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App-Based Taxi Service Uber Banned in Germany…For Now

Uber, an app-enabled taxi service, faced set backs in Germany recently when the
Berlin city government voted to ban its use. Citing concerns over passenger safety,
Berlin ruled that Uber allows “unverified drivers in unlicensed vehicles” to transport
passengers. Uber also does not include insurance in case of accident or injury.
The company is likely to face €25,000 fines if they violate the ban…

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@Google to Sell Mystery Barges

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The sudden discovery that Google owned barges led to great bewilderment and fascination when news broke about it last year. Google eventually confirmed that it owned the barges; when reports emerged about the location of one in Stockton, CA and another in Portland, Maine, the leading technology company claimed they were being turned into“an interactive space where people can learn…

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#IBM’s TrueNorth Allows Computers to Mimic the Human Brain

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For the second time, IBM has created a processor that thinks and acts like a human brain. Code-named “TrueNorth,” the chip has 5.4 billion transistors and a network of 4096 neurosynaptic cores, out-doing its first-generation counterpart from 2011 by hundreds of thousands of synapses.

“It’s a new landmark of the brain-inspired computers,” says Dharmendra Modha, IBM Research fellow.

“O…

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Despite Successful Second Quarter, BIS Warns Against Lowered Interest Rates #economy

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With the United States and global economy beginning to slowly recover from the 2008 financial crisis, there has been an increase in the call for new debt ratings and bond issuances. This has caused Moody’s profit revenue to surge even higher than analysts expected.

Moody’s CEO Raymond McDaniel stated thatthe second quarter results reflected “healthy market…

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Lorde to Write, Perform, and Pick Artists for Mockingjay – Part 1 Soundtrack

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The Hunger Games series is known for recruiting great artists for their soundtracks. Taylor Swift sang and wrote “Safe and Sound” for the first movie, The Hunger Games. Other popular artists include Coldplay, Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, and more. The “Royals” sing, Lorde, will be creating and singing…

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Vevo Restructures Assets Before Sale

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If you’ve ever watched music videos online, you’ve likely watched the majority of them on Vevo. The video hosting service, which is partners with YouTube, reportedly generates six billion views each month, and is considered a crucial factor in YouTube’s success, and to that of the music industry at large.

Over the last few months, many speculations have been made about how the popular…

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Forbes Names Best Places in America to #Work

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There are a plethora of lists naming the best places to live in America, visit in America, eat in America, and even sleep in America. These lists are often lighthearted and interesting, but aren’t particularly meaningful. Forbes took a different approach to this kind of “Best of…” compilation and recently released its 16th annual list of the best…

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Google Vs. Amazon

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Though over the years Google has experimented with letting consumers buy goods with services like Google Wallet or Google Checkout, it has now accelerated this strategy with Shopping Express. The new service allows shoppers to buy things from local retail stores through Google, and then delivers them from the physical retail store on the same or next day.

Google executives have…

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Richard Sarnoff to Take Over as Head of KKR’s Americas #Media and #Telecommunications Team

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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), a private equity company founded in 1976, just announced that Richard Sarnoff will be taking over as head of its Americas media and telecommunications industry team. Sarnoff, a former senior executive at European media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA, will succeed Alex Navab.

This change in management will allow Navab…

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New Machine Gives Stray Dogs Food When People Recycle

One new company is solving two problems – people’s lack of recycling, and homeless dogs.

The Turkish company Pugedon, recently placed a vending machine in Istanbul that releases food and water for stray dogs when someone recycles a plastic bottle. The recycled bottles cover the cost of the food, and the box operates at no charge to the city.

A lot of stray animals in this city rely on the…

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