Amazon making nice, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Amazon is angling for a truce in its two-year battle with Apple and Google over streaming gadgets: It says it is preparing to put Apple TV and Chromecast back on sale. A spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed Friday it is preparing to sell the devices. However, fresh links for the products that went live on Thursday indicate they are still unavailable. Amazon stopped selling Apple TV streaming devices in late 2015 in retaliation for Apple not making Amazon's Prime Read more [...]

California man gets stuck in chimney during burglary attempt

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
CITRUS HEIGHTS, California (AP) -- Authorities say a Northern California man tried to burglarize a business by entering through the chimney only to become stuck. Police in the Sacramento-area city of Citrus Heights said Friday that 32-year-old Jesse Berube was uninjured but now faces one count of burglary. According to police, Berube slid down the chimney of the business Wednesday and then found himself lodged inside. The Rocklin man was able to reach his cellphone and dial 911 for Read more [...]

Oil change turns into owl sighting, bird named ‘Shazam’

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SALEM, N.H. (AP) -- A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for one car owner. The police department in Salem, New Hampshire, said Friday a mechanic popped the hood of a car and found an Eastern Screech owl sitting on the engine. The department said the car owner had no idea how the owl got there. Police guessed he was either seeking warmth or chasing a mouse. Police posted photos of the owl on Facebook. They named him "Shazam" and said he was very friendly. Read more [...]

Music Review: Eminem sounds alive on ‘Revival’

Eminem, "Revival" (Interscope) The A-List collaborators on Eminem's new album scream "I want a radio hit," with Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pink and Alicia Keys co-starring on the songs. It wouldn't be hard to believe, especially since Eminem's last major hits have relied heavily on Rihanna, from "Love the Way You Lie" to "The Monster." But thankfully on "Revival," Eminem returns as the star of his show. Beyonce sounds beautiful on opener "Walk On Water," but Em's words are even better, as he delivers honest Read more [...]

Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me’ sequel pulled from Sundance fest

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary will not premiere at the Sundance Film Festival as planned. The remaining partners in his production company said Friday that they removed "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" from the Sundance slate in light of Spurlock's confessions of sexual misconduct this week. Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said in a statement that "this is not the appropriate time" for the film to premiere. YouTube Red, which was Read more [...]

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by "Star Wars" producer Read more [...]

Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health. The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light in a blog post Friday on what it says are two sides of the issue. It notes research showing an increase in teen depression with technology use. It also points to Read more [...]

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, California (AP) -- The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism. Take, for instance, the fractured world of Marvel superheroes. For years, the X-Men (Wolverine, Storm, Professor X and the crew) and the Fantastic Four (Thing, Invisible Woman, et al) have battled bad dudes from the studios of 20th Century Read more [...]

Inflammatory letter sheds light on Uber’s alleged misconduct

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made Read more [...]

Farmhouse for free, but buyer must move it off owners’ land

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) -- Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck wrote in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn down this winter if no one takes up their offer. The Dolechecks have been trying for years to sell the house where they raised their four children, the Des Moines Register reported . "It needs Read more [...]
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