The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki – TED Published on Mar 21, 2018

What’s the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory — and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

We Witnessed The Riots & Chaos During Venezuela’s Elections: VICE on HBO, Full Episode – VICE News Published on Mar 21, 2018

n early 2017 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced moves that would turn the world’s most oil-rich nation from a democracy into a dictatorship. This sparked a crisis, igniting longstanding anger over inequality, misrule, hunger and crime. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi and correspondent Ben Anderson traveled to Venezuela as Maduro seized the country’s political institutions with an alleged “sham election” and violently suppressed growing opposition to his rule.

Google Has Announced a $300 Million Initiative to Support News Organizations – By ELI MEIXLER 2:55 AM EDT

Google's New York office on March 5, 2018.

Google (goog, -0.21%) has announced a new $300 million initiative intended to strengthen quality digital journalism and combat the proliferation of “fake news”and misinformation.

The Google News Initiative is a new three-year effort to help news organizations adapt to the challenges of digital publishing and “build a stronger future for news,” Google Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Launched in partnership with a half-dozen news organizations including Gannett (gci, +1.75%), the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Financial Times, the initiative includes an array of tools and background services focused on empowering news organizations and increasing publishers’ digital revenue.

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Some features will seek to make it easier for news outlets to drive subscriptions, such as Subscribe with Google, which will allow readers to consolidate all of their subscriptions with Google log-in information. Google is also applying its machine learning software DoubleClick platform to better serve publishers with information about user behavior, while a new News Consumer Insightsdashboard will tailor Google Analytics data for publishers.

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Silence Is Golden: A Guide to Blocking Calls and Texts in iOS 11 – AUTHOR: KIF LESWING, JOSIE COLTKIF LESWING AND JOSIE COLT GEAR 03.20.1807:00 PM

If you’re receiving unwanted calls and texts on your iPhone, try blocking them with these tactics.

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It’s been a good five years since Apple came out with the iOS 7 operating system that allowed millions of iPhone owners to block annoying callers (and worse offenders) for the first time. Since then, the art of blocking hasn’t changed much, but there are a few new and improved tweaks available on iOS 11 to help weed out users’ unwanted incoming calls and messages. And if the iPhone’s built-in tools aren’t enough, there are some apps you can employ to do the blocking too.

You can block individual contacts on your iPhone.

The easiest way to block an individual is through their contact card. Open the contact info of someone you want to block and scroll to the bottom of the screen. There, you’ll find a button to block them. Tapping this button will prevent the person from being able to call you, send you text messages, or FaceTime you.

You can also block people by finding their number in your lists of recent calls or text messages, and accessing their contact card from there.

If you want to see a list of the numbers you’ve blocked, go to Phone options in the Settingsmenu, then click on Call Blocking & Identification. For a breakdown of how to do this in further detail, visit apple’s support page here.

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Judge blocks restrictive Mississippi abortion law just signed by governor – Tue 20 Mar 2018 17.39 EDT

Less than 24 hours after governor signed bill to ban most abortions after 15 weeks, a judge blocked it after clinic and doctor filed request

Mississippi’s governor signed the nation’s tightest abortion restrictions into law on Monday – but less than 24 hours later it was blocked by a judge.

Governor Phil Bryant, a Republican, had signed HB 1510 on Monday afternoon with immediate effect, banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the “safest place in America for an unborn child”.

The law’s only exceptions are if a fetus has health problems making it “incompatible with life” outside the womb at full term, or if a pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by pregnancy. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest are not exempted.

But on Tuesday, a judge temporarily blocked the law after a request by the state’s only abortion clinic and a physician who works there.

Dr Sacheen Carr-Ellis of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization had stated in court papers filed within a few hours of the new legislation being enacted on Monday that a woman 15 weeks or more pregnant was scheduled for a Tuesday afternoon abortion.

Abortion rights advocates called the new law unconstitutional because it limits abortion before fetuses can live outside the womb.

US district judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments Tuesday before granting the clinic’s immediate request for a temporary restraining order.

“The supreme court says every woman has a constitutional right to ‘personal privacy’ regarding her body,” Reeves wrote in a brief decision that quoted previous legal rulings on abortion. “That right protects her choice ‘to have an abortion before viability.’ States cannot ‘prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision’ to do so.”

The owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, Diane Derzis, opposes the law and had pledged to sue, duly filing suit on Monday.

Derzis said after the state legislature passed the bill earlier this month, sending it to the governor, that if Bryant signed it her clinic would be forced to turn away women who seek abortions after 15 weeks and refer them out of state, where the number of clinics is also dwindling in the face of legal and legislative challenges by a resurgent conservative religious movement.

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In Hidden-Camera Exposé, Cambridge Analytica Executives Boast Of Role In Trump Win – Scott Neuman March 21, 20183:27 AM ET

Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA) Alexander Nix, leaves the firm’s offices in central London on Tuesday. He was suspended amid a controversy about the company’s use of social media data.

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Top executives at Cambridge Analytica, the U.K.-based firm embroiled in a controversy over the mining of Facebook user data, have been secretly recorded describing the stealthy methods they used to help get Donald Trump elected.

In the second installment of a hidden-camera exposé by Britain’s Channel 4, in a conversation between CEO Alexander Nix and two other Cambridge Analyticaexecutives with an undercover reporter, the company officials also appear to allude to tactics that may violate U.S. campaign finance laws.

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Nix tells the reporter, posing as a political consultant seeking help with campaigns in Sri Lanka, that he has met Donald Trump “many times,” while another senior executive said the “defeat crooked Hillary” advertising campaign was the brainchild of the firm.

“We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy,” Nix told the undercover reporter.

“We just put information into the bloodstream of the internet and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again over time to watch it take shape,” he says. “And so this stuff infiltrates the online community, but with no branding, so it’s unattributable, untrackable.”

To help disseminate that information, managing director of CA Political, Mark Turnbull, describes using “proxies,” such as charity and activist groups. “[We] use them — feed them the material and they do the work.”

As we reported Tuesday, Nix has been suspended from the firm following the broadcast of the first part of the Channel 4 report in which he is heard describing political dirty tricks used to compromise and undermine targeted politicians on behalf of their clients.

In the latest report, executives said the data analytics firm’s efforts had managed to get Trump elected by just 40,000 votes in three states, despite having lost the popular vote by more than 3 million votes.

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Uber’s New CEO Confronts His First Crisis With Driverless-Car Death – Greg Bensinger March 20, 2018 12:49 p.m. ET

Fatality raises questions about whether company’s driverless-car technology is ready for public roads

Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc., has publicly touted the company’s driverless-car program.

Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc., has publicly touted the company’s driverless-car program. Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News


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Dara Khosrowshahi spent much of the first six months as Uber Technologies Inc.’s chief executive cleaning up scandals he inherited. Just as it appeared Uber was turning a corner, a new crisis has emerged, this time under his watch.

Uber now owns the unfortunate distinction as the company behind the first autonomous vehicle to strike and kill a person. The fatality, which occurred after an Uber self-driving car hit a woman crossing a road in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday night, prompted Uber to suspend testing of its driverless cars in four cities and raised questions about whether the company’s technology—along with those of its peers—is ready for public roads.

Perfecting the technology is essential to Uber, as autonomous vehicles could pare significant costs by replacing some 2.5 million human drivers and give it an edge in the technological race to upend personal and even commercial transportation. Uber is among auto makers and tech giants pursuing fully driverless cars on the belief they will ultimately save lives and costs.

It isn’t yet clear whether Uber is at fault, but the accident puts Mr. Khosrowshahi in a difficult position. Like his predecessor, Travis Kalanick, he has publicly touted Uber’s driverless-car program, saying it could one day eliminate the need for people to own cars. He has even trumpeted flying taxis as a viable business in as soon as five years to shuttle people around cities.

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