‘Facebook baby ads taunted me after stillborn’

Facebook has apologised to a mum whose baby was stillborn after she continued to receive parent-related adverts despite triggering the settings to hide them. Anna England Kerr wrote an open letter to the social media giant – asking them to stop bombarding her. “Your ads were unintentionally taunting me with reminders of what I’d lost,” it read. Facebook said it was caused by a bug in the system that has now been fixed. Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 BST on BBC Two and…

How to download a copy of everything Apple knows about you

Stephen Lam | Reuters Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, smiles during a demonstration of the newly released Apple products following the launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, September 12, 2018. Apple launched a new privacy website on Wednesday that makes it easier to download a full copy of everything you’ve stored on the company’s servers. You can also delete everything in case you want to move your data from Apple to another company. CNBC has covered how to do this before, but you used to have…

Facebook co-founder wants to repeal Trump tax cuts to pay for a $500 per month basic worker income

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes said Thursday the federal government could give U.S. workers a stipend of $500 per month by repealing the tax cuts passed late last year. Hughes, author of « Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn » and an advocate for a basic income, argued that less than a third of Americans have reaped the benefits of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. « Everybody else, they’re making the same amount that they made in 1978, » Hughes said in a « Squawk Box » interview. Meanwhile,…

2019 is shaping up to be a year of massive tech IPOs, with valuations as high as $100 billion

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for massive tech IPOs, with valuations that could reach as high as $100 billion or more. Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have been open about their ambitions to go public, but several other tech companies have begun to hint at upcoming IPOs as well. Here are the companies to watch in 2019. This elusive data-mining company backed by Peter Thiel is the latest tech giant to consider an IPO for late 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal. Palantir is currently…

Google’s updated Material Design is the future of how Android apps will look

Google is making changes to the visual style and design of its software and refreshing the design guidelines for Android apps. We saw the beginning of this shift with the initial developer release of Android P earlier this year. Today at its I/O conference, Google offered more examples of the colorful icons, rounded corners, and gratuitous use of white space that mark an evolution over the initial Material Design style that’s served as the visual foundation for Google’s apps and many third-party Android apps over the last four years. You…

Trump warns Mexico on migrant caravan, threatens to close border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border on Thursday if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks prior to awarding the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War veteran retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major John Canley in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas“I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico…

Special Report: Why Poland fell out of step with Europe

Poland’s government is clashing with Europe. Underlying that is a surge in patriotic values, fostered in schools and a volunteer army.WARSAW – Last winter, Monika Pawlik spent her days crawling through mud and digging trenches in frozen ground, training for Poland’s home guard. Her daughter, Helena, hadn’t yet turned 2 years old. The town hall clerk is under no illusions about the potential risks of serving in the volunteer army, saying she is ready to die for the homeland. “I understand that if there is a war, formations such as…

Beaten-up tech stocks to feel more pain, investor Paul Meeks predicts

The tech-heavy Nasdaq is on pace for its steepest monthly decline since January 2016, but veteran investor Paul Meeks isn’t ready to jump into the wreck for bargains just yet. Meeks, who ran the world’s biggest tech fund for Merrill Lynch during the dot-com boom and subsequent collapse, is predicting more trouble due to a powerful shift in the market. « What we have seen, and it’s unmistakable, is a move from growth to value, » he said Wednesday on CNBC’s « Trading Nation. » « That’s going to continue…

Tech and real estate turn to the cloud to protect cities from floods

Intense storms are becoming much more frequent, resulting in heavier rainfall and flooding that wreaks havoc on local infrastructures, budgets and economies. This summer was one of the wettest on record in much of the Northeast. Study after study have shown that storms with extreme rain are becoming more common, and consequently posing a new challenge to old, outdated stormwater systems in cities large and small. Most of the nation’s stormwater systems are simply unable to handle the increasingly heavy rainfall. And it gets worse as urban development increases because…

Mr. Wonderful doesn’t sugarcoat anything with Wicked Good Cupcakes on ‘Beyond the Tank’

It’s not everyday you make « Shark Tank » history — let alone persuade Mr. Wonderful to have faith in your product. But for the mother-daughter team behind Wicked Good Cupcakes, their delicious treats led them to an even sweeter deal. On Season 4 of « Shark Tank, » co-founders Tracey Noonan and daughter Dani Vilagie accepted a royalty deal from Kevin O’Leary — the first in « Shark Tank » history. Now, the business partners have joined forces once again on Thursday night’s episode of « Beyond the Tank.…

‘Grand Theft Auto’ publisher gets a court order to raid homes of alleged cheat developers

The publisher of « Grand Theft Auto V » and its parent company were granted the right to raid the homes of five people who allegedly made cheat software to manipulate the video game’s online mode. A court order issued by the Federal Court of Australia, dated September 21, gave Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive’s lawyers the right to search the homes of the developers and seize any evidence related to the cheat. The people were identified in the court order as Christopher Anderson, Cyrus Lesser, sfinktah, Koroush Anderson and…

EU launches $115.2 million clean energy investment fund

The European Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy to set up a joint investment fund called Breakthrough Energy Europe (BEE). In a statement Wednesday, the Commission said the 100 million-euro ($115.2 million) fund would be used to help « innovative European companies develop and bring radically new clean energy technologies to the market. » Breakthrough Energy Ventures is an investor-led fund with over $1 billion in committed capital to build « cutting edge companies » to help stop climate change. Its chairman is…

Procter & Gamble is testing 3D printed Gillette razors

Gillette customers will now be able to order personalized 3D printed razors in a pilot program from parent company Procter & Gamble. Razor handles will be printed using stereolithography, a type of 3D printing technology from Boston-based Formlabs and people will be able to choose from 48 designs and seven colors, priced between $19 and $45, including one razor blade. A pack of four extra blades will cost $15 and orders will shop in two to three weeks from the company’s new Razor Maker website. 3D printing has mostly been…

Google could finally face serious competition for Android

The fact alone that Google will start charging in Europe for what one could fairly call “parts of” Android is in itself huge news. The change, announced yesterday as a result of a European Commission lawsuit, is a major shift in Google’s business model and has the potential to loosen the company’s grip on the search and browser market. It is a big deal. But of all the changes that this new licensing model could bring, simply charging licensees might not be the biggest. The biggest detail could end up…

No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money. Sanitation workers sort out credit cards and IDs after retrieving wallets from a drain, after local media reported that a stash of wallets were clogging a canal in Poblacion, Batangas City, Philippines October 16, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Domav Panganiban/via REUTERSA man working near the scene shot video footage showing the workers in a…

Inside Facebook’s ‘War Room,’ where the company is fighting to stop election manipulation

There are about two dozen desks packed into a windowless room, a half-dozen screens with TV news and Twitter feeds and even more monitors lining the walls tracking trends in Facebook user behavior. This is Facebook’s first ever « War Room, » designed to prevent election manipulation by improving data-sharing across the company and enabling quick decisionmaking. This roughly 900-square-foot room, which it recently showed to journalists, is a visual representation of the company’s commitment to dramatically improving communication and security ahead of the U.S. midterms. This demonstration of Facebook’s…

Crimea attack: Kerch students left with horrific bomb injuries

Students have been left with horrific injuries after a bomb went off at a college in Crimea and a gunman killed 20 people with a rifle. The killer has been named as Vladislav Roslyakov by Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014. Fifteen fellow students and five teachers died at Kerch technical college. Ten victims are in intensive care; some have had limbs amputated. Roslyakov, 18, shot himself after his rampage, reports say. Crimea’s Russian-backed leader, Sergei Aksyonov, said on Thursday that the gunman had acted alone but must have had…

Uber reportedly raises $2 billion in debut junk bond sale ahead of blockbuster IPO

Uber has raised $2 billion in a junk bond sale, according to a report, as it gears up for its 2019 stock market debut. The ride-hailing firm raised $1.5 billion through the sale of eight-year notes with a yield of 8 percent — it had initially pitched $1 billion — and an additional $500 million by selling five-year notes with a yield of 7.5 percent in a private placement led by Morgan Stanley, according to the Financial Times. Uber was not immediately available when contacted by CNBC; nor was Morgan…

Brexit: UK to consider longer transition period

Media playback is unsupported on your device UK government sources say they would consider an extension to the UK’s transition out of the EU by a few months, if needed. The move could buy the two sides more time to come up with a solution to the problem of the Irish border. It comes after a summit of EU leaders in Brussels failed to make decisive progress in reaching an agreement. The UK leaves the EU in March, and the current plan is for the transition period to finish at…

Iran may benefit as US-Saudi ties are tested

Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi could place Riyadh’s longstanding rival Iran at an advantage. A linchpin of America’s foreign policy in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a crucial component of President Donald Trump’s plan to isolate Iran. The White House needs Riyadh to stabilize the energy market when U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil production take place in November. But if the U.S.-Saudi relationship turns sour over accusations that Riyadh killed Khashoggi, Trump’s strategy may not go as planned — and that could…

U.S. opposed to Koreas’ plan for no-fly zone over border: sources

SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States opposes a plan by South and North Korea to set up a no-fly zone over their heavily fortified border, the latest sign of a rift between Seoul and its top ally, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. A man stands near binoculars as he tries to see North Korea’s propaganda village of Gijungdong at the Dora observatory near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiWashington and Seoul both publicly insist they are on…

Huge Facebook hack wasn’t conducted by a nation-state, investigation reportedly suggests

Facebook believes that the hackers who gained access to private information of some 30 million users on the site were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The findings so far suggested that the hackers were not affiliated with a nation-state, the Journal said, citing sources familiar with Facebook’s internal investigation. Internal researchers believe that the people behind the attack are from a group of Facebook and Instagram spammers who present themselves as a digital marketing company, according to the WSJ. Their…

More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (Reuters) – More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand trekking through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal. Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., are seen on a truck during a new leg of her travel in Zacapa, Guatemala October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoThe caravan has been growing steadily since it left the violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on…

Late brothel owner Hof will win Nevada vote: campaign manager

(Reuters) – A brothel-owning Republican candidate for the Nevada state legislature who died this week will remain on the ballot and win his election in November, his campaign manager predicted on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Dennis Hof, who owned the Moonlite BunnyRanch legal brothel and was a Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36, poses outside the brothel in Mound House, Nevada, U.S. June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File PhotoDennis Hof, 72, who died on Tuesday, styled himself as America’s best-known pimp and a strip-club owner who ran multiple brothels. He…

US oil edges up after 3 percent drop on big stock build

Oil prices edged up on Thursday, steadying after a big drop overnight due to a jump in U.S. crude stockpiles and supported by ongoing tensions over the death of a prominent Saudi journalist. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 17 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $69.92 a barrel by 0031 GMT, after falling 3 percent in the previous session to settle below $70 for the first time in a month. Front-month London Brent crude for December delivery was up 23 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $80.28,…

A pity to throw it away: insurer stores damaged art in Germany

COLOGNE, (Germany) (Reuters) – What happens to artworks which are too badly damaged to be restored once the insurer has paid out the claim? Naief Abou of German art logistics company Roggendorf Master Packer unpacks the damaged sculpture « Waescherin » by an unknown artist during a media tour in a depot of German art insurer AXA Art that stores damaged art in Cologne, Germany, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo SchmuelgenUp to 300 of them – scratched, torn or punctured works by well-known artists including Gerhard Richter, Christo and Giorgio de…

Exxon Mobil bets big on China LNG, sidesteps trade war

HOUSTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – In the middle of a Sino-U.S. trade war, the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company is turning toward Beijing for business at a time when most of Corporate America is looking elsewhere to avoid the threat of tariffs. FILE PHOTO: The ExxonMobil Hides Gas Conditioning Plant process area is seen in Papua New Guinea in this handout photo dated March 1, 2018. ExxonMobil/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Exxon Mobil Corp is placing big bets on China’s soaring liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand, coupling multi-billion dollar production…

What the row over U.S. aid means to Central America

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand moving through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal. FILE PHOTO: A Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., carries his daughter at a migrant shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria/File PhotoThe caravan has grown steadily since it left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday. The…

Cramer Remix: I’m calling out the Fed as lazy and irresponsible

CNBC’s Jim Cramer argued on Wednesday that « mixed » economic data, coupled with more hawkish rhetoric from the Federal Reserve, were to blame for the stock market’s volatile trading session. « Remember what’s at stake here. We are now in the midst of earnings season, where we can piece together a mosaic of what’s really going on in the economy. If the economy’s fabulous, then the Fed’s current course — one rate hike in December followed by three more next year — is correct, » the « Mad Money…

Devoted Health, a start-up selling health insurance to seniors, is worth $1.8 billion

The team behind Castlight Health and Athenahealth, both public companies in health-tech, are onto their next billion-dollar venture. Devoted Health, a health insurance start-up targeting seniors, is now valued at $1.8 billion, people familiar with the matter told CNBC, after raising $300 million in fresh capital earlier this week. The sources asked not to be named because the valuation wasn’t disclosed. Todd and Ed Park, brothers and serial health-tech entrepreneurs, founded Devoted last year, jumping into the market for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which provide coverage for people over age…