Genius.com accuses Google of copying its song lyrics

In the last couple of years, if you type a song title into Google, you’ll get a box that includes the its lyrics, alongside the usual search results. It’s a useful tool, but one company that specializes in song lyrics, Genius Media, says that Google has been copying their lyrics for years for its search results. Genius has been around since 2009, and it describes itself as a platform “platform for annotating clever rap lyrics,” and has since expanded into other types of music, and a place for music fans…

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Technology companies need to take responsibility for chaos they create

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels, on October 24, 2018.ARis Oikonomou | AFP | Getty ImagesApple CEO Tim Cook warned that Silicon Valley companies needed to take responsibility for the « chaos » they create in a speech Sunday at Stanford University.Although Cook did not mention companies by name, his commencement speech in Silicon Valley’s backyard mentioned data breaches, privacy violations, and even made reference to Theranos, a disgraced startup. « Lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation – the belief…

Taking aim at Johnson, British PM hopefuls make Brexit case

LONDON (Reuters) – Several hopefuls vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May turned their fire on favorite Boris Johnson on Sunday, questioning his pledge to leave the European Union by the end of October no matter what. Boris Johnson, leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister, leaves home in London, Britain, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleWith former London mayor and foreign minister Johnson keeping a low profile, the other candidates have targeted the air waves to present their cases to lead the governing Conservative Party. But the question always…

Tory leadership race: Contenders clash over Brexit

Contenders to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader have clashed over delivering Brexit during a TV debate. The MPs differed over whether a new deal could be renegotiated with the EU, and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. Leadership hopefuls are appearing before a studio audience at a debate hosted by Channel 4 News. Boris Johnson is not taking part, arguing that debates with several candidates « can be slightly cacophonous ». Four of the five candidates argued against closing down Parliament in order to push through a no-deal Brexit.…

‘Men in Black: International’ leads box office with muted $28 million

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Hollywood seems to be coming down with a contagious case of franchise fatigue this summer, as “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” become the latest sequels largely dismissed by moviegoers in North America. FILE PHOTO: Tessa Thompson poses for a picture during a photocall for the film « Men in Black: International » ahead of its Russian premiere, in Moscow, Russia June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File PhotoSony’s “Men in Black: International” led ticket sales at the box office this weekend with $28.5 million, but still fell short of expectations. Those receipts represent…

As Peru tightens its border, desperate Venezuelans cling to asylum lifeline

TUMBES, Peru (Reuters) – Thousands of Venezuelans crossed into Peru despite a crackdown on migrants without passports or visas meant to stem the flood of immigration from their crisis-stricken nation, as many lacking those documents filed asylum requests instead. Venezuelan migrants queue at the Ecuadorian Peruvian border service center, to process their documents and be able to continue their journey, in the outskirts of Tumbes, Peru June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsVenezuela’s economic collapse under President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed the biggest migratory crisis in recent Latin American history, forcing…

Blast-hit tankers to be assessed off UAE coast

DUBAI (Reuters) – The two oil tankers crippled in attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran are being assessed off the coast off the United Arab Emirates before their cargos are unloaded, the ships’ operators said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman, in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran, June 13, 2019. ISNA/Handout via REUTERSDamage assessment on Japan’s Kokuka Courageous and preparation for ship-to-ship transfer of its methanol…

I spend almost $800 in subscriptions on my iPhone per year. Here’s how to see what you spend

Chinese customers in an Apple store on Jan. 3, 2019, in Beijing, one day after Apple preannounced weak quarterly results that it attributed primarily to a sales slowdown in China.Lintao Zhang | Getty ImagesIf you’ve been using an iPhone for a long time, you may have signed up for various app subscriptions over the years.I pay for lots of stuff on my iPhone, like HBO through Apple TV+, Headspace for meditation, Apple News+, Apple Music, Carrot Weather and monthly AppleCare+ plans for various devices.I use and need a lot of…

Big Health wants you to cure your insomnia with its app, then delete it — some investors hate that

Peter HamesBig Health CEO Peter Hames wants people to use his app to treat their insomnia — and then delete it for good.His app, Sleepio, essentially works by leveraging an approach known as cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to give users the tools to manage their own thought patterns differently and overcome their anxieties.But some investors view this goal of curing insomnia permanently as a problem, and have passed on funding the company as a result, he says. « Some investors are shocked when I tell them that I actively want…

Guatemala to elect president amid tensions over violence, migration

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalans on Sunday will vote for a new president, who will face the challenge of curbing drug gang violence that has convulsed the country and helped spur illegal immigration to the United States, fueling tensions with President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: Sandra Torres, presidential candidate for the National Unity of Hope (UNE), raises her arms flanked by members of her party during her closing campaign rally in Villanueva, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Guatemala June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Luis EcheverriaNineteen candidates will compete in the election,…

Factbox: Guatemalan presidential hopefuls square off in first round vote

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalans will choose between a gaggle of presidential hopefuls on Sunday’s election at a time when drug trafficking and violence top the list of voter concerns, and a trailblazing anti-corruption commission is set to close down. Voters will also elect 158 lawmakers to the unicameral Congress as well as scores of local officials spread across 22 departments in Central America’s most populous country. If no presidential candidate wins more than 50% in Sunday’s first round election, a second round will be held in August. Some 8.5…

Tory leadership race: EU will renegotiate Brexit package says Hunt

The EU « would be willing to renegotiate » a Brexit deal, says Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt, adding « they want to solve the problem ». The EU has previously said the withdrawal agreement reached with the UK cannot be reopened. Unlike the race frontrunner, Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt did not commit to leaving the EU on 31 October. Fellow leadership contender Rory Stewart said proposals from a citizens’ jury could break the Brexit impasse. Dominic Raab – also running to replace Theresa May and become the next prime…

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters return to streets despite suspension

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended. The bill, which would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China, has prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been « suspended » for the time being. But protest leaders demanded that the bill was scrapped. Some have called on Ms Lam to resign over…

‘Sea of black’ Hong Kong protesters demand leader step down

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets in central Hong Kong on Sunday dressed in black to demand the city’s leader step down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill in a dramatic retreat following the most violent protests in decades. The massive rally saw some protesters carry white carnation flowers, while others held banners saying, “Do not shoot, we are HongKonger,” as they sought to avoid a repeat of the violence that rocked the financial center on Wednesday when police fired rubber bullets…

Backing Stewart, junior defense minister Ellwood says Johnson needs to be tested

Boris Johnson, leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister, leaves home in London, Britain, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, should be tested in the leadership contest and the person to challenge him is international aid minister Rory Stewart, junior defense minister Tobias Ellwood said on Sunday. “Who will actually test Boris and get him to raise his game? … I believe Boris Johnson in one corner and Rory Stewart in another, that is a competition that would be…

Trump hits out again at Khan over London violence

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a « national disgrace » who is destroying the UK’s capital. His comments came after five attacks in London in less than 24 hours left three men dead and three others injured. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was « absolutely awful » Mr Trump was using the « tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor ». President Trump’s tweets follow a long-running feud between the two…

Thousands dressed in black rally to demand Hong Kong leader steps down

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday dressed in black to demand the city’s embattled leader steps down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill in a dramatic retreat following the most violent protests in decades. A person stands on a scaffolding surrounding the Pacific Place complex next to a banner related to the protests against the proposed extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Activists set up gazebos as protesters, some carrying white flowers, started…

State sponsor behind May tanker attacks, says UAE minister

NICOSIA (Reuters) – The UAE’s foreign minister said on Saturday a “state sponsor” was involved in a May 12 attack on oil tankers in the Gulf, but did not name any particular country. He did not mention attacks on two other tankers this week in the same area. The United States has said Iran was involved in both the May and the June incidents – accusations dismissed by Tehran. “Our conclusion is this has only been possible by a state-sponsored attack,” Al Nahyan told reporters after meeting his Cypriot counterpart…

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters gather for new march

Crowds have begun to gather in Hong Kong for another mass protest on Sunday, despite a government climb-down on a controversial extradition bill. The bill, which would have allowed extradition to mainland China, prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been « suspended » for the time being. Protest leaders, however, are demanding it be permanently scrapped. Some have urged Ms Lam to resign over the unrest. Protesters are concerned at increased influence by…

Donald Trump hits out again at Sadiq Khan over London violence

US President Donald Trump has once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a « national disgrace » who is destroying the UK’s capital. His comments came after five attacks in London in less than 24 hours left three men dead and three others injured. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was « absolutely awful » Mr Trump was using the « tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor ». President Trump’s tweets follow a long-running feud between the two men. Retweeting a post by right-wing commentator…

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson wins backing from Esther McVey

Former Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has thrown her support behind Boris Johnson’s bid. Ms McVey – eliminated in the first ballot – told the Sunday Telegraph she was backing him because he had promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson is the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May but his rivals have insisted they will not drop out. He is the only one of the six remaining candidates who will not take part in the first TV debate on Channel 4 later. His team reportedly have reservations…

Wainfleet flooding: Hundreds spend night away from town

Hundreds of people spent the night away from their homes following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents of 580 homes in and around Wainfleet were told to evacuate amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping. The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days. The Environment Agency said it had a plan to manage the flood water around Wainfleet, and that work would continue in daylight. Earlier, Lincolnshire Police issued a list of about 140 postcodes in which homes could be…

Taekwondo star unbowed by her disability

A teenager with special needs who has a black belt in taekwondo says the sport makes her “feel strong”. Angel Stevens, 17, from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, was born with foetal valproate syndrome, a rare condition which causes brain damage and physical deformity. She won a gold medal at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in 2016. Now her family are raising money for her to take part in a taekwondo competition in New Zealand for people with special needs. “It feels like I’m strong and I can do things when I…

For U.S.-bound Central American migrants, better to stay in Mexico than be sent home

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – Many of the Central Americans who lined up for papers at an asylum office in southern Mexico said they could abandon plans to reach the United States and remain in Mexico if U.S. President Donald Trump clamps down further on migration. Central American migrants wait outside the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) in Tapachula, Mexico, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jose CabezasMexico is ramping up security on its southern border with Guatemala as part of an agreement with Washington after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican…

India to impose retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. goods from Sunday

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will impose higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. products including almonds, apples and walnuts from Sunday, following Washington’s withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi. FILE PHOTO: A man holds the flags of India and the U.S. while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade in New York August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File PhotoThe new duties take effect from Sunday, a government notification said, in the latest trade row since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in 2017 vowing to act against…

Ancient Afghan citadel collapses, cultural heritage sites at risk

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s cultural heritage and the government’s ability to protect them. The old citadel known as Ghaznain Fort originally had 36 towers, but 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent years due to decades of war, heavy rain and neglect. The fort is one of dozens of unique historic sites in Afghanistan – ranging from the pre-Islamic Buddhist center…

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters vow to push ahead

Protesters in Hong Kong have vowed to push ahead with a rally on Sunday, despite the government’s decision to suspend its controversial bill to allow extradition to mainland China. Protest leaders urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign and permanently scrap the plan. The proposed bill led to mass demonstrations and sparked some of the worst violence seen in years. Protesters are concerned at increased influence by Beijing in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a « one…

Wainfleet flooding: More homes evacuated

Media playback is unsupported on your device More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents in 580 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to « evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable ». The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days. The Environment Agency has described the situation as « unprecedented…

Tory leadership: Rival candidates say there must be ‘no coronation’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Rivals for the Conservative leadership have said there must be no uncontested « coronation » for leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. Several candidates said the party needed to learn from the experience of electing Theresa May unopposed in 2016. « Let’s not make the same mistake again, » said Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It comes as Mr Johnson expressed fears about damaging « blue-on-blue » attacks in forthcoming TV debates. While he has agreed to take part in the BBC’s debate on Tuesday, Mr…

India announces retaliatory trade tariffs against the US

India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds and apples. The new duties, some as high as 70%, are in response to Washington’s refusal to exempt Delhi from higher taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Earlier this month, US President Trump also announced the US was withdrawing India’s preferential trade treatment. Tariffs of up to 120% were announced by India in June last year, but trade talks had delayed their implementation. In an announcement on Friday, India’s Ministry of Finance said the…