Month: November 2020

TikTok users get access to Sony Music songs

San Francisco (AFP) – Video-snippet sharing sensation TikTok on Monday announced a deal to give users access to Sony Music Entertainment’s massive archive of hit tunes.The companies did not disclose financial terms of the agreement, which will let clips of music owned by Sony be used in TikTok posts.Social media platforms have wrangled with music…

Getting the last word in: obituaries as an election art form

Chicago (AFP) – A few days after Barry Kreiter’s death, his obituary appeared online containing two signs of the times — a link to watch his service online and an appeal to mourners over their choice of president in the US election.Kreiter, a commercial property inspector in Chicago, died unexpectedly of myocarditis, or heart inflammation, at…

Celebrating 20 Years on Station: Expedition 1

This is the official portrait of the Expedition 1 crew, the first humans to live aboard the International Space Station. via NASA https://ift.tt/35YytXI November 02, 2020

Biden leads in polls going into Election Day but battlegrounds tight

Washington (AFP) – Democrat Joe Biden leads in the national polls and most of the battleground states going into Election Day but President Donald Trump is insisting they’re wrong and he’ll repeat his upset victory of 2016.Biden, the 77-year-old former vice president, has enjoyed a solid lead over Trump, 74, in the national polls for…

US October manufacturing growth beats expectations: survey

Washington (AFP) – US manufacturing grew beyond expectations in October, as orders rose and employment began expanding again, according to an industry survey released Monday.At 59.3 percent, the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing index was the highest in more than two years.The index also marked the sixth consecutive month of growth after plunging following…

Fears of violence, vote rigging and confusion beset eve of US election

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden fought Monday through the eve of an election threatened by legal chaos and fears of violence after Trump, down in the polls and with only hours to go, pushed hard to discredit the US voting process.On Tuesday, the world will witness a country more divided…

Celebrating 20 Years on Station: Expedition 1

This is the official portrait of the Expedition 1 crew, the first humans to live aboard the International Space Station. via NASA https://ift.tt/35YytXI November 02, 2020

Glitches allow banned Facebook election ads to recirculate

Washington (AFP) – Facebook on Monday acknowledged glitches in enforcing its policy on removing misleading political advertising for the US election after a report revealed banned messages were being recirculated.The social media giant, which has faced intense scrutiny over its handling of political misinformation, said it took action after a media report showing loopholes allowing…

Depp loses UK libel case on ‘wife beater’ claims

London (AFP) – Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Monday lost a libel lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun for branding him a “wife-beater” in a case that laid bare his chaotic lifestyle and shattered his global reputation.Judge Andrew Nicol dismissed the 57-year-old’s claim at the High Court in London, saying the article had been proven…

Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over ‘wife-beater’ story

London (AFP) – Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Monday lost his libel lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun for branding him a “wife-beater” in a case that laid bare his chaotic lifestyle.High Court Judge Andrew Nicol dismissed the 57-year-old’s claim saying the newspaper group’s article had been proven to be “substantially true”, adding “the claimant…