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Mulvaney defends Doral selection: Trump ‘still considers himself to be in the hospitality business’

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace pushed back on Mulvaney saying Trump is in the hospitality business, pointing out that Trump is the president, not a hotel executive” writes Allan Smith for nbcnews.com. “Yeah, but it’s his background,” Mulvaney said, adding, “he’s in the hotel business, or at least he was before he was president.”.  Source: nbcnews.com

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China’s propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace

“WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “The Cold War thinking and zero sum game, this has stopped and hindered exchanges in cyberspace.Also, bully behavior in cyberspace has had a negative impact on mutual trust,” he said.The state-run World Internet Conference, one of the country’s most prominent tech conferences, takes place this year…

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Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Oct. 13–19 in Review

“Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch” writes Helen Partz for cointelegraph.com. Despite existing criticism of Libra, global regulators do not plan to ban either Facebook’s crypto initiative or other stablecoin projects, the European Central Bank (ECB) director claimed earlier this week.On Oct. 18, Cointelegraph reported on a new survey showing that 27% of German people are planning to use Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Dems aim to block…

“Lawmakers said the “Trump’s Heist Undermines the G-7 (THUG) Act” would cut off all federal funding for the move to have leaders of the seven largest economies in the world gather next June at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami” reports yahoo.com. The bill would also require the White House to turn over all relevant documents that show how administration officials decided on Doral. Source: yahoo.com

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China plots to block US military from key ports, Pentagon warns

“China aims to thwart the U.S. military from using strategically significant ports around the world, U.S. officials and analysts said yesterday” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Military officials agreed that China is trying to crowd Americans out of the ports at the chokepoints of global shipping. “We just have to be present there — not just watching but actually present,” said Air Force Lt.”First, the dual commercial and military uses of these assets; second, that the debt incurred by these countries will tie them to China in ways that will facilitate China’s international…

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Data-labelling startups want to help improve corporate AI

“Because human data-labelling is labour-intensive, most of it happens in low-wage countries like India, Vietnam and the Philippines” writes The Economist for economist.com. Data-labelling is the sort of grunt work that corporate -users would prefer someone else to do for them.The market for data-labelling services may triple to $5bn by 2023, reckons Astasia Myers of Redpoint Ventures, a venture-capital firm.Hive has turned data-labelling into something “like playing Candy Crush”, explains its boss, Kevin Guo, referring to a hit tile-matching game.One reason for the slow uptake is the dearth of quality…

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Amid cash crisis, United Nations likely to be able to pay staff in November

“UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations has received enough partial payments from some countries to be able to pay its staff next month, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last week of a cash shortfall” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. U.S. President Donald Trump has said the United States is shouldering an unfair burden of the cost of the United Nations and has pushed for reforms of the world body.The United States is the largest U.N. contributor – responsible for 22 percent…

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California launches earthquake early warning system it calls best in world

“Japan developed the world’s most advanced earthquake early warning system after the 1995 Kobe earthquake, based on the same principles of physics as California’s” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California rolled out the nation’s first statewide earthquake warning system on Thursday, designed to detect seismic waves and alert residents through a mobile phone app even before the ground starts shaking.Governor Gavin Newsom, who urged Californians to download the MyShake app on the anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake on Oct. 17, 1989, boasted the…

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