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Mixed reality video platform Jaunt gets a new CEO

  • Jaunt, which pivoted from making cinematic VR films to providing platform tools for mixed reality, announced that its CEO George Kliavkoff is stepping down as CEO.
  • He will be replaced by Mitzi Reaugh, Jaunt’s former vice president of global business development and strategy, effective October 1.
  • Reaugh has been a leader behind the launch and growth of the Jaunt XR Platform, a business-to-business solution that enables partners to distribute augmented, virtual, and mixed reality assets through their own applications and channels.
  • For the past two years, Reaugh has worked closely with Kliavkoff and the executive leadership team, and she was critical in developing and implementing the strategy that evolved Jaunt into a B2B company focused on providing the full spectrum of immersive solutions for global partners.
  • The company also recently acquired Personify’s Teleporter team and technology to accelerate the development of volumetric capture and the XR Platform.

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Oil prices go and stay above $80 per barrel for a while

  • IEA (International Energy Agency) and Saudi Arabia oil prices will go and stay above $80 per barrel as output from Venezuela and Iran drops.
  • Saudi Arabia lifted output by 70,000 barrels a day to 10.42 million last month.
  • This is short of the 11 million barrels per day that they promised.
  • Venezuela could drop from 1.2 million to 1 million barrels a day.
  • Iranian production has already fallen to the lowest since July 2016, at 3.63 million barrels a day.
  • Iran’s oil production was at 4.4 to 4.5 million barrels per day.
  • Iran oil exports have dropped 35% since April.
  • In the first half of August, Iran’s oil exports fell from 2.32 million bpd to 1.68 million bpd.
  • Russia, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf members of OPEC promised to bolster production by about 1 million barrels a day but only part of the production increase is happening.

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Lyft passes 1 billion rides, doubling in past 11 months

  • Ride-hailing service Lyft just announced a key milestone: It has now surpassed 1 billion rides since it was founded in 2012.
  • The San Francisco-based company reported half a billion rides last October, meaning it has doubled the number of rides delivered in less than 12 months.
  • For context, rival Uber announced it had arrived at 10 billion rides back in June, but that is perhaps an unfair comparison to make.
  • Reports continue to circulate that Lyft is eyeing a broader international expansion after it reportedly held talks with London transport officials last year.
  • The company also revealed some interesting tidbits around its ride history.
  • To mark the 1 billion ride milestone, Lyft said it will doling out a free tank of gas to 3,500 Lyft drivers (one for every Lyft employee today).

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UN calls for genocide tribunal over Rohingya crisis

  • While Rakhine was the primary focus and has attracted widespread media coverage around the world, the UN report also highlighted ongoing conflicts between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and Shan state, where civilians have suffered similar abuses.
  • Myanmar's military ruled the country for decades under a brutal junta known for human rights abuses and locking up dissidents, including now de facto leader Suu Kyi. Despite a shift towards democracy in recent years, the military retains a bloc in parliament under the constitution and control of key ministries, as well as responsibility for security operations.
  • It called on the UN Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or establish an ad hoc international criminal tribunal, as well as implement targeted individual sanctions, travel bans and asset freezes against senior military commanders, and an arms embargo on the country.

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Russia blames Israel after Syria, its ally, killed 15 by downing one of its planes in a wild air battle

  • The Russian plane went down during a massive air battle between Israeli jets and Syrian air defenses, which sprang to life during a missile attack that pounded an ammunition depot and an industrial compound.
  • Syria operates a number of Russian-made air defenses and has never demonstrated a significant ability to intercept incoming missiles.
  • Russia had previously claimed that a French frigate operating in the area had fired missiles before the Il-20 went down, but France denied participating in the attack.
  • Russia has frequently boasted about its air defenses in Syria and their ability to repel attacks from even top-of-the-line US stealth jets.
  • Alleged Israeli strikes in Syria previously have given Russian defense-populated sites a wide berth, but strikes on the Damascus International Airport on Sunday and the air battle on Monday have played out near to Russian forces.

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Russia blames Israel after Syria, its ally, killed 15 by downing one of its planes in a wild air battle

  • The Russian plane went down during a massive air battle between Israeli jets and Syrian air defenses, which sprang to life during a missile attack that pounded an ammunition depot and an industrial compound.
  • Syria operates a number of Russian-made air defenses and has never demonstrated a significant ability to intercept incoming missiles.
  • Russia had previously claimed that a French frigate operating in the area had fired missiles before the Il-20 went down, but France denied participating in the attack.
  • Russia has frequently boasted about its air defenses in Syria and their ability to repel attacks from even top-of-the-line US stealth jets.
  • Alleged Israeli strikes in Syria previously have given Russian defense-populated sites a wide berth, but strikes on the Damascus International Airport on Sunday and the air battle on Monday have played out near to Russian forces.

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Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel becomes the country's first leader to support same-sex marriage

  • Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel became the country's first leader to publicly express support same-sex marriage.
  • Cuban citizens will vote on the issue in a national referendum in February 2019.
  • The shift in the Cuban leadership's attitude toward same-sex marriage is largely attributed to the efforts of Mariela Castro, the daughter of former Cuban president Raul Castro.
  • As the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, the younger Castro received international support for condemning homophobic attacks in Cuba and advocating for same-sex marriage.

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Rethinking our global ambitions, starting with the ‘call to action’ that is the TPP: Kevin Carmichael

  • The Trudeau government often talks like it’s trying to get its material atop a Google search: the TPP officially is now the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, apparently at Canada’s behest; the new agency in charge of corralling international investors is called Invest in Canada; Carr is the country’s first minister of International Trade Diversification, and not merely the trade minister, as he himself informed the House during the early stages of debate over the TPP bill.
  • Benoit Daignault, the chief executive of Export Development Canada, said earlier this year that companies were doing too little to take full advantage of the preferential access they have to big, rich markets like the EU.

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Air pollution particles found in mothers' placentas, new study finds

  • London (CNN) - Scientists believe they have discovered the first examples of air pollution traveling through the lungs of pregnant women and into their placentas, potentially reaching their fetuses.
  • The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris, examined the placentas of five pregnant women in the United Kingdom and found that sooty particles had made their way into their placentas.
  • Each of the women consented to having their placenta, an organ that attaches itself to the womb during pregnancy and links the mother to the fetus, examined by the research team.
  • According to the report, the team examined 3,500 macrophage cells from the five placentas, finding that 60 of the cells contained 72 dark areas between them, which the researchers believe were carbon particles.

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A Warning from Europe: The Worst Is yet to Come

  • Some of my New Year’s Eve guests continued, as my husband and I did, to support the pro-European, pro-rule-of-law, pro-market center-right—remaining in political parties that aligned, more or less, with European Christian Democrats, with the liberal parties of Germany and the Netherlands, and with the Republican Party of John McCain.
  • Although the law was eventually changed under American pressure, it enjoyed broad support by Law and Justice’s ideological base—the journalists, writers, and thinkers, including some of my party guests, who believe anti-Polish forces seek to blame Poland for Auschwitz.
  • But after Law and Justice won that year, I was featured on the covers of two pro-regime magazines, wSieci and Do Rzeczy—former friends of ours work at both—as the clandestine Jewish coordinator of the international press and the secret director of its negative coverage of Poland.

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