Summary of “We Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What It Found.”

A secret spy plane operated by the US Marshals hunted drug cartel kingpins in Mexico.
These discoveries came not from tip-offs from anonymous sources, but by training a computer to recognize known spy planes, then setting it loose on large quantities of flight-tracking data compiled by the website Flightradar24.
So BuzzFeed News trained a computer to find them by letting a machine-learning algorithm sift for planes with flight patterns that resembled those operated by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
Then we turned to an algorithm called the “Random forest,” training it to distinguish between the characteristics of two groups of planes: almost 100 previously identified FBI and DHS planes, and 500 randomly selected aircraft.
As an initial screen for candidate spy planes, it proved very effective.
The Five Point plane carries a surveillance camera and augmented-reality system, able to superimpose information onto live video, which is often used on law enforcement planes.
A number of military spy planes nevertheless showed up in the Flightradar24 data.
Our algorithm also flagged a number of contractors that either fly or modify planes for the military, or make equipment that military spy planes use for surveillance.

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Summary of “Inside the Secret World of Global Food Spies”

In demand by multinational retailers and food producers, Inscatech and its agents scour supply chains around the world hunting for evidence of food industry fraud and malpractice.
“It’s going to be important not just as a China play, but as a global play, because Chinese food companies are becoming part of the whole global supply chain.”
Some of the biggest food companies are backing technology that grew out of the anarchic world of crypto-currencies.
The planned blockchain project will involve the Chinese e-commerce behemoth working with food suppliers in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Australia Post and auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. “Food fraud is a serious global issue,” said Maggie Zhou, managing director for Alibaba in Australia and New Zealand.
Fraud costs the global food industry as much as $40 billion annually, according to John Spink, director of Michigan State University’s Food Fraud Initiative.
Counterfeiters and food tamperers face tougher penalties, including jail time in some cases, and more than $800 million has been spent hiring more food safety personnel and bolstering monitoring facilities, according to an April report from the Paulson Institute, a Washington-based think tank.
Blockchain is “Light years” away from the system used by the global food industry today, which relies heavily on paper records, said Yiannas, Wal-Mart’s food safety chief.
China’s Food and Drug Administration didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting comment on the country’s food safety efforts.

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Summary of “Sam Darnold: USC QB has Heisman, NFL draft in his sights”

All that’s left is the white antique stove in the kitchen, where Sam Darnold builds tuna rolls from baggies of fresh-caught bluefin.
Sam Darnold was the perennial champion of the Triton Toss, a distance-plus-accuracy throwing competition held at halftime of a high school game.
On a sun-soaked afternoon in late July at Heritage Hall, Sam Darnold is wearing his San Clemente High basketball shirt and riding a homemade skateboard carved by San Clemente High student Trey Russell.
Life in the duplex can also be “Super hectic,” with Smith finding photoshopped pictures on Instagram of Darnold in a 49ers jersey, a sign of draft hype to come.
Darnold hasn’t blitzed anybody since his sophomore year at San Clemente, when he replaced an injured QB and lofted a game-tying 40-yard fade down the sideline.
Southern California produced two far more prominent passers in the year Darnold graduated from high school: Josh Rosen, who went to UCLA, and Ricky Town, who signed with USC. It is unusual for highly rated quarterbacks to choose the same college, but Darnold was either unfamiliar with protocol or undaunted by it.
“You may be unproven. You may be untested. But your status is never permanent. You’re no backup, and you can’t label yourself that way.” Boras does not represent football players, but he understands athletes, and for the next 45 minutes he sat with Darnold inside Annenberg Auditorium, explaining the importance of thinking, preparing and identifying as a starter.
The only college game Sam Darnold lost was his first one, late last September at Utah, and afterward he called the guy whose jersey he used to wear.

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Summary of “Japan Buries Our Most-Cherished Economic Ideas”

If some outside force intervenes to raise inflation to 2 percent, the BOJ will declare that it hit the target, but it’s pretty clear it has absolutely no idea how to engineer a deliberate rise in inflation.
Japan’s persistently low inflation comes even though essentially everyone in Japan who wants a job has one.
Is Japan’s lack of inflation really such a bad thing? The country’s per capita growth is pretty low, but that’s just because of population aging.
In other words, despite a near-total lack of inflation, Japan has managed to grow and increase employment.
Japan also needs inflation to help it balance its primary budget – i.e., its budget before interest payments are taken into account.
A policy known as the “Macroeconomic slide” allows Japan effectively to cut pension and health care benefits for the elderly as long as inflation is positive.
If inflation stays low or goes negative, it will make it harder for Japan to achieve a sustainable deficit.
So there are reasons for Japan to want more inflation.

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Summary of “The NBA Vengeance Games We’re Most Looking Forward To”

Locking in on defense isn’t the specialty Russell is known to serve up; when looking at all players who logged more than 25 games, last season’s Lakers experienced their worst defensive rating with DLo on the floor.
He’ll try when the Nets play Los Angeles, and he’ll be matched against his replacement, Lonzo Ball.
“D’Angelo is an excellent player,” Magic said after the trade.
“He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with.”
DeMarcus Cousins vs. the Kings A 6-foot-11, 270-pound man known for showcases of passion and technical fouls wants closure; we want to watch.
Cousins found out he was traded minutes after participating in the All-Star game, which is like playing in the Employee of the Month softball game only to find out Craig from HR wants to “Touch base” on Monday.
LeBron James vs. Whatever Team Kyrie Gets Traded To Quick question: If Kyrie doesn’t want to play with LeBron anymore, does he realize that means he has to play against LeBron?
Because of who he is, LeBron can recruit like Tom Herman; because of his short-term contracts, LeBron can, also like Herman, leave those commitments behind.

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Summary of “When Silicon Valley Took Over the ‘New Republic'”

We blithely dismissed anyone who warned of how our little experiment might collapse onto itself-how instead of providing a model of a technologist rescuing journalism, we could become an object lesson in the dangers of journalism’s ever greater reliance on Silicon Valley.
Over the past generation, journalism has been slowly swallowed.
As Silicon Valley has infiltrated the profession, journalism has come to unhealthily depend on the big tech companies, which now supply journalism with an enormous percentage of its audience-and a big chunk of its revenue.
One of the emblems of the new era in journalism haunted my life at the New Republic.
Journalism may never have been as public-spirited an enterprise as editors and writers liked to think it was.
They didn’t want to work for a publication whose ethos more clearly aligned with Silicon Valley than with journalism.
The bust-up received its fair share of attention and then the story faded-a bump on Silicon Valley’s route to engulfing journalism.
Journalism’s leaders were vigilant about separating the church of editorial from the secular concerns of business.

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Summary of “Why Adults Without Kids Are Obsessed With Disney Cruises”

They had already taken the kids to Walt Disney World and thought it would be a fun family vacation-their kids were 13 and 14 at the time.
Now they often leave their kids in charge of the kielbasa shop and book back-to-back sailings, staying on a Disney ship for 20 days or more.
On the cusp of its 20th year of sailing, Disney Cruise Line has been around long enough to have megafans-even if kids who grew up sailing with the company have yet to get their first job out of college.
“So if you want to get your picture taken with Mickey or Minnie, you may only have to wait in line for 10 minutes.” Her husband, Jason Leppert, 33, founding editor of the website PopularCruising.com, has now sailed with Disney 10 times and is a fan of the AquaDuck water coaster on the Disney Dream and its sister ship Disney Fantasy.
How are Disney cruises relaxing when you’re surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of screaming kids?
“We’re Disney fans,” said Laura, 37, a schoolteacher on her fifth sailing with Disney Cruise Line.
In February, the website’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards honored Disney with eight first-place honors-outranking traditionally high-end brands such as Celebrity and Princess cruises in the mid-sized and large ships categories, and taking top nods for its shore excursions, service, and cabins, among other things.
Innovative adult programming, McDaniel noted, takes place both on the Disney ships and off, but conceded that Disney fans are likely to have the most fun among passengers on the ships: “You can’t escape the Disney elements onboard-Mickey, the princesses, the movie-themed entertainment-but why would you want to?”.

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Summary of “Amazon owns a whole collection of secret brands, USPTO trademark filings reveal”

The only indication that any of these other brands might have an affiliation with Amazon is the fact that their company pages-like this one from Arabella-say that their products are “Exclusively for Prime members.” It’s not clear that they’re exclusive because they are Amazon products, rather than products from companies that have struck deals with Amazon.
Calls and emails to the intellectual-property lawyer, James F. Struthers, who filed these trademark applications-and has filed some of the above applications for Amazon, and other Amazon trademarks-went unanswered.
Many of these brands also appear under the “Amazon Fashion” section of the company’s website, right next to the generic house brands that Amazon owns.
When reached for comment about its branding strategy, Amazon did not have an explicit answer, but a spokesperson confirmed the following brands are indeed Amazon’s: “Amazon has a range of brands including Amazon Basics, Happy Belly, Mama Bear, Pinzon, Presto!, Wickedly Prime, Goodthreads, Amazon Essentials, Mae, Ella Moon, Buttoned Down, The Fix and Lark & Ro.”.
Amazon has confirmed that some of the brands Quartz uncovered-including Goodthreads, The Fix, and Presto!-are indeed house brands, even though they are not listed as such on Amazon’s website, and Amazon’s name does not appear on the USPTO trademarks.
Mark DiMassimo, direct-economy expert and CEO of the New York-based advertising agency DiMassimo Goldstein, told Quartz there’s logic to Amazon’s clandestine approach to house brands, as the Amazon brand name can only stretch so far.
“There are limits to the Amazon brand that Amazon would be wise not to cross.”
Perhaps what Amazon is trying to do as it rapidly expands into new businesses-especially business areas where it might not have forged partnerships with well-known brands-is to give the impression to customers that there are tons of options to choose from, when in fact, they’re really just choosing between different Amazon brands.

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Summary of “Bill Belichick Will Teach You His Football Secrets If You Ask the Right Questions”

There are 72,084 move combinations after each player’s gone twice, and after each player has moved four times each? Over 288 billion possible scenarios.
As Belichick explained, “I’ve always felt like going for it on fourth down had a lot more to do with how confident I was in the play that we were calling as opposed to really anything else.”
The play clock between snaps moves nearly as fast-and considering there’s often barely enough time for a team’s offensive or defensive play-callers to get the next scheme or play communicated to their players, imagine the difficulty of doing so while evaluating what has just happened on the previous snap.
The 819-Word Explanation on the Difficulty in Teaching Players the Rules ” Once you get into the kicking game, you can multiply everything that happens on offense and defense exponentially, because you not only have the possession plays, but then you have all the plays that happen when the ball is kicked, and those rules are sometimes different than plays of possession, like a runner or a receiver or a returner who’s carrying the ball.
More surprising might be how many players are fuzzy on what they can and cannot do in certain situations, especially if the plays in question are relatively rare.
It’s up to coaches as Belichick points out, to constantly drill their players on the rules of every imaginable scenario.
The Patriots remain a last bastion for the position, and trotted James Develin out there on 31 percent of their offensive snaps last year while running with at least two backs on 346 plays, second most in the NFL. Belichick’s quote stood out because it highlights just how much is happening on any given run play: Defenders are rarely static, both before and after the snap, and often the defender an offensive player is assigned to block is not where the play calls for him to be.
As Belichick explains, a linebacker can feign a blitz in order to keep a running back in the backfield in pass protection next to the quarterback-a strategy that essentially takes the running back out of the play as a receiver.

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Summary of “NBA: Doc Rivers’ move out of the LA Clippers’ front office was inevitable”

Doc Rivers had finished talking about his vision of running the LA Clippers, about the partnership possibilities of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, about the Spurs’ management model, about a bright new NBA vista, and now he was walking outside a lunch spot in Century City, California, on a sun-splashed September afternoon.
Arms stretched out, palms up, Rivers asked four years ago: “How can you not love this?”.
Eventually, through a harsh window in time, his Clippers reality would become exceedingly better: Donald Sterling was pushed out as owner, and Steve Ballmer – supremely smart, richest of the richest owners and committed to investing in winning – purchased the Clippers out of the grips of scandal and chaos.
It is two separate and distinct jobs, and that’s largely why Rivers was so instrumental with elevating Lawrence Frank into the front office a year ago.
Rivers remains an elite coach, and it’s a misjudgment to believe that Ballmer moving him out of the front office is a prelude to running him out of the organization.
If the Clippers’ new top basketball executive had been anyone else but Frank, Rivers might have walked himself.
Silver wasn’t necessarily against Rivers’ ascension to the top of the Clippers masthead, but the commissioner has privately expressed concerns to owners and senior franchise officials in several instances, case by case, about the dynamic of the coach-in-charge model, league sources said.
This doesn’t need to be the end for Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, but rather only a reset on an experiment that had run its course.

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