FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks talks Huawei and net neutrality on The Vergecast

On this week’s interview episode, Nilay is joined by Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and Verge policy reporter Makena Kelly, on the heels of the agency’s recent announcement that it would likely approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Commissioner Starks couldn’t say much about the proposed merger deal, but he had plenty to say regarding a host of other issues the FCC has the jurisdiction to chase. Starks was officially confirmed by the United States Senate at the beginning of the year to serve as an FCC commissioner in…

Google is trying to eliminate misleading ads from anti-abortion clinics

Google will now require organizations running ads about abortion to certify whether they actually offer abortions. Starting next month, those certifications will appear inside the ads, letting viewers know whether the organization “provides abortions” or “does not provide abortions,” to prevent viewers from being misled. The disclosures will only be required in the US, UK, and Ireland. The change comes following last week’s report in the Guardian saying that Google has provided grants to a group of pregnancy clinics that indicated they offered abortions, but were actually part of an…

Tarantino rolls into Cannes with ‘dazzling’ ode to cinema

CANNES, France (Reuters) – With Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in tow, Quentin Tarantino unveiled his latest opus in Cannes on Tuesday, a story about movie magic and acting pains that wowed many critics – at least in parts. 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film « Once Upon a Time in Hollywood » in competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 21, 2019. Director Quentin Tarantino and cast members Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie arrive. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Set in the late…

Pure Storage shares tumble on a wider-than-expected loss and weak guidance

Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo.Ryan Anson | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPure Storage shares fell as much as 19% in extended trading on Tuesday after the provider of data storage hardware and services reported a wider loss than analysts expected and also gave disappointing guidance.Here are the key numbers:Earnings: Loss of 11 cents per share, excluding certain items, vs. loss of 8 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Revenue: $326.7 million, vs. $333.1 million as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Revenue in the fiscal first quarter, which ended…

LionsGate still wants to sell Starz to CBS — then might have to merge with MGM to stay relevant

Michael Burns, vice chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., left, and Jon Feltheimer, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Lions Gate.Jonathan Alcorn | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesIt’s the great media paradox: while the amount of content expands, the number of traditional media companies keeps shrinking.CBS is expected to continue talks in the coming weeks with Lions Gate about buying Starz, the premium entertainment network LionsGate owns, according to people familiar with the matter. CBS made a preliminary $5 billion offer for the premium channel, which was rejected, CNBC confirmed last…

Facebook’s ex-security chief says Mark Zuckerberg should hire a new CEO

Alex StamosBrendan Moran | Getty ImagesFormer Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said on Tuesday that Mark Zuckerberg should hire a new CEO and turn his focus to building products. « There’s a legit argument that he has too much power, » said Stamos, who left the company in 2018, at the Collision Conference in Toronto. « He needs to give up some of that power. If I was him, I would go hire a new CEO for the company. »Stamos even offered a specific suggestion: Microsoft President Brad Smith.Facebook and…

Will Smith goes from fear to joy as Aladdin’s new genie

Cast member Will Smith attends the premiere of Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ in London, Britain May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Will Smith was initially worried about playing the genie in Disney’s live action version of “Aladdin” after the celebrated performance by the late Robin Williams more than 25 years ago, but says it eventually became a joy. “What Robin Williams did with this character – he just didn’t leave a lot of room to add to the genie. So I started off fearful but then when I got…

Microsoft is rolling out a Windows 10 update with new security tools

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella speaks to participants during the Viva Technologie show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018, in Paris.Chesnot | Getty ImagesMicrosoft on Tuesday said it’s starting to release the first of two major Windows 10 updates for 2019 for all users. While Microsoft’s growth is based around cloud products like Azure infrastructure and the Office 365 productivity suite, Windows remains a key portion of the business with over 1.5 billion users. Windows 10, across all its various versions, has amassed more than 800…

Once upon a time in Cannes: DiCaprio, Pitt attend new Tarantino film

72nd Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film « Once Upon a Time in Hollywood » in competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 21, 2019. Cast members Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio arrive. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe CANNES, France (Reuters) – Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie scattered some Hollywood stardust on Cannes’ red carpet on Tuesday at the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, an ode to the U.S. movie industry. The “Pulp Fiction” director is vying for the top Palme d’Or award at this year’s…

Jeff Bezos recently told Amazon employees why he’s ‘very excited’ about the auto industry right now

Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos gives a thumbs up as he speaks during an event about Blue Origin’s space exploration plans in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019.Clodagh Kilcoyne | ReutersAt an all-hands staff meeting in March, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees that he’s fascinated by the recent developments in the auto industry, adding that it was one of the main reasons why Amazon led a $700 million investment in the electric vehicle startup Rivian in February. « If you think about the auto industry right…

Apple updates its most expensive line of laptops with faster chips and redesigned keyboards

An Apple employee points to the Touch Bar on a new Apple MacBook Pro laptopStephen Lam | Getty ImagesApple announced on Tuesday that it had released new versions of its MacBook Pro laptops with faster Intel chips and another change to the keyboard that the company says will fix issues experienced by users. The 13-inch MacBook pro starts at $1,799 and the 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399.The exterior design of the laptops is unchanged.Apple’s laptops have been criticized for a keyboard design that users say breaks easily and results…

Twitter’s Ev Williams says his ‘phenomenally lucrative’ bet on Beyond Meat stemmed from veganism

Ethan Brown, founder and chief executive officer of Beyond Meat Inc., center, celebrates with his wife Tracy Brown, center left, and guests during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Thursday, May 2, 2019.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesTwitter co-founder Ev Williams said his past experience as a vegan was one of the factors that led his venture capital firm to make an investment in Beyond Meat, the maker of plant-based meat substitutes that went public earlier this month.Obvious Ventures, which…

Comcast is working on a device like the Amazon Echo, but focused on health

Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of ComcastDavid A. Grogan | CNBCComcast is working on a device like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, but with a focus on monitoring health at home, and aims to begin pilot-testing it later this year.A team under Sumit Nagpal, a senior vice president and general manager of health innovation at Comcast who previously worked at the consulting firm Accenture, has been working on the device for more than a year, according to two people with direct knowledge. Nagpal joined Comcast in February of this…

Apple bid to buy Tesla in 2013 for $240 a share, analyst says

GP: Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an event at the site of the company’s manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesWith Tesla’s stock sinking to around $200 this week, Craig Irwin, an analyst at Roth Capital Partners told CNBC on Tuesday that the electric car company could have sold to Apple six years ago for a significantly higher price per share. « Around 2013, there was a serious bid from Apple at around $240 a share,…

Coca-Cola and ‘Stranger Things’ think we can get nostalgic for a lot of things, even New Coke

A scene from Netflix’s « Stranger Things ».Source: NetflixNew Coke is one of those product flops that often is used as a case study on marketing failures, but Coca-Cola is hoping to turn that around in a cross-promotion with Netflix’s hit show « Stranger Things. »The third season, which starts streaming on July 4, will take place in 1985 — the same year that the beverage giant launched the new formula of its flagship soda.Many will recall that the reaction to New Coke was not what the company anticipated. Consumers…

Belgian monks resurrect brewery after two century break

GRIMBERGEN, Belgium (Reuters) – Belgian monks at the Grimbergen abbey are on the verge of brewing beer again after a break of more than 200 years. Norbertine Father Karel tastes a Grimbergen beer, symbolised by a phoenix, in the courtyard of the Belgian Abbey of Grimbergen before announcing that the monks will return to brewing after a break of two centuries, in Grimbergen, Belgium May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves HermanThe abbey, whose emblem is a phoenix with the Latin motto “Ardet nec consumitur”, meaning “Burned but not destroyed”, was ransacked and…

Britain’s May offers « new deal » to try to break Brexit deadlock

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May set out on Tuesday a “new deal” for Britain’s departure from the European Union, offering sweeteners to opposition parties in her fourth attempt to break an impasse in parliament over Brexit. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on Brexit in London, Britain May 21, 2019. Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via REUTERSThree years since Britain voted to leave the EU and almost two months after the planned departure date, May is mounting a last bid to try to get the deeply divided parliament’s backing…

May to ask lawmakers to vote on a second Brexit referendum

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on Brexit in London, Britain May 21, 2019. Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government will include in her Withdrawal Agreement Bill a requirement for Members of Parliament (MPs) to vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum. “I recognize the genuine and sincere strength of feeling across the House on this important issue,” May said. “The government will therefore include in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to…

‘One last chance’ to get Brexit done, says PM

Theresa May has told MPs they have « one last chance » to deliver Brexit, as she set out a « new Brexit deal ». MPs will get a vote on whether to hold another referendum if they back the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, she said. The bill also contains new guarantees on workers’ rights, environmental protections and the Irish backstop as well a customs « compromise ». If MPs reject the bill, she warned them a negotiated exit would be « dead in the water » and Brexit could…

Dardenne brothers explore radicalization and redemption in Cannes

72nd Cannes Film Festival – News conference for the film « Le jeune Ahmed » (Young Ahmed) in competition – Cannes, France, May 21, 2019. Directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne arrive. REUTERS/Stephane MaheCANNES, France (Reuters) – Cannes regulars the Dardenne brothers said on Tuesday they were driven to explore the sensitive subject of radicalization in their latest film after a wave of attacks in recent years, including those by Islamist militants.     “Young Ahmed” is the latest movie by the Belgian filmmaking duo, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who have…

Crawleys await royal visit in ‘Downton Abbey’ movie, trailer shows

Downton Abbey cast member Maggie Smith poses for the media at a hotel in central London, Britain August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan MartinezLONDON (Reuters) – “Downton Abbey” fans got a glimpse on Tuesday of the television period drama’s upcoming movie adaptation, with a new trailer showing the central Crawley family preparing for a royal visit to their sprawling countryside home. Little has been revealed about the movie, which is set in 1927 and continues the story about a British household in the early 20th century. “The king and queen are coming…

Iraq’s racy TV in Ramadan revives an industry – and draws censure

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – On a studio set in Baghdad, a director watches the star of his TV series hold a knife against the neck of a fellow actor, in a dramatic revival of fortunes for Iraq’s entertainment industry. Iraqi actors prepare for a scene of Òthe hotelÓ TV series, which is being filmed and broadcast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Baghdad, Iraq May 12, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier al-SudaniFilmed in Iraq where the entertainment industry has been battered by conflict, “The Hotel” unfolds in a run-down hostel owned by…

‘One last chance’ to get Brexit done, says May

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Jamie Oliver shutters most UK restaurants, 1,000 jobs go

LONDON (Reuters) – British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain went into administration on Tuesday, leaving 1,000 people without jobs as the majority of branches ceased trading immediately in the latest blow for Britain’s high street. A sign informing the closure of a Jamie’s Italian is seen on the door to the restaurant in London, Britain, May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKayOliver, 43, a well-known figure in Britain and beyond for his popular TV shows and top-selling cookery books, founded his Jamie’s Italian brand of high street restaurants in 2008. “I…

Administrators say 1,000 jobs to go at Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant chain

LONDON (Reuters) – Around 1,000 jobs will be made redundant at Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant chain, the group’s administrators KPMG said on Tuesday, as all but 3 of its 25 branches are closed with immediate effect. “All but three of the Group’s 25 eateries have closed. Both Jamie’s Italian restaurants and Jamie Oliver’s Diner at Gatwick Airport will continue to trade in the short term while the joint administrators explore options for the site,” KPMG said in a statement. “Regrettably, these closures will result in approximately 1,000 redundancies.” Reporting by…

The Honor 20 Pro is a capable flagship announced at the worst possible time

Two days after Google threw the future of Huawei’s Android devices into disarray, its sub-brand Honor is announcing its flagship lineup for the year. The Honor 20 (not to be confused with the Honor View 20 released earlier this year) and Honor 20 Pro will sit at the top of the budget brand’s range, featuring Huawei’s flagship Kirin 980 processor, quad rear cameras, and side-mounted fingerprint scanners, all fronted by a large 6.26-inch display, complete with a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera. The Honor 20 Pro will retail for…

Eero mesh Wi-Fi systems are cheaper today, and Google Nest Hub is almost half off

Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy some networking gear or PC accessories. There are some other popular products on sale, too, like the Google Home Hub smart display, which is under $70 for a limited time. Eero’s mesh Wi-Fi kits are discounted at Amazon today. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a substantial price drop. It was March, in fact, when Amazon celebrated its Eero acquisition by knocking $100 off of each tier of the company’s mesh Wi-Fi systems. Today’s sale isn’t quite as steep,…

Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurants fall victim to high street woes

LONDON (Reuters) – British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain went into administration on Tuesday, threatening around 1,300 jobs in the latest blow for Britain’s high street. Chef Jamie Oliver poses during a photocall at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, France, October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Eric GaillardOliver, 43, a well-known figure in Britain and beyond for his popular TV shows and top-selling cookery books, founded his Jamie’s Italian brand of high street restaurants in 2008. “I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all…

Wall Street set to open higher on Huawei reprieve

(Reuters) – U.S. stock indexes were set to rise at the open on Tuesday, as concerns over a further escalation in the U.S.-China trade war eased after the United States temporarily relaxed curbs on China’s Huawei Technologies. Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidChipmakers, which bore the brunt of Monday’s sell-off, rose in premarket trading after Washington granted the Chinese telecoms equipment maker a license to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19. Companies that have been…

Nord Stream 2 explained: What it is and why it’s proving controversial

Finished pipes are loaded on a truck  for use in the Nord Stream 2, October 19, 2017 in Sassnitz, Germany. Carsten Koall | Getty Images Depending on who you ask, Nord Stream 2 is either a sustainable way to ensure European energy security or a proxy for Russian hybrid warfare. With construction underway and as Germany attempts to downplay criticism of the project, concerns over security and geopolitics remain. United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that a sanctions bill putting restrictions on companies involved in the project would…