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Founder of 'revolutionary' US blood-testing startup once valued at $9bn charged with fraud

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:48

Theranos was established by Elizabeth Holmes in 2003 when she was just a 19-year-old Stanford drop out. Within a year it had won $6m (£4.5m) backing from investors attracted by Ms Holmes’s desire to disrupt the industry monopoly over blood tests – and she was toasted as a rising star of Silicon Valley. Ms Holmes and Mr Balwani claimed the Theranos analyser could perform a full range of clinical tests using tiny blood samples drawn from a finger stick, asserting that its results were more accurate, reliable and faster than those from conventional blood tests.


Not seeing red: Missing Apple’s color strategy

Macworld - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:00

When you have a small point to make—that Apple has trended toward slightly muter tones in its products and offloaded the more extreme color optioning to cases and bands to allow customers more options for accessorizing—the best way to make it is to loudly declare Apple has killed “fun.” That’s just basic punditry, people.

“Apple killed fun.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King.)

Just to watch it die. May or may not have happened in Reno. Still waiting for the forensics. The body of fun was found in the desert, 40 miles east.

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Vietnam launches probe into American detained for 'public disorder'

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 06:05

Vietnam police have launched a formal criminal investigation into an American man who was among dozens arrested last week during rare protests that erupted across the authoritarian state. American citizen William Anh Nguyen, 32, was detained in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday during a massive rally protesting a government proposal to grant lengthy land leases in new special economic zones. Many protesters expressed fear the land would be handed to China, and thousands gathered in several cities across the country to demand the government not lease land to Beijing for "even one day".


Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:09

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to jointly overcome their mutual distrust, as he confirmed ongoing efforts to arrange a Japan-North Korea summit. In a television interview, Abe said his government has contacted the North Korean side "through various channels" in a bid to arrange a meeting with Kim. During historic talks with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on Tuesday, Kim reportedly said he was open to a meeting with Abe.


Both Trump, critics find things to like in watchdog report

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House.


Jennifer Hudson sings 'Amazing Grace' at the March for Our Lives: Road to Change rally

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 22:56

Chance the Rapper and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords also participated in the Chicago rally on Friday.


Boy tells police that driver shot family in road rage run-in

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:54

DENVER (AP) — A 12-year-old boy told police he saw a driver open fire on his family during a road rage confrontation in Colorado, killing his older brother and critically wounding his mother and younger brother, authorities said Friday.


The United States’ Long History Of Separating Families Of Color

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:29

The Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families


Spain's king gets key to New Orleans for 300th anniversary

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:49

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The king of Spain and New Orleans' mayor saluted the city's centuries-old Spanish heritage during its tricentennial celebration Friday.


Riders plunge 34 feet, 6 injured in roller coaster derail

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:47

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A roller coaster that derailed in Florida had been put out of service by state inspectors twice in the past year and a half because of problems with the ride.


Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Indicted On Wire Fraud Charges

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:42

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and company president Ramesh "Sunny"


Attorney General Sessions hits out at Philadelphia over 'sanctuary' status

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:32

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a speech at a local college on Friday, criticized Philadelphia and its mayor over the city's 'sanctuary' status, one that limits its cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. Sessions accused the city of coddling dangerous criminals and refusing to turn them over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials when requested. "Philadelphia is not giving sanctuary to Americans but to foreign criminals," he said.


13 Of Our Favorite Small-Space Storage Solutions From Ikea

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:30

Ikea is a mastermind at making those impossible rooms in your home work extra


'Viva Le Resistance': FBI Anti-Trump Messages Give President More 'Deep State' Fodder

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:49

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Friday seized upon aspects of a Justice


Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study finds

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:49

Harvard admissions officers consistently rated Asian American students lower on “personal qualities” than students of other races, according to admissions data analysed as part of a racial discrimination lawsuit against the prestigious university. A study of 20 years’ worth of admissions data shows Asian American applicants to Harvard scored much better than all other racial groups on measures of academic merit, but worse on subjective analyses of their personal qualities completed by Harvard admissions staff. In fact, the study found Asian Americans had the lowest admission rate of any racial group between 2000 and 2019, despite having higher test scores than every other racial group over the two-decade period.


Trump claims FBI 'plotting' though report found no bias

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that there was "total bias" at the FBI and that the "top people" at the agency were "plotting against my election."


Best laptop bags: Editor's choice for commuting, traveling, and charging your devices

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:30

Next to a laptop itself, a laptop bag is one of the most important purchases you can make. With so many laptop bags and backpacks to choose from, it would be an idle exercise to try to find the best laptop bag out there. Instead, we’d rather help you find the right laptop bag for any situation, like commuting every day to work, traveling abroad, or charging your devices on the go.

With only a couple of exceptions, each product had to have a designated laptop sleeve or compartment to be considered in this review of laptop bags. These bags can all fit up to a 16-inch laptop, except where noted. Keep checking back as we review more laptop bags and backpacks and continually update this guide.

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Man Sues Ex-Girlfriend For Sabotaging Music Career So He Wouldn't Move Away

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:12

People in love do strange things, but sabotaging their partner's career is not


Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:08

By Rupam Jain and Jibran Ahmad KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan. An official at the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan confirmed Fazlullah was killed on Thursday. The U.S. military said earlier in Washington it had carried out a strike aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which is on the Pakistani border, and one U.S. official said the target was believed to have been Fazlullah.


2,000 Kids Separated From Parents Under Trump Border Crackdown

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:59

The Trump administration separated nearly 2,000 immigrant children from


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