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Israel removing metal detectors from al-Aqsa compound

Al Jazeera

The Israeli security forces have started to remove metal detectors installed at entry points to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem. Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said overnight on Tueday that the move does not fullfil the demands of the Muslim worshippers as the security cameras are being kept. Israel installed metal detectors and security cameras after gunmen shot dead two Israeli guards near al-Aqsa compound - Islam's third holiest site - on July 14. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted to remove the metal detector gates after a meeting lasting several hours convening for a second time on Monday after they had broken off discussions a day earlier. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said that hundreds of Palestinians protested against the security cameras with advanced face recognition software that won't be removed.



Why Tech Companies Like IBM and Amazon Brand Artificial Intelligence With Human Names

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Artificial intelligence can write copy and manage programmatic media buying at warp speed. It can drive a car and even diagnose cancer. AI is increasingly acting like humans, so companies are putting big resources and marketing money into branding AI with human-like qualities, down to naming their technology after people. Amazon reportedly picked Alexa for its smart assistant because of its ties to Star Trek and use of soft vowels combined with an'x', making it a unique word that doesn't easily roll off the tongue (unless you have the misfortune of being named Alexa). Meanwhile, IBM considered a slew of names before landing on Watson, a nod to the company's first CEO Thomas J. Watson.


Israel's Shimon Peres showing improvement after stroke, doctors say

Los Angeles Times

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres visits Los Angeles in 2015 and sits down with Times staff writer Alexandra Zavis to discuss President Obama's relationship with Israel and peace in the Middle East. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres visits Los Angeles in 2015 and sits down with Times staff writer Alexandra Zavis to discuss President Obama's relationship with Israel and peace in the Middle East. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, a Navy commander faces attempted rape charges, and Hesperia's halfway houses might be closed. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, a Navy commander faces attempted rape charges, and Hesperia's halfway houses might be closed.