unread news (Demo user)
unread news (Demo user)
Climate advocates share 3 things you can do to help the Earth
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg says we need a "system change" – but there's still lots you can do to help
6 m
CBS News - Breaking News, U.S., World, Business, Entertainment & Video
AT&T tells court: Customers can’t sue over sale of phone location data
AT&T files motion to compel arbitration in case over sale of phone location data.
9 m
Ars Technica
Walmart decides to puff puff pass on e-cigarettes: report
Walmart plans to stop selling e-cigarettes in the wake of the recent controversy over how safe the alternative smoking devices are, according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products,” the company...
New York Post
Former 'House Hunters' host Suzanne Whang dead at 56
Her film credits include "General Hospital," "Dexter" and "The Mick."
ABC News: Top Stories
FBI Served Secret Subpoenas to a Video Game Developer, Antivirus Maker, and More
The names of more than 120 companies secretly served FBI subpoenas for their customers’ personal data were revealed on Friday, including a slew of U.S. banks, cellphone providers, and a leading antivirus software maker.Read more...
Gizmodo - We come from the future.
Wall Street drops after China cancels visit to Montana farmland
Wall Street dropped on Friday after a Chinese agriculture delegation canceled a planned visit to Montana next week, dampening optimism about U.S.-China trade talks.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
Hopes for trade breakthrough fade as China cancels U.S. farm visits
A U.S.-China trade deal appeared elusive on Friday after Chinese officials unexpectedly canceled a visit to farms in Montana and Nebraska amid two days of ongoing talks in Washington.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
Hillary Clinton: Trump 'asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again'
Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump on Friday after his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani admitted to asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently the Democratic front-runner to challenge Trump in next year's presidential election.
Gardner Minshew once tried to break his own hand with a hammer
The legend of Gardner Minshew grows. Jacksonville’s folk hero quarterback might have won a lot of Jaguars fans over Thursday night after notching his first career NFL victory against the Tennessee Titans, but he’s been winning over the internet for two weeks. Since he was thrust into action after Nick Foles broke his collarbone in...
New York Post
U.S. signs asylum deal with El Salvador despite violence
El Salvador has consistently topped the list of countries with the highest homicide rates that are not in open war
CBS News - Breaking News, U.S., World, Business, Entertainment & Video
Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argos: CFL prediction, analysis
Calgary’s performance wasn’t pretty Saturday, but it was effective as the Stampeders overcame a slow start in a 19-18 comeback win against Hamilton. Calgary trailed 14-3 at halftime, but outscored Hamilton 16-4 the rest of the way. QB Bo Levi Mitchell was off target in the first half, but found his usual form while the...
New York Post
Serial bank robber mistakenly freed from MCC sent back to prison
A serial bank robber who was mistakenly released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in August because of a bureaucratic snafu — just days before convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in his cell at the same jail — is going back to prison for a lengthy stay. A federal judge on Friday sentenced...
New York Post
YouTube CEO apologizes over verification removal for creators
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has just apologized to the creator community over the company’s decision to revoke verification statuses, leaving many creators without the important badge. “I’m sorry for the frustration [and] hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification,” Wojcicki said on Twitter. “While trying to make improvements, we missed the mark. As I write this, we’re working to address your concerns [and] we’ll have more updates soon.” YouTube announced changes to its verification policy yesterday, which resulted in a number of popular creators receiving emails alerting them about losing their verified status. Creators have time to appeal the decision before the policy goes into effect at the end of October. The new policy is supposed to ensure that verification is given to creators, brands, and artists who are prominent both on YouTube and outside of it, and who are at risk of impersonation. “I’m sorry for the frustration [and] hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification.” YouTube’s new verification policy is more in line with how companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter approach handing out a checkmark. The company wants to ensure that if people are looking for a specific account, like cooking magazine Bon Appetit’s popular YouTube channel, they’ll be able to find it. The result, however, is that if another popular YouTube account is going by Bon Appetit, they’ll lose their verification status, according to YouTube. The company knew that removing verification statuses would upset creators, but felt it was a necessary step to battle impersonation of top accounts. That’s why certain steps are being taken to help creators who were told they’re losing verified statuses, but who want to contest it. YouTube is going to try to manually review every single appeal that comes from creators before the verification policies change in late October, according to the company. It’s unclear what the changes Wojcicki alludes to in her tweet are, but The Verge has reached out for more information.
The Verge
Porsche welcomes challenge from Tesla as it adapts to the EV world
Recently, the high-end EV world has become a Nurburgring arms race with Porsche and Tesla vying for the best lap at the famed circuit. The Taycan set a record and Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided that the Model S would best it. From early reports, the Fre...
Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features
Amazon introduces mobile game benefits for Prime members with PUGB Mobile deal
Amazon introduces mobile game benefits for Prime members, starting with a PUGB Mobile deal in a partnership with Tencent.
VentureBeat | Tech News That Matters
Sick! festival review – a funny, heartfelt poke at the biggest taboos
Various venues, ManchesterFrom dance to comedy to video, this series of events confronts illness, grief and death with uplifting candourThe title of Candoco Dance Company’s show, Let’s Talk About Dis, might as well be the strapline for Manchester’s Sick! festival. The three-week series of events themed around mental and physical health frames itself as a public conversation. It’s an opportunity, through art, to talk about illness, disability and death – things that usually languish in agonised or embarrassed silence.Candoco want to talk about what it is to be a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. What does it mean when we’re invited to look at this range of different bodies on stage, and how can we discuss that? Made with Hetain Patel in 2014 and reiterated with different groups of dancers, Let’s Talk About Dis plays humorously with candour, awkwardness and polite concealment. In a short series of sketches, the show scratches away at assumptions and identity, while the performers confound typical expectations of what dancing bodies can or should do. A wheelchair gracefully spins, pivots and tilts; a pair of crutches become surprisingly agile extra limbs. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Make a Better Screwdriver With Curaçao
The screwdriver is not a bad drink, but it’s not a great drink. The combination of orange juice and vodka isn’t hard to swallow, but I’ve never been like “You know what I really crave right now? A freakin’ screwdriver.”Read more...
‘Friends’ creators admit they have no clue what Phoebe Buffay’s sandwich note said
An age-old mystery will have to continue for fans of “Friends.”
Rory McIlroy breathes sigh of relief after making BMW PGA Championship cut
• McIlroy seals weekend spot with nerveless putt on 18th• Willett and Rahm lead the way on 11 under parIt was always likely to come down to this. Rory McIlroy’s playing of the final two holes of the Wentworth west course in three over par on Thursday left him embroiled in a second day battle just to make the BMW PGA Championship cut. McIlroy duly reached the 17th tee needing to play the last two holes of his second round in level to take his place in Saturday’s draw. A chip in from behind the 16th green meant McIlroy just needed two, error-free holes; five-five would suffice.The four-times major winner delivered a straightforward par on 17 before carving an approach to the last right. A chip from a treacherous position left McIlroy with two putts from 40ft to make the cut. He left the first 6ft short, proving how a sense of drama is never far from this golfer’s scene. McIlroy converted confidently from there; his 69 and one over par aggregate means 36 more holes. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Bill Belichick walks out of a news conference after numerous Antonio Brown questions
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick continues to receive — and refuse to answer — questions about wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Fall equinox 2019: When is the first day of fall?
There’s a debate that erupts around this time each September — and it’s not about where to sip the best apple cider or peep the finest fall foliage. It’s over the exact start date of the fall equinox, which marks the beginning of autumn. Folks tend to argue over whether the crisp season opens every...
New York Post
'Save our planet!': Young activists lead global protests over climate change
By Gabriella Borter, Fabrizio Bensch and Patpicha Tanakasempipat
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
1-pound baby home after 113 days in NICU
"Fighting Finn" Hill was born 15 weeks early and after hitting several miraculous milestones, he's finally home
CBS News - Breaking News, U.S., World, Business, Entertainment & Video
California, other states take Trump to court over auto emissions rules
A group of 23 states on Friday sued to block the Trump administration from undoing California's authority to set strict car pollution rules, one of the biggest U.S. battles over climate change.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
At least 4 dead in Utah tour bus crash: Officials
The tour bus crashed near Bryce Canyon on SR-12
ABC News: Top Stories
Meghan Markle sparkles in $13K Valentino gown at Misha Nonoo’s wedding
The Duchess of Sussex looked dazzling at her fashion-designer friend's Rome nuptials.
New York Post
Legendary Troubadour Billy Bragg Believes Accountability Is the Only Antidote for Authoritarianism
Equality and accountability are crucial for a free society.
Slate Articles
Walmart to stop sales of e-cigarettes in U.S. stores: company memo
Walmart Inc told staff on Friday it was discontinuing the sale of e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery products at its U.S. stores.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
'I'm done': Bill Belichick shuts down presser over Antonio Brown questions
Patriots coach cuts presser short amid repeated Brown queriesBrown, 31, was accused of rape in civil lawsuit filed last weekSecond accuser comes forward with sexual misconduct claimsNike has cut ties with Antonio Brown and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is through answering questions about his embattled receiver. Related: Nike ends deal with Antonio Brown amid sexual assault allegations Continue reading...
Walmart says it will stop selling e-cigarettes
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes because of “regulatory complexity and uncertainty” surrounding the products. CNBC reported on an internal company memo about the change, and Walmart confirmed the news in a statement to The Verge. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. locations,” says the statement. “We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory.” Walmart’s decision comes soon after US health officials announced the eighth death due to a mysterious vaping-related lung illness. The first death was reported in August. Since then, several media companies have pulled vaping ads, and policymakers have begun to tighten restrictions in the US and elsewhere. Yesterday, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a bill to ban e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and apply new taxes to the products. Walmart stopped selling fruit-flavored vaping products earlier this year Walmart stopped selling fruit-flavored e-cigarette products earlier this year, and it raised the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21. E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, but dessert-like flavors have been blamed for enticing teenagers into vaping. The lung illness, however, is related to e-cigarettes in general. In fact, it’s not clear precisely what’s causing it. Since the start of this year’s vaping-related deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people “consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products” — although if they used vaping products to quit smoking, they shouldn’t switch back to cigarettes. While the rules around cigarettes are well-established, vaping has occupied a more nebulous position, and it’s not surprising that a company like Walmart could find that disconcerting. Walmart declined to say whether it might restart selling e-cigarettes if new legislation is passed or health inspectors offer more information about the recent illnesses.
The Verge
Elk calf seen chewing on hunter’s bow in amazing up-close video
A fearless elk calf was caught licking a very still Utah hunter’s bow in a video that was shared on social media this week.
U.S. repo rate falls after Fed repo operation
The interest rate on U.S. overnight repurchase agreements slipped on Friday after an operation conducted by the New York Federal Reserve that parked $75 billion in temporary cash in the U.S. banking system.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
Spotty zebra in Kenya Maasai Mara reserve
Meet Tira, a zebra that's been... spotted... in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. She was born with spots instead of stripes.
BBC News - Home
The sheer brutality of Fire Emblem’s time skip
Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games/Nintendo Dimitri, u ok bro??? Continue reading…
NPD: Video game business is still growing despite disruption
The NPD Group is expecting more growth for the gaming business by the end of 2019 even as the industry transitions how people spend money on games.
VentureBeat | Tech News That Matters
Student who killed herself was ‘failed’ by mental health services
19-year-old Ceara Thacker was found hanged in her halls of residence at the University of LiverpoolThe parents of a University of Liverpool student found hanged at her halls of residence have claimed she was “failed” by mental health services. Ceara Thacker, 19, was found dead in her room in the university’s Brownlow Hill accommodation on 11 May last year. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
NYC fall theater preview: Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage, and more
Leaves are changing, I just bought some new boots that don’t really fit, and “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift is blasting from my phone: It’s fall, baby. Autumn also means a bounty of new theatrical productions opening after the typical end-of-summer closings (we hardly knew ye, Be More Chill!). The docket is particularly exciting for 2019; in addition to some jukebox favorites, we’ve got buzzy, challenging new works from brand-new playwrights, TV faves making anticipated returns, and even a, gulp, psychological magic show! Below, 10 NYC-based shows to check out this fall.  Read more... 1. The Great Society (now in previews) More about Theater, Peter Dinklage, Broadway, Tom Hiddleston, and Entertainment
Amnesty accuses Hong Kong police of ‘disturbing pattern’ of abuse, torture
Amnesty International accused Hong Kong police on Friday of torture and other abuses in their handling of more than three months of pro-democracy protests, but the police say they have shown restraint on the street in the face of increased violence.
New York Post
Stocks hit as China cancels U.S. farm visits, yields slip
An index of global stock markets gave up early gains after Chinese agriculture officials who were to visit U.S. farm states next week canceled their trip, dampening optimism on U.S.-China trade talks.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner
NASA takes photo of Earth-sized black ‘spot’ on Jupiter
NASA has captured stunning images of Jupiter pictured with an Earth-sized black spot on its surface. It’s actually an enormous shadow from an eclipse caused by Jupiter’s moon Io passing in front of the sun. The images were taken by NASA’s Juno probe, which has been circling Jupiter since 2016. Juno caught the eclipse on...
New York Post
A Washington Whistle-Blower Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup
Last week, a whistle-blower raised concerns about Trump's phone calls. Also, *Saturday Night Live*'s Shane Gillis saga took over Twitter.
Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps from 400 developers over improper data use
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook today announced that it has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps as part of an ongoing investigation into improper data use on the part of third-party developers. The investigation is part of a broader effort the company embarked on last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, which involved a political consulting firm purchasing data on tens of millions of Facebook users that had been collected, packaged, and sold by the maker of a quiz mobile app. The tech giant has been slow to reveal the scope of its ongoing investigation. In May 2018, the company said 200 apps had been suspended; in August 2018, that number jumped to 400.Now, roughly 12 months later, the company is admitting that it investigated millions of apps and has suspended “tens of thousands.” Facebook says the huge volume of apps are sourced to a small number of developers, just 400 or so. It is unclear how the developers in question could be responsible for so many offending apps and go largely unnoticed until Facebook felt compelled to investigate its platform. If Facebook removed just 10,001 apps from 400 developers, that would mean each developer, on average, had created 25 apps that break Facebook’s rules. (Facebook says some of the apps it suspended were still in testing.) Just 400 developers were responsible for tens of thousands of rule-breaking apps The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a blog post today authored by Facebook vice president of partnerships Ime Archibong, he said Facebook has banned some apps completely. “That can happen for any number of reasons including inappropriately sharing data obtained from us, making data publicly available without protecting people’s identity or something else that was in clear violation of our policies,” Archibong writes. Facebook has also permanently removed access to its platform from some of the offending developers, although it is not specifying how many developers it’s banned. The company has even taken legal action against some app makers. Shortly after the news of Cambridge Analytica first broke, the company sued two Ukrainian men for allegedly accessing user data illegally. Facebook says it has continued to sue developers. including software makers that were using Facebook-linked apps to infect users’ phones with malware. The news comes as the company faces 11 ongoing investigations from the Justice Department, state attorneys general, and the Securities and Exchange Commission on possible antitrust and privacy violations. One of these, a lawsuit brought by the attorney general of the District of Columbia, is a response to the Cambridge Analytica revelations. In July, the Federal Trade Commission announced a $5 billion settlement with Facebook over privacy breaches. It was the largest penalty a tech company had ever had to pay. As part of the settlement, Facebook rolled out new requirements for third-party developers, including a mandatory annual compliance review.
The Verge
iOS 13 ships with known lockscreen bypass flaw that exposes contacts
Vulnerability was demonstrated one week ago, when iOS 13 was still in beta.
Ars Technica
Trump denies Hillary Clinton claim he sought foreign help for 2020 election
Speculation Ukraine was asked for information to damage BidenTrump ‘asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again’Donald Trump on Friday denied an accusation from his political rival Hillary Clinton that he sought help from a foreign government to help his bid for re-election – a potential replay of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.The White House was rocked this week by a whistleblower’s complaint that included a private conversation between the US president and a foreign leader. Some of the allegations appear to centre on Ukraine, according to reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Related: Pelosi: whistleblower complaint raises 'urgent concerns for national security' – live Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Amazon pledges 100 percent renewable energy by 2030
Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels.
New York Post
Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams recording "Schindler's List"
For their new album for Deutsche Grammophon, "Across the Stars," virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and composer John Williams have collaborated on works for violin and orchestra adapted from some of Williams' most acclaimed film scores. "Sunday Morning" was present during the recording session for the theme from "Schindler's List," performed by the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles. Watch Tracy Smith's interviews with Williams and Mutter on "Sunday Morning" September 22.
CBS News - Breaking News, U.S., World, Business, Entertainment & Video
The Trump administration’s anti-trans rhetoric and actions show his campaign pledge to the LGBT community was hollow
Ben Carson's recent comments are a reminder of the Trump's administration track record on LGBT issues.
Try to Hate the iPhone 11 Pro
The iPhone 11 Pro is a beautiful phone. There I said it! The matte glass back is elegant. The OLED display is slightly brighter than I expected, which is clever. The trypophobia-inducing camera bump is sleeker than it looks in photos, and the ability to zoom in and out is pretty cool. The iPhone 11 Pro is a little…Read more...
Gizmodo - We come from the future.