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Facebook Integrates Instagram into First of a Kind Dating App

Facebook officially launched its new dating feature, Facebook Dating, in the United States on Thursday. The tech giant says the new feature will take “the work out of creating a dating profile and gives you a more authentic look at who someone is” in a Thursday newsletter. The feature will allow users to connect their Dating profiles with their Instagram ...

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Winning: China to Meet with U.S. Officials in D.C. for Trade Talks

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U.S. and Chinese officials reportedly agreed to schedule trade talks in early October amid an escalating tariff war between the two countries. (Related: Trump is Winning the Trade War with China) Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He agreed to open talks during a phone call, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing China’s ...

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What Could Go Wrong? Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft Meet With Intel Agencies To Prep For 2020

Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft met with U.S. intelligence in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss plans to avoid the spread of misinformation ahead of 2020. The tech giants met with officials from the FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Department of Homeland Security to explore ways to avoid security threats during the next presidential election, ...

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Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill That Ignited Summer-Long Protests

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam withdrew the implementation of an extradition bill that ignited a summer of peaceful and violent protests throughout the region. The bill would have allowed Hong Kong criminal suspects to be extradited and tried in mainland China, which many Hongkongers interpreted as an intrusion on the region’s independent government system. “The government will formally withdraw the ...

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Odessa Shooter Previously Failed A Gun Background Check

The man who killed seven people and wounded 25 others during a Saturday shooting rampage in Texas previously failed a gun background check, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday. The shooting spanned 10 miles between Midland, Texas, and Odessa, Texas, killing both motorists and passersby ranging from 15 to 57 years old before the shooter was shot dead by police ...

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At Least 25 People Dead, 9 More Missing After Boat Sets Fire Off California Shore

At least 25 people have been confirmed dead in the search for 34 people who went missing Monday after a scuba-diving boat caught fire near the Ventura County coastline in California. Five bodies were discovered on the boat, and twenty more were found nearby on the ocean floor during a rescue operation between Monday night and Tuesday morning, CBS Los ...

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8 Confirmed Dead, Dozens More Missing After Boat Catches Fire Near California

At least eight people have been confirmed dead in the search for 34 people who went missing Monday, after a scuba-diving boat caught fire near the Ventura County coastline in California. Four bodies were discovered on the boat with four more found nearby on the ocean floor Monday afternoon, Reuters reported, citing Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Thirty-nine people ...

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‘We Don’t Want To Be Servants To The Chinese!’: Trump’s New Tariffs Against China Take Effect

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The U.S. imposed a 15% tariff Sunday on Chinese imports valued at $111 billion including tools, apparel, footwear and electronics, The Wall Street Journal reported. A second 15% tariff on $156 billion worth of Chinese smartphones, laptops, toys, video games, among other things, will be implemented on Dec. 15, according to WSJ. “Tariffs will not impact American consumers that much ...

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Sanders Plans to Pay Off $81 Billion Worth of Medical Debt, Doesn’t Share Where Money Will Come From

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders previewed a plan to cancel $81 billion worth of existing medical debt in the United States at a South Carolina town hall Friday. The plan, which will be released in September, would cancel $81 billion in past-due medical debt, repeal sections of the 2005 bankruptcy reform bill and protect credit scores from being impacted by ...

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Uber, Lyft Prepared To Spend $90 Million Against Bill That Would Turn Drivers into Employees

Silicon Valley giants Uber, Lyft and DoorDash are willing to spend $90 million to lobby against a California bill that would recognize drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. Some companies recognize employees as gig workers to avoid paying payroll taxes, above-minimum wages, overtime and complying with other wage and benefit requirements. Several 2020 Democratic candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth ...

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Want To Skip The Genius Bar? Apple Plans To Offer Independent Repair Shops iPhone Parts

Apple said it plans to provide supply parts to independent repair shops in an effort to ease pressure on its stores to fix millions of out-of-warranty iPhones in a Thursday statement. The tech giant announced the plan after nearly a decade of officially allowing only its Genius Bar experts to repair products as part of its Apple Authorized Service Providers ...

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Apple Apologizes For Listening To Users’ Conversations With Siri

Apple apologized Wednesday for listening to recordings of people talking to Siri, the company’s digital voice assistant. The tech giant’s grading program allowed under .2% of audio Siri requests and their transcripts “to measure how well Siri was responding and to improve its reliability,” according to Apple. “We realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and ...

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Facebook’s New ‘Clear History’ Tool Hits A Legal Roadblock Over Criminal Evidence Concerns

A Texas judge temporarily blocked Facebook’s new “Off-Facebook Activity” tool Monday over concerns of erasing evidence connected to criminal suspects. Injury trial lawyer Annie McAdams, requested the decision because she is working on a “significant human trafficking case” that relies on potentially “relevant evidence that can be found on Facebook.” Social media and technology lawyer Brad Shear said McAdams “has ...

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Judge Rules Men Who Lied About Being Veterans For Shorter Sentences Must Wear Signs That Say, ‘I Am A Liar’

A Montana judge sentenced two men to prison on Aug. 23 for separate crimes and ruled they would not be eligible for parole until they complete a writing assignment for lying about military service. Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski ordered Ryan Patrick Morris, 28, and Troy Allan Nelson, 33, to hand write 6,756 names of U.S. veterans killed in ...

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