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  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] Hospital says former South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil has died at age of 92: Hospital says former South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil has died at age of 92 .
  • [War Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post] Xiaomi seeks to raise up to $6.1 billion in Hong Kong IPO: Xiaomi Corp. says it seeks to raise up to $6.1 billion in the upcoming initial public offering that would value the Chinese smartphone maker at as much as $70.3 billion.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Hospital says former South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil has died at age of 92: Hospital says former South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil has died at age of 92 .
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Xiaomi seeks to raise up to $6.1 billion in Hong Kong IPO: Xiaomi Corp. says it seeks to raise up to $6.1 billion in the upcoming initial public offering that would value the Chinese smartphone maker at as much as $70.3 billion.
  • [Reuters: Health News] Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women discovered in surrogacy raid: PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday.
  • [Reuters: World News] Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women discovered in surrogacy raid: PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Athletics: Thompson overhauls Fraser-Pryce to claim Jamaican title: KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Olympic 100 meters champion Elaine Thompson left it late before coming through in the closing stages to run down a fast-starting Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and win the Jamaican championships title on Friday.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Pair of ex-NHL players sues league for lack of concussion warnings: The National Hockey League is being sued by two former players, Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton, who allege the league withheld information about the long-term health dangers from concussion-related injuries.
  • [Reuters: Business News] China's Xiaomi says has no timeframe for mainland share offering: HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said on Saturday there is no timeframe for a mainland share offering and the company has no disagreement with the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
  • [Reuters: Company News] China's Xiaomi says has no timeframe for mainland share offering: HONG KONG, June 23 (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said on Saturday there is no timeframe for a mainland share offering and the company has no disagreement with the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] NFL notebook: Hall of Famer Kelly out of hospital: Hall of Fame quarterback and Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly was released from the hospital a day after undergoing a scheduled follow-up procedure Thursday in New York City in his ongoing recovery from oral cancer surgery in March.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] NHL notebook: Sabres draft Swedish D Dahlin with top pick: The Buffalo Sabres selected Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick of the NHL draft on Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
  • [Hacker News] GitLab 11 released: Comments
  • [Reuters: Sports News] NBA notebook: Cavs GM optimistic after talks with Team LeBron: Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman senses positive momentum as Cleveland prepares to pitch LeBron James on sticking around.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Major League Baseball notebook: MLB suspends Osuna 75 games: Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna accepted a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday in connection with an assault charge.
  • [Hacker News] Big Trouble at 3nm: Comments
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Golf: Weary Spieth rues not sticking to 'game plan' at Travelers: (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth blamed mental mistakes for his poor second round at the Travelers Championship on Friday as a former British Open champion said the current holder of the Claret Jug needs a break before defending the title.
  • [Reuters: World News] Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children: SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May.
  • [Reuters: Politics] Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children: SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May.
  • [Reuters: U.S.] Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children: SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May.
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  • Ex-S. Korean premier Kim Jong-pil, spy agency founder, dies

    Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea?s spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92.

  • New Zealand leader to spend 3rd night in hospital with baby

    New Zealand?s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plans to spend a third night in a hospital before returning home with her newborn daughter.

  • Arguments, confusion, second-guessing: Inside Trump?s reversal on separating migrant families

    The president?s executive order relieved some political pressure but intensified friction between the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Arguments, confusion, second-guessing: Inside Trump?s reversal on separating migrant families

    The president?s executive order relieved some political pressure but intensified friction between the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Ex-S. Korean premier Kim Jong-pil, spy agency founder, dies

    Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea?s spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92.

  • New Zealand leader to spend 3rd night in hospital with baby

    New Zealand?s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plans to spend a third night in a hospital before returning home with her newborn daughter.

  • Arguments, confusion, second-guessing: Inside Trump?s reversal on separating migrant families

    The president?s executive order relieved some political pressure but intensified friction between the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Hands-on learning is a necessary part of college, but here?s what it doesn?t teach students

    What employers look for when hiring graduates.

  • Thailand is descending into a climate of fear

  • Don?t let the Mall become an untouchable relic

    The National Park Service should protect ?America?s front yard,? but don?t shut people out.

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Entries

  • As Facebook?s fight against fake news goes global, few vetters are on front lines before Mexico?s election (266 characters)

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:22:20 -0400As Facebook?s fight against fake news goes global, few vetters are on front lines before Mexico?s electionWar Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    As the Mexican presidential election nears, the social media giant is trying to battle abuses and fake news. But the trickiest area for the company has been domestic disinformation sources that are harder to stop than foreign operators because of free speech issues.

  • As Facebook?s fight against fake news goes global, few vetters are on front lines before Mexico?s election (266 characters)

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:17:11 -0400As Facebook?s fight against fake news goes global, few vetters are on front lines before Mexico?s electionWorld: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post

    As the Mexican presidential election nears, the social media giant is trying to battle abuses and fake news. But the trickiest area for the company has been domestic disinformation sources that are harder to stop than foreign operators because of free speech issues.

  • Firmware Friday: Firmware updates aplenty from Canon, Sigma and Sony, plus Fuji software too! (567 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:18:00 -0400Firmware Friday: Firmware updates aplenty from Canon, Sigma and Sony, plus Fuji software too!SLRgear.com What's New

    Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is mostly a tale of one company, as Canon dominates proceedings with no less than five video cameras and four reference displays either receiving new firmware in the past seven days, or slated to do so shortly. If you're not a Canon shooter, you may want to read on regardless, though, for news of firmware and software from Fujifilm, Sigma and Sony as well. Let's get right down to the updates and see what's new! Canon Cinema EOS C200 / C200B; VIXIA GX10, XF400, XF405; DP-V2410, V2411,...
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  • Unconditional Love (5134 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:09:00 -0400Unconditional LoveNikon Rumors

    ?Unconditional Love? by Louis Amore (website, Instagram):

    In October 2017 I visited a good friend in Seattle, Washington who runs an international animal rescue organisation. Animals can have a positive impact on people?s lives. Unfortunately, I also saw and learned how much animals suffer abuse around the world. During my visit I saw that many homeless people kept animals with them and it gave me an idea to document their connection and dependence on each other. I approached and sought permission to photograph in Tent City 3 - a non-sanctioned temporary homeless encampment - and also other homeless people throughout the area. Animals accept us as we are. They love unconditionally and without reserve. They bring joy, love and reassurance during our best and worst times. I felt compelled to use this connection; the unwavering bond between human and animal as the basis for this series - ?Unconditional Love?


    Sonny & Houdini

    Sonny has been living in Tent City 3 for 9 months. Houdini is Sonny's companion. He says, ?he calms me down when I get my panic and anxiety attacks., I can get to my medicine because of Houdini. he calms me down when I get excited., Houdini gives me responsibility and pride.?


    Candi & Calli

    Calli was rescued by Candi two and a half years ago from an abusive home. She nurtured her back to health and the bond between the two of them has grown very strong. Calli, a great support to Candi, has been trained to be her seizure dog. Originally from New Orleans, Candi and her husband moved to Tent City 3 eight months ago. Candi was the first person we met at the site, advocating for us to be allowed into the camp.


    José and Kilo in Tent City 3


    Josh & Sue

    Josh, a veteran, served active duty in the Iraq War in 2009 and 2010. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His puppy Sue provides him with emotional support, helps him get out of bed and gives him someone to share his life with. When we met Josh, he had only had Sue for a few weeks.


    José, Cassidy & Kilo

    Prior to moving to Tent City 3, José and girlfriend Cassidy were living on the streets. José was released from jail and lost his home and, without the support of their families, they rely on each other. Kilo, their puppy, had been given to them by another camper. José wanted the dog to bring happiness to Cassidy when she was down.


    Jenny & Goku

    Genny and her mother are from Great Falls, Montana. They have lived in Tent City 3 for several months. Goku is Genny?s second cat. She referred to her first cat as a therapy cat, prescribed by her doctor. The first day we visited Tent City 3 Genny was helping at the front desk of the camp, while her mother was attending church services next door.


    Chris & Drew

    Chris, a Veteran, has been in Tent City 3 for 2 months, "I used to have a relationship with Alisha, but now we share Drew, he keeps me company when I feel alone, I have two children I miss dearly, ages 13 and 14.


    Alicia, Braylen & Drew

    "I got Drew for my son Braylen, I wanted him to have someone to play with." ?He always roamed the encampment finding objects to keep himself entertained? said Alicia. They have lived at Tent City 3 for the past four months


    Maranda & Bully

    Maranda has been in Seattle for 5 years and has owned Bully since she was a puppy, Bully provides love and safety and a sense of security while Miranda's husband is away.


    Jamie & Meatball

    "Jamie had found Meatball less than 24 hours before this photo was taken, her previous dog - Nemesis, was purchased on recommendation of her doctor as treatment for her schizoaffective disorder. "Meatball provides me with motivation, life without animals would be "much harder" she says.


    Tod

    Tod has been homeless for 20 years, he used to have dogs, but confessed he had to get rid of them because ?I spent too much time looking after himself?, he now regrets it, he feels lonely.

    The photos I shot were taken on a Nikon D810/D850 using a Nikkor 24 f/1.4G lens and lit using a Broncolor Siros L 400.

    I would like to mention Vivian Goldbloom the founder of Emerald City Pet Rescue and Emerald Kitty Café, Vivian kindly donated Clothes for all at Ten City3, also Food, Clothes and Toys for the Animals, Vivian is an inspiration, her rescue was established in 2013 as a non-profit dedicated to rescuing, nurturing, and rehabilitating homeless and neglected animals as well as animals in need due to relinquishment
    If you would like to donate or learn more about adopting a wonderful pet please visit Emerald City Pet Rescue:

    www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

    2962 First Avenue South, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98134 or call (206) 557-4661

    It was uplifting to see the happiness these animals gave these people who have so little, I would like to continue this series in the future.

    Thank you for reading
    Louis Amore

    Website: www.louisamore.com
    Instagram: louis_amore_photographer

  • Bethesda Sues Warner Bros, Calls Its Westworld Game 'Blatant Rip-Off' of Fallout Shelter (1162 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:50:00 -0400Bethesda Sues Warner Bros, Calls Its Westworld Game 'Blatant Rip-Off' of Fallout ShelterSlashdot

    Bethesda, the video game publisher behind Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, is suing Warner Bros. and Fallout Shelter co-developer Behavior Interactive over the recently released Westworld, alleging that the mobile game based on HBO's TV series is a "blatant rip-off" of Fallout Shelter. Polygon reports: In a suit filed in a Maryland U.S. District Court, Bethesda alleges that Westworld -- developed by Behaviour and released this week for Android and iOS -- "has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements" as Fallout Shelter. Fallout Shelter was originally released in 2015 for mobile devices. The game was later ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Bethesda said in its suit that Behaviour uses "the same copyrighted computer code created for Fallout Shelter in Westworld," alleging that a bug evident in an early version of Fallout Shelter (which was later fixed) also appears in Westworld. Bethesda alleges the companies "copied Fallout Shelter's features and then made cosmetic modifications for Westworld's 'western' theme."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • What?s Going on With Cathay Pacific Award Availability? (2006 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:30:00 -0400What?s Going on With Cathay Pacific Award Availability?The Points Guy

    Last month, Cathay Pacific announced a devaluation of its Asia Miles program, increasing the number of miles needed for many award flights. The changes took effect on Friday, June 22, but there appear to be some bumps in the road in regards to the switchover.

    Normally, in order to search for Cathay award availability, you’ll want to use either British Airways’ or Qantas’ websites. But according to TPG reader Matt and others, Cathay currently isn’t showing award availability to either of these Oneworld partners. Another report from Point Me to the Plane confirms that the airline’s normal award availability has vanished, not just on long-haul routes but intra-Asia as well.

    TPG readers report they’ve checked with American Airlines agents over the phone, who were also unable to see Cathay award space. TPG Senior Contributor Richard Kerr has been checking the Asia Miles booking system and reports experiencing a large number of glitches. He also noted that calls to Asia Miles phone agents are going straight to voicemail.

    It’s possible the airline is experiencing an IT issue from transitioning to the new award chart, which is preventing partners from seeing availability along with causing other issues. We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out over the next few days, but in the meantime, it might be wise to hold off on any transfers from American Express Membership RewardsCiti ThankYou points or SPG to Asia Miles until this is cleared up. The same goes for those wanting to transfer to British Airways Avios in order to redeem for awards on Cathay Pacific.

    We’ve contacted Cathay for comment on this issue but have not yet heard back. However, we’ll update this story when we have more information.

    H/T: Point Me to the Plane

    Featured image by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.

  • Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration bill until election (274 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:27:00 -0400Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration bill until electionReuters: Politics

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, sending mixed signals to his party amid an ongoing crisis over his border policies.

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  • Supreme Court Backs Award of Overseas Patent Damages (1005 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:10:00 -0400Supreme Court Backs Award of Overseas Patent DamagesSlashdot

    schwit1 quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that companies can recover profits lost because of the unauthorized use of their patented technology abroad in a victory for Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider. The decision expands the ability of patent owners to recover foreign-based damages, increasing the threat posed by certain infringement lawsuits in the United States. Internet-based companies and others had expressed concern that extending patent damages beyond national borders would expose U.S. high-technology firms to greater patent-related risks abroad. U.S. patent law generally applies only domestically, but Schlumberger said that since the law protects against infringement that occurs when components of a patented invention are supplied from the U.S. for assembly abroad, it should be fully compensated for the infringement, including any lost foreign sales. The high court agreed.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • James Corden Helps British Airways ?Pimp [Their] Glide? (1519 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:09:00 -0400James Corden Helps British Airways ?Pimp [Their] Glide?One Mile at a Time

    James Corden is the host of The Late Late Show, and a couple of days ago I shared a video of him “working” at The Savoy in London. In this segment he performed the duties of a bellmen, butler, and restaurant server, of course with his signature cheesy humor. While not everyone will like him, I thought it was pretty funny.

    Now he’s back with another travel related segment. “Pimp My Ride” was a popular MTV show back in the day, and he’s bringing it back. Except he’s not making over a car, but rather he’s making over a plane. And not just a small plane, but rather a British Airways 787, including giving the crew some pizzazz.

    Here’s the video:

    I’ve gotta be honest, I’m not a big fan of this one. I thought the humor was ridiculously dumb, and I also thought the BA guy wasn’t adding much to the segment. I would have much rather seen Penny working with him.

    But at the same time, my gosh, they really redid the cabin. Presumably this was one of the grounded 787s so they had a bit of time to play with it, but they really put some effort into that. I assume at least most of that wasn’t a green screen or anything, so wow…

    What do you make of this “Pimp My Glide” segment? 

  • Pentagon indefinitely suspends some training exercises with South Korea (289 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:03:00 -0400Pentagon indefinitely suspends some training exercises with South KoreaReuters: World News

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Jim Jong Un.

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  • The latest 2017/2018 Leica financial statements: sales increased for the fifth year in a row (1587 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:01:00 -0400The latest 2017/2018 Leica financial statements: sales increased for the fifth year in a rowLeica News & Rumors


    Leica published their latest financial statements for the 2017/2018 financial year  - here is a recap (Google translation):

    According to its own statements, the long-established company realized around 417 million euros in the 2017/18 financial year (31 March), five percent more than in the previous year. Among other things, sales via own stores have proven to be successful.

    Leica has recorded a sales increase for the fifth year in a row, said Investor Kaufmann, who had joined the then troubled camera manufacturer in 2004. Earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) had increased recently by 17 percent. He did not name numbers.

    "We have to stay on the ground, because a part of this industry has changed so brutally," said Kaufmann also with a view to the camera competition by smartphones. "We think we are in a very good position, even with technological partners." For example, Leica works with mobile phone manufacturer Huawei.

    The full financial statements can be found here. Here is some additional information on financial filings from previous years:

    Leica’s basic financials for the past 5 years

    Leica Camera AG records strong revenue growth for the 2016/2017 financial year and bucks the downward trend in the camera market

    Leica with record sales, increased revenue for the 2015/2016 fiscal year

    Source: finanznachrichten.de

  • This Chinese Resort Island Is Lifting Internet Censors for Tourists (1549 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:00:00 -0400This Chinese Resort Island Is Lifting Internet Censors for TouristsThe Points Guy

    There is only one place in China where your vacation Instagram posts will have a 100% shot of going through: the resort island of Hainan off the mainland’s southern coast.

    In its effort to establish itself as a world-class tropical destination ? what some have dubbed “China’s Hawaii” ? the island’s provincial government is planning to allow foreign tourists to access internet sites that are otherwise restricted on the mainland.

    According to the three-year launch plan, foreign visitors to Hainan will be able to fully access social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, as well as other sites in the island’s two biggest cities of Haikou and Sanya. Full access to the sites will be allowed in “places where tourists gather,” the plan vaguely states.

    China is well-known for restricting its citizens’ access to the internet. The government’s online censorship, or so-called “Great Firewall,” blocks full access to social networks, foreign media sites and even Google search results.

    It isn’t clear if the plan has China’s national government’s approval yet. But, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been a part of the effort to draw global tourists to Hainan. Earlier this year, his administration granted an additional 33 countries visa-free access to the tropical destination, bringing the total number of nations who can visit the island visa-free to 59.

    H/T: Bloomberg

    Featured image by Lucas Schifres/Getty Images.

  • '10-second' rule denies Johnson share of lead with Harman (262 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:55:00 -0400'10-second' rule denies Johnson share of lead with HarmanReuters: Sports News

    (Reuters) - Two-times major champion Zach Johnson fell foul of the "10-second rule" on Friday but managed to stay close to the lead as the American ended the second round one stroke behind pacesetter Brian Harman at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

  • Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria (277 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:53:00 -0400Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest SyriaReuters: World News

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the country's southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.

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  • Few client communications found so far in Michael Cohen documents: judge (263 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:51:00 -0400Few client communications found so far in Michael Cohen documents: judgeReuters: Politics

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A review of documents seized from U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen has so far turned up only a handful of communications between Cohen and his clients, a federal judge said in a written order on Friday.

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  • What?s Overrated/Underrated in Travel (477 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:34:00 -0400What?s Overrated/Underrated in TravelView from the Wing

    Underrated doesn't mean something is the best, just that it's better than commonly appreciated. Overrated doesn't mean it's not good -- or even great -- just that it isn't as good as people in general seem to think.

    Overrated or underrated is about lowering or raising the status of things. It's about whether you think people in general regard it too highly, or not highly enough, relative to its actual worth.

    Continue reading What’s Overrated/Underrated in Travel...

  • Atari Accuses Journalists of Making Stuff Up So They Produce Recordings of the Interview (1564 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:30:00 -0400Atari Accuses Journalists of Making Stuff Up So They Produce Recordings of the InterviewSlashdot

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Legendary games company Atari has accused a Register reporter of making stuff up and acting unprofessionally following an interview earlier this year in San Francisco at the launch of its new games console, the Atari VCS. In that article, we were critical of the fact that the machine did not work, and that its chief operating officer Michael Arzt, whom we spoke to, appeared unable to answer even the most basic questions about the product. We were shown "engineering design models" that were said to be "real" yet turned out did not work, and pointed out as much. In the article, we wrote: "What happens if we plug this into our laptop, we ask Mike. I don't know, he says. Will it work? I don't know. If we plug it into a different games machine, will it work? No. So it's custom hardware and software? I don't know about that." Presumably this is where Atari feels that the reporter "wrote what he wanted instead of what was discussed with him." Which makes this clip tough to explain -- and we'll give you a clue: your humble Reg hack is the one with the British accent... This is a clip of Atari having no idea about its own controller. The Register goes on to provide more examples of how Atari "is so full of crap..." The accusations started via the company's Facebook page, where a potential buyer of an Atari VCS posted a link to the Reg article and asked the company to explain it. The full interview between the journalist and Atari can be found here.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Deal Alert: West Coast to Charlotte From $127 Round-Trip With Carry-On Bags (2666 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:30:00 -0400Deal Alert: West Coast to Charlotte From $127 Round-Trip With Carry-On BagsThe Points Guy

    Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they?re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts.

    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11:00pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you?re using the American Express Platinum Card, you?ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Expedia?s courtesy cancellation if you?re unable to get the time away from work or family.

    It’s not too often that we come across airlines offering transcontinental flights for under $200 round-trip, but United is doing just that today. Right now, you can snag flights between Charlotte (CLT) and major West Coast cities Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO) from just $127 round-trip. Best of all, the discount fares we’re seeing book into regular economy and not United’s stripped down basic economy.

    To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding the dates that work best for you, book with United directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline.

    Airline: United
    Routes: LAX/SAN/SFO to/from CLT
    Cost: $127+ round-trip in economy
    Dates: July ? November 2018
    Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
    Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

    Here are a few examples of what you can book:

    San Francisco (SFO) to Charlotte (CLT) for $126 round-trip in August on United:

    Los Angeles (LAX) to Charlotte (CLT) for $126 round-trip in September on United:

     

    San Diego (SAN) to Charlotte (CLT) for $132 round-trip in November on United:

    Maximize Your Purchase

    Don?t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

    Featured image by Daniel Weiss via Unsplash.

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  • Death, disputes and disgrace, but the TV show must go on (306 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:25:00 -0400Death, disputes and disgrace, but the TV show must go onReuters: Entertainment News

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" character was run over by a bus and got a full-scale funeral. "Glee" actor Corey Monteith died in real life and had a tribute episode. "House of Cards" will return minus scandal-tainted Kevin Spacey, with his screen wife taking center stage.

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  • Michigan State board votes to keep Engler as president despite public pressure (254 characters)

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:21:34 -0400Michigan State board votes to keep Engler as president despite public pressureHigher Education: Higher Learning News, D.C. Area Colleges & Universities - The Washington Post

    John Engler, who was appointed interim president at Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal, faced calls for his resignation from both campus and political leaders. On Friday the board voted down an effort to fire him.

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