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Facebook, There And Back Again

Two months ago, on March 17th, the news broke that a company called Cambridge Analytica was using Facebook to compile user data to target American voters.  The scandal, led to a multitude of events, from Facebook testifying in congress, to them changing their privacy policy (only slightly). On Wall Street, these news stories led to a 16% decrease in Facebook share prices, from $185,09, to $152,22 ten days later. However, now that the daily news stories on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have passed, share prices have gone up again and closed at $186,99 on May 11. It shows how reactionary stock markets are. (source)

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Cassie, The Under $300k Robot

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Oregon start-up Agility Robotics has been making a robot that can walk and run and retails for under $300.0000. Cassie, as the robot is called, is named after the cassowary, a two-legged flightless bird (something in between an ostrich and a peacock). Cassie is a two-legged robot with no arms, but the next generation might gave, and should be able to carry packages from delivery trucks to your door. The technology for Agility Robotics was initially developed at the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University. (source)