“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama   It’s been a busy few weeks for me. Lots… (0 comment)

PRESS RELEASE: SÃO PAULO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 18, 2017– The Brazilian startup GuiaBolso has raised $39 million from a group of specialized fintech investors, led by Vostok Emerging Finance and including existing backers such as Ribbit Capital, IFC, and QED Investors. Endeavor Catalyst and Omidyar Network also contributed to the round. This largest-announced venture capital funding of… (0 comment)

The long list of restaurant chains filing for bankruptcy amid slower sales added another name today: Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  Romano’s Macaroni Grill owner RedRock Partners announced today that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a way to reorganize the company and reduce debt. The Italian restaurant chain — which operates 93 locations… (0 comment)

What’s even more symbolic than Amazon building a warehouse on the site of what was once the world’s largest enclosed mall? In its hometown of Seattle, Amazon is gobbling up as much office space as it can, and now that includes the top six floors of the Macy’s building downtown. The Seattle Times reports that… (0 comment)

With half of Americans regularly taking prescription medication — four, on average, according to a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,947 adults — a medication “checkup” can reduce your risk of side effects and interactions, and stop you from taking unnecessary pills.… (0 comment)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged Wednesday that the GOP tax plan will ultimately benefit wealthy people. During an appearance on the Politico Money podcast, Mnuchin said it is difficult not to create a tax plan wherein wealthy individuals receive a tax cut. “The top 20 percent of the people pay 95 percent of the taxes.… (0 comment)

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) detailed how Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved repeatedly the goalposts about his communications with Russians. Sessions responded by subtly moving the goalposts yet again. Sessions denied having any communications with Russians whatsoever during his conformation hearing in January. But under questioning… (0 comment)

During Wednesday’s Justice Department Oversight Hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Department of Justice’s new “religious freedom” guidance. In particular, Durbin was concerned about how the guidance might enable anti-LGBTQ discrimination, asking Sessions to respond to several hypotheticals. “Could a social security administration employee refuse to accept or process… (0 comment)

DeepMind, a division of Google that’s focused on advancing artificial intelligence research, unveiled a new version of its AlphaGo program today that learned the game solely by playing itself. Called AlphaGo Zero, the system works by learning from the outcomes of its self-play games, using a machine learning technique called reinforcement learning. As Zero was… (0 comment)
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