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Activision Blizzard confirms SEC investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

The Guardian

Activision Blizzard has confirmed an investigation by US regulators following allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination at one of the world's most high-profile video game companies. The California-based company said on Tuesday that it was complying with a recent Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena sent to current and former employees and executives and the company itself on "employment matters and related issues". The Wall Street Journal had reported on Monday that the SEC was investigating how the company had treated complaints of sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination and had subpoenaed senior executives including the CEO, Bobby Kotick, a well-known tech billionaire. An SEC spokesman declined to comment. Activision Blizzard – the maker of popular video games including Candy Crush, Call of Duty, Overwatch and World of Warcraft – also said on Tuesday that it had cooperated with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into employment practices and that it was working with multiple regulators "on addressing and resolving workplace complaints it has received" and that it was committed to making the company "one of the best, most inclusive places to work".


Top 10 Things A 'Self-Driving' Vehicle Must Do to Actually Be Self-Driving

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Argo tests in multiple cities to ensure its SDS is exposed to a wide range of driving regulations, enabling it to operate appropriately and consistently with local rules, which often vary from place to place. Consider, for example, how a vehicle should behave when turning right if there is a bike lane. In California, a car may occupy the bike lane to turn right on red, but in Pennsylvania, the same right turn requires the car to stay in the vehicle lane. Argo's powerful prediction system can incorporate a database of driving styles from which to match data, anticipate likely actions, make appropriate decisions, and avoid extreme situations in order to achieve "naturalistic driving." The SDS can even handle the (in)famous "Pittsburgh left," an unwritten rule in Argo's home city which calls for oncoming traffic to give up the right-of-way and politely let left-turning vehicles turn against a green.


Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees: 'We were them'

FOX News

Lara Logan joined Lt. Gen. William Boykin on'Fox News Primetime' to discuss the U.S. drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children. Logan said the U.S. betrayal of Afghan allies caused a scarcity in intelligence. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Wash., Do remembers hearing how her parents sought to leave Saigon after Vietnam fell to communist rule in 1975 and the American military airlifted out allies in the final hours. It took years for her family to finally get out of the country, after several failed attempts, and make their way to the United States, carrying two sets of clothes a piece and a combined $300. When they finally arrived, she was 9 years old.


Fivetran Raises $565 Million, Buys CDC Vendor HVR

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Fivetran took a big step into the world of enterprise data integration today when it announced an Andreessen Horowitz-led $565 million round of financing and plans to acquire change data capture (CDC) vendor HVR for $700 million. The move positions the up-and-coming ETL company to further access exabytes of data stored in on-prem databases and ERP systems on behalf of its customers. The Series C round and acquisition position Fivetran to be at the forefront of the next generation of data integration and extract, transform, and load (ETL) capabilities. The nine-year-old, Oakland, California company has made its mark by simplifying the process of setting up pipelines that extract data from source systems–primarily SaaS applications running on clouds–and load it into cloud-based data warehouses. Today's news will help to expand Fivetran's footprint with on-prem systems, including the ERP applications at the heart of established enterprises.


Electronic Arts completes $1.4bn deal to buy UK video games maker Playdemic

The Guardian

Electronic Arts has completed the $1.4bn (£1.04bn) deal to buy Playdemic, the mobile games maker known for its Golf Clash franchise, the latest British video games maker to be snapped up by the California-based giant. For EA, the maker of titles including Battlefield and The Sims, the all-cash deal struck with Playdemic-owner AT&T's Warner Bros Games division marks the latest move to expand its sports and mobile gaming business. The takeover of Playdemic, founded in 2010 and based in Cheshire, follows EA's £954m deal in December to buy Warwickshire-based Codemasters, maker of racing simulators including the Formula One series. "We are thrilled to officially welcome the Playdemic team to Electronic Arts, adding to our growing mobile portfolio and expanding our leadership in sports," said Andrew Wilson, EA's chief executive. "The addition of the incredible Playdemic team not only adds to the strength of our mobile teams globally, it also continues our expansion and investment in UK-based talent."


Futuristic AI-Based Computing Devices: Physicists Simulate Artificial Brain Networks With New Quantum Materials

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Like biologically based systems (left), complex emergent behaviors--which arise when separate components are merged together in a coordinated system--also result from neuromorphic networks made up of quantum-materials-based devices (right). Pandemic lockdown forces a new perspective on designs for futuristic AI-based computing devices. Isaac Newton's groundbreaking scientific productivity while isolated from the spread of bubonic plague is legendary. University of California San Diego physicists can now claim a stake in the annals of pandemic-driven science. A team of UC San Diego researchers and colleagues at Purdue University have now simulated the foundation of new types of artificial intelligence computing devices that mimic brain functions, an achievement that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.


Fundamentals of Deep Learning: Designing Next-Generation Machine Intelligence Algorithms: Buduma, Nithin, Buduma, Nikhil: 9781492082187: Amazon.com: Books

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Nithin Buduma is one of the first machine learning engineers at XY.ai, a start-up based out of Harvard and Stanford working to help healthcare companies leverage their massive datasets. Nikhil Buduma is the cofounder and chief scientist of Remedy, a San Francisco-based company that is building a new system for data-driven primary healthcare. At the age of 16, he managed a drug discovery laboratory at San Jose State University and developed novel low-cost screening methodologies for resource-constrained communities. By the age of 19, he was a two-time gold medalist at the International Biology Olympiad. He later attended MIT, where he focused on developing large-scale data systems to impact healthcare delivery, mental health, and medical research.


How AI is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry

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Manufacturing plays a big role in today's society. With the impact of the recent pandemic, the industry has shifted to a digital transformation and the oncoming of the industrial revolution 4.0. With the application of AI, companies have gained operational efficiency and increased production quality while reducing risk and improving safety. If I say the word "manufacturing," would it capture your attention? What if I mention Apple and their "California Streaming" event from a couple days ago?


Decision Dominance

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BigBear.ai is the new leader in decision dominance serving the national defense and intelligence communities. The Company delivers high-end capabilities across the data and digital spectrum to deliver information superiority and decision support. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, BigBear.ai has additional locations in Virginia, Massachusetts, and California.


Machine Learning to Understand and Prevent Disease

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An unimaginable amount of data is continually being generated by scientific experiments, longitudinal studies, clinical trials, and hospital records--but what can be done with all this information? Barbara Engelhardt (she/her), PhD, is building machine-learning models and statistical tools to make use of that data and find ways to better understand, and even prevent, disease. She is now joining Gladstone Institutes as a senior investigator. "Barbara is an innovator in computational biology," says Katie Pollard, PhD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology. "She brings vast expertise in statistical models and will help expand our machine-learning program. We're thrilled she's joining our team."