Google, Apple Face Off Over Augmented Reality Technology

Reuters | By: Stephen Nellis | August 29, 2017:  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Wednesday unveiled tools to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices using the Android operating system, setting up its latest showdown with Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPhone over next-generation smartphone features. Phone-based augmented reality (AR), in which digital objects are superimposed onto the…

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China’s VAT Reform Helps Expand Cooperation In Belt And Road Initiative

Xinhuanet | By: Xiang Bo | August 29, 2017:  XI’AN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) — A resort hotel in Yangling, an agricultural high-tech demonstration zone in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, has seen its tax drop by 670,000 yuan (about 101,200 U.S. dollars) since May last year. The company’s revenue was 20 million yuan during the same period. The same was also…

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Forest Fires Expose Lisbon’s Neglect Of Rural Interior

Financial Times | By: Various Authors | August 28, 2017: Centuries of centralisation blamed for neglect, rural flight and sense of abandonment In a wave of national solidarity, donations and emergency assistance have been flowing into the scattered hillside communities of central Portugal where devastating forest fires have claimed more than 60 lives this summer. But the wounds exposed by…

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India Supreme Court Deals Blow To Biometric ID System

Financial Times | By: Various Authors | August 24, 2017:  Unanimous privacy ruling dents government attempts to register country’s 1.3bn people Narendra Modi’s plans to widen the scope of India’s vast biometric identification system have been dealt a blow by judges on the Supreme Court, who have ruled that Indians have a fundamental right to privacy. The nine judges unanimously…

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China’s Reliance On Infrastructure Stimulus At Record High:

Financial Times | By: Various Authors | August 24, 2017: China’s reliance on infrastructure to drive overall investment hit a new high last month, raising worries that Beijing’s intensifying crackdown on local government debt, which mainly finances infrastructure, will drag down overall growth. Fixed-asset investment remains the biggest engine of China’s economy and also fuels global demand for commodities such…

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U.S. Gets Easier Path to Insider-Trading Convictions

The Wall Street Journal | By: Nicole Hong | August 23, 2017:  Judges reject former SAC Capital Advisors manager Mathew Martoma’s request for new trial: Prosecutors recovered lost ground in their fight against insider trading with a court decision Wednesday upholding the 2014 conviction of former SAC Capital Advisors LLP portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. The Second Circuit U.S. Court of…

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Across China: A Bird Researcher’s Pursuit On Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Xinhuanet | July 12, 2017:  LHASA, July 12 (Xinhua) — Yandao, 35, had never been to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau before he joined an observation team on China’s second scientific expedition to the plateau in June. Yandao, a member of the Blang ethnic minority, comes from a small village in Xishuangbana, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. After graduating with a degree in…

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Living Biobank Set Up On Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Xinhuanet | August 17, 2017:  XINING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — A living biobank was set up in northwest China’s Qinghai Province on Wednesday. The living biobank is in Dulan County on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The county is home to 43 species of endangered animals including Tibetan antelope, snow leopard and black-neck crane. The biobank was built by the Beijing Genomics…

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Hacker Conference Proves How Weak US Voting Machines Really Are

The Hill | By: Michael Delagarza | August 19, 2017:  In January, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced: “Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.” With this one statement, the nation’s election infrastructure was firmly…

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Microgrids Are Central To Our Future Energy Systems: New Report

CleanTechnica | By: Tobias Engelmeier | August 18, 2017:  The global microgrid market is ready for significant private investment. While there remain some challenges – especially around the regulatory framework and aggregation of projects – there are now enough businesses with viable business models to provide early stage, strategic or even crowd investors with commercially attractive opportunities. The expansion of…

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Will Renewable Energies Displace Natural Gas?

Energy Post | By: Geoffrey Styles | August 7, 2017:  Bloomberg’s renewable energy affiliate forecasts that wind and solar power will make major inroads into the global market share of natural gas within a decade. This is a crucially important question for major oil companies who are betting their future on gas, writes Managing Director of independent US-based consultancy GSW…

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Banks Warned Off Machine Learning For Model Risk – Banks Acknowledge They “Cannot Hide Behind A Complex Tool” To Assess Interconnectedness:

Risk.Net | By: Louie Woodall | August 17, 2017: US regulators are raising concerns about the use of machine learning techniques to assess contagion risks in bank model networks. Last year, certain entities supervised by the US Federal Reserve were asked to analyse their aggregate model risk – essentially the interactions and dependencies between various risk and pricing models. Banks responded by experimenting with advanced…

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Train Services Disrupted In Assam, West Bengal And Bihar As Flood Situation Worsens:

FirstPost | By: Various Authors | August 17, 2017: Agartala: Due to severe floods in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, the northeastern region has been cut off by rail from the rest of India for about a week, officials said on Thursday. “As many railway tracks and stations in Assam, North Bengal and Bihar have been submerged by flood waters, train…

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As Rural Sri Lanka Dries Out, Young Farmers Look For New Job Options:

Reuters | By: Amantha Perera | August 16, 2017: ADIGAMA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scorched by a 10-month drought that has killed crops and reduced residents to buying trucked-in water, Adigama’s young people are voting with their feet. At least 150 youth have left this agricultural village 170 km northwest of Sri Lanka’s capital since the drought began,…

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China To Curb “Irrational” Overseas Belt And Road Investment: State Planner:

Reuters | August 18, 2017 BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will strengthen rules to defuse risks for domestic companies investing abroad and curb “irrational” overseas investment in its Belt and Road initiative, the state planner said on Friday. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in an online statement lauding the Belt and Road initiative that it would provide better…

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