Weekly News Roundup: March 1, 2015


This is your weekly news roundup for the week of April 27 – May 1.

Recovery efforts are still underway after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated much of Nepal Saturday. Over 6,000 people were killed and almost 14,000 more were injured in the quake. The United Nations called for $415 million in assistance for Nepal Wednesday and said earlier today that it has received less than 2% of that funding. Protests have taken place as a result of public outrage over the government’s response to the disaster. Death tolls are expected to rise to over 10,000.

The initial investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man in Baltimore, has been released by Baltimore police. His death was a result of a spinal cord injury which, the report says, was sustained while he was in custody in the back of a police van. In response thousands have protested in Baltimore, as well as in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The city is currently still under curfew and National Guard troops are patrolling. 6 officers have been suspended with pay during the investigation. No charges have been brought regarding Freddie Gray’s death.

Grooveshark, a music streaming service functioning under Escape Media, has closed it’s doors after a six-year battle with record labels. As part of the court settlement, Grooveshark agreed to immediately shut down and hand over all of their intellectual property, although text files of members’ playlists are available for the first 24 hours after the shutdown. In their goodbye, Grooveshark apologized for failing to obtain licenses and encouraged users to seek out other ways to stream music, which compensated artists and rights holders.

A new website from Microsoft, how-old.net, uses facial recognition to guess gender and age from uploaded images. The site is a sample of some of the artificial intelligence work Microsoft has been developing. The app learns from the data uploaded and should increase in accuracy as time goes on.

Sheriff presence has been increased on I-25 between Denver and Fort Collins this week. This comes after 7 reports from drivers of their windows being shattered while on the highway since last Thursday. One of the reports came from a young woman whose window was shattered by a bullet which also hit the woman in the neck. It is not yet known whether the other incidents were a result of shootings as well. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest of those responsible.

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