Weekly Round-Up: Top 5 News Stories of the Week

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0 Rob Ashley
It’s been a busy week. From terror attacks shaking the world, to The New York Times giving print lovers a bit of escape in the form of a crossword puzzle. Here are 5 news stories that you just can’t miss.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is the Voice of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence

When Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, decided to join the artificial intelligence game, he didn’t settle for just any regular voice to bring his virtual assistant to life. Rather, Zuckerberg has recruited Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman to be the voice behind his AI assistant. Zuckerberg has showcased the Freeman-voiced AI assistant in a fun video, in which he explores how that assistant can make his home more interactive. Of course, Zuckerberg knew exactly what to say to get the reaction from the AI. In reality, using the program might be bumpier. Here’s to hoping that soon the technology be perfect and Morgan Freeman’s voice would grace our homes.


Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard buddies, Facebook today is the largest and wealthiest social networking site in the world. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, the company is continually adding features to its site which are dramatically revolutionizing the way we communicate.



The New York Times Prints the Largest Crossword Puzzle in Its History

The New York Times’ crossword puzzle is famous for being exceptionally challenging, and is a popular test of mental skills for the readers of the renowned publication. As a special treat to its crossword-loving readers, the New York Times printed the largest crossword puzzle in its history, a four-page monstrosity that will keep even the sharpest mind busy for some time. And yes, we did say printed. The crossword puzzle is only available in print, a choice that flies in the face of the notion that “print journalism is dead.”

Stip club

Strippers are Suing Clubs for Fair Pay – And Winning:

An interesting trend appeared in recent month, as strippers started suing the clubs they perform in and demanding they’d be paid an actual salary and not just rely on tips for their wages. According to the strippers, they are employees just like bartenders and waitresses, and should be given at least the minimum pay regardless of tips. The courts so far seem to agree, and the largest suit of this kind recently awarded 2000 strippers $10.9 million against a former employer.

Terrorism Strikes Europe

Sadly, this week saw two violent acts of terror. The Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara by a Turkish police officer who blamed Russia for the suffering in Syria, an act which both the Russian and Turkish governments labeled as terrorism. In Berlin, a truck crashed through a crowd of shoppers in a Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 50. The attack is estimated to be a terror strike, and German authorities are still searching for the guilty factions. ISIS took responsibility for the attack, but security experts are of the mind that it’s just an empty boast.

Uber Self-Driving Car
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Uber Shuts Down its Self-Driving Taxi Test Run

Uber’s trial run of self-driving cars in San Francisco, which started only last week, has come to a sudden end. California regulators have managed to force the hand of the rideshare company, and revoked the registration of its autonomous cars. This was the end to a short feud between Uber and the state’s authorities, which started when Uber refused to apply for an autonomous testing permit. Despite this affair, the California Department of Motorized Vehicles retained its invitation to Uber to work with them and find a joint path. However, Uber stated that it won’t work with the DMV, and will instead look to redeploy its self-driving fleet elsewhere under its own terms.