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Asia stocks sag as Fed tempers Wall Street rally, dollar firm

Asian stocks dipped on Friday as Wall Street took a breather after the Federal Reserve kept intact its plans to continue raising interest rates at a gradual pace, with a fourth hike for this year expected next month.
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Nissan to cut global production by 15 percent: Nikkei
Nissan Motor Co Ltd will cut global production by about 15 percent for the fiscal year ending March 2020 as the company shifts away from the aggressive expansion campaign promoted by former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Friday.
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Earnings deluge could make or break sentiment
Next week will go a long way in determining whether investors should be concerned about the dawning of an earnings recession or whether back-to-back quarters of negative growth can be avoided in what is the heaviest week for profit reporting by U.S. companies.
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BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down after nearly 14 years (unless you pay)
Before there was WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or WeChat, there was BlackBerry Messenger. Launched in August of 2005, BBM was the first popular mobile chat to pull people away from text messages or desktop clients.  Nearly 14 years later, the service will meet its end – unless you pay up. Since 2016, BBM has been managed by Emtek, which today announced the service would be shuttering on May 31 – at least the consumer version most people use. You can download the enterprise version of the app in the Play Store – and Apple’s App Store soon – but it’ll cost you… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Blackberry
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A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Chaos
At one juncture after another, the Mueller report describes how Mr. Trump made his troubles worse, giving into anger and grievance and lashing out in ways that turned advisers into witnesses against him.
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James W. McCord Jr., Who Led the Watergate Break-In, Is Dead at 93
He was the first to expose the White House crimes and cover-ups that led to President Nixon’s downfall. His death, almost two years ago, went unreported.
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Red Sox place Pedroia on injured list with knee irritation
The Boston Red Sox have placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation. The 35-year-old Pedroia started the season on the injured list with inflammation in his left knee        
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Teen YouTubers fake a pregnancy and then offer a very lame apology — and bad sex ed advice
Two teenage YouTubers were the subject of concern this week after they announced they were expecting a baby and had gotten "married" in Las Vegas. After dragging their followers through a four-part, monetized series, they revealed that it was just a "prank" and issued a very YouTuber non-apology for coming off as insensitive.   Danielle Cohn, who goes by Dani, is 15 years old. Her boyfriend and fellow influencer, Mikey Tua, is 16. After dropping cryptic hints throughout the weekend, Mikey posted a hidden camera video of the couple telling their families that Dani was pregnant.  They raised eyebrows when the two posted a later video of their "wedding" in Las Vegas — which Dani's mother clarified in a statement to BuzzFeed as only the two making a "promise" since Dani is too young to be legally married, even with parental consent. In the third installment, they visited a questionable doctor's office for an "ultrasound" to find out the sex of the hypothetical baby and listen to Mikey's father lecture them on responsibilities.  Read more...More about Influencers, Culture, and Web Culture
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Michael Avenatti met R. Kelly prosecutor Kim Foxx at O'Hare: Report
Texts suggest prosecutor worked closely with Michael Avenatti before bringing sexual abuse charges against R. Kelly, including meeting at O'Hare Airport.        
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Yanks stop using Smith recording while investigating racism
The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of 'God Bless America' during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer        
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Original 'Burnout Paradise' servers shut down August 1st
All good things must come to an end, and that includes multiplayer support for the original Burnout Paradise. Emails sent to players and a tweet from Criterion confirm that the game's servers -- which have been in operation since it launched in 2008...
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Amazon drops a killer Instant Pot deal with prices under $60
Instant Pots are the popular kitchen device known for making cooking easier and faster. Thinking of finally getting yourself one? Amazon dropped the price of the Instant Pot Duo Mini. Prepare delicious meals this Easter Sunday with this great innovative kitchen tool. The post Amazon drops a killer Instant Pot deal with prices under $60 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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National Enquirer to be sold to owner of magazine distributor
American Media Inc (AMI) said on Thursday it was selling its National Enquirer tabloid to James Cohen, whose family owns a magazine distributor and used to own the Hudson chain of airport newsstands.
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Uber lands $1 billion from SoftBank, Toyota for self-driving unit
Uber's autonomous vehicle unit has raised $1 billion from a consortium of investors including SoftBank Group Corp, giving the company a much-needed funding boost for its pricey self-driving ambitions on the eve of its public stock offering.
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Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower
Nikola Motor is taking reservations for the NZT, a high-performance, all-electric off-highway vehicle (OHV). The $80K NZT has 590 horsepower, 775 foot-pounds of torque, and reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds. The post Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Major League Soccer announces it will expand to at least 30 teams
Major League Soccer has added six teams over five years, will add three more in the next two seasons, and now plans to get to 30 teams.        
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Elon Musk has some advice about charging your Tesla battery
Elon Musk has explained to Tesla owners why they shouldn't charge their Tesla batteries to 100% even if they are concerned about range. Read more...More about Tech, Technology, Cars, Transportation, and Mashable Video
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The Game of Thrones queens’ advisors argue it out in the first morning show in Westeros — Good Day Westeros
Bob and Proma discuss who is "rightful heir" to the throne with Grey Worm, Lord Qyburn and Lady Mormont. Read more...More about Funny, Game Of Thrones, Mashable Video, Comedy, and Arts Culture And Entertainment
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Amazon Now Offering Free Ad-Supported Music to Alexa Users in the United States
Earlier this week, rumors suggested Amazon would launch a free, ad-supported music service, and today, Amazon indeed announced the debut of a free music option for Amazon Alexa users. Alexa device owners in the United States who do not have a Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited are now able to listen to an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations at no cost with Amazon Music on the Amazon Echo and other compatible Alexa-enabled devices. The new ad-supported service adds more utility for Alexa users who do not otherwise have access to a music subscription service. Alexa users can ask Alexa to play stations based on songs, artists, eras, or genres, and can also ask to hear Amazon Music's top global playlists. Amazon's free music offering is available alongside its Prime music service, which provides access to more than two million songs, and Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon's on-demand music service priced starting at $9.99 per month ($7.99 for Prime members). Amazon Music Unlimited allows users to access more than 50 million songs. Given the limitations of Amazon's new free ad-supported service for Alexa users, it does not appear that it will turn Amazon into a major Spotify competitor. Spotify has its own free ad-supported service and is one of the few music services to offer such an option.This article, "Amazon Now Offering Free Ad-Supported Music to Alexa Users in the United States" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Nelly Korda leads in Hawaii halfway through 2nd round
Nelly Korda birdied four of her final five holes to take a two-shot lead over defending champion Brooke Henderson midway through the second round of the Lotte Championship        
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From Trump Tower to WikiLeaks, the Mueller report offers window into Trump campaign, presidency
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report gives a behind-the-scenes account of some of the notable events of Donald Trump's campaign and presidency.        
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QB Baldwin signals intent to transfer from Ohio State
Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin has signaled his intention to transfer        
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Senior Democrat Steny Hoyer: Impeachment of Donald Trump 'not worthwhile' at this point
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called impeachment proceedings against President Trump "not worthwhile," despite details in the special counsel report that Democrats called damning.        
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Mastodon bones from the Ice Age discovered on farm in Southern Indiana
Crews working on a sewer project discovered mastodon bones behind a family farm in Seymour, Indiana.        
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EXCLUSIVE: Coachella portrait photographer shares stories behind rare festival images
Photographer Andrew Haagen has shot Coachella performers and famous guests since 1999. Now he's revealing 20 years of music history.        
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BlackBerry Messenger Shutting Down at the End of May
BlackBerry Messenger, aka BBM, is set to shut down on May 31, 2019, BlackBerry announced today. Prior to when the iPhone launched and for several years afterwards, BBM was a key communication method on BlackBerry phones. As BlackBerry devices fell out of favor, BlackBerry aimed to keep BBM alive with an iOS app that's been available since 2013, but with Messages, WhatsApp, WeChat, and other messaging apps, it's been tough for BBM to compete. BlackBerry tried to revamp BBM three years ago as a cross-platform messaging service for chatting, watching content, and using payment services, but it didn't work out.We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date. The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on. Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.BBM users who don't want the service to end can download BBMe through the Google Play store, as the enterprise version of the app is still available. There is no version for iOS, but CNET says an iOS app is in the works.Tag: BlackBerryThis article, "BlackBerry Messenger Shutting Down at the End of May" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Rare Kakapo parrot produces strong breeding season, scientists say
The kakapo, a rare parrot that resides in New Zealand, has reportedly had quite a few babies as of late, marking an impressive mating season.
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MLS announces plans to expand to 30 teams
Major League Soccer will expand to 30 total teams in the upcoming years        
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We made Doc Ock look real — here’s how
We’ve been waiting for studios to realize that digital humans are achievable now. The pipeline and technology are already in place.
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Lions may look to bolster pass-catching options in draft
The Detroit Lions look as if they need help at tight end and wide receiver during the draft after largely ignoring both positions in recent years        
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Judge scales back Harvey Weinstein civil suit, allows sex-traffic claim
A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday.        
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NFL scheduling executive would 'love a re-do' after Raiders, Buccaneers saddled with tough 2019 slates
The Buccaneers and Raiders both face six-week stretches in which they play on the road four times and lack a true home game.        
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From 4-1 down to Europa League semi-final - Frankfurt advance after thrilling tie
Eintracht Frankfurt, who trailed 4-1 in the first leg, defeat Benfica on away goals to set up a Europa League semi-final with Chelsea.
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Legal analyst: President Trump not in the clear
The Mueller report does not exonerate President Donald Trump, it simply brings us to the starting line and leaves us there, says professor Juliet Sorensen of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law. (April 18)        
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With O-line still in flux, Vikings have clear need in draft
With offensive line still in flux, Vikings have clear need to address yet again in NFL draft        
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Seattle NHL arena not expected to open until middle of 2021
The arena for Seattle's new NHL franchise won't be completed until late spring or summer of 2021 but that shouldn't have any impact on the expansion team's first season        
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Why the hell is The Daily Caller 'fact-checking' for Facebook?
Nothing goes together like "fact checking" and "Tucker Carlson," right? Facebook has a new fact-checking partner, Axios first reported Thursday: CheckYourFact.com, the fact-checking arm of The Daily Caller, a right-wing website founded by conspiracy theorist peddler Tucker Carlson. SEE ALSO: Twitter wants advertisers to ditch Tucker Carlson after his latest xenophobic remarks CheckYourFact.com describes itself as "editorially independent" from The Daily Caller. Its funding comes from The Daily Caller's operating budget, ad revenue, and from a grant that's ultimately funded by conservative political groups, according to Media Matters, a watchdog organization of conservative media.  Read more...More about Facebook, Fake News, Fact Check, Tucker Carlson, and Tech
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Instagram Could Hide the Like Count on Photos
Instagram has considered hiding the like count on images uploaded to the social network, which would prevent people from seeing how many people have tapped the "heart" icon on each photo. The feature was found by Jane Manchun Wong, who often hunts down features in testing in Instagram and Twitter. As depicted in an image shown by Wong, the like count on a photo is hidden by default and visible only by the person who posted the photo. "We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of likes it gets," reads the description of the feature. In a statement to The Verge, however, Instagram says that the feature is not being tested at the current time: "We're not testing this at the moment, but exploring ways to reduce pressure on Instagram is something we're always thinking about. Hiding likes would fundamentally change the way Instagram works, as liking photos and garnering likes is one of the platform's main features.Tag: InstagramThis article, "Instagram Could Hide the Like Count on Photos" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Netflix, Which Made ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ in Brooklyn, Plans to Expand There
The streaming company said it would set up six soundstages in Brooklyn, adding to New York City’s growing role in the film industry.
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Rangers option lefty Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville
Rangers option lefty Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville after his second stint in majors this season        
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PFA Player of the Year - Virgil van Dijk or Raheem Sterling? BBC pundits' verdict
With the PFA Player of the Year award shortlist to be announced on Saturday's Football Focus, 21 BBC pundits reveal who they think should land the prize.
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Tesla and Elon Musk Are Given Week to Reach Accord With S.E.C.
The adversaries told a judge they were working to resolve a dispute over Mr. Musk’s statements on financial prospects. Regulators had sought a contempt citation.
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'Mueller report absolutely does not clear the president': Opinionline
Opinion writers from around the country react to the Mueller report         
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In Divided Washington, Relief and Disappointment at Mueller’s Report
The stoic feelings of progressive Washington were similarly subdued in the city’s more conservative corners.
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Joel Embiid Will Not Play in Game 3 vs. Nets Because of Knee Injury
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss Thursday's NBA playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a lingering knee injury, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin . " It's tough...
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Police Officer Is Shot in Gunfight in Manhattan
The officer was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm and abdomen, and was expected to survive.
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Schiff: Facts in Mueller report are 'damning'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says Attorney General William Barr did a "grave disservice" to the country by misrepresenting significant parts of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. (April 18)        
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Former Xavier guard Keonte Kennedy signs with TCU
Former Xavier guard Kennedy, prep school forward Pearson sign with TCU        
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It’s Not the Collusion, It’s the Corruption
What the Mueller report says about our world.
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