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After one day of TV hearings, the impeachment battle lines remain the same
Thirty-eight minutes into his opening statement during Wednesday's impeachment hearing, Amb. Bill Taylor, the career foreign service officer and top US diplomat to Ukraine, paused, took a drink of water, and delivered the day's biggest bombshell.
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The head of Southwest's pilots union said Boeing is trying to rush the 737 Max back into service out of 'arrogance'
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images The head of the pilots union for Southwest Airlines issued a sharp criticism of Boeing, accusing the aviation giant of trying to rush the return of the plane. "Boeing is increasingly publicizing that they may have to shut down their production line due to running out of room to store completed MAX aircraft," Weaks wrote in a letter to Southwest pilots "There is some concern that this is simply another tactic to push the RTS [return to service] timeline up." Weaks went on to accuse Boeing of "arrogance, ignorance, and greed" in its approach to the 737 Max. The 737 Max has been grounded globally since March after two crashes involving the aircraft killed a total of 346 people. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The head of the pilots union for Southwest Airlines issued a sharp criticism of Boeing, accusing the aviation giant of trying to artificially speed up the return of the plane. In the letter, Jon Weaks, the president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) told colleagues that he was concerned about what he said is Boeing "increasingly publicizing" the negative consequences of the plane remaining grounded.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: What it takes to be a first-class flight attendant for EmiratesSee Also:US airlines are pulling the 737 Max from their schedules until March, suggesting they're losing faith in Boeing's plans to get the plane flying in 2019New report reveals why Boeing's 737 Max has taken so long to return to serviceA Southwest flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a pot of coffee caught fire and filled the cabin with smoke
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Former California insurance exec receives longest college admissions scandal sentence
A former California insurance executive was sentenced to six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits.
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The Breakdown | Champions Cup: opening weekend preview and pool-by-pool guide
As Saracens battle for Premiership survival, English and French rivals able to absorb the demands of a World Cup may capitaliseFine is probably not the word to describe the current state of Saracens. The holders go into the opening round of the Champions Cup this weekend set to appeal against a sanction of £5m, and a 35-point deduction, for breaching the Premiership’s salary cap. They are likely to be relieved of £50,000 for failing to turn up for last week’s European Cup launch in Cardiff and as they have been considering fielding a weakened side in group matches, which could earn them a disrepute charge, the men in black may turn into the men in the red.Saracens start their campaign at Racing 92 on Sunday, the team they defeated in the 2016 final in Lyon when they won the Champions Cup for the first time. The Paris side lost in 2018 to Leinster in Bilbao and their recent pedigree would make it a bold decision for Saracens to extend the rest of most of their returning England World Cup players, although Racing have only won one home match in the Top 14 this season and are 10th in the table, two points above the relegation zone but three off third place. Continue reading...
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Devin Nunes is bravely defending Trump. That's bad news for the president
The ex-dairy farmer isn’t exactly the cream of the cream: his bizarre claims on the president’s behalf have backfiredIf you were on trial on national television, facing the possible loss of your job and the probable loss of what remains of your reputation, you might not place your fate in the hands of Devin Nunes.Nunes is a one-time dairy farmer who now milks the bursting udders of an entire herd of conspiracy-minded cows. Continue reading...
Politica
Tom Del Beccaro: Top 5 impeachment hearing takeaways from Day One
Will Democrats be able convince a divided country that President Trump is unworthy of his office and must be impeached?
Politica
Help! I Just Found Out My Friend Had an Affair With My Ex.
My marriage ended 20 years ago, but I don’t know how I move on from this betrayal.
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Why tech companies owe us more than a quarterly transparency report
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales Facebook has more than 2 billion users, and at that scale comes lots of wrongdoing. The company’s latest quarterly transparency report, which quantifies violations of the company’s community standards, conveys just how much wrongdoing. Here’s Tony Romm with a summary at the Washington Post: In the second and third quarter of 2019, Facebook said it removed or labeled more than 54 million pieces of content it deemed violent and graphic, 11.4 million posts that broke its rules prohibiting hate speech, 5.7 million uploads that ran afoul of bullying and harassment policies and 18.5 million items determined to be child nudity or sexual exploitation. The company also detailed for the first time its efforts to police Instagram, revealing that it took aim at 1.2 million photos or videos involving child nudity or exploitation and 3 million that ran afoul of its policies prohibiting sales of illegal drugs over the past six months. The numbers are all large and growing, which is bad. Even a single incident can cause havoc for the company’s content moderation teams. The Christchurch shooting, which is covered in this quarter’s report, generated 4.5 million pieces of content that Facebook had to remove between March 15th, when it happened, and September 30th. But Facebook is catching more of these issues via automated systems, which is good. That includes progress made in automatically detecting hate speech — typically the hardest kind of violation for machine learning systems to pick up on, given the nuances of human language. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, described Facebook’s progress in a blog post: Starting in Q2 2019, thanks to continued progress in our systems’ abilities to correctly detect violations, we began removing some posts automatically, but only when content is either identical or near-identical to text or images previously removed by our content review team as violating our policy, or where content very closely matches common attacks that violate our policy. We only do this in select instances, and it has only been possible because our automated systems have been trained on hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of different examples of violating content and common attacks. In all other cases when our systems proactively detect potential hate speech, the content is still sent to our review teams to make a final determination. With these evolutions in our detection systems, our proactive rate has climbed to 80%, from 68% in our last report, and we’ve increased the volume of content we find and remove for violating our hate speech policy. The faster that Facebook can detect hate speech, drug and weapon sales, child exploitation, and other issues, the likelier it is that the company can alert law enforcement and civil society groups in time to address them. That’s the positive story conveyed by this quarter’s report. But there’s a darker story, too — one about how often governments compel Facebook to release user data, typically without informing the target, or even shut down service in a country altogether. Zack Whittaker reports on the spiking number of government requests for Facebook user data at TechCrunch. Requests were up 16 percent for the first half of this year, rising to 128,617: That’s the highest number of government demands its received in any reporting period since it published its first transparency report in 2013. The U.S. government led the way with the most number of requests — 50,741 demands for user data resulting in some account or user data given to authorities in 88% of cases. Facebook said two-thirds of all of the U.S. government’s requests came with a gag order, preventing the company from telling the user about the request for their data. Moreover, the report found that 15 countries had disrupted Facebook service 67 times in the first half of the year, compared with nine countries disrupting service 53 times in the previous half-year. Disrupting Facebook service can sometimes be a desperate measure taken by companies worried that fast-spreading hate speech is leading to real-world violence. But more often it serves as a pretext to quash anti-government dissent. In any case, I appreciate the now-standard transparency reports we get from Facebook, Google, and the other big platforms. (And Facebook offers much more granular information than its peers, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quick to point out on a press call about the report.) And yet while they highlight some of the important work done to keep people safe, these reports also illustrate how little recourse people have if they are falsely caught up in a machine-learning dragnet. The appeals process is limited and opaque, and human language and social norms can change faster than machine learning systems can catch up to them. If what you want from a platform is something like justice, transparency reports are necessary — but not sufficient. The average user still has no way of holding a platform accountable when it makes a mistake. For that, you might want something like ... an oversight board. Here’s hoping Facebook has more to say on that subject soon. The Ratio Today in news that could affect public perception of the big tech platforms. Trending up: Facebook included Instagram in its transparency report for the first time. The more transparency we get around these things the better. Trending sideways: In a press call related to the report, Mark Zuckerberg stuck by his policy to let politicians lie in ads on Facebook, but said that he’s “continuing to look at how it might make sense to refine it in the future.” Trending down: Google fired an employee for leaking information to the press and placed two more on leave for allegedly violating company policies. It’s evidence of rising tensions between management and personnel engaged in employee activism. Governing ⭐ Google reached a settlement with the US National Labor Relations Board to allow more open discussions on campus. The agreement came after former employee Kevin Cernekee filed a complaint last year, alleging the company restricted free speech and fired him for expressing conservative views. Jennifer Elias at CNBC has more: As part of the arrangement, Google is required to let employees speak with the media about their employment without getting permission, which marks a change for a company that has exercised tight restrictions over conversations with the press. The company also has to say that it will comply with federal law, allowing employees to form, join or assist a union as well as “act together with other employees” for their “benefit and protection.” Former employees have claimed that they faced retaliation for speaking out about workforce issues, including organizing the companywide walkout last year to protest Google’s handling of sexual harassment. Mark Zuckerberg took a shot at competitors during a press call related to the company’s latest transparency report. He said that other tech companies aren’t releasing data related to account takedowns, making it difficult to gauge how much harmful content is out there. (Tony Romm / Twitter) A pro-Trump media network is building a Facebook empire using fake accounts and groups. The strategies are a coordinated effort to amplify partisan content while avoiding the burdensome rules associated with advertising on Facebook. (Alex Kasprak and Jordan Lilies / Snopes) Pro-Trump conservatives are getting trolled at live events by a far-right group pushing an even more conservative message. They call themselves Groypers (a reference to a popular 4chan meme) and try to take over the question-and-answer portion of events with anti-gay, anti-Semitic and racist questions. (Ben Collins / NBC) Industry ⭐In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg seriously considered buying Musical.ly, the app that could eventually become TikTok. Now, he’s demonizing it to make the case against regulating Facebook. Ryan Mac at BuzzFeed has the scoop: Sources said the talks were serious, though a deal never materialized. Some 14 months later, Chinese conglomerate ByteDance acquired Musical.ly for around $800 million. It later merged the app with the already existent TikTok to form the popular video platform that Zuckerberg has recently been demonizing as a threat to Western tech supremacy. “Until recently, the internet in almost every country outside China has been defined by American platforms with strong free expression values. There’s no guarantee these values will win out,” Zuckerberg said in a speech last month at Georgetown University. “While our services, like WhatsApp, are used by protesters and activists everywhere due to strong encryption and privacy protections, on TikTok, the Chinese app growing quickly around the world, mentions of these protests are censored, even in the US.” Facebook ultimately passed on the deal due to privacy and regulatory concerns. The unrealized moment was a missed opportunity to jump aboard a short-video phenomenon that’s gone viral across the US and China. (Sarah Frier and Zheping Huang / Bloomberg) Australian Teens are using TikTok to show the world how bad the bushfires are. The fires have claimed the lives of three Australians and destroyed hundreds of homes, but haven’t been widely reported on internationally. (Cameron Wilson / BuzzFeed) Google is going to start offering checking accounts to consumers. It’s the latest Silicon Valley tech giant to push into finance, after Apple launched its credit card last summer. Google’s project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year with accounts run by Citigroup. (Peter Rudegeair and Liz Hoffman / The Wall Street Journal) Some of the UK’s most popular health websites are sharing people’s sensitive data — including medical symptoms, diagnoses, drug names and menstrual and fertility information — with dozens of companies around the world, including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Oracle. (Madhumita Murgia and Max Harlow / The Financial Times) Google executives said the company isn’t misusing health data from one of the biggest US health-care providers, pushing back against news reports that have triggered criticism from lawmakers and prompted a federal inquiry. The company said it’s building a search tool for digital medical records. (Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg) The average price brands pay Instagram influencers for sponsored posts has surged this year, according to a new report. The average cost is now $1,643 per post, and more brands are requesting sponsored stories. (Amanda Perelli / Business Insider) TikTok recently began running ads on Google targeting people curious about Facebook’s advertising and influencer business. A TikTok spokesperson said the ads are “small tests.” (Shoshana Wodinsky / AdWeek) Third quarter earnings from Facebook, Twitter, Snap and Pinterestshow Pinterest trails behind the other social networks in terms of how much money it makes off overseas users. The company deliberately rolled out international ad sales slowly, which suggests it has the most growth potential. (Tom Dotan / The Information) And finally... BarkBox is aware that its dog toy looks like a Fleshlight. This is just a sweet story about a Facebook ad that went viral for the basest of reasons, and immediate sold out the product it was selling, bringing untold joy to dogs around the country. Goodnight. Talk to us Send us tips, comments, questions, and transparency reports: casey@theverge.com and zoe@theverge.com.
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The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder
Jerrold Haas was on the brink of blockchain riches. Then his body was found in the woods of southern Ohio.
WIRED
Check out the ultra-smooth visuals of this MSI Optix gaming monitor now on sale
TL;DR: The immersive MSI Optix curved gaming monitor is on sale for £99 at Currys PC World, saving you £50 on list price. You can have the best set of headphones, the best controller, the best console, and even the best game, but if your screen is lacking, your gaming experience is not going to be fully immersive. Your fastest ticket to a truly immersive experience is through a gaming monitor like the MSI Optix. This curved LED monitor features a full HD 23.6-inch screen, with almost no frame on the side edges. This means you could even put two or even three monitors together for a seriously impressive gaming setup. Read more...More about Msi, Mashable Shopping, Gaming Monitor, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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These officially licensed cushions are for the real fans
TL;DR: Officially licensed cushions are available for £13.99 on IWOOT, saving you 30% on list price. Any devoted fan of a TV show or movie will know that there is no limit to the amount of licensed stuff you can buy. True fans will litter their homes with mugs, bed sheets, rugs, and everything else emblazoned with the stamp of their obsession. In good news for fandoms everywhere, you can now save on officially licensed cushions from IWOOT. These cushions are available for £13.99, saving you 30% on list price. That is a small price to pay, and even comes with free delivery. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Harry Potter, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Cushions
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Rushdie and Atwood join calls to restore citizenship to critic of Modi
More than 250 authors urge India’s prime minister to reinstate overseas citizenship of British journalist Aatish Taseer Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk and Margaret Atwood are among more than 250 authors calling on India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to review the decision to strip British Indian writer Aatish Taseer of his Indian citizenship, saying that the move “flies in the face of India’s traditions of free and open debate”.Taseer, who was born in the UK but grew up in India, is a novelist, memoirist and journalist. In May, he wrote a cover story for Time magazine under the headline “India’s divider in chief”, which was highly critical of Modi’s government. Last week, Taseer was stripped of his overseas citizenship of India (OCI) status, meaning he may be blacklisted and thus never able to return to the country, according to the free-speech organisation PEN. Continue reading...
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Impeachment, Deval Patrick, Venice Flooding: Your Thursday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know.
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Ask a Teacher: My Son’s Teacher Caps His Renditions of “Old Town Road” to Three per Day. She’s Suppressing His Musical Spirit!
Why shouldn’t he be allowed to express himself through music?
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Qatar Airways signs $4 billion CFM engine order
Qatar Airways has placed a $4 billion jet engine order with CFM International to power its 50 Airbus A321neos.
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Ex-TV medical correspondent charged with asking girl for racy photos
Dr. Bruce Hensel, who was with KNBC-TV for years, denies it; authorities say he used an app to request the images from the daughter of an acquaintance
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American ISIS fighter stranded in no-man's to be repatriated to U.S., Turkey says
Turkish media identified the Islamic State group fighter as Mohammad Darwis B. and said he was an American citizen of Jordanian background.       
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CMA Awards 2019: Women shine, Garth Brooks makes history on country music's biggest night
The 53rd CMA Awards promised a celebration of women – and country music's biggest night delivered, while Garth Brooks took the night's top honor.       
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The Fitbit Charge 3 fitness tracker is down to under £100 for Black Friday
TL;DR: The advanced Fitbit Charge 3 is on sale for £98.99, saving you 24% on list price. If you're the type that loves everything about health and fitness, you would probably appreciate having an activity tracker that keeps the insights and inspiration coming day and night. If you're not the type, then this is not the deal for you.  You can now pick up the Fitbit Charge 3 for just £98.99 on Amazon. This is down by 24% on list price, saving you over £30. That's a strong discount, and something that will be tough to beat in the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping period. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Fitbit, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Fitbit Charge 3
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'I came, I saw, I conquered': Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms LA Galaxy exit
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bowed out in typical style as he confirmed he would leave LA Galaxy once his contract ends at the end of the year.
Sport
Danish prosecutor charges Danske Bank for overcharging customers
Danske Bank said on Thursday it has been preliminary charged by the Danish prosecutor for overcharging customers for an investment product.
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Stephen Colbert recaps day 1 of impeachment hearings, savagely roasts Trump
You probably didn't get chance to sit through the 12 or so hours of impeachment hearings on Wednesday, but Stephen Colbert has you covered. In The Late Night Show monologue above, Colbert breaks down all the key moments of acting Ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor's testimony – from Trump's indoor telephone voice to his insistence that "President Zelensky go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference." The highlight, though? Probably Colbert's impression of Taylor talking about WhatsApp. Read more... More about Stephen Colbert, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Impeachment, Entertainment, and Politics
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In California's 2020 primary, Latino voters could help Democrats defeat President Trump
California's growing Latino population now represents a third of all voters, which translates to political power and a prize for Democratic hopefuls       
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US briefing: Impeachment testimony, Syrian oil and anti-vaxxer ads
Thursday’s top story: Key witness claims Trump cared more about investigating Biden than the fate of Ukraine. Plus, why the super-rich love South DakotaGood morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading...
Politica
Jenny Slate and Her Editor on Refusing to Tidy Up Your Feelings in a Book
“Did it confuse you that I wanted to write a book of little thingies that were not stories of why ‘SNL blah blah blah’?”
Slate Articles
‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists
Activists warn muzzling of press under President Buhari could herald return to dark days of military ruleFisayo Soyombo was eating an evening snack in Lagos in late October when a colleague called to warn him about a plan hatched by Nigerian government officials at a clandestine meeting to arrest him.Hours earlier, the second in a three-part undercover series by the Abuja-based investigative journalist on corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system had been published. Continue reading...
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Record cold in the South to be replaced with soaking rain
Record cold temperatures are beginning to warm and with that rain is moving in to portions of the deep South where a Gulf Coast low will develop and soak areas from Texas to the Carolina's. Pedram Javaheri has the latest on what we can expect.
Sport
My daughter died of dementia at 42. I'm angry doctors took so long to diagnose her
As a nurse I’m used to dealing with illnesses, but not enough is known about this cruel disease. I want to increase awarenessMy daughter Anna was 36 when she started to exhibit strange, inexplicable behaviours, both at work and at home. Anna was a clinical trials research nurse in a busy hospital. She was also a wife, and a mum to two young sons.Her behaviours escalated to the point where it was not safe for her to be at home. She would clap, bang her head, whistle, wail, take off her shoes and run like a child in the hospital corridors, eat any food she could lay her hands on, bite and chew inappropriately. Worse than that was her complete lack of empathy and inhibition. She was forced to give up her job and had to come and live with us, her parents. Continue reading...
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Knives Out Reinvents the Whodunit for the Trump Era
Rian Johnson’s ingenious murder mystery doubles as a satire of our political moment.
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Irish police arrest three people over Kevin Lunney abduction
Two men and a woman held in connection with kidnapping of businessman who was beatenIrish police have arrested two men and a woman in connection with the abduction of the businessman Kevin Lunney.They were arrested on Thursday morning in relation to the kidnapping of the Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director on 17 September. Continue reading...
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White House looks both to be in the impeachment fray — and appear above it
President Donald Trump, who spent Wednesday in meetings with visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was scheduled to address supporters at a campaign rally Thursday night.
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Hong Kong students arm themselves for showdown as police take breather
Pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways as students built barricades and stockpiled makeshift weapons, setting the stage for campus showdowns.
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Could job sharing solve universities' big gender pay gap problem? | Emma Watton and Sarah Stables
Job sharing is often still seen by university employers as weak management or a special favour. Attitudes must changeThis year’s Equal Pay Day falls on 14 November. It’s the day women in the UK effectively start working the remainder of the year for free because of the gender pay gap. There are differences between sectors and industries but education is among the worst, with a pay gap of 25.9% as opposed to the national average of 17.9%. This means that a woman employed in education works, on average, 95 days a year without being paid.This is a problem across the education system, but is particularly bad in leadership. Despite increases in recent years only 27% of university vice-chancellors and chairs of the governing bodies which run universities are women. There is similar underrepresentation of women leading academic faculties and schools. Continue reading...
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Democrat Joe Biden proposes $1.3 trillion U.S. infrastructure plan
Democrat Joe Biden would invest $1.3 trillion over a decade on electric car charging stations, high-speed railroads, clean-energy research and other public infrastructure if he is elected U.S. president next year, his campaign said on Thursday.
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Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP
Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.
Sport
Apple fired a store helper accused of sending himself a woman's intimate photo while fixing her phone
Google Maps Apple fired a employee at a California store over accusations he sent himself an "extremely personal" photo from a customer's phone. Gloria Fuentes took her phone to the Apple store in Valley Plaza, Bakersfield, to get it fixed on November 5. After a lengthy check, she said she was told it was beyond repair. When Fuentes got home, she said she saw a photo she "took for my boyfriend" had been sent to an unknown number. She confronted the Apple staffer later that day. Apple said: "The employee acted far outside the strict privacy guidelines to which we hold all Apple employees. He is no longer associated with our company." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Apple fired a employee from a store in California after a customer accused him of sending himself an "extremely personal" photo from her iPhone while he tried to repair it. Gloria Fuentes wrote on Facebook on November 5 that she went to the Apple store in Valley Plaza, Bakersfield, the previous day to get her screen fixed.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to activate an Apple Watch and set it up for use, with your iPhone nearbyHow to text a GIF on your iPhone using the built-in GIF keyboard in Messages or a third-party appHow to save an entire text conversation on your iPhone
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Gaza militants fire 5 rockets at Israel hours after cease-fire declared
Five rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel just hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group early Thursday morning, an Israeli Defense Force spokesperson confirmed.
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Bob and Mike Bryan to retire after 2020 US Open
Bob and Mike Bryan, the most decorated doubles partnership in tennis history, will retire at the end of next season.
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Ionescu surpasses 2,000 points as No. 1 Oregon routs Utah St
Oregon coach Kelly Graves had a bit of a scare when star Sabrina Ionescu went down holding the back of her right leg.
Sport
Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards
Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.
Sport
The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones
Jo Swinson’s aggressive campaign to split the remain vote is a gift to Boris JohnsonThe Tory electoral strategy is straightforward: unite leave voters behind the Conservative banner. Nigel Farage’s decision to form a de facto pact with the Tories should serve as a moment of clarity. The differences between Farage and Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s two principal British allies, are merely personal: politically, they are on the same page. Both fundamentally see Brexit as a blunt instrument to reshape British society, stripping away the pesky workers’ rights and consumer and social protections that stand in the way of their hyper-Thatcherite dystopia.John Major once declared that the NHS was as safe with Johnson and Michael Gove “as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”; Farage is on record supporting its privatisation. This pact should be treated as a national political emergency: in four weeks, it may triumph and transform Britain for a generation. Continue reading...
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The app for EU citizens applying to remain in the UK after Brexit has major security flaws which mean it can be easily hacked
Reuters The UK government's official smartphone app for EU citizens registering to remain in the country after Brexit has serious vulnerabilities which could be easily hacked to steal users' phone numbers, addresses, and passport details. Over one million EU citizens have downloaded the app, which allows them to submit photographs of their passports. A spokesperson for the3million, which campaigns for EU citizens' rights, said: 'For many EU citizens, trust in the Home Office is already very low and we fear that many concerned will not apply now.' Visit Insider's home page for more stories. Over one million EU citizens who have downloaded a smartphone app designed by the UK government to help them register to remain in the UK after Brexit, risk having their private information stolen due to major flaws in the app's security. The 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app is designed to allow users applying for the UK government's "settled status" scheme, allowing them to submit photographs of their passports, and to check whether their documents are valid.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Nigel Farage says Boris Johnson's Conservatives offered to make him a Lord in exchange for standing down Brexit Party candidatesNigel Farage boosts Boris Johnson's election prospects by standing down Brexit Party candidates in Conservative seatsHow to vote tactically in the 2019 UK general election
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Can this student's flatshare reviews beat dodgy landlords?
Universities abound with renting horror stories. But a new rate-your-accommodation site could give power back to tenantsIn their final year, most students get their heads down and focus on exams. But Natasha Hopewell combined the third year of her law degree at the University of Lincoln with building a website so students could find good digs, share their renting horror stories and avoid being ripped off by rogue landlords.Working with two friends, she created CribAdvisor which, like the travel and restaurant review site TripAdvisor, allows students to anonymously rate and review accommodation provided by landlords, letting agents or universities. The site also provides guidance on tenant rights and how to enforce them. Continue reading...
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Lakers sit Anthony Davis against Golden State
Anthony Davis is resting his sore right shoulder for the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against Golden State.
Sport
How Republicans Are Losing the Suburbs
Democrats have overtaken their rivals in many counties around New York City, in a reversal of the historical norm.
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A&E waiting times in England hit worst-ever level
One in six patients waited longer than four hours in A&E last month, NHS figures show One in six patients waited longer than four hours in A&E in England during October – the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004, according to new data.Just 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E were treated or admitted in four hours, according to the figures from NHS England. Continue reading...
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Andy Murray targets Australian Open after bouncing back from 'rough year'
He's made an impressive recovery from career-saving hip surgery, but Andy Murray says he questioned whether he wanted to return to tennis.
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'Start Here': What you need to know about the first impeachment hearing
It's Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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