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The internet is roasting YouTube’s ‘Rewind 2019’ video, with people calling it lazy and low-budget

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YouTube just dropped its annual year-in-review video, called “Rewind 2019: For the Record,” that highlights the platform’s biggest creators and trends in 2019. The video is already getting roasted on Twitter, where users are calling it lazy and boring. Additionally, the video itself has already accrued significantly more dislikes than likes on YouTube. Not everyone […]

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A group of developers sent a letter demanding GitHub cancel its ICE contract, saying it puts the Microsoft-owned company at odds with its own community and values (MSFT)

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Microsoft-owned GitHub recently renewed a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency responsible for carrying out the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies. A group of open-source developers sent an open letter asking GitHub to cancel its contract with ICE and set higher ethical standards for its business dealings. GitHub has yet to respond to […]

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South Sudan Creates Tribunal to Try Security Operatives

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South Sudan’s government has opened a special tribunal to try National Security Service (NSS) operatives accused of committing crimes. The head of the NSS legal directorate said Thursday the tribunal is an attempt to end impunity and restore the image of the service, damaged by numerous reports of human rights abuses. Five years ago President […]

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The Obamas reportedly just bought a $12 million house on Martha’s Vineyard. Take a look inside the 7-bedroom waterfront mansion.

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Barack and Michelle Obama just dropped $11.75 million on a house on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Julia Wells reported for The Vineyard Gazette. The 7-bedroom home spans almost 7,000 feet and sits on 29 waterfront acres, according to the listing. It comes with an outdoor swimming pool, sun decks and balconies, a boathouse, and private […]

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Here’s why one Wall Street firm simultaneously slapped new ‘buy’ ratings on Facebook and Alphabet

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Facebook and Alphabet received simultaneous upgrades from the same Wall Street firm on Thursday. Analysts from Stifel boosted the two tech companies’ ratings from “hold” to “buy,” while also raising their price targets. The analysts cited strong revenue growth trends and a robust outlook for the digital advertising market as some of the main drivers […]

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Will Boris Johnson Slay the ‘Beast of Bolsover?’

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BOLSOVER, ENGLAND — Dennis Skinner is a no-nonsense, unchanging socialist and the only British MP ever to heckle the Queen’s Speech Ceremony, when Britain’s lawmakers process from the Commons annually to the House of Lords to hear the monarch’s address outlining the government’s legislative program. Nicknamed the “Beast of Bolsover,” a reference to the Derbyshire […]

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Ravenous Black Friday shoppers drove the strongest early holiday sales in six years, Bank of America says

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The “early” holiday shopping season posted the strongest sales since 2013 after jumping 2.2% year-over-year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote Wednesday. The early period “is not great” at predicting total holiday season sales, but the analysts “would not be surprised” if spending grew as much as 4% from 2018. The revenue growth was […]

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Wall Street analysts dissect Netflix’s 5 hottest topics for 2020, including cash burn, subscriber growth, and product placement (NFLX)

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Next year will be a defining one for Netflix, which will face more competition than ever from formidable media and tech titans like Disney, Apple, and WarnerMedia. The streaming service will have to prove that its business model, which relies entirely on subscription revenue, can hold up against companies like Amazon and Disney that have […]

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Language-learning app Duolingo is now valued at more than $1 billion after an investment from Google’s parent company (GOOG, GOOGL)

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Language-learning company Duolingo just raised $30 million from CapitalG, an investment fund under Google’s parent company, Alphabet. This investment means the company is now valued at over $1 billion — making it Pittsburgh’s first unicorn. Duolingo’s success might also be tied to its distance from Silicon Valley, and the dramatically lower costs associated with that. […]

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French Cosy Up in Carpools to Beat Transport Strike

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Quentin Louedec, a 28-year-old engineer, usually struggles to find anyone wanting to share a ride on his daily three km (two mile) commute to the Val-de-Seine industrial zone in northern Paris. But not on Thursday. Demand on carpooling apps surged ahead of a public sector strike across France that paralyzed transport and forced commuters to […]

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Court to Consider Bathroom Use by Transgender Student

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A transgender student’s fight over school bathrooms comes before a federal appeals court Thursday, setting the stage for a groundbreaking ruling. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments about whether a Florida school district should be ordered to allow students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Drew […]

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Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen is buying the New York Mets. Take a look inside the NYC condo that he recently sold for $30 million.

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Steve Cohen is buying the New York Mets baseball team, CNN reported. In May, the billionaire hedge-fund manager sold his New York City condo for $30 million. The West Village condo was asking $33.5 million and sold after just 32 days on the market, according to Christie’s International Real Estate, which represented the sale. Cohen’s […]

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You may soon be able to get your hands on these limited-edition Gucci-branded Snapchat Spectacles

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Snapchat recently released its latest model of smart sunglasses, called Spectacles 3, that cost $380 and allow for you to capture first-person videos and photos. Now, Snapchat has partnered up with luxury designer Gucci and Harmony Korine, the director behind “Spring Breakers,” to produce a limited-edition iteration of the new Spectacles. Although these special-edition Spectacles […]

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Anti-Headscarf Law Activist Sues Iran in US Over Harassment

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An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women has sued Iran in U.S. federal court. Masih Alinejad’s lawsuit filed on Monday seeks monetary damages, alleging that a government-led harassment campaign has targeted her and her family. It also comes in the aftermath of nationwide protests in […]

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Fire in Refugee Camp on Greek Island Kills a Woman

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A fire that broke out early Thursday in a housing unit at a refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos has left one woman dead, Greek authorities said, as the country’s prime minister met with top European officials to discuss issues related to migration and refugees. The fire department said the small fire […]