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Exclusive: Google Designing Its Own Self-Driving Car, Considers ‘Robo Taxi’


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By Amir Efrati

Google Inc., which has been working on software to help major automakers build self-driving cars, also is quietly going around them by designing and developing a full-fledged self-driving car, according to people familiar with the matter.

In recent months, Google has held talks with contract manufacturers to build new cars to Google’s specifications, said the people familiar with the matter. The move came after Google’s talks with big car brands about incorporating its technology into their vehicles failed to yield a partnership, one of these people said.

Google also has a novel idea for what it could do with these cars. The company has considered ways to sell self-driving vehicles to individuals. But it also has focused on the potential for an autonomous car it designs to become part of “robo-taxi” services that pick up passengers on demand, these people said. Whether Google would try to operate…

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what Miley taught me about parenting


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I didn’t watch the VMA’s last night, but one glance at Facebook this morning told me that Miley did something.  I was curious, so I looked it up.  I watched about 10 seconds of her performance before becoming overwhelmed with sadness and turned it off.

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I have a daughter.

It’s a theme that repeats itself over and over in the world of celebrity: young kid gets famous, young kid makes claims for purity and “being a great role model”, young kid gets super famous and implodes right around age 19.

Remember when Jessica was a virgin bride?  When Britney was saving herself for marriage? When Bieber was singing hymns?  When Lindsay was in Parent Trap?

What happens to these children during their teen years that none of them can seem to escape…?

Neither my husband nor I are famous, but spending enough time in the music industry, we have seen…

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What are the concequences of military intervention in Syria?


A Wonderful World

Following a chemical attack in Syria, US President Barack Obama has released a statement stating that allegations of chemical warfare represent a “big event of grave concern” for the United States – something echoed by Prime Minister David Cameron. But when military intervention is being considered on both sides of the Atlantic and threats of a “serious response” are being issued, what are the potential repercussions in doing so?

In March 2003, following a devastating salvo of Baghdad by US forces, a coalition core consisting of 148,000 from the US, 45,000 from the UK, 2,000 from Australia, 70,000 from Kurdistan and 194 from Poland crossed the border into Iraqi territory. Ten years on and 134,000 civilian deaths down, we are left to ponder, was it all worth it?

Essentially, in order to answer this question with any degree of certainty, we need to revert back to the initial reasons for…

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Police Seize Portrait of Putin in Panties


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Russian police confiscated a painting of President Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear late Monday night, citing a law that prohibits mocking government authorities, The Guardianreports.

The painting depicted Putin in a curve-hugging slip combing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was himself sporting a bra and underwear. Along with three additional paintings of other government officials, it was displayed at a small gallery called the Museum of Power, which operates out of two rooms of a St. Petersburg flat.

The gallery owner said the authorities shut him down and seized the paintings without explanation.

[The Guardian]

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Debating U.S. Action in Syria and Other Fascinating News on the Web


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  1. Chemical Reaction

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. is ready to respond to what Secretary of State John Kerry called “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons. “We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take.” The Washington Postprovides an overview of which factors would lead to an attack, and what that attack might look like.

    + Russia and China have both warned against any attack led by the U.S. and its allies.

    + Dexter Filkins on the Syrian question: This time it’s different.

    + And from The New Yorker, here’s an excerpt from George Packer’s Two Minds on Syria:

    “So it looks like we’re going to bomb Assad.

    Good.

    Really? Why good?

    Did you see the videos of those kids? I heard that ten thousand people were gassed. Hundreds of…

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Obama has few “options on the decision tree” for Syria


CNN Newsroom

CNN’s Brianna Keilar hosts a panel discussion on what the expected White House response will be to allegations that Syria’s government used chemical weapons against its citizens.

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