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  1. General News Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas from 2018

    Never thought I'd live to see the day that Saudi Arabia became more moderate Wig gone and replaced by hijab Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-42308121
  2. General News Racist Canadian man threatens family with a bat while calling them terrorists

    Startling cellphone video posted online Friday shows the moment a Canadian man and his family were attacked by a bat-wielding lunatic shouting “terrorists” and “ISIS” — all because they were speaking in Spanish. “Get the f–k outta here,” the attacker seethes in the now-viral footage. “Terrorists! We got terrorists here!” he says repeatedly. “ISIS! ISIS! We got ISIS right here!” The sickening incident was caught on camera Thursday afternoon outside a mall in St. Thomas, Ontario. Suspect Mark Philips, 36, was later arrested charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon, according to CBC News. His alleged victims were identified by the local outlet as Sergio Estepa, of St. Thomas, his common-law partner, Mari Zambrano, and their 13-year-old son, who was not named. Zambrano posted the video showing the attack on her Twitter page early Friday, sparking countless responses. Estepa reportedly suffered a cracked rib and bruising during the bizarre assault as he stepped in to protect his son. “It’s disturbing. This was an isolated and quite disturbing incident. Hopefully it remains isolated,” St. Thomas police Sgt. Brian Carnegie told CBC. “It’s quite disturbing for any community, never mind the community of St. Thomas,” he said. “Not only being a police officer in this community but a member of this community, I’m shocked and outraged that something like this would happen.” NY POST
  3. General News P!NK raising Willow gender neutral

  4. Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media. Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” He went on to describe an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings shared on WhatsApp led to the lynching of seven innocent people. “That’s what we’re dealing with,” said Palihapitiya. “And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.” He says he tries to use Facebook as little as possible, and that his children “aren’t allowed to use that shit.” He later adds, though, that he believes the company “overwhelmingly does good in the world.” Palihapitiya’s remarks follow similar statements of contrition from others who helped build Facebook into the powerful corporation it is today. In November, early investor Sean Parker said he has become a “conscientious objector” to social media, and that Facebook and others had succeeded by “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.” A former product manager at the company, Antonio Garcia-Martinez, has said Facebook lies about its ability to influence individuals based on the data it collects on them, and wrote a book, Chaos Monkeys, about his work at the firm. These former employees have all spoken out at a time when worry about Facebook’s power is reaching fever pitch. In the past year, concerns about the company’s role in the US electionand its capacity to amplify fake news have grown, while other reports have focused on how the social media site has been implicated in atrocities like the “ethnic cleansing” of Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic group. In his talk, Palihapitiya criticized not only Facebook, but Silicon Valley’s entire system of venture capital funding. He said that investors pump money into “shitty, useless, idiotic companies,” rather than addressing real problems like climate change and disease. Palihapitiya currently runs his own VC firm, Social Capital, which focuses on funding companies in sectors like healthcare and education. Palihapitiya also notes that although tech investors seem almighty, they’ve achieved their power more through luck than skill. “Everybody’s bullshitting,” he said. “If you’re in a seat, and you have good deal flow, and you have precious capital, and there’s a massive tailwind of technological change ... Over time you get one of the 20 [companies that become successful] and you look like a genius. And nobody wants to admit that but that’s the fucking truth.” https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16761016/former-facebook-exec-ripping-apart-society
  5. General News Melanie Martinez accused of sexual assault by former friend

  6. General News CBS Atlanta news anchor clocks racist viewer on live TV

  7. General News Eminem reveals 'Revival' tracklist

  8. General News Bitcoin exchange NiceHash loses millions to hackers

    The exchange marketplace loses its virtual wallet in a breach, which some reports say contained more than $60 million in cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said Wednesday that hackers stole the contents of its virtual wallet, making off with digital currency reportedly worth more $60 million. The breach was announced the same day Bitcoin rose 18.2 percent to cross the $13,000- and then $14,000-per-coin trading milestones for the first time. NiceHash, a marketplace for cloud-based mining of cryptocurrencies, made its announcement following an hours-long outage attributed to "maintenance" and reports from NiceHash users that their wallets had been emptied. NiceHash paused operations for 24 hours to determine how many bitcoins were stolen and how. But a Coindesk report suggests the wallet contained 4,736 bitcoins, worth about $66 million at current prices. "This is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days," the Slovenia-based NiceHash said in a statement. "In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency." In the meantime, NiceHash is recommending users change their passwords. Source: CNET
  9. Disney and 21st Century Fox are closing in on a deal on their much talked about acquisition deal, according to sources familiar with the matter. Various media outlets have now been reporting that Disney has held talks with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company to acquire its studio and television production assets, leaving Fox with its news and sports assets. Fox is also talking with CNBC parent company Comcast, but the talks with Disney have progressed more significantly. The deal contemplates the sale of Fox's Nat Geo, Star, regional sports networks, movie studios and stakes in Sky and Hulu, among other properties. What would remain at Fox includes its news and business news divisions, broadcast network and Fox sports. The enterprise value of the Fox assets in the Disney deal is seen as above $60 billion, according to sources. Current Fox shareholders would get one share of the Fox company that remains after the movie and television assets are sold plus shares of Disney in a fixed exchange ratio. If the deal occurs, which insiders expect to be announced possibly within the week, the combined revenue between the two companies will make the Walt Disney Corporation the second biggest media corporation in the world, second only to Alphabet Inc (the parent holding company of Google), and the biggest in the world in terms of traditional media. Source
  10. General News Dua Lipa is the most-streamed female on Spotify UK

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42225469 Britain finally stanning British talent
  11. General News Russia banned from Winter Olympics but 'clean' athletes can compete

    Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over the country's "systemic manipulation" of anti-doping rules. However, Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean will be "invited" to compete in Pyeongchang, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday. It is the most wide ranging punishment ever meted out by the IOC on a participating nation, let alone a powerhouse of the Olympic movement. Russia's Olympic Committee has also been ordered to pay $15 million to reimburse the IOC's costs of investigating the doping scandal and help set up the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA). Vitaly Mutko -- the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, former Minister of Sport and chairman of the organizing committee for soccer's 2018 World Cup in Russia -- has been barred from attending any future Olympic Games and so has his former deputy, Yuri Nagornykh. Source: CNN
  12. This is...unexpected, to say the least. Not sure what to think; I love QT and I love Star Trek but I'm not sure how those two things would mix... https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/quentin-tarantino-jj-abrams-team-up-star-trek-movie-1064206
  13. General News "Sorry" hits 1 billion plays on Spotify

  14. Few days late, but didn't see a post on this. Chinese VS Model Ming Xi fell on stage, and CBS didn't edit it out and filmed her freaking crying on stage. Dick move on their part. She is from Shanghai too so this year's VS show was in her home city Props to her for being strong and getting up with all smiles until she exited the stage though. http://www.eonline.com/news/896890/ming-xi-breaks-down-in-tears-after-falling-during-2017-victoria-s-secret-fashion-show#photo-864232 P.S. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they film each VS show twice so that producers can get different angles, which is why Ariana Grande's mishap was edited out when this happened -> so CBS is trash
  15. General News Most watched Vevo videos of 2017

    It really was the year of Latin music
  16. General News Grammy Awards CEO Talks Harry Styles Snub

    Would you say the same thing about Harry Styles, who was expected to get a big look and ended up with no nominations? I think Harry’s situation might be a little bit different. He’s in a unique situation — he’s not new because he’s had prominence as a member of an incredibly successful worldwide phenomenon, One Direction, with a huge fan base. Now he’s stepped out of that world and is creating his own personal vision, and musically it’s quite different, even in terms of image and the audience. So one could maybe say it’s a transitional period, and for our voters the question is, has he reached the level of excellence that at this point would merit a nomination? It didn’t happen this year — but [he could have lost out] by just one vote. It’s a democratic situation, and I can’t tell you there wasn’t support within the membership for the work that he’s doing, and that’s just where things stand this year — he seems to be the kind of artist who will have a long career. Source
  17. General News San Francisco jury acquits illegal immigrant charged in Kate Steinle killing

    A San Francisco jury on Thursday acquitted an illegal immigrant charged with killing Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman whose death President Trump used to justify his proposed border wall and his crackdown on “sanctuary cities.” Steinle was shot in the back as she and her father strolled along Pier 14 in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a much-deported illegal immigrant from Mexico who was charged with killing Steinle, had been released from jail, even though federal immigration authorities had sought to detain him. In a tweet hours after Thursday’s verdict, Trump called it “disgraceful” and added: “No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.” After deliberations that began on Nov. 21, Garcia Zarate, 45, a Mexican citizen, was found not guilty of murder, as well of the lesser charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a sentence of up to three years. Jim Steinle, Kate Steinle’s father, who was with her when she was shot, said he was “saddened and shocked” by the verdict. “There’s no other way you can coin it. Justice was rendered, but it was not served,” he told the Chronicle in an interview. But, Steinle said, it still marked an end to a painful period in their lives. “Help me, Dad” were her last words, as she looked up at her father, he later said. The bullet — fired from a .40 caliber Sig Sauer P239 semiautomatic pistol stolen from the car of a ranger with the Bureau of Land Management — hit Steinle in the back and pierced her aorta. She died two hours later at San Francisco General Hospital. The trial’s outcome set off a frenzy among some conservatives. Washington Post
  18. General News Man arrested for sexist comments in Canada

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42157810 kii deserved
  19. General News NK says new missile puts all of US in striking range

    North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the whole of continental United States. State television said Pyongyang had achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state. The Hwasong-15 missile, described as its "most powerful", was launched in darkness early on Wednesday. North Korea has previously said that its projectiles can hit the US but this marks the first time it says it can do it with this new type of missile, which appears to be an upgraded version of previous models. KCNA added that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who personally signed off on the launch, "declared with pride that now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power". Source
  20. General News HIV epidemic rising across Europe at an alarming pace

    "The WHO European Region is the only region worldwide where the number of new HIV infections is rising. With more than 160 000 people newly diagnosed with HIV across the Region, including more than 29 000 new cases from the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), this trend continued in 2016. One reason for this worrying trend: over half (51%) of the reported HIV diagnoses happen in a late stage of infection. “The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to almost 80% of the 160 000 new HIV diagnoses. This is the highest number of new cases ever recorded in one year. If this trend persists, we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030,” warns Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “Testing people late, particularly those at higher risk of infection, results in late treatment and further contributes to the ongoing spread of HIV. The later people are diagnosed, the more likely they are to develop AIDS, thus leading to more suffering and death. On World AIDS Day, I urge all countries to take action now to reverse the HIV epidemic in Europe.” Asked about EU action to address early testing, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “To meet our goal of ending HIV, we need to ensure early diagnosis for everybody, reaching out to risk groups and to the most vulnerable. To succeed, we must work together across borders, across silos, across organizations to promote easy access to diagnosis and to fight barriers such as stigma and discrimination. EU initiatives such as Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) (1) are vital in addressing gaps in the prevention of HIV and co-infections such as tuberculosis and viral hepatitis among hard-to-reach groups. Next year I intend to present an overview of policies and best practices in fighting HIV – including prevention and early testing – and encourage all Member States and stakeholders to put them in practice.” ECDC Director Dr Andrea Ammon highlights: “Our data show that Europe needs to do more in its HIV response, with more than 29 000 newly reported HIV infections in the EU/EEA each year. On average, it takes a person about 3 years from the time of infection until they are diagnosed, which is far too long. This results in poorer long-term health outcomes for the many people who are diagnosed late and also increases the risk for onward HIV transmission. Two-thirds, that's 68%,of the new AIDS diagnoses in the EU/EEA happened only within three months after the HIV diagnosis, which indicates that these people have had the infection for many years previously.”" http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2017/1-in-2-people-living-with-hiv-in-europe-is-diagnosed-late-ecdc-and-who-urge-improvement-in-testing-practices
  21. The animated film Mulan, about a brave female Chinese warrior, became a hit upon its release in 1998. And 19 years later, Disney has found their Mulan for the live action adaptation of the movie. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been announced as the lead character The 30-year-old star beat out 1,000 other actresses across five continents for the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Liu, who is a popular movie star in her native country of China, is fluent in both Chinese and English She's previously starred in English films The Chinese Widow, with Emile Hirsch and also The Forbidden Kingdom in 2008, with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Nicknamed 'Fairy Sister,' the dark haired beauty was born in Wuhan, which is in the Hubei province of China According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney wanted to find a Chinese actress who could speak English and has skills in martial arts and sword fighting. The live action Mulan film will be directed by Niki Caro - with a release date of 2019. Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner are set to produce the upcoming movie. The 1998 animated version of Mulan grossed $304.3 million upon its release, THR reported. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5129897/Liu-Yifei-set-star-Mulan-live-action-adaptation.html#ixzz4zr5JNXTt
  22. General News Nicollette Sheridan Joins Cast of The CW's "Dynasty"

    Nicollette Sheridan, best known as KNOTS LANDING’s Paige, has been hired to play the iconic role of Alexis Carrington on The CW’s reboot of DYNASTY. The role, first made famous by Joan Collins, is the ex-wife of Blake and mother of Fallon and Steven and is sure to shake things up when she hits town. Sheridan was last seen in prime-time soaps as Wisteria Lane’s promiscuous Edie Britt on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES from 2004-09. Soap Opera Digest
  23. General News Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's First Interview Together