Headlines on 2019-10-21

  • 'We Have A Big Responsibility': Facebook Rolls Out New Election Security Measures

    The social network is fighting foreign efforts to manipulate and mislead its users ahead of the 2020 presidential election. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called election security one of his "top priorities."

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  • How Rep. Adam Schiff Got To A Place Where He's Leading The Impeachment Inquiry

    California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff was tapped by House Speaker Pelosi to lead the impeachment inquiry. That job makes him a target for criticism from President Trump and congressional Republicans.

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  • UPS's medical drone empire is rapidly expanding — and now it will deliver CVS goods to your home

    UPS announced a slew of new customers to its rapidly-expanding drone-delivery service — including CVS Health, its first retail client for drone delivery. Through a new revenue-generating service for the University of Utah Health hospital campuses, UPS and drone company Matternet will move medical samples and other cargo. UPS Flight Forward will also service Amerisource Bergen and Kaiser Permanente in revenue-generating services. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. UPS's drone...

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  • The best microscope photos of the year reveal a strange and hidden universe in astonishing detail

    The Nikon Small World contest highlights the best microscope images taken each year. The 2019 contest attracted more than 2,000 entries from nearly 100 different countries. This year's top image is a picture of a turtle embryo awash with a rainbow of fluorescent colors. Other winners include a cross-section of a tulip bud, the eye of a housefly, and a jewel bearing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Human eyes may be remarkable tools to view the universe, but they also...

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  • 5-Day Truce Between Turkish And Kurdish Forces Expires Tuesday

    Kurdish-Syrian fighters say they have withdrawn from a key border city as part of a U.S. brokered deal with Turkish forces. But both Turkey and the Kurds accuse the other of breaking the ceasefire.

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  • This bookstore has a very special collection of rare and expensive books

    The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles is home to over 250,000 books. It's most famous for its collection of rare and expensive books. Their books can cost anywhere between $1 and $2,000. The following is a transcript of the video: Sydney Kramer: Welcome to The Last Bookstore, a sprawling shop in Los Angeles where the written word is still alive. At 22,000 square feet, it's the largest bookstore in the entire state of California. You can get almost anything here, but they're most famous for their...

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  • Google just hired a former Microsoft exec to spearhead G Suite, the productivity software that's going after one of Microsoft's biggest money makers

    Google hired Javier Soltero, the former head of Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant and the former head of strategy for Microsoft's Office suite of productivity tools. As VP of Google's G Suite productivity tools, Soltero will compete directly with the Microsoft Office business. Soltero is the latest in a string of hires at Google Cloud as CEO Thomas Kurian ramps up efforts t compete with Microsoft and Amazon. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google hired the former head of...

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  • Amid criticisms of bias and cheating, a record number of universities are turning their backs on the SAT

    A record number of colleges and universities no longer require students to submit their SAT or ACT scores for admittance, according to FairTest.  These schools are instead turning to test-optional programs, which place a greater emphasis on grades and other aspects of a student's life. FairTest estimates 40% of accredited bachelor degree-granting institutions no longer require the SAT or ACT for admittance. 47 schools have gone test-optional in the last year alone.  The trend away from...

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  • Roku Smart Soundbar review: Easy controls make a big difference

    The Roku Smart Soundbar won’t appeal to audiophiles. This $180 speaker—Roku’s second audio offering after its Roku TV Wireless Speakers--delivers only middling sound quality, and there’s just one opportunity for reinforcing its sonic performance. The feature that saves this speaker is its ability to also serve as a Roku streaming TV player, reducing the clutter around your TV—and the remote controls you’ll need to keep track of. That audio reinforcement opporutnity comes in the form of Roku’s...

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  • Trump Continues To Defend His Actions Around Ukraine

    President Trump continues to defend his actions around Ukraine even as officials like his acting chief of staff have undercut the story he's told about the phone call with Ukraine's leader.

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  • White House Factions Fight Over Trump's Next Homeland Security Secretary

    White House staff have told President Trump that he can't choose two immigration hardliners for a top job because of federal vacancy laws, according to two people familiar with the conversations.

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  • Opioid Trial: 4 Companies Reach Tentative Settlement With Ohio Counties

    Four defendants, including three big U.S. distributors, have struck a deal with Summit and Cuyahoga counties. It doesn't resolve thousands of other lawsuits filed against the firms across the U.S.

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