The ride-sharing firm Uber will, for the first time, allow users to hail self-driving cars within a fortnight, the company has confirmed. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37117831 Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It added that it was teaming up with Volvo. At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take […]

 For the first time since a cholera epidemic imported by United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians nearly six years ago, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has admitted that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be needed to […]

A new team of specialist police officers is being set up to investigate online so-called online hate crime on Twitter and Facebook. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37076995 The London-based hub will include a team of five officers who will support victims and identify online abuse. The two-year pilot will cost £1.7m and has received £452,000 from the Home Office, […]

China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years boosting output of the crop by the world’s top soy importer and consumer. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-gmo-idUSKCN10L0NX China, which has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any […]

It’s the summer of bots, after a spring of bots, probably before an autumn of bots. At the Republican and Democratic conventions, news outlets trotted out their new experiments: BuzzFeed’s Facebook messenger bot collected news, The Washington Post’s bot on wheels rolled around live streaming video, and CNN reported the news to teenagers via a […]

Have you ever wondered why the crippling 2008 financial crisis generated almost no criminal prosecutions of large banks and their top executives? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/business/a-bank-too-big-to-jail.html?mtrref=query.nytimes.com&_r=0 Then take a moment to read the congressional report issued on July 11, 2016 titled “Too Big to Jail.” Citing internal documents that the United States Treasury took three years to produce, […]

The City of Cleveland is issuing permits to groups that want to demonstrate at the convention, but protest areas will be hundreds of feet from the Quicken Loans Arena, or “the Q,” where the main events will take place. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/13/us/politics/cleveland-republican-convention-protest-preparations.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio brought a lawsuit against the city, […]

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