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VIENNA (AP) — In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations' interests.
There are times when the gauzy lens of nostalgia distorts how we think about movies, music, and TV shows of years past, tricking us into thinking they're better than they were — and then there are times when we're presented with cold, hard facts that things simply were better. Take, for example, the state of summer movies in 1985. The Houston Chronicle's Bayou City History blog posted a listing of movie times for the July 4th weekend 30 years ago, and it's basically a line-up of some of the decade's best movies.
Management has attempted damage control, and the subreddit that became a flashpoint has since returned, but repercussions for the site are sure to be felt for some time. Reddit moderators have shut down several of the site's most popular sections in response to the company's dismissal of Victoria Taylor. Acting as the main facilitator for its "Ask Me Anything" question-and-answer sessions, Taylor was one of Reddit's most visible employees when she was fired, a corporate decision that moderators say will make securing and executing the site's signature AMAs much more difficult.
Reddit’s Ask Me Anything subreddit, r/IAmA, is back online again, after the site’s moderators switched the section into private mode overnight. The subreddit was one of many to go private yesterday — including r/videos, r/gaming, r/science, and more — as a protest over the firing of Reddit Director of Communications Victoria Taylor. In a "Welcome Back!" message on r/IAmA, the moderators explain their reasoning behind closing down the subreddit.
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao commented this morning about the firing of Reddit Director of Communications Victoria Taylor, a move that has resulted in a very public revolt from users of the site. Pao wrote that the site is working on better tools for its moderators, but it will be a while before those tools are made available. "The bigger problem is that we haven't helped our moderators with better support after many years of promising to do so," Pao wrote in a comment.
Russian lawmakers Friday passed a bill allowing people to force Internet search engines to remove links to data about them, overriding objections from the country's largest search provider. The legislation -- broader than the European Union's "right to be forgotten" initiative -- was passed by overwhelming majority in Russia's Kremlin-loyal parliament. President Vladimir Putin still needs to sign the law for it to come into effect.
(Reuters) - A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any fuel. Pilot Andre Borschberg's 120-hour voyage shattered the 76-hour record for nonstop flight by late American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.
Chinese manufacturer Huawei, through its Honor brand, has announced a new connected watch to come out before the end of the year, even though its own watch, presented at the MWC in Barcelona this past March, has yet to be widely commercialized outside of China. The Honor Band Zero bills itself as a cross between a watch and a connected bracelet, perhaps foreshadowing what the next generation of connected watches will resemble. The Honor Band Zero, which can sync, for example, with the brand's new flagship Honor 7 smartphone, can record physical and sleep activity as well as receive standard notifications.
Elon Musk has donated millions to the Future of Life Institute, and now the organization is putting that money to use by funding research into keeping artificial intelligence "robust and beneficial" — i.e. The institute announced this week that it will be issuing grants to 37 research teams, whittled down from an applicant least of around 300. The teams are taking on the killer AI issue from different angles, including teaching AI to learn what humans want, aligning robots' interests with our own, and keeping AI under human control.