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Netflix Announces New Slate Of Asian Originals

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) has announced some of its plans for new series at its See What’s Next Asia event in Singapore. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings appeared at the event, along with House of Card’s Robin Wright, and Diego Luna and Michael Pena of Narcos’. Netflix is expanding their animation lineup with five new anime […]

Antimicrobial Resistance Rising Around The World

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem around the world. According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), some countries are already spending an average of 10 percent of their healthcare budgets on treating antimicrobial-resistant infections. Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in Europe in 2015. Roughly 29,500 persons […]

Researchers Weigh Using Lasers To Contact Intelligent Life

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology think laser technology could help intelligent life make contact with Earth. The researchers surmise that creating a 1- to 2-megawatt laser focused through a telescope could produce a light strong enough to be distinguishable from the energy produced by the sun. The researchers published their study in The […]

More Parents Choosing To Not Vaccinate Their Children

According to recently released federal health data, more parents in the United States are choosing to exempt their children from recommended vaccinations. Children in the US are routinely vaccinated against 14 potentially serious illnesses. However, a recent upswing in vaccine skepticism seems to be convincing more parents to forego these vaccinations. The percentage of children […]

Scientists Find Genetic Connection To CTE Development

Researchers at Boston University’s CTE Center say that that a new study shows that the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may be associated with the genes of a person. The results of the study have been published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is an Alzheimer’s-like disease associated with repeated hits […]

New Opioid Approved By FDA Is Stronger Than Fentanyl

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new opioid to manage acute pain in adults. The drug is new form of a synthetic opioid called sufentanil that has historically been used intravenously and in epidurals. The drug will be marketed under the name Dsuvia by AcelRx. The drug is likely to hit the market […]

Apple Reports Mixed Fourth Quarter Results

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported mixed numbers for the fourth quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. Apple beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue, but missed shipment estimates on iPhones. Earnings came in at $2.91 per share, beating analysts’ expectations of $2.78. Revenue for the quarter was $62.9 billion, higher than expectations of revenue […]

Facebook Reaches 2.27 Billion Monthly Active Users

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has reported that the company’s social network now has 2.27 billion monthly users. That was less than the 2.29 billion Wall Street analysts expected the company to report. The company reported a slight dip in European users, but offset the loss with gains in the Asia-Pacific region. Daily active users for […]

Qualcomm Claims Apple Owes It $7 Billion

There are new numbers being released in the legal fight between Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Qualcomm now claims that Apple is $7 billion behind on patent royalty payments. Apple has been withholding royalty payments to Qualcomm since their dispute began in early 2017. Apple sparked the dispute with a $1 […]

Amazon Tops Expectations For Income, Misses On Revenue

Amazon reported third-quarter earnings that were better than analysts had forecast. Net income for the quarter was $2.8 billion, marking the fourth straight quarter of reporting more than $1 billion in profits. The company earned $5.75 per share, beating analysts’ forecasts of $3.11 per share in earnings, on average. The company reported earning 52 cents […]

PayPal Releases Impressive Results For Third Quarter

PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) beat expectations on earnings and revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal year. Overall, PayPal reported third-quarter earnings that were up 26 percent, beating Wall Street estimates by three cents a share. PayPal’s total revenue grew 14 percent in the third quarter to $3.68 billion. The company reported the […]

US Pulling Out Of Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia

US President Donald Trump has announced that the nation will be withdrawing from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. According to reports, National Security Adviser John Bolton will discuss the treaty with Russian officials next week. He is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in […]

Researchers Trying To Bring Smells To The Internet

An internet of smells was Google’s idea of an April Fool’s prank five years ago. Now, the idea may be coming to reality. A team of researchers at the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia have announced that they have designed a new concept for smelling digital content. Kasun Karunanayaka, a senior research fellow at the institute, […]

62 Cases Of Mystery Illness Confirmed In 22 States

A mysterious illness causing paralysis in children has been sweeping across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 22 states across the nation this year. The CDC is now investigating hundreds of possible cases in multiple states. AFM is a condition that […]

Political Messages For Profit Spark Facebook Deletions

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has purged more than 800 accounts and pages for pushing politically oriented content that violated the company’s spam policies. Facebook said it had identified 559 pages and 251 accounts run by Americans that would be removed for amplifying false and misleading content. Facebook said it was not removing the publishers and accounts […]

Alleged Chinese Spy Facing US Charges Of Economic Espionage

A Chinese intelligence officer has been charged with economic espionage for trying to steal American jet engine technology. The suspected Chinese spy, Yanjun Xu, was extradited to the United States from Belgium to face the charges. Xu, also known as Qu Hui and Zhang Hui, made his initial appearance this week in federal court in […]

Suspect In Senator Doxxing Denied Bail

Former House Democratic staffer Jackson Cosko has been ordered held without bail ahead of his pending trial for doxxing GOP senators. He has been accused of posting the personal information of a Republican senator online. Cosko has been charged with several federal and local crimes in the District of Columbia. Cosko was arrested Oct. 3. […]

Snap User Growth Slows, Shares Drop 7 Percent

Snap Inc.’s (NYSE: SNAP) shares fell more than 7 percent after the company’s last earnings report showed that its user growth has been slowing considerably. Snapchat has gone from 191 million daily active users in the first quarter to 188 million last quarter. This means the app lost 3 million daily users during the second […]

Uber Offering Free Rides To Go Vote

Uber is offering free rides to polling places on Election Day to help get people to vote during the midterm elections. Uber has also created a polling place button on its app that will help voters figure out where they are supposed to go to vote. Voting for the midterm elections is on Tuesday, Nov. […]

E-Cig Maker Juul Has Documents Taken In Surprise FDA Inspection

The Food and Drug Administration has made a surprise inspection of the headquarters of Juul Labs, seizing “thousands of pages of documents,” according to release from the agency. The FDA called it an “unannounced on-site inspection.” Juul CEO Kevin Burns said that during the inspection, the company walked the FDA through “every part” of its […]

Southern Diet Linked To Racial Disparities In Hypertension

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently conducted a study to explore racial disparities in incidences of hypertension. They were surprised to learn southern-style diets may be the main reason African-Americans were more likely to suffer from hypertension, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. The results of the study […]

Numerous Users Complaining About Apple iPhone XS Performance

Forums on the internet are filling up with reports of issues with the newly released iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. A considerable number of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) fans have been complaining about their expensive new phone’s performance. The public release of the iPhone XS devices and iOS 12 occurred roughly two weeks ago. None […]

50 Million Facebook Users Exposed By Security Breach

An attack on Facebook’s (NASDAQ: FB) computer network has exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users. The breach is the largest in the company’s history. News of the breach spread quickly across Twitter and other online sites. While the investigation into the breach is still in its beginning stages, some details have been […]

US Kids Eating More Fast Food, Choosing Unhealthy Options

In the past few years, consumer advocacy groups have pressed restaurant chains to offer healthier kids’ meals and more nutritious side options. Fast food chains have responded by replacing sugary soft drinks and greasy French fries with healthier options like fruit and yogurt, 100-percent juice, low-fat milk, and water. Is it making much of a […]

Congress Considering Giving FAA Broader Authority Over Passenger Travel

House and Senate lawmakers have released a compromise FAA funding plan that would give the aviation agency broader authority over passenger air travel. The 1,200-page bill emerged after weeks of negotiations. Congress is set to vote on the measure this week. The proposed bill would give the FAA more authority to establish minimum airline seat […]

New Tariffs May Spark Price Hikes At Walmart

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is warning that it may have to hike product prices after the Trump administration imposed new tariffs on Chinese imports. Earlier this week, the US government imposed 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Walmart is currently the world’s largest retailer and a considerable amount of its business […]

Kroger Shares Fall After Disappointing Earnings Report

Supermarket giant Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) saw its shares fall nearly 10 percent after reporting disappointing sales results for the second quarter of its fiscal year. In recent months, the company has been taking aggressive steps to refresh its business and its efforts took a toll on same-store sales during the quarter. CEO Rodney McMullen […]

Facebook Announces Plans To Fight Election Interference

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has been promising to make its platform safer from election interference around the world. Now, it seems like there are some concrete plans in place to make this happen. Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined the plans in a roughly 3,300-word blog post. The November midterm elections in the United States […]

Volkswagen Squashes Beetle Production

Volkswagen has announced that 2019 will be the end of production for the iconic Beetle model. Production of the Beetle is set to end at the factory in Puebla, Mexico, where it’s been built since 1997, in July 2019. The company has been making the Beetle for nearly 70 years. The car was first sold […]

Cancer Deaths Estimated At 10 Million For 2018

The number of people around the world who have cancer is growing rapidly. Researchers estimate that there will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million deaths from the disease in 2018, according to a new report. This was up from 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, the last […]

Researchers Create Most Accurate Map of Antarctica Ever

Researchers have compiled a new map of Antarctica’s surface from high-resolution photos collected over six years from satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth. The new map, named the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (or REMA for short), was created by researchers at Ohio State University. The map was published online by the Polar Geospatial […]

Subway Making $5 Footlong Promotion Optional For Franchisees

The latest move from Subway is sure to please its franchisees while disappointing its customers. Subway franchisees will no longer be required to sell the $5 footlong, according to a new policy from the company. The company’s new CEO, Trevor Haynes, said that franchisees can still offer the deal at their stores if they want. […]

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Updated

Updated guidelines for cervical cancer screening from a government-appointed panel of experts are giving women new options. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said the new guidelines “focus on ensuring that women receive adequate screening, regardless of which strategy is used.” The new guidelines are published in the journal JAMA. It is now recommended […]

Nearly A Quarter Of Americans Have Deleted Facebook App

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that nearly a quarter of Americans have deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the last year. The study found that 26 percent of the respondents reported deleting the app from their phone. In the 18- to 29-year-old age range, 44 percent of study participants […]

Starbucks Opens First Location In Italy

Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), the world’s biggest coffee chain, is opening an upmarket roastery and cafe in Milan. The store will be the Seattle-based coffee giant’s first location in Italy. The company is also planning to start rolling out regular cafes across Italy this year. The company plans to open four traditional cafes in Milan with […]

US Embassy Worker Attacks May Be From Microwave Weapons

Microwave strikes may have been responsible for the sonic delusions and real brain damage suffered by embassy staff and family members in Cuba and China. Starting in late 2016, more than three dozen American diplomats and family members have reported the baffling symptoms and ailments. The State Department says its investigation had yet to identify […]

Brazil Museum Fire Destroys Irreplaceable Artifacts

A huge fire at Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro this weekend destroyed about 20 million items. The museum was one of the largest natural history museums in Latin America. Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte, a museum official, said that anything held in the main building was probably destroyed. No one was reported injured in […]

Defense Department Canceling $300M In Pakistan Aid

The Defense Department will cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that was previously suspended. The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies for costs incurred supporting counter-insurgency operations. The aid has now been canceled over Pakistan’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants. Military experts […]

Ford Focus Active No Longer Coming To America

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will not be bringing its new Focus crossover to the United States. The company had planned to start shipping the Focus Active to the US later next year, but says that plan no longer makes financial sense. Ford is already selling the model in China and Europe. The automaker announced […]

Pay Raises For Civilian Federal Employees Canceled

Across-the-board pay raises for civilian workers in the federal government have been canceled by President Donald Trump. An across-the-board 2.1 percent pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January. The action means that roughly 1.8 million people won’t get that automatic pay boost next year. In a letter to congressional leaders, […]

Sinclair Files Countersuit Against Tribune Media Over Merger

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI) has filed a counterclaim to a lawsuit filed by Tribune Media Co. (NYSE: TRCO) on Aug. 9 over the failure of their planned merger. The merger’s chances of completion dissolved last month after “serious concerns” were raised about a series of side deals that Sinclair had proposed. Sinclair is […]

Trump Accuses Google Of Unfair Search Bias Against Him

President Donald Trump has claimed that Google’s search engine is biased and the results are rigged to feature overwhelmingly negative coverage of him and “others.” The president believes that Google suppresses conservative voices in a manner he called “very dangerous.” He then questioned whether Google’s actions were legal. President Trump posted on Twitter: “Google search […]

Toyota Teams Up With Uber For Self-driving Car Partnership

Toyota Motors Corp. (NYSE: TM) has announced that it is making a $500 million investment in Uber and that the two companies will partner to pursue self-driving vehicles. Both companies have said they consider self-driving technology crucial to their futures. The Japanese automaker and the ride-hailing app company plan to launch their self-driving car pilot […]

US Revokes $200 Million Of Economic Aid To Palestinians

The Trump administration has announced that nearly all the money the United States had planned to spend on aid projects in Palestine this year has been revoked. The State Department notified Congress of the decision on the more than $200 million in economic aid in a brief, three-paragraph notice. In the notice, the department said […]

DNC Curbs Superdelegate Powers With Historic Vote

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has just voted to enact the most consequential reforms to the party’s nominating process since the 1980s. The more than 400 voting members of the DNC overwhelmingly passed a reform package curbing the influence of superdelegates by a voice vote of acclamation. The reform package also included a host of […]

Microsoft Under Investigation Over Potential Bribery In Hungary

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is reportedly under investigation by US authorities over sales of its software in Hungary being potentially linked to bribery and corruption. According to people familiar with the matter, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into how Microsoft sold software to middleman firms that then sold those […]

Study Says No Safe Level Of Alcohol Consumption

A new study published in the journal The Lancet is claiming that the harms of alcohol greatly outweigh any potential benefits from consumption. The authors of the study found that the risk of developing health issues steadily increased with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed each day. The researchers determined that considering the risks, there […]

PepsiCo Makes Deal For SodaStream

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) has made a deal to purchase Israeli fizzy drink-maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion. The plan calls for PepsiCo to pay $144 cash per SodaStream share using cash on hand. According to reports, the deal was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The deal is […]

Administration Redirecting $200M Of Syria Stabilization Funds

The Trump administration has announced that it will be redirecting $200 million in funds slated for Syria stabilization efforts. That money would have had to have been returned to the Treasury Department at the end of this budget year on Sept. 30 if it had remained unspent. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the decision […]

Facebook Accused Of Housing Discrimination

Federal regulators have accused Facebook of allowing landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. A formal complaint filed against the social media company says that it allows the use of targeted Facebook ads to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability and other characteristics. In response, Facebook said that it […]