This Puppy’s Devotion to a Broom Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

TIME

If Monday is getting the best of you, and you find yourself out-of-sorts and struggling to make it through your inbox, then let this 10-week old Dutch Shepherd puppy help you get through the day.

In this video YouTube video, a little dog named Tex struggles to solve a big problem. The adorable fluffball must have watched a few too many Disney films, because this puppy really wants to help clean house. (What’s next, tying a ribbon in his owner’s hair?)

To get in on the housecleaning action, he grabs the broom and heads inside until troubled strikes: The pup quickly realizes that the broom will not fit through the doggy door. Luckily, Tex is a clever little dog whose helpfulness is only matched by his resourcefulness.

After solving that problem, the only question left is whether Tex’s housecleaning services are for hire.

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Medical Marijuana May Soon Be Marketed as Kosher

TIME

Medical marijuana may soon come with a kosher seal of approval.

The Orthodox Union that offers kosher certification is in early discussions with parties interested in offering kosher medical marijuana products, according to the The Jewish Daily Forward.

In the past, the Orthodox Union has refused to certify cigarettes and e-cigarettes due to their clear health risks, but Rabbi Moshe Elefant, who leads kosher certification at the Orthodox Union, said it “would not have a problem” certifying medical marijuana since it has health benefits.

Since marijuana is a plant, it would appear that the certification would not be necessary. But in New York State, where medical marijuana will go on sale next year, cannabis could be distributed in other forms like edible substances and capsules, which would need a kosher seal. Many Orthodox rabbis are still strongly against its use.

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[The Jewish Daily Forward]

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Here’s Why Russia Is Cracking Down on Google

TIME

Google may be running afoul of anit-monopoly laws in Russia. The country’s regulators are investigating the way the search giant bundles its apps onto Android devices in response to a complaint by Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, according to The Guardian.

Yandex is taking issue with the fact that smartphone makers have been blocked from pre-installing the company’s services, which compete with Google’s, on Android phones in the country. Google restricts which apps can be pre-installed on the most popular version of Android. A fully open-source version of the software, which is used to power mobile operating systems used by Amazon and Xiaomi, is freely available but doesn’t include access to the Google Play store.

Google has faced legal scrutiny in multiple markets for the way it controls the Android ecosystem. In Europe regulators are reportedly planning to launch a formal inquiry into Google’s mandates regarding pre-installed apps, according…

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Microsoft’s New App Will Help You Stalk Your Friends

TIME

Microsoft is reportedly working on a new app that can track the locations of your friends and family, displaying their movements across a map in real-time.

An early version of People Sense, which was unveiled by the Spanish-language news site Microsoft Place, overlays a select group of friends onto Bing Maps. The app mirrors the layout of Apple’s Find My Friends, which displays friends as roving markers inching through the streets.

But People Sense adds a number of features that makes communication a bit more seamless — tapping one of the markers will give the user options to message, call or pull up driving directions to the person of interest.

No release date has been set for People Sense, which is still under the development name “Buddy Aware.” A video review of the app, provided by Microsoft Place, shows an already robust set of features at work:

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It’s Better to Regret Something You Have Done Than to Regret Something You Haven’t Done

Sweet Talk

I recall a February of rain. On the first of the month, the first drops fell. It didn’t let up until March. I idled the whole time warmed by electric heat, entertained by flickering images cast on phosphorous and glass. A full month of rain, and I spent it dry and warm. I used to be annoyed at February. Now it terrifies me.

After the Collapse, after the missiles flew, after the countless billions of lives gently winked out in a brief atomic holler, after the miserable few left over finished their terminal crawl though the radioactive wreckage, it was the ancient tooth and fang of the wild—the gnashing of winter—that hewed to the merciless cull. I’ve been lucky enough to count myself among the fortunate few to escape an icy death at the side of the overgrown highways of this once-mighty nation.

Anyone likely to read this will already know…

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Microsoft is building fast, low-power neural networks with FPGAs

Gigaom

Microsoft on Monday released a white paper explaining a current effort to run convolutional neural networks — the deep learning technique responsible for record-setting computer vision algorithms — on FPGAs rather than GPUs.

Microsoft claims that new FPGA designs provide greatly improved processing speed over earlier versions while consuming a fraction of the power of GPUs. This type of work could represent a big shift in deep learning if it catches on, because for the past few years the field has been largely centered around GPUs as the computing architecture of choice.

If there’s a major caveat to Microsoft’s efforts, it might have to do with performance. While Microsoft’s research shows FPGAs consuming about one-tenth the power of high-end GPUs (25W compared with 235W), GPUs still process images at a much higher rate. Nvidia’s Tesla K40 GPU can do between 500 and 824 images per second on one popular benchmark dataset, the white…

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New Defense Secretary: ‘I’m very open-minded’ about transgender people serving

Fusion

Less than a week into his new job, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Sunday suggested he is “open-minded” about transgender people serving in the U.S. military during remarks to servicemembers in Afghanistan.

Carter was asked at a troop event in Kandahar, Afghanistan, what his “thoughts” were on transgender members serving in an “austere” environment like Kandahar.

Though he admitted he hadn’t looked at the issue extensively, Carter said he was “very open-minded” about the possibility. He suggested the issue shouldn’t be factored into whether prospective troops are fit for service.

“I come at this kind of question from a fundamental starting point, which is that we want to make our conditions and experience of service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country,” Carter said.

“And I’m very open-minded about — otherwise about what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what…

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