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Google’s mobile search results now include videos of celebs answering your questions

 Google is testing a new feature that will allow celebrities and other notable figures to answer users’ search queries directly in the form of “selfie” videos posted in the Google Search results. The company says this program is initial

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: NRA is going down, GOP despair is going up, and tips may be going away

Less than two weeks after the Parkland shooting, both Delta and United have dropped special arrangements with the NRA. xDelta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program.
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: NRA is going down, GOP despair is going up, and tips may be going away

Less than two weeks after the Parkland shooting, both Delta and United have dropped special arrangements with the NRA. xDelta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018 The airlines turning their back on the NRA follows the cutting of ties by car rental firms Enterprise, Alamo and National. NRA members also no longer get discounts at Best Western or Wyndham Hotels. But it’s not just travel companies that are breaking away from the NRA. NRA VISA cards, which were issued by the First National Bank of Omaha, will no longer be available. MetLife will no longer issue an insurance discount (which seems like an odd thing to have offered in the first place). Tech companies Symantec and SimpliSafe have cut the NRA loose.  That’s pretty astounding. Not just because the NRA remains a large organization. It doesn’t have anything like the 15 million members it has sometimes claimed, but it does have somewhere close to 4 million — and they’re a famously vindictive lot. After all, NRA membership has been falling for years, and anyone who has stuck with them to this point is a true believer (or the irritated recipient of a gift membership). At least, that’s the theory. But is it more than a theory? Companies who cross the NRA have to be afraid of … what? What exactly do they have to fear? After all, when is the last time the NRA faced a serious push? It has been decades, at least. In fact, its not clear that the NRA has ever faced a genuine existential crisis— and that’s what this is — in the whole of its 147 year history. Yes, the NRA has fended off past attempts at gun safety regulations, even when they were supported by a large majority of citizens in both parties. But all that took was paying off a few Senators. Of all the over-inflated hobgoblins in politics, the NRA may be the most puffed up little toad of the bunch. There’s no evidence that kicking them constitutes touching a third rail. It just means not getting a drink from their dirty money pipeline from Russia. Which probably matters to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Not so much to politicians who are capable of raising money without the help of Kalashnikov. How serious is the threat to the NRA? Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma González joined Twitter only two weeks ago. As of Sunday morning, her @Emma4Change account had 655,000 followers — 100,000 more than the NRA account. Dana Loesch can scowl all she wants, but the energy is not on her side. Not this time. There may be 74 million gun owners in the United States, but 70 million of them have chosen not to belong to the NRA. For a reason. A decade from now, someone might mention the NRA and get nothing but a look of confusion? NRA? What is that? Rowing? Racquetball? And while that person is puzzling it out, someone might mention another unknown name. Like Cruz. Or Rubio. Or any other clown that decides to ride this Hindenburg all the way to the ground. Come on in. Let’s read pundits.

Syria’s tragedy, America’s crime: The collapse of national sovereignty

We understand less about the carnage in Syria than we should: Did U.S. intervention cause all this suffering?
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Syria’s tragedy, America’s crime: The collapse of national sovereignty

We understand less about the carnage in Syria than we should: Did U.S. intervention cause all this suffering?

Why is the GOP alienating a generation of soon-to-be voters who were raised on school shootings?

Politicians owned by the NRA may still be saying it’s “too soon” after the latest mass shooting to talk about gun control, but apparently “about a week” is just the right amount of time for those on the right to come after the survivors, who have d
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Why is the GOP alienating a generation of soon-to-be voters who were raised on school shootings?

Politicians owned by the NRA may still be saying it’s “too soon” after the latest mass shooting to talk about gun control, but apparently “about a week” is just the right amount of time for those on the right to come after the survivors, who have demanded action in a way that one would think nobody could deny. Survivors who have demanded action have a closeness to the situation that grants them a unique authority on the matter, and one would think that nobody could deny them. Nobody could possibly dismiss these survivors, these children, after what’s happened. Nobody could be that terrible in the face of such tragedy. Enter the conservatives from stage left. x Embedded Content Over the weekend, really gross Facebook posts started popping up, trying to cast doubt on the intelligence of Douglas High students, but they initially came from the fringe, right down the street from the factory where the tinfoil hats are made. But this week, we’re hearing these same nonsense theories and dismissals in the mainstream, and we’re hearing them from government officials, not just on 4chan or InfoWars. Rather than accept the possibility that children who just survived a shooting would fight to ensure nobody else ever goes through what they did, GOP pundits, aides, and politicians are grasping instead at the Trumpian™ Method: deflect and discredit. (And in one Texas school, they’re also using threats to stifle student outrage.) xThe big question is: should the media be promoting opinions by teenagers who are in an emotional state and facing extreme peer pressure in some cases?— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) February 20, 2018 They were coached, they cry! They’re too articulate, they say! They can’t possibly have formed these conclusions on their own! They couldn’t possibly organize like this on their own! They’ve been hijacked by the left, you see! xGenuine grief I can empathize with. But grief organized for the cameras—politically orchestrated grief—strikes me as phony & inauthentic— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 21, 2018 Wrong answer. And it's going to bite the right in the butt. HARD.

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ICAI assures 'accelerated inquiry' into auditors' role in PNB fraud

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has already issued show cause notice to all central statutory auditors of PNB and the auditors of Gitanjali Gems
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ICAI assures 'accelerated inquiry' into auditors' role in PNB fraud

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has already issued show cause notice to all central statutory auditors of PNB and the auditors of Gitanjali Gems

Maharashtra sugar mills owe cane farmers Rs 25 bn due to low sales

The official said falling prices in the wholesale market had meant that mills were unable to pay the farmers as per the formula
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Maharashtra sugar mills owe cane farmers Rs 25 bn due to low sales

The official said falling prices in the wholesale market had meant that mills were unable to pay the farmers as per the formula

MSE gets Sebi nod for electronic book building mechanism for online bidding

MSE was set up by Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies (India) Ltd (FTIL) and it commenced operations in the currency derivatives segment in October 2008
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MSE gets Sebi nod for electronic book building mechanism for online bidding

MSE was set up by Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies (India) Ltd (FTIL) and it commenced operations in the currency derivatives segment in October 2008

Hindcon Chemicals IPO opens on Monday, to raise Rs 77 mn to meet expenses

Chemical products manufacturer Hindcon Chemicals today said its initial public offer (IPO) will open tomorrow to raise up to Rs 7.73 crore. The company said it will use the proceeds to meet working capital requirements, general corporate purposes and expense
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Hindcon Chemicals IPO opens on Monday, to raise Rs 77 mn to meet expenses

Chemical products manufacturer Hindcon Chemicals today said its initial public offer (IPO) will open tomorrow to raise up to Rs 7.73 crore. The company said it will use the proceeds to meet working capital requirements, general corporate purposes and expenses. The IPO will put to offer 27,60,000 equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each at a cash price of Rs 28 per piece. The issue closes on February 28. «With several decades of concrete experience in the field, wide range of products and strong R&D back-up, the company is poised for strong growth and well positioned to become a leader in the segment, increase its market share and profitability,» Sanjay Goenka, Managing Director and Promoter of the company said in a statement. In 2016-17, the company's net revenue of operations was Rs 33.94 crore, of which 32.14 per cent came from exports to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The key product portfolio of Hindcon includes protective waterproofing coatings, sodium silicates, concrete ...

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Apple moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China

 Apple told Reuters that the company had to comply with Chinese authorities and move iCloud data to Chinese data centers. Not everyone’s data is moving to China. This is only going to apply to residents of mainland China who chose China as their ma
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Apple moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China

 Apple told Reuters that the company had to comply with Chinese authorities and move iCloud data to Chinese data centers. Not everyone’s data is moving to China. This is only going to apply to residents of mainland China who chose China as their main country when they created their Apple account (not Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan). The Chinese government can now ask Apple to decrypt… Read More

GoBee Bike throws in the towel in France

 Bike-sharing startup GoBee Bike is giving up and shutting down in all French cities where it operates. GoBee Bike operates just like Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike. You open the app, you find a bike on the map and you unlock it by scanning a QR code. Onc
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GoBee Bike throws in the towel in France

 Bike-sharing startup GoBee Bike is giving up and shutting down in all French cities where it operates. GoBee Bike operates just like Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike. You open the app, you find a bike on the map and you unlock it by scanning a QR code. Once you’re done, you lock it again and leave it there — there’s no dock. And yet, the startup is blaming vandalism and says… Read More

Watch Samsung’s MWC conference live right here

 Samsung’s press conference at MWC in Barcelona is happening today. The conference starts at 6 PM CET (5 PM GMT, 12 PM EST, 9 AM PST). You can also check out our liveblog to get our commentary on Samsung’s news. And of course, everybody is wa
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Watch Samsung’s MWC conference live right here

 Samsung’s press conference at MWC in Barcelona is happening today. The conference starts at 6 PM CET (5 PM GMT, 12 PM EST, 9 AM PST). You can also check out our liveblog to get our commentary on Samsung’s news. And of course, everybody is waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. Details about the company’s new flagship devices already leaked, but we don’t know much… Read More

Samsung MWC 2018 Liveblog

 Mobile World Congress isn’t always a huge show for Samsung (last year we got a couple of tablets and some vague 5G news), but this year the company’s not messing around. Between the many teasers and seemingly endless deluge of leaks, the Gal
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Samsung MWC 2018 Liveblog

 Mobile World Congress isn’t always a huge show for Samsung (last year we got a couple of tablets and some vague 5G news), but this year the company’s not messing around. Between the many teasers and seemingly endless deluge of leaks, the Galaxy S9 is all but announced at this point. Even so, once of the nice things about the company is that it always seems to have a little… Read More

Watch HMD unveil Nokia phones live right here

 HMD is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona to showcase some Nokia-branded phones. The conference starts at 4:00 PM CET (3:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM EST). HMD licenses the Nokia brand so that the company can release smartphones under the Nokia brand
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Watch HMD unveil Nokia phones live right here

 HMD is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona to showcase some Nokia-branded phones. The conference starts at 4:00 PM CET (3:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM EST). HMD licenses the Nokia brand so that the company can release smartphones under the Nokia brand. It isn’t the company we used to know and love, but it still says Nokia. So get ready for some new Nokia phones running Android. You… Read More

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Switzerland: 1 dead, 3 injured after being hit by avalanche

BERLIN (AP) - Swiss police say a woman has died after being hit by an avalanche in the Alps near the Italian border. Police in Switzerland's Valais canton (state) said four skiers were carried away by the avalanche Saturday afternoon after leaving a mountain
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Switzerland: 1 dead, 3 injured after being hit by avalanche

BERLIN (AP) - Swiss police say a woman has died after being hit by an avalanche in the Alps near the Italian border. Police in Switzerland's Valais canton (state) said four skiers were carried away by the avalanche Saturday afternoon after leaving a mountain hut in the Arolla area. Rescuers ...

Bearing witness

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - Loren Allison was drafted into the Army during World War II in 1944, at age 18, and arrived in Europe in spring 1945, as combat with the Germans was coming to a close. «He joked that when the Germans heard he was coming, they su
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Bearing witness

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - Loren Allison was drafted into the Army during World War II in 1944, at age 18, and arrived in Europe in spring 1945, as combat with the Germans was coming to a close. «He joked that when the Germans heard he was coming, they surrendered,» ...

Oklahoma family donates treasured flag

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Patty Kelly Stevens watched as Japanese troops shouted in anger and tore apart her prison camp barracks in the Philippines near the end of World War II, looking for something she knew her mother was hiding. "Don't worry, they've been in t
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Oklahoma family donates treasured flag

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Patty Kelly Stevens watched as Japanese troops shouted in anger and tore apart her prison camp barracks in the Philippines near the end of World War II, looking for something she knew her mother was hiding. "Don't worry, they've been in there three times and they ...

UA art gallery planned at historic Fayetteville house

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A historic home downtown will have temporary tenants while crews repair the building, which may lead to a more lasting arrangement. Molly Rawn, the city's tourism director, introduced to the Advertising and Promotion Commission a dea
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UA art gallery planned at historic Fayetteville house

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A historic home downtown will have temporary tenants while crews repair the building, which may lead to a more lasting arrangement. Molly Rawn, the city's tourism director, introduced to the Advertising and Promotion Commission a deal with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville's School of Art for ...

New home proposed for $100 million in Utah artifacts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's first state flag and an 1843 wedding dress from one of the state's first female pioneers are among more than $100 million worth of artifacts that are at risk of being destroyed due to poor storage conditions in the basement of Sal
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New home proposed for $100 million in Utah artifacts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's first state flag and an 1843 wedding dress from one of the state's first female pioneers are among more than $100 million worth of artifacts that are at risk of being destroyed due to poor storage conditions in the basement of Salt Lake City's ...

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s A Superman Gift Guide!

Superman is the gold standard for superheroes. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 and has been a staple in pop culture for the past 80 years. Since his […] The post It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s A Superman Gift Gu
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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s A Superman Gift Guide!

Superman is the gold standard for superheroes. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 and has been a staple in pop culture for the past 80 years. Since his […] The post It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s A Superman Gift Guide! appeared first on Geek.com.

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Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for W

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China.
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Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for W

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China.

Toyota rules out WEC hiatus ahead of new LMP1 regs

The Japanese manufacturer is currently only committed to the WEC to the end of the 2018/19 superseason, but insists it would be natural to remain for the first season run to the winter-series format in 2019/20 should it make a long-term commitment to the cham
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Toyota rules out WEC hiatus ahead of new LMP1 regs

The Japanese manufacturer is currently only committed to the WEC to the end of the 2018/19 superseason, but insists it would be natural to remain for the first season run to the winter-series format in 2019/20 should it make a long-term commitment to the championship.Toyota Motorsport GmbH technical director Pascal Vasselon told Motorsport.com: "We are interested in the 2020 ... Keep reading

The varied excitement of F1's launch season

A 4am alarm call last Sunday meant only one thing. Time to head to the airport. As far as air miles are concerned, January is Formula 1's quietest month. The holidays are over, but testing has yet to commence. Occasionally, there is the odd new car launch tha
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The varied excitement of F1's launch season

A 4am alarm call last Sunday meant only one thing. Time to head to the airport. As far as air miles are concerned, January is Formula 1's quietest month. The holidays are over, but testing has yet to commence. Occasionally, there is the odd new car launch that takes you overseas in January - but not always by plane.One year Toyota delivered a brand new Lexus to my front door with ... Keep reading

Wrong turn costs cross-country skier medal at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Austrian cross-country skier Teresa Stadlober was well on her way to a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games. Then came a mental hiccup that cost her a spot on the podium but earned her a place in Olympic history. With 7 kilome
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Wrong turn costs cross-country skier medal at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Austrian cross-country skier Teresa Stadlober was well on her way to a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games. Then came a mental hiccup that cost her a spot on the podium but earned her a place in Olympic history. With 7 kilometers left in Sunday's ...

South Korean presidential office: North Korean delegate to Olympics says Pyongyang willing to hold t

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - South Korean presidential office: North Korean delegate to Olympics says Pyongyang willing to hold talks with U.S.
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South Korean presidential office: North Korean delegate to Olympics says Pyongyang willing to hold t

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - South Korean presidential office: North Korean delegate to Olympics says Pyongyang willing to hold talks with U.S.

Video: Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull F1 2018 cars compared

In these clips from the latest episode of Motorsport.tv’s weekly programme The Flying Lap, Peter Windsor and Craig Scarborough inspect the launch-spec cars that were unveiled last week.Mercedes While reigning champi ... Keep reading
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Video: Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull F1 2018 cars compared

In these clips from the latest episode of Motorsport.tv’s weekly programme The Flying Lap, Peter Windsor and Craig Scarborough inspect the launch-spec cars that were unveiled last week.Mercedes While reigning champi ... Keep reading

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