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  • This is the first time Congress has restrained surveillance powers in years
  • It's meant to replace the PATRIOT Act with stricter rules for the collection of telephone and electronic metadata by the National Security Agency (NSA)
  • It doesn't end mass metadata collection entirely, but it requires more selective search terms for records
  • As more resources emerge to bring art to the masses, The Cultivist has launched to offer services for $2,500
  • Limited to 1000 members/year in Europe and North America
  • The group caters to curators, collectors from other fields and "tech guys in San Francisco, new oil money in Texas" to help them become real collectors
  • Barnard College is the remaining member of the traditional Seven Sister schools to admit transgender women
  • Transgendered Americans are fighting for institutional acceptance, requiring policy revisions and challenges for schools
  • Barnard still excludes trans men; Mount Holyoke College began accepting both trans men and women last fall
  • Survey data from 65 countries shows Britain consumes 20% more media than rest of world
  • TV still leads as the most popular media format, and is expected to remain the #1 media format through 2017
  • Newspapers, magazines, television, radio and cinema have been declining since 2010 with growth of mobile devices
  • Google reports that more searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan
  • Their survey found 40% of smartphone owners browse app stores for apps; 25% app users discover them through search
  • Google says research shows search-based mobile app install ads are the most effective way to drive downloads
  • Announced in 2013, owned by Facebook, it's currently available in Africa, Latin America and Asia, offering services like Wikipedia, Facebook Messenger, local news, etc.
  • Due to Net neutrality, Internet.org has been opened to all services after criticism for only allowing certain companies to use the platform
  • The total number of undernourished people has decreased by more than 200 million since 1990.
  • the developing world has cut undernourishment from 23.3% in 1990 to 12.9% today.
  • It fell from 18.6% to 10.9% for the world population, just missing the mark of halving hunger.
  • Calls to order a pizza from Bella Vista Pizzeria in Culver City connects customers to a student sitting in a Brazilian classroom
  • these students, with guidance from their instructors, take orders and engage in conversation
  • The longer a customer talks to a student, the bigger the discount received on the pizza order
  • made by a Slovakian company called Nice Architects; comes pre-made and ready to house two adults.
  • kitchenette spouts running water, the toilet flushes, and the shower flows hot. It is 14.6 feet long and 7.4 feet wide.
  • built-in wind turbine and the solar cells provide the power
  • damaged robots test different limb combos to figure out how to keep walking forward or perform specified function
  • the algorithm could work on any robot with enough limbs or joints
  • aims to help injured robots adapt in dangerous emergency situations, such as finding survivors after an earthquake or putting out forest fires
  • "This year, some 590 million non-smartphones will be sold. By 2019, that number will shrink to 350 million."
  • Buyers: Children in wealthier countries; Sub-Saharan Africans, Indians, Chinese, and Latin Americans; luddites and grandparents; people who need a second phone for work or travel
  • Market decreased by 14% from 2013-2014
  • China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by around 5% in the first four months of the year
  • "If the trend continues, China will close out 2015 with the biggest reduction in both coal use and CO2 every recorded by a single country"
  • By 2020, China plans to make coal’s share of energy consumption under 62%
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