Reports TechCrunch FounderEditor Michael Arrington Out At AOL

first_imgAOL’s week-long TechCrunch saga has apparently ended (or has it?) with the firing of TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington, according to Fortune. The recap: Reports surfaced last week that Arrington was launching a venture capital fund (“CrunchFund”), with an $8 million commitment from AOL. The news prompted a barrage of criticism, with some saying a journalistic enterprise shouldn’t be using its platform to seek investment opportunities, while others said it’s just an example of TechCrunch rewriting the rules and that the tech blog was never really a journalistic endeavor anyway (“Remember that TechCrunch started as VC @arrington’s blog to write about startups,” tweeted BuzzMachine founder Jeff Jarvis. ‘He returns to his roots.”). (In a tweet, Arrington says, “Fortune/CNN at least has the balls to say they want us dead. Other competitors just whine.”) Yesterday, Arrington himself threw down the gauntlet in a post (titled, ‘Editorial Independence’) demanding either editorial independence for TechCrunch or AOL sell the company back (AOL acquired TechCrunch last year for $30 million).”As of late last week TechCrunch no longer has editorial independence,” wrote Arrington. “Some argue that the circumstances demanded it. I disagree. Editorial independence was never supposed to be an easy thing for Aol to give us. But it was never meaningful if it shatters the first time it is put to the test. . .If AOL cannot accept either of these options, and no other creative solution can be found, I cannot be a part of TechCrunch going forward.”However, there’s uncertainty as to whether Arrington is even really gone, notes Fortune, and VentureBeat says that AOL has been “so wishy washy, there’s no telling what will happen now.”last_img read more

Scam artists reportedly stole 19 million worth of iPhones

first_img Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Security Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Apple 0 Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All • The iPhone XS Max could fetch hundreds of dollars on the black market. CNET A New York crime ring that allegedly stole hundreds of iPhones over the past seven years has been busted, according to Quartz. All told, the group reportedly got its hands on more than $19 million worth of the devices.Six people were charged in the case, which was filed by federal prosecutors in New York state in April. The complaint was just unsealed, according to Quartz. The felony charges range from mail fraud to conspiracy to identity theft.It’s not unusual for scammers to focus their efforts on Apple’s iPhones given the device’s high price tag, which can run as much as $1,450 per phone. Just a couple of months ago, a pair of Chinese engineering students studying in Oregon allegedly conned Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by exchanging counterfeit iPhones for new ones. And last year, another New York group was nabbed for allegedly stealing more than $1 million worth of iPhones.The group that was most recently caught reportedly ran a scam in which some members used stolen identities to pose as cellphone subscribers. With fake IDs and debit cards they’d allegedly go to mobile phone stores across the US and say they wanted to upgrade their phones to a new iPhone. Then they reportedly shipped the iPhones back to the crime ring’s New York headquarters. People there would allegedly sell the iPhones on the black market.The cellphone subscribers whose identities were stolen ended up being charged for the upgraded phones, according to Quartz. The crime ring reportedly signed the victims up for monthly payments, so that they wouldn’t notice the charges right away.  Court filings didn’t specify how many people were allegedly affected and how many phones were reportedly stolen, but in one incident 250 phones were discovered in dozens of packages being sent to New York. The crime ring was ultimately busted by an unnamed person who worked at an overnight shipping service and became suspicious of all of the packages being sent out of state that weren’t addressed to a physical business or home address.A trial is pending for the six people charged in the scam, according to Quartz. They all pleaded not guilty and were released on $100,000 bonds.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. reading • Scam artists reportedly stole $19 million worth of iPhones Applelast_img read more

Wimbledon 2019 final Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic Live streaming preview and

first_imgESPN LATAM & ESPN LOCAL CHANNELSSOUTH AMERICA – ARGENTINA, ANTARCTICA, BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, PARAGUAY, PERU, VENEZUELA, URUGUAY,CARIBBEAN – MEXICO, BELIZE, COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, BAHAMAS, BERMUDA, TURKS AND CAICOS, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, ST. VINCENT, ST BARTHELEMY, ST LUCIA. ST KITTS AND NEVIS, MONTSERRAT, MARTINIQUE, JAMAICA, HAITI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GUADELOUPE, GRENADA, DOMINICA, CAYMAN ISLANDS, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, BARBADOS, BONAIRE, CURACAO, FRENCH GUIANA, GUYANA, ST MAARTEN, SURINAME, ARUBA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ANGUILLA, ASCENSION ISLAND, FALKLAND ISLANDS GO MULTIPLUSMALTA SPORT 24INFLIGHT CCTV5CHINA ESPNUNITED STATES BELARUS 5BELARUS RTRS (FTA)BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA POLSATPOLAND TDMMACAU CANAL PLUS AFRIQUEBENIN, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, COMOROS, CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GABON, GUINEA BISSAU, GUINEA CONAKRY, IVORY COAST, MALI, NIGER, RWANDA, SENEGAL, SEYCHELLES, TOGO, CHAD, DJIBOUTI, MADAGASCAR, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, ETHIOPIA BBCENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND CYTACYPRUS FOX ASIAPAN-ASIA – BRUNEI, CAMBODIA, CHINA, EAST TIMOR, HONG KONG, GUAM, INDONESIA, LAOS, MACAU, MALAYSIA, MICRONESIA, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR, PAPAU NEW GUINEA, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, SOUTH KOREA, NORTH KOREA, TAIWAN, THAILAND, VIETNAM FOX SPORTSAUSTRALIA SPORTKLUBFORMER YUGO ARQ (NOVA/CET 21/TV MARKIZA)CZECH REPUBLIC & SLOVAKIA EIRCOMIRELAND GLOBOSATBRAZIL RTCG (FTA)MONTENEGRO SUPERSPORTSOUTH AFRICA, ANGOLA, BENIN, BOTSWANA, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CAPE VERDE, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, COMOROS, CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, IVORY COAST, KENYA, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALI, MAURITIUS, MAYOTTE, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NIGER, NIGERIA, REUNION, RWANDA, SAO TOME& PRONCIPE, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, SEYCHELLES, SOCOTRA, ST HELENA & ASCENSION, SWAZILAND, TANZANIA, TOGO, UGANDA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE, ZANZIBAR, BROADCASTERTERRITORY EUROSPORTBELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, BALTICS, ALBANIA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA, KOSOVO, MACEDONIA, MONTENEGRO, SLOVENIA, SERBIA, BULGARIA, ROMANIA, HUNGARY, FINLAND, NORWAY, SWEDEN, MOLDOVA, ARMENIA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, ESTONIA, ICELAND, TURKEY, AZERBAIJAN, GEORGIA, KAZAKHSTAN, KYRGYZSTAN, TAJIKISTAN, TURKMENISTAN AND UZBEKISTAN. KANAL 12ESTONIA JTBCKOREA 1TV (C-M-C Agency)NORTH MACEDONIA Federer and Djokovic will clash for the Wimbledon title on Sunday.ReutersEight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will take on Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic in the final of Wimbledon 2019 at the All England Club on July 14. The Swiss legend defeated arch-rival Rafael Nadal to qualify for the final whereas Djoker defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four.Preview and prediction Federer.Al Bello/Getty ImagesAfter having a shaky start to the tournament, the journey of the Swiss legend has been more or less smooth. In the quarter-final clash against Kei Nishikori, the 37-year-old had a major hiccup in the first set as the Japanese broke him once and won the set. But after the first set was over the audience experienced vintage Federer play as he won the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. The best of Federer came out in the match against arch-rival Rafael Nadal. After winning the hard-fought first set he was demolished in the second by the Spaniard. But the veteran player bounced back in the third set onwards and won the match 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. His backhand shots were perfect and he won most of the rallies with dominance. The Swiss legend also committed less number of unforced errors and did not let his opponent take an upper hand over him in the match. He is definitely the biggest contender to lift the trophy. Novak Djokovic.Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic is enjoying the form of his life at the All England Club. He has lost just two sets in the whole tournament and has started every match slowly before pouncing onto the opponent. He faced a little bit of heat against Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz in his third-round fixture. In his semi-final match against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, he looked much more dominant of the two. He lost the second set but did not let his opponent stand a chance against him in the next two sets winning the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. He definitely has the upper hand over the ageing Federer and he is the current world number one also.The match is going to be a hard-fought one and could lead to a five-set decider. Federer will want to win it by maximum four sets whereas the Joker will look forward to taking it to the fifth set as he knows that his older opponent will have problems. Schedule, global TV listings, live streaming and where to watch in IndiaRoger Federer-Novak Djokovic contest is supposed to get underway at 3 PM local time and 6.30 PM IST.The matches will be telecasted in India on Star Sports and Star Sports HD. Internet users can watch live streaming on Hotstar. The official global TV listings are below:BROADCASTERBROADCASTERTERRITORYTERRITORYBROADCASTER1TV (C-M-C Agency)TERRITORYNORTH MACEDONIABROADCASTERARQ (NOVA/CET 21/TV MARKIZA)TERRITORYCZECH REPUBLIC & SLOVAKIABROADCASTERBBCTERRITORYENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELANDBROADCASTERbeIN SPORTSTERRITORYEX: FRANCE, MONACO & FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES, NON EX: ANDORRA, MAURITIUS, MADAGASCAR, FRENCH SPEAKING SWITZERLANDBROADCASTERbeIN SPORTSTERRITORYex: BAHRAIN, IRAN, IRAQ, LEBANON, OMAN, PALESTINE, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, SYRIA, UAE, YEMEN, ALGERIA, EGYPT, LIBYA, MOROCCO, TUNISIA NON-EX: CHAD, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDANBROADCASTERBELARUS 5TERRITORYBELARUSBROADCASTERCANAL PLUS AFRIQUETERRITORYBENIN, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, COMOROS, CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GABON, GUINEA BISSAU, GUINEA CONAKRY, IVORY COAST, MALI, NIGER, RWANDA, SENEGAL, SEYCHELLES, TOGO, CHAD, DJIBOUTI, MADAGASCAR, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, ETHIOPIABROADCASTERCCTV5TERRITORYCHINABROADCASTERCTV/TSNTERRITORYCANADABROADCASTERCYTATERRITORYCYPRUSBROADCASTEREIRCOMTERRITORYIRELANDBROADCASTERESPNTERRITORYUNITED STATESBROADCASTERESPN LATAM & ESPN LOCAL CHANNELSTERRITORYSOUTH AMERICA – ARGENTINA, ANTARCTICA, BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, PARAGUAY, PERU, VENEZUELA, URUGUAY,CARIBBEAN – MEXICO, BELIZE, COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, BAHAMAS, BERMUDA, TURKS AND CAICOS, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, ST. 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SPAIN non ex. ANDORRA NHKJAPAN CTV/TSNCANADA beIN SPORTSex: BAHRAIN, IRAN, IRAQ, LEBANON, OMAN, PALESTINE, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, SYRIA, UAE, YEMEN, ALGERIA, EGYPT, LIBYA, MOROCCO, TUNISIA NON-EX: CHAD, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN SPORT 5ISRAEL NOSNETHERLANDS HRTCROATIA SKY ITALIAex ITALY, VATICAN CITY, SAN MARINO, non.ex SWITZELRAND SRGSWITZERLAND RTSHALBANIA SEVENAUSTRALIA SPORT TVPORTUGAL NOVA/FORTHNETGREECE STAR INDIAINDIA, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, SRI LANKA, MALDIVES SKY DEUTSCHLANDex GERMANY & AUSTRIA non ex LIECHENSTEIN, LUXEMBOURG, SOUTH TYROL beIN SPORTSEX: FRANCE, MONACO & FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES, NON EX: ANDORRA, MAURITIUS, MADAGASCAR, FRENCH SPEAKING SWITZERLAND RTSSERBIA VTV CabVIETNAMlast_img read more

Saaho trailer out PrabhasShraddhas film is all about thrilling action

first_imgPrabhas in SaahoPR HandoutThe trailer of Saaho, one of the most awaited films in the recent times, has been unveiled by the makers and it is mind blowing. Directed by Sujeeth Reddy, this spy thriller features Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles.Prabhas plays an undercover agent in this film and Shraddha plays a cop from Crime Branch. The trailer begins with a narration, which reveals that Rs 2000 crore have been robbed in Mumbai, and police department is ashamed of themselves as they couldn’t get caught of the master minds behind the robbery. Shraddha Kapoor’s first looks from SaahoTwitterA gang of gangsters, the hard core villains like Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi and others are in search of a ‘black box’ which has the key to a locker which has a worth of billion dollars. PR HandoutThe background music of the film has been composed by Ghibran and it is definitely one of the best BGMs in the recent times. Ghibran has doen really good work and kudos to the makers for the patience they have in the making of the film.The film is made under a budget of Rs 350 crores and even more. The visuals and VFX in the trailer are visual extravaganza and delight to the eyes. The production quality is pretty much high and the makers have left no stone unturned in making it big and best.The trailer shows that Murali Sharma and Vennela Kishore are also playing cops in this film and they play a key role in the whole operation. The film has the romance between Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor and they look good together on screen.Last but not the least, Prabhas looks stunning and dashing. In short, he looks like a Macho and stole the show.last_img read more

10 innocent Rohingya civilians in mass grave

first_imgWoman is consoled after receiving news that her husband was killed in Myanmar, in Cox`s Bazar. Photo: ReutersRohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state last month were “innocent civilians”, and not members of their group.Myanmar’s military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug.It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine, said it “whole-heartedly welcomes the admission” of “war crimes” by the “Burmese terrorist army”.“We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA”, the group said in a statement on Twitter.A Myanmar government spokesman said in response to ARSA’s statement that sometimes “terrorists and villagers were allied” in attacks” against security forces.“We have already said it is very difficult to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers,” spokesman Zaw Htay said. “There will be an ongoing investigating process whether they are members of ARSA or not.”The Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.‘NEW STEP’Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was “positive” that the country’s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops.“It is a new step for our country,” she told a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw.“I see it that way because a country needs to take responsibility for the rule of law in the country, and this is the first step on the road of taking responsibility and it is a positive thing,” She said, according to a transcript of the news conference posted on her Facebook page.On Dec. 18, the military announced a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe. The army appointed a senior officer to investigate.A statement from the military on Wednesday said its investigation had found that members of the security forces had taken part in the killing and action would be taken against them.The Rohingya crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts on 25 Aug in Rakhine triggered a fierce military response that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.last_img

Disney World Adds Trump Animatronic Figure But Likeness Is Lacking

first_img Share A new president in real life means a new president at Magic Kingdom, too.Specifically, a new animatronic figure in the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, where every former leader of the republic is depicted in an “audio-animatronics show.”The exhibit is currently closed for updates and maintenance, but Disney has released a sneak peak of the new addition.It’s not the presence of President Trump in this lineup that’s raising eyebrows.It’s … well, let’s face it.It’s the face.Do you see Donald Trump? Or Jon Voight playing Donald Trump?Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/dtu4PnqPv4— Wil Spillane 🚀 (@2xUEss) December 19, 2017Or a certain doll from a horror franchise?Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll. pic.twitter.com/yLCBmhpNvG— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) December 19, 2017Or — and we’re very, very sorry to keep bringing back the 2016 election, like we are all caught in some vicious space-time vortex, or like our reality exists inside a demented computer simulation currently experimenting with a rewind button — but …Doesn’t it kind of look like Hillary Clinton?Here me out on this. Clearly Disney had Hilary’s robot ready to go and then they had to try and make it look like Trump. Don’t hate me. This is just a necessary and painful fact we all need to deal with. pic.twitter.com/biSirfwE59— Shannon O’Neill (@spotastic) December 19, 2017 no joke, that Donald Trump robot at Disney’s Hall of Presidents looks like the child of him, Hillary Clinton, Jon Voight, and Roger Ebert. kill it before AI gives it more than two terms.— Nowhere. Near. Berlin! (@vodkasnowflake) December 19, 2017Then there is the robot’s outfit, with an unbuttoned suit and long tie — some call it embarrassing, while others say it’s true to life.So many embarrassing & humiliating details about the animatronic:* The disheveled, hobo hair* The fleshy jowls & turkey neck* The huge gut resulting in the unbuttoned jacket* The idiotic facial expression& the coup de grace,* The ill-fitting suit & tie -a Trump pet peeve https://t.co/mUvJTUSna5— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) December 19, 2017There are a few important things to note here.First, while some corners of the Internet are amused by the face of robot Trump, the president’s supporters are neither laughing nor particularly concerned.President Trump has officially been added to Disney’s Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. I love it! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/W7ns9zqozH— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) December 19, 2017Some Trump fans were disappointed that his tie was blue and white, instead of red, but overall, there was great enthusiasm among his base for the animatronic impression of the president.Several supporters expressed surprise that Trump was even added to the lineup, based on a theory that Disney was run by liberals who would never respect the president enough to add him to the exhibit, as it had for every president before him.Gene Duncan/Walt Disney WorldAn animatronic figure of President Obama was unveiled at Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction in 2009.Second, while some Trump opponents have theorized that the president’s animatronic figurine was designed to look atrocious on purpose, as an insult to the president, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.The Hall of Presidents has a long history of unsatisfying, unsettling or inadequate figurines. Disney’s official history of the attraction notes that the initial concept was “too ambitious for the technology of the time,” and the first figures “didn’t quite look and act as Walt Disney had originally envisioned.”When the exhibit was finally launched in 1971, with new technology, the presidents still looked far better from a distance than in a close-up.Even Barack Obama’s figure in the Hall of Presidents, which debuted in 2009, is far from a picture-perfect portrait.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Modi govt is playing with lives of Indian fishermen NDA ally MDMK

first_imgSlamming the NDA government on fishermen issue, BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday said it is ‘playing with the lives of Indian fishermen’ and its UPA-like approach towards Sri Lanka had emboldened Colombo to treat them (fishermen) with disdain. Alleging that Modi government was ‘playing’ with the lives of Indian fishermen, MDMK founder Vaiko said, ‘I ask the Modi government…why are you insisting with defence ties with Sri Lanka even after this…the lives of Tamil fishermen should not be taken lightly. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIf the NDA follows the UPA policy on Sri Lanka, the Tamil youth will not tolerate that.’The statement comes in the backdrop of five Indian fishermen being awarded death penalty by a Sri Lankan court for drug-trafficking last week.Slamming the centre on ties with Colombo, from inviting its president Mahinda Rajapaksa for Modi’s swearing-in to the continued defence ties, Vaiko said despite these, Chinese naval ships had recently berthed in Sri Lankan waters, which he said was a direct threat for Tamil Nadu. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind‘Such an approach by the Modi government towards Sri Lanka was a reason for the five fishermen being awarded death penalty as Rajapaksa controlled his country’s judiciary,’ he told reporters after spearheading a protest here against the court verdict.He warned that the centre may have to face the consequences of such an approach towards Sri Lanka. Vaiko had been critical of UPA government’s ‘friendly’ relations with Sri Lanka, including maintaining defence ties, and had accused it of aiding Colombo in its pursuit against the rebel LTTE, with the last leg of hostilities in 2009 witnessing heavy civilian casualties when Rajapaksa was president.last_img read more