NiMB 70: Friday 2-23-2018
TODAY: In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap’s Market Value. Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe. Apple’s iCal calendar mysteriously deletes Easter. Since October, Apple Has Made Around 1,600 False Alarm 911 Calls From Elk Grove Facility. Justin Trudeau is ridiculed by Indians for his ‘fake, tacky and annoying’ wardrobe of traditional outfits – and finally dons a suit after criticism. Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity. Indian surgeons remove ‘heaviest recorded’ brain tumour. Social media websites are ‘causing a mental health crisis’, says head of top British university hit by seven student suicides.
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AP:Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe
The plea by Rick Gates is a strong indication that he is planning to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as it continues to probe the Trump campaign, Russian election interference and Gates’ longtime business associate, Paul Manafort.
Gates, 45, of Richmond, Virginia, is appearing at the Federal Courthouse in Washington for his plea agreement hearing.
The charges to which Gates is pleading guilty don’t involve any conduct connected to the Trump campaign. They largely relate to a conspiracy laid out in his indictments, but they do reveal that Gates is accused of lying to the FBI during an interview earlier this month.
The court papers accuse Gates of lying about a 2013 meeting involving Manafort, a lobbyist and a member of Congress. Gates said the meeting did not include discussion of Ukraine, when in fact prosecutors say it did. The court filing doesn’t name the lobbyist or the lawmaker.
The rest of of the article brilliantly details a list of Trump associates that Gates knows. But nothing relates to the actual probe.
Foxnews:Apple’s iCal calendar mysteriously deletes Easter
Easter Sunday, which arrives on April 1 this year, is the culmination of Holy Week, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the most important holiday in the Christian religion. However, it’s absent from some Apple users’ iCal calendars.
There are other holidays on the U.S. calendar, such as Juneteenth (a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in Texas), Flag Day and Indigenous People’s Day, that appear.
Easter Sunday shows up on calendars for iPhone users running versions 11.2.2 of Apple’s iOS operating system, but not some users of 11.2.5, which is the latest version of the OS.
Additionally, the Hebrew calendar does not show major religious holidays such as Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah, but does show others, such as Tishri and Hevan.
It’s unclear if the missing Jewish holidays and lack of a Christian calendar are a software glitch or an oversight on Apple’s part.
CBS13:Since October, Apple Has Made Around 1,600 False Alarm 911 Calls From Elk Grove Facility
Emergency dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County are seeing an influx of false alarm 911 calls flooding their emergency communication centers.
The source of the accidental but crippling calls is the Apple distribution site in Elk Grove.
In a statement to CBS13, an Apple spokesperson says:
“We’re aware of 911 calls originating from our Elk Grove repair and refurbishment facility. We take this seriously and we are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the cause and ensure this doesn’t continue.”
Are we competing for biggest dumbasses in government?
Merkel, May, all of DC, and now…
DailyMail:Justin Trudeau is ridiculed by Indians for his ‘fake, tacky and annoying’ wardrobe of traditional outfits – and finally dons a suit after criticism
* Justin Trudeau is taking part in an eight-day visit to India with his family
* For three days, the Canadian Prime Minister was pictured in traditional outfits
* While the clothing drew praise early on, the tide of opinion soon turned on him
* Perhaps sensing the mood change, Trudeau donned a suit on Thursday
How can you beat that?
Sacramento Bee:Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity
In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.
“It’s really, really good,” Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink. “Diversity!”
The clunky corporate metaphor was the brainchild of Hyatt Hotels diversity and inclusion executive Tyronne Stoudemire, who appeared alongside Rauner on Wednesday at the downtown Chicago Thompson Center to discuss workplace diversity at a Black History Month event.
Enlisting Rauner as his lanky magician’s assistant, Stoudemire, who is black, poured a glass of milk to represent the white men who lead most organizations (including, um, the state of Illinois).
Yeah, then he squirted chocolate syrup. Oh goody. He gets black people now.
Where does it come from??
Yahoo:Indian surgeons remove ‘heaviest recorded’ brain tumour
…in a marathon seven-hour procedure said Thursday it could be the heaviest ever recorded.
Santlal Pal, a 31-year-old shopkeeper, had been carrying around a tumour weighing nearly two kilos before the surgery on February 14.
At Four pounds, it was the same size as his head. Santlal survived the operation and is walking, eating and convalescing.
DailyMail:Social media websites are ‘causing a mental health crisis’, says head of top British university hit by seven student suicides
* Pressure to appear perfect aided by social media, Bristol vice chancellor says
* Social media has become a ‘burden’ which forces students to appear ‘happy’
* Seven students at Bristol University have killed themselves in past 18 months
Bloomberg:In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap’s Market Value
Shares of the Snapchat parent company sank 6.1 percent on Thursday, wiping out $1.3 billion in market value, on the heels of a tweet on Wednesday from Kylie Jenner, who said she doesn’t open the app anymore. Whether it’s the demands of her newfound motherhood, or the recent app redesign, the testament drew similar replies from her 24.5 million followers. Wall Street analysts too have begun to notice, citing recent user engagement trends noticed since the platform’s redesign.
Computer history museum:Guido van Rossum
Inventor of python
Yahoo: DOW at 25,235
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