Uber, Google and other tech employees form Coalition of Black Excellence

Uber, Google and other tech employees form Coalition of Black Excellence

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When black employee resource groups from a variety of tech companies come together, black magic happens. More specifically, black excellence happens. The Coalition of Black Excellence Week, spearheaded by Uber Litigation Counsel Angela Johnson in collaboration with black ERGs from over 40 tech companies like Facebook, Google, eBay, Lyft and Microsoft, kicks off this Monday in the San Francisco Yay (Bay) Area. The idea for CBE Week came in part from Johnson’s experiences living in Washington D.C., and being able to attend events put on by the Congressional Black Caucus, she told me at Uber’s headquarters this week. “When I moved out to the Bay Area, I really wished there were similar types of experiences for tech,” Johnson said. “And I thought if we could brin...
Trump Uses Florida School Massacre As Excuse To Attack FBIs Russia Probe

Trump Uses Florida School Massacre As Excuse To Attack FBIs Russia Probe

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In a tweet late Saturday, Trump said the agency’s failure was “very sad” and “not acceptable.” He also suggested the agency was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.” “There is no collusion,” Trump claimed. “Get back to the basics and make us all proud!” he added. Trump’s post followed Friday’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian entities by a federal grand jury empaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller. The Russians are accused of meddling with the 2016 presidential election and looking to boost Trump’s campaign. Download
Ive Been Eating Thousands Of Cicadas Just In Case Thats The Requirement For Getting A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame: 5 Questions With Daniel Kaluuya

Ive Been Eating Thousands Of Cicadas Just In Case Thats The Requirement For Getting A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame: 5 Questions With Daniel Kaluuya

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Daniel Kaluuya is taking Hollywood by storm. His performance in the horror hit ‘Get Out’ earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and his appearance in ‘Black Panther’ is earning rave reviews. We sat down with the talented young actor to ask him a few questions about his life and career. 1. Do you prefer doing film or stage work? I love both, but I prefer being interviewed on the local news about gas prices. Giving my two cents on the fluctuating prices of oil is as good as it gets. 2. You work a lot in horror and superhero films. Were you a fan of these genres growing up?The only film genre I was a fan of growing up was werewolf movies where the werewolf gets cured of being a werewolf in the first scene and then spends the rest of the film apologiz...
Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain

Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain

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Lizzy Yarnold overcame dizzy spells to win a second successive womens skeleton gold medal and become the first Briton to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain Laura Deas claims bronze after thrilling set of final runs First time Britain have won three medals in same day Sean Ingle in Pyeongchang Sat 17 Feb 2018 09.01EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close Lizzy Yarnold gives Britain first gold of 2018 Winter Olympics video Added Yarnold: I dreamt a couple of nights ago that we were both on the podium together, but I was too wo...
How Long Couples In Lasting Relationships Should Wait To Start Having Sex, According To Science

How Long Couples In Lasting Relationships Should Wait To Start Having Sex, According To Science

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For new couples, moving too fast or too slow when it comes to getting physical can be a big worry.  Many people wonder when the best time is to start being sexually intimate in a relationship. The answer is complicated, spanning anywhere from a few dates to a few months after beginning to spend time together. Valentine's Day is coming soon, signaling a romantic milestone for many couples. But for some new pairs, the worry that your relationship is moving too fast or too slow can become a major concern. Which got us wondering: When is the best time to start being sexually intimate in a relationship, according to science? The answer is complicated, spanning anywhere from a few dates to a few months after you start to spending time together. One of th...
Welcome to Limassolgrad: the city getting rich on Russian money

Welcome to Limassolgrad: the city getting rich on Russian money

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The skyline in Cyprus is changing rapidly with rich Russians moving in to claim a little slice of the EU Welcome to Limassolgrad: the city getting rich on Russian money The skyline in Cyprus is changing rapidly with rich Russians moving in to claim a little slice of the EU Helena Smith in Limassol Last modified on Sat 17 Feb 2018 08.56EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp In the marina of the island states second largest city super-yachts are berthed in front of 15m villas. Photograph: f8grapher/Getty Images/iStockphoto Nearly five years on from Cypruss near financial collapse and bailout, Limassol is undergoing a property development boom fuelled by Russian money. In the marina of the island states second l...
13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections

13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections

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Video Special counsel indicts Russian nationals for meddling 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies have been charged in an elaborate plot to use social media and the internet to damage the American political system; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from the Justice Department. A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in a case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that detailed a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S.  The Russian nationals are accused of setting a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election.” Th...
Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security

Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security

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French startup Sqreen recently launched a Security Hub with dozens of plugins to put you in control of the security of your web app. In many ways, it feels like enabling tasks on popular automation service IFTTT. Sqreen participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield and Y Combinator’s current batch. The vision of the product hasn’t changed. Sqreen lets you protect your web service with little effort from your side. Big companies have dedicated security teams that protect services, try to run attacks to find weaknesses and more. Smaller companies don’t necessarily have enough time and money to build a dedicated team. But your product is still vulnerable to SQL injections, XSS attacks and brute-force attacks. Sqreen isn’t a firewall. You just have to install ...
FDA Warns Of Possible Euthanasia Drug In Major Dog Food Brands

FDA Warns Of Possible Euthanasia Drug In Major Dog Food Brands

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The J.M. Smucker Company is voluntarily withdrawing shipments of several of its dog food brands, including Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy. You can view a full list of the affected products here. The investigation found that “one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital” — Gravy Train. Amazon/Gravy Train Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks is one of the varieties J.M. Smucker is withdrawing. The FDA wrote that its own “preliminary evaluation” of Gravy Train samples suggests that the drug is not present at high enough levels to pose a health risk, but food containing any amount of pentobarbital is considered adulterated. A spokeswoman for the J.M. Smucker Company told HuffPost that the company&rsq...
Scientists Think They’ve Finally Figured Out What Caused The Mysterious Radioactive Cloud That Wafted Across Europe

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Figured Out What Caused The Mysterious Radioactive Cloud That Wafted Across Europe

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Over two months towards the end of last year, several organizations began detecting unusual levels of radioactivity billowing across much of Europe. The particles – which were rapidly assessed to be harmless to people – were tentatively traced to somewhere around the Ural Mountains, although rather worryingly no one was entirely sure of their origin, and no one was admitting to the release. Now, a new report published this month by the French Institute of Radioprotective and Nuclear Security (IRSN), who have been trying to piece together what led to the discharge of ruthenium-106, a radioactive nucleotide that is created by splitting atoms in a reactor, and does not occur naturally, appears to come to a fairly solid conclusion. The...
Man completes 20,000-mile pub adventure

Man completes 20,000-mile pub adventure

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Image copyright Ben Coombs Image caption The most northerly pub in the world in Pyramiden To find the most northerly and southerly pub, Mr Coombs looked for licensed premises where anybody could walk in off the street and buy a beer.Although there are bars in Antarctica they are located on bases and are not accessible to members of the public or are not licensed, he said. So Mr Coombs looked for the southernmost settlement outside Antarctica, and came across Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Image copyright Ben Coombs Image caption The journey involved 20,000 miles of driving and a range of road surfaces From Pyramiden, Mr Coombs drove his green 20-year-old TVR Chimaera, called Kermit, across Europe to Southampton from where the car was shipped to New York in Augus...
Paints And Cleaning Products Now Match Cars For Urban Pollution

Paints And Cleaning Products Now Match Cars For Urban Pollution

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For decades the primary source of urban air pollution has been cars. Now many cities are reaping the clean air rewards of automobile pollution controls, but we've overlooked smaller contributors that, collectively, are now as much of a problem as transport. Many widely used chemicals release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some advertise the fact with the familiar fresh paint smell, but others can easily go unnoticed. It's long been known VOCs can be a major problem indoors, causing conditions such as “sick building syndrome”. However, the great outdoors was thought to be a different matter. After all, Americans go through about 15 times as much fuel in cars as they use petroleum-based chemicals for everything else, and it was naturally e...
Fired Google Engineer Loses Diversity Memo Challenge

Fired Google Engineer Loses Diversity Memo Challenge

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Google’s firing of an engineer over his lawsuit accusing the internet giant of harassing him and others over their conservative political views. When he was dismissed in August, Damore accused Google of violating the employee right to engage in "concerted activity" to address workplace issues, a category which the labor board has found can include forms of activism ranging from lawsuits to strikes to social media posts.“Much of" Damore’s memo was probably protected under the law, the labor board’s attorney, Jayme Sophir, said in the Jan. 16 memo. But Sophir went on to find that Google discharged Damore only for his "discriminatory statements," which aren’t shielded by labor law.Because companies have a duty to comply with equal em...
Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farm for election meddling

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farm for election meddling

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down a set of indictments, charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with interference in the U.S. presidential election in efforts dating back to 2014. The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, a bot farm and disinformation operation based out of St. Petersburg, as one of the sources of the fake accounts meant to create divisions in American society. Those accounts were active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the indictment brings up specific examples from the internal review results that these tech companies handed over to Congress.
Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Slams South, Central Mexico

Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Slams South, Central Mexico

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Mexico City (AP) -- A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state's capital, nearer the quake's epicenter, which was in a rural area close to Mexico's Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state. There were no immediate reports of deaths. "It was awful," said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City's trendy Condesa district, too frightened to go back inside. "It started to shake; the cars were going here and there. What...
Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the companys fancy new glass office

Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the companys fancy new glass office

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People in glass offices should probably watch where they’re going. Collisions have been one very clear downside of Apple’s $427 million spaceship office in Cupertino, according to a story out of Bloomberg. The “people familiar with the incidents” won’t say how widespread a phenomenon all of this is, but there’s a definite potential downside to glass walls in a setting where occupants are regularly staring down at their phones. In an effort to combat the phenomenon, some have apparently taken to sticking Post-Its on potential hazard zones — a sort of primitive form of augmented reality.  As someone who regularly runs into stuff, I can personally confirm that walls, not people are to blame in this situation, and likely the whole things is more...
Alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was reported to FBI, cops, school — but warning signs missed

Alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was reported to FBI, cops, school — but warning signs missed

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Video Could the FBI have stopped Nikolas Cruz? Parkland shooting suspect reportedly had ties white nationalist group called Republic of Florida and was reported to FBI last September. #Tucker Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered an "immediate review" after it emerged that the FBI had not acted on a recent tip that Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz wanted to “kill people” and there was the “potential of him conducting a school shooting.” In a statement, the FBI admitted to receiving a call on Jan. 5 from a person close to Cruz who contacted the FBI through its Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to express concerns about his erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts. Video President Trump calls for he...
Essential Phones new Halo Gray color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

Essential Phones new Halo Gray color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

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The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon and which is now available to pre-purchase. Amazon is a partner to Essential both as a sales channel, and as an investor. The distribution partnership with Amazon has been particularly fruitful, among all its sales channels, according to Essential President Niccolo de Masi, so it made sense to do something unique for Amazon with the ‘Halo Gray’ colorway. With the Halo Gray Essential Phone, customers get the dark, matte finish of...