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Google fined $1.7 Billion by European Union for handicapping competitors

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The EU says ads from non-Google companies were blocked by the search engine on third party sites. The European Union has heavily fined Google three times in less than two years. The penalties now total over $9 billion. All three are in relation to Google unlawfully trying to derail competition. Read more…

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Women are still underrepresented in tech. Here’s what Facebook has to say about it.

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How did we go from viewing computer programming as “women’s work” to peak tech bro culture? In the world of tech today, men greatly outnumber women, and the reasons for this inequality are to be found in stereotypes and biases deeply ingrained in our culture. 

But some of the world’s biggest tech companies are taking steps to try and change the gender imbalance. We talked to Rachel Burton, HR Director for the EMEA Engineering teams at Facebook, to learn more about the company’s…

Anti-vaxxers can no longer raise money on GoFundMe

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GoFundMe is cracking down on anti-vaxxers.

The popular fundraising website says it will no longer allow anti-vaccine groups and activists to raise money to spread anti-vaccination conspiracies on its platform, according to a statement provided to The Daily Beast

“Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” said GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne in a similar statement provided to…

7 ways you can improve the world’s access to fresh water

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It’s easy to take the fresh, cold water that gurgles out of your tap each morning for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury.

Today is World Water Day, and this year, the theme is “Leaving no one behind.” With the goal of ensuring access to fresh water for everyone, World Water Day hopes to draw attention to an issue that impacts the health and livelihood of billions of people around the world. 

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people don’t have access to…

These National Puppy Day facts may surprise you

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Here’s some fun facts about everyone’s best buds from the origin of the word puppy to their sleeping patterns to how being around puppies can lead to productivity. Read more…

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Robots could be conducting job interviews next year

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A 16-inch tall robot-recruiter named Tengai could be the future of job interviews. Tengai is programmed to conduct every interview the exact same way. She doesn’t engage in pre-interview chit-chat, and asks every question in the same tone and order. Tengai then sends a transcript to human employers containing only the interviewee’s answers, eliminating any bias or inherited prejudices. Read more…

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Dad releases another video of his 4-year-old son’s hockey practice, and it’s priceless

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Everyone loves a sequel! While most sequels don’t always live up to the hype, this one certainly does.

Recently, YouTuber Coach Jeremy released a video where we were introduced to his adorable son Mason, and we followed his musings during hockey practice. In addition to a microphone, this time Jeremy equipped Mason with a GoPro to capture his running commentary while on the ice. 

Mason treated us to even more iconic phrases than last time such as, “oh, a piece of garbage we can eat,”…

Apple might finally release AirPower soon. No, seriously, here’s the evidence.

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Apple made some unusual plays this week. Ahead of Monday’s “it’s show time” event, where the iPhone maker is expected to announce subscription-based video and news services, it hastily unveiled a new iPad mini and iPad Air, iMacs with faster performance, and updated AirPods.

Not a bad way to start spring! But there’s an elephant in the room: Where the hell is AirPower?

As of this writing,…

Julia Louis-Dreyfus turns the air blue talking about ‘Veep’ and its impact on her, um, vocabulary

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Anyone who’s ever watched an episode of Veep will know that it’s absolutely riddled with deliciously foul language. 

And it appears that Selina Meyer’s love of swearing has rubbed off on Julia Louis-Dreyfus in real life. 

“We use really intensely foul language on Veep, there’s a lot of swearing and I’ve gotten quite used to that,” Louis-Dreyfus told Seth Meyers. “I’ve gotten very used to using that language and I have to check myself because most people, of course, aren’t used to…

Lena Headey posts touching Instagram response to Emilia Clarke’s essay on health struggles

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Actor Emilia Clarke has published a very honest and moving essay about the health problems she faced while filming Game of Thrones.

After collapsing at the gym shortly after she’d finished making Season 1, Clarke was diagnosed with a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH)Per the NHS website, this is “an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.” It’s described as a very serious condition that can be fatal.

“I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture,” Clarke wrote,…