Canadian officer is first woman to lead Changing of the Guard

June 27, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian soldier, Megan Couto, has become the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. “I know certainly for myself, it’s a great pleasure to be considered an equal of my peers, and any one of my peers would be absolutely delighted to be the captain of the guard here,” Couto said. “So I feel equally honored to be given the opportunity regardless of my gender.” The ceremony takes place at 11:00 a.m. sharp on any …

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Celebrate Pride by following these incredible queer artists on Instagram

June 26, 2017

… Instagram, and each one is more breathtaking than the last. 16. Ricardo Bessa / @rbessaaa A post shared by Ricardo Bessa (@rbessaaa) on Feb 8, 2017 at 8:33am PST Ricardo Bessa’s illustrations have so much life in them, you might find yourself gasping from time to time. His collaboration with Smirnoff is also worthy of a place on any Instagram timeline. 17. Mickalene Thomas / @mickalenethomas A post shared by Mickalene Thomas (@mickalenethomas) on Aug 6, 2016 at 9:51am …

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Black queer love shines on Instagram through joint couple accounts

June 25, 2017

Dom and Nic have their life as a couple out there for the Instagram world to see.Image: Justine Milton For soon-to-marry couple Dominic Spence and Nick Gilyard, Instagram has become a place where together they show others what a young, black, queer relationship looks like. SEE ALSO: 9 LGBT families that will diversify your Instagram feed Their joint page, @dom_and_nick, recently had a moment when the Instagram account The Way We Met profiled the 27- and 25-year-olds, who live in Brooklyn. …

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Foo Fighters finally headline Glastonbury – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… also dedicated the song 100 Bags to his mum, saying she “wouldn’t be able to comprehend” her son playing to 20,000 people at Glastonbury. “Hey, mumzy, look at your boy now,” he said. Throughout, the star’s set embraced his mainstream appeal without diluting the fierce and dextrous wordplay that made him special in the first place. Coming on the day that Dizzee Rascal complained no British rapper had ever headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, it marked …

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Grenfell Tower fire families to be rehoused in luxury complex

June 23, 2017

… want to see what will happen. I might move to another place,” Saif said. Another resident, who identified himself as A.J., has been living at the development for two months. “Honestly, I didn’t care at first, but if I was to live here (longer term), it would affect me. It’s not just about the money. “If they were to screen the people that were living there, for example if families want to come here, it wouldn’t really affect me.” “The cheapest …

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Uber’s HR chief Liane Hornsey should be the next to go

June 23, 2017

… leaked audio obtained by Yahoo Finance. “I read yesterday if I say bloody, you all have to take a shot,” Hornsey said, shortly after saying that word. “But only after hours. Sorry.” The meeting was an opportunity to communicate to employees that things would be getting better, that employees should have faith that Uber could be a great place to work, that they had value at the company. Instead, Hornsey issued what seemed like a warning. “I want to finish today by …

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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 22, 2017

… to get rid of what it called the “gray zone,” an area occupied by Muslims who aren’t pro-ISIS and live side-by-side with others (which are far and away the vast majority of the world’s Muslims.) Their hope is to turn the world into a black-and-white place: you’re either with ISIS or you’re an infidel, regardless of religion, and there’s no in-between. “ISIS wants to eliminate coexistence between religions and to create a response from the West …

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Please people stop taking selfies near Grenfell Tower in London

June 21, 2017

A woman takes a selfie as pedestrians stop to watch flames being put out at Grenfell Tower in London.Image: Amara Eno/REX/Shutterstock It probably should go without saying, but just like for everything in life there’s an appropriate time and place to take a selfie, and the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in London where at least 79 people died is not one of them. SEE ALSO: Wonderful human being Adele shares ‘tea and a cuddle’ with London tower firefighters In case …

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A Facebook bug showed moderators to the terror groups they monitored

June 18, 2017

… support, but the moderator who fled wasn’t convinced that he and his family would be safe; violence at the hands of terrorists in Iraq drove them to Ireland in the first place. “Im not waiting for a pipe bomb to be mailed to my address until Facebook does something about it, the moderator reportedly told D’Souza before he left Ireland. Facebook’s response When reached for comment about the report, a Facebook spokesperson acknowledged the security flaw and subsequent …

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that President Donald Trump promised …

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

June 14, 2017

… will also be commemorated at Hull’s Paragon Station – from where they took the train to meet the Thin White Duke in the 1970s. Q&A with Alfie Boe BBC Music Day is an annual celebration that aims “to unite communities and generations through their love of music”. More than 200 events will take place this Thursday, including a co-ordinated, country-wide bell-ringing performance at 19:00 BST. Schoolchildren in Bradford and Portsmouth will attempt to break …

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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. Sioned Wiliam, commissioning editor for comedy …

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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 reason for his dismissal, …

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Theresa May Fast Facts

June 12, 2017

… Angela Merkel, and to Paris, to meet with French President Francois Hollande. January 26-27, 2017 – During a visit to the United States, May becomes the first serving foreign leader from outside the US to speak at the annual congressional Republican retreat and the first foreign leader to meet with President Donald Trump since his inauguration. April 18, 2017 – Calls for an early general election to take place. May 22, 2017 – Following the Manchester explosion, May announces …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… democratically-elected chamber and a government needs to have at least 326 MPs (which is just more than half the total number) in order to pass its legislation. To create a government like the one in Switzerland the UK would have to completely restructure its political systems. Even it it was acceptable to voters it would take years to put in place. Why don’t we have a written constitution? Although people refer to the “constitution”, in the UK it does not exist in the …

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Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… also increasingly reinforcing private-label buying with Alexa, its digital assistant installed in Amazon’s Echo home device and a handful of other gadgets. Were you to simply ask Alexa to order batteries, for instance, the command would default to the AmazonBasics brand if you’ve ever bought them in the past. Amazon is similarly working the labels into new Dash buttons, its branded single-command remotes that automatically place a set order of a given item when pressed. …

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This startup is building an online shop around unboxing videos

June 9, 2017

… said. “The lines are starting to blur.” That’s not to say there will be any fuzziness around what’s paid for by a sponsor and what’s editorial content. Feng says the distinction will be clearly labelled. That’s because, like a media outlet, Packagd relies on the trust of its users above all else. People will only visit if they feel like its a fair-minded place to learn about products about which they’re enthusiastic. Feng doesn’t want it to be a …

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New leak shows OnePlus 5 might be nothing more than an iPhone 7 Plus clone

June 9, 2017

… and dual-LED flash outside of the camera module in the same exact positions? Check. If you look closer at the purported OnePlus 5 image, you’ll even see a similar antenna band. Save for different locations for the power button, the notification mute switch, volume rocker, and the OnePlus logo in place of the Apple logo, the two phones look like long-lost twins. The iPhone 7 Plus Image: lili sams/mashable Reactions to the leak have been both positive and negative. The obvious uproar is …

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Lyft teams up with another self-driving car partner to bring its first autonomous rides to Boston

June 8, 2017

… home. nuTonomy CEO Karl lagnemma called Boston “open and collaborative,” on the call before stating that the tests currently underway there added to the decision. Spreading out the playing field Lyft now has three deals tied to autonomous car development in place; the ride hailing company also has pacts with Google’s Waymo and GM, which also invested $500 million in the company and holds a seat on Lyft’s board of directors. Lyft unsurprisingly looks at the agreement with …

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Pinterest raises $150 million as it builds out ads business

June 8, 2017

… Eventually, Pinterest wants to be widely seen as the natural starring place for all visual searches on the web. In doing so, it’s trying to free its image from the “social network” pigeonhole “Pinterest is really about yourself and not broadcasting to friends,” its spokesperson told me. Pinterest has also been bolstering the tech behind that search. Earlier this year, it rolled out a lens search feature that surfaces any posts resembling whatever you happen to be …

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Companies get ready for day of protest to save net neutrality

June 7, 2017

… (FCC) has proposed rules that would gut net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015, which assured that internet service providers would provide equal access to all sites. Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, and Demand Progress are organizing companies to make sure those rules stick around. “The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online,” the protest website states. “If they get their way, theyll allow …

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With A Flick Of His Mood, Trump Throws Allies Off Balance

June 7, 2017

… Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto during what were supposed to be cursory post-inauguration phone calls. Many hoped that Trump wouldnt make the same mistakes with a foreign policy team in place. However, five months into his terms it appears that the president is willing to disregard the advice of the experts surrounding him, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. In the case of this weeks …

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‘We are in a really sh*tty place’: Leaked docs show Fyre staffers scrambling to lock down bathrooms

June 6, 2017

… horrifying, incredible details from the Fyre Fest lawsuits “We have to move fast on this or we are in a really shitty place, lol,” one organizer wrote in an email after realizing that it would be much more expensive to set up toilet facilities on the remote island than they had initially thought. “Ultimately its your call, but please consider the backlash of nasty bathrooms and showers, she said. That alarm was sounded in an email with the ominous all-caps subject line, …

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10 students are no longer welcome at Harvard after sharing offensive memes

June 6, 2017

Harvard University students walk through the campus.Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images If you’re hoping to attend a university after graduating high school, you might wanna seriously think before you meme. Moreover, if you thought life within the ostensible privacy of secured Facebook pages has no bearing on the future of one’s educationlet alone one at the place Mark Zuckerberg created Facebookyou definitely want to take a step back from the keyboard. Harvard recently rescinded the …

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Run, Hide, Tell? London Attack Response Likely Saved Lives

June 5, 2017

… Bridge. Three men wielding large knives got out of the van and attacked people at bars and restaurants in the popular Borough Market. The men killed seven people and injured roughly 50 before they were shot dead by police. The Run, Hide, Tell strategy promoted by the United Kingdom's National Police Chiefs' Council says that in the event of an active attack, people should first run to a place of safety. If there is nowhere to go, hiding is the next best option, setting up barricades if …

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