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  1. LeBron James Is More Than an All-Time Great—He’s a Mogul The NBA star's move to Los Angeles places his late-career basketball prospects squarely behind his cultural legacy.
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  2. Arcimoto is opening its first rental center for its three-wheeled EV Arcimoto's three-wheeled Fun Utility Vehicle is a blast to drive, but there's a catch: given that the first orders haven't arrived, there hasn't been an easily accessible way to take one for a spin. You'll have an option in a few days, though. The co...
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  3. How thinking like a geologist could help us fight climate change “Society as a whole is unable to think on anything like geologic time scales,” says Marcia Bjornerud. “Or even decadal time scales.” It’s clear that we need to think long-term about climate and the environment, but instead political leaders are constrained by the two-year Congressional cycle and those working in business are beholden to quarterly earnings. Bjornerud is a geologist at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the author of Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. If people understood the history of the Earth, she argues, “we would perceive our world very differently.” The Verge spoke to Bjornerud about geology’s PR problem, the big questions in the field, and what it means to be “timeful.” This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Early on in your book, you mention that it’d be embarrassing for an adult not to be able to point out the continents, but most people don’t know the geologic time periods. Why is that? Photo: Rachel Crowl I think a lot of educated people don’t quite believe in the geologic past. It’s obscure, they haven’t had much background in it and it doesn’t seem real. As a geologist, of course that’s frustrating. The field of geology has such vast explanatory power. There’s really something heady about being able to look out at the landscape and see how things came to be. I sometimes tell students that geology is the etymology of the world and I think most people don’t realize it but would love to have a rational explanation for how the world around them got to be the way it is. Right, but most people don’t think about geology like that. Geology has this PR problem. People think it’s about dusty mineral collection or just oil and glass, but it actually has both the pragmatic and a deep philosophical side. It’s about big existential questions as much as finding resources. The analogy I like to use is that of a palimpsest, a which is a term used in medieval scholarship of a parchment that was written on and scraped on so it could be reused and reinked. But usually there’s some vestige of the earlier writing that persists underneath the most recent one. That’s the metaphor for the way we see landscapes. They’re a work in progress partially erased many times over. As geologists, you start learning how to read those vestiges of earlier inking and reconstruct past cycles of past landscape development. Everything in the natural world has a backstory and is the product of evolution over long periods of time. Once you get in that habit, it’s like a window goes up. You realize how ephemeral any particular iteration of the Earth’s surface really is. We urgently need people to see that we are embedded in geologic time. There isn’t a geologic past and the future. We are on a continuum and processes that have been going on on Earth for millennia and longer are going to continue and our activities feed into those in ways that are sometimes surprising to us but shouldn’t be if we have a better understanding of the way the Earth has unfolded in the past. Some people might think, who cares, the geologic past doesn’t affect me. Yet it’s created a lot of the environmental problems we face today because people are taken by surprise when the slow, inexorable processes that have always been going on interact with humans have undesirable consequences. What are some of the big questions in geology? The climate system is complicated, certainly, though virtually all geoscientists recognize that what we’re doing to the climate system now is nearly unprecedented. Right now, we’re changing things on this decadal scale and we can’t tell from the geological record whether previous changes happened over decades or centuries or thousands of years. There are fundamental questions about tectonics, especially earthquake recurrence. We can’t predict earthquakes in real time right now, and most geophysicists have reached the conclusion that we probably will never get to that point so the best thing we can do is make people better prepared by building infrastructure and resilient homes. So those are pretty fundamental humanitarian questions. Concretely, what’s a natural process that is useful to talk about in terms of longer timespans? Let’s talk about groundwater. Groundwater systems really are dependent on the geologic substrate. Here in Wisconsin we have two main types of aquifers [underground area saturated with water]. They’re glacier deposits or bedrock. If your well is in those shallow deposits, the rate at which rain comes into the system and flows through the glacial sediments might be on the rate of decades. But if you’re extracting groundwater from bedrock, that might be on the order of a century. So you need to know how fast rates of withdrawal are compared with rates of replenishment. And there can be real exceptions, too, which can cause problems with groundwater contamination. The take-home message is that you need to know the rock and sediment under your feet and transit times related to the properties of the geologic substrate in order to be able to maintain predictably productive water systems. What’s the natural process that takes the longest? If we really zoom out, it’s planetary formation. On Earth, it’s probably the tectonic cycle of supercontinents forming and breaking. That’s on a timescale of maybe 400 or 500 million years. People are probably familiar with Pangea, but that’s just the most recent. We can look back in the deeper past and construct at least two or three super-continents. So what exactly is “timefulness”? What does someone need to know to be considered “timeful”? It’s based on “mindfulness” and I hope it carries the connotation that people should pause and think about time in ways we don’t normally. But I also wanted it to be a deliberate counterpoint to the idea of timelessness, which is sterile. Everything in the natural world has a backstory and is the product of evolution over long periods of time. It’d be good to know the big chapters in Earth’s development, some sense of rates of natural processes, and how they compare to the rates at which humans are changing the geologic realm. Without that understanding, we’d blithely wander into the natural systems and disrupt them quite badly, or cause species to go extinct much faster than they can evolve, some sense of rates. We’re all facing common challenges and doing some estate planning, so to speak, and it seems like there are no grown-ups in the room right now planning ahead. Just some sense of temporal proportion is what I’m calling for.
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  4. Russia Linked to Triton Industrial Control Malware Like so many other internet misdeeds, the notorious Triton malware appears to have originated in Moscow.
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  5. Megyn Kelly apologizes for blackface comments on 'Today': I realize now I was wrong Megyn Kelly is catching heat on social media over comments she made on "Megyn Kelly Today" Tuesday about dressing up in blackface for Halloween.        
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  6. FCC quest to kill net neutrality supported by Texas, Arkansas, and Nebraska Republican AGs help FCC fight lawsuit against Democratic AGs from 22 states.
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  7. Best gifts for her: What to get for the lady in your life Holiday gifting to a special lady usually goes one of two ways:  1.You've been planning gifts all year and cannot handle keeping them a secret. 2. You push off gift shopping until the last minute and end up begging her friends for ideas. If you're in the latter camp, we get it — picking out the perfect gift to encapsulate how much she means to you can be a lot of pressure. Obviously, you know that wowing her is a must — but what's actually romantic is proving that you actually put thought into it. Flowers, chocolate, and blinged-out jewelry are nice, but they tiptoe the generic line and sometimes scream, "I literally did not try at all." Sure, they make great stocking stuffers, but assuming that every woman wants those cliché gifts is a bit archaic, right? Read more...More about Apple, Subscription Services, Shopping Amazon, Shopping Linkshare, and Gift Guide 2018
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  8. Halloween ornaments painted on salvaged lightbulbs David Irvine (AKA gnarledbranch) sent us a selection of photos of his delightful Halloween ornaments painted on salvaged lightbulbs. Read the rest
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  9. Wall St. extends recent fall but ends well off day's lows U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after worries about the earnings outlook added to recent selling pressure, though major indexes ended well off the day's lows as investors snapped up beaten-down shares late in the session.
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  10. Famous racist does everyone a favor and dies Racists, emboldened by the policies of populist far-right leaning governments, seem to be everywhere these days. They're having rallies, breaking up families at borders and beating folks in the streets. Happily, time is a wheel: as our lives our lessened by the emergence of fresh bigoted bullshit, we're also gifted with what I hope is the incredibly painful passing of those who made it their life's work to spew hate and kindle chaos. From The New York Times: Robert Faurisson, a former literature professor turned anti-Semitic propagandist whose denial of the Holocaust earned him multiple prosecutions, died on Sunday at his home in Vichy, France. He was 89. Mr. Faurisson was regarded as a father figure by contemporary French exponents of Holocaust denial, the extremist fringe in a country with a long tradition of anti-Semitism. Contemporary far-right figures like the propagandist Alain Soral and Dieudonné, who calls himself a humorist, have followed in his footsteps, but none have had the long-range tenacity of Mr. Faurisson. At least in death, he might finally be able to contribute to something useful--fertilizing palm trees to provide observant Jews with shelter from the elements during Sukkot, for example. While things feel as permissive as hell here in North America, the French weren't willing to put up with Faurisson's holocaust denying nonsense. According to The New York Times, he became the first person in France to be convicted for saying that the Holocaust, a crime against humanity, never happened. More recently, the prick was fined 10,000 euros by the French courts for "propounding 'negationism'" in interviews published on the internet." Good riddance. Read the rest
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  11. Ex-Cincinnati assistant basketball coach Larry Davis was ousted over airplane assault case Ex-Cincinnati assistant coach Larry Davis was forced out of job over alleged assault on airplane, but school first called his departure a retirement.        
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  12. Implementing micro frontends to overcome technical debt To tackle our technical debt, we restructured our team into "project islands," each working on a different micro frontend to our site.
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  13. Trump: Jamal Khashoggi killing is 'worst' cover-up President Donald Trump is criticizing the Saudi operation that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it one of the "worst in the history of cover-ups." Trump says that he's expecting a full report on the killing soon. (Oct. 23)        
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  14. Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers in the U.S. celebrate Starbucks' first 'Signing Store' Starbucks took a big step toward inclusivity today by opening its first "Signing Store" for Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers in the United States. The new Starbucks opened on Tuesday in Washington D.C., right next to Gallaudet University — the world’s only university designed to educate Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Though the "Signing Store" has the classic Starbucks look and feel, every employee, otherwise known as a partner, at the cafe is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). To prioritize communication even further, Deaf partners wear aprons that display the fingerspelling of "Starbucks," and hearing allies wear "I Sign" pins on theirs.   Read more...More about Starbucks, Social Good, Activism, Deaf, and American Sign Language
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  15. Wealthfront to offer automated financial planning tool for free Wealthfront, one of the largest digital wealth management startups known as "robo-advisors", will offer its automated financial planning tool for free by the end of the year, as it seeks to grow its customer base, it said on Tuesday.
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  16. A viewer’s guide to Yasiel Puig in the 2018 World Series There are better players. There are not more unpredictable players. Baseball is a regional sport now. There are no judgments attached to that statement, and it’s not even remotely controversial. In an era where you can have 95 percent of all recorded media beamed from space directly into your pocket, it’s too much to expect people to follow 30 different teams for 162 games. The World Series is often where fans check back in with the game on a national level. Who are these players? You’ve heard of a lot of them, sure, and you’ve seen a few highlights, but unless your team plays the Red Sox or Dodgers 18 times a year, you don’t know them. Yasiel Puig is a player you’ve heard of. You might have heard a lot about him, even. But if you don’t know him, it’s crucial to your viewing enjoyment to read up on him before the next four, five, six, or seven games. After hitting .148 in last year’s World Series, Puig is likely to be a story for the 2018 World Series. You should get to know Yasiel Puig. For instance, did you know ... Yasiel Puig has bees in his pants I’ve used this description for several years now, and someone once described it as a “turn of phrase” to me. I had to stop them, grab them by the wrist, look them in the eyes, and say, “This is not a turn of phrase. This is a literal fact. Yasiel Puig literally has bees in his pants. A writhing, stinging swarm of bees that ensure he will never be at rest, that he will never know peace. Pray for him. Pray for his merciful release.” This true, literal fact informs many of the sections below this, so before you learn anything else, know that Puig has a living swarm of bees in his pants at all times. They are angry, bitey bees. Yasiel Puig absolutely loves to show off his arm Sometimes this manifests itself in an obvious way, which is Puig throwing a runner out. These are tremendously fun, enjoyable baseball moments. But Puig can’t stop there. My working theory for this video is that Puig definitely knew there were three outs and didn’t care. There will be a pitcher on second — let’s say it’s Rick Porcello after fouling a ball off his foot — and Puig will still fire to third base from 250 feet away. I get it, too. If I could play “Eruption” on a banjo, I would do it all the time. It would be the best party trick I had, so you can’t blame Puig. He’s doing what we would all do if we had that arm. Yasiel Puig hustles This is probably because he wants to humiliate everyone who is not Yasiel Puig, but we’re not here to psychoanalyze him. All you should know is that he hustles. He hustles in the field, constantly making you think he’s going to run right through a wall, like poor Bump Bailey from The Natural. And even if he occasionally hustles his way into silly outs, his brand of base running is tremendous fun. Look at how he dives! He goes into second like he’s screaming obscenities at Newtonian physics while trying to reach Earth’s core. This was in the first inning of a regular-season game, and no one would have blamed him if he just made a wide turn at first, and then moseyed back to first. But the bees in his pants do not allow for any moseying. They are a ruthless taskmaster. Yasiel Puig will also watch his long extra-base-hits Well, maybe some moseying. Bees gotta sleep sometime. That’s a bat-flipped double and probably not the best example, considering that only a second elapses before he realizes it’s not gone. He holds this celebratory pose for a beat longer, but it’s also not the best example because he still stretches it into a stand-up triple: There are other examples out there, but the videos elude me. The point is that Puig isn’t above watching a ball hit a fence, which is almost as entertaining as when he hits a hustle double. Yasiel Puig is the greatest show on earth, according to Yasiel Puig And he’s not wrong! But this is a useful way to think about him when he is doing Extremely Yasiel Puig Things. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images He is not doing this to show up Jeremy Jeffress. He is doing this because it is what the moment demands. He is doing this because Yasiel Puig just did something grandiose, and the only logical reaction is to sell what just happened with the greatest showmanship he can muster. And he can muster quite a lot, what with being the Greatest Show on Earth, and all. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Take the lead image up there. Just a guy lying down, gazing at the stars, which are also a part of the Truman Show-like set that was created for Puig and Puig alone. It’s why he is so quick to jump into a celebratory pose, even while the opposing player is behind him with a “Sir, this is a Wendy’s” look on his face. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images It’s why he’s the king of turning around and making faces while the ball is in play. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images The best part is that all of the pictures in this post? They’re from the last week. I’ll work up a “Best Pictures of Yasiel Puig’s Career” post at one point and dig through the thousands, but for right now, I took a minute or two to find these examples of Puig putting on a show, and they work perfectly. He’s doing this because the world is here to see Yasiel Puig, and he does not want to bore them. He is incapable of boring them. For he is our Greatest Showman. He hustles. He infuriates. He acts like someone convinced the world is desperate for more, more, more Yasiel Puig content and doesn’t want to disappoint his fans. He is pretty sure he’s the only person in this simulation, so he’d might as well live it up. You should watch the World Series for all sorts of reasons, but now that you know a little bit about Puig, make sure to keep an closer eye on him. He usually makes it worthwhile.
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  17. San Francisco spends $3.1m/year on homeless toilets and $65m/year cleaning up poop San Francisco's housing crisis is also (of course) a homelessness crisis, and homelessness crises beget public defecation crises -- and San Francisco has a serious public defecation crisis. Read the rest
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  18. Firefox update adds improved tracking protection Mozilla is trying to do something about that eerie feeling you get when you think of cat food and all of a sudden start seeing targeted ads about cat food -- with the new Firefox update, anti-tracking measures are being implemented that will prevent...
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  19. Happy 17th Birthday to Apple's Original iPod 17 years ago today, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs stood on stage at the Apple Town Hall in Cupertino, California and showed off the very first iPod, a palm-sized device that held an entire music library and helped bring Apple back to profitability. As Jobs introduced the first iPod, he called it a quantum leap forward in technology and outlined its three major breakthrough features: ultra-portability, Apple's legendary ease of use, and auto-sync with iTunes. iPod is an MP3 music player, has CD quality music, and it plays all of the popular formats of open music. The biggest thing about iPod is that it holds a thousand songs. Now this is a quantum leap because for most people, it's their entire music library. This is huge. How many times have you gone on the road with a CD player and said 'Oh God, I didn't bring the CD I wanted to listen to.' To have your whole music library with you at all times is a quantum leap in listening to music. The coolest thing about iPod is that your whole music library fits right in your pocket. Never before possible.The first-generation iPod was advertised as the device that put "1,000 songs in your pocket," with the music stored on its 5GB 1.8-inch hard drive. Priced starting at $399, the first iPod lasted for 10 hours before needing to be recharged. The commercial that was shown during the keynote event where Jobs introduced the iPod Apple's original iPod featured a black and white LCD and Apple's first click wheel, a simple, intuitive mechanical scrolling interface designed to let users quickly scroll through long lists of music. The click wheel, which became an iconic feature of Apple's iPod lineup, included easy access buttons for playing, pausing, rewinding, and fast forwarding through music content. A later version of the iPod classic Following the launch of the first iPod, new versions followed on a yearly basis. Other notable updates included the iPod Photo in 2004, which had the first color display; the smaller iPod mini, which also came in 2004; the smaller and more portable iPod nano, introduced in 2005; the tiny iPod shuffle, even smaller than the nano, which came in 2005; the third-generation iPod nano "fatty" with a wider, squatter body, introduced in 2007; and the first iPod touch, also released in 2007. Today, the iPod has been largely replaced with the iPhone, which was first introduced in 2007. Today's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR feature music storage and Apple Music, along with messaging and calling capabilities, a full App Store, and so much more. The iPhone XR comes in multiple colors, much like Apple's iPods did Apple retired the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle in July of 2017, and has slimmed down the iPod lineup to a single iPod -- the iPod touch. Apple has not updated the iPod touch since 2015, and it's likely that at some point, the entire iPod lineup may be put to rest for good. It's not clear when that might happen, and for now, the iPod touch remains available for sale. It can be purchased from Apple for $199 for 32GB of storage or $299 for 128GB of storage. Unfortunately, there have been no rumors of an update, so Apple's future plans for the iPod remain up in the air.Related Roundup: iPod touchBuyer's Guide: iPod Touch (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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  20. Leaked OnePlus 6T specs confirm Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, and dual SIM support We already know quite a bit about the OnePlus 6T. It’s launching on October 29th with an event in New York City that was moved up a day to avoid conflicting with Apple’s iPad Pro event. And the phone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a tiny notch at the top of its bezel-less display. There’s even a leaked image of the front and back of the phone that circulated earlier this month. But we may have just gotten a better picture of the device’s specs, thanks to an accidental leak from German retailer Otto, which posted a listing for the OnePlus 6T that was then spotted by GSMArena. The listing is only for the 128GB variant, which is said to come with 8GB of RAM. But it also clearly listed the device’s 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 2340 x 1080 resolution. It will also come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, dual-SIM capability, a 3,700mAh battery, a USB-C port, 16-megapixel / 20-megapixel rear-facing dual cameras, and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The device will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo from what we can tell. And finally, it looks like this particular model will retail for €580 (about $665 at current currency conversion rates). Although this latest leak means that OnePlus won’t have too many surprises to announce next week, it probably still won’t end up being the most-leaked Android smartphone to launch this year.
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  21. World Series Game 1 results & highlights Kershaw vs. Sale in the opener (8 p.m. ET, FOX) Two of the best left-handed pitchers of their generation face off in a wonderful pitching duel in Game 1 of the World Series, with Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale starting on the mound on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston (8 p.m. ET, FOX). The Boston Red Sox have home field advantage in the Fall Classic thanks to their 108 wins, the highest total in MLB in 17 years. Their ace Sale was a big part of that, posting a career-best 2.11 ERA in his 27 starts, with 237 strikeouts against only 34 walks in 158 innings. Sale last pitched 10 days ago, in Game 1 of the ALCS, after which he was hospitalized for a stomach illness. It pushed back his planned next start to Game 6 against Houston, but the Red Sox were able to close out the Astros in five games. World Series Game 1 TV & streaming info Teams: Dodgers (92-71) vs. Red Sox (108-54) Location: Fenway Park, Boston Time: 8:09 p.m. ET TV: FOX Online: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV Kershaw started last Wednesday in Game 5 of the NLCS for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but pitched even more recently than that, tossing a scoreless inning to close out the Brewers in Game 7 on Saturday in Milwaukee. That technically puts Kershaw on two days rest for his Game 1 start in Boston. “It was somewhat of a normal inning, which was good. I tried to throw as few pitches as possible in the bullpen before,” Kershaw told reporters Monday. “Obviously the intensity is different and things like that, but that’s why I came here yesterday to make sure everything was good, and should be good.” Sale, like Kershaw, also pitched in relief in this postseason, pitching a scoreless eighth inning in Game 4 of the ALDS to help eliminate the rival Yankees. The Dodgers’ ace, who had a 2.73 ERA in his 26 starts with 155 strikeouts and 29 walks in 161 innings, is the first pitcher to start Game 1 of the World Series in consecutive years since Cliff Lee did so in 2009 (Phillies) and 2010 (Rangers). Kershaw and Sale have each been named an All-Star seven times. That makes Tuesday night the first World Series matchup of two starting pitchers with at least 14 All-Star appearances since Game 6 in 1962, between the Yankees’ Whitey Ford and the Giants’ Billy Pierce, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Both teams will use a designated hitter in the games at Fenway Park. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Matt Kemp will start at DH for the Dodgers in Game 1. The veteran outfielder hit .273/.320/.508 against left-handed pitchers in 2018. He has never faced Sale. FOX will televise all seven games of the World Series, with Joe Buck and John Smoltz on the call along with reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. Online streaming is available through Fox Sports Go and fuboTV.
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  22. How to Watch Picture-in-Picture Videos On Chrome 70 Picture-in-picture (PIP) video playback is a user-favorite feature on Android’s Chrome app, and you can now get it on your Chrome desktop browser—as long as you’ve updated to Chrome 70, that is.Read more...
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  23. When Men Mentor Women David Smith, associate professor of sociology at the U.S. Naval War College, and Brad Johnson, professor of psychology at the United States Naval Academy, argue that it is vital for more men to mentor women in the workplace. In the post-#MeToo world, some men have shied away from cross-gender relationships at work. But Smith and Johnson say these relationships offer big gains to mentees, mentors, and organizations. They offer their advice on how men can be thoughtful allies to the women they work with. They are the authors of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. Download this podcast
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  24. Manchester United 0-1 Juventus: Dybala strike seals Champions League win on Ronaldo return Juventus beat Manchester United as Paulo Dybala scores the only goal on Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.
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  25. Die-hard fans ready for World Series in Boston Dozens of fans from around the country gathered outside the world's oldest baseball park to take in the excitement ahead of Game 1 of the World Series featuring the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. (Oct. 23)        
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  26. U.S. DoJ probing AmEx's foreign exchange international payments unit American Express Co has received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice and inquiries from other federal agencies related to its foreign exchange international payments business, the credit card issuer said on Tuesday.
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  27. Italy may kill the EU's copyright filter plans When the EU voted for mandatory copyright censorship of the internet in September, Italy had a different government; the ensuing Italian elections empowered a new government, who oppose the filters. Once states totalling 35% of the EU's population oppose the new Copyright Directive, they can form a "blocking minority" and kill it or cause it to be substantially refactored. With the Italians opposing the Directive because of its draconian new internet rules (rules introduced at the last moment, which have been hugely controversial), the reputed opponents of the Directive have now crossed the 35% threshold, thanks to Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Belgium and Hungary. Unfortunately, the opponents of Article 11 (the "link tax") and Article 13 (the copyright filters) are not united on their opposition -- they have different ideas about what they would like to see done with these provisions. If they pull together, that could be the end of these provisions. If you're a European this form will let you contact your MEP quickly and painlessly and let them know how you feel about the proposals. That’s where matters stand now: a growing set of countries who think copyright filters and link taxes go too far, but no agreement yet on rejecting or fixing them. The trilogues are not a process designed to resolve such large rifts when both the EU states and the parliament are so deeply divided. What happens now depends entirely on how the members states decide to go forward: and how hard they push for real reform of Articles 13 and 11. Read the rest
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  28. Here's what to splurge on if you win the lottery Between the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, there's a combined $2.2 billion up for grabs. If you win, here's some things you must have!        
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  29. Urban Meyer disputes report of friction with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith Ohio State coach Urban Meyer disputed there was friction between him and athletic director Gene Smith. He is more focused on improving the Buckeyes.        
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  30. God of War creators share some of the funniest bugs from development Peeking behind the curtain to see the process of game development is already a rare joy, but it’s even more unusual to see some of the flawed, erroneous moments that had to be polished out of a finished piece of work. Thankfully, Sony Santa Monica, the makers of PS4 hit God of War, have lifted that curtain for us in a newly posted video. “Making a video game is difficult,” reads the YouTube description for the video, which showcases some particularly choice prerelease gameplay bugs. “Making a stable game that both pushes the capabilities of the hardware and creates a super immersive, no-camera-cut, epically-sized AAA gaming experience like the one seen in the new God of War, is vastly more difficult. This massive task, involving hundreds of people developing and implementing content simultaneously, which can often have a tendency to break things, definitely added to the challenge.” Some of the glitches are the sorts of things you’d expect: hovering models, limbs going places where they shouldn’t, repeating lines. Others, though, like Atreus’ warping face and Kratos’ endless punches, make this highlight reel a hilarious viewing experience. More developers should share content like this — it makes it clear just how much work and struggle goes into these games, and how easily they could go terribly wrong.
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  31. Transdev ordered to stop using self-driving shuttles as school buses The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has intervened and shut down operations of Transdev's autonomous school bus project in Florida, calling the project "unlawful." The post Transdev ordered to stop using self-driving shuttles as school buses appeared first on Digital Trends.
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  32. SoundCloud users can now share song links to Instagram Stories SoundCloud users will no longer have to settle for screenshots when they want to share music on Instagram, as the company announced today that tracks can now be shared to Instagram Stories directly from the SoundCloud app. Instagram announced at F8 t...
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  33. Ebola outbreak in Congo: things are getting worse The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has proven a sumbitch to contain. Since this latest "oh shit" moment in the history of this infectious outbreak started on August 1st, the brave healthcare professionals and epidemiologists throwing their shoulders into the problem have reported 200 total cases of the disease, 117 confirmed Ebola-related deaths and 35 deaths that are probably related to the illness. This latest outbreak, the 10th to have cropped up in Congo since 1976, is proving more difficult, logistically, than past outbreaks have been. The epicenter of the outbreak is in North Kivu Province: chockablock with danger as government forces, local militias and regional warlords get their violence on. This makes getting folks in the region to the care that they need and, just as vital, containing the disease, far more difficult than it already is. From The New York Times: Congolese rebels have killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack in the center of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congo’s military said Sunday. The violence threatened to again force the suspension of efforts to contain the virus. Congo’s health ministry has reported “numerous aggressions” in the new outbreak against health workers, who have described hearing gunshots daily. Many are operating under the armed escort of United Nations peacekeepers or Congolese security forces, and ending work by sundown to lower the risk of attack. The World Health Organization hasn't classified the outbreak as a world health emergency, yet. Read the rest
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  34. iPhone: The Missing Manual Bought an iPhone XS or XS Max, or just thinking about upgrading? Apple’s latest flagship phone features an improved camera, better battery life, and more. But how do you become a great shooter, master notifications, and optimize the experience? Here's everything you need to know to get the most out of your new smartphone. Related categories: […] The post iPhone: The Missing Manual appeared first on Digital Trends.
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  35. Elon Musk Appears to Be Building Some Sort of Batcave Underneath Los Angeles According to new plans filed with city officials, the Boring Company is building a car elevator inside the garage of a nondescript house near Los Angeles. The steel shaft is designed to lower a vehicle down to a test tunnel that snakes beneath the city of Hawthorne. And as some jokesters have pointed out, the whole…Read more...
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  36. Meet Jelly, the new electric scooter science project run by Ford Jelly is a new electric scooter company preparing to launch at Purdue University in Indiana. Outwardly, it appears very similar to other scooter startups that have quickly spread across the country in the last 12 months. Except for one key difference: Jelly is apparently a subsidiary of Ford, one of the largest automakers in the world. Ford wanted to stay anonymous at first Of course, you wouldn’t know that by going to Jelly’s website, because there’s nothing there except the words “Coming Soon!” set against a purple background. Nor would you know it to read Purdue University’s announcement, which describes Jelly as “a campus-wide research project on best practices for using e-scooters,” but makes no mention of Ford. Purdue’s eagle-eyed... Continue reading…
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  37. Firefox 63 released with Enhanced Tracking Protection to block third-party cookies Mozilla has released Firefox 63, which introduces Enhanced Tracking Protection, a feature that blocks third-party trackers to increase your privacy online. Mozilla has been focused on data and privacy in recent months, announcing upcoming features like having Firefox block ad-tracking software by default and partnering with ProtonVPN to sell subscriptions to a small group of Firefox users. For now, Firefox 63 has Enhanced Tracking Protection off by default, but it gives users the option to block third-party tracking cookies or block all trackers. Users can also create exceptions for sites they trust, in case they break due to having trackers blocked. In a detailed blog post discussing this feature, the company explains finding the right trade-offs between having stronger privacy protections and inadvertently hurting small websites that use third-party tools. Apple’s Safari was the first browser to block third-party cookies by default, and the company also introduced an Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in 2017 that reduced apps’ abilities to track users across websites. Mozilla Today’s Firefox update also includes an update to the New Tab page, which pins users’ top sites. Additionally, Siri Shortcuts is now available for Firefox on iOS, which lets users open a new tab via voice commands. Finally, the new browser will now adapt to match the dark or light theme you’re using in your Windows settings. You can download the latest version here.
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  38. Chris McCain Reaches Plea Deal After Allegedly Grabbing, Spitting on Woman Former NFL linebacker Chris McCain pleaded no contest to two counts of battery Tuesday, according to TMZ Sports . The misdemeanor charges stem from a January incident where he allegedly spit on a woman and forcibly grabbed her by the neck...
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  39. Facebook begins roll out of new supposedly 'simplified' Messenger Seven of 10 people surveyed say their No.1 priority for a messaging app is “simplicity.”  So Facebook Messenger tabs drop from nine to three.        
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  40. Target expands delivery, pickup options ahead of U.S. holiday season Target Corp, aiming to one-up retail rivals during the upcoming U.S. holiday shopping season, said on Tuesday it was adding more delivery and pickup options for online shoppers to have items shipped to their homes or ready for quick pick-up at a local store.
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  41. Trump on of Saudi handling of Khashoggi death: ‘Worst cover-up ever’ Trump blasted Saudi Arabia for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but said he did not want to end arms sales to the Middle East ally.        
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  42. Bolton: Russia hurt itself meddling in US vote National Security Adviser John Bolton says he told Russian officials that meddling in American elections is hurting Moscow's interests (Oct. 23)        
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  43. Apple reportedly planning global rollout for its streaming TV service next year Apple’s streaming television service, which is said to resemble Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, will launch in the first half of next year, according to a report today from The Information. The service, which may exist as a standalone app or within the existing TV app, will launch in the US first and become available in more than 100 countries after a few months of availability, the report says. It will feature a mix of original programming, access to third-party services, and the ability to subscribe directly to channel packages offered by network and cable providers, similar to Amazon’s Channels feature. For years, Apple has been trying to crack streaming like it did digital media and smartphone apps. But due to complex licensing deals and media conglomerates’ tight control on pricing and bundling, the iPhone maker has been less successful than competitors like Amazon and Netflix, both of which have built strong ecosystems mixing licensed content and original programming. And although Apple has sold its own set-top box since 2006, the device has largely remained a conduit for other companies’ media, and it lags behind Amazon and Roku hardware in market share. Apple lags far behind Amazon and Netflix in the streaming market Apple appears ready to try and change that with the launch of its official streaming TV service, which will live on iOS devices and as the home interface of its Apple TV line, reports The Information. One snag is that Apple doesn’t appear willing to let the software exist outside its own hardware, which may limit its ability to expand. Both Amazon, through its Prime Video app, and Netflix exist as mobile apps, built-in native smart TV apps, and streaming set-top box apps. In the case of Amazon, which produces the Fire TV line, its software is the entire home interface on its devices. That means consumers have numerous access points to Prime Video and Netflix, while Apple will necessarily limit its own service’s reach. Still, this mirrors Apple’s approach to many of its other hardware and software products, and it could prove to be irrelevant if the company can sign millions of iOS and Apple TV users up for the service. The obvious solution there is original programming, which Apple has reportedly set aside $1 billion for in 2018 alone. So far, Apple has put its original shows, like Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, on Apple Music. But this new service would be home to a dizzying number of in-the-works projects that have been confirmed in the last couple of years. As my colleague Andrew Liptak put it, there’s a lot Apple is working on: So far, Apple has signed a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to develop new shows, ordered a pair of children’s shows from the creators of Sesame Street, a reboot of the science fiction anthology show Amazing Stories, a Hunger Games-style dystopian show called See, a series from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, a thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan, a space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore, a drama about a morning show starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s classic science fiction novel Foundation. There are also reports that it’s working to acquire the rights for an animated film. We have no idea if this programming will be any good. Considering it took years for Amazon and Netflix to find their footing in Hollywood and start turning out Emmy- and Oscar-winning projects, it could be a while before Apple attracts the same level of talent and creates a production environment where high-quality television and film can succeed. But Apple clearly has the money to spend and the desire to compete. Fifteen years ago, iTunes dominated the digital media landscape as the place where you went to browse, purchase, and play music, TV, and movies on your computer and MP3 player. Despite the dominant position of the iPhone in the age of the smartphone, Apple missed the boat on streaming video and is still playing catch-up with Spotify on streaming music. With the launch of a successful TV service, however, the company could start making up for lost time.
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  44. World Series 2018: Odds and Prop Bets Info for Dodgers vs. Red Sox Game 1 The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are both sending sending their ace left-handed pitchers to the mound in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night, and that could give the ...
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  45. Wall St. ends down while oil tumbles on demand worries Wall Street indexes fell in Tuesday's volatile session though they had pared losses sharply by the closing bell as investors looked for bargains, but oil dropped sharply on demand worries.
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  46. Amazon is actively pitching face-recognition to ICE Despite an uprising of Amazon employees over the use of the company's AI facial recognition program ("Rekognition") in law enforcement, the company is actively courting US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the hopes that it will use the wildly inaccurate technology. Thanks to work by McKinsney, ICE and Amazon's sales team met over the summer to discuss how Amazon's facial recognition could help the agency, which has cemented its reputation for performative xenophobic cruelty with a program of stealing babies from immigrant parents, dooming thousands of babies and children to never see their parents again. ICE could use facial recognition as part of its illegal surveillance of medical facilities and houses of worship. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently described his pro-immigration views ("I’d let them in if it was me, I like ‘em, I want all of them in"). In an email to ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office dated June 15, 2018, an Amazon “sales principal” described the meeting and spelled out follow-up “action items.” One was setting up a tech briefing for ICE officials about tools including the tagging and analysis capabilities of Amazon’s real-time facial matching system, dubbed “Rekognition.” “Thanks again for your interest in AWS [Amazon Web Service] to support ICE and the HSI mission,” the Amazon salesperson wrote. The email lists “actions items from our conversation,” starting with an “Innovation Workshop focused on a big HSI problem,” but does not describe the problem. Regarding that problem, the Amazon employee wrote, “I would be happy to arrange for a 1 day workshop. Read the rest
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  47. Trump Says Saudi Account of Khashoggi Killing Is ‘Worst Cover-Up’ in History Mr. Trump said he would reserve final judgment on who was responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s killing until American officials returned from Turkey in the next couple of days.
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  48. 17 retailers with the best return policies Not sure you'll love something? It won't be an issue with these shops.        
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