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Improbable brings its massive multiplayer platform to Unity game engine

As battle royale games like Fortnite pit more players against each other, studios are starting to realize the potential of bringing a massive online audience together at one time. This ambition has always existed, but Improbable, a well-funded startup aiming

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Trump again attacks press as 'Enemy of the People', suggests public may 'demand' he not leave office

For reasons that can only be guessed at, Donald Trump is in an especially foul mood this weekend. That has manifested itself primarily as ever-escalating attacks on the free press, repeating in multiple tweets charges that the «Corrupt News Media»
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Trump again attacks press as 'Enemy of the People', suggests public may 'demand' he not leave office

For reasons that can only be guessed at, Donald Trump is in an especially foul mood this weekend. That has manifested itself primarily as ever-escalating attacks on the free press, repeating in multiple tweets charges that the «Corrupt News Media» is «without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!» Among his attacks, Trump accused the New York Times of committing a «virtual act of Treason» in reporting that the United States is increasing «Cyber Attacks on Russia,» adding in a second tweet: «ALSO, NOT TRUE!» x.....news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019 It again needs to be said that this is not normal or acceptable behavior. Using the office of the presidency, Trump has maintained a steady campaign of rhetoric accusing the free press—specifically, whatever outlets have last published stories on him and his presidency that he doesn't like—of being the «enemy» of the nation, charges that continue to stoke violence against political journalists. At best, he does not appear to care that this targeting of the press is resulting in violence; at worst, that is his intent. This continues to be a betrayal of his office, and his apparent inability or unwillingness to restrain himself continues to be plain evidence that he is dangerously unfit. His idle musing that perhaps «the people» might «demand» that he remain president after two terms, however, is yet another manifestation of his narcissistic delusions. In Trump's own mind he is both wildly popular and transcendentally accomplished, able to make America «GREAT» again through sheer force of will; it then stands to reason, he presumes (or, at least, declares) that any reporting to the contrary, in any venue, is a conspiracy against him. He is not right in the head. He is stoking violence, seemingly on purpose. He is manipulating bigotries as means to power; he is using that power primarily for self-promotion and self-enrichment. It is not normal, it is not acceptable, and as the Republican Party rallies around his delusions and vigorously defends even his provably criminal acts it continues to metastasize into something very close to fascism. Using the office to declare journalists to be enemies of the state is right now, today, doing extraordinary harm to our democracy. Republicans, however, continue to be silent.

The movement against single-use plastic is growing. Try it for yourself in July

Canada is the latest country to join the still small but expanding movement to phase out or ban single-use plastic—plastic that gets carried from rivers into oceans, killing sea creatures, altering their habitats, and causing an overall blight to the enviro
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The movement against single-use plastic is growing. Try it for yourself in July

Canada is the latest country to join the still small but expanding movement to phase out or ban single-use plastic—plastic that gets carried from rivers into oceans, killing sea creatures, altering their habitats, and causing an overall blight to the environment. And plastic is not biodegradable, which means it will be with us for thousands of years. On June 10, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to phase out single-use plastic as early as 2021. Canadian government figures show that each year, Canadians throw away 3 million tons of plastic waste, and one-third of the plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-lived products and packaging. Besides the obvious negative effect that plastic waste has on the environment, Canada’s move also is born of necessity: Many developing nations that once accepted imports of recycled plastic waste are now closing borders to the garbage or sending it back to the country of origin if the waste is too contaminated. Of course, Canada is not alone in tossing plastic. “Globally, one garbage truckload of plastic waste enters the ocean every minute, and that amount is increasing steadily,” according to a statement on a Canadian government website, a statistic echoed by the World Economic Forum and Greenpeace. Countries around the world produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year, and only 10 percent to 13 percent of that gets recycled. The World Economic Forum describes the heavy price paid across the globe of a throwaway society: The worldwide total volume of plastic has reached 8.3 billion metric tons, the equivalent of more than 800,000 Eiffel Towers, according to a 2017 article in Science Advances. Of this enormous amount, 6.3 billion metric tons have been disposed as waste. … The biggest problem is that plastic does not biodegrade easily. It stays around for thousands of years. Slowly, it leaks chemical substances that are harmful for the environment, for animals and for people. In marine areas, many mammals, fish and birds suffer from ingesting plastic or becoming entangled in plastic materials. More than 90% of all birds and fish are reported to have plastic particles in their stomach. In this way, toxic chemicals accumulate and pass through the food chain.

Escaping the Hickenlooper paradox: Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

Eric Swalwell: Who are you again? Bill de Blasio: WTF? The overcrowded 2020 field isn't funny. It's a disaster
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Escaping the Hickenlooper paradox: Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

Eric Swalwell: Who are you again? Bill de Blasio: WTF? The overcrowded 2020 field isn't funny. It's a disaster

'He's the ultimate fighter': Maria Sharapova reveals Rafael Nadal inspiration for injury comeback

Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova says that Rafael Nadal's renaissance is an inspiration to her as she resumes her injury-hit career on the Spanish superstar's home turf next week. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'He's the ultimate fighter': Maria Sharapova reveals Rafael Nadal inspiration for injury comeback

Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova says that Rafael Nadal's renaissance is an inspiration to her as she resumes her injury-hit career on the Spanish superstar's home turf next week. Read Full Article at RT.com

The risk of not impeaching Trump

There are many, many stories in the “liberal” media about the political risks of impeachment. The story about what happened to Bill Clinton is a common one. We all know Mitch McConnell will block it in the Senate. Others cite political polls showing tha
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The risk of not impeaching Trump

There are many, many stories in the “liberal” media about the political risks of impeachment. The story about what happened to Bill Clinton is a common one. We all know Mitch McConnell will block it in the Senate. Others cite political polls showing that it’s not popular. Nancy Pelosi has said she prefers that Trump be defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes.  What we don’t see as much are the risks of not impeaching. I’d like to highlight a few of these here. 

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No hard stuff: London Metal Exchange bans traders from boozing during work hours

In an attempt to improve the image of its industry, the world’s largest metals bourse, the London Metal Exchange (LME), is planning to enforce an official ban on alcohol consumption for its floor traders during their working day. Read Full Article at RT.com
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No hard stuff: London Metal Exchange bans traders from boozing during work hours

In an attempt to improve the image of its industry, the world’s largest metals bourse, the London Metal Exchange (LME), is planning to enforce an official ban on alcohol consumption for its floor traders during their working day. Read Full Article at RT.com

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After Equifax breach, US watchdog says agencies aren’t properly verifying identities

A federal watchdog says the government should stop relying on the credit agencies to verify the identifies of those using government services. In a report out this week, the the Government Accountability Office said several government departments still rely o
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After Equifax breach, US watchdog says agencies aren’t properly verifying identities

A federal watchdog says the government should stop relying on the credit agencies to verify the identifies of those using government services. In a report out this week, the the Government Accountability Office said several government departments still rely on the credit agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — to check if a person is […]

Week-in-Review: E3’s forever franchises and Elon Musk’s submersible Tesla

Hey, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I get hopped up on caffeine and give a heavy amount of analysis on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pl
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Week-in-Review: E3’s forever franchises and Elon Musk’s submersible Tesla

Hey, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I get hopped up on caffeine and give a heavy amount of analysis on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I railed on Google’s new Stadia game […]

Shyp is preparing for a comeback under new management

Fifteen months after shutting down, Shyp is getting ready to launch again. The startup tweeted today that “We are back! We’re hard at work to rebuild an unparalleled shipping experience. Before we begin operations again, we’d love to hear your feedback
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Shyp is preparing for a comeback under new management

Fifteen months after shutting down, Shyp is getting ready to launch again. The startup tweeted today that “We are back! We’re hard at work to rebuild an unparalleled shipping experience. Before we begin operations again, we’d love to hear your feedback in this quick survey. We look forward to working with you and can’t wait […]

Getting remote work working, A16Z in LatAm, transferring H-1Bs, and Uber Air taxis

How to make remote work work TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans has an Extra Crunch-exclusive look on what it takes to get remote work working within an organization. Evans, who has been the remote CTO of technology consulting firm HappyFunCorp for many years, fi
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Getting remote work working, A16Z in LatAm, transferring H-1Bs, and Uber Air taxis

How to make remote work work TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans has an Extra Crunch-exclusive look on what it takes to get remote work working within an organization. Evans, who has been the remote CTO of technology consulting firm HappyFunCorp for many years, finds that “you need decisive confidence, clear direction, iterative targets, independent responsibilities, asynchronous […]

Equity transcribed: Silicon Valley’s founder fetish infantilizes public companies

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This was a big week of news that the Equity duo had to cover. Kate was at the Code Conference, Fortnite maker, Epic Games bought Houseparty, and a bit more on the Bird-Scoot deal. Then came tal
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Equity transcribed: Silicon Valley’s founder fetish infantilizes public companies

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This was a big week of news that the Equity duo had to cover. Kate was at the Code Conference, Fortnite maker, Epic Games bought Houseparty, and a bit more on the Bird-Scoot deal. Then came talk of the CrowdStrike IPO, which gave way to a […]

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WKU kicks off commemoration of 19th Amendment

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - As she stood with fellow elected officials commemorating the 100th anniversary of Congress' passage of the 19th Amendment, Bowling Green City Commissioner Dana Beasley-Brown shared an experience she said she will never forget. One Sa
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WKU kicks off commemoration of 19th Amendment

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - As she stood with fellow elected officials commemorating the 100th anniversary of Congress' passage of the 19th Amendment, Bowling Green City Commissioner Dana Beasley-Brown shared an experience she said she will never forget. One Saturday afternoon last year, while Beasley-Brown was knocking on doors as ...

Boeing CEO acknowledges 'mistake' in handling of cockpit warning problem before Max jet crashes in E

PARIS (AP) - Boeing CEO acknowledges 'mistake' in handling of cockpit warning problem before Max jet crashes in Ethiopia, Indonesia.
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Boeing CEO acknowledges 'mistake' in handling of cockpit warning problem before Max jet crashes in E

PARIS (AP) - Boeing CEO acknowledges 'mistake' in handling of cockpit warning problem before Max jet crashes in Ethiopia, Indonesia.

Hawaii's stunning Kalalau Trail and Haena State Park reopen

HONOLULU (AP) - The popular Kalalau Trail and Haena State Park are reopening on the Hawaiian island of Kauai this week but will have fewer people. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports only 900 visitors a day will be allowed inside the park starting Monday. Th
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Hawaii's stunning Kalalau Trail and Haena State Park reopen

HONOLULU (AP) - The popular Kalalau Trail and Haena State Park are reopening on the Hawaiian island of Kauai this week but will have fewer people. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports only 900 visitors a day will be allowed inside the park starting Monday. That's down from an estimated 3,000 people ...

Hawaii County vacation rentals registered under new law

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law. The county Planning Department processed 226 registrations as of early last week, West Hawai
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Hawaii County vacation rentals registered under new law

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law. The county Planning Department processed 226 registrations as of early last week, West Hawaii Today reported . Paper application forms were stacked in ...

Florida firefighters rescue 7 stuck on ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida rescued seven passengers from an amusement park ride. The Orlando Fire Department tweeted that the agency's «high angle» team rescued the passengers at the Fun Spot America amusement park in the heart o
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Florida firefighters rescue 7 stuck on ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida rescued seven passengers from an amusement park ride. The Orlando Fire Department tweeted that the agency's «high angle» team rescued the passengers at the Fun Spot America amusement park in the heart of Orlando's tourist district after the park's «Screamer» ride became stuck ...

Ulysses S. Grant's Detroit home to be moved, renovated

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit home of President Ulysses S. Grant is being moved from the former Michigan State Fairgrounds to the Eastern Market, where it will be refashioned as a public education and resource center. Sandra Clark, the director the Michigan Hist
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Ulysses S. Grant's Detroit home to be moved, renovated

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit home of President Ulysses S. Grant is being moved from the former Michigan State Fairgrounds to the Eastern Market, where it will be refashioned as a public education and resource center. Sandra Clark, the director the Michigan History Center, said Thursday that the two-story white ...

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Croft BTCC: Chilton wins wet final race from pole

Motorbase’s Chilton capitalised on his fortune to be drawn on pole for the partially-reversed grid and was never headed on his way to the spoils over Jack Cook.The Ford driver had previously won on road in race three during the season opener at Brands Hatc
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Croft BTCC: Chilton wins wet final race from pole

Motorbase’s Chilton capitalised on his fortune to be drawn on pole for the partially-reversed grid and was never headed on his way to the spoils over Jack Cook.The Ford driver had previously won on road in race three during the season opener at Brands Hatch but was penalised down to second for contact with early leader Matt Neal.But there was no uncertainty over his victory this time ...Keep reading

Lopez «cried all the way back to the pits» after puncture

Lopez held a comfortable lead in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid he shares with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi approaching the final hour when he picked up the puncture, after which he pitted.But a sensor issue prompted Toyota to change the right-front tyre inste
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Lopez «cried all the way back to the pits» after puncture

Lopez held a comfortable lead in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid he shares with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi approaching the final hour when he picked up the puncture, after which he pitted.But a sensor issue prompted Toyota to change the right-front tyre instead of the right-rear during that stop, meaning Lopez had to nurse the car back to the pits for a second time - a delay that allowed the ...Keep reading

Lorenzo avoids penalty for causing Barcelona pile-up

Lorenzo lost control of his bike when trying to overtake the third-placed Yamaha of Maverick Vinales down the inside of the sharp Turn 10 left-hander on the second lap.After hitting the ground, his bike collected Vinales, as well as the Ducati of Andrea Doviz
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Lorenzo avoids penalty for causing Barcelona pile-up

Lorenzo lost control of his bike when trying to overtake the third-placed Yamaha of Maverick Vinales down the inside of the sharp Turn 10 left-hander on the second lap.After hitting the ground, his bike collected Vinales, as well as the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso in the braking zone and the arriving Yamaha of Valentino Rossi, with all four riders taken out of the race.Lorenzo's Honda ...Keep reading

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™: Julie Ertz’s powerful header gives the United States a 2-0 lead vs. Chile | HIGHLIGHTS

A thing of beauty from Ertz to double the US' lead! Ertz buries the header as the USWNT takes a 2-0 lead against Chile in the group stage at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup™.
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2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™: Julie Ertz’s powerful header gives the United States a 2-0 lead vs. Chile | HIGHLIGHTS

A thing of beauty from Ertz to double the US' lead! Ertz buries the header as the USWNT takes a 2-0 lead against Chile in the group stage at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup™.

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