Google Maps finds routes in 39 more languages 

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Believe it or not, Google Maps has only supported a limited set of languages so far. ... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 18:00:00 Categories: Engadget

Concerns about ice, environment spur NHL to fight climate change 

The NHL is taking climate change seriously. The league's 2018 sustainability report assesses the NHL's environmental impact and its commitment to thinking green.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:57:03 Categories: USA TODAY SPORTS

Hatton Garden heist: New arrest made during hunt for raider known as 'Basil' 

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Police investigating the infamous Hatton Garden safe deposit raid in 2015 have arrested a 57-year-old man in north London. Detectives from the Flying Squad, who have been hunting the remaining mystery member of the gang - who was known as Basil.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:53:50 Categories: The Telegraph

Shire shares soar on takeover talk 

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Takeda said it was weighing a bid for rival Shire, a potential deal that would create a global drug giant worth nearly $90 billion and mark the latest move in an industry brimming with deal activity.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:51:00 Categories: The Wall Street Journal.

Emily Blunt on moving to Brooklyn, Trump and being directed by her husband 

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I wasn't sure I was going to be able to watch Emily Blunt's new movie. I mean, it's horror, and no matter how 'hot' horror is right now, I just can't. It started when I accidentally watched Wolf Creek in the middle of the night while breastfeeding. It traumatised me, and for months my experience of new motherhood was tormented by the idea that a psychotic torturer might be out to murder my new family. Which, strangely, is exactly the axis Blunt's new movie follows: terror, parenting and the terror of parenting. 'I don't watch horror films either!' Blunt cries in her cut-glass vowels, when I confess. Bright-eyed and game, she is dressed in classic Brooklyn hipster mom gear as she leans across the sofa at her husband's Tribeca production company. 'I would never be able to go and see It. I've not watched most of Get Out because I was too scared - which I apologised to Daniel for, 'cause he's my friend.' Get Out was this year's surprise Oscar hit, Jordan Peele's horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya that lifted the genre to new acclaim. Of course Kaluuya is her friend - she and her husband, John Krasinski ('Jim' in the American version of The Office), are one of the most popular couples in Hollywood, while managing to mostly slip under the paparazzi radar. James Corden, Amy Adams, Jennifer and Justin, George and Amal - all are close personal friends and if pictures of the insanely gorgeous house in the Hollywood Hills they sold to Kendall Jenner in 2016 are anything to go by, their life there was pretty damn fabulous. Emily Blunt x ES Magazine Blunt met Krasinski through a friend - 'I never talk about it because it was such a special thing, just for us,' she blushes - but says she knew right away he was The One. 'I really did, actually. I really did.' Not long after they were married, along came Hazel, now four, and Violet, almost two. Now decamped to New York, this week sees the birth of baby number three: the premiere of their first film together, A Quiet Place. So, with such blissful friends and family. why horror? Blunt shakes her head and laughs. 'One of the only horror films I have actually seen is Jaws,' she says, gesturing to the wall opposite on which Krasinski has hung a gallery's worth of movie posters. 'Jaws is one of his favourite films, and it's one of my favourite films. I'm obsessed because it's not essentially about this shark creating blood-filled gore in the ocean. It's really about the deeper dynamics between the three men who are all having to overcome something.' This is how the couple tackled A Quiet Place. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which creatures prey on humans, it's about one family's attempt to survive. The creatures hunt down their prey with sound, which sets up the rather unlikely proposition that the family has to survive by walking everywhere barefoot, signing, eating off leaves and - big one for the kids, this - no playing with noisy toys. 'It's a sort of deeper metaphor of parenthood,' Blunt explains. 'Our reluctance and fear of sending our kids out into a brutal, fragile world and here it is in heightened reality.' Which is something Krasinski and Blunt can draw on in spades. Emily Blunt in Disney's original musical Mary Poppins 'The idea of not being able to protect your kids from something - that is so real to me,' she says. 'This was more personal than anything else I'd done and I was absolutely wiped out by it. I actually never approach emotional scenes like that. My process has never been to go, "Well, I'm gonna think about Hazel and Violet." But I think any mother would empathise so deeply because it would be your worst nightmare.' Scrubbed of make-up and in downtown winter uniform of Moncler wedge boots and jeans by Frame ('My favourite denim line'), Blunt has managed to remain refreshingly English, forthright and down to earth. She's definitely fun, cracking jokes and bursting into regular peals of laughter when talking about Brooklyn being just like north London, shopping for sweatpants for her husband in Lululemon or her four-year-old teaching her about the Harlem renaissance ('I was crying with laughter with John about it. It was like she was patronising me!'). A night round the kitchen table at the Krasinski townhouse would, one suspects, involve plenty of wine, stubbing your toe on a pile of toys and an Uber home much later than intended. Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place But make no mistake - Blunt is serious business at the box office. Ever since she wowed the world with her turn in The Devil Wears Prada she has picked up a string of interesting roles, shifting between genres from action (Sicario) to romance (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) to sci-fi (Looper, Edge of Tomorrow opposite Tom Cruise), to musical (Into the Woods) to last year's break-out lead in The Girl on the Train. Next Christmas, megastardom beckons when she steps up as the new Mary Poppins but in between, she and her husband elected to do what most married couples would stay well away from - work on their first joint project. Krasinski directs and takes the lead, Blunt plays his wife. 'We've always wanted to work together and when this came along I realised the concept was so much bigger than, "They're a married couple". We were nervous because we've always been the second-hand audience to the rehashing of what we might have gone through that day on set. And ultimately we really understand each other's worlds because it's the same world.' They shot the whole film in six weeks, cast and crew camped out in the bucolic upstate New York countryside. 'We drank a lot of whiskey. It was just such an intense world to be in, all day, and such an intimate world because we're shooting on this glorious farm, but everything's happening in that moment.' John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (Getty Images) There are very few on-screen moments between the two, and yet their relationship is utterly convincing. 'The film was actually going to benefit from the fact that we were a married couple, because we had this secret language we could bring.' Which leaves plenty of room for the kids, who become the focus - as one suspects they are in real life. 'As soon as you have children you are in a sort of perpetual state of slight distraction,' says Blunt. 'Thinking about your children, your own life becomes secondary.' It was children that prompted her and her husband to leave behind Tinseltown and head back to the gritty reality of urban life. 'I feel a lot more supported in my quest to create an exciting environment for my girls in Brooklyn. LA, however lovely it was to live in the sunshine - and we have wonderful friends there - was completely alien to what I knew. The idea of creating a world where my daughters can be interesting and interested is giving me a sense of great calm that I don't know I felt before.' With her daughter lecturing her on Ella Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker, that must feel good. Emily Blunt and Amy Adams (Getty Images for Overture) 'Brooklyn's kind of amazing, I'm not gonna lie,' she coos. 'It's a strange, utopian, fabulous world. John and I have become institutionalised; we just stay in Brooklyn now. The people are cool, we walk everywhere. The restaurants are fabulous and everyone has a stroller. So we fit right in.' They don't get bothered in the street, which is a bonus 'because I really love the idea of still being able to blend in. There's a lot of very, very famous people in Brooklyn and it's just a wonderfully supportive community. They just let you be who you want to be.' Blunt was raised near Richmond Park, so all this feels comfortably familiar. 'There's a tenacity and energy here. There's a hardiness you need as well to live in New York, simply because of the conditions alone. You gotta have your wits about you. It's similar to London and how I grew up.' She must mi... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:46:20 Categories: Evening Standard

The last walk home: Ken Dodd's widow leads his funeral march 

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The comedian is being laid to rest at the age of 90 in his beloved hometown, Liverpool... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:45:00 Categories: Irish Mirror

Is the social media bubble about to burst? 

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It's hard to pinpoint the precise moment that Facebook turned from a community network into an ethically dubious organisation in the public eye. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has of course been pivotal, prompting, at the time of going to press, shares to crash by 11 per cent, high-profile advertisers such as Mozilla and Commerzbank to withdraw support and Mark Zuckerberg to go to ground for four days before apologising on CNN after the hashtag #WheresZuck went viral to tell us that he's 'really sorry' and feels 'really bad'. But some say the tide began to turn as recently as August 2016. That's when Zuckerberg, under intense pressure from right-wing news organisations such as Breitbart, fired the supposedly biased humans who curated the site's 'Trending News' section and replaced them with algorithms. Within days, the feed was dominated by fake news items about Hillary Clinton, pushed up the rankings by bots and trolls. We all know where that led. Images by Vault 49 Or perhaps Facebook turned in 2014, when it published the results of an 'emotional contagion' study it had secretly conducted on 689,000 users. Researchers wanted to find out if showing people more negative posts made them more negative. Their conclusion? Yes! 'Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness.' 'That's really important for advertisers,' says Jonathan Taplin, author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. 'You're feeling depressed. Some cool shoes pop up. Maybe they'll make you happy. And it's particularly powerful when it comes to politics.' Others say Facebook turned in 2012, around the time of its initial public offering. The IPO is that mythical moment in a start-up's life when Wall Street investors buy shares and founders become billionaires. But shareholders want those impressive user numbers - Facebook had about one billion users at the time - turned into dollar signs and it isn't always clear how to do this. Chris Wylie, former Research Director at Cambridge Analyticawhistleblower (Channel4 News) However, Facebook figured out a way. It could take all of the information we share about our favourite Rihanna songs, and our postcode, and our feelings about Jeremy Corbyn, and our Ocado shop, and our ethnicity, and sell it to advertisers. Couple that information with the ability to track your location via your mobile and Facebook became, as John Lanchester put it in the London Review of Books, 'the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind'. It's now up to 2.2 billion users, by the way - more than the combined populations of Europe and China. Or you could point to any number of other decisions. The subtle changes to user terms and conditions in 2011 that potentially opened up their data to app developers. The decision in 2010 to allow the developers of games such as FarmVille to scrape your data and your friends' data. Or perhaps the introduction of the 'Like' button in 2009. 'Is it any coincidence that the race to the bottom in media - toward clickbait headlines, toward the vulgar and prurient and dumb, toward provocative but often exaggerated takes - has accelerated in lock-step with the development of new technologies for measuring engagement?' wondered James Somers in The Atlantic recently. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc (Bloomberg) But there was something ugly in that code from 2004, when 'TheFacebook' evolved out of FaceMash, a Harvard-based hot-or-not face comparison site, which turned social envy, comparison and judgement into a fun game. (An interesting fact about Zuckerberg is that he studied psychology alongside computer science.) When Zuckerberg asked 4,000 of his peers for information and photos to populate the new site, he bragged to his friends: 'People just submitted it. I don't know why. They "trust me". dumb f***s.' The #DeleteFacebook campaign is well underway, backed, notably, by Brian Acton, founder of WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook. 'It is time. #deletefacebook,' he wrote on Twitter last week. But once you factor in the enormous reach of all social media into our intimate lives - Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, the lot of them - you might wonder how far this goes. And for those who are shocked that people have been using social media platforms to spy on our most intimate desires and reconfigure democracy - well, the signs have been there all along. Images by Vault 49 To anyone who has been paying attention, the only surprising thing about the Cambridge Analytica scandal is that anyone is surprised. 'This is not an aberration,' says Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and professor of media theory and digital economics at City University of New York. 'What we're seeing is these platforms performing exactly as they were designed to do. People with a lot of money invest money in a platform that encourages people to share as many private details about themselves as they can. The platform sells that information to other people who want to change our behaviour: marketers, political agents, compliance professionals. That's the way these platforms advertise themselves to their customers.' And you must remember that you, Average Facebook User, are not the customer. You are the product, as the saying goes. Facebook's customers are the people it sells advertising to: household brands, media organisations, political parties and so on. Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix (AFP/Getty Images) 'One of my graduate students asked me: "What does it matter if they have my data?",' says Rushkoff. It's not such a bad question. It doesn't hurt when your data is extracted. 'But it's a question that only someone of great privilege can ask,' he counters. 'People might be denied loans or apartments because of their data. In China, they're being denied social benefits because of friends they have or things they've liked on social media.' The Chinese Communist Party is currently trialling a 'social credit' system where citizens' data will be used to 'provide the trustworthy with benefits and discipline the untrustworthy. [so that] integrity becomes a widespread social value'. Remember the talk about Zuckerberg running for President? Even in liberal countries like our own, CVs are no longer the first port of call when looking at a new employee - it's a name search on Google then a stealth stalk of the candidates social media profiles. 'I think consumers and users of technology have more power than they think they have,' says Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded, which aims to spread digital literacy. 'I'm a believer in empowerment and education. Know how your data is being used. Understand the platform.' Kathryn Parsons (Getty Images for Advertising Wee) But some people understandably feel that it's not clear where to turn. You might think, 'Oh well, at least Instagram's a bit more cheerful' - but Facebook owns Instagram. 'Hmm, I guess I can keep in touch with my family on WhatsApp.' Facebook owns WhatsApp too. It's not as if Twitter or Snapchat seem to be increasing the sum of human happiness either. 'They're all guilty. They're all part of the problem,' says Taplin. 'All of them have consistently allowed bad actors to use their platforms. Within hours of the mass shooting in Florida, YouTube featured videos claiming [surviving] school kids weren't real. Those were the most popular videos. These are sources of propaganda and lies. And there's an entire generation who get all their news from these platforms.' Read more Facebook postpones smart speaker announcement - here's why One of the most persistent arguments against social media is that it makes people un... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:37:18 Categories: Evening Standard

Opinion: Chara's contract extension with Bruins smart for both sides 

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Zdeno Chara will be a Boston Bruin again next season, which we all pretty much expected. The terms under which... Read More »... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:32:56 Categories: NESN

Poisoned ex-Ukrainian president: I know what Putin fears 

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The former president of Ukraine has applauded the growing round of expulsions of Russian diplomats following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, saying "I have no doubt" Moscow was behind the attack and that military action against Russia should not be ruled out.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: Sky News

Google buys GIF startup Tenor to bulk up image search 

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The search giant will also integrate the GIF platform into other products, like Gboard.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: CNET

Former Weinstein assistant slams 'morally lacking' gag order 

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Harvey Weinstein's former British assistant says a gag order she had to sign when she left his film company was "morally lacking in every way." ... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:20:00 Categories: Associated Press

This teen 'wanted to be the next school shooter' 

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The teen was expelled from his school in February for making similar remarks.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:09:00 Categories: Newsweek

Manchester United pushing to sign Arturo Vidal 

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Arturo Vidal seems set to leave Bayern Munich in the summer as the Bundesliga leaders look to make room for several new additions including Schalke's Leon Goretzka, and there is considerable Premier League interest in him. TMW in Italy report that Chelsea want to sign the former Juventus star, but the Express add that Manchester United have identified Vidal as the ideal summer signing to reinvigorate their midfield. Jose Mourinho has personally singled out Vidal as a must-sign player this summer, but the midfielder is sceptical about completing a move to Old Trafford this season as he is wary about leaving the Allianz Arena. The 31-year-old is contracted to the club until the end of next season but is settled in Munich and would ideally like to stay at the club. However, if he is forced out then both Chelsea and Manchester United are desperate to bring him to the Premier League.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:04:52 Categories: Read Sport

Too little, too late? Facebook launches new data privacy tools 

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<p>Facebook is trying to correct course after a major data harvesting scandal by giving the social network's 2 billion users an easier way to manage their data.</p>... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:00:52 Categories: NBC News

Tories accused of 'dog whistle racism' in election leaflet 

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Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis was under massive pressure to intervene today after Tories in Romford were accused of using "dog whistle racism" in an election leaflet.&nbsp;... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:00:00 Categories: Evening Standard

From Russia to sex: scandals shake US first family 

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A porn star is suing the president. A former Playboy model has apologized to the first lady for sleeping with her husband. The eldest son is divorcing and the scandal-plagued son-in-law's security clearance has been downgraded.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:00:00 Categories: AFP

VW unveils sporty new SUV 

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With a bold grille and a more structured front bumper than its seven-seat sibling, the new five-seat SUV closely previews a second Atlas model planned for 2019... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 17:00:00 Categories: Autocar

Miami Open run building Azarenka's confidence 

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A custody battle has dogged Victoria Azarenka's return to tennis, but her confidence is growing after reaching the Miami Open last four.... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 16:56:02 Categories: Omnisport

Buncrana pier tragedy hero breaks silence on ex Knox's decision to sue 

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28. maaliskuuta 2018 16:53:22 Categories: Irish Mirror

Steve Jobs warned us about Facebook 

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"We take privacy extremely seriously"... read more
28. maaliskuuta 2018 16:45:05 Categories: Esquire (UK)
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