Housing Tech Rundown: Quantarium, Equifax and Ellie Mae

Artificial Intelligence company Quantarium announced on Thursday its partnership with Valligent Technologies to launch a condition adjusted “Quantarium Valuation Model” for equity lending, broker price opinions and real estate owned valuations.

The latest tech, coined QVM-Insights, leverages Quantariums AI power to incorporate real-time updates of a property’s condition to provide users with an automated valuation model.

It does so by prompting the AI to run hundreds of thousands of generations to understand and optimize information on micro-markets at the neighborhood, ZIP code or county level. Coupled with Valligent’s real-time streaming data and virtual inspection, the AI can then validate and learn what is most valuable in the data itself. It can also factor in the effects of local events like foreclosures and recent sales.

“QVM relies on a cascade of proprietary solutions, including machine learning techniques such as evolutionary programming, neural networks and genetic modeling that mimic biological processes, to

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Countering hate on social media

Study: Countering hate on social media
Figure 1 from the paper: Examples of Twitter conversations (reply trees) with labeled hate (red), counter (blue), and neutral speech (white). The root node is shown as a large square. Credit: Garland et al, EMNLP 2020

The rise of online hate speech is a disturbing, growing trend in countries around the world, with serious psychological consequences and the potential to impact, and even contribute to, real-world violence. Citizen-generated counter speech may help discourage hateful online rhetoric, but it has been difficult to quantify and study. Until recently, studies have been limited to small-scale, hand-labeled endeavors.


A new paper published in the proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) offers a framework for studying the dynamics of online hate and counter speech. The paper offers the first large-scale classification of millions of such interactions on Twitter. The authors developed a learning algorithm to assess data

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Pitt and Virginia Tech players will not be required to wear face coverings in the field of play in Week 12

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Face coverings have been a part of college football sidelines this fall … sort of … but to this point they have not been present on the field during play. After a few days of miscommunication and confusion, it would appear that teams playing in the state of Pennsylvania will not have to take an additional step by wearing face coverings while on the field. 

The clarity came Friday afternoon after Pitt received word from the governor’s office that it and Virginia Tech would not have to force players to wear face coverings during Saturday’s game. 

According to a previous Pitt release, players were going to have to wear face coverings while on the field and sidelines “in alignment with recent guidance from state officials regarding the current health climate.” The statement also said that those rules extend to Virginia Tech as well. 

The office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom

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Orange adds three new Spanish cities to its 5G footprint

Spanish operator Orange has expanded its 5G coverage to three new cities after launching the new network technology in September.

The new cities covered by Orange’s 5G network are Zaragoza, Logroño and Pamplona, which adds to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga.

Orange also said it expects to launch 5G in 93 towns and cities across Spain before the end of 2020.

Orange launched commercial 5G services in Spain in September using equipment provided by Ericsson.

The European carrier is currently offering this technology through spectrum in the 3.6-3.8MHz band using NSA architecture.

The carrier initially launched 5G technology in Madrid and Barcelona with the deployment of Ericsson’s 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and core products and solutions.

Operating on 3.6GHz spectrum, the 5G network in Madrid and Barcelona is powered by the Ericsson Radio System (Baseband 6648 and AIR 6488 antenna), delivering massive multiple-input multiple-output, which increases network capacity

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Getting it just right, the Goldilocks model of cancer — ScienceDaily

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can turn out to be bad. This is certainly the case for the excessive cell growth found in cancer. But when cancers try to grow too fast, this excessive speed can cause a type of cellular ageing that actually results in arrested growth. Scientists at Duke-NUS Medical School have now discovered that a well-known signalling pathway helps cancers grow by blocking the pro-growth signals from a second major cancer pathway.

Inhibiting Wnt signalling with ETC-159 reactivates the hyperactive RAS-MAPK pathway, causing cells to led undergo senescence. Many cancers are driven by activating mutations in the RAS-MAPK signalling pathway which triggers a cascade of proteins that directs cells to grow, divide and migrate. Mutations in proteins involved in this cascade can turn on genes that make this process go into overdrive, causing cells to grow out of control and aggressively invade other parts of

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Mobile E-commerce Startup Wish Files IPO, Claims 108 Mn Users

The operator of the mobile e-commerce startup Wish filed documents for a share offering Friday, revealing a user base of more than 100 million.

The filing by US-based parent firm ContextLogic said the platform is looking to expand the business which up to now has been connecting merchants based mainly in China with consumers around the world.

Wish’s initial public offering (IPO) filing said it was the most downloaded shopping app and operated in more than 100 countries, having shipped more than 640 million items.

The startup said it had 108 million monthly active users at the end of September. It posted a loss of $120 million in the past quarter on revenue of $1.7 billion.

Wish’s most recent valuation based on funding rounds was $11.2 billion, but the Financial Times said the company is aiming for a richer value in the IPO of $25 billion to $30 billion. .

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Two Entrepreneurs Are Levelling The Playing Field For Small Business

Technology continues to play an enormous role in the speed of business. Transforming industry and its players is a function of adoption. Adoption, in turn, is highly dependent on resource and capital. Small businesses have been and continue to be the casualties in a dynamic market that tends to favour the larger players with money and influence. Steve Lau and Rameez Ansari, co-CEOs of AutoLeap fully intend to change the game for small business.

In both Canada and the United States, small business (by definition, 500 employees or under) make up 99.9 % of the business population. In Canada, similar stats show a small business penetration of 99.7%. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, approximately 33% of business will fail after 2 years. The survival rate after 5 years: US: 50% and Canada: 42.9%.

In 2015 Ansari and Lau acquired

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After Suffering Irreparable Damage, It’s Lights Out for the Arecibo Observatory’s Iconic Telescope | Smart News

After 57 years of gazing into the universe and helping astronomers unravel the cosmos’ mysteries, the Arecibo Observatory’s world-renowned telescope in Puerto Rico will be torn down, reports Alexandra Witze for Nature.

The observatory has three towers equipped with cables that hold up the telescope’s enormous, 1,000-foot reflector dish. In 2017, Hurricane Maria battered the already deteriorating telescope. This August, an auxiliary cable slipped out of its socket, inflicting a 100-foot-long gash in the dish. Three months later, a main cable connected to that same tower snapped, causing more devastating damage. Teams of engineers looked for remedies to help save the telescope, but repairs would be too risky for a construction team to safely undertake, reports Ashley Strickland for CNN.

Given the age of the telescope, it would need more intensive maintenance in the future since the cables were weaker than originally thought. For this reason, the National Science Foundation

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How to watch Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech: Live stream, TV channel, start time for Saturday’s NCAA Football game

Who’s Playing

Virginia Tech @ Pittsburgh

Current Records: Virginia Tech 4-4; Pittsburgh 4-4

What to Know

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. Pitt and the Virginia Tech Hokies will face off in an ACC battle at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Heinz Field. The Panthers should still be feeling good after a big win, while Virginia Tech will be looking to right the ship.

Pitt made easy work of the Florida State Seminoles two weeks ago and carried off a 41-17 victory.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their game against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes last week. Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) were almost perfectly matched up, but the Hokies suffered an agonizing 25-24 loss. RB Jalen Holston put forth a good effort for

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