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In Ukraine, New American Technology Won the Day. Until It Was Overwhelmed.
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In Ukraine, New American Technology Won the Day. Until It Was Overwhelmed.

The idea triggered a full-scale revolt on the Google campus.Six years ago, the Silicon Valley giant signed a small, $9 million contract to put the skills of a few of its most innovative developers to the task of building an artificial intelligence tool that would help the military detect potential targets on the battlefield using drone footage.Engineers and other Google employees argued that the company should have nothing to do with Project Maven, even if it was designed to help the military discern between civilians and militants.The uproar forced the company to back out, but Project Maven didn’t die — it just moved to other contractors. Now, it has grown into an ambitious experiment being tested on the front lines in Ukraine, forming a key component of the U.S. military’s effort to funn...
Inside the crisis at NPR
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Inside the crisis at NPR

Listeners disconnect. Sponsorship revenues have fallen. A surge in diversity has generated internal unrest. Can the American Public Radio Network change the situation?
Middle East crisis: Israel will expand civilian ‘safe zone’ if it invades crowded Gaza city, official says
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Middle East crisis: Israel will expand civilian ‘safe zone’ if it invades crowded Gaza city, official says

An Israeli military official said that if an invasion were to begin in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, where a million displaced Palestinians have taken refuge, an Israeli-designated "humanitarian zone" along the coast would be expanded to accommodate accommodate more civilians.The comments are among the first indications of the Israeli military's plans for civilians in the event of a major ground maneuver in Rafah, which the Biden administration has urged Israel to forgo due to the risks it would pose to displaced Palestinians.Palestinians who sought refuge in Rafah have been preparing for an Israeli incursion for months, crammed into crowded tents, schools and apartments. Many followed Israeli calls to evacuate, but were also bombed in these locations.Israeli officials have repeatedly ...
Tesla earnings report could add to concerns about its strategy
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Tesla earnings report could add to concerns about its strategy

Tesla is expected to announce Tuesday that it made less money in the first three months of the year due to its tepid car sales, deepening investors' concerns that the Elon Musk-led company is losing money. ground in the electric vehicle market.A profit decline was seen as inevitable after Tesla said this month that its first-quarter sales fell 8.5% from a year earlier, and after the company announced plans to lay off workers more than 10% of its employees worldwide, or around 14,000 people. The job cuts were interpreted as a sign that Tesla was struggling to align its costs with falling revenue.A year ago, in the first quarter of 2023, Tesla reported earning $2.5 billion and had one of the best profit margins in the industry. But the company has been forced to cut prices, including in a ...
FTC sues to block $8.5 billion Tapestry-Capri merger
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FTC sues to block $8.5 billion Tapestry-Capri merger

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit Monday to block Tapestry's $8.5 billion acquisition of Capri, a blockbuster fashion partnership that would bring together Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Versace.The lawsuit is a rare move by the agency to block a deal in the fashion industry, given that the sector does not suffer from a lack of competition. During her nearly three years as FTC Chair, Lina Khan prioritized the power grab for big business across every industry. The agency moved to block the supermarket merger between Kroger and Albertsons, Meta's acquisition of virtual reality startup Within and Microsoft's bid for gaming giant Activision.The results have been mixed: The FTC failed to block the Microsoft deal and the Meta acquisition, both of which closed last year.“Aiming ...
Israeli military official resigns after October 7 failures: live updates
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Israeli military official resigns after October 7 failures: live updates

Many Israelis were in a somber mood Monday as they prepared to usher in Passover, the Jewish holiday of freedom, saying they would mark the holiday rather than celebrate it, while more than 130 hostages remain at Gaza.It is unclear how many hostages are believed to be alive, and with negotiations with the Hamas captors at an impasse, there is little chance of their imminent release.The celebration should begin on Monday after sunset with the traditional Seder meal. Traditionally, it is a joyful gathering of family and friends who follow a ritual order of blessings around symbolic foods while recounting the biblical story of the slavery and suffering of the ancient Israelites in Egypt, as well as than their exodus and their liberation.Israelis are still nervous after a firefight with Iran ...
How fraudulent calls and messages have invaded our daily lives
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How fraudulent calls and messages have invaded our daily lives

Mr. Doctorow noted that just as the Internet has made routine tasks less cumbersome, it has also made scams much easier to pull off. Imagine an old-fashioned boiler room in which talkative artists make hundreds of phone calls in an attempt to extract savings from strangers, he said. Now fast forward to 2024, when fraudsters will be able to send millions of phishing text messages and emails using bots.“If you can automate parts of it,” Mr. Doctorow said, “you can cast a wider net.”Text message scams fooled Americans 300 million dollars in 2022, the Federal Trade Commission reported. That same year, Americans received 225 billion spam emails, a 157% increase from the previous year. according to a report from Robokillera company that sells an anti-spam application.As digitally savvy and ca...
House approves $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan
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House approves $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

The House voted resoundingly Saturday to approve $95 billion in foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as President Mike Johnson put his job on the line to advance the long-awaited aid package. blocked by mobilizing support from leading Republicans and Democrats.In four straight votes, overwhelming bipartisan coalitions of lawmakers approved new rounds of funding for the three U.S. allies, as well as another bill intended to sweeten the deal for conservatives and that could result in a nationwide ban on TikTok.The scene in the House reflected both broad congressional support for continued aid to Ukraine's military in fending off Russia, and the extraordinary political risk taken by Mr. Johnson to challenge the anti- interventionist in his party who had sought to thwart the bill. measu...
Start-up founder sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud
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Start-up founder sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud

Another startup founder is going to prison for overestimating his company's performance to investors.Manish Lachwani, who pleaded guilty last year to three counts of defrauding investors in his software startup HeadSpin, was sentenced Friday to a year and a half in prison. He will also have to pay a $1 million fine.Government prosecutors said Mr. Lachwani, 48, misled investors by quadrupling HeadSpin's revenue, making false statements about his customers and creating fake invoices to cover up the affair. His false statements allowed him to raise $117 million from major investment firms, valuing his start-up at $1.1 billion.When HeadSpin board members discovered this behavior in 2020, they pushed Mr. Lachwani to resign and cut the company's valuation by two-thirds.Mr. Lachwani is at least...