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88-Year-Old Republican Is Fighting to Legalize Cannabis | NowThis

This 88-year-old Republican is fighting to legalize cannabis. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe 88-year-old Ann Lee is a Republican who is fighting to legalize cannabis. Lee and her husband started Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. She says she became interested in...

/ July 20, 2018

What should competitive Fortnite look like?

Last weekend, Epic Games put forth its first true effort at official competitive Fortnite Battle Royale. It was a disaster. The private hosts used for the tournament were about as laggy as could be, with pro players getting eliminated simply...

/ July 20, 2018

Israel launches Gaza strikes as soldier dies from gunshot

Image copyright AFP Image caption A fireball rises from Gaza city following an Israeli air strike on Friday Israel has launched a wave of attacks on military targets in the Gaza Strip, after its soldiers came under gunfire at the...

/ July 20, 2018

James Gunn fired from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ after offensive tweets resurface

Disney fired director James Gunn from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the company confirmed at Comic-Con this week. The move came after highly offensive joke tweets dating from between 2008 and 2011 resurfaced. The tweets, which...

/ July 20, 2018

Vietnam’s Central Bank Thinks Cryptocurrency Miners Should Be Banned

Regulation According to regional reports, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has agreed with a proposal to ban imported cryptocurrency mining machines in order to keep the digital currency economy tethered tightly to the government’s regulatory frameworks. The proposal was...

/ July 20, 2018

Facebook suspends analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over data use concerns

As part of its ongoing mission to close the barn doors after the cows have got out, Facebook has suspended the accounts of British data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over concerns that it may be improperly handling user data. The...

/ July 20, 2018

The Hong Kong Museum of Art Has Received a Major $480 Million Donation of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

The Hong Kong Museum of Art has received an astonishing gift of more than 350 Chinese paintings and calligraphic works from the nonprofit foundation Chi Lo Lou Promotion, founded by the philanthropist and collector Ho lu Kwong, according to a Hong...

/ July 20, 2018

Comics writer Grant Morrison signs a content deal with Magic Leap

Grant Morrison’s Square Slice Studios just signed a content deal with Magic Leap. If you’ve read a comic book at some point in the past two decades, odds are you’re very excited at this news. Morrison is, after all, one...

/ July 20, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg must step down for violating the social contract

Facenbook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Shutterstock A good number of members of the Kennedy clan took up the challenge articulated by President John F. Kennedy on the Capitol grounds that cold January day in 1961: “Ask not what your country can...

/ July 20, 2018

5000 Utility Customers in Maine Join Class Action Lawsuit Claiming They Were Overbilled. 2017 Dutch Research Determined “Smart” Meters Inflate Bills 30% to 582%.

By B.N. Frank Three law firms will represent 5000 people in their complaints of overbilling by Central Maine Power Co. CMP is one of many utility companies across North America that has installed “Smart” Meters.  There have been complaints about...

/ July 20, 2018

Cathy Marino-Thomas Spent Most of Her Life Fighting For Marriage Equality | Legendary | NowThis

Activist Cathy Marino-Thomas fought for marriage equality long before the movement's inception. She deserves to be remembered alongside champions like Edith Windsor. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe Hosted by Hamilton’s Javier Muñoz, ‘Legendary’ is a series that features interviews with...

/ July 20, 2018

Niantic explains how and why it bans players in Pokémon GO

Getting banned for cheating is nothing new in Pokémon GO. There’ve been big ol’ ban waves every few weeks for ages now. The policies have never been totally set in stone, however — at least not publicly. Like many of...

/ July 20, 2018

The Sinister History Behind the Right’s Putin-Mania

As Donald Trump pleads with the war-mongering media to give peace a chance with Russia, the right-wing intellectual apparatus surrounding his presidency is preparing for a more titanic clash of civilizations. “We’re at war with China,” declared Steve Bannon, the...

/ July 20, 2018

‘It Reminded Me of How We Started’: Why Kurimanzutto Is Bringing a Show About a Short-Lived 1960s Art Gallery to New York

Most summer gallery shows focus on presenting a broad swath of up-and-coming talent. But Kurimanzutto did something different: The Mexico City-based gallery traveled to London to present a tribute to a short-lived gallery that operated for two years in the...

/ July 20, 2018

What’s a Bernie Sanders Strategist Doing in the Manafort Files?

For bad or for worse, Paul Manafort may go down as one of the most consequential lobbyists in American history. It was his ties to the former Soviet Union, after all, that initially fueled accusations that Donald Trump colluded with...

/ July 20, 2018

The Midterm Elections Are Already Under Attack

With primaries underway and less than four months to go until this year's midterm elections, early signs of attack have already arrived—just as the US intelligence community warned. And yet Congress has still not done everything in its power to...

/ July 20, 2018

German bus knife attack leaves several wounded

Image copyright AFP Image caption A bus sits at the side of the road in Lübeck after a knife attack A man armed with a knife has attacked passengers on a bus in the northern German city of Lübeck, wounding...

/ July 20, 2018

Oscar and Lemonade founders will join us at Disrupt SF to strategize about the future of insurance innovation

Insurance premiums total more than a trillion dollars in the U.S., and yet, where that money goes is something of a mystery. It certainly doesn’t seem to get invested in the consumer experience, where ancient incumbent companies still process paperwork...

/ July 20, 2018

The Democratic Party Apologizes to Black Voters

ATLANTA—Swanky fund-raisers don’t often begin with an apology to the well-heeled donors who shelled out thousands of dollars to sip wine, eat steak, and listen to pep-rally speeches. But as he looked out over a predominantly black crowd gathered at...

/ July 20, 2018

How Microsoft could become a $1 trillion company

Microsoft will soon be worth $1 trillion, according to a growing chorus of analysts. The company's latest earnings results, which showed continuing strong growth in its cloud business, has convinced some that the company is succeeding in moving its historic...

/ July 20, 2018