Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines to bolster ‘conversational AI’ efforts

Seattle PI | 2018-05-21

Microsoft has acquired Semantic Machines, a "conversational AI" startup in Berkeley, Calif., to further its work in building machines that can converse naturally with humans. Semantic aims to advance the state of voice-based AI, like virtual assistants Alexa, Siri, Cortana and others, from...

Microsoft is planning low-cost tablets: Report

DNA India | 2018-05-21

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is planning to launch a new line of low-cost Surface tablets in the second half of 2018. The aim would be to compete with lower-cost...

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Stocks jump as US and China announce progress in trade talks

The Gazette | 2018-05-21

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are jumping Monday morning after the U.S. and China appeared to make major progress in trade talks....

Ryanair's annual profits fly 10% higher despite rostering issues

RTE | 2018-05-21

Ryanair has reported profit after tax for its financial year to the end of March of €1.45 billion. That represented a 10% increase on the previous year and was at the upper end of its guidance. Passenger numbers for the year were 9% higher at 130.3 million people, while the airline's...

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Lack of sleep is dangerous. It can lead to diabetes, obesity, stroke

Hindustan Times | 2018-05-21

If you’re sleeping for less than eight hours each night, working the graveyard shift, or pulling all-nighters frequently (whether to party or to study), you need to be alarmed. Sleep deprivation can seriously affect your health and quality of life. It produces effects...

FAO-supported conference in Slovenia calls for bee protection

Xinhua | 2018-05-19

LJUBLJANA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Agriculture officials from 22 countries and regions pledged at a FAO-supported conference in Slovenia on Saturday to strengthen cooperation in efforts to protect bees and other pollinators, raise public awareness and exchange bee-keeping practices. The international...

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Bitcoin Miner Maker Canaan Files for Hong Kong IPO: Report

WorldNews.com | 2018-05-21

One of the biggest bitcoin mining chips and device manufacturers, Canaan Creative, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, CoinDesk reported Monday. Filed last week, the firm’s application remains in draft form and pending approval from the HKEX, so it...

US, Canadian Regulators Launch Dozens Of Crypto Scam Probes

WorldNews.com | 2018-05-21

On Monday, a group of securities regulators in Canada and the United States launched an “international crackdown” on cryptocurrency scams, CoinDesk reported. Dubbed "Operation Cryptosweep," the effort was unveiled during an event hosted by the North American Securities Administrators Association...

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Nadal and Djokovic to renew rivalry in Italian Open semis

Hastings Tribune | 2018-05-19

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open semifinals — and three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova also reached the last four Friday. Nadal, who holds a record seven titles at the Foro Italico, overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat...

Zverev, Cilic move into Rome semis

AOL | 2018-05-19

Alexander Zverev continued his winning streak, battling past David Goffin and into the Internazionali d'Italia semi-finals on Friday. Zverev stretched his winning streak to 12 matches with a hard-fought 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Goffin in their last-eight clash in Rome. The German saw his run of 23...

Morata's painful season gets worse with World Cup snub

The Star | 2018-05-21

BARCELONA (Reuters) - There was no happy ending for Alvaro Morata at the end of the toughest season of his career, as Spain coach Julen Lopetegui left him out of his World Cup squad on Monday. ......

Lionel Messi wins 5th Golden Shoe

Yahoo Daily News | 2018-05-21

Madrid, May 21 (IANS) Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won his fifth European Golden Shoe after his team beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in its final La Liga Santander match of the...

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Border Patrol Agent Detains 2 U.S. Citizens For Speaking Spanish In Montana

WorldNews.com | 2018-05-21

Two U.S. citizens said they were detained last week by a Border Patrol agent in Montana after he overheard them speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience...

Political novice tapped to be Italy's next prime minister

CNN | 2018-05-21

(CNN)Italy's populist parties have tapped a political unknown to become prime minister and lead a new coalition government. Giuseppe Conte, a law professor with...

China Could End Birth Limits As Soon As 2018

WorldNews.com | 2018-05-21

China is preparing to remove limiting the number of children a family can have according to people familiar with the decision who said it would be a historic...

Pompeo outlines demands for a new treaty with Iran

Yahoo Daily News | 2018-05-21

More Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, in his first major foreign policy address, outlined 12 demands the U.S. has for...

Chinese police deploy drones to bust gambling gangs

The Times of India | 2018-05-21

BEIJING: Police in the central Chinese province of Hubei deployed drones to bust a gambling gang, which often changed its area of operation, and arrested 12...

Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupts again

The Times of India | 2018-05-21

YOGYAKARTA: Indonesia's most volatile volcano has spewed smoke and ash in the latest of several eruptions in...

Taliban warn Kabul residents to 'keep away' ahead of attacks

This is Money | 2018-05-21

Recent attacks have made Kabul the deadliest place in Afghanistan for civilians for months The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid "military centres"...

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The Washington Post | 2018-05-21

Antonin Scalia was wrong about the meaning of ‘bear arms’

The words have never worked comfortably with the language of personal self-defense, hunting or...

Orlando Sentinel | 2018-05-21

Father of the bride: The real hero of the royal wedding

You can have your royal wedding, your princess bride, your pomp and your circumstance. For a real...

The Washington Post | 2018-05-21

Fascism is back. Blame the Internet.

It’s polarizing our politics, making us ignore inconvenient facts and impeding real activism. ......