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Stop & Shop strike ends with 'a powerful victory' for 31,000 workers

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:47

Stop & Shop workers were back in stores on Monday after their 10-day strike ended with a tentative deal reached on Sunday evening. “Today is a powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want—good jobs, affordable health care, a better wage, and to be treated right by the company they made a success,” the United Food and Commercial Workers union said in a statement. Local workers told the Boston Globe they were glad to be going back to work.

The workers won increased pay and beat back management’s efforts to drastically increase healthcare costs and cut retirement benefits. Current members will also maintain time-and-a-half on Sundays and holidays. 

The strike was “effective and devastating,” in the words of one analyst, leaving Stop & Shop stores with bare shelves and few customers. The workers were aided by solidarity from Teamsters who refused to cross picket lines with deliveries, and from regular customers. They also drew visits and support from Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey as well as other Democratic presidential candidates or potential candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Looks like iOS 13 is getting some new Animoji: a cow, octopus, mouse—and an emoji face

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:46

Like before, you'll be able to use the new Animoji characters with camera effects in iOS 13, to replace your head during FaceTime calls, spice up your messaging game and more.
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WiFi Finder, a Popular Hotspot Finder App, Exposed 2 Million Wi-Fi Network Passwords

Slashdot - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:45
A popular hotspot finder app for Android exposed the Wi-Fi network passwords for more than two million networks. From a report: The app, downloaded by thousands of users, allowed anyone to search for Wi-Fi networks in their nearby area. The app allows the user to upload Wi-Fi network passwords from their devices to its database for others to use. That database of more than two million network passwords, however, was left exposed and unprotected, allowing anyone to access and download the contents in bulk. Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and a member of the GDI Foundation, found the database and reported the findings to TechCrunch. We spent more than two weeks trying to contact the developer, believed to be based in China, to no avail. Eventually we contacted the host, DigitalOcean, which took down the database within a day of reaching out. "We notified the user and have taken the [server] hosting the exposed database offline," a spokesperson told TechCrunch.

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Trump: 'Nobody disobeys my orders.' Oh, yes they do

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:36

One piece of texture that Robert Mueller’s redacted report added to the annals of Donald Trump’s ignominious tenure as our supposed commander in chief is just how astoundingly weak he is as a leader. We already knew he was an incompetent blowhard motivated by endless depths of depravity. We also knew he never had the guts to fire anyone himself, face to face, but rather always ousted people via tweet or let some other enforcer do the dirty work that he didn’t have the grit to do himself. But through Mueller’s lens, we learned how often his supposed confidants and underlings just outright ignored his commands.

From private citizen Corey Lewandowski failing to brief Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Trump’s scheme to redirect the Russia probe, to White House counsel Don McGahn dismissing Trump’s order to fire Mueller as some “crazy shit,” people surrounding Trump routinely blew off his dumbest and most illegal requests. As Mueller wrote, Trump’s most fervent attempts to obstruct the probe were “mostly unsuccessful” because “the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.” 

Trump, who has clearly been briefed on this aspect of Mueller’s report, is feeling a touch miffed about the revelation going public. He kicked off Monday with predictable bluster, as he tried to reset the narrative with White House reporters. 

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Nobody disobeys my orders! Au contraire, Dear Leader. 

CNN’s Collins also reported over the weekend that Trump is now “seeking assurances” from his staff that they really are following his orders—because nothing oozes strength like double checking to make certain people under your authority are taking you seriously. What a buffoon. 

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1555949766

WormBase Manet - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:35
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Google throws Laura Ingraham a lifeline, buys ad time on her boycotted show

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:32

Fox News host Laura Ingraham, whose nightly program has been struggling under the weight of an advertising boycott for the past year, received some good news in April. Online giant Google, along with its subsidiary YouTube, bought up lots of advertising time on Ingraham's primetime show. The move doubles as a critical display of support from the tech behemoth at a time when Ingraham and the network have been desperate to bring high-profile advertisers back onto the show.

"Google or YouTube ads have appeared during The Ingraham Angle at least 23 times this month, beginning on April 2, with three ads running on the April 16 broadcast alone," The Wrap reports.

The unfortunate cozying up to Fox News comes as more social media giants continue to give in to right-wing bullying. Frantic to avoid the endless claims of "liberal media bias" launched by the Republican Party, conservative activists, and the right-wing media, Internet icons such as Google, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are doing exactly what traditional media outlets have done for years when faced with GOP bullies: they're caving. Anxious to avoid the spotlight and an erratic Trump administration that's shown it is completely willing to misuse government power to target and thwart its perceived foes in the business world, the companies seem overly anxious to make friends with conservative bullies. And now comes word that Google is helping to support Ingraham's show.

One year ago, the host sparked nationwide outrage when she took to Twitter to mock a Parkland, Florida school shooting survivor for not getting accepted into his top-choice colleges. “David Hogg Rejected By Four colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,” she wrote on Twitter. “(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" The advertising exodus was immediate, as Ingraham's show went from hosting 15 minutes of commercials each night to down to just six minutes, and relied heavily on 1-800 clients because so many iconic brands including Bayer, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, and Liberty Mutual had dropped her show. By the end of 2018, the show had rebounded a bit and was running 10 minutes of ads each night, but was still nowhere near its pre-boycott strength. Now Ingraham's getting a boost from Google. (No word if Fox offered Google a deep rate discount in order to get the company to advertise on Ingraham's ad-starved program.)

The new Google sponsorship also comes as several Democratic candidates have made a shortsighted miscue by signaling they want to work with Fox News during the campaign primary season, even though the Democratic National Committee has refused the GOP channel the right to sponsor any of the Democratic debates. By doing so, the candidates are helping to legitimize a network that is dedicated to destroying Democrats, defending Trump lies, and demolishing public debate in this country.

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A Quick Report Card on Self-Driving Cars

Kevin Drum - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:26

I was just reading Atrios’s latest barb against Elon Musk’s “self-driving” Tesla—a subject we agree on—and got to wondering how Waymo is doing these days. I consider them the real bellwether for self-driving technology, but it’s been a few months since I checked in on them.

Long story short, Waymo announced last month that they’re building a second technical center in Chandler, Arizona, which will allow them to expand their commercial fleet. However, they’re still in pilot mode, with a safety driver behind the wheel at all times.

That’s about it. Steady but slow progress, and no one has died.

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Marzipan details: Touch Bar shortcuts, multiple windows, native Split View controls & more

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:09

You'll be able to resize Split View apps ported from iOS by dragging the divider, just like with native Mac apps that support side-by-side multitasking.
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Sarah Sanders Is Not Press Secretary, She's A Fox News Shill

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:08

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was exposed as a liar in the Mueller report.

Now that her "relationship" with the White House press corps is dead and buried, she appeared on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning to lie about April Ryan.

After reading through some of Mueller's reports, last week, CNN's April Ryan used an analogy in describing how the White House should be firing all the incompetent people that Trump has hired, which included Sanders.

April Ryan said the American people can't trust Trump’s mouthpiece, “She outright lied, and the people, the American people, can't trust her. They can't trust what's said from the president's mouthpiece, spokesperson, from the people's house.

Ryan continued. "When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start and start lopping the heads off. It’s 'Fire Me Thursday’ or 'Fire Me Good Friday.' She needs to go."

Clearly, April Ryan wasn't suggesting that Sarah Huckabee Sanders be led to the guillotine Marie Antoinette style and have her head cut off. But that is what Sanders and her father Mike Huckabee are peddling to defend her lying lies.

Sanders told Trump's favorite morning show, “I have had reporters say a lot of things about me. They’ve said I should be choked. I should deserve a lifetime of harassment, but certainly never had anybody say I should be decapitated.”

Normally I would be saying this is too much even for Trump surrogates, but that is not the case since facts and reality do not apply to Trump and his propaganda exporters.

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Trump admin may be shutting down some international immigration offices as soon as June

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:08

The Trump administration may begin closing some international U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices as soon as the end of June, BuzzFeed reports. The office in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, would be first, on June 30, followed by Manila, Philippines. “All offices, including the main district offices for the separate regions, are scheduled to close by March 10, 2020.”

Officials reportedly claim that the closings will save “millions of dollars every year,” with the agency’s spokesperson adding that “the agency is working with the State and Homeland Security departments to coordinate and avoid interruptions in services.” The administration could also save millions of dollars by cutting down a certain someone’s golfing outings, but it’s never really been about saving money for these guys.

BuzzFeed reports that “The offices primarily deal with international adoptions, family visa applications, petitions for citizenship for military members stationed in foreign countries, and citizenship applications, along with help on refugee processing and investigations of fraud.” Despite claims otherwise, targeting legal immigration, especially by non-whites, has long been a goal of the Trump administration, particularly of White House aide and white supremacist Stephen Miller.

Asylum is also legal immigration, but the administration, from the very start, has taken and supported illegal actions stomping on the right of vulnerable people to ask for protection. Closing USCIS offices continues this trend of systematically walling us off from the world. Former officials have been condemning the closures, including former Refugee Affairs Division official Barbara Strack, who warned, “It will be a great blow to the quality and integrity of the legal immigration system.”

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Apple releasing third iOS 12.3 developer beta today

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:08

Running the iOS 12.3 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad? The third beta version of iOS 12.3 will be available shortly. We’ll update our coverage to highlight any changes discovered in the beta release.

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Nokia 9 Buggy Update Lets Anyone Bypass Fingerprint Scanner With a Pack of Gum

Slashdot - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:03
A buggy update for Nokia 9 PureView handsets has apparently impacted the smartphone model's in-screen fingerprint scanner, which can now be bypassed using unregistered fingerprints or even with something as banal as a pack of gum. From a report: Multiple users have complained about this problem over the weekend, after installing an OS update (v4.22) released on April 18. The update was meant to improve the phone's in-screen fingerprint scanner module -- so that users won't have to press their fingers too hard on the screen before the phone unlocks -- yet it had the exact opposite effect the company hoped for. While initially, the reported issues appeared to be new, a video recorded by another user showed the same problem (unlocking phones with unregistered fingerprints) even before the v4.22 update, meaning that the update just made the unlocking bug worse than it already was.

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Sony launching first new 4K TVs to gain AirPlay 2 and HomeKit from $1400

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:01

Along with LG and Vizio, Sony announced earlier this year that some of its smart TVs would be gaining support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2. The company has launched it first new 2019 TVs and unveiled pricing and release details for those to come that will be getting the expanded functionality.

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Trial date set for Medina man in missing child hoax

Medina Gazette - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:57
CINCINNATI — A federal judge has set a June 24 trial date for the 23-year-old man charged with impersonating a long-missing child.
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Kuo: 5G iPhone coming in 2020 with modems dual-sourced from Qualcomm and Samsung

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:28

In order to mitigate risk and improve its bargaining power with suppliers, Apple will purchase some of the 5G modems for its 2020 iPhone from rival Samsung, too.
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Samsung's Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed

Slashdot - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:23
Samsung Electronics is delaying the expected Friday rollout of its Galaxy Fold smartphone [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] until at least next month, WSJ reported Monday citing people familiar with the matter, the latest fallout from a product headache that began with tech reviewers reporting their test devices had malfunctioned. From the report: The Galaxy Fold phone -- priced at nearly $2,000 and the industry's first mainstream foldable-screen device -- was slated to hit shelves this week in the U.S. But problems with phones being used by reviewers have changed those plans, the people said. The new rollout is expected in the coming weeks, though a firm date has yet to be determined, they said. Though the company's internal investigation remains ongoing, the Galaxy Fold phone's reported issues stem from problems affecting the handset's hinge and extra pressure applied to the internal screen, the people said. A Samsung spokeswoman didn't have immediate comment. The company had previously said it would adhere to its plans for the Galaxy Fold phones to hit shelves on April 26 in the U.S. The delayed launch came hours after Samsung abruptly scrapped prerelease media events planned for Hong Kong on Tuesday and Shanghai on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court to weigh in on LGBTQ rights in the workplace

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:17

Hoo boy. Today in things that could put the brakes on progress for a generation, the Trump-McConnell Supreme Court will be taking up LGBTQ rights in the workplace

Two cases that will be combined for argument focus on whether lesbian or gay workers can be fired because of their sexual orientation, or whether that “is a subset of sex discrimination.” The Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit said yes, it is sex discrimination, while the 11th Circuit said no, setting up the issue for the Supreme Court to tackle.

The court will also be looking at a third case in which a funeral home fired an employee because she was transgender. The owner believed “both that allowing Stephens to wear women’s clothes would violate the funeral home’s dress code and that he would be ‘violating God’s commands’ by allowing Stephens to dress in women’s clothing,” Amy Howe writes that the 6th Circuit sided with the employee and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but the funeral home owner took the case to the Supreme Court. 

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'I missed you so much': Asylum-seeker and daughter, forcibly separated last summer, are reunited

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:09

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Nearly a year after their forcible separation by federal immigration officials, Elmer and his daughter Marisol are together again. The asylum-seeker was one of the 29 parents who returned to the U.S in March, after being unjustly deported, without their kids, by the Trump administration. Elmer was deported back to Honduras in July, while 15-year-old Marisol was left in a children’s detention facility.

Their separation ended following Elmer’s release from detention, and last week he flew to Wisconsin, where the girl has been living with relatives following her own release. “Marisol is kind of hesitant when she first walks into the airport, unsure where she should go,” NPR reported. “And then—she spots him down the hallway. She starts running, then stops, then runs again. Her little cousin tails behind her. Marisol jumps into Elmer's arms, and he spins her around.”

"I missed you so much," he tells her. "You, too," she replies. Elmer had been unsure this moment was ever going to happen, after he’d been forced by officials to sign papers he didn’t understand last summer. They were documents agreeing to his deportation, and he hasn’t been the only parent to be forced to do this. Now back in the U.S., the relieved dad tells Marisol, "We did it. I can't believe it. I can't believe I'm here."

Marisol was worried, too. ”Sometimes I'd be in school, and I'd get all stressed out wondering where he was, how he was, all that,” she said. “When he was detained, I was really worried he'd get deported again." Now back together again, Elmer just wants to enjoy the little things he’s missed out on since last year. "Dropping her off at school, it's wonderful,” he said. “You'll never know how happy it makes me."

Other parents from the now-released group of 29 have also been reunited with their kids, thanks to the advocacy of groups like Al Otro Lado, Together Rising, and Families Belong Together, yet others continue to remain separated. The administration has even claimed it could take up to two years to identify families that were separated before the official “zero tolerance” policy. Family separation remains a crisis.

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Kick off Earth Day 2019 by recycling your old iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and more

9to5Mac - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:04

It’s Earth Day 2019, and that means there’s pretty much no better day than today to think about how your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or other Apple device will affect the planet. Whether it’s an old iPhone 5 sitting in a drawer that you want to recycle, or a relatively new Apple Watch that you’d like to sell to upgrade to the latest model, we can help you make sure your old devices end up in the right hands.

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