The way this back-and-forth tale was spun, though, it probably was inevitable that Medvedev would break there. And so he did, because Nadal double-faulted on break point after he was docked a serve for his third time violation of the evening, which elicited loud boos from folks in the stands.In the next game, Nadal held a pair of match points, but Medvedev, of course, avoided defeat yet another time, erasing one of those with a backhand winner, the other with a service winner, earning a standing ovation.With Nadal’s backers screaming, “Close it out!” at the ensuing changeover, he once more stepped to the baseline to try to serve it out, this time at 5-4. Naturally, he was forced to deal with another heart-in-throat break point, but came up with a stinging forehand that drew a long forehand from Medvedev.Two points later, it was over, and the indefatigable Nadal was splayed on his back on the court, as he’s been so often at the conclusion of energy-sapping, will-challenging, high-stakes matches.“What he went through during the match and still being able to survive and finish the match that way, it’s out of this world,” said one of Nadal’s coaches, Carlos Moya. “You have to be, mentally, a genius. He’s still there, still fighting and turning things around when things look really bad. He was able to do that today.”Add the Spaniard’s haul in New York to his 12 titles at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open, and the 20-19 gap between Federer and Nadal is the closest it’s been in 15 years. Federer led 1-0 after his breakthrough triumph at the All England Club in 2003, and he had four by the time Nadal got his first at Roland Garros in 2005.Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, congratulates Rafael Nadal, of Spain, after Nadal won the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, is 38, while Nadal is 33 — making him the oldest male champion at Flushing Meadows since 1970. He’s also the first man to win five majors after turning 30.Nadal says he wants to finish his career at No. 1 in the Grand Slam standings — ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic, looming in third place currently with 16 — but also insists he won’t base his happiness on how it all shakes out in the end.This particular match ended the way he wanted it to. The journey just took more detours than anyone could have anticipated.It also, Nadal said, made “this day unforgettable, part of my history.”Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)When the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Medvedev sensed the loss approaching, he turned into a trickier foe, playing less defensively and more aggressively. He alternated serve-and-volley rushes with a penchant for out-hitting Nadal at the baseline. For a stretch, it felt as if Medvedev simply could not miss, and he finished with a 75-62 edge in winners.That’s the sort of ball-striking Medvedev displayed while going 20-2 during the North American hard-court circuit until Sunday, reaching four finals in a row. But he also switched tactics, winning 22 of 29 serve-and-volley points.“The way that he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match, was just incredible,” Nadal said.The Flushing Meadows fans that jeered Medvedev in Week 1 because of his on-court behavior — he trolled his detractors by sarcastically thanking them and telling him their vitriol was why he won — were pulling for him.Or, as he noted during the trophy ceremony, pulling for more bang for the bucks they spent on tickets.They certainly got that.“I’ll definitely remember it,” Medvedev said, “even when I’m, like, 70 years old.”By: Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.What had all the makings of a casual crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal’s opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major title match. Down by two sets and a break, Medvedev shifted styles, upped his level against a rattled Nadal — and even received an unexpected boost from the Arthur Ashe Stadium spectators.Truly tested for the only time in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Nadal managed to stop Medvedev’s surge Sunday and hold off his historic comeback bid, pulling out a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes of highlight-worthy action and Broadway-worthy drama to collect his fourth championship at Flushing Meadows.“One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career,” said Nadal, who covered his face with his hands while crying when arena video boards showed clips from each of his Slam triumphs.“The last three hours of the match have been very, very intense, no?” Nadal said. “Very tough mentally and physically, too.”Now at 19 majors — a total Medvedev called “outrageous” — Nadal is merely one away from rival Roger Federer’s record for men.But this one did not come easily. Not at all.Sure seemed it might, with Nadal ahead by two sets and a break in the third at 3-2, playing like “a beast out there,” as the No. 5-seeded Medvedev put it.At that moment, Medvedev would joke afterward, this is where his thoughts were: “OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say?”But the 23-year-old from Russia did not go gently into the night. He broke right back to 3-all, then again to claim that set and yet again to end the fourth.“The nerves were so high,” Nadal said. “A crazy match.”Not since 1949 has anyone won a U.S. Open final after trailing by two sets to none. Never before had Medvedev won a five-set match. Only once before had Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking the opening two sets.And yet the tension was real.At the very end — or what appeared to be the very end — Nadal couldn’t close it out. After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2.
New York–Any media company dedicated to quality journalism can produce it, but not all can sustain themselves on it. Scaling that quality-building it out into a usable, profitable model-is the challenge publishers face going forward.James Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, a digital pure-play which owns and operates sports site network SB Nation, tech media title The Verge and a new gamer site, Polygon, addressed the issue as the opening keynote speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext industry conference in New York this afternoon.”We’re trying to scale quality,” he said. “Quality journalism, quality design, quality advertising integration, quality audience development-ultimately ending up with quality brands.” Audience FragmentationIt’s becoming increasingly evident, Bankoff noted, that audiences are moving away from traditional outlets, instead gravitating towards more specialized, niche voices. Previous experience in the development of celebrity-news giant TMZ taught him the lessons that now drive SB Nation.”It’s really important to understand that fragmentation has occurred,” he said, pointing to SB Nation’s highly-individualized, but vast network of team sites. “And we take that to the nth degree. We literally have a website for each individual team. [We have] a brand that speak just to them. Multiply that by every single team in the U.S. and increasingly in Europe, and you get 320 different URLs, 320 different brands that each speak to communities and fans of that team.”Web-Native EditorialThe tools for reaching the fragmented audience are there, but they’re still being perfected-“We’ve by no means figured it out,” Bankoff admitted, “but we’re pretty advanced in trying things.”Editorially, finding web-native talent is the No. 1 priority. The days of reporters working their way up from small, local beats to a national stage are gone. Instead, Bankoff will pluck those who’ve proven that they can already be successful on their own. Add SB Nation’s resources, and it’s a formula for scale.Timing is also a key ingredient in overcoming fragmentation.”We’ve gone from a weekly news cycle, to a daily, to a nanosecond,” Bankoff said, who noted that Vox charts the length of time it takes for writers to get a story onto the site.Advertising While the best practices for editorial content are still being figured out and experimented with, advertising is at a distinct crossroads, according to Bankoff. The future for media publishers is either in programmatic, systematized buying, or in more creative, customized space.Believing in the latter, Vox has implemented several of more integrated, customized campaigns in selling site backgrounds.”It takes up a lot of pixel space,” he said, “but the consumers love it.”With more than 300 individual brands, the numbers vary, but they tend to back up the statement. Vox is seeing a 1 to 10 percent click-though rate with these custom ad models, 10 to 100 times more than more traditional ad campaigns.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
UK-based Flightglobal, a Reed Business brand and aviation industry title, takes the prize for the most channels analyzed in a single report—19. An average of 3.8 channels per brand are analyzed in each report, says BPA. The Brand Report got off to a slow start, however. A beta version was released in late 2009 when early adopter Stamats Business Media was the first to complete a test report for its Meetings West brand. “This new audit tool will help our advertising customers quickly and thoroughly determine the depth and scope of the media buy within a given brand needed to achieve their mar/com objectives,” said Stamats president Tim Fixmer at the time. By late 2010 about a dozen publishers were readying December brand reports. And by early 2012 that had only grown to just under 60.That the number of brands using the report has quadrupled points to not only the growing number of platforms publishers are leveraging for their content, but the lack of audience overlap across them. There are a variety of signals that point to the growing importance of measuring and tracking audience across a brand’s platform. On the ad side you have the explosion of marketing services and on the audience side there’s the continued push for integrated databases.Another indication could be the sudden and rapid increase of brands utilizing BPA‘s Brand Report. In the last year, the number of titles reporting cross-platform audience metrics has more than quadrupled. A total of 295 titles are now reporting their audience metrics across channels. According to the BPA, the healthcare category has the most titles, at 87, using the report, followed by manufacturing (38) and legal & financial services (33).
4 Share your voice 4:50 Now playing: Watch this: Tags AI bot defeats poker pros in six-player Texas Hold’em Pluribus’ dominance over the mere mortals represents a breakthrough that might lead to applications of AI in real-world situations. That’s because we often deal with multiple people and unknown information when it comes to things like political campaigns, online auctions and cybersecurity threats. AI could help businesses come up with the best strategies to handle those situations, research scientists say.”We’re using poker as a benchmark for a measure in progress in this more complicated challenge of hidden information in a complex multiparticipant environment,” said Noam Brown, a research scientist at Facebook AI Research. The research group, which works on advancing AI technology, is also teaching robots to walk on their own. Brown built Pluribus, which means “more” in Latin, with Tuomas Sandholm, a CMU computer science professor whose team has studied computer poker for more than 16 years. The pair’s findings were published in the journal Science on Thursday.The researchers set up two experiments, one in which a single human played five copies of Pluribus, and another in which five humans played a single copy of the bot. In both cases, Pluribus clearly won. In the first experiment, Darren Elias and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, both American poker pros, played 5,000 hands each against five copies of the AI bot. Elias holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles and Ferguson has won six World Series of Poker events. The humans played from their home computers. Both players were offered $2,000 to participate in the Texas Hold’em game. To encourage them to bring their best game, players could win an extra $2,000 if they performed better against the AI than the other human poker player.Overall, Pluribus beat the players by an average of 32 milli big blinds (mbb) per game. The big blind is a forced bet in Texas Hold’em, and the milli big blind is a measurement used to compare performance.In the other experiment 13 players, who’ve all won more than $1 million each professionally, challenged the AI bot. Pluribus went against five human players at a time over 12 days and played 10,000 hands. Pluribus won an average of 48 milli big blinds per game. If each chip was worth $1, the bot would’ve won $1,000 per hour playing against five humans, a Facebook blog post said. The win rate signals that the AI bot is “stronger than the human opponents,” the research paper said.”Sometimes, even if you’re a bad player you’re going to beat the world’s best player just because you have better odds,” Sandholm said. “We don’t want to measure that luck factor. We want to really measure the skill factor.”Pluribus came up with a strategy for Texas Hold’em from scratch by playing against copies of itself. The bot also used a new algorithm that allowed it to examine its options a few steps ahead rather than at the end of the game.The bot threw off its human competition by using moves humans typically avoid. For example, the bot placed more “donk bets” than humans. That’s a bet at the beginning of a round after the previous one ended in a call.”Its major strength is its ability to use mixed strategies. That’s the same thing that humans try to do,” Elias said in a statement. “It’s a matter of execution for humans — to do this in a perfectly random way and to do so consistently. Most people just can’t.” Robots <3 poker. Getty Images Earlier this year, more than a dozen professional poker players participated in an unusual competition of Texas Hold'em. The veterans went against a relative newbie: an artificial intelligence-powered bot built by Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University.AI has crushed professional players of chess and Go, both board games with straightforward rules. Poker, too, has clear rules. But it's considered trickier because you can't see an opponent's hand and it requires manipulating emotions through tactics such as bluffing. The contest added a layer of complexity, as each game featured six players, creating more sets of scenarios for the AI to manage. None of that stopped the poker-playing bot Pluribus. The bot stomped on its human challengers, which included World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour champions. Researchers called the bot's performance "superhuman.""This is the first time an AI bot has proven capable of defeating top professionals in any major benchmark game that has more than two players (or two teams)," Facebook said in a blog post. Sci-Tech Tech Industry Comments Facebook
Chinese police have busted an underground banking network that handled $4.5 billion worth of illegal transactions at Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) alone, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday, 25 November.14 suspects in four gangs were arrested by police in the northeastern city of Dalian in Liaoning province, in the latest crackdown in the country’s fight against outflows of “gray capital”.Each gang’s daily illegal transactions exceeded $100,000.The police found illegal transactions amounting to 28.8 billion Yuan ($4.51 billion) from 1.4 million foreign exchange trading records, after investigating more than 2,000 accounts at AgBank, China’s third-biggest lender by assets, the state agency said.China’s economic slowdown and market volatility have sparked a wave of capital outflows running into hundreds of billions this year, triggering alarms for China’s foreign exchange management system.Beijing started cracking down on underground banks in April and has so far uncovered more than 170 cases of money laundering and illegal fund transfers, involving more than 800 billion Yuan and arresting more than 400 suspects.Earlier this year, Chinese police, the central bank and the foreign exchange regulator busted the country’s biggest-ever underground banking case involving transactions totaling $64 billion.In the Dalian case, suspects worked with criminal groups spread in Beijing, Shandong province and Jilin province to conduct illegal foreign exchange trading across China and offered gambling services in Macau and South Korea to obtain illegal gains, Xinhua reported.
[Representational image]Creative commonsSajid Ajmuddin Pathan, an auto driver, was rushed to a hospital after biting into a burger with glass pieces in Pune. He had vomited blood and had to undergo emergency surgery at Sahyadri hospital.The incident happened on May 15 at a Burger King outlet at Fergusson College Road in Pune.Pathan recalled that he had lost a game to his friends and had to treat them with burgers. He then took them to the Burger King outlet and bought burgers, french fries and soft drinks. When Pathan was eating his burger, he felt a sharp pain in his throat and started to spit blood. He tried wiping his mouth but the bleeding did not stop, reports The Times of India.When Pathan and his friends checked the burger, they found glass pieces. “We checked the burger in front of the outlet officials and found that there were several pieces of glass in it,” Pathan told TOI. “My friends rushed me to a hospital on the FC Road and then I was shifted to another hospital on Karve Road. I was admitted there for two days,” he added.His friends first rushed him to a hospital close by and they took him to Sahyadri hospital. There, they had to shell out Rs 15,000 for Pathan’s treatment and were told to bring Pathan the next day too. Pathan’s friends took him to the hospital the next day, this time paid Rs 30,000 for treatment. The doctors told them that the glass pieces would come out naturally through Pathan’s bowel movement.The Deccan Gymkhana police have booked the outlet under section 337 (causing hurt by act and endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. Close In-N-Out Burger Just Donated $25,000 To The Republican Party And Customers Are Furious IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
The Election Commission on Sunday began the collection of photographs and fingerprints of possible voters in 183 upazilas across the country in the first phase, reports UNB.The photographs and fingerprints will be collected at union-level voter registration centres in 183 upazilas till 15 September in the first phase, while these will be collected in 216 upazilas from 16 September to 13 October in the second phase, and in 118 upazilas from 14 October to 5 November in the third phase.The commission earlier registered 24.3 lakh people as possible voters across the country during its door-to-door campaign from 25 July to 9 August last.The data of 13.33 lakh dead people were also collected to remove their names from the country’s voter list during the 16-day data collection campaign by enumerators.This year, enumerators collected the data of 2,437,331 possible voters throughout the country, director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told UNB.The possible voters are 447,515 in Dhaka region, 234,977 in Chittagong region, 339,870 in Rajshahi region, 250,134 in Khulna region, 224,820 in Sylhet region, 136,462 in Barisal region, 263,242 in Rangpur region, 265,754 in Mymensingh region, 156,280 in Faridpur region and 118,277 in Comilla region, he said.The freshly registered people will be voters when the final updated electoral rolls will be published on 31 January, 2018 following the disposal of complaints, if any.According to the EC statistics, the country has a total of 10.17 crore voters.
Women carry food in gunny bags after visiting an aid distribution centre in Ngop in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: AFPSouth Sudan’s government is spending oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by President Salva Kiir’s military campaign, a confidential UN report says.The report obtained by AFP on Friday calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan—a measure that has been backed by the United States but was rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December.“Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries,” said the report by a UN panel of experts.The experts found a “preponderance of evidence (that) shows continued procurement of weapons by the leadership in Juba” for the army, the security services, militias and other “associated forces.”South Sudan derives 97 percent of its budget revenue from forward sales of oil. From late March to late October 2016, oil revenues totaled about $243 million, according to calculations from the panel.At least half—“and likely substantially more”—of its budget expenditures are devoted to security including arms purchases, the 48-page report said.The government continued to sign arms deals as a famine was declared in Unity State, where 100,000 people are dying of starvation and a further one million people are near starvation.“The bulk of evidence suggests that the famine in Unity State has resulted from protracted conflict and, in particular, the cumulative toll of repeated military operations undertaken by the government in southern Unity beginning in 2014,” said the report.The government is blocking access for humanitarian aid workers, compounding the food crisis, while significant population displacement is also contributing to the famine.An upsurge in fighting since July has devastated food production in areas that had been stable for farmers, such as the Equatoria region, considered the country’s breadbasket.The total number of South Sudanese facing famine could rise to 5.5 million in July if nothing is done to address the food crisis, the experts said.Weapons pour inThe report was released ahead of a special Security Council meeting on South Sudan on Thursday that will be chaired by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.The meeting could once again revive calls for an arms embargo, which was rejected despite warnings from the United Nations of a risk of genocide in South Sudan.While the previous US administration pushed for a ban on weapons sales, President Donald Trump’s government has yet to make clear its stance on ending one of Africa’s worst conflicts.Borders with Sudan and Uganda continue to be key entry points for weapons supplies to South Sudanese forces and some shipments are also entering from the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the report.The panel cited information from high-ranking South Sudanese military and intelligence officers that Egypt had shipped military equipment, small arms, ammunition and armored vehicles to South Sudan over the past year.Experts are investigating the delivery this year of two L39 jets from Ukraine that were sold to Uganda, but may have ended up in South Sudan, as well as a contract with a Seychelles-based company for a very large quantity of armaments.In comparison, opposition forces have received limited supplies of light weapons ammunition, the report said.After gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead and 3.5 million people displaced.The United Nations is pushing regional leaders to exert pressure on Juba to end the violence that has turned tribal, pitting Kiir’s Dinka community against ethnic Nuer, Shilluk and other groups.
.An explosion rocked a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens, authorities said, as state media published images showing bloodied and unconscious victims.The explosion happened at the school’s gates, Xinhua news agency said, citing the emergency office of Xuzhou city.Images circulating online showed that the force of the blast tore people’s clothes off and one woman was seen clutching her child, who is in tears.An official at the police station in Fengxian county told AFP that the cause of the blast was under investigation.However the Global Times and China Youth Daily newspapers cited witnesses as saying that a gas cylinder at a food stall had exploded.At least seven people were killed and 66 injured, including nine seriously, according to Xuzhou city government. Two died at the site of the explosion and five while being treated.Pictures of the scene showed more than a dozen people outside a building, many lying on the concrete and some appearing to be unconscious, including a small child.Another video posted by the People’s Daily showed emergency workers arriving at the scene with gurneys. Another showed people lying in a hospital.Online media reports cited a business owner near the kindergarten as saying that around 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) he heard a “bang”, and found that there had been an explosion at the kindergarten entrance only 100 metres away.Some people on China’s Twitter-like Weibo website said the use of gas canisters by food stalls posed a danger.“China’s small restaurants are landmines, and every mobile street vendor is a moving bomb,” one person wrote.“How can the city management officers allow a vendor to set up a stall at a school entrance with a gas fuel canister?”History of attacks -It is the latest tragedy to strike a kindergarten in China in recent weeks.A school bus packed with kindergarten pupils erupted in flames inside a tunnel in eastern Shandong province on May 9, killing 11 children, a teacher and the driver.Officials later said the fire was intentionally set by the driver, who was angry at losing overtime wages.There have also been knife attacks at schools in recent years.In January a man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed and wounded 11 children at a kindergarten in southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.In February last year, a knife-wielding assailant wounded 10 children in a schoolyard in Haikou, in the southern island province of Hainan, before committing suicide.In 2014 state media reported that a man stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others in a rampage at a primary school that refused to enrol his daughter.That followed a March 2013 incident in which a man killed two relatives and then slashed 11 people, including six children, outside a school in China’s commercial hub Shanghai.
Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre appear in the dock charged with murder in the Christchurch District Court on 16 March 2019. Photo: AFPThe man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the 15 March attacks that rocked the South Pacific nation.”The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch,” police said in a statement.New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has characterised the mosque killings as “a well-planned terrorist attack” since the day Tarrant, a self-described white supremacist, allegedly carried them out.But until now the charges against him were less expansive, as New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act was only introduced in 2002 and is untested in the courts.Police said the decision to lay the terror charge more than two months after the attack was made following consultation with prosecutors and government legal experts.Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is currently in a high-security prison undergoing tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial for the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history.His next court appearance is scheduled for 14 June.Police said they had met survivors and victims’ families Tuesday to explain the additional charges.”Police are committed to providing all the support necessary for what will be a challenging and emotional court process to come for the victim’s families and survivors of the attack,” they said.Ahead of the shooting, Tarrant posted a rambling manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and described himself as a white supremacist out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.He live-streamed himself as he opened fire in the packed Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers and then travelled across town to continue the carnage in the suburban Linwood mosque.Ardern’s government tightened the country’s gun laws in the wake of the attack and has said it will review laws dealing with hate speech.It has also pushed international efforts to ensure social media giants to do more to combat online extremism, including the so-called “Christchurch Call” unveiled by world leaders and top technology firms in Paris last week.