Muslims keep alive Calcutta’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Calcutta, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Calcutta’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians

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Travis Kalanick, your Uber drivers don’t know you and they don’t really care

June 16, 2017

This unidentified Uber driver probably doesn't care about Uber's problems.Image: Shutterstock / Jne Valokuvaus “He stepped down? No way!” I was on my fourth Uber ride of the afternoon, trying to gauge the temperature of the contractors who are the life’s blood of the increasingly controversial startup. SEE ALSO: Uber’s CEO is taking a leave of absence following release of investigation findings Firas, who was taking me back to Mashable‘s…

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Marissa Mayer says her email comment isn’t trolling Yahoo!

June 15, 2017

The former Yahoo CEO says her words were taken out of context.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock Less than 24 hours after her exit from Yahoo, it seemed like former CEO Marissa Mayer was taking a shot at her old company. But, she says, her words were simply taken out of context. At a conference in London, Mayer, who had worked at Google before jumping to Yahoo, reportedly said she’s excited about being…

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Fox News ditched its ‘Fair and Balanced’ slogan and critics have some new suggestions

June 15, 2017

Even at Fox News, the times, they are a-changingImage: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock While we’ve spent the last year being distracted by a continuous, raging dumpster fire of awful news, Fox News quietly moved away from its iconic “Fair and Balanced” slogan and no one really noticed. SEE ALSO: Annnnd another Fox News host just blasted Donald Trump New York magazine reporter and former Roger Ailes nemesis Gabriel Sherman reported on the…

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

Listen up, Kardashian Klan and all you wannabe models and socialites shilling products on Instagram. SEE ALSO: Get ready to see less #ad and #spon on Instagram The Facebook-owned app released a tool Wednesday for disclosing sponsored content. Now, when you’re getting paid to take a photo with a Volvo XC90, for example, you can include a tag at the top of the post that reads “Paid partnership with volvocarusa”…

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Of course cable companies are going to screw up the internet

June 15, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / reptiles4all You can’t really get that mad at the companies that provide internet service to Americans. They’re destined to screw up the internet. They were created decades ago to screw up the internet. Without the proper rules, few people outside of the company’s own lobbyists and think tanks believe there’s any chance that they don’t screw up the internet. After all, these companies are obligated to do…

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to have his cake and eat it too when it came to his explanations during congressional testimony Tuesday for the firing of FBI Director James Comey. On the other hand, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed removing Comey as FBI director and agreed that it was time for a “fresh start” at the bureau…

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Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. Past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook…

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Grab joins Uber in making plans to offer helicopter rides in congested cities

June 15, 2017

Ride operator Grab, Uber’s biggest threat in Southeast Asia, just ran a limited helicopter-on-demand trial in Indonesia over the weekend. The service was free for the lucky few who got to try it, in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta. SEE ALSO: An all-electric flying car just made its first flight and it’s as cool as it sounds This is the second time Grab’s trying out helicopters in the region, after a…

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A startup named Bancor raised $150 million in a few hours

June 14, 2017

Image: Shutterstock A startup named Bancor has raised almost $150 million in just three hours from anonymous investors in what is now the biggest example of a new form of blokchain-based fundingthe initial coin offering. And it all happened on Ethereum, the blockchain platform that has exploded in popularity over the past few months. Ethereum, often described as another Bitcoin competitor, is more than a currency; it allows decentralized, blockchain-based…

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Getting ready for college now means cleaning up your online footprint

June 14, 2017

Image: YONHAP/EPA/REX/Shutterstock When Kelsang Dolma began sending in her college applications, the first thing she did was lock down her Twitter account. “I was applying to about 10 schools and I knew that every bit of information could be crucial,” said Dolma, now a junior at Yale University. “My Twitter by no means was offensive, but I worried that any little joke could be a deal breaker. Most of the…

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Clutter wants to store your stuff but help you not forget it exists

June 14, 2017

Image: clutter Clutter is disrupting its own name. SEE ALSO: This startup wants to be the QVC of your smartphone The two-year-old startup takes the stuff you don’t use out of your home and makes sure you don’t just put it in a disorganized storage unit. Clutter, based in Los Angeles, employs movers and software engineers who work together to build a sophisticated system of packing and storing, where each…

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Blue plaques: Who did you nominate for an award? – BBC News

June 14, 2017

“I can’t believe that this is happening,” he told the BBC. “You walk past so many blue plaques on buildings and you never suspect you’re going to be one of them. I’m just blown away by it, I really am.” Billy Bragg will unveil a plaque for David Bowie at the site of the Trident Studios in Soho, where the star recorded his multi-million selling albums Hunky Dory and The…

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Britain’s Got Talent comedian Daliso Chaponda lands own Radio 4 show – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Daliso has previously co-created and starred in Radio 4’s drama When the Laughter Stops in 2014 and he also appeared on The Now Show earlier this year. The comedian has lived all over the world with his refugee-turned-diplomat father, and now frequently performs in both Africa and the UK. Last month, he finished in third place in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, behind pianist Tokio Myers and eight-year-old magician Issy Simpson….

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London fire: Blaze engulfs apartment block in West London

June 14, 2017

(CNN)A huge fire has engulfed a 27-story apartment block in West London. #fire #london #nottinghill #latimer #road #latimertoad #ladbrokegrove #ladbroke #grove A post shared by Anwar Belkhadir (@3alam.anwar) on Jun 13, 2017 at 6:34pm PDT “The whole building is on fire (and) spreading fast,” witness Goran Karimi told CNN. He said he saw people jumping from the building. The London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is still…

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Uber just lost its head of business

June 14, 2017

Image: bloomberg/getty images Emil Michael, an executive known to be very close with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, is out at the ride-hailing company, the New York Times reported. Uber confirmed the departure to Mashable and had no additional comment. You probably didn’t know his name, but Michael was one of the most powerful people at the ride-hailing service used by millions around the world. he was the close confidant of…

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The tool banks hope will defeat Venmo is here

June 13, 2017

Can I Zelle you?Image: Shutterstock / Africa Studio Just as Apple launched its own attack on Venmo with iMessage payments, so did the banks. The bank-approved peer-to-peer payment tool Zelle went live Monday morning in most mobile banking apps. Zelle is basically Venmo, only directly within your Bank of America/Chase/CitiBank app. SEE ALSO: Hey Venmo, Apple is coming for the person-to-person payments market Zelle’s big advantage against Venmo, PayPal, and…

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Theresa May docudrama heading to BBC Two – BBC News

June 13, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Johnson (Will Barton) was scuppered in his bid to become prime minister Inbetweeners actor John Seaward appears as Michael Gove, who was another leadership challenger. Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Gove (John Seaward) has now re-entered the Cabinet as environment secretary It will portray the events following last year’s EU referendum and David Cameron’s subsequent resignation as prime minister. It will recount how…

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J.P. Morgan Reportedly Pulls NBC Ads Over Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview

June 13, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reports that J.P. Morgan Chase has pulled its local TV ads and digital ads from all NBC News programming, including Kellys show, until after the interview airs Sunday night. The decision came shortly after Kristin Lemkau, the companys chief marketing officer, fired off a tweet criticizing the interview: An excerpt of the interview released Sunday led to swift backlash on social media, including the rise of…

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Reed: Sessions’ involvement with Comey firing ‘highly questionable’

June 13, 2017

(CNN)A Democratic senator who will question Attorney General Jeff Sessions at tomorrow’s Senate intelligence committee hearing wants to know why he was involved in the decision to fire former FBI director James Comey after he had recused himself from the Russia investigation. The White House initially cited memos from Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending Comey’s firing over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe as the…

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Special counsel team members donated to Dems, FEC records show

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Four members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by special counsel Robert Mueller to handle the Russia investigation have given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Over the weekend, news outlets including CNN identified five attorneys that Mueller has already brought on board to help investigate potential collusion between associates of President Donald Trump’s…

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Missouri Parole Board member quits for playing word games during hearings

June 13, 2017

(CNN)A member of the Missouri Parole Board resigned Monday over reports he played word games at parole hearings. According to the report, the two scored points when they worked a word into the hearing. One point was awarded if they mentioned the word or song, and two points were earned if they got the inmate to repeat it. June 21, 2016: Hootenanny, Peggy Sue June 22, 2016: Platypus, Armadillo, Egg/Egging…

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Delta Yanks Support for NYC’s Public Theater Over Trumplike Caesar

June 13, 2017

Bank of America Corp. revoked sponsorship of New York’s famed Public Theater because its summer production of “Julius Caesar” is staged with an assassinated title character who resembles Donald Trump. In separate statements, the two U.S. firms criticized the way the lead character in Shakespeare’s play was portrayed. “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park…

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The snacks boss with an appetite for success – BBC News

June 12, 2017

Fast forward to today and Anthony is chief executive of the business that now enjoys annual sales of more than 70m and that under his leadership has successfully expanded from the UK to the US. Image copyright Graze Image caption The company says it can get new products on sale in under 24 hours “We had to iterate, we tried and we failed – we had to pivot a great…

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Britons released without charge after Easyjet plane scare – BBC News

June 12, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPassenger Richard Peters: “They looked like regular guys” Three British men who were detained in Germany after their conversations on board an Easyjet flight sparked alarm have been released without charge. Their flight from Slovenia to the UK was diverted to Cologne after the pilot was alerted to a “suspicious conversation” with “terrorist content”. “The criminal investigation against them has been halted….

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Theresa May Fast Facts

June 12, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom. Father: Hubert Brasier, Anglican vicar Mother: Zaidee (Barnes) Brasier Marriage: Philip May (1980-present) Education: St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, Geography, 1974-1977 Religion: Anglican Other Facts: Has Type 1 diabetes. Was the first female chairman of the Conservative Party. Was introduced to her husband in 1976 at an Oxford Conservative Association dance by Benazir Bhutto,…

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