what I mean:

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Services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora Premium share much of the same basic DNA, so I won`t spend too much time on those elements. They all let you listen to basically any song you want for 10 a month — with a few high-profile exceptions like Taylor Swift — and they all let you save music offline to listen when you don`t have reception.

The first things you`ll notice about Pandora Premium, however, is that it generally makes those millions of songs a tiny bit easier to navigate than Spotify. I especially appreciated the ease at which I could toggle to just viewing "downloaded" songs, in the event that I wanted to limit my data usage. Spotify makes that process a tad trickier, and it shows that Pandora is really committed to making things dead simple. 



The piece I truly loved about Pandora Premium was how easy it was to make playlists. Pandora has built a nifty feature that lets you "add similar songs" to your playlists, easily turning that 4-song playlist into 20. It`s a really nice touch, especially for longtime Pandora users.

And the "My Thumbs Up" playlist Pandora automatically makes of every song you have ever given a thumbs-up to is a useful trip down memory lane. 



But one place Pandora lags behind Spotify is in marquee pre-made playlists.

Spotify has popular curated playlists like "Rap Caviar," as well as updating personalized playlists like "Discover Weekly," meant to turn you onto new tunes. Both of those have developed a cult following, and while Pandora`s radio stations can plug some of the "Discover Weekly" gap, blockbuster curated playlists feel like a missing element.

Pandora does have pre-made radio stations that function much like playlists (i.e. you can hop ahead to a different song in the queue). These come in varieties like "Today`s Hits" in different genres, decades by genre, moods, activities, and so on. But they just don`t have the same flavor as Spotify`s.



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Ask Zhenan Bao why she went from designing batteries to creating synthetic, human-like skin and she`ll give you a simple answer.

"I decided it was time to start helping people," Bao, a chemical engineering professor at Stanford, tells Business Insider. 

Bao`s 17-member Stanford team is developing is flexible, stretchable skin that can sense touch and temperature. In those ways, it`s a lot like the stuff that sheathes the robotic bodies of Westworld characters.

But this skin isn`t for robots. It`s for people.

Many (though not all) of the roughly 2 million Americans currently living with limb loss use prostheses, or what some call artificial limbs. The prosthetic landscape varies widely when it comes to fit, size, range of motion, and removability, and cost.

But most currently available prostheses — even the advanced ones — lack a sense of touch.

Sensor skin bao flexible prosthetic synthetic stanfordSome, like the brain-linked prosthetic hand developed by DARPA in 2015, allow users to "feel" physical sensations, but that prosthesis isn`t flexible, and can`t bend or stretch.

The ones that can bend don`t have sensors, so "patients have to rely on visual control to grab an object," Bao says. In other words, you could only tell if you`d successfully picked something up based on what you see.

To build the new synthetic skin, Bao`s team faced three major challenges: 1) get the material to flex and stretch, 2) give the material a sense of touch, including the ability to detect pressure and temperature, and 3) figure out how to send the rich information the skin picks up about its environment to the brain.

That third challenge was the most important, Bao says, because "if the skin can sense but the brain can`t understand it, then there’s no sense of touch."

As far as the first and second challenges go, Bao and her team had to build all their materials from the ground up — starting with the very molecules they`re made of.

Zhennen Bao Stanford flexible skin robotics prostheses"Our skin can move and adapt to different surfaces, so our electronic materials needed to have similar properties," Bao says. "But current electric materials are rigid and solid, so we had to design new materials from a molecular level."

Bao`s work recently earned her a 2017 L`Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science award, which honors innovative women researchers with a €100,000 (about 108,000) prize.

To give the synthetic skin the ability to sense touch and temperature, Bao`s team designed tiny, pyramid-like structures that are 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair, along with material that changes its electrical conductivity depending on how hot or cold it is. Push on the microscopic pyramids, and they change shape. Heat up the material, and it expands.

Finally, Bao`s team had to engineer a way for that information to get translated and transmitted to the brain.

"We have to design circuits that can collect all of that sensory information and convert it into electrical pulses that our brain can understand," she says. "And we`ve demonstrated the initial concept of this." 

So far, the design is only a proof-of-concept, meaning the team has shown that the skin can be produced, just not yet on the scale needed to cover a full-fledged prosthetic limb.

Bao says the technology has a long way to go before it can be used on everyday prostheses. Nevertheless, she remains hopeful about the future of prosthetic technology. 

"It`s really the thought of being able to do something that can really change people`s lives, that`s what excites us," she says. "The ultimate goal is to change the future of electronics by designing materials that mimic human skin."

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Bringing a LuMee case to a party means you`re coming armed with a fool-proof party trick.

The case, which has built-in lights to brighten up your photos, is synonymous with selfie-takers, Kim Kardashian, and the Insta-famous set. It`s unlike anything else on the market, and at the very least, the lights are incredibly bright. In short, it tends to draw a crowd. 

I am neither Insta-famous nor a fan of selfies, and yet I`ve long been fascinated by the LuMee case. Does it really light your photos flawlessly? Would it turn me, a non-selfie-taker, into someone who loves them? Would I suddenly look as good as Kim does? 

I decided to find the answers to those questions with the LuMee Duo, the company`s newest product and the first case with lights on both the front and the back. Here`s what I found:

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LuMee was invented by Allan Shoemake, a former professional photographer who got tired of dealing with poor lighting while video chatting with his daughter.

His original prototype for the LuMee case was a piece of cardboard with Christmas lights stuck to it, but things have drastically improved since: The LuMee case is heavy-duty, durable, and the lighting is surprisingly powerful. In a video on LuMee`s site, Shoemake describes the case as a "professional lighting kit attached to your phone." 

The case is arguably most famous for its biggest proponent: Kim Kardashian. The case started popping up in Kardashian`s Instagrams in 2015 and she officially partnered with LuMee in early 2016.



Not just for selfies anymore

I tested out the LuMee Duo, which originally launched in December 2016. The case is different from its predecessors because it`s not just for selfies: It has the signature lights for your front-facing camera, but it also has lights on the back for using your regular rear-facing camera. 



The first thing I noticed about the LuMee case was how hefty it was. Once I snapped it onto my phone — which took a certain amount finagling and a lot of muscle — it just about doubled the thickness of my iPhone. 

And it`s heavy, too. The lights on the back are the likely culprit, but I was not prepared for how this case turned my phone into a brick. I was asked by friends several times while I was testing it whether the case charged my phone and the answer is, sadly, no. 

 



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Mass Effect: Andromeda

I`m a huge "Mass Effect" fan, and I`ve been looking forward to "Andromeda" for a good five years. Like so many other devotees to the series, I wanted this game to be good.

So when the reviews dropped this week, my heart sank a bit.

My colleague Ben Gilbert called "Andromeda" the worst game in the "Mass Effect" series. Others have pointed out the games bugs and glitches. And others claimed the story and characters lacked the depth and excitement from the original trilogy. Metacritic, which culls together reviews of video games, has "Mass Effect Andromeda" rated at 74 out of 100. It`s a C game, at least according to the pro video game reviewers.

I`ve only been playing "Andromeda" for a few hours so far, but I can already tell the reviews were overly critical. Expectations were understandably high for the latest "Mass Effect" game, but those high expectations appear to have skewed early perceptions. They were expecting perfection and didn`t get it. And it was unreasonable to think that would have ever been the case.

I`ll just say it. "Mass Effect Andromeda" already feels like a great game and a worthwhile addition to the fabled series, even though I`ve barely scratched the surface of all the gameplay mechanics and story. 

Warning: Some light story spoilers ahead. Stop reading now if you want to go into the game fresh.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

The premise of "Mass Effect Andromeda" is intriguing from the start. You`re a member of a group of about 100,000 pilgrims from the Milky Way galaxy that traveled to the Andromeda galaxy in search of a new home. Of course, things go bust, and the planets you and your companions were supposed to inhabit are marred by environmental disasters and a mysterious energy called the Scourge that`s generally mucking up all the planets in the galaxy.

Oh yeah, there are some aliens called the Kett that want to stop you for some mysterious reason — and some ancient technology left behind by a mysterious race called the Remnant on each planet that exists to make worlds hospitable again.

It`s up to you as the Pathfinder to figure out how to get those planets back into tip-top shape and become the paradises they promised to be.

Again, I`m not that far into the game, but I did finish an important first step: growing into my role as "Pathfinder" and clearing my first world in the Andromeda galaxy for settlement. Along the way in my first mission, I dug up enticing mysteries about what`s causing things to go so wrong in the galaxy and the shadowy forces behind it.

It was on that planet where I discovered the game was deeper than it appeared after stumbling into an ancient Vault built by the Remnant that was packed with a bunch of eerie, physics-defying technology that will certainly play a big role as the game progresses. Plus I picked up two quirky new squad mates on my first mission.

And I can tell I`m just barely scratching the surface.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

In a lot of ways, "Andromeda" reminds me of the first "Mass Effect" game. You`re thrown into a confusing universe full of new characters, ships, weapons, and political history that takes several hours of gameplay to fully digest. There`s literally an in-game encyclopedia to help you make sense of it all.

But once you do, the game sings, and that resonates throughout the rest of the trilogy.

It feels like "Andromeda" is the same kind of launching point for a similar trilogy. While the gameplay mechanics make "Andromeda" feel like just another "Mass Effect" game, the new beginning in a new galaxy is clearly setting the stage for something bigger. I think the initial reviews lost sight of that and gave too much weight to the games flaws instead of looking at the bigger picture.

My prediction: We`ll look back at "Mass Effect Andromeda" as the start of another legendary video game series. 

SEE ALSO: Ben Gilbert`s review of "Mass Effect Andromeda"

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Oil is expected to start flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) under Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation soon.

Proponents of the 3.8 billion pipeline say it will create jobs in the oil industry, while environmental activists argue the pipeline will damage indigenous land and contaminate the local and downstream water supply. In response, thousands of people have organized sit-ins, rallies, and protests at Standing Rock and other cities since early 2016.

To build on that effort, a growing movement, called #defundDAPL, wants to get at the pipeline`s funders where it may hurt them the most: their wallets.

At least 36 banks have provided multimillion-dollar loans to four companies that built and fund the DAPL (Dakota Access LLC, Energy Transfer Partners, Energy Transfer Equity, and Sunnoco). Activists are now asking people to close their accounts at these banks, open new ones at eco-friendly banks or credit unions, and pressure local legislators to divest from the pipeline. 

The effort is also a protest against Trump, who signed an executive order in January that revived the DAPL`s construction.

The movement started with the North Dakota-based advocacy group Defund DAPL, which has persuaded individuals to divest over 75 million from DAPL-linked banks. Liberal cities, including Seattle and San Francisco, have divested over 5.3 billion.

In late 2016, Defund DAPL started working with local organizers across the country to spread the word online.

Grassroots Action NY, an organization in New York City, created a recent event called Divestment Day that called for people to close their accounts at DAPL-linked banks (in the end, it totaled 250,000 in divestment). 

"The main goal is to put our money where our mouths are," Jessica Frisco, the organization`s chair, tells Business Insider. "The most frustrating thing is when people go to a rally against the DAPL, but then they go to Citibank right away and put in money. People don`t recognize the link, but we`re hoping that, with this movement, they start to. Your purchases and capital power need to match what you`re preaching on the streets or on Facebook, because money is one of the most important things in our economy and country." 

Here are the 36 banks the movement is boycotting:

  • Wells Fargo
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Bank of America
  • HSBC Bank
  • Citibank (and Citigroup)
  • TD Securities
  • BNP Paribas
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Mizuho Bank
  • DNB Capital
  • BBVA Securities
  • SunTrust
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Bank
  • Credit Agricole
  • ABN Amro Capital
  • Intesa SanPaolo
  • ING Bank
  • Natixis
  • BayernLB
  • ICBC London
  • Societe General
  • Scotiabank
  • Citizens Bank
  • Comerica Bank
  • US Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Barclays
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Compass Bank
  • Credit Suisse
  • DNB Capital/ASA
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • UBS
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Origin Bank (formerly Community Trust)

SEE ALSO: Protesters say a leak in the Dakota Access pipeline, which Trump just advanced, could be a `death sentence`

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A self-driving Uber was involved in an accident in Tempe, Arizona late Friday night.

A photo posted on Fresco News` Twitter feed shows Uber`s self-driving Volvo flipped on its side. Another car in the background is pictured with dents and smashed windows. There are no injuries reported at this time, according to the Fresco News.

BREAKING: Self-driving Uber vehicle on it’s side after a collision in Tempe, AZ.

Photos by @fresconews user Mark Beach pic.twitter.com/5NCF2KG0rW

— Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017

#UPDATE: No injuries yet reported in an accident involving a self-driving #uber, captured by @fresconews user Mark Beach in Tempe, AZ. pic.twitter.com/kmizvRD5WP

— Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017

An Uber spokesperson confirmed that the accident occurred in an email to Business Insider, but did not have additional information to share at this time.

Uber launched its self-driving-car pilot in Arizona in late December following a dispute with California regulators over the program.

Uber first attempted to launch the program, similar to the one running in Pittsburgh, in California in mid-December. But Uber neglected to obtain an autonomous vehicles license prior to the launch, leading the California DMV to revoke registration of the company`s 16 autonomous vehicles.

Uber then shipped all 16 of its self-driving Volvo XC90s to Arizona on the back of its self-driving Otto truck.

Uber`s autonomous pilot program ran in California for just a week, but the company`s self-driving Volvo was caught on video running through a red light on a busy intersection in front of the city`s Museum of Modern Art.

An Uber spokesperson said at the time the incident was due to human error, but internal sources told the New York Times the Uber was driving itself when the incident occurred.

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Uber is currently involved in a lawsuit over its self-driving technology.

Waymo, Alphabet`s self-driving-car company, is suing Uber, alleging the ride-hailing service stole the designs for its lidar system. Lidar sensors shoot lasers and allow self-driving vehicles to detect obstacles. Waymo filed an injunction asking a federal judge to freeze Uber`s use of its self-driving tech.

Uber as a company is under intense scrutiny following a string of scandals.

The company has been accused of promoting a sexist workplace after former engineer Susan Fowler wrote a blog post detailing her experience with sexual harassment and gender bias at the company. The New York Times then posted a bombshell report detailing a company retreat where a manager groped several female employees and was later fired.

Uber also used a secretive tool called Greyball to evade government official and regulators at a time where city regulators were try to block the ride-hailing service.

SEE ALSO: Google`s self-driving-car company is suing Uber, accusing it of stealing its technology

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LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched through London on Saturday to protest against Britain leaving the European Union, just four days before Prime Minister Theresa May launches the start of the formal divorce process from the bloc it joined 44 years ago.
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DUBAI (Reuters) - An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the third of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year.
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