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Baby Boomers Make ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Americans’ Favorite Christmas Flick

Americans over the age of 35 have made “It’s A Wonderful Life” the most popular Christmas movie in the United States, according to an Axios survey published Tuesday. The younger millennial generation chose more recent films, such as “Home Alone” and “Elf,” as their go-to Holiday flicks. Apparently, not enough people have seen “Die Hard” to determine the 1980s action movie ...

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Watch: Harrowing Video Shows Massive Indonesian Tsunami Wiping Out Concert Venue

A video circulating the internet appears to show a massive tsunami in Indonesia crashing through the walls of a concert venue, prompting band members and the audience to scurry for their lives. The tsunami plowed through hundreds of people who were at an event on Tanjung Lesung beach in Pandeglang, an Indonesian province. Indonesian pop band Seventeen was performing when the ...

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Dow Has Its Worst Week In Nearly A Decade As Government Shutdown Looms

The stock market ground to halt Friday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst week in nearly 10 years as lawmakers scurry back to Washington, D.C. to prevent a potential government shutdown. The Dow Jones tumbled more than 400 points in a rough week as investors grew skittish following the Federal Reserve’s decision to enact a rate hike as lawmakers ...

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Amazon’s Alexa Goes Haywire, Tells Customer To ‘Kill’ Your Foster Parents’

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One of Amazon’s newest projects is researching ways to make Alexa a more human-like communicator for customers, but sometimes the virtual assistant’s language comes as creepy and offensive. New research is making Alexa better mimic human response, Reuters reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The research sometimes results in awkward moments for people who frequently interact with the ...

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Trump Rounds Up Allies To Aggressively Challenge China for Stealing Technology

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The United States and a score of other western allies joined together Thursday to blame China for a more than decade-long effort to gobble up trade secrets and technology from a dozen countries. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin blocked a proposal to impose sanctions on Chinese agents implicated in hackings, The Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources. Mnuchin blocked the measure ...

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Facebook Gave AI Control Of A Crucial Personal Data Collection Tool

Facebook ceded control of a critical pillar of the company’s personal data collection tools to artificial intelligence after it became too large for employees to manage, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Silicon Valley company began forming data partnerships with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo. The tool allowed Facebook to adhere itself to multiple social media platforms while insulating ...

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New Report Suggests Anti-Oil Activism Have Eliminated Nearly 800K Jobs Opportunities

Anti-fossil fuel activists have sucked tens of billions of dollars out of the U.S. economy and seriously crippled manufacturing jobs, according to a report Tuesday from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Activists have prevented at least more than $90 billion in domestic economic activity and eliminated roughly 730,000 job opportunities, the Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute (GEI) report notes. ...

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Google’s Secret Chinese Censorship Project Effectively Ends After Employees Revolted

Google abandoned a program aimed at developing a censored search engine for China after employees complained that the plan was not being publicly disclosed, The Intercept reported Monday night. The internal fighting has effectively ended work on the so-called Dragonfly, a search engine the company was creating to comport with China’s censorship laws, the report notes, citing two unnamed sources. CEO Sundar Pichai ...

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Civil Rights Groups Demand Zuckerberg Step Down Following Reports Of Anti-Soros Lobbying

Several civil rights groups are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg step down from the company’s board of directors after reports showed executives paid lobbying firms to target liberal financier George Soros. The Southern Poverty Law Center and MoveOn.org were among dozens of groups that wrote a letter to Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg demanding the company restructure its board. The ...

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New Senate Report Shines Light On Extent Of Russia’s Election-Year Trolling

Russia’s campaign to undermine the 2016 presidential election was larger than previously suspected and included attempts at using social media to suppress the black vote, according to a new Senate report. Russian actors used an array of Instagram posts to suppress Democratic votes in the leadup to the election, cybersecurity firm New Knowledge noted in a report Monday to Senate ...

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FCC’s Last-Minute Rule Change Saves Californians From Paying Text Tax

California regulators are giving up on a plan to tax citizens’ text messages after the Federal Communications Commission made a rule change effectively preventing such taxes. The California Public Utilities Commission expressed interest in adding a tax to text messages to fund programs upping connectivity in some underserved areas. The FCC’s Dec. 12 rule classifies text messages as an “information ...

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Buddies No More? Enviros At Sierra Club Could Sabotage Their Relationship With Musk

Tesla employees seek to unionize the company’s Buffalo plant as the automaker attempts to meet crucial hiring promises at the facility. Sierra Club’s decision to support an effort to unionize a Tesla plant in New York could put a crimp in the group’s relationship with CEO Elon Musk. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s past successful staving off unions might come to ...

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McCaskill Trashes The Senate During Candid Farewell Address

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill blasted the U.S Senate Thursday during the Democrat’s farewell address, calling the legislative body a “dysfunctional,” and bitterly partisan mess. “The United States Senate is no longer the world’s greatest deliberative body. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was worried about the place…It puts the fun in dysfunctional,” she said during a surprisingly candid speech. ...

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Government Watchdog Demands Probe Into New York Attorney General’s Climate Crusade Debacle

A prominent government watchdog group is demanding New York officials probe the state attorney general for using former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal group to target energy companies. New York-based Government Justice Center (GJC) filed an ethics complaint Friday against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood for using two special assistant attorneys paid for by Bloomberg Philanthropies. GJC ...

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France Is Investigating Russia’s Supposed Role In Promoting Yellow Vest Riots

France is investigating Russia’s alleged role in promoting the so-called Yellow Vest movement after recent reports suggest Moscow-linked news outlets spread false information about the protests. French security services are looking into whether Russian outlets boosted hashtags promoting the protests, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a Sunday local radio interview. His comments come after reports showed that 600 ...

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