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Iran/Saudi Arabia/UAE – Adding an Ishmael Track to the Abraham Accords: How to pursue détente between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE (Atlantic Council)

Kirsten Fontenrose

The Abraham Accords between Israel and Gulf nations have taught us the important lesson that long-standing animosities can be set aside when greater national interests are served by making peace. Which raises the question: Do national interests make a compelling case for a thaw in the Gulf?

Adding an Ishmael Track to the Abraham Accords: How to pursue détente between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE

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Computer vision inches towards ‘common sense’ with Facebook’s latest research (TechCrunch)

Devin Coldewey

Machine learning is capable of doing all sorts of things as long as you have the data to teach it how. That’s not always easy, and researchers are always looking for a way to add a bit of “common sense” to AI so you don’t have to show it 500 pictures of a cat before it gets it. Facebook’s newest research takes a big step towards reducing the data bottleneck.

Computer vision inches towards ‘common sense’ with Facebook’s latest research

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Geothermal technology has enormous potential to power the planet and Fervo wants to tap it (TechCrunch)

Jonathan Shieber

Tapping the geothermal energy stored beneath the Earth’s surface as a way to generate renewable power is one of the new visions for the future that’s captured the attention of environmentalists and oil and gas engineers alike.

Geothermal technology has enormous potential to power the planet and Fervo wants to tap it

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Rapchat tunes into $2.3M as its music-making app hits 7M users (TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden

YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok and Facebook’s Instagram have upended the film and TV industries, with a new wave of cinematographers, directors and actors leveraging innovations in technology to create new work and connect directly with billions of consumers to see it.

Rapchat tunes into $2.3M as its music-making app hits 7M users

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Developer-focused video platform Mux achieves unicorn status with $105M funding (TechCrunch)

Anthony Ha

Barely more than eight months after announcing a $37 million funding roundMux has another $105 million.

Developer-focused video platform Mux achieves unicorn status with $105M funding

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As concerns rise over forest carbon offsets, Pachama’s verified offset marketplace gets $15 million (TechCrunch)

Jonathan Shieber

Restoring and preserving the world’s forests has long been considered one of the easiest, lowest cost, and simplest ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

As concerns rise over forest carbon offsets, Pachama’s verified offset marketplace gets $15 million

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Europe/Apple – Europe charges Apple with antitrust breach, citing Spotify App Store complaint (TechCrunch)

Natasha Lomas

The European Commission has issued a formal ‘statement of objections’ against Apple, saying today that its preliminary view is Apple’s app store rules distort competition in the market for music streaming services by raising the costs of competing music streaming app developers.

Europe charges Apple with antitrust breach, citing Spotify App Store complaint

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Europe/Ukraine – EU ‘concerned’ by Ukraine sacking of energy firm chief (Euractiv)

EURACTIV.com with AFP

The European Union has “serious concerns” over the Ukrainian government’s decision to dismiss the reform-minded head of state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz, a spokesman said Friday (30 April).

EU ‘concerned’ by Ukraine sacking of energy firm chief

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Europe/Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan – EU ‘regrets’ violence on Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border (Euractiv)

Georgi Gotev | EURACTIV.com

The EU on Friday (30 April) said it “regretted” a serious escalation of tensions at the border between the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, resulting in numerous casualties.

EU ‘regrets’ violence on Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border

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Europe – Social Europe – No Green Deal without a Social Deal (Euractiv)

Norbert Kluge | Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

‘No one should be left behind’: that is the European Commission’s official message concerning its Green Deal and EU Recovery Programme. What does this mean in terms of representing the social interests of Europe’s workers?

Social Europe – No Green Deal without a Social Deal