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YouTube, Snap and TikTok executives take their turn answering to Washington.

YouTube, Snap and TikTok executives take their turn answering to Washington.

Technology
Lawmakers on Tuesday grilled executives from YouTube, Snap and TikTok about mounting concerns that their platforms can harm children and teenagers.A bipartisan group of senators expressed concerns that the companies’ software steered young people toward inappropriate posts, mishandled consumer data and did not do enough to spot dangerous content on their platforms. Lawmakers repeatedly said their staff had been able to find harmful content — including posts related to self-harm and pornography — inside the companies’ products, sometimes while logged in as a teenager.Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, opened the hearing by accusing the companies of drawing young people further and further into their products.“Everything that you do is to add users, especially kids, and kee...
‘Climate catastrophe’: World faces 2.7C temperature rise

‘Climate catastrophe’: World faces 2.7C temperature rise

Breaking News, World
Such a temperature increase will lead to more devastating effects than those already battering the planet, including fatal superstorms, floods, and wildfires.Current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for a “catastrophic” average 2.7-degree Celsius temperature rise this century, the United Nations said on Tuesday, another stark warning ahead of crunch climate talks. Just days before the crucial Scotland climate summit, the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) said national plans to reduce carbon pollution amounted to “weak promises, not yet delivered”. “The G20 countries are responsible for 78 percent of all emissions so the ‘to do item’ lies with them,” Inger Andersen, executive director of the UNEP, told Al Jazeera. “The developed countries have a special re...

Facebook Wants the Young People Back

Technology
This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. Here is a collection of past columns.On Monday, the public got a glimpse into Mark Zuckerberg’s fear that Facebook might shrivel into irrelevance.In a conference call to discuss Facebook’s financial results, Zuckerberg said that he planned to overhaul the company to make its apps more appealing for people under 30. “We are retooling our teams to make serving young adults their North Star rather than optimizing for the larger number of older people,” he said. He said it would take years to make this shift.Many organizations are obsessed with staying connected to the young and cool, so perhaps this declaration wasn’t a surprise. And Zuckerberg, who always seems to be worried about something, has a habit of making bold statements about Facebook’...
World Series: Martin Maldonado Is the Astros’ Real MVP

World Series: Martin Maldonado Is the Astros’ Real MVP

Sports
HOUSTON — One of the most important people on the Houston Astros was one of the worst at his position in baseball.Among players with at least 400 plate appearances during the regular season, Martín Maldonado ranked dead last among catchers with a .172 batting average — and second last among all batters. His team led the majors in scoring despite playing one batter short on offense: He was 1 for 15 (.067) in a division series against the Chicago White Sox and then was 1 for 14 (.071) during the American League Championship Series. Regardless, the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox to advance to their third World Series in five years.Toss all that aside and Astros closer Ryan Pressly can explain why Maldonado — for reasons entirely unrelated to hitting — is so integral to a team whose pitching s...
Homeowners Read This ASAP (It’s Genius)

Homeowners Read This ASAP (It’s Genius)

Breaking News
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Persistent Inflation Threatens Biden’s Agenda

Persistent Inflation Threatens Biden’s Agenda

Business
WASHINGTON — At least once a week, a team of President Biden’s top advisers meet on Zoom to address the nation’s supply chain crisis. They discuss ways to relieve backlogs at America’s ports, ramp up semiconductor production for struggling automakers and swell the ranks of America’s truck drivers.The conversations are aimed at one goal: taming accelerating price increases that are hurting the economic recovery, unsettling American consumers and denting Mr. Biden’s popularity.An inflation surge is presenting a fresh challenge for Mr. Biden, who for months insisted that rising prices were a temporary hangover from the pandemic recession and would quickly recede. Instead, the president and his aides are now bracing for high inflation to persist into next year, with Americans continuing to see...

Latest National Climate Plans Still Fall Far Short, U.N. Report Warns

Technology, World
If those targets are met, the U.N. report found, that could nudge down expected future emissions further, though the world would remain sharply off track from its Paris agreement goals. Environmentalists have called on China to do far more to rein in its appetite for coal, the dirtiest of all fossil fuels.The new report also warns that even these new climate pledges are only as good as the policies that back them up. That is still a major question mark.The European Union, for instance, has proposed sweeping new climate legislation — including stricter caps on industrial emissions, new targets for electric vehicles and a border tax on carbon-intensive imports — to achieve its goal of slashing emissions 55 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. But those proposals still need approval from all 27...
Sudan’s PM Hamdok at my home, says military leader al-Burhan

Sudan’s PM Hamdok at my home, says military leader al-Burhan

Breaking News, World
Military leader says Hamdok was safe and kept away “for his own safety”.Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said he was keeping ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at his own house. He told a news conference in Khartoum on Tuesday that Hamdok was safe and kept away “for his own safety”. The announcement comes a day after the army detained Hamdok and some civilian leaders. “Yes, we arrested ministers and politicians, but not all” of them, al-Burhan said, adding that that Hamdok would “return home when the crisis is over”. More to follow
Fragrances for men and women are on sale during Amazon’s final Holiday Beauty Haul event

Fragrances for men and women are on sale during Amazon’s final Holiday Beauty Haul event

Breaking News
CNN —   In case you haven’t heard, the holidays have come early this year at Amazon. The mega-retailer’s Holiday Beauty Haul continues with major discounts on beloved beauty items across all categories, from makeup to beauty tools and more. Every few days, the sales will change, with each new week ushering in a new category to be discounted. The final iteration, which is happening now, is on fragrances, and you can get some serious savings on mists and sprays for men and women, with prices as low as $8.40. You’ll find options from a multitude of bestselling brands like Elizabeth Arden, Nautica, Azzaro Chrome and more — but the deals end today, so hurry while supplies last. Here are all the best deals happening during Amazon’s fragrance beauty haul that we recommend you add to...

Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

Travel
This summer, Lori Droste, the vice-mayor of the city of Berkeley, and her family faced a series of doomed trips. In July, they booked a cabin near the McCloud River in Northern California, but had to cancel because of smoke from the Salt and Lava Fires. In early August, they made it to Serene Lakes, in the Sierra — but because of the Dixie Fire, were “basically confined to the Airbnb, because the smoke was so bad,” she said. They planned a do-over, during the Labor Day weekend. “But then Caldor was raging.” They canceled.Shifts in where we go, whenCalifornia is often presented in the media as an object of disaster, as Tom Hale underscored to me. Mr. Hale is the founder of Backroads, the Berkeley-based travel company, which has been operating biking and outdoors-oriented trips in the United...