Why does Apple hate falafel?

Apple (left) and Google’s (right) take on the falafel emoji. | Image: Apple and Google To celebrate World Emoji Day (which, yes, is apparently a thing now), Apple and Google have released a preview of the new emoji which will be arriving on their mobile operating systems later this year. The actual subjects of the emoji were announced by Unicode back in February, now we’re seeing how they’ll actually look in practice. There are a couple of interesting designs in there. For example, I can’t help but think that Apple’s design for a plate of falafel kinda looks like a big pile of shit? Not human shit, and not a… Read More

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It’s been 5 years since MH17 was shot down, killing 298 people. Here’s what happened, and why nobody has yet been held officially responsible

Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky over Ukraine in July 17, 2014, five years ago Wednesday. The disaster killed 298 people. World leaders were immediately suspicious of Russia, and investigators concluded in 2018 that the plane was downed by a Russian military missile. The plane was flying over an area held by pro-Russian separatists that want to take the region out of Ukraine, but Russia has long denied any involvement in the attack and global tensions began to cool. It took almost five years for anyone to be identified as a suspect, and Russia condemned the international investigation when Russian former military officers were named. They will be… Read More

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Bitcoin tumbles after US lawmakers take aim at Libra — ‘Facebook has burned down the house over and over’ (BTC)

Bitcoin has plunged 16% after a bruising day in Congress for Facebook’s digital coin, Libra. “Facebook has burned down the house over and over and called every arson a learning experience,” Sen. Sherrod Brown said. Brown’s comments follow criticism of Libra from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and the head of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters. Watch Bitcoin trade live. Bitcoin plunged 16% after a bruising day in Congress for Facebook’s digital coin, Libra, fanned fears that regulators will constrain the growth of cryptocurrencies. “Like a toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches, Facebook has burned down… Read More

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Who is Ursula von der Leyen? Germany’s former defense minister is set to take Europe’s top job

Age: 60 Family: Her father was one the first European civil servants from the establishment of the European Commission. Her husband Heiko von der Leyen is a professor of medicine and CEO of a medical engineering company. They have seven children. Where is she from? Von der Leyen was born in Brussels where she lived until she was 13 before moving to the Hannover region. Previous Jobs and education: In 1980 von de Leyen studied Medicine at the Hannover medical school, graduating in 1987 and becoming a doctor in 1991. Since 2003 von der Leyen has worked in German politics, as part of the Christian Democratic Union. In 2013 she… Read More

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Here’s what 5 experts told us about the $1 billion worth of cocaine found on a boat owned by JPMorgan

We spoke to the author of “Narconomics” and other experts about the estimated $1 billion worth of cocaine found on a ship owned by JPMorgan. They said the drugs are probably worth less than $500 million, and the smugglers may have used a high-profile boat to avoid suspicion. The smugglers probably paid off authorities, and US officials potentially blew their chance to catch them by seizing the drugs in Philadelphia. View Markets Insider’s homepage for more stories. An estimated $1 billion worth of cocaine was recently found on the MSC Gayane, a container ship operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co. and owned by JPMorgan. The boat was traveling from Chile to… Read More

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Boris Johnson is planning an early general election to beat Jeremy Corbyn

Boris Johnson wants to hold an early general election while Jeremy Corbyn is still leader of the opposition Labour party, according to The Times. ‘There’s a desire to get this done while Corbyn is still around,’ the Times newspaper quoted one senior figure in his campaign as saying. Johnson is favourite to replace Theresa May as prime minister next week when the results of the Conservative leadership contest are announced. A spokesman for Johnson insisted: ‘There are no plans for an election before 2022. The focus is on winning the leadership campaign.’ LONDON — Boris Johnson’s team wants to hold an early general election to exploit an “utterly divided” Labour… Read More

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Here’s what 5 experts told us about the $1 billion worth of cocaine found on a boat owned by JPMorgan

We spoke to the author of “Narconomics” and other experts about the estimated $1 billion worth of cocaine found on a ship owned by JPMorgan. They said the drugs are probably worth less than $500 million, and the smugglers may have used a high-profile boat to avoid suspicion. The smugglers probably paid off authorities, and US officials potentially blew their chance to catch them by seizing the drugs in Philadelphia. View Markets Insider’s homepage for more stories. An estimated $1 billion worth of cocaine was recently found on the MSC Gayane, a container ship operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co. and owned by JPMorgan. The boat was traveling from Chile to… Read More

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A new Remain alliance believes it can stop Brexit and form Britain’s next government

A new alliance of pro-Remain MPs could form the next government, according to founder Heidi Allen. The independent MP launched “Unite to Remain” last week. The plan is for its members — the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Change UK, and Plaid Cymru — to work together in seats across the country at the next election. Allen said the prospect of Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and delivering Brexit was “concentrating minds” of MPs. “This is a real moment in time for MPs to stand up and be counted,” she told Business Insider. Allen has already had a number of conversations with the Electoral Commission about how Unite to Remain will… Read More

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What happened when King Charles I prorogued parliament

Description Charles I in Three Positions by Anthonis van Dyck Credits Wikimedia Commons Alt Text Charles I Spectre of the 17th-century monarch evoked as Boris Johnson threatens to suspend the Commons In Depth Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 9:03am Charles I is relevant again today – 370 years after his execution. Responding to the suggestion that Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson may be willing to prorogue (suspend) parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit, former UK prime minister John Major recently evoked the spectre of the 17th-century monarch, ominously remarking that such a move “didn’t end well” for Charles I in the 1640s. And Major isn’t alone. Others… Read More

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Kroenke fights back amid open warfare at Arsenal

Description Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke attended the FA Cup final win against Chelsea in 2017 Credits Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text Stan Kroenke Arsenal takeover Owner and his son insist that they want what’s best for the Gunners, as fans call for change One-Minute Read Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 8:34am The son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has spoken of the family’s commitment to the club in the face of growing concern among fans that the American owners are mismanaging the Gunners. On Monday an open letter from 14 supporters groups was published, in which Arsenal fans told Kroenke they felt marginalised and demanded that the US billionaire… Read More

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