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Media titan S.I. Newhouse dies at 89

S.I. Newhouse Jr., the longtime chairman of Condé Nast, died Sunday in New York. He was 89. In a statement, his family said Newhouse was “always the first person to come to the office, arriving well before dawn and bringing to each day a visionary creative spirit coupled with no-nonsense business acumen.” Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr., also known as Si, ...

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Kentucky Makes Strides in Energy Efficiency / Public News Service

Researchers say Kentucky needs stronger policies that encourage utilities to offer energy efficiency programs to customers. (Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr) October 2, 2017 FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report highlights the strides the Bluegrass State is making in energy efficiency – and also points out areas where it could do better. Kentucky moved up two notches from last year, now ranking ...

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In India, Fake News Proves Costly

New Delhi:  One recent Wednesday afternoon, monsoon rains were lashing office windows in Mumbai. Inside, screens were lighting up with messages announcing the arrival of Cyclone Phyan. Employees of a start-up called Little Black Book, an online city guide, started panicking. Some went home early after receiving messages on their phones that roads were being closed. Others passed the message ...

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Dong Energy to change name

Danish energy group Dong Energy is to change its name, it announced on Monday. Dong said it will change its name – which stands for Danish Oil and Natural Gas – to reflect its “profound strategic transformation from black to green energy”. In May Dong sold its entire upstream oil and gas business to Ineos, completing its shift to focus ...

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Don’t be duped into costly 24-month contracts

A lot of slick operators make a very good living out of taking advantage of the fact that most consumers don’t pay enough attention to boring admin tasks and can’t be bothered to read the small print. A Durban-based operation has been doing just that in recent months, with an approach to mainly small companies such as medical practices, service ...

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Mark Little media venture Neva Labs aims to be Netflix for news

Storyful founder and former RTÉ journalist Mark Little has set up a new digital media company to help publishers beat the problem of “information overload” and deliver personalised news to paying users. Mr Little and co-founder Áine Kerr have established Neva Labs in Dublin and hired product specialists ahead of a six- to eight-month phase for “testing” their assumptions about ...

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Tech lure for murdered teen, court hears

Two women brutally murdered a vulnerable teenager then buried him under concrete in the backyard of their Perth home after luring him there under the pretence of playing with technology, a court has heard. Aaron Pajich was found in a shallow grave covered with newly-laid concrete and indoor tiles at the rear of Jemma Victoria Lilley’s Orelia property in June ...

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Tech companies will guide society in artificial intelligence age: Microsoft CEO

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has said it will be down to technology giants to define ethics in the coming era of artificial intelligence, and to plan developments so that society is not left bereft by automation-led unemployment. Speaking at his company’s annual Ignite and Envision events in Orlando, Mr Nadella fielded questions about the human impact of Microsoft’s ongoing ...

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