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Ecobee’s new voice-powered light switch moves closer to whole-home Alexa

 Alexa is already everywhere in a lot of homes, thanks to the affordability and ease of installation/setup of the Echo Dot. But Alexa could become even more seamlessly integrated into your home, if you think about it. And Canadian smart home tech maker e

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Apple’s plans for $1 billion Austin campus may throw gas on a gentrification fire

Austin is painfully, rapidly gentrifying — and new investment from Apple is poised to make things even worse
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Apple’s plans for $1 billion Austin campus may throw gas on a gentrification fire

Austin is painfully, rapidly gentrifying — and new investment from Apple is poised to make things even worse

Kentucky's Republican governor melts down over prospect of robust investigative journalism

Kentucky's maniac Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is publicly freaking out over the news that ProPublica, what he calls «a left-wing activist group funded by the likes of George Soros» (yes, that's the sound of a dog whistle) is partnering with the Lou
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Kentucky's Republican governor melts down over prospect of robust investigative journalism

Kentucky's maniac Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is publicly freaking out over the news that ProPublica, what he calls «a left-wing activist group funded by the likes of George Soros» (yes, that's the sound of a dog whistle) is partnering with the Louisville Courier-Journal for a year-long investigative reporting project into a state government program. The best part (besides the ratio Bevin racked up with his tweet) is the response from ProPublica. «You asked who @ProPublica is,» they respond. «We thought we’d give you some answers. Like everything we do, they are, you know, actually accurate.» They start out saying that they're «thrilled to be partnering w/ the fine folks» at the Courier Journal, one of 14 newsrooms they'll be partnering with over the next year. And they say the «paper's reporting project is [very] promising.» That'll trigger Bevin. They also don't let his calling out of Soros slide, saying «We noticed you mentioned two of our donors – who just happen to be Jewish.» As for those donors, they had 34,000 of them last year, and Soros's Open Society Foundations provided «less than 2 percent of our revenue.» They go on to point out that «we believe in evidence. Hard, indisputable evidence. Carefully gathered and precisely told.» That's perhaps why, they say, «our peers have given us 4 Pulitzers, 3 Peabodys, 2 Emmys, 6 Polks, a duPont and a National Magazine Award.» Zing. They also let Bevin know that «We'll be in touch with questions and would love *your* answers.» In a P.S., they point out how the Courier Journal has «been doing lots of good work, like this recent story about how @GovMattBevin hired a buddy for a govt job and then gave him a $215,000 raise.» That points to this investigation into the hiring and massive salary hike for his «old army buddy and longtime business associate» Charles E. Grindle, who got the 134 percent increase in his salary in August, after he'd been in the job for less than a year. Note, his annual salary isn't $215,000. That's how much his raise was, coming «four months after the passage of a state budget that included no pay increases for more than 42,000 Kentucky public school teachers and most of the state's nearly 30,000 state workers.» The Courier Journal seems committed to covering Bevin, like with this week's story: «Is Bevin's road show informing Kentuckians or an early campaign lap?» It seems Bevin's suddenly decided that he has to get out and about in the state, «a new feature of Bevin's schedule this year, the year before he says he will seek re-election as governor,» the paper points out. They actually have the gall to talk to a Democrat, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Ben Self who says the forums are «obviously politicking on the taxpayer dime.» Sounds like Bevin might have an awful lot to worry about with ProPublica and the Courier Journal teaming up. No wonder he had such a public freak-out.

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Oil prices drop amid China economy worries, but output cuts support

International benchmark Brent crude oil futures were at $60.99 per barrel at 0630 GMT, down 46 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close.
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Oil prices drop amid China economy worries, but output cuts support

International benchmark Brent crude oil futures were at $60.99 per barrel at 0630 GMT, down 46 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close.

Honda Cars to increase vehicle prices from January

The company, which sells a range of models in the country, including sedans Amaze and City, is currently working on the quantum of the price increase.
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Honda Cars to increase vehicle prices from January

The company, which sells a range of models in the country, including sedans Amaze and City, is currently working on the quantum of the price increase.

Bad news is an investor#39;s best friend; Centrum bets on 4 stocks for 2019

Investors should focus on companies with low-debt (or more preferably, zero-debt), high profit margins and top-quartile return ratios
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Bad news is an investor#39;s best friend; Centrum bets on 4 stocks for 2019

Investors should focus on companies with low-debt (or more preferably, zero-debt), high profit margins and top-quartile return ratios

Once Upon A Deadpool post-credits scene(s), broken down - CNET

The newly reedited and toned-down version of Deadpool 2 has a couple of new post-credits scenes to look forward to. Warning: spoilers ahead.
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Once Upon A Deadpool post-credits scene(s), broken down - CNET

The newly reedited and toned-down version of Deadpool 2 has a couple of new post-credits scenes to look forward to. Warning: spoilers ahead.

Alembic Pharma raises Rs 350 crore via NCDs

«The NCD committee of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd...has allotted 1,500, 9 per cent rated unsecured listed redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs)... aggregating to Rs 150 crore under tranche I,» Alembic Pharmaceuticals said in a regulatory fi
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Alembic Pharma raises Rs 350 crore via NCDs

«The NCD committee of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd...has allotted 1,500, 9 per cent rated unsecured listed redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs)... aggregating to Rs 150 crore under tranche I,» Alembic Pharmaceuticals said in a regulatory filing.

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Netflix is testing a new feature that lets you instantly replay scenes (for some reason)

Netflix loves to test new ideas, and its latest experiment is an odd new feature that lets viewers watch a scene again. A selection of Netflix subscribers noticed the new addition, which serves a pop-up asking if they want to “watch this scene againR
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Netflix is testing a new feature that lets you instantly replay scenes (for some reason)

Netflix loves to test new ideas, and its latest experiment is an odd new feature that lets viewers watch a scene again. A selection of Netflix subscribers noticed the new addition, which serves a pop-up asking if they want to “watch this scene again” after certain ‘highlight’ scenes in a show. The streaming giant confirmed […]

LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M

LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the US, has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fuelled by the demo day, it has p
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LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M

LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the US, has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fuelled by the demo day, it has pulled in the new capital from 10 investors which include Partech, Tekton Ventures, […]

Asian glaciers slowed by ice loss, NASA finds

Asia's high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly in response to widespread ice loss, affecting freshwater availability downstream in India, Pakistan and China, a new study finds.
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Asian glaciers slowed by ice loss, NASA finds

Asia's high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly in response to widespread ice loss, affecting freshwater availability downstream in India, Pakistan and China, a new study finds.

Mars InSight lander seen in first images from space

On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight's exact location using images from HiRISE, a powerful camera onboard another NASA spa
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Mars InSight lander seen in first images from space

On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight's exact location using images from HiRISE, a powerful camera onboard another NASA spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.
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Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.

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Edel-Optics Offers Unique Motorsport Experience at Race Of Champions 2019

The multichannel optician will be the official partner of the motorsport event Race Of Champions (ROC) for the first time. On January 19/20, 2019, race drivers participating in ROC will compete at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium.Some of the drivers who have
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Edel-Optics Offers Unique Motorsport Experience at Race Of Champions 2019

The multichannel optician will be the official partner of the motorsport event Race Of Champions (ROC) for the first time. On January 19/20, 2019, race drivers participating in ROC will compete at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium.Some of the drivers who have already confirmed their participation in the upcoming jubilee edition are Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher, son of motorsport legend Michael Schumacher. The competition is not only a battle between different racing series, but also between different generations, according to the official release.  Looking forward to ROC’s 30th anniversary celebration, ROC founder Fredrik Johnsson said: “Milestone birthdays need to be celebrated fittingly and we wanted that extra something for our international high-class event. Edel-Optics is our perfect partner here. A globally successful company with high quality standards, ROC and Edel-Optics are the perfect match!”“Sunglasses and motorsport have a long history that has shaped entire brands. Race drivers with cool sunglasses do not only represent a certain lifestyle, but the quality of the glasses also plays an important role here,” says Dennis Martens, Founder/Managing Director of Edel-Optics.The occasion will see launch of two models: the strictly limited ROC Limited- Edition and the ROC Fan Edition. These models will be available at the Edel-Optics online shop starting from January 19, 2019 (while supplies last), as per the release.Edel-Optics offers a wide range of sports glasses from Scott, Adidas, and others, apart from sunglasses, contact lenses, and eyeglasses.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the event.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Michael B. Jordan Wears Piaget Altiplano Watch at “Creed II” European Premiere

The American actor and Ambassador of the Maison, Michael B. Jordan shined on the Red Carpet of the premiere of his movie “Creed II.” He wore an iconic white gold Piaget Altiplano watch set with diamonds as well as Piaget Possession full paved rings in whi
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Michael B. Jordan Wears Piaget Altiplano Watch at “Creed II” European Premiere

The American actor and Ambassador of the Maison, Michael B. Jordan shined on the Red Carpet of the premiere of his movie “Creed II.” He wore an iconic white gold Piaget Altiplano watch set with diamonds as well as Piaget Possession full paved rings in white gold, as per the official release.According to the release, the diamond studded watch is from Altiplano’s 60th Anniversary Collection. It has 38mm, 18K white gold case, set with 78 brilliant -cut diamonds (approx. 0.71 ct). The watch comes with a blue dial, cross in the center, and white gold appliques index. The Piaget Possession Ring, on the other hand, is made in 18K white gold set with 234 brilliant-cut diamonds.“With this Altiplano 60th Anniversary Collection, composed of two models – a 43mm automatic version and a 38mm manual version – Piaget draws on its roots, both on the design and mechanical sides. Sleek dials, thin profiles (of course), case design that evoke the early Altiplano models, use of modern but historically-related movements…Everything here reminds about the brand’s greatest times, without forgetting the needs for modernity,” states the Piaget website.Dressed in white gold, the Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Automatic is a large masculine watch with a 43mm diameter, however, with a hyper-slim profile. This is all due to the presence of the Caliber 1200P, the worthy successor of the 1960 Caliber 12P, launched in 2010, after three years of research and development. This movement shares the same architecture with micro-rotor and represents the fourth generation of ultra-thin self-winding movements.According to the website, decorated with circular Geneva Stripes, perlages, anglages, and blued screws, this movement with a blackened 22k gold mass can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The dial of the Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Automatic is simple and elegant, with long and thin batons, indexes, and hands, displaying the hours and minutes, and features a refined blue sun-ray pattern, with a cross in the center (something that again reminds of vintage editions). Its production is limited to 360 pieces and the watch is priced somewhere around 23,000 Euros.The other watch in the collection is Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Manual that features another iconic movement of the Maison, the caliber 430P, representing the second generation of ultra-thin manual-winding movements after the 9P. Though not visible, the movement benefits from the same attentions with a fine decoration (Circular Cotes de Geneve, perlages, beveled bridges, blued screws).Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the watch   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Titan Industries and Badgley Mischka Support FFANY “Shoes on Sale” Breast Cancer Benefit Gala Event

Badgley Mischka, the iconic American design house that exemplifies timeless glamour, and its footwear licensee Titan Industries, supported the FFANY’s 25th Anniversary “Shoes on Sale” event to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer. Titan Industri
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Titan Industries and Badgley Mischka Support FFANY “Shoes on Sale” Breast Cancer Benefit Gala Event

Badgley Mischka, the iconic American design house that exemplifies timeless glamour, and its footwear licensee Titan Industries, supported the FFANY’s 25th Anniversary “Shoes on Sale” event to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer. Titan Industries was a “Double Platinum” sponsor at this important charity gala event held recently at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City, with special guest presenter, Katy Perry, as per the official release.“We have been loyal supporters of the FFANY’s ‘Shoes on Sale Event’ since its inception and pledge to significantly serve as champions of this important charitable organization,” said Joe Ouaknine, CEO, Titan Industries.  “We recognize that there is still no cure for breast cancer and we hope that with our commitment to donate $300K (retail value) of Badgley Mischka shoes, alongside QVC’s efforts, we will put an end to this devastating disease.”“Badgley Mischka draws inspiration from the confidence of the women we so proudly dress. That confidence is amplified by the resilience, strength, and determination shown in fighting breast cancer. With aligned hope and effort, together as an industry we can take a meaningful step toward a cure,” added Mark Badgley, principal, Badgley Mischka.Titan Industries, founded by Joe Ouaknine, board member, FFANY, offers quality, luxury footwear under labels Badgley Mischka, Jewel Badgley Mischka, and other brand names. The partnership continues to provide a foundation for successful growth and expansion of the iconic designer’s significant timeless elegance and style worldwide.Badgley Mischka has captivated the fashion world with timeless glamour and luxurious designs for 30 years. Principal American designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka exemplify an unwavering commitment to detail, quality, and effortless elegance. The brand has evolved from couture and evening gowns to include day dresses, sportswear, and now denim. Their product categories include bridal, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation was created to support ongoing research and education programs in the fight against breast cancer and is supported by members of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY).Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the gala  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Boot That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for Auction

Want to take your own small step for man? Then this  super-rare prototype Apollo A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission might just be your ticket. The boot, […] The post Boot That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for Auctio
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Boot That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for Auction

Want to take your own small step for man? Then this  super-rare prototype Apollo A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission might just be your ticket. The boot, […] The post Boot That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for Auction appeared first on Geek.com.

The Latest: California Coastal Commission unveils phone app

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the California Coastal Commission unveiling a new smartphone app (all times local): 6 p.m. The California Coastal Commission has unveiled a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 public access point
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The Latest: California Coastal Commission unveils phone app

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the California Coastal Commission unveiling a new smartphone app (all times local): 6 p.m. The California Coastal Commission has unveiled a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 public access points along the California coast. The YourCoast app ...

US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward. Judge James Donato said at the end of a hearing on Thursday
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US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward. Judge James Donato said at the end of a hearing on Thursday that the lawsuit was not going ...

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Mahindra cannot aim for anything but title - d’Ambrosio

Mahindra led the teams’ standings after Felix Rosenqvist won back-to-back races in Hong Kong and Marrakesh in the early part of the 2017/18 season, but its title bid was derailed by retirements and a subsequent decline in form. D’Ambrosio, who joins Mahin
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Mahindra cannot aim for anything but title - d’Ambrosio

Mahindra led the teams’ standings after Felix Rosenqvist won back-to-back races in Hong Kong and Marrakesh in the early part of the 2017/18 season, but its title bid was derailed by retirements and a subsequent decline in form. D’Ambrosio, who joins Mahindra after four seasons with Dragon, believes the Indian manufacturer must be ambitious with its targets as it seeks to improve upon the ... Keep reading

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