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Gannett talks with GateHouse Media about deal to control one in six U.S. papers

July 21, 2019 |

Gannett, publisher of USA Today, is in advanced talks to combine with GateHouse Media in a deal that would merge the two largest owners of newspapers in the U.S. by circulation.

L.A. Times – Business

Lara Trump lashes out after CNN host accuses her of ‘lying’ about rally crowd’s ‘Send her back!’ chant

July 21, 2019 |

Lara Trump fired back Saturday against critics who’ve asserted that the “Send her back!” chant at President Trump’s recent rally in North Carolina was planned, instead of a spontaneous crowd response.
FOX News

Co-Stars Speak Up About Huffman’s Guilt

July 20, 2019 |

Felicity Huffman’s co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal, the AP reports. Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible about her…


China’s slowdown isn’t just about tariffs

July 19, 2019 |

China’s economic growth has slumped to its lowest level in nearly three decades, but the trade war with the United States isn’t solely to blame. – RSS Channel – World

Trump expressed concerns about Pentagon cloud-computing contract

July 18, 2019 |

President Donald Trump recently demanded more information about how the Pentagon crafted a massive cloud-computing contract it’s poised to award to Inc. or Microsoft Corp., in order to decide whether he should intervene.

L.A. Times – Business

Disney calls Abigail Disney’s remarks about workers’ pay ‘gross and unfair’

July 18, 2019 |

A feud between Walt Disney Co. and the granddaughter of co-founder Roy Disney is getting more heated

L.A. Times – Business

CNN Report Fuels Questions About Assange’s Meetings

July 17, 2019 |

The former president of Ecuador who allowed Julian Assange to take refuge in the country’s London embassy has admitted that the country’s guest meddled in the United States’ 2016 election. “We did notice that he was interfering in the elections and we do not allow that because we have principles,…

iOS and Android are about to get a bunch of new emoji

July 17, 2019 |

Tomorrow is World Emoji Day. Why is there a World Emoji Day? No idea! But it’s tomorrow!

To recognize the day, Apple and Google have both shed some light on their plans regarding new emoji coming to their operating systems in the coming months. Both companies are adding around 60 new emoji in all, from cutesie stuff like sloths and otters to important icons of representation.

First up, both companies are overhauling their handholding couple emojis so that your emoji people can hold hands with whomever you please, regardless of gender or skin tone.


Google also notes that, as of Android Q, any Emoji that doesn’t have a gender specified in its Unicode documentation — emoji like “police officer” or “person getting haircut” and 51 others — will now default to a “gender ambiguous design.” You’ll be able to press-and-hold an emoji to select a “male” or “female” presentation, if you’d prefer.

Both platforms will also be getting a ton of new accessibility-focused emoji. Apple proposed these early last year, with the Unicode Consortium (the group that determines the official emoji set) giving its stamp of approval in February of this year.

There’s a service dog:


People using two different kinds of wheelchairs:


A prosthetic arm and prosthetic leg:


Ear with hearing aid, and the ASL sign for “deaf”:

hearing aid

And a person with a white cane:

white cane

There’s also a ton of other new stuff being added in, from animals to axes. There are sloths:


And flamingos:


And orangutans, otters and skunks:

otter skunk

There’s a bunch of new clothing, including saris, swim shorts and safety vests:


And, finally, an emoji that I am honestly kinda shocked wasn’t already in there: the yawning smiley.


I fully expect to see that last one used sarcastically across Slack and Twitter at least 43x a day.

Apple says the new emoji will hit iOS “this fall,” while Google says they’ll arrive with the release of Android Q later this year. If you want to see the full list of things coming in 2019, you can find it over on Emojipedia.



Researchers Raise Warning About Fruit Juice

July 11, 2019 |

Anyone who has ditched soda for fruit juice in the name of health may want to pay heed to a new study in the British Medical Journal . Researchers say modest daily consumption of any sugary drink is linked to a higher risk of cancer, reports CNN . The study finds that…

PG&E must respond to news report about faulty power lines, judge orders

July 11, 2019 |

PG&E Corp. was ordered Wednesday by a federal judge overseeing its probation to respond to a Wall Street Journal story claiming the utility knew its power lines could cause wildfires and failed to perform upgrades.

PG&E “must provide a fresh, forthright statement owning up to the true extent” of…

L.A. Times – Business