What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry
- These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research.
- “Skip” Burris III, the president-elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, for instance, declared that he had no conflicts of interest in more than 50 journal articles in recent years, including in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.
- The issue has gained traction since September, when Dr. José Baselga, who was the chief medical officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, resigned after The Times and ProPublica reported that he had not revealed his industry ties in dozens of journal articles.
Wisconsin gov.-elect won't rule out suing over bills that would limit power
- Washington (CNN) - Democratic Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers said he's looking at "all options at the table" if outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker doesn't veto a set of GOP bills aimed at limiting the incoming administration's powers.
- The bills passed by the Republican-led state legislature last week would weaken the state's executive branch just as Democrats prepare to reclaim it after nearly a decade.
- The legislation also targets the authorities of incoming Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, who, like Evers, campaigned on promises to expand health care and protect welfare programs.
- The bills include measures to codify work requirements for some Medicaid recipients and allowing the legislature veto power over whether to join or withdraw from various types of litigation, including a multi-state lawsuit seeking to invalidate Obamacare to which Wisconsin is a party.
- Walker will have only a limited number of days to take action on the bills.
Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for ‘a fairer Europe’
- A group of progressive Europeans led by the economist and author Thomas Piketty has drawn up a bold new blueprint for a fairer Europe to address the division, disenchantment, inequality and rightwing populism sweeping the continent.
- The plan, crafted by more than 50 economists, historians and former politicians from half a dozen countries, includes huge levies on multinationals, millionaires and carbon emissions to generate funds to tackle the most urgent issues of the day, including poverty, migration, climate change and the EU’s so-called democratic deficit.
- At the heart of the manifesto is a call for a European assembly that would have a budget of up to €800bn a year, financed by taxing corporate profits more effectively, as well as income and wealth.
- The EU has been accused of failing to address the manifest unfairness of huge multinationals such as Apple, Google and Amazon channeling profits through member states where taxes are lowest.
'We're getting a lot better': The head of the US Navy's newest fleet says it can counter one of Russia's favorite tactics
- Assets like the S-400 air-defense system — believed to be able to target aircraft from as far as 250 miles away, even the latest stealth aircraft — have been set up around Kaliningrad, which is Russia's exclave on the Baltic Sea, further south on the Crimean Peninsula and around the Black Sea, and on the Syrian coast, which provides a base from which to reach into the eastern Mediterranean.
- Russian state media said another battalion of S-400 missiles had assumed combat duty in Crimea at the end of November, amid a state of increased tension with Ukraine over a violent encounter between their navies in the Black Sea. Other air-defense systems, including the less advanced but highly capable S-300, are deployed in the region, including in the Black and Baltic seas.
Employers are searching high and low for people with Google Cloud skills, says new report
- As the cloud computing market consolidates around three major players — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud— job listings that included keywords about these cloud providers have risen over the past year, according to a report from job-hunting site Indeed.
- The effect is even more pronounced over a longer span of time: Over the last three years, job listings with "Google Cloud" have skyrocketed 1082%, compared to a rise of 107.15% for AWS and 165.9% for Microsoft Azure.
- These searches include phrases like "cloud infrastructure," "cloud security," "cloud architect," and "cloud engineer," according to the report.
- Amazon Web Services has dominated cloud computing in terms of market share, even as the cloud industry is still growing.
- And as companies like Microsoft, Google and IBM look to catch up to Amazon in the cloud wars, they will be looking to hire more engineers with cloud computing skills.
35 unique subscription boxes and services that keep on giving after the holidays are over
- By now, the idea of a subscription box service is far from new.
- More than one area of the globe boasts amazing coffee, and around-the-world subscription Atlas Coffee Club is out to prove that by sending coffee from a different region every month.
- A group of outdoor enthusiasts came together to start Cairn, a subscription box of up to six products to gear anyone up for hikes, camping, and other outdoor activities.
- HelloFresh is one of our top meal kit subscription choices because of its tasty dishes, creative features like "Dinner-to-Lunch" recipes, and accompanying wine club.
- If HelloFresh doesn't look like it'll suit your recipient, check out the gift options from one of these services.
- Members can customize their boxes and add on other products, enjoy exclusive offers and discounts from brand partners, and access workouts through FabFitFunTV.
When algorithms go wrong we need power to fight back, say researchers
- The report examines the social challenges of AI and algorithmic systems, homing in on what researchers call “the accountability gap” as this technology is integrated “across core social domains.” They put forward ten recommendations, including calling for government regulation of facial recognition (something Microsoft president Brad Smith also advocated for this week) and “truth-in-advertising” laws for AI products, so that companies can’t simply trade on the reputation of the technology to sell their services.
- The authors of AI Now’s report say this incident is just one of a number of “cascading scandals” involving AI and algorithmic systems deployed by governments and big tech companies in 2018.
- Whittaker and fellow AI Now co-founder Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft, say the integration of ADS into government services has outpaced our ability to audit these systems.
How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars
- This bottom strata includes posting snarky jokes about an unfolding news story, tragedy, or controversy; retweeting hoaxes and other misleading narratives ironically, to condemn them, make fun of the people involved, or otherwise assert superiority over those who take the narratives seriously; making ambivalent inside jokes because your friends will know what you mean (and for white people in particular, that your friends will know you’re not a real racist); @mentioning the butts of jokes, critiques, or collective mocking, thus looping the target of the conversation into the discussion; and easiest of all, jumping into conversations mid-thread without knowing what the issues are.
- Drawing on evidence from the 2011 Egyptian uprising, we demonstrate how the use of two social media platforms – Facebook and Twitter – contributed to a discrete mobilizational outcome: the staging of a successful first protest in a revolutionary cascade, or, what we call “first mover mobilization.” Specifically, we argue that these two platforms facilitated the staging of a large, nationwide, and seemingly leaderless protest on January 25, 2011, which signaled to hesitant but sympathetic Egyptians that a revolution might be in the making.
Israel’s Tax Body Aggressively Pursuing Cryptocurrency Tax Evaders
- The tax-collection agency of Israel is targeting cryptocurrency traders and investors in an aggressive push aimed at stemming tax evasion.
- According to the financial daily Calcalist, the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) has taken stern measures aimed at nabbing those suspected of not reporting gains made from cryptocurrency investments and trading.
- Per the financial daily, some of the tell-tale signs of tax evasion by cryptocurrency traders include frequent travels abroad without documentation or material evidence of how the trip’s expenses will be met.
- Another move the Israel Tax Authority has taken includes unilaterally opening tax accounts for individuals who have been identified as having failed to report gains made from trading cryptocurrencies.
- In February this year, the ITA doubled down on its position that it would tax cryptocurrencies as assets with the rates on capital gains and VAT remaining the same.
Uber confidentially files for IPO a day after Lyft
- The ride-hailing company filed the confidential paperwork on Thursday, one of the sources said, in lock-step with its smaller U.S. rival, Lyft, which also announced on Thursday it had filed for an IPO.
- Its listing next year would be the largest in what is expected to be a string of public debuts by highly valued Silicon Valley companies, including apartment-renting company Airbnb and workplace messaging firm Slack.
- The IPO will be a test of public market investor tolerance for Uber’s legal and workplace controversies, which embroiled the company for most of last year, and on Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi’s progress in turning around the company.
- Together, Uber and Lyft will test public market investor appetite for the ride-hailing business, which emerged less than a decade ago and has proven wildly popular, but also unprofitable.