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Amazon’s Alexa Skills Developer Console gets its biggest redesign since launch

Amazon today is rolling out the biggest makeover for its Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console – the console where voice app developers create their skills – since its debut back in 2015. The new console has been redesigned with a focus on improving developer workflows, says Amazon. It now offers separate sections for “build,” “test,” “launch,” and “measure” – meaning developers ...

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Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant

Australia’s prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM’s affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s relationship with his former media ...

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Russia gets $41.5 billion boost from OPEC deal

Since the start of the OPEC-Russia production cut deal, Russia’s oil companies and government have received the equivalent of around $ 41.5 billion more in proceeds, thanks to the higher oil prices. Due to the higher oil prices as a result of the pact, Russia’s federal budget has received so far $ 29.41 billion (1.7 trillion rubles) more, Russian Energy Minister ...

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'You cannot be a virgin, you are white': Rapist gets 11yrs in jail for aggravated rape

A court in England has convicted a man of raping a teenager while holding a sharpened piece of wood to her throat. Ahmed Abdoule, 33-year-old Somali national, was sentenced by Hull Crown court to 11 years in prison. The court heard how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, cried and pleaded to be spared during her ordeal. ...

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Russian ex-governor gets 13 years in major anti-corruption trial

A court in the Russian Far East region of Sakhalin has sentenced former Governor Aleksandr Khoroshavin to 13 years in prison for running a ring that brought in over half a billion rubles in bribes for him. Apart from the sentence, to be served in a maximum-security prison, the court ordered the ex-governor to pay a fine of 500 million ...

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Waymo gets to the heart of its case

Attorneys for Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle spinout, are nearing the end of their plaintiffs presentation against Uber in a trial that is likely to have broad ramifications for the common Valley practice of acqui-hiring talent. The case hinges on whether the jury believes Uber’s assertion that the technology used in its autonomous car project was developed and acquired independently, in ...

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Teen who stabbed classmate to please ‘Slender Man’ gets up to 40 years in mental hospital

A Wisconsin girl who tried to stab a classmate to death and said she was inspired by the fictional horror character ‘Slender Man’ has been sentenced to spend up to 40 years in a mental health institution. Morgan Geyser and her friend Anissa Weier lured a classmate, Payton Leutner, into the woods outside of Milwaukee in 2014, prosecutors said. All ...

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Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Teams, gets its biggest update with new app integrations and app store

Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software’s launch last year, the company says. The focus of the new set of features is allowing users to better work with apps – something Microsoft Teams accomplishes via integrations, new search and discovery features, commands, and more. Some of the features are, in fact, quite Slack-like. For example, ...

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The battle for consumers gets physical (instead of virtual)

Tom GoodwinContributor Tom Goodwin is EVP, head of innovation at Zenith Media. More posts by this contributor: In the new age of ubiquitous connectivity the message is the medium 5G promises to transform the world again The world’s largest taxi firm, Uber, is buying cars. The world’s most popular media company, Facebook, now commissions content. The world’s most valuable retailer is now ...

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