Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief

Supported by Business Day Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief Photo John Giannandrea will oversee Apple’s machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy, and report directly to the chief executive, Timothy D. Cook. Credit Paul Morris/Bloomberg SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.
Apple said on Tuesday that Mr. Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” and become one of 16 executives who report directly to Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.
The hire is a victory for Apple, which many Silicon Valley executives and analysts view as lagging its peers in artificial intelligence, an increasingly crucial technology for companies that enable computers to handle more complex tasks, like understanding voice commands or identifying people in images.
“Our technology must be infused with the values we ..

Connie Lawn, Independent White House Reporter, Dies at 73

Supported by Obituaries Connie Lawn, Independent White House Reporter, Dies at 73 Photo Connie Lawn in 2007. “I want to remain a viable part of this unfolding history as long as I can,” she said. Connie Lawn, a radio and broadcast reporter who covered the White House in the waning days of Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, when women were a rarity there, to the first year of Donald J. Trump’s, died on Monday at her home in Falls Church, Va. She was 73.
The cause was a rare form of Parkinson’s disease, said her husband, Dr. Charles Sneiderman.
Unlike many White House correspondents, Ms. Lawn built her nearly 50-year career without the consistent support of an established media company. She created an independent news service called Audio Video News (she was the only employee) and reported for different clients, like the BBC, Radio New Zealand, USA Radio Network and Salem Radio Network.
Ms. Lawn said she had created her own company in order to maintain her independence and pursue s..

What Is Jewdas? A Group’s Provocative Approach Starts With Its Name

What Is Jewdas? A Group’s Provocative Approach Starts With Its Name Photo Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, at his home in London on Tuesday. His decision to celebrate Passover with the group Jewdas has drawn heavy criticism. Credit Toby Melville/Reuters LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to celebrate Passover with Jewdas, a self-described radical leftist Jewish group, has been heavily criticized in Britain, where his opposition Labour Party has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism.
The group’s very name — a play on Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ — is a provocation, one that has angered many of those encountering the group for the first time. Some critics say that Jewdas’s name, and antics, risk stoking age-old myths and hatreds that have led to anti-Semitic violence.
Created in London more than a decade ago, Jewdas is a group of left-wing activists who are at odds with most of Britain’s mainstream Jewish organizations. Its members say they are oppo..