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Fun & free: Summer activity ideas for the family

Schedule meaningful activities to make sure children do not become screen zombies. Summer breaks are certainly necessary for down time. However, schedule meaningful activities to make sure children do not become screen zombies. Verywellfamily.com listed in September these three: – “Grandparents Camp”: Staying with grandparents for a few days or a week saves parents from spending money on an expensive theme camp and allows for quality family time. Grandparents might plan such activities as painting, baking, creative photography (printing photos and framing them) or gardening. – Pull out a different…

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China’s biggest startups ditch Oracle and IBM for homemade tech

Spurred by US trade sanctions, more Chinese consumers are turning to home-grown tech companies, rejecting US firms. For years, companies like Oracle and International Business Machines invested heavily to build new markets in China for their industry-leading databases. Now, boosted in part by escalating U.S. tensions, one Chinese upstart is stepping in, winning over tech giants, startups and financial institutions to its enterprise software. Beijing-based PingCAP already counts more than 300 Chinese customers. Many, including food delivery giant Meituan, its bike-sharing service Mobike, video streaming site iQIYI Inc. and smartphone…

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How much is your data worth? New bill would make Google tell you

Legislation would force Facebook, Amazon and other technology giants to reveal the value of the user data they collect. As the United States Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they’re collecting from them and how much it is worth. The legislation floated Monday by Senators Mark Warner and Josh Hawley goes to the heart of the tech giants’ lucrative business model: harvesting data from platform users and making it available to advertisers so…

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My Ticket Store Adds Travel Platform

My Ticket Store a internet ticket sales and distribution company based in New York, owned by Guizerr has add a travel platform to become an entertainment & Travel platform. As a primary event ticket & travel package outlet, My Ticket Store gives ticket buyers an opportunity to pick and choose ticket packages at a discount most for US events & travel packages. The main website for My Ticket Store Entertainment & Travel can be found here. The Ticket Platform is located here. The Travel Platform is located here.

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BET Awards 2019: A list of winners and key moments

The night in Los Angeles belonged to icons in the black community, including the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. John Legend performs during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle [Mike Blake/Reuters] The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap artists who have been dominating the charts. But the show, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, belonged to the artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other…

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Cops facing scrutiny for social media behavior

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence. More than 70 police officers have been taken off the streets in the US city of Philadelphia for violent or racist social media posts. The Plain View Project reviewed the posts made by a sample of police officers in eight cities. Similar behaviour was found in every city sampled, raising concerns about the culture surrounding the police. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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Writer says Trump sexually assaulted her in mid-1990s

US president denies ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who said Trump assaulted her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist for Elle fashion magazine said in an account published Friday that US President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a New York department store more than two decades ago. Trump reacted with a statement saying he had never met E Jean Carroll, and that the incident “never happened”. According to Carroll, the assault occurred in either 1995 or 1996, when Trump was…

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Iran-US tensions: All the latest updates

Standoff between Washington and Tehran escalates after Iranian forces shoot down US drone. Fears of war between the United States and Iran have intensified after a US drone was shot down by Iranian forces. Iran said on Thursday it downed the unmanned aircraft in Iranian airspace. The US said the drone was in international territory when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The quickly moving events have provoked international alarm and prompted concern the standoff could escalate into a major open confrontation. Here are the latest updates: Friday, June…

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Slack now valued at more than $19bn in successful IPO

The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange and expects revenue growth this year, but at a slower pace. A parade of initial public offerings from Silicon Valley this year has garnered a mixed reception from investors. Slack Technologies Inc. took a different route on Thursday, and saw its shares soar as it went public without an IPO. Slack opened at $38.50 on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, well above the reference price of $26 that was set for the shares in the direct listing. The stock closed…

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YouTube could remove children’s content from its platform

The Google-owned video service has come under fire for not better protecting its younger users. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the United States Federal Trade Commission is in the late stages of an investigation into how Google’s YouTube website handles children’s videos – a probe prompted by complaints that the company not only failed to protect kids who used the service, but improperly collected their data. The newspaper said that Google faces a possible fine and that YouTube executives have accelerated internal talks about possible changes in how the…

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Florida law opens door to self-driving cars

New legislation allows autonomous vehicles to be tested in the state, though driverless roll-out remains far off. Self-driving vehicles with no human at the wheel will be able to operate in Florida  – once they are finally ready for prime time – under a bill signed on Thursday by Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis said he hopes to use the law to lure companies to test and build the cars. The measure, which takes effect on July 1, also opens the door for on-demand ride companies such as Lyft and Uber…

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‘I can’t believe I just did that’: Girl, 10, scales El Capitan

Selah Schneiter has become the youngest person to summit the famous rock face in the US’s Yosemite National Park. El Capitan was thought to be impossible to climb, before the first successful ascent in 1958 [File: Ben Margot/AP] El Capitan, a granite monolith in the United States‘s Yosemite National Park, has been a beacon to climbers for decades. Once considered impossible to climb, the 3,000-foot (914-metre) vertical rock wall has recently been scaled by its youngest-ever climber – a 10-year-old girl from Colorado. Selah Schneiter reached the summit via its…

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10 tips for solo travelers

An increasing number of individuals – especially women – are opting for solo travel With the weather warming, millions will don backpacks and rolling suitcases to embark on local, national and international trips. And an increasing number of individuals – especially women – are opting for solo travel, according to 2018-19 statistics by Solotravelerworld.com. Sandy McMurtry often travels solo for work and pleasure. Her job as academic coordinator and instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University takes her to conferences in places such as Panama. Her well-heeled tips for effective and efficient…

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Employee activists: Amazon ‘lagging behind’ on climate policy

As 7,900 workers call for carbon plan, tech titan promises – but has yet to deliver – info on greenhouse-gas emissions. Nine of the 10 largest retailers in the world publish details of their emissions footprints through the Carbon Disclosure Project. All except for one. And four of the five big-tech titans – Alphabet, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft – have announced ambitious plans to become fully carbon-neutral. But not Amazon. Though the gargantuan company says it will reveal its carbon usage later this year, shareholders and employees eagerly await specifics…

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