Congress challenge How to tame industry giant Facebook

first_imgWASHINGTON – Facebook isn’t just a company. It’s a behemoth, with 2.1 billion monthly users, $40 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees worldwide.And that leaves Washington with a daunting task: How do you tame a corporate giant? Or do you even try?“It’s tricky and it’s going to be hard, but there are ways it can be dealt with,” says Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a former tech executive who has led investigations into Russian interference on social media over the last year as the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “The idea that we’re going to keep the wild, wild West — I don’t think it’s sustainable.”The picture will begin to come into focus next week. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify April 10 and 11 before Senate and House committees as his company grapples with the privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm linked to President Donald Trump.Facebook’s reckoning in Washington comes on multiple fronts. Russia’s use of the platform to meddle in U.S. elections, a regulatory investigation that could result in fines of hundreds of millions of dollars against the company for privacy violations, and the Cambridge Analytica episode are all topmost concerns.But in the capital’s pro-business, anti-regulatory climate, it’s questionable whether the Republican-led Congress or Trump regulators have the appetite to rein it in.Facebook is spending millions on lobbying to try to ward off regulations, even seeking to narrow a Senate bill that lawmakers call “the lightest touch possible.” It would require more transparency in online political ads, something Facebook says it is providing on its own.But the stakes grew Wednesday when Facebook revealed that information belonging to as many as 87 million of its users may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, which gathered the data with the intent of swaying elections. That number was far higher than originally known.Congress’ response to the myriad issues dogging Facebook could depend on Zuckerberg himself. He has apologized for a “major breach of trust” in the Cambridge Analytica episode and Facebook has announced it would stop working with third-party data collectors.Privacy advocates and legal experts say that’s not enough.“It strikes me as a company that is trying to weather a PR storm and then get back to business as usual and hoping their users forget this ever happened,” said Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney for Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy group based in San Francisco.Facebook and other social media companies have faced bipartisan criticism over both privacy issues and the Russian intervention. But Trump and his pro-business GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made rolling back Obama-era regulations a priority, which makes any new federal rules for protecting data and privacy unlikely in the immediate future.Republicans last year struck down online privacy regulations issued during President Barack Obama’s final months in office that would have given consumers more control over how companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share information. Critics complained that the rule would have increased costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.And Congress elected to do nothing after Equifax disclosed in September that hackers exploited a software flaw that the credit monitoring company failed to fix, exposing Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data belonging to nearly 148 million Americans.Lawmakers have yet to come up with a fix for the patchwork of conflicting state laws that govern how companies shield personal data and notify consumers when breaches occur. Mike Litt, consumer campaign director at U.S. PIRG, a public interest group, said Congress instead is considering legislation that would exempt credit bureaus from data break notifications and make it harder for states to hold them accountable.“After the Equifax data breach, we saw Congress talk a good game but fail to follow through on helping consumers,” Litt said. “To prevent Congress from letting Facebook off the hook, outraged Americans need to keep up the heat.”To defend its interests in Washington, Facebook has filled its executive ranks with former senior government officials from both political parties. Nathaniel Gleicher, its director of cybersecurity policy, was in charge of cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice-president for global public policy, served as a senior aide to President George W. Bush.The company spent just over $13 million on lobbying in 2017, according to disclosure records filed with Congress. One of the lobbying team’s newer members, Sandra Luff, was Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ national security adviser when he served in the Senate.Zuckerberg suggested during a CNN interview last month that he’s open to regulation. But he quickly qualified that commitment, saying he’d get behind the “right” kind of rules, such as the bill that requires online political ads to disclose who paid for them. But the company is seeking to weaken even that bill.Warner acknowledged that even minor regulation of Facebook and other technology companies will be difficult. But he’s encouraging them to work with Washington now, before a “catastrophic event” that could shift the landscape or if Democrats win back seats in November’s elections.He suggests several possibilities: requiring Facebook and other companies to disclose the country of origin of ads, creating a self-regulatory body, or even allowing users to move their data from one platform to another.More drastic measures could be to allow users to own their own data or to hold social media companies more responsible for what is posted on their platforms.In Europe, Facebook and other tech giants like Google are bracing for tough new data privacy rules that take effect May 25 and will apply to any company that collects data on EU residents, no matter where it is based. The rules will make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.In the U.S., Facebook’s biggest challenge may come from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the company violated the terms of a 2011 settlement that made privacy assurances.Facebook agreed then to settle the commission’s charges that it deceived users by assuring them their information would remain private, then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. Each violation of the agreement could carry a penalty of up to $40,000, according to settlement terms, meaning potential fines in the hundreds of millions.Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who’s written extensively about how corporations use personal data, said the federal government’s antitrust enforcers should be more vigilant with Facebook.Facebook has completed dozens of mergers and acquisitions since it was founded in 2004. Pasquale said the Obama administration failed to realize the significance of two of Facebook’s largest purchases: the photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and WhatsApp two years later for nearly $22 billion.“This is clearly a monopolistic company that is trying to eliminate even the smallest challenge to its domination of the social media market,” he said.The privacy scandal has taken a heavy financial toll on Zuckerberg and Facebook. Forbes Magazine estimated that Zuckerberg’s net worth dropped over the last month from $71 billion to $61.7 billion. Facebook’s market value has fallen by more than $88 billion in less than three weeks since the scandal broke, from nearly $538 billion in mid-March to about $449.5 billion.___Associated Press writer Marley Jay in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

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UN sends disaster assessment team as floods hit capital of Burkina Faso

4 September 2009A United Nations disaster assessment and coordination team arrives today in Burkina Faso, where torrential rains that have soaked much of West Africa have killed at least five people and forced around 150,000 others to find alternative shelter. The seven-member team is scheduled to begin assessing how it can help authorities respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs in the wake of the flooding that has inundated much of the capital, Ouagadougou. Elizabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters today in Geneva that the main university hospital in Ouagadougou has been flooded and its patients have had to be evacuated. Media reports have described the storms that brought the torrential rain to the capital as the worst in 90 years. This year’s rainy season in West Africa is unusually heavy, and Ms. Byrs says as many as 350,000 people across the region have been affected. In Niger, which borders Burkina Faso, about 3,500 buildings have been partially destroyed, with the Agadez region in the north especially hard hit. The annual rainy season has been blamed for 25 deaths in Ghana, with its capital, Accra, among the worst affected areas, according to OCHA. Benin, Guinea and Senegal have also reported that tens of thousands of people in each country have had to deal with the effects of flooding. read more

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SecretaryGeneral to depart on fournation Asian tour

His trip will begin in the Thai capital, Bangkok, where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and other Government representatives.Mr. Ban will then travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he will meet with King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen. While in the capital, he will visit the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the UN-backed tribunal in the nation dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago.In Viet Nam, the Secretary-General will attend a summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN, and will also meet with President Nguyen Minh Triet, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem.Mr. Ban will wrap up his visit in China, where he will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. He will also hold talks with President Hu Jintao, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and other senior Government officials.In China, he will also take part in the Summit Forum and closing ceremony of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.In each of the four countries, the Secretary-General will meet with UN Resident Coordinators, UN Country Teams and staff to discuss the important role they play in the respective countries they work in. 19 October 2010The United Nations’ relations with Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam and China will be among the top items of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s agenda when he visits the four Asian nations next week, it was announced today. read more

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Announcement coming next week in Tim Hortons lawsuit

by Richard Southern, 680 NEWS Posted Jun 22, 2017 8:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An announcement due Friday on the brewing battle between Tim Hortons and the franchise group that is currently suing the coffee giant’s parent company has been pushed back until next week.Sources told 680 NEWS the Great White North Franchisee Association is working on several statements due out next week.Great White North is suing Restaurant Brands International (RBI) for $500 million, alleging the Tim Hortons and Burger King parent has been collecting money from Tim Hortons franchisees — meant to go into an advertising fund — and using it to line its own coffers.Restaurant Brands previously said it vehemently disagrees with and denies all of the allegations.RBI stock rose $0.41 to $82.41 on Friday. It’s up 51 per cent over the past 12 months. Announcement coming next week in Tim Hortons lawsuit Tim Hortons on Queens Quay in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira read more

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Boart Longyear hits record drill depth at Ghana gold project

first_imgBoart Longyear’s drilling crews have drilled the deepest hole ever drilled in Ghana, according to the Salt Lake City-headquartered company.They drilled a hole 2,083.4 m (6,835 ft) deep, having installing a wedge and navi to drill the hole on track at 600 m and keeping it on track to the end of the hole. The directional drilling project for one of Golden Star Resources’ gold projects was completed safely and ahead of schedule, the company said.Division Manager, West Africa, Jonathan Madigan, said: “Our drilling crew in Ghana on this project worked safely and diligently in directionally drilling the hole to the target depth. I couldn’t be more proud of the team that completed the project.“Boart Longyear’s consistent hazard and risk-focused safety culture is embraced by the crews here in Ghana and they appreciate that the field level risk assessments, pre-shift meetings and other safety programs are designed to get them home safe to their families.”Boart said: “The company has received client recognition for their safe, on-target, and ahead of schedule completion of the deep coring exploration drilling project. Boart Longyear acknowledges the participation, collaboration, and contributions from every employee within Ghana and especially the drilling crew that worked directly on this record-depth hole.”last_img read more

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Xbox One will get louder and slower instead of overheating

first_imgMicrosoft has already explained how the design of the Xbox One is meant to allow it to run completely silently and remain switched on for a decade. While that may be the case, this is a high performance piece of kit that’s going to generate quite a bit of heat when under load running a game. Microsoft also has to cater for the fact people will cram the console into a crowded TV unit, leave stuff on top of its flat casing, and games will push the machine ever harder as developers get to grips with the hardware.Any thoughts about the Xbox One potentially RRoDing like the Xbox 360 have been put to rest though. Leo del Castillo, General Manager of Console Development at Microsoft, explained this week that that the Xbox One is a lot more intelligent than the Xbox 360 when it comes to managing heat and stopping itself from overheating.According to Castillo, the Xbox One has been designed to never run at its full performance capacity under normal conditions. That way there’s always some headroom if things start to go awry. In theory, the console should never overheat because there are two controls in place to stop it happening.The first is fan speed, which can be increased if necessary to compensate for a greater amount of heat inside the machine. But fan speed will have a limit, so what happens if that’s not enough? The second countermeasure the Xbox One has is something PC components have been using for years — the ability to slow down and cut the amount of power being used.In the “slow down” mode the Xbox One will use less power by lowering the performance of the GPU and CPU. In turn, those chips will generate less heat and the internal fan should then be able to cope and get the console back within its normal operating temperature window. The side effect of this is game performance may be impacted, however, under normal circumstances a game should never be able to get the Xbox One into such a state on its own.So unless you block the cooling vents on the machine, or sit something else that runs hot on top of the Xbox One, it should never overheat. In the worst case your games may slow down and the internal fan becomes audible.last_img read more

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Apple Replaced a Whopping 11 Million iPhone Batteries in 2018

first_imgStay on target These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems In its most recent financial report, Apple announced that its revenues fell several billion dollars short of projections. One reason why that happened may be that they replaced a crapload of iPhone batteries in 2018.Earlier this month, Tim Cook stated that the company had done around 11 million battery replacements. Why so many? Because Apple offered to do them for just $29.Normally those battery replacements would have cost $79. The dramatic price cut came after Apple was slapped with multiple lawsuits over older iPhones that had their performance throttled after installing iOS updates.The going rate of $79 wasn’t a bad deal, but the $50 discount was just too good to pass up. Plenty of iPhone owners were clearly totally happy with their devices apart from the dip in battery life and the whole iOS slamming the brakes on thing.Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball notes that in a normal year Apple would anticipate doing somewhere between 1 and 2 million battery swaps.When an additional 10 million or so people realize that their trusty old iPhone still runs pretty nicely with a fresh, new battery in it… well, it gets more difficult to convince them to upgrade to a newer device. Some analysts believe this at least partially explains the cool reception for the new lower-end iPhone XR and top-of-the-line iPhone XS.While Apple may have missed out in several billion dollars on new iPhone sales, it still rang up a healthy $320 million in battery swaps.Cook made it clear that upgrade numbers and sales figures were never a consideration with the price cut. It was all about doing the right thing for Apple customers in the wake of “poor communication” on the company’s partDon’t feel too bad for Apple. The company still managed to rake in $265 billion in revenue for the year, up nearly $40 billion from 2017.More on Geek.com:Apple Reportedly Planning Three New iPhones (With Better Rear Cameras)Water-Resistant iPhone Saves Tourists’ Lives After Boat CapsizesSuspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X While It Sits in Police Evidencelast_img read more

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Local Boy Scout recognized for bravery after saving his mother

first_img Posted: December 29, 2018 December 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Local Boy Scout recognized for bravery after saving his mother KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – He may only be 14 years old, but Boy Scout Myles Harris is a hero that walks among us.Last year, he saved his mother from drowning.This year, he’s been awarded the Medal of Merit for his bravery.Harris, his mother Karmen Harris, father Marc Harris, and his Boy Scout Leader Jim Trageser joined Good Morning San Diego Saturday morning to tell us more about Myles’ heroics. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Want to Know Whats Available at the ASA Soy Social and Auction

first_imgGoing to Classic next week? If you are attending the ASA Soy Social and Auction, here is a sneak peak at some of the items that you can bid on:100 Hours Usage of Gleaner S77 Combine with DynaFlex Draper HeadCombine in style and be the envy of your neighbors with this AGCO Gleaner S7 Series, which features Transverse Rotor Combines designed to help you with your harvest challenges, such as more grain throughput, heavier plant material, tougher stalks and stems and the need to harvest despite wet soil conditions.Complimentary One-Year Lease on J&M Model 375ST SeedTenderSimply the best seed tender anyone can ask for! J&M Model375ST SeedTender seed delivery system (375 unit capacity) complete with dual compartments, roll tarp, Honda electric start engine, 8″ tube conveyor with 11’ telescoping downspout, 3-axle undercarriage with 235/85R16 tires and electric brakes.The Whole World in Your Hand (iPad Mini and Bose In-Ear Bud Headset)Get access to the whole world through this spiffy new iPad Mini and listen to your favorite movies with a Bose In-Ear Bud Headset.Picture the World ($1,500 Travel Voucher and Nikon Coolpix AW 100 Digital Camera)Travel anywhere, anyway and anytime you want with this $1,500 travel voucher. The travel voucher can be used for airfare, hotel or sightseeing. Keep those memories forever with your CoolPix Nikon Digital Camera.Pit Express $2,000 Discount Gift Certificate Use certificate on the purchase of a Pit Express drive-over auger unit 10″ or 13″ model.Outback MAX RTKThe Outback MAX RTK ready precision terminal leads the way with simplicity in design and operation, boasting a powerful mapping engine and excellent screen clarity with its 10.4″ display while rugged enough to handle the toughest environmental conditions.Washington Nationals On-Field Gameday ExperiencePackage includes four lower-level tickets to the Sunday afternoon, July 7 game between the defending N.L. East Champion Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., a field tour of the stadium during player warm-ups, $100 in stadium concession vouchers, and a Nationals tote bag filled with Nats gear.Magnum Series Tractor-Free TimeEnjoy 75 hours free use of a brand new Magnum Series Tractor. Model and specifications subject to availability at the winner’s local Case IH dealer.Take Me Out to the Ballgame…Be a HIT with 18 of your closest friends by watching the 10-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals crush opponents from the Monsanto Suite at Busch Stadium.Thunder Creek Air N Arc® 150This 3-in-1 welder/compressor/generator is one of the most popular options on Thunder Creek’s fuel and service trailers.Other items available for the live auction include a Benelli 12 gauge Shotgun, an Encore Pro Hunter XT 50 Caliber, jewelry, and other must-have items. ASA members attending Commodity Classic can register on-site at the ASA Soy Social and Auction registration area next to the Commodity Classic registration area.A complete list of items can be seen here.last_img read more

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Roll of gift wrap has been giving for 56 years

first_imgIt’s the gift wrap that keeps on giving.For 56 years, Barbara Joyce Olson and members of her family have been wrapping Christmas presents with a roll of paper decorated with sleek blue reindeer.Olson’s father brought it home with him in 1955 after his final day of work at a Vancouver paper mill.It was gift wrap on an industrial scale — a robust roll that a guy could barely get his arms around.“I don’t know how he got it home,” Olson, 81, said.“For the first few years, we didn’t use much,” she said.They started using more as the family grew. That includes Olson’s daughter, Carla Munson, who arrived a couple of years after the gift wrap.“I’m 54 years old, and all my life, I’ve gotten Christmas presents wrapped in that paper,” Munson said.Four generations of the family got together Wednesday in the living room of Munson’s Minnehaha-area home to keep the tradition going.Munson’s daughter, Alaina Munson, brought her 13-year-old daughter Elle and her 11-year-old son Ashton for a gift-wrapping session in front of the Christmas tree.War brings changesThe get-together also offered Olson a chance to recall how her folks wound up in Vancouver. It’s the story of one family, but it also reflects some significant moments in American history.Olson was born in 1930, the only child of Bert and Beulah Stevenson. Her father owned and operated a small sawmill in northwest Wyoming.“It was way up in the mountains,” she said, between Yellowstone National Park and Cody.During World War II, the government took over her dad’s sawmill and brought in a new workforce: Japanese-American men who’d been interned in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center northwest of Cody. (With more than 10,000 residents, the camp temporarily was the third-largest city in Wyoming).last_img read more

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TSRTC workers protest over pending wages

first_imgTandur: Demanding for salaries, the workers at the TSRTC depot here staged protest on Wednesday. Wearing red badges, the workers under the leadership of Telangana Jateeya Mazdoor Union (TJMU), staged a dharna in front of the bus depot. Speaking on the occasion, the leaders said the workers did not get the salary of this month till now. Workers have been suffering for four months due to delay in salaries. They criticised that the recognised union did not bother about the plight of the workers.They demanded immediate payment of salaries and timely payment in future. Executive president of the depot Beerappa, leaders Srinivas, Naveen, Iqbal, GK Swamy, Balappa, Pakirappa, Ravi, Satish, Srikanth, Bhanu and others were present.last_img read more

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IITKGPOxford collaboration addressing global water challenge

first_imgKolkata: Researchers from IIT Kharagpur and Oxford University have entered into a collaboration to develop a better understanding of the filtration process of water and cope with global water challenge. While the collaboration is addressing arsenic contamination of water for drinking and other types of human use, the research has been extended to filtration of other water pollutants as well, an IIT KGP statement said today.Pointing out that the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta is a global hotspot for arsenic groundwater contamination, the statement said, chemical leaching within fertile farmland soils, as a result of overuse of pesticides and fertilizers, is also widespread in the country. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsResearchers at the IIT KGP, led by Prof Sirshendu De of the chemical engineering department, recently developed an ultra-low cost, novel technology by chemically activating naturally available laterite that acts as an adsorbent to filter arsenic.”Based on our research at IIT KGP, filtered water can now be produced at just 2 paisa per litre, thus making it ideal for a country like India,” Prof De said. This part of developing ultra-low cost novel technology had been done by the IIT KGP team only. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA team of mathematicians from Oxford University, led by Dr Ian Griffiths, then worked on the mathematical modelling techniques which helped extending the life of the filter and the design of scaled-up filters.”Inter-disciplinary approaches are becoming increasingly important to make progress in present-day challenges and this project is a clear example of such a case,” Prof Griffiths said.The collaborative developed technology has already been accepted by the Department of Science & Technology, Union Government, PHE department government of West Bengal and the West Bengal Arsenic Task force.The collaborative project has been funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF-UK), University of Oxford.last_img read more

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Four drivers caught speeding in ten minutes on A500

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have caught four motorists speeding in 10 minutes on the A500 this afternoon. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) are carrying out speed checks on the D-road in Stoke-on-Trent today. The fastest driver was travelling at 80mph in a 50mph zone – with a total of 24 drivers caught during the 30 minute operation. A CMPG spokesman said: “We are conducting speed checks on the A500 in the Stoke-on-Trent area in just the first 10 minutes four vehicles have been witnessed exceeding the 50mph to highest is 80mph. “After just 30 minutes 24 drivers have been witnessed exceeding the 50mph limit on the A500 in the Stoke-on-Trent area. “Letters in the post.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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Siemens Healthineers Acquires Medicalis

first_imgNews | Radiology Business | June 05, 2017 Siemens Healthineers Acquires Medicalis Siemens Healthineers Announces Closing of Medicalis Acquisition Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more After announcing the planned expansion of its Population Health Management (PHM) offerings through the acquisition of San Francisco-based company, Medicalis Corporation, Siemens Healthineers confirmed that the official closing of the deal occurred June 1, 2017. In integrating Medicalis’ offerings into its PHM portfolio, Siemens Healthineers gains the expertise and solutions to provide workflow orchestration and clinical decision support to health systems, while delivering desired service levels at lower costs and  improving quality and productivity for healthcare providers.“This acquisition allows us to extend the Siemens Healthineers strategy for Value-Based Healthcare, by helping to optimize both utilization and departmental clinical workflow. In this way, we intend to support best practice care pathways and the reduction of unwarranted variation for high-impact conditions,” says Robert Taylor, Head of Digital Services Population Health Management, Digital Health Services, Siemens Healthineers. “Thus, by driving value through in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics, we continue as a trusted partner to enable healthcare providers worldwide to improve medical outcomes and reduce costs.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Build your first Reinforcement learning agent in Keras Tutorial

first_imgToday there are a variety of tools available at your disposal to develop and train your own Reinforcement learning agent. In this tutorial, we are going to learn about a Keras-RL agent called CartPole. We will go through this example because it won’t consume your GPU, and your cloud budget to run. Also, this logic can be easily extended to other Atari problems. This article is an excerpt taken from the book Deep Learning Quick Reference, written by Mike Bernico. Let’s talk quickly about the CartPole environment first: CartPole: The CartPole environment consists of a pole, balanced on a cart. The agent has to learn how to balance the pole vertically, while the cart underneath it moves. The agent is given the position of the cart, the velocity of the cart, the angle of the pole, and the rotational rate of the pole as inputs. The agent can apply a force on either side of the cart. If the pole falls more than 15 degrees from vertical, it’s game over for our agent. The CartPole agent will use a fairly modest neural network that you should be able to train fairly quickly even without a GPU. We will start by looking at the model architecture. Then we will define the network’s memory, exploration policy, and finally, train the agent. CartPole neural network architecture Three hidden layers with 16 neurons each are more than enough to solve this simple problem. We will use the following code to define the model: def build_model(state_size, num_actions): input = Input(shape=(1,state_size)) x = Flatten()(input) x = Dense(16, activation=’relu’)(x) x = Dense(16, activation=’relu’)(x) x = Dense(16, activation=’relu’)(x) output = Dense(num_actions, activation=’linear’)(x) model = Model(inputs=input, outputs=output) print(model.summary()) return model The input will be a 1 x state space vector and there will be an output neuron for each possible action that will predict the Q value of that action for each step. By taking the argmax of the outputs, we can choose the action with the highest Q value, but we don’t have to do that ourselves as Keras-RL will do it for us. Keras-RL Memory Keras-RL provides us with a class called rl.memory.SequentialMemory that provides a fast and efficient data structure that we can store the agent’s experiences in: memory = SequentialMemory(limit=50000, window_length=1) We need to specify a maximum size for this memory object, which is a hyperparameter. As new experiences are added to this memory and it becomes full, old experiences are forgotten. Keras-RL Policy Keras-RL provides an -greedy Q Policy called rl.policy.EpsGreedyQPolicy that we can use to balance exploration and exploitation. We can use rl.policy.LinearAnnealedPolicy to decay our as the agent steps forward in the world, as shown in the following code: policy = LinearAnnealedPolicy(EpsGreedyQPolicy(), attr=’eps’, value_max=1., value_min=.1, value_test=.05, nb_steps=10000) Here we’re saying that we want to start with a value of 1 for and go no smaller than 0.1, while testing if our random number is less than 0.05. We set the number of steps between 1 and .1 to 10,000 and Keras-RL handles the decay math for us. Agent With a model, memory, and policy defined, we’re now ready to create a deep Q network Agent and send that agent those objects. Keras-RL provides an agent class called rl.agents.dqn.DQNAgent that we can use for this, as shown in the following code: dqn = DQNAgent(model=model, nb_actions=num_actions, memory=memory, nb_steps_warmup=10, target_model_update=1e-2, policy=policy) dqn.compile(Adam(lr=1e-3), metrics=[‘mae’]) Two of these parameters are probably unfamiliar at this point, target_model_update and nb_steps_warmup: nb_steps_warmup: Determines how long we wait before we start doing experience replay, which if you recall, is when we actually start training the network. This lets us build up enough experience to build a proper minibatch. If you choose a value for this parameter that’s smaller than your batch size, Keras RL will sample with a replacement. target_model_update: The Q function is recursive and when the agent updates it’s network for Q(s,a) that update also impacts the prediction it will make for Q(s’, a). This can make for a very unstable network. The way most deep Q network implementations address this limitation is by using a target network, which is a copy of the deep Q network that isn’t trained, but rather replaced with a fresh copy every so often. The target_model_update parameter controls how often this happens. Keras-RL Training Keras-RL provides several Keras-like callbacks that allow for convenient model checkpointing and logging. We will use both of those callbacks below. If you would like to see more of the callbacks Keras-RL provides, they can be found here: https://github.com/matthiasplappert/keras-rl/blob/master/rl/callbacks.py. You can also find a Callback class that you can use to create your own Keras-RL callbacks. We will use the following code to train our model: def build_callbacks(env_name): checkpoint_weights_filename = ‘dqn_’ + env_name + ‘_weights_{step}.h5f’ log_filename = ‘dqn_{}_log.json’.format(env_name) callbacks = [ModelIntervalCheckpoint(checkpoint_weights_filename, interval=5000)] callbacks += [FileLogger(log_filename, interval=100)] return callbacks callbacks = build_callbacks(ENV_NAME)dqn.fit(env, nb_steps=50000,visualize=False,verbose=2,callbacks=callbacks) Once the agent’s callbacks are built, we can fit the DQNAgent by using a .fit() method. Take note of the visualize parameter in this example. If visualize were set to True, we would be able to watch the agent interact with the environment as we went. However, this significantly slows down the training. Results After the first 250 episodes, we will see that the total rewards for the episode approach 200 and the episode steps also approach 200. This means that the agent has learned to balance the pole on the cart until the environment ends at a maximum of 200 steps. It’s of course fun to watch our success, so we can use the DQNAgent .test() method to evaluate for some number of episodes. The following code is used to define this method: dqn.test(env, nb_episodes=5, visualize=True) Here we’ve set visualize=True so we can watch our agent balance the pole, as shown in the following image: There we go, that’s one balanced pole! Alright, I know, I’ll admit that balancing a pole on a cart isn’t all that cool, but it’s a good enough demonstration of the process! Hopefully, you have now understood the dynamics behind the process, and as we discussed earlier, the solution to this problem can be applied to other similar game-based problems. If you found this article to be useful, make sure you check out the book Deep Learning Quick Reference to understand the other different types of reinforcement models you can build using Keras. 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US Ambassador Haney to continue in his post

first_imgS. Fitzgerald Haney has received authorization to stay on in his post as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, the U.S. Embassy reported Wednesday evening.“I am very excited to be able to continue with our joint work in advancing the bilateral relationship between the United States and Costa Rica,” Haney said in the Embassy statement.Earlier this month, the Embassy confirmed to The Tico Times that Haney would leave his post on Jan. 20 when Donald Trump assumes the presidency. The departure was in keeping with the incoming Trump Administration decision to require that all foreign diplomats who were political appointees by President Barack Obama leave their posts by Inauguration Day, a break with decades of precedent.In the past, new U.S. presidents have allowed a grace period before replacing ambassadors, both to ensure that gaps do not occur while the Senate confirms new appointees, and to avoid disruptions for ambassadors’ children in the middle of their school year.The Tico Times contacted the Embassy requesting more information about the expected length of Haney’s stay, but officials indicated no further details are available at this time.By all accounts, Haney has been an effective ambassador during his 1.5-year term. Among other notable contributions, the ambassador has donated to local police efforts and has helped facilitate key talks between U.S. and Costa Rican politicians during the recent Cuban migrant crisis.Haney’s wife Andrea has battled breast cancer while in Costa Rica and their four school-aged kids are all enrolled in local private schools. The New York Times, in a report on the Trump decision, reported that Haney hoped to stay in Costa Rica so that his children can complete their school year here, and was searching for a home to rent for his family during that time.Haney is originally from Englewood, New Jersey. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Trump nominates Sharon Day as ambassador to Costa Rica Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses Campaign aims to ‘defeat Trump’ by encouraging more U.S. expat votes Make Costa Rica great again?last_img read more

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first_imgairlinesSingapore Airlines Singapore Airlines has reported a net profit of $893 million for the 2017/18 financial year, an increase of $533 million, or 148.1%, from the same period last year, and an operating profit of $1,057 million, $434 million (+69.7%) higher than the last financial year.Group revenue rose $937 million year-on-year to $15,806 million (+6.3%), with revenue improvements in all business segments. Passenger flown revenue was $428 million (+3.6%) higher, as traffic growth (+6.3%) outpaced the decline in passenger yield (-3.1%). Operating profit for the parent airline company rose from $386 million in 2016/17 to $703 million in 2017/18; Silk Air operating profit was $43 million for 2017/18, down from 101 million in the same period last year; and Scoot’s 2017/18 operating profit was $77 million, up from $67 million in 2016/17.last_img read more

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Cardinals general manager Steve Keim dipped into t

first_imgCardinals general manager Steve Keim dipped into the FCS draft pool in the middle rounds of the last two NFL drafts.Running back David Johnson was a third-round pick from Northern Iowa in 2016, and last year Keim selected Grambling State wide receiver Chad Williams in the third round.Over the weekend, the Cardinals followed that trend by taking Fordham running back Chase Edmonds.The addition gave depth to a running back room led by Johnson but without a known commodity behind him. Second-year pro T.J. Logan, whose wrist injury in the preseason ended his rookie year, figures to challenge Edmonds for the backup spot. “T.J. to me is a little bit more straight-line explosive. This guy has great lateral cut-ability,” Keim told reporters on Saturday. “I don’t want to tell you who we compared him to because it’s a little lofty, but he’s got the makeup athletically of some of the guys who’ve had a lot of production at this level.”Related LinksCardinals select running back Chase Edmonds in fourth round of NFL DraftCardinals sign 24 undrafted rookie free agents after 2018 NFL DraftWhat the experts are saying about the Arizona Cardinals’ draft picksEdmonds measured 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine and put up a 40-yard dash of 4.55 seconds.It’s his maneuverability that has the Cardinals believing he can provide a changeup option at running back, but as it was with their other 2018 NFL Draft selections, his personality matters, too.Before the draft, Edmonds clicked with Arizona on a visit with team personnel and eventual first-round draftee Josh Rosen.A father since his freshman year in college and a 3.0 student at Fordham, his college head coach, Andrew Breiner, told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station that Edmonds is prepared for success in his professional career.“The Cardinals got as focused and determined of a young man I’ve ever been around,” said Breiner, who is now the passing game coordinator at Mississippi State. “As I told all the scouts I talked to, Cardinals’ scouts included, he’s very talented but I think what makes him special is he checks so many if not all of the intangible boxes.” Top Stories Edmonds racked up 62 total touchdowns and more than 1,600 rushing yards in each of his first three seasons at Fordham. With another such season, he would have challenged the FCS record of 6,559 total rushing yards held by Georgia Southern’s Adrian Peterson.In seven games and struggling with ankle and hamstring injuries, Edmonds produced 577 yards at 4.2 yards per carry. He still finished his career averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 5,862 yards on the ground.Edmonds tallied those numbers playing in a spread, run-pass-option offense and thrived finding holes in the Rams’ inside zone blocking schemes.He also flashed as a pass-catcher out of the backfield by taking 86 receptions for 905 yards in his college career.“The vision, the change-of-direction — I always thought Chase has the ability to change direction and get to his top speed as quick as anybody I’ve seen or coached. I think his contact balance is incredible,” Breiner said. “Obviously he’s coming into the league, he’s not a 6-foot, 220-pound running back. He’s 5-9, he’ll probably play in that 210 range, but his ability to absorb a hit and stay on his feet and pick up those leaky (sic) yards — or stay on his feet and create a big play — I think that will be his strength at the next level. 7 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img “There are times he probably bounced runs knowing he could create a big play. In the NFL, some of those runs — four-yard runs are good runs. He’s going to have to cram it in there and be happy with the four-yard run.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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ExSeaWorld executive pleads guilty to insider tra

first_imgEx-SeaWorld executive pleads guilty to insider trading A former SeaWorld executive who purchased $385,000 in company shares after learning that the theme park business was expecting improved revenue and attendance has pleaded guilty to a single count of insider trading.Federal prosecutors say Paul Powers entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Orlando, Florida.As the company’s associate general counsel, Powers was able to view information on revenue and attendance before it became public. Because of this access, he was only permitted to make stock purchases or sales of SeaWorld stock during a limited time period.Prosecutors say Powers purchased 18,000 shares of SeaWorld stock last August, just days before the company planned to report a strong financial quarter, and six weeks after he was permitted to make any trades.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by Mike Schneider, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2019 1:39 pm PDTlast_img read more

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