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February 7, 2014

Sony World Photography Awards 2014: Professional Shortlist Announced

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Photo © Herman Van Den Boom, Belgium, Finalist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo © Frauke Thielking, Germany, Finalist, Conceptual, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Echangeur de la Porte de la chapelle, Boulevard Peripherique de Paris. © Ludovic Maillard, France, Finalist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo © Roei Greenberg, Israel, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Title “My New York”. Man runs along the 8th Avenue under The New York Times Building in New York City. © Mikolaj Nowacki, Poland, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Giraffes in the Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya. © Richard Garvey Williams, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo © Jakub Skokan, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, has been announced by the World Photography Organisation.

Photographers from 166 countries submitted nearly 140,000 images, the highest number of entries in the awards’ seven year history. From the submissions, the judges have selected a shortlist representing the very finest in international contemporary photography from the past 12 months.

W.M Hunt, Chair of the Honorary Jury, said that the shortlist is “a healthy and diverse representation of contemporary photography by an international range of practitioners.”

He added that the judges were a “soulful and hardworking group” who have given both emerging and established photographers a global platform on which they can be highlighted and celebrated.

All the shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London, from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on April 30, 2014.

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February 6, 2014

Renault Unveils KWID CONCEPT at New Delhi Auto Expo 2014

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Photos: Renault KWID CONCEPT, a concept car unveiled at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2014 (February 5, 2014 to February 11, 2014).

The Renault KWID CONCEPT has been designed with inputs from Renault Design India. The vehicle’s proportions and dimensions give the impression of a bouncing vehicle, while its oversized wheels make the KWID CONCEPT look like a buggy car.

The car has been designed by Renault’s international team with studios in France, Romania, Brazil, Korea and India.

The first Renault concept car to be unveiled outside Europe, the KWID CONCEPT highlights Renault’s commitment to new markets, such as India, as well as the company’s ability to produce appealing products in the compact car segment.

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January 24, 2014

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014: Business Leaders Urge Policy Changes to Restore Trust

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Photo: The logo of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum is seen at the congress centre in Davos, January 20, 2014. The Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum is taking place from January 22 to 25, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Aerial view of the congress center of Davos/Switzerland where the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 is taking place, January 22 - 25, 2014. (Archive photo from 2012). Photo © Andy Mettler/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Queen Mathilde of Belgium is seen in the audience of the session ‘Is Europe Back?’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Participants are captured in the congress centre during the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Urs Jaudas/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Angelica Fuentes, Chief Executive Officer, Omnilife-Angelissima-Chivas Group, Mexico; Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment, makes a point during the session ‘Making Gains on Gender Goals’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Rola A. Dashti, Minister of Planning and Development and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs of Kuwait (2012-2014) listens to the statement of another participant during the session ‘The Arab World Context’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Michael Buholzer/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Anat Admati, George G. C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA; Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking, is seen during the session ‘Forum Debate: Are Markets Safer Now?’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan talks to the audience during the session ‘The Reshaping of the World: Vision from Japan’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Kamal Nath, Minister of Urban Development and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs of India speaks during the session ‘The Infrastructure Imperative’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Espen Barth Eide, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum, listens to the speech of Benjamin Netanyahu during the plenary session ‘Israel’s Economic and Political Outlook’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Members discuss during the arrival day of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 21, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Tea Tasting. Feature of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: A participant of in the audience speaks into the microphone during the open forum ‘Higher Education - Investment or Waste?’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss Alpine School (SAMD) in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Glenn H. Hutchins, Co-Founder, Silver Lake, USA, listens during the session ‘Securing US Competitiveness’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hage/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Andrew R. Sorkin, Columnist, The New York Times, USA, Young Global Leader Alumnus, moderates the session ‘Securing US Competitiveness’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hage/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, addresses the participants during the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Urs Jaudas/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, is captured during the dinner session ‘The Neuroscience of Leadership’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Hotel Meierhof in Davos, January 22, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School, United Kingdom, makes a point during the session ‘Making Better Decisions’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Eldar Shafir, William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, USA, during the session ‘Making Better Decisions’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Christof Sonderegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo, USA, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, Young Global Leader, speaks during the session ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 24, 2014. Photo © Moritz Hager/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Caroline Ghosn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Levo, USA, Global Shaper, is seen during the workshop ‘Learning from Leading Cities’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 23, 2014. Photo © Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Neil Gershenfeld, Director, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, gestures while speaking during the session ‘From Waste to Wealth’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 25, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, Facebook, USA, Young Global Leader Alumnus, gestures while speaking during the session ‘Gender-driven Growth’ at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 25, 2014. Photo © Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum.

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Photo: View to Davos at the last day of the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 25, 2014. Photo © Urs Jaudas/World Economic Forum.

Business leaders gathered in Davos for the 44th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting called for government policy changes to restore trust between governments, business, and civil society.

The Annual Meeting is taking place from 22 to 25 January under the theme The reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business. Participating this year are more than 2,500 participants from 100 countries, including 300 public figures, 1,500 business leaders and representatives from civil society, academia, the media and the arts.

“We must change the dialogue from what we do with the money we make to how we make the money,” Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA, said. “There is an ethical way to run a company and be profitable.” Companies should select board members that understand the importance of sustainable growth, and chief executive officers (CEOs) should inculcate long-term vision in the rising generation of corporate leaders, so policy changes last beyond a single CEO’s tenure. Companies should hire and source locally to encourage job creation and build a larger consumer market.

The business leaders called for corporations to use their influence on business schools to shift business education away from its emphasis on short-term profits. Business schools should teach case studies of companies such as Kodak and Enron that collapsed because of their failures to invest in the long term or manage their businesses ethically. CEOs must remember that short-term investors may be well-organized and vocal, but they do not represent the companies’ true stakeholders. “Many shareholders depend on a company’s long-term performance,” Nooyi said.

The Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting 2014 are:

Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria;

Kris Gopalakrishnan, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); Vice-Chairman, Infosys, India;

Jiang Jianqing, Chairman of the Board, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, People’s Republic of China;

Joseph Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, Novartis, Switzerland;

Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Total, France;

Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo, USA, and

Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation, USA.

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January 17, 2014

Berlin Fashion Week A/W 2014

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Photos: Fashion brand “lala Berlin” at Berlin Fashion Week A/W 2014. In addition to its own boutiques in Berlin and in Copenhagen, “lala Berlin” designs are sold in 150 leading premium fashion stores worldwide.

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January 16, 2014

86TH OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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Photo: Nominated. Performance by an actress in a leading role. Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”. (Credit: The Weinstein Company/Claire Folger).

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards today.

Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
  • Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
  • Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
  • Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
  • Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
  • Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
  • Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
  • Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
  • Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
  • Judi Dench in “Philomena”
  • Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
  • Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
  • Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
  • June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
  • “Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
  • “Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
  • “Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
  • “The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Achievement in cinematography

  • “The Grandmaster” Philippe Le Sourd
  • “Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “Inside Llewyn Davis” Bruno Delbonnel
  • “Nebraska” Phedon Papamichael
  • “Prisoners” Roger A. Deakins

Achievement in costume design

  • “American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
  • “The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
  • “The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
  • “The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
  • “12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris

Achievement in directing

  • “American Hustle” David O. Russell
  • “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Nebraska” Alexander Payne
  • “12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese

Best documentary feature

  • “The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • “Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • “Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
  • “The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
  • “20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees to be determined

Best documentary short subject

  • “CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
  • “Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
  • “Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
  • “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
  • “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

Achievement in film editing

  • “American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • “Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • “12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
  • “The Great Beauty” Italy
  • “The Hunt” Denmark
  • “The Missing Picture” Cambodia
  • “Omar” Palestine

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
  • “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
  • “The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “The Book Thief” John Williams
  • “Gravity” Steven Price
  • “Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • “Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone” Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
  • “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let It Go” from “Frozen” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song” from “Her” Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Best motion picture of the year

  • “American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
  • “Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
  • “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
  • “Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
  • “Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
  • “Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
  • “12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determined

Achievement in production design

  • “American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
  • “Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
  • “The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
  • “Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
  • “12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

Best animated short film

  • “Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
  • “Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
  • “Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
  • “Possessions” Shuhei Morita
  • “Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best live action short film

  • “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
  • “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
  • “Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
  • “Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
  • “The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Achievement in sound editing

  • “All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
  • “Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
  • “Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
  • “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge
  • “Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
  • “Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
  • “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
  • “Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • “Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • “Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • “The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • “Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Adapted screenplay

  • “Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  • “Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
  • “Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • “12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter

Original screenplay

  • “American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • “Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • “Her” Written by Spike Jonze
  • “Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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North American International Auto Show 2014, Detroit, Michigan

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Photo: Toyota FT1 on Display.

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Photo: Official Debut of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

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Photo: World Premiere of the New Mercedes GLA 45 AMG.

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Photo: Introducing the BMW M 235i.

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Photo: Debut of the Sleek Porsche 911 Targa 4.

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Photo: Volkswagen Debuts Golf R Vehicle.

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Photo: The Electric Audi 02 Etron Features Allroad Shooting Brake.

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Photo: A Bentley Continental GT V8.

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Photo: Media Gathers Around the Futuristic Kia Concept Car.

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Photo: The Completely Redesigned 2015 Honda Fit.

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Photo: Honda “Hands” Wins Best TV Commercial at The One Show’s Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards.

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Photo: Models from Tapper’s Fine Jewelry Welcome Guests to Gallery Event.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary as an international event, the The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, USA, is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world. It provides access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most. The global automotive community comes together here to catch up on the latest news and events.

NAIAS 2014 Dates:

  • Press Preview: Mon-Tue, Jan. 13-14, 2014
  • Industry Preview: Wed-Thu, Jan. 15-16, 2014
  • Charity Preview: Fri, Jan. 17, 2014
  • Public Show: Sat-Sun, Jan. 18-26, 2014

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January 14, 2014

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2014 COMPETITION NOW UNDERWAY

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Photo: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented its 40th Annual Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 8, in Beverly Hills. Pictured (left to right): John Mattiuzzi, Talkhon Hamzavi, David Aristizabal, Brian Schwarz, Eusong Lee, Perry Janes, Kevin Herron, Jonathan Langager, Wouter Bouvijn, Rafael Cortina, Mauro Mueller, Kristina Yee, Daniel Koehler, Ashley Graham, Lindsey St. Pierre and Rachel Loube. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Jonathan Langager, winner of the silver medal in the narrative film category during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 8, in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Animated film winner Kevin Herron as the 2013 Student Academy Awards winners toured the Academy Film Archive, on Friday July 7, 2013. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for its 2014 Student Academy Awards competition.

Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Winners include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Film.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools. For 2014, the Academy has again limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

In the Foreign Film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are located outside the borders of the United States and are members of the international film school organization CILECT (www.cilect.org) [Full members of CILECT are institutions such as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)]. The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is Friday, March 21, 2014.

The 41st Annual Student Academy Awards presentation will be held in June at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

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January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve 2014 In Times Square, New York

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Photos: Toshiba Vision Screen at New Year’s Eve Countdown and other New Year’s Eve 2014 Celebrations in Times Square on December 31, 2013 in New York City. Photographers: Eugene Gologursky, Neilson Barnard. © 2013 Getty Images.

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Photos: Toshiba Kimono Girls attend the Japanese New Year Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2013 in New York City. Photos by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Toshiba. © 2013 Getty Images.

Toshiba was the official sponsor of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration. The countdown to midnight was played out on TOSHIBA VISION, the LED screen atop One Times Square, New York, welcoming 2014 at the world’s biggest New Year party with over a million people gathered in Times Square and a television audience around the globe of more than a billion.

On December 31, 2013, the one million strong crowd gathered at Times Square chanted out the countdown in a deafening roar, climaxing with confetti exploding into the air. The partygoers embraced each other as “Happy New Year” appeared on the screen with the final “0” of the countdown, their celebrating voices welcoming the New Year.

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December 21, 2013

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR RACE

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Photo: Actor Clark Gregg (left) and Kristina Yee from National Film and Television School, United Kingdom, winner of the gold medal in the foreign student film category for “Miss Todd,” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Actor Clark Gregg (left) and Talkhon Hamzavi from Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, winner of the silver medal in the foreign student film category for “Parvaneh,” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Wouter Bouvijn from RITS School of Arts, Erasmus College, Brussels, Belgium, winner of the bronze medal in the foreign student film category for “Tweesprong (Crossroads),” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Richard Harbaugh/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nine films have been shortlisted and have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. A record 76 countries had submitted films for consideration (see our October 8, 2013 post).

The nine Foreign Language Films, that have been shortlisted are:

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;

Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;

Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;

Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;

Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;

Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;

Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.

A committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original 76 submissions in the category. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute this shortlist.

This shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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December 5, 2013

CARTIER. LE STYLE ET L’HISTOIRE

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Photo: (L-R) President of Cartier Stanislas de Quercize and President of Reunion des Musees Nationaux (RMN) Jean-Paul Cluzel pose before the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition at Le Grand Palais on December 1, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).

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Photo: A sapphire pendant, that belonged to the Queen of Romania, at the Cartier exhibition “Cartier, Le style et l’histoire” at Grand Palais on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Paris. The pendant now belongs to the Museum of Qatar. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).

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Photo: Actress Monica Bellucci attends the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).

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Photo: Cosima Ramirez arrives at the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Pascal Le Segretain/French Select).

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Photo: Prince Charles Philippe d’Oleans and Duchess Diane de Cadaval attend the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).

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Photo: Adelaide de Clermont Tonnerre arrives at the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Pascal Le Segretain/French Select).

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Photo: Maharaja Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala and Melonie Hennessy Foster attend the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).

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Photo: Dinner place for the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).

Since 1983, the Cartier has been presenting its collection in exhibitions at various cultural institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Palace Museum in Beijing.

From 4 December to 16 February 2014, this creative heritage will be on display at the Grand Palais in Paris as “CARTIER. LE STYLE ET L’HISTOIRE” exhibition. More than 600 creations have been selected for display. High jewellery pieces, mystery clocks, watches and precious objects will be exhibited alongside private loans on show for the very first time.

On December 2, 2013, Stanislas Chauveau de Quercize, President and CEO of Cartier International and Jean-Paul Cluzel, President des Etablissements at the Reunion des Musees Nationaux-Grand Palais welcomed more than 200 guests from the worlds of business and art.

Guests were received in the Salon d’honneur of the Grand Palais, where they were able to enjoy an exclusive preview of the Cartier. Le style et l’histoire exhibition. They then moved on to the Galerie Courbe for a dinner.

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November 27, 2013

MBA Employers Name World's Top 200 Business Schools

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Published today, the QS Global Business Schools Report 2013/14 provides an alternative to traditional MBA rankings by highlighting the value of MBA programs around the world according to the qualification’s end consumer: the MBA employer.

The report is based on 4,318 responses from recruiters who actively hire MBAs, making it the largest survey of its kind.

Five schools received the maximum score for employer recognition, identifying them as the leading schools in their region: Harvard and Stanford (North America), INSEAD and London Business School (Europe), and again INSEAD (Asia-Pacific).

The report points to a leading cluster of 33 ‘elite global’ business schools spread across North America (18), Europe (13) and Asia-Pacific (2).

Region — 2013/14 Position — Institution — Country

North America

1 Harvard US

2 Stanford US

3 The Wharton School US

Europe

1 INSEAD France

2 London Business School UK

3 IE Business School Spain

Asia-Pacific

1 INSEAD Singapore

2 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad India

3 University of Melbourne Australia

Latin America

1 Tecnologico de Monterrey Mexico

2 Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Chile

3 Business School Sao Paulo Brazil

Middle East and Africa

1 University of Cape Town South Africa

2 University of Witwatersrand South Africa

3 American University of Sharjah UAE

The US dominates the accompanying rankings in ten MBA subject specializations: Finance; Strategy; Innovation; Leadership; Marketing; Entrepreneurship; Corporate Social Responsibility; Information Management; Operation Management and International Management.

Harvard tops five of the ten subjects, with INSEAD; Kellogg; MIT Sloan; Stanford and Wharton topping the others.

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November 23, 2013

International New York Times Luxury Conference 2013

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Photo: Copies of the International New York Times on display on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).

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Photo: President, International, International New York Times, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson speaks at a press conference on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).

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Photo: Guests arrive for a cocktail reception at the Caplla Hotel on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).

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Photo: Delegates arrive at the Capella Hotel ahead of the conference on November 21, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).

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Photo: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand attends dinner at the Flower Dome on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).

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Photo: Pearl Lam, Founder, Pearl Lam Galleries speaks on stage at the International New York Times Luxury Conference on November 21, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).

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Photo: Guests arrive at the International New York Times Luxury Conference gala on November 21, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).

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Photo: Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Founder and Creative Director, Marie-Chantal; Board Director, DFS Holdings, in conversation with Suzy Menkes, International Fashion Editor at the International New York Times, on November 22, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).

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November 21, 2013

Paris Tops QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2014

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Photos: (From Top) Paris, London.

Paris has once again topped the annual QS Best Student Cities, a ranking of the world’s top cities for students, released today. London was two points behind, narrowly missing the top spot.

The ranking, compiled by the team behind the annual QS World University Rankings, is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria: university rankings; student mix; quality of living; employer activity and affordability.

Two pre-requisites have been established to identify the cities evaluated in this exercise. The first is that each city must have a population of over 250,000, the second that it must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 98 cities in the world qualify on this basis, 50 have been published.

This year, the number of criteria has increased from 12 to 14, adding in the Globalization and World Cities Index as an indicator for “quality of living ” with a focus on the cities’ influence in the global arena.

Thirty countries are represented with the most cities in the US (7), followed by Australia (6), Canada (3) and UK (3).

The new countries represented in the top 50 are Norway, with Oslo (48), New Zealand, with Auckland (18) and Czech Republic with Prague (45).

QS Best Student Cities 2014

RANK — CITY

1 — Paris
2 — London
3 — Singapore
4 — Sydney
5 — Melbourne
6 — Zurich
7 — Hong Kong
8 — Boston
9 — Montreal
10 — Munich
11 — Berlin
12 — San Francisco
13 — Toronto
14 — Seoul
15 — Dublin
16 — Vienna
17 — Tokyo
18 — Auckland
19 — Beijing
20 — Copenhagen
21 — New York
22 — Vancouver
23 — Chicago
24 — Barcelona
25 — Milan
26 — Brisbane
27 — Stockholm
28 — Taipei
29 — Manchester
30 — Perth
31 — Madrid
32 — Edinburgh
33 — Brussels
34 — Buenos Aires
35 — Shanghai
36 — Amsterdam
37 — Canberra
38 — Adelaide
39 — Los Angeles
40 — Moscow
41 — Lyon
42 — Washington DC
43 — Kuala Lumpur
44 — Philadelphia
45 — Prague
46 — Mexico City
47 — Helsinki
48 — Oslo
49 — Santiago
50 — Kyoto

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “With students becoming increasingly internationally-mobile, our aim is to widen students’ horizons, highlighting the appeal of cities which they may not have previously considered as a potential study destination.”

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November 14, 2013

Tiger Woods drives from Asia to Europe

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Photo: Tiger Woods of the USA, the World Number One, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Tiger Woods of the USA, the World Number One, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Tiger Woods of the United States, the World No. 1, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbuls iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).

Tiger Woods achieved another first in his long and illustrious career while in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Tuesday, becoming the first golfer to hit balls from east to west off the Bosphorus Bridge.

Woods, one of the most recognizable athletes, struck several shots from the iconic structure that connects Europe and Asia in front of international and local media.

The gravity-anchored suspension bridge, which is 3,524 feet long, was completed in 1973 after 16 years of planning and is located between the European neighborhood of Ortaköy and Asian shore of Beylerbeyi. It is perhaps the most distinguishable landmark in Istanbul, one of the world’s most vibrant and historically rich cities.

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October 18, 2013

Miss Universe 2013

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Photo Update: Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe Venezuela 2013, is crowned Miss Universe 2013, onstage at the conclusion of MISS UNIVERSE 2013 Pageant from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013. Narrowed down from top 16, the top 10 comprised India, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Ukraine, USA, Brazil, Great Britain, Philippines and Spain. Top 5 finalists included Ecuador, Brazil, Spain, Philippines, and Venezuela. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Darren Decker.

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Photo Update: Manasi Moghe, Miss India 2013, walks the runway at the Tony Ward Fashion Show on October 26, 2013 during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia. Tune in to the NBC Telecast at 9:00 PM ET from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013 to see who will win the title of Miss Universe 2013. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Frank L. Szelwach.

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Photo Update: Manasi Moghe, Miss India 2013, is photographed by fashion photographer Fadil Berisha in the 2014 YAMAMAY FOR MISS UNIVERSE swimwear collection accessorized with faux fur. Tune in to the NBC Telecast at 9:00 PM ET from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013 to see who will win the title of Miss Universe 2013. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Fadil Berisha.

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Photo: Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady, Donald J. Trump, and Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo announce the location of the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Pageant. The event will be held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

NEW YORK, NY - October 17, 2013 - NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host the 62nd Annual Miss Universe Competition airing Saturday, Nov. 9 from Crocus City Hall in Moscow.

This will be the first time in the pageant’s 62-year history that the competition will be held in Russia. The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is broadcast in approximately 190 countries and an estimated 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2013.

2013 MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION CONTESTANTS LIST

COUNTRY — NAME

• Angola — Vaumara Rebelo
• Argentina — Brenda Gonzalez
• Aruba — Stefanie Guillen
• Australia — Olivia Wells
• Austria — Doris Hofmann
• Azerbaijan — Aysel Manafova
• Bahamas — Lexi Wilson
• Belgium — Noemie Happart
• Bolivia — Alexia Viruez
• Botswana — Tsaone Macheng
• Brazil — Jakelyne Oliveira
• British Virgin Islands — Sharie De Castro
• Bulgaria — Veneta Krasteva
• Canada — Riza Santos
• Chile — Maria Jesus Matthei
• China — Ye Jin
• Colombia — Lucia Aldana
• Costa Rica — Fabiana Granados
• Croatia — Melita Fabecic
• Curacao — Eline de Pool
• Czech Republic — Gabriela Kratochvílova
• Denmark — Cecilia Iftikhar
• Dominican Republic — Yaritza Reyes
• Ecuador — Constanza Baez
• El Salvador — Alba Delgado
• Estonia — Kristina Karjalainen
• Ethiopia — Maheder Tigabe
• Finland — Lotta Hintsa
• France — Hinarani de Longeaux
• Gabon — Jennifer Ondo
• Germany — Anne Julia Hagen
• Georgia — Janet Kerdikoshvili
• Ghana — Hanniel Jamin
• Great Britain — Amy Willerton
• Greece — Anastasia Sidiropoulou
• Guam — Alixes Scott
• Guatemala — Paulette Samayoa
• Guyana — Katherina Roshana Khan
• Haiti — Mondiana Pierre
• Honduras — Diana Schoutsen
• Hungary — Rebeka Karpati
• India — Manasi Moghe
• Indonesia — Whulandary
• Israel — Titi Yitayish Ayenew
• Italy — Luna Voce
• Jamaica — Kerrie Baylis
• Japan — Yukimi Matsuo
• Kazakhstan — Aygerim Kozhakanova
• Korea — Yumi Kim
• Lebanon — Karin El Ghraoui
• Lithuania — Simona Burbaite
• Malaysia — Carey Ng
• Mauritius — Diya Beeltah
• Mexico — Cynthia Duque
• Myanmar — Moe Set Wine
• Namibia — Paulina Malulu
• Netherlands — Stephanie Tency
• New Zealand — Holly Cassidy
• Nicaragua — Nastassja Bolivar
• Nigeria — Stephanie Okwu
• Norway — Mari Ekelof
• Panama — Carolina Brid
• Paraguay — Guadalupe Talavera
• Peru — Cindy Meja Santa Maria
• Philippines — Ariella Arida
• Poland — Paulina Krupinska
• Puerto Rico — Monic Perez
• Romania — Roxana Andrei
• Russia — Elmira Abdrazakova
• Serbia — Ana Vrcelj
• Singapore — Shi Lim
• Slovakia Republic — Jeanette Borhyova
• Slovenia — Nina Durdevic
• South Africa — Marilyn Ramos
• Spain — Patricia Rodriguez
• Sri Lanka — Amanda Ratnayake
• Sweden — Alexandra Friberg
• Switzerland — Dominique Rinderknecht
• Tanzania — Betty Boniface Omara
• Thailand — Chalita Yaemwannang
• Trinidad and Tobago — Catherine Miller
• Turkey — Berrin Keklikler
• Turks and Caicos — Snwazna Adams
• Ukraine — Olga Storozhenko
• Uruguay — Micaela Orsi Jorcin
• USA — Erin Brady
• Venezuela — Maria Gabriela Isler
• Vietnam —Truong Thi May

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October 15, 2013

Land Rover Completes World’s First Hybrid Expedition Along Silk Trail From Solihull, UK, To Mumbai, India

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Photos: Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India.

Mumbai, India. October 14, 2013 — Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India. The world’s first ever hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail and one of the boldest driving adventures ever pursued by Land Rover.

Hostile conditions on the route included asphalt roads riddled with vast and deep potholes, dusty desert trails in 43°C heat and numerous miles of mud and gravel tracks and cattle trails. In addition, river crossings, passes clinging to the edges of mountains partly blocked by rock falls, the thin air of extremely high altitudes and the dense and erratic traffic of Chinese and Indian roads all added to the test of man and machine.

The Silk Trail 2013 expedition was the final validation test for the Range Rover Hybrid before it is signed-off for production. From the home of the Legend in Solihull, UK, it blazed a trail through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibet), Nepal and India. For much of this distance the expedition followed the legendary Silk Road trading routes that first connected Asia with Europe more than 2,500 years ago. Overnight halts were made in hotels, hostels and tents at many of the same staging posts visited all those years ago by Silk Road merchants, missionaries and mercenaries.

Where the north and south Silk Roads split, near the remote city of Kashgar in north-western China, the expedition pioneered a mountainous route never previously completed by a vehicle from outside the country and never previously seen in its entirety by any westerner - the Xinjiang-Tibet highway, which put the new Range Rover Hybrid through its paces at heights of over 5,300 metres above sea level.

Seven consecutive days were spent at altitudes between 11,000 and 17,648 feet (3,350 and 5,379 metres). At such great heights, oxygen content in the air is reduced from the 21 percent found at sea-level to as little as 10 percent, making movement more difficult for humans and internal combustion engines. The Range Rovers continued to make good progress, benefitting from the electric motor’s instant torque at 0 rpm and despite being laden with heavy loads including luggage, camping gear, food, medical equipment, and aerodynamically-unfriendly roof-racks carrying spare wheels, tyres and jerry cans of fuel.

Negotiating tracks so sticky with mud that they were impassable to other types of vehicle, the Range Rover hybrid’s engine combination - with a 35kW electric motor supporting the TDV6 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine - returned excellent fuel consumption for a vehicle so spacious and powerful. Throughout the epic journey the Range Rover Hybrids typically returned 36 to 37 mpg.

Land Rover development engineers closely monitored data loggers fitted to each car, sending back more than 300 gigabytes of detailed technical records to their engineering team at Gaydon in the UK. The purpose of the expedition was not to test the reliability of mechanical components, which are already proven, but to fine-tune the calibration of engine and transmission software to ensure perfectly seamless performance in all terrains and extreme temperatures and altitudes. Technical setbacks reflected the roughness of the road surfaces: 15 punctures among the expedition’s three Range Rover Hybrid and four support vehicles, four wheels damaged by deep potholes, and four windscreens cracked by stones thrown-up on loose surfaces.

Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids and Electrification Director who took part in the final leg from Jaipur to Mumbai commented: “The world’s first diesel hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail pioneered an ambitious route across Europe and Asia that would have been impassable to most other types of vehicle - but no matter how hostile the conditions, the Range Rover Hybrid prototypes took it all in their stride.

“In developing the hybrid-powered Range Rover, our objective was to gain hybrid’s fuel economy and carbon emissions advantages without compromising the Range Rover’s go-anywhere capabilities, its cabin space or its refinement. The success of this remarkable expedition clearly demonstrates we have achieved that.”

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October 10, 2013

VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF XL1, "THE WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT PRODUCTION CAR"

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The Volkswagen XL1, “the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world”, made its U.S. debut at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg and can cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode. The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.

“The XL1 offers a glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue’,” said Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office (EEO), Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Volkswagen is proud to debut this ultra-fuel-efficient vehicle before the Society of Environmental Journalists, a group that shares in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

“The XL1 is an automotive standout that follows pure sports-car design principles: light weight (1753 pounds), exceptional aerodynamics (Cd 0.19), and a low center of gravity. This super-efficient Volkswagen has the ability to cruise down the road at a constant 62 mph while using just 8.4 PS (6.2kW) horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer,” the company explained. “The XL1 will look spectacular going down the highway — a car of the future, built for today.”

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October 8, 2013

76 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2013 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

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Photo: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year 1912 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1912” at the San Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants; Montenegro is submitting for the first time as an independent country.

The 2013 submissions are:

• Afghanistan, “Wajma - An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director;
• Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director;
• Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo, director;
• Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt, director;
• Austria, “The Wall,” Julian Pölsler, director;
• Azerbaijan, “Steppe Man,” Shamil Aliyev, director;
• Bangladesh, “Television,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;
• Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
• Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;
• Brazil, “Neighboring Sounds,” Kleber Mendonça Filho, director;
• Bulgaria, “The Color of the Chameleon,” Emil Hristov, director;
• Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;
• Canada, “Gabrielle,” Louise Archambault, director;
• Chad, “GriGris,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, director;
• Chile, “Gloria,” Sebastián Lelio, director;
• China, “Back to 1942,” Feng Xiaogang, director;
• Colombia, “La Playa DC,” Juan Andrés Arango, director;
• Croatia, “Halima’s Path,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;
• Czech Republic, “The Don Juans,” Jiri Menzel, director;
• Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;
• Dominican Republic, “Quien Manda?” Ronni Castillo, director;
• Ecuador, “The Porcelain Horse,” Javier Andrade, director;
• Egypt, “Winter of Discontent,” Ibrahim El Batout, director;
• Estonia, “Free Range,” Veiko Ounpuu, director;
• Finland, “Disciple,” Ulrika Bengts, director;
• France, “Renoir,” Gilles Bourdos, director;
• Georgia, “In Bloom,” Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, directors;
• Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;
• Greece, “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food,” Ektoras Lygizos, director;
• Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;
• Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;
• Iceland, “Of Horses and Men,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director;
• India, “The Good Road,” Gyan Correa, director;
• Indonesia, “Sang Kiai,” Rako Prijanto, director;
• Iran, “The Past,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
• Israel, “Bethlehem,” Yuval Adler, director;
• Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;
• Japan, “The Great Passage,” Ishii Yuya, director;
• Kazakhstan, “Shal,” Yermek Tursunov, director;
• Latvia, “Mother, I Love You,” Janis Nords, director;
• Lebanon, “Blind Intersections,” Lara Saba, director;
• Lithuania, “Conversations on Serious Topics,” Giedre Beinoriute, director;
• Luxembourg, “Blind Spot,” Christophe Wagner, director;
• Mexico, “Heli,” Amat Escalante, director;
• Moldova, “All God’s Children,” Adrian Popovici, director;
• Montenegro, “Ace of Spades - Bad Destiny,” Drasko Djurovic, director;
• Morocco, “Horses of God,” Nabil Ayouch, director;
• Nepal, “Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” Subarna Thapa, director;
• Netherlands, “Borgman,” Alex van Warmerdam, director;
• New Zealand, “White Lies,” Dana Rotberg, director;
• Norway, “I Am Yours,” Iram Haq, director;
• Pakistan, “Zinda Bhaag,” Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, directors;
• Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
• Peru, “The Cleaner,” Adrian Saba, director;
• Philippines, “Transit,” Hannah Espia, director;
• Poland, “Walesa. Man of Hope,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
• Portugal, “Lines of Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento, director;
• Romania, “Child’s Pose,” Calin Peter Netzer, director;
• Russia, “Stalingrad,” Fedor Bondarchuk, director;
• Saudi Arabia, “Wadjda,” Haifaa Al Mansour, director;
• Serbia, “Circles,” Srdan Golubovic, director;
• Singapore, “Ilo Ilo,” Anthony Chen, director;
• Slovak Republic, “My Dog Killer,” Mira Fornay, director;
• Slovenia, “Class Enemy,” Rok Bicek, director;
• South Africa, “Four Corners,” Ian Gabriel, director;
• South Korea, “Juvenile Offender,” Kang Yi-kwan, director;
• Spain, “15 Years Plus a Day,” Gracia Querejeta, director;
• Sweden, “Eat Sleep Die,” Gabriela Pichler, director;
• Switzerland, “More than Honey,” Markus Imhoof, director;
• Taiwan, “Soul,” Chung Mong-Hong, director;
• Thailand, “Countdown,” Nattawut Poonpiriya, director;
• Turkey, “The Butterfly’s Dream,” Yilmaz Erdogan, director;
• Ukraine, “Paradjanov,” Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova, directors;
• United Kingdom, “Metro Manila,” Sean Ellis, director;
• Uruguay, “Anina,” Alfredo Soderguit, director;
• Venezuela, “Breach in the Silence,” Luis Alejandro Rodríguez and Andrés Eduardo Rodríguez, directors.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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October 5, 2013

Longines presents DolceVita - The Italian way of life

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Photo: A model from the Longines DolceVita collection. This quartz watch in steel is set with 32 diamonds (0.269 carat, Top Wesselton VVS) whose sparkle emphasises the rectangular form and harmonious proportions of the case. The white dial features ten indices, an Arabic numeral 12 and silvered hands that indicate the hours and minutes, with a small second at 6 o’clock. This elegant, contemporary model is mounted on a steel bracelet. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres).

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Photo: Chi Ling Lin, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, wearing a Longines DolceVita.

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Photo: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, wearing a Longines DolceVita.

According to Longines, its DolceVita collection represents “the charm of the Italian way of life - la DolceVita”.

The models in this Longines collection feature a rectangular case and are available in four different sizes with a multitude of different features. Models are available in steel, yellow gold or steel and rose gold, and all are fitted with quartz movements. Certain models are set with diamonds.

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October 2, 2013

IBM Teams With Leading Universities to Advance Research in Cognitive Systems

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Photo: On February 20, 2013, IBM inaugurated its IBM THINK exhibit at INNOVENTIONS West at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The exhibit shows visitors how technology and systematic inquiry lead to progress and innovation. Shown here is Lee Green, IBM VP Strategic Design and Brand Experience, who designed the exhibit. (Credit: IBM/Ralph Appelbaum Associates).

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Photo: Student presenter at the IBM Watson Case Competition hosted at USC (Credit: IBM/Ralph Cheung).

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2013 — IBM today announced a collaborative research initiative with four leading universities to advance the development and deployment of cognitive computing systems - systems like IBM Watson that can learn, reason and help human experts make complex decisions involving extraordinary volumes of fast-moving data.

Faculty at the four schools — Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — will study enabling technologies and methods for building a new class of systems that better enable people to interact with Big Data in what IBM has identified as a new era of computing.

“IBM has demonstrated with Watson that cognitive computing is real and delivering value today,” said Zachary Lemnios, vice president of strategy for IBM Research. “It is already starting to transform the ways clients navigate big data and is creating new insights in healthcare, how research can be conducted and how companies can support their customers. But much additional research is needed to identify the systems, architectures and process technologies to support a new computing model that enables systems and people to work together across any domain of expertise.”

The research initiative was announced at a colloquium held at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center attended by nearly 200 leading academics, IBM clients and IBM researchers to begin a dialog that deepens the understanding of cognitive systems and identifies additional areas of research to pursue. These initial university collaborators will help lay the foundation for a Cognitive Systems Institute that IBM envisions will comprise universities, research institutes and IBM clients.

The initial research topics for exploration announced today are:

  • MIT - How socio-technical tools and applications can boost the collective performance of moderate-sized groups of humans engaged in collaborative tasks such as decision making.

  • RPI - How advances in processing power, data availability, and algorithmic techniques can enable the practical application of a variety of artificial intelligence techniques.

  • CMU - How systems should be architected to support intelligent, natural interaction with all kinds of information in support of complex human tasks.

  • NYU - How deep learning is impacting many areas of science where automated pattern recognition is essential.

“I believe that cognitive systems technologies will make it possible to connect people and computers in new ways so that—collectively—they can act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before,” said Thomas Malone, Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management. “I am excited to be working with IBM and these other universities to understand better how to harness these new forms of collective intelligence.”

“With the explosion of information and the advances in semantic data tools, we are excited to participate in this collaboration to bring the best of human and computing capabilities together in this new era of cognitive systems,” said Selmer Bringsjord, Professor and Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

“The cost-effective creation of cognitive systems for complex analytic tasks will require fundamental advances in the rapid construction, optimization, and constant adaptation of large ensembles of analytic components. Personalized information agents will rapidly adapt and optimize their task performance based on direct interaction with the end user. I am excited that CMU will be teaming with IBM, MIT, RPI and NYU to explore the future of software architecture for cognitive systems,” said Eric Nyberg, Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

“NYU’s research into neural networks has the potential to revolutionize how we think about machines and the role they play in our everyday lives. NYU has a long history of helping create some of the work’s most important technological breakthroughs, so we are honored to be among the universities collaborating on this research initiative into cognitive computing systems,” said Paul Horn, Senior Vice Provost for Research at New York University. “As a research university at the forefront of technology and innovation, we look forward to working with IBM and our fellow institutions to promote basic research into the next era of computing.”

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