Avoiding air turbulence may soon get easier


Fun fact: Airline pilots don’t get automated air turbulence reports. But a new partnership between IBM’s (IBM, Tech30) Weather Company and Gogo (GOGO) looks to change that situation to help improve airline safety. Pilots flying aircraft equipped with Gogo inflight technology will now get air turbulence alerts in real-time, the two companies announced Thursday. The Weather Company will put its […]

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Microsoft collaborates on software for the legal marijuana industry


The marijuana business has come a long way from baggies sold out of shifty looking vans. As more states make marijuana legal for medical and recreational purposes, the industry is becoming legitimate. That means increasing regulation and tracking from local and state governments. Microsoft is one of the first major technology companies to get involved with the cannabis industry, lending […]

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Woman’s home demolished after Google Maps error


A woman whose house was damaged by a tornado late last year now owns nothing but rubble. A demolition crew destroyed her building by mistake on Tuesday after Google Maps provided wrong directions. Instead of navigating workers to a duplex on Cousteau Drive in Rowlett, Texas, Google Maps took them a block away to Diaz’s duplex on Calypso Drive. “[Google’s] […]

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Microsoft Created a Twitter Bot to Learn From Users. It Quickly Became a Racist Jerk.


Microsoft set out to learn about “conversational understanding” by creating a bot designed to have automated discussions with Twitter users, mimicking the language they use. What could go wrong? If you guessed, “It will probably become really racist,” you’ve clearly spent time on the Internet. Less than 24 hours after the bot, @TayandYou, went online Wednesday, Microsoft halted posting from […]

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We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors


In the late 1960s, an undergraduate psychology student at Wellesley College named Martha McClintock noticed something interesting: Women who spent a majority of their time together tended to get their periods around the same time. She suspected that menstruating bodies could influence one another somehow, but it was just a hunch. So she asked 135 of her fellow students to […]

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Google Fined by French Privacy Regulator


Google is once again in trouble with Europe’s authorities about privacy. The company was fined $112,000 on Thursday by France’s data protection watchdog for failing to comply with demands to extend a European privacy ruling across its global domains, including Google.com in the United States. The financial penalty — a paltry sum compared to Google’s $75 billion in annual revenue […]

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How do you keep a million refugees healthy?


These new waves of people brought new health challenges that NGOs, U.N. agencies, and refugees themselves were not ready for — despite years of expertise. “When you have a population in movement you don’t know where they are, what their history is and they don’t want to stop,” says Karl Blanchet, co founder of the Public Health and Humanitarian Crises […]

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