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Cannabis will be legal in Canada this week, but the industry's landscape is still hazy

Cannabis will be legal in Canada this week, but the industry's landscape is still hazy

Jimmy’s Cannabis will be opening its doors to the public for the first time on Oct. 17 — but it’s still not clear whether there will be any pot products on its shelves. The Saskatchewan-based chain of recreational pot stores is one of 51 retailers to receive a store permit and is putting the finishing touches on two locations, which feature reclaimed barnwood and custom-made display cases and other details to reflect their provincial roots said co-owner David Thomas
Goldman warns Apple's earnings could fall short this year on 'rapidly slowing' demand in China

Goldman warns Apple's earnings could fall short this year on 'rapidly slowing' demand in China

Apple earnings may disappoint investors because of a marked deterioration in Chinese demand for iPhones, Goldman Sachs says. "There are multiple signs of rapidly slowing consumer demand in China which we believe could easily affect Apple's demand there this fall," Goldman analyst Rod Hall said in an investor note Sunday.
The ‘Amazon Effect’ Can Drive Prices Up, Too

The ‘Amazon Effect’ Can Drive Prices Up, Too

In recent years, the so-called “Amazon effect” has been used to explain low inflation in developed economies: Prices are supposedly lower – and more transparent – online, forcing offline retailers to reduce prices. The effect, however, can go both ways – the influence of e-commerce makes prices fluctuate more often, reacting immediately to shocks like energy price and exchange rate jumps.
Around 62 percent of all Internet sites will run an unsupported PHP version in 10 weeks

Around 62 percent of all Internet sites will run an unsupported PHP version in 10 weeks

The highly popular PHP 5.x branch will stop receiving security updates at the end of the year. According to statistics from W3Techs, roughly 78.9 percent of all Internet sites today run on PHP. But on December 31, 2018, security support for PHP 5.6.x will officially cease, marking the end of all support for any version of the ancient PHP 5.x branch. This means that starting with next year, around 62 percent of all Internet sites still running a PHP 5.x version will stop receiving security updates for their server and website's underlying technology, exposing hundreds of millions of websites, if not more, to serious security risks.
Drones for Good: Oceans Unmanned

Drones for Good: Oceans Unmanned

Capt. Brian Taggart, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Institute (NOAA) (ret.) has spent a career flying all types of aircraft – manned and unmanned – to gather aerial data for conservation.  Now, he heads the Oceans Unmanned project, an organization developed to use drones to support conservation, education, and protection of oceans.  Oceans Unmanned, says Taggart, is “Bringing Tech to Ocean Protection.”
Amazon Takes Aim at Yet Another Massive Opportunity

Amazon Takes Aim at Yet Another Massive Opportunity

There's no doubt that India is a gold mine for Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). The company is tapping into the many opportunities in this region, ranging from e-commerce to smart speakers and even insurance, but it will keep pushing the envelope, as its latest move indicates. Recent filings with Indian regulatory authorities revealed that the e-commerce giant has made a fresh infusion of $80 million into its digital payments business, Amazon Pay. This brings the company's total investment in Amazon Pay to more than $170 million over the past year.
Magic Leap’s Mica is a human-like AI in augmented reality

Magic Leap’s Mica is a human-like AI in augmented reality

Magic Leap showed off a demo of Mica, a humanlike artificial intelligence that can be viewed in the company’s augmented reality glasses, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition. I saw a demo of Mica, a short-haired woman who doesn’t speak but still communicates in warm ways with the viewer. I put the AR glasses on my head and looked through prescription inserts to see the virtual overlays in the real world. I thought it was the best thing Magic Leap showed off.
Crypto Market Keeps Its Balance After Recent Sell-Off, Bitcoin Above $6,300

Crypto Market Keeps Its Balance After Recent Sell-Off, Bitcoin Above $6,300

Crypto markets keep their balance after the recent sell-off this week, with most of the 20 top coins by market cap slightly in the green. Fluctuations in the markets in both directions have for the most part been no more than 1 percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Bitcoin (BTC) has seen slight growth over the past 24 hours, having strengthened to above the $6,300 threshold. At press time, the major cryptocurrency is trading at $6,331, slightly down from its intraday high around $6,360, while recovering from its intraday low around $6,277. On the week, Bitcoin is down almost 4 percent from around $6,580.
Apple rebukes Australia’s “dangerously ambiguous” anti-encryption bill

Apple rebukes Australia’s “dangerously ambiguous” anti-encryption bill

Apple has strongly criticized Australia’s anti-encryption bill, calling it “dangerously ambiguous” and “alarming to every Australian.” The Australian government’s draft law — known as the Access and Assistance Bill — would compel tech companies operating in the country, like Apple, to provide “assistance” to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in accessing electronic data. The government claims that encrypted communications are “increasingly being used by terrorist groups and organized criminals to avoid detection and disruption,” without citing evidence.
TECH & SCIENCE TECH & SCIENCE

TECH & SCIENCE TECH & SCIENCE

Whistle-blowing platform WikiLeaks said today that it had obtained and published a “highly confidential” document pilfered from technology company Amazon. Naming the release “Amazon Atlas,” the anti-secrecy organization claimed the document, dated late 2015, provided unprecedented insight into the locations of Amazon’s data centers and highlighted the company’s ongoing relationship with the U.S. intelligence community.


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