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Nets vs. 76ers: There’s little hope for a Brooklyn comeback
After missing an opportunity Saturday to equalize their NBA Eastern Conference first-round series with the 76ers, the Nets will now have their backs to the wall until it’s over. Betting markets think it will be over Tuesday night (TNT, 8 p.m.). Barring late developments, Philadelphia should close as a favorite near -7¹/₂ points, with a...
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Record highs set by Nasdaq, S&P 500 on upbeat earnings, oil gains
Global equity markets rallied on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes setting record closing highs on Wall Street, while European energy shares posted their biggest daily gain since January as crude prices surged.
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Snap makes a comeback after the release of its rebuilt Android app
Snap is heading in the right direction again. The company revealed in its earnings release today that its daily user base has grown by 4 million people globally. It now has 190 million daily active users, up from the 186 million people who had consistently been using the platform for the last two quarters. This updated number is still 1 million people short of Snapchat’s peak user base since it went public in 2017, but this is still good news for Snap. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said in prepared remarks that the platform reaches more 13- to 34-year-olds in the US than Instagram, but didn’t elaborate on why or how its user base suddenly grew. He says Snapchat reaches 75 percent of 13- to 34-year-olds and 90 percent of 13- to 24-year-olds. The Android release resulted in more Snaps being sent Snap had a big quarter that involved not only major product updates, but also the awaited release of its rebuilt Snapchat Android app. The Android app doesn’t have any UI or navigation changes, but it is designed to be faster and less buggy. It’s been in the works for years and talked about on most prior earnings calls. Spiegel says within the first week of upgrading the app, there was a 6 percent increase in the number of people sending Snaps. This clearly was an essential release and might make the app more enticing to people around the world, especially considering that there are billions of Android devices in use. Last month, Snap also held its first partner summit in Los Angeles where it showed advertisers, reporters, and creators all the things they could do with the platform. It showed that Snapchat stories would come to Tinder and Houseparty; Snap ads will appear in other developers’ apps; it’s building a video game platform and a roster of original programs; and that it developed new AR filters that make the Eiffel Tower puke rainbows. Today and at the summit, Spiegel said these changes could keep users on the platform for longer and keep them more engaged. With these big platform changes and a continued focus on ad products, Snap might have a resurgence.
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Jack Dorsey met with President Trump in private today to discuss the ‘health’ of Twitter
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a new report from Motherboard. The meeting was prompted by the White House in emails first obtained by Motherboard and reported earlier today. These emails do not disclose exactly what the 30-minute meeting entailed, but they do confirm that the two met for a discussion behind closed doors. In one email written by Twitter’s global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, the discussion involved “the health of the public conversation” on the platform. In a tweet, Reuters reporter David Shepardson says the White House has since confirmed the meeting. Breaking: White House confirms Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 23, 2019 For months, Twitter and other social media platforms like Facebook have faced intense scrutiny from Republicans who believe that they are being silenced online. Late last month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on “tech censorship” and hammered officials from Twitter and Facebook over alleged bias. Only two Democrats showed for the hearing, and Republicans spent most of their time questioning the platform officials over individual situations where they believed their speech was silenced or they were “shadowbanned,” which is when a platform decides not to make public any posts from a user without informing them of the restriction. No actual data was part of the discussion, and their points wholly relied on anecdotal evidence. Dorsey replied in the email chain concerning the meeting saying, “As you know, I believe that conversation, not silence, bridges gaps and drives towards solutions.” He continued, “I have met with every world leader who has extended an invitation to me, and I believe the discussions have been productive, and the outcomes meaningful.” Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join - they have stifled growth to a point where it is obvious to all. A few weeks ago it was a Rocket Ship, now it is a Blimp! Total Bias?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018 In March, Trump made comments outside of the White House during a press conference with the president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro after they met. A reporter for the Daily Caller asked Trump how he felt about this perceived conservative bias online. Trump said that Republicans “have to do something” to combat it. At the press conference, Trump said, “I have very many, millions of followers on Twitter and it’s different than it used to be. Things are happening. Names are taken off. People aren’t getting through.” He continued, saying, “Something’s happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook and Google and Twitter and I do think we need to get to the bottom of it. It’s very fair. It’s collusive and it’s very, very fair to say that we have to do something about it.” He has also made a variety of statements critiquing the platform for alleged bias on his Twitter account. In a tweet, Trump said, “Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join - they have stifled growth to a point where it is obvious to all.” The Fox News Twitter account has been dormant since last November in an apparent boycott after show host Tucker Carlson was doxxed. Activists from a group called Smash Racism D.C. showed up outside of his home accusing him of promoting hate and, according to The Washington Post, “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.” I’ve got a meeting today that could result in division. I’m letting you know so you don’t hear it from someone else first. I’m volunteering at a grade school math center. I’m hoping both parties will learn from the exchange.— Biz Stone (@biz) April 23, 2019 Co-founder Biz Stone seemed to make light of the controversy on Twitter in a tweet, saying “I’ve got a meeting today that could result in division. I’m letting you know so you don’t hear it from someone else first.” He continued, “I’m volunteering at a grade school math center. I’m hoping both parties will learn from the exchange.”
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Softbank Group in talks to buy 5% stake in Wirecard: Bloomberg
Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is looking to acquire a 5 percent stake in German payments company Wirecard AG, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Clinton: Mueller would have indicted ‘any other person’ except Trump
Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that “any other person” besides President Trump would have been indicted due to the actions described in Robert Mueller’s report. Clinton was speaking at the Time 100 Summit when she speculated that the special counsel’s office ultimately decided that the Justice Department can not indict a sitting president. “I think...
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Tottenham 1-0 Brighton: Christian Eriksen gives Spurs vital home win
Christian Eriksen's stunning late winner ends Brighton's resistance to boost Tottenham's hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.
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The top worries of American small business owners
Small business owners spend 17 full days a year worrying about their business outside of work, according to new data.
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Analysis: The best NFL draft picks 1-32 and by round
Analysis: The all-time best NFL draft picks 1-32 and by round        
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Snapchat just grew for the first time in a year
Is it too soon to call this a turnaround?  Snap just reported its results for the first quarter of 2019 and delivered investors some long overdue good news: Snapchat added new users for the first time in a year. The app now counts 190 million daily active users (DAUs), up from 186 million last quarter. Overall, DAUs are still down from its previous peak of 191 million, but the new growth suggests the company has been able to reverse the momentum caused by an unpopular redesign last year. $Snap results are in and Snapchat just had its first quarter of growth in a year (though DAUs are still slightly down from Q1 '18) — Karissa Bell (@karissabe) April 23, 2019 Read more... More about Tech, Snapchat, Snap Inc, Tech, and Social Media Companies
How long will it take to phase in driverless cars?
Aurora CEO Chris Urmson stopped by The Vergecast to discuss the future of self-driving cars with Nilay Patel and Andrew Hawkins. They explore how the industry has evolved over the years and how long it will take before self-driving cars are commonly used on the road. You can listen to the discussion in its entirety on The Vergecast right now. Below is a lightly edited excerpt from this interview regarding some of Urmson’s ideas about how he expects driverless cars to be rolled out in the coming years. Nilay Patel: So you want to be one of many, many suppliers in the emerging driverless car / automotive industry? Chris Urmson: Well, we don’t think there’ll be many, many people who can do this. We think actually building the driver is really hard. We imagine what’s now around 100 companies working in this space will probably consolidate down to a handful, and we expect to be one of those companies. Why? Is there a technology reason you think it’s going to consolidate? Is it a capital reason? Yes, it’s all of them. It’s really hard. It’s a very complicated problem and one of the more complicated engineering problems, if not the most complicated engineering problem we’re trying to solve right now. The number of people who have deep experience in this is relatively small. Ultimately, the technology, once we start to get it really deployed and served... people talk about there being self-driving cars today, but there aren’t. They’re not really out there yet. Once we start to see commercial scale happening, there will be evidence that the system works well and serving people well, and that will start to build a bit of a flywheel. The question I ask every person who comes on our show to discuss self-driving cars is: is this going to happen. Is this real? Yes, it can happen. I think you’re going to see small-scale deployments in the next five years, and then it’s going to phase in over the next 30 to 50 years. Do you think it will be rolled out in stages, like after adaption tools get better, or are you taking the steering wheel out right away? So we’re not taking the steering wheel out necessarily right away. But no, I don’t think it’s a continuum. I think that this Level 2 driver assistance capability is great. That’s making people’s lives a little bit better. But it’s very different than self-driving capability and driverless vehicles. That’s what we’re focused on because we look at all the big players in the automotive space, and they know how to do driver assistance, and it’s really a problem of “is the product compelling enough that the consumer wants to buy it for the price they can sell it at?” When we think about driverless vehicles that are self-driving vehicles as, you know, the Levels 4 and 5, that’s where we see a transformation. That’s where you can sleep in the car. That’s where the vehicle can be deployed as part of a transportation service, and give you a ride and give me a ride, and we can share the benefit of that together. I think that’s where the economics swing, and that’s where we see the biggest social good for the for cities like New York and San Francisco.
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Snapchat’s user base is growing again
Snap is continuing a slow but steady climb back to growth. In its Q1 2019 earnings, the company announced it had 190 million daily active users, up 2.2 percent compared to last quarter's 186 million users. That's not exactly massive growth, but given...
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Trump admin officials will not attend White House correspondents' dinner
Trump took to Twitter earlier Tuesday to criticize several news outlets, including MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times.
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Long hits fastest Premier League goal but Saints draw with Watford
Andre Gray equalises in the 90th minute to earn a point for Watford after Shane Long scores the fastest goal in Premier League history.
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The Angle: Black Feminists Saw the Alt-Right Coming. Why Didn’t We Pay Attention?
Revisiting the Twitter campaign that presaged the digital culture wars.
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Kim Jong-un Is Shrewdly Playing Trump and Putin Against Each Other
If Kim can’t get what he wants from the White House, he’ll try the Kremlin.
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Inexpensive broadbeam LED headlamp
I have a few different LED headlamps, but this one is by far my favorite. It features a band of LEDs that throw light in a wide area in front of you. It lights up the entire area around you, as opposed to LED headlamps that illuminate just a spot. It uses 3 AAA batteries and has an easy on-off touch sensor switch. Read the rest
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Pete Buttigieg headed for Fox News town hall
Buttigieg’s appearance on Fox, slated for May 19 in Claremont, N.H., follows Bernie Sanders.
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One in five US kids don’t drink water on any given day
Kids, teens and young adults who don’t drink water end up guzzling almost 100 extra calories a day from sugary beverages, on average, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. About one-fifth of the 8,400 subjects ages 2 to 19 in the nationally representative survey reported no water intake on a given day. And...
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Best Ultra-Quiet Dishwashers of 2019
Our picks for the best quiet dishwashers available today.        
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Kraft spa videos will be public once jury is sworn or case resolved
A Florida judge spiked the release of Robert Kraft’s alleged rub-and-tug videos on Tuesday, but promised to make the footage public once a jury is sworn or the Patriots owner’s case is resolved. Kraft, 77, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla., back in January. He...
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Scouts break down Jones, Lock for Giants’ draft: Like ‘Archie’ and ‘Rodgers’
They don’t know. And, often — alarmingly so — they get it wrong. By “they,” we refer to those who get paid large sums of money from NFL teams to study and project the careers of quarterbacks. It is a prognostication fraught with peril, as no position on the field is filled with more swings...
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Jaws of Life used to free dog’s head from cinder block
HASTINGS, Fla. — Officials say Florida firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free a Rottweiler that got her head stuck in a cinder block. St. Johns County Fire Rescue posted on Facebook that firefighters responded to a Hastings home on Saturday. Officials say the 6-month-old dog named Fifi had managed to wedge her head...
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Former Kansas guard Charlie Moore transfers to DePaul
Former Kansas guard Charlie Moore is returning home to play for DePaul        
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Jonathan Stewart signs 1-day contract to retire as a Panther
Running back Jonathan Stewart has announced he is retiring from the NFL        
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S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record closing highs on upbeat earnings
The S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq registered record closing highs after a broadbased rally on Tuesday, as a clutch of better-than-expected earnings reports eased concerns about a slowdown.
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‘RHOBH’ star Dorit Kemsley’s ever-changing hair looks, explained
Page Six Style spoke with Kemsley's hairstylist Justine Marjan about her dramatic 'dos.
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Texas Instruments revenue, profit beat estimates; shares rise
Chipmaker Texas Instruments reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit and revenue on Tuesday, offering hope that a slowdown in demand for microchips late last year may not be as long-lasting as feared.
Ex-player, scout Studwell retires after 42 years with Vikes
Vikings scout Scott Studwell, franchise's all-time leading tackler, retires after 42 years with team        
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Here's how to get better at staying in touch with long-distance friends
Raise your hand if you have a good friend who lives out of state. Raise your hand if you start every phone call, ‘I’m so sorry it’s been so long.’
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Armed group that detained migrants in New Mexico told to leave camp
The United Constitutional Patriots had been detaining migrants against the wishes of the the police chief, the mayor and other officials and advocates.
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38 dogs found at home of woman who left 7 newborn puppies in a dumpster
The woman, who ditched a bag of puppies in a dumpster, has been arrested.
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Reckless police instructor slammed for jumping in front of target practice
Startling video from a police training exercise at the Superior School in Parana, Brazil, shows a shooting instructor walking in front of targets as officers fire live rounds. No injuries occurred, although the trainer could face disciplinary action for violating safety protocols.
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Saudi Arabia executes 37 prisoners for terrorism crimes
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning to others. The executions were...
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USC soccer coach, another parent to plead guilty in college admissions scandal
Assistant soccer coach Laura Janke and former insurance title executive Toby MacFarlane will cooperate with the investigation, prosecutors said.
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The mystery surrounding Britney Spears’ cancelled tour goes deeper than you’d think
What is really happening with America’s favorite pop star? After Britney Spears cancelled her “Domination” Vegas residency due to her father’s illness, sources claim the real reason for the cancellation was disappointing ticket sales. Although those close to the singer deny the rumors, The Blast claims her camp used the illness as a “smokescreen” to...
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Sinatra faked it until he made it too: Anna Sorokin’s lawyer
She’s no more of a fraud than Frank Sinatra.
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Zookeeper attacked by Sumatran tiger identified
The zookeeper was attacked by a Sumatran tiger inside the animal's enclosure.
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‘Stop Planning and Start Cooking.’ José Andrés on the Power of Food in the Midst of Tragedy
Chef José Andrés knows the key to being a successful professional cook is the ability to adapt in unpredictable situations. “Stop planning and start cooking,” the Spanish-born cook, restauranteur and humanitarian said during a panel at the TIME 100 Summit. Since 2010, Andrés has rushed to disaster zones wrecked by shattering events like hurricanes, earthquakes…
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Jared Kushner: Investigations into Russian meddling more harmful than interference
Jared Kushner made the case that the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been “way more harmful” to American democracy than Russia.
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Intel puts 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 5GHz turbo option in a laptop processor
Intel announces new 45W mobile parts and a full range of desktop chips.
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Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, transferred to federal penitentiary
Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is serving his 81-month sentence at United States Penitentiary Canaan. He is scheduled for release on Christmas 2024.
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How the Founder of Poo-Purri Thinks About Success and Achievement
Gerard Adams sits down with Suzy Batiz to discuss her guiding principles and latest projects.
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Skip the Gym, Plastic Surgeons Can Now Sculpt Belly Fat Into a Weird Chiseled Six-Pack
Actually getting your butt to the gym can often be harder than the workout itself, but there might now be a shortcut for getting a defined set of six-pack abs. Researchers at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine have developed a new plastic surgery technique called abdominal etching that can…Read more...
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Texas Instruments quarterly revenue beats estimates, shares up
Chipmaker Texas Instruments reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue on Tuesday, sending its shares up 5 percent after the bell.
Woman wakes up from coma after 27 years, calls son’s name
A mom, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car crash, woke up from a coma 27 years later and called the name of her son who she'd saved in the crash.
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Manchester United’s season implodes in pathetic fashion
Six weeks after a miraculous Champions League victory, it looks as if the Red Devil's season will end in misery.
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Column: Tour better equipped for new round of Tigermania
Column: Tiger Woods still the show stopper on a tour that now has stronger supporting cast        
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