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  • Landmark decision ruled the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful
  • This overturned an earlier ruling revealed by Edward Snowden that the controversial surveillance practice could not be subjected to judicial review
  • Judges also decided not to end domestic bulk collection while Congress decides whether to reauthorize a provision in the Patriot Act
  • U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April
  • Latest numbers offer encouragement that the recent economic slowdown marks a temporary dip
  • Reports offer insights about 2nd quarter of 2015; the Federal Reserve is debating when to hike interest rates, which have stayed near zero for more than 6 years
  • 58% of students using mobile devices in classroom use their own; the rest use school-provided devices
  • Teachers and students have increasingly advocated importance of accessing mobile devices in classrooms
  • 13% of high school students and 21% of middle school students still have no regular access to technology in schools
  • Since peaking in 2000, Gold Bullion has dropped 38%. It’s risen about 1.3 percent this year after losing 1.4 percent in 2014 and tumbling 28 percent in 2013.
  • The median sale price for existing condos in Manhattan jumped to a six-year high of $1.3 million in the first quarter. In London, asking prices for property rose 2.5% to a record high in April
  • Major companies view virtual reality as the next era of computing, entertainment, and social networking
  • Virtual reality is immersive software that fills your entire field of view with an image, an old idea that's becoming cheaper to create
  • Challenges are figuring out a controller and standardizing models for developers to create advanced programs
  • Seattle has approved the new ban to increase recycling and composting in the city
  • Starting July 1, any single-family trash container with more than 10% recyclables or food waste by volume will face a $1 fine on the next garbage bill
  • Multi-family property owners with too much food waste in trash will get up to 2 warning notices, and then a $50 fine.
  • Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state
  • The move came 2 days after the same panel voted 4-2 in favor of a bill to decriminalize marijuana
  • the UK has the second-lowest rate of productivity out of the leading G7 industrial nations
  • employee culture of wanting to be seen to be available by email at all times was causing stress and depression; making workers less efficient.
  • IT services giant Atos, which banned email in 2011, believes that social media tools can solve many of email's problems if used properly
  • Number of Americans who associate with no religion has increased threefold from 20 years ago
  • 20% drop in church attendance in the same time period
  • The percentage of people who think religion is relevant for today is down from 80% to 70%
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (also known as DFKI) is using a chimpanzee as model for unmanned lunar missions
  • It can walk up and down slopes of up to 20 degrees; its feet and hands have multiple sensors like a real chimp
  • The design capitalizes on the inherent stability of the ape's quadrupedal stance without losing the chimp's versatility in climbing/grasping /moving over all types of terrain
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