Toyota investing $50 million in artificial intelligence for cars



The auto industry’s investment in smart self-driving cars just went into higher gear

At a press conference in Palo Alto Friday, “Toyota announced it is investing $50 million and partnering with Stanford and MIT to “accelerate” artificial intelligence research as it relates to self-driving vehicles

The company also announced it had tapped Dr. Gill Pratt, who lead the Robotics Challenge at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to lead the project.

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Acid attack survivor gets real in YouTube makeup tutorial



In May 2014, Reshma was attacked by her brother-in-law while she was out walking with her sister in Allahabad, India. He threw sulphuric acid on her face, leaving her permanently disfigured. She lost her left eye because of the attack.

Here, Reshma creates a PSA about her experience, crafted in the form of a makeup tutorial. She instructs viewers how to achieve the perfect red lip, telling them that they will “find red lipstick easily in the market … just like concentrated acid.” Reshma…

10 critical lessons the feds learned from Ferguson protests



The Department of Justice this week has released its full analysis of police action taken during the August 2014 Ferguson protests over the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson

The 180-plus page document, which can be read below, categorized 48 “findings” and 113 “lessons learned,” but highlighted 10 items as most critical to the assessment

The report

The extensive report closely examines the…

Fiat Chrysler recalling 7,810 Jeep Renegades for hacking risk



If you own a 2015 Jeep Renegade, you might need to patch your software.

Late Friday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that they are conducting a voluntary recall of 7,810 2015 Jeep Renegades equipped with 6.5-inch touchscreen radios for a hacking vulnerability. This comes a little over a month after FCA recalled 1.4 Million vehicles equipped with its Uconnect infotainment system for a remote hacking risk.

In a statement,…

Aretha Franklin to film festival: R-E-S-P-E-C-T my concert footage



LOS ANGELES — Aretha Franklin has amazing timing.

Her last-minute legal action — including a 10-minute phone conference with the Queen of Soul herself, THR reported — stopped the Telluride Film festival from showing Amazing Grace, a full-length documentary feature about her seminal 1972 performance that was scheduled to screen Friday night.

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Whole Foods customer found in a pool of blood after guard’s alleged assault



Editor’s note: This post includes graphic images.

A Whole Foods security guard in Oakland, California has been “permanently removed” from all of the company’s stores after a clash that left a customer lying unconscious in a pool of his own blood, a spokesperson for the grocery store chain told Mashable

The shopper was attempting to buy groceries with an electronic benefit transfer card that gives food stamps benefits Thursday night, when he got into a verbal argument with the cashier, Zoe…

Speed… With a Trackhawk in the Lead

Because Jeep and Dodge are under the same umbrella, as they pretty much always have been, there is some cross testing that takes place in order to put the same Hellcat engine that we love in the Charger and Challenger into the Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Doing this makes the vehicle the Trackhawk and it is a massively powerful beast.

While we don’t have the exact specs and notes yet the Track Hawk is expected to be amazing and has already listed a time to sixty mph, which is used many times to…

WhatsApp now has 900 million users, CEO Jan Koum says



WhatsApp, the popular messaging service Facebook purchased last year, now has more than 900 million users — eclipsing services such as WeChat, Facebook Messenger and Line.

CEO Jan Koum revealed the new milestone on Facebook Thursday during a casually-worded check-in with his boss, Mark Zuckerberg

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The refugee crisis: Is Australia’s ‘stop the boats’ policy the answer?



The Australian government has hit back after an editorial in the New York Times slammed Australia’s handing of the influx of migrants and refugees traveling to its shores and advised Europe not to follow suit

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement released Thursday: “No responsible government could stand idly by in the face of these repeated tragedies. Our policies are lawful. They are safe. And they work. They save lives.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott is known for…

Washington’s pathetic NFL team self-inflicts the shame it deserves



Once upon a time, some 30 years ago, the nation’s capital had a successful NFL franchise with a Hall of Fame coach and owner, Super Bowl wins of which to boast and genuine stars for whom the fans could root

The team was a model of efficiency and success; it was the very antithesis of dysfunction. The franchise’s nickname — a disparaging term for Native Americans — was criticized by some, but flew mostly under the national radar, unquestioned and unchallenged as the team continued its winning…