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California Today: Rain Brings Health Hazards to the Homeless

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments


But California has far more unsheltered homeless — around 66 percent of the state’s homeless live on the streets. By comparison, in New York state, just 4 percent of homeless are unsheltered.

Dr. Reinking says the damp conditions outdoors are particularly dangerous for diabetics, who are more susceptible to food infections that can sometimes become so severe they require amputation. He struggles to keep up with needs of his patients.

“Homelessness is an epidemic in California,” Dr. Reinking said. “We are grossly understaffed and under-resourced to respond.”

Winters are of course not as extreme in Northern California compared with cities in the Midwest or New England.

But a number of deaths from exposure were reported last winter in the Bay Area.

Oakland has winter shelters, which opened this week, but some homeless are reluctant to use them because it means leaving their belongings behind, according to Lara Tannenbaum, the manager of Community Housing Services for the City of Oakland.

The city also hands out hats, coats and blankets.

At dusk on Thursday groups of men and women huddled in camping tents under a freeway in Oakland, sheltered from the steady rain but not the dampness. “It’s hard to get warm,” said Eugene Jacobs, 27, who has been homeless for the past three years. “We have to change clothes three or four times a day. Everything keeps getting wet.”

“This is going to be hard,” Mr. Jacobs said about the onset of winter. “And this is the least of it.”

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Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, during a Judiciary committee hearing last month.

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• A Los Angeles radio newscaster accused Senator Al Franken on Thursday of kissing and groping her without consent in 2006, before he took public office. Mr. Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, has apologized. [The New York Times]

• With help from 11 California Republicans, the House passed a tax overhaul that is expected to negatively effect state residents. Three Republicans joined California’s Democrats in opposing the bill. [The Los Angeles Times]

• California’s state budget is looking good. New projections from a nonpartisan office show the state is on track to finish its 2018-19 budget year with more than $19 billion in reserves. Analysts are recommending that lawmakers sock the surplus away. [The Sacramento Bee]

• State licensing agencies released a package of long-awaited rules that will regulate the sale of recreational marijuana when it becomes legal on Jan. 1. No, you will not be able to get your marijuana delivered by drone. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• A man described as a “pathological predator” managed to escape a psychiatric facility in Hawaii on Sunday morning. Three days later the authorities arrested the man in Stockton. Exactly how he pulled off his far-flung escape remains unclear. [The New York Times]

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Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, revealed the company’s new electric semi truck at a Thursday night presentation in Hawthorne, Calif.

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• In a presentation in Hawthorne, Tesla unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi truck. The company promises that it will prove more efficient and less costly to operate than the diesel trucks that currently haul goods across the country. And it won’t emit exhaust. [The New York Times]

• Starting next January, anyone who brings a car to Muir Woods National Monument will need a reservation. The new policy makes Muir Woods the first national park unit in country to require year-round reservations for all vehicles. [The Mercury News]

• In the decades since the Rat Pack era, Palm Springs has gradually shed its conservative political identity. Nowadays, it’s a mecca for the gay and transgender people. And next month, every member of its City Council will be a member of that community. [The Los Angeles Times]

• The Los Angeles Philharmonic lost its lauded leader Deborah Borda to the New York Philharmonic. Now its stealing Simon Woods from the Seattle Symphony to replace her. [The New York Times]

• California’s getting older, fast. According to a new statewide report, the number of people age 60 and older will jump 40 percent by 2030 — an aging boom that figures to have a wide ripple effect. [The Orange County Register]

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The Warriors’ Stephen Curry warmed up as Bob Fitzgerald (striped tie) and Jim Barnett did a pregame television broadcast last month. Barnett has been Golden State’s TV analyst since 1985, and Fitzgerald has done play-by-play for the team since 1993.

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• Remember when the Golden State Warriors stunk? The three guys who have been calling the team’s games for decades do, and they appreciate the current hot streak. [The New York Times]

• Our reporter went hiking in California’s gold country with the composer John Adams. It was Mr. Adams way of mining for the real-life tumult of the early 1850s for his latest opera, “Girls of the Golden West.” It will premiere next week in San Francisco. [The New York Times]

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Les Gourmands in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood opened several weeks ago. A loaf of its brioche that serves four people costs $29.

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And Finally …

Yes, life has gotten pretty pricey in San Francisco. Rents are astronomical. Parking downtown for a few days will cost you a car payment. And now, some have complained, bread isn’t cheap either.

To be fair: Les Gourmands’ $29 “bread” — the target of recent internet scorn — is actually brioche; and it’s a four-person loaf that costs $29; a smaller taste for one will run you $3.50.

Sylvain Chaillout, the founder of Les Gourmands, is a fifth-generation baker who says the cost accounts for “a bit of everything.” Brioche, he notes, has always been a luxury item that requires great ingredients; his grandfather would be proud, Mr. Chaillout added, because the recipe is exactly the same as it’s always been.

“It’s a reasonable price for a good product,” he said, drawing a parallel between his brioche and top-shelf champagne.

“We’re in San Francisco,” he added. “People have money.”

The New York Times has dozens of journalists based in California. They will be contributing to California Today while we seek a permanent California Today columnist. Check out the job posting for the weekday newsletter here.

California Today goes live at 6 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: CAtoday@nytimes.com.

California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.

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Alien Hunters Send Message to Nearby Planet

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If there are any intelligent aliens in the GJ 273 system, they can expect to hear from us about a dozen years from now.   


Last month, scientists and artists beamed a message to GJ 273, a red dwarf also known as Luyten’s star that lies 12.36 light-years from Earth, project team members revealed today (Nov. 16). Luyten’s star hosts two known planets, one of which, GJ 273b, may be capable of supporting life as we know it.


Though the message was designed to provoke a response from the hypothetical denizens of GJ 273b, the main goal in sending the communication involved laying a foundation for the future, said team member Douglas Vakoch, president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. [13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens]


“It is a prototype for what I think we would most likely need to do 100 times, or 1,000 times, or 1 million times,” Vakoch told Space.com. “To me, the big success of the project will come if, 25 years from now, there’s someone who remembers to look [for a response]. If we could accomplish that, that would be a radical shift of perspective.”


Indeed, humanity’s demonstrable penchant for short-term thinking has prompted some skepticism within the SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) community about METI as a viable strategy, Vakoch said. (METI is also known as “active SETI.” “Traditional” SETI involves listening and looking for signals that could be from E.T.)


METI is controversial for another reason as well. Some critics — most famously, physicist Stephen Hawking — have suggested that the strategy could betray our existence to super-advanced hostile or resource-hungry aliens, with potentially dire consequences for humanity and the rest of the planet.


But beaming a message to Luyten’s star doesn’t increase the risk of an alien attack, Vakoch said. 


“It’s really hard to imagine a scenario in which a civilization around Luyten’s star could have the capacity to come to Earth and threaten us, and yet they’re not able to pick up our leakage radiation,” he said, referring to the TV and radio signals that have been slipping out into the cosmos from Earth for more than half a century.


The Luyten’s star project, known as “Sónar Calling GJ 273b,” is a collaboration involving METI International; the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia in Spain; and Sónar, a music, creativity and technology festival in Barcelona, Spain.


“Doing it in partnership with the Sónar festival is a way that we can respect the necessity of incorporating a scientific perspective but also to recognize that doesn’t capture the fullness of the human spirit,” Vakoch said.

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Team members crafted a message that includes a scientific and mathematical “tutorial,” as well as 33 short musical compositions by artists in the Sónar community. The team beamed this message out in binary code at two different radio frequencies on Oct. 16, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, using the 105-foot-wide (32 meters) European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) radio antenna in Tromsø, Norway.


Luyten’s star was chosen primarily for its proximity to Earth, which could theoretically lead to a relatively rapid response. The red dwarf is the nearest star visible from the Northern Hemisphere that’s known to host a potentially habitable planet, Vakoch said. (That planet, by the way is a “super-Earth” about three times more massive than our own.”


The ease of conversation has not always factored in to METI campaigns. In 1974, for example, Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory beamed a message devised by Frank Drake, Carl Sagan and other researchers toward the globular cluster M13, which lies 25,000 light-years away from Earth. (This “Arecibo message” began its long space journey 43 years ago today, in fact.)


The October transmissions represented the first phase of “Sónar Calling GJ 273b.” The group also plans to send an “expanded tutorial” to Luyten’s star in April 2018 at several different radio frequencies, turning the EISCAT antenna into something like a musical instrument, team members said.


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Moped catches fire in Vietnam

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments



Close call!



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4 Things Justice League Does Right, And One Thing It Did Wrong

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments



And yet, Cyborg walked away as one of the most interesting members of the JL, because his powers are out of his control, and connected to the Mother Box tech that Steppenwolf seeks to acquire. Cyborg didn’t choose to become this monster — it was the decision of the “monster” he calls father, the head of S.T.A.R. Labs. And even as the movie progresses, his powers evolve… in ways that surprise him. I felt like Justice League scratched the surface of what DC can do with Cyborg, and I left wanting to see more. Great final shot, where he finally perfects his costume, too.



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Hottest New York City startups for 2018

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments


New York City skylineDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesNew York City has long been known as a hub for finance, ecommerce, and health care startups. 

But recent years have seen a rise in another breed of startups tackling issues ranging from crime to housing, sports to beauty.

In many ways, New York has become a hub for diverse companies — with even more diverse founding teams.

Each year, Business Insider talks to industry insiders and venture capitalists to find some of the most exciting companies in the region. Their nominations, plus some fundraising data from PitchBook, help shape this list of startups to watch. To limit the list, we only included companies founded in the last five years and narrowed it down to startups headquartered within the greater New York City area.

The companies featured range from those that are just getting their start, to some that have already inked major deals and gained national exposure. All of the companies featured seem poised to do big things in the coming year.

Here are the hottest startups in New York to keep your eye on:


Brooklinen offers luxury bedding at non-luxury prices.

Brooklinen offers luxury bedding at non-luxury prices.

Rich and Vicki Fulop, the founders of Brooklinen.Brooklinen

What it is: Brooklinen is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Vicki and Rich Fulop, a couple based in — where else — Brooklyn. The company was founded three years ago and initially sold its wares on Kickstarter.

The premise of Brooklinen is “luxury bedding at non-luxury prices.” As an ecommerce site, the company wants to cut out all possible middlemen and avoid brick-and-mortar retail. In doing that, Brooklinen says it eliminates as much as $200 in costs — its bedding starts at $99, compared to what the company says can be more like $300 at traditional retailers. 

Brooklinen now offers plenty of items for the bedroom, including sheets, comforters, pillows, and candles. But it has stuck to just two fabrics: classic percale, and “Luxe,” which has a higher thread count. 

Founders: Rich and Vicki Fulop

Funding: $10 million from FirstMark Capital

Elysium Health is developing supplements that could prevent aging.

Elysium Health is developing supplements that could prevent aging.

Elysium Health cofounders Eric Marcotulli, Dan Alminana, and Leonard Guarente.Courtesy ElysiumHealth

What it is: Elysium Health wants to help people live longer, healthier lives through supplements. Elysium’s first product is a supplement called Basis, which aims to boost levels of a specific protein found in cells. The protein, called “nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide” (NAD), may help prevent aging. 

The supplements industry can be a tricky one to navigate. Supplements aren’t regulated the same way prescription drugs are, which means they don’t always contain what they say they do.

But Elysium is trying to change that. The company boasts an impressive board of scientific advisors and presents results of its clinical trials, which are intended to show that the supplement is safe.

Founders: Eric Marcotulli, Dan Alminana, and Leonard Guarente

Funding: Elysium Health has raised a $20 million Series B led General Catalyst and joined by Breyer Capital, Morningside Ventures, and Sound Ventures

Bowery is moving farming indoors.

Bowery is moving farming indoors.

Bowery CEO Irving Fain.Bowery

What it is: Bowery isn’t the first startup to venture into the world of urban farming, but it hopes to be the most innovative.

Located about 15 miles outside of New York in Kearny, New Jersey, Bowery grows its plants inside a giant warehouse. Because of that, the company estimates it can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than the average urban farm.

Bowery grows its plants under LEDs instead of sunlight and inside nutrient-rich water beds instead of soil. The startup even has its own operating system, FarmOS, to change the weather conditions in the warehouse.

Bowery now sells its plants at Whole Foods and Foragers locations in the New York City area.

Founders: Irving Fain, David Golden, and Brian Falther

Funding: $27.5 million from General Catalyst, GGV Capital, GV, First Round Capital, Box Group, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Tom Colicchio, and others

Citizen helps you avoid crimes in your neighborhood.

Citizen helps you avoid crimes in your neighborhood.

Citizen founder Andrew Frame.Citizen

What it is: Citizen’s goal is to keep you informed of crimes in your area. The app shows you a real-time map of incidents in your area sourced from 9-1-1 calls, and if you’re in a quarter-mile radius of an incident, you’ll get a push notification. 

Users can get real-time updates about ongoing crimes, and watch and upload videos of the incident within the app. Citizen worked with public safety experts, police, and civil rights leaders to get input on how to make the app safe for people to use. 

Citizen first launched a year ago as an app called Vigilante. The app quickly went viral, but was pulled from the app store due to safety concerns. Vigilante relaunched in March as Citizen, and has since expanded to San Francisco after a six-month beta test in New York.

Founders: Andrew Frame

Funding: $13.5 million from Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, and others

Zola is an all-in-one wedding planning site.

Zola is an all-in-one wedding planning site.

Zola founders Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi.Zola

What it is: Zola began as a modern, high-tech approach to wedding registries. The platform lets couples register for everything they want, then adds convenience features like delaying shipping until after the wedding. Users can even register for cash funds to pay for things like honeymoon airfares. The company makes money on every purchase made through its site.

Zola launched in 2013 and has recently expanded beyond registries with Zola Weddings, a free platform for all things wedding-related, like a building a wedding website, guest list, and tracking RSVPs. 

Founders: Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi

Funding: $40 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Thrive Capital, Canvas Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Female Founders Fund, and others

Quartet Health uses data to provide personalized mental health care.

Quartet Health uses data to provide personalized mental health care.

Arun Gupta, founder of Quartet Health.Quartet Health

What it is: Quartet Health is a behavioral health startup founded in 2014 that uses data to connect a patient’s primary care doctors with his or her mental health professionals to identify co-occurring or related issues.

Quartet then connects patients to resources that are tailored based on location and insurance providers, and helps doctors grow their practice. Quartet says its service is good for insurance companies too, since it can help cut down on costs by improving the overall health of patients. 

Quartet told Fortune that it now provides service to over 1 million patients.

Founders: Arun Gupta

Funding: $47 million from GV, Oak HC/FC, and others

Dandelion wants to make heating and cooling your home a lot cheaper.

Dandelion wants to make heating and cooling your home a lot cheaper.

Dandelion founders Kathy Hannun and James Quazi.Dandelion

What it is: Dandelion only recently made its debut on the startup scene after being spun out of Xthe “moonshot” division of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

Dandelion’s goal is to build less expensive geothermal systems to heat and cool homes. The company has developed its own means of installing the systems, which it says is a lot cheaper than the current process. 

The company plans to provide services to qualified homes in New York state to start, then eventually expand in the Northeast and into the Midwest.

Founders: Kathy Hannun and James Quazi

Funding: $2 million from Collaborative Fund, Borealis Ventures, ZhenFund. X, Alphabet’s R&D lab, is a partial owner

Function of Beauty wants to give you better hair through customized beauty products.

Function of Beauty wants to give you better hair through customized beauty products.

Zahir Dossa, founder of Function of Beauty.Function of Beauty

What it is: Function of Beauty is a young startup trying to tackle an age-old problem: getting better hair. 

The startup lets you create custom shampoos and conditioners based on your hair type and goals. If you want smooth, shiny hair, for instance, you can let the company know and they’ll build a concoction that fights frizz. Customers can choose the color and scent of their products, then set up automatic refills for a monthly fee.

Function of Beauty is less than a year old, but it’s already seen massive success: the company is already generating revenue and is valued at a whopping $110 million.

Founders: Zahir Dossa 

Funding: $12.08 million from Y Combinator, GGV Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, and SoGal Ventures

Anchor is bringing radio into the digital era.

Anchor is bringing radio into the digital era.

Anchor founders Mike Mignano and Nir Zicherman.Anchor

What it is: Anchor is a platform for recording and uploading audio content, and aims to be the digital-friendly version of radio.

Anchor is a lot like Instagram or Twitter in that it allows users to publish content to anyone who follows their feeds. But it’s not about photos, videos, or text — instead, Anchor is all about your phone’s microphone.

The app lets users record up to two minutes of audio, then publish it. Users can reply to posts with their own audio messages, called waves. It’s like SoundCloud, but nothing can be pre-recorded, and no recording can be longer than two minutes. People use Anchor for anything from mini stand-up comedy routines to pretending to be characters like Yoda from Star Wars.

Founders: Mike Mignano and Nir Zicherman

Funding: $14.4 million from GV, Accel Partners, Eniac Ventures, CrunchFund, and others

Flip helps navigate the tricky world of apartment subletting.

Flip helps navigate the tricky world of apartment subletting.

Flip cofounders Susannah Vila and Roger Graham.Flip

What it is: Flip is a platform that allows tenants to list available space and find sub-letters. In a similar vein as Airbnb, hosts create a listing, add photos and information like how long the place is available. Flip then takes over, sending out a notice to the landlord, which protects tenants in case the process gets contentious later on.

If a user matches with a subletter, Flip will perform a credit check and make  a recommendation as to whether that subletter is the right fit. Essentially, Flip is an advocate, assistant, and housing expert all rolled into one. 

Flip operates in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and says it offers about 2,300 housing options in total. 

Founders: Susannah Vila and Roger Graham

Funding: $3.4 million from Union Square Ventures, BBG Ventures, Joanne Wilson, Collaborative Fund, Techstars Ventures, and others

The Players’ Tribune is helping athletes share their stories.

The Players' Tribune is helping athletes share their stories.

Jaymee Messler and Derek Jeter, cofounders of The Players’ Tribune.The Players’ Tribune

What it is: The Players’ Tribune launched in 2014, one day after Derek Jeter announced his retirement from the New York Yankees. Jeter and cofounder Jaymee Messler created the site with the goal of letting athletes tell their stories directly to fans.

The site pairs athletes with editors in order to craft the first-person written stories they want to tell, like when Kevin Durant announced his NBA free agency in 2016, or when WNBA star Breanna Stewart shared her own story of childhood sexual assault. The Players’ Tribune also creates podcasts, photo, and video content with athletes in sports ranging from hockey to football to e-sports.

The Players’ Tribune now has investments from more than 50 athletes, including Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Blake Griffin. 

Founders: Jaymee Messler and Derek Jeter

Funding: $58 million from GV, NEA, IVP, Kobe Bryant, and others

Editor’s note: The author’s boyfriend is an employee at The Players’ Tribune.

Eligible helps take the pain out of medical billing.

Eligible helps take the pain out of medical billing.

The Eligible team, including founder Katelyn Gleason.Eligible

What it is: Millions of people in the US interact with Eligible on a regular basis, but they probably don’t realize it.

Eligible acts as the middleman between healthcare providers and health insurance companies, figuring out whether a patient’s insurance will cover a doctor visit. Eligible also helps determine how much a patient will pay out of pocket. 

Companies like ZocDoc, Cleveland Clinic, and Oscar use Eligible’s service. The startup is based in Brooklyn and says it’s growing its sales by 40% per month. 

Founders: Katelyn Gleason

Funding: $29.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Drew Houston, Steve Huffman, and others 

Drone Racing League is building a new kind of spectator sport.

Drone Racing League is building a new kind of spectator sport.

Drone Racing League founder Nicholas Horbaczewski.Drone Racing League

What it is: Drone Racing League launched in 2015 with a straightforward mission: bring drone racing into the mainstream. 

Two years later, the startup has inked a deal with ESPN to broadcast on their networks and has signed on sponsors and investors like Sky UK and the U.S. Air Force.

DRL’s races feature remote control air crafts that fly at speeds over 90 miles per hour. DRL has had to build the drones itself — it acquired a company called Dronecraft, a designer of high-end racing drones — as well as design the race courses, and pull all of the technology together to make it happen.

Founders: Nicholas Horbaczewski

Funding: $32 million from Hearst Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Sky UK, MGM Studios, CAA, Liberty Media, Allianz Ventures, WWE Ventures, Lux Capital, RSE Ventures, and CRCM Ventures

Transfix matches truckers with shipments to cut out wasted travel.

Transfix matches truckers with shipments to cut out wasted travel.

Transfix cofounders Jonathan Salama and Drew McElroy.Transfix

What it is: Transfix is one of several startups trying to become the “Uber for shipping” — matching truckers already headed somewhere with loads that need to be transported.

But Transfix aims to pull ahead of the pack with its tech savvy and environmentally friendly goal of cutting back on waste. The startup has a high-tech “fleet management system” that lets its customers track their shipments, message with drivers, and calculate fuel taxes. There’s also an online marketplace that lets customers have some control over who they’re matched with and what they’re paying. 

Founders: Drew McElroy and Jonathan Salama

Funding: $78.5 million from NEA, Canvas Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Bowery Capital, and others

Warp + Weft is an inclusive, low-cost denim brand.

Warp + Weft is an inclusive, low-cost denim brand.

Warp + Weft

What it is: Warp + Weft — textile terms for the specific weave in fabrics — was founded only a few months ago. It’s part of a growing trend of direct-to-consumer denim brands, but its focus on inclusivity and reasonable prices are what set it apart.

The startup was founded by veterans of the premium denim industry who noticed a gap in the market: Low-cost, high-quality denim for people of all shapes and sizes. The brand offers jeans in women’s sizes 0-24 along with petite sizing, and offers men’s denim in sizes 28-40. Warp + Weft’s jeans are sold online and all cost under $100.

Warp + Weft only sells jeans and shorts right now, but plans to add denim skirts, jackets, and jumpsuits. 

Founders: Sarah Ahmed, Robert Wright, Eunice Ko, and Kathleen Clark

Funding: Self-funded

Pilot helps small businesses get internet access.

Pilot helps small businesses get internet access.

Pilot founder Joseph Fasone.Pilot

What it is: Pilot is an internet service provider aimed at startups. The company works by finding unused fiber optic cable, leasing it, and switching it on, offering inexpensive, high-speed internet to small businesses. 

The startup operates in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston. Pilot says its services are now used at more than 1,000 offices.

The company was founded by Joseph Fasone, a high school dropout who joined WeWork as director of IT at age 16

Founders: Joseph Fasone

Funding: $32.3 million from Box Group, Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, and others

Jopwell wants to help minorities land jobs in tech.

Jopwell wants to help minorities land jobs in tech.

Jopwell cofounders Ryan Williams and Porter Braswell.Jopwell

What it is: Jopwell is a job-hunting site dedicated to matching people from minority backgrounds (namely Black, Latino/Hispanic and Native American) with great jobs and internships, particularly in tech. 

Jopwell launched in 2015 and has high-profile companies on board. Microsoft, Airbnb, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Spotify all use the site, plus companies outside of tech, like Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, the NBA, Pfizer, and The New York Times. 

Jopwell says it’s helped job hunters using its site make more than 15,000 connections with possible employers.

Founders: Ryan Williams and Porter Braswell

Funding: $11.75 million from Andreessen Horowitz, San Francisco 49ers, Magic Johnson Holdings, Valar Ventures, and others

Hungryroot is making healthy “crave-able” food.

Hungryroot is making healthy "crave-able" food.

Hungryroot founder Ben McKean.Hungryroot

What it is: Hungryroot launched with the mission to “make indulgence healthy” by serving up ready-to-cook products like carrot noodles and chickpea cookie dough.

But Hungryroot isn’t going after meal-kit companies like Blue Apron, or meal-delivery ones like Munchery. Instead, the company is going after “convenience food” like canned soup.   

The startup began as a direct-to-consumer food business, but has since expanded to sell its products on the shelves of Whole Foods stores, and it offers its products through services like Fresh Direct and Amazon Fresh.

Founders: Ben McKean 

Funding: $13.93 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, KarpReilly, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

The Wing is a social club especially for women.

The Wing is a social club especially for women.

Lauren Kassan and Audrey Gelman, cofounders of The Wing.The Wing

What it is: The Wing is a coworking space and social club exclusively for women. The club provides free workspace to members, but also offers speaking events, community volunteer opportunities, movie screenings, and happy hours — plus free blow-outs, showers on site, space to nap, a café, and a library. Members pay between $2,350 to $2,700 a year for access to these perks.

The club has 1,500 members and an 8,000-person waiting list for its two open locations (SoHo and the Flatiron District). It plans to launch two more spaces, one in Brooklyn and one in Washington, DC. 

Founders: Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan

Funding: $10.4 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyers, New Enterprise Associates, BBG Ventures, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, and others.



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Seattle’s Algorithmia wants to help machine learning researchers get up and running in production – GeekWire

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An overview of how Algorithmia’s AI Layer product works. (Algorithmia Image)

Algorithmia is adding a new service alongside its marketplace for artificial intelligence algorithms that helps data scientists focus on their work, rather than infrastructure.

The company’s new AI Layer product allows AI experts to let Algorithmia deploy their models on the infrastructure of their choice, potentially solving what CEO Diego Oppenheimer called “the last mile” problem in AI research in an interview earlier this week. He envisions AI Layer as something data scientists at big companies can use to get their models up and running faster than just sending them down to operations, or that smaller companies can use to avoid wasting the time of very expensive AI researchers on troubleshooting compute infrastructure.

“The people who are typically doing machine learning and data science are typically not the people who have been doing production internet-type systems,” Oppenheimer said. “It’s a mismatch of skillsets” and it works both ways; production operators sometimes need to rewrite code to make it work on their infrastructure, and that can mess up sensitive AI research models, he said.

There are two levels of service: Serverless AI Layer is hosted on Algorithmia’s cloud service, and Enterprise AI Layer involves having the company’s engineers deploy the data model on the public cloud vendor of your choice or internal infrastructure. The startup has been working on the service for three years, Oppenheimer said, and this is its first major product expansion beyond its marketplace for AI algorithms.

He hopes companies will find value in keeping their data scientists happy while giving their operations people time to learn how to work with data science models at scale. “Any time you have (people) doing something they’re not the experts on, you’re burning money,” he said.

Algorithmia has raised $12.9 million in funding, most recently in June when Google’s new AI investment arm Gradient Ventures took a stake in the company worth $10.5 million. GeekWire readers probably remember Oppenheimer’s talk last June at our Cloud Tech Summit, a video of which follows below.



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Move Over Graphene: IBM Expects Copper Interconnects to Hold the CMOS Line

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It’s been 20 years since IBM first introduced copper interconnects in CMOS processing, sparking a minor revolution in the process. Within a handful of years, both Intel and AMD had made the jump as well, paving the way for reduced interconnect power consumption and improved performance when compared with the older aluminum interconnect standard. Now, IBM believes there’s enough life left in copper — and enough problems with graphene — that copper-based interconnects will last until CMOS is itself replaced by something new.

EETimes spoke with IBM fellow Dan Edelstein at the IEEE Nanotechnology Symposium this week. Edelstein argues graphene is too difficult to manufacture, doesn’t flow uniformly, and doesn’t achieve the same consistent performance as modern copper interconnects. This is similar to issues we’ve heard scientists and researchers raise for years. Graphene is indisputably an amazing conductor, but if being good at one thing was sufficient for integration into semiconductor production we’d all be walking around with 50GHz smartphones. No one has yet found a cost-effective way of manufacturing graphite at scale or of manufacturing it to the tolerances required.

Copper vs. aluminum, interconnect and total delay

“Copper with a thin cap of cobalt is better than graphene at carrying current and even at the smallest sizes imaginable copper interconnects are still the best solution, perhaps with cobalt, nickel, ruthenium or another platinum-group noble metals brought in to underlay it,” Edelstein said.

EETimes’ writeup on the slow advance of copper interconnects is an interesting look at how a technology that is considered commonplace today was difficult and challenging to bring to market at the time. Copper offered significant benefits over aluminum, as shown in the image above, but it also required a tantalum-nitride sheath to act as a diffusion barrier between copper ions and the silicon itself. IBM had to develop entirely new methods of connecting the various layers of the CPU; the techniques that had worked well for aluminum did not function for copper.

“At first our competitors said that it would only last one generation, but so far it has lasted 12,”Edelstein told EETimes. “And we believe that for CMOS it will last forever, except perhaps on the bottom layer next to the advanced node silicon transistors which may require cobalt, nickel, ruthenium or another platinum-group noble metals,”

Is Edelstein right? He may well be, but not for good reasons. As semiconductor nodes have become smaller, interconnect delay has risen and become an increasingly difficult problem to solve. It’s part of the reason why CPU clocks haven’t advanced much. We need a better interconnect solution, no question, but so far, we simply haven’t found one. The problems facing graphene are significantly more difficult than the issues that made copper integration difficult in the 1990s, and until we can actually produce the stuff in the commercial volumes required for mainstream manufacturing, it wouldn’t matter if it was the best interconnect material on Earth.

Copper, for better or worse, is what we have to work with. Semiconductor manufacturers are going to have to find a way to make it work while living within its ever-growing limitations. There’s been some work on graphene-coated copper, but nothing has even approached prototype status, at least not yet.



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Hours before launch, EA strips micro-transactions from ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’

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Just hours before the full launch of Battlefront II, Electronic Arts has announced that they’re removing in-game micro-transactions entirely from the title for the time being as they look to rethink their pricing strategy.

What drove EA to take micro-transactions out of one of the company’s biggest releases this year? A backlash that was rippling through the online gaming community on gaming platforms, social media and forums. Though EA emphasized the full removal of in-game purchases was temporary, it’s clear that the community is volatile and will react negatively to changes it doesn’t see as satisfactory.

Oskar Gabrielson from EA game developer DICE noted the drastic shift in strategy in a blog post published this evening, announcing the move:

Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. We’ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You’ve seen this with both the major adjustments, and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.

But as we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.

We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.

Micro-transactions have been one of the fundamental takeaways that the console/PC gaming community has picked up from the mobile gaming industry. What has been a bit tougher to swallow for users is that while the “freemium” model has fundamentally involved free-to-download titles, EA and other large-scale gaming giants have shaped it to a model that functions on full-price experiences retailing for $60-$100 to begin with.

That’s largely been fine though, gamers have adapted and the shelf life of these titles have extended greatly in the face of evolving online multiplayer modes, while players are able to buy fun new outfits or personalizations that showcase their dedication.

The reason so many gamers were pissed off by EA’s recent news is that there’s been a fairly significant red line where gamers believe that micro-transactions should not influence gameplay or lead to anything close to a “pay-to-win” environment. It was clear EA crossed that line and gamers were extremely loud in informing them about.

After an official EA account sought to explain the reasoning of the company, Redditors responded en masse down-voting the comment to the lowest rating of any before it. Gaming sites were filled with posts imploring gamers who had pre-ordered Battlefront II to cancel their reservations. Soon, EA responded by noting that they were lowering the amount of in-game credits (crystals) needed to unlock certain characters.

The band-aid solution didn’t manage to appease angry gamers, but with today’s full court press on halting micro-transactions entirely — for the time-being — it’s obvious that this is all a fairly pivotal moment for the company that will shape how it approaches pricing content moving forward. Turns out the bottomless well of in-game purchases may have a bottom after-all.



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The stock market is flashing warning signs

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Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget talks about the warnings being issued by a growing faction of fund managers, including John Hussman, the president of the Hussman Investment Trust and a former economics professor. He outlines Hussman’s argument that equity valuations are too high, and that technical indicators are flashing sell signals.

Blodget sits down with Business Insider executive editor Sara Silverstein to discuss Hussman’s bear arguments, as well as those posed by Societe Generale strategist Albert Edwards, who’s another long-standing critic of the current equity bull market. She looks at recent comments made by Edwards that the number of Americans planning to take a vacation is signaling the type of complacency that can derail the ongoing rally.

Silverstein and Blodget then debate whether these recent comments from Hussman and Edwards hold water, citing a handful of bull arguments that suggest the market will continue higher for much longer. Blodget says the current environment reminds him of the second half of the 1990s, when bearish value investors were shamed as the market continued to rally. He laments the fact that while Hussman and Edwards may be right at some point, that the lack of clarity around timing makes it difficult to react.



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Elon Musk is Finally Unveiling Tesla’s Electric Semi

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In Brief


After months of waiting, the moment is finally here. Tonight (Nov. 16, 2017), Elon Musk is giving the world its first look at Tesla’s new semi.

After months of waiting, the moment is finally here. Tonight (Nov. 16, 2017), Elon Musk is giving the world its first look at Tesla’s new semi. The event just started. Stay tuned here for live updates. See the event below.

  • The term that Tesla came up with to define the performance of the Tesla semi is BAMF.
  • Musk claims that it can go from zero to sixty in just 5 seconds.
  • You can carry the maximum weight on a highway in a Tesla and accelerate from zero to sixty in 20 seconds.
  • The semis have a range of 500 miles at maximum weight (80,000 pounds) while traveling at maximum highway speed.
  • They can travel up-hill at 65 mph versus 45 mph for other semis
  • Tesla trucks are able to hit 65 mph vs 45 mph up a 5% grade compared to a standard truck
  • Musk claims most routes are 250 miles one way, meaning that the trucks can make deliveries and return home without charging.
  • The driver’s seat got a serious upgrade. It is placed dead center and is moved much farther forward, thanks to the absence of the engine.
  • Still no details on price or when they will officially go on sale. Though Musk did claim that diesel trucks will ultimately cost 20 percent more per mile and that they will go into production in 2019.
  • Musk claimed that continuing to use diesel would be “economic suicide,” as Tesla semis will cost just 7 cents/kWh.



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Slack expands into Japanese, its fifth language

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Slack has announced that its popular team collaboration software is now localized for the Japanese market.

The news comes just a few months after the San Francisco-based company expanded beyond English into Spanish, French, and German and revealed that Japanese would be next up.

Users can manually change their interface language to Japanese in the Preferences menu, and admins can set the default language for the whole organization from their dashboard.

Above: Slack in Japanese

Image Credit: Slack

Founded in 2009, Slack has raised north of $700 million in funding, including a $250 million round led by Japan’s SoftBank back in September. While Slack has been the poster child for enterprise-focused team collaboration tools, it is facing increasing competition from the likes of Microsoft, which launched Teams last year as part of Office 365, leading Slack to take out a full-page ad in the New York Times. Elsewhere, Facebook is pushing its own Workplace service, Google is investing in Hangouts Chat, and Atlassian has HipChat and Stride.

Slack is facing stiff competition, for sure, but with big-name local backers such as SoftBank on board, the company stands a good chance of infiltrating the potentially lucrative Japanese market. Indeed, the company said that a number of Japanese companies have already been using Slack in English, including Tokyo stock market index Nikkei and food tech company Cookpad.



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OxygenOS open beta 27/18 hits OnePlus 3/3T with improved battery

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OnePlus just unveiled its new OnePlus 5T yesterday and it’s soaking up a fair amount of attention, but it’s not the only OnePlus phone we have news for. The OnePlus 3 and 3T have just received a new open beta update, bringing some valuable improvements.

OnePlus has revamped the UI in “do not disturb” — making it easier to understand — while also updating the the Smart Text Selection feature, stating that it should now “work as intended.” These upgrades arrive alongside general performance enhancements, updates to the OnePlus and GMS applications like Gallery, Weather and Recorder, and “optimized standby battery usage” — something which should please every OnePlus 3 and 3T user.

OnePlus hasn’t managed to quash all known bugs yet, noting that those showing up in blank spaces in the UI still haven’t been fixed, and the November security patch wasn’t included either (instead, the handsets have been updated with the October 2017 version). Nevertheless, OnePlus has addressed a number of other pre-existing problems, including “fixes for extended screenshot in some applications, Bluetooth performance enhancements, camera gesture fixes, and memory optimizations.”

You can download the latest open beta over at the OnePlus forums now and, as always, you can also fill out the feedback form to help OnePlus improve the UI.



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Hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia

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Given the critical role livestock play in Mongolia, transmission of tick-borne diseases can have very real health and economic implications for livestock and herders. Researchers have explored the interaction between nomadic herders, the livestock they own, and the tick-borne diseases they are exposed to.



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New York Today: Readers Try a Week of Meditation

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Making room for mindfulness.

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Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

Good morning on this radiant Friday.

How can stressed-out, busy New Yorkers incorporate meditation into their daily routines? And can it make a difference?

To explore those questions, we asked 13 readers who have little to no meditation experience to try it for 20 minutes each morning last week and share their feedback.

The 10 participants who completed the project, who ranged in age from 25 to 82, included students, lawyers, nonprofit professionals and business consultants from across the city.

To get started, we asked them to follow The Times’s How to Meditate guide. We also had two meditation experts answer questions: Holly Duckworth, who often works with top executives across North America, and Tara Brach, the author of “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.” And we sent daily text reminders, too.

(Please note: This was not a scientific study, and results can vary from person to person.)

Here is how a daily dose of meditation helped a few of your fellow New York Today readers:

A boost of energy

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Michael Arcati, 41, a lawyer from Forest Hills, Queens, said he’s usually relaxed over the weekend, but by 10 a.m. on Monday, he feels a “tidal wave of short-fused projects and family responsibilities.” He, like other participants, was skeptical about the benefits of meditation. Two days into the project, he said, he noticed that his frequent stress headaches had disappeared and he no longer needed his afternoon power nap. At the end of the week, he told us, meditation was a “great stress reliever” and he got better with practice.

Anxiety control

Erin A. Paul, 30, a musician from the Bronx, said she often has trouble concentrating. Last Thursday, she was playing the French horn at a concert when, she said, she experienced a panic attack. But her meditation practice had helped her through it, she said. “I was able to keep breathing in a methodical way, and focus my mind on the task at hand rather than allowing myself to go down the path of ‘what’s going to happen next? Am I going to barf during this concert and ruin it?’” She said she plans to continue meditating three to four times per week.

Stress relief

Erilia Wu, 29, is a public health researcher who moved to Sunnyside, Queens, from China in 2014. Like many of our participants, she said she is under a lot of pressure at her job. Before the meditation project began, she had ended a two-year relationship and was “devastated,” she said. But during a meditation session on Tuesday, when thoughts of her ex began to surface, she was able to stop and refocus. “It was 15 minutes of calmness that I could use more often.” She plans to fit small meditation sessions into her schedule.

Help managing pain

A few days before she started meditating, Lola Guerrero, 25, a theater director from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, had hip surgery. The meditation sessions, she said, helped her “maintain a calm relationship” with how she felt physically. She spent most of the week in bed, she said. Practicing meditation allowed her to transform her situation “into something constructive and eye-opening.”

Those experiences were only a handful of the stories we heard from participants. We’d like to also thank: Judith Caporale of Tudor City; Mary Li Hsu of Lower Manhattan; Sam Liff of Gravesend, Brooklyn; Carolyn Loeb of Ridgewood, Queens; Jonathan Maldonado of the Bronx; Casey Noel of the Upper West Side; Dara Silverman and Sharene Williams of Kensington, Brooklyn; and Jane Wolff of Brooklyn Heights.

Stay tuned for our next hands-on project with readers (and yes, we will be looking for volunteers).

Here’s what else is happening:

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Take a deep breath, exhale, and enjoy: It’s a bright and sunny Friday.

It’s still mid-November, though, so don’t expect too much. The high is 49 and the wind could make the morning commute a little chilly.

There’s rain up ahead this weekend. Enjoy the blue skies while you can.

In the News

The federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey ended in a mistrial. [New York Times]

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Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey outside Federal District Court in Newark on Thursday.

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency will allow DACA applicants whose renewal permits were rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their paperwork. [New York Times]

A Democratic incumbent in Queens lost her seat on New York City Council to a Republican, a vocal critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio. [New York Times]

More than half of the city’s schools targeted for improvement as part of the Renewal program have fallen short of their graduation rate goals. [New York Times]

A mistrial was also declared in the case of Norman Seabrook, the former head of the New York City correction officers’ union. [New York Times]

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Prosecutors argued that Norman Seabrook steered $20 million from the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association into a hedge fund in exchange for kickbacks.

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Holly Pickett for The New York Times

The pay gap between the city’s airport workers and their peers in New Jersey is about to widen again, and union leaders are looking for ways to bridge it. [New York Times]

The city is planning to create a mobile push alert that would go out when a person is killed or seriously hurt in a hit-and-run incident. [New York Daily News]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “The Outing Left Her Hungry

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Visit the exhibition “Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze,” which contains 58 Rodin statues, at the Brooklyn Museum. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. [$16]

An interactive performance, Hercules in Mott Haven, at the Mott Haven Library in the Bronx. 5:30 p.m. [Free]

An evening of dance, Dance on a Shoestring, at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery in the East Village. 7 p.m. [$15]

A discussion about mafia lifestyle with the writers Frank DiMatteo and Chris Chiarmonte at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. 7:15 p.m. [Free]

Islanders at Lightning, 7 p.m. (MSG+). Rangers at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (MSG+). Knicks at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (MSG). Net host Jazz, 7:30 p.m. (YES).

Watch “The New York Times Close Up,” featuring The Times’s Brian Rosenthal and other guests. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CUNY-TV.

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Nov. 23.

Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings.

The Weekend

Saturday

Bring your kids to the “Three Bears Holiday Bash” variety show at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. 1 p.m. [$8 children, $12 adults]

A performance of Kunqu, traditional Chinese theater, at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. 1:30 p.m. [$16]

A performance of the opera “La Traviata” at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. 3 p.m. [$26]

A dramatic reading of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Long Day’s Journey into Night” at the St. George Library Center in Staten Island. 6 p.m. [Free]

Devils at Jets, 3 p.m. (MSG). Islanders at Hurricanes, 5 p.m. (MSG+).

Sunday

Learn how to identify waterfowl at the South Beach fishing peer at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach on Staten Island. 9 a.m. [Free]

Dress your pup and head to the Dog Day Harvest Costume Party and Parade in Washington Square Park. 11 a.m. [Free]

Visit more than 30 artist studios at the Open Studios Weekend at various locations in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn. Noon to 5 p.m. [Free]

A screening of the documentary “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. 2 and 6 p.m. [$15]

Jets host Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX). Giants host Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS). Nets host Warriors, 6 p.m. (YES). Rangers host Senators, 7 p.m. (MSG).

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

And Finally …

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Are the Catskills upstate?

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What area is considered upstate New York?

We’ve heard a few definitions.

Among the 10 regional economic development councils established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2010, there’s a North Country that touches the border with Canada and a Southern Tier just north of Pennsylvania.

Some argue that upstate New York is anywhere north of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter rail lines.

We’ve even heard snarky Lower Manhattan residents say upstate lies above 14th Street.

So we ask you: What do you consider to be upstate New York? Where does it start? Let us know in the comments or send us an email to nytoday@nytimes.com. Include your name, age and the neighborhood in which you live. We may contact you for possible inclusion in a column.

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FDA Approves First ‘Digital’ Pill: How Does It Work?

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A new “digital pill” can tell doctors whether a patient has taken his or her medicine. The pill, which was approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 13, sends a signal to a wearable sensor when a patient has taken the medication, and that information is then sent to a doctor’s office.


The whole system is called Abilify MyCite, and consists of the pill, the wearable sensor and a smartphone app. The actual drug is Abilify (generic name aripiprazole), a medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug is sold by Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and the sensor in the pill was built by Proteus Digital Health.


But how does the system work? [Bionic Humans: Top 10 Technologies]


Though the idea may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, the technology is based on a principle first outlined more than 200 years ago, said Dr. George Savage, chief medical officer and co-founder of Proteus Digital Health.


In 1800, Alessandro Volta invented a battery consisting of two dissimilar metals (zinc and copper) in a solution of sulfuric acid and brine, Savage said. Batteries are made in a similar way to this day.


Embedded in the pill is a sensor that consists of a silicon chip with the logic circuit, along with two pieces of metal: copper and magnesium, Savage told Live Science. When the sensor is dropped into a solution of water or any other liquid that has polar molecules (such as the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which dissolves the pill, leaving the sensor behind), the device will generate a current. The current is very small, but it’s enough to run the chip.


“Technically, it’s a partial power source,” Savage said. “The patient becomes the battery.”


Once activated, the chip — only 1 millimeter on a side, and 0.3 mm thick — sends a very simple signal, one that encodes only a single number. That number identifies the pill and tells the wearable, adhesive sensor — basically an adhesive bandage, Savage said — that it has been ingested.


The pill’s signal isn’t a radio signal, though, Savage said. The chip’s logic circuit makes a small modulated current — a graph of the current levels would look like a sine wave. Since the human body is conductive, the wearable sensor can pick up the changes. The modulated current can encode ones and zeroes, similar to an FM signal, Savage said.


“It works in a similar way as an EKG,” or electrocardiogram, Savage said. These machines pick up on changes in electrical current in the body to monitor heartbeats. The wearable sensor does the same thing, though the current is smaller, he said.


The pill is designed to work for only about 3 minutes. That’s just enough time for it to send a signal to the wearable sensor that it should wake up and start gathering data. That saves battery power, Savage said, and allows the wearable sensor to work for a week at a time.


The wearable sensor, which is an adhesive patch worn on the abdomen, can detect how active the patient is, like a Fitbit, said Bob McQuade, the chief strategy officer at Otsuka Pharmaceutical. It can also check if the person taking the pill is lying down. [5 Ways Computers Boost Drug Discovery]


From the wearable sensor, the information that the patient took a pill, and whether they are moving, standing or sitting, is sent to the smartphone app via Bluetooth. The app then asks the patient how they feel, and records the response. If the patient consents, the app can send the time they took the pill, their activity level and their self-reported stress to their doctor, who can look at the data over time and get an idea of how routine the patient’s medication use is. So, for example, the doctor might know if the patient always takes the medication at the same time of day, or if there is a tendency to forget to take a pill now and then.


Savage noted that the information sent from the wearable sensor to the phone and from the phone app to the doctor’s office is encrypted, and there isn’t a realistic way to hack the signal from the pill to the wearable sensor without keeping in very close contact with the patient.


McQuade noted that even though the data lets doctors monitor if patients have taken their medicine, there’s no evidence that the system improves adherence, meaning that the patient takes the medicine as directed.


“Those experiments haven’t been done yet,” McQuade told Live Science. Even so, this kind of data might help doctors talk to patients about medication usage and perhaps identify good habits, he said.


Savage noted that adherence and proper use is an ongoing problem. For example, many people who miss a day’s medication — whatever it is for — will take two pills the next day, even though people shouldn’t do that with some drugs. “People do things that are logical at work, for instance — you miss a day, [so] you come in and do more work — but not in pharmacology.”


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Man filmed punching girlfriend during argument

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A couple start arguing on the roadside and the man is filmed repeatedly punching his girlfriend who was jealous over a new girl who’d moved in next door to them. Onlookers eventually step in before two policemen arrive to calm things.



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The Greatest Challenge Adapting Wonder From The Best-Selling Novel, According To The Director

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Wonder Auggie Jack Will

Every novel adaptation comes with its own specific challenges. After all, books and film are two completely different mediums with very different benefits and restraints, and those factors are key in the way that a story is ultimately told. Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder is a perfect example, just given that the way we look at protagonist Auggie Pullman changes our perspective on the narrative — and the director recently explained to me why that specifically was the hardest challenge in making the movie:

Well, I’d say the biggest challenge that we faced right off the bat was how to turn Jacob Tremblay physically into Auggie Pullman. Luckily Arjen [Tuiten] is a brilliant, brilliant makeup designer, and he gave us all the confidence in the world that it could be done physically. Past that, I have to say, being a fellow author, everyone knows the cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s trying to find the picture. Not only the picture in terms of a literal image, but in terms of the right casting. You don’t have five chapters to explain who Summer is, so you have to find Millie Davis. You don’t have all the time in the world to understand how strong, and amazing, and loving mom can be, so you beg Julia Roberts to do it, and she said yes.

Paired together, Stephen Chbosky and author R.J. Palacio both participated in the Wonder international press day in London, England earlier this month, and I had the immense pleasure of getting to sit down with them and discuss the movie. One of my questions was in regard to the challenges of turning the story of Wonder from a novel to a film, and Chbosky explained why getting the makeup right, and the casting perfect was ultimately paramount for the drama.

Adapted from R.J. Palacio’s book by Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy who was born with a medical facial deformity, causing him to look very different than most kids his age. While he has a pair of loving parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson), and a loving sister (Izabela Vidovic), his world is thrown for a complete loop when he’s told that he’ll be completing fifth grade in public school. As you would imagine, being able to actually see Auggie’s face has a specific effect on how the story is told and absorbed, making Chobsky’s challenges understandable.

As for R.J. Palacio, watching Wonder get turned into a film wasn’t exactly a walk in the park either. Instead, there was an important process involving removing herself from the machine and letting the filmmakers do their work. Fortunately, at the end of the day she was thrilled with what Stephen Chbosky and company had made:

It’s daunting, it’s scary – you have to let go. I tried to be as respectful as possible to the process. Because I’m an artist, I’m a writer; Stephen’s an artist, he’s a writer. And he’s also the director of the movie, and it had to be his baby. So that’s where it becomes… it’s a test, it’s definitely a test. So when I finally saw it altogether on the screen with an audience, it was such an unbelievable feeling of relief – and joy, obviously! And I was laughing, crying, wiping my tears, and all of that. But ultimately it was just such a sense of like, ‘Wow, he really did it. He brought it home!’

You can watch the author and the writer/director discuss their work on Wonder and the challenge of the adaptation by clicking play on the video below.

Wonder, which also stars Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupe and Bryce Gheisar, is in theaters now — and be sure to stay tuned for more about the film here on CinemaBlend!



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Tesla is already getting orders for its new electric big rig

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Tesla Semi.
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  • A Michigan-based grocery chain ordered four new Tesla
    Semis, Bloomberg reported late Thursday night.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new electric
    semi-trucks, which can travel up to 500 miles on a single
    charge.
  • Production is expected to begin in 2019.

Tesla is already receiving orders for its
new electric semi-truck unveiled on Thursday night
. According
to
a Bloomberg report
, the Michigan-based grocery chain Meijer,
Inc. placed deposits on four of the new trucks at $5,000 apiece.

Meijer fleet manager Dan Scherer told Bloomberg’s Dana Hull:
“Electricity is cheaper fuel than diesel, and you are less
dependent on the spot-pricing of fossil fuel.”

CEO Elon Musk officially introduced Tesla to the heavy duty
trucking industry with what we he considers to be next-generation
semis; trucks boasting 500 miles of battery range and the ability
to recharge up to 400 miles in 30 minutes. The trucks can sprint
to 60 miles per hour in five seconds without a trailer attached,
and do the same speed in 20 seconds while hauling 80,000 pounds
of cargo, according to Musk.

In an official press release, Tesla claims its Semi “is more
responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same
amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car
traffic.”

The semi also
features some first-of-its-kind technology and design

including the
removal of a traditional clutch and gears
— making them
unlike any conventional big rig currently on the road.

The Tesla Semi is expected to go into production in 2019.

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Surprise! Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi truck – plus a remade Roadster – GeekWire

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Semi truck and an updated Roadster. (Tesla via YouTube)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk rode in with revelations about his company’s all-electric Semi truck, but walked off with an even bigger surprise: a new version of the Tesla Roadster that breaks records for speed and range.

Tonight’s unveiling at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., set a new standard for hype, with hundreds of fans cheering in the stands. But if Musk follows through on the promised specs, the Semi and the Roadster should set new standards for electric vehicles. And for vehicles, period.

“The point of doing this is just to give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said after showing off a red Roadster prototype. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”

Musk was equally effusive about the Semi he rode in on, which has Tesla’s enhanced Autopilot system, the streamlined look of Tesla’s passenger cars and a driver’s seat in the center of the cab.

“What does it feel like to drive this truck?” he asked rhetorically. “It’s amazing. … I can drive this thing, and I have no idea how to drive a semi.”

The big reveal took the focus off Tesla’s red ink and slow production ramp-up for the mass-market Model 3 sedan, at least for a night.

The Roadster is scheduled to go into production in 2020, and the Semi should become available in 2019, Musk said. “If you order now, get a truck in two years,” he said.

Musk rattled off Semi statistics aimed at putting diesel trucks to shame. By Tesla’s calculation, the cost per mile for its all-electric Semi would be $1.26, compared with $1.51 for a diesel. And if three streamlined Semis are platooned as a close-following convoy, the cost per mile would go down to 85 cents, Musk said.

“This beats rail,” he added.

The truck should be able to maintain a speed of 65 mph going up a 5 percent grade, compared to a maximum 45 mph for a diesel power train, Musk said. He said it should have a maximum range of 500 miles, and could be charged up for another 400 miles in 30 minutes using Tesla’s yet-to-be-deployed, solar-powered Megacharger stations.

“By the time you are done with your break, the truck is ready to go. You will not be waiting for your truck to charge,” Musk told the truckers in the audience.

Thanks to four independent drive trains, the Semi should be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 20 seconds with an 80,000-pound load. Drive-train redundancy should also guard against jackknifing and boost the Semi’s reliability. “We guarantee that this truck will not break down for a million miles,” Musk said.

That’s not the only guarantee Musk gave: He said the windshield glass will be so sturdy that it’s “thermonuclear-explosion-proof.”

“Survives a nuclear explosion, or you get a full refund,” Musk said.

A sporty surprise

After the prototype Semi truck was sent offstage, the lights dimmed, only to come up again, flashing in a sci-fi pattern. The door of a container opened, and the Roadster raced out to the renewed thump of rock music.

“Turns out there was some cargo in the truck,” Musk deadpanned.

The first vehicle that Tesla marketed was the Roadster two-seater sports car, which went out of production in 2012. “People have asked us for a long time, ‘When are you going to make a new Roadster?’ We are making it now,” Musk said.

In a tribute to the movie “Spaceballs,” Musk built a “Ludicrous Mode” into the speed settings for Model S, and tonight he doubled down on the “Spaceballs” reference for the Roadster. “There’s only thing that’s beyond Ludicrous, which is Plaid,” Musk said.

“The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made, period,” he declared.

Here are the stats that Musk used to back up his claim: It’ll go from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, and from zero to 100 in 4.2 seconds. It’ll do the quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds, and hit a top speed in excess of 250 mph.

Thanks to a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the convertible four-seater should be able to travel at highway speed for 620 miles before recharging.

“These numbers sound nutty, but they’re real,” Musk said.

Musk didn’t mention the numbers having to do with price, but Tesla’s website does: The car will sell at a base price of $200,000, with an advance reservation deposit set at $50,000. A thousand “Founders Series” buyers will be able to go to the front of the line for a car once it becomes available, for an up-front price of $250,000.

Wide range of reactions

Reactions ran the gamut from rhapsodic to restrained.

“Elon promised a truck that would ‘blow your mind clear out of your skull,’ and he delivered,” Wired tweeted.

But some said they weren’t yet sold on the Semi. “We met with Tesla, and at this time we do not see a fit with their product and our fleet,” Dave Bates, senior vice president of operations for Old Dominion Freight Line, told Reuters.

Automotive News quoted Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book, as saying that “Elon’s showmanship remains intact.”

“The specs on the new semi truck and sports car would put both vehicles at the top of their segments … assuming they can be produced and sold as part of a sustainable business plan,” Brauer told Automotive News. “So far that final element has eluded Tesla Motors, which makes it difficult to see these vehicles as more than ‘what if’ concept cars.”





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ET Early Black Friday Deals: Discounted Online Courses from Udemy

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If you love to learn, check out the outstanding classes at Udemy. Thousands of online courses are being discounted in the run-up to Black Friday, so you can invest in a new skill — even if you’re on a budget. Whether you want to learn how to design a business logo or how to speak Arabic, there is something here for just about every area of interest. And if you’re trying to brush up on your skills, here are some top-notch recommendations.

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Of course, not everything is computer-focused. For example, “An Entire MBA in 1 Course” by Chris Haroun delivers important information on how to succeed in the business world. With eight hours of video, tons of written reference material, and a certificate of completion, this is a steal at just $10.

Most of the instruction for these courses is being done through pre-recorded lectures, but some programs also offer supplementary materials and incentives (like free tools or assets). Of course, these classes can never replace a fully interactive education, but they’re an affordable stepping stone to a more comprehensive understanding of your trade or hobby.

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Can The iPhone X’s True Depth Camera Be Used For Performance Capture?

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In this second test, Hung did a quick-and-dirty projection map of his face onto the Houdini file:

There are many things that are unclear about Hung’s process, and lots of people are asking questions in his video comments, however, the tantalizing potential revealed here is that the iPhone X could be used as a prosumer-level performance capture tool.

Obviously, no one is going to use the iPhone X to rival an Andy Serkis performance, but there’s plenty of innovation that could emerge from making performance capture available to the masses.

In fact, making performance capture cheaper and more widely available was a goal of Faceshift, the Swiss start-up that Apple acquired back in 2015 and whose technology has been developed further by Apple into animoji. It’s not too hard to draw a line from Faceshift’s activities a couple years ago and where Apple looks to be headed today:



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Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

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(Hint: Free stuff)

TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to Arena Berlin on 4-5 December, and and we’re looking for a few more rockstar startups to be a part of our massive menagerie of innovation, Startup Alley. If you’ve never been to a Disrupt before, Startup Alley is where hundreds of early-stage companies (who have raised less than $2.5m and are less than 2 years old) showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press.

With the holidays just around the corner, we have some contests and giveaways for you — yup, you have a chance to snag some free stuff!

All you have to do is buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, and you might get one (or more!) of these opportunities:

  • All startups who purchase a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package (either day) by 30 November will be entered into a drawing to win 2 VIP Disrupt Berlin dinner tickets; a rare chance to mingle with TechCrunch editors, investors, and other tech enthusiasts
  • Five startups from Startup Alley will be selected at random to be featured by the one and only Tito in CrunchReport during 27 Nov – 1 Dec, the week before Disrupt Berlin
  • 15 startups from Startup Alley will be selected at random to have a 60-second flash pitch on Tuesday, 5 December on the Showcase Stage at Disrupt Berlin

So, what are you waiting for? These incentives are available for Startup Alley Exhibitor Package purchases through 30 November — remember, all you have to do is purchase a table, and you could walk away from Disrupt with some shiny new connections, exposure, and more!

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Watch Tesla unveil a new Roadster — the fastest production car ever

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At the end of Tesla’s semi-truck event, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s brand new convertible. Musk said the new Tesla Roadster will be the “fastest production car ever made, period.” The prototype has reportedly traveled faster than 250 mph. The car seats four and will have a 620-mile highway range, and that’s just the base model. Musk said the Roadster is expected to be available in 2020. 



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Elon Musk Just Unveiled the Brand New, 250 MPH Tesla Roadster

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Tonight was the official launch of Tesla’s new electric semi. At the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the key features of the new haulers, such as their 250-mile range and upgraded seating structure. He also unveiled something entirely unexpected. The new roadster.

You read that right. In typical Elon Musk fashion, at tonight’s launch event for the Tesla semi, Musk officially unveiled the new roadster. No warning. No big pre-launch lead-up. Just a car driving out onto a stage. And this car comes with some pretty remarkable numbers. For starters, it can go from 0 to 60 in just 1.9 seconds. This would make it the first production vehicle to break past the 2-second mark. If that’s not impressive enough, it can go from 0-100 in a staggering 4.2 seconds.

At the time of the unveiling, Musk asserted that it is the fastest production car ever made. He went on to add that it has a top speed of 250 mph and that the car will be able to travel around a quarter mile drag strip in just under nine seconds.

It will lay the “smackdown” to the fossil fuel obsessed auto-industry.

But perhaps the most notable thing revealed is that it has a range of over 600 miles. At the event, Musk clarified that this comes thanks to the vehicle’s 200 kWh battery pack…and that it is this pack that will, to quote Musk, lay the “smackdown” to the fossil fuel obsessed auto-industry. If the numbers hold true, it will be hard to argue against Musk. Picture driving from New York to Florida without stopping for a charge (or for gas).

The somewhat less impressive — but nonetheless important — facts are that the car is a 2 by 2 four-seater, and it is currently slated to be available in 2020. However, if the model 3 production serves as an accurate baseline, it is fairly reasonable to assume that production will hit snags and the release date will be extended for some time. The price was, unfortunately, not released.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come in or watch the event below.



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Switch, Super NES Classic lead to 19% growth in U.S. spending on consoles

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Nintendo’s resurgence has made 2017 a huge year for console sales. In October alone, the Switch and Super NES Classic Edition along with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and 3DS generated $238 million in spending. That’s up 10 percent year-over-year, which is a trend for 2017.

“Year to date, hardware spending has grown 19 percent versus 2016 to $2.3 billion,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Consumer spending on Nintendo Switch, plug-‘n’-play devices such as the Super NES Classic, and the PlayStation 4 continue to provide growth.”

The Switch was the top-selling console last month, and Super NES Classic was No. 2. And Nintendo doesn’t expect the momentum to slow for either system. The company revealed it plans to manufacture 25 million to 30 million Switch systems for its next fiscal year, and it plans to continue making Super NES Classics for the foreseeable future.

Of course, the console left out of this dance is the Xbox One. Microsoft’s console sales have slowed due in part to a lack of marquee games throughout 2017. That should change for the November NPD report. The publisher released the 4K-capable upgraded Xbox One X at the start of this month. The early word from retailers like GameStop is that system is selling well.

Even with the X, the Xbox One will probably have a hard time outperforming the Switch, which is still in the first year of its life and has Mario Odyssey and other hot Nintendo games. But increased sales for Xbox One will contribute even more growth to the gaming hardware segment before the end of 2017, and it’s a reminder that a lot of U.S. consumers are looking to put money toward a shiny, new gaming device.

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Qualcomm, ZTE, and China Mobile test world’s first 3GPP end-to-end 5G NR connection

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Qualcomm, ZTE, and China Mobile announced today the successful testing of the world’s first end-to-end 5G New Radio (NR) interoperable system based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)  Standard, a result of their ongoing 5G technology trials. In other words, the partnership has successfully trialed the first 5G networking equipment that can successfully send data using the framework that’s going into the 3GPP’s standard for 5G.

The end-to-end 5G NR system is designed to achieve multi-gigabit per second peak (> 1 Gbps) data rates at significantly lower air interface latency than 4G networks. The 5G standard calls for sub 4 ms latency, down from 20 ms with existing LTE networks. The trial was conducted at China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center. The partners intend to show off their achievement at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference on November 23.

Achieving the world’s first end-to-end 5G NR interoperable data connection is true testament to our 5G leadership, driving toward the timely launch of standard-compliant commercial networks.

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc

To achieve this milestone, the setup used ZTE’s 5G NR pre-commercial base station, Qualcomm’s 5G sub 6 GHz NR user equipment prototype, and sent data over the 3.5 GHz band utilizing 100 MHz of bandwidth. Now that’s not the very high frequency mmWave frequencies often talked about with 5G, but the use of 100 MHz of spectrum is a requirement of 5G networks. To explain where this fits into 5G development, let’s examine the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 specification in a little more detail.

Trialing essential 5G technologies

Perhaps the most significant aspect of this announcement is that the test met the full requirements of the 3GPP Release 15 5G New Radio specification. 3GPP is a global collaborative partnership of telecommunications associates that standardizes technologies for mobile communications, including 3G, 4G LTE, and now 5G. It’s specification releases are what telecommunications companies around the world will end up basing their 5G networks and technologies upon. So compliance is a big step towards commercial products, rather than just theoretical laboratory testing of potential technologies.

Release 15 is not completely finalized yet— it’s expected around September 2018— however that doesn’t mean that many of the key decisions haven’t already been made. The group is also accelerating 5G rollout through the utilization of existing LTE radio and core networks, along with adding in new carriers for 5G, before the standard is completely finalized. This is known as Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio and will be what the earliest 2019 5G deployments look like. It’s also worth noting that a number of New Radio decisions were already made with Release 14, such as the use of scalable Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) waveforms.

So what does today’s announcement mean in terms of features? The group states in particular that the trial utilizes the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 architecture — including the scalable OFDM numerology, new advanced channel coding and modulation schemes, and the low-latency self-contained slot structure. These are new technologies that separate old 4G networks from future 5G, so they’re worth exploring in a little more detail.

Qualcomm

In a nutshell, scalable OFDM supports variable spacing between sub-carrier bands used in networks. So while today’s 20 MHz LTE sub-carriers are spaced apart by 15 kHz, 5G NR bands will increase from 30 kHz up to 120 kHz for high frequency mmWaves, as the image above demonstrates. This ensures that the spacing scales correctly as networking moves towards the use of wider channels at higher frequencies in order to find more bandwidth.

The other changes relate to the way that data is sent over the network. 5G NR introduces a new channel coding design to more efficiently delivery multi-Gbps speeds by including things like scalable data block lengths to handle different workloads. Finally, the self-contained subframe slot structure is essentially a change to the way data packets are handled. To reduce latency, the data transmission and acknowledgement handshake are now all packaged into a single subframe.

China Mobile has been committed to promoting the unified global 5G standard with industry partners. The achievement of end-to-end 5G NR interoperable connection testing, compliant with the 3GPP 5G NR standard, is an important milestone of 5G to productization and pre-commercialization from standard.

Li Zhengmao, Vice President of China Mobile Communications Corporation

Evolving towards 5G

These all might sound like subtle technological differences, but these tweaks and optimizations are what’s required if we’re to benefit from the multi-Gbps downloads and ultra low latency of upcoming 5G networks. This latest trial steps out of laboratory environments and demonstrates how technologies from multiple developers work to deliver the specification that will end up (in part) powering first generation 5G networks.

As 5G technology trials continue to focus in on the final specifications, we can see that 5G is going to be a gradual evolution of today’s LTE networks, rather than a huge leap. The adoption of LTE Advanced Pro and Unlicensed Spectrum, combined with the development of Non Standalone 5G NR ahead of the Standalone version shows that today’s LTE networks are gradually going to evolve into 5G, as carriers race to be the first to switch their networks on.



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Cross off that 'to do' list, study shows all daily activity can prolong life

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That ‘to do’ list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits. The study found women over age 65 who engaged in regular light physical activity had a reduction in the risk of mortality.



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Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Ryanair: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning.

Here’s what you need to know:

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• The U.S. hails its battle against the Islamic State as the most precise air campaign in history. But far more Iraqi civilians are being killed than previously recognized.

Over 18 months, two reporters interviewed hundreds of witnesses, survivors and local officials and mapped destruction through satellite imagery.

Their detailed, sometimes heartbreaking report concludes that one in five of the strikes results in civilian death, a rate more than 31 times higher than acknowledged.

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• In Zimbabwe, Roman Catholic and South African officials are seeking to mediate a transition after the military placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

It remained unclear who would replace the longtime autocrat, even if he agreed to step down — possibly at the December congress of his ruling ZANU-PF party.

One front-runner is Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, above, whose ouster as vice president precipitated the crisis.

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• In Washington, Congress moved closer to enacting $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with the House of Representatives passing the bill over the objections of Democrats and 13 Republicans.

The Senate version also advanced with its approval by the Finance Committee, though whether it can pass the full chamber remains to be seen.

A new bipartisan analysis shows that under the Senate’s version, lower-income Americans would see their taxes go up in 2021.

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• American hunters will be allowed to bring home trophies of elephants killed in Zimbabwe, including tusks, after the Trump administration reversed a 2014 ban.

The reasoning: The hunts bring money to local communities and provide incentives to conserve elephants.

Africa’s elephant population has drastically declined in the past decade, but Zimbabwe has shown some success in protecting or increasing its herd.

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• Who really owns A.C. Milan?

Li Yonghong, above, the Chinese businessman who bought Italy’s world-famous soccer club for $860 million in April, doesn’t seem to control the mining empire he claimed.

Our reporters re-examine the deal in light of two of China’s pronounced tastes: brand names and concealed foreign holdings.

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• Science fiction often informs reality.

If you doubt that, there are now companies, academics, architects and even a government — that of French Polynesia — working together on a prototype of a floating island by 2020.

“It would essentially be a start-up country,” said the president of the Seasteading Institute, which aims to make the rendering above a reality.

Business

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• The high-stakes world of art auctions may never be the same after the sky-high sale of a Leonardo.

• Tesla unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi truck that the company said would prove more efficient than its diesel competitors.

• Many Ryanair pilots, like about a third of Europe’s work force, are contract workers. “If travelers can fly for just 10 euros, they should know that part of that cost comes from the labor conditions of the airline personnel.”

• Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, is reconsidering petroleum holdings.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• This Afghan police officer used a bear hug to restrain a suicide bomber trying to enter a wedding hall in Kabul, a selfless act that held the death toll to 14. [The New York Times]

• Israel’s top general, in an unprecedented interview with a Saudi news outlet, said that his country was willing to share intelligence with Riyadh. [Haaretz]

• At the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, 19 countries including France and Britain formed an alliance aimed at phasing out the use of coal power by 2030. The gathering ends today. [The New York Times]

Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution extending a panel trying to identify who is using chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. [The New York Times]

• Our reporters found hints of new ways to confront North Korea, like cyberweapons and armed drones, in a White House emergency funding request to Congress. [The New York Times]

• Facebook’s user tests suddenly removed news from six countries from users’ feeds. In an Op-Ed, a Serbian editor writes that the move undermined press freedom. [The New York Times]

• Gerry Adams, the longtime leader of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, is widely expected to speak about succession plans on Saturday. [Irish Times]

• The British police concluded that 71 people had died in the Grenfell Tower fire. [The New York Times]

• London’s Old Vic Theatre said it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey, its former artistic director. [Associated Press]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

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• Recipe of the day: Your weekend can include Marcella Hazan’s classic Bolognese sauce.

• Our complete guide on how to be happy. (For starters: Declutter, spend time in nature and make your bed.)

• You’re aging well. Your makeup should, too.

Noteworthy

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• In memoriam: Lil Peep, a rapper who blended the urgency of hip-hop with the raw sentimentality of emo, died at 21.

• Enter Hallstatt, Austria, a picturesque small town in the Alps, and its replica in southern China in our latest 360 video.

• Scientists found that chimpanzees can change how they communicate based on what their audience knows, something that only humans had been known to do.

• A British bakery chain apologized after creating a Nativity scene in which the baby Jesus, surrounded by three wise men, was replaced with a sausage roll.

• Sergio Ramirez Mercado, a former vice president of Nicaragua, won this year’s Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor.

“I’m a politician out of necessity,” he told us in 1987. “I’d rather be just a writer.”

Back Story

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Pope Francis has declared Sunday as the World Day of the Poor.

The pope took his name from St. Francis of Assisi, who took a vow of poverty in the 13th century to serve the poor. Francis has focused his papacy on lives that he says have been sacrificed “on the altar of money and profit.”

The pope has urged the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to honor the day. The Vatican will be observing it with a Mass celebrated by 4,000 poor and needy people, who will then be invited to lunch. This week, free medical services have been provided in front of St. Peter’s Square, and charitable volunteers will be honored in prayer.

In a message released in June, Francis exhorted Catholics to go beyond the “occasional volunteer work, or of impromptu acts of generosity that appease our conscience” and to truly encounter the impoverished.

“Even as ostentatious wealth accumulates in the hands of the privileged few,” he noted, “there is a scandalous growth of poverty in broad sectors of society throughout our world. Faced with this scenario, we cannot remain passive, much less resigned.”

The Mass will be streamed live on Sunday at 4 a.m. Eastern and again at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. You can watch it here.

Lori Moore contributed reporting.

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Breast vs. Bottle: Weighing Infant-Feeding Options

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Deciding the best way to feed a new baby is a very personal choice for a woman. Whether she chooses to breast-feed or use formula, feeding time is an important opportunity for a mother and baby to form a close bond with one another. 


Health professionals consider breast-feeding to be the best choice for baby. But for first-time mothers, it can take a few weeks for a mother and her newborn to get the hang of breast-feeding, as both of them are learning the process together and they haven’t established a predictable feeding schedule. 


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies receive only breast milk for the first six months of life, and then continue to receive breast milk along with other foods, until they are at least 1 year old or longer if both the mother and infant are willing.


But that’s a goal few women in the United States may achieve. Even so, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that breast-feeding rates continue to rise and about 81 percent of mothers start out nursing their infants. 


According to the CDC’s 2016 Breast-feeding Report Card, about 52 percent of American women were breast-feeding their babies at six months and about 31 percent were breast-feeding at 12 months. In comparison, in 2007, 43 percent of American women were breast-feeding their babies at six months and 22 percent were nursing at 12 months.

The trend shows a sharp increase in mothers breast-feeding their babies since 2000.

The trend shows a sharp increase in mothers breast-feeding their babies since 2000.

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When deciding how to feed her baby, a woman and her partner may think about several factors, such as the short- and long-term health benefits for mother and baby, financial considerations and comfort level with breast-feeding. They may also consider lifestyle characteristics, such as the time and convenience of one feeding method over another, a mother’s plans to return to work, and whether family members or other caregivers might be involved in feeding. 


“When choosing a feeding method, a woman should first decide what is best for her infant and then secondarily what method is best for her,” said Dr. Ruth Lawrence, a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. 


But Lawrence, who breast-fed all nine of her own children and conducts research on breast-feeding, points out that while “every species makes a milk specific for their offspring, humans are the only ones who might feed their young the milk from another species — cows.” 


Although there were times during the 20th century when the pendulum in the United States swung away from breast-feeding — as an old-fashioned method — and toward bottle feeding— as the modern way, Lawrence said that over the past 25 years, there has been a trend back to the breast. 


But one of the problems in getting more American women to breast-feed could be the lack of ongoing support that some mothers experience when they begin nursing their newborns or when challenges arise. Some women might not have a mother, sister or close friend to turn to for advice about breast-feeding. “That’s why having a peer-support group who can help a nursing mother is very important,” Lawrence told Live Science.


Here are some benefits and challenges of breast-feeding and bottle-feeding to help women weigh the options and make an informed decision about infant feeding.

Formula is a good alternative when breast-feeding is not possible, and it is a more nutritious option for babies than evaporated milk or cow's milk

Formula is a good alternative when breast-feeding is not possible, and it is a more nutritious option for babies than evaporated milk or cow’s milk

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Breast-feeding benefits for babies


Better nutrition. Health professionals consider a mother’s milk to be the ideal nourishment for her baby. It is more easily digested than formula, resulting in fewer bouts of diarrhea or constipation. Breast milk also contains nutrients important for brain growth, such as taurine, an amino acid, and DHA, a fatty acid, Lawrence said.


Boosts immunity. Human milk provides immunological protection against colds, sore throats, strep throat, gastrointestinal diseases and ear infections, Lawrence said. This happens because babies receive antibodies passed onto them from their mother’s milk, which helps boost their immune system and protect them from getting sick. 


Protects against allergies. Studies show that breast-fed babies tend to have fewer allergies than formula-fed infants, especially those given cow’s milk formulas. And research has found that infants who nurse may also be less likely to develop asthma and diabetes, or become overweight compared with babies who receive formula. Breast-fed babies tend to not be overfed in the same way as bottle-fed babies may be, Lawrence said. 


Adds brain power. Some studies have suggested that children who were breast-fed have slightly higher IQs than babies who were given formula. 


Breast-feeding benefits for mothers


Promotes bonding. Holding an infant close to feed from a woman’s breast creates a special bond between mother and baby. 


Saves money. Nursing is much cheaper than formula and is a more convenient feeding method. Mother Nature helps prepare a woman’s breasts for breast-feeding so that milk and colostrum (a mother’s first milk) will be there for her baby, Lawrence said. 


Improves recovery time. Some of the main health benefits of breast-feeding are that it enhances a woman’s physiological recovery after she delivers, Lawrence said. Women have less postpartum blood loss if they breast-feed, and the uterus goes back to its normal size within six weeks of delivering, she said. Since breast-feeding also burns more calories, nursing mothers tend to lose their “baby weight” quicker and regain their pre-pregnancy bodies, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Offers long-term health benefits. Nursing an infant also protects a woman’s health: Studies have found that women who breast-feed have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and they are also less likely to develop osteoporosis as they get older. 


Challenges of breast-feeding


Producing enough milk. One of the biggest challenges while breast-feeding is making enough milk to feed the baby, Lawrence said. And fatigue in women can get in the way of good milk production, she said.


When a woman is first starting to breast-feed, her nipples can become tender and her breasts sore as the baby latches on and nurses, and feedings may be painful and hurt. Unlike bottle-feeding, it can be hard to tell how much a breast-fed baby has eaten and whether a little one has had enough milk.


More frequent feedings. Another challenge facing mothers is that breast-fed babies need to eat more frequently than formula-fed infants so nursing a young baby can be a time-consuming task.


Affects lifestyle habits. And because she is the sole source of her newborn’s nourishment, some women may feel tied-down to nursing or find limited places in public to breast-feed. Her partner can become involved in feedings by bringing the baby to the mother when it’s time to nurse or feeding a bottle of breast milk if she pumps. 


Similar to being pregnant, a nursing mother will need to be conscientious about eating a healthy diet (she will also need an extra 400 to 500 calories a day) and modifying her lifestyle habits, such as drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes or marijuana, when she is breast-feeding compared with mothers who give their babies formula. 


Shy about nursing in public. Despite knowing its health benefits, some women may not feel comfortable breast-feeding, especially outside of the home, or have little interest in doing it. Women with certain medical conditions, such as HIV infection or active tuberculosis should avoid breast-feeding. And women who have had breast reduction surgery may have trouble breast-feeding if their milk ducts were removed.  


Some women may feel they have failed as a mother if they can’t breast-feed or feel guilty if they decide to switch infant-feeding methods as a baby gets older and they need to return to work. 


Limited support. If a woman is unfamiliar with breast-feeding and how to do it, there are classes available to help teach her before she gives birth, as well as peer-support groups, lactation consultants and organizations, such as La Leche League, to offer guidance and answer questions after she delivers.


Bottle-feeding benefits for mothers and babies


High-quality products. Although it cannot simulate mother’s milk, babies today are fortunate to have very good formula products that are carefully produced and distributed, Lawrence said. Formula is a good alternative when breast-feeding is not possible, and it is a more nutritious option for babies than evaporated milk or cow’s milk, which had once been used before formula was widely available, she explained.


Convenience. A woman might be able to arrange an infant-feeding schedule so she doesn’t have to get up at night; instead, a partner or caregiver can give the baby a bottle. 


Connection. With bottle feeding, a woman and her baby can still enjoy the emotional closeness and bonding experience, but it will lack the special connection of skin-to-skin contact that’s unique to the breast-feeding relationship.   


Challenges of bottle-feeding


More preparation and expense. Bottles and nipples need to be sterilized, and if a woman is not using ready-to-use formula, which is more expensive, formula will be need to mixed and prepared. Specialty formulas, such as soy-based formulas and hypoallergenic formulas, can also cost more. 


Less protection from infection. Formula doesn’t provide all the specific nutrients that breast-feeding can offer, and a baby doesn’t get the same immune protection that’s found in mother’s milk, Lawrence said. As a result, a formula-fed infant is at greater risk for developing infections during the first year or two of life, she said. 


In addition, formula-fed babies are three times more likely to have ear infections compared with breast-fed infants, Lawrence said. She said this increased risk is because formula may back up into the infant’s Eustachian tube and middle ear when a baby is bottle-fed. But the Eustachian tube is closed when a baby suckles at the breast and this fluid doesn’t regurgitate back into the inner ear. 


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Miami, FL – A woman was approached by an unknown suspect on Nov. 14 2017 who demanded the female victims purse. The victim was pistol whipped about the head and face before she could respond to the demands.The cowardly suspect took off toward a vehicle and sped off.



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