Author Archives: Loknath Das

Uber We did not steal Google’s self-driving tech

Uber has said claims it used self-driving technology stolen from Google were “demonstrably false”. Waymo – a company spun out of Google – filed a lawsuit in February claiming former employee Andrew Levandowski had stolen 14,000 documents relating to LiDAR, a core technology used to guide autonomous vehicles. Mr Levandowski went on to co-found Otto, a self-driving truck company acquired ... Read More »

New Milford finance board cuts budget yet again

NEW MILFORD — The Board of Finance, in a series of budget amendments adopted Thursday night, rejected Mayor David Gronbach’s plan to offset a $1.5 million revenue miscalculation with measures including the sale of town properties. Instead, the board cut $968,000 from the town budget and $532,000 from the schools budget. The overall budget now stands at nearly $101 million, ... Read More »

Elizabeth Warren On Student Debt Collectors And More Education News

As we head toward Tax Day, we’ve got student debt and state education plans on our minds in another edition of the NPR Ed Team’s weekly roundup. Student debt We reported at the start of the week that the total balance of student loan debt has nearly tripled in the past decade to $1.3 trillion. That growth is happening in ... Read More »

Richard Branson’s daily routine Blogging and 20 cups of tea

Billionaire Richard Branson sticks to a daily routine. But his usual day doesn’t sound much like anyone else’s. The Virgin Group founder outlined his usual routine in a blog post and, predictably, it’s bonkers. Get up at 5 a.m. The perfect time to start the day if you’re a billionaire living in the British Virgin Islands. Go kitesurfing “I get ... Read More »

Trump just destroyed internet privacy

Congress a few days ago voted to pass a repeal of Obama’s broadband privacy rules that prevented internet service providers from selling your personal data without obtaining consent first. The White House then confirmed that President Trump will sign the bill, without specifying when that will happen. It turns out that Trump inked the new law on Monday, making the ... Read More »

House Prepares to Leave for Recess Without Health Care Deal

The House of Representatives is set to leave town Thursday morning for a two-week break without reaching an agreement on health care. It’s another blow to Republicans and the Trump administration who had worked this week to revive the failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. After Republicans failed to garner enough votes nearly two ... Read More »

Video Gaming Becomes a Scholarship Sport at University of Utah

The University of Utah will become the first big-time sports school to offer scholarships for competitive video gaming, so far the most high-profile entry into collegiate esports. Backed by the Salt Lake City school’s video game development program, Utah’s first varsity esports team will play Riot Games’ popular League of Legends and compete in Riot’s collegiate league. More teams in ... Read More »

Gadgets on display in Dayton hearken to earlier age

Roughly 100 years after their original use, approximately 200 household gadgets are now on display at The Dayton Historic Depot Museum. After a call was put out on Facebook and local newspapers in December, the gadgets started arriving for the new exhibit called Make a Better Home: Domestic Gadgetry and Rural Electrification. About half the items on display are hand ... Read More »

How finance brands use Instagram

  A mountain top view. A close-up of a hand-rolled pastry. These images, while almost pedestrian on Instagram, are hardly what you’d expect out of a finance brand. But that’s exactly what American Express’ presence on the platform is all about: An effort to connect with an experience rather than a product. “Instagram is really about engaging — it’s so ... Read More »

Abbott: ‘Texas will fix’ its embattled special education system

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested over the weekend that he supports an effort to increase funding, training and transparency in special education, including by permanently ending the state’s de facto cap on the percentage of students who can receive services. “Texas will fix flaws in special education beginning this week,” Abbott wrote Saturday on Twitter along with a ... Read More »