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Indictment reveals how Russia’s Internet Research Agency used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians as well as the shadowy Internet Research Agency on Friday with using social media accounts and other online techniques to sow disinformation and discord in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. It also alleges that the defendants set up fraudulent accounts with PayPal in order to pay for some of its advertising efforts as well as its equipment purchases. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to give the matter his full attention this year, as…

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Washington among 5 states that allow guns to be seized before someone can commit violence

“At least seven states last year passed laws restricting access to guns for people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes, and three require that offenders turn their guns in” writes unknown author for seattletimes.com. In the wake of massacres like Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a small number of states have passed “red flag laws” that allow the seizure of guns before people can commit acts of violence.Mental illness, escalating threats, substance abuse and domestic violence are among the circumstances under which a judge can order weapon restrictions.California, Washington,…

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British star in Twitter shutdown after Winter Olympics agony

“Elise Christie has turned to a social media shutdown in order to focus on her second of three gold medal chances just days after her 2018 Winter Olympics heartbreak in the 500m short-track speedskating” writes Jack De Menezes for independent.co.uk. Starting in the fourth lane, Christie made a poor start and attempted to work her way back into medal contention, only to crash out after contact with Dutchwoman Yara van Kerkhof. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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CommonSense Robotics, which develops AI and robotics tech to help online grocery retailers expedite delivery, raises $20M Series A led by Playground Global

“CommonSense Robotics, an Israel-based startup developing AI and robotics tech to help online grocery retailers speed up fulfilment and delivery, has raised $20 million in Series A funding” writes Steve O’hear for techcrunch.com. Using what it describes as advanced robotics and AI, CommonSense Robotics claims to enable retailers — even relatively small ones — to offer one hour, on-demand grocery deliveries to consumers “at a profitable margin”.It brings the company’s total funding to $26 million. ‘The funds will be used to scale up CommonSense Robotics’ facility deployment rate, develop their…

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Jelly Deals: Squishy Metroid amiibo back on Amazon for Ł13

“Meanwhile, over at Jelly Deals, you can find a brand new guide to the best gaming headset in 2018 so far, as well as keep track of all the deals as they emerge on the Jelly Deals Twitter” reports eurogamer.net. A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there.While you’re looking at amiibo figures, by the way, you should know that pre-orders for the oversized Detective Pikachu amiibo are now live…

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Controversial Gupta family’s house raided in Johannesburg, as Jacob Zuma expected to respond to order to resign

“Mr Zuma and the Guptas – a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen – deny any wrongdoing” writes Pete Naughton for telegraph.co.uk. South African police raided the family home of businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday morning amid a probe into allegations that the family used their links with the president to win state contracts and influence Cabinet appointments. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Federal judge: Clerk Dorothy Brown ‘cannot end-run the First Amendment’

“A federal judge doubled-down Tuesday on his order that Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown provide public access to new electronically filed lawsuits” writes Jon Seidel for suntimes.com. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered Brown on Jan. 8 to provide that access within 30 days.Since then, she has signaled she will appeal his order to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.On Tuesday, he shot down her arguments that, among other things, his order would require her to make public lawsuits that are filed under seal. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Pirate Site Blockades Enter Germany with Kinox.to as First Target

“This is the first pirate site blocking order of its kind in Germany and while it’s provisional thus far, it’s not likely to stop here” reports torrentfreak.com. Following a complaint from a German movie distribution company, Internet provider Vodafone has been ordered to block subscribers from accessing the popular pirate streaming portal Kinox.to. Source: torrentfreak.com Share This:

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10 easy ways to save money and get the most out of shopping online at Walmart

“Regardless of these improvements, shopping Walmart online can still feel daunting, especially for those of us who are now extremely comfortable with navigating its competitor, Amazon” writes Mara Leighton for businessinsider.com. Instead of getting free shipping on all orders over $50, it’s now only $35.While it might seem like Amazon has a well-established dominance in all things online shopping, there are at least a few experts who might tell you not to be so hasty with your judgment. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Learning to Trade with Reinforcement Learning

“There are many ways to speed up the training of Reinforcement Learning agents, including transfer learning, and using auxiliary tasks” reports wildml.com. In this post, I’m going to argue that training Reinforcement Learning agents to trade in the financial (and cryptocurrency) markets can be an extremely interesting research problem.When training Reinforcement Learning agents, it is often difficult or expensive to deploy them in the real world and get feedback.Selling works analogously, just that you are now operating on the bid side of the order book, and potentially moving the order book…

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