Drone law goes down, and now hobbyists don’t have to register

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Buying a drone for fun just got a little less complicated. 

A court ruling has declared that civilians c no longer need to register their non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of drone user John Taylor, who filed an initial petition challenging the drone registration rule back in 2015, just days after the FAA’s drone registry went live in December of that year. 

The rule required drone hobbyists to pay a $ 5 fee to register their drone with the FAA’s website.  Read more…

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Ordinary Vulcan couple looks for a home to settle down in new ‘Star Trek’ ads

The life of a Vulcan isn’t all intergalactic adventures and heroic feats of intelligence. A new set of ads for Quicken’s Rocket Mortgage imagines a family of Spock’s fellow Vulcans with a simpler domestic life, their race’s characteristic emotionless logic applied to more mundane household chores — like finding the right home mortgage. SEE ALSO: Zachary […]


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Salesforce buys hot deep learning startup MetaMind, services shutting down May 4

The MetaMind team.

Salesforce has acquired MetaMind, a deep learning startup backed by Salesforce cofounder and chief executive Marc Benioff. The startup’s services will stop working on May 4.

MetaMind announced the news in a blog post.

“Salesforce plans to integrate MetaMind’s technology into Salesforce services,” MetaMind cofounder and chief executive Richard Socher wrote. “For unpaid web users, MetaMind’s products will be discontinued on May 4. For our monthly recurring users, MetaMind’s products will be discontinued on June 4. We’ll delete any data we have stored for unpaid web users and monthly recurring users after April 11.”

Deep learning is a type of artificial intelligence that many large technology companies — like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft — have invested in by way of acquisitions or in-house research. The technique generally involves training artificial neural networks on large sets of data and then having them make inferences about new data.

The MetaMind team focused on recursive neural networks, which Socher worked on while doing his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Salesforce last year acquired and shut down smart calendar app Tempo AI. Meanwhile Salesforce has been building up a data science team, with key members coming from LinkedIn.

MetaMind launched in late 2014. The startup was on my 5 deep learning startups to follow in 2015 list. The startup’s image recognition capabilities outperformed those of other companies in my own highly unscientific testing.

Investors other than Benioff included Khosla Ventures.

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Facebook goes down and Twitter lights up

Facebook crashed for at least 10 minutes today and then struggled to fully come back online.

When users tried to open or refresh their Facebook pages a little after 12:30 p.m. ET today, they were greeted not with their news feed but with a largely blank screen that simply said, “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

The site began to come back online around 12:50 p.m., though some users reported still having trouble loading the site until about 1 p.m.

Facebook did not return a request for information on what caused the problem.

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Facebook is down, go do something more fun while it recovers [Update: It’s back!]

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Facebook is down for many users around the world, according to DownDetector.co.uk and reports on Twitter. It’s the second outage within a week for the social network, and many people are unable to log in and view those critical status messages, Pages and other updates. These problems don’t tend to last too long, but we’ve asked Facebook for a statement on the situation and will update here when normal service resumes. Until then, go fly a kite or something. Update: An intermittent service is coming back for some users but the site still isn’t back to normal. Some users are also still…

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