Trump walkout marks point of no return
- CNN reports this week suggest his position in the Rust Belt states that sent him to the White House is weakening, and he's having to share TV time with Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden -- who poses a threat to Trump's blue-collar heartland voters.
- And a ruling by a federal judge that Trump could not block House subpoenas seeking his financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One appeared to validate her strategy of using investigatory tools short of impeachment.
- And the President's aspirations of finally passing his replacement deal with Canada and Mexico for the North American Free Trade Agreement -- a plank of his 2020 reelection platform -- could also fizzle in a prolonged estrangement between the White House and the Democrats on Capitol Hill.
This AI-powered bot is learning how to tweet like Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin
- Vitalik Boterin is a bot powered by machine learning (ML).
- After discovering other keen devs had already created ML-powered Twitter bots for President Trump, Moskowitz wanted to build something similar for the cryptocurrency space.
- Moskowitz uses a limited version of the GPT-2 deep-learning neural net, a project deemed too dangerous to release by its creators OpenAI.
- They feared it could be used to manipulate social media and other online communication.
- For Boterin, Moskowitz must manage the tweets, but doesn’t make edits beyond fixing the odd misplaced capital letter.
- So far, Moskowitz has been committed to retraining Boterin with new models released by OpenAI, but it’s still learning.
- Now, if we can just get the two to communicate for a while, who knows what secrets we might unlock (the identity of The DAO hackers, perhaps?).
The massive company that owns Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme, and Pret a Manger is buying another sandwich chain
- Krispy Kreme, Panera, Pret a Manger, and Peet's Coffee are some of the most beloved chains in America.
- JAB owns chains including Krispy Kreme, Panera, Caribou Coffee, Au Bon Pain, and Pret A Manger, as well as Keurig Dr. Pepper and bottled-water brand Core.
- On Wednesday, Pret a Manger announced it had reached an agreement to acquire British sandwich chain EAT.
- JAB also owns Caribou Coffee Co., which it acquired in 2013for $340 million.
- JAB struck a deal in 2013 to buy the coffee company D.E. Master Blenders 1753, which had been spun out of Sara Lee Corp.
- JAB also bought Einstein Noah, a Colorado-based bagel company, in a $370 million deal.
- JAB reached a deal worth more than $300 million to buy Espresso House, the leading coffee chain in Sweden and Norway, in 2015.
- That December, JAB announced plans to buy Keurig for about $13.9 billion.
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Pelosi, Schumer head to White House for infrastructure talks
- Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are set to meet with President Donald Trump for a second round of talks on infrastructure Wednesday -- a meeting that will take place against the backdrop of rising tensions between Democrats and the White House over the administration's resistance to congressional investigations.
- But the sticking point in any deal will be how to pay for it and it is possible that hopes for finding common ground could crumble this week if no agreement is reached during the second round of talks over a way to pay for infrastructure investment.
- The meeting also comes as congressional leaders and the White House are attempting to negotiate a broader fiscal deal involving the debt limit and looming budget caps -- a set of talks that might need to be settled before it is possible for Democrats and the President to determine how to pay for any potential infrastructure deal.
Why Boris Johnson could back a new Brexit referendum as prime minister
- LONDON — The frontrunner to replace Theresa May could ultimately be forced to back a second referendum on Brexit if he does become prime minister, a growing number of Conservative MPs believe.
- Leadership rivals of Johnson have been briefing that Johnson's nascent campaign team, led by former Tory MP James Wharton, have "war-gamed" the prospect of holding a second referendum which gives voters the choice between remain, a form of "managed" no deal, and possibly a third option of a negotiated exit, either based on the so-called 'Malthouse Compromise' or resembling Theresa May's existing deal.
- That popularity is based largely on his strong Brexit credentials: He resigned as foreign secretary to oppose Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement with the EU on the grounds it was too soft and is ready to back leaving with no deal if Brussels does not grant the UK concessions over the Irish border.
Netflix has made a rare acquisition, to help it make more kids’ stuff
- The streaming company has bought StoryBots, a kids’ brand made by the guys who made JibJab. Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.
- Here’s an exception: The streaming service has bought StoryBots, a media brand focused on educational kids’ shows.
- Netflix didn’t disclose a price for the deal, but it’s reasonable to assume it’s a fairly small sum by Netflix standards, because Netflix has yet to spend very much money buying other people’s companies.
- The ABQ deal reportedly cost Netflix a mere $30 million, and it’s reasonable to assume that StoryBots did not have a gigantic price tag, either.
- Recent investments include a new animation facility in Hollywood, and Netflix has also been using kids’ content to experiment with new formats like “branching narratives” — that is, choose-your-own-adventure-style interactive shows.
Here's how to use the Amazon app to make sure you never miss a Prime Day deal
- But to shop all of the great Prime Day deals you need an Amazon Prime membership, so if you aren't one already, you should sign up for a free 30-day trial sometime before Prime Day. We may not know the official date yet (though it always seems to fall mid-july), but there's no such thing as being too prepared.
- Below, I'll walk you through exactly how to use the app to make sure you never miss a Prime Day deal on something you want.
- With hundreds of thousands of deals, and new ones constantly dropping, it can be hard to keep track of everything you want to buy on Prime Day — unless you use the Amazon app, that is.
- So, do yourself a favor and save yourself time furiously searching for products on Prime Day by downloading the Amazon app so you can tag the products you want now.
Theresa May offers 'new Brexit deal' in last-ditch effort to leave EU
- A day later, with little motivation to find a way forward for May's plan, lest it be torn apart by her successor, Labour pulled out of cross-party talks after six weeks trying to break the Brexit impasse.
- The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose 10 MPs prop up May's minority government in London, also demands a clean break with the EU, and oppose any move to give Northern Ireland different status from mainland Britain.
- But May made clear in her speech that, while she had initially sought to achieve consensus through the backing of DUP and Conservative votes, it was clear after her deal was voted down for a third time on March 29 that she needed to try to reach a cross-party agreement.
- Even after talks with Labour broke down, May said she was still convinced that she could get her deal passed.
Tencent acquires Swedish game studio Sharkmob
- Tencent Holdings said it has acquired Swedish game developer Sharkmob for an undisclosed price.
- The team includes veterans from games such as The Division and Hitman.
- Sharkmob was founded two years ago in Malmö, Sweden.
- The studio continues working with its unannounced online game as well as several new projects together with Tencent.
- Tencent is China’s biggest social media company, and it has holdings in a number of famous game developers, from Supercell to Epic Games.
- And the Sharkmob deal shows that the Shenzhen, China-based company still has an appetite for Western game companies.