Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH, on Nov. 7, 2016, the night before election day.Suzanne Kreiter | Boston Globe | Getty ImagesBy the numbers, there is no bigger advocate of President Donald Trump on Facebook than The Epoch Times.The small New York-based nonprofit news outlet has spent more than $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months, according to data from Facebook’s advertising archive — more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself, and more…

Google’s lightweight Go search app is now available worldwide

A year and a half after it had a limited launch in India and Indonesia, the lightweight Google Go search app is now available worldwide. At just over 7MB in size, the app is meant as a way to find information online for low-powered devices, and is also able to remember your search results when you’re back online if your connection drops. The app is available now on the Play Store, and Google says it will run on all Android devices running on Lollipop (5.0) and above. As well as…

Goldman CEO memo calls Apple Card ‘a beginning’ on launch day

FILE PHOTO: David M. Solomon, President and Chief Operating Officer, Goldman Sachs, speaks at the Milken Institute’s 21st Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonNEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) officially became a credit-card lender on Tuesday by rolling out its first product with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), but the bank has aspirations to grow much bigger in consumer lending, its chief executive said in an internal memo viewed by Reuters. The virtual credit card, which officially launched to all U.S. customers, is…

Italian PM to resign, denounces Salvini for sinking government

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s prime minister announced his resignation on Tuesday as he made a blistering attack on his own interior minister, Matteo Salvini, accusing him of sinking the ruling coalition and endangering the economy for personal and political gain. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, next to Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, addresses the upper house of parliament over the ongoing government crisis, in Rome, Italy August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara NardiPrime Minister Giuseppe Conte, addressing parliament after it was recalled from its summer recess to decide the future of the…

Tesla shareholder Ron Baron still believes in Elon Musk despite ‘self-inflicted wounds’

Billionaire investor Ron Baron remains bullish on Tesla and CEO Elon Musk despite « some self-inflicted wounds » and shares of the company falling about 32% in 2019. Baron, speaking Tuesday on CNBC’s « Squawk Box, » cited Tesla’s ongoing expansion in China; revenue growth; and advancements in all-electric vehicle technologies as reasons for his unwavering support. « Tesla has an opportunity, » he said, adding several automakers — specifically German competitors — are now attempting to play catch-up with Tesla on its advanced technology. Baron, CEO and chief investment officer of…

Apple health team faces departures as tensions rise over differing visions for the future

Jeff Williams introduces the new Apple Watch capable of taking an FDA-approved electrocardiogram at the company’s annual product launch, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif.Karl Mondon | Digital First Media | Getty ImagesApple’s health team has seen a slew of departures in the past year after a series of leadership changes and internal disagreements about direction.Tension has been increasing in the health care team in recent months, according to eight people familiar with the situation, although that undercurrent started several years ago. Some employees have become disillusioned with the…

Republican-led report finds Facebook has ‘significant work’ to earn conservatives users’ trust

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesFacebook released an interim report Tuesday analyzing claims of anti-conservative bias on the platform. The report, by Senator Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and a team at law firm Covington & Burling, found the leading social media platform has a ways to go to earn back conservative users’ trust.As a result of the…

Brexit: ‘No prospect’ of a deal unless backstop is dropped

Unless the UK’s withdrawal agreement with Brussels is reopened and the backstop abolished there is no prospect of a deal, No 10 has said. The strong statement came after the EU pushed back against Boris Johnson’s proposal to implement « alternative arrangements » for the UK-Irish border. Mr Johnson has said the backstop is « anti-democratic » and must be scrapped. But Donald Tusk said it was « an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland ». Meanwhile, the government has said UK officials will stop…

Andrew Harper death: Murder accused appears in court

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a police officer who was killed while investigating a burglary. Jed Foster, 20, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper, and the theft of a quad bike. PC Harper, of Thames Valley Police, died on Thursday after being dragged along the road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire. Mr Foster has been remanded to appear at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday. Robert Jacques, defending, said Mr Foster, of Pingewood in Burghfield near Reading, denied…

Italy government crisis: PM Conte to quit amid coalition row

After a blistering attack on coalition partner Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he will offer his resignation. Mr Conte said Mr Salvini had been « irresponsible » in creating a new political crisis for Italy for « personal and party interests ». Mr Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party, had tabled a no-confidence motion against Mr Conte. He also said he could no longer work with his coalition partners Five Star. The League and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement formed a coalition to govern…

‘Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14’

Media playback is unsupported on your device When 14-year-old Kelliyah started experiencing severe abdominal pain, she initially blamed it on one too many fizzy drinks and a lack of exercise. She lived with the persistent symptoms for weeks before going to hospital. But once she did, doctors found a tumour the size of a pumpkin and, within 24 hours, Kelliyah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Doctors found a tumour weighing more than 5kg. What is ovarian cancer? One of the most common types of cancer in women, about 7,500 new…

Vocational ‘T-level’ worth three top A-levels

Students who achieve the very top grade in their T-level qualification will have the equivalent of three A*s at A-level, it has been announced. University admissions service Ucas says a starred distinction will be worth 168 Ucas points – the same as three A*s, each worth 56 points. Those who are awarded a merit will have the equivalent of three Bs at A-level. The government says the « size and rigour » of the new T-level course is comparable to studying three A-levels. The two-year qualifications are being brought in…

Facebook is hiring journalists to curate its news tab

The Facebook logo is displayed during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, 2019 in San Jose, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesFacebook on Tuesday confirmed it’s hiring a team of veteran journalists to help curate news stories in its soon-to-launch news tab.The company confirmed the plans after The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Facebook is bringing human curators on board, instead of just relying on algorithms to determine what news stories its users see.A small team of editors will be charged with selecting the most relevant, national…

Big Tech probe by state AGs could come as soon as next month, WSJ says

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. attends the Viva Tech start-up and technology gathering at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France.Christophe Morin/IP3 | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesA state-led antitrust probe of Big Tech firms could come as soon as next month, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.The investigation would put additional pressure on large technology companies that are already facing scrutiny on the federal level. The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans in…

Italy PM Conte quits amid coalition row

After a blistering attack on coalition partner Matteo Salvini, Italy’s prime minister says he will resign This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

Croatian diplomat suspended for ‘white Europe’ comments

A senior Berlin-based Croatian diplomat has been accused of damaging her country’s reputation after she wrote inflammatory Facebook posts alongside idyllic images of the Adriatic coast. « Just white Europeans as it used to be only 30 years ago in the whole of Europe, » wrote Elizabeta Madjarevic. The foreign minister said she was being recalled. The incident has embarrassed Croatia, which only joined the EU in 2013 and takes over its presidency next January. The Facebook account of Ms Madjarevic, who is first secretary at the Berlin embassy, has…

Apple Card is now available to everyone in the US

Apple card transactionAppleThe Apple Card is now available to all U.S. customers, the company said Tuesday.Apple announced the full launch of its new iPhone-integrated credit card, a joint venture with Goldman Sachs, on its website Tuesday. Previously, a limited number of customers were invited to apply for the card early.The company also announced the card was extending its 3% « Daily Cash » policy to more merchants and apps, including Uber and Uber Eats.This story is developing. Please check back for updates.  Source: CNBC

Coming to a college near you: Robots bearing Blaze pizzas, Starbucks and sushi (but no beer)

Starship Technologies’ delivery robots are rolling out to college campuses including Purdue University and the University of Pittsburgh.Starship TechnologiesSelf-driving robots from Starship Technologies can now deliver Starbucks, Blaze pizzas, sushi rolls, and almost anything but alcohol to students on college campuses in the U.S. via partnerships with food service companies including Sodexo and Compass Group.University of Pittsburgh and Purdue University are the latest to get the robots, and Indiana University will see them on campus in September, following in the footsteps of George Mason University and Northern Arizona University. Students…

Turkey ousts three Kurdish mayors for suspected militant links, launches security operation

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey on Monday replaced Kurdish mayors with state officials in three cities and detained more than 400 people for suspected militant links, the Interior Ministry said, a move likely to fuel tensions in the mainly Kurdish southeast. The ministry also said it had launched an operation with some 2,300 commandos against militant fighters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeastern provinces. The mayors of three major southeastern cities – Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van – are accused of various crimes including membership of a terrorist…

EU rebuffs British PM Johnson’s opening Brexit bid

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s demand that the European Union reopen the Brexit divorce deal was rebuffed on Tuesday by the bloc, which said Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Fusion Energy Research Centre at the Fulham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, Britain August 8, 2019. Julian SimmondsAfter more than three years of Brexit crisis, the United Kingdom is heading towards a showdown with the EU as Johnson has…

Google stops sharing Android user data that helped carriers plan coverage

Google is ending a service that saw it share Android data with wireless carriers globally to help them better understand the network coverage they provided, the company has confirmed. Reuters reports that the Mobile Network Insights service, which Google launched in 2017 but which has gone largely unnoticed until now, was meant to help carriers plan or upgrade their wireless networks by showing them signal strengths and connection speeds in their coverage areas. However, the company has now decided to end the free service offering, reportedly due to fears that…

Italy government crisis: Fate of coalition to be decided as PM faces removal

The fate of Italy’s coalition is set to be decided after weeks of hostility between ruling parties the nationalist League and Five Star. Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, called for a snap election earlier this month, saying differences between the parties had led to deadlock. Italy’s independent Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due to make a statement amid speculation he may quit. If a new coalition government is not agreed, it could force fresh elections. On Tuesday, Mr Salvini tweeted: « We’ll see if anyone has made arrangements, if…

Sony is buying ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Ratchet & Clank’ developer Insomniac Games

Marvel Spider-Man signage is seen at the Sony Corp. PlayStation booth during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.Troy Harvey | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesSony’s gaming division announced late Monday that it will buy U.S. video game developer Insomniac Games.The acquisition follows a more than 20-year relationship between the two companies on a host of popular games exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation console, including « Spider-Man, » « Rachet & Clank » and « Resistance. »Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) said the company would…

Emotions stir in Jerusalem as HBO’s ‘Our Boys’ hits local airwaves

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of the conflict. Hussein and Suha Abu Khdeir, whose son’s murder is the subject of the HBO series « Our Boys », watch the show’s first two episodes in their East Jerusalem home August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad“Our Boys”, which premiered in Israel and the United States last week, centers on Mohammed…

Shares of China’s Baidu pop over 8% after earnings beat as CEO says ‘temporary pain’ will pay off

Baidu shares surged over 8% in U.S. after-hours trade after it reported earnings for the second quarter that beat market expectations, as it managed to fend off newer rivals like TikTok parent ByteDance in the advertising space.Here are the results for the June quarter:Revenue of 26.3 billion yuan, or $3.83 billion, according to the exchange rate published in the company’s earnings release. That represented a 1% year-on-year increase or 9% on the quarter. Revenue beat market expectations of 25.76 billion yuan.Earnings per share of 10.11 yuan, beating estimates of 6.12…

Realme 5 and 5 Pro announced with quad cameras and low prices

Realme is continuing its breakneck release cadence today with the announcement of the Realme 5 and 5 Pro, its new mainline smartphones for India and the successors to the impressive budget-focused Realme 3. Both phones have four rear cameras and will go on sale for typically low prices. The Realme 5 Pro is the more advanced device. It has a Snapdragon 712 processor, a 4,035mAh battery, a 6.3-inch 1080p LCD screen with a waterdrop notch, and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There’s also a headphone jack…

IFTTT warns its Nest users not to migrate to Google accounts

IFTTT, the free service that uses conditional applets to extend the functionality of smart home devices, has issued both good and bad news to Nest owners. The good news is that IFTTT Applets designed for the Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, and Nest Cam will continue to work after August 31st, the date Google will shut down the Works with Nest program. The bad news is that the applets will stop working if users migrate their Nest accounts to Google accounts. Google originally announced that the Works with Nest program would…

Brexit: Boris Johnson says ‘anti-democratic’ backstop must be scrapped

Boris Johnson has told the EU the backstop plan for the Irish border must be scrapped because it is « unviable » and « anti-democratic ». In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, the PM said the backstop – which aims to avoid a hard border – risked undermining the Northern Irish peace process. If the plan were removed, Mr Johnson claimed a Brexit deal would be passed by Parliament. Brussels has not yet responded. However, the EU has consistently insisted the backstop must remain part of the…

Lightning strike ‘partly to blame’ for power cut

A lightning strike and the sudden loss of two large electricity generators caused nearly a million people to lose power in England and Wales earlier this month, an interim report has found. The National Grid outage affected homes, businesses and transport, and while power was restored quite quickly, disruption continued into the next day. Regulator Ofgem has opened an investigation into National Grid and other companies involved. That could involve a financial penalty. Ofgem said its investigation « would try to establish what lessons can be drawn from the power…