LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to appoint two Brexit-backing critics of the BBC to important roles in the media, including one as chairman of the publicly owned broadcaster itself, the Times reported on Saturday (Sept 26). The newspaper said Johnson had asked Charles Moore, a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, to become the chairman of the BBC and wanted Paul Dacre, a former editor of the Daily Mail, to be chairman of media regulator Ofcom. The BBC is entering a crucial period in its history, with some lawmakers attacking its universal funding model and online giants Netflix and Amazon posing a new threat. "This is part of a process of the prime minister putting allies in key positions," the newspaper quoted one source close to Johnson as saying. Applications for the roles are due to open shortly. Of the BBC position, a spokeswoman for the Department of Media said: "It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria." The spokeswoman had no comment about the Ofcom role. Moore and Dacre both led right-wing dailies and
Lionel Bonaventure/Getty ImagesThe Justice Department filed a response to TikTok's request for an injunction to delay President Donald Trump's partial ban on the app that is scheduled for September 27, to be followed by a total ban on November 12. According to the DOJ's claims filed Friday night, the Justice Department lawyers accused TikTok parent company Byte Dance's CEO Zhang Yiming of acting as a "mouthpiece" for the Chinese Communist Party and publicly making statements that demonstrate he is "committed to promoting the CCP's agenda and messaging," The Verge and NPR reported. The DOJ claimed that "US user data being stored outside of the United States presents significant risks in this case," but the section relevant to how this is the case is redacted, according to The Verge and NPR. ByteDance's head of security previously stated that it's impossible for the Chinese government to access user data from TikTok because the app's servers are based in the US and thus any data transmission must go through the US government. TikTok did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment regarding the DOJ's claims on Friday. TikTok's injunction is part of its lawsuit against the US government that was filed
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Saturday (Sept 26) he expects "personal attacks and lies" from Donald Trump in their first televised debate on Tuesday, but showed confidence in his ability to stand up to him. "It is going to be difficult," the former vice-president acknowledged in an interview broadcast on MSNBC. "My guess is, it's going to be just straight attack. They're going to be mostly personal. That's the only thing he knows how to do," he said of the Republican president. "He doesn't know how to debate the facts. He's not that smart," Biden continued. "He doesn't know much about foreign policy, he doesn't know much about domestic policy. He doesn't know much about the detail." As a result, Biden predicted, "it'll be mostly personal attacks and lies; but I think the American people are on to him." The debate on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio will be the first time the 77-year-old veteran politician has faced the president he has promised to dethrone. The men will meet again for two more debates before the Nov 3 election. But some of his supporters fear
SAN FRANCISCO and GENEVA, Sept. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectorspace AI and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, are creating datasets used to detect hidden relationships between particles which have broad implications across multiple industries. These datasets can provide a significant increase in precision, accuracy, signal or alpha and for any company in any industry. For commercial use, datasets are $0.99c per minute/update and $0.99c per data source, row, column and context with additional configurations and options available on a case by case SaaS/DaaS based monthly subscription. Over 100 billion unique and powerful datasets are available based on customized data sources, rows, columns or language models. While data can be viewed as unrefined crude oil, Vectorspace AI produces datasets which are the refined 'gasoline' powering all Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems. Latest research suggests "The Next Big Breakthrough in AI Will Be Around Language" – HBR. Datasets are algorithmically generated based on formal Natural Language Processing/Understanding (NLP/NLU) models including OpenAI's GPT-3, Google's BERT along with word2vec and other models which were built on top of vector space applications at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Dept.
(RTTNews) - As another month comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the highlights of the regulatory front, before looking forward to what October brings. New data from the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), released by the FDA in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show that about 3.6 million U.S. youth currently use e-cigarettes compared to 5.4 million in 2019. This is indeed good news. However, a lot of work remains to be done and the FDA is doing all it can to curb youth use of e-cigarettes. On September 9, the FDA issued warning letters to XL Vape LLC, Flavour Warehouse Ltd., and Pretty Women UK Ltd. which have been selling or distributing unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products, to remove those products from the market. Opioid overdose is another health crisis plaguing the country. According to a report by the New York Times, the year 2020 will witness the sharpest increase in annual overdose deaths since 2016. There were 70,980 overdose deaths in 2019, an increase of 4.6% over 2018, as per the CDC data. On September 10, the FDA issued warning letters to 17 website operators