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Source: The Guradian

Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in 'vaccine controversies'

16-Feb-2019

Facebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in “vaccine controversies”, the Guardian has found. Other groups of people that advertisers can pay to reach on Facebook include those interested in “Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines”, which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and “informed consent”, which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws.

Source: The Guradian

Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

16-Feb-2019

The NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem.

“We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

Source: Fox News

Supreme Court to decide whether citizenship question can be included in 2020 census

16-Feb-2019

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship, ensuring a quick review of a lower court ruling that blocked the Trump administration from doing so.

FEDERAL JUDGE BARS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM ADDING CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO 2020 CENSUS. The Trump administration, though, announced last month that it would directly ask the Supreme Court to overrule the federal court judge, who said in a court opinion that such a question would dramatically reduce the response rate—and congressional representation—of non-citizens.

Source: Common Domain

Just 12% of inventors with a U.S. patent are women

16-Feb-2019

The reasons why women are so woefully under-represented among patent inventors are complicated, but they likely mirror the challenges women face advancing in the workplace and — more specifically — in science, engineering and technology fields.

This dearth of women in patent-heavy fields likely only partially explains the low percentage of women patent inventors. The USPTO report found that women account for a much larger share of the STEM workforce than they do patent inventors.

Source: Fox News

Suspects questioned in Jussie Smollett case arrested, no charges: police

16-Feb-2019

Two suspects who were questioned about the alleged hate crime against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have been arrested, Chicago Police told Fox News on Friday.

‘EMPIRE’ STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT RECOUNTS ALLEGED HATE CRIME AS CHICAGO POLICE ID PERSONS OF INTEREST. Responding officers, according to a police report, found Smollett with a rope hanging from his neck. He alleged the men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him and poured an "unknown chemical substance" on him.

Source: The Guradian

Brazil dam disaster: police arrest eight employees of mining company

16-Feb-2019

Brazilian police have arrested eight employees of mining company Vale SA accused by state prosecutors of covering up weaknesses at a dam that collapsed and likely killed more than 300 people.

The arrests and search warrants targeted employees of Vale as well as employees of German auditing firm TÜV SÜD, which had certified the dam as stable. Police also carried out 14 search warrants as part of the investigation, prosecutors in the mining state of Minas Gerais said.

Source: Common Domain

Gold ends at 2-week high, up for the week on reports of Sino-U.S. trade-talk progress

16-Feb-2019

Gold futures marked the highest finish in two weeks Friday, as progress in trade talks in the final day of this week’s round of U.S.-China trade negotiations was seen as bullish for the yellow metal, overshadowing strength in the dollar and a pick up in global equity markets.

Progress on trade negotiations can be bullish for gold because China is one of the biggest purchasers of the yellow metal, commodity traders said.

Source: The Guradian

Rambling Trump calls an emergency in speech that goes on and on and on

16-Feb-2019

When Donald Trump awarded himself emergency powers on Friday, it was with an all too familiar mix of falsehoods, fearmongering and shoutouts to his favourite rightwing broadcasters.

Trump sniffed frequently, and at times his speech sounded slurred, as he bragged of his achievements, aired his grievances and offered an alarming preview of his 2020 campaign pitch. There were random segues from illegal immigration to relations with President Xi.

Source: Fox News

Trump shares video compilation of Democrats at State of the Union to track of R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts'

16-Feb-2019

President Trump on Friday shared a highlight reel of Democratic lawmakers looking less than pleased at the State of the Union, with the track of R.E.M.'s melancholy "Everybody Hurts” echoing in the background.

“Madame Speaker, members of Congress, the state of our union is strong,” Trump says, the video first zooming in on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with a blank stare; and cutting to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who seemingly lets out a large sigh and eye roll when listening to Trump.

Source: Fox News

Unopened vintage 'Super Mario Bros.' video game sells for $100G, setting new world record

16-Feb-2019

The group includes Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games and coin dealer and video game collector Rich Lecce, the owner of Robert B. Lecce Numismatist Inc.. "We all knew how hard it is to find an open copy of this version in nice condition, but to find one still sealed is truly something I thought I would never see, even after selling vintage video games for over 20 years,” said Gieg in the statement.

Source: The Guradian

Research reveals over half of Australians follow women's sport

16-Feb-2019

Monique Macleod, chief marketing officer at Commonwealth Bank, says: “It’s wonderful to see Australian women’s cricket starting to reap the benefits of long term investment, broader exposure and the extraordinary talent of the team to put the game on the map.”

There is no shortage of top-level women’s sport in play at the moment and its popularity is soaring according to new research, with almost half of Australians surveyed saying they are more interested in it than they were a year ago.

Source: Reuters

U.S. quarterback Kaepernick settles grievance case with NFL

16-Feb-2019

(Reuters) - Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national debate when he protested against racial injustice by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem, has resolved a pending grievance with the league, the two sides said on Friday.

Kaepernick, 31, filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners in October 2017 after going unsigned as a free agent through the fall of that season, following his decision to opt out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Source: Reuters

NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy

16-Feb-2019

A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its “priority watch list” over alleged TV piracy, filings show.

The Trump administration announced its 2018 “priority watch list” last April, and added Saudi Arabia to its less serious “watch list” over similar concerns.

Source: BBC

RBS warns of Brexit harm as profits double

16-Feb-2019

Asked how the bank is preparing for a no deal Brexit, Mr McEwan told the BBC: "For those businesses that are a bit concerned they may have to pre-buy a number of raw materials for their production, we've put aside £3bn for what we call a Growth Fund".

The Royal Bank of Scotland brand was the bottom of 16 banks for overall service quality for personal customers in Britain, and 13th out of 14 for satisfaction among small business account holders.

Source: Reuters

Uber posts $50 billion in annual bookings as profit remains elusive...

16-Feb-2019

Uber Technologies Inc had $50 billion in total bookings for its ride-service and food-delivery businesses last year, a testament to the size and global reach of the company as it prepares to woo investors in one of the biggest public stock listings to date.

But, he said, Uber’s business still represents a fraction of global consumer spending on transportation, and “evidence that Uber is making significant inroads into changing behaviors” is critical to its long-term success.


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