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Good Omens fans will love finding all the Easter eggs in new teaser
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Animated versions of the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley take a walk through history in latest Good Omens teaser. We’ve been on tenterhooks for months, waiting for news of when the long-awaited TV adaptation of Good Omens would air. And now the wait is over. In conjunction with an announcement at the Television Critics Association […]

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New Study Finds More Post-Surgery Deaths Globally Than From HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Combined
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schwit1 shares a report from UPI: About 4.2 million people worldwide die every year within 30 days of surgery — more than from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, a new study reports. The findings show that 7.7 percent of all deaths worldwide occur within a month of surgery, a rate higher than that from any […]

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83% Of Consumers Believe Personalized Ads Are Morally Wrong
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An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: A massive majority of consumers believe that using their data to personalize ads is unethical. And a further 76% believe that personalization to create tailored newsfeeds — precisely what Facebook, Twitter, and other social applications do every day — is unethical. At least, that’s what they say on surveys. RSA […]

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Drug companies are sitting on generics—43% of recently approved aren’t for sale
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Enlarge (credit: Getty | Ute Grabowsky ) Of the more than 1,600 generic drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration since January of 2017, more than 700—or 43 percent—are not for sale in the US, according to a new analysis by Kaiser Health News. The finding means that many pricy, brand-name drugs are not […]

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Wireless Carriers Caught Playing Fast and Loose With Location Data
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AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have sold access to subscribers’ real-time location data to aggregators, which in turn have sold it to about 250 bounty hunters and related businesses, according to a report. In some cases, the data allowed users to track individuals to their specific locations inside a building. Some companies made thousands of location […]

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Remember the woman who was killed by an Uber AV? Her family sued Tempe
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Enlarge (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) According to the family of an Arizona woman who was killed by a self-driving Uber car last year, the City of Tempe is liable for her death and owes $5 million each to her husband and her daughter. News of the lawsuit was first reported by the Arizona Republic, which […]

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Highbrow meets lowbrow in Netflix’s art world/horror mashup Velvet Buzzsaw
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Enlarge / Reunited: former Nightcrawler co-stars Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal play a manipulative art dealer and snobby art critic who become enthralled with a sinister stash of paintings by an obscure artist. (credit: Netflix) An obscure artist dies and leaves behind a trove of strangely alluring paintings, becoming a posthumous success, in the Netflix […]

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Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC
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I spent the week in Malibu attending Upfront Ventures’ annual Upfront Summit, which brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite for a two-day networking session of sorts. Cameron Diaz was there for some reason, and Natalie Portman made an appearance. Stacey Abrams had a powerful Q&A session with Lisa Borders, […]

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Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms
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Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise […]

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