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How Uber is growth hacking in Spain despite regulatory roadblocks

Taxi drivers in Spain are protesting againstride-hailing appsUber and Cabifytoday, holdingreports suggest 20,000 protestors took to the streets in Madrid. Meanwhile, bothcompanies are continuing to recruit drivers using another Spanish startup, protests from the taxi industry over what they perceive as unfair competition and changing regulatory winds. Urdiales says local rulesallow for two drivers to be staffed per private driver license on average, while licenses are typically tied to companies rather than individuals thereby allowing Uber and Cabify to beable to recruit more drivers (via thesethird party license holders), and…

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Judah vs. the Machines: Blindfolded against a Berkeley robot overlord

UC Berkeleys Robot Learning Lab to meet Brett, a robot still in testing that was designed to learn like a human. Bretts creators hope that he could some day take on menial human tasks with the ability to adapt and learn new ways of accomplishing a goal, something that most other robots are incapable of doing. In the field of machine learning, this type of learning is knownas reinforcement learning.Its pretty popular these days because it holds the potential to make machine learning less rigid and breakable. Like a human,…

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Twitter adds Direct Message request review inbox feature

Twitter will now allow you to review Direct Messages received from people who you dont follow before responding to them in a consolidated inbox, adopting a feature that Facebook has long used for its own messaging feature and app. The new DM review inbox function works for anyone whos turned on the setting that allows receipt of messages from people they dont follow, and will let you choose to either Delete or Accept inbound messages. If youve opted-in to get Direct Messages from anyone, messages from people you dont follow…

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Portland man accused of fatal train stabbing has outburst in court

Jeremy Joseph Christian, accused of killing two men as they shielded a woman from his anti-Muslim tirade, shouted: You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism! The man accused of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were killed. Teen targeted in Portland train attack thanks men who intervened Christian told jailers that he has no income, no mental health issues and does not remember the last time he had a permanent address. Court documents based on Jeremy Christians interview at the Multnomah County jail show he was concerned…

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Belgian university tells female students to wear ‘low-cut’ tops to graduation ceremony

Email with suggested dress code from the Brussels Free Universitys medicine faculty condemned as sexist A university in Belgium has apologised after students were sent an email suggesting that women wear low-cut tops to their graduation ceremony. The Brussels Free University posted the apology on Facebook after the offending email, sent out by the medical faculty, was circulated online. The email advised that from an aesthetic point of view, it is preferable if young women wear a dress or a skirt and a nice low neckline. Male graduates, it said,…

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Flynn to provide documents for Russia investigation after initially refusing

Former national security adviser will turn over business and personal documents for the Senate intelligence committees investigation into election meddling After initially refusing, former national security adviser Michael Flynn will provide documents to the Senate intelligence committee as part of its investigation into Russias meddling in the 2016 election, a person close to Flynn told the Associated Press. Flynn will turn over documents related to two of his businesses as well as some personal documents the committee requested earlier this month, a person close to Flynn said. Flynn plans to…

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