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Dear Google+, what's the difference between "People to add" and "Suggestions"?

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Thrilled today to launch Microsoft Prediction Labs, our playground to experiment with new prediction and polling technology. We're live with predictions for every single Senate, House, and Gubernatorial election in 2014. Read more in today's +The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/upshot/microsoft-begins-a-push-into-the-polling-world.html and on Microsoft Research: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/microsoftpredictionlab-092914.aspx . Huge kudos to project leaders +David Rothschild and +Miro Dudik. Many many others helped along the way including Paul Oka,+Jenn Wortman Vaughan, and +Sebastien Lahaie.

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We present a method that enables users to perform the full range of 3D manipulations, including scaling, rotation, translation, and nonrigid deformations, to an object in a photograph. As 3D manipulations often reveal parts of the object that are hidden in the original photograph, our approach uses publicly available 3D models to guide the completion of the geometry and appearance of the revealed areas of the object. The completion process leverages the structure and symmetry in the stock 3D model to factor out the effects of illumination, and to complete the appearance of the object. We demonstrate our system by producing object manipulations that would be impossible in traditional 2D photo-editing programs, such as turning a car over, making a paper-crane flap its wings, or manipulating airplanes in a historical photograph to change its story.

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Nice selective survey of AAAI 2014 by Lev Reyzin

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New research from +Siddharth Suri i +Dan Goldstein +Preston McAfee on the wisdom of filtered crowds. Thanks for sharing, +Greg Linden.
Good paper showing , again, that picking experts out of the crowd can yield better results than using the entire crowd.  So filter down that crowd if you can.

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Congrats +Lance Fortnow! 
Lance Fortnow wins 2014 SIGACT Distinguished Service prize in part for his blog! a rare scientific award citing blogging, a gamechanger! congratulations! part of the citation reads "His blog, and many others that followed, changes the way our field communicates, both with itself and with the outside world." he says "I owe this award to you, my readers and commenters. May the conversations always continue." [dont know where full citation or award announcement is online yet] ... see also http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/22191/what-cs-blogs-should-everyone-read

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Microsoft Research New York City is hiring postdocs. Applications are due Dec 13. More info: http://aka.ms/msrnyc-postdoc

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This is a great editorial - I couldn't agree more.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/dowd-peeping-president-obama.html?_r=0

"Back in 2007, Obama said he would not want to run an administration that was “Bush-Cheney lite.” He doesn’t have to worry. With prisoners denied due process at Gitmo starving themselves, with the C.I.A. not always aware who it’s killing with drones, with an overzealous approach to leaks, and with the government’s secret domestic spy business swelling, there’s nothing lite about it."

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Follow the Oscar odds in real time on PredictWise tonight. If Steven Spielberg wins Best Director, will Lincoln's odds for Best Picture go up? Trade live during the broadcast. Winn bragging rights and help prediction market science. http://wiseq.predictwise.com/2013oscars/ 

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Surface Pro, with an "extremely elegant, bordering on beautiful, sense of design", "lives up to hype" http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/ (see also Pogue in NYTimes, "Surface Pro Tablet Changes the Game")
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