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In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results) On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms were and are manipulated as part of Russian political disinformation campaigns targeting U.S. voters. “This is really a critical hearing,” Committee Chair Lindsey Graham declared in his…

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Mourinho explains Lukaku penalty snub

Mourinho explains Lukaku penalty snub MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Without a goal in the previous five games, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was quick to grab the ball when his team were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute of their Champions League game against Benfica. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – Champions League – Manchester United vs S.L. Benfica – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – October 31, 2017 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff United were 1-0 up and had already missed…

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Wolves go top with win over Norwich

Wolves go top with win over Norwich LONDON (Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2-0 at Norwich City on Tuesday to return to the summit of England’s second-tier Championship. Soccer Football – Championship – Norwich City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Carrow Road, Norwich, Britain – October 31, 2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Willy Boly celebrates after scoring their first goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra Wolves took the lead with a first-half header from Willy Boly and doubled their advantage with Leo Bonatini’s second-half volley to move a point clear of Cardiff City and two…

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I feel like I know these computer-generated celebrities already

I feel like I know these computer-generated celebrities already If there’s one thing this Earth of ours is short on, it’s celebrities. I mean, if there were enough, why would they keep making them? We need the help of our computer friends. Luckily they are obliging. An artificial intelligence that in its existence has only known the faces of celebs (how I envy it!) was tasked with making up new ones by the dozen. The results are… well, you see for yourself. Okay, so these wouldn’t all pass muster as…

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Politics 

Labour demands Brexit studies release

Labour demands Brexit studies release Labour is seeking to up the pressure on ministers over their refusal to release a series of Brexit impact studies. The government has confirmed that 58 reports looking at different sectors of the economy have been prepared. But it is resisting calls to publish them, saying to do so would undermine the UK’s negotiating position. On Wednesday Labour will use what it calls an “ancient, but still effective” Parliamentary tool to force the government’s hand. Brexit talks to resume next week All you need to…

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Eight dead in truck attack on Manhattan bike path; suspect arrested

Eight dead in truck attack on Manhattan bike path; suspect arrested NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pickup truck struck down multiple people on a bike path in lower Manhattan, killing several and injuring numerous others on Tuesday afternoon, before the driver was shot and taken into custody, the New York City police said. The pickup truck crashed into another vehicle after striking bicyclists and pedestrians, and the driver got out wielding what police later said were “imitation” guns. The driver was shot by police before being taken into custody, the…

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Breaking News 

Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader

Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader Media playback is unsupported on your device Spain’s high court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear later this week. It also gave them three days to pay a deposit of €6.2m ($7.2m) to cover potential liabilities. The summons comes after Spain’s chief prosecutor on Monday said he would press charges including rebellion. Mr Puigdemont is in Belgium with several former ministers. He earlier said he was not there to seek asylum….

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Soccer-PSG sail into last 16 as Kurzawa nets hat trick in rout of Anderlecht

Soccer-PSG sail into last 16 as Kurzawa nets hat trick in rout of Anderlecht PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain qualified for the Champions League last 16 in emphatic fashion when they extended their perfect Group B record with a 5-0 home win against Anderlecht on Tuesday, with fullback Layvin Kurzawa scoring a hat-trick. Soccer Football – Champions League – Paris St Germain vs R.S.C. Anderlecht – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – October 31, 2017 Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa (3rd R) and team mates celebrate after the match  …

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The Golden Knights, live gambling and the future of live sports attendance

The Golden Knights, live gambling and the future of live sports attendance Jesse LawrenceContributor Jesse Lawrence has been in media and tech for 20 years. Prior to TicketIQ, he worked at MediaMath and IAC. He started his career as a writer. More posts by this contributor: After years of chasing brokers and bots, ‘slow ticketing’ will help both artists and fans Super Bowl tickets show that ticketing is a super mess — tech can help One of the biggest early season NHL stories has been the success of the expansion Las Vegas…

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