Tencent Music’s revenues find their groove with more paying users

But stiff competition in the social entertainment sector led to a slower-than-expected increase in users. China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the biggest music streaming and entertainment app in the country, reported better-than-expected third-quarter revenue on Monday, as the company added more paying users. However, the music streaming company – controlled by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd – recorded the slowest rise in a widely watched metric for its biggest business, social entertainment services, which executives attributed to growing competition. Tencent Music, whose Chinese parent company owns popular social networking app WeChat, saw…

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Pork prices rise as fatal pig disease hits Asia

This is likely the first time African swine fever has significantly affected the US, says Tyson Foods CEO Noel White. United States pork prices have increased in recent weeks as a deadly pig disease in Asia is reducing global meat supplies, the chief executive of Tyson Foods Inc said on Tuesday after the company posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings. The price increase is probably the first time the US has been significantly affected by African swine fever (ASF), CEO Noel White said. The higher pork prices could benefit meatpackers like Tyson,…

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US National Security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

Democrats release new batch of testimony from Trump impeachment inquiry before public hearings. The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But the White House’s acting chief of staff thought otherwise. That was the testimony of Laura Cooper, a Defense Department official, whose deposition was released Monday in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. “My sense is that all of the senior leaders of the US national security departments and agencies were all unified in their – in their…

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Get your pie crust ready for our 3 very best fall pie recipes

It’s that time of year again — time to start planning your Thanksgiving menu. We recommend you do as we do and plot out your pie baking schedule first. They are, after all the best part of the meal. (Don’t tell the turkey). To help give you a head-start, we’ve rounded up our three of our favorite fall pie recipes that also happen to be drop-dead gorgeous. Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallows and Pecan Streusel This pie captures the essence of sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, but it is rightfully presented…

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Single and shopping: Alibaba may break $13bn Singles’ Day record

Sales hit the $1bn mark in the first minute and eight seconds of the annual shopping fest. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Inc said on Monday that sales for its annual Singles’ Day shopping blitz hit 84 billion yuan ($12bn) within the first hour, up 22 percent from last year’s early haul of 69 billion yuan ($9.9bn). Akin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States, Singles’ Day has been promoted as a shopping fest by Alibaba Chairman and Chief Executive Daniel Zhang since 2009, growing rapidly…

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Google is gathering health data on millions of people

The data involved in the project reportedly includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalisation records. Alphabet Inc’s Google is teaming up with a healthcare company on a secret project to collect personal health-related information of millions of Americans across 21 states, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Google launched Project Nightingale last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, according to the report, which cited people familiar with the matter and internal documents. Google and Ascension did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The data involved in Project…

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Sesame Street marks 50th anniversary

The puppet-filled children’s show is celebrating its golden jubilee. Children’s show Sesame Street – which airs in 150 countries around the globe and is one of the most popular American brands – is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Filled with jingles and positivity, the show also tackles serious issues like death, HIV, homelessness and divorce. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

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Instagram to remove ‘like’ counts for some US users

Amid humane tech movement, company is testing out functionality to make the social media platform feel less competitive. Facebook Inc.’s Instagram plans to remove the number of “likes” visible on posts for some users in the U.S. to decrease competitive pressure among people on the photo-sharing service. Instagram has been hiding like counts in some markets since April, beginning in Canada, and later expanding to Japan and Brazil. The U.S. is one of Instagram’s largest markets with more than 106 million users, according to data analyst EMarketer. “What we’re hoping…

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Facebook staff lamented ‘unethical’ practices but were rebuffed

Facebook Inc. employees repeatedly chafed at what they viewed as anti-competitive or unethical practices by the company, internal chats show. But their concerns, voiced in 2012 and 2013, were overruled by senior managers including Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who argued that the survival of the social network was more important. The messages come from a roughly 7,000-page trove of leaked documents that were part of a years-old lawsuit in the Bay Area’s San Mateo County. The interactions are likely to be scrutinized further as Facebook faces ongoing antitrust investigations.…

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Trump launches black voter initiative with message of economic growth

President Donald Trump plugged his economic agenda in a campaign-style event for African-American voters, saying their support is an important part of his 2020 re-election bid. “We’ve done more for African-Americans in three years than the broken Washington establishment has done in 30 years,” Trump told roughly 400 supporters Friday during the Black Voices for Trump launch in Atlanta. Criminal justice reforms, low unemployment, tax cuts and support for military veterans and law enforcement were among the points the president and his supporters raised throughout the event at the Georgia…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: 10 developments you may have missed

Transcripts, scheduled public hearings and more depositions: What happened this week in the Trump impeachment inquiry? Democrats leading the House of Representatives’s impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump took a significant step this week, announcing the first public hearings of the probe. The hearings, scheduled for next week, come after House investigators released the transcripts from closed-door sessions with a number of key witnesses. This week’s developments also included a witness revising his testimony after his memory was “refreshed”, and a report that Trump sought a public declaration from…

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Prosecutors charge man with hate crime in acid attack

Authorities say a white Wisconsin man asked a Hispanic man, ‘why did you invade my country?’ and threw acid on his face. A 61-year-old white man accused of throwing acid on a Hispanic man’s face in the state of Wisconsin will be charged with a hate crime, increasing the possible sentence he may receive if convicted, prosecutors announced on Wednesday. Prosecutors filed one charge against Clifton Blackwell – first-degree reckless injury – but added the sentencing enhancers of hate crime and use of a dangerous weapon. The two enhancers could…

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Rapper draws outrage with daughter ‘virginity test’

musician says he escorts Deyjah Harris to the doctor’s office after each birthday to ‘check her hymen’. Rapper TI has provoked outrage by revealing that he forces his 18-year-old daughter to undergo an annual “virginity test” at the gynaecologist. The Grammy-winning musician told a podcast how he escorts Deyjah Harris to the doctor’s office after each birthday to “check her hymen”. “Usually like the day after the [birthday] party, she’s enjoying her gifts, I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30’,” TI, whose real name is Clifford…

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Saudi Arabia recruited Twitter employees charged with spying

Two Saudi citizens, one American, accused of working together to unmask ownership of dissident Twitter accounts. Saudi Arabia’s government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged on Wednesday. The complaint unsealed in US District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts, including email addresses…

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California announces probe of Facebook privacy practices

The social network is under fire in the US state for giving third parties data access and not disclosing its practices. The attorney general of California – the most populous state in the United States – says he has been investigating Facebook privacy practices since 2018. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offered few details about the probe and said he was disclosing it only because his office was making a public court filing to force Facebook to answer subpoenas, to which he said Facebook had thus far failed to respond…

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