McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamber

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamberSen. John McCain lived up to his nickname, “maverick,” in voting against his fellow Republicans on the “skinny” amendment to repeal and replace Obamacare.



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Apple Paid Nokia $2 Billion To Escape Fight Over Old Patents

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple’s latest patent spat with Nokia resulted in a $ 2 billion up-front payment from the iPhone maker, a colossal sum that seems to indicate Apple was eager to avoid a protracted and ugly dispute that could rival the one it had with Samsung. The new details of the settlement, which was first announced back in May without the disclosure of a financial amount or the new licensing terms, were spotted in Nokia’s second quarter earnings release. “We got a substantial upfront cash payment of $ 2 billion from Apple, strengthening further our cash position. As said earlier, our plans is to provide more details on the intended use of cash in conjunction with our Q3 earnings,” reads the official transcript of Nokia’s quarterly earnings call with investors yesterday. Neither Nokia nor Apple have disclosed the terms of the new licensing deal, including whether it involves recurring payments or how many years it will be in place.

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Kellyanne Conway: Ethical disclosures discourage people from government service

Kellyanne Conway: Ethical disclosures discourage people from government serviceTop White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Thursday on “Fox & Friends” that having to complete financial disclosure forms demoralizes qualified people from serving in government.



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Degenerative Brain Disease Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains, Says Study

A new study published Tuesday in the journal American Medical Association found that 110 out of 111 brains of those who played in the NFL had degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). NPR reports: In the study, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players at all levels. Nearly 88 percent of all the brains, 177, had CTE. Three of 14 who had played only in high school had CTE, 48 of 53 college players, 9 of 14 semiprofessional players, and 7 of 8 Canadian Football League players. CTE was not found in the brains of two who played football before high school. According to the study’s senior author, Dr. Ann McKee, “this is by far the largest [study] of individuals who developed CTE that has ever been described. And it only includes individuals who are exposed to head trauma by participation in football.” A CTE study several years ago by McKee and her colleagues included football players and athletes from other collision sports such as hockey, soccer and rugby. It also examined the brains of military veterans who had suffered head injuries. The study released Tuesday is the continuation of a study that began eight years ago. In 2015, McKee and fellow researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University published study results revealing 87 of 91 former NFL players had CTE.

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Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’

Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’The president tweeted on Sunday that it is “very sad” Republicans are doing "very little to protect" him — and admitted that the ongoing Russia probe, while “phony,” may be “taking hold.”



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The Trillion-Dollar Global Black Market For Fake ‘Designer’ Chairs

Labeled with nice-sounding terms like “reproduction,” “replica,” or “homage,” many designer chairs in offices, hotel lobbies, airports, restaurants and even big furniture stores are actually unauthorized copies.
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Mozilla’s New Open Source Voice-Recognition Project Wants Your Voice

An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:
Mozilla is building a massive repository of voice recordings for the voice apps of the future — and it wants you to add yours to the collection. The organization behind the Firefox browser is launching Common Voice, a project to crowdsource audio samples from the public. The goal is to collect about 10,000 hours of audio in various accents and make it publicly available for everyone… Mozilla hopes to hand over the public dataset to independent developers so they can harness the crowdsourced audio to build the next generation of voice-powered apps and speech-to-text programs… You can also help train the speech-to-text capabilities by validating the recordings already submitted to the project. Just listen to a short clip, and report back if text on the screen matches what you heard… Mozilla says it aims is to expand the tech beyond just a standard voice recognition experience, including multiple accents, demographics and eventually languages for more accessible programs.
Past open source voice-recognition projects have included Sphinx 4 and VoxForge, but unfortunately most of today’s systems are still “locked up behind proprietary code at various companies, such as Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft.”

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New Trump communications chief Scaramucci apologizes ‘for the 50th time’ for past insults

New Trump communications chief Scaramucci apologizes ‘for the 50th time’ for past insultsAt Friday’s press briefing, the White House’s new communications chief apologized for his harsh statements about Trump during the campaign.



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