News Summary on Thursday, December 6th 2018

JK Rowling's husband brands her PA a LIAR after 'she used Harry Potter author's credit card for £24k spending spree'

[] I thought she might be emotional or run about the office looking for bits of paper but what I found was a completely different personality At the end of the encounter I was really taken at how good a liar she was Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368

Ecuador leader says Assange should leave embassy if UK gives guarantees

[] Last month, an inadvertent court filing in a case unrelated to Assange revealed that he has been charged in secret Assange faces a British arrest warrant over violating bail conditions by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, but Sweden, which originally sought to question him on sexual abuse allegations, has said it is no longer seeking to extradite him

US Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

[] Without action by Congress, funding for several federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, had been set to expire this week The stopgap bill extends funding through December 21 Instead, Democrats want to continue improving less costly fencing and employing high-tech instruments to detect irregular border crossings

Stephen Lawrence murder suspect pleads guilty over £4m drug-smuggling plot

[] A man who was suspected in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has pleaded guilty to heading up a £4 million drugs plot Both were previously arrested after the fatal stabbing of the black 18-year-old in Eltham in 1993, but have always denied involvement Acourt, currently of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced on Friday December 7

George H W Bush family tree: Who are George HW Bush Senior children and grandchildren?

[] George H W Bush family tree: The former president with daughter Dorothy in 1979 (Image: GETTY) George mentioned Robin during a poignant eulogy at his father’s state funeral yesterday She is an author and has four children and has been married twice to William LeBlond and Robert P Koch

Fears grow for British backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand

[] Grace Millane has been missing in New Zealand since December 1 Grace Millane, 22, was last seen in the center of the city of Auckland, a major city on New Zealand's North Island, around 7 pm on Saturday Read More Police have released a CCTV image of Millane at Sky City, an entertainment complex

Huawei's chief financial officer arrested in Canada

[] A spokeswoman for Huawei did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Support free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent Minds Last month New Zealand blocked Huawei from rolling out 5G mobile coverage over national security fears, following scrutiny of the firm by the UK, Japan and others

Two US warplanes crash off the coast of Japan with one rescued

[] Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely This comes a month after an F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed after taking off from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan [file photo]

When is Real Madrid vs Melilla and can I watch it on TV?

[] Since their 4-0 defeat in the first-leg, Melilla have gone on a five-game winning run, conceding just once Isco was expected to return against Valencia but had to make do with 10 minutes from the bench - and could feature here as he builds up match fitness

Klopp clashes with Dyche after Gomez is injured

[] Jurgen Klopp became embroiled in a heated discussion with Sean Dyche before pleading for more protection after Joe Gomez suffered a nasty ankle injury But Klopp was frustrated by the nature of Burnley's tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression 'Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over

Oil prices tumble over 4% over uncertainty surrounding OPEC production cut

[] January U.S. crude CLF9, -4.59% slid $2.49, or 4.7%, to $50.39 a barrel, while February Brent crude LCOG9, -4.73% dropped nearly $3, or 4.8%, to $58.58 a barrel That comment and reports no deal had yet been reached were credited as sending oil sharply lower

The Game Awards 2018: Fortnite news, Metroid Prime Trilogy update and The Avengers?

[] A big group of developers and publishers will be showing off their latest projects, including Epic Games And not only will it launch next year but it will also be shown off during the Game Awards 2018 Revealing more on these two projects around the same time would surely create plenty of buzz for the Marvel blockbuster and upcoming PS4 game

The First “Game Of Thrones” Teaser For The Final Season Is Ominous AF

[] They also revealed that Williams’ role as Arya was the hardest to cast, while they had the easiest time deciding on Mark Addy to play King Robert Baratheon Game of Thrones Season 8 is set to premiere sometime in April 2019, although fans still don’t have the official date

Mason Ramsey Just Released A Christmas Music Video, And It's Everything You Didn't Know You Needed

[] Having met Mason, he is a humble and soft-spoken person he is also an amazing live performer And if you think that he was just a one trick pony, this superstar has brought some joy to the holiday season with his new Christmas music video Tap to play GIF The song has been sung by Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and Michael Bublé but Mason adds his own adorable flare

Golden Globes 2019: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice lead the nominations

[] Awards season is officially off to the races with today’s Golden Globe Awards nominations The pair had presented the Emmy for Best Direction of a Comedy Series in September, and had a crackling comedic spark The ceremony airs live on NBC in the US; at the moment no UK broadcaster is due to show it

Nick Knowles divorce: Is Nick Knowles divorced? Does Nick Knowles have any children?

[] The couple first met in 2009, but separated in January 2016 Charlie is Nick's eldest son, aged 24, whom he also shares with his first wife, Gillian The post later disappeared from Jessica’s Twitter account She already gets £4,000 a month from him and he’s funded her life for years

The 2019 List of The World's Best Beaches Is Out Now

[] The dramatic silica sands of Whitehaven beach.Flight Network In Asia, those include Railay Beach in Thailand, Bai Khem Beach in Vietnam and Pink Beach in Bali, among many others The only hard part will deciding which of these sun-splashed shores to visit and which to save for later trips Interested to see what other sandy spots made the rankings

Golden Globes 2019: Bradley Cooper, Emily Blunt react to nominations

[] Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards - decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - were announced on Thursday morning Soon after the list was unveiled those actors honored wasted no time in expressing their gratitude via social media, phone calls and statements I'm so proud of my non-biological brother - Richard E

Decorate Your Tree And We'll Tell You What You're Getting For Christmas This Year

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Golden Globes 2019: Who got nominated? Here's the full list

[] Sam Rockwell, Vice Animated film Incredibles 2 ''Isle of Dogs ''Mirai ''Ralph Breaks the Internet ''Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Foreign language Capernaum ''Girl ''Never Look Away ''Roma ''Shoplifters Awards season is here! See which stars and films are nominated for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards

The midterm election that's still not over

[] An investigation into possible election fraud in North Carolina, the dismantling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and one former president says goodbye to another — his dad.

Fortnite season 8: When is Fortnite season 8 release date? When does season 7 end?

[] The Fortnite season 8 Battle Pass is out now and brings with it over 100 exclusive new rewards for Battle Royale players to unlock So, it looks like the Fortnite season 8 release date will be Thursday February 28 • Stay tuned to Express.co.uk for all the latest Fortnite Battle Royale news and updates on the Fortnite season 8 release date

Golden Globes 2019: The top nominees in photos

[] via AP Actress in a drama: Nicole Kidman, Destroyer ANNAPURNA PICTURES None Actress in a drama: Nicole Kidman, Destroyer ANNAPURNA PICTURES Actress in a drama: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me You may also want to view these photo galleries: Replay

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg named as Golden Globe Award hosts

[] Rex Features 28/30 Gal Gadot The Wonder Woman star made her mark on this year's red carpet with a fitted strapless Tom Ford complete with a touch of androgyny thanks to a cropped tailored blazer This innovative pairing sets the perfect tone for the most entertaining awards celebration of the year

I'm A Celebrity 2018: Who will leave I'm A Celebrity next? Odds

[] I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Here! has just six stars remaining and vying to be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle I'M A CELEBRITY 2018: ARE CELEBRITIES ALLOWED TO SMOKE IN CAMP Harry is currently the odds-on favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle ahead of his fellow campmates JOHN BARROWMAN ACCIDENT: WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN BARROWMAN

Colbert Decodes All The Secret Shade Thrown At Trump During The Bush Funeral

[] TONIGHT: Trump and past Presidents pay their respects to President George H.W The Late Show host noted reports that Trump attended the service after the Bush family promised not to criticize him They even assured him that the choir would drown out the sound of other ex-presidents rolling in their graves, Colbert cracked

Priyanka Chopra: The complicated feminist

[] MUST WATCH Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are married 00:56 Rafia Zakaria is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (Beacon 2015) and Veil (Bloomsbury 2017) You want a career, go online; pursue the person you want to meet

Today's Testimony of Military Rifle Toting Antifa Enforcer Dwayne Dixon Should Gravely Damage Charlottesville Prosecution

[] He then switched into reverse, and several of the crowd attacked the back of his car with sticks and bats They broke the law, they conspired to deprive us of our rights, all on some outrageous pretense of stopping violence They therefore abrogated their right to do so in the future

Today's Testimony of Military Rifle Toting Antifa Enforcer Dwayne Dixon Should Gravely Damage Case of Charlottesville Prosecution

[] He then switched into reverse, and several of the crowd attacked the back of his car with sticks and bats They broke the law, they conspired to deprive us of our rights, all on some outrageous pretense of stopping violence They therefore abrogated their right to do so in the future

Donald Trump companies ignoring E-Verify, hiring illegal immigrants

[] Among them are Trump properties OPO Hotel Manager LLC, Trump Miami Resorts Management LLC and VH Property Corp. There are also two separate listings for the Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte Ms. Diaz, meanwhile, has since obtained a green card and legal work permission

Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned

[] The prosecutors are expected to serve a fresh arrest warrant on Ghosn for allegedly failing to state a part of his remuneration worth 4 billion yen for three years through this March Aside from Ghosn's signature, the documents also included those of former Japanese secretarial officers

Haley not going out with a bang after US-sponsored anti-Hamas draft fails at UNGA

[] The resolution garnered 87 votes in favor and 57 against, thus falling short of securing a required two-thirds majority for the motion to pass READ MORE: Mainstream media on Gaza: Israelis get killed, but Palestinians merely ‘die’ The final draft denounces Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk, demands it and other militant groups, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad cease all provocative actions and violent activity, including airborne incendiary devices

Alaska earthquake: Anchorage hit by ANOTHER strong quake - ‘Not again!’

[] Alaska earthquake: Anchorage has been rattled by a 5.1 quake (Image: EXPRESS) Witnesses reported feeling buildings shaking as the magnitude 5.1 quake struck at 9.45pm GMT (1.45pm local time) People in the area took to the EMSC site to share their experiences of the tremor, with one saying: Building swayed.. Another said: Wow that very shaky lasted a long time

US demands Russia ‘end or modify’ missile it doesn’t like to save INF treaty

[] On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia 60 days to fix compliance with the INF or the US will withdraw from it unilaterally Moscow responded by inviting Pompeo to personally visit a test of the ‘problematic’ missile Share it with a friend! Trends: Nuclear weapons news Russia news Russia-US newsUS news

Trudeau: No political aim in Huawei arrest

[] Meng Wanzhou was detained at Vancouver airport on Saturday on an extradition request from the US China has demanded her release, and called the arrest a human rights violation Speaking to reporters in Montreal, Mr Trudeau said his government was told about the arrest a few days beforehand, but it did not play a role

ATHENS ABLAZE: Protestors hurl PETROL-BOMBS as youth march spirals out of control

[] The angry mob chanted hands off youth and no fascists in schools as they made their way through the streets Protesters clash with riot police in central athens (Image: REUTERS) Athens: Flames from petrol bombs burn after exploding (Image: REUTERS) It is believed a second rally is planned later this evening

BREXIT DEADLOCK: These 5 EU CRISES show why Brussels will refuse to renegotiate with UK

[] The Prime Minister is facing her Brexit plans being rejected by MPs when the House of Commons votes on them next Tuesday, December 11 Prime minister Giuseppe Conte hinted minor amendments could be made to the budget to avoid the row escalating to sanctions

More than 40 motorists' convictions quashed in 'biggest forensic scandal for decades'

[] Of the 90, 40 had already been convicted, fined and banned The knock-on effect could be delays in investigations and prosecutions across the UK There was already a chronic shortage of toxicology capacity in England and Wales that has been further exacerbated by the fact that RTS gave up their accreditation

Son's brain tumor diagnosis propels editor to frontiers of medicine

[] Gleevec turned the deadly blood cancer known as chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) into a long-term, manageable illness REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Uncharted Territory By Michele Gershberg Photo editing: Steve McKinley Video: Jillian Kitchener, Craig Hettich, Mike Wood Design: Pete Hausler Edited by John Blanton Follow Reuters Investigates

The best way out of the Brexit mess

[] Still, even on the most generous assumptions, it is reasonable to question whether the will of the people is on the side of this pale shadow of the prospectus touted in 2016 But now that they know what Brexit really means, they deserve the chance to say whether they still want it

Undertaker whose boyfriend used her thumb to unlock iPhone feared she would die

[] Kennedy News and Media 8 The couple got married on Stacey's 21st birthday - but the relationship quickly deteriorated It was really like coming into the workplace that I work in and seeing other people lose people which kept me going because I always felt like there was someone worse off than me

'Yellow vest' protests: Paris to close host of cultural sites around city

[] The announcement came as many visitors were wondering whether now is the right time to make a trip to the French capital At one stage it appeared the Eiffel Tower too would close, but for the moment it is scheduled to open as normal on Saturday If people are really worried, I would suggest steering clear of the 8th arrondissement, she said, referring to the area of the city where most of the violence occurred on Saturday and where the famous Arc de Triomphe monument became the epicentre of the clashes between protesters and police

Timid Trump Misses Chance to Nail Comey to the Wall

[] In that role, Stockman did not have to pay much heed to the Deep State, so long as he did not demur about the obscenely excessive budgets automatically given to the FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, and the Pentagon Largely because they of the Deep State have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you

Top Huawei executive arrested on U.S. request, clouding China trade...

[] I believe that China’s government will use maximum force to fight for freedom and justice for Meng Wanzhou Samsung Electronics fell 2.3 percent, while Chinasoft International Ltd sank as much as 13 percent Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles

French Parliament's left parties to discuss a vote of no confidence against government - reports

[] It’s not yet clear what prompted the three to take this step The rallies held under the motto on the way to Macron’s resignation caught the president off-guard in his 18 month in the top job It’s time for the rich to be in solidarity [with people], he said earlier

US senators introduce resolution blaming MBS for Khashoggi murder

[] The resolution also called on Saudi Arabia to end a blockade imposed by itself and three other Arab states on Qatar in June last year and seek a political solution in the worst diplomatic rift to have struck the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) INSIDE STORY: Is peace in Yemen within reach

Pensions and healthcare: UK offers assurances to Brits in EU over no-deal Brexit

[] They would also be able to register to vote in local and national elections Aspects of the reciprocal healthcare and social security coordination section of the Withdrawal Agreement require reciprocity from the EU or individual Member States and cannot be protected unilaterally We are in the early stages of discussions and will announce further details of such options prior to our exit to allow citizens to make appropriate arrangements

2 U.S. Marine Corps aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise; 5 missing, 2 found

[] Five U.S. Marines were missing after two Marine Corps aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Thursday, Japanese and American officials said Congressional leaders have called the rash of accidents a crisis and blamed it on continuous combat operations, deferred modernization, lack of training and aging equipment

Victoria Bushfires LIVE: Out-of-control Buninyong fire threatening homes at Scotsburn, near Ballarat

[] The extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you Turn off the air-conditioning and shut all the air vents Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a woollen blanket It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly

Court holds hearings on arrest warrants of two ex-top court justices

[] Prosecutors believe that Yang sought to establish a separate court of appeals and needed presidential approval to push it forward Ko served as NCA chief from February 2016 to May 2017 and retired in August this year The court is expected to make its decision late Thursday or early Friday

MH370 'flying FIREBALL' – Horror Boeing 'blaze started with lithium batteries shaking'

[] But according to Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular at UC Berkeley, Nitash Balsara, all lithium-ion batteries have a chance of catching fire And this week, debris claimed to be from MH370 was presented to the Malysian Government by families of the victims Daily Star Online has approached Boeing and Malaysia Airlines for comment

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson says Burnley win proves they can handle pressure

[] Jordan Henderson says Liverpool showed their strength in depth by winning at Burnley Jordan Henderson says Liverpool's win at Burnley proves they have the attitude and flexibility to cope under pressure We knew Burnley were an aggressive team and they've got some good players

Chris Broussard thinks ‘jealousy’ is behind Kevin Durant’s comments about LeBron (VIDEO)

[] Chris Broussard thinks ‘jealousy’ is behind Kevin Durant’s comments about LeBron Video Details Chris Broussard explains to Colin Cowherd why Kevin Durant's comments come off as jealousy towards LeBron James

Is the Steelers’ Season Slipping Away?

[] This week’s road trip to Oakland will be a critical test He’s accomplished on and off the fieldthey love him there Both have proven to be able to take on the big boys despite significant competitive disadvantages But I suspect their opportunities to will keep coming

Amir Khan-Kell Brook still has a '50-50' chance of going ahead but this is last chance, says Eddie Hearn

[] If Amir can beat Kell Brook, he could fight Crawford after for more money than he's going to get now Watch Kell Brook vs Michael Zerafa in what could be his last fight in Sheffield, with Josh Kelly, Anthony Fowler and Jono Carroll on the undercard, live on Saturday, Sky Sports Action from 7pm, and Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm

Colin Cowherd: ‘The Lakers are LeBron and 12 pending transactions’ (VIDEO)

[] Colin Cowherd: ‘The Lakers are LeBron and 12 pending transactions’ Video Details Colin Cowherd explains why the Los Angeles Lakers should worry more about surrounding LeBron James with proven NBA talent

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14

[] NFL fantasy Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ’Em, Sit ’Em: Jared Goff a Viable QB Option, Even vs It seems that we have this discussion every week A quarterback generally respected as a locked-in starter is pushed down the rankings because of overwrought matchup concerns Unlike the backs on the Chargers and Steelers, he’s not going to have to split carries

Shannon Sharpe busted out the GOAT mask and LeBron jersey after the King's big game for the Lakers (VIDEO)

[] Shannon Sharpe busted out the GOAT mask and LeBron jersey after the King’s big game for the Lakers Video Details You know

Shannon Sharpe on LeBron: ‘I believe it was his most impressive performance in a Lakers uniform’ (VIDEO)

[] Shannon Sharpe on LeBron: ‘I believe it was his most impressive performance in a Lakers uniform’ Video Details Shannon Sharpe explains why LeBron James' 42 points against the San Antonio Spurs was his most impressive performance to date with the Los Angeles Lakers

Zac & Press Taylor: NFL Coaching’s Next Big Thing

[] He asked members of his new staff if they knew of a young coach who would work ridiculously long hours for ridiculously low pay as a quality control guy The brothers do talk regularly, though during the season there’s an unspoken rule against delving into each other’s proprietary information But it won’t be long before football people everywhere are talking about both brothers regularly

Ralph Hasenhuttl rejects Jurgen Klopp link, saying he wants to be known in the Premier League

[] When I left Leipzig I was thinking about my next step, and I want to stand in front of a new team, new language, to get developed personally and in my view of football, that's why I made the decision to come to Southampton If you want guarantees you have to buy a washing machine, he said

Arsenal suffered Granit Xhaka cold turkey at Old Trafford - the imperfect midfielder they now rely on

[] The lack of switches of play at Old Trafford was indicative of Arsenal's inability to sustain attacks or build any concerted pressure, although they created the better chances in their squalls of good play With Huddersfield, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton to come, they can afford to sacrifice some of their new-found graft for extra guile in the weeks ahead

The Eastern Conference goes through Kawhi Leonard

[] The victory was Toronto’s second over Philly this season, with both meetings taking place north of the border Philly’s new starting lineup (since the Butler trade) had been dominant entering Wednesday The Sixers’ big man shot poorly from the field, but he didn’t get many deep catches in the second half Philly can’t go away from the block when it falls behind

Paul George Game-Winner, Giannis Poster Highlight Top NBA Plays for Dec. 5

[] A 25-point fourth quarter and a game-winner made Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George the star of the night on Wednesday, but he wasn't the only one making plays

Cardinals get needed boost from Goldschmidt in NL Central race

[] Between Matt Carpenter and José Martínez, the Cardinals actually got fine production out of their first basemen in 2018a .271/.356/.503 line, good for fifth-best in the NL by OPS Louis as having every bit as viable a shot at the NL Central title as the Cubs and Brewers do

'Simms & Lefkoe: The Show' Episode 14 Featuring Jamal Adams

[] The 14th episode of Simms & Lefkoe: The Show is here Watch Simms & Lefkoe: The Show every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET

Australian stocks trade higher following report Fed may halt hikes

[] Symbol Name Price Change %Change NIKKEI --- HSI --- ASX 200 --- SHANGHAI --- KOSPI --- CNBC 100 --- Bolton 'knew in advance' about Huawei CFO arrest Part of the broad decline in Asian stocks on Thursday was attributed to news of the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada

Stocks stage comeback, Nasdaq rises after wild ride

[] article Vector illustration in polygonal style On Thursday, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged both the U.S. and Canada to clarify the reasons for detention and immediately release the detained person, according to the  Guardian

Restrained Inflation Reduces Urgency for Quarterly Rate-Increase Pattern

[] Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell compared the Fed’s policy strategy to walking into a living room when the lights suddenly go out You slow down and you maybe go a little bit less quickly, and you feel your way more, he said in a speech last week If that guidance ends up being wrong, it hurts or undermines our credibility

Why bitcoin may become virtually worthless: Finance professor

[] Fundamentally bitcoin has not lived up to its hype, Atulya Sarin said to FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on Thursday Investors aren't the only major hurdle for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies; they also face pressure from regulators looking into potential market manipulation

HSBC Monitor Flagged Suspicious Huawei Transactions to Prosecutors

[] The Journal reported in April that the Justice Department had launched a criminal probe into Huawei’s dealings in Iran, following administrative subpoenas on sanctions-related issues from both the Commerce Department and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control

Dow plunges triple digits, turns negative for 2018

[] Trump sending political message with Huawei CFO's arrest With the exception of Netflix the big-cap consumer and tech titans were falling for a second day, but the selling was nowhere near as intense as in the previous session Meanwhile, oil prices extended their losses despite OPEC members agreeing Thursday to cut oil output -- although it’s unclear by how much

Dow extends deep losses, triggered by uncertainty on U.S.-China trade deal

[] The odds of recession the next two years have risen dramatically, and if one does occur, it will be the Trump recession Threats of oil production cuts from Saudi Arabia’s energy minister contributed to further unrest as OPEC continued to negotiate production levels in Vienna

US stocks extend losses on Huawei CFO arrest

[] Oil prices extended their losses despite OPEC members agreeing Thursday to cut oil output -- although it’s unclear by how much Global stocks also fell after the arrest Wednesday in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, also known as Meng Sabrina, who faces extradition to the United States

GM needs to be around for the next several decades: CEO Mary Barra

[] Portman specifically asked Barra to move electric vehicles into the plant slated to close in Ohio Over the last several years, we’ve brought many of our engineering jobs and many of our IT jobs back to the United States from many countries around the world

I Just Learned That The Chords To The Song "Pete Davidson" Spell Out "BAE" And Now I Need Answers

[] So I'm guessing that if you clicked on this article, you're familiar with the estranged pairing previously known as Petiana Grandson And you probs also know about track 14 on Ariana's album Sweetener , Pete Davidson 👀👀👀 Yup, like bae as in before anyone else, baby, babe, and poop in Danish

Top 10 cities for doing business in China

[] Compared with last year, Shenzhen's business environment ranking climbed two spots to first place, Shanghai moved to second place from fourth, while Guangzhou slid to third place from first No 10 Wuhan (score: 0.388) A driver performs a stunt at the Wuhan Motor Show [Photo/VCG] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next   >>| 1/10 Next

Exclusive: Nearly two-thirds of rugby players suffer mental health problems after retirement

[] The statistics, compiled by the Rugby Players’ Association, have been described as a major issue by the head of the international players’ body, while a Labour MP has written to the government demanding it does more to help retired professionals The key findings from its research, which was based on approximately..

Mason Ramsey Just Released A Christmas Music Video, And It's Everything You Didn't Know You Needed

[] Having met Mason, he is a humble and soft-spoken person he is also an amazing live performer And if you think that he was just a one trick pony, this superstar has brought some joy to the holiday season with his new Christmas music video Tap to play GIF The song has been sung by Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and Michael Bublé but Mason adds his own adorable flare

This Trans YouTuber Clapped Back To Victoria’s Secret’s Anti-Trans Comments In The Best Way

[] Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show As well as attracting more than 32,000 comments on Insta, people are also living for her production on Twitter, where it's been retweeted more than 55,000 times Tap to play GIF Post comment Sign in to comment

How Do Your 2018 Pop Culture Opinions Compare To Everyone Else's?

[] The Good Place Via NBC Riverdale Via The CW Doctor Who Via BBC America AHS: Apocalypse Via FX One Day at a Time Via Netflix This Is Us Via NBC Brooklyn Nine-Nine Via NBC The Handmaid's Tale Via Hulu Big Mouth Via Netflix Oops

He warned that death was waiting for him in Honduras. After getting deported, he turned up dead.

[] There are some complicated issues and I feel to be fair to you I need to do a written decision On Nov. 24, Chirino’s son, who had recently turned 21, was charged in Loudoun County with public intoxication and contributing to the delinquency of a minor Eleven years and two children later, she was sent back

Yes, Trump, Please Help Start an Honest Global News Network - Time to Crush CNN!

[] The author grew up Jewish in New York City, and converted to Russian Orthodox Christianity, eventually becoming a monk The greatest political movement in the history of our country [Clip: Yesterday's visit to Pittsburg was about coming together as a nation to comfort and to heal

Macron's Fall Could Bring a Nationalist, Conservative Takeover of Europe (Steve Turley Video)

[] Here is an archive of his work published on  Russia Insider For a good summary of Turley's views, see here:  Globalism Is Dying - Conservatism, Traditionalism, and Religion Are the Future - A Full Hour with Rising YouTuber Steve Turley Subscribe to his channel and turn on notifications, you won't be disappointed

Hannah Gadsby Summed Up What A Lot Of People Think About How Men Treat Women

[] Hannah Gadsby's star has risen far this year, thanks to the success of her Netflix special Nanette , which talked about how self-deprecating humour can cause damage to the person making the joke She said that the control of where the line is should always be given to those who experience the consequences

Conservatives' Obsession With Free Markets Is Foolish, and Not at all Conservative

[] When society itself is in revolt against tradition, keeping your hands off of the market may be inadvertently enabling its revolution against the former values of that society This is all not to say that respect for market forces isn't important, or that we shouldn't be highly cynical about the goodness of power structures and their social engineering programs It is a face of nobility covering a heart of cowardice

Kim Kardashian Just Claimed That Kanye DIDN'T Say Slavery Was A Choice, So Let's Watch The Video Again

[] As Kanye yelled at the TMZ office about free thought, one staffer went viral when they stood up to put their two cents in Fortunately for us, because the internet is a wonderful place, the video that TMZ uploaded is still available, so let's all watch together I'll leave it to you guys to let us know what you think

We Need To Talk About This "Coughing" Cat Meme Because It Has Truly Ruined Me

[] I just can't get over how accurate this coughing cat actually is Pika Pika 🎈 bitch @_BlackBile @aliahgeyes @MiriamLaPuta SKGDKGDKGDKDK 12:02 PM - 04 Dec 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite This cat has seriously sent me rolling :) Post comment Sign in to comment

Russia: $10/Month for Superfast Broadband, in US $70 for Slower Speeds - Survey of 195 Countries

[] It's starting to make sense why the Western governments constantly blame Russian hackers for all their problems, with internet access at these prices it's hard not to feel jealous Commenting on the findings of the research internationally, Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said: The United States is a point of particular interest in the data

17 Kids Who Are The Most Savage Humans On The Planet

[] We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most brutally honest thing their kid has ever said to them, and the responses were hilariously savage: 1 I asked my three-year-old niece for a hug and she said, 'You smell You did not take a shower today.' Tap to play GIF kellyh442ac3658 11 Top trending videos Watch more BuzzFeed Video Post comment Sign in to comment

Dow dives 400 points, wiping out its gains for the year | Markets Insider

[] The December 1 arrest cast doubt on trade relations between Washington and Beijing, who agreed over the weekend to pause tariff escalations for negotiations Shares of Apple suppliers - including Lumentum (-2.8%), Micron (-2.9%) and Texas Instruments (-2%) - tumbled after the results

The Pathetic, Uber-Conformish Northern Europe Is Possibly the Saddest, Most-Brainwashed Place on Earth

[] Headlines often don’t reflect the content of stories ‘In general’, the report concludes, in Denmark, ‘the contours of public discussion leave little room for Putin apologists’ In reality, as any half-informed commentator should know, neither Dugin nor Glazyev is ‘within the Kremlin’

Here Are The Golden Globe Nominees For 2019

[] Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born Fan favorites Stranger Things and Game of Thrones won't be eligible this year as they didn't air any new episodes in 2018 The 76th Golden Globes will air on Sunday, January 6, and will be co-hosted by Sandra Oh from Killing Eve and Andy Samberg from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

27 Problem-Solving Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

[] Within a minute of applying this bait, roaches were crawling out of every crack and crevice in the home, literally crawling over each others' bodies to get a taste of this stuff It does take a bit of time if you're doing a larger area Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

What the Neocon Chickenhawks Have Wrought

[] Defense spending has more than doubled since 2000 There must be visible in the spending some utility to justify the heavy taxes We need more people to heed the dictates of the Bible, where it tells us in both the Old Testament and the New to seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14 and 1stPeter 3:11)

Kylie And Kim Have Responded To A YouTuber Who Created Fake Cheating Photos As Part Of A Prank

[] Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are no strangers to rumours and gossip, and there were more on Monday, when images of a man people believed to be Scott appeared online, showing him cosying up with another woman on a balcony Adam told his 327,000 subscribers: Yep, that photo that you've seen of Travis Scott allegedly cheating on his significant other, Kylie Jenner was completely staged and we were the ones to do it

9 YA Authors On Why "Twilight" Is So Important

[] A celebration of firsts Not to sound dramatic, but Twilight changed my existence Twilight is a celebration of firsts – that first glance of infatuation that tilts your horizon and makes you think about emotions so powerful they span eternity; first touch, and its dangers, not the least of which is THIS DUDE MIGHT KILL YOU, IDK, BUT LOOK HOW HE SPARKLES! As a teenager, all my emotions were extremes It allows the reader to project themselves, and their personality, into the role – the ultimate wish fulfilment

Fracking Has Been a Boon for the US but Means Its Saudi Ties Can Never Be the Same Again

[] With the ambitious Vision 2030 goals in mind, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Public Investment Fund has become a much more aggressive investor in the tech industry The differential between the Russian and Saudi breakeven price- hovering around $40 and $70 respectivelycould be the catalyst for a messy divorce in oil markets

Photos of desperate bedrooms where Britain's children are forced to sleep

[] Newborn Jane lives in this small bedsit with her mother, Amelie With sister, Patricia, 10, brothers, Bradley, six, and Harry, three, the family of six also eat here as there is nowhere to sit Sainey was trafficked to London as a domestic slave Now free, she can't afford clothes for her growing children

23 Wholesome Dogs Of This Year That'll Make You Realise That 2018 Wasn't Fully Terrible

[] This optimistic pupper who believes in a magic pie bush: Chris Bramwell @ChrisBramwell A month ago Dusty found half a pie in this bush, so every day until the end of time we must closely inspect the Magic Pie Bush HE CAME UP TO ME AT A CAFE AND FELL ASLEEP ON MY LAP

Bedrooms of London's disadvantaged children reveal life below the poverty line

[] Newborn Jane lives in this small bedsit with her mother, Amelie (Image: Katie Wilson/The Foundling Museum)5 of 7 Nadine, 17, Crystal, 16, Peter, 15 and Simone, nine, live with mum and dad in a two-bedroom flat Sainey was trafficked to London as a domestic slave

Think Eastern Europe Is Authoritarian? Try Germany and France

[] (For further information on Germany’s scandalous democracy deficit, I recommended my recently reissued  The Strange Death of European Marxism .)   The polling, which offers a realistic classification of freedom of expression, particularly in France, looks at the seamy side of the antifascist social engineering that is now taking place in Western democracies

South Stream Pipeline Is Coming Back From the Dead

[] Amid an inimical international situation, an economy that was bound to recover, but does so rather unconvincingly and a tense domestic atmosphere, Russia continues the construction of new gas pipelines that would boost its export conduit flexibility and largely eliminate the Ukrainian transit issue The hesitation seems to have reached an end – according to Russian media outlets, Gazprom’s preference for the Bulgarian route has now moved into the active phase

Cardi B Just Shared The First Photo Of Her Daughter And My Heart Can't Handle It

[] She continued, there's certain things I want to do with my daughter...I want to go to the beach with my baby, I want to take a stroll down the street with my baby Well, today Cardi decided to finally bless the world with a photo of Kulture, and she is ADORABLE Post comment Sign in to comment

Resurgence of Russia Relations Has Forced Turkey to Dial Down Support for Ukraine

[] Nevertheless, it went on to call on both sides to refrain from endangering regional peace and stability, to respect international law, and to act using common sense and restraint to avoid increasing tensions Moscow’s support in Libya for the faction opposed by Ankara, its traditional position favoring the Greek Cypriots, and even its support for the Assad regime in Syria are all examples of the lack of Russian support on subjects of close interest to Turkey, according to Kuneralp

17 Pictures That Prove Cows Are The Most Wholesome Animals In The Universe

[] You might recognise them from that field that makes you instinctively say the word cows every time you drive by At 194cm 'Knickers' is the largest in his category in Australia This cow just wants an uninterrupted nap, and honestly…same This cow looks like he's about to go all-in at the poker table and I'm sat here really hoping his gamble pays off

Russia to Send Moldovan Guest Workers Home to Vote for Pro-Russian Socialists

[] Polls indicate the Socialists will receive nearly half the seats in parliament, with the pro-EU parties not forming a single bloc There are 3.25mn Moldovan citizens with valid voting rights, but only 2.83mn are assigned to electoral precincts, with the rest of them having no residence declared (most likely living abroad)

Mum orders sexy Christmas outfit online - but what turns up is hilarious

[] Lisa, who is a mum to Mia, aged eight and Morgan, aged two, said: I wanted to get the outfit for a Christmassy pole dancing workshop where I'd be learning a pole routine - but what i got looked cheap and frumpy Read More Top news stories from Mirror Online UK on red alert for Russian spy attacks Headlock leaves woman with 'paralysis' Moment before teen shoots driver UC claimants won't get Xmas bonus

Willow Smith Revealed It Took Years To Forgive Her Dad For How He Handled Her Early Fame

[] If you cast your mind back to 2010, you'll probably remember how Will and Jada Smith's ten-year-old daughter Willow shot to fame with her hit song, Whip My Hair I felt guilty because I was like, Everyone is trying to make me better, trying to make my dream But I didn't really understand what my dream entailed View this post on Facebook Post comment Sign in to comment

2 rescued, 5 missing from U.S. military midair collision

[] No damage was reported on private vessels from the midair crash Residents in Yamaguchi Prefecture demanded a halt to FA-18 flights over concerns of safety and other issues In December 2016, FA-18 Super Hornet fighter jets from the Iwakuni air station crashed during training in waters off Cape Ashizuri on the western side of Kochi Prefecture

US consular finds Chinese friend after 34 years

[] Sun Yuzhen and Jamie Fouss meet again after 34 years [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn] Jamie Fouss, a US consular, succeeded finding a Chinese friend, Sun Yuzhen, he met 34 years ago when he was on a tour in China

69 Tweets For Everyone Who Is Anxious, Depressed, Tired, Lonely, And Overworked, But FINE JUST FINE

[] crimesididntcommit @allthatweforget Therapist: So how depressed would you say you’ve been feeling lately?Me: I don’t care anymore if my foot hangs over the bed where a monster can get itTherapist [whispering]: Jesus, wow 01:13 AM - 16 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 3 Dasha Uy @kimkarDASHA I'm gonna power the whole country 11:02 AM - 15 Nov 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite 41 Top trending videos Watch more BuzzFeed Video

I Can't Stop Watching This Sumo Wrestler Sign Autographs

[] 日本相撲協会公式 @sumokyokai <冬巡業@久留米市>色紙に手形を押す高安。#sumo #相撲 04:54 AM - 04 Dec 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite According to Johnny Suputama, founder of Spoon & Tamago, wrestlers were considered sacred warriors and their hand prints were good-luck charms, which is how they became collector's items

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19 Random Facts That Will Make You Rethink Your Entire Life

[] The bank has been involved in a number of scandals Dressing rooms have curtains or half doors so that customers are extra aware of people passing by, which puts pressure on them to choose an item Top trending videos Watch more BuzzFeed Video Post comment Sign in to comment

21 Horror Movies So Disturbing, People Couldn't Finish Watching Them

[] I went upstairs to pet my dogs so I could calm down Begotten (1990) It’s a silent black and white film that reimagines the story of Genesis erinelizabethg Want to be featured in a future BuzzFeed post or video Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter! Some entries have been edited for length or clarity

27 "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Moments Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

[] We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which Brooklyn Nine-Nine moments always make them laugh When Gina was really confused about Jake's upbringing: ellamack 16 When Holt showed a huge range of emotions: chris33 17

Distinguished peace leader Thurlow pleads cause in Tokyo

[] She met with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s policy chief, Fumio Kishida, at the LDP’s headquarters on Dec. 5 Thurlow, who is based in Canada and a survivor of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima, had also hoped to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono, but was unable to As foreign minister, Kishida wanted Japan to participate in negotiations for the U.N

Handicraftsman builds a wonder world with hardware

[] The designing took me two months and I poured all my efforts in it, he added His another work, a slingshot made of ropes and bolts, is also well-known to the public Income from the auction will be donated to children who cannot go to school due to financial challenges, he said

18 Things Millennials Are Responsible For Killing This Year

[] 12:55 PM - 20 Aug 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 11 DUIs: Miami Herald @MiamiHerald DUI arrests in South Florida plummet Check out even more Best of 2018 content here! Top trending videos Watch more BuzzFeed Video Post comment Sign in to comment

20 Pop Culture Moments From December 2008 That’ll Make You Say “OMG, Can’t Believe All That Happened 10 Years Ago”

[] Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF 2 The iconic Eartha Kitt died at age 81, from colon cancer David Beckham was loaned out from the LA Galaxy to AC Milan Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was unexpectedly fired from directing the rest of the franchise

100 Really Frickin' Funny Tweets By Women From 2018

[] ✨Pupper✨ @MegaKewlie My cat had her tail over my bath water and this happened.. ßobbi @bobbi_sewell idk if anyone’s ever watched this girl before Check out even more Best of 2018 content here! Top trending videos Watch more BuzzFeed Video Post comment Sign in to comment

Only A True Musical Genius Can Tell Whether These Facts Are About Ariana Grande Or Mozart

[] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ariana Via Getty Mozart Via Getty Correct! Wrong! That's Mozart! Mozart's 1782 canon Leck mich im Arsch roughly translates to Lick Me in the Ass, or Kiss My Ass

People Are Sharing Plot Points They'd Change In Movies And There Are Some Hot Takes, Y'all

[] Every film lover in the world has endured the experience of watching a movie (heck, maybe even one of your favorites) and there being some random plot point you wish you could change/fix/remove completely Here are some of the HOTTEST TAKES: 1 And finally, It's a Wonderful Life : So I pass the question on to my fellow movie lovers: What movie plot point would YOU change if given the chance

Nobody Believed Neil deGrasse Tyson's First Accuser. Now There Are Three More.

[] Tyson, too, dropped out of UT Austin several years later, before joining a PhD program at Columbia University We are committed to a thorough investigation of this matter and to act accordingly as soon as it is concluded That investigation appears to be in its early stages The next season of Cosmos will air in the spring of 2019.● Katie J. M

This Is How The Accusations Against Neil deGrasse Tyson Finally Came To Light

[] Tyson, too, dropped out of UT Austin several years later, before joining a PhD program at Columbia University We are committed to a thorough investigation of this matter and to act accordingly as soon as it is concluded That investigation appears to be in its early stages The next season of Cosmos will air in the spring of 2019.● Katie J. M

7 things to think about voice

[] Tom GoodwinContributor Share on Twitter Tom Goodwin is EVP, head of innovation at Zenith Media and the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast I get to send money to Jane today, not press 10 buttons around their org chart

Microsoft calls on companies to adopt a facial recognition code of conduct

[] The new letter finds Microsoft frustrated at regulatory foot-dragging, instead placing the burden on tech regulation on the companies themselves Microsoft is set to follow up these suggestions with a more detailed document arriving next week that will more thoroughly detail its plans, while soliciting suggestions from people and groups about how to more broadly implement them

MoviePass announces new pricing plans for 2019

[] There’s Select, which will cost between $9.95 and $14.95 per month (depending on geography), and will only allow viewers to watch certain movies on certain days; All Access, which costs between $14.95 and $19.95 and allows you to go to any standard screening; and Red Carpet, which costs between $19.95 and $24.95 and includes one IMAX, 3D or other large-format screening each month

TransferWise keeps growing money transfers despite global turbulence

[] Along the way, the company helped to usher in the age of the rebel-fintech adolescent startup that could compete and win against dusty incumbents on the basis of transparency, value, technology and, perhaps most importantly, moxy KK: We haven’t done this now for five or six years, but it’s an idea to create a balance synthetically GS: Ha, well in your case, it was perhaps a gift

Lightspeed hires 5 new partners from Slack, Twitter and more

[] Lightspeed just filed for $1.8 billion in new funding, as the race continues On top of that, Lightspeed has poached Slack’s head of growth Merci Victoria Grace, who’s also a founder of Women in Product, a community for women in the field that has grown to 5,000 members since 2015

Google partners with media outlets to provide on-demand news audio

[] It’s quick, it’s easy and it helps fill me in on the way out the door It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories, the company writes in a blog post The feature is starting to roll out now to users in the U.S.

Artie aims to bring you closer to your digital idols with autonomous AR avatars

[] If you spend enough time scrolling through manicured photos of manicured lives on social media, you might come to the realization that maybe the fakeness of the online world has started to look too real Despite the excitement coming from Apple and Google, platforms like ARKit and ARCore have mostly arrived with a thud

Netflix tops other streamers with most Golden Globes nods, but Amazon beats it on TV

[] It grabbed nominations for shows like Homecoming, featuring Julia Roberts; popular comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; and the limited series A Very English Scandal, with Hugh Grant Films another foreign language film (Belgium), Girl and Dumplin also helped Netflix earn more shots this year

Let’s meet in Poland this month

[] I’ll be heading back to Europe in December to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland The Wrocwal event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in San Francisco Special thanks to Dermot Corr and Ahmad Piraiee for putting these things together

Walgreens enlists FedEx to offer speedy drug delivery

[] Walgreens’ chief competitor (and top U.S. chain) CVS struck a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service early this year Amazon, meanwhile, acquired pharmacy startup Pillpack over the summer, with plans to disrupt the drug store business with online prescription shipping

Ericsson software problem causing widespread cell phone outages

[] A problem with the software in Ericsson equipment is causing outages across the world including O2 users in Great Britain and Softbank users in Japan, according to a report in the Financial Times earlier today Börje Ekholm, Ericsson president and CEO, said they were working to restore the service as soon as possible, which probably isn’t soon enough for people who don’t have a working cell phone at the moment

Rideshare advertising startup Firefly launches with $21.5M in funding

[] It’s an issue on regulators’ minds as well, with New York recently approving new rules around driver compensation The round was led by NfX, Pelion Venture Partners, Decent Capital (founded by Tencent’s Jason Zeng) and Jeffrey Housenbold of SoftBank Vision Fund (yes, that SoftBank Vision Fund) New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approves minimum wage rules for app-based drivers

Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

[] Pandora then combines this data with human curation to make its podcast recommendations Putting the right programs in front of the most interested customers could then drive more people to upgrade to a paid subscription, impacting Pandora’s bottom line

Mogu’s long journey: From rejecting Alibaba’s advances to US IPO

[] Tencent does not directly manage any ecommerce businesses but has scooped up shares in a few prominent players, including Pinduoduo and JD.com, arming them with tools to take on Alibaba This significantly speeds up the production process and lowers prices for consumers

How France wants to become a tech giant

[] American employees apply to the French Tech Visa, work for French startups for a while and then come back to the U.S. It moves the needle when it comes to changing mindsets in the U.S. The French tech ecosystem also needs time List of investors: Joe Schoendorf, Accel Partners Martin Casado, Andreessen Horowitz Bernard Liautaud, Balderton Chelsea Stoner, Battery Ventures Philippe Lafont, Coatue Matt Turck, FirstMark Capital Hany Nada, GGV Capital Dana Settle, Greycroft Sarah Guo, Greylock Partners Irena Goldenberg, Highland Europe Erel Margalit, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) Samir Kaul, Khosla Ventures Philipp Freise, KKR Klaus Hommels, Lakestar Scott Sandell, New Enterprise Associates Isaac Hillel, Pitango Venture Capital Boaz Dinte, Qumra Ron Conway, SV Angel Mark Suster, Upfront Ventures Talbot Heppenstall, UPMC Paul Graham, Y Combinator Jessica Livingston, Y Combinator + 17 limited partners

The trust dilemma of continuous background checks

[] I wrote about how that doesn’t make any sense, since delaying tariffs doesn’t do anything to solve the structural issues in the US/China conflict: To me the market is deeply misjudging not only the Chinese economy, but also the American leadership as well

Amazon is crowdsourcing Alexa’s answers to tough questions

[] If you’ve got an Echo device at home, you’ve almost certainly played a few rounds of stump Alexa, asking Amazon’s assistant increasingly arcane questions in an attempt to elicit some baffled response Amazon has been testing Alexa Answers internally, adding more than 100,000 responses in the past month alone

OnePlus mulls the price of innovation

[] These things happen, I suppose, though the mistake looks to be alive and well in this tweet, boasting Lau’s show stealing surprise announcement The smartphone maker is at a crossroads, and will have to determine where it plans to operate in the future, as king of the midrange or a premium manufacturer competing for Apple and Samsung’s high-end marketshare

Linux Foundation’s OpenChain project welcomes Google, Facebook and Uber

[] And I think that’s probably one of the most important messages today The Linux Foundation, which is an umbrella organization for many popular open source projects, created the OpenChain project as a way to encourage developers to comply with these requirements

Mobile payment co. Boku acquires Danal for up to $68M to add in user authentication

[] This Acquisition allows us to offer services that go further and to improve user quality for our customers while at the same time improving the mobile experience for users But in emerging markets, carrier billing is a popular alternative among users who may not have bank accounts and payment cards This latest deal for Boku should help it in that area, too

Farmstead is an ambitious grocery delivery startup with plans to defeat Instacart

[] Two-plus years later, the company is today announcing an additional seed round of $2.2 million, bringing its total raised to date to $7.5 million Farmstead completed the Silicon Valley accelerator program in 2016 shortly before its initial launch, similar to Instacart, which graduated from Y Combinator in 2012 Instacart raises another $600M at a $7.6B valuation

Flipdish raises €4.8M Series A to wean restaurants off takeout aggregators like Just Eat

[] Noteworthy is that Flipdish isn’t generating revenue through a subscription-based offering To that end, Flipdish says the new funding will be used to help accelerate growth by building out its product line and delivering greater service to its expanding worldwide customer base

The NASA astronaut who refused to shave his beard is searching for Atlantis

[] Growing up, Paul Scully-Power didn't want to be an astronaut In the 1970s he successfully applied to be an investigator at NASA and used the agency's infrared satellite data to survey the ocean That collection of cosmic travellers currently numbers less than 600

No OnePlus 5G phone for Verizon in the first half of 2019

[] But future OnePlus phones could still hop to Verizon OnePlus has announced it'll launch its 5G phone in the first half of 2019 But OnePlus, which lacks the resources of giants like Apple or Samsung, is opting to take things slow despite its position as a fan favorite of Android enthusiasts

Spotify’s 2018 Wrapped feature is now live and ready to take you down memory lane

[] [gallery ids=1755183,1755181,1755182,1755166] As we approach the new year, it’s time to be reminded how many times we all listened to thank U, next in 2018 With Spotify’s Wrapped, which is now live on the music streaming app Plus, a playlist of 2018’s top hits, which, unfortunately, includes seven Post Malone songs

Salesforce doubles down on Japan with dedicated $100M fund

[] Nevertheless, the dedicated focus on Japan is positive news for the country, which has struggled to attract overseas investors despite running the world’s third-largest economy based on GDP For Salesforce, Japan’s public cloud services market is expected to increase more than two-fold to reach $13 billion by 2022, according to figures from IDC

Asian streaming startup M17, still recovering from a failed IPO, raises another $25M

[] That’s up from $79.5 million in 2017, although the business posted an overall loss of $36.4 million for the year The company said it has some 600 employees spread across seven offices in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the U.S, and Malaysia

LeanIX, the SaaS that lets enterprises map out their software architecture, closes $30M Series C

[] More broadly, Christ tells me that the need for a solution like LeanIX is only increasing, as enterprise architecture has shifted away from monolithic vendors and software to the use of a sprawling array of cloud or on-premise software where each typically does one job or business really well, rather than many

Taiwan-based travel startup AsiaYo raises $7M Series B led by Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund

[] The website is currently available in English, Chinese, and Korean and claims 60,000 listings across 60 cities The startup targets younger tourists traveling within Asia with what it calls hyper-personalized journeys created with the help of its AI-based algorithm AYSort, which analyzes user behavior to provide booking suggestions The company also provides multi-lingual customer support through several channels, including Line, Facebook, WeChat, and its own helplines

Announcing the final batch of judges for Startup Battlefield Africa

[] Startup Battlefield Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, is coming up fast Morgan, he was a general manager at Access Bank Plc where he oversaw the financial markets division of the bank Bosun Tijani, Co-Creation Hub Bosun Tijani is the co-founder and CEO of Co-Creation Hub, a social innovation center based in Nigeria dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity

Netflix rival Iflix launches $5M search for up-and-coming filmmakers in Asia

[] Netflix is increasing its efforts in Asia after it commissioned more local content and began testing more aggressive price points, but one local rival is hitting back with a program to spotlight promising creators in the region We do see our pathway to be more local-centric but I do believe some of this content will travel well beyond their territories, he told TechCrunch

Chinese stocks plummet as Huawei CFO arrest raises trade fears

[] Meng’s news also hit the suppliers of employee-owned Huawei across the Asian stock markets Among the worst performers is Shennan Circuit, which slipped nearly 10 percent in Shenzhen as of this writing In October, the Shanghai benchmark index dropped to a four-year low

Google is killing off Allo, its latest messaging app flop

[] The messaging app was only launched in September 2016 but it was pretty much flawed from the word go with limited usage Instead of Allo, Google is pushing ahead with RCS (Rich Communication Services), an enhanced SMS standard that could allow iMessage like communication between Android devices

Japan’s Sansan raises $26.5M to help Southeast Asia get more from business cards

[] The resources are held within companies, rather than employees themselves, which means strategies around sales, marketing and more can be kept organized and centralized LinkedIn is, of course, the de facto professional social network while Facebook, which has been ramping up its efforts in that space lately, is also a popular option

And Uber is going with . . . Bird (looks like)

[] That strategy backfired in some places, including San Francisco, which later forced Bird, Lime, and every other scooter company that dumped its hardware on the city’s streets to remove their many scooters and apply for permits first Whether either company can help Uber reach a far richer valuation than it already enjoys is another question altogether

Apple’s HomePod will be available in China starting early next year

[] Several of these smart speakers are much, much cheaper than the HomePod; for example, the Tmall Genie, Tingting, and Baidu’s Xiaodu have each been offered at a discounted price of about $15 Despite formidable competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi, Apple held an 11.9% market share in China as of the second quarter of 2018, according to Gartner

Putting the band back together, ExactTarget execs reunite to launch MetaCX

[] The Indianapolis -based company is one of the latest spinouts from High Alpha Studio, an accelerator and venture capital studio formed by Scott Dorsey, the former chief executive officer of ExactTarget Having been on the journey with much of this team while shaping the martech industry with ExactTarget, I’m incredibly excited to partner again in building another category-defining business with Scott and his team in Indianapolis

Magic Leap loses two women from top executive positions

[] Full comment from Magic Leap: pic.twitter.com/iEAwHG1cXR Lucas Matney (@lucasmtny) December 6, 2018 We have reached out to Freeman and Bhasin for comment on the scope of their continued involvement with Magic Leap We can’t underestimate the power of that trickle down effect, because when every voice is heard and people see themselves represented, it inspires and really energizes the next generation of creators

Neuron Mobility raises $3.7M to bring e-scooters to Southeast Asia’s cities

[] In Bangkok, Neuron is working with real estate giant Sansiri to offer last mile options around one of the developer’s main sites that includes retail, residential and education facilities in close proximity While, more generally, e-scooters are priced between public transportation and taxis rather than being cheaper than both, as is the case for dockless cycles

Here's the Facebook board's letter defending Sandberg's ask for research on Soros

[] The Wall Street Journal earlier reported news of the letter Facebook has been under fire since The New York Times last month reported that the social network had hired Definers, an agency that provides opposition research to political campaigns, which investigated Soros on behalf of Facebook Special Reports: CNET's in-depth features in one place