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Google keeps history of voice search records

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.

The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.

The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.

But it also comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.

It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

CloudPets teddy bears’ database exposed

CloudPets (a brand owned by Spiral Toys)data has leaked exposing kids’ recordings.

The data that was stored in a MongoDB was publicly facing network segment without any authentication required and had been indexed by Shodan (a popular search engine for finding connected things).

Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there. People found the exposed database online.

CloudPets had left their database exposed publicly to the web without so much as a password to protect it.

How a typo took down Amazon’s S3

Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went down they took several big services with them. Quora, Trello, and IFTTT were among the sites affected by the disruption. The servers came back online more than four hours later.

In a note posted to customers, Amazon revealed the cause of the problem: a typo. On Tuesday morning, members of the S3 team were debugging the billing system. As part of that, the team needed to take a small number of servers offline. “Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended,” Amazon said. “The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems.”

The subsystems were important. One of them “manages the metadata and location information of all S3 objects in the region,” Amazon said. Without it, services that depend on it couldn’t perform basic data retrieval and storage tasks.

After accidentally taking the servers offline, the various systems had to do “a full restart,” which apparently takes longer than it does on your laptop. While S3 was down, a variety of other Amazon web services stopped functioning, including Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which is also popular with internet companies that need to rapidly expand their storage.

Amazon said S3 was designed to be able to handle losing a few servers. What it had more trouble handling was the massive restart. “S3 has experienced massive growth over the last several years and the process of restarting these services and running the necessary safety checks to validate the integrity of the metadata took longer than expected,” the company said.

As a result, Amazon said it is making changes to S3 to enable its systems to recover more quickly. It’s also declaring war on typos. In the future, the company said, engineers will no longer be able to remove capacity from S3 if it would take subsystems below a certain threshold of server capacity.

It’s also making a change to the AWS Service Health Dashboard. During the outage, the dashboard embarrassingly showed all services running green, because the dashboard itself was dependent on S3. The next time S3 goes down, the dashboard should function properly, the company said.

“We want to apologize for the impact this event caused for our customers,” the company said. “We will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to improve our availability even further.”

Major cyberattack knocks Twitter, Paypal, Spotify offline on 21-10-2016

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Cyberattacks targeting a little known internet infrastructure company, Dyn, disrupted access to dozens of websites on Friday, preventing some users from accessing PayPal, Twitter and Spotify.

Dyn, whose customers include some of the world’s most widely visited websites, said it did not know who was responsible for the outages that began in the Eastern United States, then spread to other parts of the country and overseas.

The outages were intermittent, making it difficult to identify all the victims. But technology news site Gizmodo named some five dozen sites that were affected by the attack. They included CNN, HBO Now, Mashable, the New York Times, People.com, the Wall Street Journal and Yelp.

Dyn said attacks were coming from tens of millions of internet-connected devices — such as webcams, printers and thermostats — infected with malicious software that turns them into “bots” that can be used in massive denial-of-service attacks.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week issued a warning about this powerful new approach, noting it was concerned about the potential for new incidents after code for malware used in these crimes was published on the internet.

Dyn said late on Friday that it was fighting the third major wave of cyberattacks launched from locations spread across the globe, making them harder to fight.

“The complexity of the attacks is what’s making it very challenging for us,” said Dyn’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York.

Sony pictures hacked

Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked and five films leaked online by a group calling itself “Guardian of Peace” who claim “equality”.

The movies that have leaked online include Fury, Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms.

Sensitive internal data from internal Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) file servers have already been leaked too.

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Future of airport security on show in London
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YouTube suspends ads on Tommy Robinson channel
The suspension has been imposed because the channel had broken rules governing adverts, YouTube says.
Facebook tackles Russians making fake news stories
The pages campaigned for months creating and sharing stories that were fake, said Facebook.
Fake BBC News page used to promote Bitcoin-themed scheme
The public is warned of an email-based campaign that uses a fake BBC News article to seek funds.
Domino's Pizza app must be accessible to blind people
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US 'probes Huawei for trade secret theft'
The investigation, reported by US media, adds to pressure facing the Chinese technology giant.
GCHQ sets up all-female cyber-training classes
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Roku U-turn over streaming Alex Jones's InfoWars
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Nike's phone-controlled self-lacing trainers
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Racing game Forza pulls dances amid Fortnite legal action
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Google Maps deterring outback tourists, say small firms
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Upskirting to be crime after Lords back bill
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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei denies firm poses spying risk
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CES 2019: Virtual reality shoes are exhausting to use
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Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row
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Tidal streaming data figures investigated by Norway
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Netflix's Bird Box film contains footage of Lac-Megantic disaster
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University switches off social media to help student well-being
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The former homeless man bringing web access to the Bronx
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The drone pilot whose maps are saving lives in Zanzibar
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CES 2019: RaceFit suit shows you how to exercise
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CES 2019: LG's see-through and vibrating OLED TVs
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How to know if a bot has sent an email from your account
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Click: Gaming in 2019
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Ace Combat 7: Can it match flying in real-life?
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Laser shoes made for Parkinson's patients
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The ultrasound scan you can do yourself
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CES 2019: The sat nav of the future has arrived
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Detroit auto show: Supercharged cars dazzle on debut
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CES 2019: Wristband 'can control' your body temperature
BBC Click's Nick Kwek goes into sub-zero temperatures to test a wristband that can warm you up.

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Cleaning New York's filthy harbor with one billion oysters
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Microsoft is investing $500 million to tackle Seattle housing crisis
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Facebook takes down anti-NATO pages linked to Russian news agency Sputnik
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SpaceX ditches plans to develop Mars spaceship at Los Angeles port
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Snap exodus continues: CFO out after less than a year
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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is an Apple fan and wants to live forever
A rare discussion with foreign media is shedding new light on the tech tycoon.
Huawei's founder praises Trump and denies claims his company spies for China
Huawei's reclusive founder has denied allegations that his telecoms company spies for the Chinese government.
How Alexa knows the difference between a breaking window and a wine glass
For Amazon, getting Alexa's new security-guard feature to work meant literally breaking a lot of windows.
Alibaba's 'City Brain' is slashing congestion in its hometown
Alibaba is using artificial intelligence to coordinate more than 1,000 road signals around Hangzhou with the aim of preventing or easing gridlock.
Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spying charges
A Huawei executive arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China has been fired by the Chinese tech company.
SpaceX to lay off 10% of its workers
SpaceX is laying off 10% of its 6,000-person workforce as it tackles two hugely expensive projects.
The gadgets of the future know everything wrong with you right now
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SpaceX launches final batch of next-generation satellites
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A 5G world is coming. Tech companies at CES show they're ready
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Shareholder sues Alphabet board over handling of harassment
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What Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos' divorce could mean for Amazon
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Wonders of the universe
Tesla drops cheapest versions of the Model S and Model X
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Rollable TVs and butler robots: Gadgets that caught our eye at CES 2019
A visit to CES, the annual consumer electronics show, is like wandering through 2.7 million square feet of a SkyMall catalog.

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

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The weirdest tech of CES 2018

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Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio

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Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you

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Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city

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Intel wants this drone to fly you around

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AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’

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Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018

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What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

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Twitter tests longer character limit

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Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

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Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

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The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

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Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

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4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US

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The most important iPhone features ever

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Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

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Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

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Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch

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The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

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Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR

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Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news

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Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch

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Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO

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Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts

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Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet

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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone

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How companies leave your data online without your knowledge

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Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

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Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders

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Steve King faces increasing pressure to resign after 'white supremacy' remarks

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American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

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Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

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American CEO Who Narrowly Avoided 9/11 Among 14 Killed in Nairobi Terrorist Attack

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Trump-Putin meeting secrecy presents 'very damning picture'

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Acting AG Whitaker to testify before Congress in a hearing likely centered on Russia probe

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Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

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China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

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Marriott is rolling out a brand new rewards program -- Here's everything you need to know

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Tulsi Gabbard apologizes, again, for past antigay views

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California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 daysSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness.


House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents want

House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents wantAre there any signs other Democrats will break from the establishment line? Congresswoman Katie Hill explains her reasons for supporting Trump's physical border barrier


A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series


Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in Senate

Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia's Rusal fails in SenateSenators voted 57-42 to end debate on the measure, as 11 of Trump's fellow Republicans broke from party leaders to join Democrats in favor of the resolution, amid questions about Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. To keep the administration from lifting the sanctions, the measure must pass both the House and Senate and muster the two-thirds majority needed in both chambers to override an expected Trump veto. Many members of Congress have been questioning the U.S. Treasury Department's decision in December to ease sanctions imposed in April on the core businesses of Deripaska - Rusal, its parent, En+ , and power firm EuroSibEnergo - watering down the toughest penalties imposed on Russian entities since Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.


Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachersLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools.


Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in BaltimoreA data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.


Oxford University suspends funding from China's Huawei

Oxford University suspends funding from China's HuaweiThe University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government. "Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.


David Webb’s White Privilege

David Webb’s White PrivilegeAreva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed.


Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing MaduroVenezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader. The "amnesty law" would extend also to civilian government officials who collaborate "in the restitution of constitutional order," parliament said. The row between the legislature and Maduro has intensified since the socialist leader was sworn in last week for a second term of office in the crisis-hit country, after he won snap elections in May that were boycotted by the opposition and dismissed by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States as a fraud.


10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself

10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself


California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastation

California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastationAt least five people have died in severe rain and snowstorms that blanketed parts of California with at least five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week, besides triggering flooding and mudslides, officials said. Forecasters expect the bitter weather to push eastwards into the Rockies and US Midwest through the weekend, while the California Highway Patrol said rain-slicked highways led to two fatal accidents that killed four people. A family of three, including a one-year-old baby, died in El Dorado County on Tuesday, after their car spun across a rain-soaked freeway to hit another car, the San Francisco Chronicle said.


What to Know About the 2020 Toyota Supra

What to Know About the 2020 Toyota SupraIt's the return of the almighty Supra, but this Japanese car has a German flair.


President Trump Canceled Nancy Pelosi's Trip to Afghanistan Over the Shutdown Fight

President Trump Canceled Nancy Pelosi's Trip to Afghanistan Over the Shutdown FightOne day after she essentially disinvited him from delivering his State of the Union


Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday nightCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one.


Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' family

Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' familyThe father of Jake Patterson says he has a letter for Jayme Closs' family. Patterson is accused of kidnapping Jayme, 13, and killing her parents.


In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 electionsMillions of people took part in the women's marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women's March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump's presidency. Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.


Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay Home

Senate Cancels Recess Amid Shutdown, But Lets Members Stay HomeGOP leaders said Thursday there will be no Senate votes on Friday or next week, although the chamber will formally be in session during what had been a planned Martin Luther King recess. Senators are being told to be ready to return for votes if there’s any agreement to reopen the government, said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking GOP leader. “We’ll be in session, but votes will be contingent on whether there is something we can vote on,” Thune said.


Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

Procter & Gamble’s Toxic SanctimonyRecognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism. In case you hadn’t seen or heard: Parent company Procter & Gamble launched a Gillette ad campaign blanket-demonizing men as ogres and bullies. At home and at work, in the boardroom, on the playground, and even while barbecuing in the backyard, Gillette sees nothing but testosterone-driven trouble.


Canada asks China for clemency for convicted drug trafficker

Canada asks China for clemency for convicted drug traffickerCanada urged Beijing on Tuesday to grant clemency to a Canadian sentenced to death for drug trafficking, after his sentence reignited a diplomatic dispute that began last month. Ottawa has warned its citizens about the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China following a court's sentencing of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, to death on Monday, increasing a previous 15-year prison term. The sentence came during a clash between Ottawa and Beijing over Canada's arrest in December of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of telecom giant Huawei, on a US extradition request related to Iran sanctions violations.


More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approach

More snow! Airlines waive change fees as new storms approachAirlines are waiving change fees as two more winter storms are set to move across the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast from Thursday into the weekend.


Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the Beginning

Ford Is Making an Electric F-150, and That's Just the BeginningFord pledges to build an all-electric version of its top-selling F-150 truck. It won't be alone.


'I Never Said There Was No Collusion.' Rudy Giuliani Changes His Tune on Trump Campaign Denials

'I Never Said There Was No Collusion.' Rudy Giuliani Changes His Tune on Trump Campaign DenialsHe said he only denied that the President had colluded


Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect's father: 'All I care about' is Jayme's family

Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect's father: 'All I care about' is Jayme's familyThe grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who was kidnapped after her parents were killed in October said Wednesday that he appreciates the sympathy being expressed by the suspect's father.


Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears

Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hearsFormer Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial. Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian who is now collaborating with US prosecutors in the Chapo trial, made the statement under examination from defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. "Mr. Guzman paid a bribe of $100 million to President Pena Nieto,?" the lawyer asked.


Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: Anadolu

Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links: AnadoluTurkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks center Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. Kanter, a vocal critic of President Tayyip Erdogan, was indicted by a Turkish court last year over alleged membership of an "armed terrorist group" after being contacted repeatedly by people close to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu said on Tuesday prosecutors had sought the issue of a "red notice" for Kanter, an Interpol request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.


Turkey-backed rebels await 'zero hour' to attack Syria's Manbij

Turkey-backed rebels await 'zero hour' to attack Syria's ManbijThe decision will depend on Turkey, the main backer of Abu Faisal's group, and on how contacts evolve between Washington and Ankara over the United States' plans to withdraw forces from Syria, a move set to reshape a major theater of the war. The YPG fear the U.S. withdrawal will open the way for a threatened Turkish attack into northern Syria, including Manbij, but U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Turkey of "economic devastation" if it goes ahead with the attack.


The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New Screen

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New ScreenMinor changes are coming to Hyundai's hybrid Ioniq hatchback.


Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies

Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying alliesTORONTO (AP) — China's ambassador to Canada warned the Canadian government Thursday to stop recruiting international support in its feud with China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons.


7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rent

7 dreamy Tuscan villas for rentHomebase Abroad shares some of its most alluring vacation rentals in Tuscany.


'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead

'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redheadPrince Harry got a big surprise on Monday when a 4-year-old red-head presented him with a special sign. 


EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on Climate

EPA Nominee Wheeler Defends Rollbacks While Pressed on ClimateWheeler, a former energy lobbyist who has served as acting administrator for six months, did not mention global warming in his opening remarks to the Environment and Public Works Committee, instead touting agency deregulatory efforts he said would spare businesses some $1.8 billion in compliance costs. “How does it happen that the nominee to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency does not mention the words climate change at a time when the scientific community thinks climate change is the greatest environmental crisis facing the planet?” asked Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats.


How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation MistakesA toddler, still strapped into a car safety seat, survived a fall out of a moving vehicle this week on a Minnesota road—providing a chilling reminder of the importance of proper car seat installa...


McDonald's loses Big Mac EU trademark battle

McDonald's loses Big Mac EU trademark battleIrish fast food chain Supermac's announced Tuesday it had won a European Union battle against global giant McDonald's over the use of the Big Mac and Mc trademarks. Supermac's asked the European Union Intellectual Property Office to cancel McDonald's use of the trademarks in certain fields. The EUIPO said McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger or as a restaurant name.


This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the baby

This manicure just gave birth, and you have to see the babyUmbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. > View this post on Instagram > > Baby birth -❤️ or ? Video by @edo_movs #nailsunnytutorial > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:49am PST SEE ALSO: 'Nail Art History' Puts a Museum at Your Fingertips Once the chair and body (made of gel) are affixed neatly to the nail, "the baby" is born. A scalpel reaches into the frame and quite literally plucks a little acrylic baby from beneath the woman's gown.  Next, the umbilical cord is cut with a pair of tweezers and the newborn gel baby is placed with its gel mother. It's all very surreal.  Nail Sunny is no stranger to impractically eye-catching nails. Scroll through the page long enough and you'll find hookah nails (real smoke!), salt bae nails (real steak!), and Grinch nails (synthetic green fur!). > View this post on Instagram > > @world_record_egg challenge Let's set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие сегодняшнего дня , которое перевернуло жизнь @kyliejenner #guinnessworldrecord #wlrldrecordegg #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #worldrecords video by @edo_movs > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:44am PST > View this post on Instagram > > Yes or no ? > > A post shared by Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) on Jan 12, 2019 at 10:10am PST The account often documents the process it took to make the nails. Plus, the video clips are set to top 40 music, so don't worry about providing a playlist.  Now we just want to see the recipient of the manicure open a can of soda. ## WATCH: 'Hair nails' are the latest trend we hope won't grow on you


British Prime Minister Theresa May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit humiliation

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit humiliationIt was the worst defeat in modern British history, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU.


The 2020 Toyota Highlander Looks Redesigned beneath Some Weird Camouflage

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Looks Redesigned beneath Some Weird CamouflageThe next-gen three-row SUV will transition to a new platform but should keep the same family-oriented mission.


U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities growThe senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities. "The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities," the official said, referring to China's president. Pressed on whether the official was referring to Chinese confidence in its capabilities to be able to successfully win a battle with Taiwan, the official said, "Well, specifically that would be the most concerning to me." Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, U.S. sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.


See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos

See the New 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider in Photos


New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suites

New Richard Branson-backed cruise line Virgin Voyages to have 'massive' suitesVirgin Voyages, the new cruise line backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will have some of the biggest suites at sea.


California mother charged in stabbing death of 2-year-old son

California mother charged in stabbing death of 2-year-old sonA Covina woman has been charged with stabbing her own 2-year-old son to death, officials said Wednesday.