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Kristaps Porzingis realizes Knicks fans are going to boo the hell out of him
Kristaps Porzingis remains unsure exactly what his reception will be Thursday night at the Garden, but he’s certainly gotten a better idea since arriving in New York this week. The former All-Star big man admits he’s gotten a sense on social media not to expect any standing ovations when he returns to his first NBA...
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YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge As of Tuesday afternoon, YouTube is requiring creators to label any videos of theirs that may appeal to children. If they say a video is directed at kids, data collection will be blocked for all viewers, resulting in lower ad revenue and the loss of some of the platform’s most popular features, including comments and end screens. It’s a major change in how YouTube works, and has left some creators clueless as to whether they’re subject to the new rules. Reached by The Verge, Google confirmed that this new system was the result of a landmark $170 million settlement YouTube reached with the Federal Trade Commission in September for allegedly violating children’s privacy. It’s the largest fine ever collected under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which forbids collecting data from children under the age of 13 without explicit consent from their parents. In this case, the ruling means YouTube can’t employ its powerful ad-targeting system on anyone who might be under the age of 13 — a dire problem for a platform with so many young users. “It’s hard to know if we’re in violation or not” The new system is already sending creators reeling over what exactly is considered kids’ content and what could happen if they unintentionally mislabel videos. Some of YouTube’s most popular categories falls into a gray area for the policy, including gaming videos, family vlogging, and toy reviews. “Creators are being held directly responsible by the FTC,“ Dan Eardley, who reviews collectible toys on his channel Pixel Dan, told The Verge on Wednesday. “So if the FTC decides that [we] are indeed targeting children, we’ll be fined. That is frightening.” “It’s especially scary because the verbiage of ‘kid directed’ vs ‘kid attractive’ isn’t very clear,” he continued. “It’s hard to know if we’re in violation or not.” Children’s advocacy groups like Common Sense feel that the rules don’t go far enough, and that placing most of the burden on creators rather than YouTube itself won’t do enough to protect kids online. However, the rules are “entirely consistent with what YouTube is required to do under this settlement order,” Ariel Johnson, Common Sense’s senior counsel of policy and privacy told The Verge. “I felt that the settlement order fell short for kids and families and all the protections that they need.” In theory, YouTube has always been subject to COPPA, but those restrictions have taken on new urgency in the wake of the recent settlement with the FTC. Under the terms of the settlement, YouTube is required to “develop, implement, and maintain a system for Channel Owners to designate whether their Content on the YouTube Service is directed to Children.” Under the system that YouTube rolled out on Tuesday, creators who strictly make children’s content can also have their entire channel designated as directed at children. Once a video is labeled as kids’ content, all personalized ads will be shut off, replaced with “contextualized” advertising based on the video itself. “We’re unable to confirm whether or not your content is Made for Kids. That decision is up to you” Within YouTube, it’s clear that child-directed videos will have fewer advantages on the platform. The most obvious is the removal of targeted ads, but a number of other YouTube features are also impossible without personalized data. In particular, child-directed videos will no longer include a comments section, click-through info cards, end screens, notification functions, and the community tab, all powerful tools for driving viewers back to a channel. The consequences for not labeling a video as “child-directed” could be even more severe. In its September order, the FTC made it clear that it could sue individual channel owners who abuse this new labeling system. Crucially, those lawsuits will fall entirely on channel owners, rather than on YouTube itself. Under the settlement, YouTube’s responsibility is simply to maintain the system and provide ongoing data updates. In a video explaining the changes to creators, YouTube explicitly declined to tell channel owners when to label a video. “Ultimately, we can’t provide legal advice,” it said. “We’re unable to confirm whether or not your content is Made for Kids. That decision is up to you taking into consideration these factors.” YouTube goes on to ask creators to consult with a lawyer if they need help determining whether their content appeals to younger audiences. If the FTC does take action against channel owners, it’s likely to be both selective and heavy-handed. The FTC is a small agency and doesn’t employ nearly enough staffers to tackle every COPPA failure that gets uploaded to YouTube. (Chairman Joe Simons has repeatedly called for more money to address the staff shortage.) With so much content uploaded to YouTube every day, the FTC is likely to focus on high-profile cases against popular channels. Under COPPA, the FTC is entitled to seek $42,000 for each mislabeled video, which means monetary damages could quickly grow to a staggering scale. In its video yesterday, YouTube also pledged to use machine learning and flagging algorithms to locate child-directed videos that may have been mislabeled. As with other moderation systems, creators will be able to appeal those decisions, and it’s too early to tell if these new algorithms will even be effective. If they aren’t, YouTube could stop using them entirely and face no threat from the FTC for doing so, leaving creators solely accountable and open to potentially life-altering fines from the government. “It would certainly be more helpful for protecting children and being something that the FTC could enforce and something that families could rely upon as trustworthy if YouTube was taking a bigger role and helping to identify content” and was more transparent about the consequences and rules with creators, Johnson said.
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California sued again for requiring women on company boards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge. The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by year’s end. By 2021, boards with five members must have two women, while those with...
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The top destinations Americans want to visit on a road trip
Ever felt the sudden urge to get in your car and just drive? You’re not alone – as 64 percent of Americans agree they want to hop in the car with their friends and take a spontaneous road trip, according to new research. The survey asked 2,000 Americans which regions of the United States they...
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S&P wobbles on fresh trade uncertainty; Disney lifts Dow
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock indexes slipped on Wednesday on fresh uncertainty over U.S.-China trade relations, while a jump in Walt Disney shares boosted the Dow.
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George Kent's full opening remarks at impeachment hearing
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testifies in the first public hearing of the House impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
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Deval Patrick Tells Democrats He Will Run in 2020 Presidential Race
Mr. Patrick, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts, called several leading Democrats and allies to say that he would announce a 2020 presidential bid later this week.
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Apple Music Replay highlights your favorite tunes of the year
Apple Music has been around for long enough that you can start reminiscing about years past, and Apple is banking on that nostalgia for its latest addition. It's debuting an Apple Music Replay feature that highlights your favorite tunes not just fro...
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Don't Panic About the 'Black Death Plague'
You may have seen alarming headlines today warning of the “Black Death plague” that’s believed to have infected two people in China. But while there are real reasons for public health officials and residents in that area of the world to be concerned, there’s no reason to fear a deadly pandemic.Read more...
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Top Your Turkey With Fried Sage Leaves for Texture and Flavor
Details are often what make a meal feel special. Little extras, like nice napkins, a crackling sugar crust on your pumpkin pie, or your own personal head of roasted garlic can help the annual meal standout in years to come. Crispy, flash-fried sage leaves can do the same.Read more...
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9 ways people ruined nature in 2019
Gina Ferazzi/ Getty In 2019, there have been some shocking stories of people ruining nature.  This year, landscapes like Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland and Joshua Tree in California have been badly damaged or defaced. Wildlife has also been hurt in 2019. One off-duty police officer reportedly killed a wombat in Australia by hitting it in the head with rocks.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Every year, headlines are filled with stories of people harming the environment around them, and this year was no different.  In 2019, people damaged landscapes in Iceland and national parks in California. They also put wildlife in danger, some even killing whales in the Philippines and wombats in Australia. These are some of the most shocking, heartbreaking incidents of people ruining nature this year.Two people scratched their names into a rhino's back at a French zoo. XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/Getty Images La Palmyre Zoo in western France announced in August that two people scratched their names in the layer of  "dust and dead skin on the back of the rhinoceros" after reaching into the animal's pen. The zoo posted a picture of the animal, who bore the names "Camille" and "Julien" on its back.  The zoo said it was "outraged by the stupidity and disrespect" and went on to say, "Although the vast majority of our visitors show reservations and responsibility, unfortunately, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule." The names were taken off the rhino's back with a brush, and the animal did not appear to be injured.  Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland is slowly being destroyed after being featured in "Game of Thrones." Blue Planet Studio/ Shutterstock In 2019, "Game of Thrones" aired its final episode, and Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland was prominently featured. Justin Bieber even set one of his music videos in the picturesque canyons. These cameos have made this natural wonder a popular travel destination for tourists, and the influx of travelers to the site has badly damaged it, prompting a visitor ban. Even though the ban is meant to deter people from visiting the landscape, people have continued to sneak in overnight, according to the AP, creating further environmental damage to the region.  People etched an eye into the sandstone at the Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Capitol Reef National Park/ Facebook In June, workers at the Capitol Reef National Park in Utah found an eye scratched into the rocks in an area known as the Temple of the Moon. The park said the 2-foot-wide, 17-inch-tall etching is so deep into the rock that it cannot be removed.  "It's just disturbing that people feel like they need to leave a mark on the landscape," Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Sue Fritzke told The Salt Lake Tribune. "It really bothers me." In the US, it's a federal crime to deface anything in a national park. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:50 of the most beautiful photos taken in 2019Tourist attractions that became obsolete in 2019I traveled to downtown Waco, Texas, a 'Fixer Upper' fairytale land bursting with rustic charm and tourists shopping for home goods
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Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer wants confession thrown out, claims he wasn't read rights
New, gruesome details emerged in court during a pre-trial hearing in the case of murdered 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts.
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After Republican attacks, Ilhan Omar has been proven right: Stephen Miller is a white nationalist
Leaked emails show the Trump aide promoting white nationalist websites and touting Calvin Coolidge’s segregation-era policiesWhen the congresswoman Ilhan Omar called Donald Trump’s top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, a white nationalist in April, the chorus of outrage from Republicans could not have been louder.Donald Trump Jr tweeted: “I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a ‘white nationalist’ because she apparently has no shame.” Continue reading...
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Rep. Andy Biggs: Trump impeachment hearings prove that 'whistleblower' must appear and testify
The latest attempt to remove President Trump from office by Democrats rests upon the anonymous complaint of an unidentified government employee.
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'You're their star witness': Quotes from the Trump impeachment hearing
Below are quotations from the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing on Wednesday into allegations about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
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Aamir Griffin shooting: NYPD offers reward for help in finding who killed Queens teenager
Police are now offering a $10,000 reward for help bringing innocent teen Aamir Griffin’s killers to justice. The 14-year-old, known as “Buddy,” was shot and killed by a stray bullet  while shooting hoops on a basketball court at Baisley Park Houses in South Jamaica shortly after 8 p.m on October 26. His death sent a...
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How to activate an Apple Watch and set it up for use, with your iPhone nearby
ChinaFotoPress/Getty You'll need to activate an Apple Watch if it's your first time using it.  To activate an Apple Watch, bring it near your iPhone — which needs to be connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — and follow the instructions on your iPhone.  If you have an Apple Watch model with cellular capabilities, you can also set up cellular when you activate your watch.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Activating an Apple Watch is very straightforward, whether it's a Wi-Fi-only watch or a model that includes cellular connectivity.  Before you begin, you should ensure that your iPhone is nearby, Bluetooth is enabled, and that the phone is connected to a local Wi-Fi network (and has a working cellular plan). See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:How to text a GIF on your iPhone using the built-in GIF keyboard in Messages or a third-party appHow to turn off AirDrop on your iPhone in 2 ways, to prevent anyone from sending you unwanted filesHow to save an entire text conversation on your iPhoneSEE ALSO: The best smartwatches you can buy
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Greta Thunberg sailing back to Europe
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is beginning a three-week sailboat trip from the U.S back across the Atlantic to attend a U.N. climate summit in Madrid. CBSN has details.
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Microsoft releases ARM beta version of Edge Chromium for Surface Pro X
Microsoft is allowing Surface Pro X owners to get access to early native ARM copies of its Edge Chromium browser today. The software giant is making the ARM version of Edge available in the daily Canary channel, and it will mean that devices like the Surface Pro X will gain access to a more capable and more performant browser. Microsoft released the Surface Pro X earlier this month with the older Edge browser preinstalled, but owners have so far had to use an x86 copy of Chrome or Edge Chromium in emulation mode. This hits battery life and performance on ARM-powered devices significantly. The Verge has been testing early Canary versions of the ARM64 Edge Chromium release, and it’s far better for performance and battery life than using Chrome in emulation. We’ve seen big improvements in switching tabs, rendering web content, and scrolling speeds. While the speed improvements are obvious, this is an early copy of Edge Chromium for ARM and tabs do occasionally crash. Still, it’s worth trying out if you own a Surface Pro X. While the ARM64 version enters into the Canary channel today, Microsoft revealed last week at Ignite that a final version of Edge Chromium won’t launch on ARM in time for the January 15th release. Microsoft will make Edge Chromium available on Windows and macOS in January, with an ARM64 release to follow. You can download the ARM64 Edge Canary version over at Microsoft’s Edge Insider site.
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​Taylor says he'd never before seen aid withheld for personal political gain
Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman asked top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor if he had ever seen another example of withholding aid conditioned on the "personal or political interests of the president of the United States." "No, Mr. Goldman, I have not," he said.
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Nikki Haley frustrated by Democrats' impeachment inquiry: 'Let the people decide' in 2020
House Democrats should let the American people decide what they think about the impeachment inquiry during the 2020 election, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday.
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Netflix renews ‘The Witcher’ more than a month before it debuts
The Witcher hasn't even arrived on Netflix, and it's already being renewed. Netflix shared the news on Twitter today, and Deadline reports that production of the eight-episode second season will begin in early 2020. The second season could debut in 2...
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Bolivia's new leader seeks quick election, Morales says he could return
Bolivia's new interim president pledged on Wednesday to hold new elections as soon as possible and denied a coup had taken place, while from Mexico former leader Evo Morales hinted he could return to the South American nation.
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Air pollution in Afghanistan’s capital may be deadlier than war
KABUL, Afghanistan — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn’t escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the camp for displaced...
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US budget deficit jumps above $1 trillion for the first time in more than 6 years
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin The gap between federal expenditures and receipts grew 34% from a year earlier to $134 billion in October. Lawmakers typically have more tools to reduce the national debt when the economy is in a solid place. But recent legislation, including sweeping tax cuts that took effect last year, has continued to take it the opposite direction. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US budget deficit continued to swell at the start of the fiscal year, as government spending outpaced revenue despite solid economic growth. The gap between federal expenditures and receipts grew 34% from a year earlier to $134 billion in October, the Treasury Department said in its monthly budget statement Wednesday. That brought the 12-month deficit above $1 trillion for the first time in more than six years. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the worldChaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in commonRay Dalio thinks the dynamics of sound finance have vanished. Here are 3 reasons he sees an unsustainable future for a world that's 'gone mad.'SEE ALSO: Fed chief signals central bank will defy White House demands for further rate cuts
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Trump's interim homeland security pick clears Senate hurdle
The Trump administration's choice to run the Department of Homeland Security on an interim basis passed a hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.
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A gun known as the 'cop-killer' used in killing of Ohio detective during drug raid, officials said
Detective Jorge DelRio was working as part of a DEA task force when he was shot in the face after entering a home. He died days later.       
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Costco says a $75 coupon going viral on Facebook is fake
A $75 coupon for Costco that was circulated on Facebook is not authentic, the company confirmed on Facebook. A similar hoax circulated on Facebook last year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Don't get too excited, Costco fans. A $75 coupon that has been circulating on Facebook is not authentic, the company confirmed in a Facebook post on Tuesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:Nike, Under Armour, McDonald's, and Gap have all announced CEO departures. Here's the next generation of CEOs tasked with saving the retail industry.Alibaba's Singles Day beat Amazon's estimated Prime Day sales within an hour and crushed analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combinedA popular liquid-filled toy is bursting in Target and Walmart stores after the toy company produced a batch with a quality issueSEE ALSO: Here's what Costco looked like when it first opened in 1983
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Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for slow response to England floods
PM tells South Yorkshire residents that government has been ‘on it round the clock’Boris Johnson declined to apologise over his government’s slow response to the flooding across parts of the north of England, insisting that a “huge amount of work” was going on to help and compensate victims.The prime minister faced difficult questions over whether enough has been spent on flood defences in deluged regions of Yorkshire, the east Midlands and Lincolnshire, after giving a speech on how he would give billions of pounds to research and development. Continue reading...
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Netflix partners with Nickelodeon as Disney+ ensnares millions
An ancient military strategy suggests “the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend.” In the modern war to engage eyeballs, it seems at least a couple of the primary opponents of Disney are teaming up to create competing kid-friendly material. Specifically, Nickelodeon has struck a multi-year deal to produce new, original content for Netflix. The two companies will produce shows based on existing intellectual properties and all new ones. The two companies have already produced new series based on Nick’s existing properties, including Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. They’re also reportedly working on a live-action series based on Avatar:… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Netflix
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Hong Kong protesters fire arrows, javelins and tear gas against armed riot police
Violent clashes continue in Hong Kong as protesters add medieval weapons to arsenal Hong Kong protesters have added some medieval weapons in their confrontation with armed riot police – firing off flaming arrows and throwing javelins to counter tear gas, water cannons and live bullets, according to a report. Some of the most violent clashes...
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Rockstar apologizes for Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC problems, promises fixes
Rockstar Games Update due Wednesday to address stuttering Continue reading…
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OXO good grips deep clean brush set
Toothbrushes might seem like a good idea for scrubbing small areas, but they are not angled properly for the job and they wear out fast. The OXO good grips deep clean brush set ( on Amazon) has two brushes and a wiper blade designed for cleaning tile grout and other hard to reach areas. Read the rest
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The Best Places to Get Stunning Desktop Wallpaper
If you’re on your computer or phone for hours a day (and let’s be real—you are), you can keep things interesting with desktop wallpaper. If you want to go beyond what’s included in your operating system or old photos from your camera roll, you can find thousands and thousands of alternatives on the internet.Read more...
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Facebook includes Instagram in its transparency report for the first time
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook is including Instagram in its transparency report for the first time, releasing data on how the company moderates content related to child exploitation, self-harm, terrorist propaganda, and drug and firearm sales. Notably absent from the report is information on how fake accounts, hate speech, and violent content are regulated on the photo-sharing app. The information is part of Facebook’s quarterly “community standards” transparency report, which tracks the company’s ongoing efforts to moderate content on the platform. The last report, released in May, showed a sharp increase in the number of abusive accounts on Facebook, and a downtick in the number of posts containing violent content the company detected and removed. The addition of Instagram to the report is critical as misinformation about the 2020 election continues to spread on social media. Last month, the left-leaning human rights group Avaaz reported that stories containing misinformation were viewed almost 158.9 million times on the social network, continuing to spread even after they were proven to be false. The news was worrisome as the company has invested heavily in AI systems to detect misleading information since the 2016 election. The addition of Instagram to the report is critical as misinformation about the 2020 election continues to spread on social media It also brings into sharper focus the specific danger that misinformation on Instagram presents. In 2016, Russian trolls posted more than 3,000 ads across both Facebook and Instagram. As memes and photos become an even larger component of election interference efforts, Instagram has become a prime target ahead of the 2020 election. The platform also has fewer resources to fight misinformation than Facebook, making the ongoing spread of fake news far more likely. It’s unfortunate that Facebook left out information related to the proliferation of fake accounts on Instagram, particularly since Facebook did share that information on its namesake platform. On Facebook, fake accounts continue to make up about 5 percent of monthly active users and the company catches the majority ”within minutes” of when they register. Facebook is apparently getting better at detecting self-harm content on Instagram before it’s able to spread, the report says. Since May, it has removed about 845,000 pieces of suicide-related content, 79 percent of which it was able to proactively find. Facebook is apparently getting better at detecting self-harm content on Instagram Across the board, the company is better at finding content on Facebook that violates its community standards before people have to report it than on Instagram. For example, while Facebook says it catches 99 percent of content related to the sexual exploitation of children on the social network, it catches 94.6 percent on Instagram. Facebook’s ability to detect and take down posts hawking drugs or firearms is also more impressive on Facebook. Since May, the company says it has removed about 2.3 million pieces of content related to firearm sales on the platform, 93.8 percent of which it was able to find before users. Compare that to 58,600 pieces of similar content it was able to find and remove on Instagram, 91.3 of which it was able to catch before users. As Facebook continues to draw criticism for refusing to moderate some content — notably, political ads — the transparency report is an important reminder of where the company is willing to crack down. Next time, the report might even include critical information on how fake accounts are doing on the platform, as the 2020 election ramps up.
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Fortnite’s Android installer is now a launcher for Epic mobile games
A few weeks after the launch of Fortnite’s second chapter, developer Epic made a seemingly minor change: the Fortnite installer for Android was updated to become the Epic Games App. What was once a tool for keeping Fortnite updated has now transformed into a way for the company to distribute its own mobile games. Today, Epic is launching its second game through the app, a cross-platform title called Battle Breakers, which is available on PC, iOS, and Android through both Samsung’s Galaxy Store and the Epic Games App. The game itself is a hero-collecting role-playing game. The premise is that ”monsters from space trapped the world’s greatest heroes in technomagic crystal.” Players can save and collect these characters to use in more than 1,000 dungeons, and Epic says that Battle Breakers progress will work “seamlessly” across mobile and PC, much like Fortnite. Battle Breakers also appears to have similar monetization as the battle royale hit, with both an in-game store for buying characters and a battle pass. Epic says that the game was “built as a passion project by a small team” at the company. The Epic Games Store first launched last December, and at the time, the company expressed interest in eventually bringing it to mobile. Right now, Epic says that the Android app is explicitly for first-party games — i.e., those made by Epic — but it’s hard not to envision a future where that eventually changes. Epic was able to get the Fortnite installer on to millions of phones by making it a requirement for playing the game on Android. By rebranding the app, it now has a powerful tool for distributing games on the platform. Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney has openly expressed his dislike of mobile app stores in the past, particularly the 30 percent cut that both Google and Apple take from sales. “The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games,” Sweeney told The Verge last August when it was first revealed that Fortnite wouldn’t be available through Google Play. “30 percent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service.”
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Wait, How Do You Pronounce Kiev?
The pronunciations heard during Wednesday’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee left some spectators scratching their heads. We asked two experts.
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American teacher found dead after apparent robbery in Dominican Republic: Police
An American teacher, Patricia Ann Anton, was found dead inside her apartment in the Dominican Republic.
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New inpatients banned at mental health unit rated unsafe
Damning CQC report on private Cygnet Acer clinic where patients could self harm and one died by hangingA privately run mental health unit has been banned from admitting new patients after inspectors found numerous safety failings, one of which led to a resident dying by hanging.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has stopped the Cygnet Acer Clinic, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, from accepting new inpatients. It declared that the facility was “not safe” for people to use. Continue reading...
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U.S. sitting out race for trove of metals sitting on ocean floor
China and other countries are racing to be the first to mine trillions of dollars worth of metals used in cell phones, supercomputers and more, while the U.S. is on the sidelines. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS
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Kim Kardashian shared photos of times she 'taped up' her breasts to show people how to use her new body tape
Marc Piasecki/GC Images; Kim Kardashian West/Instagram Kim Kardashian West is a pro at weaving her latest products and entrepreneurial ventures into her social-media posts. She announced on Monday that her shapewear line, SKIMS, will launch new body tape and pasties, which will go on sale tomorrow. She then shared photos on her Instagram Story of how she has "taped up" to show her followers how they can use the new SKIMS tape for a variety of outfits. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kim Kardashian West announced Monday that her shapewear line, SKIMS, will launch two new products: body tape and pasties. In posts on Twitter announcing the new products, which go on sale tomorrow on the SKIMS website, Kardashian West described the tape and pasties as being made of a sweatproof, stretchy material.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Zendaya was the best-dressed celebrity at the People's Choice Awards in a one-shoulder dress with daring cutoutsJennifer Lopez is the latest celebrity to sport the monochromatic trend, wearing head-to-toe teal with matching Jimmy Choo pumpsLaverne Cox is keeping the 'naked' trend alive in an almost entirely sheer lace dress
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Josh ‘Fat Jew’ Ostrovsky marries Caitlin King
The private ceremony took place at the lavish Amangiri desert resort in Utah.
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Wild boars in Italy destroyed $22K worth of cocaine
These pigs have a nose for nose candy. Italy’s Il Tirreno reported that authorities believe wild boars in Tuscany have sniffed out some 20,000 euros (about $22,000) worth of cocaine buried in the woods near Montepulciano. Local police learned of the incident after tapping the phone lines of a suspected drug-trafficking group, who revealed the...
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Disney+ warns of "outdated cultural depictions" in classic movies
A select number of films, including "Dumbo" and "Lady and the Tramp," have the warning
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Patrick Dempsey's hair is so legendary that his celebrity makeup artist wife is releasing a pomade for men
Kristoffer Tripplaar / AtlanticLIVE Patrick Dempsey's characteristically billowy hair has been famous in Hollywood for years.  Now his wife, hair and makeup expert Jillian Dempsey, is releasing a waxy pomade for men, called "The Roadie," for textured, beachy hair like her spouse so often sports.  "We had a great time as a family working on this together," Patrick Dempsey told Insider.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the Dempsey household, good hair is apparently a family affair.  Patrick Dempsey, the "McDreamy" former Grey's Anatomy star and two-time Sexiest Man Alive has long been known for his wavy mane of unruly locks. His hair even made its way on to Entertainment Weekly's best entertainment of the 2000s list.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:10 tricks for remembering everything you readMore than 9,100 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full listThese are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the world
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Pentagon chief open to military adjustments to support North Korea diplomacy
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he was open to new alterations in U.S. military activity on the Korean peninsula if it helped enable diplomats, who are trying to jump-start stalled peace efforts with North Korea.
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The holiday season puts a quarter of Americans into debt
Between purchasing the perfect gift, buying food to feed the whole family and traveling to see loved ones, over a quarter of Americans have gone into debt due to holiday spending, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans who celebrate a winter holiday found that 28 percent have gone into debt during the...
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