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Foodies Kit - La Famiglia Rana
They’ll be available to buy from our gorgeous Instagram-inspired grocery shop which is opening in London in just a few weeks’ time, designed to set your Instagram feed alight! (There will also be workshops covering everything from photography to pasta-making, so it’s worth keeping in touch…)
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yesterday by dancall
European tech companies call on EU to toughen regulations | Financial Times
The letter, which was cosigned by Daniel Elk, chief executive of Spotify, and Hans-Holger Albrecht, chief executive of Deezer — accused US giants such as Google of becoming “gatekeepers to the digital economy” by using their dominant position to impose unfair terms on game developers and app makers.

Examples include Apple requiring downloads from its app store to use Apple’s own payment methods rather than other tools, such as PayPal.

EU competition and business ministers will meet in Brussels on Thursday. The EU’s 28 member states will have to agree on a version of the draft legislation, which will then be considered by the European Parliament and the European Commission before it can come into force. 
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yesterday by corrales
How AI & Machine Learning Are Redefining The War For Talent
"Of the five companies Gartner names as Cool Vendors in the field of Human Capital Management for Talent Acquisition, Eightfold is the only one achieving personalization at scale today. Attaining personalization at scale is essential if any growing business is going to succeed in attracting, acquiring and growing talent that can support their growth goals and strategies. Eightfold’s approach makes it possible to scale personalized responses to specific candidates in a company’s candidate community while defining the ideal candidate for each open position."
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3 days ago by jonerp
Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa - Charlemagne
Today’s waves of African migration are merely a prelude. Of the 2.2bn citizens added to the global population by 2050, 1.3bn will be Africans—about the size of China’s population today. And more of them will have the means to travel. Those Africans risking the trip north across the Mediterranean today are not the poorest, but those with a mobile phone to organise the trip and money to pay smugglers. Few of the Nigerians who attempt the crossing are from their country’s poor north, for example; almost all are from its wealthier south. As African countries gradually prosper, migration will surely increase, not decrease. Emmanuel Macron raised these points in a recent interview. The French president was recommending a new book, “The Rush to Europe”, published in French by Stephen Smith of Duke University, which models past international migrations like that of Mexicans into America to show that the number of Afro-Europeans (Europeans with African roots) could rise from 9m at present to between 150m and 200m by 2050, perhaps a quarter of Europe’s total population.

The interdependence is growing in other areas, too. While Europe’s old Atlantic harbours stagnate, four of its five fastest-growing ports are on the Mediterranean (led by Piraeus in Greece). Much of this is driven by Asian trade, but the African share is rising too, and will mushroom as the continent continues to grow. Europe is increasingly reliant on Nigerian and Liberian minerals, and German environmentalists dream of giant Saharan solar plants feeding clean energy to Europe. The security situation on one shore of the Mediterranean increasingly affects the other. The chaos that emerged from the Arab spring in countries like Libya prompted a surge in drug- and weapon-smuggling to Europe, while terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in 2015 and 2016 were mostly committed by young men of north African origin. Chatham House, a British think-tank, predicts that the security of the Strait of Gibraltar, which divides Spain from Morocco, will become increasingly fraught.
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4 days ago by corrales
Can the EU become another AI superpower? - Big data, small politics
Europe’s biggest opportunity, however, may be political and regulatory rather than technical. As Mrs Merkel noted, America and China represent two fairly extreme models on AI—which leaves room in the middle. “Europe could become the leader in AI governance,” says Kate Crawford, co-founder of the AI Now Institute, a research centre at New York University. Europe could pioneer rules to limit potential harm from AI systems when, for instance, algorithms are biased or run out of control. Many people hope that Europe will set global standards in AI, as it is doing with its new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation, whose principles have been widely copied elsewhere.

Other types of regulation offer a similar opening. Both America and China are centralised data economies, in which this resource is controlled by a few firms. Europe has a shot at developing a more decentralised alternative, in which data are traded or shared between firms. That could involve defining access rights to data (the equivalent of property rights in the digital realm) and what types of data, including commercial ones, need to be made open because of their social value—much as European banks must give fintech startups access to certain data if customers agree to this. That could make Europe the preferred home for new types of data firms.

To get there, Europe has to get a lot right. On paper, things look promising. The French and Finnish national AI strategies make for more interesting reading than the American and Chinese plans that inspired them, offering a balanced mix of measures, ranging from public spending on research and training data scientists to rules for the data economy and using AI in government. The European Commission’s communication on AI is long on such useful things as “making more data available” and “bringing AI to small businesses”.

Plenty could still go wrong in the implementation stage, however. To become more of a force in AI, Europe will have to pool its resources in research and data. But the EU tends to spread things out in order to satisfy both national and commercial interests. Expect the commission at some point to announce the launch of a loose AI research network rather than anything with a central hub.

Another reason for pessimism is institutional inertia. Much of the money earmarked for AI research will end up in existing academic institutions, which may not be the best place for it. Many European research institutes founded decades ago survived the long AI winter in the 1990s and 2000s, when reduced interest and funding killed off efforts elsewhere. The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, founded in 1988, claims to be the world’s largest with more than 1,000 employees, but it is certainly not the best known. Its strengths lie in robotics and classical AI rather than in machine learning.

Most worryingly, Mrs Merkel’s interest notwithstanding, Germany does not seem ready to get fully behind AI and to team up with its European neighbours. A big reason for that is its existing economic strength. Policymakers, industry leaders and researchers tend to argue that Germany is already an AI power and that it will suffice to inject more of the technology into the continent’s industrial products and manufacturing machinery. Co-operation with France does not appear to be a priority. Plans for a joint AI research centre, mentioned in the German government’s coalition agreement, have been abandoned.
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4 days ago by corrales
The EU Is Looking Like Europe's Next Failed Empire - Bloomberg
All of this is bad news for the U.S., which benefits greatly in the international system from a Europe pulling together. A unified continent has the largest economy in the world, a highly capable military with the second-largest defense budget after our own, and a shared sense of the values that truly make nations great — democracy, liberty, personal freedoms, gender and racial equality. Americans will never have a better pool of partners.

Yet, despite some positive traction out of France under President Emmanuel Macron and the continuing influence of Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, the forces tugging at Europe seem to be growing. Russia, of course, is the principal beneficiary, and will do all that it can — in subtle and direct ways — to accelerate the process of decomposition.

What can the U.S. do to help avert the demise of the European Project?

First, based on a year of extensive travel throughout Europe, I can testify that there is still a hunger for U.S. engagement and leadership — but without overt preaching or obvious interference.
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5 days ago by corrales

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