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Uber’s Advanced Technology Group – is Hiring!

Ok – Uber always was a pretty cool company, but now – with their self driving car program – it’s become even more cool!

 

From Uber: If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks you might see a strange sight: a car that looks like it should be driven by a superhero. But this is no movie prop — it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) in Pittsburgh.

 

The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, will be collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities. When it’s in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver’s seat monitoring operations. The Uber ATG car comes outfitted with a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.

 

Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology. Self-driving cars have the potential to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world. 1.3 million people die every year in car accidents — 94% of those accidents involve human error. In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents. These goals are at the heart of Uber’s mission to make transportation as reliable as running water — everywhere and for everyone.

 

Self driving cars may seem something like some Sci-Fi tech fantasy – but it’s here, and it looks like – it’s here to stay.  We think it would be fun to be part of the team that’s bringing tomorrow’s tech – to today’s reality.  Also, we’ve heard that Uber is a great company to work for – having great salary & benefits, perks, and growing at a huge pace.

 

Uber is actively recruiting for all various roles throughout their company – but we think working for their ATG group is extra special.  If you’re interested in learning more about available roles – check out:

https://www.uber.com/info/atg/car/

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Hillary Clinton Roasts Herself on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Hillary Clinton has recently been hitting the media circuits promoting her new book What Happened?

Her book has been reviewed by several media outlets, and has gotten mainly positive reviews.  The book largely features her perspective of what happened leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections which resulted in her loss to Donald Trump.  It discusses – the email controversy, feminism, Donald Trump – and lots lots more.

We caught Mrs. Clinton’s visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers, and enjoyed her banter and comedic spirit.  The conversation with Meyers was covered by Vanity Fair, and below is an excerpt:

“According to a recent article, chardonnay is making a comeback,” Meyers said, providing the setup. The punchline? Clinton replying, “And they said I wouldn’t be able to create jobs.” Next up: “The retractable roof on Atlanta’s N.F.L. stadium is not working properly.” Clinton: “Oh, well at least that ceiling’s broken.” And, finally, “According to a recent report, koalas may be extinct by the year 2040.” Clinton: “And according to Fox News, that’s my fault.”

Meyers and Clinton then sat down for a more serious chat. Although late-night interviews are rarely hard-hitting, Clinton’s was well timed: her appearance marked the anniversary of the 2016 presidential election, an upset she’s wrote about at length in her book What Happened. On a lighter note, her appearance also came just one day after Democrats swept the 2017 local elections.

Asked what the recent victories mean, Clinton said, “I think the fever is finally breaking. I think that Americans, as we saw last night, are saying, ‘You know what, we really like our health care. We don’t like hatred and bigotry, and we don’t want to get shot wherever we go in our country.’ So I think that there is a growing awareness that the only way to reverse this is actually to go out and vote—and vote for people who have your values.”

We recommend checking out the video of her visit with Late Night, accessible at: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/hillary-clinton-seth-meyers-late-night-bill-clinton-conan-obrien

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Lawsuit Update:  Apple vs. Samsung

Apple and Samsung have been staunch competitors in the mobile device market for years.  Thus, it should come as no surprise they’ve ended up in court – on more than one occasion – and in more than one country.

Samsung has been vigorously fighting against Apple’s victory in a key smartphone patent lawsuit, but it seems as though they’re finally out of options and will have to pay Apple damages.

The US Supreme Court refused to hear Samsung’s appeal in the case, upholding a lower court’s decision reinstating a $120 million penalty for allegedly infringing on Apple’s patents for technology like slide-to-unlock and autocorrecting text. Samsung had argued that the lower court didn’t consider additional legal material, and supposedly changed laws for both issuing injunctions and invalidating patents.  It’s not uncommon for the Supreme Court to refuse to hear a case.  They usually do this if they believe the lower court’s decision was legally correct – and there is no basis for appeal.

Engadget recently asked Samsung for its response to the Supreme Court refusal to hear the appeal. At first glance, though, this is the end of this particular case since Samsung cannot turn to any other courts for appeal.

The amount Samsung is to pay Apple is $120 million.  This amount is rather small, when looking at gross revenue and profits of these massive corporations.  Samsung had a $12.91 billion profit last quarter. However, it’s kinda a big victory – for Apple – in principle. These companies have been litigating phone patent lawsuits for years…and it looks like Apple won.

From Engadget: Update: Samsung has provided a statement, and it’s unsurprisingly frustrated that the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear its case. It portrays this as a loss for customers and innovation, which is slightly ironic given that even Apple has moved away from slide-to-unlock with the iPhone X. You can read the full statement below.

“Our argument was supported by many who believed that the Court should hear the case to reinstate fair standards that promote innovation and prevent abuse of the patent system. One of Apple’s patents at issue in this case has been invalidated by courts around the world, and yet today’s decision allows Apple to unjustly profit from this patent, stunts innovation and places competition in the courtroom rather than the marketplace.”

Patent litigation is an expensive proposition, but it’s routine for tech companies in a competitive space – such as mobile smart phones.  I m sure this wont be the last lawsuit between Apple and Samsung – but for now, it seems as though Apple is the victor.

For further information – check out:

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/06/samsung-denied-supreme-court-appeal-in-apple-lawsuit/

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Federal Lawsuit Around Hillary Clinton Email Controversy Tossed Out 

In March 2015, it became publicly known that Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, had used her family’s private email server for official communications, rather than official State Department email accounts maintained on federal secure servers. Those official communications included over 100 emails which contained classified information at the time they were sent, as well as nearly 2,100 emails which were not marked classified but would retroactively be ranked as classified by the State Department.

The controversy unfolded against the backdrop of Clinton’s 2016 presidential election campaign and hearings held by the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi. Some experts, officials, and members of Congress have contended that her use of private messaging system software and a private server violated State Department protocols and procedures, as well as federal laws and regulations governing recordkeeping. In response, Clinton has said that her use of personal email was in compliance with federal laws and State Department regulations, and that former secretaries of state had also maintained personal email accounts, though not their own private email servers.

After allegations were raised that some of the emails in question contained classified information, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated an investigation regarding the origin and handling of classified emails on Clinton’s server. The FBI report found that some of the emails originated in five other intelligence agencies. The FBI found that all classified emails on Clinton’s server were stored and sent from “unclassified systems”, violating the same policies as those on Clinton’s personal server.

Several lawsuits were filed in connection with the email controversy.  Most recently, as noted by the Washington Post, a federal judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday that would have pushed the State Department and FBI to do more to try to track down Hillary Clinton’s emails, ruling the government has done all it reasonably could to locate the former secretary of state’s messages.

Two watchdog groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action, had sued in 2015 demanding the government recover all of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, saying she violated open-records laws by not preserving her messages.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, though, said the FBI did what it could, and did manage to recover thousands of messages Mrs. Clinton didn’t return herself.

“Those efforts went well beyond the mine-run search for missing federal records … and were largely successful, save for some emails sent during a two-month stretch. Even then, the FBI pursued every imaginable avenue to recover the missing emails,” wrote Judge Boasberg, an Obama appointee to the court.

Originally, the case had been dismissed as moot, but last year the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed that finding, ordering the government to “shake loose a few more emails.” But Judge Boasberg put an end to the shaking Thursday.

“The Court of Appeals may have asked the Government to ‘shak[e] the tree harder’ for more emails, but it never suggested that the FBI must shake every tree in every forest, without knowing whether they are fruit trees,” he wrote.

The judge said the FBI had already uncovered 55,000 pages of emails when it was ordered to do more. The agency interviewed people that most frequently exchanged work related emails with Mrs. Clinton, contacted her four service providers, and reviewed two phones and three iPads, which yielded little records.

Further details on the lawsuit are accessible at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/9/federal-judge-fbi-exhausted-search-clinton-emails/

 

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President Trump Expected To Nominate Rohit Chopra to FTC

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rohit Chopra to be an FTC commissioner, the White House recently announced.

The agency is currently headed by Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican, with Democrat Terrell McSweeny the only other commissioner. The president has long been expected to name a permanent chair and fill the three empty commission seats, two Republican and one Democrat or independent.

The FTC works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law and pursues companies accused of deceptive advertising. It is an independent agency that is headed by a chairman and four commissioners. No more than three commissioners can come from any one party.

We think Rohit Chopra is a good choice.  Rohit Chopra is a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America. He is widely recognized for his expertise in consumer financial services and economic issues facing young people.

He was previously Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he oversaw the agency’s agenda on students and young consumers. He was also appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury as the agency’s first Student Loan Ombudsman, a new position created in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

During his tenure, the agency led enforcement actions that secured hundreds of millions of dollars of relief for student loan borrowers, published widely-cited research on the student loan market, and established a state-of-the-art student loan complaint system. He later joined the U.S. Department of Education as Special Adviser to the Secretary.

Chopra has frequently testified before Congress. His work has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and Money and he is the recipient of multiple awards for his public service and contributions to the field of consumer finance.

He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise: consumer finance and capital markets, banking regulation, financial technology, young consumers, financial services issues faced by servicemembers and veterans, financial services issues in higher education

Further details on the expected nomination are accessible at: http://nypost.com/2017/10/18/trump-selects-antitrust-lawyer-to-head-ftc/

 

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New York Vs Chicago – The Pizza Wars

New Yorkers are passionate about a lot of things.  But few things stir up more passion and debate than Pizza – and especially which pizza is better – New York vs. Chicago.

This debate was renewed this week – when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary tweeted that a Chicago pizzeria was better than anything in New York.  The pizzeria being referenced was Pequods Pizza, which is known for it’s deep dish pizza.

The fundamental difference between New York and Chicago pizza is – size.  Chicago pizza is known for being deep dish.  Deep dish pizza is prepared in a – well, deep dish.  The depth of the pan – allows for piling on layer after layer of toppings, cheese, and sauce.  Some New Yorkers don’t even consider this being pizza – and refer to it being more of a casserole.  Other well known Chicago pizzerias include Gino’s East, Lou Malnatis, Giordanos, and The Art of Pizza.

Alternatively, New York pizza is a bit more traditional – and is made with a characteristically large hand-tossed thin crust, often sold in wide slices to go. The crust is thick and crisp only along its edge, yet soft, thin and pliable enough beneath its toppings to be folded in half to eat.

While the styles of pizza between the cities are vastly different – one commonality is that both, Chicagoans and New Yorkers – take their pizza seriously, very seriously.

Being a New Yorker – but having spent lots of time in Chicago – I feel i m well versed in both pizza styles.  That being said, if I had to judge – I m partial to New York style pizza.  It really doesn’t get better than grabbing a slice, and folding it half – before indulging.  Personally, i m not a fan of the the layered deep dish Chicago pizza – it’s really bogged down with cheese and sauce – and it’s hard to discern the flavor of the pizza.

Some noteworthy NYC pizza spots:

Lombardi’s

John’s (West Village)

Patsy’s Pizza

Totonno’s

Happy Eating…!

 

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The Strand – NYC

New York is full of fun, exciting, and unique spots.  One of my favorite – NYC spots is The Strand Bookstore.

The Strand is an independent book store located in the East Village neighborhood.  Not only do they have a massive selection of books – they also showcase selections from a variety of local New York authors.  The Strand is definitively the go-to bookstore in New York.  If you’re looking for something fun to do – definitely check out the bookstore – but also check out their events calendar on their website -as they routinely have some great events.  Some of their upcoming events include:

THE WRITERS STUDIO CELEBRATES PUSHCART PRESS

Friday November 17: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

A night of readings from some illustrious writers!

PEN OUT LOUD: MADNESS AND MANIA

Monday November 20: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

 A poetry reading that examines the emotional endeavor of writing.

STEIDL X STRAND: GERHARD STEIDL – WHY PHYSICAL THINGS MATTER IN A DIGITAL WORLD W/ PETER BADGE, AND MARC PACHTER

Monday November 27: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

The exacting German photography publisher discusses the importance of books with two artists from the Steidl stable.

STEIDL X STRAND: HENRY WESSEL SIGNS TRAFFIC/SUNSET PARK/CONTINENTAL DIVIDE + BETSY KAREL SIGNS AMERICA’S STAGE: TIMES SQUARE

Tuesday November 28: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Two incredible photographers sign their new books at the Strand for Steidl Week, day 2!

STEIDL X STRAND: MITCH EPSTEIN: ROCKS AND CLOUDS

Tuesday November 28: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Photographer Mitch Epstein presents his latest book.

STEIDL X STRAND: HANK O’NEAL SIGNS A VISION SHARED

Wednesday November 29: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Photographer Hank O’Neal signs the new edition of his enduring collection of photography from the Great Depression.

STEIDL X STRAND: JONGWOO PARK: DMZ: DEMILITARIZED ZONE OF KOREA

Wednesday November 29: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Photographer Jongwoo Park discusses his latest book on the border between North and South Korea with Sara Rosen.

 

STEIDL X STRAND: TOD PAPAGEORGE: DR. BLANKMAN’S NEW YORK

Thursday November 30: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

 Photographer Tod Papageorge signs his new book.

STEIDL X STRAND: MONA KUHN

Thursday November 30: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Photographer Mona Kuhn discusses her breadth of work.

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Killer Black Friday Deals – Thanksgiving sale 2017

It’s that time year again! Thanksgiving day is Thursday, November 22.  Thanksgiving dinner is usually the highlight the evening, but this year there are some great Thanksgiving 2017 deals to look out for too.
The following are some killer black Friday deals from Costco’s Thanksgiving sale 2017:
1. 86 inch, LG – 4K TV.  $4,999.99.  This TV, while pricey, provides a great display and sound.  Perfect for the home theater.
2. Q-See 8X8 DVR 1TB Security System W/ 8-1080P Cameras – $279.99.  Great price for a home or office security system.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A Wi-Fi Tablet – Quad Core – Lollipop – Smoky Titanium – Bonus Sleeve – $70.00 off. The Samsung Galaxy tablet is a multi functional tablet.  It’s has the power of a laptop, with the convenience of a tablet.  This is a great discounted price for this tablet.
Further details on Costco’s Thanksgiving Sale 2017 are accessible at: https://www.costco.com/black-friday.html
Thanksgiving is also the time of year to consider corporate gift giving.  Some of the most popular Thanksgiving Gift Baskets are included in the Costco Thanksgiving Sale 2017.  Some of our favorite Thanksgiving gift baskets are:
Popcornopolis Mini Popcorn Holiday Gift Baskets – Case of 10 – $74.99.  These gift baskets are neatly wrapped in holiday cheer.  They include a variety of different popcorn types.  And are always a welcomed gift by everyone.
Grand Traditions Holiday Basket – $249.99.  This is a deluxe holiday basket and includes a wide assortment of treats.  Such delicacies are included in this gift as follow; Borggreve Spekulatius Spice Cookies, J&M Caramel Sea Salt Cookies, Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Squares, Lille (Fusion) Chocolate Cookie Thins, Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, Snyder’s Bavarian Style Pretzels, Golden Cannoli Chips, Sconza Butter Toffee Nuts, Socado Italian Milk Chocolate, Hammond’s Toffee S’mores Crunch,  and when you think it’s over… indulge in the finest Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Guylian’s Temptations Original Praline, Poppies Cocoa & Coconut Macaroons, Valley Lahvosh Sesame Rounds Crackers, Godiva Bag “New” Milk Crème Brulee, the exceptional flavor of Don Francisco’s Family Reserve Breakfast Blend and a massive amount of more!
Further details on Costco’s Thanksgiving gift baskets are accessible at Costco
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Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving day is full of turkey, football, and fun.  Some of our favorite thanksgiving recipes are included below:

Thanksgiving Turkey – How to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving 

There are numerous ways to cook a turkey.  The easiest is to order in!  Most chefs enjoy preparing their turkey dinner with Thanksgiving side dishes and always – Thanksgiving dessert.  But the key to Thanksgiving dinner – is always the turkey.  There is a lot of pride with turkey recipes – some are oftentimes passed down from generation to generation. Most recipes are traditional – but recipes have been changing.  From traditional to modern, and everything in between – turkey recipes are as diverse as one can imagine.  The key is to pick a recipe which you like – and which you think your guests will enjoy.
Some of our favorite are listed below:
  • Bacon-Wrapped Turkey
  • Balsamic-Glazed Roast Turkey with Pan Sauce Recipe
  • Beer-Can Turkey
  • Braised Turkey Legs
  • Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy Recipe
  • Citrus and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast
  • Deep-Fried Turkey
  • Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey Recipe
  • “Never Fail” Roast Turkey with Shallot Pan Gravy Recipe
  • PointsPlus Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes Recipe
  • Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy
  • Roast Turkey with Spice Rub
  • Roast Turkey with Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe
  • Rosemary Citrus-Herb Turkey
  • Sage and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe
  • Southwestern Rubbed Turkey
  • Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast
  • Stuffing Filled Turkey Breast
  • Succulent Smoked Turkey Recipe
  • Thanksgiving Turkey: Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey
  • The Barefoot Contessa’s Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Further details on all of the above listed recipes are accessible at: https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/25-ways-cook-turkey

Thanksgiving side dishes

The following are some of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes:
  1. Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topper
  2. Almond green beans
  3. Fresh Cranberry Sauce
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Twice baked potatoes
  6. Stuffing – often used with Turkey leftovers.

Share your favorite turkey recipes and Thanksgiving side dishes with us!

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